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 Alaga√ęsia (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.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Movie review: While you where sleeping (1995).






I'm a huge fan of romantic movies from the 80 and 90'sI was born in 89 and spent much of my childhood watching these movies. Especially in the late 90's and early 2000's. I don't quite know what they did in the romantic movies before, which they don't do today. I feel the romantic movies that are being made now are missing something. I never like them as well as the good old ones. While you were sleeping ( from 1995) is a romantic drama/comedy with Sandra Bullock as the main character Lucy and Bill Pullman as the love interest Jack. I loved this movie so much and the ending was so amazing. Ok, let me start at the beginning...


Lucy Moderatz is a lonely girl without a family, working as a collector for Chicago Transit Authority. She has a secret crush on a commuter name Peter Callaghan, althought they are complete strangers. On Christmas day, she rescues him from the oncoming Chicago "L" Train after a group of muggers push him onto the tracks. He falls into a coma and she accompanies him to the hospital, where a nurse overhears her musing aloud as wishful thinking " I was going to marry him", the nurse tells his family that his fiance brought him in At first, Lucy is too caught up in the panic to explain the truth. She winds up keeping the secret for a number of reasons: she is embarrassed, Peter's grandmother Elsie has a heart condition, and Lucy quickly comes to love being a part of Peter's big, loving Family. Then she meet Jack, Peter's brother. He is suspicious at first. After spending a lot of times together, which leads to a close friendship, they fell in love with each other. They both try to stay away from feeling anything else then friendship of different reasons. Lucy is caught in the net of all the little lies and Jack thinks he has fallen for his brother's fiance. There's not much that happens physically between Lucy and Jack throughout the movie. I totally fell for them for the simple things. Their first meeting ( and second), the looks they send each others over the family dinner table, the innocent (or maybe not so innocent) kiss under the mistletoe in front of the family, when they talk about dreams they have - Lucy who wishes to travels and Jack who wishes to start his own business instead of being part of the family business with his father, Jack's small jealousy over the guy next door for Lucy, when they arguing over small things, when he follows her home - and they both falls on the ice and when he gave her the snow globe with the place she wanted to visit. I loved the normalization in the movie, a lot of the things happened in the movie that seems like something that could have happened in real life and in an ordinary family. I specially loved the family, they seemed just as important characters as Jack and Lucy. I wished to be part of the family when the movie ended. They where so charming and sweet all of them. I give this movie six stars without a doubt. Definitely worth seeing and highly recommended.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

TBR for August 2019. Avid August Challenge + Bout of Books read-a-thon.




Kathy from Books and munches challenges us in August to read the books we had on our previous TBR, but never read. I love participate in read-a-thon's and I have done a lot of them in recent years, I decided to use the books I never read in those read-a-thon's for this challenge. In hope to finally read them.



I'm not going to be able to read all of them in August, but I hope to read them in the next few months.  The perks of being a wallflower is a re-read.

On my kindle:


 




Bout of Books round 26 August 19th-25. 

My TBR for the read-a-thon: 

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone illustrated by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay. ( Re-read). 
The wedding date by Jasmine Guillory ( on my kindle).
The unexpected everything by Morgan Matson ( on audiobook). 
 

Monday, July 29, 2019

The reading rush Wrap up!


Hi, there!

This week, during the The Reading rush read-a-thon, I read 960 pages. I'm super happy about it, my plan all along was to read around 1000 pages. I can't read as much as I have done previous years due to migraine, so for me to read almost 1000 pages in a week, is amazing. With the help of a audiobook, which don't affect my migraines in same way has physical reading, I read almost two books and one graphic novels. I had a lot of fun. I read: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Rat Queens Volume 5 ( graphic novel). almost finish Save the date by Morgan Matson and I read 147 pages of Zenith by Sasha and Lindsay. Pages I read during the week: Monday: 160 pages. Tuesday: 100 pages. Wednesday: 204 pages. Thursday: 154 pages. Friday: 99 pages. Saturday: 89 pages. Sunday: 154 pages. Total page read: 960 pages. Reading Challenges I completed: Read a book in the same spot the entire time. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

The Reading rush TBR.



The Reading Rush ( previously booktubeathon) is a week long read-a-thon from July 22nd-28th. For 2019 they created a new page where you can have your own profil, become friends with other who participate in the read-a-thon, forums, log your activity and so much more. My profil on the Reading rush web side, if you like to add me as a friend :-)

I'm planning on participate, but are unsure how much I will read. I can't possibly get through everything on my list, but I have chosen one book for every challenge. So I have some books to choose from.

Reading challenges: 

1. Read a book with purple on the cover - Daisy Jones & the six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time - Rat Queens Volume 5 ( graphic novel).
3. Read a book you meant to read last year - Save the date by Morgan Matson.
4. Read an author's first book - Zenith by Sasha Alsbergs and Lindsay Cummings. ( This is only Sasha's first book, not Lindsay. But I decided to cheat a little bit :-P)
5. Read a book with a non-human main character - The dark prophecy ( The trials of Apollo # 2) by Rick Riordan.
6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title - The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (re-read).
7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ( re-read).


Saturday, July 20, 2019

My new obsession: Annotate my books.



Hi, everyone!

Let's talk about annotation. What am I talking about? Writing, highlight and underline in your books. For some, this is a big book sin. Why do something so awful to your books? For other (like me) this is another way of reading. I love it so much and can't quite understand why I didn't do this before.

The dictionary answer to what annotation means.

