Top 5 Wednesday (10) |Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a T5W but I felt like I could answer this topic, so yay. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey. If you want to join Top 5 Wednesday take a look at the Goodreads group!

The topic of today is “Favorite mothers/maternal figures”. I love this topic, hopefully I can think of enough mothers. I’m scrolling through my goodreads list and not that many books jump out at me, maybe I’m not reading the right books or there just aren’t that many notable mothers in YA.


Alana from Saga

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I absolutely love Alana, she’s such a great and kick-ass character. I still have to read the fifth volume, but I highly recommend this graphic novel series. 

“Ma” from Room

Oh, Ma. I felt so bad for her through the entire book and I felt even worse watching the movie. She deserves a spot on the list. 

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

Duh. No list of mothers is complete without Molly, who is pretty much Harry’s foster mother. Though an honorable mention goes to all mothers in Harry Potter, such as Lily Potter and even Narcissa Malfoy. 

Diana Ladris from Gone

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This list isn’t just for good people, right? Bad people make good characters, so I’m going to include some. Because I’m running out of good mothers, okay. This is a bit of a spoiler if you haven’t read the entire series, but it’s pretty minor all in all, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess what actually happens. Anyway, Diana. I loved Diana when I read this series,  though she’s one of the Bad Guys and I don’t know how well she fits the category of “mother”… 

Lovis from Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter

Um. So I really ran out of mothers. I’m not even sure if I’ve read the book, I think I have, once upon a time when I was a child. I’ve mainly watched the movie about a million times. I’m pretty sure I have read the book though, so I’m going to include Lovis. I have very fond memories of her lullaby, that’s mostly why. Plus she’s awesome. Goals. 

Du varg, du varg, kom inte hit… 

I probably overlooked someone really obvious. Who’s your favorite mother and/or maternal figure? 
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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

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I wasn’t tagged in this, but I was listening to music on shuffle when I happened to scroll past Sara @Freadom Library‘s post and decided to do it. 

I put all my spotify playlists into one folder and shuffled them, so you’ll get lots of different stuff here. My playlists are mainly various OTP playlists I’ve created, writing inspiration, and childhood nostalgia, plus some complete albums here and there. 

RULES

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.
  1. Hall of Fame – The Script
  2. Happily – One Direction 
  3. Home -Three Days Grace
  4. If I Talk to God – The Last Goodnight
  5. Rose’s Theme – Murray Gold (Doctor Who soundtrack)
  6. Doomsday – Murray Gold (Doctor Who soundtrack)
  7. Din kjole lukter bensin, mor – Kaizers Orchestra
  8. Don’t Tell Me – Avril Lavigne
  9. Før Du Går – Sirkus Eliassen (if you’re Norwegian you’re judging me so hard now LOL. This one’s from my party playlist from a couple years ago, if that’s an excuse…)
  10. Boom, Boom, Boom – Vengaboys (my childhood nostalgia playlist…)
  11. Sammen Finner Vi Frem – Ylvis (don’t judge, Norwegians)
  12. The Astronaut – Something Corporate 
  13. Up In The Air – Thirty Seconds to Mars
  14. I’m Just A Kid – Simple Plan
  15. Marry You -Bruno Mars

Why did none of the songs I currently listen to show up? It’s a conspiracy! hahaha. 

This is a very old and popular tag so I don’t want to tag anyone in case you’ve already done it 900 times. Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you want to do it! 

Do you have guilty pleasure songs on your playlist(s)? Or do you not believe in guilty pleasures?

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Tearjerker Alert: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes [REVIEW]

me before you review blogMe Before You by Jojo Moyes
Series: Me Before You #1
First published by Penguin Books in January 2012
Pages: 369

Tags:
Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Buy: Amazon | Book DepositoryB&N
 
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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.


What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time

I read this as part of a read-along with Trang from @bookidote. Check out the fashion related tag for the book she created that we both answered.

This is a book I’ve taken on and off my tbh shelf several times. I don’t know why, I’ve just lost interest and then gained it back again for what feels like hundred times. I finally got around to it now though, and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. 

