Rapid Fire Book Tag

Many thanks to Rachel for tagging me :D! Am currently packing (have a summer job that requires me to live there) so this will be a quick one! But actually, I will be scheduling this post so it’ll be up about the time I’ve arrived at the place tomorrow :)!

But here we go;

Question 1: E-books or physical books?

Both, actually. If I was rich I’d buy physical books all the time, but e-books are cheaper and more convenient. Plus it’s hilarious to sit on your phone and read, then comes a parent or older relative along being all like “you millennials with your phones, why don’t you read a book instead??” and then you show them the screen. Sit back and watch as they experience an existential crisis.

Question 2: Paperbacks or hardbacks?

Oh c’mon how can I choose? I prefer both, as long as the cover’s beautiful. But I mostly buy paperbacks due to the price of hardbacks.

Question 3: Online or in-store shopping?

In-store of course. But at the same time, it’s a wonderful feeling to discover a package with the book you’ve been waiting for when coming home.

Question 4: Trilogies or series?

Series actually. The more, the better! Though it, of course, depends on the books. You don’t want them to feel dragged out.

Question 5: Heroes or villains?

Villains of course, no debate. Don’t judge a book by its cover, judge it by its villains.

Question 6: A book you want everyone to read

The middle-grade/YA books The Mapmaker’s Trilogy by S.E. Grove and The Books of Beginning by John Connolly, because I have no one to talk to about them. But also The Rook by Daniel O’Malley and like every Brandon Sanderson book ever.

Question 7: The last book you finished

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

Question 8: The last book you bought

The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman to the little kid I used to babysit. The family’s moving to Canada so bought that book so he can learn English with it 🙂

Question 9: The weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark

I don’t know?? I always have a bookmark by my side when reading, so I never have to use anything else.

Question 10: Used books yes or no?

I have about 2$ to live on for the rest of the week, I wouldn’t care if the book had been used as a handkerchief.

Question 11: Favorite book genre

Fantasy.

Question 12: Buy or borrow?

Buy. Period. I can’t ever let go of a book I’ve read, even if it was bad. Plus my local library is very small and have like no books I read.

Question 13: Characters or plot?

Hm tricky. I prefer characters, but at the same time I want a good plot, or I might lose interest. But I go with characters.

Question 14: Long or short books?

Really doesn’t matter? If it’s good, I want it really long. But like short books for me are around 300-400 pages, ‘middle’ between 400-600 pages, and long 600-700+ pages.

Question 15: Long or short chapters?

Short, duh.

Question 16: Name the first three books you think of

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, Blood Upon The Sand by Bradley Beaulieu, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

Question 17: Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Books that make me cry. I want to suffer.

Question 18: Audiobooks yes or no?

Yeees, it was audio books that got me into reading again after years.

Question 19: Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yes.

Question 20: Book to movie or TV adaptation?

TV adaptation. Books cannot be justified in a story told under 2 hours.

Question 21: A movie or TV show you preferred to the book

Coraline and American Gods, both by Neil Gaiman (though the American Gods series is on-going, so we’ll see how it’s all wrapped up).

Qusetion 22: Series or Standalones?

 

 

Anything But Books Tag

Hi guys! This has been a couple of extremely stressful weeks as I’m having my exams right now. Just finished the second one a few hours back so have a little time to rest until the next one tomorrow… but then I’m free! I’ve barely read anything this month because all my time have been spent on studying, but I hope I’ll get to read some soon 🙂

I was tagged to do this tag by the gorgeous Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd, big thanks! ❤

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love

I don’t watch cartoon now but I loved (still love) Avatar: The Last Airbender!

2. What is your favorite song right now?

Omg wow. I have like 1000+ songs I listen to. It all depends on the mood for me. For some examples: If I want to feel ‘magical’ I’d say ‘Alice‘ by Cocteau Twins take the top list (I listen to many versions of the song, my favorite remix is this one and my favorite cover is [x]). I really hope to find a fitting book soon for ‘A Song & A Book’… If I feel angsty or emotional (especially over a book and/or characters) ‘The Walk‘ by Imogen Heap. That song really expresses those feelings perfectly it’s so beautiful.

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Listen to music or watch Studio C sketches on Youtube haha…

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Hm man I don’t know, sarcasm?

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

Omg I am a walking encyclopedia of (un)necessarily specific facts. I am not kidding, I am that friend in the group. Not only can (or could) I say hello in like 40 languages and example ask for help in Indonesian (though I’ve never been there nor know anyone from there), in every course I love to learn weird facts. My ‘bizarre historical events’ book tag (x) is quite a dead giveaway of my little trait.

6. What is something unusual you know how to do?

I don’t know? I can sneak up on a roe deer from the front (did that once). I can also mess up ‘technics’ like I was once on the radio and they had troubles with the sending for the first time, twice. And they couldn’t figure out what it was. Oh and I know how to cook scones in the oven. They’re not supposed to do that.

7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can)

I’ve made the right choice

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8. What is your most recent personal project?

Survive the exams

9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows)

“Is that cat chasing a roe deer?”

10. Give us something that’s your favorite.

Reptiles! like me and a friend was outside once and saw a snake and we both freaked out – she out of terror and I out of happiness.

