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Moviefriday: Serena

August 14, 2015


Title: Serena

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

In Depression-era North-Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

Cooper and Lawrence in the same movie again? Oh, well, I guess I can live with that. This movie is set in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, and I do like that era (except all the smoking). Mr. Pemberton is having some issues with money both before and after he marries Serena. She has her own way of dealing with things.

What can I say about the movie, well, it wasn’t the most interesting movie I’ve seen, but the story did have a nice flow to it. Parts of the movie was a bit slow, but then other parts we didn’t even get to see. For instans when does Serena train the eagle? That could have been interesting to see. I don’t really have any strong feeling about this movie either way, hence the very short post. I’m not saying I want my two hours back, because I did enjoy the movie, and it did put a smile om my face several times. It was kind of a nice and relaxing movie.

I did love all the scenic fotoage, the movie was shot in such a beautiful place. If you want a lot of action, skip this movie; if you want a lot of drama, this might be for you. If you want a movie with beautiful landscape, this movie might work for you ๐Ÿ™‚


Date with a rockstar

August 11, 2015

Date with a rockstar

Title: Date with a rockstar

Author: Sarah Gagnon

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Publishing date: June 23, 2015

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy for review.

Only one girl can win the cash price… and the chance at love with Jeremy Bane.

Monet isn’t just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane – she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness.

Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that’s spread through salive. It’s completely curable if you have enought money, which she and her single mother don’t. Now that she’s on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enought to woo Jeremy Bane som he picks her as the winner. She doesn’t even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life.

The discription over is just part of the description for the book, because in my opinion the rest of it reveals to much.

When I read the description, and while reading the book, there were a lot of things that reminded me of the Selection series by Kiera Cass. The main boy being a prize in a competition, and the main girl not quite seeing herself clearly in the way others see her as beautiful, but she hasn’t thought about it. Both in Date with a rockstar and in The selection, the girl is entering the competition for the money. Another similarity was that in both cases the first meeting between the two main characters… And both books had a bitchy girl in the compitition, but hey, there are always some bitchy girl somewhere…

So yeah, the books do have some similarities, but they are also very different. It wasn’t a lot of worldbuilding in this book, but it didn’t need to be. It was just the world in the future. A place where the population had to be controlled, and almost all of it had massive problems with the environment. I guess one could see that as a little jab towards how we are trying (and failing?) to help nature clean up all the mess we have made (and still make). The same with the Fluxem, the disease that is curable, but the cure is very expensive. In fact, the cure is so expensive that the poor can’t affort it and they wither away, while the rich can not only get the cure if they get the disease, but they can just get the vaccine before it even becomes a problem. How is that really different from some vaccines in todays society?

Yes, is was a sense of almost insta-love in the book, which annoyed me a little bit. On the other hand, I did expected it, so it just made me shake my head and then I was over it. I can’t help it, I really did like the interaction between Monet and Jeremy, they were cute together.

What I wanted to know a little bit more about was The Metal Preservation Society, I found it fasinating ๐Ÿ™‚

Since the book was told from Monet’s point of view, I didn’t feel I got to know Jeremy all that well, but still good enough. I would like to get to know Monet a little bit better too. On the other hand, the book would probably be a lot longer, and not nessecary that much fun. I have to say, I laughed out loud several time, because some of the lines, and some of the things that happened, was just to good :p

Final verdict: It was a short and cute read, but it did have some undertones with environment and diseases that gave the book that little extra ๐Ÿ™‚

Etiquette & Espionage

August 4, 2015

Etiquette & Espionage

Title: Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing school #1)

Author: Gail Carriger

Source: bought

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is a great trial to her poor mother – her atrocious curtsy is an embarrassement to the family name. So Mrs. Temminnick enrolls her daughter in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the scool is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies certainly learn the fine arts of dance, dress and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage – in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Sophronia isn’t very happy when she finds out she is being shipped of to finishing school. On the way there, the carriage is attacked by flywaymen. The mademoiselle Geraldine that picked Sophronia, Dimity and her brother Pillover, doesn’t help the situation very much. Sophronia, being herself, manages to get them out the problems, and they arrive at school. That’s when Sophronia realises that this is a different kind of school.

This is a finishing school, but how they finish, are a surprise to Sophronia. She has never been good at sitting still, and she is curious, and that combination is what makes the book amusing in my opinion. We don’t get a lot of the espionage, but we do get to see Sophronia taking some of the lessons to heart in her own way.

