Sunday, October 13, 2019

Books I've read lately.

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I love all seasons, but Autumn is my absolute favorite. I love dark evenings in my apartment, drink lots of tea, enjoy a good book or watch a movie / series on the couch or in the bed, hear rain on the window, and watch the nature change color. Everything about Autumn is wonderful. Lately I've been Reading some exciting books. It's been a while since I've shared what I've read. So here is a list I made. Blue Lily, Lily Blue & The raven king by Maggie Stiefvater. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) It's been a long time since I started The Raven Cycle series ( two or three years ago!?) and finally I finish the series. Yay! I love this book series so much, it's one of my favorite. I'm planning to do a book review of the entire series soon. The raven cycle is a paranormal/ fantasy series by Maggie Stiefvater. Every year, Blue stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them, not until one year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. This is a story about a family of psychic women, mythology of ley lines, the quest for a welsh king, friendship and love. One of the many reasons why I first started reading the series, was because of how much I love the Shiver trilogy many years ago. I love The raven cycle series so much and was hooked after the first book. I love our main character Blue and her family, everytime I read about other families with only women with psychic abilities or witches, I think about them. They will forever be in my hearts. And if you like beautiful love stories? Then this is also a fantastic for you. My two favorite OTP's is in this series. I'm so happy I finish it and I can't wait to read Call Down the Hawk, a series about Ronan ( one of the main characters from this series). Red, White & Royal BlueWhat If It's Us What if it's us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera. I had read books by Becky and Adam before. I love them both as authors, but I was skeptical of them writing a book together. They really surprised me, in a good way. It's wonderful, heartwarming and beautiful. What if it's us is a story about two boys who meet at a Post Office in New York, Arthur and Ben. I love both their characters, they were different but fit well together. I'm also glad more LGBT books are out in the world, everyone deserves to find characters which is similar to themselves. Whether by orientation, gender or appearance. Red, white and royal blue by Casey McQuiston. This is a story about Alex Claremont, America's first son and how he fell in love with Henry, the Prince of Wales. I love this book so much. It was really funny, adorable and heartfelt. It did have a lot of sex scenes. Since this is new adult and not young adult. Usually I don't like sex scenes in books because I feel they are written very unrealistic, but I kind of like them. They where more romantic and funny. My heart really beat for Henry through the story. I did like Alex too. But I felt Henry needed a big and warm hug all the time <3 Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) I finish reading Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings some days ago. I was very unsure if I would like it, but I bought the book anyway. Since I wanted to support them as authors. One of the main reason why I was skeptical was because of all the bad reviews on goodreads. I shouldn't have worried about it all. I really loved this book and I can't wait to read Nexus, the second book. Most know Androma as a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Maurauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader. But when a routine mission goes awry, the Maurauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation- and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past. As the Maurauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted ~ Goodreads
I love the friendship, the action scenes, the world and all the characters. I can't wait to visit the world again and see how it goes with all the characters. Perhaps the book isn't the must original I have read, I recognized a lot from other young adult and fantasy books , but it was things I really loved. So I didn't care that much. I think they did very well to be the first book Sasha have published and the first book they wrote together. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Can't wait wednesday: The fountains of silence by Ruta Sepetys.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to talk about the books we are most exiting about. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week I choose "The fountains of silence" by Ruta Sepetys. I'm a huge history fiction girl and I have never read a book by Ruta Sepetys before. I can't wait to read about Spain in 1957, the Spanish civil war and about Ana and Daniel. 

The Fountains of Silence
Expected publication: October 1st 2019

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother's birth through the lens of his camera. Photography and fate introduce him to Ana, whose family's interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War, as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel's photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

My top 5 favorite audiobooks.

In recent years I have become more fond of audiobooks. I love listening to books in the car, when I'm walking to the library or the cinema, at the Fitness center, while I do housework or on the way to meet my friends. I love listening to audiobooks all the time and is a great tool to read more.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. 

I love when a book is narrated by the Author. It felt like having a conversation with Michelle Obama, about her life. This book made me emotional at times. She did amazing work creating this book and I love her even more after listening to it. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her. From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it, in her own words and on her own terms. 

Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite books. I love both the physical book and the audio book. Michael Crouch did an amazing work with the book and made Simon so alive.
Simon is 16 years old and not so opently gay. He writes emails with another boy from his school, with the name Blue. When his emails falls into the wrong hands, both he and Blue's secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Martin, the class clown is blackmailed Simon into being a wing-man for him, if not, everyone is school will know about him. It's a funny, adorable, sweet and warmhearted story about a boy, finding his own identity and first love.

Save the date by Morgan Matson. I can honestly say that this became one of my favorite books read so far this year. It remineded me about a good romcom movie and I loved it so much. Emily Bauer was amazing. I felt she gave life to all the different characters. She made me laugh so many times. I felt almost a little embarrassed to listen to this "outside", since it caused me to laugh out loud so many times. Charlie's sister is getting married during the weekend and she can't wait to have all her siblings under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one perfect weekend, before the parents sells the house and everything changes. She hopes the house will be filled with jokes, games and laughs again. But the weekend is shaping out to be an absolute disaster. Everything that can go wrong before a wedding, goes wrong in this fantastic, funny and beautiful story about family and love.
This Savage song by Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite books, I read so far by her. Narrated by Therese Plummer, again a narrator who did an amazing job. For me it's always importent that I like the voice of the narrator. if not I fail to listened to the entire book and I often dislike the book itself. What I love most about Kate and August's story, is their non-romantic story. They don't fall in love with each other, it's about friendship. I wish I would see more of friendship in books, where boys and girls are just friends. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to divided city, a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be a ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent. But he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite historical fiction books. One of my favorite periode to read about it's second world war. I remember listening to my grandmother's stories from the war, when I was a little girl, my grandfather never talk about the war to his son's or his grandchildren. He was a soldier and I think, he experienced things he didn't wanted to talk about and wanted to forget after the war was over. My grandmother was a maidservant at a nazi family. My grandmother really got me interested in the time, about the people and what happened. Specially about what the women had to experienced in a war-time. The Nightingale is one of those stories. It's a story about two sisters in France during the war.

France, 1939 

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Can't wait wednesday: The fork, the witch and the worm by Christopher Paolini.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to talk about the books we are most exiting about. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia (Volume 1: Eragon)

A few days ago I came across something on instagram, which really surprised me and made me super happy. Christopher Paolini is out with a new book. I can't wait to read it. Eragon or Inheritance cycle was one of my favorite series some years ago. I really hope to love more from the Eragon world. This book is already out :-)
A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alaga sia. It's been a year since Eragon departed Alaga sia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunar , unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.