I don’t read a lot of romance, you see. It’s not my thing, unless it’s fanfiction. But throw in some tragedy and something other than all the lovey-dovey stuff and I’ll be way more into it. And as you all probably know, this is a tearjerker, yet at the same time it’s a book about hope, about finding yourself and living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity. At the end of the day it leaves you hopeful, if a little sad.

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Harry Potter Tag!

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I’m sorry I’m having such a bad blogging month, you guys. I’m scheduling a couple posts today, so I’ll at least be back on track for the next few days. Here’s a tag created by Trang from bookidote! I’m a giant Potterhead so this is perfect.

Her one important rule is that you can’t use any of the HP books in your answers. Uh-oh. 

Let’s roll. 

(All graphics in this post were created by the bloggers @ bookidote. Borrowed with permission.)

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Top 5 Wednesday (9) | Books with “hard”/serious topics

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a T5W but I felt like I could answer this topic, so yay. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey. If you want to join Top 5 Wednesday take a look at the Goodreads group!

The topic of today is “Books with “Hard” Topics (ie mental health, sexual assault, illness, etc). These are in no particular order. 


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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I finished this one last week as part of a readalong with Trang from @bookidote. I still need to write the review, but it’s coming soon. You probably all know what this is about already, but for those who don’t it deals with the struggles of a quadriplegic man who used to lead a very big life. It deals with depression and the much debated issue of assisted suicide. 

Room by Emma Donoghue

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You probably all know about this too, but it’s about a young girl who was kidnapped at 19  and put in a soundproof shed. The book is narrated by her five year old son, who was born in the room and doesn’t know any different. It’s deals with various dark and serious issues that comes with such a kidnapping; rape, isolation, desperation, etc. It’s a good book and a good movie too. 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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This is a book about a 10 year old boy with a severe facial deformity that cause him to feel like an outcast, like people look at him like a monster. There’s also bullying involved. At the end of the day it’s an uplifting story though. 

The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

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Who doesn’t love a good teen murder drama? I sure do, that’s why I’m reading Dangerous Girls as we speak. Anyway, The Basic Eight explores teen murder, as well as drug and alcohol use and sexual assault. If you like really unreliable narrators and character driven stories you might want to check this out. 

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

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Here’s some literary/historical fiction for you guys, but it is also labeled as a YA coming-of-age story on Goodreads. I read this for class back in early 2014 so I don’t remember the details, but I gave it 4 stars. It’s about a woman on a reservation who gets attached and faces heavy trauma because of it. Her teenage son, the narrator, try to help his depressed and traumatized mother as well as uncover the mystery about who hurt her. I remember enjoying it a lot, and there’s a lot of interesting things in here about Natives in general.  

What’s your favorite “hard topic” book? I haven’t read a lot of the popular YA ones about mental health and suicide, but I do have some of them on by tbr. 
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Fairyloot Unboxing! (March box)

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Hey, guys! I didn’t blog much last week but I’ll try to make up for it this week. So yesterday I finally received my March Fairyloot box! Fairyloot is a new subscription box based in London. For us Europeans it might be more affordable than other subscription boxes such as Owlcrate etc. Though if you’re from Norway like me, Fairyloot is actually slightly more expensive than Owlcrate because the shipping is much higher than most of the other countries for some reason… Whyyyy ;_; Though their first box had a discount so I went for it! 

Let’s get to it then. The theme for the March box was retelling.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Booktubers I Recommend

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This weekly meme was was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This today’s theme is a “Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I chose to go with booktubers, because choosing favorite blogs is really hard for me, you’re all wonderful. I mostly chose booktubers who I feel like I could be friends with if we knew each other in real life, it’s important that I like a youtuber’s personality as well as their content. 

These are in no typical order.


Regan (PeruseProject)


Regan is one of the first booktubers I subscribed to. I love her videos and her energy, she’s very easy to watch and has made me add several books to my tbr because of her ability to convince me a book is awesome. 


Sara (SarawithoutanH)

Sara is honestly so funny. So. funny. That’s the reason I just had to follow her after watching her unpopular opinions video (I watched it twice in a row, oops.)


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