Thursday, April 19, 2018

My current journals.

My journals

My Journals.

I have always loved writing, at school I loved writing short stories and essays. In primary school we were given the task from a teacher to write in a journal for a week. Thanks to this teacher, I decided to start writing in a diary the following year, my first year in High School. I wrote in a diary for about two years before I got tired of it. I tried many times to start a diary or journal again, but always ended up throwing it away after just writing a few pages. But in 2016, two years ago, I found my interest again for diaries and journals. 

I first started using a Hobonichi as a daily diary. It's actually a planner that many people use as a kind of journal. Since I'm not the best in art og drawing, I did most writing in it. Since then I have used many different kind of notebooks. Today I have five different journals, which I use for different things.

  • The blue book: Journal prompts. I love writing and prompts give me a chance to write more. A great way to answer question about your self or think about things from your past life you perhaps have forgotten for some years. 
  • The first red book: Gratitude journal. I must honestly admit that I'm not as good at using it as I should. In this journal I write down five things that I am grateful for during the day. 
  • The second red book: Dream journal. I dream a lot of weird dreams and I usually don't remember what I've dreamed about. Only the feeling of waking up and thinking: What the hell? Lol. But when I do remember, I find it very fascinating and have to write about it in this journal.
  • The green journal: My everyday journal. In this journal I write about everything between heaven and earth, things I feel I must tell the future me. 
  • The flourished journal: My Hobonichi journal. Since 2016 I have had a hobonichi journal/planner every year. This year I have used it to write in, filled it with stickers and washi tapes, pictures, to-do list, my favorite lists and some drawings. Yes, I try to get better at drawing. I love drawing, but I'm far from good at it. 
Do you like journals? Do you have any tips for journals/notebooks you like to write in? Feel free to share with the world :-)

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Hardest Game Of "Would You Rather?" For Book Nerds

1. Would you rather have a friend who loses your books, or one who dog-ears them?
I never lending out my books to any of my friends. Although I am very fond of all my friends, I am always afraid that they will have done something with my books when I get them back. I mean very terrified. Sorry, friends. But I think I'd like dog ears instead of never getting back my books. 

2. Would you rather secretly love a book everyone else hates, or secretly hate a book everyone else loves? 
I feel I'm very honest about what I like and don't like but if I have to choose I would rather secretly hate a book everyone else loves. Because if I love something, I would like to share and talk about it with the world.

3. Would you rather be stuck on a very long plane or train ride without a book?
I think I choose on a airplanes. Both would be boring, but I choose a plane because I have not taken a plane that often. So it would be more interesting just to look around me and look out the window.

4. Would you rather have dinner with your favorite author or your favorite character?
Favorite book character without a doubt. I have met so many amazing characters I have liked through the books I have read. Could be very interesting to meet them for real. 

5. Would you rather date a character you have a crush on or your crush from real life?
The book lover in me wants to say character crush but at the same time I have feelings for a guy who really exists so if I got the chance I would like to date him too. Very difficult!. But I think unfortunately I have to choose the last one. He may not be William Herondale, but he is mine William Herondale.

6. Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie, or your favorite movie turned into a book?
Favorite movie turnes into a book. Or a TV series to be more accurate. I have been completely hooked on Salvation lately and I would do anything for it to be a book or book series. Darius is just so amazing. Aww. He is one of the main characters for those who have not seen the series and he is British. Yes, I have a thing for British guys. ❤

7. Would you rather read a book with an annoying cliffhanger, or one where your favorite character is killed off?
I feel I'm one of the few people who like annoying cliffhangers. I feel it makes the end a bit more open and you can imagine what will happen next. So Yeah I choose rather annoying cliffhangers than a character killed off. 

8. Would you rather lose the ability to read any new books, or the ability to reread books you've already read?
Lose the ability to read any new books. Sorry but I can't live without my Harry Potter books.

9. Would you rather live in a library or a bookstore?
Library. I love old things. 

10. Would you rather lose your place or get a paper cut every time you read a book?
I hate paper cut but at the same time I hate losing my place. But I guess I had to choose losing my place over hurting everytime I read a book.

11. Would you rather have to always read in the dark, or always read books with tiny text?
Read in the dark. I hate tiny text. So annoying. 

12. Would you rather read by a fireplace, or on the beach?
Read by a fireplace. I love the beach but nah... fireplace sound much more fun and cozy for reading.

Happy reading everyone!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Books I read in March.

Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8)How to Stop Time

I didn't  read much in March. Still, I'm happy with what I've read. Saga 8 was just so ... amazing. I gave it 5 stars on goodreads. I love the graphic novel series so much. I'm really looking forward to volume nine. Giant Days was another graphic novel series I wanted to try out. So I read the first volume. I think it was ok and gave it 4 stars. It is a series about three girls in Collage. So to the book I read this month. How to stop the time by Matt Haig. I love books that deals with history and humans life. The book is about a guy who lived through one century after the other. A man who looks like he's a little over 40, but because of a rare condition has lived for hundreds of years. There is much that has happened and changed in history since the protagonist Tom was born in 1599 and until the present. If you like history and details from historical times, I strongly recommend it.

Read something exciting in March? Please share below. I would like to have more reading tips for the future.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Books I want to read in April.

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)By Your SideThe Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)Zoo

During April, I hope to finally finish Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan and Winter by Marissa Meyer. I have read both books for a long time without completing any of them. I have also ordered the next book about Magnus Chase from the library, so I hope to read it too. By your side by Kasie West is a book I wanted to read since it is spring outside. I like reading romantic books while waiting for the summer. Zoo by James Patterson is not a kind of book I would have picked up by myself. Science Fiction is not exactly something I read very often. The only reason I ordered this from the library is that one of my favorite TV shows is based on this book. Yay! Unfortunately, the series only got three seasons and I have to wait for the last season to come on Netflix. So I decided to try out the book version.

