a tiny update + goals

I have been home from Spain for a week now and I feel like my days have been filled with stuff to do. I’m still cleaning my room, and working on that. I’m still trying to write and read as much as possible. And I have been hanging out with friends and family before everyone goes off for school and work and whatever else.

Before we left for Spain, my friend and I drove to Ikea and I bought some Billy bookshelves. I have wanted them for a while, and I finally decided to buy them. And oh my god, I am in love. They look so much better than my last bookshelf which I had to use tape and a couple of my belts to keep my books from falling out on the sides. I have thrown away so much crap and I still find more to throw away everywhere I look. Its both extremely liberating and terrifying at the same time – I get emotionally attached to practically everything…

d(I’m going to add a few photos from my trip to Spain)

I bought paint to paint my desk to a dark green colour. I finished it last night and I love it. It’s a deep green, and I just think it looks gorgeous! I think I’m in love…

So far in 2017 I have managed to read 17 books and I am very happy with it. I managed to read 4 books during my trip to Spain. 2 of which was 600+ pages, 1 was 400+ pages and the last one 270 (ish) pages! And you know what, I’m proud of myself!

I have also managed to write a decent amount during these past few weeks. While we were in Spain, towards the last few days, I got this craving to write and I wrote a chapter of this story that I really want to write and publish on wattpad. I have also been working on and plotting and outlining another novel and I’m also working on another one… My problem isn’t that I don’t have enough ideas, but rather the opposite… I have so many ideas (some terrible, and some decent) that I want to write on and it makes me frustrated because I want to write them all!

thumbnail_IMG_8734 2(defiantly one of my favourite books of 2017! + I’ve already bought the next book)

But I have a goal: I want to finish outlining my world war 2 novel, and possibly write and finish draft 1. I want to write and finish another “historical fiction” novel’s first draft. And then, lastly (for now), my wattpad story – I want to write draft one, possibly start draft 2 before the end of the year…. Though, the story I’m prioritizing is the world war 2 historical fiction because I’m really motivated to write it and I think – if I’m allowed to say so – it has potential.

I don’t have much to do this upcoming year: hopefully I’ll get a job and work a few times a week, but other than that… I don’t have much to do. I want to focus on my fitness and health and my youtube channel (where I want to do mainly book related videos and possibly a few bullet journal and so on videos). And then write. And write. And write! Oh, and read enough books to fill my room… Not really, but I would like to read 40 or more books!

But even though I am super excited about writing these books, I’m also nervous. I want and love to write, but I’m self-conscious about it. I try to tell myself that I won’t get better if I don’t start writing more, but… I don’t know. I’m scared it’s going to turn out like shit. Which it might. But just the first draft. And then I can fix it!

We’ll see, I guess.

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Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed. I’ll be writing a read-a-thon post soon, I just need to figure it out…

books i’m bringing on holiday + video

I’m leaving for a holiday to Spain with my family in a few days, and one of the things I have preplanned days, even weeks, before we actually leave is the list of books I’m bringing with me.

We were in Spain in 2015 too and that time I only brought three books, which isn’t a small amount, but for me, it wasn’t enough. All I do on these holidays is spending half of my time in the pool and the rest in the shadow with a book. So I have a lot of time to read books.

Therefore, I have learned from my mistakes, and I’m bringing five books this time. Maybe six, I’m not actually hundred precent sure yet. I’ll show you five books now, because I don’t know if I’m bringing a sixth, and which one might be my sixth book.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

My sister bought this for me when she was on a summer trip to England a few weeks ago. I have wanted to read this one for a while, but have been a little hesitant, because this is (as far as my knowledge goes) a retelling of beauty and the beast, and I don’t think I’m a big fan of retellings. I might be though, but I don’t like the idea of it. I’m not sure why, though. But I’m willing to give it a shot. (I should warn you, I might be wrong.) Apparently this book is a little more mature then her Throne of Glass series, so I’m interested too see it.

EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas

Can you tell I like Sarah J. Maas? Well, if not, I do. Every single time I read one of her books I have just fell in love with the story. I have only read the Throne of glass series, and this is the fifth one in the series. I won’t spoil the series obviously, so I’ll tell you what the first book is about: A female assassin is taken out of captivity and given an opportunity to fight in a tournament and be free. And it goes from there. Even though the books are just getting longer and longer, I fly through them. They are just so darn good!

