WWW Wednesday 28. February 2018

Every wednesday you answer three questions, if you would like to know more it’s hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?ab

I’ve read three books in the whole of February: Crush by Richard Siken, Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs and Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, in that order. Reviews will be up soon. They were all pretty average books, but Airborn was definitely the winner.

What are you currently reading?


Not much has changed since last week, I’m still reading We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham and the spanish Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale. It’s my first spanish book and in one week I’ve finished two chapters. It’s going okay I think, considering I had to prioritize reading for my actual spanish test, which also was today. I’m certainly looking up a lot of spanish words on my kindle. Búho is owl, btw.


What do you think you’ll read next?hg

I’ve had a book on my shelf for a year named “Hver gang du forlater meg”, translated the title would be “everytime you leave me”. I got it from a friend I moved away from, and for a year I haven’t thought that maybe the title was a obvious hint at me. Which means I should probably read it by now and make sure there’s no passive agressive or joke-ish reason behind it. It seemed like a love story, which is why it was on the shelf for that long, but I guess I’ll give it a try.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

i had never expected it to be this full of horror and blood, but i love it

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I also have no idea where I heard about this book, it’s like it magically appeared in my TBR a long time ago and I finally got to it, thinking it seemed autumn-ish from the cover.

HAHAH. I was not prepared at all.

There’s some books so hard to explain without spoiling the plot. It makes it nearly impossible to recommend any other way than yelling “IT’S GOOD I PROMISE”. But if you want more info: it’s a fantasy/sci-fi/mystery/horror story. Very specific. Some gruesome events are described in so much detail, with so little feeling. The writing is amazing and so is the entire plot and mystery and end. I loved this book, but I don’t feel like I’ve understood it completely yet. And I might have felt a bit naseous at times, the smell of burned flesh appearing in my mind. Yes, it’s that kind of book, but also a big multi-dimensional mystery. Gods and shit, you know. Please read it, and then tell me what the fuck it’s about. Obviously I need it.


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Halfway to the Grave by Jeanie Frost

Pages: 360
Genre: fantasy, paranormal

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This book made me laugh;

“His lips brushed over my knuckles, impossibly soft. He looked into my eyes and killed me”. (Not literally I think???)

The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plasteret on my lips, and didn’t care. “There”, he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. “Now you won’t fall.” Too late. (It’s so cheesy it hurts my pitch black soul)


It’s an thrilling and easy read with half-vampire Cat who teams up with the powerful vampire Bones to hunt down other vampires. She goes from stopping attackers at bars to trying to unravel a network similiar to human trafficking, only for blood. A half-vampire is apparently the perfect vampire hunter as she can be used for both bait and weapon, but that doesn’t keep them from sinking their fangs into her throat. Ouch, I felt for that girl.

My thoughts


No one warned me this would be a vampire romance kind of book, but I should’ve guessed. It wasn’t the worst I’ve read (that would’ve deserved an award), but I got tired of it towards the end. The relationships in this book is heated and a good balance between “i want to protect this person” and “they have to choose themselves”. There’s no pretense, which I liked, but nothing very special either in my opinion. A lot of flirting and bickering, if that’s your thing.

You should read this book for the romance and action, more than for an amazing plot. As a whole, “Halfway to the Grave” is good enough, but I’m more excited to see how the story continues from here on!

– more (good? not sure) quotes –

“No, I took precautions,” he replied, searching my eyes. It was then that I noticed he was so tense, a single blow might have shattered him. “I stripped you and hid your clothes so if you woke up angry about what happened, you wouldn’t be able to run out without talking to me first.”

Not for a minute did I believe that this wasn’t goodbye. Still, I had loved and been loved in return, and there was nothing greater than that.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

somewhat similiar to “aristotle and dante discovers the secrets to the universe” and “we are the ants”, with the good feeling, but at the same time thought-provoking content

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“When is the right time for anything? Who knows? Living is an art, not a science.” 


This beautiful young adult book is about growing up, family and dealing with serious shit. It’s a lot of crazy going on in every character’s life, but the way they stand together makes it seem like they could handle everything. I love Sal as a main character and his way of thinking, even if he doesn’t completely know himself yet, or those around him. His friend Sam is a strong girl, even with her sense of drama, and I love how it’s acknowledged. Not to forget Fito, he’s got too many jobs trying to survive until he can get to college, and he grew on me and the other characters. Sal’s dad is the definite winner. *MINOR SPOILER* “My dad grinned. ‘Some people collect stamps. Me? I collect seventeen-year-old kids.’” That sounded weirder than intended out of context. Trust me when I say he’s the best family father ever. And gay. And hispanic. I felt that should be mentioned somewhere.

