Monday, February 5, 2018

Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love

When I read the blurb of this book I knew I had to read it. I'm really interested in reading and trying to understand all the different sexualities that didn't have a name when I grew up. And this one was my first book with an asexual main character.

Let's Talk About Love is the story about Alice. Alice is in a relationship, and she's happy. Unfortunately her girlfriend is not that happy, because there's something missing - intimacy and sex, and because she thinks Alice doesn't love her enough she ends the relationship. Alice on the other hand is asexual, but still very much romantically and emotionally involved.

This is a story about accepting yourself, opening up to others - both as an individual and for the prospect of love, and it's about love in a different matter than most people accept as love in today's society. It's an important story to tell, and I think it can help a lot of young people finding themselves and accepting who they are. And maybe get some tips and tricks on how to come out as asexual and finding love in a way they can accept and thrive in.

Alice is a likeable girl, and the story includes love and friendship and family and heartache and heartbreak and cuteness and fluff and all the ingredients a good contemporary novel should have. But I think Alice might've been a bit too bland or boring for me? I don't want to say this, but I feel that she didn't shine, if you know what I mean.

The diversity in this novel was amazing, and it felt natural - as it should be!

It's a good story, and it's important, and I enjoyed this book, but it's not as good as I hoped. I was let down by this, but I don't really know why, maybe I just had set my hopes too high? It's good, but I wanted awesomeness. Still, a good read, and so easy and quick, and definitely worth the time!



Saturday, February 3, 2018

February TBR

New month, new TBR. Hopefully I will be just as good at following this as I was in January.

This month I'm hoping to join my library book club. I was supposed to in January as well, but I'm having some winter blues and I'm so so so sick and tired of all that damn snow. Maybe this month will be better. At least I get to read some books I would've never picked up myself - and thus reading more adult novels.

My two pre-orders of the month is:
SFF: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Contemporary: American Panda by Gloria Chao

I'm especially happy about getting American Panda, but The Belles looks intriguing as well.

I'm going to do the #Ayearathon and #Duodecathon readathons which I do every month. For the #Duodecathon I will be doing the "A book with a great first line" and I've chosen The Color Purple by Alice Walker - which goes nicely with February being black history month.

And OwlCrate is doing a readathon this month, which I'm really happy about. One of my reading goals this year is to read all my OwlCrate backlogs, which is/was 12 (I think). So, I'll be reading two books from past OwlCrates for this readathon.

I don't know of any more readathons this month, which might be good because my boyfriend misses his board game companion, and it's Oscar month (we have to watch all the nominated movies before the show) which means less time for reading.

What will you be reading this month? Havee you pre-ordered any nice books? Let me know in the comments!


January wrap-up

My January TBR consisted of 8 books (as my monthly TBRs will probably be every month this year). Specifically 8 novels. Plus my goal about one graphic novel every week, and a manga every other week. Which in normal months will be 4 graphic novels and 2 mangas. This January i participated in so many readathons, and was totally antisocial and nursing my introvertness, so I read quite a bit more than planned.

I ended up reading:
  • 13 novels
  • 4 graphic novels
  • 2 mangas
  • 1 comic strips collection
  • 1 audio book.

I'm so proud of this! So many books, so many pages, so many words! And I've enjoyed most of them.

And I even kept to my TBR, allowing myself to read other books when done with those. I missed out on two of my TBR simply because of slow mail to Norway... January OwlCrate has still not arrived.

Best book: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Worst book: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (DNF)

Only 5 of these books were of male authors (one was co-written with a female author) and a surprisingly 16 were female authors.

I've visited USA, UK, Norway, Chile and Japan this month. I'm looking forward to visiting Finland (and hopefully more countries) in February.

I have calculated the pages for week 1-4 (leaving a few days of January, but I think it better this way), so in January I read a total of 4835 pages. Woop! That is incredible! I'm so happy!

What was the best book you read in January? And the worst? Let me know in the comments!


Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller: Otherworld

I hadn't heard about this before joining the Biannual Bibliothon, were this novel was the group read. So, I ordered it from my library and read it. It was right up my alley, so I'm happy about the discovery.

Otherworld is a virtual reality game concept. It's in the start-phase, and only 2000 special VR glasses are made. And it's supposedly incredible realistic. When Simon finds himself with access he sees it as a way of getting back in touch with a childhood friend. She on the other hand is doing everything in her power to keep him out of her life - in order to save his. Because Otherworld is not what it seems.