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (mine is the norwegian version)

First off, can I just tell you one of my book pet peeves? When the effing stickers doesn’t go off!!! Anyways, this book is a historical fiction set during world war 2. It’s about a blind, french girl and an orphaned, german boy, and how their stories, somehow, intertwines. I have heard this book is amazing. And I have wanted to read this for so long and I have had the english edition for a while, but I wanted to read it in Norwegian, so now I’m excited to read this!

THE BOY WHO TRICKED GESTAPO by Harald Utter (Gutten som lurte Gestapo)

I would be surprised if this book actually exists in english, so I’m sorry about that. But this book is a non fiction book about a norwegian resistance man who was 16 years old when he started a resistance cell with his friends and a teacher. It sounds SO good, and I can’t wait to read this soon.

IMG_1239PARIS by Edward Rutherfurd

I just bought this book. It was on sale and it sounded very interesting. It follows seven families over the period of seven hundred years! Just that sounds so… I don’t know. All I know is that I couldn’t leave the store without this one, so it’s going with me to Spain! It’s a long one, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to read the entire thing!

My problem now is to chose which one I want to read first…..

Have you read any of these books? What books are you reading this summer?

Thank you for reading! xx

edit: I have missed filming book videos on youtube so I decided to film one yesterday, and I posted it today. I would love if you would go and watch it :D

read-a-thon

I participated in my first ever read-a-thon a few days ago. It was called duodecathon, and even though I have noe clue why it’s called that, I decided to participate because it was the first one to start.

Duodecathon is a read a then that happens 12 times a year, once a month. It’s usually in the end of the month. It also has 12 challenges so you can do one each month. However, I personally didn’t try to do one of the challenges, as I just wanted a time and date to follow. I did consider trying to reach for the 1200 pages, but decided against it.

The read a thon started on June 24th and ended on June 30th. So, 7 days!

Even though I didn’t choose one of the premade challenges, I did have a challenge. My challenge was to finish as many as possible of my started books. So books I have stopped reading after reading 50 or more pages (or less, but none of mine were less than 50).

I was also sick the first few days of the read-a-thon, so all I did was to read, and read, and read more. Which was great!

day 1 – 24 of June

I decided to start “Etiquette and Espionage” by Gail Carriger. I had already read 106 pages off it, and seeing that it wasn’t the thickest book, I easily finished it by the end of the day. The reason I had stopped reading this book a few months ago when I startet it, was for a few reason. 1, being because exams were coming up and I couldn’t focus on what I was reading, and 2 being because it just wasn’t an interesting enough book in my opinion. By the end of the day, when I only had about fifty pages left, I really wanted to give up on the book, but I knew that if I didn’t finish it before I went to bed, I would not want to start the next day because I would feel obligated to finish this book. But I did. I gave this book 2 stars. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t like it was because it felt so young. Yes, the character was 15, but the way it was written.

Total pages read: 201

Books read: 1

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day 2 – 25 of June

I wasn’t sure what book I wanted to pick up this day, but after looking at my bookshelf for ten minutes, I finally decided for “The girl on the train” by Paula Hawkins. I got this book for christmas and had read 53 pages of it a couple of months before my exams. Though, I didn’t stop reading this because of exams, but because I recived a book in the post that I really wanted to read. But those 53 pages were really interesting, and I was excited to dive back into it.  I rarely read crime (this is crime, right?), but this book was amazing. A little creepy and made me believe love isn’t real for a second, but amazing. Even though this book had more pages than the last one, this one took me less time, and I finished it at 21.40 (or 9.40) in the evening. I gave it 5 stars!

Total pages read: 480

Books read: 2

day 3 – 26 of June

This was the day I started to feel a lot better, so I didn’t read as much because I had other things I wanted to do too. I picked up “The lost symbol” by Dan Brown which I started sometime late last year, or early this year. I really like the “Robert Langdon” series, and am planning on reading the next (and the next?). I had read 179 pages when I started it, and I managed to read 103 pages, which isn’t bad!

Total pages read: 583

Books read: 2

IMG_1227(I read The Girl on the Train and The Lost Symbol in Norwegian. Piken på toget and Det tapte symbol)

day 4- 27 of June

This was my worst day, I think. I only read 3 pages. But that’s ok. This was the first day I felt good enough to be with friends, so me and two friends went to the mall and played cards pretty much the entire day.

Total pages read: 585

Books read: 2

day 5 – 28 of June

I went outside and read. I even wore shorts which is a first for me this year. I managed to read 101 pages – my goals was 100 – so I was pretty happy with the progress.