I can’t really explain how magical this book feels. Benjamin Alire Sáenz also wrote “Aristotle and Dante discovers the secrets of the universe” which is a fantastic book, and this has the same feeling to it, especially the writing. It’s still two very different books, the topics and plots are not alike, but I would absoloutly recommend both. They’re something special. The one thing that irked me was how smoothly everything solves itself in the end. Sure, they have a lot of dilemmas and questions, but the dad is almost too nice of a person it seems unreal. At least as we see him through Sal’s eyes. But without the sometimes dreamy feeling the story has, it wouldn’t be what it is. And that’s a brilliant and warm book I’m so happy I read.

“’I’m proud of you,’ he said. ‘You’re a good kid. You’re gonna be somebody.’ We’re all somebody. That’s what I thought.” 

Exciting Book Releases 2018

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

We’re already two and a half months into 2018, so this first book I have already read. And would absoloutly recommend! Holly Black did not disappoint.

Why: fairies, morally grey characters, bloodbath, game of thrones – vibes. Kickass female main character who has survived a lot already (nothing like being kidnapped as a child).

Publication date: January 2nd


Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Why I’m excited: it’s the fourth book of the shatter me series, and I absoloutly fell in love with it the first time I read it. I’m ready to reunite with Juliette – it’s been FOUR years – not to mention Warner. He’s my very problematic fav. The synopsis speaks of tragedy and hints at a darker Juliette, and I’m so ready for it. Please don’t break my heart, or the entire world with those powers.

Publication date: March 6th


Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Why I’m excited: It’s the 5th book of the Alpha and Omega series, which is in the same universe as the Mercy Thomson series. Werewolves all the way. I have to say I’m a bit worried about this one, just finished Silence Fallen (mercy thomson) and it was a let down. Still have my hopes up for this book, and Anna & Charles being safe (yeah, right).

Publication date: March 6th


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Why I’m excited: Conspiracy? Black zombie hunters during the American civil war? I’m ready to get my hands on this.

Publication date: April 3rd

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Why I’m excited: The author behind the masterpiece that is “The Hate U Give” is publishing a new book! This time it’s about a girl who’s an aspiring rapper, before her mom loses her job and they are facing the possibility of homelessness. Angie Thomas has already proven her capabilities to me and the rest of the world, second books are difficult, but I wish all the best for this book.

Publication date: May 1st

Angie Thomas on the come up

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Pages: 288
Genre: Young adult – fantasy



Penryn is trying to keep her little sister and paranoid scizofrenic mother safe. It’s been six weeks since the angels took over the world and the humans around her are either in hiding or joined gangs to protect their backs. No one dares walk out at night, but Penryn has to take the chance. To hide from the angels doesn’t help if they get killed by the gangs. So she pushes her little sister’s wheelchair and try to keep an eye on her mother while walking into trouble far bigger than expected.

My thoughts


It looked like a book for me from the beginning.  

I would go to the end of the world for my little brother, the same way Penryn would for her seven year old handicapped sister. Overall Penryn is a likeable character, she has flawed thinking which I’ve written more about further down, but when it boils down to it she would do anything for those she’s close to. She doesn’t especially care for the wars going on around her, nothing matters until her sister’s safe. She’s asian-american, living in the San Francisco area, a force to be reckoned with and aware of it.

The romance is much better than expected, I would even call it great. Raffe the angel is old and powerful and Penryn has conflicting emotions over him. That he has his wings cut off makes him less intimidating and dangerous, or so she believes. Raffe has a great sense of humour, he’s playing along when he wants to, but it feels like he’s lying in the middle of all the chaos having an existential crisis while Penryn is wondering what the hell she has done. I mean;

“I kick the couch for good measure. To my utter amazement, his eyes open blearily. They’re deep blue and glaring at me. ‘Can you keep it down? I’m trying to sleep.’ His voice is raw and full of pain, but somehow, he still manages to inject a certain level of condescension.”

Three things that bothered me;

  • What do you think when I say scizofrenic person? Yes, that’s the mother here; the stereotype. While reading this book, especially younger readers, it’s essential that you know not every scizofrenic person is a danger to other people, but in this book she is. The mom is capable when it comes to certain things, like her paranoid side is written to sometimes been an advantage in this dystopian world. She’s portrayed through the eyes of her daughter, who has to carry the burden, is exhausted and doesn’t seem to know all that much of scizofrenia.
  • The women at the camp of survivors/resistance are doing laundry and keeping their heads down in fear of what the big military dudes might do to them. They claim to be treated nice and no one’s ordering them around, but honestly what kind of women lives in san fransisco/silcon valley? I’m not american, but wouldn’t there be one woman capable of fighting/handling weapons/engineering before penryn comes around with her martial arts skills and short temper? The lack of other women useful to the army is the most unrealistic thing in this whole book and we’re talking about angels descending from the sky like aliens.
  • The writing varies from “oh, this is good” to “I want to sigh and/or laugh”.

