caramelsilver: (Pretty: Umbrella)
It's five o'clock in the morning and I just finished reading a book. Pure as the Lily by Cathrine Cookson. I've read through the night, and it might seem strange, but I have this really content feeling. Because it's been so long since I last did this. So long since a book grabbed me and simply wouldn't let me sleep until I finished it. It's such a nice feeling to have. When I wake up in a few hours I will probably feel differently, but right now, I'm kind of floating.
caramelsilver: (Misc: travel)
My issues from Sunday has abated a little, I at least have the control over my own head and that's nice. Thank you so much for distracting me.

I'm going to Kiel tomorrow! We are celebrating my grandfather's birthday, he's turning 75 and they are celebrating by taking us all (my family and my aunt's family)on a two days mini cruise to Kiel! It's gonna be lots of fun, and plenty of distraction for me. I'm going to bring two books and I'm bloody well going to finish them! I feel like I haven't read anything in ages.

On a completely different note: Sometimes a quote appear on the top-bar of my gmail. It's like ten quotes that appear everyday or something and this quote comes up a lot and every time it makes me think:

Wilson Mizner - "God help those who do not help themselves."

What does he mean actually? Does he mean: God does help those who do not help themselves. Or does he mean: You are doomed if you don't help yourself? Discuss.

ALSO! I'm so looking forward to the new episodes of Mock the Week! They are shooting the first ep. today and it will be broadcast on Thursday. So hopefully I will be able to download it on Friday when I come home.
caramelsilver: (Misc: travel)
I'm home after four hectic days in London. My feet are still sore, but I'm oh so pleased with everything else. I really truly love London. It's my favourite city in the world.

The Tube is brilliant, beside the small fact that having to stand in a crowded cart for several stops on sore feet is torture, every city should get something similar.

If there is one thing the british is world-class at then it's queuing. To quote Andy Parsons: "There's two things the english is good at: moaning and queuing. And we que so we have something to moan about!" Now I have not encountered a lot of moaning. I've discovered that if you smile and apologize no one gets mad at you. But the queuing! It's so so fantastic. Their queuing system is the best ever. The entire world should adopt their system! Except from the right, because queuing from the left is just unnatural. Had it not been for the lovely signs saying: "Please que here!" mum and me would always come from the right.

We spent most of our time shopping- I'm sure you're all shocked- but we also managed to take a trip to Madame Tussaud. It was quite fun, except I've discovered how little I care about these celebrities, and I do not need to take a picture with their wax-look-a-like! But we did get to take a picture of us in the style of an Andy Warhol painting.

I bought seven books! One of them was Frankie Boyle's autobiography "My Shit Life So Far". I finished it on the flight home and I really liked it. (Today I bought tickets for Frankie Boyle's 2010 tour: "I Would Happily Punch Every One of You In the Face" in June. I might just go to London by myself, or I'll bring my brother. No matter, I will have a good time! If I wasn't broke when I came home last night, I am now.)

On Friday we saw Wicked. It was marvelous. The costumes and the set was so pretty. It was great.

We also discovered the HMV which is heaven for DVD-lovers. I had a small nerd-gasm! DVD's everywhere and it was all so incredibly cheap! I bought the first season of the Big Bang Theory for £15! That's 135 kr! That's what I have to pay for a movie here! And I got an entire season! It's the most awesome thing ever. I also bought Mock the Week Too Hot For TV and the Office season 3 for my friend.

I've gotten lots of new clothes including tights that's made to look like jeans, which is brilliant for me, since I can't wear skinny jeans, so this is the closest I get and it really do look like I'm wearing skinny jeans!

London. It was so much fun. I'm so tired right now, but really pleased.
caramelsilver: (books)
The greatest thing I've ever learned is how to read. I love it. I'm a reader at heart. I have no idea how many hours of my life I'm going to spend reading, but it will probably be a lot. On top of that I'm a book buyer. I love owning them, and putting them in my book shelf and re-read them later, and thus spend a lot of money on buying new books.  Therefore I've started thinking of what makes me want to buy a book? Because I can spend hours, and I mean this, HOURS! in a bookshop. Either I'll end up with a stack of books or none at all. What makes a book desirable to buy? Since I won't be able to know if the story itself if good, I have to go by other factors:

1) The font has to be pretty.  ~Since it's the first thing I see. I don't see the title first, but the font, on the spine of the book. Personally, I'm very fond of the swirly kind.

2) The title has to be good. It's need to be catchy and get my imagination going. ~
It has to be nice, make you imagine a wonderful tale (even if it doesn't fulfill its promise.) And written in a pretty font it definitively makes me want to pick it up.

3) The cover has to be beautiful
~You want to know why Twilight is so popular? The cover is beautiful! It makes people want to know what's inside. You have no idea how important this is to me. I can't make myself buy a dull and boring looking book unless it has been recced by someone I trust have a good taste in books. Take "Catcher in the Rye". I have heard what a wonderful modern classic it is, but I haven't read it yet, because every time I'm at the bookshop another book over-shines it. It has the dullest cover I've ever seen and it just doesn't compel me to pick it up and buy it.  So: The cover has to dazzle me.

4) The blurb on the back has to explain the book in a great way ~ I know that you can't buy a book because it's pretty. The story has to be good. So the explanation on the back has to summarize the story in a quick, compelling and non-lengthy manner. What I hate the most is when there is no blurb but only reviews and praise. I want to know what the book's about NOT what some celebrity thought about it.

