Week in Review | Week 48

Hi! It’s again time for this week’s wrap up! This week I didn’t read as much as some of the other weeks because I spent time on Youtube and watching movies and series. I also started couple crochet projects and most of them I just need to finish now!

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Books I read

1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie – Rebellion by Magica Quartet 4 stars
2. Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch 4 stars
3. Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus 1 by Clamp 3 stars
4. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 3.5 stars
5. The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens 3 stars

I had a really good week reading wise, even though I didn’t read that much I read well written books. Also I read a lot of manga this week. Before university I used to read a lot of manga but nowadays I don’t have so much time. Still I think I’ll be trying to read more of it in the future because I still love them a lot.

They published Madoka Magica in Finnish so I read it the same day that I bought it. I loved it. Madoka Magica is one of my favorite animes and I still need to see the 3rd movie with subtitles (I watched it in Japan for the first time) but reading this manga I didn’t really remember a lot of it and I am interesting to see what happens.

Reading Cardcaptor Sakura was really nostalgic. I watched the anime when I was smaller but I think I never did finish watching it. I might see it again if I have time. Reading these two mangas this week made me really want to read more and hopefully I do. I might do a series in the future, talking about all the manga and anime I have seen? Would that be interesting?

Charles Dickens’ The Haunted Man is part of the Very Dickens Christmas Read-Along. Last week we read his short story The Story of The Goblins Who Stole A Sexton and I liked that a lot. I haven’t really read any Dickens before so this is a perfect opportunity to read some of his shorter stories before trying to read his novels. The Haunted Man was harder to read than the story from the last week. Especially in the beginning where he described the chemist I had hard time to follow but after a while I got more used to his style and started enjoying the story.

I’ll be doing proper reviews of these short stories during my blogmas as well as the other two books I read this week, Lynch’s Red Seas Under Red Skies and All The Light We Cannot See by Doerr. I enjoyed reading both of these novels and can’t wait to write a review of both of them!madoka magica

My Life

Like I said at the beginning of this post I didn’t read as much as I might have this week. I think that isn’t actually so bad because the books I read I feel like I needed to spend more time with them and not just hurry through, if you know what I mean?

This week also bought things for my #TBTBSanta and some other Christmas presents. I can’t really understand how it’s already almost Christmas and New Years. Where did the time go?

Most of my time I spent actually on Youtube or watching movies with my boyfriend. We watched I Am Legend and Jurassic Park. I hadn’t seen them so they were totally new to me. Should I do reviews of them?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Next Week

I’m currently reading Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake. It’s a nice quick read but I am not really blown away with it. I’m also trying to listen Kathy Reich’s Break No Bones as an audio book, but I feel that that isn’t going too well. I can’t really concentrate on listening and usually I notice after a while that I haven’t listened to it at all.

After Anna Dressed In Blood I’ll be reading Scorch Trials, the second book in Mae Runner – series by James Dashner. Otherwise I don’t really know what I’ll be reading. Don’t feel like making any definite tbr-pile, I just pick up something that interests me.

Ps. The pictures aren’t going to be so great for some time. My camera won’t turn on so till I get it to work I’ll be taking the pictures with my phone. I might also post some pictures from my time in Japan just for fun. 🙂


Trailer Saturday | Into the Woods

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This is my new feature where I share every Saturday new trailers for books and movies that I find interesting. I love looking at trailers and getting that small glimpse of a book or a movie. Especially I love book trailers because in them you can see how other people have pictured the book.

This week I am sharing the trailer for Into the Woods – movie. It’s released on 25th of December 2014 in USA. I love reading/watching adaptations on fairy tales and this just looks so lovely. In this movie a witch decides to teach important lessons to different characters. It features Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

What are your favorite movie/book trailers? Are you going to see Into the Woods? Comment down below!

