The lies of Locke Lamora / review



Hello everyone!

It took me aaaaaaages to finish this book! It’s embarrassing! I started this on May 21st….!! I’m not 100% sure why this took me so long, but the weighing factors probably were a lot of work and stress, leaving me pretty beat and brain dead after work and one other little, tiiiiny thing…


Yes. That is something that drives me crazy. This works really well in movies. I love that, getting a good base for the characters, their history and so on, but NO, not in books. A little goes a long way! But in this one it is a constant return! And always when things are starting to happen in the “now”! And most of the time is was, for me, stories from the characters past that didn’t really interest me. Not then and there at least. The only back jump I really liked was the very last one, which basically was a repeat of what was said in the very start of the book, but THAT one really fitted.

But besides that this was a really great book and a really elaborate and colorful and unique story! It was funny, it was macabre, it was violent and full of foul language which just pleased me heaps. ūüėÄ Yes, even the pretty bloody, disgusting way of torture exercised in this book. This is something I so rarely see in books! And this is no YA book, and THANK GOD for that!

I really can place this book among Patrick Rothfuss’ books, but Rothfuss is still my number one in this genre.

Just a quick summery: Locke Lamora is a grand thief in Camorr, a world resembling Venice, with barges and canals instead of cars and roads. He and his band of Gentlemen Bastards spend their days keeping up appearances as priests and beggars, while they under the surface are clever thieves who create convincing alibis and amazing costumes to make elaborate schemes. And they are about to pull their greatest scheme ever, which will take them months to pull off, but the rewards will be huge.

I did 8 marks in this book and here are some of my favorite dialogues, quotes that describe this book and its humor and language great.

“My attendant will be along any moment,’ Locke/Fehrwright said as he/they stepped aboard the barge, ‘his name is¬†Graumann,¬†and he too suffers from a slight case of being imaginary.”

“Merciful gods,’ said Calo, ‘it must be catching.”


“This doublet’s damned uncomfortable in the back,’ Locke muttered. ‘Jean! Jeeeeaaaaaaan!”

“What is it?” Came and echoing return shout a long moment later. “Why, I just love to say your name! Get in here!”


“(…) So eat hemp and shit rope, bondsmage.”


“Yes! Yes,’ cried the woman. ‘Yes! Now throw him out the window!”

“For the love of the gods, madam,’ snapped Locke, ‘can you please pick one man in your bedroom to cheer for and stick with him?”


Hard lessons were handed out; as many men learned to their sorrow, it’s impossible to be intimidating when one angry woman has your cock between her teeth and another is holding a stiletto to your kidneys.

So, yes, I loved the humor and the brutality and the honesty in this book! ūüôā

Number of dodo’s:¬†dodododododododo¬†(out of 5)



Huge Book Depository book haul!

Well hello everyone! (I can barely write with my left hand, I have a cat claiming it as his pillow..!)

Anyways! Today my big haul from Book Depository came! Yay! ( 10 books in total! 3 of them was for my husband. I’m nice like that. ūüėÄ It was so cheap! The awesome part was that all the prices came automatically up in my own currency so there was never any worry about the total price. So cheap. So, so cheap!


Danielle Paige – Dorothy must die. I haven’t heard much about this book, except that it’s pretty good! The title should say it all – it’s Dorothy and Oz and all that. But not it seems someone – another girl from Kansas – is in Oz to kill Dorothy!

Lottie Moggach – Kiss me first. Don’t know anything about this one. It’s a thriller. About a girl who takes on another identity online! (not from Book Depository.)

Kate Mosse – The mistletoe bride. A collection of ghost stories based on folklore from England and France. I love me a good ghost story or ten! (not from Book Depository.)

Marissa Meyer – Cinder. Heard great things about this and the entire series! Cyborg fairytale!

Cassandra Rose Clarke – The assassin’s curse. A girl pirate and a boy assassin. Can you go wrong with that??? NO!

Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd – A monster calls. An illustrated children’s book about cancer. It’s supposed to be beautiful and a very strong, moving story.

Tiffanie Debartolo – God-shaped hole. A funny, fresh, contemporary story. That’s all I know!

Kerstin Gier – Ruby Red. Time travel and romance! Can’t ask for more!

Mark Z. Danielewski – House of Leaves. Now this is an interesting one. A HUGE book, apparently a phenomenon passed around like a loose bundle of papers, an internet tale, parts continuously being added, new things written and text edited as it is. That’s all I know. Fascinating though!!

