A short note on audio books.

Attempting to make a chicken pie without chicken is very hard.
I could even venture to say it's impossible.

Which is why I'm pissed.

This subject is quite boring, though, so let's talk about audio books instead.


I tried listening to an audio book today while making my impossible pie. (see how I tied that together?)
It was Pride and Prejudice, narrated by someone named May. I don't remember her full name, because in all honesty, I don't care.

Here's my biggest problem with it:

I listened to this voice for 2,5 hours, almost falling asleep at times, but then valiantly forcing my eyes to stay open.
2,5 hours.
When I later on checked the corresponding page number I was shocked to see that I was still only on page 46.

That is a whopping 46 pages in 2,5 hours.

How many pages per hour is that?



I'll be dead before this woman is done reading.

So here's my final conclusion: Seeing as there's little chance you'll actually like the narrator's voice or that you'll be able to stay focused during the whole thing... I don't really think it's worth listening to an audio book for however many years it takes to get through it.

I never thought I'd like audio books, and it turns out I was right.


Why today is a good day






Just received my very first review copy (ever), and it seems very shiny and unbelievable in my hands.


At first, I didn't even know what the book was about. I was excited enough that a publishing company thought I was good enough to take a chance on. But then I actually did some research on the book and what it was about, and I have to say: I never thought I'd be this lucky.


People are already giving it five stars on goodreads, and the plot sounds very intruiging. This is the first book House of Lore has published, and they saw me and thought: "She seems good enough" and paid for the shipping to my country.

Does anyone get how happy I am right now??


I'm gonna go downstairs and dance around while my parents try to guess why I'm so giddy.

Sometimes living with your parents is quite nice.


Winter is nicer when you've got a good book to read.

So, I told a certain someone that I would take pictures of snow and post it on here. And..... here you go:




I think I might have already done this, but whatevs. It's for a good cause. The cause being: SHARING SNOW WITH SNOWLESS DANES!

Are these masterpieces? No. They're more like rushed images of white on my way to the bus stop.. (In fact, you can see the actual bus stop in the last picture) But who cares?


Enjoy my genius.


Today I had to do the impossible.

I had to buy a christmas present for my grandmother.


What the hell do you buy an old sweet lady who likes nothing but cakes and lottery tickets? Buying cakes doesn't actually count as a gift, and buying lottery tickets is the same thing as condoning gambling.

Gambling is bad.


I started looking at jewelry in five different places. But I'm pretty sure that grandma doesn't like wearing golden frogs around her neck. (Seriously, what is UP with necklaces now a days???..... Just kidding, I like bling bling frogs)


In other (good) news, I got a book in the mail yesterday.



----------> Nightlife by Rob Thurman <-----------




This book was recommended to me on a Supernatural fan podcast. The lady said that the main character was very much like the Sam Winchester of season 6. I thought: hmm, sounds interesting.

And now I'm hooked.


It reminds me of Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. And I loved that book.


I hate calling it a book haul.. but I guess that's what it is.

I'm trying to find some awesome Christmas Gifts.
Yes. It's gut to bee eurrly~

What sites do you usually browse around on? I love sites like.. ThinkGeek.com and Jinx.com. Most of the people I know are at least a little bit nerdy anyway, so it works.
But knowing what to buy is friggin hard.
Would my dad like a mug that says Suck It Up? You never know.

(Disclaimer: I wasn't being serious. Don't buy mugs to people on Christmas.)

Speaking of buying things,
I thought I'd share some of the books I bought for this month.



Book Number ONE!


I've been wanting to read this for a while. It's a modern version of Beauty and the Beast.

As mentioned, the movie premieres in 2011, with Alex Pettyfer as the Beast, and Vannessa Hudgens as the Beauty. (Ugh.)

I want to read the book before I see the movie.

This will either 1) make the movie look like shit, or 2) make me appreciate the movie a bit more.



Book number TWO!


Yes, indeed, people love reading about lovers who aren't allowed to be together. This book is about a student who falls in love with her teacher. Although, I'm pretty sure the teacher doesn't feel the same, so it won't end like I'd want it to end. But read it, I will.

I used to have a crush on one of my teachers. Looking back at it now, I feel creeped out.



Book number THREE!

This book is about artists and mental illness, and how one of them sometimes causes the other. The main character's mother is apparently ill, and when she starts noticing symptoms herself, she runs away from the world of art, thinking it will save her.

This one looks good.




Those were only three of the seven books I ordered. Maybe I'll tell you about the other four some other time.

Right now though.. I have to go do some stuff.

Cuz, guess what?


I'm home alone.


If this were a movie, I'd be planning a party by now.


I voted... I finished Intertwined.