This is a steampunk book, and it’s my first steampunk. The mechanimal Bumbersnoot was a nice touch to the story. I loved the big dresses, the small adventures Sophronia did, and her sass. There wasn’t a lot of action in this book, and the plot wasn’t very big in my opinion, but I still really liked the book. I found it to be very fasinating, and it did teach me quite a bit about the world. One of the reasons I liked the book was due to Sophronia, her need to explore and her curiousity. I felt like this book was to get to know the characters and the world, and to set up for future books (which is normal when it’s the first book in a serie). I did have a hard time understanding what Sidheag was saying, and I must admit that she was not a character I liked very much. Dimity however, was a girl that help ground Sophronia, but she wasn’t boring. Dimity did want adventure, she just wasn’t always sure if she should, after all, she was a lady.

All in all, I liked the book, the setting, the steampunk, Sophronia and Bumbersnoot. I’m curious to see what Sophronia does next, so I guess I have to buy the next books in the serie ๐Ÿ™‚

August TBR

August 1, 2015

I didn’t read all the books I intended to read last month, but I still read a lot. I started a new feature on the blog in july: Moviefriday – where I write about a movie I’ve seen recently. It will be movies that we have on DVD at the library I work at, and hopefully a good mix of genres. Are there any movies that I should watch? as in, which movies should “everyone” have watched at some point in their lives?

Now, out of the books I want to read this month, some are in norwegian and some are in english. I’ll start with the english books; I’ve read a book by Ian Caldwell before, and The fifth gospel came highly recommended by one of our lenders at the library. Other books people have been raving that I want to read are Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda and Golden son. Two other books that I want to read, but haven’t heard a lot of people talking about are Seed and Grasshoppe Jungle (reading the last one in norwegian because that’s what we had at my library).

The norwegian books are either written in norwegian, or translated to norwegian. Young adult: Basic CMYK, young adult dystopia: ร˜ya, criminal: Alex, and a novel about books: Det litterรฆre apotek.

I’m still listening to The death cure by James Dashner on audiobook, and I’m only on the third CD (out of seven)… Additionally, I’m still reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller for my bookclub (not meeting until the start of september, so I’ve got time).

Was july a good readingmonth for you? Which books are you going to read in august? Have you read any of the books I want to read this month, if so, what did you think of them?

Moviefriday: The book thief

July 31, 2015

The book thief

Movie: The book thief; based on the book with the same name by Markus Zusak.

Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nรฉlisse.

I’ve been wanting to read the book by Zusak for a few years now, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Instead, I chose to watch the movie. I’m very glad that I did! (and I’m SO going to read the book too, just to experience the story one more time; or more…)

It’s world war two in Germany. Liesel is living with her fosterparents that are hiding a jew in their basement. She can’t read or write, but her forsterfather helps her learn. She starts to steal books and share them with others.

I’m sitting here with a very sad, but very good feeling at the same time. Not really sure what to say; watch the movie!!!

I will admit that one of my favorite moments from the movie was a snowballfight in the basement. Additionally, some of the things that were said; “it wasn’t always mine” (about books); “words are life”; and “he reminded people of their humanity”; just resonated with me. The second time Liesel picks up a book, it’s after they burned so many books. (I think I’ve seen that scene somewhere before, but I’m not sure.) That one scene filled me with dread and sadness. Sadness because books are a big part of me, and to see books being burned, even if it’s just on screen, makes me sad. It filled me with dread because it’s a scary thing. To some that might seem strange, because I’m a librarian and I don’t have a problem putting books to recycling or putting them in the trash. The last two things are okay because yes, the books will be permanently gone, but there are always more copies of those books. The burning of books is scary because if someone are able to gather all the copies of one specific book and burn them, that book would be gone forever. If a book has been burned to ashes, it’s gone forever.

I’ve started to ramble; out of fear of bookburning… Liesel was an amazing character, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her so many times, but I also thought of her as very strong and brave. She was smart, but she was still sometimes naiv. She was a well-rounded character, and she brightened the life of those close to her ๐Ÿ™‚

If you (like me) haven’t read the book, read it! Watch this movie, it’s amazing (beware of all the feels…) ๐Ÿ™‚

Me and Earl and the dying girl

July 28, 2015

Me and Earl and the dying girl

Title: Me and Earl and the dying girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

I borrowed the book at the libray.

