Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Winner of giveaway!

I was supposed to do this yesterday, but I'm a bit slow. I did however write down the names of my followers yesterday, so no new followers were added (not that I got any...).

This giveaway was for the very few of my followers. I have exactly 13 followers now, whereas two are related to me. So, 11 eligible contestants!

And the winner is............Ananya!
Please send me your address, and I will pre-order Hazel Wood shipped to you. My e-mail is: menenia@gmail.com. Hope you'll enjoy the book!

As for the rest of you, I will have more giveaways in the future, so stay updated on my blog and Twitter.   

What kind of giveaways do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

Duodecathon 2018

Duodecathon is a fun reading challenge hosted by some nice people over on Goodreads. It's a readathon where we're given 12 reading challenges/prompts, and we finish one each month during a weeklong readathon. Find out more about this readathon here (and join us!). I will use this post to track my progress.

From the Goodreads group:
You pick one challenge every Duodecathon to complete out of the list of 12 challenges, so by the end you will have completed all the challenges:

2018 Challenges:
  • Read 1,200 pages
  • Read the second book in a series
  • A book about a villain/antihero
  • A book published the year you were born
  • A 2018 bestseller
  • An award winning book
  • A book with multiple points of view
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A banned book
  • A book with a great first line
  • A "high school" book you haven't read
  • A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group
Will you please recommend me a villain/antihero novel? Comment please.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 2 and Bout of Books 21: Read

The year is settling in, and I'm having some winter blues. All I want to do is stay at home, read and relax on my own. I'm not in a bad mood really, I'm just not feeling up to anything. It's winter in Norway and that means no sun and vitamin D, so it's not unusual to be feeling like this. Hope you are having a better time than I am.

This week there's been two readathons going on: both the Duodecathon and Bout of Books. And I've been reading a lot! I actually managed 3 and a half book this week, and my weekly graphic novel. I'm really happy with how much reading I got done.

For this month's Duodecathon I chose "A book recommended by someone in the Duodecathon group" because someone recommended The Upside of Unrequited and I was already planning on reading it this week.

I'm currently reading a Norwegian MG/YA novel called Fuck Verden (Fuck the World), which I will probably be finishing today. I read 90 pages of it late last night, and it's a really easy read. And not too bad actually. 

Books read:
  • Becky Albertalli: The Upside of Unrequited
  • Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Liv Mossige: Tyskland
  • DC Comics: Bombshells vol. 3
Total pages read this readathon: 1093
Books read: 4

How many books do you usually read a month? 


Friday, January 12, 2018

Reading Women 2018

I seem to be having an all-women month of January. All books on my TBR this month are by women! (And I'm actually following my TBR). And this month's first graphic novel was by a female author as well. Might as well jump on the Reading Women Challenge this year. Read more about the challenge and the hosts here.

My list:
5. Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics: Bombshells vol. 2
16. Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express

Will you be joining me in this challenge?


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Reading goals 2018

On to my reading goals... (Which I forgot to post earlier this year...)

Reading goals is something different than reading challenges. Or is it? I don't know. But I'm treating my reading goals as guidelines for what to read.

These are my reading goals this year:
  • Monthly goals:
    • 2 Norwegian novels:
      • 1 adult  
      • 1 ya/mg
    • 2 OwlCrate books 
      • - because I have a backlog
    • 1 classic 
    • 2 book clubs:
      • 1 online 
      • 1 at the local library
Some of those can of course be combined to make a shorter to be read list.

Do you have any reading goals like these this year? Or do you just read whatever suits you at the moment?


Becky Albertalli: The Upside of Unrequited

I've been dying to read this ever since it was first announced. I didn't LOVE Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I liked it a whole lot. So I needed to read more from this new author.

This novel is about Molly, and how she's almost obsessed with boys, crushes, kisses and sex. But only in her head. She's had 26 crushes, but hardly even talked to any of those - because she lacks the courage and self esteem. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend, Molly finds herself lonely and abandoned. The transition from BFF sisters to teen-aged sisters with love lives is hard on Molly.

I can't not say it. I'm overwhelmed by the diversity in this book. In a good way of course! It's just different. Still in a really good way. I love how everyone's just themselves and it's all good. Like it should be! I hope this novel gets read a lot, to understand how everyone is just human with different layers of style and flavors. I love it!

I think I loved all the characters in this book. Molly and Cassie are such good persons, their mom's too. Mina seems like an awesome chick which I would love to befriend.  And the boys are great too. Will is cool in every way, both as in actual cool and hip but also as a good guy. And Reid is the best! I must admit I have a soft spot for Reid, because he's such a geek and I love geeks.

The main story in The Upside of Unrequited is about growing up and apart, but still not apart. More like changes. And how changes can basically fuck you up while they're ongoing. How insecure and unimportant it can make you feel. Even if the changes aren't necessarily bad. It's also about how unfathomably scary it is to let oneself open up to love (first or any) and risk getting your heart broken in a million pieces. And about how important it is to brave this in order to experience love.

I didn't love Simon vs. ..., but I loved The Upside of Unrequited. You should read it and love it too!



Monday, January 8, 2018

Bout of Books 21: TBR

Welcome to the second week of 2018. So glad you all survived the first week back to real life after the holidays!

