A Song & A Book #55

Today’s Song Is;

A cool missile, yes it’s in his smile
With open arms to welcome you
Beware the masked pretender
He always lies, this candyman
Those lips conspire in treachery
To strike in cloak and dagger, see!

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“David doesn’t know much about life beyond the walls of his room, except what he reads in his books. Mourning the death of his mother and angry at his father for moving on so quickly, David is pulled into a world next to our own and discovers all the stories he’s read have come to life. However, these stories are different. Angrier. Darker.

As David makes his way through the world to find the king and the mysterious Book of Lost Things that will help him get home, he encounters adventures he never imagined. But a danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to destroy David and his entire future.”

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

First I want to give a huge thank you to Ally Writes Things for tagging me (thanks!), then I want to apologize for not being very active recently. The thing is, I got a job here (yay!), and a really fun one too as a game master in an escape game, but that means that I won’t have much time to spare on blogging. Add that with the fact that I still study 100% and work 50%…

So I’ve decided that I don’t really have much time to write reviews. I am however considering just posting weekly/daily memes to keep it updated like “A Song & A Book”. But ??? I don’t know ??? I want to keep this blog, of course, I’m just worried how I’m gonna have time to update it. I think I’m gonna do another post soon explaining my plan.

But for now, let’s to this!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator has given you.
  3. Nominate 11 other people (or however many you want) and give them 11 new questions to answer.
  4. List the rules and display the award
  • What book reminds you of a specific place?

Oh that’s gotta be Watership Down – I bought it at Foyle’s and have since always thought of the (5 floor) bookshop and how I spent about 6 hours there.

  • What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown/province/state/country?

Except the Science Fiction Bokhanden (bookshop) in Stockholm, it’s gotta be High Chaparral, the theme park in Småland, when I’m working and living there.

  • Which author do you admire the most?

I honestly don’t know much about the authors I love, but I do admire anyone with the talent for writing. So this one goes to Brandon Sanderson!

  • Are there any books you would never recommend?

Hahahah, yes. Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley is so goddam awful, both writing style and story/characters, but I could never explain to you without ending up destroying half a room. But let me just tell you that for half the book I thought the MC was 14, until it was stated that she was 30, and I thought the male MC was the villain through almost the whole book. That was until the villains were actually revealed, and then I rooted for the “real” villains instead. Never have I been so disgusted by a book and THE FACT THAT IT HAS F**CKING 4.2 IN RATING ON GOODREADS.

  • One bookish pet peeve?

“oh I’m so inlove and intrigued by that mysterious, beautiful boy/girl that everyone else falls in love with but good thing they return my feelings but in like, a really complicated way which leads to drama and shit but hey, fuck basic healthy relationship things like some goddamn communication”.

  • Favourite cake flavour?

Chocolate, lemon, lime, raspberry, sugar –

  • Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery?

Nah… but I do really like my small, golden slipper. Uhm, it’s a family code thing for the women…

  • If you were on a game show, which song would they play when you entered? (what song is your theme song??)

Knowing my sense of humour, I’d probably ask them to play ‘The Imperial March’.

  • Which bookish world would you want to visit?

Oh my god like EVERYONE, even the ones I hate *looks pointedly at Wildest Dreams* just to verbally assault the characters on their egoism and stupidity and abusive behaviors. But like, if only one then I’ll go with Rick Riordan’s amazing universe…

  • Best book of 2017 so far?

The whole series of The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb and The Books of Beginning by John Stephens

  • If you had to give your parents a book, which would it be?

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In turn, I tag – Anna @mybookishdreams, RemiVFoliage, The Infinite Library, Bookish Brianne, MetalPhantasmReads and Swords & Spectres!

And my questions are the following –

  1. What book fills you with both love and anxiety when thinking about it?
  2. If you’d recommend a book to your favorite fictional villain, which would it be?
  3. Which fictional character could punch you in the face and you’d thank them?
  4. Which book/fictional world would have the best version of “Real Housewives of—“?
  5. Which character would you wanna pull off the “let’s pretend we’re getting married to get my stupid family to shut up” – thing with?
  6. In the face of a giant catastrophe, which book would you sacrifice to satisfy the gods?
  7. Name something weird (but useful?) you’ve learned from a fictional book.
  8. An object you’d want to steal from a book?
  9. If you could have the same powers as any fictional character, which would it be?
  10. Which book on your shelf could be handy as a weapon in case of an invasion or zombie apocalypse?
  11. You’re going to hell. Which book would you bring to endure eternal damnation?

