Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Always With Love

Okay, so I'm a little late on my Teaser Tuesday, but I didn't want to miss another week! 

I am currently reading Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher (who I also follow on Youtube), and although I didn't love the first book about Sophie and Billy (Billy and Me), I was in the mood for some light romance. Sophie is now running the little tea shop in Rosefront Hill, while Billy is offered great opportunities in Hollywood, which inevitably leads to some challenges in their relationship. 

"Anything else to go with that? I've made a pecan toffee cake."
"Oh go on then," she says sadly, clearly hoping a slice will help her get over the distressing news.
I'm tempted to sit down and scoff the whole thing with her. Billy would be amused to hear that we've all turned to comfort eating in his absence. 

I'm not completely convinced with this book, but I like it because the characters are familiar and the settings are wonderful. The writing sometimes annoys me - Fletcher often describes the characters' motives and feelings after every piece of dialogue, even though Sophie has no way of knowing what everyone else is thinking. There's no need for this, as readers are capable of interpreting dialogue themselves.

Either way, I am enjoying the romance, and I love watching Giovanna Fletcher on Youtube. This is definitely a cute and easy read if you want some romantic fiction. 


Have you read anything by Giovanna Fletcher?


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. To participate, do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Top Three Thursday

Happy Thursday!

Today is presentation day for me, which is always a bit scary, so why not start the day with a blog post? I picked up this series from Nandini's blog, where she discusses her top three of a bookish topic every week.

My top three this Thursday will be Top Three Blue(ish) Books I want to read!

1. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
The Humans is one of my favorite books, and remains the only Matt Haig-book I've ever read. How To Stop Time is the story of Tom Hazard, who has been alive for centuries. He isn't immortal, he just ages veeeery slowly. The only thing he can't do is fall in love. Which I assume he will in the book! 

I can't wait to get my hands on this, and it might be the next book I read. 

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See has been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long. Everything I've heard about it has been positive, and it is set in World War 2, which is perfect when you like historic fiction. I wish I'd brought it with me to London, but then again, it might be an ideal book to bring to Paris for my semester abroad this fall! 

I have never read anything by Doerr, but the reviews have been dazzling, and I'm looking forward trying it! 

3. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

It's blue, right? Kind of?

I have no idea when I first heard about this book, but it has been on my to read-list since November, which means it's time to get around to it. I like stories that are set in New York, because I really want to go there some day, and I enjoy books that follow a group of people over a long period of time. A Little Life has great reviews, and I have high hopes for it! It's super long though, so there's a project...


Which books are on your to read-list?

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

"Secrets are more powerful when people know you've got them."

"She will not be simple and sweet. She will not be what people tell her to be." 

"She wasn't a person who needed to be liked so much as she was a person who liked to be notorious." 

Frankie Landau-Banks is smart, bookish, a little obsessed with senior Matthew Livingston, and she is a criminal mastermind in the making. She learns about a secret male society at her school, and it troubles her that she's excluded from the meetings, the pranks from the opportunity to bond with the people who one day will be her colleagues. Frankie, proud and ambitious, finds ways to penetrate the secret society and make her mark. 


I LOVED this book! 

I had to read it after I finished We Were Liars, which was awesome, and although this was a very different sort of book, it did not disappoint. I loved that Frankie, a brilliant but still slightly immature teenage girl, was hungry for the power and the influence she felt her peers had, which she was denied because of her gender. I loved how E. Lockhart never rub anything in your face or get preachy about it, but that the feminist values are still obvious. I loved that Frankie reacted every time she felt that she was treated unfairly, and that E. Lockhart put the often complicated feelings of being discriminated against into words.

Frankie isn't perfect, which you can't expect of a fifteen-year-old anyway. She is impulsive, stubborn and sometimes overreacts, but it was refreshing that she didn't feel the need to be liked. By the end of the book, I felt like I had been reading the origin story of a ruthless politician, and I wanted to know more. 

E. Lockhart is turning out to be one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to read more of her books! 


Have you read any of E. Lockhart's books?

Monday, 10 July 2017

First post in English! + Bridget Jones's Baby

First blog post in English!

I think I need to ease my way into this. I feel like the writing voice in my head sounds completely different in English than in Norwegian, which is both amusing and sort of unsettling.

So, the blog has been converted into English for the summer, as I am spending the summer in London at UCL summer school. I have yet to meet anyone from Norway at the summer school, so I know every day for the next five weeks will be filled with opportunities to practice my English. I hope blogging in English will help me gain some extra confidence!


I just finished Bridget Jones's Baby, and it was just what I expected - sweet and unimpressive. The book is number 2.5 in the series, and is the same story as in the newest movie... kind of. Instead of handsome American Jack, we get good old Daniel Cleaver, who I'm kind of tired of at this point. I don't really think we needed another Mark vs. Daniel book. There are other small changes, but if you've seen the movie, you know what the book is about.

However, I liked getting to read about the characters again. Bridget Jones is such as safe and fun place to go back to, and I love it for some light summer reading!

