Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Books and Music

Hello there...

What's up?

Every now and then I find myself thinking of a certain book, whenever I listen to a certain song. There are a few such "combinations". Here are a few:

Stephen King: The Stand
Chris Rea: Road to Hell

Marissa Meyer: Cinder
Christina Perri: Human

Victor Hugo: Les Misérables
The CD: Personligt by Peter Jöback

The Twilight -series by Stephenie Meyer
HIM: Everything and anything by him

Those were the ones I could think of right now.

I have considered one Interesting Fact/idea: I always though and believed that my good old English teacher from the swedish school I went to, he was the ultimate teacher who knows it ALL... These past few years I have been surprised to have that image shattered lol. He IS really really really good, but no one is perfect. He has strengths that I do not have and I have strength he does not have. Weird. There is no ABSOLUTE perfect knowledge of English is only one person... That just came to me pretty recently. Guess I am more grown-up now, about time lol.

More later!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

My Bookish confessions...

Hello there!

What's up? Today we celebrate the "lukurauhan päivä" here in Finland: 

Lukurauhan Päivä

It means something like: The Day of Reading in Peace ... I don't quite know how to translate it, sorry. You can write a better translation in the comments. I bet you can think of a better one, IF you're a Finnish speaker as well. BTW, I have heard that Finnish is the third hardest language in the world... It might be true. lol

So... Today I am going to Read in Peace, like undisturbed, alone and at my own pace. No panic. No stress. Just my books and me, chillin' on the couch. And my cats of course. lol Today I was thinking about writing to you some of my bookish confessions. Like, what I haven't read etc. and feel ashamed for etc. or what books I love that no one else seems to like lol...

1. Confession number one:

I have not read The Lord of the Rings... I have read, years ago, the Fellowship of the Ring in Finnish, but that was ages ago, cannot remember much. I have started LOTR so many times. Cannot get past Tom Bombadil... Sorry! Don't hate me for it! I am considering listening to it on my new audiobook app: STORYTEL because it's there, and in ENGLISH! Hallelujah! Finally, a place to listen to it! I haven't found it on Audible... :( AUDIBLE ... Well, now I have no excuse! :)

2. Confession number two:

I re-read almost every year Twilight, and try to go through the books, sometimes I only read the first part. Now. I was 27 when I read them the first time, now I have them on Audiobook, both on Audible and as CD.s... I cringe, laugh, voice my opinion etc. when I listen to them (and read at the same time). My opinion has radically changed, now that I am a REAL ADULT lol.... BUT! I love to read them because they are familiar and safe and nostalgic. I do not really think they are good anymore... SORRY! lol

3. Confession number three:

I have waaayyy more books that I own, that I believe I will ever read in my lifetime. Now, I used to have a "shopping-craze" almost everyday, basically (except Sundays) when I lived in Sweden. And I lived there for 12 years... I think I bought at least one book each week. No kidding. True story. Also, many times I would buy many books on the same day. I counted my books 2001, I believe, and they were 400+. Now, that was 18 years ago. So, safe to say, I have at least 500 books. Most of them I haven't read (yet). So, I am trying to read as much as possible.Wish me luck! lol

No more time for confessions this time... Maybe more later :P

TA! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

My reading list so far :)

Howdy partner!

I'm baaack... Sorry for the long absence. I have been lazy and very busy despite of being lazy lol. Seriously, when I have been running around town from mornin' until evenin', there ain't no more energy to read, write etc. Just rest and foooooood... lol

This year, so far so pretty good. I have finished 5 books. A few of them I had already started before 2019, so I have been "on a roll" with the help of my earlier accomplishments... Pretty stupid, huh? Well, I do not mind, because a read book is read. Period.

Last night I actually dreamed of a book I haven't read! "A handmaid's tale" by Margaret Atwood. Hmm. I REALLY need to read it now. Really. I am going to go to my bookstore close by my home and pick up "The hunch-back of Notre-Dame" that I have ordered. Maybe I'll pick up "A hand-maid's tale" as well. We'll see...