Mockingjay Part 1 – Movie Review

I went to see Mockingjay Part 1 with my boyfriend last Friday. I was really excited for it because it was one of my favorite book series, even though I didn’t like the last one that much. I actually reread it with Carpe Librum – book club and it was nice. My boyfriend hasn’t read any of the books but he enjoyed watching the two first films with me and decided to come with me to see the third one.

After the movie I was so amazed with it. I think it was because of all the feelings it raised when I watched it but now when I think back I still think it was good but not as great as the two first films. I just feel that it could have been made in one part and not in two. Now the movie felt too prolonged in parts.

The good thing that came from the last book being in two parts was that they could give more time to develop the characters. In the book I didn’t really feel anything for the leader of the district 13, Coin but in the movie they gave more time to her develop her character and really see her in action. Still in the book there were some things that made Katniss dislike Coin when in the movie I couldn’t really see that happening.

Gale also got more time on screen. It felt that the director wanted Gale to be seen still as a candidate for Katniss’ love but also to contrast how much Katniss actually cares for Peeta. I liked how we could actually see finally Gale’s character but at the same time I feel that it’s too late for them to try and build a love triangle around them. I hope that it doesn’t go to that.

Saddest I am actually for how little we got Prim. In the books she has been the driving force after Peeta, Katniss did all this to save her and I think she should have been given a bigger role.

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The thing that made me emotional in the movie theater and still afterwards while thinking it, is the superb acting of Jennifer Lawrence. All the things and feelings that Katniss felt, Jennifer portrayed so realistically and well. My favorite parts in the movie are all moments of Katniss, the beginning when she was telling her truths, the moment she sang Hanging Tree, as she blew the enemy hovercrafts down with an arrow and declared to President Snow that “if we burn, you burn with us!” Other actors did very well too but I was most touched by Katniss.

I am hoping that the last film gives the series a good ending. Have you seen Mockingjay Part 1? What are your thoughts in it? Tell me down in the comments!

Top 5 Wednesday | Books Over 500 Pages

For this weeks Top 5 Wednesday, organized by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, I decided to pick books that I have already read. I was actually surprised how many books I actually own that are over 500 pages long. These are my favorite books that are over 500 pages in no particular order. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

1. Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld 599 pages
2. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings 913 pages
3. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin 801 pages
4. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness 594 pages
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling 607 pages

What are your top 5 books that are over 500 pages long? Do you have many books that are that long? Please comment down below!

Top 10 Tuesday | Winter TBR


Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they give a different feature to discuss/list on your blog and this week is the 10 books on your winter TBR-pile. Most of these books I have gotten from the library or I otherwise really want to read them.


1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
4. The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


6. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
8. Wool by Hugh Howly
9. Talon by Julie Kagawa
10. We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

As a bonus I want to mention also the books by Brandon Sanderson, I really want to read the last books in Mistborn-series and can’t wait to start his other series!

Week in Review | Week 45 & 46

Hi again! I didn’t do a week review last Sunday because I was having a small reading slump and didn’t really feel like reading or posting anything. Luckily it passed and I decided to wrap these both weeks here. So let’s get started!


1. Piiri (Circle) by Mats Strandberg 3 stars
2. The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy 3 stars
3. Matkijanärhi (Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins 3½ stars
4. Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter 3 stars
5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 4 stars
6. The Story of The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton by Charles Dickens 3 stars

For some reason I feel like I didn’t read enough, even though I finished six books this last two weeks. I think for some reason reading started to feel like a chore, and I didn’t enjoy it that much and because of that I was in a small reading slump. Luckily it lasted only for couple days and then I read and finished The Scorpio Races which I posted a review last night. I try to write a review for most of these books, hopefully in somewhere near future. Charles Dickens short story, which I finished yesterday is part of A Very Dickens Christmas Read-along which I am participating in. I’m thinking that I post a review of the read-along and the short stories some time in December.


