Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Top 5 Wednesday (#1): Top 5 Books You Struggled To Finish

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Look! Another Meme! With Lists! Are we seeing a pattern here? No? Ok, just me then.

This meme of awesomeness is created by gingerreadslainey! To see the full list of awesome fantastic participants, please go here.

This weeks topic is: Top 5 books you struggled to finish.

I read over 500 pages of this and then set it aside for about 2 years! I only very recently finished this, and only because I wanted it off my TBR pile. I love anything zombie, but this book got too political for me...

I ended up really liking this book. I just found it a bit slow in the beginning. Once I pushed through though, I got addicted :P.

This was not my favourite. I did like it, but that was about it. The subject matter is really difficult, and considering the premise, not much happens...

This is another book I liked, but nothing more. It took me forever to read this as I never really got very invested in that characters, and found parts of it quite boring.

The last book in the trilogy. I did end up really liking it, but I struggled with the maturity (or lack thereof) of the characters. As 16/17-year-olds they were often less mature than Harry Potter at age 11 :P.

So there you go! That was my list. What books would you include in this list? Did you participate in Top 5 Wednesday this week? If so, please leave a link and I'll be sure to check out your list! :)

Toodles :)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (#1): Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

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This is the first meme I'll be participating in on this blog! This is also the real reason I got my intro post out today. I really wanted to start this already!

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Thank you guys so much for hosting this awesomeness! I adore making lists :).

This weeks topic is top 10 books read so far this year. Mine are as follows (in no particular order):

1. Saga, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 by Brian K. Vaughan. I absolutely adored all three volumes!! So much fun.

2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. This was amazing! I have got to get around to reading the rest of them at some point. I listened to the audiobook.

3. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Another series I really need to continue. I laughed out loud so many times whilst listening to this!

4. The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling. The only one I hadn't read yet. I loved Dumbledore's commentaries!

5. The Martian by Andy Weir. Another laugh out loud funny one. I need to buy a hard copy seeing as I listened to this one too.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green. So friggin sad!!! :(. But also really, really good. My first John Green book!

7. Books 1, 2 and 3 in the Monument 14 trilogy by Emmy Laybourne. I really enjoyed this apocalyptic trilogy. Loved the blood type mutations!

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Love, love, love, love!! And sad :(. But awesome! wnfnrefoaemnldam!!

9. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. I will definitely be continuing on with this series.

10. The Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. Yes. I love these. Deal. With. It. 

There you go! That was my list for the week. Can't wait to read everybody else's :).

Toodles :)

Introduction and A to Z Survey!

Hi-diddly-ho neighbourino!

Welcome to my blog! My name is Nora, I'm 22 years old (ok, this is starting to sound like one of those first day of kindergarten introductions...), and I study biology at university. I also love to read (duh), so I thought I'd start this blog for funsies :).

This is not, at least for now, a book review blog. This is simply a place where I can participate in reading challenges, join in any reindeer games reading events (readathons etc.), do tags, participate in memes, do weekly wrap ups, etc. Pretty much anything I feel like doing :).

I also have 4 pet rats that I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of if you decide to stick around. Their names are incredibly complex and imaginative.
The boys: Marshmellow (I know that's not how you spell it) and Skittles.
The girls: Kit-Kat and Muffin.

Alright then. Survey time!

This was created by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner!
Thank you so much for creating this!

All I have to do is answer all these awesome questions. Here we go!

Author you've read the most books from:
J.K. Rowling. All seven Harry Potter books and the three school/library books.

Best sequel ever:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. <3

Currently reading:
Gone by Michael Grant.

Drink of choice while reading:
I'm not a big tea or coffee person, so it would all depend on the weather. 
Something fruity with ice cubes for summer, and probably hot chocolate for winter.

E-Reader or physical book:
Physical! E-readers are practical, but I much prefer to own and read a physical book.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school:
Hmmm... I would probably be attracted to Fred or George Weasley from Harry Potter, but I think they'd probably be too popular to notice me. 

 Glad you gave this book a chance:
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I thought I'd hate this trilogy, but I absolutely loved it!

Hidden gem book:
Instinct by Ben Kay. I really liked this book; not many people seem to have heard of it though. A random find at the airport! 

Important moment in your reading life:
The day my dad bought me Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I was about 7 years old, and had just started learning English (I'm Norwegian, but I've gone to British schools for almost all of my life). I didn't get very far at the time, but I picked it up again about a year and a half later. Thanks dad!

Just finished:
Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K, Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I'm addicted to these graphic novels!

Kinds of books you won't read:
I'll try most anything, but I have a few genres I generally avoid. I'm not into mystery books (especially adult ones), and I'm a complete wimp hen it comes to horror.

Longest book you've read:
I won't count The Stand by Stephen King because I listened to that. It's about 1440 pages long. A close second though is World Without End by Ken Follet at 1237 pages.

Major book hangover because of:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. All the feels right there.

Number of bookcases you own:
Only one for now. But my TBR pile is on the floor next to it :P.

One book you have read multiple times:
Any of the Harry Potter books.

Preferred place to read:
I usually read on my couch, or in bed. But I love to read outside in gorgeous weather.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Reading regret:
Not checking out Twilight when everyone else was talking about it. 

Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series):
The Gone series by Michael Grant. I only just started it, but I own a bunch of them.

Three of your all time favourite books:
1. All the Harry Potter books (I bet you couldn't have guessed that :P)
2. The Song of Ice and Fire series.
3. The Stand by Stephen King.

Unapologetic fangirl for:
If you don't know the answer to this one by now, you really haven't been paying attention...

Very excited for this release more than all the others:
The Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin!!

Worst bookish habit:
Probably the need to check how long a book is before I start reading it...

X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen.

Your latest book purchase:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Found this at a charity sale. I haven't read it yet but I loved the movie!

Zzz-snatcher book (last book that kept you up way late):
I believe one of the Fifty Shades books had me reading all night not very long ago.

And there you go! I hope this introduction post was a good start to you guys getting to know me :).
Can't wait to make some friends!
See you all later!

Toodles :)