I feel that Otherworld has managed to make a really good backstory for these two young adults, a really interesting and sweet and complicated history. This makes me want to read more about them, and follow their story. I feel I got a great view of their worlds - two very different and interesting ones.

The world building is good; Otherworld feels like an awesome place to be - you can be anything you want to be (well, as long as it's somewhat human) and do exactly what you want to do. It's world is vast and exciting. The different types of NPC's they meet in this world is interesting too.

The real world is seen from a really rich kid, but he's got a good head on his shoulders. He's smart and nice, and doesn't really care about money. He cares about his childhood friend, the only love he has in his life (his parents being rich and absent). I care about what happens to him, and want him to get his friend back.

I really enjoyed this book, it's not a new favorite or even a 5-stars, but it's a really enjoyable and entertaining read. I'm looking forward to the sequel.



Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jennifer Niven: Holding Up the Universe

I'm so slow at reading the books I buy or get as presents. This was a Christmas gift I got in 2016. Yeah, about time I read it! Thank you my sweetest boyfriend for getting me this!

Holding Up the Universe is about Libby - (previously) America's fattest teen, and Jack - the cool kid who can't remember faces. When Libby starts school again after being home schooled a few years, she becomes the big laugh at school and the victim of a cruel game. Jack, trying his best to fit in and not let anyone know about his handicap, turns out to be the cruelest of them all. But these two misfits gets to know each other and turns to each other for help.

This. Was. So. Sad. And. So. Good! Yes. Just read it!

Some might find this book to be a bit over the top? Maybe? Because of the "America's fattest teen storyline - she actually gets stuck in bed until the rescuers have to tear down part of her house to get her out - you know the story from television. There is a lot of fat-shaming going on, but that is actually how reality is, and that's kinda why Niven has written this book. But it's told in a really great way, and she actually gets better and the way Niven has described her she's a person, not just America's fattest teen. She's a really cool girl, with hopes and dreams and the motivation and stubbornness to go for it.

Jack is good on the inside, but in order to hide his shortcomings he acts out and becomes this shithead to be "one of the guys". It was really interesting to read about prosopagnosia (face blindness)  and learning more about this disability. I've never really given it any thought, and now I know more about it, which is great!

The main storyline is pretty simple, and as mentioned maybe a bit over the top, but it gives the characters room to grow and shine. I read this book in one day, because I couldn't put it down.

Discuss this book with me in the comments if you have read it!


Week 4: read

This previous week was an extraordinaire week for me. I participated in both the Biannual Bibliothon reading 7 books in one week, and #24in48 readathon reading for 24 hours in two days. So I've read so much this week, it was amazing!

I read 6 novels, 2 graphic novels, 2 mangas as well as finishing All the Crooked Saints and starting Zenith. Oh, and reading the final few pages of a Norwegian comic strips collection. So many books!

I will write reviews on several of these reads, but it will take some time to get through it all. I enjoyed so many of these, even tho none of them are new favorites.

Books read:
  • Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller: Otherworld (Otherworld #1)
  • Alejandro Zambra: Bonsai
  • Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Maggie Stiefvater: All the Crooked Saints
  • Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love
  • Cecelia Ahern: Perfect (Flawed #2)
  • Thomas Enger: Killerinstinkt
  • Vampire Knight 16
  • Vampire Knight 17
  • Archie vol. 1
  • Moonshine vol. 1
  • Nemi book 13
Total pages read this week: 2089
Books read: 12

How many books is your record in one week? Let me know in the comments!


Monday, January 29, 2018

#24in48: read

I did it! I did it! 24 hours reading in the past 45 hours. I've been so tired most of the time, I never thought I'd make it. But I did, and it feels great and now I'm going to go to sleep for hours and hours and hours.

24 hours of reading.
I finished almost all of my TBR. The last book, Zenith, was not supposed to be on this TBR list but I didn't get the book I planned on including in the mail so I had to do some changes. Zenith was way too hard to read in a readathon,, but I did get started on it, I read 111 pages of it. Instead of continuing Zenith I started a Norwegian YA crime/thriller called Killerinstinkt, which was so much easier to read and kept me awake the last couple of hours.