Total pages read: 686

Books read: 2

day 6 + 7 – 29 + 30 of June

Ok, so day 6 and 7 was sort of a blur. I didn’t write down what I read on day 6, though I read a little, and on day 7 I was away from 11 in the morning till nine in the evening. When I came home I read a little just as a last try to read more. I still didn’t finish the book.

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2

 

wrap up

Total pages were (as written already) 736 pages and I managed to finish 2 (and a half) books, which is more than I thought I would manage, so I am pretty pleased with what I did. I really enjoyed my first read-a-thon, and I’ll defiantly do more in the future.

the books:

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.

  • Started: 24th of June. Page 106.
  • Finished: 24th of June.
  • Rating: 2 / 5

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

  • Started: 25th of June. Page 53.
  • Finished: 25th of June.
  • Rating: 5 / 5

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

  • Started: 26th of June. Page 179.
  • Finished: 2nd of July, so after the read-a-thon ended.
  • Rating; 5 / 5

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2 (and a half)

 

So, as I said, I am pretty pleased with how much I managed to read. I managed to finish 2, almost 3 (finished with that one now), but the most important thing that I got out of this read-a-thon was me getting out of the damn reading slump I have been in for a while now. And I am so happy!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave your read-a-thon accomplishments in the comments if you participated in this one, or another one. I would love to read. If you have any tips when it comes to read-a-thons, please let me know!

Have you read any of these books?

book haul

I’m finally feeling a lot better after being sick for a few days, and I am back to blogging. Me being sick had it’s positives though; I managed to read 2,5 books (still working on the third). I’m currently participating in a readathon. This is my first one, and I’m very happy with my progress so far. I will be doing a blog post about it when I’m done! (Saturday/Sunday)

I have been trying to not buy too many books lately because I already have a long tbr (to be read) list, but lately I have been wanting to read more books in Norwegian (as I have been reading mostly English the last few years), so I have had to buy some more.

IMG_0965A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I just said that I bought some more books because I wanted books in Norwegian, but here I am, with an English book. But I actually got this from my sister from when she was in England for a trip with her friends. I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series by the same author, and have heard great things about this series too, so I have wanted to give this a go for a long time.

As far as I know this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m usually not a big fan of retelling (though, I have to be honest: I haven’t read many) so I’m excited to see what I think about this book. IMG_0967This book is in Norwegian, though not originally. This is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I actually already have this in English, but as I said I wanted more books in Norwegian, and I have wanted to read this book so much, but every time I sat down to read it, I just couldn’t. I hope I’ll manage to read it in Norwegian! Plus, it was on sale, so I couldn’t go without it!

All the light we cannot see is a world war two fiction about a blind girl and another boy, and their stories links up somehow. I can’t wait to read it. Apparently it’s beautiful. It even won some sort of price!IMG_0964The last book is only in Norwegian. You might have noticed if you read my blog that I’m interested in World War 2. I love reading fiction and non fiction about the war. All though it’s very sad, and I tend to cry a lot. This book is a non fiction book about a 16 year old Norwegian boy who started his own resistance cell with some friends and his teacher. It just sounded very interesting, and I’m actually in the “process” of writing my own story set in world war 2. (I would like to say book, but it’s far from being an actual book.) So reading world war 2 books is both research and fun!

Oh, this book is called Gutten som lurte Gestapo, or translated with the help of google translate: The boy who tricked Gestapo. (I actually had to add this book into goodreads myself because it wasn’t there!)

I’m going to Spain with my family soon, and I’m bringing these three books with me. Last time I went to Spain (same place) I only brought three books and finished them quickly so because I learned from my mistake, I’m bringing five, maybe six, this time!

Thank you for reading. Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other suggestions for books I could read? :)

“harrytur” to sweden

Good day!

My mother, my older sister and I decided to take a short trip into Sweden today. It’s my older sisters birthday in two weeks, but we are celebrating it this weekend with family, and because Norway is really expensive (and Sweden not so much) we figured: why not?

We Norwegians like to call it a “Harrytur”, which means Harry’s trip. It doesn’t really make any sense, does it? Let me explain. As I mentioned earlier, Norway is pretty damn expensive when it comes to literary everything, and we Norwegians likes to save money on food, so we go to Sweden. A place where we can get things almost half the price (like example, a 1,5 L pepsi is about 30 norwegian kroners, but in Sweden it’s 15 kroners!)

But why is it “Harry”? It’s obviously a name, but in Norway, if someone says “that’s a little harry“, it’s like saying something is a weird, possibly tasteless. Although it sort of depends on the situation. And when we say we are going on a “harrytur” to Sweden, it just means that it’s a weird thing, I suppose. I have gone “harry shopping” SO MANY times in my 18 years of living.

