Guess Where I Am Right Now??? + Books I'm Bringing With Me

(I meant to post this two days ago, but life has been crazy, and I have a good excuse. Read on.)

Well hello there, friends. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen a mysterious tweet that said I was gone from the Internet for the next month (if you don't follow me on Twitter, then surprise, I'm going to be gone).You may be wondering what it means, and why I am absent from social media, and life in general.

Guess where I am going?
Norway 
(I'm actually in Norway right now. Not as I'm writing this, but as you're reading this. #timetravel)
+
London
(That feels very surreal to say)



I will be bringing my laptop, but I'll be using it as little as possible. I'm all about living in the moment, feeling the breeze in my hairpressing my face against a mountain... If you happen to catch me on social media or creeping on people's blogs (you know how I be), then congrats, you will have seen the rare Evangeline, akin to leprechauns and other mythical creatures (like the bookworm that reaches the end of their TBR).

I will take as many pictures as I can despite the fact that cameras hate me. Be on the lookout for some exhaustingly detailed posts all about Norway and London just as soon as I return.

But enough of that, who cares about traveling. WHAT BOOKS AM I BRINGING??? Lucky for you, I have a list.

The Books I'm Bringing to Europe & Why

Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee (Goodreads)
Why:
  • ACCURATE HOMESCHOOLERS!!! (that's basically all I know about this book. Honestly, that's enough.)
  • The cover looks very sophisticated, so I can trick adults into thinking that I, too, am sophisticated.
  • Is that an orange on the cover? Idk, but that seems like a good sign. 
  • I can use all the luck I can get. And only a few get the luck? Well then, I want it all the more! (it's like limited edition novelty plates. No one really wants them, but since they're "rare", all the great-aunts HAVE to have them)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Goodreads)
Why:
  • I like lying.
  • And I'm super curious about who Locke Lamora is.
  • ALSO I'VE HEARD THERE IS SASS. I AM HERE FOR SASS.
  • um, I've heard lots of other great things about it, but it's just now occurring to me that they might all be lies sINCE THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT!!! 
  • Have I been lied to???
  • is anything real...

The Invincible Louisa by Cornelia Meigs (Goodreads)
Why:
  • I just finished rewatching Little Women (on Netflix now. Thank you, Netflix. Plz sponsor me), and I am now a mess of emotions.
  • Not to mention anything with the word "Invincible" is going to catch my attention because then I imagine someone with bulletproof skin getting shot at.
  • Though I seriously doubt that is going to happen in this book.
  • A girl can still hope.

Giant Days by John Allison (Goodreads)
Why:
  • GIANTS!!! (though a quick peek through proved that it was not, in fact, about giants)
  • It seems really cute about a bunch of gals navigating life. 
  • Confesion: I actually already read when I was packing all my books. One minute I was playing Packing Tetris, and the next I had four books spread around me, all halfway read. 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Goodreads)
Why:
  • Honestly, I don't care what this book is about. All I know is that I saw "Pirate". 
  • Pirates are my favorite. THEY'RE JUST THE COOLEST. 
  • And then a Pirate King??? 100% sold. 
  • Elizabeth Swann will always reign supreme as Pirate King in my heart. Who cares about Will (honestly, she should have ditched him when she had the chance. Who needs love when you have PIRACY!!!)


Things I Should Have Known by Clair LaZebnik (Goodreads)
Why:
  • Apparently it is primarily a romance.
  • I added this book when I wasn't in the mindset that romance is gross.
  • GUESS WHAT MINDSET I'M IN NOW??? 
  • yeah, so we'll see how this goes since all love disgusts me now.
  • Should be fun. 



A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (Goodreads)
Why:
  • UM THERE IS A CAT ON THE COVER. 
  • I'M SOLD.
  • Oh, and meeting Death has been promised, so I will be holding Death to very high standards. 
  • You know my favorite way to read things??? 
  • lists.
  • Example A being this very list. (LIST-CEPTION!!!)

