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Serial Reader

September 30, 2017 — 5 Comments

So recently I found this app on the google play store (not sponsored, I just really like it and want to share it with you). It’s called Serial Reader and it lets you “subscribe” to a lot of classic books, turning them into series. I’m pretty sure each “issue” you receive is a chapter from the book. You can pick what time you want it delivered at, I chose 9 am so I can spend my free time in the morning to read it before any activities I need to attend. With each issue you receive, it states how long it generally takes to read that particular part. You can also choose to “subscribe” to more serials, and you have a lot to choose from! You can search for something specific, browse a lot of different categories, or check out the top and trending lists.

 

The popular and trending lists change frequently based on what the readers choose to read, so you can check back now and then to find something new there if you don’t want to find something specific. Each series shows how many chapters, or issues it has, which gives you a general idea of how long you will spend on reading it. In general you receive one issue a day, but you can choose to read ahead too if you want.

 

The app also has a menu where you can choose to look at badges you earn by reading, you can highlight parts of the texts to save for later, you can create and add notes, add something to a ‘read later’ list and you can change your settings. The app also allows you to connect it to your Goodreads account. It will automatically sync what you’re reading and your progress. I really enjoy that option.

 

So that’s Serial Reader. It’s a rather simple but effective app and I enjoy it so much. It’s so neat to have portions of a book sent to you so that you can keep a habit of reading a little bit every day. It might not be for everyone, especially not if you prefer reading a lot in one sitting. Have you used this app before? Also, do you use Goodreads? Let’s become friends there, my account is here

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Things to do on a rainy day

September 18, 2017 — 13 Comments

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Read a good book

Who could resist cuddling up under a warm, soft blanket with a good book in your hand, and maybe a warm cup of tea or a glass of wine at your side? I know I wouldn’t mind that at all. It is also my go-to whenever it’s dark and gloomy outside. It also makes you appreciate how lucky we are to have a roof over our heads when the weather is that bad.

Bake something

When it’s raining is the perfect occasion to bake. Whether it’s a proper cake, a pie or just something simple like dough buns, you could barely ever go wrong with it. I love making cinnamon rolls when i’m bored because they last for quite a while, and everyone in my family loves them so I always have someone to share them with. ( As much as I like to think so, I can not devour 18 cinnamon rolls on my own).

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Sit outside and listen to the rain

This one was inspired by Storm (Yes, the person, not the weather). She told me about how her and her partner would sit outside under a roof and just listen to the rain. It sounds like quite the peaceful activity. I love going to rainymood.com to listen to the rain and thunder so I could imagine listening to the real thing would be just as good.

Finally wash your make up brushes

I’m sure we are a whole lot of people who either forget or procrastinate when it comes to cleaning make up brushes. Maybe you just forgot, maybe you intentionally put it off because you find it to be sooo boring.. Now is the time to do it! Your skin will thank you afterwards, clean brushes are the best for your face.

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Practice your skills

As long as its an inside activity! Practice drawing, play the piano, paint a masterpiece.. Any skill can be improved and using rainy days for that is perfect. I often use rainy days as an excuse to stay inside and draw. I don’t really feel like I’m getting better but at least I am getting some much needed practice. I would also love to learn to play an instrument, but I don’t have the patience for it.

Have a spa night / Self pamper session

I love trying out new face masks, finding new pamper items to make myself feel better. Self care is very important, and setting aside days or evenings for it can improve your mood a whole lot. The fresh and rejuvenating feeling you have afterwards is always so rewarding and really shows you that it was totally worth it.

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Watch movies / series

Is there a movie or a show you’ve been wanting to watch for a while? Do you feel guilty about watching things when the weather is nice? Now is the perfect time then! I rarely ever watch movies because I always feel like I have something more useful to do, so rainy days is my excuse to watch some. Alternatively, invite your friends over for a movie night.

Organize / De-clutter

I don’t know about you, but I love reorganizing and de-cluttering my home, it always makes me feel so at peace once I’m done. Over the years I have leaned more towards a minimalist lifestyle so removing things help a lot. It is also easier to keep things clean if you don’t have stuff laying around everywhere.