So to summarize: The font has to be eye-catching, the title has to be snazzy, the cover has to be pretty and the blurb needs to explain the book in a nice and quick way.  Off course, not everything always match. The title might be awesome while the font/cover/blurb [Rotate] might suck.

What about you? What do you look for when buying a new book?


Aug. 3rd, 2008 10:49 pm
caramelsilver: (pevensies)
I'm now the happy owner of all the seven Narnia books in english. I've previously only read and owned them in norwegian, and these have illustrations by Pauline Baynes, which my norwegian ones does not have. I'm all kinds of giddy!

Book meme

Jun. 25th, 2008 04:49 pm
caramelsilver: (books)
Because I couldn't resist. Stolen from [ profile] maureen

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

List under cut. Be amazed at my mad reading skills! )
caramelsilver: (CD)
I bought drawing paper and drawing pencils today. So now I'm going to draw some mighty fine pictures. And I also bought some pearls so I can make myself some awesome macrame surfer bracelets. (Does anyone know how you make those? I was thinking I would just find the formula online...) I also got a reading list from my teacher. She want me to read more norwegian books by norwegian authors. Apparently, translated books by english authors is not good enough!
caramelsilver: (squishy)
I've been home a while now, and been so lazy, I haven't had the energy to tell you all about London. But thanks to [ profile] dieloreley who is demanding to know, I'm doing it now=)

London was awesome. Just wow. I loved it so much. Everything was so cheap! That was what struck me the most. We bought so much yet it felt like we didn't use anything, because if you were to compare it to what we would have to pay for it in Norway it was nothing. 1 £ = 10 kr! And to my immense delight the books, I found this cute little store were they sold classics for nothing at all! I bought 3 books for 5 £, that's 50 kr. You know what I can get for 50 kr? I can take the buss to Oslo and buy an ice cream! When I buy books here I have to pay 99 kr. for one. So safe to say I bought many books. I had 7 books with me back in my suitcase.

I bought other things too. We found this store, Premark I think it was called. And wow, it was cheap. And a lot of people there. Seriously, I had trouble breathing in the most crowded places. But I got 5 t-shirts and some other stuff to under 200 kr! At home I would only get one t-shirt for that!

We did other thing than shopping too though.

We arrived late Thursday night and took the Gatwick express to Victoria Station. From there we took the Tube to our hotel. We did figure out how to do it. If we used the entire train ride to interpret the tube map, we do not speak of it. Who said women can't read maps? (I'm actually not so bad at it. And geography which is my most hated subject! In our year book my quote was: "Zzzz! I *hate* geography!" (This was at the time when I was starting to be sick and I fell asleep on my desk.)) As fun as taking the Tube was, I have to say that it was very tiring to lift my suitcase up and down all those stairs.

Friday, we took the Tube to the Tower of London. (It was the only tourist-y thing we did. Next time we'll do more.) Unfortunately I get sore feet very fast. My poor feet is not used to be used so much! So we only saw the Crown Jewels. And man, those are pretty. And we went into the White Tower and saw all the weapons and armory. Henry VII's armor? All I have to say, "Yeah, right." After that I could not walk anymore and we took the Tube to Oxford Street were we ate lunch at a pub before we went shopping. I walked a lot that day. It has been ages since I walked that much.

Saturday, we took a taxi to Oxford Street. (I had had enough of the Tube.) The taxi ride was also very cheap...! We shopped a little, but my feet was sore from last day's walking. I switched shoes though, smart move. And besides, we were going to the matinè of Les Misèrable.

Les Misèrables: W-O-W! That is the best musical I've ever seen. It was so freakin awesome. I got chills. I laughed, cried and clapped to my hands was sore. And the music. The first thing I did when I came home was to download the music and I listen to it on replay all day. The voices. Just wow. If you ever get the chance to go see it you should. You will not be disappointed. I totally have to read the book now!

Sunday was really just a travel day. We checked out and took a taxi to Victoria Station. Ate brunch there and then took the train to Gatwick airport.

London was fabulous. I did not want to leave. I loved being able to talk english, and just listen to the people around me. I have a dream that when I get healthy I'll go study in London.

I'll post the few digital pictures when my mum upload them from her cellphone.


Jun. 4th, 2008 02:28 pm
caramelsilver: (books)
I'm home. It's hot. Am sunbathing. No school. No physiotherapy. It's hot! Reading my second book this month. Will post pictures from London later.
caramelsilver: (nerd)
I just finished reading Wild Swans - by Jung Chang and omg that book is good. I learned so much about China that I didn't know, and there where times were I felt so angry about the stuff Mao made them do! I recommend it so much! Everybody should read it!!
caramelsilver: (nerd)
I had a lovely day today. I went shopping with my mother. I never feel comfortable buying something with out my mothers opinion. I'm still just sixteen and I don't want to waste my money and I only really trust my mum on this kind of stuff. So in conclusion; I don't like shopping and if I do and only do it with my mum!

I bought (with mum's money, one of the nice perks shopping with my mummy=D ) two books:

Stardust- by Neil Gaiman


Sushi for beginners- by Marian Keyes

both of them in norwegian. I also got some nice tops and long sleeved t-shirts. I am very happy. Now I don't have to brave the mall before I need new books again. I love bookstores. I love reading and owning books. It really isn't the same when you borrow at the library, I just love seeing my bookcase full of books I love and own! I will be very upset if I don't get many books for my birthday and Christmas. =)


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