Posted in Book Tags

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

“There is a pirate in the basement.”

First line in The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Hi, guys. It’s time to freak out because it’s the middle of the year, although I do seem to have been in a permanent state of “freak out” for the entire year. Can 2020 please end?

Nevertheless, the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag is a great way to sum up the first six months of the year. I have read a lot of books if I compare to my normal standards. So far I’m on 35 and might even be able to read more books than I ever have before in a year. My current best is 65 so I think it can be done. But let’s move on to the questions!


What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?

Or rather the best book I’ve read that doens’t fit any other question in this tag. That means that I’m choosing The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This one opened my eyes to how much I actually love books about books. Mix that with a fairy tale-like story and Morgensterns immersive writing and it simply has to become one of my favorite books of the year.

What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?

I hate this question because I’ve actually read a total of four 5-star sequels so far this year. I’m picking Chainbreaker by Tara Sim because this series needs more attention. It’s a diverse historical fantasy/steampunk series that manages to stay highly relevant and educational. It has the most wholesome characters, too. I really loved the second one for how it just took everything to the next level and expanded on both the world and the story.

Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?

Well, there are a few. Echo Cycle by Patrick Edwards. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune. The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos.

What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab, of course.

What is your biggest disappointment so far?

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. This follows a group of ‘chosen ones’ 10 years after they defeated the bad guy and really seemed like it was going to dive deep into their PTSD. It didn’t exactly and I’m so disappointed. The story had so much potential. Instead of following all of the chosen ones, we only follow one and the plot itself could have been more relevant to their PTSD.

What is your biggest surprise so far?

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. A hyped YA fantasy book is something everyone needs to be wary of, but I hadn’t needed to with this one. Rogerson’s writing really makes this story come off the pages so I couldn’t help but be invested. Then you have the characters and their banter and their friendships and their romance. Oh, and the plot is centered around books that come alive!

What is your favourite new to you or debut author?

A. J. Hackwith, the author of The Library of the Unwritten.

What is your favourite fictional crush from this year?

I’ve already mentioned this book, but I really love Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns so I guess that’s my answer.

Who is your new favourite character?

Rune Saint John from The Tarot Sequence series by K. D. Edwards. He is such a layered character. He has a big heart and cares deeply about the people around him. He’ll protect them at all costs and is very self-sacrificing in that regard. No character deserves as much love as he does.

A book that made you cry?

Only one book has made me cry this year and that is The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. This one follows the life of Cyril Avery as he grows up and tries to live his life to the fullest as a gay man in Ireland. As any other life-story, his has its ups and downs, and there was one moment in particular that touched my heart and made me tear up. Amazing book!

A book that made you happy?

I don’t really read ‘happy books’ so this was kind of hard. I’m going with the first and only graphic novel I’ve ever read which is Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. A very sweet Halloween story about friendship that was really uplifting to read.

Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

I can never remember what I’ve watched. I guess I’m going with 13 Reasons Why because the fourth season came out in June and I watched all 10 episodes in a day. It’s based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which I have not read. Most people seem to hate the show but I really love it for tackling difficult topics and not being afraid of being controversial. I’m so sad it’s over.

What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?

The two posts I’ve written about the Danish translations of Harry Potter (book 1 and book 2) where I really allowed myself to be a language nerd. Those were so much fun to make and looking forward to writing the rest of the series.
I’m also pretty proud of my discussion post about embracing the nuances of the fantasy genre.

What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?

I bought the US paperback editions of the entire Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I love looking at them on my shelf.

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?

I did a post recently about my reading goals for 2020 and what books I still needed to read. Just to mention some other books I need to read:

  • Harry Potter (book 3-7, reread)
  • King of Crows by Libba Bray
  • Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
  • Burn by Patrick Ness

That was it for my mid year check in. Was it the best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

Posted in Fun Lists

Bookish Quotes from my Favorite Books

When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.”

First line in Circe by Madeline Miller

Hi, readers. Today, I thought I would share some of my favorite quotes with you all. I use the Goodreads Quotes-feature quite a lot and often go through the quotes for a book I just read. I “like” the ones I really connect with so that I can go back to them later and be reminded of their wisdom (or get a good laugh).

For this post, I’ve picked some of the best quotes from my favorite books that all have something to do with books or reading. They are just the most relatable to me and hopefully also to you.

God bless the book people for their boundless knowledge absorbed from having words instead of friends.”

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Haven’t we all been told we read too much? This quote a perfect reminder that that can never be a problem.

Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reading is just as necessary as breathing? I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convince that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The quote to show your friends when you very aggressively force them to read your new favorite book. I mean, we’ve all done that at some point.

It was amazing how many books one could fit into a room, assuming one didn’t want to move around very much.”

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

There is simply no such thing as too many books.

“You’ve read the books?”

“I’ve seen the movies.”

Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”

“I’m not really a book person.”

“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The lovely discussions with non-readers who firmly believe that seeing the movie is the same as having read the book. And how is someone not a book person?