So that were some things that I do whenever it rains (quite often, lately).

What do you usually do when the weather is bad? 

 

 

Monthly favorites: August

August 28, 2017 — 6 Comments

♥ Makeup Revolution HD Pro Strobe Palette

This is such a pretty palette! It has two powders, two creams. One is iridescent, one is slightly pink, one slightly peachy and the last one is very golden. The swatches below are from left to right in the palette. I love mixing the two powders together, or using the creams together. It’s so easy to create a blinding highlight with these! The two powders also sort of work as a shimmery blush for me.

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♥ L’Oreal Age Perfect Cleansing Milk

Technically this series of products is made for mature skin, meaning women 50+, but it works wonder on my skin! It smells heavenly, it makes my skin feel so supple and refreshed, and not to mention squeaky clean. I use it in combination with the Age Perfect toner and my skin has never felt or looked better. Would definitely recommend for anyone that needs an extra boost.

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♥ Batiste Cherry scented dry shampoo

This smells so wonderfully sweet! I mainly love the scent, especially combined with my vanilla scented perfume, but it also works great as a dry shampoo. It doesn’t leave any weird white residue on my hair and it makes it feel clean on the days where I don’t wash my hair. I wash my hair every three days or so, sometimes more, sometimes less. This is a lifesaver.

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♥ Dragon Age: Asunder by David Gaider

This was mentioned in my “What I read in August” post. It is a book from one of my favorite video game series, Dragon Age and it gives the reader more background information about Cole. He is a companion you can have in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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♥ Daughter – The End


♥ She is we – Monster


♥ Pvris – Anyone else

 

What have you been loving in August?

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What I read in August

August 23, 2017 — 17 Comments

Dragon Age: Asunder by David Gaider

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“A mystical killer stalks the halls of the White Spire, the heart of templar power in the mighty Orlesian Empire. To prove his innocence, Rhys reluctantly embarks on a journey into the western wastelands that will not only reveal much more than he bargained for but change the fate of his fellow mages forever.”

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Dragon Age: Asunder is a novel that kind of works as a prequel if you have played the video game Dragon Age: Inquisition. In this novel we follow the story of Rhys, and his friendship with the spirit Cole. You may know Cole from Inquisition as he aids you on your journey (if you allow him to stay with the inquisition of course), and here you get to know him more. I’m really glad that I read this because Cole has one of my favorite personalities. It may seem simple, but there is so much about him that is absolutely complicated.


 

Dragon Age: The Calling by David Gaider

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The Calling (Dragon Age, #2)

This is another thrilling prequel to “Dragon Age: Origins”, the hit role-playing video game from Bioware! King Maric has allowed the legendary Grey Wardens to return to Fereden. One of their own has aligned himself with their ancient enemy, the monstrous darkspawn. Maric agrees to lead the Grey Wardens, chasing after a deadly secret that threatens to destroy the Grey Wardens and the kingdom.

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As the description says, this is a prequel to Dragon Age: Origins. In the novel we get the backstory of the commander of the Grey in the game, Duncan. We also get to know more about King Maric and about how Alistair came to be. If you haven’t played the game, or isn’t interested in the lore behind it, then this will probably not be for you! Same with the book above this one on this list. I really liked it, it was nice to have some of the suspicions I had about the relations between characters confirmed.


 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

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Stars Above is a collection of short stories about the characters in the book series “The lunar chronicles”. I read all four books in July, all thanks to Michala, and I talked about them in my previous “What I read..” post. I really enjoyed having some things cleared up, being able to get into the story again. I felt so empty when the series was over and this helped a little bit!


 

Hannibal by Mirko Jelusich

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Sadly, I couldn’t find a summary for this book online, nor does it have one on the back cover.. It is understandable though, for this one is from 1934. I found this among the pile of books my grandmother left behind and it seemed really interesting. I love historical novels so this was right up my alley. I couldn’t really figure out the book at first though, the Norwegian title for it translates to “The conqueror from Kartago”, while it’s true title is just “Hannibal”. Either way, in this novel we follow the war lord Hannibal through his mission to defeat and conquer Rome, hence the “Conqueror” title. It is written very well, and it leaves out any unnecessary details, just cutting together important snippets. If you’re into historical novels, and can get your hands on this, I would recommend giving it a read.