What are you reading in April?

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2018 TBR.

Last month, I completed almost five books from my TBR. Yay! I am very pleased after such a success. So I decided to make a TBR list for this month too. 

How to Stop TimeWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I'm currently reading How to stop time  and Winter. Winter I started listening to on audiobook at the end of February. So I hope to finish it in the course of this month.

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)All Our Wrong TodaysFullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8)Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)

I love the local library and have borrowed a lot from them lately. This month, I hope to read two books, two graphic novels and a manga I borrowed from them. 

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

And two books from my own bookshelf of unread books. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wrap up February.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaFairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)They Both Die at the End

In February, I completed six books. Something I'm incredibly proud of. February was a short month and yet I managed to read over all expectations. 

Favorite book:

Very difficult to choose only one book this month. But I choose Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I have been looking forward to reading that book ever since I read the first book in the series. A lovely series and I really looking forward to the next adventure with Audrey Rose and Thomas. I love Thomas so much. He is so charming, funny, sweet and irresistibly handsome. 

Honorable mention: Cress by Marissa Meyer.

Yes, I can only choose one as a favorite book, but felt I had to mention Cress as well. This is also a huge favorite. I read most of it in January, but I completed the book in February. I love Cress so much, both the book and the main character Cress.  Of all the girls I've read about so far in The Lunar chronicles, is Cress my absolute favorite. I probably think the reasons why is that she is a retelling of Rapunzel ( Tangled is one of my favorite disney movies) and her love interest Thorne is so charming. My favorite Captain. 

Surprise of the month:

A Court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas.

This book was a really suprise for me and not in a good way. I had this book standing in my bookshelf since I bought it a few years back. I was quite a hundred percent sure it would be perfect for me and something I would like to read. Unfortunately, this became a DNF for me. I completed almost 200 pages, but after countless times trying to finish the rest of the book. I had to DNF it. 

Disappointment of the month: 

A court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas. I felt this book was both a disappointment and a suprise that I didn't like it. 

Rating of the month:

Cress by Marissa Meyer : 5 stars.
Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli : 5 stars.
Fairest by Marissa Meyer : 2 stars.
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: 5 stars.
A Court of thorns and roses by Sarah J. Maas  : 2 stars.
They both die at the end by Adam Silvera : 4 stars.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book talk/review: Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I want to say with all my heart that this is my favorite book, apart from Harry Potter. Read it back in 2015, then I listened to the audiobook this year. I have also bought the new edition of the book since I did not have the book in my book collection. Although I feel it would not have stopped me from buying the new edition. This is a book worth buying several times.This is a book that give me so many feelings. I love it so much!😍

The book is about sixteen-seventeen-year-old Simon Spier who has a big secret. He is gay and have not told anyone, except Blue; the boy he e-mails with. Blue is another boy who goes to the same school as him (they both have the same secret) and Simon does not know who he is. One day, Martin, the clown of the class, reads Simon's mail account by mistake. Simon is blackmailed to help Martin get a date with Abby, one of Simon's best friends.

With humor, emotions and charming personality, Simon is a character I feel deeply for. He is so sweet, funny and adorable. He is not a flawless character, but I felt it was what made him so human and likeable. I liked how he was not afraid of coming out, but instead he felt everyone (and specially is family) would make it a big deal. For him it was only part of who he was. I like the family's way of responding to it and especially his friends. My favorite was when he told Nick. I laughed so hard of that scene in the book. Nick is a really funny and sweet friend. 

"Did you just tell us you're gay?" Asks Nick
"Okay," he says. Abby swats him. "What?"
"That's all you're going to say? Okay?"
"He said not to make a big deal out of it," Nick says. "What am I supposed to say?"
"Say something supportive. I don't know. Or awkwardly hold his hand like I did. Anything"
Nick and I look at each other.
"I'm not holding your hand," I tell him, smiling a little.
"All right"--he nods--"but know that I would.”

My favorite characters, apart from Simon, were without doubt Simon's supporters. I really enjoyed his  parents and his sisters - Nora and Alice, Blue - his future boyfriend, his friends Nick, Leah and Abby. I felt Leah, Nick and Abby helped make this book very humorous and typical teenager dramatically at times. Nick and Abby obviously have feelings for each other, while Leah also has feelings for Nick. So it's in a way a slightly "little" love triangle between them. With poor Simon trying to be bestfriend with all of them. I enjoyed his friendship with all of them, but specially Nick. I like a good heterosexual - gay  friendship, which does not change even thought one of them is gay. 

“What's a dementor?"
I mean, I can't even. "Nora, you are no longer my sister."
"So it's some Harry Potter thing," she says.”

I could not help smiling over all the times Simon mentioned Harry Potter❤ Specially the scene between Nora and him was priceless and so funny. It felt like a conversation between me and my older sister. Ha ha she would have said exactly the same as Nora.

I love the sweet ending between Simon and Blue.  I can't wait to read it again when I get the new edition in the mail box. I don't re-read books often, but I feel this book I can read a hundred times without getting bored of it. 

“It's you, " I say.
"I know I'm late," he says.”

I'm so happy for the movie and love the title "Love, Simon". The trailer looks amazing, looking forward to seeing it and sharing my opinions about it eventually. I really hope that the movie is coming to the cinema in Norway too.