Lastly, say the first thing that pops into your head

ALAS, POOR YORICK –

#Book Tag – Bizarre Historical Events [Original]

Hey guys! It’s been such busy two weeks, and I’m finally done with all my assignments! Well, until next week when I’ll get more… but anyway, I feel like I should celebrate and so what more fun way to that than to do a book tag! Though I couldn’t find any that I felt like doing, so instead I created my own first tag 😀 I love history, it’s just so interesting and so much fun.  So I decided to do a very informative tag and do one about really bizarre (hilarious) historical events.

Don’t forget to pingback me if you do this tag!

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|Emperor Elagabalus drowning his court in flower petals. Literally.| Name a book villain who would totally do this.

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I feel like this is something Setne from The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan would do this given the chance. He’s the type of guy that’d make a show of anything, even killing you.

 

 

 

|When King Philip II of Macedon sent the Spartans a lengthy threat of what he’d do if they did not yield to him, and they answered with a sarcastic one-word response -“if”| What hero/heroes would most likely answer like this to a threat from the antagonist.

therookThe awesome Myfawny Thomas in The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is my kind of soul-mate in the terms of her being able to still be sarcastic in life-and-death situations. This book is so tragically underrated, I really recommend everyone to read it.

 

 

 

|When Australia declared war on the Emus, and lost| A book that did not end up like you expected (in the terms of the plot).

booksofbeginning2The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens, holy shit. I thought the second book would be pretty similar to the first in this series (we all know of the problems with the second book in a trilogy), but not this one. Oh no, this made a completely shocking turn in the end that I just, god I can’t speak of it.

 

 

|Lichtenstein sending its army of 80 men to attack Italy and coming back with 81| A book you thought would be bad but actually ended up really liking.

animalfarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell, was reading this for a school assignment, so I thought I would hate it. But I was surprised to find out that I really liked it. I definitely recommend this classic to everyone, it’s rather short so not intimidating, and the characters are wonderful.

 

 

 

|Alexander Hamilton challenging the entire democratic-republican party to a duel| A character who would totally do this.

gospeloflokiLoki from The Gospel Of Loki by Joanne M. Harris. Though this is kind of what he did. He’s that wonderful, passive-aggressively “come-at-me-bro” type that doesn’t care if he offended the entire party – that was his meaning anyway.

 

 

 

|The Chinese setting monkeys on fire and launching them at British ships|  A book based on a great idea/concept

neverwhere.jpgI’ll go with Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman for this one. The concept of “London Below” (that’s what it was called right?) is just so cool and you know probably the best idea of an urban fantasy I’ve ever heard of.

 

 

|Emperor Caligula calling for an assembly just to tell everyone he could kill them all| A villain who just loves to gloat

heroofages.pngRuin from The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, all the way. He just gloats for the sake of gloating. One of my actually favorite funny scenes in the series is actually him gloating while Vin is like “???” and he’s like “I know what you’re thinking -” and she like uhm no that was not what I was thinking.

 

 

|An old civilian woman aiding in the killing of their besieger King Pyrrhus by throwing a tile at him| A minor character you can totally imagine helping the heroes like this)

PercyBattleLabyrinthI can actually only think of Rachel Elizabeth Dare from The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan with that description. If you’ve read the book, you know exactly what scene I’m talking about.

 

 

 

|When the US sent tanks, Special Forces, Tae Kwon Do experts, soldiers with M-16s grenade launchers etc., all just to cut down one tree| A book you really don’t understand all the hype around it.

daughterofsmokeandbone.jpgDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I’m sorry, but I really don’t understand what everyone is seeing in this series. I really disliked the first book, but I read the second to give it a second chance and then just gave up on it. Horrible insta-love under the excuse of a ‘romeo & juliet’ – backstory between two popular (from their side) straight people. There was almost no action, and it just had so much potential (especially with the world-building) but ended up having the wrong focus.

 

|That one time in Prague when a Protestant threw a Catholic out of a window, only to have him survive by landing in horse shit which resulted in a large war| Favorite rivalry in a book (series)

elantrisSarene and Hrathen in Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, both are actually rivals because of their political and religious differences, very similar to Catholic and Protestants actually. But what I love about it as well is that Sarene, realizing she doesn’t have much to do, decides to mess with Hrathen when he tries to convert people.

 

 

|That one time a bucket started a war| A book whose sole existence makes you question humanity (and the publishing industry). 

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This book was so bad that it changed my life. It’s not only because it’s extremely sexist and promotes a really abusive relationship (“oh how cute the guy is threatening to rape me when I’m trying to confront him about his behavior! But you know, he’s so hot and powerful!”), the main male character is more Mary Sue than any fictional girl I’ve ever read, even in fanfiction, and the MC girl is just so stupid and immature and horrible (actually, like all characters) that you felt sorry for the villains. Plus the writing was just so bad, I mean I’m not native to English but even I could tell. But the thing is that this has like 4.2 on Goodread. Yeah, since then I have never trusted the rating system. Or some other people’s opinions.

|Julius Caesar being taken hostage by pirates, only to be angry at the low amount of money they demanded and made them demand even more money for his freedom| Some character who would definitely act like this if taken as hostage.

ship-of-destinyOh, The Satrap from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb, all the way. That guy is so spoiled that it’s a serious issue. No one is immune to wanting to at least give him a good slap.

 

 

 

|The Mexican president who was in office for only about 45 minutes| A character you just feel sorry for.

magnuschaseSamirah Al Abbas from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan does not have it easy in the second book. I just felt so sorry for her through the whole book, like she begins with a black-eye and ends up with… well, let’s just say it’s worse than a black eye. Not to talk of how her dad, father of the year, engaged her to an ugly giant.

