Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Hello my fellow internet addicts! So sorry for going off the radar again, but I visited my friend Sofia and, alas, was without a computer for several days. Although, yes, I did briefly steal her computer, but I couldn’t exactly write an entire blog post in the span of 2 minutes. I’m good, but not that good.

Anyway, whilst I was staying at my friends house, I did get the chance to read a really great novel… Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.

817zSlJXNZL._SL1500_To be perfectly honest, words cannot describe how incredibly, unimaginably brilliant this book is, but I’m going to try.

First off, I’m going to commend Mr. Card for his amazing literature – there are not that many author’s that can captivate an audience like he can. The way he writes is just fantastic, and I utterly love it – I couldn’t manage to tear myself away. He puts a new definition to the word “writer”.

Not only is the plot the work of a genius, but all the characters and the people around the story, contribute so incredibly much to how epic it is. You feel so much for Ender, but at the same time you understand why Graff (a sort of teacher) does what he does… at least, you understand towards the end of the novel.

Ender is so smart – and I guess that’s why I like the book so much. I like smart characters, who react the way a real person would react, and not just in a way that only makes sense to the author, but not to anyone else.

This book is really different from anything else I’ve ever read. I’m not the biggest fan of sic-fi – I’m a paranormal kind of girl – but this has really opened my eyes.

I’m giving this the most glowing recommendation I can possibly give.

I recommend this book to everybody who has ever been born and anybody who ever will be born.

I’m even going to go hunting for a hard-back edition of it, so I can have it for myself (the copy I read was the one I borrowed from the library).

Also, I heard that they’re making a movie (Yay! Jumping up and down in my chair squealing), so check out the trailer below:

Ah, so good!

See you later guys!

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Anybody else read this book? Agree with me? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below!

Summer Reading

Hello everyone! Sorry for being so absent, but the thing is I haven’t had access to internet for a couple of weeks now, and it’s kind of hard to blog without it – as you can imagine. However, I am now up and running again, and I promise to try and be a little more consistent with my uploads.

As you know, I am a renowned book-aholic/bibliophile/book-addict, but to my utter most surprise, I’ve only read 3 books this summer! Really, I am almost ashamed of myself…

The thing is though, this summer I’ve been so busy with swimming, fantasy conventions, eating and being lazy, that I haven’t had time to read – and yes, that’s all just BS.

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I don’t know why I haven’t been reading, honestly, but I have to begin again. Seriously.

I have a few books lined up – great ones – and once I finish with all of those books, I’m thinking of starting a list of 101 books that you should read before you die. I’ll make it like a sort of project… although I can’t decide if I should make up my own list or just “steal” one from BBC, or something. The thing is, though, that there are a few books that I really want to have on my list -for instance, the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

What do you think? Should I make my own list, or “steal” one?

That is the question.

Oh, well, I’m going to go out and enjoy the sun, and I’ll blog with you later!

Have a great summer everyone!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical. 

Hello internetees! So, it’s no big secret that I’m a John Green fan (I know, you’re shocked, right?) and to my complete surprise, I haven’t reviewed a single John Green book. What kind of a fan am I?

So, I decided to review the least cliché book of John Green’s – Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

If I had to summarize this book, using one word, that word would have to be adorable. Although, not adorable in the sense that a baby is adorable, but adorable in it’s a lovely story that I completely adore, kind of sense (and I just had an abundance of the word “adorable”, didn’t I?).

I am going to spoil the story a little bit, because I’m not really sure how to write this review without spoiling… so, here goes.

The “Gay-Will-Grayson” (Levithan’s Grayson) is a very bitter person, and although I think that Levithan may have overdone it with the “I’m-an-angry-teenager-and-I-hate-everyone-and-everything” concept, it does fit in with the characters personality.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

The other Will Grayson is more approachable, in my opinion. Not only can I relate to him more (he is also a complete and utter geek), but also he’s very normal. Normality always makes a story better (for lack of a better word), because you can relate it back to things you already know.

