Books that made me cry

Books that made me cry

One of the things I love the most about reading is that it makes us feel things. They makes us happy and sad, they makes us laugh and cry. And isn´t it just a proof that the book is well written if it makes you feel things? So today I´m going to talk about some of the books that have made me cry.

Harry Potter- Well, I cried a lot while reading these books. Both of happiness and sadness, specially while reading the last four books in the series.Goodreads synopsis

All the Bright Places– THIS BOOK BROKE MY HEART! I cried rivers of tears when reading it and I still become a little bit sad every time I think of the book. Goodreads synopsis

The Book Thief- This possibly the book that have made me cry the most of all the books that I´ve ever read. Mostly because it was so sad, but it also made me cry of happiness. Goodreads synopsis

A Torch Against the Night- This book made me cry a lot, and not of happiness. It was heartbreaking. But I loved it, and I can´t wait for the next book in the series to come out so I can cry a little more over my beloved characters. Goodreads synopsis  My book review of it

Which books made you cry?

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The Night Circus, review

Title: The Night Circus Author: Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis: “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”

The circus opens at nightfall, the black and white tents opens their doors and the caramel popcorns spreading their scent, the illusionist starts her performance and the fortune teller is putting up her cards.

But the circus is also mysterious, dark and filled with secrets. What does the scare, shaped like a ring on the future tellers finger really means? Why isn´t anyone aging? Who is the man in the grey suit? And who will survive until the end?

The Night Circus is that mysterious place between dreaming and awake that both makes you scared and happy. It´s that fairy tale that you never dared to hear when you were a kid.

Review: This morning I turned the last few pages in The Night circus, I read the last few words in it, the last few letters and you have no idea how much I loved it.

But before I start talking about all the things I loved with it, I just want to tell you that this book is NOT the perfect choice if you´re looking for a fast paced, thrilling book. The Night Circus is actually quite slow and it took me quite a long time to finish it. BUT, it´s worth it.

The writing is probably the most amazing thing ever, I´ll show you some quotes from the book, just so you fully understand how amazing it is:

“Only the ship is made of books, its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink.”

“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that… there are many kinds of magic, after all.”

Do you understand what I mean now? I think so.

The whole book have this atmosphere that made you fell like you were there, you could feel the scents of caramel and popcorns, you could hear the sound of music in the background, you could feel the coldness of the ice garden and see all the candles in the wishing three. It felt like like you were a part of the book, that you were at all there places as well. And isn´t that every authors goal?

Stars: ★★★★✯ 4.5/5 stars

#bookwormproblems

Hello guys, today I want to talk to you about bookworm problems. It’s amazing to be a bookworm, but being a bookworm also comes with some problems and I’ve made a list of the most problematic ones. 
1. When your bookshelf gets too small. It happens to all of us sometimes. The books are so many and the bookshelf is so small. There’s no place left! And no, you can’t just throw some of them away, that would be like killing someone!

2. Waiting in months for a book to be released. Why can’t it just be released the day I want it to?! I can’t wait for three more months!

3. Starting to cry in public because your favorite character just died. And everyone starts to stare at you as if you was insane…

4. When you want to by a new book so bad. And your heart says yes but your wallet says no.

5. “Do you like reading? So you don’t have any friends or a social life?” Of course I’ve friends! Fictional ones…

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The Secret History

It´s Friday, which means a new blog post so here´s a review of an amazing book that I finished earlier this week.

Title: The Secret History

Author: Donna Tartt

Synopsis:

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.

This is a book that shows the humans true nature, the evil that can become of people and how our decisions changes us. It´s about beauty and destruction.

Review:

This is the first Donna Tartt book that I´ve ever read but I fell in love with her writing already at the first few pages.

Sure, it was a little bit slow sometimes and I can understand why some people think that the plot is boring but I personally loved it!

Donna Tartts writing style is beautiful, mysterious and kind of elegant even. She makes you feel like you where there with the characters, watching them and knowing them. She made me believe in everything she wrote.

So, I loved her writing but more did I loved about this book? One of the other things that I loved was the characers, they were complex, real and interesting. In many reviews of this book that I´ve read the people who don´t like the book that they don´t like the charcters because they are selfish and snobby. But that´s the point; the main characters aren´t MEANT to be any perfect heroes in this book and I love it. They all also developed and changed throught the book, the characters you met in the beginning of the book was not exactly the same as the ones that you said goodbye to in the end of it.

The book also told us how different events can change a person which I found really interesting to read about.