(P.S. That’s the Swedish cover by the way)

 

 

|The General whose last words, before getting shot under the left eye, were “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance”| Which character would most likely meet their end this way.

TheWayOfKingsThe little cockroach in ridiculous clothing, AKA Sadeas from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson.

 

 

 

 

 

and I tag YOU!

 

Book Tag #Ghibli Heroines

After I found this wonderful tag created by Kate and, you know, how can one not do this? I absolutely love Ghibli and its heroines, and the questions for this tag are great! The first Ghibli movie I watched was Laputa, I think. Or it was Spirited Away, but I was so terrified during the pig-scene that we had to turn it off… Glad though that I watched it a few years later :’). And you can’t ask me of my favorite, that’s just cruel.

THE RULES:

  • Please pingback, rather than link to her as Kate@Melting Pots and Other Calamities. She will only know if you’ve done this tag if you pingback.
  • Tag as many people as you want. Ghibli movies aren’t as popular as Disney or Pixar, so be careful that those you tag are at least somewhat familiar with Ghibli.
  • You can use examples from books, movies, TV shows, anime/manga, and webcomics.
  • As this tag celebrates heroines, please name either a piece of fiction or a female character, if you’re able.
  • Have fun!

Nausicaa, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: (Even though this isn’t technically Ghibli, it’s still marketed that way). Nausicaa is a princess in a post-disaster world. She is compassionate and brave, a daring explorer who is capable and selfless.  Name a strong female leader. 

nausicaa4 Aliena of Shiring in Ken Follett’s historical novel The Pillars Of The Earth is no doubt one of (or the) most inspiring character. Already as a young girl she shows signs of a strong woman inside of her. Despite all the horrors and struggles she goes through the years, she always stays/becomes a strong leader.

Sheeta, Castle in the SkyAlthough Sheeta may have a quieter demeanor than other Ghibli heroines, she is not a damsel in distress. She’s royalty, but doesn’t stay on the sidelines; she is involved, kind, and despite a sad past, hopeful. Name an inspiring member of royalty. 

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Princess Sarene from Elantris by Brandon Sanderson arranges herself a marriage to strengthen her home-country politically. But when she arrives to find said prince ‘dead’, she doesn’t just sit around and wait for someone else to fix both her old and new countries problems.

 

Satsuki and Mei, My Neighbor Totoro- Before Anna and Elsa, before Lilo and Nani, there was Satsuki and Mei. Satsuki  was incredibly young when their mother was hospitalized, and wi their father at work, she has to take care of Mei. And Mei is only four, with a big imagination. Name a pair of siblings (or two friends who act like siblings). 

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Raptor Red and her sister from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker may be different and not always on agreeable terms, yet they love each other will always choose to stay together.

 

 

Kiki, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceKiki has to go off on her own to live alone, as is the custom among witches. She goes through many things that newly independent young adults face, like money problems, finding a place to stay, job searching, and loneliness, before finding her way thanks to her special abilities. Name a female character who has supernatural gifts.

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Door from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere has probably one of the most unique and coolest powers I’ve ever read about. She can actually open doors to anywhere. How cool and useful isn’t that?

 

Gina and Fio, Porco Rosso- Gina and Fio are both heroines in this film, and they couldn’t be less alike. Gina is a young woman who is very feminine, a singer and a restaurant owner. However, she is very resourceful and capable. Fio is a teenage mechanic who is independent, goes against the flow, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She may be one of the best mechanics of her time. Name two inspiring heroines; one who is unabashedly feminine, and another who is more of a tomboy. 

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Blushweaver from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson is proud of being an attractive woman, plus resourceful and clever. Vasilisa from The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden is in her society’ standard a tomboy.

Angel, On Your Mark- On Your  Mark is a music video that Ghibli helped a music group with. It may not have much of a story, but it’s beautiful and interesting, and not may people are aware of its existence. Name an underrated heroine. 

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Oh you know, for a question like this you could just start rambling up plenty of characters. But I decided to go with Faith from The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Seriously, more people need to talk about this book. Not only is the whole concept great, but Faith is such a wonderful character and I loved to see her grow and not to mention when she learns to view the world and people differently. Plus, this book has a wonderful feministic message that I actually did not see coming at first.

Shizuku, Whisper of the Heart– Shizuku is an eighth grade student who can’t quite focus on school as much as on her favorite books. However, through encounters with an ambitious boy who seems to have a likely chance at meeting his goals, a cat who rides trains, an antique shop owner, and a cat statue called The Baron, Shizuku is determined to meet her own goal and become a writer. Name your most relatable character. 

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Shallan Davar from The Stormlight Archive – series by Brandon Sanderson is one of my all-time favorite characters. For example, we both share a love for science and are considered ‘silver-tongued’ thanks to our brother(s). And I also just relate to everything she does and says.

 

San, Princess Mononoke- San has been raised by wolves her whole life. When  humans begin to invade her home forest to make towns and use the resources for themselves while killing the spirits and animals within, San refuses to let it be. She takes a stand and becomes the village’s  greatest obstacle. She is such a force to be reckoned with that they even give her a name; The Princess Mononoke. Name a female character who is physically strong.

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The person that immediately popped up in my mind was Clarisse La Rue from the Percy Jackson – series by Rick Riordan. She’s a great character who starts off as a bully, but shows more and more depth as the book progresses and grows as a character thanks to the support of people around her (but also learning to support others).

