Fantasy Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

My pick: Nothern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Hardcover (1996) Alfred A. Knopf | (1998) Scholastic | Paperback (2003) Laurel Leaf (ISBN: 0440238137)

Serbian (2018) (ISBN13: 9788652131075) | Russian (2016) ACT | Italian (2015) Salani

Bulgarian version (2004) ИК “Бард” (ISBN: 9545855304) | Kindle edition (2015) RHCP Digital | (2007) Scholastic UK

Hardcover (2008) Folio Society | (2002) Turtleback books | Italian (2013) TEA

Portuguese (2001) Editorial Presença (ISBN: 9722328263) | Portuguese Brazilian (2017) Suma de Letras| Paperback (2017) Scholastic

Honary mention: The Book of Dust cover is stunning

Hardcover (2017) Alfred A. Knopf

My favourites:

There’s so many different and good covers that match the story inside! I really like the retro feeling of the Hardcover (1996) Alfred A. Knopf and the Russian (2016) ACT cover is unmatched in being the best overall and foreign cover. Look at that majestetic cover with Pan and the compass!

Participating in #PrideLibrary19 🌈

I just finished my exams and said I would finally have time to relax and read, which I haven’t done much of the last months. And then I saw this LGBT June Pride challenge on Library Looter’s blog, who wrote about suggestions for the prompts, and it looked like too much fun. She’s hosting this Pride challenge with Anniek’s Library who wrote about the rules and Michelle Likes Things writing about pride.

My first recommendations for pride month is to listen to Taylor the Creator’s new IGOR album. And AURORA’s “The River”. At least that’s what I am doing while writing this post ❤

I’m just going to be clear that I’m not good with challenges in general. As horrible as I’m with following TBR lists. So I’m just going to try to read more lgbt books and participate when I feel like it and wanted to write this blog post to encourage more to join in!

Love from your village bi girl who attended her first pride this May and is currently packing up her house before she’s moving, meaning I don’t have too many physical books for photos which can become a problem. I’ll find a way. Also if anyone wants to trade a few YA books that I’ve got to leave behind or know where I could go for that, let me know ❤

~~i’m finishing up the schoolyear and everything is weird~~ | Bi-Weekly Update

The title is brought to you by me – a productive sick person with a deteriorating mental state because I’m allowing myself to stress if I’m also productive and also I DID IT, I finished most of my exams and finally now will have time to relax and read. That’s the summary of this too late bi-weekly update, written on the side-effects of important (also bi-weekly) medicine that makes me feel like I’m in a dream state of ‘oh so tired’ and ‘i really can’t sleep’. OOps.

New book posts:

Other books I’ve been reading:

  • I just started reading again, after the exams were over! I’ve barely read anything since february, which hopefully will change soon. I miss sitting down and delving into a story so much.
  • Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  • Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (currently reading)

Added to TBR:

I haven’t been reading many book blog posts from those I follow, which is where I get most of the books I want to read, so none I guess? This never happens

Three things on my mind:

  • Exams were over last week, finally. Well kind of, as I’ve got one oral exam left in a couple weeks. But I did it! I (probably) didn’t fail any of them!
  • I went from feeling like I was failing in physics to get top grades! Based on my grades this happened in one month, as I stressed for six hours straight at the final major test and ended up as one of the best in the class. But grades don’t tell the whole story and it was a gradual process to be comfortable with problem-solving and the theory. I did cram theory of relativity and a lot of magnetism in the couple last days though. I had a final oral test today to prove that I deserved top grades, and I think I got it. What makes this turn particularly surprising to everyone around me is that I haven’t been to class much, dealing with chronic illnesses. Meaning that I’ve really been learning the syllabus myself and so I am actually really proud of this accomplishment, to the point where I was tearing up at the bus-ride home. Also it’s nice to have proved to myself that I could do it considering I actually applied to physics bachelor programs after the summer … makes me a tiny bit less worried.
  • So I’m trying to achieve more of that ~~balance~~ again (imagine me doing wavy arms), after having a lot of partying and fun in may, afterwards (of course) been sick and stressing and worried about sanity and physical health. I missed IBD Awareness day again this year! Kind of angry at myself for that one. But I do think that I want to write some posts about chronic illness and the dilemma of pulling yourself together and getting things done VS. pushing too hard and everything falling apart.