You never new what was going to happen next, Donna Tartt never stopped surprising you, which is worth a star by itself.

I often read many fantasy books or just ya-books in general which are all very simillar to each other, but The Secret History isn´t simillar to anything that I´ve ever read before and i love Donna Tartt for that

This book was beautiful, and terrifying and I truly loved it.

Stars: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Have any of you read this book?

/Ester✍☂

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2017 reading goals

2017 is here so I was thinking that it would be fun to write a blog post about my 2017 reading goals!

I had a really good reading year in 2016 and I loved almost all the books that I read and hopefully it will continue like that in 2017!  But now i will stop babbling and tell you about my 2017 reading goals instead!

  1. I hope to read 52 books in 2017, one for every week. Because why not?
  2. I also really want to read more classics, more Jane Austen books, To Kill a Mockingbird and Wuthering Heights to mention a few.
  3. I have started a lot of series that I have loved so far but haven´t had the time to finish yet and this year I hope to finish them.

And that´s it! What are some of your reading goals for 2017?

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Let it Snow-review

Title: Let it Snow

Authors: John Green, Lauren Myracle and Mauren Johnsson

Story:

It´s Christmas Eve and the worst blizzard for fifty years is howling outside the windows in the small town Gracetown which has been buried in snow.

A lonely girl is walking in the deep snow after stepping off a stranded train, unaware about what soon is going to happen.

The always so silent Waffle House will get unexpected visitors and The Dukes DVD night will be interrupted for a stupid Twister mission in the middle of the nigh.

A lovesick Starbucks workers early morning shift will determine the fate of a teacup pig and maybe also her own.

Review:

I really liked the first novel but I felt like it just went down after that.

I loved how all the stories was set in the same small town and how you met the same characters from the town in the different stories. So although it was 3 different stories, it all came together to one story in the end.

The first story was really sweet and cute and I really liked the characters although it was quite predictable… The second story was a typical John Green book with a nerdy boy as main character who falls in love with his childhood friend (in this case she´s called The Duke although it isn´t her real name) and I enjoyed it but it isn´t really a new favorite of mine. I honestly didn´t liked the last story at all, the main character just felt so annoying and the  writing style isn´t really a favorite of mine.

I read this book during Christmas and it really got me into the Christmas spirit so that was great and made me enjoy the book much more but I´m not sure what I had thought about the book if i had read it during another time of the year.

I really would recommend this book if you want a cute and Christmassy read but be prepared that it will be quite cheesy…

I would give 4/5 stars to the first story, 3.5/5 stars to the second story, 2/5 stars to the last one and 3/5 stars to the whole book.

★★★ 3/5 Stars!

 

 

Article Three, review

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This is a review of Article Three (or Tredje Principen as it´s called in Swedish), I was lucky enough to be send a review copy from the author for a honest review. I read the book in Swedish (since it´s a Swedish book) but it´s also available in English now.

Title: Article Three

Author: Anna Jakobsson Lund

Story:

A big war has destroyed big parts of the world and there´s just ruins left of many once big citys. The System governs everything, they force you to talk their language, they won´t let you have a religion and they can control everything.

Ava’s a rebel – one who can control other people’s thoughts with her mind. As part of a resistance movement preparing for war, this is a useful skill.

Levi stopped believing in the struggle for freedom when it snatched his parents from him. Now he’s just trying to live a quiet life and control the voices threatening his sanity.

One night Levi’s sister is arrested. To free her, he has to break old promises and become involved with people he swore he’d never associate with. Ava’s ordered to help him and, together, they leave on a rescue mission. She says he has to trust the rebels, but Levi is not so sure.

To their help, they have Leymah, a girl who can read other people´s thoughts. Against them, they have the System.

But who can they trust? Who´s their friends and who´s the enemy?

 

Review:

This is probably the best dystopian book that I have read during this year. I couldn´t put it down!

The world building is amazing, I almost believed that everything in the book was real just because the world building was so good! It´s set in the future and a war have destroyed big parts of the world, internet is just a tale and there´s no flying cars. It´s not the future we dream about but it feels much more real.

And the writing! I personally loved it so much! Here´s a special quote from the book that I loved really much:

“But once it cracks, it´s hard to stay with reality. It all blends together, like stirring paintbrushes in a glass of water. In the end, there are no colors left, just a grey-brown mess.”

And then there´s this thing that there not just are “the good guys” who´s heroes and does everything right and the “bad guys” who´s all bad and who have hearts of stone. No, it´s much more like reality: you don´t know who is bad and who is good.