I know, I suck at trying to explain new books. But I try not to read too much about them before I read them myself!

Here’s the video of the unboxing I posted to instagram!

The fault in our stars|The movie|The second time read


Well hello everyone!

So it’s been a week since I went to the movies and saw The fault in ours stars movie. It has taken me a week to get past all my feels and be able to write about it. Yeah, it’s that good.
It’s not often you come across a movie that you feel truly justifies the book, the book that you love and adore. But this one does.It so does! But ¬†I’m not gonna bore you with the details, I’m sure you’ve either read the book or seen the movie!
But I’ll tell out about the girls next to me…

So, not surprisingly, the cinema was filled with mostly teenage girls. I think we counted three guys, included my husband. And we pulled the average age up pretty high. Next to us sat two girls, teens, and even before the movie has started they were flustering and eeking and flailing. I knew they were gonna cry… a lot…
What I hadn’t expected was the tears that came INSTANTLY at movie start! Now I was in a good mood, so it didn’t bother me too much. (Yes I am the kind of girl that irritates easily.) I had a roll of paper with me so I ripped off some and handed it to the one next to me.¬†
Big mistake. 
Now she saw me as an instant kindred spirit and BEST FRIEND. During the movie there was a lot of sobbing and the ever annoying hand flailing and (loud) breathy comments in the likes of “Oh now! It’s that moment!” and “Oh my God he’s gonna say it!” oh and “Oh no, now it’s happening!!” which, let’s be honest, is NOT what you want to hear during a movie, especially if you don’t know the story.¬†
At the worst point of the movie the girl next to me suddenly decides to GRAB MY HAND and cling to me. Now I’m not gonna lie, I was crying as well at this point and I had two tissues in that hand (one which neighbour number two had given me…) and she was clutching me so hard it just felt…yucky.
At othe points she almost flung her box of popcorn in my face in an attempt to give me some while staring blurry eyed on the screen.
And let’s not forget that pivoting moment, when Hazel says Agustus has died. My GAWD the wailing from those two. People were already turning and looking at them!
Yes, I cried, a lot, but at least I managed to hold it to myself! And this was a terrible distraction. And it did spoil it a bit for me.
But nonetheless, it was SUCH a great movie! My god I loved every minute of it! Amazing cast, amazing production and so so much of the book was in it. I could mouth out the lines with them!


Prior to the movie I decided to reread the book. I also chose to mark all my favorite bits so I could get them all down in my review. My book is now filled with page markers. 34 places of massive FEELS.
This book is my very soul. The day I had finished it and didn’t need to take it with me to work it physically hurt to leave it behind! Wow, am I crazy? Might be. But FEELS.

I was quite sure I hadn’t seen him before. Long and leany muscular, he dwarfed the molded plastic elementary chair he was sitting in. Mahogany hair, straight and short. He looked my age, maybe a year older, and he sat with his tailbone against the edge of the chair, his posture aggressively poor, one hand half in a pocket of dark jeans.

¬† Our first meeting with Augustus. Well, Hazel’s first sighting of Augustus.

“Oh, I’m grand.” Augustus Waters smiled with a corner of his mouth. “I’m on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend.”

One of the many epic and memorable quotes by Augustus!

“I fear oblivion.” he said without a moment’s pause. “I fear it like the proverbial blind man who’s afraid of the dark.”

And another one.

(…)the spring air just on the cold side of perfect, the late-afternoon light heavenly in its hurtfulness.

My absolutely number one favorite quote! I mean, who else than John Green can describe early spring this poetically??

“They don’t kill you unless you light them, (…) and I’ve never lit one. It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do it’s killing.”


AIA is about this girl named Anna (who narrates the story) and her one-eyed mom, who is a professional gardener obsessed with tulips, and they have a normal lower-middle-class life in a little central California town until Anna gets this rare blood cancer. But it’s not a¬†cancer book.

I seriously want to read An imperial affliction.

“That’s the thing about pain,” Augustus said, and then glanced back at me. “It demands to be felt.”


“Okay.” He said after forever. “Maybe¬†okay¬†will be our¬†forever.” “Okay.” I said.

This is what the whole book and movie is made up by. In case you haven’t noticed.

“I’m like a grenade, mom. I’m a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?

I don’t think this feeling in Hazel could be described in a better way.¬†

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars/But in ourselves.”

And there you have it.

What a slut time is. She screws everybody. 


“You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you.”

UGH Gus you’re just so PERF!

