Thursday, 7 February 2019

Harry Potter tag.


GENERAL

1- Favorite book?
 


My favorite book has always been The Chamber of Secrets. I loved the beginning when we meet Dobby, the little house-elf. Dobby is a little bit annoying in the beginning, but so charming and funny. I loved what Harry do for him in the end of the book. I always loved Ginny and Harry, and how their epic story begins in this book. When Harry saves Ginny from Voldemort. It melt my heart as a kid. I fell in love with them from that day. I also liked that we saw a slightly different side of Voldemort, we learned more about him throught the diary of Tom Riddle. In the first book, when I read it as a kid. I saw him as a monster-creature. When I read about Tom Riddle. I felt like he was more like a person and a villain. The flying car scene was another thing that I loved reading about as a kid. Made me laugh so hard. Specially the scene after when Mrs. Weasley sends a Howler to Ron that explodes furiously over the Gryffindor dining table at breakfast. The only thing I don't like about the book is Gilderoy Lockhart. But nobody likes him. He is a terrible person.  


2- Least favorite book?  


I have always hated this question. I love all those wonderful books. My least favorite book has to be Goblet of fire. I love Goblet of fire, but some part of the stories made it a less of a favorite from the other books.  I have never been a sport person. So for me this book was too much about sports and competition. I loved Hermione’s new love of house elves and the “Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare” (SPEW), it was very funny to read about. I loved the development of a certain relationships. I love the Yule Ball part and Ron's ignorance and jealousy when it comes to Hermione and his feelings about her. I loved how this was the book in the series that really changed everyting, both when it comes to relationships and how things became darker and more serious around Harry Potter and his friends. I loved it, just not as much as any of the other books. 


3- Favorite Movie?

I love the movies. Just as the books, they had a great impact on my life. Every time I heard the famous Harry Potter soundtrack and sat in the theater, it made my heart melt and the tears lay in the corner of the eyes. Harry Potter has meant so much to me in so many years, ever since I was ten years old. My favorite movie has to be the prisoner of Azkaban. The movie was so amazing. David Thewlis was perfect as Professor Lupin and Gary Oldman was the best Sirius Black ever. I loved their friendship and how they both come back in Harry's life. Professor Lupin was always one of my favorite characters as a kid. Yes I loved Sirius, but not the way many other did. Lupin was the guy for me. I felt so sorry for him. Just because he was a werewolf, everyone was against him in society. So unfair. I loved the story about the marauder's map and Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. Lupin had really amazing friends growing up. At least three great friends. One of them was not a very good friend or person when they become adult. But that's another story. Another thing I really loved about the movie was the "time-turner" part of the story and of course Buckbeak. My absolute favorite part was when Hermione punches Draco and he ran away afraid. Ha ha! I remember laughing so hard when I saw that for the first time.


4- Least favorite movie?


My least favorite movie has to be Deathly Hallows part 2. It was very sad, emotional and heartbreaking movie. I agree. I loved the last movie, but I missed some things in it. The most obvious reason first, it was the last movie. It is always emotional when you have spent a long time on something and it ends. I didn't like the way Harry won over Voldemort. In some ways it was different from the book. I wish they had included Harry telling Voldemort about Snape and how he had always been a "double agent" and helping Harry because he loved his mother. It was a wonderful and dear moment for me in the book, I really wish they'd brought it into the movie. I loved how there where other around them and they heard it too. How Snape had been there for Harry all the time. I felt Snape didn't die for nothing. I'm glad they didn't show the death scene of Fred Weasley, like they did in the book. The Weasley twins was one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter world and it was one of the worst death to read about in the series. In the end when we saw them grown up with kids, I felt it was sad we didn't saw Teddy, Lupin and Tonks child.



5- Favorite quote?



I have two favorite quotes from the Harry Potter book series. The first is from Snape. "Always". It's a really emotional and amazing quote. It explains so much, by saying so little. Another is from Luna: "You're just as sane as I am.” I love it so much. I love Luna. She is my favorite Ravenclaw girl. 



CHARACTERS

6- Favorite Weasley?

