Reading in Regent's Park.

2015-09-06, at 23:53:23
 
Fun fact: by the time I woke up today, some people had apparently already run half a marathon somewhere in London. Oops.
 
Hello dear readers!
Today has been another quiet day for me, I'm still in shock after meeting Jamie Campbell Bower.
I spent the better part of the day in bed, but towards the late afternoon/early evening I decided to put some make-up on to turn myself into a decent human being and go outside.
 
Since I love reading outside, I went to Regent's Park to sit down and read.
On the way I stopped to get some food to bring with me, which I ate by the boating lake while reading.
I'm chuffed to bits that the weather's starting to cool down a bit here in London, so I was able to wear my hoodie and my leather vest without sweating profusely. 
 
I managed to finish Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare,
which is the third and last installment in the The Infernal Devices series, which in turn is part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It's taken me, what feels like, eons to finish this book, but now that I did - ouch! My poor, poor heart. City of Heavenly Fire (the last book in the The Mortal Instruments series) spoiled things a little for me, but it didn't make things any easier to bear.
 
Having finished Clockwork Princess,
I turned my attention instead to The Bane Chronicles, also by Cassandra Clare, which is also part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles. For those of you who don't know, Magnus Bane is the (very eccentric and flamboyant) immortal warlock who figures in both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments, despite the series being set two centuries apart. The Bane Chronicles is a collection of short stories about his life and debauchery. Magnus is one of my favourite characters out of all the books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles, so it'll be interesting to find out a bit more about him.
 
One thing I apparently won't be finding out, though, is what actually happened in Peru...
 
Have you read any of the books from The Shadowhunter Chronicles? If so, what did you think of them?


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Mini Book Haul.

2014-06-05, at 20:30:19
 
Two new books have dropped down into my mailbox recently,
and I'm really excited because it's two books I've been really looking forward to getting my hands on!
 
The first one is a copy of 12 Years a Slave which was made into a film earlier this year. It became very popular, roused deep feelings in most viewers and won an Oscar for best movie. I was deeply moved by the film, and I therefore thought it'd be a good idea to get the book so that I can read Solomon Northup's own words, and really get the full experience. Just one warning: this film/book isn't suitable for the faint of heart.
If you'd like to get your hands on the book, you can do so >here< for 4,80€.
 
Beautiful Darkness is the second book in the Beautiful Creatures series written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I absolutely loved the first book and the film based on the book, I think they've made a very clever adaption of the classic witches and wizards, and they've managed to make the story sound believable. I'm absolutely chuffed to bits to finally own the sequel, so that I can continue reading about Lena, Ethan and the world of Casters and Mortals.
If fantasy and love stories are more to your liking, this is definitely a book for you. Get your copy >here< for 9,60€, or get the entire trilogy >here< for 32,20€.
 
What I love about The Book Depository is that they always send you a bookmark along with your book. No need for leaving ugly dog ears in your precious books anymore!
The bookmarks that The Book Depository are sending out now are actually designed by their customers, and they're insanely cute and clever.
 
 


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Book tips.

2014-02-24, at 19:30:03
 
One of my readers asked me if I could give her any tips on great books to read,
and I thought I'd make a whole post about it instead of just answering her comment.
The three books above are all books I've read for the three different Swedish courses I'm taking at the moment,
and although I read the books in Swedish, I'm going to post links to where you can find them in English,
since reading novels is by far the best way to expand your vocabulary!
 
Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth: Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London in the 1950s, and this is her story, starting when she first arrived at a nunnery to become a proper midwife. Throughout the book you get to read about a lot of different, interesting and eccentric people she met through her work, and you also get to read about London in the 1950s. Especially the poor parts of London.
     I didn't think it'd be very interesting at all, as I have no interest whatsoever in babies, giving birth or midwives, but I was pleasantly surprised. Call the Midwife is highly entertaining and humorous, and you feel like you get a certain connection to the characters in the book. The book has also been made into a TV-series, but I assure you, reading the book will do you no harm! ;)
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde: Now, this is a story I feel like I've talked a lot about on my blog so far, but it's a story I'll never grow tired of talking about. Dorian Gray is a lovely young man living in London (most of the people I read about seem to live in London, how peculiar), he belongs to the aristocracy, has recently had a portrait painted of himself and is the most innocent and beautiful man, until he meets Lord Henry. He soon becomes corrupted, and the portrait starts aging instead of him. All of his sins also show up in the portrait, and there are a lot of them.
     The book is a perfect description of what vanity can do to a person, and a perfect portrait of all the wonderful sins in life. It's no wonder the book has made it to the list of classics, sin, vanity and corruption are things that will always stick around. 
 
If you want to get the book, you can get the glorious Barnes & Noble leatherbound edition portrayed in the picture above >here< for only 14.50€, that's 33% off the original price!
 
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist: This is a book from the Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, best known for his bestseller Let the Right One In. In the book, an energy field over Stockholm causes the electronics to go haywire and a collective headache, and finally culminates in the dead awakening. The local authorities are faced with an unprecedented problem, as scientists worldwide try to work out what caused the awakening. The reawakened dead aren't exactly aggressive, all they want is to go home, but they have to be contained in hospitals and finally in a separate area of the city.
     The book deals with questions about ethics, since the reawakened dead don't have any legal rights and can be treated in any way people see fit. It's also a story about love, and about being able to let go of your loved one, when their time has come.


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Worlds I wouldn't want to live in

2014-02-07, at 20:14:00
 
I found an interesting blog post on >this blog< about worlds you wouldn't want to live in,
and I decided to borrow their idea for a post of my own.
 
1. The Hunger Games - I don't think you need much of an explanation here. Most of you have probably seen/read/heard about The Hunger Games, but if you haven't, basically it's a story that takes place in a dystopian world where 24 of the children and teenagers of Panem (former USA) are forced to compete in the annual Hunger Games. 24 tributes go into the arena, but only one comes out. This sounds very brutal and inhumane, and living in this world would mean risking to be reaped/having your children get reaped. It also makes me wonder, what happened to the rest of the world? Either the rest of the world is, for some unknown reason, gone - or they are oblivious to what's going on in Panem, or they simply don't care.
 
2. The End of Mr. Y - This is a very mind-boggling book, that involves a lot of thought experiments. In this book, the main character Ariel Manto stumbles upon a very rare book (it's also said to be cursed, and that everybody who reads it dies) and thus gains access to the Troposphere. The Troposphere is a place where all consciousness is connected, where you can enter other people's minds and read their thoughts. This gets Ariel into a lot of trouble. What happens when you enter the Troposphere could also be compared to what happens when you read a really good book: you get sucked into the world of the book, you feel like you can't put it down and you don't want to go back to the real world. As wonderful as it may be to get lost in a good book every now and then, it really isn't healthy, and living in Ariel Manto's world wouldn't be an option for me.
 
3. Under the Dome - This is a book I haven't actually read, but as I thought that I'd have to have something of Stephen King in here, I chose Under the Dome. In the book, a town gets sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. There's a shortage of water, food and electricity, people become corrupted and the bad side of humanity rears its ugly head. One thing's for sure, I would not like to be trapped under that dome.
 
4. World War Z - Another book I haven't read, but a book about zombies is a must in a list like this. Anything with zombies instantly makes me turn into a big ball of "NOPE". I'm not even going to mention anything else about this book because basically it seems just like any other zombie apocalypse book, and I feel uncomfortable with even reading the description.
 
5. Twilight - I feel like Twilight has deluded the younger generations of today. I would never want to live in a world full of vampires, because vampires don't really drink blood from animals (they prey on humans, and only turn to animals in extreme cases), but if I had to, I certainly wouldn't want to live in a world where vampires sparkle. And the whole war between vampires and werewolves doesn't sound too pleasant either.
 
