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Books, TAG

End of the Year Book TAG

Today I wanted to do a TAG post. This is the End of the Year BookTAG, created by Ariel Bissett.

Let’s go!

Questions:
Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Ready Player One. I read the first chapter and then gave it to my husband to read (because I thought he’d really like it and because I have plenty of other books I wanted to read) I really liked that first chapter, so I want to pick it back up soon.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I prefer reading classics in autumn, not sure why but it just works better for me. I recently started reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. I only ever read Pride and Prejudice by her and I’m happy to broaden my Austen horizon.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

I’m forever waiting for Circe by Madeline Miller but it only comes out next year…

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?
– The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

– The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

– Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (to finish up the series)

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

Honestly? Any of the three mentioned in the last question. I haven’t had a lot of luck this year. I’ll have to get a serious reading-mood going for the remaining months to get through the books I want to finish and hopefully find some more favourites.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

I’m thinking about choosing five of my favourite books to reread. I rarely reread books, which is a shame really because they are favourites for a reason. The Song of Achilles and The Night Circus will definitely be on the list, the others I’ll have to think about.

 

If you want to answer these questions, let me know so I can read about your autumn reading plans.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

This week’s topic is Side Ships. Relationships in books that do not include the protagonist.

Needless to say, this list wil contain Sp – sp -spooooiiiileeers.. so if you’re not up for that, I’m sorry. Not all of my picks are actual couples, some are just people I want to see end up together…

Jane and Mr. Bingley – Pride and Prejudice

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Ugh, they’re so cuuuuuute… Of course I like Elizabeth and Darcy but Bingley is so charming!! I still prefer moody and broody but this is side ships we’re talking about so…

Marianne and Colonel Brandon – Sense and Sensibility

sense and sensibility Marianne and Brandon

Staying on the Austen train. What an amazing couple are they!? I have to admit, I’ve only seen this movie adaptation so Alan Rickman is forever my Colonel Brandon. He just watched over her and took care of her. I was so happy when they ended up together.

Wylan and Jesper – Six of Crows

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Because their relationship grew so perfectly and they were endgame and I just loved them so, so much!

Azriel and Elain – A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Although they’re not a couple, I still ship them. It will probably never happen because of a certain mating bond.. but I loved these two together. I certainly love Azriel as a character and the way he was around Elain, how she let him in. *sigh*

If there had been some more Lucien in the last book, I might have picked him but they didn’t do him justice in ACOWAR. So Azriel and Elain it is.

And just for fun:

Loki and Darcy – Thor/Avengers

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I know this will never happen. They never even met (as far as I can remember.. it’s been a while). But ow my god, imagine the sass… It would be perfection… Can’t we make this happen? Please? Pretty Please? I love me some Tasertricks!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

All information can be found here.

This week we talk a little about the authors we want to read more from. I don’t really have favorite authors and I always look at their work one book at a time but there are some that I’d be more inclined to read more from.

Let’s go!

Naomi Novik

author naomi novik

I’ve read Uprooted and really liked it. I’m considering picking up the Temeraire series but I’m a bit reluctant because it’s already a big series. This is a good thing because it means once I start and love it, I can just keep reading and reading and reading but it’s also a bad thing because I’m reading at a slow pace right now so I just don’t have the time to take on a series like that.. I’d get no other reading done whatsoever…

Ernest Hemingway

Author Ernest Hemingway

I’ve only read The Old Man and The Sea (and loved it) but I had For Whom The Bell Tolls on my shelf, so I should read that one soon.

Jane Austen

Author Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and I want to something else by her but I’m not sure what exactly. Any recommendations?

Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman

American Gods is now a TV series but when I tried to read it, I could not get into it. It’s also a massive book so I need some real reading time if I ever want to get through it. I’ve loved Neverwhere and The Ocean at the end of the Lane and I have Trigger Warning sitting on my shelf, so it’s only a matter of time before I pick something else up by him.

Ian McEwan

Author Ian McEwan

If you’ve read my review for Nutshell yesterday, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Ian McEwan. Although I don’t enjoy all of his work, I’m always in awe of his writing style. I’ll just have to find the stories that really appeal to me.

