When Exam Season Is Upon Us

So. This blog has had a very quiet week. I’m checking in at 10pm to say this quiet time is temporary, I had a couple posts scheduled when going to Belgium a month ago, but since then it’s been crazy busy. And I was chosen to have spanish written exams next tuesday, which I’ve known for a week already and not done anything abotu because family has been visiting, which leaves me with a week left to learn an entire language and how to write spanish essays well. One thing is knowing enough of a language to survive, another entirely seperate thing is knowing how to write argumentative and informative texts. The damn verbs are what’s killing me here.

Enough about exams, talk of them is all over the place and have to grow quite boring. The good news is that my last obligatory spanish class is in a few weeks, as I did not voluntarily put this upon myself for next year as well. No, this person is going to have to survive politics, as it was the only class available besides damn economics for business and I looked at all those spreadsheet formats you have to memorize and was like “shoot me”, along with physics and math. I can already see how this is not a well-formulated blog post by that sentence alone, but bear with me. I’m trying to get my thoughts to turn into spanish the way I imagine alchemists tried to turn objects into gold, and failing just as miserably. 

Books I’m reading: I still read some to relax, even though that too has been reduced drastically. I recently bought “The essential Rumi” in some kind of desperation for someone to tell me what’s important and right in this world. It’s not that, which I never expected either, but so far (literally ten pages in) nice poems. I also got “The wastland and other poems” by T. S. Elliot and “Oathbringer” by Brandon Sanderon, which I haven’t started yet, but damn that’s a physically large book.

What I am actually reading is “Space Opera” by Catherynne M. Valente and it’s fantastically absurd story about a interstellar, multiplanetary song contest where if earth comes last they’re completely destroyed. And I also finished “Edgedancer” by Brandon Sanderson because it seemed like a good thing to do before Oathbringer and did not even realize I’ve written a whole review on it before right now. I’m out of it everyone. See you next week 🙂

The only important thing here: regular scheduling back in the end of next week (which solely means more posts and book reviews), thank you to everyone who follows me as I recently noticed I had 100 blog posts!

WWW Wednesday, 2. May 2018

Time for the wednesday update! If you would like to know more about www wednesday, where you answer three questions every wednesday, it’s hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

md

What are you currently reading?

Masked Desire by Alana Delacroix: I’ve only just started, but it’s urban fantasy. Something with a supernatural council and changing faces. The multiple pov’s right at the beginning has made it a bit confusing.

What did you recently finish reading?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: absoloutly fantastic fantasy book! review will be out soon, but i would wholeheartedly recommend it.

Head On John Scalzi: a sci-fi book with a really interesting concept, people with a virus that make them locked in their bodies, so robot bodies are made for them, which leads to a new kind of people. Too much fbi investigation over discovering this world and society, too little character focus. Full review linked.

Sadie by Courtney Summers: Podcast format book that follows a girl Sadie trying to revenge her sister’s death. It has its issues, most of all the format and how boring it makes the writing. Review out soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

fa.jpg

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes: “Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.” This seems very intriguing and I’m excited.

Currently Reading | Book Things

It’s time for another update! I’ve just come back from a week in Belgium, so that’s the reason behind the fewer updates this past week. It was so much fun! And also I feel awful now, hoping to not become really sick because I have two days to cram my entire math curriculum. FUn! Also going from nearly thirty degrees celcius to ten hurts a lot, I miss summer so much.

blog (8)

I started reading “Wolf by wolf” by Ryan Graudin on the trip over, and even though it became a bit much war at the same time as I learned about WW1 and I was reading this book around WW2, the book was really really good. I would define it as magical realism, which I haven’t often seen in war books. In the book Hitler’s rule has taken over Japan and this girl was put in death camp and experimented on, which gave her some unusual abilities along with changing her looks from dark to fair. She escaped and is competing in this motorcycle race in this awesome plan to assassinate Hitler. It’s a weird plot, but it was done so well.

blog (11)

I’ve given up on “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, it was time. I can’t bother to go check just how far I got, it was at least 40 percent, probably I got further than halfways. It was slow and uninteresting, even if I can see why it’s a classic with its ideas of the dystopian future and surveilance and such.

blog (10)

“Head on” by John Scalzi is a book that took a while to get into, but I’m starting to like it. It’s a sci-fi book, with a dash of mystery and fbi agents included. A part of the population experienced something called “Haden’s syndrome” where they’re basically locked in their bodies, so robot bodies are made for accessiblity. Which leads to a new sport, Hilketa, where the players can attack each other without doing harm. Until one player dies, and the Haden fbi agent Chris is trying to find out how and why. Really cool concept, I haven’t gotten that far yet.

 

 

blog-131-e1522093602416.png

 

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan  four out of five stars

My Fight / Your Fight by Ronda Rousey  four out of five stars

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli five out of five stars

Leave This Song Behind three out of five stars

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson five out of five stars

Alt som ikke har blitt tjoret fast, Eirin Gundersen

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah five out of five stars

Secrets for the Mad by dodie four out of five stars

 

Currently Reading | Book Things

It’s time for another update! I’m currently on a seven-hour train trip, writing this on my phone. My flight was cancelled, so it was my only way to get home.

blog (8)

Leave this song behind by John and Stephanie Meyer is a collection of poems from teenagers, and some of them were really lovely. Review to come.