Now, I've just started The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. I finally read We Were Liars by Lockhart a few weeks ago, and it was completely amazing! Hopefully, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks doesn't disappoint.


What are you reading at the moment?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Oppdatering fra London + litt endringer på bloggen

Jeg har vært i London i en halv uke allerede, og det har gått fryktelig fort! De neste fem-og-en-halv ukene kommer nok også til å fly forbi, så jeg håper jeg klarer å utnytte tiden i denne fantastiske byen så godt jeg kan. Jeg har timer hver dag fra to til halv seks, men utenom det er jeg fri til å disponere tiden nesten som jeg vil - utenom litt skolearbeid som gjøres utenom timene. 

Jeg ELSKER å bo i London! Alt er så stort, alle snakker så kult, og det er så mye å se og gjøre. Skolen er svær og forvirrende, men de andre studentene er like forvirret som meg, så det går fint. Foreleseren er morsom og utrolig spennende å høre på, og jeg tror jeg får godt utbytte av det jeg lærer her. 
Utenom skoletimene er det en del sosiale arrangementer man kan bli med på, og i går var det Twelfth Night på Shakespeare's Globe. Utrolig kjekt, selv om beina verket etter tre timer stående! Absolutt noe som anbefales, og jeg kommer nok til å gå på uteteater på Shakespeare's Globe igjen. 

Før forestilling i Shakespeare's Globe
Det er studenter fra hele verden på sommerskolen, men svært mange fra Hong Kong eller ulike steder i USA og Australia. Jeg har enda ikke møtt noen fra Norden, så det å være norsk er så langt nesten litt eksotisk! De fleste er noen år yngre enn jeg er, og har helt andre forventninger av oppholdet i London enn meg, men de er kjekke å omgås med og ivrige etter å oppleve byen. 

Nå som jeg er her i London kommer jeg til å snakke og skrive engelsk nesten hele tiden, og derfor har jeg tenkt å også blogge på engelsk i denne perioden. Jeg tenker det er en fin måte å øve seg litt, både på det å formulere seg skriftlig på engelsk, men også på å bli mer komfortabel med uttrykk og ord som jeg kommer til å bruke muntlig i presentasjoner eller i samtaler med medstudenter og professorer. 

Etter dette innlegget kommer altså alle sommerens innlegg til å være på engelsk!


Hva gjør du i sommer?

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Lest i juni

Enda en måned er over, og vi er halvveis i 2017 allerede. Helt utrolig!

Den første halvdelen av juni var fylt av eksamenslesing, mens den andre halvdelen var ferie i Edinburgh og pakking og planlegging til sommerskole i London. I morgen tidlig reiser jeg, og jeg er omtrent like nervøs som jeg er spent. Jeg gleder meg til å komme i gang der, bli kjent med andre studenter og tilbringe sommeren i London, men gruer meg til å savne venner, familie og kjæreste i Bergen. Men, det er i det minste sol i London!

Jeg fikk lest seks bøker i juni. Det var vanskelig å finne roen til å lese denne måneden, så jeg er fornøyd med at det i det hele tatt ble over en bok per uke. Jeg har imidlertid hatt noen svært gode leseropplevelsen denne måneden likevel!

Lest i juni
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller av Italo Calvino
Det blå barnet av Eirik Husby Sæther
The Rest of Us Just Live Here av Patrick Ness
We Were Liars av E. Lockhart
One of Us Is Lying av Karen M. McManus
The Magicians av Lev Grossman

Månedens beste var We Were Liars. Jeg anbefaler alle å prøve seg på denne (den norske tittelen er Vi var løgnere), den var langt bedre enn jeg forventet!

Månedens skuffelse var nok If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. Jeg plukket den tilfeldigvis med meg i Edinburgh, og den så veldig annerledes og interessant ut, men jeg ble aldri oppslukt, og var stadig fristet til å hoppe over hele sider med tekst. Den har høy score på Goodreads, og masse strålende anmeldelser, så jeg er skuffet over at jeg ikke ser det samme i boken som mange andre gjør.

Verdt å nevne er også The Magicians, som var mye bedre enn jeg trodde den kom til å være. Jeg kommer nok til å fortsette denne serien senere.

Leseplaner i juli
I hele juli er jeg i London på sommerskole, og jeg har pakket med meg seks bøker som jeg er veldig motivert til å lese. Jeg har blant annet med meg en ny Helga Flatland-roman som jeg fikk tilsendt av Aschehough, En moderne familie, som jeg kanskje begynner på i morgen. Jeg gleder meg også til Bridget Jones's Baby, for litt lettlest humor, og All the Bright Places, som jeg har tenkt på å lese lenge.
Matt Haig, som er helt genial, har også nettopp utgitt en ny roman, How to Stop Time, som jeg gleder meg til å få tak i. Jeg har også pakket med meg Lost Boy av Christina Henry. 


Hva har du lest i juni? Har du noen leseplaner for juli?