This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged trught that high school sucks. Bun on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out: the answer to the basic existential question, how is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life.

I heard that this book had been made into a movie, so I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. The book itself states that it’s the funniest book you’ll read about death, so I did go in with high hopes. I should know better.

This might make me a little unpopular, because I didn’t enjoy this book. I did not DNF the book, but I was bored a lot while reading this book. I don’t mind reading books with “all the feels”,ย  but this book mostly made me yawn. I didn’t really find a lot of humor in this book, or it might just be that I don’t have the same humor as other people that have read this book. I found the characters mostly ennoying and kind of flat. Sure, in some ways we were getting to know Greg, but after reading a whole book from Greg’s point of view, I still don’t feel like I know much about Greg. Earl was, to me, just a side character that tried to be there for comic relief, but since it wasn’t my kind of humor, it fell flat. The dying girl, Rachel, was just barely in the book, we didn’t get to know her at all. Wow, that was a lot of bashing the characters… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

However there was something I did like about the book: how it was written; ordinary prose, lists and screenplay excerpts. It kept changing the story up, and for me, that what’s made it bearable to read. The ending might not be the traditional ending either, but that was the other thing I liked about this book.

All in all, this was not a book for me ๐Ÿ˜ฆ which makes me unsure whether I want to watch the movie or not…

Moviefriday: American Hustle

July 24, 2015

Moviefriday: American hustle

American Hustle

Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

I’ve watched the trailer for this movie many times. I loved Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver linings playbook; and Amy Adams is just amazing. All of them, including Bale and Renner did a good job with this movie. Considering how many awards this movie has been nominated for, and won, it should be an incredible movie.

I liked the movie, but I didn’t love it; maybe it just wasn’t quite my kind of movie? I mean, they all played their characters very well, so maybe it’s just because it have been so hyped due to all the awards, maybe that’s why I didn’t love it? Or was it that in my opinion we didn’t get to know the characters well enough? It was mostly Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) that had voice-overs, but I don’t think that we got to know even him well enough.

It wasn’t that the movie was predictable, because a lot of the things that happened surprised me. It was building up towards a climax that (at least to me), never really came through. Did I have to high expectations for the movie? I feel like I keep repeting myself here… The setting with the clothes was amazing! And the hair, that has to be mentioned; it was incredible ๐Ÿ™‚ The story was good, and I did enjoy the movie. But I can’t help but think that I wanted more (don’t ask me what I wanted more of, because I’m not sure…), I simply just wanted more.

I watched the movie at home, and on the DVD-cover it says that it’s a gangster-comedy. Maybe I wanted more gangsters? One thing is for sure, don’t try to con a con-artist! ๐Ÿ™‚

Series – it’s so many of them

July 21, 2015

A while back, I found a website: FictFact, it’s amazing for keeping track of the series your reading ๐Ÿ™‚ Ever since 2008 I’ve written down the author and title of the books I’ve been reading in a little black book. So when I found this website, I made a profile before I started the job (it took a while) finding all the books that belonged to series I have read. (unfortunately for me it only has english books, and I do sometimes read norwegian series to…)

I’m bad at finishing series… at the moment I have a totalt of 106 series, and it’s only for 14 of them that I’m finished with; or at least currently finished with, because some of them have more books in the serie coming out… When I first found the site, I thought: this is great, this way I’ll see my progress when I’m finishing the series. Turns out, it’s not that easy. I keep starting new series, some of them because I didn’t know that they were a serie when I started, but others I just wanted to read because the book seemed interesting in some way.

I think the most ennoying thing is that for many of the series, I just need to read one more book and I will be done. The problem is that for many of the series, it’s been a while since I read the rest of the books. Which makes it hard to get into the story again ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Even though I have marked most of the novellas in series as skipped, I still have so many books left to read in all the series…

So I’m wondering; how do you keep track of your series? Do you finish all the series you start, or do you DNF a serie if you don’t like it enough? What do you do if it’s been a long time since you read the previous book in a serie; do you reread, or just jump into the next hoping you will remember enough?

Tea time #1

July 16, 2015

This post is inspired by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-turner, where she occasionally posts If We Were Having Coffee. The blog itself is a great mix of reviews, bookish things and Jamie herself. You should check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

My blog mostly consists of reviews, but I don’t always have time to read all the books I want, or write about them. Besides, considering the blogs I like the best, I’ve found that I prefer the blogs that mix it up a bit, not just post reviews. So, I want to try something new; and maybe get to know you better ๐Ÿ™‚ Which is why occasionally Tea time might happen.