I started reading “when breath becomes air” by Paul Kalanithi at the bus to my flight this weekend. Horrible idea, as it’s about Paul’s fight against cancer after having worked as a neurosurgeon and removed tumors regularly. It’s about how his worldview changed, about the experiences he had at medical school and his wonder of death to being forced to face his own. It’s hard to go from doctor to patient. I was brought to tears so many times, regularly closing the book to not start bawling my eyes out in front of people. It was a masterpiece of a book though, as someone who has spent a lot of time in hospital, even if I luckily have no direct experience with cancer.

blog (10)

I’m going to Belgium next week, so books I have in physical copy like Fahrenheit 451 won’t go with me. Maybe I’ll continue harry potter e la pietra filosofale, but i’ve said that for a couple weeks without following up as well. I’ll probably get to read some emily dickinson poems though, in between being a tourist and a lot of socializing (feel tired already, haha)

I travelled to visit an technology university this week and in the theme of trying to choose education, I decided to try listening to “letters to a young scientist” by Edward O. Wilson. The audiobook is okay, but as some sections aren’t as relevant to me as others and it would be easier to jump around in another format. Some info is outdated, and because of that I’m not certain what I feel about this book yet. Also it’s a lot of talk about snakes and ants, so mainly biology, which is the one science I’m not into.

blog-131-e1522093602416.png

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff two/five stars

Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami four/five stars

Silence fallen by Patricia Briggs three/five stars

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel three/five stars

Currently Reading | Book Things

It’s time for another update! I’ve read a lot this past week, mostly poetry, young adult and one high fantasy book.

blog (11)

One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus

Genre: young adult

It started out good, they’re a group of students who all get detention for having their phones out, but all claim it’s not theirs. Then one of the kids name Simon dies from allergy shock and they soon find out it wasn’t an accident. But it never seem to progress from there, just a bunch of kids built on stereotypes (the smart, the sporty, the pretty, the troublemaker) grieving very strange and loudly, gossiping about what could’ve happen and who likes who. The plot or writing is not good, the characters are bad, and it’s not an exciting mystery.

 

blog (8)

Dette skjer ikke by Ida Lórien Ringdal

Genre: poetry

A norwegian book that would be translated to “this isn’t happening”, it’s an okay poetry book. Some of the poems sounds like something written on a morning commute with the mobile notes app, and then not edited. Maybe it could’ve needed some more work and thought put into it.

The day is ready for you by Alison Malee

Genre: poetry

I got my first book from netgalley and it was okay as well. It’s short poems, the look and theme similiar to “milk and honey”. The writing flows very good. I especially liked the connections to nature, like landscape and ocean. The subject was mainy heartbreak and it became a bit repetitive at times. The author seemed to understand something the book above didn’t, that for poems to be simple doesn’t mean they can be easy or not require effort to get the words and rythm right, which I appreciated.

The art of escaping by Eirin Callahan

Genre: young adult

Here’s the second book I read from netgalley and it was amazing! I’ll write a longer review, but it’s relatable, well-written young adult book with a main character facinated by escapalogoism and Harry Houdini. Would recommend!

Words of radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: high fantasy

Sanderson did it again, this book is pure brilliance. It’s the second book of the Stormlight archive and also a thousand pages, so I didn’t expect that I would get through it in four days, but it’s been some long nights where I couldn’t put it down over the weekend.

 

blog (10)

Fahrenheit 451

It’s going so slow reading this, but I’ll get back into it this week.

Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale

Same as above. We’ll leave my attempt at reading spanish to that. It’s not going great.

The collected poems of Emily Dickinson

Nice to read once in a while. It’s a lot of poems in here, some great, some not for me.

 

blog-131-e1522093602416.png

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin  2/5 stars

Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems Vol. 2 4/5 stars

Jade City by Fonda Lee 3/5 stars

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 4/5 stars

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton 4/5 stars

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 5/5 stars

Currently Reading | Book Things

Hey! I’ve stopped doing the www wednesday posts recently, it doesn’t make sense to give a weekly update that strictly scheduled right now. But here’s a little update on what I’ve recently finished reading and my current reads.

 

blog (9)

 

Mary Oliver’s new and selected poems vol. 2

A good poetry collection, generally I like these “best of” collections less than Mary Oliver’s other poetry collections like A Thousand Mornings.

Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli

I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading it, over three hundred pages, in one saturday. There was some crying, a lot of “aahhh” sounds in sympathy and some good humor in here. To be honest, the title as well as the “coming out” plot put me off this book for a long time. I read positive reviews and that the movie “love, simon” is coming out soon and decided it was now or never. No regrets, as this book is fantastic. A more in-depth review out soon.

Alt som ikke har blitt tjoret fast by Eirin Gundersen

I’ve read some more norwegian books lately, this one was good, but I had some thoughts on it. Review will be out soon, but only in norwegian probably (which will be weird, but the only thing that makes sense as it’s not translated)

Truly devious by Maureen Johnson

An incredibly murder mystery young adult book that I higly recommend! 5/5 stars definitely.

 

blog-111.png

 

The snow child by Eowyn Ivey

I rarely stop reading books, usually I skim-read to the end. But I couldn’t get into this, the plot wasn’t interesting to me, even with the lovely writing.

The faster I walk, the smaller I am by Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold

I read this in norwegian, and it seemed good, but the plot and theme wasn’t anything I wanted to read right now

 

blog-10.png

 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Trying to get through some more classics, but this one is slow and kind of boring, even if I’m wondering where the plot will go.

One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m reading this in norwegian, just started and excited to see where it goes.

The collected poems of Emily Dickinson

Not much to say yet, except the poems are lovely.

Harry Potter e la pietra filosofale

It went really slow for a while, but I decided to try more again. Btw, I’m not very good at spanish, which is why I’m trying to read this book, but I am able to understand it surprisingly well. When did that happen? I’m 28% in, with 94 highlights/things I’ve translated, in one month. Could’ve been better.