Ron Weasley. I love Ginny, but I feel I love Ron a little bit more. 

7- Favorite female character?

Hermione Granger. She is the girl I grew up wanting to be bestfriends with. I can't say I loved her from day one. That would be a lie. But I quickly learned to love her and I still do. She is my kind of  girl. 



8- Favorite villain? 


Voldemort will never be my favorite anything. Can I say Snape? Yes I feel he is a villain in a way. A misunderstood villain.


9- Favorite male character? 

Harry Potter or Ron Weasley. I can't choose between these two. 

10- Favorite professor? 

Professor Lupin. 



WOULD YOU RATHER

11 - A. Wash Snape's hair or B. Spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.


A. Snape's hair. Undoubtedly. A day with Lockhart, will end in two ways. Either I kill him or I kill myself. Ha ha.
12- Duel A. An elated Bellatrix or B. An angry Molly 


A. An eleated Bellatrix. I wouldn't be on the other end of a duel, with an angry Molly. She is very frightening when she is angry. 


13- Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Express or B. Flying car




A. Travel to Hogwarts Express. In my wildest dream, if I was going to Hogwarts I would love to do it with the rest of my friends on the hogwart express.  Yes it would be funny and exiting to do it in a flying car one year like Harry and Ron, but also a bit terrifying. 


14- A. Kiss Voldemort or B. give Umbridge a bubble bath

I don't like to do any of them. Can I kiss Voldemort like when he was Tom Riddle?  

15- A. Ride a hippogriff or B. Ride a Firebolt

A. Ride a Hippogriff. It looks so much fun :-)

BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION

16- Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

I would say I didn't like Draco it the books that much. In the movies I loved him more because he was played by Tom Felton. He made him more like someone you understand in the end and loved. 

17- Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

No. 

18- Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Richard Harris was my favorite Dumbledore. I loved him so much. 

19- Your top thing (person or event) which wasn't included in the movie that annoyed you most

How Harry won over Voldemort in the end and the scene where he didn't talk about Snape. 


20- If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

The last movie and the scene about Voldemort vs Harry in the end. 

HOGWARTS
21- Which house was your first gut feeling you'd be a part of?
Hufflepuff.
22- Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
Hufflepuff.


23- Which class would be your favorite?
Care of Magical Creatures. If I lived in this universe, I would be a female version of Newt Scamander. Ha ha. I love all of the different Magical Creatures. 
24- Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Protego Totalum. A protection spell that can be used on a dwelling or area.
25- Which character at Hogwarts do you think you'd instantly become best friends with?
Hermione or Luna.

MISCELLANEOUS
26- If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The cloak of invisibility. I remember thinking as a child when I read about it for the first time, how much fun you could have with a cloak like that.
27- Is there any aspect of the books you'd want to change? This can be a character, event, anything.
J.K Rowling killed a lot of characters in the last books. Not everyone needed to die. I understand that a lot of the characters was sacrificed to die for Harry to be more "alone" to overcome Voldemort, etc. But I feel she should have spared Fred's life after all and perhaps Lupin and Tonks. Not everyone from Harry's past should have died. The boy needed someone. So sad.
28- Favorite Marauder?
Lupin.
29- If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
I would loved to save so many of the characters that died in the series. If I could bring only one back it have to be Tonks. I feel Teddy deserves to grow up with one of his parents there. It was so sad when they both died.
30- Hallows or Horcruxes?
Hallows. Horcruxes seems much worse.



Do you love Harry Potter? Which Hogwart house where you sorted into? :-)

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Can't-wait wednesday # 2 : The Priory of the orange tree by Samantha Shannon.



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

I really enjoyed the first book in the Bone season series by Samantha Shannon and I would loved to finish the series someday. When I first heard about The priory of the orange tree I was interested right away. It sound like something I would love and I feel in love with the beautiful book cover. I'm a big epic fantasy lover and I haven't read about dragons in a really long time. So I can't wait to read it soon. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree
Expected publication: February 26th 2019



~ Elin ~

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Winter Biannual Bibliothon Read-a-thon 2019.


Hallo!

