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)


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! :)