Tea time… at the moment I’m currently reading three books; Himmelstrand by John Ajvide Lindqvist – it’s a swedish book translated to norwegian – an different kind of horrorstory?, I’m listening to The death cure by James Dashner on audiobook (not something I’m used to, so that takes time), and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller for my bookclub. Have you read any of these books; and did you like them? What are you reading at the moment?

Tea time… I only have a little more than a week left at work before my vacation-time. I’m not going anywhere, but I’ll relax, read books and maybe go to the beach. Did you have a good summer vacation? If you were going on a vacation alone, where would you go? (I’m thinking I need some ideas in case I want to do something – the thought of going on vacation alone is a little scary though.)

Tea time… I was visiting a friend in a different city last weekend and it was great! Talking, shopping, drinking, dancing, meeting new people, and talking some more. I love that kind of weekends where you don’t really have any plans, but you still have so much fun with friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Tea time… I’ve been reading a lot of blogs, and looking at a few booktubers lately, and have gotten so many tips for books I would love to read ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you gotten any good bookrecommendations lately? And I’d ask you how to comment on blogs (yes, I know how to type, but more like; what to say?). I think I would like to comment more, because I love talking to people; but I sometimes have a hard time knowing what to say. (Like: great review! – I can’t help but feel like I should say something more…) I’d ask if you comment a lot on blogs?

Tea time… I’ve saved the best for last…. I bought new bookshelfes! and when I put all my books in the order I wanted them to be, I still had more room, so now I can buy more books ๐Ÿ™‚ (Though I should probably read some of the books that I haven’t read before…) How are your bookshelfes? Are they overflowing? What kind of system do you have (or don’t you have a system)?

You don’t have to drink tea, but it’s always important to keep hydrated ๐Ÿ™‚ so what would be your prefered beverage when meeting someone you don’t know all that well yet?

All it takes

July 8, 2015

All it takes

Title: All it takes

Author: Sadie Munroe

Published June 30th 2015

Source: eARC from the publisher through NetGalley

Nineteen-year-old Star Collins never intended to return to her hometown, Avenue. That part of her life ended when she was nine years old, and child services took her away from her hoarder mother. Her mother chose her stuff over her daughter. That part of her life was supposed to be in the past.

But her mother has just passed away and Star finds herself giving up her summer to quietly clean out her old home. She just wants to sell it and move on with her life. However, things aren’t going the way she planned. With her dyed-black hair and tattoos, she’s attracting almost as much attention from the small town residents as Ash Winthrope, the guy who was just released from prison.

All Ash wants is a chance to start over. He screwed up and he knows it, he’s going to have to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. But he’s stuck in Avenue until his parole ends, and no one, not even his own parents, wants anything to do with him. Nearly out of money and completely out of options, Ash takes the only job he can, helping Star haul stuff out of her mother’s house.

Neither of them expects anything to happen between them, or for their lives to change. But sometimes meeting the right person is all it takes.

The first reason I asked for this, was the cover. The second reason I wanted to read this book, was the description (above). I think I just knew that this was a book I would enjoy; and I was right ๐Ÿ™‚

I like both Star and Ash; they have their flaws, but they are good people. Star was lucky and had a couple of good friends, and Ash, well, he got Star as a friend when he started to work for her. I kept thinking that someone should have helped Star’s mother before things got to bad, why didn’t anyone do that? Didn’t she have any friends? Why didn’t the childservices help the mother instead of just taking Star away from her mother? Is that really how the system works? I can’t help but think that the system should try to help people.

I felt sorry for Ash, yes he made an (incredible stupid) mistake, but he did his time, how long would people hold it over his head? We’ve all made mistakes, sure not as severe as the one Ash made, but still. Everyone makes mistakes, we should learn from them and try to be better. But to be better, you have to be given the chance to prove that you have changed. Sure, it’s hard to trust people who have made poor choices, but if nobody takes a chance, they will never change. Don’t get me wrong, if you make a bad disicion, you should have to pay for it, but that is what the justicesystem is for. I feel that in this story, the town has judged Ash before he has had a chance, but that is often what society does.

Guess I did have my fair share of thoughts about this book and the topic. Maybe this book would be a good book to discuss? Bookclub anyone?

Has anyone read the book? What did you think about it? And what did you think about how Star’s motherย  and Ash was treated by society?