Chihiro, Spirited Away– At the beginning of Spirited Away, Chihiro starts off as a whiny, spoiled ten year old girl. However, during her time working at the spirit’s Bath House, she discovers parts of herself she didn’t know she had. The story is about her finding the strength she already had but was unaware of. Name a character who has an amazing character journey.

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Okay how could I not mention Malta Vestrit from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb for this one? In the beginning she acts spoiled, whining and immature. But just like Chihiro, she finds herself in a situation that makes her not only grow as a person, but also find the strength in herself.

Haru, The Cat Returns– Haru is a typical high school girl; kind, clumsy, and a little forgetful. But she soon finds herself involved in events that are out of her control. In a way, it is because of her normalcy that she can find her way out of her situation and become stronger because of it. Name a female character who may not have any supernatural abilities herself, but is memorable anyway.

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In a world of gods and metal benders, Steris from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson may not have any specific powers herself nor being some kind of kick-ass fighter. But her peculiar personality will make you remember (and love) her. She is just crazy prepared for everything, quote (or as much of it as I remember) “If you asked her to kill a fly, she would burn down the house to make sure the job is done”. No doubt one of my all-time favorite female characters.

Sophie, Howl’s Moving Castle– Sophie doesn’t think much of herself for a lot of the story. She doesn’t think she’s pretty or memorable, especially when compared to her younger sister, Lettie. It gets even worse when she’s cursed to look like an old woman. When she finds a new life that involves the mysterious wizard Howl, a fire demon, Howl’s apprentice, and many others, she is shown to be resilient and intuitive. Name an emotionally strong character.

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Irene from The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman always stays professional and focuses on the task ahead (despite the many predicaments she finds herself in). Plus, she may recognize her feelings, like an attraction, but won’t let them get the best of her (and saves the reader from an instalove or unnecessary romance subplot).

Ponyo, Ponyo- Ponyo is  one of the youngest Ghibli heroines at only five years old. But she still  gets a lot done, including becoming human, discovering things, finding a best friend, and saving the world. Name a hero who happens to be a child.

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The wonderful children’s classic The Snow Queen by H.C. Andersen (who also wrote the book Ponyo is loosely adapted from) has little Gerda who goes on a journey to find her best friend Kai, who had been taken by the snow queen. She’s the ultimate innocent cinnamon roll of all cinnamon rolls.

Arrietty, The Secret World of Arrietty- Arrietty is a Borrower; she is tiny and survives by stealing small things that humans  won’t miss. Yet she’s curious about the human world, and does braver things than most humans would be incapable of doing, despite her tiny size. Name an unlikely hero.

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For this one, I pick a certain woman in Joanne Harris’ Runemarks, who through the first part of the book is kind of just a ‘statist’, background character. That is, until she gets tired of how she is treated and steps up to take something back that belonged to her. Unknowingly, that action lets her stop the villains and save the heroes.

Nahoko, The Wind Rises- Nahoko has tuberculosis during World War 2. However, she doesn’t allow this to cripple her, and enjoys life to the fullest anyway, which includes painting and falling in love. Even being placed in a sanitarium doesn’t break her. Name an inspiring character with some sort of obstacle. 

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Samirah Al Abbas from Magnus Chase and The Gods Of Asgard series by Rick Riordan struggles with the prejudices people of all worlds have of her. In the ‘mortal’ world, or Midgard, she faces islamophobia because of her religion, while in the other eight worlds (especially Asgard/Valhalla) she faces prejudices from people because of Loki being her father. Yet, she stays strong and holds on to her dreams. She even shows forgiveness for the people that want her to fair ill.

Kaguya, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya- in a time where women were expected to follow social norms such as blackening teeth, shaving eyebrows, and being forced into arranged marriages, Kaguya refuses to play along. She would much rather be outside, dance, and play with friends. Name a female character who challenges social norms.

kaguya.gifCaris from Ken Follett’s World Without End, which takes place in the 14th century, who dreams of being a doctor and fights the patriarchy with her every breath. She’s smart, quick-witted, kind and just a wonderful and strong woman.

 

Well, that’s that :D! Agree, have any opinions on the answers? Don’t forget to comment!

I tag (yes, I will actually start tagging people);

 

 

Book Tag #Avatar The Last Airbender

Time for a book tag! Like before, I wasn’t tagged to do this but had wanted to do it for awhile and decided to finally give it a shot 😀 This tag was originally created by A Clockword Reader (an awesome booktuber) and you can check out her video here.

WATER, EARTH, FIRE, AIR…..

“If you were a bender, what would be your element?”

My element would definitely be water. The element for my zodiac sign is water, I have “water hands” (the element for reading your fortune through your hand or something), I live in the north like water bender would live and I live on an island, surrounded by water. Only problem: I can’t swim.

Water:

  1. Katara and Sokka – best sibling relationship

wp-1490223814516.gif The brothers from Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren. Always. The older and beautiful brother, Jonathan, who everyone loves, and the younger “weak” brother, Skorpan, who lives in his brother’s shadow but is determined to prove himself. I both read the book and watched the TV-series as a kid and they have stayed and will stay with me forever.

 

2. Yue – Favorite star-crossed lovers

wp-1490223850936.gif The ones in The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. You know which I’m talking about if you’ve read the book. God I cried.

 

 

3. Blood Bending – A book with a disturbing setting/concept

wp-1490223897318.gif The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly definitely had a much more disturbing concept than I expected (I expected Narnia/A monster calls, but got Grimm/Coraline/IsThisEvenMeantForKids?)