Favorite Books From the Last 10 Years | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl to bring bookish friends together. A new topic is posted each week.

Reviews are linked (as always)!

Let’s start at the beginning! I take my time and read books many years after they’re published instead of a lot of newly released ones, thinking that books that continue to be discussed are often the really good ones and that longevity is one of the best sides of books. Also here’s the obligatory comment that I can’t believe 2009 was ten years ago.

2010 & 2011

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss

  • It’s just the best two book ever (which is a highly divisive opinion, as it seems to be a book readers either love or hate)
  • I really need to reread these books for the 5/6/7 time and write a review, haha

2012 & 2013

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

  • The collection that made me discover Mary Oliver, my all time favourite poet, and honestly also got me into poetry

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

  • Along with The Secret History by Tartt, it’s just so strange and great, with so many different type of stories in one

2014 & 2015

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson

  • Possibly best ever overall epic fantasy author, I’ve never actually seen someone hate Sanderson’s writing or books

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • I loved this darker YA fantasy with a friendgroup creating their own family, heists and the darker main character that is Kaz Brekker

2016 & 2017

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

  • The new book placed prior to The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials series, released so many years later. It wasn’t quite the same style, but also really didn’t disappoint!

2018 & 2019

I haven’t been reading too many 2019 releases yet, as I just haven’t been reading as much as I use to this year (hopefully, I’ll have time to catch up during the summer)

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown

Magical Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: bibbity, bobbity, boo” A cover that features ‘magical things’.

My pick: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Hardcover (2015) Macmillan | French (2017) Flammarion Québec | Romanian (2017) Nemira (ISBN13: 978606758903)

Hungarian (2016) by Gabo (ISBN13: 9789634062233) | Chinese (2018) by 臉譜出版 (ISBN: 9862356596) | Hardcover (2015) Del Rey

Czech (2019) Host | Hebrew (2016) by נובה | Portuguese (2018) Saida de Emergência

My favourites:

I don’t feel the chinese edition says much about the story, but I really like the magical feeling of the cover. And the simplicity of the hebrew cover is amazing, I really love the original blue cover, but as it’s the first time I’ve seen this I really liked the fresh minimal version.

Spring Cleaning | Book Tag

I found this tag on Siobhan’s Novelties and decided to give it a go because of the good questions!

The struggle of getting started | a book or series you struggle to begin because of its size

It’s on my shelf and I’m excited for it as I’ve loved most of Sanderson’s other books, but Elantris is just so much thicker than other books I currently have, at over 600 pages. If it’s as good as I think I won’t be able to put it down either, and I’ve just not had large enough chunks of time to be distracted yet.

Cleaning out the closet | a book or series you want to unhaul

I just unhauled a lot of books by giving them to a friend. I think “All the crooked saints” is the only one left as I missed it. I really like Maggie Stiefvater as an author, but this book just wasn’t for me.

Opening windows and letting fresh air in | a book that was refreshing

The ones who walk away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin is the first thing I read from her, and a 32 page story at that. It really inspires reflection, but also was so (good kind of) simple in how it was told.

Washing out the sheets | a scene you wish you could rewrite

I just recently read The wicked deep by Shea Ernshaw and it started out so good and then the ending just didn’t live up in how it was rushed and characters suddenly changing, it would be so nice to be able rewrite the ending, perhaps give it longer time to play out, and just get that small annoyance out of my head.

Throwing out unnecessary knick-knacks | a book in a series you didn’t think was necessary

I’ve mostly blocked out the plot of this one. And its existance. Divergent had only one sequel, right?

Polishing doorknobs | a book that had a clean finish

The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was this old movie-star from the 1950s giving interviews to a writer and her life was such a roller coaster and I absolutely loved the story, but also the ending. When you didn’t expect it, this book came with real comments and reflections on life in between the glam and fame.