 

The Stars Compel by Michaela Roessner

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Tommaso Arista is the son of two of the most prestigious families of chefs to the household of Cosimo Ruggerio, noble astrologer to the Pope, and a powerful political figure in Florence and Rome. His mother is a Befanini — the hereditary cooks of the de’ Medici family, bound to the Dukes of Florence by centuries of both service and blood, family in all but the name.Catherine de’ Medici is the only legitimate heir to the de’ Medici fortune and titles. She is the Duchessina, but the title, and the incredible wealth, will go to the man who marries her. When her uncle and guardian, Pope Clement, recalls her to Rome to use her and her dowry as a precious pawn in his political maneuverings with the crowns of Europe, Catherine chooses Tommaso as her personal chef and head of her household — he will go with her to serve and protect her, and to be her friend in a dangerous place.

Catherine has plans for her future, plans that do not include being sold as part of the Pope’s treaty with France.

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This is a novel I originally started reading back in February, but I kept feeling like the language was too heavy for me and I stopped reading about half way through. Recently I felt like I should give it a try again and I got hooked. For some reason I find it so much easier to read now and I got to the end in no time. It’s kind of a historical novel, but at the same time it is very much fiction. I really enjoy it, it has great descriptions, just enough action to not make it boring and it features the descriptions of the most lovely food. It’s definitely making me want to look up recipes so I could try cooking them all on my own.

What have you read this month?

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Maybe..

Do I really think it’s a problem? No. Could I have acquired e-books to save space? Probably, but I much prefer to have a physical book in my hand. Gives me fewer headaches too. I’m not too keen on having a screen in front of me at all times. It used to be my favorite thing, now it is just a nuisance.

I used to collect games, collect magazines, but they never gave me that same sense of accomplishment as collecting books does. They didn’t smell as good either. I recently purchased a 20-fantasy-books-bundle thing and they all smell like incense because the storage facility they were in stored that too, and I love it. I don’t think I have ever owned a book that didn’t smell good. Does this talking about smelling books make me seem weird? If you enjoy smelling books too I’m sure you will understand me.

My collection mostly consist of fantasy books, some books based on video games, some books that have been made into movies, things like that. When I read, I really enjoy being able to escape into a world different from ours. I don’t necessarily want an altered reality, I just want something different, something that doesn’t feel like the world we know at all. I love learning about new worlds, new characters, new ways of living, magic, dragons, the lot. I also love post-apocalyptic stuff, for those who know me, they know that the Fallout game series is one of my favorites, and it is post-apocalyptic. It is a bit contradictory because it just shows a different version of what could be our future, but it still feels like a whole new world because, you know, do you think the world will be almost completely annihilated by atomic bombs by tomorrow? I sure hope not


 

This is just what I keep in my bedroom. I have a few more shelves full of books. If you notice any silver lines on them, it is books I have read, or re-read this year. 

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Some may think it’s a waste to spend so much money on books, but honestly, I buy almost everything on sale, or in bundles, I do everything I can to spend as little as possible. I really enjoy going to thrift stores to find cheap and old books too. I also have a few in my collection that were left behind by my grandmother who passed away in December. Some of the books are really old, the oldest from 1927, the second oldest from 1934. They still smell like her house and I enjoy just looking through them sometimes.

I don’t even really know why I wanted to write this post, I suppose I just wanted to talk about books for a while, about how happy they make me. My fondest memories of my childhood is from reading, staying up late with a small flashlight to read, hiding away from my parents. There was also a library on wheels, a bus that was modified with a lot of book shelves. It used to visit where I lived every other Wednesday, I was their most frequent visitor. Our library was never really open so this was pretty much my only way of borrowing books as a child. I’m so grateful for what they all did for me back then, and I’m so sad that it no longer exists. I guess I will just have to start driving to the next city over to borrow books, or just continue to purchase and hoard like I do now.

Do you have any fond memories of reading? Or do you hoard books like I do?

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