The story so filled with, well, emotion – and I’m referring to the good kind of emotion. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you empathise. That’s, what I think, is one of the most important motif’s of this story – empathy.

The way Green and Levithan have made this story so impossible real, is because of their amazing ability to make the reader sympathize with the characters. We feel their pain, almost, as if it were our own.

The people in the story are so life-like – I could imagine myself around these people; I could picture myself into the story, which is really what all writers should strive for.

The only annoying part of the story was the fact that Levithan chose not to capitalize. At all. Seriously people, I’m not joking when I say that all the I’s were i’s. None of the names were capitalized, either. I kind of get what Levithan was trying to do – which was to more accurately simulate the mind of one of the “Will Graysons” – but regardless of that, it was just annoying to read. Not to mention difficult to read.

Personally, I liked Green’s Will Grayson more than I liked Levithan’s Will Grayson – I found Green’s Will Grayson more, well, human. But then again, I’m very biased towards Green.

I would recommend this book for everybody, but perhaps even more specifically teenagers. It’s an amazing book, and you’d be stupid to miss an opportunity to read it.

And yes, I realize how cliché this post is… but sometimes, embracing the clichés is really the only viable option, don’t you think?

Have a fantastic rest of the day, everyone!

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

 

 

A Creepy Shrine – the John Green Edition

Hello my fellow internetees! So, today I wish to talk about creepy shrines.

You know those 20 OneDirection posters who have in your closet? Or those limited edition Twilight books that no one other than you know about? Yep, that’s your creepy shrine. Everyone has them, so there’s no point in denying it’s existence.

My creepy shrine is about John Green.

Ok, first off, I am not a huge stalker. I don’t know John Green’s exact whereabouts, nor do I know everything about him, nor to I drool over vlogbrother videos at 3 am in the morning. However, I do think that John Green is one of the best writers out there, and I greatly admire his work. His work, not him himself.

I have two posters, and they look like this:

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And I also have all of his books (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson, An Abundance of Katharines, and Let it Snow).

So, now you’re probably thinking that I am a complete and utter weirdo, but he is a really good writer, and I think that you should check him out.

Also all of his books have really nice themes of acceptance, as well as most of his vlogbrother’s videos, which is always fun to learn more about.

Creepy shrines may be creepy, but hopefully, they have some kind of purpose. Mine is the accepting kind of purpose

Good-bye and good luck with all your present and future endeavors!

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Anybody else have a creepy shrine? Anybody else have a John Green shrine? Let me know in the comments section!

Reading and Eating

Hello my fellow internetees! So, this morning, as I was eating my breakfast (strawberry yogurt and coffee – breakfast for champions), I had a revelation regarding reading and, you guessed it, eating. You see, there are certain foods that are perfect for eating when you are reading, and certain foods that aren’t. These are my “top” 6!

First off, I am going to point out the obvious sustenance of choice for a bibliophile – coffee. Not only is this the one thing that can make you get up in the morning, but it’s also the perfect blend of sweet and bitter, that (for some reason) goes perfectly to whatever book you’re reading.

Observe, tea as a similar effect, but alas, I dislike tea, and therefore never drink it. I’ve been assured by an adamant tea-drinker that this is the case, so even though I don’t drink tea, I know it works.

Hot chocolate is also a nice supplement to your book, but it works best in cold places – I’m from Sweden, so I have a great deal of experience regarding cold places. But if you have a Jane Austen novel and a cup of hot chocolate, everything inside you becomes gooey warm – even when it’s -20 degrees Celsius outside.131392-Student-girl-reading-and-eating-apple

Apples. It’s super easy to get and eat, you can have it in one hand, holding a book in the other. It’s healthy (unless you eat like ten of them – fruit sugar), and delectable. It’s really the ideal food for your fiction.