Reaching to dust the fan | a book that tried too hard to relay a certain message

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell might be a weird choice, but I just felt (when I read it years ago) that the author was trying to hard. I don’t quite remember at what. Just that when I read I was born for this by Alice Oseman, I had the immediate feeling that Oseman’s book was suceeding in what Fangirl thought it was doing? Like giving a real alternative to how a fandom can work, in the context of a story and not in the obnoxious way the Fangirl’s main character felt to me

The tiring yet satisfying finish | a series that was tiring but satisfying to get through

Here’s a sad story. I read all the books in the Gone series by Michael Grant besides the last one not too long after they came out. It took me years to read the final one, the sixth book, before I finally did in 2016. I applauded myself for being finished, it was a relief. And then he published the seventh book in the series in 2017 and he’s still going. I’m never going to be able to finish this series. All the ones who read the original part of the YA series are grown up, making it a bit strange.

Anyone who wants to do the tag can consider themselves tagged by me, haha.

My Favourite Podcasts: New Finds

Here’s all my previous podcast posts, where I gathered up my favourites. With themes like space, robots, queerness, illness, science, productivity, books and mythology.


  • By Matthew Cassinelli (tech expert, especially Siri shortcuts) and Alex Cox (who also has the Do by Friday, The robot and the unicorn and Roboism podcasts)
  • “Making sense out of a mess of technology”, which is true as I’m interested in tech, but haven’t taken the deep dive needed to understand a lot of the automation, Siri shortcuts and things they discuss before this.

History on Fire

  • By university history professor Daniele Bolelli
  • Human stories from history, told in a fascinating way, even for those of us who can’t bring ourselves to appreciate history classes
  • Fav episodes: #24 Pirate queen #39-42 Joan d’Arc ( currently listening to this, it’s so fascinating)

Off the pill podcast

  • By Ryan Higa (youtube) and friends, sometimes guests
  • General type of talking podcast, discussing the Internet and social media, current events, controversies, stories from their career and life together, etc.

Space Cave

  • By David Huntsberger, a comedian
  • This is not a podcast I listen to every episode on because it spans such a broad type of guests, but the episodes I have heard is so interesting and that means there will probably be a topic catching your eye if you go through the titles quickly
  • Fav episodes: #51-52 Material science #71-72 Electrical engineering #127-128 Electrical engineering #135-136 Quantum physics

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  • By Hank Green (author, nerdfighteria, vlogbrothers) and Katherine Green
  • Where they go through Hank’s (and sometime Katherine’s) twitter feed, talking about how to not use social media, interact with others and how the social media affects us. Also sharing cute twitter moments, and CATS, to brighten the mood.
  • Fav episode: #38 The perineum of kindness (with guests)

What podcasts do you listen to?

Cover With Fantasy Beast | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This weeks theme: “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!” – A cover featuring a fantasy beast

My pick: The ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus #0.5) by Jonathan Stroud

Random house children’s publisher (2010)

The spanish version, Montena publisher (2011)

German version, CBJ publisher (2010)

The kindle edition, Disney Hyperion (2012)

Audio CD, Listening library (2010)

Russian version, Eksmo (2010)

Hungarian version, Animus (2010) (ISBN13: 9633240304)

Italian kindle edition, Salani Editore (2010)

Serbian version, Odiseja (2012) (ISBN: 139788677200893)

French version, Le Livre de Poche (2013)

My favourite

The kindle edition, Disney Hyperion (2012) is the most fun, but my favourite is the one is the more simple and striking The spanish version, Montena publisher (2011).

The Real Neat Blog Award

Tagged by Sara at Bibliophagist Reviews. You asked such great questions!!


  • Answer the seven questions posed to you
  • Gift 3 bloggers
  • Pose a further seven questions

What’s your favorite city to visit?

I haven’t travelled as much as I would like, especially not to bigger cities. I really did like travelling to Firenze/Florence in Italy, especially as we arrived before the full-on tourist season. It was just so much lovely to watch and the local people I lived with was great.

If someone gave you $50 and dropped you in a bookstore right now, what would you buy?

Alice Oseman’s Solitaire and Heartstopper volumes and other graphic novels, because I could honestly really need more of them in my life. I’ve would like to start Saga, Paper girls and Plastic

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I’ve not read as many books as I would want to so far this year, and I complained in my progress of my 2019 TBR how many books have been a let down, but surprisingly the grand design is truly my fav, even if it might be a strange choice

What are some of your favorite book blogs?

Aaahhh I love asking this of others, but I also am destined to forget a lot of people. I’ll keep it to just a few good ones:

What’s your favorite thing to order at a coffee shop?