 

 

Earth

  1. Toph – A character’s whose strength surprised you/or surprised the other characters

toph I got to say, Malta Vestrit in Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb took me by great surprise. In the first book I couldn’t even stand her, but she made an amazing character development and stayed headstrong despite the situation she found herself in.

 

2. The Tales Of Ba Sing Se – Best short story or poetry collection

wp-1490223924128.gif I haven’t read any poetry collections, so I’ll go with the novella Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. The first part was a bit confusing (not to say that the complicated and old language was a nightmare for a non-native speaker like me), but by the end I just broke down laughing.

 

 

3. Kyoshi Warriors – Best warrior character

wp-1490223915582.gifOh this is a tricky one! Since I read mostly Fantasy I know tons who’d qualify. But since it’s the Kyoshi Warriors I’ll choose the warrior group the Blade Maidens from The Song of The Shattered Sands by Bradley Beaulieu – you do NOT want to cross them. An awesome all-female special forces in a pre-Islamic fantasy world. You don’t even need to be on their side to respect them.

Fire

  1. Zuko – Best redemption arc/a redemption arc that should have happened &
  2. Iroh – Wisest character

wp-1490223937398.gifBest redemption arc… I gotta give that to Loki from Runemarks duology by Joanne Harris. He’s a little shit, definitely NOT just misunderstood, but by the end of the day, all he ever wanted was to belong.

For wisest character I Pick Sazed from Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson!

 

3. Azula – Best downfall

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William from The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett, oh my god was his fate satisfying. You’ll absolutely loath him as a villain – he is simply a terrible person, but I guess that makes him a great villain. But that ending was worth every single page with him in the book. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been so satisfied.

Air

  1. Appa – Favorite fictional animal/pet

wp-1490223957582.gifUhm I pick Dinosaur and for that is Raptor Red AND her sister (you can’t make me choose) from Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker. They’re like Blue from Jurassic World :’)

 

 

 

2. Aang – Purest cinnamon roll

wp-1490223964590.gif Sophia from Mapmaker’s Trilogy by S.E. Grove will always pop up in my mind when you say ‘cinnamon roll’. She’s just so sweet and pure, plucky girl who wants to discover the world. Which leads to some tearjerkers later on when it flew away from her reach *Paradise by Coldplay starts playing*

 

 

 

3. Avatar State – A stubborn character/A character that struggles with letting go

wp-1490223974715.gif Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan is both stubborn and struggles with letting go of a certain JERK who BETRAYED her. This leads to being constantly betrayed and trust issues, but she’s still stubborn to both trying to reach them but also letting them go.

 

 

So those were my answers! Agree with any? What would some of your choices be? Comment below!

Since I wasn’t specifically tagged to do this book tag, I’ll tag YOU!

T5W – Top 5 Science Fiction TBR

Time for Top 5 Wednesday! I missed last week’s due to exams, but I survived and am back! This week’s theme is Top 5 Science Fiction TBR (to-be read) in honour of Booktube’s SFF Awards. This weekly meme is hosetd by Sam and Lainey over at the Goodreads group here.

Right, let’s get started!

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams 

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This weird SciFi just sounds so much fun, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time. I’ll let fate decide on when to start it however, and wait ’till I stumble over a copy (and when I have money). Or I might listen to the audio book?

 

 

 

4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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I’ve only heard praise for this novel and the whole synopsis sounds amazing and original. I just can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to read. Now when I’m thinking about it, it’ll probably take all my self-control not to go online and use up my money…

 

 

 

3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

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This one is actually sitting on my shelf (and tempting me). This book sounds great and I’ve also only heard good things about it. My hope is to start reading it sometime this month, but it’s quite uncertain seeing how much school work I have to do …

 

 

 

2. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

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I really, REALLY want to start reading the Discworld series. It just sounds just like my type of “feel-good” books (weird and funny in every aspect). Also, I LOVE world-building and a world on top of a giant turtle? Hell yeah. The first book is actually on its way right now! I have to maintain every self-control not to neglect my school work by starting to read it as soon as it arrives.

 

 

 

1. Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

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Oh Sanderson, what would a weekly meme or tag post on this blog be without you? I’ve been savoring this book since I got it on its release day, in order to read it before Oathbringer comes out in November.

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Book Tag #Guardians Of The Galaxy

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It was quite a while since I did a book tag, and I found this new one on Booktube created by G-Wizzel Books. Plus, gotta celebrate that my exam went great so reached my grade goal 😀

Questions:

1. Star Lord – An unlikely hero

Bildresultat för ship of magic robin hobbCaptain Kennit from Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb 

Okay, he is far from a hero, but for some, he’s one truly. The selfish pirate who dreams of being king and is ready to dispose of anyone who might stand in his way (including those closest to him), accidentally becomes a liberator/freedom fighter which I find as the most hilarious thing ever.

 

 

2. Gamora – A lethal weapon of a character

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Nightblood from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

What do you mean this question isn’t literal? Anyway, Nightblood is a talking sword who can possess you and devour your soul. But on the bright side, all he wants to do is destroy evil. On the other hand, because he’s a sword, he doesn’t exactly know what evil is…

 

 

 

3. Drax The Destroyer – An unpredictable character

Bildresultat för runemarks joanne harrisLoki from Runemarks duology by Joanne Harris

Okay do I really need to explain myself on this one? It’s Loki, and whatever he appears in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods,  or whatever he’s a hero or villain (or more usually, neither) there is but one thing that is always true to his characterization – don’t trust him.