I love reading together with other people. Since people who read hardly exist in my life, I tend to turn to the other side of the universe for help - in other word: the big wild internet. I love read-a-thon's. For me, they are a great way to read with someone else and talk with other people about books.

Biannual Bibliothon is a week long read-a-thon, which happens two times a year. The Winter edition of 2019 happens from 12-18 January. Never heard about it before? Visit their youtube channel Biannual Bibliothon for more information. 

1. Read the Group Book Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean Empress of All Seasons I don't read the group book every single time, but I think the book they have chosen this time seems very exciting and epic. It's Japanese fantasy and is based on Japanese Mythology. More I don't really need to know. I'm sold. THANK YOU! I need it. Like, now.  
2. Read one of the hosts' 5 star reads:

     Pivot Point by Kasie West
     Eliza and her Monsters by Franchesca Zappia
     Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
     The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
     The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
     Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
     Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choy
For this challenge, I decided to go for the one book I already have in my own collection. Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
3. Read a book that got you into Reading
There are many books I could have read for this challenge. Harry Potter is one of them. I decided to go even further back in my reading experience. Even before I could read my self, and after I learn to read. After my time with the picture books. I have to admit I was never a fan of them. Who want picture books? I want words, mum. One of the book series I remember my older sister read to me and I started reading my self in my early reading years was The Famous Five by Enid Blyton. I loved those books so much. Timmy reminded me so much about my own dog. I decided to read the first book in the series. Five On A Treasure Island: Book 1 (Famous Five)
4. Read an adult genre
The Clockmaker's Daughter I started this book last year and have already read 210 pages of the book. I love Kate Morton she is one of my favorite Historical Fiction Authors.
5. Combine your favorite genre with your least favorite format or the opposite
I decided to buy Empress of all Seasons as an e-book on my kindle. Yes I have a kindle and Yes I bought it with my own money back in 2015. But I have never been a fan of e-books. Not sure what it is with the format and me. We don't fit well together. This book is written in my favorite genre, so it's perfect. I've read several e-books, but I will always love the old-fashioned way to read a book so much more. 6. Read a book with a cover you don't like I decided to read the nerwegian book Hver gang du forlater meg by Linnea Myhre. The translation of the title from Norwegian to English would be something like this: Everytime you leave me. It's a book that has only 180 pages, so it's perfect for a read-a-thon. I had this book for a while now. Not a big fan on the cover. The book is in the genre contemporary. Hver gang du forlater meg

7. Read a book by an author you've never read before


I never read a book by Linnea Myhre before. I heard great things about the author. I should read more books by Authors from my own country. Unfortunately, I'm not good at it.

I am a bit unsure if I will read all these books, since I am a very slow-going reader and cannot read too much at a time due to health reasons. But I'll try my best. I'll post a update afterwards. Wish me luck :-)

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Can't-wait wednesday # 1



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 Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses, #1)

Expected publication: April 2nd 2019

Magnus and Alec is one of my favorite couple of all time. I love them so so so much <3<3<3 They were the ONLY reason why I read the Mortal Instruments series. I don't want to say I hated Clary, but I never felt the connection to her story the way many people did. So I read most of the series because of Malec. And now we have a whole series dedicated to these two beautiful people? OMG. I can't breath. It doesn't feel real. Sigh. I need this in my life. Now. 

This is me right now:





~ Elin ~

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated book releases for 2019.


Top Ten Tuesday is created by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I'm all about reading books from my already big TBR pile. So I try not to buy too many new books, but there are some releases in 2019 I'm really looking forward to.

Sherwood
Expected publication: March 19th 2019

I have only read one book by Meagan Spooner before. These broken stars, which she wrote together with Amie Kaufman. I really loved that book and is planning on reading in the rest of the Starbound series soon. I also have Hunted as audiobook on Audible. I love Robin Hood, so this looks like the perfect book for me. And a female Robin Hood? That's even more perfect!