So, the books I have finished this year so far are:

Anne på Grönkulla

Orange is the new black (for the third time)

RuPaul: GuRu (listened it for the second time in my life)

Herra Darwinin Puutarhuri (which was recommended to me by a librarian)

and...

Sweet Valley Twins: #1: Best friends.

Anne på Grönkulla and SVT I have read so many times during my lifetime, I have lost count looong time ago...

I was first happy and liked Herra Darwinin puutarhuri, but in the end it just flopped. I skipped pages, too messy, quirky in a weird and not so good way. Boring, too. Sorry, librarian! If you're reading this, thank you for recommending it. Every book is not everyone's cup of tea.

GuRu is read by the GuRu himself: RuPaul <3 It is sooo awesome. I will have to order it in physical form for myself. It was just so good, uplifting and fabulous. It has helped me a lot.

OITNB is good, as always. Makes me sad and angry sometimes.

Now I'm reading "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell, it is sooo good, I can hardly put it down, just like what happened when I read "Fangirl". I need to get rest of her books... I am also re-reading "Les Misérables" for maybe the third time, it is such a beautiful story. Victor Hugo was a great writer. Then, I am reading Vår vän Anne, which is the 2nd part of Anne på Grönkulla -books. (Anne of Greengables. I read them in Swedish because of the nostalgia, I always have read them in Swedish)... Then I am also reading/listening to HP 5 and Twilight 3. Those are relaxing reads, because I know what's going to happen, don't have to concentrate sooo much. lol 

More later! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2019

24 in 48 readathon January 2019

Hey there!

So, this readathon has flown by, and I have almost missed it. I have been ill. But now I am back on track. I finished my first book last night. It was a bit of a disappointment . But I will survive . Lol 😁

I will post an update later.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

My Reading list for the Helmet- Reading Challenge:

My List:


P.S. I have not finished planning all the books... :)


Helmet Reading Challenge 2019

1. The book cover has a human face on it
Anne på Grönkulla: READ
2. Someone is looking for a missing person or an item in the book 
3. A book from a genre you don’t usually read
4. The only book written by the author
5. The book has been a nominee for a book prize in your homeland
6. A romance novel
7. A book about a place you have visited
8. A book whose reading belongs to general knowledge in your opinion
9. A book recommended by someone under 18 years old
10. A book written by a person of colour
11. A book about women’s role  in society
Orange is the new black: READ
12. A book connected to Great Britain
13. A book for children or youth from your homeland
14. The authors last name starts with the same letter as yours
15. A taboo is dealt within the book A book about a taboo
16. A story that shifts between reality and unreality
17. There are twins in the book
18. A book written by a European writer
19. You don’t like the title of the book
20. The book deals with a culture that you are not familiar with
21. A book written by a celebrity
22. A book about climate change
23. The book title has a name of a country in it
24. Book chosen from a bookshelf with your eyes closed
25. A book from an author you have never read before
26. A book that you see someone you don’t know reading
27. The book is some way based on Nordic mythology
28. There is a moon on the book cover
29. Someone is dreaming in the book
A Monster Calls: currently reading
30. The book cover has a city landscape on it
31. Someone travels by metro in the book
32. The book title has a profession in it
33. You have seen a movie based on the book
34. The book has writings by several writers in it
35. There is an entrepreneur or company in the book
36. Someone is alone in the book
37. A book published by a small publisher
38. A banned book
39. A book about the relationship between humans and animals
40. A book about mental health problems
41. A book about a time period you would like to live in
42. You like the name of the author
43. A book that follows the growth of a child to adulthood
44. A book about Berlin
45. The book title has a negative in it
46. The book has a trans or non-binary character in it
GuRu by RuPaul: Listened to on Audible
47. The book has less than 100 pages
48. The book has a hearing-impaired or visually impaired character in it
49. A book published in 2019
50. A book recommended by library personnel
Currently reading: Herra Darwinin Puutarhuri
There it is: BAM! :) I have a lot more reading ahead and a lot of planning :)

So it begins...

