Friday, 13 July 2018

Summer Biannual bibliothon 2018 TBR.

Biannual Bibliothon


Tomorrow the summer biannual bibliothon begins and I'm very excited. From July 14th to 20th. I love a good read-a-thon and this is one of my favorites. I'm here today to talk about my TBR for the week.

1. Group book: THE WICKED DEEP

I ordred The wicked deep from the library and picked it up today. I'm so exited to read it. It sounds like an exiting story. I almost never read the group book when I attend the biannual bibliothon, but this time I was really interested in the book they chose.

The Wicked Deep

2. Choose from someone else’s TBR.

All the Light We Cannot See

I decided to pick All the light we cannot see. This is on Abigail's list for July 2018.

3. Try the first chapter of 3 books and pick 1.

Listen to Your HeartTurtles All the Way DownLeah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

It was very hard to choose only one. Leah on the offbeat and Listen to your heart were highest on the list. I decided to go for Listen to your heart. It sounds like the perfect summer read.      

4. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over a year.

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

The kiss of deception have been on my TBR for a really long time. It sounds like an interesting and epic read. I can't wait to read it. 

5. Read a predicted 5 star read.

Since you can choose the same book for two challenges, I decided to pick The kiss of deception for this challenge too. I hope this book will be a 5 star read. 

6. Own voices - different than YOU.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of OrĂ¯sha, #1)

Another book I borrowed from the Library. Children of blood and bone looks so fantastic. Love the cover. Beautiful. 

7. Read the last book you bought.

Save the Date

Never read  a Morgan Matson book, but Save the date sounds like an book I would love. It's also one of the last books I bought. 

To be honest, I'm not going to read six books in a week. I'm not a quik reader at all, but I chose six books so I have some to choose from. My goal is to read as much as I can, I think three books is a reasonable goal for me :-)

Monday, 9 July 2018

My five favorite books to movie/tv adaptations.

I've always been a Movie and tv series girl ever since mom sat me in front of a TV as a kid. I love going to the cinema and I love seeing Movies/tv series at home, with friends and alone. Everytime I read a book, I see it as a movie in my head. But I'm always afraid when my favorite books are turned into movies or a tv series. There is always a doubt about the movie or tv series being good or not, and the way I expected it to be. Nevertheless, I have discovered some movies/tv-series, which I liked very well as a movie and tv adaptations. 

The fault in our stars by John Green is one of my favorite books and movie adaptations. I remember that I sat in the cinema very nervous before it started, but I had nothing to be nervous for. Absolutely fantastic movie and the actors looked great in their roles. I love it so much. Yes, the movie made me cry a bit, just like the book. But it was definitely worth it! 

Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite books. I love the movie so much. A bit different from the book, but overall it was a fantastic movie. I love Nick Robertson as Simon. He was so funny, amazing and heartbreaking. He made me cry and laugh a lot. 

I love Harry Potter. It was a big part of my childhood. I love the movies, even though the books are better. I always felt that I grew up with Daniel and the other actors since I'm as old as him. I still remember seeing all of the movies at the cinema with my bestfriends. I know it's a movie series with many movies, but I choose this as one of my favorite for this list.

So far, I've only read two books in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith / J.K Rowling.  I have all the books so far released. I love the tv adaptations and I really hope when the author writes more books in the series, that they will continue on with the tv series. Tom Burke is perfect as private detective Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger is fantastic as Robin Ellacott. 

Emma by Jane Austen is one of my favorite classics. My favorite tv adaptations of the book is BBC's Emma with Romola Garai as Emma and Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley. I love the actors and they fit so well together on the screen. I love their chemistry throughout the entire tv mini series. The story and everything is so well done. 

What are some of your favorite books to movie/tv adaptations?

Love, Elin.

Friday, 29 June 2018

5-stars TBR Predictions.


Today I will share my 5-stars TBR predictions. I got the idea from booktube. I've seen many predictions videos and loved itI have selected five books from my TBR. After reading them I will write an update post and write how many stars I gave them in the end. I strongly believe that I will give those books below five stars. I hope so! 

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)See MeSave the Date
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)All the Light We Cannot See

Our dark duet by V.E Schwab: I love Kate and August so much. Finally a duology about a girl and a boy with a good friendship story instead of a love story. Yes I love a great love story, but I also love friendship. One of my oldest and best friends is a boy and I love seeing it in books and in tv-series. But unfortunately it does not happen so often. I like a story about two bestfriends finding love don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorites romantic tropes. But sometimes just like in the real life: let them just be friends. Not everyone falls in love with each otherI really hope that will continue in this book too. I need a great friendship story in my life! 

See me by Nicholas Sparks:  Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite romantic adult fiction writers. I loved reading The notebook and a walk to remember when I was 15-16 years old. In the more recent years I have read Dear John, The last song, Safe haven, The longest ride and The lucky one. I love all of them so much. It's been a long time since I read a book by him, I hope to love See me. I think this is also a book that will make me cry a lot, but also laugh. I love his books so much!

Save the date by Morgan Matson: I have never read a book by Morgan Matson, but have long thought about it. When I first saw this book on youtube, I thought: this is the book for me. It reminds me of a romantic comedy movie that is hysterically funny. I'm a little picky with romantic comedy. But if they make me smile and laugh a lot, I love them. I hope the same goes for this book. 

Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor: I have no idea what it's about, but it seems very exciting. And it's Laini Taylor. Sooo I think I will love it :-) 

All the light we cannot see: This may be a little cheating since I once read 100 pages of this book. But it's been a long time, and I have to start all over again when I'm going to read it. I liked the first 100 pages, so I really hope to love this book. Thanks to my grandmother, since childhood, I have loved hearing stories of World War II. My grandparents experienced it, grandfather rarely said anything. But Grandma shared small pieces from what she felt she could tell a child. I love reading about people and what they had to go through at that time. Specially from other countries and places I don't know much about. 

Love, Elin. 

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

June Book Haul.


Today I will share my June bookhaul.

I haven't bought many books in June ( and in 2018). This is because I'm trying to read some of the books I've already have in my collection, but as a book lover, I always find excuses for buying more books. So in June I bought four books. 

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)Save the DateListen to Your Heart

I love the Magnus Chase and the gods of asgard series by Rick Riordan. I'm currently listning to The ship of the dead  ( the last book in the series) on my audible app on my phone. I still wanted to buy the rest of the series for my collection, since I already have the first one. I feel this is a series I'm going to read a lot of times. Love it so much! Save the date by Morgan Matson and Listen to Your heart by Kasie West I bought for one reason only. I needed something easy and romantic, to read during the summer. I love Kasie West, never read anything by Morgan Matson. So it will be exciting to see what I think about the book.

Love, Elin. 

Friday, 22 June 2018

Movie review: Love, Simon (2018). SPOILERS!

Love, Simon is based on Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli. We follow 17-year-old Simon Spier played by Nick Robinson. Everyone deserves a great love story, but for Simon things are a little bit more complicated. Nobody knows he's gay or that he's falling for this boy he is talking to online, one of his classmates - Blue. When Martin, the class clown read his emails by a accident things starts to escalate. Now Simon is being blackmailed and if he doesn't play wingman and help Martin get a date with Abby, one of Simon's bestfriends, Martin will tell the entire school about his sexuality and his emails. At the same time Simon is trying to figure out who the boy behind the emails is. 

I'm a big fan of the book, but I have to say I loved the movie too. Although the movie is not exactly as the book. Simon's hair in the movie is perhaps the biggest difference with Simon from the book. I loved Nick as Simon and felt they could not find a better actor to play him. So for me, it did not matter that he was not exactly like Simon I knew from the book. I liked the other actors too, especially the parents and his friends: Abby, Leah and Nick. Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel was perfect as Simon's parents.

I felt the story itself was much the same, although some small details were slightly changed. In the book Leah don't like Abby and is jealous of her, because they both like Nick. In the movie Abby and Leah seems to be quite good friends and she is instead in love with Simon. While Simon thinks Leah is in love with Nick, which he also believed in the book. At first I thought; What? When she told Simon. But for the movie it did make sense in a way and not weird at all.  I liked the actor who played Nick, but I thought it was a pity that they changed how Nick talk to Simon about Simon's sexuality. I felt in the book they showed more of the close friendship between Nick and Simon, specially after his friends find out about it. Their close friendship has always been on of my favorite things from the book, so I thought it was a shame they did not included it in the movie. I liked that they did not change that Simon told Abby first. The car scene with Simon and Abby was quite similar to the book. 

Martin was just the way I imagined he should be. Nerdy, annoying and funny. Although I always disliked him in the book and in the movie because he told everyone about Simon. I felt a bit sorry for him. Especially his crush on Abby. And then to the one person I was very excited to see ... The guy behind the emails. And yes they find the right guy for the job without a doubt. 

I love how the movie did the secret identity of Blue situation. I liked that we saw the different boys whom Simon thought was the boy behind the emails. Right toward the end. I was a little skeptical when they showed Bram writing emails to Simon quite quickly in the movie. I felt it was the most exciting thing about the book and not knowing who he was right away. Then I realize we would see different boys throughout the movie, writing emails to him, as it was just a part of Simon's thoughts in his head. I was glad Bram was the first boy Simon thought was Blue. Since it's a movie, we can't read the main characters thoughts like in a book. In the book Simon does not understand that it's Bram right away, but he clearly shows that he likes Bram. The modest boy sitting at the same table as him during lunch break. I liked that they showed Simon and Bram together before the ending of the movie, at the party together and at the lunch/school. Simon is not quite aware of the other boy who looks at him since he is busy waiting for answers from Blue on his phone. I found it very funny and sweet. In the book, Bram found out that Simon was Simon pretty early. I think that was also the case in the movie. It seemed like Bram hinted quite often to Simon, about the things they talked about in the emails. One of the thing was him liking oreo cookies. 

I loved the movie and will certainly see it more times. But I felt they made the movie darker and more dramatic, where it was not needed. The book was more light and happy. Specially after his friends found out that he was gay and that Martin blackmailed him. Yes, I understand they were hurt because Simon had lied to them and hurt them, but they did not try to understand his situation at all. I felt Leah had her own reasons. The boy she was in love with did not like her back and he was gay. But I felt she was the one of his friends that supported him most, Abby and Nick used a long time thinking about their own situations instead of Simon and what he was feeling. The ending was another thing they had changed in the movie. I love the movie ending and it was perfect as a ending for a rom-com. But I love the book ending so much more. I feel the book ending is more about Bram and Simon, and their relationship. I must also metion the scenes Simon had with his mother after he had come out and later with his father. it was very touching and I could not help crying when I saw it. Nick Robinson was very good at showing feelings that seems so real in those scenes.   

If you have not seen the movie, I would recommend it. Yes, it's a little different than the book. But I'm equally fond of both the book and the movie. They are unique in their own way.