The World Is Shitty, Here’s Some Feel-Good Books

Three hurricanes wreck havoc with a devastating earthquake in Mexico, persecutions of Muslims in Myanmar, the Central African Republic’s people are forgotten and ignored by the UN, Kim Jong-Un and a third world war has gotten way too real, starvation, Nazis are marching openly in the streets, cops in “the world’s most powerful democracy” can openly harass and kill black people without any consequences, global warming. Donald Trump.

A lot of people are worried about the current state of the world. Due to all the horrible news stories that are circulating (social) media, it’s only natural to feel angsty. But one must also know that it is absolutely okay to just go offline, we’re not supposed to handle this much human suffering.

Here are a few feel-good books that will put your mind on something else;

 

2581211 I read The Steps Up The Chimney by William Corlett [x] as a child and loved it (and the series), re-listened to it again last year and it’s still a charming story. This is a middle-grader novel you’ll love if you love the tropes of old mansions, supernatural powers/magic and talking animals.

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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn [x] is the kind of short-novel you can read in one sitting. It begins with a very old and exaggerated language, but as letters are being banned, this book just becomes more and more hilarious until I burst out laughing near the end.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones [x] will probably forever stay as one of my favorite feel-good books. It’s a wonderful and entertaining story that I think everyone should read at least once.

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While we’re talking about something everyone should read at least once, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams [x] fits this perfectly. Just completely weird and hilarious, it is bound to keep your mind off the bad things.

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A must read if you love Percy Jackson, The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan [x], the first in his ongoing series Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard is a cute and fun adventure with a two demigod teens, a dwarf and an elf who goes on a journey to find the sword of summer and make sure that Loki’s offspring Fenris stays bound. Would have added his other ongoing series, The Trials Of Apollo, had it not bee for the fact that the villain, being a corrupt evil business owner who wants to take over the world, is way too real.

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Seeing as we already are on the topic of norse mythology, Neil Gaiman’s Odd and The Frost Giants [x] is definitely the book for you if you want a quick and charming story. Perfect to cuddle up with now during the coming winter-halfyear (or if you have an English word for it?).

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Matilda by Roald Dahl [x] have most of you maybe already read (in school), but if not, I highly recommend you this read for any day you need a little nostalgia and hope for humanity.

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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie [x] is another must-read children’s classic for any bad day. And I know how the book is supposed to argue about why it’s important to grow up, it still won’t stop me and many other adults to argue that Peter was right – I want to be a child again with no fear for the future.

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As we’re already on children’s classics, why not mention some more? The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis [x] is such a magical feel-good book that it’ll definitely put your mind on something else. Just don’t open the closet afterward, I tried and you’re bound to be disappointed.

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And now for something completely different. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley [x] is equally hilarious as it is intriguing, wonderful book to light up an otherwise negative outlook on the modern day world. I mean, a secret agency to deal with supernatural threat? Maybe doesn’t sound like such an original concept, but trust me on this one, you don’t want to miss this book.

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Last but not least, who could think that a book about the apocalypse could be a feel-good, especially considering all that’s happening in this world? But no, Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman [x] is a wonderfully hilarious read that’ll make you feel pretty okay about a possible Armageddon.

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Well, those were some of my recommendations! Feel free to add your own recommendations in the commentary field or share your opinion on any of the mentioned (did you agree/not agree? Why?).

And look, the world might seem shitty but remember all those coming books this autumn, winter, coming years…

 

Back From Hiatus

~ Guess who’s back, back again… ~

After 2 months away working at a theme park, I’ve finally returned and got to settle in enough to start blogging again! As I have a lot of school work, plus we’ve got A PUPPY (a Shih-Tzu, name’s Loke (pronounced Lookeh, Swedish word for Loki), super cute and sweet but also got a bit of an attitude. Except it’s dark or it’s time to ride the car or bus. I love him). Wait what was I getting at? Oh right, I don’t know how much time I’ll put on blogging now in the beginning, so expect quite a slow start for now.

