Saturday, 14 November 2015

Moving

Hi there,
I've started this blog at the beginning of 2015 and whilel loved having my own little place on the web, I have never been 100% happy with this blog. Partly because I wasn't getting along with blogspot anymore. Because of that I've decided to swtich to a wordpress blog.


From now on you can find me here:

https://shetalkstorainbowsblog.wordpress.com/

Friday, 10 July 2015

Poetry Challenge P4.

If you've been following me for a little longer, or have read some of the earlier posts, you might have seen me do this challenge a couple times before. After reading Ariel by Sylvia Plath I got curious, would it make a difference if I used a book of poetry for this challenge? I decided to look up my favourites from the collection, took their first lines and rearranged them into a new poem. Looking back, I don't think it really made a that much of a difference, but it was fun to do.


Here are the first lines, along with the title of the poem the came from:

The hills step off into whiteness. (Sheep in Fog)
Stasis in darkness. (Ariel)
This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary (The Moon and the Yew Tree)
Love, the world (Letter in November)
I ordered this, this clean wood box (The Arrival of the Bee Box)
By the roots of my hair some god got hold of me (The Hanging Man)


I wrote them down, cut them up & rearranged (some of them) them into the poem.

as you might notice, I have used the word 'gold' in my poem, but it isn't in any of the first lines. Only after typing this all up I realised I accidentally wrote down 'gold' instead of 'god' on the cut op lines. So yeah, I made a small mistake, but I'm not changing or re-doing the poem as I still used the words that where given to me (although one of them by mistake), I did not add extra words etc. to make a better poem. Sure it would have been different with the word 'god' instead of 'gold', but it's not like I made it up to make it easier on myself.


world of whiteness
clean roots
my love, cold darkness
planetary stasis
gold light into the hills

some hair got in
hold me off
thi smind ordered by the box




Love, Nicole

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Unfinished Series

After taking a look at what series I have completed a few weeks ago, I got really curious how many I’ve actually started so far, but haven’t finished. Turns out there are 42 series. Oops..

These aren’t really in any order, other than me looking through my Goodreads account and adding every unfinished series I came across.  (I hope these are all, though there might be some missing where I wasn’t aware that it’s a series, or maybe I even completely forgot about it for the moment..)




Bold, I want to continue/finish. 
Cursive, I might continue/finish.
Striped, I will not continue/finish.

For every series I have added how many books I’ve read so far in the series and how many the series has. When I don’t know I’ll go with how many have been published so far (not counting novella’s) and add a question mark.
I also added some comments to some of the series, but if you have questions, you can always leave a comment or Tweet me (@NicoleWolf89)

Comics:
01. Deadly class – Rick Remender, Wesley Craig & Lee Loughridge (Vol1./?)
02. Rat Queens – Krutis J. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch (Vol.1/?)
03. Saga – Brian k. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Vol1./?)
04. Sex Criminals – Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky (Vol.1/?)
05. The Sandman – Neil Gaiman (Omnibus 1/2)

Books:
06. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins (2/3)
07. Splintered – A.G. Howard (1/3?)
08. Find Momo – Andrew Knapp (1/2) Loved it, but not interested in another one.
09. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (1/5) started the second one, but DNF-ed it. This series is not for me.
10. Miss Peregrine – Ransom Riggs (2/3?)
11. Tales from Lovecraft Middle school – Charles Gilman (1/4) only when I can find used copies. I enjoy them, but I’m not interested in paying full price for them.
12. Anna Dressed in Blood –Kendare Blake (1/2) Prefer this as a standalone.
13. Rizzoli & Isles – Tess Gerritsen (4/11?) Currently reading book 5.
14. Sweep – Cate Tiernan (12/15)
15. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell (1/2)
16. A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab (1/2?)
17. American Gods – Neil Gaiman (1/2) Anansi Boys isn’t really a sequel, but it’s set in the same world, so adding it to this list of series I want to continue.
18. Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle (1/9)
19. The Archived – Victoria Schwab (2/3?)
20. Discworld – Terry Pratchett (1/41?)
21. De Cock – A.C. Baantjer (?/70?) A Dutch Crime series that I used to love. Read one again not too long ago, but didn’t love it as much anymore. I do own quite a few and will probably re-read those at some point in time, but I’m not interested in picking up any ‘new’ ones (well, ones that I haven’t read yet..) at this point in time.
22. Cormoran Strike – Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling (2/?) Most likely will continue this, because I love her writing, not the biggest fan of this series though..)
23. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (2/4)
24. His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman (1/3)
25. The Host – Stephenie Meyer (1/?) Not sure there is even going to be a sequel.. It’s been so long! Anyways, I loved the host, but I have no interest in a sequel. It’s perfect as a standalone.
26. Nightmares – Jason Segal, Kirsten Miller & Karl Kwansky (1/2?) Loved nightmares as a standalone, but will most likely pick up the sequel as well.
27. Sabrina the Teenage Witch – David Cody Weiss & Bobbi J.G. Weiss (1/55)
28. The Pirates! – Gideon Defoe (1/4)
29. A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness (1/3)
30. Sally Lockhart – Phillip Pullman (1/4)
31. Chocolat – Joanne Harris (1/3) I loved Chocolat as a standalone, though I’m not ruling out reading the rest of the series.
32. Fear street – R.L. Stine (?/?) Read a whole bunch as a child, no Idea how far I got into the series though..) re-read one a little while ago & let’s just say they weren’t as good as I remember. Not planning to continue, though might re-read some of the ones I own someday.
33. De Griezelbus – Paul van Loon (?/8) See reasons Fear street
34. Slide – Jill Hataway (1/2)
35. The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum (3/14, though not in order) I Probably will be reading some more in the future, but I doubt I will ever read all of them.
36. Wonder – R.J. Palacio (1/2) The other book is a collection of Precepts, I’m not really interested in reading them. Loved Wonder though!
37. Taal is zeg maar echt mijn ding/en dan nog wat – Paulien Cornelisse (1/2)
38. Smokey Barrett – Cody McFadyen (4/5) I would love to continue this one, but the fifth book has (so far?) only been published in German. While I do speak some German, It’s definitely not good enough to read a whole book in.
39. Grant County – Karin Slaughter (1/6?) Enjoyed the one I read, but this series isn’t anywhere on the top of my list to continue. Not ruling it out completely though.
40. Alex Delaware – Jonathan Kellerman (5/30?) Might read a couple more, but I don’t expect to ever read all of them..
41. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (2/7)
42. The Wicked Years –Gregory Maguire (1/4) I prefer Wicked as a standalone.


