Top Ten Tuesday | Books recently added to my TBR

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR“. 

I’m just going to show you the books from most recent to… not as recent? 


 

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

these vicious masksThis book comes out February 9th and I’ve read some pretty interesting reviews of it. It’s supposed to be Jane Austen meets X-Men, set in Victorian London? Color me intrigued and sign me up.

 

 

 

 

 


Front Lines by Michael Grant

Front Lines by Michael GrantThis comes out January 26th. As a fan of Michael Grant’s Gone series I really want to read something else by him, but none of his other recent books have really interested me all that much. And then enter Front Lines. It intrigues me a lot because it’s a reimagining of World War 2 where women fight on the front lines. Nice.

 

 

 

 


My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My heart and other black holesI’ve wanted to read this for a long time but I haven’t remembered to add it to my actual Goodreads tbr until recently. All I know about it is that it’s a little dark and sad and depressing, which I tend to prefer when it comes to contemporaries.

 

 

 

 

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Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen

OdinsbarnThis is the first book in a Norwegian young adult fantasy series that’s really popular here. I don’t read as many Norwegian books as I probably should so I’ve made sure to add a few to my tbr. I don’t know if this is going to be translated into any other languages. It seems like it might be released in Swedish in May.

 

 

 

 

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Read-Your-Bookshelf-A-Thon Round 7 TBR!

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Round 7 of RYBSAT, Read Your Bookshelf-A-Thon, is here! This is a readathon created by BooKss101 over on YouTube. I joined round 6 too, you can read my TBR and wrap-up posts for that if you’d like. 

This round runs from the 19th to the 25th of January

About this readathon: Pick a spot on your bookshelf, and read as much as you can in that direction. You can skip a book you’ve already read (I think) and if you hit a series then you don’t have to read the entire series, just one book and then move on. Pretty simple stuff! 

Rybsat official twitter: @rybsat15

I picked out this spot on my bookshelf, starting with a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time but never got around to. rybsat

The crossed out section are books I’ve already read, so I’m moving on to the shelf underneath this one. 

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Here I’m also skipping the books I’ve already read, thus my TBR pile looks like this: 

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The Girl With All the Gifts – Alright, so this one isn’t on the bookshelf, but since I’m reading it right now (halfway through) I’m going to finish it as part of the readathon anyway, unless I finish it today before midnight but I doubt it. 

Wonder – I’m so intrigued by this, I hope I’ll enjoy it. 

Room I’ve had this on my shelf since 2011 and now when it’s become a movie I should really get my ass into gear and read it. 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone I hope I can get this far because I’m dying to read this book and find out if it’s worth the hype. 

Throne of GlassI doubt I’ll get this far but if I do then it’s about time, right? I feel like the only person in the world who hasn’t read Throne of Glass. 

What do you think of my TBR? Are you participating in RYBSAT? What are you reading?

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Soundtrack To My Life Book Tag

soundtrack to my life book tag

I was tagged for the soundtrack to my life tag by Kat @ Life and Other Disasters, thank you! I often forget to do tags but I’m doing this one now 😀 

OPENING CREDITS: Favorite childhood book

secrets in the fire henning mankellThe book I reread most often as a child was, believe it or not, a Swedish book called Secrets in the Fire by Henning Mankell. It’s about a young girl in Africa who loses her sister and her legs in a landmine. I thought it was so interesting. 

 

 

 

WAKING UP: A book that got you out of a reading slump

I can’t really think of a single book that got me out of a reading slump, because I got myself out of it back when I finished my MA thesis. After I handed it in I read 5 books in one week, which is more than I read in a month. I started that week with Cinder, then went on to Gone Girl, Horrorstör, Anna Dressed in Blood, and The Graveyard Book.

SCHOOL: A book you had to read for school that you ended up loving

life of pi coverLife of Pi by Yann Martel. I loved it so much, I read in a day. My copy is filled with notes and scribbles and all in all just looks wonderfully well read. 

 

 

 

FALLING IN LOVE: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books

patrick nessPatrick Nesssss. Though I can’t really guarantee I’ll read everything he’s written, because I judge every book on its own. 

 

 

 

FIGHT: Book with the best action sequences     

I’m not really into action sequences. I generally zone out both in books and movies. 

BREAK UP: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish

divergent coverDivergent. I read the first book and I liked it but I don’t feel like reading the rest of themI’ve just got better things to do with my time and I already know how it ends and everything. 