Drinks were a lot like books, really: it didn’t matter where you were, the contents of a vodka tonic were always more or less the same, and you could count on them to take you away to somewhere better or at least make your present arrangements seem more manageable.”

The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman

Never though I would see books compared to drinks but here we are. They can both be a way to escape reality, but I think books might be healthier.

If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger–

If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early–

If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless–

If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won’t understand what Bastian did next.”

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

This is simply the most relatable thing I’ve ever read. Full stop.

Bonus quote just for you:

To really be nerd, she’d decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.”

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This doesn’t necessarily refer to books but is very fitting anyway. I’m definitely a nerd.  

I hope this was somewhat fun to read. I definitely enjoyed making it. I intend to make this into some kind of series of post but with different themes each time. I’m planning to do one on friendship next but let me know if there are topics you’d like to see.

Also, I’ve of course only included quotes from books I’ve read, so feel free to comment with some of your own favorite bookish quotes.

Happy reading,

Line

Posted in Top 5 Tuesday

Top 10 All Time Favorites

“The villagers of Little Hangleton still called it ‘the Riddle House,’ even though it had been many years since the Riddle family had lived there.”

First line in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I’ve worried too much about this post than what was strictly necessary. I’ve reminded myself that books don’t have feelings and therefore won’t hate me for not picking them for this list (are we completely sure about this?). Shanah from Bionic Book Worm is the creator of Top 5 Tuesday (which today is a top 10) and she has come up with some pretty cool topics, so I needed to participate. Here are the topics for June if you’re interested.

In making my list, I decided to expand it a little so that it’s a list of my favorite books/series. If I have a favorite book in a series, I will mention which one. The list is ordered although 10-3 are somewhat interchangeable. Spot number 1 and 2 are completely set though. Now then, I can’t seem to put it off any longer so here are my Top 10 all time Favorite Books/Series.

10 – Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

Such a thought-provoking series of books in so many ways. Also, the best villain ever. He’s so manipulative. Patrick Ness writes him so expertly that I found myself thinking: “Maybe the villain is right?”. I’ve never experienced an author trick me like that and I love it. A movie is coming at some point and I can’t wait.

Favorite in series: The Ask and the Answer

9 – Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch

This is a newer favorite of mine. The main characters Locke and Jean are absolutely perfect in the way that they are violent, swearing con-artists and also the best of friends. The plot is intricate, full of action and extremely exciting. 

Favorite in series: Red Seas under Red Skies

8 – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

From a new favorite to an old favorite. These books were the first to open my eyes to a lot of issues in our society and I really appreciate them for it. Katniss was also the first introverted main character that I’d ever read about, and I remember identifying with her lot. Maybe that is also why I have an unpopular opinion: I really like Mockingjay (gasp!). It’s not my favorite but it really fascinated me because so much time is spent inside Katniss’ mind.

Favorite in series: Catching Fire!! (As in, I love this a lot!!)

7 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Here we have the first standalone on my list and it’s one of the popular ones I think. You should know that I really love sad books and books that just in general hurt me. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but I want to feel things. The Book Thief is so devastating that it, of course, belongs on my list of favorites.

6 – Mistborn (Era 1) by Brandon Sanderson

This is just quality fantasy. It’s action. It’s politics. It’s a world so detailed and “real” that you can’t help but want to know more about it. I’ve only read the first trilogy of Mistborn but I intend to read the rest at some point. I just want more of this world.

Favorite in series: The Final Empire

5 – Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab is one my absolute favorite authors, and this was the first of her series that I read. The magic system is interesting without being too complex so it’s easy to love. I mean, there’s a coat that changes to whatever shape and color you need it to be. I need that to be real. The characters are easy to love as well, except for Lila. Without her, this series would have been higher on the list, but I still love everything else about it.

Favorite in series: A Conjuring of Light

4 – A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Remember when I said that I love books that hurt me when talking about The Book Thief? A Little Life hurt me a hundred times more. Even though I read it about 5 months ago, it’s still a book I find myself thinking about. It’s just that good (and so traumatizing). Also, I can’t express the love I have for Jude and Willem. They are everything to me.

3 – Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows is the heist novel I didn’t know I needed. Bardugo has such a great focus on the characters and their development that I don’t mind that not a lot happens in the first book. All six main characters are relatable and deep. The plot contains all the action and scheming I could hope for, but it is definitely a character driven duology and that’s what I love.

Favorite in series: Six of Crows

2 – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

How can I explain this? I’ve never related so much to a character as I relate to Cath. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy to read about her issues because it made feel understood and not so alone. Also, I’m in love with Levi. I know he’s the most perfect character to ever exist and therefore completely unrealistic, but I don’t care. I love reading about him.

1 – Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Yeah, I can’t not put this as my number 1. I grew up with them and back then, it was the only thing on my mind. I still reread them as an adult and my experience is that I don’t love them any less than when I was 14.

Favorite in series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

There you have it. This was difficult so now I really want to know if you’ve read any of these books and where they are on your list of favorites.

Have a happy day of reading.

Line