Time Flies; One week left in LA


They always say that time flies when you’re having fun. I know now why that expression was made. I’ve been here in LA for 7 weeks now, and it’s only one week left. 😦

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I know I were supposed to post weekly updates here on this blog, but to be honest; it hasn’t been possible. I’ve had the best summer of my life, and the most adventurous one as well… So I’ll probably have to write something when I get home, or while waiting on the plane home. I’m sorry…

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I’m a crazy person… I have a little brown suitcase full of books… No joke! I’m bringing a suitcase with books on the plane. Haha… 😀 Important part… I’ve actually managed to have time for reading. I’ve so far read three books and I’m on my fourth book … The Great Gatsby :D…

Let’s call it a day 😀

How Has Your Summer been?

~ Sindre E

The Big Books Tag (Tagged by Elin)


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This is a tag in the book community that is going around. I got tagged by a good book friend of mine Elin. This tag is about this…

  • Find the five thickest books in your bookshelf that you have read.
  • The two thickest books in your TBR PILE ( books you have not read yet).

Five Thickest Books I’ve Read:

  1. Breaking DawnStephenie Meyer (780 pages)
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  2. Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick (637 pages)
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  3. Sirkelen (The Circle), Mats Strandberg & Sara Elfgren (520 pages)
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  4. Divergent, Veronica Roth (487 pages)
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  5. City Of BonesCassandra Clare (442 pages)
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Two Thickest TBR:

  1. His Dark MaterialsPhillip Pullman (1 102 pages)
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  2. A Game Of ThronesGeorge R.R. Martin (790 pages)
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As you see; I’m not the biggest “Big Book” reader there is… I’m personally not the biggest fan of thick heavy books, but I’m starting to like them more now as I get older 😀

PS! I will soon post a post from when I and a friend of mine spent a nice weekend in Oslo… and it was extremely fun! 😀

~ Sindre

Cinder, Marissa Meyer


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Marissa Meyer

387 pages  2012  Sci-fi//The Lunar Chronicles

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“Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

Cinder is the sort of book that you chose by its cover; it’s just amazing and so appealing that you have to pick it up. Believe me this book was amazing! I loved everything about it, and Marissa Meyer is fantastic.

The plot in this book is based on the classic fairytale of Cinderella, and Cinders name comes from that as well. What I liked mostly about the plot that also made this book as good as it was is the fact that the author managed to keep some of the original classic, but still filled in with the whole new commonwealth place and the cyborgs. Marissa also didn’t go all that heavy on the sci-fi cyborg theme, she kept the story interesting at all times.

The characters… I love Cinder. I swear that I’ll marry her one day, haha 😀 She’s a really well built character that has a mysterious past. The way the author managed to make her the way she was is just amazing. I loved all the other characters as well. Marissa made characters that was easy to analyze and understand; and the development is just perfecto.

The story developed really quickly and the author didn’t dwell on the details. She kept the tension when the twists came and went, and this book had twists that turned my mind blindly. The chapters also were changed perspectives sometimes, and when they did they change… it was at the perfect time.

This is the type of cliffhanger books… It ended on the edge, and I just had to pick up Scarlet. I’m about 30% in so far and love it! This book is highly recommended (5 of 5 stars). 

~ Sindre

Teaser Sunday . . . Cinder, Marissa Meyer


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It’s Sunday again, and I tend to keep up with Teaser Sunday. This week I started a new book because I needed something new to read. The book is called “Cinder” and is written by Marissa Meyer

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“My only mistake was in waiting too long to be rid of you”, Adri said, running the washcloth between her fingers. “Believe me, Cinder. You are a sacrifice I will never regret.”

 

 

 

 

That was a quote from this book that arrose my interest even more. It’s a quote said by Adri, who’s Cinder’s stepmother. Her hideous stepmother which also is a strong symbol of the classic Cinderella story 😀

PS! Check out the new tab page I’ve gotten in my menu bar under REVIEWS -> BOOKS… -> On-Going Series.  

Have a wonderful Sunday, and once again take care of yourselves! 🙂 ❤

~ Sindre

Teaser Sunday – The Emerald Atlas


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This is the first Teaser Sunday on this blog. I’m not sure yet on whether or not I’ll be keeping it on this blog, but besides the point. I thought that I should try out at least one Sunday in the honor of the past. 

This week I thought that I’d take a short break from reading A Game Of Thrones (A Song Of Ice And Fire #1), because the book itself is a really heavy read and I felt like reading something easier. I just started this book and it’s the first book in The Book Of Beginning series. This book is called The Emerald Atlas.

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” Just then they heard the howl of a wolf. Others took up the cry. But the howls were far off, and the cart was even then pulling up to the house – the same house, Kate was sure, that she had seen in her dream”

(Chapter 2, p’ 35)

 

 

That was the last enthralling and suspensive sentence I read. I’m really liking this book so far, and I’m spending a great deal of time; this sunday on reading this book!