I fell in love the way you fall a sleep; slowly , and then all at once.

Hazel had her lines as well. FEELS!

“The risen sun too bright in her losing eyes.” he said, a line from An Imperial Affliction.

Van Houten aka Green aka Van Houten. Again; how does he even.

“I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasures of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”

Good luck guys, who in the future will declare your love to someone, you will never beat Gus.

“Come quickly: I am tasting the stars.”

Dom Pérignon was a true romantic.

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

Another amazing proclamation of love from Gus. Everyone (!) knows this by heart. It is pure gold.

“(…) some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

“You are a side effect,” Van Houten continued, “of an evolutionary process that cares little for individual lives. You are a failed experiment in mutation!”

OUCH. Van Houten is a damaged man and his only defence is anger. I don’t think he hated or disliked Hazel and Gus as much as the cancer in them.

“Apparently the world is not a wish-granting factory.”

True words that just HURT in this book.

According to the conventions of the genre, Augustus Waters kept his sense of humor till the end, did not for a moment waiver in his courage, and his spirit soared like an indomitable eagle until the world itself could not contain his joyous soul.


(Insert Hazel and Isaac’s eulogy here because I can’t read them without CRYING)

Seriously, I can’t.

“I love you, present tense.”


“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

 Van Houten reveals his truths.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”¬†

This is my mantra now. (I’m sorry I can’t come up with any deep, lengthy comments now, the feels…)

I do, Augustus. I do.


I can’t wait for it to come out on Blu-ray so I can watch it alone on my 90″ and CRY until there’s nothing left.

Thank you, John Green.

Thank you.

The fault in our stars | Reread

Hello everyone!
So it’s been a while since I last posted something. That has its natural reasons. I’m currently reading “The lies of Locke Lamora” and it’s a BIG book and I am sucky at reading fast. Join that with a stressful fulltime job and it doesn’t leave much room for reading. Or energy. But I am well past midway and I am loving it! Yay!

But, in addition to my TBR jar book I have decided to re-read “The fault in our stars” by John Green.

I am going to see the movie on Friday and for the first time in the history of books-to-movies I actually wanted to re-read the book! Because I love this book. I LOOOOOVE this book. The trailer made me cry. That’s also a pretty good reason.

I am just 13 pages in and I’ve already marked of three places I want to remember and write down when I’m done, so this is looking promising. *ahem*
But in all seriousness I love this book deeply. If you haven’t read it (and I find that hard to believe) you should. It’s a YA book about a teenage girl named Hazel with thyroid cancer who goes to support group. This is where she meets Augustus Waters, another cancer-kicking kid. The entire book is just pure beauty. Everything from the young lovestory to the magical, amazing, beautiful writing that is the essence of John Green.¬†With poetic silver linings. I think I called it once.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from or who you’ve loved in life, this books teaches you so much and it never stops teaching.

Oh and go see the movie. Please.

Genre(s) I can’t cope with. And my major addiction problem

Well hello everyone and welcome to yet another (random) blogpost!

So, if you remember, in my second TBR draw I drew Sophie Hannah’s “The other woman’s house”, or, as I later found out “Lasting damage” which apparently is the same book, which I also had…was just a complete BORE. It started out with a weird, yet original plot, but it drooooooned on and on about things that had nothing to do with the plot and people that was just a waste of tiiiiime. I got bored. So I didn’t finish it. Main character having a long fight with her parents? Nope, don’t need it, not relevant.

Total number of dodo’s: NONE cause that’s not fair to an unfinished book…

Which brings me to my next topic! Genres I don’t like. Crime. Pure, simple, straight up, typical crime. I see enough of those shows on TV I don’t need them in book-form as well. I think, for the most part, that is the one genre I can’t deal with at all.



So I totally fell of the wagon. Yup. I am admitting it, I am a complete book-junkie! What was my sworn oath again? Ah yes, do not buy a single book for myself for four months. I cracked. (See, this is why I have a wish-list on amazon, people! :D)
In my defense, two of these books I had ordered before I made my promise, so those are cool, right….right??


(Wow, I did not crop that picture at all…)
So, now, this is even more stupid. I had already bought “Shatter me” on Kindle, but when this arrived at my store I realized IT’S A FLOPPY BOOK and GAWD how I love floppy books! You know, not that stiff, unbendable cover but a proper, jiggly, floppy book! So I had to have it. Naturally. ¬†“Vicious” I’ve seen and heard people raving about on instagram and booktubers. Superheroes. Done and done!