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)
Expected publication: November 19th 2019

I have been looking forward to this book so much, ever since Cassandra Clare mentioned it for the very first time. I don't love every book she has written, but she is still one of my favorite people in the entire world. She created Will, Tessa and Jem, and for that I'm very truly grateful. I can't wait to read more about my favorites . Even though I know it will be a little bit sad and heartbreaking at the same time. It will also be exiting to meet all their kids and all the new characters. I really hope to love it.

Pumpkinheads
Expected publication: August 27th 2019

I love Rainbow Rowell and have read everything she have written so far. One of my favorite books by her is Landline. So I can't wait to see what this is about.

Maybe This Time

Expected publication: July 9th 2019

I love Kasie West. Her books is funny, romantic and sweet. This looks like the perfect summer read.

 Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Expected publication: February 5th 2019

Two books in one year? What is this woman made off? I love her writing and I pretty sure I will love both her books.

Evie and the Animals
Expected publication: June 6th 2019

I love Matt Haig. I'm a big fan of his series about Father Christmas and I loved How to stop time. This book looks like another fun read. I love the cover. It makes me laugh.

 Romanov
Expected publication: May 7th 2019

The Ramanov and what happened to them have always interested me. I read books about them before, but sadly never found a book where I really liked the story. I love the stunning cover and hope to love the book too.


Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons, #4)
Expected publication: March 5th 2019

I have seen the other books in the DC ICONS series on Goodreads and around the internet. I haven't been very interested in them. Superman is my favorite DC superhero. I'm not a superhero nerd. I don't read Comics, but I'm a big fan of Smallville (tv series). Lately a fan of Henry Cavill as superman/ Clark Kent in the movies. This looks like a fun and interesting read. I don't have too high hopes, but I will absolutely read it sometime.

Love From A to Z
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 

I love a romantic contemporary in the summer time and this sounds like something I never have read before. It will be interested to learn about another culture from my own.

Don't Date Rosa Santos
Expected publication: May 14th 2019

This looks like another fun summer read for 2019. I love the cover, so sweet and so different from what I have seen before. I can't wait to read it.

~ Elin ~ 

Monday, 7 January 2019

Book review: The lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer. SPOILERS!


In 2018 I read the last two books in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. A series of four books: Cinder, Scarlett, Cress and Winter. I felt like a very long journey, I hoped never would end. I was very fond of all the characters and it felt like saying goodbye to close friends when I read the very last page. I have a lot of feelings about this series and felt that I had to share a review of the series as a whole. This series has given me so much. There was joy, frustration, anger, sadness and a good dose of laughter. This is a series of amazing characters and I have been so fond of every one of them. 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Cinder ( the first book in the series) is about Linh Cinder, a mechanic and cyborg. She has electronic and metallic parts operated in her body. She works for her evil step-mother and her two daughters. Cinder is blamed when one of her sisters get sick. At the same time she meet Prince Kai and is dragged into his world, the country is on the brink of an intergalactic war between earth and the moon. The moon's population is born with special abilities, they can controll bioelectricity in the minds of other people. That way they can change their own appearance and make people do something against their own free will. The earth's population is particulary vulnerable since they are not born with the ability or know how to stop others from controlling them. Cinder is unaware of her own destiny and who she really is. The first book is a "loose" retelling of Cinderella. I love Cinder from the first moment I meet her. She is so intelligent, kind, loyal, brave and selfless. She do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves.

Scarlet ( the second book in the series) is a continuation of Cinder's story. Scarlet began where Cinder ended. We meet Scarlet Benoit, a girl who lives in Rieux in France on a farm with her grandmother. This is a "loose" retelling of Red Riding Hood. We follow both Cinder story and how she meet Scarlet, but we also read about Scarlet's own story. I love Scarlet, she is a really kick-ass female character. In her quest to find her grandmother she meet Wolf, a mysterious stranger. I love the love story between Scarlet and Wolf, but it felt more fast paced than Cinder and Kai. Cinder and Kai's romance is much more slow burn. I love both romance stories in their own way, but my absolute favorite romance we don't see until later in the series. Another character I honestly loved was Captain Carswell Thorne, a dashing and charming foreign pilot and someone who join in on Cinder adventures.