.... I went to my old junior high school, and voted for the first time ever.
I thought I was going to feel all powerful and special,
but like everything else, it was just... normal and boring.

But I'm actually kind of excited to see who wins.
And THAT is something I've never felt before.

Here's something else I did today:



If you're wondering what that weird background music is... It's from My Boss My Hero,

an amazing J-drama with Nagase Tomoya. (An amazing person)

So, after recommending Intertwined, I also recommend you see that TV-show.


My brother came and visited me and my parents today. So I'm glad Simon was able to entertain Maria for the night. He's usually very good at that. *giggles*

I didn't mean that in an echi kind of way.


Let's change the subject.






I had to wait 2 hours for dinner tonight. But I think it's finally done.


Lots of words, for just one simple question...

I just tried to film a video,
but failed.

Because apparently you need batteries or something like that.



Yesterday was a day of being lazy and fat.
Today is a day of hanging out with your brother.
And tomorrow is Andy's birthday.


That was an honest woopdidoo by the way. I'm never sarcastic when it comes to birthdays... Especially not my own.
Speaking of which, I'm almost 19, peoplez.

This year I'd love to do something special for my birthday.
I always just sit at home and stare at the cake that my parents bought even though they know I hate cakes. (Traditions are traditions) And then I eat the cake, and then I feel sick... And then I go to bed.

Ok, maybe it's a little more intricate than that, but either way, it's not fun without gifts. And 19-year-olds don't get gifts. We just get... older.

When you get to be too old for gifts, you have to find something else to look forward to. Some people get smashed... Other people dress up like hookers and... get smashed.

Me? I go for the more subtle stuff.

Like driving to sundsvall to see Resident Evil in 3D!!!!

How about it Maria? Come on!!!
It'll be fun. You can bring whoever you want. As long as that person has a car... and a license.... Or, well, no.. A car will do.

I'm desperate.


Toby Turner references and the end of The Eye of the World.

Something exciting MUST've happened today!

...uhm. Let's see.

No rapists. No ghosts....

Oh dear.



I'll tell you what. I'll write a tiny teeny review on the book that I just finished.

-What, Kaisa? You finished a book? You mean the book?

HAH! I do mean the book, random quizative person that lives inside my mind. *insert wink here*




The Eye of the World is the first book in a looooong series, originally written and thought out by the late James Oliver Rigney jr, also known as Robert Jordan.

The last three books in the series, that Robert never had time to write, will be written by author Brandon Sanderson.. Actually, I think he's already published one of them. The next two will be out this year and the next.


Apparently, I've already read 4 books in this series.

But it must've been a long time ago, cuz I couldn't even remember the plot when I started reading it again.




"The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World"




Basically, it's the classic story of young no-name villagers who turn out to be a lot more than they thought.. and get thrown into more trouble than most people could handle.

This is a classic.

In fact, if you like adult fantasy, you've probably already read this series.


I'm just a little bit behind the crowd I guess. (it was published in 1990)


I really don't know what to say, except that it was amazing. I remembered I liked the series the first time around, so I thought it'd be worth it to try reading it again. And so it was.

The magical thing about adult fantasy books like these, are that they're written in such detail. Most of the time I just stared into the book, thinking: how long did it take to plan this story out? (maybe that's why it took me a month to read it...? stay focused Maxie.)


I'll make a video this weekend, talking more about why I loved it so much.


Tonight is the night I start reading Clockwork Angel.

I've waited a long time for this.


Ordered books.

Oh, and one other thing.
I just ordered and pre ordered (in case I had to clarify that) four books for September.

The first one is of course:


Couldn't be more excited for this one. I feel like such an idiot for misunderstanding what this prequel series was gonna be about before.

I was like: You ain't getting me to pay money for reading about Valentine when I already know the story!!~

I'm sorry Cassandra. I'm an idiot.



"When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.
As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all."

Wow. That's a lot of text.




I have no idea how to pronounce Desrochers, but I'm still psyched about reading this book.



"Frannie Cavanaugh is a good Catholic girl with a wicked streak. She's spent years keeping everyone at a distance--even her closest friends--and it seems her senior year will be more of the same...until Luc Cain enrolls in her class. No one knows where he came from, but Frannie can't seem to stay away from him. What she doesn't know is that Luc works in Acquisitions--for Hell--and she possesses a unique skill set that has the king of Hell tingling with anticipation. All Luc has to do is get her to sin, and he's as tempting as they come. Frannie doesn't stand a chance.

Unfortunately for Luc, Heaven has other plans, and the angel, Gabe, is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Luc doesn't get what he came for. And it isn't long before they find themselves fighting for more than just her soul.

But if Luc fails, there will be Hell to pay...for all of them."