It might seem so based on this review, but the “bad” things didn’t outwin the good ones in this book. I just think they’re important to point out. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I don’t know if I’m going to read the rest of the trilogy soon.


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Pages: 559
Genre: fiction, contemporary


Lessons I learned from this book:

  • The characters are pretentious fucks and very lovable
  • Do not study greek; way too dramatic, too many dead people
  • To be like Richard – always do your homework, no matter how many life-changing secrets was revealed that week
  • The line between romanticizing and actual love is difficult. Both can kill
  • If they strike you as a cult and people talk about them as a cult, you probably should be on guard at least
  • Being the drug-selling jock is better than the rich and self-aware snob because at least you’ve learned how to run a business
  • Twins in books are always freaky, even if I love these ones dearly


Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

My thoughts 


First reaction when finishing this book was simply; no. This book was depressing and overwhelming, making me question every action the characters had taken throughout the book as well as everything else in life (wow it’s turned me dramatic), but it was fucking great. I would recommend it to everyone. Maybe not everyone, I can think of a couple persons who would look at me in horror afterwards. Don’t know what that says about me, but there’s something so special about it; even past the brilliant writing, the murder and the fabulous bonding and group dynamic.

You can read this book two ways, the way I see it. Either as the murder mystery it is, in similar fashion (although this book is older) as “How to get away with murder”, the tv series. It has elements in common when it comes to both structure, it’s a murder mystery in reverse in the sense of it starting with the murder and backtracking from there, as well as both revolves around a group of college kids. The other way too read it would be to dive into it head first AKA seeing it from the character’s perspective, interested in the big philosophy the ancient greek’s are known for for varying reasons. You quickly realize it’s not as much about who killed someone, but why. It’s certainly a question that affects everyone lives, making or breaking their destinies.

There’s lots of characters introduced throughout the book, but the story mainly revolves around the five greek students and their peculiar and charming professor Julian Morrow. He refuses to teach bigger classes, keeps the program closed off from the rest of the school and gets away with it – because that’s how good he is at the subject. No wonder there are rumors about the group, strange and nerdy as they are where they wander around together, occasionally speaking greek or other strange languages, discussing philosophy or other matters of great importance in their world. Mostly they just get drunk off their asses and travels to their mansion of a hideaway out in the country. It’s a good mix.

We hear the story from Richard Papen’s point of view as his poor, pretentious self manages to half-trick half-impress his way into this class and group. He’s the most relatable thing about the book as he struggles with loneliness and distance; it’s just the way he sees the world, constantly watching and thinking, but at least he’s found others like him. The distance he tells the story with terrifies me, even with considering if it’s something he’s picked up after the incidents that shaped his life (I think not). But certainly it makes an interesting fit when it comes to how this story is told, through the eyes of someone so in love with them all, but also more self-aware.

Beauty is terror, according to this book, but it’s also a thing of quite the obsession. At least to Richard Papen. As all of them, he’s messed up, but the aesthetic beauty he values so highly really colors the story and how the characters are perceived. Not that they’re all glorified, more described as the greek gods they study, above everyone else, but certainly with human flaws and a mundane realness as we see them study and frustrate over homework. Just look at how Richard describes his first meeting with the group that would become his friends;

“I was confused by this sudden glare of attention; it was as if the characters in a favorite painting, absorbed in their own concerns, had looked up out of the canvas and spoken to me.”

He wants to figure the world out through studying the greek philisophers as much as he wants to figure out people by studying them. Meeting people who are as guarded and secretive as himself intrigues him, being what creates this story.

I laughed out loud multiple times throughout this book, which is weird because it’s not meant to be humoring. Still, in the way it takes surreal events and makes them real and genuine, there’s something so surprising when you snap out of it and realize what just happened. What you just accepted without questioning because it sounded so natural when told by Richard Papen. What a peculiar mind these guys have, and it was lovely to live through it for a while, even if I’ll stay the hell out of ancient greek studies. I wondered how the book would end, and I still can’t really say formulate what I think about it. If you’ve read the book, please let me know your thoughts.


– favourite quotes – 

“I liked the idea of living in a city—any city, especially a strange one—liked the thought of traffic and crowds, of working in a bookstore, waiting tables in a coffee shop, who knew what kind of odd, solitary life I might slip into? Meals alone, walking the dogs in the evenings; and nobody knowing who I was.”

Forgive me, for all the things I did but mostly for the ones that I did not.”

“In short: I felt my existence was tainted, in some subtle but essential way.”

“He refused to see anything about any of us except our most engaging qualities, which he cultivated and magnified to the exclusion of all our tedious and less desirable ones.”