Have a great one, and enjoy your Sunday to its fullest!

 ~ Sindre

The Bond of Attachment


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We attatch ourselves to people to grow, to be better and to feel like you somehow belong. Truly the bond of attachment is a dangerous thing . . . When the person regarding the other half is gone or change you feel it deep down. There occurs cracks in your heart, and the lost pieces disappear in sorrow. We could always grow from our mistakes and experiences, but in this case the ribbon can’t be fully healed. It’s reality that you can’t rip a ribbon into two pieces and then patch them together as it once was. The ribbon would still have rips reminding you of the cracks . . . It’s pretty much the same about attaching to people.

I’ve written about a conflict earlier on this blog that regards this somehow. Yes, the ribbon got torn into two seperate pieces that got patched together when we made up. Still you can see the rifts from where the ribbon was torn in the first place. Sadly in my case I have attached to this person somehow. I can feel the changes . . . the leftovers from the time when the ribbon was torn. I believe she has cracks of her own, leftovers and pain that she struggles with. That pains me to see, I can see her cracks even though I can’t understand what started them. She’s a strong person who really needs to find herself again, I feel like she’s working her ass off trying to figure herself out. I understand the fact that people change with time, but also when you’ve been beaten down you need to pick all your pieces up and patch them back as good as possible. Never give up . . . I feel like at some points she’s given up. She’s the sort of person who often infects others with her mood without herself knowing it. Some people can see through that facade where she’s hiding her inner feelings. That’s where I see, because I know things not everybody else does.

I’m attached, and I’m kinda sad that I let myself go through this. Since I’ve been through similar situation in my past I’m easily affected.  I really care for her and love her as a friend. I really don’t want this for her . . . I really don’t . . . and that’s probably why I worry too much.

I have to admit things are better then before the conflict, but still I feel the rifts in the ribbon. I hoped things would heal well enough in time, but I’m not so sure anymore. I actually feel exchanged somehow, I feel like a leftover I suppose. I’ve honestly never been this attached to someone before, and that’s probably why it hurts even more. When reading this I don’t want you to worry because I still manages to get my mind off things, but I still feel the other half of the ribbon though. The half that I really want to keep from shredding even more.

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When listening to songs from Demi Lovato and especially her latest “Heart Attack” you realize what she meant while writing the lyrics. They truly stand for what they are.

“You make me glow, but I cover up
Won’t let it show, so I’m
Puttin’ my defences up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If I ever did that
I think I’d have a heart attack

“The feelings got lost in my lungs
They’re burning, I’d rather be numb
And there’s no one else to blame
So scared I take off and I run
I’m flying too close to the sun
And I burst into flames

Those lyrics truly expresses the feelings sounding attachment when it turns wrong. I might be thinking way too black and depressive, but they are true. To enlighten this post I’ll write a quote from “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” which pretty much is a life lesson that I truly think I’ll tattoo soon!

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I hope I didn’t make you sad reading this, I’m okay… Just going through a though time dealing with everything from self-esteem to life in general 😀

 HAVE A NICE DAY 😀 YOU TRULY DESERVE IT! ❤

~ Sindre E

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


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Stephen Chbosky

231 pages  1999   Contemporary//Stand Alone

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Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward,he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.”

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is first of all a really unique written book. Also it’s a really good book that I as normally felt a bit skeptical about. The fact that this book is written from Charlie’s perspective where he writes letters to this unknown person who he dearly calls “friend”. So basically this is just a lot of letters written by the character named Charlie. As the story went along I really fell in love with the writing style and I think that if it hadn’t been for that writing style the characters would probably not be the same. 

The main character Charlie is a character that is really easy falling in love with. I adore him and he’s such a super cute character. He’s written like this insecure fifth-teen year old kid who’s starting high school and have no friends, besides Michael who committed suicide. I all along felt sorry for him, and personally I though there was too much crying at times. In the end Charlie is this open minded smart boy who sees the world like not many… and that’s the art in this book. The other characters in this story that I fell in love with straight from the beginning was Sam & Patrick. They also is this awesome characters who brings life to the pages. I also like each and every characters separate story. Their background stories is all magnificent in many ways.

The overall structure and development throughout the book is really amazing. Once I felt I was out of track or slacking off I’m thrown into more interesting moments in Charlie first year of high school. The thing that I felt was the reason for my whole excitement thing really was the writing style… it made it more realistic in all sort of ways. The romance in this book also kept my attention. I loved the Charlie/Sam moments and the whole friendship thing between Charlie/Sam/Patrick… Just so beautiful.

I’m basicly out of speech really. All I can say is that this will be one of my all time favorite Contemporary Novel, if not the favorite. This book is a recommended read for everyone, but keep an open mind about it while reading it, because it’s like I started this review an “Unique” book in all ways. I’ve given this book a full score, because it was perfect just the way it is.

~ Sindre