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by A Lot Of Authors I Don't Want To Type Out (Goodreads)
Why:
  • #1 REASON: I LOVE THE COVER. THAT IS ALL, GOOD DAY.
  • jk I guess the inside seems pretty cool, too. 
  • There's a few graphic novel short stories that are rly fun. 
  • The stories are so creative!
  • How do I know this, you ask? Confession: I have already read it (but this time I actually ready it where I was supposed to. Progress). 
  • It's great for reading as you fly over Greenland (you know, *casual shrug*, just Greenland)

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Goodreads)
Why:
  • Because I get the feeling that the title is going to be very misleading.
  • I mean, what kind of author writes a story about characters that are actually okay??? 
  • I'm holding out for some trauma or maybe a good sword fight.
  • (Yes, I know this book is probs not going to be full of swords, but I can still hope!)




The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Surgis (Goodreads)
Why: 
  • Because dragons and chocolate are the only two things that matter to me in the entire world. 
  • You can tell this book truly has captured my heart because I'm not shouting. 
  • I am very calm. 
  • Though I will probably need to have a snack while I read this book otherwise I'll end up nibbling on the pages. Maybe the snack should be sOME NORWEGIAN CHOCOLATE (which I am eating now, what a coincidence)
ACTUALLY ME

If you were counting, and you counted 13, you'd be halfway right. Technically I'm bringing 17, but those other 4 are rereads so I can't very well count those. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am bring 17 books. On a plane. As I was packing, I looked up what not to bring, and the #1 thing on most travel blogs list of What Not To Bring is, you guessed it, books. I felt very attacked.

Am I going to read all these books? Who knows! (let's be real here. I know. I'm not going to read all of them. But am I going to bring them all? You bet I am! I'm really banking on this trip to solve all of my TBR problems)


Have you read any of these? Have you ever been to Europe? Specifically London or Norway? If you have, GIVE ME ALL THE ADVICE! Especially with London. I feel like there's so much to see and do. Where does one even start? 
Are you a chocolate fanatic? That's rly the most important question, I think.

Toodlepip

Comments

  1. *waves hand in the air wildly* I'VE BEEN TO LONDON!!!!! It's such a wonderful place <3 When we were there, we went to St. Paul's Cathedral and climbed the dome (my personal favorite thing), visited Westminster Abbey, walked around the Houses of Parliament, went to Buckingham Palace, and went to the British Museum. All places I would absolutely recommend. <3

    I hope you have a great trip! Your books all look so awesome <3

    AND CHOCOLATE IS THE BEST BEST BEST

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    1. We have most of the places you listed on our itinerary, but I'll have to look into the Houses of Parliament. :)

      Thank you! I'm very excited.

      AND YES INDEED CHOCOLATE IS AMAZING.

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  2. Haha! I always bring books too. Maybe not seventeen, though. That's quite a load. My mom always teases me when she sees I've brought books to her house because she and my dad have more than 5,000 books, and that is not an exaggeration. But they don't have the specific books I want to be reading right now! Hee.

    Enjoy your trip! It sounds fabulous.

    Also, I'm a chocoholic, and thanks, now I need to go find some and eat it.

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    1. Haha! Bring all the books. :) And exactly! There are specific books that one wants to read, and so they must take care to see that their literary needs are taken care of.

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  3. I'm feeling very jealous right now- not just because you're going to Norway and London, but also because you have some nice looking books there.
    I have been to London before, actually. My advice: see the British Library. Warning: you might want to stay there forever.

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    1. lol I'm excited to read all of the books.

      And I am totally adding the British Library to the list!!!

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  4. Okay so question--are you going to Europe to see the sights and be off the internet and live life and all that, or are you there to read??

    jk but I'm gonna have to check out these books! Lucky Few in particular, because HOMESCHOOLERS.

    (also yes I'm the same way too: I went to Florida over winter break and literally just grabbed my entire library box to bring in the car to read. And I actually read most of them!!)

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    1. lol fair point. XD But reading while surrounded by all these mountains in INCREDIBLE.

      Right? We Homeschoolers need more rep in books. We're a rad bunch. *finger guns*

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  5. Aaaaahhhh, that's so cool!!! Congrats!!!! You lucky thing. ;D

    That list sounds fantastic, even though I don't think I've read any of them. (The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart sounds vaguely familiar . . . ) Can't wait to hear your thoughts on all of them!