2913377To keep you updated, I am currently reading The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a great story, but I feel quite lonely in the fact that I still haven’t fully connected to the story (though I still really like it and the characters). I’ve only heard good things about this book so maybe my hopes were too high (after all, I still unfairly compare all fantasy novels with The Stormlight Archive – series by Brandon Sanderson). But hopefully, the climax at the end will take me by storm, or the second book.

 
11211533I am also listening to the audio book of Terry Pratchett’s middle-grade/YA Discworld book The Wee Free Men. I love listening to middle-grader books like these at it feels like I’m a kid again, listening to my grandma’s story or the cassette tapes of some story. This is a really charming story and Tiffany makes for a wonderfully entertaining protagonist.

 

 

21094391And last but not least, The Romanovs 1613-1918 is a non-fictional book by Simon Sebag Montefiore following the rise and fall of the Russian dynasty that lasted centuries. We follow the historical characters as they are affected, or affect, events that shape the empire. As someone who loves to focus on the people involved in historical events, I must say that I love this book. Easy to understand yet teaches you a lot.

 

 

I cannot say what books will come next, but I’ve recently placed quite a big order on several books that I can’t wait to start.

Here’s my *small* book haul;

 

10468454Abarat by Clive Barker is his first book in the series with the same nameI read the premise and some reviews and was so intrigued by it that I just had to get my hands on it. Crossing my fingers that it’ll live up to expectations.

 

 

 

34394905This is another book I have high hopes for. The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George is a Historical YA-fiction about the Young Nero and what leads up to his infamous madness. As somewhat a history nerd who’s fascinated by roman politics and Agrippina The Younger (Nero’s mother, god I pray this book doesn’t mischaracterize her like the rest of the world), I was so hyped when I heard of this book.

 

345660Summers At Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn is another book I’ve wanted to read for some time. I’ve heard so many positive things about the plot as well as the characters, plus this looks like just the right book to read in some cozy corner.

 

 

 

607014As someone’s who’s name is Ella, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine is obviously a must read for me. I loved the movie as a child, but am shocked to read how many were disappointed by it because the book was better. I didn’t know there was a book, can you imagine my excitement?! I had to order it right away.

 

 

29661618Did I mention that I liked history? Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor is actually a book I stumbled over when doing my orders. I read the premise and was sold. I’ve heard a lot of people who don’t like Time Travel in books, but if it includes history, then I’ll be damned before I pass the opportunity to read such a book. Plus, this is a series with, what, 8 books? I can’t wait to get involved in this world!

 

 

Well, that’s all for me now. I don’t have any ideas for any major changes on the blog, so expect nothing knew, for now. x

The Entertainer Blogger Award

 

Big thanks to James J. Cudney IV @ this is my truth now for tagging me! Was awhile back I think, but now I finally got time to do it :)! Will be very short answers as you may seem, but I got so much to do right now that I hardly have any time to blog at all! From Saturday I will actually be away for two months to work and won’t have time to blog at all, so I hope to do some posts before that I can schedule. But anyway, big thanks for the little award again and well, hope you’ll be satisfied with my answers.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

 

WHY DID YOU START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE?

I had wanted to have some kind of “platform” to share my opinions on books and talk to others about, well, books (because none of my friends here read…). I just thought it would be really fun to have a blog, so I started one! This is by far my most successful, since, you know, all the 50+ ones I had between the ages of 10 and 12.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

oh wow, what an extraordinarily easy question I know exactly what’s my favorite book is.

I’d say right now The Stormlight Archive books (x), The Books of Beginning (x), The Pillars of The Earth (x) etc…

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE THE MOST?

Sarcasm. And hypocrisy.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD AT THE MALL?

donuts, corn in cups (mm…), dumplings, the souls of everyone who stands in front of me in the food queue, ice cream…

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?

 

Hm I’d say 65 million B.C. I love dinosaurs. 😀

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And yes, I am physically and mentally incapable to answer questions seriously.

And I tag Lindsey @ Paradise Books Jessica @ jessicamarie493, Rachel @ paceamorelibri, Battybibliophile @ Caffeine and Books , Saily @ the reading turtle duckSavannah @ the book prophet, Heather Lauren @ heatherlaurenreads, MighyThorJRS @ mightythorjrs,  Amanda @ metalphantasmreads, Jackie @ toomuchofabooknerd, Anna @ mybookishdreams, you’ve all got entertaining blogs :D!

