Top 5 Wednesday | Friendships


I have been watching Top 5 Wednesday videos on YouTube for a while now. Top 5 Wednesday or T5W was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

The theme for this week is the top 5 friendships in books I have read. I had a pretty hard time picking these 5 friendship. I couldn’t for the life of me think of books with friendship that I liked. I will put the books in order from 5-1. One being the most favorite.


5. Quentin Jacobsen, Margo Roth Spiegelman & Friends

paper towns

The first group of friends (technically two groups) are from the book Paper Towns by John Green. I loved the friendship between Quentin and Margo, even though Quentin was more of a friend than Margo. They didn’t spend a lot of time together but they knew that they could count on each other. There are also Quentin’s friends and Margo’s that unite in the end.


My Review


4. Charlie, Sam & Patrick

This group of friends are from the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Charlie is a shy and socially awkward boy. One day he meets Patrick and his step sister Sam. And with them he discovers the world. He gets out of his own shell.



3. Eleanor & Park

eleanor and park

This pair of friends are from the book Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Set in 1986, Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus. Coming from two different worlds they become friends. This is so sweet and complete friendship.


My Review


2. Cath & Levi

Cath and Levi are from the book Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. (She really has a gift for writing beautiful friendships). Cath is a very shy freshman at collage. She slowly becomes friends with her roommate, Reagan, and Levi, who she thinks is Reagan’s boyfriend. What is so special about Cath and Levi’s friendship is that he never really gives up on her when she is being difficult.
I also really liked the friendship between Cath and her twin sister, Wren.



1. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger 

My favorite friends are from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I feel like they are my favorite because I grew up with them. I think that probably many feel the same way. Their friendship is like most people’s. There are ups and downs. Fight and peace.






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October 2013 Wrap-Up


October was a great reading month. I read eleven books and one short story. However, October hasn’t been as good of a month for my blog. I decided that I would rather read instead of writing reviews after long days of Uni work. The reviews will be up eventually and posts will be irregular until the second week of December – Christmas Break 🙂


The books I read:


shadow and boneme and earl and the dying girlheadharry potter 7the coldest girl in coldtownthe program

the divinersthe lightningn thiefobsidianblood witch the coven book of shadows



Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:  YA/Dystopian. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite – the Grisha. A really, really good book. 4.5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Grisha #1)


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: YA/Contemporary. Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they make movies. Rachel has leukemia. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. Funny and sweet book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.


Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Classic/Short Story. Horace Tarbox is a child prodigy who falls in love with an opera actress and later becomes a gymnast to support her lifestyle. It was good. 3/5 stars. There will not be a review for this one.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: YA/Children’s/Fantasy. It’s Harry Potter – Everybody should know by now. It was amazing as always. 5/5 stars. Review of the series will be up soon. (Harry Potter #7)


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: YA/Paranormal. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. A really good book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.


The Program by Suzanne Young: YA/Dystopian. In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. A very good book, original story. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (The Program #1)


The Diviners by Libba Bray: YA/Fantasy/Mystery. Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. One of the best books that I read this month. 5/5 stars. Review to come. (The Diviners #1)


The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: YA/Fantasy. Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. It was OK. 3.5/5 stars. There will not be a review of this book. (Percy Jackson #1)


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout: YA/Paranormal. When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, Daemon, the hot Alien. I really liked it. 4/5 stars. Review to come. (Lux #1)


Book of Shadows, The Coven, Blood Witch all by Cate Tiernan: YA/Fantasy. When Morgan meets Cal everything changes. She is thrown into Wicca head first and discovers things about her self and her family. I read the first bind-up of the first three books. All get 4/5 stars. Review will be of the whole series when I’ve read it all. (Sweep #1, #2, #3)



September 2013 Wrap-Up


I have decided to make a monthly wrap up. As you probably know a monthly wrap up is when I tell you about all the books I read that month.


I’m going to start with the month of September. In September I read total of eight books, which is pretty good for my first month of University and tons of assignments.


Update October 12th: I found one book that I forgot to save at Goodreads. So, I read in total of nine books.


The books I read are:

think of a numberpaper townsspeakjoylandshatter mesvar við brefi helgucity of bonesharry pottercatherine


Think of a Number by John Verdon: A mystery/crime novel. Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” A rather good book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.


Paper Towns by John Green: YA/Contemporary. After a night of adventures Margo disappears and leaves Q clues. He soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew. Really good book! Recommend it to everyone. 5/5 stars! Review to come.


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: YA/Contemporary. During the end of summer party Melinda calls the cops. Isolated and depressed she starts high school. During the course of the book you get to know why she called the cops. Very good book. 4/5 stars. Review to come.


Joyland by Stephen King: Crime/Thriller. Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. It was OK, it was not what I expected for a Stephen King book. 3.5/5 stars. Review to come.


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: YA/Paranormal. Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. If she does someone dies. Getting out of imprisonment Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. Very good book. 4.5/5 stars. Review to come.


Svar við bréfi Helgu (Reply to a Letter from Helga) by Bergsveinn Birgisson: Fiction/Romance. A sweet novel about an old farmer who is writing letters to the only girl he has ever loved. Really good book. 4.5/5 stars. Review to come.


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: YA/Paranormal. Clary’s world gets turned up side down when she gets thrown into the world of Shadowhunters. I’m not sure what to think of this book. I tried to read it couple years back and hated it. After seeing the movie I read it completely. 3.5-4/5 stars. Review to come.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blod Prince by J. K. Rowling: YA/Fantasy. Everybody knows what Harry Potter is about. It was amazing as always. 5/5 stars. There might be a complete series review sometime later this year.


Catherine by April Lindner: YA/Contemporary/Retelling.  A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before. Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery. I loved this book. I read Wuthering Heights when I was twelve or thirteen, so this book was like a conclusion or an ending for me, because I didn’t really understand the original story when I read it. 5/5 stars. Review to come.



I’m really happy how this month turned out and I think that October will be even better reading month.





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Wish-List Wednesday #3


Welcome to Wish-List Wednesday! Every Wednesday I will tell you about the books, series or book related things that are highest on my wish-list.

For this week I have chosen The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling.


The Cuckoo’s Calling:

It was published April 30th 2013.


A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator.

The Cuckoo's CallingStrike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.


Even though I don’t know much about this book it goes on my Wish-List mainly because JK Rowling wrote it (I will read anything by her because of the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the first book I read in full length, both in Icelandic and English). I still have not read Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, but that will be done soon so this one will hopefully be read soon after that.


Love, Diljá