A chai latte if they serve it. I only recently got really into coffee, but I have a tendency to order espresso because I view it as the fastest and easiest way to get caffeine. An espresso macchiato is really good for that as well, with just a bit of milk.

Which book do you recommend most often?

To already book and fantasy lovers I recommend “The name of the wind” by Patrick Rothfuss a lot. To those who might want to get into fantasy, I often recommend “Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson. Also I seem to recommend Mary Oliver’s poetry a lot and to everyone.

Which fictional character do you wish you could hang out with for a day?

I immediately thought of Kaz Brekker from Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo, probably because there’s a chance I would meet the whole crew, they seem to be able to get into a lot of trouble in one day and I also wouldn’t think I would be that upset having to leave after one day?

My questions:

  1. What’s the song you listened to most recently?
  2. An upcoming release you’re excited about
  3. A place you would want to travel to next
  4. Favourite mythological creature?
  5. At what point do you DNF a book? Is it a certain percentage through it?
  6. How many languages do you know and what would you learn next?
  7. Recommend me some of the book blogs you follow!

I tag….

My Favourite Podcasts: Stories

I made this post quite some time ago, and then it disappeared into my drafts. So I just updated it with some more recent episodes recommendations as well!


It was difficult finding a category for these kinds of podcasts, the journalistic ones where there’s a host or two, but mainly they’re based on telling people’s stories. They’re not talking about a random subject from their lives, but something specific they’ve investigated. Where often a single occurence leads to a much bigger story, one that’s worth listening to.

I’ve done other lists of my favourite podcasts. Here’s a list of general, two-dudes talking type. Here’s science and productivity. Here’s book and mythology podcasts. And finally here’s even weirder interests like space, robots and chronic illness.

– stories – 


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  • It’s about the internet
  • I’m just going to give a list of my fav episodes, because there’s a lot of places to start this one
  • Zardulu (#56) talking about a weird internet fenomena that is rat videos and the possible mind behind it
  • Long distance (#102 og #103) where Alex Goldman goes on a hunt to find out who the telephone scammers are, leading him to travel to another country and making some strange new relationships. 
  • Shipped to Timbuktu (#28) about a girl guide troop ending up in the Weihsien concentration camp in China
  • Hello? (#82) where they take call-in’s for 48 hours straight
  • Pain funnel (#121) about the US rehabs and how they’re run
  • Boy in the photo (#79) about the long road trying to track down a guy at a college party (here’s the photo)
  • The founder (#136) about Paul Le Roux, who went from a programmer to build himself up as the leader of a drug cartel from behind his computer.
  • The reply all hotline (#139) with call-in stories, ending with a story from a Syrian refugee living in Turkey about the difficulties trying to create any future and wanting help navigating the Canadian college system. I cried so much. Everyone deserves hope. 

The Good News Podcast

  • Tired of the bad news each day? Here’s some adorable, heartwarming or funny news to balance it out. From the Cards Against Humanity team.

The Anthropocene Reviewed

  • Author and youtuber John Green’s new podcast where he reviews a couple very unrelated things that are “facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale”. With his calming voice and poetic phrasing. 
  • Fav episodes: #10 about Tetris and the seed potatoes of Leningrad and #11 about teddy bears


  • One day an email arrives with the subject line “John B McLemore lives in Shittown Alabama.” John is a man who takes contact with the journalist Brian Reed, asking him to look into a possible murder in his town, which no one else is talking about. He lives in this small town, which he doesn’t have lack of problems with. As the journalist travels down to John he realizes his life and person comes of as interesting and slightly eccentric. But all his actions doesn’t make sense, he comes off as a loner, but then there’s all these people who knew him and slowly the story of John unfold.
  • LABYRINTH, he made a freaking awesome labyrinth. It has nothing (and everything) to do with the story btwBilderesultat for s town labyrinth



  • In most peoples life there’s something that changes, some occurence or relationship that you don’t deal with or got to say everything you wanted to. This podcast host doesn’t let it be with that, as he drags everyone along trying to make things right. From trying to reunite grumpy men in their eighties to a woman finallly getting the answer from her step-mom to why she made her quit basketball. It all went in direction I didn’t expect.