Cress ( the third book in the series) was my all time favorite. I loved all of the heroines and their stories, but Cress was so special and dear to me. Cress is a "loose" retelling of Rapunzel or maybe Tangled. Since the first time I meet Captain Thorne I thought he was based on Flynn from Tangled. He reminded me so much about him from the start. I loved the scene when Thorne saw Cress for the first time and commented on her long hair. I couldn't stop fangirling over that moment. I loved their relationship and how it developed through the last two books in the series. I may have squealed aloud while reading about my favorite ship. I'm a typical girl that way. Cress is very cute and she was not like a typical heroine. She is very intelligent and smart, but at the same she have lived all her life almost alone and tends to easly daydreamed and romanticize things. In the beginning she lives in her own imagination and is very naive about the outside world. I love how she was socially akward at first in many situasion. Ahem… that sounds a little bit to familiar. Ha ha. Nevermind. Moooving on. Although Cress was obviously in love with Thorne from the beginning. I was happy it was a slow relationship. I love their funny, awesome and heartwarming moments together.



Winter ( the last book in the series) is an amazing end to a great series. I was very nervous at times and felt like my heart was stuck in my throat. I wanted to vomit. Ha ha. Thank God this series ended the way I hoped it would. Not that I had my doubts, but I was afraid the author would sacrifice more characters than she did. It's always one of my biggest fears when a story comes together. I love meeting Winter, one of the main characters in this book. Even though this was the end of the series, I was glad the book also focused on her. I wasn't Jacin's biggest fan, but after meeting Winter I understand more of his character and why he did certain things. He was there to protect Winter a hundred percent and after meeting Winter I understand him so well. Winter is a "loose" retelling of Snow White. Winter was so kind and sweet to everyone. I wish she would be unkind sometimes, not everyone deserved her kindness. When she finally did something to someone I was so surprised, but at the same time I was so happy. I wanted to kill the person after the way he treated Winter, so he deserved what happened to him. Love that scene so much. Good for you, Winter! Another thing that really surprised me was the scene with Levana dressed as a old women and gave Winter a poisoned apple. Of course, I know it happens in the original story but I had completely forgotten about it when I read the scene. Even though this series is a bit different since it's fantasy and she needed a cure. Since it was a plague, created by the evil queen. I was happy about the kiss scene. When Jacin kisses Winter. It really melted my heart. I love the revolution part of this book and how Winter was a big part of it. Not only Cinder and the rest of the crew. Winter was not afraid of doing what she had to do and in the end she was one of main reasons Cinder won the entire revolution.

I love this series so much and I can't wait to read it again :-)

If you like books about awesome friendships, sarcastic and sassy characters, awkward and funny moments, fantastic crew, a stolen spaceship, cyborg and androids, an alternative world, fairytales, revolution, action and... happly ever after? I really recommend this series. It's a mixes between fantasy, science fiction and dystopian.

~ Elin ~

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

TBR for 2019.


Hallo!

Today I'm here to share my unread books and hopefully some of what will be my TBR in 2019.

I have a bunch of unread books, like most book lovers. I love reading books, but I also like to collect them. Since I don't read as quickly as I buy the books, some are left unread for a while. In 2018 I read 15 books of my unread pile. I feel very satisfied with that and hope to read more of them in 2019. My unread books: The Paris ArchitectOdd Thomas (Odd Thomas, #1)See MeThe Scorpio RacesPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) Save the DateLibrary of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)A Million JunesBlue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)Renegades (Renegades, #1)The Magicians (The Magicians #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) AttachmentsFallout (Lois Lane, #1)Winterspell (Winterspell, #1)The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1) Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)Tales from the Shadowhunter AcademyLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1) This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Hver gang du forlater meg All the Light We Cannot SeeVassa in the NightVicious (Villains, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)The Clockmaker's Daughter Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)Siege and Storm (Grisha Verse, #2)What If It's UsFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay 9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of AsgardSense and SensibilityMansfield ParkPersuasion Northanger Abbey My unread audiobooks: BecomingHuntedFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) My unread e-books: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) How many books are on your unread list? Read any of these books? Who should I start with first?