My life

It was my birthday last week! I didn’t really celebrate it, my bf was at school so I went to book shopping and library on Tuesday. Bf got me seven books (!) as a present so I’ll be posting those and the books I bought in the near future here. On Friday evening this week we went to see The Mockingjay Part 1. I’m thinking about posting a review of that and the book, hopefully next week. Shortly, I liked it even though it could have been made only in a one movie and I would have liked there to be more Prim than Gale. Katniss was superb of course.

The happiest thing that happened to me was that I got an internship! I’m going to be taking care of the sales at one event next summer! *Happy dancing* My internship has been stressing for a some time because I couldn’t find anything, nobody was answering my messages and then one of my friends messaged me and asked if I would want to help with this event. I said straight away yes and I’ll be starting some time around December.


Next week

 For next week I decided to not have any tbr-pile and just pick anything that I am interested in reading at that moment. I am currently reading the three books in the picture above. I don’t know what to think about Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics. It had been really slow to read and I haven’t enjoyed it that much but I am still hoping it to become better because I liked her other book, Night Film so much. I’m hoping the pace picks up or I might not finish it.

That’s all this time. How was your week? Please tell me down on the comments your thoughts on the books I have read or Mockingjay Part 1.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I am so sorry that I didn’t update last week my week review but I was in a bit of a reading slump so didn’t read much, didn’t update much. Luckily it lasted only for couple days only. But back to the topic of this post, my review of the Scorpio Races!

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The Scorpio Races
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Published 2013 by Scholastic
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.
Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

I feel that this book is really hard for me to review. Not because I didn’t like, I liked it a lot but it also left me not certain about what should I say about it. Stiefvater’s writing transported me from the first page to Thisby and the excitement and dread of the Scorpio Races. For a moment I couldn’t believe that it had ended where it ended because I thought there would be more. Damn you bonus materials, giving me false hope!

I liked the idea of capall uisce, horses from the sea who grave blood. It’s terrifying but at the same time you want to experience it, be the one that can tame them, like Sean Kendrick. When I was smaller, I read so many books related to horses and riding and dreamed of my own horse and now reading The Scorpio Races I could relate to that memory, feel after years the same way for horses. It brought so many good childhood memories back.

Other thing I want to mention the romance part of the book. It wasn’t so instalove like in so many other YA books. It was subtle and the main characters didn’t seem to notice their feelings for each other before someone else pointed them out and after that they didn’t pine for each other. Still I would have wanted to know more about them and their relationship. Especially after the Scorpio Races ended.

All in all, I recommend this book for people who like fairytales, horses or YA books. The writing was beautiful to read and now I really want to make November cakes! Have you read The Scorpio Races? What are your thoughts on it? Please comment down below!

Fantasy Book Tag

I was browsing through booktube videos and came across this tag. I decided to do it here because fantasy is my favorite genre and I think I have read more fantasy books than any other genre. This tag was created by JHT-books. All the pictures in this post are from my time in Japan. Hope you like them! I have been thinking that I could write post(s) about my time in Japan, would that be interesting to anyone to read?

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1. What is the longest fantasy series that you have ever read? 

Belgariad-series and the sequel series The Malloreon by David Eddings. They consist of five books each and were actually first fantasy series that I read. I fell in love with them and with fantasy as a genre.

2. Favorite fantastical setting or world. 

Pern or Middle Earth or Harry Potter’s world… There’s too many choices really, I would love to visit so many places that I have read about.

3. Besides Harry Potter, what is your favorite fantasy book/series?

The choices, choices… It’s either A Song of Ice and Fire-series by George R. R. Martin or Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea-series.

4. What fantasy book do you wish was more popular? 

Assassin’s Apprentice. It’s one of my favorite books/series and I don’t see many people talking about it. She’s a great writer and I love all of her series that I have read. This book also was first of the books that were from assassins point of view and I felt it to be really refreshing at the time.

5. Your favorite villain.

Lord Voldemort. Mostly because I couldn’t really remember any other villains at the moment :D. When I read the Harry Potter books first time Lord Voldemort just felt really scary and I still get shivers when I read about him.