“I suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell. “

Reading Harry Potter in spanish

It’s the middle of winter vacation and I’ve decided to start a project: to read “Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone” in spanish. Which makes it “Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale”, I had to google translate that, so now you know the level I’m at. In other words; wish me luck. 

A bit of background: I’ve had spanish in school for four and a half years. As usual with school language classes, the first three years we learned the basics, like colours and numbers. The fourth year we suddenly learned a shit-ton (in comparison) of grammar and verbs. Reading a spanish book now is mostly motivated by the stress of having a spanish test in a week and my (actual for forever) final exams in three to four months. I’ve always wanted to learn languages, especially spanish, but having it as a school subject is a different thing and much worse as I need a good grade.

Hopefully reading this book will expand my vocabulary, make me more comfortable with spanish and bring some fun to it! At the very least be a challenge, and I don’t think it will be a problem to tick that box after having read the first chapter. Fortunately I’m reading the book on kindle, so I can translate words I don’t understand. So far I’ve figured out muggle is the same in spanish, Quien-usted-sabe is you-know-who and búhos is owls.

I’ve read the Harry Potter series multiple times, in two languages (English and Norwegian), so I hope this will be an okay experience. Maybe this post will keep me accountable, to stay to my plan and read a chapter each day. Or a chapter over two days, as I get more busy after the vacation ends. I have yet to figure out how often I will update my progress, but at least I’ve started.

Anyone else has experience learning language through reading? It’s a big part of how I learned english, so took a long time to learn to pronounce words as well. Learned only a couple months ago recipe isn’t pronounced like receipt, which made my friends laugh. The struggles of being a reader, I guess.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 390
Genre: Young adult – fantasy

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Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will.

Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge

My thoughts


“The government eventually declared men such as Steelheart to be natural forces, like hurricanes or earthquakes.”

This book feels like superhero comics in novel version, but where all the villains have replaced the actual superheroes. It’s chaos, destruction and humans being undermined. But it’s also has an amazing team, fast-paced well-written action, story with quality and underground secret lair. Almost forgot; a lot of purposely bad metaphors which I found strange, but grew to like amazingly quick.

Brandon Sanderson writes with incredible speed and skill, while making complex stories. This is not an exception. It’s a young adult book in all the right ways; it’s definitely geared towards a younger audience and has lots of action, without being “dumbed-down”. The only difference I was laughing at, was him not being able to naturally put theology in there, but I spoke too soon. Turns out superhero-villains appearing like from empty air and crushing all hope is the perfect time to create beliefs.

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The Reckoners are a group trying to fight back. From the looks of it, they’re part of a bigger network, but claim to consist of just two groups (i don’t believe that). There’s some original types in that group and I hope I get to know them better in the next books.

I would especially recommend this book to teenage boys, it’s written as to get those action and superhero-loving guys into books. I rarely read books where the targeted group has been as clear as here. If I wasn’t more a tomboy than my brother I would recommend it to him too. I mean –  “She can shoot like a dream and she carries tiny grenades in her top, a bit of my addled mind thought. I think I might be in love.” Tell me that’s not written with the intent of marketing. Having that target-group in mind also explains the move from focus on character’s backstories to current action and problems. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy and trying to catch up with Sanderson’s other series. If someone’s an Epic, it’s him with that writing-speed.


– favourite quotes –

“For some reason, I was realizing, when things got really, really tense I found it easier to relax.”

“Ponder. Worry. Stay up nights, frightened for the casualties of your ideology. It will do you good to realize the price of fighting.”

“He was right. I was letting myself get distracted, like a rabbit doing math problems instead of looking for foxes.” 

WWW Wednesday, 21. February 2018

It’s the middle of winter vacation and I finally have more times on my hand to read and relax! This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday by answering these weekly three questions. If you would like to know more, it’s hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish reading?



“Silence Fallen” by Patricia Briggs, the 10th (what!) book in the Mercy Thompson series. I’m mostly reading it out of nostalgia now, but the plot was pretty based on nostalgia as well. Book review out soon!

What are you currently reading?


Too many books at once. “We have no idea” by Jorge Cham, a science book, just started the steampunk fantasy book “Airborn” by Kenneth Opel which seems promising and “Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale”, the spanish version of the first Harry Potter book. I hope to read a couple chapters of it each week for the near future. I’m only able to read multiple books at once if they’re very different genres.

What do you think you’ll read next?


I’m horrible at prediciting, more often than not I will rebel against myself and end up reading something entirely different.

I really want to read “The words of radiance” by Brandon Sanderson soon, but we’ll see. It’s a big book that I have trouble putting down, so I’ll need to have my weekend open so I can, as I have with most other Sanderson books, read it long into the night.