Pizza… now, the thing about pizza is that it’s super unhealthy and fatty, not to mention the fact that if you eat pizza whilst holding a book, you will undoubtedly get fat on your fingers, which will unquestionably end up on the books – and fatty finger marks on book pages hurt my soul. However, I do understand the deliciousness of the unhealthy fattiness, and so, as long as you have an infinite supply paper towels, it’s pretty good food for when you’re reading.

*On a side note, I would like to point out that pizza is perhaps, more on the “movie side”, rather than the “book side” – but it works for both.

Popcorn may work with your book, but again, the fatness dilemma arises. Popcorn is more of a food for a writer, rather than a reader, but again, if you have paper towels, it may work for you.

*On another side note, this food is perfect for a NaNoWriMo contestant.

In general, avoid food such as pasta, soup, or anything really “slippery”, that could accidently fall onto the pages of your book. Food stains on books, also, hurt my soul.

So, there you have it – the top foods to compliment your reading.

Have a good one!

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Can anybody think of any other foods to go with reading? Was there something I missed? Do you disagree with me? Agree? Let me know in the comments section!

P.s. yes, I’m super hungry right now, and all I can really think about is how I skipped lunch… I’m going to go snack now.

The Book of May

Hello my dear internetees! I’ve decided to have a book of the month sort of thing, and the reason why I’m doing this on the 1st of June, is because I can’t really do it in May. It wouldn’t really work if I wrote about a book of the month on, lets say, the 28th of May, but then read an even better book on the 30th. So, I decided to do May’s book of the month on the 1st of June.

And the winner, of this Book of the Month, is… Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers!

This book is so amazing; I just start to smile whenever I think about it. I absolutely adore it – it has the perfect blend of weird, action, and romance, and I think it has a little something for everyone.

Ismea (“the girl”) is so… cool, in a way. She’s very tough, and hard-core. At the same time, I think she has a little bit of a fragility to her, but for some reason this delicateness only makes her stronger.

But anyway, check out the description below, and be sure to buy a copy of this book for your Summer Reading.

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.GraveMercy_final_hres

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

And just in case this has made you interested, click here to go to Amazon’s page about Grave Mercy.

Have a nice day.

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So, does anybody agree with me? Anybody else have a favorite “May” book? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer Reading

Hello my fellow Internet addicts! So, first and foremost I should apologize for my absence these last few weeks. I go to school, and (unfortunately) I have homework and finals – everybody who’s ever had to endure this torture will (hopefully) understand that I’ve had more than my hands full.

Don’t get me wrong, I like school just fine, but the homework load I’ve had these past few weeks have been anything but light – not to mention the amount of assessments/projects/tests I’ve had to deal with as well. Again, it’s not that I hate school; it’s just that I’ve had little time for anything else.

On a more cheerful note, I am going to talk about my Summer Reading Plan – I know I sound a bit like an English teacher, but I actually like planning (and, yes I am a bit control-freak/perfectionist – I’m not even going to deny it), as well as the fact that I have a TON of books I wish to talk about.

I have decided to read Game of Thrones. Now, I am already a huge fan of the series – because come on, how could you not love it! – and like any devoted enthusiast, I feel the need to explore every aspect of the Game of Thrones phenomenon. Plus, I want to see what’s happening inside of Jon Snow’s head (and yes, he is my favorite).

I also plan on reading Ender’s Game. I cannot believe that I haven’t read it yet – I am such a disgrace to all of my fellow bibliophiles. Seriously, I just have to read it – and if you haven’t, I encourage you to read it as well.

Let’s see… what else… Oh, yes. I also plan on reading Of Triton, once it is released, as well as Goddess. I’m going to buy these books now that I’ve finished with my exams, as a treat for myself.

I am going to read Timeless, the last of the Parasol Protectorate series. I’ve had it sitting next to me for the past month, but I just haven’t had time to read it yet.

That’s all the books I’ve planned on reading, so far, but you never know which books I might discover in the future.

So many books, so little time.

For those of you who don’t know, and that makes all of you, I have entered a Summer Reading Contest – the contest is that you read 20 books, and write reviews of them on Goodreads. The winners get a signed first addition of a book. I don’t know which book, yet, but come on – a signed addition of any book has me jumping up and down in my chair.

