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

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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? :)

London Book Haul

On National Women’s day, me and my mum took a plane and flew over to London. This trip was my 18th birthday present, so I had been waiting for this since September last year (almost 6 months!). I was very excited and had written a list of books I wanted to buy and I managed to find 4/5 of those. And I bought a few other books!

IMG_0646Currently reading The Glittering Court, and I’m really enjoying it.IMG_0648Even though I still have Voyager and Drums of Autumn to read before I can read this one, I still decided to buy it because it was there!IMG_0651We were at the British Museum and when I saw this edition of Sherlock Holmes I decided I had to buy it.IMG_0653Last year I watched the movie based on this book. I initially watched it because Alicia Vikander played the Vera, and Hayley Attwell played in the movie too, but when it was done I was crying like a crazy person, and I looked online and saw it was about a real person. Then I saw she had written a book about it, and I had to get it. Unfortunately I didn’t get it for christmas, but I bought it now! You have to see the movie….IMG_0655IMG_0657 (1)The Princess Diaries series is just a guilty pleasure. I just love the movies, and when I read the books I just get more of the story I watched as a young girl (and now, to be honest). Plus, I read the first book and the second one in one day each, so they are very nice, easy reads!IMG_0658This si the fourth book in this series, and I just love it. When I found out that they weren’t going to make more movies based on these books, I just had to read them, and I have loved them. IMG_0660I have heard about this book before, but I hadnt planned on reading it, but then I saw it and read the plot description and had to get it!IMG_0662 (1)Defiantly not my favourite series, but it’s just a quick and easy read and I wanted to see how it ends, so I bought the last in the Girl Online series.IMG_0663IMG_0666

 

november book haul

Hello everyone!

I ordered a few books a couple of weeks ago and was waiting to do my book haul (video and blog post) until they came in the mail. I finally received them yesterday evening, and filmed and took pictures today.

I have already read one of the books, but am super excited about the three others!

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Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.k. Rowling, The White Russian by Vanora Bennet and Maid of Wonder by Jennifer McGowan.dsc_0115

I have already read Fantastic Beast (blog post) and gave it a 4 stars on goodreads.

Maid of Wonder is the third book in the Maid of Honor series and I love the two first books. They are just a mix of everything I love; elizabethan England, spies and simple romance. It’s my guilty pleasure!

As far as I know, The White Russian is about an American girl who eventually ends up in Russia somehow, hahah.

E&E is about a fourteen year old girl, with a name I have never heard before, who enrolls in a spy school, which is just exciting, I suppose!

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I don’t know what’s happening to my hair… Well, well.. If you want to watch my book haul video, click below!

Have you read any of these books? If yes, what did you think about them?

July and August Book Haul

Hello!

Happy Friday!

I couldn’t be more excited for this weekend. I have been working “hard” on school work this week and I can’t wait to have a few days off. I’m not planning on doing anything but to read, hopefully write and watch youtube 24/7.

Anyway, it’s a new month and I’m very excited, for a few different reasons. You see, September is my favourite month (December is in second) because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH! I turn 18! I’m really exited because I hope I can get my license as quickly after my birthday as possible, but we’ll see. Another reason why I love September is because I feel like autumn is finally coming and I love autumn!

I really hope I can read more than one book this month because I’m tired of only finishing one book which I have done two months in a row…

Anyhow, I wanted to show you the books I bought the past month or so.

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Nr 1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

I feel like this is an obvious one. (I will do a review on this in the near future)

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Nr 2. Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

I already have the first and second book in the series and all though I haven’t finished the second one (I have 200 pages left or something) I just know I will love all of the books so I bought two of the next ones.

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Nr 4. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

This is the fourth book in the Outlander series. I don’t think there is much more to say hehe.

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Nr 4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I honestly cannot wait to read this, but I have been putting it off for a few weeks because I haven’t wanted to read it whilst I’m in a reading slump, but I really want to read it so I might pick it up soon!

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(Blurry pictures… Argh!!! I had to take these pictures in a hurry because my camera was dying… Hahah)

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Thank you for reading! Let me know if there is anything you want to know.

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A Late May Book Haul (video)

Hello! I hope you are having a great day, and that you are ready for the next week! I unfortunately have to start school on Wednesday, so I’m not that excited…But I am excited about something else; I just uploaded a new Youtube video!

