To-Read List

21 Apr

I’ve always been a big reader, to the point where my teacher at primary school was actually worried that I read too much, as I’d constantly go around with my nose in a book, even when crossing the road. Thinking back it’s a wonder I survived life so far. I can’t really imagine a life without books, they’re such a big part of my life, and these wonderful stories that we get to experience when reading means a lot to me.

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I have a Goodreads-account where I can discover new books based on what I’ve already read, what I want to read and what my friends are reading, and my “to-read list” is rapidly growing every day as I see new recommendations and reviews from my friends. Right now my to-read list consists of 80 books from various genres, and I’m planning on ticking them all off as fast as I can! I’ve already ordered quite a few books based on it, and the one I’m currently most eager to read is the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I have seen and really like the musical which is based on the book, but for some reason I didn’t think I’d enjoy the novel very much, so I didn’t give it much though until recently, when the title popped up among other recommendations, and I figured I should read more about it and what other readers had to say. As far as I understand it’s far more mature and quite darker than the musical, which sounds very promising.

Other books I’m quite looking forward to reading are Paper Towns, Cloud Atlas, The Martian and about 80 more titles 😉 Since I’ve been reading A LOT lately I also thought I’d post some reviews here, mainly of the books that I’ve really enjoyed, to encourage others to engage in these wonderful stories as well. So look forward to a review or two in the following week!

I’d love to have more friends on Goodreads, so if you have an account feel free to add me, and if you don’t have one I think you should go and register right now. Also, I always welcome tips on what I should read next from others, or hear what’s on YOUR to-read list, if you want to share just leave a comment 🙂

Cheers and happy reading to you all.

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Life Changes

15 Apr

I think everyone finds change a little bit scary, even though it’s something we all have to go through quite a lot in our lives. The most scariest changes are the ones you are forced to make yourself, where you make an active choice knowing it will change everything about your current situation and affect your whole future. The past year I’ve been struggling a lot with some life-changing decisions, and frankly it’s scared the hell out of me. It’s been no secret that my life the past year, I had to take a break from my studies and move back home because everything became a bit too much and I was struggling with depression and anxiety. And I started thinking about my current situation and if I was actually happy with it, or if I just kept going because the other options were too scary.

And I found out I actually wanted a change. I don’t want to continue my teacher studies. I want to do something completely different. So I’ve decided to quit and start something else. This decision was made some months ago, but I’m just starting to tell everybody about it now, and I’m feeling really good about it. It is a big change, I have to start completely over again, and sadly I have to move to a new city, which will be exciting, but also means that I won’t live near some of my best friends. And of course there is the feeling that I’ve wasted 3 years of my life, but I’m trying not to think of it that way. After all, I’ve learned and gained a lot these past few years. I made some amazing friends, I’ve learned to live away from home, I learned a lot from my studies, and I enjoyed them as well. Yes, even though I’m quitting, I did enjoy them. I found out it’s what after the teaching studies I don’t really want to do. If that makes any sense. At least it does to me.

In August I will be starting a bachelor degree in library & information science, which is in Oslo. My initial doubts and fear whether this is the right thing to do or not has started to fade, and I’m feeling more and more confident about this decision everyday. I’m actually really starting to look forward to it, and I’m feeling like I’m actively taking part in my life again. I still have everyday struggles with a lot of bad thoughts affecting me, but I’m getting help and I do actually believe that everything is going to turn out alright now.

And just because, I’m ending this post with this wonderful picture of Chico and me 🙂

Hedvig and Chico

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9 Apr

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I plan to start updating my blog again the coming week, with more focus on book reviews, tips and advice, and general thoughs on life. Hiatus over soon!

Goodbye 2013

31 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I haven’t blogged at all this Christmas, but oh well, that happens 😉

I’ve had such a great Christmas, and I so appreciate having a holiday when the winter is at its darkest, it really lights up the season!
There’s been a lot of great food, some really nice visits from friends and family and of course some really wonderful presents. I’ve gotten so many gifts related to cooking this year, which I really appreciate, I’ll be making lots of tasty food this year! I haven’t taken a lot of photos during the holiday, but just enough so I can show you how my Christmas has been 😉

I’m spendig my New Years Eve at home, me and my mum are having an amazing lamb dinner, drinking champage and watching the Royal Variety Show, which has become a tradition in our house. I hope you’ve all had a great year, and that the next one will be even better. Happy New Year to all! 😀