It's been a lot of fun, even though I've been too tired. Unfortunately being tired means I eat to stay awake, so I've been so full so many times these two days - and not on the healthy type of food, no, no chips and chocolate. Oh well, will be healthy as a bunny tomorrow - all vegetables. (Yeah, who am I kidding?).

Going to bed now will feel soooo good, you have no idea! 

Books read:

  • Maggie Stiefvater: All the Crooked Saints
  • Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love
  • Vampire Knight 16
  • Vampire Knight 17 
  • Archie vol. 1
  • Moonshine vol. 1
  • Nemi bok 13

Total pages read this readathon: 1347
Books read: 7

Good night to you all, hope you had a fun readathon if you participated!


Sunday, January 28, 2018

#24in48: Day 1

It's past midnight here in Norway, and I've been up since 7:30, reading almost all day. I had to take a nap around 2 pm, and some small brakes are just natural to have. I've had 11 hours and 30 minutes active reading today. So far. I will be getting ready for bed now, but I'll read some in bed before closing my eyes to sleep. I will be more than halfway in this readathon before I fall asleep.

I've had a good day, albeit a bit tired due to waking up several hours before my usual morning time. I've had an entire pot of coffee, two energy drinks and lots and lots of cola. And chocolate for sugar. So, aside from an hour nap in the middle of the day, I've been awake.

I've finished four books so far. I finished All the Crooked Saints which I started last week. I've read my two mangas. And I read Let's Talk About Love. So, I have only three more TBR titles left for tomorrow. Zenith is like 600 pages or so, so I have enough to read.

Books read:
  • Maggie Stiefvater: All the Crooked Saints
  • Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love
  • Vampire Knight 16
  • Vampire Knight 17

Total pages read today: 768
Books read: 4

How are you this weekend? Doing anything fun? Let me know in the comments!


Saturday, January 27, 2018

#24in48: TBR

Time for an all-weekender. Time to read 24 hours. Thankfully we can have breaks, as long as we finish in 48 hours. Read more about this readathon here.

My TBR is a good mix of novels (one contemporary and one sci-fi), graphic novels and manga. I hope they'll make for easy and fun reading.

Are you doing this readathon? What's on your TBR this weekend? Let me know in the comments!


Biannual Bibiliothon: Read

I did it! I actually did it! I finished all my five books during this seven days readathon, and thus all the challenges. 1489 pages in seven days. That is 213 pages a day. I really did not think that was even possible for me.

It was so much fun pushing myself to read this much. It was not as much fun for my boyfriend, who missed his board game companion. Well, it was only one week, I'll play more with him later. I'm still talking about board games.

I didn't have time to do any photo/video/blogging challenges during this readathon. I'll see if I can make time for that next time around.

Now it's time to move on to my next readathon, which is #24in48.

How did you do for Biannual Bibliothon? Let me know in the comments!


Friday, January 26, 2018

Week 3 and Biannual Bibliothon part 1

I was going to film a TBR for the Biannual Bibliothon, but the GoPro I've borrowed didn't want to cooperate. And I was planning on posting this update earlier this week, but my cat ate the charger cable. True story. She loves eating cables. It's expensive! So, I have not been updating as much as I had hoped, but that's okay.

Here's how my week 3 went...

I didn't have any readathons this week, or so I thought. Figured out a bit late that the Biannual Bibliothon started that weekend. But I did what I could with it, and I finished two books this week even without readathons.

I finished Fuck Verden, a Norwegian YA and I read the entire Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven in one day - which is a big feat for me. It was so good! Please read it if you haven't already. I will post a review soon, hopefully, if not the cat decides to kill my new charger as well. I started reading All the Crooked Saints before finding out I needed to do the Biannual Bibiliothon instead, and left this book almost finished - to pick up again once the readathon is finished. And I finished an audiobook, It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover.

Books read:
  • Monika Steinholm: Fuck Verden 
  • Jennifer Niven: Holding Up the Universe
  • Colleen Hoover: It Ends With Us
Total pages read this week: 755
Books read: 3

Do you have a cat? Does it chew on stuff or otherwise destroy stuff? Let me know in the comments.


Claire Kann: Let's Talk About Love

When I read the blurb of this book I knew I had to read it. I'm really interested in reading and trying to understand all the different ...