6. Mortal Engines - Mortal Engines is also a dystopian book, that takes place in the future, after the 60 Minute War. The 60 Minute War was, as the name implies, a war that only lasted for an hour and left the planet almost uninhabitable. This forced the cities to become mobile, and the Municipal Darwinism arose, which means that in the book, larger cities prey on smaller cities. Large areas of the world are deserted wastelands, some of them radioactive. Not so nice, ey? But that's what could, ultimately, happen to our world. 


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Sex and the City.

2013-12-09, at 15:18:21
 
A while ago,
I finished the book Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell, and unfortunately I haven't had time to review it yet,
so I thought I could do that today.
As some of you probably know, I'm a huge fan of the Sex and the City TV-series and the films,
and the four women of the series have been my role models for several years now.
 
The book is quite different from the TV-series,
they've changed a few characters in the series and some characters are original characters from the book,
but have been completely transformed. For example, in the book Stanford Blatch has long hair and is very popular among guys. In the series, on the other hand, he's bald, a bit chubby, but just as lovely.
 
I found it difficult to keep track of what was happening and who was involved in the book,
but after a while it all got easier to understand and the book became more and more exciting with every page.
I think Carrie seems a bit more cynical and bitter in the book than she does in the series,
but I still can't help loving her.
 
The book is served up in bite-sized chunks, since the chapters are divided into several small scenes. 
A chapter can contain 10-15 different stories, which makes the book feel fresh and keeps the reader from losing his/her interest.
 
I'd give it a 4 out of 5, and for Sex and the City fans - it's a must-read!


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Books.

2013-11-09, at 11:58:33
 
These books landed in my mailbox a few days ago,
I ordered them at bookdepository.co.uk (as usual), and I was ecstatic when I finally got them!
Unfortunately, I have an enormous pile of books to read before I have the time to read these. :(
 


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Literature.

2013-09-27, at 21:14:32
 
The two books I ordered from the Book Depository arrived today and yesterday,
and I'm so excited because they cost me just about 5€ and although I haven't read them yet,
I already know they're two of my favourite books so far.
I've been looking for an older (or older looking version) of The Picture of Dorian Gray
for ages!
 
The Great Gatsby is also on the list of banned books all over the world, which is perfect for the 
Banned Books Week!


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Torka Aldrig Tårar Utan Handskar - Del 3: Döden.

2013-07-30, at 12:13:44
My book arrived this morning, which made me unbelievably happy because now I know what I'm going to be doing for the rest of the day.
 
Is it bad that I started crying just from reading the back of the book?...
I mean, I'm terrified of reading this, but at the same time, I can't wait to read it.
I love the blurb though, and I thought I might share it here (in Swedish, because I can't be bothered with translating it right now):
 
"Det här är berättelsen om mina vänner.
Om Paul och Bengt, Seppo och Lars-Åke. Om Rasmus och Benjamin.
De som sökte friheten och kärleken i en tid inte långt från nu.

Det här är berättelsen om en sjukdom som tog mina vänners liv medan de ännu var helt unga.
En berättelse om lidande, förnedring och om svek, men också en berättelse om kärlek som trotsar allt. 
För du vet hur det är:
Man får inte leva om sit liv. Det är det som är själva grejen!

Det som berättas i den här historien har hänt.
Allt är sant.
Jag var en av dem som överlevde.
Jag ville bryta tystnaden.
Jag har gjort det nu."

I just think it's so beautiful, and I think Jonas Gardell is really trying to teach us a few lessons with these books,
at the same time that he's educating us about the horrible past. 
Book 1 and 2 have both been beautifully written, and I don't doubt that this will be beautifully written too.
 
If you can, you should really try to get your hands on the trilogy. It's important that as many people as possible read it.


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Met an old friend today.

2013-05-16, at 19:48:20
 
Spent some time outside in the evening sun with my favourite friend today. I haven't read Harry Potter in ages, so I decided to re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I've really missed Harry! <3


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Kärleken & Sjukdomen.