I also really love the characters, they are komplex and real. They get mad, they have chewed nails and they get sweaty. But they also laugh and smile sometimes. Like real people does.

The only thing I could ask for is chapters written in Leymahs perspective but hopefully we will get that in future books!

I normally don´t read Swedish YA-books because I feel like there aren´t very many good ones but this one was truly amazing!

And there´s no stereotypical characters, love triangles or other typical ya clichés. Instead, there´s diversity (although it isn´t  the main topic in the book) and believable characters.

I could keep talking about how good this book is for hours but I won´t do that. What I´m trying to say with this review is: ARTICLE THREE IS AMAZING, GO AND BUY IT AND READ IT AND DISCUSS IT WITH ME!

★★★★★ 5/5 Stars!

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How to find more time for reading

We all have much to do sometimes. But how do you find time for reading when your schedule is full? I have some tricks.

1. Pretend you´re sick so you can stay home from school/work and read. Who cares about school and work?! Books are so much more inportant!

2. Don´t sleep. Why sleep when you can stay up all night reading?

3. Don´t waste time on unnecessary book blogs like this one. Read your books instead!

4. Don´t have a life! This is probably the most important one, JUST READ ALL THE TIME, EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST WASTING YOUR TIME!!!

JOKING!!!! Well, you can listen to these advices if you want to but I have some safer ones too!

1. Bring a book with you everywhere. To school, on the bus, to the supermarket or to the family gathering, you never know when you will find time to read a few pages! This is something that helps me a lot if I want more time to read, I read in the car, when I´m walking home from the bus, between classes. I maybe only read 5 pages each time but it´s still worth it!

2. Only read books that you truly enjoy. Don´t force yourself to finish books if you don´t like them. You read because you love it, right? So why force yourself to read a book you don´t like? Also, if you don´t like the book you probably read a lot slower.

3. Audio books. Audio books are the perfect solution if you have really much to do and can´t find the time to sit down and read. Do you need to clean your room? Or buy food? Listen to an audio book at the same time!

And that´s it! What are your best tricks when you want to find more time for reading?

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, book review

Here`s a review of A Torch Against the Night, I´ll try to not spoil anyone but I recommend you to not read this review if you haven´t read the first book in the series yet.

Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Story: The fourth trial has ended but Laia and Elias story is long from over. Now, they need to run for their lives from Martial soldiers and Elias former friend Helene.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf, the Empire´s biggest and most dangerous prison to save her brother Darin. Darin who´s the only one who possible can save the Scolars. And Elias is determined to help her success.

But dark forces, both human and non-human work against them and it´s uncertain if they even will survive.

At the same time is Helen, the new Blood Shrike forced to haunt Elias and Laia, and kill them both.

Review: I actually even loved this book more than the first one, if that´s even possible.

It´s an amazing fantasy book but it also have a lot of politics and some love mixed together.

Many people have said that those books only are like all the other YA fantasy books out there, and yes: It´s very similar to other books in some ways but I still love it so much. The characters are amazing, the writing style is great and the world building is also really good!

I have actually nothing bad to say about this book, just go and read it!

I loved that you also got to read it from Helenes perspective because I feel like she´s a really interesting character  and it was so fun to get to know her better.

This book made me cry so much, but it was absolutely worth it!!!!

I´m so excited for the third book, I seriously can´t wait!!!

5/5 ★★★★★

Fictional friends

Fictional friends

Hello, it´s Friday again! Which means a new post!
When you have read a book, have you ever though about a character from another book that you think could be a good friend to the characters in the book you are reading? I have.
Violet, Lennie and Hazel: I just think they could be really good friends. All three of them likes books, Lennie and Violet likes writing, all of them have gone through hard things and their personalites is quite similar
The Commendant (from An Ember in the Ashes) and the King of Adarlan: Okay, I don´t really think they would be ”friends” since I don´t think neither of them really has friends. But maybe allies?

Jacob and Harry Potter: I don´t really know why but I think they could be really good friends by some reason.
Luna and The mad Hatter: I can imagine them wandering around, drinking tea and talking about things that no one else understands.
Kattnis and Celaena: I just think they would understand each other in a really good way. And not because they both kill people, but because their deeper sides would understand each other and when they both woke up from nightmares in the middle of the night, they would sit together by a window, laughing and drinking hot chocolate.
Which characters from different books do you think would be good friends?