 

 

4. Rocket Raccoon – A character with killer strategies

Bildresultat för steelheart brandon sandersonDavid Charleston from The Reckoners Trilogy

Whatever it’s a plan that has been developed in ten years to something cooked up in a minute, David always has a plan. Although he’s seen as a person who’s all ideas seem to spring up from the depth of Chaos, David actually always has a plan based on strategy. Even though with the ‘killer’ part it isn’t always certain if it’s about their enemy, or themselves…

 

 

5. Groot – A bad ass character with a big heart

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Ohh this was a really tricky one, I had so many on my mind. But in the end I chose Faith from The Lie Tree, because I love her and this book so much and feel like I haven’t raved about this enough. Faith begins the book as a naïve, but certainly not dumb, and sweet girl. But as the book develops, she starts change and to set plans in motion to get what she wants. She no doubt grows to be a true bad ass, but at the same time she still has her big heart, even though it lacks its innocence…

 

6. Mantis – A friendly and powerful side character


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A half-troll that died fighting animal cruelty, friendly is the least you could say of him. And except being very strong of course, he has other attributes for power…

 

 

 

7. Nebula – A character that puts their mission before their family

Bildresultat för northern lights philip pullmanA Certain HE from Nothern Lights by Philip Pullman

If you’ve read the first book I have no need to explain myself, and you’ll know of whom I’m talking. Currently on the last, and am still not sure if he’s going to be a villain or an anti-hero, but in my eyes, he’ll always be a villain because of what he did by the end of Nothern Lights. 

 

 

 

8. Yondu – The annoying character that you cannot help but love

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Vivenna from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Well that was that about not trying to mention the same book twice in a tag. Oh well, at first I kinda liked her, but nothing special. Then she became a bit annoying as she was very conservative and judgemental towards others, without realizing it. But remembering that she was brought up as a princess and future queen, it was only natural. And then came ~Character Development~!

 

Additional Questions for the fans

of the GOTG comics (these are not mandatory if you don’t read the comics): Haven’t read the comics but will do them anyway 😀
9. Adam Warlock – A character that thinks they are a god

Bildresultat för the final empire by brandon sandersonLord Ruler from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Though this one is actually quite a justification. Lord Ruler is THE Big Bad in the book who you just really don’t want to meet, spontaneously or planned. He’s not a fun type, trust me.

 

 

 

10. Angela – A character who is different from the rest of the squad but is a vital member

Bildresultat för good omensAdam Scattergood from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Adam is the leader of the ten-year-old squad (+ doggy from Hell) who is still quite different from the others in his little gang. First, he is blonde. Second, he’s the Anti-Christ.

 

 

 

 

So that’s that! Feel free to do it as well :D! ❤

Book Tag #NOPE

Hello guys! I found this book tag on Booktube and although I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I spiritually relate to “Nope.”, so I figured I just had to do it. This tag was originally created by Farah, check out her booktube channel here.

Disclaimer that these are my own opinions and I don’t mean to offend anyone, or to say that I’m right. You’re super welcome to share your opinion if you disagree with me on any book or character I’m slamming.

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

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Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. Right, okay, this ending just made me go big big NOPE in denial. I’m not kidding, I was so shocked by what happened to… you know who… that I was so heartbroken and traumatized. I could not look at the next book aas anything close to innocent. I’m like, really, really not okay. The ending was not crappy no, it just made me go capital NOPE. I might as well have added the next book, but chose this because it, like I said, affected my view on the second book, so the SECOND shocking ending was not as shocking. But still, not okay Pullman. Not okay.

 

 

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy. 

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Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu made me just give up on continuing the series. I’m sorry but I just can’t stand whiny characters that go “I’m a monster” like all the time. This was supposed to be a villain prequel, so I understood that the whole “morality” and self-reflection would be a big part, but the way it was executed just made it scream “Pity me! I’m a poor misunderstood person! I’m a monster!”. That doesn’t make her an interesting villain, just seem self-obsessed and whiny. And not in a comical way, no it’s taken so serious that I cringed. If you want a (sort of, it’s debatable) YA villain prequel, I recommend you to read Revenger by Alastair Reynolds instead.

 

3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore. 

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I read the first two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, then decided to not even bother with the last. I was so excited for this book as the world-building sounded amazing. I expected political intrigue, exploration of a different world, filled with action etc. But oh I should have realized what to expect. An angsty romeo & juliet romance. Ridiculously instantaneous, and equally fatal. But, you know, like all adaptations, they completely miss Shakespeare’s point. I read the second book, but no. Not gonna pick up the last.

 

 

4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

You know, I could fit like TONS of ships here because I usually don’t ship characters at all. On contrary, it’s much harder for me to mention something I ship. Honestly, like I don’t care a shit for like any ship from a YA fantasy/Sci-fi like the hunger games, daughter of smoke and bone, grisha trilogy, the young elites, red queen… You name it. I don’t mean they’re necessarily bad, I just can’t find myself caring about their relationships because, Idk, there’s a world that needs saving.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Bildresultat för warbreaker brandon sandersonFor this I choose a plot twist from Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson that made me go ‘NOPE.’ out of shock for not seeing it coming. If you’ve read this book, you know exactly what plot twist I’m talking about. Or, maybe not. Because there was so goddamn many. But the one, that made me jump up in shock and having to walk around the house to calm me down, was the one that changed everything for a specific main character… oh I don’t want to spoil anything, just read the book! You won’t regret it.