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

14 Dec

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugI went to see The Desolation of Smaug at the cinema yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! I am a huge fan of the Tolkien-universe, I read the books every year, watch Lord of the Rings Extended Edition about 2-3 times a year and love to discuss the “fandom” online, so of course I’ve been eagerly anticipating the second Hobbit movie for a while now. And I was not let down. As a book reader, of course there were things I missed and that I had pictured differently, but I’ve accepted that that’s how it is with book to film adaptations, and I didn’t ruin my experience at all. I actually found The Desolation of Smaug a tad better than An Unexpected Journey, the flow  and the feel of the picture was just a bit more “together” if that makes sense.

I thought I’d put together a list of what I really liked, what I miss from the book and what I didn’t quite like, instead of writing a full review. Some minor spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but nothing major 🙂

What I really liked:
-Smaug!
Absolutely LOVED Smaug, and Benedict Cumberbatch did such a brilliant voice job! The animation is very smooth and realistic, the dragon is impressive, fierce and terrifying. The dialogue between Bilbo and Smaug is superb, very well written and acted!
-Tauriel. I was pleasantly surprised, as she is a character created for the movies, and I didn’t expect to like her, but I did, even though I’m not overly fond of how her character is being used (see dislikes). She is a very charming elf, and a badass fighter.
-Showing what Gandalf is up to when he’s not with the dwarf company. Makes it easier for non-readers to connect the happenings in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and it gives Gandalf more screen, which is a good thing.
-The barrel escape/race/fight. It was over the top, it was completely unrealistic, it used cheap humour and it was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I want to watch that part again please!

What I missed from the book:
Introducing the dwarves to Beorn! It’s my favorite scene from the book, and I was really looking forward to seeing it on screen, so I was quite disappointed when they chose to portray it in a completely different way. It all happened to quickly I think, and I don’t think non-readers will remember much about Beorn at all after seeing the film. Mikael Persbrandt is a fine actor, but he didn’t have much to work with as Beorn, his character was sadly neglected. Shame.
-Nothing else really 🙂

What I didn’t really like:
-Using Tauriel’s character as a way of introducing more romance in the film.
Completely unnecessary! Why is it that when a new female character is introduced, she has to be linked to some romance plot?
-Stephen Fry. God, it pains me to write this as I ADORE Stephen Fry, but I just don’t feel he fit this role, it was quite distracting actually. Please don’t shoot me 😦
-Azog. You’re annoying, please go away.

Advent Sunday

1 Dec

It’s December!!! It’s Advent!! It’s almost Christmas!!!

Yeah, I’m excited in case you couldn’t tell. I lovelovelove Christmas, and everything leading up to it, and for me it all starts today. My mum (mum did the hardest work tbh) and I have spent the day cleaning and decorating, and bringing out some of our Advent and Christmas decorations. There’s still a lot of stuff missing, but it’s surely starting to look a lot like Christmas.

Time to light some candles, my Christmas playlist is playing, and soon we’ll be making a tasty early Christmas (light) dinner! Allons-y!

The Day of the Doctor

1 Dec

Right, so I should really have posted this a week ago, but that didn’t happen. Oh well!

About a week ago I went to the cinema to see the 50th Anniversay of Doctor, which was absolutely brilliant! It was amazing how the whole cinema was full of Whovians, half of which had Sonic Screwdrivers, lots of people with fezzes, suspenders, scarfs and stuff like that. I LOVE fellow Whovians, we’re such a nice group of people!

Sonic

I was so so happy with the episode, seeing David Tennant as the Doctor again was amazing, and John Hurt did such a good job as the “missing” Doctor. I must admit that season 7 hasn’t been the best in my opinion, but luckily The Day of the Doctor picked things up big time! I also greatly appreciated the many easter eggs and references to earlier episodes and seasons, and old familiar faces returning. I won’t spoil anything about the episode here, I just want to recommend everyone who hasnt seen it to DO SO NOW!

In other news I had to acquire my own Sonic of course, which has quickly become my new favorite thing EVER. It’s super cool, based on River Song’s from the future when the Doctor first met her. So now I can open all doors and locks if I should ever need to (as long as they’re not made of wood…).

Sonic Screwdriver

I’m so phsyced about the Christmas episode coming out next, I really can’t wait beeing introduced to the new Doctor! Hopefully I’ll find something to occupy my time until then..

Hedvig out!