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T5W: Top 5 quotes

How can it be Thursday already? I don’t understand but before I even noticed the week has almost gone.. I’ve been so busy, I really have to take a moment to breathe, sit down and read a bit..

In this post another topic from top 5 Wednesday because I just couldn’t help myself. I love a good quote.
So here are five of my favourites.

1)
“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I love this quote! I really liked the relationship between Darcy and Elisabeth, how it grew slowly but surely. And when they finally confessed their love to each other, I couldn’t help but smile..

This is also what it was like for me. I had known my husband for quite a while before we started dating. I can’t possibly remember when I started loving him, I only remember that I did.. well do..

2)
“There is an arch supported by four vast columns. Etched over hundreds and hundreds of yards of stone, furlongs of stone, there are names:
“Who are these, these? The men who died in this battle?”
“No. The lost, the ones they did not find. The others are in the cemeteries.”
“These are just the … the unfound.” When she could speak again. “From the whole war?”
The man shook his head. “Just these fields.”
Elizabeth sat on the steps. “No one told me. My God no one told me,”
― Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong

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This arch is called The Menin Gate in Ypres. It’s a very impressive monument. I go there from time to time because I feel like these names deserve my attention.
When I went there for the first time, I stayed until they played The Last Post in the evening. They play it every evening under the gate and they have done so every evening since 1928 only interrupted by the Second World War.
It was so tragic and everyone was so respectful. I will remember it forever.

I have read a lot of book about the wars but Birdsong touched me in a way others didn’t. It doesn’t mask the horror, it tells you exactly what’s going on.

3)
“It was amazing to me then, and still is, that so many people who wander into bookshops don’t really know what they’re after–they only want to look around and hope to see a book that will strike their fancy. And then, being bright enough not to trust the publisher’s blurb, they will ask the book clerk the three questions: (1) What is it about? (2) Have you read it? (3) Was it any good?”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Yup, this is exactly how it works 🙂 and I treasure the conversations I have had with people who really love books, while I was working at the bookshop. These where the best moments, when I could recommend them books and they recommended others to me.
And when they came back a week later and told me how much they loved it, they would ask me the 4th question: What else do you have for me? And I would walk around grinning like a fool for the rest of the day.

4)
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. “I’m okay” we say. “I’m alright”. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can’t get it off. That’s when you realize that sometimes it isn’t even an answer–it’s a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Doesn’t need a lot of explaining, I think. I have often found myself saying “I’m fine” when I’m really not and it’s like I’m trying to convince myself more than I’m trying to convince others..

5)
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Or

“Maybe ‘okay’ will be our ‘always”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

*crawls into a corner and sobs quietly*

There you go, five (more or less) of my favourite quotes.. I have a lot of quotes I like so maybe I should make this a thing? When I come across a really good one, I’ll post it. If it doesn’t spoil the story of course..

You can find the topics of Top 5 Wednesday on this goodreads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

If you want to give your top 5, just go ahead and share them with us.
Leave a link in the comments..

That’s all for now..
Have a nice day/afternoon/evening depending on where you live and when you read this ;).

Love

Ellen

Books, Review

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen ****

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Elizabeth Bennet..

I fiiiiinally finished Pride and Prejudice.
I think it took me three months.. But I did it, and I loved it.

When I started reading this book, I was in a terrible reading mood. I just couldn’t focus. Forcing yourself to read isn’t a good idea, let me tell you.. Eventually I just didn’t feel like reading anymore.

I’m telling you all of this because I want you to know that the book is amazing! This is a classic case of “It’s not you (the book in this case), it’s me..” I was the reason it took me so long. The book had nothing to do with it.

I’m guessing everyone knows the story.. Girl meets boy, boy is arrogant and proud, girl dislikes boy.. Stuff happens..

You probably saw the mini-series starring Colin Firth or the movie with Keira Knightley, so did I 😉 but as always.. The book is better. Yes, I hear you, I loved those screen adaptations too, but the original is even better.

Classics are classics for a reason.. Jane Austen is a true artist. The story is beautifully written. It builds slowly and ends in perfection.

I loved it!
Let’s just hope that finishing this book means I’ve escaped my literary depression.

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Love

Ellen.

P.s. You can find the pictures I used on my Pinterest