After we dropped of my little sister at school early in the morning, we drove off to a store  (still in Norway) and bought some breakfast. I got a bottle of water and this massive loaf thing that tastes amazing! As always, I was dressed in very comfortable jeans and a hoodie. Why bother dress up when I’ll be sitting in a car for three hours total?

I actually enjoy sitting in a car, just listening to music and singing a long. (Except is someone drives to fast… Not a big fan of that!) All though I have to say I defiantly prefer to sit in a car when I’m the only one in the back or I can drive or sit in the front passenger seat. Which is one of the plus side of being the only one in my group of friends with a license, because I’ll always sit in a comfortable position!

Anyway, we arrived in Sweden after 1,5 hour (ish) and because it was so early in the day there wasn’t a lot of people in the store, which was very nice. We grabbed a cart and started putting food and drinks and whatever we needed in the trolley.

nI got some face masks because my face is a mess. (Not really, I’m actually really thankful for my skin) But I paid the same for two as I pay for one at home. I just wanted to try these out. I have tried from this brand before, and even though I am pretty sure there are a lot better ones out there, I decided to buy them anyway. Also, two of them are “heat therapy” so they warm up. Which I didn’t know was a thing before last week when me and my two best friends did a “spa night”, and my friend had a mask that warmed up when it touched wet skin. It was so confusing!

hWe have a tradition when it comes to going to Sweden shopping, and that is to buy donuts or berlinrolls(?), and this time we bought some donuts for the car ride home. My sister and mother (and myself) wanted to get some food, so we decided to order some french fries and chicken nuggets from McDonalds. We rarely buy stuff from McDonalds (except McFlurry every once in a while, aka often), so when we get it I always enjoy it at first, but want to stop eating it eventually because I eat too much of it at the same time. But thats ok!

The donuts were also good, but I didn’t eat them in the start because I was full after the food.

What did you do today?

thoughts about blogging

Good morning/day/evening!

It’s currently 21.04 as I start writing this post, and I honestly don’t really know where this blog post is going. I just wanted to sit down and write a blog post about something.

The last few days I have been sitting at home most of the time. My head has been hurting and to prevent it from turning into a migraine I have stayed home. I don’t really know why I have suddenly gotten headaches as much these past days – I have been doing really good in that area for months now. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that I have been out with friends since the 31st of May. (And by out, I mean not at home, but at my friends home) You see, one of my best friends came home from a year in USA (exchange student) and every since then me and my two best friends have been doing things every single day. Mostly just playing cards, so it’s not like we have been doing a lot of energy draining things. But it’s more than I have done the last few months!

adding some pictures so the post isn’t too boring. oslo trip

Anyway, one of the things that I wanted to write something about was what the hell I am planning on doing this summer/after summer is over. Because I’m not sure whats happening.

I wanted to specifically write about my thoughts when it comes to what I’m doing with my blog, because I have a few thoughts. For the two (almost three) years of having this blog I have figured that I absolutely love blogging. (All though, I have known this for more than three years, but I have never had a blog for more than 2 – 4 months) And I want to do something more about it.

I have been playing with the idea of getting an upgrade for the blog. And by that I mean getting my own domain so I wouldn’t have to have wordpress in the actual domain. And to have a bigger storage space because I’m almost full. The only problem with this is that it costs money and seeing that I don’t have a job, it’s sort of a problem. If the blog could pay for it self, that would have been perfect, but seeing as it doesn’t, and that I don’t have a job, it’s not something that can happen at the moment. But soon!

Another thing I want to do is to write longer blog posts. I have been reading a lot of ‘articles’ about how to get traffic to your blog, and one of the things that seems to be an overall tip is to have longer blog posts. Of course, it’s still fun to write a blog post without a lot of traffic, I can’t lie and say that it wouldn’t be even better with more people reading my blog and commenting. I love when people comment something, and I love interacting with other people (so feel free to comment anything) Anyway, and looking back on my other posts, I rarely have over 300 words. And I have read that writing blog posts between 2000 – 5000 is the best. And I’m far from it.

Yet another thing I want to do before the end of the year is to start using some sort of affiliate service. (Not that I think it’ll be used since I don’t have a lot of traffic on my blog) My dream job is to do something I love to do. And I love blogging, making videos, taking pictures and writing, and I feel like blogging is a perfect mix of that. I feel weird saying that my dream job is blogging (and youtube and author) because I feel like it’s something you can’t say that you want to be your job, that you can only go into it thinking it’s a hobby and not a job. Does that make sense? Probably not.

