Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018

February Book Haul | Second Hand Books From Spain & Portugal

Here comes my February book haul. I'm visiting Spain for some time and I have managed to find some really cheap, good condition, books -- both here and in Portugal. That makes me so happy!

Buying books is one thing I really prioritize when I visit this one market, called The Lemon Tree Market, on Sundays in Spain. There are three book stalls throughout this marketplace, and the books cost between 1 Euro and 2.5 Euro. It's really amazing.

As an overall rule: It's always easy to find best selling books, and novels from famous authors, of course. But when I'm lucky, I'll find less "hyped" books like Solitaire by Alice Oseman. And when I'm even luckier I'll find new favorites, like The Martian by Andy Weir and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Perhaps I wouldn't have read them if I hadn't found them there...?

Here are my February second hand findings!

The two books on top of the pile: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, I found in Lagos, Portugal, in an English second hand book store (The Owl Story Book Store). These two were a little pricier. They cost me 12 Euros in total. The other three books: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty and The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff I found at the forementioned marketplace. They cost me 7.5 Euros total. I am so happy to have found The Orphan's Train by Pam Jenoff. I've been wanting to read it for a really long time. Same with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Side note: I also visited Nerja the other day (we went on a road trip from Spain to Portugal). It's in southern Spain. I found another English second hand book store: Nerja Book Centre. It was overwhelming because it held an extreme amount of books. It was a little hard to navigate and concentrate on one thing at a time. But! I saw books like Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, and Golden Son by Pierce Brown. If you ever visit, I recommend it!

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018

20 Questions About Books

20 Questions Book Tag

I found this tag here.

1. How many books is too many books in a book series?

It definitely depends on the series. Seven books can be too much, but it's not too many for, let's say, Harry Potter. But I would in any other case say: around five/six books?

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I love cliffhangers... if the next book is available to read right after finishing the first book! I don't like cliffhangers if it means that I'll have to wait a year for the next book in the series.

Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Series: The Wicker King #1 | Published: October 31st 2017 by Imprint
Pages: 309 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fantasy
Status: read February 2, 2018
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Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2018

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

Series: The Folk of the Air #1 | Published: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Status: read from January 29 to January 31, 2018
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Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018

To Be Watched: 2018 TV-shows

I haven't watch a single TV-show this year, except Lucifer, I think... I used to watch TV-shows all the time, but it seems like I've prioritized books lately. I don't complain about that though. But, I'm slacking with plenty of TV-series at the moment (maybe 10-15), and there are a few new that I want to give a chance. Down below are three new shows that I want to watch.

Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Netflix

Joel Kinnaman is great and I love most of Netflix's original TV-shows. This cannot be anything but great, I believe. The original poster (here) makes me very intrigued to watch this. Altered Carbon came out on 2 February 2018, but I haven't started watching it yet. It has a rating of 8,6 on IMDb, which is super good.

Two detectives with opposing viewpoints are forced to work together in a pre-apocalyptic criminal world.

Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi | Hulu, BBC

I'm very happy that this is available on Swedish television. I've seen ads about it on TV and I think it's something I would like. I won't start this yet, because I'd rather wait until I'm back home from Spain (I came here yesterday!) Hard Sun came out in January. Also, I don't recognize any of the actors and actresses in this TV-show at first glance. That will be interesting.

A UN employee discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension.

Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller | STARZ

Parallel dimensions did it for me. I love everything that has to do with other dimensions and time travel and all that stuff. I also like J.K. Simmons, the actor who plays the main character. I'll put this on wait for a month or so, until I'm home again. Spain is for reading, not watching, in my opinion.

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Mini-Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Series: - | Published: September 20th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 352 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Status: read from January 27 to January 28, 2018
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Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Popular Books and Series I Need to Read

There are a few books I feel a little remorseful for not having read already. (Listed below.) I own all books but two, so it shouldn't really be a problem for me to read them. But you know: it is a problem, why wouldn't it be, for a book worm like me?

PS. I won't add Harry Potter to this list, because you know... I feel ashamed enough. And also because I'm slowly but surely working on that. Three books to go!

The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

I've only read the first book in the Raven Cycle – The Raven Boys – by Maggie Steifvater. I liked it quite a lot from what I can remember. I read it back in 2015 I believe. People seem to adore this series and I want to be a part of that.

Heir of Fire; Queen of Shadows; Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

I read books one and two in the Throne of Glass series in 2015 and 2016, and I haven't decided yet when to pick up book three. I'm very intimidated and overwhelmed by Sarah J. Maas' books, because there are so many of them. I don't own Empire of Storm, so I'll have to buy it before I pick up this series again.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury is one of my favorite book ever, but since I'm being good old me; I haven't read A Court of Wings and Ruin yet (of course). I pre-ordered it and got it when it came out, but I'm so afraid I won't like it as much as its prequel. I will read it soon enough. Hopefully before book 4 comes out.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I started reading THUG when it first came out. Then I stopped for some unknown reason. Probably school. I really want to pick it up again soon. Very soon. I know I'll love this. I'm excited for the movie, too.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I bought Me Before You in Spain two years ago. My grandmother loved the book, and I have never seen my sister cry as much as she did when she watched the movie. I want to watch the film, but I must read the book first! I think I'll really enjoy it.

Scarlet; Cress; Winter by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles and I go way back. I read Cinder in 2015, and I even bought the three first books in hardcover. I never buy books I don't already know I love in anything but paperback, and even buying books I love in hardcover is rare. I need to continue reading this series in 2018. I do not own Winter though.

The Battle of the Labyrinth; The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief is one of the first books I read in the beginning of my reading career. I read it in January 2014, and since then I've only read the two following books. It's a shame that I haven't finished this super fun series yet, because I really like it.

What are some popular books you haven't read yet?