Total:
18 I want to continue/finish.
9 I might continue/finish.
15 I will not continue/finish.


Love, Nicole

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Series that I have completed

Most times I consider myself more of a standalone books kind of person, however that doesn't mean I haven't been reading series. After seeing some Bookstagrammers showing their finished series I got curious, how many series had I completed? Turns out I have 'completed' 13 series. It's not as much as some others, but it's more than I had expected!




Completed series:

Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
Read: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise, Spirit Bound & Last Sacrifice.
I've read all the main books, I've not read any novella's/short stories. I have not started the Bloodlines series, but definitely plan to do so, I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy series!

The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Read: The Assassin's Curse & The Pirate's Wish.
I've read both main books, haven't read the short stories.
I really enjoyed this series, but do feel like it might better had it been one bigger book instead of a duology.

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympians - Rick Riordan
Read: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth & The Last Olympian.
I've read all of the main books, but again none of the short stories. I did really enjoy this series (though the second book slightly less), but at this point in time I'm not planning on reading the spin-off series The Heroes of Olympus.

A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Read: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril & The End.
The longest series on this list & while some where better than others  I really enjoyed this series! Wish I had known about it when I was younger..

Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Read: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found there.
One of my favourites ever! I think I do prefer Alice's Adventures In Wonderland over Through the Looking-Glass, but both are amazing!

Maus - Art Spiegelman
Read: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History & And Here My Troubles Began.
Actually read this in the one volume edition; The Complete Maus. WWII/war stories in general can be a bit hit or miss for me. The ones I like I really love, but then there are also the ones I dislike. A lot. Luckily Maus fits that first category, It's so good! I loved how this was told in graphic novel format and how the people where represented by animals.

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer
Read: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner & Breaking Dawn.
This is a bit of a guilty pleasure kind of read for me. I really enjoyed reading Twilight, though at the same time there are definitely quite a lot of problems with the books. I've read all the main books and one of the short stories. (Only read that one because it happened to come in the boxset with my other books..)

The Hunger Games -Suzanne Collins
Read: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay
I love this series! That said, it also was my first dystopian and one of the first YA books I read, so that might have influenced my opinion a little since I wasn't able to really compare to other books..

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Read: HP and the Philosopher's Stone, HP and the Chamber of Secrets, HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban, HP and the Goblet of Fire, HP and the Order of the Phoenix, HP and the Half-Blood Prince & HP and the deathly Hallows.
  Also, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through the Ages & Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.
  & HP the Prequel short story.
This might actually be the first series I've ever finished. Which is kind of surprising as I only started reading these when all the books had been out. As a child/young adult I wasn't really interested in HP, but then when I reached my twenties all of a sudden I really wanted to read them! I've since made up for my late start with re-reads and can say that Harry potter is not only my favourite series, but also one of my all-time favourite books!


The 'I might be slightly cheating' completed series:

Divergent - Veronica Roth
Read: Divergent, Insurgent & Allegiant. Also read the short story Free Four.
Cheating because: I haven't read, nor do I plan to read The short story collection Four.
The first book I really liked while reading, but the other two not so much. Especially Allegiant wasn't at all what I had hoped for. (&no that is not because of that major event that get's spoiled everywhere..)