 

 

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE. 

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The question with this one is, which one of them? Mare annoyed me even more in this second book, a lot of decisions and actions just seemed bad and selfish on her part. I could understand a bit, but that doesn’t excuse it.

 

 

 

 

 

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

Contemporary romance. I’m sorry but I just don’t care for other people’s romances, fictional or non-fictional (I’m a horrible friend).

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Oh I think most will agree with me on this one – real life people on the covers. Thanks, but no thanks. I don’t even know why they still do that, like nothing says “Hi this book is cheesy” more than a man or woman staring out intensely. I won’t even bother to look at the title.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Instalove (yeah I have a problem with love in most books if you haven’t figured that out yet). But worst is probably the “I’m not like other girls”-trope. The chances are 70% that I will just close the book if a similar line comes up. I’m sorry but aren’t we over the whole phase of “feminim” stuff equals weakness and is superficial? It teaches girls that being girly is wrong and that a strong woman is someone that slams other women and should look for approval from men. No, just no.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

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Considering of what negative things I’ve heard of this series, I’m not at all interested because I’m just expecting the same disappointment I got from Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I’m very critical to hyped YA fantasy because they tend to be so… “tropey”. And a lot of focus on romance. It doesn’t need to mean that the book is bad, it’s just that I don’t like it. Besides, I have my Vin from Mistborn and Çeda from Twelve Kings so I’m good.

 

 

 

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

Overuse of metaphors and similes just makes me cringe so bad. I just find it so cheesy and unprofessional, like reading from someone who is learning to develop their own ‘unique’ language, but just ends up sounding, well, cheesy. But ESPECIALLY I can’t stand it when it’s coming from first perspective, like in third person it’s mostly okay, but first, no no. It sounds so unnatural. I don’t know about you, but I never think in metaphors.

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

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I’m gonna go with Emre from The Song of The Shattered Sand -series. I just did not care for him as a love interest. Thankfully this relationship doesn’t ruin the book in any way, but I just found never felt the chemistry between Çeda and him. I don’t think the author should have added any romance until later and so allowing it to progress. I just don’t buy the whole ‘childhood romance’ thing.

 

 

 

 

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

28593621Oh my god you guys, this fucking book is the fucking reason I don’t use the rating system on my reviews (if you’ve noticed). It’s just…just… so bad… God the Hulk better watch out if anyone mentions this book in my presence. The only book I’ve ever given 1 star, with 4.2 rating on Goodreads, is filled with romanticizing an abusive relationship (publicly embarrassing your girlfriend is okay, it’s cute to threaten to rape her if she confronts you is okay, forcing her to stay with you and separating her from her home is okay because you love her, remove her birth control without her consent or knowing because you’re the man and you have a right to decide over your wife’s reproductive organ, also when talking about future kids you say you’d have great and powerful sons but if they got a daughter she would “only have her mother’s beauty” (yeah he fucking said that) and so on). And it doesn’t get better with that the male character and love interest is, of course, RIDICULOUSLY powerful. Because, you know, a man has to be powerful and dominant. And the fucking “heroine” oh my god, she’s dumber than a fucking 11-year-old (and she’s fucking 30 or something wtf), she talks like a 12-year-old (I thought she was like an immature 16 year old until her age was revealed). She doesn’t get mad because he threatens to rape her, no no, she gets mad when she finds out that he had slept with another woman years before they met. WTF???

Okay just fucking sit down, I’m not done yet. You know why I kept reading it? Because I thought the love interest would be revealed as the villain he is. And you know what happens when the “heroine” finally confronts him for all he’s done (or, well, some of it)?? When I FINALLY thought “Yes girl!”?? HE GETS FUCKING “KILLED” AND SHE REALIZES HOW MUCH SHE ACTUALLY LOVED HIM SO IT WAS ALL OKAY, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HE DID ALL THOSE ABUSIVE THINGS BECAUSE HE LOVED HER. AND THEN HE COMES BACK AND THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT’S ALL OKAY BECAUSE SHE KNOWS THAT HE “LOVES” HER. SPOILER? NO, I’M SAVING YOU TIME.

I WAS FELT SO MUCH PITY FOR THE VILLAIN FOR HAVING TO DEAL WITH THEM. 

Right, I warned you, this book makes me lose my shit. I’m always trying to sound diplomatic to not offend anyone, but I’m sorry, I AM gonna judge you if you love this book. I’m not gonna lie about that, I’ll accept but I’ll judge.

Can you fucking imagine that trees had to die for this shitty book?

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

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Okay okay, I’m cool, I’m fine. Just got a bit… heated up. But now I’m good :D. Anyway, right, for this question I would definitely NOT want to cross paths with Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It’s not about just their powers, they’re just so freaking disgusting and creepy that I get nightmares just thinking about them. If I ever met them, I would just have to accept my doom.

 

 

 

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

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Right, I’m not gonna pick the one from the Nothern Lights because I already picked it, so I’m gonna go with uhm the “one” in The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I was, not prepared. I was shocked, offended, heartbroken and mentally not okay.

 

 

 

 

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Well definitely not anything from Kristen Ashley, author to Wildest Dreams.

 

Right, that was the NOPE book tag! Do you agree with me on any of these? Are you opposed to any of them? Did you get mentally scared by my rant about Wildest Dreams? Anything you’d like to add? Then feel free to comment!

