#FridayReads 16.8.2013

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013

Hi! I'm sorry for the lack of content the past two weeks, and I don't really have an explanation for last week, but this week I've been busy doing GISHWHES or The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen and it's been a lot of fun! I haven't read much this week, but I'll try to read a bit this weekend, and I'm planning on continuing with A Storm of Swords part 2 by George R. R. Martin.

I've already read 145 pages of it, so I'm hoping to read about 100 pages more this weekend. I start school next week, so I probably won't read a lot the next few weeks! fml.

What are you reading this weekend?


Summer Songs #2

Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013

I've started listening to a lot of new music the past few months, so I decided to update you with some more summer songs I recommend! Check out part one here.

#10 alt-J - Fitzpleasure

The song is catchy and the music video is awesome! I love this song so much. It's not my favorite by alt-J, but it has earned the spot of my 10th favorite on this list.

#9 Ellie Goulding - You, My Everything

This song was created for Skins Fire, and not only did it fit Effie's episodes so well, it's also really good. I've been listening to this song a lot lately, and although it didn't rank very high on this list, I love it a lot!

#8 Grouplove - Ways to Go

Grouplove is probably the group that I've listened to the most this summer. I love their unique voices and catchy songs.

#7 Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
My favorite song from the Great Gatsby soundtrack by far! I've started to like Lana Del Ray a bit more lately, even though her voice makes me sleepy.

#6 Imagine Dragons - Working Man

This song makes me really happy.

#5 alt-J - Breezeblocks
*Drumroll* This is my favorite alt-J song! Yup, two of their songs made it to the list.

#4 The Majority Says - Kings of The Night
Why doesn't The Majority Says have more fans? They're awesome! I love their music, and this is my favorite song by them. You should also check out 114 and Dance to the Beat!

#3 Bastille - Of The Night

Top 3! Since Bastille is my favorite band, I had to add a song by them, right? This summer, I've listened to their cover of Rythm of The Night so many times, and I love the music video as well.

#2 Grouplove - Tongue Tied
My second favorite song is another one by Grouplove - Tongue Tied! Gosh, this song is amazing and makes me so happy.

#1 Woodkid - I Love You
And the first place goes to I Love You by Woodkid! If you don't want to watch the intro to this video skip to 1:30 to listen to the song! Oh my god, words can't describe my love for this song. It has everything I love in a song - a unique voice, nice rhythm and it's not like anything I've heard before. It reminds me a bit of Amy Winehouse in a way, and the music video is awesome as well!

What are your favorite songs at the moment?


#FridayReads 26.7.2013

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013

This weekend I'm probably only going to read Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. I'm already 160 pages/40% into it, and oh my god, it's so hilarious! I probably won't read much though, at least not today or tomorrow. I'll hopefully finish it by the end of the weekend, but I'm not really in the mood for reading at the moment!

If I finish Beauty Queens, which I doubt, I'll pick up and finish Clockwork Angel since I only have about 100 pages left. It's definitely much better than City of Bones!

What are you reading this weekend?


200 Subscribers Giveaway!

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

I just hit 200 subscribers on YouTube, and to celebrate, I'm going to do another giveaway!

How to enter:

  • Subscribe to my youtube channel (LINK)
  • You can enter once by leaving the book you want on >this< youtube video
  • You can also enter by leaving the book you want on this blog post
  • Remember to leave me with a way of contacting you, like your email or youtube username
  • Make sure they have your book on  >thebookdepository< and that they ship to your country
I'll chose one winner in about a week or two!


BookTube-A-Thon Schedule

Posted on Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Booktube-A-Thon is a read-a-thon specifically created for youtubers, by youtubers. If you want to learn more about it, check out Raileen and Ariel's videos about it.

The booktube-a-thon starts in about half an hour my time, and in preparation I thought I would post my schedule here, so I've made it public and hopefully, it will help me read as much as I want to.

The read-a-thon will last all week, but I'm going to be at Slottsfjell music festival in Norway from thursday to saturday, and I will spend most of wednesday and sunday on a train. I'm going to try and read as much as possible on sunday and wednesday, but while I'm at the festival I'm not going to participate.