This week it's the Bout of Books readathon. I've never joined this one before, but I'm dedicating all of January to reading and readathons. About this readathon:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

This week I will continue Becky Albertalli's The Upside of Unrequited and start one of the books I will talk about in bookclubs later this month - either a Norwegian novel or The Murder on the Orient-Express. And I will have to find time for one graphic novel and one manga this week as well.

Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? Isn't it great? I'm loving it!


Week 1 and A Year A Thon: January: Read

I had one goal this readathon, and that was to read the big book of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I had to average 110 pages a day to make the goal, which is a lot - a lot - for me. And I actually did it!

I even managed to get some time Sunday night to read week 1's graphic novel. I got DC Comics: Bombshells vol. 1-3 for Christmas, so that's what I'm currently reading. This week was vol. 2 which was a good one, but I missed the ever-crazy Harley Quinn in this volume. It had a new gang og BatGirls and the entire volume was packed with ass-kicking girls and women.

And I started a new book! Just a few pages in, but I started. I'm currently reading Becky Albertalli's The Upside of Unrequited.

Books read:

  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • DC Comics: Bombshells vol. 2
Total pages read this readathon: 898
Books read: 2

What did you read this first week of 2018? Let me know in the comments!


J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

My first read of the new year was a long one, and one I dreaded reading. It was no need for that. This went by really quickly and left me wanting more.

Do I even need to write a short summary? Harry Potter is in his fifth year at Hogwarts. Harry's a teenager and lusting for Cho. And of course there's a new defense against dark arts teacher. She's horrible. And yeah, Voldemort is a constant threat. Dumbledore seem distant and Hagrid actually is distant - as in not present. It's new school year to survive for the boy who lived.

As I have said before, I'm not a Harry Potter fan. I don't like the character. But, these books are growing on me!

First of all I want to talk about the character I dislike. Harry Potter is usually an obnoxious do-good-er and everyone loves him and he can't do anything wrong and so on. In this installment he is moody and broody and a lot of the time straight out angry. And I love it! Finally he's not all good. Finally he has feelings and actions that are not so welcome and he's actually getting lots of punishment for it.

As for the punishments... They are due to the new teacher, professor Umbridge. She's maybe the cruelest and most evil character I have ever read about. Making a teenage boy actually have to do self harm every day for a couple weeks straight? Wow, that's a harsh punishment! Professor Umbridge is really a nasty person. But this is what makes this book so good. Especially towards the end when professor McGonagall sets her straight. I loved this part, and McGonagall is sort of my new idol now. She's so awesome!

I've previously complained a lot about this series being way too childish, but with this book it's clear that it's no longer a series meant for kids, but rather for young adults. Finally! The immature humor which was so apparent in the first books are gone. And replaced by teenage love, lust, confusion, anger, sadness and every other feelings the body and mind can produce.

As a last note I really enjoyed the descriptive language. So many scenes were so imaginative and beautifully described. I'm not talking about the magic or the action in the scenes, but the words used to describe everything. Rowling made art with her words in this.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

#BeatTheBacklist: Series to read

There's an Instagram photo challenge going for the #BeatTheBackList challenge, and I figured why not make it into a blog challenge too?

Today's prompt/theme is "series you want to read/finish".

I have so many series to read or finish. I tend to choose one-shot novels over series, because it's easier to read and quicker to finish.

Some of my back-listed series I want to continue this year:

Monsters of Verity, by Victoria Schwab
I loved This Savage Song, and have wanted to read Schwab's entire bibliography since reading it! First I need to finish this duology, before moving onto her other series. But I'm so looking forward to this, it's a wonder why I didn't div straight into it when I got it in the mail.

Everland, by Wendy Spinale
I don't know if I'm going to like the continuation of this series, seeing as I thought the first was just OK, but I need to continue anyhow. And I just had to have the hardcover version because it's pretty and to match the first one which I got in OwlCrate.

New World, by Jennifer Wilson
I thought Rising was really good, and I'm dying to know what happens next in this dystopian trilogy. And the third book was released last year, so I can even add that one to this reading challenge.

Other series I need to catch-up on are: Flawed by Cecilia Ahern, Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, and seeing as I didn't meet my goal on finishing Harry Potter last year, I should continue reading it this year.

What's your number one series to read right now?


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Year A Thon: January: TBR

The first prompt in #AYearAThon2018 is "Harry Potter". Last year I had a goal about something something finishing some series about some boy wizard something with a scar on his forhead maybe something. I'm so sorry, but I didn't make it. I did read three books tho, so I made progress. But then the books turned rather big. And I chickened out. Well, new year, new go? No, not exactly.

But the prompt is perfect for at least trying to read one of the novels in this series. So, this first week in January, I will try reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is the next book on my to be read list. This novel is a disconcertingly 766 pages. Wow. And I'm not a fan. At all. Really.

The readathon lasts for a week, which is seven days. And 766 pages. Which means 110 pages a day. Wow, yeah, probably not gonna happen. But I'll do my best. And readathons means pushing yourself to read more than you would normally do. Wish me all the luck in the world, I'm going to need it!

What will you be reading this first week of the new year?


Winner of giveaway!

I was supposed to do this yesterday, but I'm a bit slow. I did however write down the names of my followers yesterday, so no new fol...