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6.What’s the first fantasy book you have ever read?

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. It was a bookclub pick and I tried to read it and hated it. It felt like nobody read it before releasing, there were so many mistakes and everything in it just felt so irritating.

7. Your favorite Harry Potter book. 

The Prisoner of Azkaban definitely. It has been my favorite from the first time I ever read it, because it doesn’t feel as light as the first two books but still isn’t as dark the latter books. It’s my comfort book that I read when I need something familiar. Also hippogriffs <3.

8. What is your favorite mythical creature?

Dragons! Every dragon ever! I just can’t get enough of them. When I was smaller I used to imagine that I had my own pet dragon.

9. Favorite female protagonist from a fantasy book?

Vin from Mistborn series or Polgara from Belgarian Universe. They are just so strong and in the Polgara the Sorceress you can read how she grows up and she was my favorite female protagonist when I was younger. I wanted to become just like her, kind and gentle and fierce and beautiful. I actually dreamed that I could have dark hair with one white curl like her.

10. Favorite male protagonist?

This is hard. There’s so many great fantasy series that have male protagonists. I have say either Kvothe from Kingkiller series or Fitz from the Farseer-series. I feel so nostalgic when I think about Fitz because I read it when I was teenager and loved him but right now Kingkiller-series is one of my favorites and I like Kvothe so much!

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I tag everyone who reads this to do this tag! If you decide to do this, please comment and leave a link to your answers so I can read them too. 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating. This week I am anticipating:

Half Wild
Sally Green
Expected publication: March 24th 2015 by Viking Juvenile

Goodreads synopsis: “You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

I read the first book in the beginning of this year and liked it a lot. It wasn’t your usual “boy/girl gets powers, evil happens, boy/girl beats the evil” witch book. Also the covers of these books are so beautiful! I love the colors of this cover and the way they make the wolf in it.

What books are you anticipating to be released? Tell me on the comments!

Every Day by David Levithan

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Every Day

By: David Levithan
Published 2013 by Electric Monkey Egmont Group
5 stars

Goodreads synopsisEach morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.

I loved Every Day. This near the end of the year I can say that it’s going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. From the first page I was sucked in the story and couldn’t put it down till I finished it. It’s a story of A who doesn’t have his own body. Instead he wakes up every day in different body. His always acted as the person he’s woken up that day till he met Rhiannon. After that he tries to find every chance to see her, be with her.

A was awesome. In these bizarre conditions he hasn’t gone crazy or just given up instead he continues to live on and when he meets Rhiannon he starts to hope. Hope that there’s something, someone for him too. At the same time a boy whose body A has been in, tries to contact A to find out what happened to him. As things develop and A needs to deal with the different bodies, which aren’t all in prime condition and trying to find a way to be with Rhiannon, he grows so much and the ending, I just couldn’t. The book made me cry and smile so many times and it’s so short! I wasn’t in love with Rhiannon but I liked her and I could see why A liked her so much. I think I would have freaked out so much more than her at first but at the end I could relate to her feelings so well.

The diversity in the bodies that A had during the book was a great thing to read, I was little afraid that they were all going to be able bodied white men and women but luckily I was proven wrong. Levithan writes so well about all of these bodies and their life when A tries to be them. I feel that my favorite bodies were the girl that he went to Rhiannon’s school and the beautiful POC girl. But that might be because he was himself in them most of the time.

The ending. I just can’t. The feelings. I think A made the right choice but I wanted more! I need more and luckily there’s going to be a sequel next year. It’s going to be from Rhiannon’s perspective and I can’t wait to see what she thinks about all of this. I haven’t read any of David Levithan’s books before but I definitely read his other works in the future!

Have you read Every Day, or any of his other works? What are your thoughts on them? Please leave a comment and tell if there’s any of his books I should read sooner rather than later.