And then I fell of the wagon AGAIN. Today.



(Wow did not crop that picture either..!)


Now this is apparently a children’s book, but it’s supposed to be THAT good that everyone, even us old people, are loving it! I got too intrigued for my own good and did a spontaneous buy. Have anyone read this? Do let me know in the comments!

And, since I didn’t finish Sophie Hannah I had to do another TBR draw! Here’s the vid from instagram via youtube!¬†



Library clean-up and giveaways

So I’ve made a pretty daring decision. I’m going to box up the books in my library that I will never read. Because, I’m afraid to admit, there are some that I PROBABLY never will read. That’s addiction for ya, you bring home freebie-books and buy in blindness. That’s how it goes. It probably started out with me wanting to read or being curious, but when I now see the amount of books that stand unread I have to look it straight in the eye and admit to myself; it’s not going to happen. When I have so many books to choose from I won’t go for the least interesting ones.

I’ve already packed two boxes, which is pretty rad, when it comes to me! I’m bringing home a second box today, basically forcing me to take another look through the shelves. A lot of Norwegian books has to go, I am still to much in love with my English books and in those shelves I have more I want to read on a much higher level than the Norwegian ones!

I’m planning to give them all away to someone and somewhere I know they will be loved, because that is quite an important part of this. Where do you think I should¬†deliver my books?¬†
My options are:
2nd hand bookstore
Hospital libraries
Retirement homes
Friends (but that’s going to take ages)
Selling them online

My favorite must be hospital libraries. My mom has done that a few times and they all get super-excited when they get books as they can’t buy many themselves!
Please leave me a comment and tell me if you have any good options for what I can do with my books! ūüôā

Review: John Carter; A princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs * TBR jar draw #2

Well hello everyone! So I just read this:

Now I know this is the ultimate pulpy science fiction meets classic romance-book of ALL. And I know that this one is probably measured up to every book that followed.
Yet I got bored. Yup, I actually got so bored that I, just over half way, switched to the audiobook (Again, I know, but is amazing!!) I think the whole diary-telling way of writing is not for me. It’s just a one-sided storytelling and well, not digging it all too much.
This is written in 1911 so I guess one can’t measure it up to all the modern books we read today. Don’t get me wrong, it is a really good story! It’s such a classic tale of aliens, manly, macho heroes and scantily clad princesses and fights for freedom and love. There is no doubt that the focus is the two stereotypes; butch men and fainting women. Right? Well, maybe except Sola, but she is a GREEN MARTIAN.
And then there’s Woola. I love me some Woola. That dog (well I use DOG very loosely) is the truest of all forms on Mars; loyal, friendly, deadly and honest. That guy will follow you to the end of planet, as long as you don’t beat him up, as the green martians tend to do with their “pets”. To me Woola is the hero in this book!!

I did finish it, reading along to the audible at times and especially the last two chapters, which left me frozen in anxiety. And the last two lines of the book; UGH it made me cry! Those last two chapters made this a four-star book instead of my initial three, because that is exactly the kind of ending of the first book in a series needs to have.

This is also the recipe for a classic Disney-movie, so I get that they made…a movie… ūüôā Which I’ve seen the start and end of, but not in it’s entirety. I will now! (Just wish they followed the book more…like the ending.)

Number of dodo’s: 4¬†Image¬†¬†Image¬†ImageImage


My second TBR jar draw!!

Well, I say jar, I mean box. It’s so sad I know, I am horrible, but that’s beside the point! Here it my draw!!


Sophie Hannah – The other woman’s house. This is a physiological thriller. That’s all I know. Have you read it?? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time fellow reader!



A lovely author’s note and the last book haul.

Well hello everyone and welcome back! And I sincerely mean that as I see I’ve gained 291 followers basically over night! WHAT IS WORDS! I love you all and now I truly promise to keep this blog up and running!

Well, first of all I’m going to have to tell you all about the most amazing thing that happened today!
So I was supposed to go to this huge event tonight, at one of Norway’s biggest publishing houses and at this “summer party” as they call it, the ever awesome Marisha Pessl was going to make an appearance! Yay! But then I found out today I couldn’t go after all…buh…
When I was down in our storage room, at the airport where my bookstore is, I came to talking with a colleague from our biggest bookstore on the inside of the security point (mine is at arrivals) and she told me “Oh, I was supposed to bring you a note! An english couple was asking for you!” I got all curious, of course, but she didn’t know who it was because she didn’t speak with them directly.
Curiosity got the better of me so I hurried up to their store and there I was handed a little handwritten note….from Marisha Pessl


*crying* *squealing* *flailing* I just couldn’t grasp that she had been to the store, asked for me and then left this lovely note! I haven’t talked to her that much, except for a few sentences and that was only through instagram and LOOK! Look what this beauty left me! Yes, I know it’s just a note but STILL. For ME!
So that kept me going for the rest of the day! Thank you Marisha!