Hello there peeps!

I am back... Sooner than expected but it is all good. I have started to think and ponder what I should read this year. I kid you not, I have over 100 unread books in my library. I am really happy and grateful that I do have a room in my home, that I can call a library. Now I am re-organizing my shelves. There are books everywhere. lol I have also a "new" hobby, collecting toys from my childhood... The toys are soon overtaking my library lol... So, I am considering purchasing a new shelf, which I would put in my living-room. That is the only solution, because I will not get rid of all there books, or toys lol.

There are some changes is my TBR-list. My TBR-list is an ever-changing thing. I always read many books at the same time, because darn it, I can not choose just one to stick to. I need variation, freedom of choice, the ability and possibility to change and switch my "currently reading" -list. Sooo, I have tried to choose the best, the most important, the most uplifting books...

One of the challenges in the Helmet-reading challenge is "A book recommended to you by a librarian. I visited my favorite library "METSO" on Saturday. I went for it, I asked bravely the nearest librarian... for a recommendation. She found a good one within 3-5 minutes:

herra-darwinin-puutarhuri

I just started it yesterday. It is really nice. It is short, too. Only like 176 pages! It should be a quick and pleasant read. I also started:

-a-monster-calls

That one is waaayyy cool. It is a page-turner, easy to read and with big text, I do not have to squint at the pages to make out the text, old eyes, you know. lol It is also short, maybe 270 pages or something. I love it so far. I do admit, I am soon getting tired of middle-grade books, YA literature etc. So, after this I am going to try to dive into some classics and/or really high fantasy or something, maybe something I have not earlier tried. It is also one of the challenges in Helmet: Read a book that represents a genre you do not usually read... Hmm... What could that be? No idea. Yet.

I love big books and I cannot lie, they just take a longer time to finish... Which is a bummer, when you are trying to read as much as possible. I am sometimes "bullied" because I love to read many books at the same time, many books, thick books etc. Even because I read in English and Swedish! I mean, how petty can you be? Maybe some people do not understand me. Well, I do not mind. It is my library, after all lol. They may say what they want. My goal is to read for fun, for pleasure, to learn, to grow and to read as many of my own books as possible, before I die. Grim, I know, but what else can I say? lol

More later!

Hugs from Cindyrelly :)

Monday, January 14, 2019

HELMET READING CHALLENGE 2019

Hi guys and gals!

Last year I tried to participate in the Helmet Reading Challenge. Needless to say, not only did I not succeed, I gave up way too early. lol I am a slow reader... I have started reading more lately. This year I have already finished 3 books (though I did start them last year...) and I am currently reading a few very short books and a few are on "the finish line" lol I just love books. Well, Here is a link to the Helmet Reading Challenge, just in case you want to join:

HELMET

It is lovely. There are not so many rules and people do tend to interpret the different challenges in different ways. In the few next days, weeks, months (who knows) I will be telling you about the books I have chosen to each challenge. The main idea is to diversify your reading. I will try to read al 50 books for the challenge and not combine two challenges. I mean, if the book I read for challenge number one, also fits challenge (insert random number here), I could maybe combine them, and say: there, it is done! Although I have only read ONE book... Well, there are not such hard set rules in this challenge, thank goodness...

The books I have read so far this year (i.e. finished)

Anne på Grönkulla

Orange is the new black

GuRu (audiobook)

They were all rereads/listens. I have lost count of how many times I have read Anne på Grönkulla, I have now read OITNB three times and I have listened to GuRu now TWICE :) I looove RuPaul...

I have a journal where I focus on books, it is my so-called Bookish Bullet Journal. It is filled with stats etc. Now I have today written all the challenges in the HELMET challenge and I am sooo stoked, ready and happy to start and continue this challenge.

By the way, my goal is to read 99 books (at least) this year. Goodreads says I am on track lol