 

 

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 –

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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Big big thanks to the wonderful Rachel at pace, amore, libri  for tagging me for the Blogger Aesthetic Award <3! The award tag was created by Liam at Hey Ashers.

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).
  • Tips:

 

Okay I suck at aesthetic images hahah but that’ll do :’) Let’s see what you can figure out from these…

I tag Sophie @ Blame Chocolate , Chelsea @ Spotlight on Stories (who has a really great theme on the blog 😉 ) and RemiVFoliage !

Monthly Wrap-up: May 2017

Hi guys, haven’t been much reading nor blogging for me lately due to lots of exams and essays now… I managed to read eight books, but at least they were all actually good and I finished an entire series (too soon… still not over it). Don’t expect much from until like the middle of June though. But I’ll try to post some things! Maybe you’ll just see a lot of ‘A Song & A Book’ posts :’)

The Books I’ve read this month;

The Books Of Beginning by John Stephens [x]

Like I said, still not over them. They’re like Narnia, but with pain. I was so exhausted because of a 10 pages essay I had written that I started crying when I thought of what happened to a certain character. But really recommend.

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan [x]

Great listening as well! I’m a huge fan of Riordan’s books and they will always be in my heart (did anyone else start to sing on the Phil Collins song?) because of how they saved me from a 4 years reading slump. Also I’m a huge mythology nerd.

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Mort by Terry Pratchett

Finally started the Discworld series! I really enjoyed this book, and Death aaaw I just want him to be happy.

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

A fun and quick read! The concept of a 12 yeard old super-villain was all one needed to say for me to read it.

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I was actually suprised by how captivated I was of this book, despite it being written in a way that I usually find, well, dull after a time.

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

This book. Omg. When I have time, I really want to write a review of this book. It’s just something everyone should read, but I’m also super mad now on why Ghibli changed the character’s personality. I read a hilariously accurate description of Sophie in the book on tumblr, saying something like

Sophie in the movie: super sweet and wonderful and such a cinnamon roll

Sophie in the book: Sophie, but with a gun.”

And not to talk about Howl. Suffice to say, you need to read this book.

A Song & A Book #39

Today’s Song Is;

You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock,
You know you’re better than this.
Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock,
I don’t believe any of it.

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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[WARNING! Includes spoilers for Steelheart]

“Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David’s willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David’s heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic – Firefight. And he’s willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.”

T5W – Favorite Fictional Mothers

Hi guys, time for another Top 5 Wednesday post! I didn’t feel like doing this week’s theme due to not really having much to contribute with. The theme was ‘summer reads’ from the Goodreads group and I can just remember like 1? I really don’t read contemporary (like, very rarely) so I have no books that really makes me think of summer. And because it was recently mother’s day, I thought to do a ‘favorite fictional (book) moms’ theme instead 🙂

5. Ellen from The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

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An awesome mom and an awesome woman, Ellen is not afraid to tell, or demonstrate, to people what she thinks of them. Although I am a bit (very) salty about the instalove Follett wrote her to Tom Builder, I still love her as a character.

4. Ethel Parson/… from Runelight by Joanne Harris

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Ethel Parson becomes the (un)official mom to all the aesir and vanir and so on. For example, even though she has no reason to show Loki much care, she scolds the aesir and vanir company when they at a point leave him behind, like a mother scolding her children for being mean to a sibling. But she is also not to be underestimated…

3. Sally Jackson from Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan

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(art by Viria)

Sally has gone through hell, even lived with an abusive asshole for over a decade just to ensure her son’s protection. But she still stays strong and positive and always supports her son. But she isn’t all just a mom who drives her son to a battle, but has proven several time to have steel hiding behind the silk.

2. Ronica Vestrit from The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb

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An intelligent and powerful woman who is ready to go through any lengths to protect her family and ensure their safety. She may not be perfect (at first), but her character perfectly executes how we learn as much from our children. Her stubbornness is so strong, that if she were to stare down death, it would blink first.

1. Navani Kholin from The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

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She is beauty, she is grace. She will destroy the conception of the meaninglessness of a woman aged.

An outstanding character, Navani Kholin is the king’s mother who proves that women are more than just the family role they are prescribed. She does really love and care for her children, but she is also a clever politician, a great scholar and proves that you are never too old for romance.