 

 

 

HANGING WITH FRIENDS: Book you think everyone else should read

vicious book coverI’m a broken record by now, but Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

 

 

 

 

BREAKDOWN: Book that seriously affected you/had you crying your eyes out

deathly hallows coverWhen you say “seriously affected you” I can only think of Deathly Hallows, because it was the end of an era. I remember the moment I closed that book so well. 

 

 

 

ROADTRIP: You favorite series (more than 3 books)

Harry Potter, man.

 

FLASHBACK: Your favorite book from 5 years ago

half-blood prince coverThat would have to be Harry Potter again, third time in a row, haha. I’d probably say The Half-Blood Prince? Who’s still upset because of Alan Rickman? 😦 Ugh. 

 

 

 

GETTING BACK TOGETHER: What book can you not stop rereading

The only books I reread are………… wait for it………. Harry Potter.

WEDDING: A book that is really special to you

The hunger games coverdon’t pick Harry Potter again, don’t pick Harry Potter again, don’t pick Harry Potter again… Umm. I’m going to say The Hunger Games then, because I love that book plus I wrote my MA thesis on it so that makes it pretty special to me. 

 

 

 

MOMENT OF TRIUMPH: Longest book you’ve ever read

I think the book with the most words has got to be either A Game of Thrones or A Clash of Kings. Which one’s longer, I don’t remember? 

DEATH SCENE: Book or series you wish had ended differently

I wish both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games had slightly different epilogues. 

FUNERAL: Book with the best or worst epilogue

I didn’t see this one until after I’d answered the last one, hah. But I don’t think I’ve read that many epilogues, to be honest. I don’t often finish series pffft. And the stand-alones I read don’t tend to have one (or do they?). I didn’t hate the HP epilogue, I just wish it had more. And I didn’t hate the Hunger Games one either I just wanted it to be different.  

END CREDITS: Who do you tag?

Sara @ Freadom Library
Analee @ Book Snacks
Ali @ Book Lover Thoughts
Brigitte @ The Book and the Bone
Jesse Nicholas @ Books at Dawn
Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny

As always, don’t feel obliged to do the tag 😀 


 

What we learned here is that my life is a Harry Potter musical. Which isn’t all that surprising. I can live with that. 

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

a darker shade of magic reviewA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Published by Tor Books in February 2015
Pages: 398
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
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a darker shade of magic

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

I couldn’t be bothered to write my own synopsis this time, so you’re going to have to deal with the mile-long Goodreads one. 

First off, let me remind you how much I love Vicious. I love it so much, I read it in one single sitting and it became one of my all-time favorite books. I basically inhaled that book. I sat down and sucked it in like a dementor sucking in a soul and it was glorious. So naturally, after reading that deliciousness I couldn’t wait to start this one because people have raved and raved and raved about it. 

Magic, parallel worlds, a royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness (Victoria Schwab’s own description of him), blood magic, magic coats, pirate girls… What could go wrong? Well. Buckle up and prepare for some unpopular opinions. 

I started reading it this summer and I didn’t finish it until right now. That’s slightly more than just one sitting. Let me tell you why. 

It is SO BORING. Like literally so boring. Things happen, it’s not that, it’s just the writing. The writing in this book is bland and lifeless and not at all engaging. That’s the main problem. It doesn’t come alive or spring from the page, it’s just… there. I zoned out constantly and kept having to go back several pages because I had no idea what was going on.

It’s just incredibly hard to get into and I never got into it, no matter how hard I wanted to (because I really wanted to). Every time I put it down I didn’t want to pick it back up, so it became a chore to finish. It had some good moments here and there, usually involving Holland and/or Rhy, but other than that it was a pretty dry read, unfortunately. I know I’m blaspheming right now, but there you go.

I was glad to see I’m not the only one who felt this way. When I skimmed through a couple Goodreads reviews I found Darth J, who felt the same way about the writing as I do (high five, Darth J). They used the perfect image in their review to describe this book:

read me like one of your textbooks

The only quote that stuck with me is this one, and it’s the one I’ve seen everywhere else. 

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”

Things I actually liked:

  • The cover
  • Holland (He gave me angsty feels. I wish he had a larger role)
  • Rhy (yay bisexual princes)
  • Rhy and Kell’s relationship (sibling dynamics is my weakness)
  • Kell’s black eye
  • It ended kind of like a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Take me to the horizon. 