If you want to see my original TBR, check it out here. I changed a few things though, because the plan was to drive to the festival in a car, but my dad broke his fingers, so he can't drive. I don't get as carsick on trains, so I'm not going to listen to The Fault in Our Stars on audiobook as I planned, but I will be reading Divergent instead, which will cover the re-read challenge, and the 500+ pages challenge(even though it's 11 pages less than 500, I'm still counting it)

There are several challenges you can choose to do:
1) read an average of 300 pages a day
2) read a book with over 500 pages
3) re-read one book
4) finish a series/trilogy
5) read a book that's been on your shelf forever
6) listen to an audiobook
7) read a classic

Here is my planned schedule for the week:

Monday: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, 372 pages, does not cover any challenges
Tuesday: Requiem by Lauren Oliver, 391 pages, covers the "finish a series/trilogy" challenge
Wednesday: Divergent by Veronica Roth, 489 pages, covers the "reread a book" challenge and almost the "500 pages" challenge, I'm hoping to read at least 300 pages and finish it on sunday
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Nothing/read a few pages of Divergent
Sunday: Finish Divergent by Veronica Roth, 489 pages + The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 180 pages, covers the "read a classic" challenge, the "listen to an audiobook" challenge and the "read a book that's been on your shelf forever" challenge.

That completes all of the challenges, but there is also a bonus challenge to see how many challenges you can combine, and as you can see, The Great Gatsby covers three of the challenges. To read an average of 300 pages per day, I'm going to have to read 1200 pages over the four days I'm participating, and the page count for all of these books are 1441. I'm also hoping that I can squeeze in some reading whilst I''m at the festival, and if I have any leftover time, I will be continuing with City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. 


The 5th Wave // Rick Yancey

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let's talk about The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. This book was very hyped up, and I was really excited to read it. I had heard nothing but good reviews on it, and even though I usually prefer to read light, funny books during the summer, I decided to pick it up.
This book basically follows Cassie, a 17 year old girl who gets separated from her brother, her only remaining family member who has survived the 4 waves: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Aliens are invading earth, and 97% of all people are dead.
After about 100 pages, the book switched POV and we meet a guy called Zombie. The synopsis on the back of the book, doesn't tell you that there would be alternate POV's, and I thought the book was only supposed to follow Cassie. It was a bit hard to adapt to it at first, but I was able to look past it. One of the things that annoyed me about this book, was that you don't get to know who each chapter follows. When Yancey switched POV, you had to read until you saw their name, and then go back to the start of the chapter and read it again to fully understand everything.
The plot of the book was very interesting. It was difficult to put down, and the action scenes were easy to follow. I didn't fully understand everything about the  aliens, and I found myself skimming through some of the pages, because I simply didn't understand much of it. 
Cassie was made out to be a kick-ass, strong female lead, but she ended up doing nothing but making out with a mysterious guy named Evan for half of the book, and she didn't kick any ass until the last few pages. I liked the characters, but I didn't like what happened to them in the plot.
When I was about halfway through the book I started to notice why some people compared The 5th wave to Ender's Game. I noticed this because some of the things Zombie experienced seemed like they were copied from Ender's Game. I think the fact that I finished Ender's Game last month ruined this book for me a bit, but I also think it was pretty obvious that Rick Yancey had taken *cough* a bit of inspiration from Orson Scott Card. (and with a bit, I mean a lot)
At one point, Cassies parts became very similar to The Host. This just pissed me off even more, and definitely pulled down my rating.
All in all, I don't understand why this book was so hyped up. The plot was interesting; yes, but it also seemed very inspired(copied) from other books. I ended up giving the book 3/5 stars. It was interesting and kept me turning the pages, and it was definitely a bit creepy since I think it was set in present time. The writing style was pretty good, and I liked the characters. Other than that, I didn't like this book at all.


#FridayReads 6.7.2013

Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013

It's already saturday in Norway, but I thought I would do a quick #FridayReads anyway. This weekend I'm going to read two of the most hyped up books lately; The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I'm super exited for both of them, and I hope they live up to the hype!

What are you reading this weekend?