1. add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments
2. provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases

What I use to annotate I love using indexflicker/ post it tabs in different colors. Generally in green, yellow, pink, orange, blue and purple ( six different colors). My color coding system is almost the same in every book. Sometimes I change it. In fantasy books I also like to tab foreign words or magic words for the specific world. I always write in the beginning of the book what the different colors mean. Sometimes I stick post it notes inside the book, when I like to write my own thoughts and sometimes I write in the book. I love highlight or underline my favorite part. Green: Positive. Moments I like or characters I like. Yellow: Funny moments. It doesn't have to be meant as funny, but if it makes me laugh. Then I mark it in yellow. Pink: Relationship; friendship, families and romantic. Orange: Favorite quotes. Blue: Negative. Moments I don't like. Something that makes me annoyed, sad or angry. Purple: In fantasy books: About the world and foreign words. In short stories or poem collection: Favorite poem or short stories. Sometimes when I don't need the purple for anything else I use this for friendship moments. Why, annotate? It makes my reading experience much more fun and interesting. I notice a lot more details and I'm more specific in what I like and not. It helps me when I write a review of a book or talk about the book with others. When I re-read a book, it's fun to see what the past-I thought of the book. My inspiration for annotate my books I found on Booktube. Naya ( the girl above) from Naya reads and smiles really convinced me that writing in my books and highlight is not a bad thing. Do I annotate every book I read? Yes so far. Still I don't mark up my books right away. Sometimes I'm not sure if I will like a book and I like to give away the books I don't like to friends and used bookstores. I never write in a book until I know I will love it and like to keep it. Post it notes is a great way of writing in your books, without actually writing in the book itself. I always tabs from the first page, you can always take them out if you don't like the book. Sometimes I borrowed books from the local library. Since it's not my book, I can't write in it. I still tab it, but instead of underline or highlight and writing in the book, I use post it notes. Then after finish the book before taking them out, I write my thoughts over in my book journal. This is another great way of annotate, if you don't like writing in your books.
If you are still uncertain, whether annotate is something for you? Then you should read "How to mark a book" by Mortimer J. Adler. Naya share this link to a text with her viewers and it's fantastic. Every reader should read it. What do you think? Is annotate a bad or a good thing?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mid year book freak out tag.

Hallo! I've seen this book tag floating around the internet lately. I figured it would be fun to see what I think about my reading so far into the year. Not sure how we ended up being here, but we are already halfway through 2019.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019. Becoming I bought this on my audible app and have listened to it on and off in recent months. I loved Becoming by Michelle Obama so much. She is a wonderful woman. Her story is so honest, delightful and heartwarming to read.
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
I finally completed The raven cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved this series so much, it made me both sad and so happy to finally read the ending. I would say the series is not for everyone. If you do like supernatural and crazy magic, you would absolutely love this series. The characters is reletable and the romance stories so sweet and adorable. I love the magic, it's strange and make no sense a lot of times, still so fascinating and very interesting. 3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to. The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) I wasn't a big fan of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Still, I found something good in the series that I loved. Alec and Magnus or Malec, which is the shipper name for the couple. I can't wait to read a book about them :-)
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Duh… Call Down the Hawk of course. I love Ronan Lynch from The raven cycle so much and I can't wait to read more about him ( and hopefully Adam). Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1)
5. Biggest disappointment.
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
This was a book I thought I would give 5 stars when I heard about it, it seemed like a perfect book for me. Unfortunately, it was only a 3 stars read. I'm still unsure if I want to read the last book, it's only a duology. You like to read my review? Click here.
6. Biggest surprise.
Birthday Girl
I don't read much of new adult/contemporary/romance books.  I bought it cheaply on my kindle and didn't have big hopes for Birthday Girl. Thought it would be some easy-to-read clich√© mess. I loved the book so much. I loved the characters and I loved the weird love story. Which is usually not my cup of tea. You like to read my review? Click here. Would this kind of love story be something I would like in real life, probably not. But in this book it works very well. Love is love, right?
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Penelope Douglas without a doubt. I hope to read more of her in the future.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. I loved Pike so much.  He was very responsible and caring type, his personality really melted by heart. 

9. Newest favourite character.
Elodie Winslow from The clockmaker's daughter by Kate Morton. She was one of my favorite characters in the book. I loved her personality and I wanted to be her in the story a lot of times. Specially when she meet Jack <3
10. Book that made you cry.
Some part of Becoming by Michelle Obama made me cry. Specially when she talked about the hard times in life. It really was emotionally.
11. Book that made you happy.
Fangirl I re-read recently Fangirl and annotated the book for the first time. Fangirl is one of my favorite contemporary/young adult books and Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors in that genre. I always feel so happy when I read Fangirl. I love Cath. The main character. I love her love interest Levi. He made me smile and giggle like a teenage girl again. I love her roommate Reagan so much. I love her rough-around-the-edges personality. She was fantastic and made me laugh a lot of times. I need friends like Levi and Reagan in my life.


12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received) I've been a good girl this year and haven't bought many new books. I've only bought two or three books so far, I've only read one of them. The raven king by Maggie Stiefvater. The raven king ( or the entire The raven cycle series) is a very beautiful series. I loved it so much. I can't say that enough. One of my favorite series :-)
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I hope to read some more of my TBR list. It's not a problem for me having many books on TBR, but I hope to read more of them. That's why I bought them in the first place. My TBR is around 40 books. So not too many books. Some of my books on my TBR list: The Scorpio RacesPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)A Million JunesLibrary of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Renegades (Renegades, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1) Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)Vicious (Villains, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)All the Light We Cannot SeeZenith (The Androma Saga #1)The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Hope you all have had a good reading year so far :-)