Unfortunately, the things I liked didn’t make my reading more enjoyable. And I rate books mostly on my enjoyment, so it’s with a heavy heart that I give this beloved book such a low rating. It’s not that it’s a bad book necessarily, it’s just that it didn’t hit me in any way, shape, or form. 

Don’t kill me D: 

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Am I just weird or do you agree? You probably don’t but let’s discuss it anyway. 

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The 30 Disney Questions Tag

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I just saw this tag on Jenny @ Jenny in Neverland‘s blog and I couldn’t resist even though it doesn’t have anything to do with books. I love Disney so much. So here we go. 

1.) Favorite Character
Emperor Kuzco! Boom babeh! 

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2.) Favorite Princess
Does Elsa count even though she’s queen? If not then Merida. 

3.) Favorite Heroine
Non-princess favorite? Esmeralda. 

4.) Favorite Prince
Aladdin. 

5.) Favorite Hero
Quasimodo. Bless him. 

6.) Favorite Animal
Simba. And Kuzco when he was a llama.

7.) Favorite Sidekick

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Mushu. And Genie. And Timon and Pumbaa. Have you ever noticed that all the sidekicks are male? Hm. 

8.) Favorite Villain
Judge Frollo! He’s so disgusting, he gives me the most creeps out of all of them. He’s legitimately frightening. But Scar is a close second. 

9.) Favorite Original Character (Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, etc)
Hmmm, I’m going to have to say Mickey. Or maybe Goofy. 

10.) Favorite Love Song
ALL OF THESE ARE SO HARD LMAO. Once again I can’t choose. You’ll Be In My Heart (Tarzan) and I Won’t Say I’m In Love (Hercules).

11.) Favorite Song
I think we’re just going to have to accept that I won’t be able to pick just one for any of these.
Out There (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
God Help the Outcast (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
One of Us (The Lion King 2)
He Lives In You (The Lion King 2. Norwegian only)
Son of Man (Tarzan. Norwegian only because I love the singer’s voice)
I’ll Make A Man Out of You (Mulan)
I LOVE ALL THE SONGS, SOMEONE STOP ME

12.) Favorite Villain Song

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LIKE FIRE, HELLFIRE, THIS FIRE IN MY SKINNN. THIS BURNING. DESIRE. IS TURNING MEEEE TOOOO SINNN.

I also really love the reprise of Mother Knows Best. And Be Prepared. And Zira’s Lullaby (the Norwegian version, because it’s slightly more brutal than the English. Shameless self-promotion of my youtube channel lmao). 

13.) Least Favorite Song
I love most of the songs but there are also many that I don’t really listen to. I don’t think I can pick a least favorite though. 

14.) Favorite Kiss
Probably Rapunzel and Flynn, because the way they did it is so adorable. Does Simba and Nala nuzzling count as a reunion make-out session kiss? I think so. So that one too. 

rapunzel and flynn rider

15.) The First Movie You Saw
There’s no way I can know/remember this. 

16.) Favorite Classic
The Emperor’s New Groove and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. My pre-renaissance favorites are The Fox and the Hound, and The Lady and the Tramp. 

17.) Song that always gets stuck in your head
Same as Jenny: Prince Ali, haha. 

18.) Favorite Pixar Film

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Monsters, Inc. 

19.) Least Favorite Pixar Film
Cars. But I haven’t seen Ratatouille (shame on me) so I can’t be sure. But that movie seems hilarious so. 

20.) Favorite Sequel
The Little Mermaid 2 and The Lion King 2. I don’t like any of the others.

21.) Overrated Movie
Hmm. Bambi is actually pretty boring, but it’s so old that you gotta cut it some slack. And I did enjoy it as a kid. 

22.) Underrated Movie
The Emperor’s New Groove!!!!

23.) Movie That Makes You Laugh
The Emperor’s New Groove lmao. But only in Norwegian. My sister and I tried to watch the English dub just to see if it works and it doesn’t. 

24.) Movie That Makes You Cry
Plenty of them gets me all ;_;

25.) The Saddest Scene From Your Favorite Movie
When they tie up Quasiomodo at the Feast of Fools. Ow my heart. 

feast of fools gif

26.) Saddest Death
Mufasa. 

27.) Favorite Quote
I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s the first one that popped into my head right now. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” – Rafiki (The Lion King)

Oh, and this exchange from The Hunchback of Notre Dame always gives me chills: 
Esmeralda: You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help!
Frollo: Silence!
Esmeralda: Justice!

