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…

 

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A Song & A Book #50

Today’s Song Is;

I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I’m breathing in the chemicals

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world.”

 

 

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

A Song & A Book #49

Today’s Song Is;

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there’s not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.
This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and let’s start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“Vin, the street urchin who has grown into the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy new society in the ashes of an empire. Three separate armies attack. As the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.”

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?

 

 

A Song & A Book #48

Today’s Song Is;

Lining up for the grand illusion
No answers for no questions asked
Lining up for the execution
Without knowing why

And The Book I Chose For This One Is;

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“In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?”

 

First Lines Friday #2

Hi guys! I’m actually back with the ‘First Lines Friday’, can’t believe I actually forgot about this weekly meme haha… but anyway, I’m planning on posting for this meme every Friday from now on for as long as possible. 🙂

The Rules Are The Following;

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

 

” A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep.

Hello listeners. To start off, I’ve been asked to read this brief notice. The City Council announces the opening of a new Dog Park at the corner of Earl and Summerset, near the Ralphs. They would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed in the Dog Park.”

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Mostly Void, Partially Stars introduces us to Night Vale, a town in the American Southwest where every conspiracy theory is true, and to the strange but friendly people who live there.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars features an introduction by creator and co-writer Joseph Fink, behind-the-scenes commentary and guest introductions by performers from the podcast and notable fans, including Cecil Baldwin (Cecil), Dylan Marron (Carlos), and Kevin R. Free (Kevin) among others. Also included is the full script from the first Welcome to Night Vale live show, Condos. Beautiful illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth accompany each episode.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars is an absolute must-have whether you’re a fan of the podcast or discovering for the first time the wonderful world of Night Vale.”

 

A Song & A Book #47

Today’s Song Is;

Fight or flight
Was the decision ever mine?
It was never mine

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is; (This song was actually based on this book/series)

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“Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.

And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay – the symbol of rebellion – no matter what the personal cost.”

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!

 

 

A Song & A Book #46

Today’s Song Is;

And if you’re in love, then you are the lucky one
‘Cause most of us are bitter over someone
Setting fire to our insides for fun
To distract our hearts from ever missing them
But I’m forever missing him

And you caused it

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“The adventures of siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma come to a stunning conclusion when they must find the last Book of Beginning–the Book of Death–before the Dire Magnus does, for when all three books are united, their combined power will be unstoppable.
Soon Emma is on a journey to places both worldly and otherworldly, confronting terrifying monsters and ghosts, and what is darkest within herself. As the fabric of time begins to fray, she becomes the final piece of an extraordinary puzzle. Only if she can master the powers of this most dangerous book will she, Kate, and Michael be able to save the world from the dramatic, deadly final confrontation between magical and ordinary people that the Dire Magnus has in store.”