I don’t know if it will happen, but I’m going to try to upload two videos a week. Right now I’m thinking Wednesdays and Sundays, but we’ll see what happens!

This video was filmed in the end of May or beginning of June, but I was too scared to upload it but I have just started to not care what people will say, so I just decided to upload it!

I would really appreciate it if you could like and subscribe!

Thank you for reading!

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January and February Book Haul

I’m back!

It’s been two weeks since my last post, and all I can do is to give you an apology, but I would say it’s a good excuse; I was in England without a computer and then I became sick when we came back home, so I didn’t have the energy to take any pictures.

Anyway, back to a positive note – January and February book haul. I decided to wait with January when January was over until February, because I didn’t have a lot of books, but now I think that might have been a mistake because there is more than ten books in this haul, but hey! More is more right? hehe

I was going to write short summaries of each of the books, but I’m not going to write my own so they will make this post the length of a book! Which is why I’ll just link to the goodreads pages.

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TOP TO BOTTOM: ‘The Help‘ by Kathryn Stockett, ‘An Ember in the Ashes‘ by Sabaa Tahir, ‘Wolf by Wolf‘ by Ryan Graudin, ‘Outlander‘ by Diana Gabaldon and lastly, ‘A Game of Thrones‘ by George R.R. Martin

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Of these five books I’m most excited to read ‘The Help’, ‘Wolf by Wolf’ and ‘A Game of Thrones’.

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TOP TO BOTTOM: ‘The Princess Diaries‘ by Meg Cabot, ‘The Dead of the Night‘ and ‘The Third Day, The Frost‘ by John Marsden, ‘The Rose Society‘ by Marie Lu, ‘The Thief‘ by Megan Whalen Turner, ‘Maid of Deception‘ by Jennifer McGowan, ‘The Martian‘ by Andy Weir and last but not least; ‘The Book Thief‘ by Markus Zusak. IMG_3043(1)I have actually read four of these books, but I’m really excited to read The Book Thief, which is one of the ones I haven’t read yet!

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The Martian: review

Hello!

*No spoiler*

I took a break from reading Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (it was going very slowly) and decided I wanted to read The Martian by Andy Weir.

This is him by the way. Don’t know a lot about him except that he wrote an amazing book and that he has a fear of flying.

Anyway, I usually don’t read these kinds of books. I don’t know why, but I know I want to read more like this now!

 

 

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

I have to be honest and say that the reason I actually wanted to read this in the first place was because I wanted to watch the movie. And the reason I wanted to watch the movie was because there is an Norwegian actor in there who plays Alex Vogel, one of the astronauts. But then, I read what the movie/book was about and it sounded very interesting, so I wanted to read it.

And I wasn’t disappointed.

I heard some book tubers talk about the books, saying it was very entertaining and funny, and it defiantly was. The first sentence was “I am fucked”or something like that. I really like the writing and that it changed from the main characters log entry’s to the people on the ground. Which surprised me; I usually don’t like when the point of view changes to much, but I actually enjoyed it here!

There isn’t much I didn’t like, and it’s not really that I disliked it either, but I would love if he extended the end. I can’t really explain what I would… eh, change because I would spoil the ending, but if you have read it; I would love to read more!

I honestly thing The Martian is a literary masterpiece. Well done, Andy Weir! Your book is one the top list with all the Harry Potter books Not many are!

Also, I’m going to England this week, so I’ll post some pictures from my trip there (I’m going to the Harry Potter museum too!!)

Have you read The Martian? Did you like it? Please let me know!

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Book Haul

I was at the mall yesterday with my sister to buy the last remaining Christmas gifts for my friends. I had already bought all the presents for my family (except my dog – gotta do that), but I hadn’t bought any for my friends. Actually, scratch that, I had bought for one of my friends since I had to order it and ship it to USA (my friend is an exchange student).

Anyway, I bought two books in a book shop as presents for two of my friends, but because I’m a member of the shop, I could get three books and only pay for two of them, so I got a book for free! I love free things, and I love books, so it was perfect.

I only got one book, so it’s not a big haul. I have asked for books for Christmas, so I shouldn’t buy too many book before Christmas – one week left!

The book is called The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I have wanted to read this for a while. My favourite book tuber (here) mentioned this in one of her videos, and I thought it sounded interesting.

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