What I mean is that I’m “scared” saying that I want to be able to make money from blogging (and youtube) because I feel like you can’t say that. I’m “scared” people are going to think I’m only blogging because I want to make money. But I’m not. I love blogging and I have had SO MANY blogs through my 18 years of living. I can’t count how may blogs I have made by my self or with friends. If I in the future, could have blogging (and possibly youtube and author) as a job – only job – I would be so happy. Because I would be able to do something I love and make money from it, not just have a job that I’m ok with and not be happy. That’s one of my fears. To not be happy.

But I don’t think it’ll happen any day now at least. All I know is that after three+ years of feeling like shit (pardon my language), all I want to do is something I actually want to do. Not just because I have to, and because it1s the right thing to do according to society.

another walk:

So, if anyone got all the way to the bottom: what do you think? What’s your dream job?

healthy af

Not really, but sort of.

Even though I fail more than 50% of the time, I love trying new recipes. This week I have tried twice, and even though they are really simple, I really enjoyed them. As always, I took pictures of my food (actually thats a lie, I rarely take pictures of my food) and I wanted to share them.

Warning though, they don’t look amazing!

1The first one was a stir fry, and I love stir fries. This one was called Honey Garlic stir fry and this one was really good. (All though my favourite recipe I have tried from pinterest defiantly has to be Skinny Orange Chicken)

Anyway, I added spinach too, but only when I was serving it. I prefer my spinach cold!

42This was made today. It’s a “healthy” pizza. It has cheese and all of that, BUT, it has a squash/zucchini base! I know it sounds disgusting, but it’s actually good. You can’t even taste the zucchini (only when you eat only the dough)

I added tomato base, mozzarella cheese and ham and pepperoni!3Those were that. I will defiantly be making both of these again!

Have you tried any of these? And do you have any interesting recipes (healthy, preferably) that you think I should try?

Thank you for reading!

oslo

My friend and I decided to take the train into Oslo the other day. Mostly because I have a gift card at a book store and the one in Oslo is a lot bigger than the one where I live. But we also ended up going up to the Akershus Fortress.

IMG_0892I love going here. It’s absolutely stunning, plus, I love history and walking through this fortress is just a lot of fun.IMG_0895IMG_0898IMG_0900IMG_0916The Policehorse TorIMG_0923IMG_0937IMG_0941I love it!

Have you ever been here?

another walk

It’s officially summer here in Norway and I am not very happy. You might not know this but I am one of the few people who doesn’t like summer at all. Actually, I do like summer a little: I like reading my book or sitting outside in the evening when the sun isn’t overheating me and playing card games with my friends. And I love to swim in a pool (not a big fan of the ocean because I freak out whenever I see a fish). But I hate the heat. I hate with all my heart!

But, unless I move to a cold place in the summer, I guess I have to deal with it.

A few days ago a friend and I (and my dog) went for a little walk. I brought my camera and took some pictures (I also filmed, but I haven’t gotten around to editing it yet) and I wanted to share them!

Oh, and also, I’m currently on summer break! I finished all my exams and I am SO happy!

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Even though I don’t love summer, I can’t argue with the fact that it is very pretty!

Whats your favourite thing about summer?

Hello! I’m finally back to blogging more! May has been a complete stress month for me. It finally calmed down, and even though I still have to exams left, I am a lot less stressed about those – which is very nice!

I wanted to write a blog post today, but couldn’t think of anything to write about  or post, but then I was looking through my camera and realized I had some photos from a few weeks ago when me and my sister went for a little walk. Therefore, I wanted to share some of them today.

IMG_0746IMG_0751He always gets tangled in his long leash… The leash also gets tangled into bushes and everything so I always have to go back and loosen it… At least he is cuteIMG_0752IMG_0756IMG_0757There is a duck thereIMG_0760IMG_0761IMG_0764IMG_0766IMG_0767IMG_0770IMG_0775IMG_0776Those are all the decent pictures I took.

I love going for walks with Diesel (my dog) because he absolutely loves running around and walking “freely”. I am too scared to not use the long leash because he would probably run away. All though he is quite good if we say “på plass” which means “in place”. But if there is another dog or person he would shut me out. Plus, there are always horse shoe marks where we walk and I don’t know how he would act if he met a horse.

Thank you for reading! Do you have a dog?