28.) Favorite Theme Park
I’ve only been to Disneyland Paris, soooo. 

29.) Favorite Theme Attraction
The Buzz Lightyear one was fun. But basically everything we did in Disneyland Paris was my favorite thing ever. 

30.) Favorite Theme Park Show
Because I’ve only been there once I can’t say. We saw Tarzan and it was fantastic. 

What have we learned? That I can never pick just one favorite thing. What’s your favorite Disney movie??

I tag everyone who loves Disney! 

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Top 5 Wednesday (7) | Favorite fandoms

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey. If you want to join Top 5 Wednesday take a look at the Goodreads group!

The topic of today is favorite fandoms. Now there are several ways you could interpret this, but I’m going to pick the fandoms I’ve actually interacted most with and been a part of in more ways than just watching the show/liking the music. 

HARRY POTTER – POTTERHEADS

Obviously. Who hasn’t picked the Harry Potter fandom for this? It’s my first fandom, I started getting properly involved with it when I was around 13-14. I did a lot of roleplaying and fanfiction reading/writing and generally just an awful lot of fangirling. I also dressed up for the movie premieres (not very well though, haha). 

Timeframe of most devoted involvement: 2004-2007

LOST – LOSTIES

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Is Losties still considered the name of the fandom? No idea, but that’s what it was back in the day. I used to spend all day every day on the lost-forum during the time the show aired and some of the friends I made there are still on my Facebook today. It was such a great community, I’m still sad the forum died down after the show ended. 

Timeframe of most devoted involvement: 2005-2010

TOKIO HOTEL – ALIENS

Technically I am still in this fandom because my personal twitter still pretty much only contains people I got to know in this fandom and thus we still talk about them, but I don’t write or read fanfiction anymore and I don’t pay attention to everything that happens. Occasionally I make gifs if there’s something I can’t resist, but that’s been a while now too. If you used to like them back in the day, yes, they do still exist, lmao.

This fandom is/was brilliant. Of course it was better before when the hype was bigger, but the people are still awesome and I’ve met some lifelong friends because of this fandom. Shoutout! 

Throwback to when we (the cozy circle in the front) camped out in the snow from 8 in the morning before a concert:

tokio hotel norge 2010

Timeframe of most devoted involvement: 2007-2013/current

Sherlock – Sherlockians

Is that still the name? I’m so out on the loop on some of these. Sherlock hit me like a freight train when I started watching it in 2012, I think it was. It was right before season 2 began, I think. I don’t read that much Sherlock fic anymore, but I used to read soooo often. This fandom had (has?) some of the best fanfic writers I’ve come across in the sense that I very rarely came across a badly written one. It just seemed like the average skill level was pretty high. Sherlock would approve. 

Timeframe of most devoted involvement: 2012-2014

Shameless

shameless show
I don’t think we have a fandom name, do we? I love this fandom (most of the time…), especially all the great fanfiction it has. It’s amazing, I’ve found some of my all-time favorite fic here. The show itself is kind of rocky right now for me though (that’s what happens when you sink my ship and write out one of my all-time favorite characters in such a disrespectful way. Hmf), but I still enjoy being in the fandom and reading/writing fic. 

Timeframe of most devoted involvement: 2014-current.

What are your favorite fandoms? How do you contribute to the community? Or are you mainly a lurker? 
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Top 10 Tuesday | Books I will finally read in 2016

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2016 (can be bookish, personal resolutions, I resolve to finally read these 10 books, series I resolve to finish in 2015, etc.)“. I’m going with books I finally want to get to, because there are many. 

 

More Happy Than Not

more happy than notI’ve heard so many amazing things about this debut by Adam Silvera ever since it got published last year. I’ve got it on my kindle, so I just need to actually sit down and read it.

 

 

 

 

 


Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of smoke and boneThis one’s on my bookshelf, waiting to be read. This one might be the first one on this list that I get to, I haven’t decided yet. What do you think? 

 

 

 

 

 


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

the strange and beautiful sorrow of ava lavenderI’ve been dying to read this ever since I first heard about it almost a year ago now in a youtube review. The title is gorgeous, the cover is gorgeous, and I’ve heard the writing is stunning too. I don’t even remember what it’s about right now (a girl with wings? Or did I make that up?), all I know is I want to read it.

 

 

 

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