Except a signed addition of Nightshade – I’d burn that book. (No offense, Andrea Cremer… ok, a little offense because seriously… no.)

And just to conclude, I have 8 weeks to read 20 books… ha, they underestimate the power of bookworms!

I’ll be finished in week 1.

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On another note, anybody else have a few books your just dying to read? Anybody got any plans for the summer? Any other Summer Reading Contests?

Let me know in the comments section below!

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DRM?

Hi! Now, the thing is, I am contemplating having DRM or not, and I honest to God cannot decide.

For those of you who don’t know, DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, and, “DRM (Digital Rights Management) is intended to inhibit unauthorized distribution of the Kindle file of your book.”

Now, some writers want to have this, but others don’t. Me? I have no clue.

See, the thing is I do want a lot of people to read my book, and I want as many people as possible read it, but then at the same time, I don’t want to just find it on Torrent or something – I worked really hard on this book.

However, I know that I’m not a professional author, and that perhaps as much “advertisement” as possible would be more beneficial, plus I do want for everyone to read it…

I’m in a bit of a pickle…

If you could spare just a few minutes with a short reply, it would be so very much appreciated.

Clockwork Princess

So, unless you’ve been living in a cave all you’re life or if you’re a “I don’t really like to read” kind of person (and if this is the case, then just leave this website because there is nothing for you here), then you probably know what the Clockwork Princess is.

If you don’t know what the Clockwork Princess is, and you still like books and reading ( by the way, if you like reading and don’t know what the Clockwork Princess, then that’s… strange) , the official description of the book is:

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.

Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.

Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.

(Thank you Goodreads, for the description of this novel)

Ohh, scary. Do you want to see the book trailer, too? Here it is:

Even scarier!

OK, but seriously though, I am almost out of my mind with suspense! It’s killing me!

(For those of you who haven’t read the first two books, don’t read this next part)

6131164Who will Tessa chose? Will or Jem? I honestly don’t know!

Can I be honest about something? I kind of think that Tessa is being a little mean, both to Jem and to Will. First off, I believe that she does love Will more than Jem, and so is it really fair to Jem that she’s being with him even though she loves someone else more. And poor Will is powerless, unless he wants to lose Jem as his best friend.

And even if Will and Tessa are found out, Jem finds out that they love each other, then Will and Tessa wouldn’t end up together anyway, because Will couldn’t do that to Jem.

So many anxiety feelings!

But what do you think? How do you think it will end? Are Pro-Will? Or Pro-Jem? Let me know in the comments section below.

P.s. does anyone know how to make the link look like an actual video, and not just a link? Any help would be really appreciated.

Where It Begins

Hello.

It took me a long while of just sitting and pondering over what my first post was going to be about, but then it hit me – I’m should just to write what this blog is going to be about. I know – what a completely and utterly brilliant idea (*note the sarcasm).

But then, I thought, that so… cliché, right? I mean, everyone’s first post is about what his or her blog is going to contain. Plus if everyone just writes what their blog is going to entail in their first post, why do they even have the “About” page?

So, instead of being like “Hello Blogger World” and whatever, I’m just going to write a little rant about books.

On a side note, if you’re curious as to what I’m going to blog about, then just look at my “About” page. That’s why its there.

Now, the definition of a book is, “a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers”, and although this definition is very true, I feel like books are more than that. Books have the power to influence people; to inspire them – and all of you bibliophiles know what I mean.

It’s something we should all be very careful with – because every time we read, it changes a little piece of us. But for the better or worse, we can’t tell until after we’ve read the last page.

And yes, I also realize that that’s a completely uncool thing to say – but if you think I’m even remotely cool… then you may be a bit stupid.

So, this is where my blogging begins… me drinking ice-tea and typing away at my computer.

I guess this is it.

I read somewhere that pictures are supposed to lure people in, and make 13413271480979them more interested in your post – will you let me know if that’s true?