 

 

 

T5W -Fictional Jobs You’d Want To Have

Time for my second “Top 5 Wednesday”! This weekly meme/tag his hosted on this Goodreads group. Today’s topic is about any fictional job you’d want to have, and it can apply to more than just books. Though I chose to only pick books for this one 🙂


5. Agent in Chequy (The Rook by Daniel O’Malley)

How cool wouldn’t it be to be a secret agent? Then imagine if it was a secret agency that dealt with supernatural threats. Just imagine how an everyday work day might be a diplomatic meeting with vampires, studying an alien substance or fighting a dragon. The only reason this is my 5th choice on this list is because of the mortality rate…

4. Mapmaker (Mapmakers Trilogy by S.E. Grove)

Okay Imagine if maps were more than just a flat piece of paper or screen that you stared at, but could instead come in all different shapes and kinds? A mapmaker could map someone or something’s memory solely by touch, or put their own memory into a map and therefore show the path they themselves took. Some can even map the future! Mapmakers get to travel and explore the world, and as someone who also loves maps, this is a dream job.

3. Valkyrie (Magnus Chase and The Gods Of Asgard by Rick Riordan)

“So what are you doing?” “Well, you know, reaping the souls of worthy warriors, working in a after-life luxury hotel hanging out with rip Einherjars, demigods and gods, fighting giants… you know, the usual”.

2. Librarian (The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman)

As a Librarian in this series, you get pretty much the best job in the world – to read and collect books, plus travel to different worlds with magic, Faes, vampires, dragons… Can you like imagine the absolute thrill and joy of having this as a job? Every day is an adventure, and it includes books.

1. Any job at Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan)

There was no doubt I would have this on my list. The percy jackson series will always have a big place in my heart (where most people have Harry Potter), so between all these choices, working at Camp Half-Blood would no doubt be my no.1 priority. God I’d be crying tears of joy if I became the toilet cleaner. For those of you who haven’t read the series, Camp Half-Blood is a summer camp for greek demigods. Awesome? Hell yeah.


So this was my pick of fictional jobs. What’s yours? Comment below or link to your own blog post (or booktube video!)

T5W – Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

This is my first “Top 5 Wednesday” post, so excited! Find the T5W goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is about books that are great for getting one out of a reading slump. We’ve all been there, those periods when you are at a complete lack of motivation for reading. Maybe you’ve read a terrible (or terribly boring) book, or you have a lot of things on your mind that makes it hard to focus on reading. So here are some of my recommendations to get you out of your misery!

5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Once upon a time there lived a demon, his name was Crowley, and he had one job. One job. And he screwed it up and now aliens are scolding humans for their high CO(2) value and confused Tibetans are coming up out of holes in the ground. Oh and the world is ending.

This book about angels, demons, witches etc. was just so ridiculous and completely free of any tropes that typically apply to books that they’re in (and we’re all tired of seeing). This book is filled with weird and funny things, and definitely, a great book to pick up if you want something light and funny after a long and boring book.

4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Omg this book I finished in like one and a half day. ‘The Final Empire’ is a High Fantasy set in a world ruled by the eevil Lord Ruler (God King was already occupied) oppressing the people known as Skaa. What happens is that the Skaa-thief Kelsier, hell-bent on revenge (and with a somewhat dramatic flair) decides to look big and take down their 1000-year-old ruler with God-like powers. Vin is a young Skaa thief herself who is, without warning, joining Kelsier’s crew of rebel(misfits). What happens next is fun for the whole family.

Okay this is why I will never be employed to do book descriptions. This novel was my introduction to the author Brandon Sanderson, and now I’m currently reading his 13th book and am addicted to updating his website to see how is Stormlight Archive #3 is coming along. Seriously, I’ve always been that person who’ve constantly been disappointed by (over)hyped books – until this one. Some say it’s a bit slow in the beginning, but I honestly did not notice. This book is definitely worth a shot if you feel unmotivated to read.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Everyone loves a good Hero vs. Villain story – but what about a Villain vs. Villain story? ‘Vicious’ by V.E. Schwab is a short novel with short chapters, great for anyone who needs a quick read with a super intriguing story.

2. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

How cool wouldn’t it be to be a secret agent for a secret government organisation that dabbles in supernatural threats, such as vampires, dragons, Belgians, etc. But did you know that that is exactly what Myfanway Thomas is? No, she doesn’t know either.

This book was such a fast and fun read for me, I absolutely loved it. It has everything you need for a fast-paced read if you’re in a reading slump – lots of humour, plot twists, intrigue and a set of amazing characters. And no romance subplot!

1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

12-year-old Percy Jackson has always felt that the world was working against him. When his pre-algebra teacher turned into a Fury, Percy started to suspected that higher forces may be to blame.

The reason why I chose this book as No. 1 is because this book (series) got me out of a 4-year long reading slump. So much had happened in my life, and after so many bad books I just quit reading. Then I got sick. I was in bed back and forth for one year and a half, and then my parents gave me an audiobook premium membership on audiable (it’s a swedish/scandinavian audiobook site). I had heard of Percy Jackson, and as the mythology fan I am, I thought, why not? And, honestly, memoriseI was shocked. memories I had of books was that they were long and boring, but hell I actually started LAUGHING when reading. And I wanted more. The book gave me a completely new view on books than from what I had learned in school, and since then I have read like crazy. My dad had been constantly nagging me about that I should read, now he constantly says “I have created a monster”.