And then….Dumduuuum…I made a promise on the way home.
‘Tis said. I swore that, since I have a 500-odd books in my shelves and kindle that I have NOT read yet, I will not buy a book for the next four months! No more money-spendin’ here! (Gifts are TOTALLY COOL by the way…just…so you know. Just leaving this here.)
So, September 14th may you come fast.

So these are the last two books I’ve bought for myself!


This is the first book in the Waterfire saga; Deep blue by Jennifer Donnelly. It’s all mermaids! Yay! It’s about a girl called Serafina who is about to be married, but she is haunted by strange dreams of the return of an ancient evil and soon her city is stormed by assassins. And a big quest ensues! It is set in the oceans of our planet, even with a world map and the names of the six mermaid oceans. I’ve heard great things about this from the booktuber benjaminoftomes¬†(Click on the link, he’s a total cutiepie you should follow him.) and yes, so that make me super curious! And I love mermaids!

And look what the dust cover is hiding!!



Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
This one is about Humbert, a middle-aged college professor. He falls outrageously in lust (!) with his landlady’s twelve-year old daughter, Dolores. He’s obsessed and he’ll do anything, even commit crime, to possess his Lolita. But when she belongs to him, once he has got what he wants, what next? And how long is Lolita willing to be possessed?



This just fascinated me and it’s also a story I’m familiar with as it’s basically a classic by now. It’s an old book (1955 I think), published in Great Britain in 1959. It’s also a movie starring Jeremy Irons and Jeremy Irons rock so check that one out too!

And there you have it! A very eventful day indeed!

Until next time friends; don’t let the dodo get you.

Amazon wishlist */* Radiant!

Well hello there!

So I’ve been super selfish and added a link to my Amazon wishlist on the right sidebar over there. Yup. No, I know it’s not selfish, it’s practical. I can track what I want to buy and when I am broke (90% of the time) i can wish for someone, somewhere to somehow see it and go “I’m gonna buy a book for that girl because she needs cheering up.”
That would’ve been lovely…a girl can hope, can’t she?? ūüėÄ
Things are rough at the time, I’m not going to lie. My mom has just started radiation treatment for her second round of breast cancer. It was 20 years ago she had her first diagnosis. And for 20 years my mom has been sick. She has had pretty much everything in the book.
Breast cancer
Destroyed nerves in left arm caused by surgery during mastectomy.
Metabolism problems
Heart attack
Open heart surgery
Hearing problems/hearing aid
Operations in her calf and arm
Bad back issues
Loss of sight/permanent tunnel vision
Memory issues (this has not been diagnozed but her father has alzheimers)
Breast cancer #2

So yeah. I can’t remember a time my mom was healthy and able to work, let alone go to the mall with me or go for walks.
She’s a bloody hard-hitting and stubborn woman though, but sometimes the wall has got to break. She cries more now. She’s scared, naturally!
But I am so damned proud of her. Today, just a few minutes ago actually, she called me from the hospital, letting me know that she had just finished her first round of radiation.
“How do you feel mum?” I asked.
“Radiant!” She replied.
I could not be more relieved. She is in good spirit! Now just 4 weeks and 4 days remain of this. It’s going to be a long and rough and exhausting journey, for all of us, but we have something to look forward to. We’re all (me, my husband, mom and dad) are going on a boat trip for a weekend in the end of june. I can’t express how awesome that is, seeing as my mom and dad are divorced! We all get to hang out together on a trip! (They’re friends, don’t get me wrong. Dad helps mom out ALL the time and they live close to each other.)

So yeah, that’s my every-day at the moment. I spend a lot of time worrying. And being scared. And fearing the inevitable future. But for right now, she’s here, she’s positive and that is all that matters.

“I am radiant!”

Well hello! So this is my little video (first posted on instagram) of me doing my first draw from my TBR jar! Yay! So this way I’m forced to start picking up the books in my shelf and not just buying new ones…hehe…And you are all my witnesses!

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TBR JAR draw #1