I'm all for epic fights between Heaven and Hell, let me tell ya.




I wasn't going to get this book this early, but somehow I feel it's my duty as a WRB member. Not that I'm not excited to find out what happens to... whatever the main character's name is.. but I'm pretty sure I won't throw myself over this one when I get it.

Even though I probably should.

We'll see.


"Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?"


Sounds pretty awesome.


THIS one is gonna be awesome. I haven't heard that much about it, but I'm thinking people are missing out on something... At least I hope that's the case.



"One can time travel. One can raise the dead. One can tell the future. One can possess another human. And they’re causing him all kinds of trouble. All he wants is peace.

Then he meets a girl who quiets the voices, whenever he's near her. Why? Mary Ann is his total opposite. While he attracts the paranormal, she repels it.

Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship that will soon be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist.

Two romances, both forbidden. Now the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger—but not everyone will come out alive..."





*looks at empty wallet*


Dylan on Paper Towns, by John Green.

Oh, and here's the new WeReadBooks video! =)


Too bad I can't watch it =P

I haven't read Paper Towns yet.

Yesterday's news.

I'm obviously not good with being speedy~
(Keanu Reeves wouldn't love me.... get it? get it?)

But here's the latest WeReadBooks video:


Just a quicky.

White Cat Review. (finally)

Hire me.

I work hard.
I'm sweet.
I'm never late...
Actually, I'm super anal (hey there~) when it comes to pretty much everything.. which is a good thing for a .. working person.. (I was about to say working girl... would've been SO inappropriate in that context.. phew)

I don't clean my room that often though.
Is that bad?


TO THE POINT! (my new favourite phrase it seems)



I read the first page...

And I loved it.


I read the rest of the book as well, of course. Don't misunderstand me.

I'm just saying: This book is awesome from the get-go.


When a main character says to me: "I killed someone, and no one knows why. Not you... Certainly not me." I get chills!

That's the kind of book that I've been looking for for a long time.


So it's basically about this guy, Cassel. He's a member of a curse worker family, but he's not one himself. This leads to him feeling left outside of a lot of things family related, but it turns out his brothers are keeping something from him that he really should know...

These "curse workers" mentioned in the book, exist all over the world. And because of what they can do (some are death workers for example, but most of them are luck workers) and because the public are scared of them, their powers are illegal. The only way they can use their powers is if they touch someone with their hands (some can use their feet apparently), which is why they walk around in gloves.


I just love the entire concept of curse workers!

What makes it even better is that a lot of workers wind up in criminal organizations, working cons and other worse things.. Cassel is an "excellent" con man.

If you knew me, you'd know that I love stories about con artists. Not that I agree with what they do for a living, but reading about them is simply riveting.


I have to mention something negative.. of course. (I am me)

The finale is kind of childish. The con job that Cassel planned was a complete mess, and it made me think: was he really raised in a con family? He's so.. awkward.

Actually, there were a lot of scenes in the book where I came to that same conclusion.

But on the other hand, this could be a conscious choice by the author. Maybe she wants him to be a little bit naive and awkward, so that he can evolve throughout the series.

I can't wait to find out.


This is the first Holly Black book I've read.

First impression:


(excellent use of language, Maxie, as always)

Robert Jordan. We all miss you.

The Eye of the World.



I finished Holly Black's wonderful novel White Cat a few days ago. (which means I will be reviewing it soon)

As soon as I turned that last page I felt this longing to read a real novel.

Not any of that crap that I usually read, to help time pass.

Something real, something that won't disappoint me after reading something so awesome. (Yes, I'm pretty sure my review of White Cat will be über positive)


So I went back to my roots.
Good ol' adult fantasy.


As the name of the picture above indicates, I have started reading the Wheel of Time series again. I never really got into it the last time around, so I thought: why not try again?


So far, I'm enjoying the first book. (the Eye of the World) And not just in a: "it's pretty good" kind of way, but in a: "this is more like it!!" kind of way.

I missed adult books.

More than I could've imagined.


Until September arrives (YA september, I call it now), I won't read anything aimed at teens.

Not even if it's John Green.


(That's when you know I mean serious business)

Small... HUGE sidenote.



This is the book that I got in my package.


I've been wanting to read this book for... e.v.e.r! (No. Since last year. But I'm still a teenager! I have two years left to exaggerate and act like a complete moron! >.<... and then it's all over.)


Dylan on WeReadBooks reviewed this book in the beginning of this month.

I spazzed like a crazy person, because I was still waiting to get it. AND NOW I'VE GOT IT!

I won't be able to do a video review of it,

but expect a review right here, as soon as I finish reading it.



This is going to be..... epic. *dramatic music*


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