    "I felt very attacked." << Hahaha, same. (But, I mean, seriously. Who actually thinks that people -- meaning sane, bibliophilic people -- aren't going to bring books on their travels???)

    Also, by the by, I love the way you write posts. (And Goodreads reviews, for that matter.) It is what they call a Pick-Me-Up. So thanks. :-P (Aaaaaand I left you a comment on Pinterest a while ago but I'm not sure you got it so I'm just going to give you the gist again just in case: your "We Are" storyboard is like amazing. And I think about that story from time to time. I want to read it.)

    (Okay, I'm gone.)

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    1. Thank you!!! I am very happy to have had this opportunity!!!!

      I will for sure be doing reviews of most of them, so you will get to read all about them to your heart's content. :)

      YOU'RE SO SWEET!! Thank you so much. <3 (and I didn't ever get the comment, but it means a lot to me. Maybe you can be a beta reader one day, hmm??) <3

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  6. I went to London, but I was 6, so I am decidedly not in a position to give advice. I admire your conviction bringing that many books. When I went to Europe at 12, I tried to bring the entire Harry Potter series, but as I had to carry my bag halfway across Germany, I had to settle for only 3 out of the 7. Don't think that stopped me from nearly bringing the entire Raven Cycle to Hawaii last year.

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    1. Or, some would argue that you are the prime candidate to give advice. XD

      Harry Potter is precious, but The Raven Cycle will always be worth the weight.

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  7. No books in Norway?
    They're probably in Norwegian; that could be a problem. Still, that's a lot of reading for a month.

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    1. Yeah, I don't read Norwegian. XD Though it would be cool if I could.

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  8. Whoa, we're going to be a lot closer in time zones! :0

    I hope you enjoy all the books that you get to read. And the chocolate that you'll get to eat.

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    1. Well for a moment we were closer... XD

      I did enjoy the books, AND THE CHOCOLATE. Oh my goodness, so much chocolate.

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  9. AHH SO MANY GOOD BOOKS HERE THOUGH! *flails* I absolutely adored Lucky Few although the ending sucked for me lmao and I loooove Lies of Locke Lamora. Like if I had to pick a top 5 books of all my life, THAT would be in it. Do you see how obsessed I am?!? SO FRIKKIN' OBSESSED.😂 I also loved Things I Should Have Known. Lots of adorable sibling love <3 I mean can't relate because I'd sell my siblings for a grape. BUT!! It was nice reading about. :')

    Anyway I have not, indeed, been to Europe but I desperately want to. I hope you'll do a blog post on your adventures when you're back?!

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    1. Right??? I actually read a lot of good books on that trip. I WAS BLESSED BY THE BOOK GODS. SO FAR THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA IS AMAZING.

      I shall be writing all the blog posts about my adventures. :D

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  10. SEVENTEEN BOOKS? How long are you in these places for?? And i'm so jealous because i'm sitting at home waiting for my shipment of books to arrive which i'm so excited for because I've been reading on my kindle for too long!

    Daughter of the Pirate King sounds so good and I've had my eye on We Are Okay for quite some time now, since it was nominated for a Goodreads award. And the cover for Eat The Sky, Drink the Oceans looks SOOOOO GOOODDD..

    I've never been to Norway, but I've been to London twice now even though i don't remember both times too well since it was when i was a kid on a one or two day layover travelling British Airways. But, i've been to other places in Europe, recently having visited Prague which was ridiculously beautiful but Salzburg and everywhere in Switzerland is my absolute favourite.

    Have the best trip!!

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    1. I was gone for a month!!! I hope you got your shipment of books and now are a happy bookworm. :)

      I adore the cover for Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean. IT LOOKS LIKE COTTON CANDY.

      Ooo, Prague would be wonderful to visit, as would Switzerland (especially for that sweet sweet chocolate). :)

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  11. Have a great trip!
    CHOCOLATE IS THE BEST THING EVER!
    -Brooklyne

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    1. Thanks!! It was incredible. :)
      And isn't it tho!! I would sell my firstborn for chocolate.

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