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-shorts - Various Authors
Read: A Big Hand for the Doctor, The Nameless City, The Spear of Destiny, The Roots of Evil, Tip of the Tongue, Something Borrowed, The Ripple Effect, Spore, The Beast of Babylon, The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage, Nothing O'Clock & Lights Out.
Cheating because: While I read the edition that came with all the short stories as separate books in a box-set this has also been released as short story collection (all of them in 1 book) and I'm also not sure if this is actually the complete thing. Maybe there will be a new story when there is a new Doctor again?
Some were better than others, but overall these where a lot of fun to read!

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare
Read: City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Glass
Cheating because: There are three more books in the series. However since it was originally a trilogy and the third one does have an ending I consider this a completed series. 
As you can see above I haven't actually completed to whole thing and I'm not planning to do so. The ones I read where either OK reads or even a little below that to me. I'm not a big fan of Cassandra's writing and the characters got annoying fast.

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Read: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King 
Cheating because: It isn't actually a series, it's one big book, that is often split up into three.
Love LOTR! Read this over the summer last year (2014) and fell in love with Middle Earth. Before going into it I was slightly afraid I wouldn't like it that much or that it would be hard to read/understand, but luckily it turned out there was no reason to worry at all!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Poetry Challenge P3.

Last week I did two of these Poetry Challenges and enjoyed them so much that I decided to do another one this weekend. This Time I used The Time Traveler's Wife and had Random.org generate 6 random page numbers for me. from each of these pages I used the first line.

Here are the page numbers and first lines Random.org provided me:

(40) "oh"
(134) and now she's retired. I missed Talking Heads the last time they toured.
(194) with a bank shot and get the 5 in the back corner with a lucky caron. It's
(206) "I can appreciate that" says Henry. He's adding to the list. I look over
(331) Henry: Clare and I are standing on a rooftop in Wicker Park with a
(418) up, shakily and walk down the hall to the bathroom, which is dank and


I wrote them down, cut them up & rearranged (some of them) them into the poem.


The rooftop.
Walk up, look down.
Standing shakily on the corner.

He's lucky,
adding to the list:
Talking Heads toured in Wicker Park

Appreciate time, now I can.
It's over, retired, missed,
Clare says.

Shot in the hall.
They are with Henry,
she's the last to get back.



Sunday, 29 March 2015

Poetry Challenge P2.

After yesterdays try at the Poetry Challenge I really wanted to try the same with another book.
Wiebke (1book1review) suggested 5th shelf, 3th book.

Nightmares! by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller it is!

For the Lines I used the first line of chapters: 01, 05, 10, 15, 20& 25.

(01) It was five minutes past midnight, and a boy was gazing
(05) Aaaaaaaaaaaaah! Charlie could hear himself screaming
(10) In the middle of the lawn that stretched out in front of the
(15) The previous year, Cypress Greek Elementary's sixthgrade
(20) When Charlie and his friends reached the nightmare forest
(25) Charlie stopped halfway ip DeChant Hill and turned

&Here's the poem I ended up with:
(Oops, Only now that I'm typing this up I realise that I put some words back in the same order as they came.. Also, I do prefer the one from yesterday, American Gods was probably a better book for something like this..)


Previous year Charlie turned.
Screaming nightmare,
midnight friends.
The lawn stopped,
halfway up the hill.
Forest boy five,
gazing out.
Minutes stretched.
Charlie could hear himself:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!
The middle of Cypress Greek Elementary's reached.
Sixthgrade it was.



Saturday, 28 March 2015

Poetry Challenge

Yesterday Wiebke (1book1review over at youtube) challenged me to do the Poetry Challenge that has been going around on booktube. 

Challenge accepted! 


The Challenge was originally created by David & these are the rules:

1. Pick a book that you love.
2. Write down these five numbers. The date, month and last two digits of the year of your birthday, the first two digits of your phone number and the last two digits of your phone number. 
3. Turn to those pages in your book.
4. Read out the first line of each page.
5. Write a poem that describes you using only those words. You don't have to use every word but you cannot use any other words and you can't use a word more than once (unless it shows up more than once).
6. [BONUS POINTS] tweet a picture of your poem using #BTpoetrychallenge :D

Tip: I strongly recommend writing the words on little slips of paper so you can rearrange them easily on a table ;)



As you can see on the photo above, I have picked Neil Gaiman's Amercian Gods as my book for the challenge.
The pages/numbers I ended up with are: 06,11,22,42,89.

Here are my lines:
(06) 'Call no men happy,' said Shadow 'until he is dead.'
(11) 'Feels like it,' said Shadow. 'Maybe it'll snow soon.'
(22) She clicked her tongue and checked their boarding cards,
(42) 'Okay,' said Shadow. My life, which for three years has
(89) one person, you know? When we are young, his hair, it is


The poem I came up with using the words: 
(which I wouldn't say descrimes me, but oh well.. It's what I could do using the words provided. Also, ended up not using 11 of the words.)


Shadow life

His cards said, one dead.
Young person, shadow man.
Soon, no call.
Three years until it'll snow.

Shadow feels,
maybe, when we are boarding,
tongue clicked, hair checked,
happy like she said.

He is okay,
you know,