2013-02-07, at 18:39:20
 
After 8 hours in school, I was very pleased when I found these two books waiting for me when I got home. I ordered them last Friday, and the total cost was 57€. 57€ for two books?! It's pure robbery, but there are no other books more worthy of being robbed for.
 
I haven't started reading the second book yet, but I definitely plan on doing so after I'm done with my biology homework. Have you read them?


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Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar.

2013-01-30, at 10:17:43
 
I finished reading Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar (Never dry tears without gloves) yesterday, and I'm rather bummed because I have to wait until the next book comes out now.
 
Torka aldrig tårar is the kind of book that leaves you absolutely speechless. The kind of book that makes you think about how quickly your life could turn around. The kind of book that makes you appreciate what you have, instead of long for what you don't have. It's the kind of book that makes you both laugh and cry. The kind of book that makes you feel.

It's a tragic story, but I think it's a story that needs to be told.
 
I must say, I really love Paul, who is a smaller character in the book, but still very important. He's just as flamboyant and bitchy as you imagine a stereotypical gay man should be, but there's still something very deep about him. He's funny, he's charming and he's got a kind heart.
 
I'm really happy because the next episode in the series will be on TV tonight! What kind of confuses me though is that the first episode ends where the first book ends, does that mean that the other two episodes will be spoilers for the second and third books?
 
 
"Love comes in many different forms.
It can be violent and passionate.
It can be quiet and unpretentious.
It can be jubilant and tragic.
It can be agony and suffering.
It can be pathetic and sometimes even a bit silly.
But there's one thing love can never be:
It can never be shameful."
- Jörn Svensson.

(Loosely translated by me)


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Water for Elephants

2012-10-01, at 20:37:06
 
"In Depression-era America, everyone's running away from something. Some people join the circus to escape. Jacob Jankowski hitches a ride on a freight train and in that instant his life changes. By morning, he's landed a job with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.
By nightfall, he's in love."
 

Before I started reading this book, I checked it up on Goodreads, and the reviews frightened me. Most of them were negative. But I must say, I haven't been ensnared like this by a book for quite a while, and I don't agree with the negative reviews at all.
This book is cleverly plotted, and you get completely consumed in the circus world. "You are so immersed in circus life that you are blinded by the thrilling fatal dazzle of sequins and sawdust" - The Telegraph, I really couldn't agree more. Even if you know nothing about circus life when you start reading the book, you'll feel like you've lived in a circus your whole life when you turn the last page.

I'm not going to analyze this book further, I have no interest in that. The only thing I could add is that I absolutely love the language in this book!
 
 
 


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They say he murdered three

2012-03-28, at 18:30:27


I just finished reading Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games series, and I must say I feel very empty now.
The ending was very nice, indeed, but I couldn't help but feel a little sad.
It really shows us what war does. Life might continue on and get better, maybe even better than before, but things will never be the same again.
And though I quite like the other boy too, I'm very proud of the choice Katniss made, it was the only sensible thing to do, and it was so natural.

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Greasy Dundermifflin

2012-03-15, at 19:31:53
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Congratulations! You had the honor of being a District 4 tribute in the 27th Hunger Games!


You were killed by drowning in someone else's vomit.



Just had to share this one too.. I wonder how much someone would have to vomit in order for me to drown in it? :s
And my name is making me hungry..
Anyway, if you want to find out your own Hunger Games name, year, district and cause of death, you can do it on this page!

And to the one below: Ouch!



Greasy Dundermifflin

Congratulations! You had the honor of being a District 2 tribute in the 40th Hunger Games!

You were killed by kissing another tribute only to realize they twisted a knife in your gut.



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He lived to be a hundred years old.

2012-03-02, at 23:33:41


Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann is the book I'm reading in Swedish class this semester, it's supposed to be great and very funny, and it was very popular at the bookshop I worked at last fall.
We had to borrow books from the school library, so the supply was limited, but I'm glad I could grab this book before anyone else.

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