September Wrap-Up | 2017

It really hasn’t been the best reading month, but then again I haven’t really been trying to stress about the amount of books I read. And choosing to read big books takes time for sure, so I’m ok with only finishing 2,5 books this month.

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  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
    I actually never thought I would be able to finish this book, it took me about three weeks, but I did it, and I loved it. It’s seriously one of the best written fantasy books I’ve read this far and I actually loved the Main Character, Vin, and also Kelsier, and all the others. I wasn’t bothered by any of the characters in the Gang. It was simply awesome, except for a few places where I thinked the book dragged a bit, but it wasn’t really a big deal, I wished that some of the longer, more descriptive parts hadn’t been so long, but hey it worked out in the end. 4,5 stars.
  • The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
    I’ve started to get really sick of this series actually. But I’m going to finish the rest of the series too, just because I have 5 books left. I mean, it’s the same damn thing book by book, there’s never something new except the place where everything plays out. 3 stars.

I also started A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab, but I haven’t been able to finish it. It is however the first book I’m going to finish in October for sure

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Goals Update:

  • I read 2 books, so I’ve read 58 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 0 books in Swedish. I’ve reached the goal of finishing 5 books already.
  • I’ve bought 11 books in September.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 1 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 1 that I did get this year. From last months 95 books on my TBR I went up to 102 TBR books.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.
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What BookTube Has Brought Me | 2017

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In this blog post I want to give my gratitude to BookTube, since it has changed my reading life immensely since I discovered it, I won’t be able to tell you enough, how it has changed my reading life, but I’m sure going to try.

If you don’t know what BookTube is, it’s a community on YouTube where bookbloggers post their bookish videos, sharing them with viewers and then discussing topics in their comments and so on.

Before I found BookTube I wasn’t reading very much to be honest, maybe 20 books a year at the most, not even that actually. So the first thing BookTube has brought me is, the Want to read more even thought I’ve always wanted to read a lot. Since finding BookTube I’ve read somewhere between 60-90 books a year for the past 3 years.

The second thing BookTube has brought me is the variety of books and genres to read. I have everything from non-fiction to childrens books to high fantasy on my Read shelf and it still amazes me that there are so, soo many books out there I haven’t read and want to read after finding them.

The third thing BookTube has brought me is the feeling of belonging somewhere, that knowing that there are a lot more people out there, who loves reading just as much as me, and might (or might not) have the same feelings about books or characters as me.

The fourth thing is that I have found my favorite (or rather prefered) genres (YA contemporary, dystopian and fantasy), but still gets me to read other genres, even those I wouldn’t have chosen otherwise.

The fifth thing is all the new books and authors I’ve discovered through BookTube, some which have become favorites throughout the years. I’ve discovered books I’ve loved more than books I thought was true love, and I’ve found books I’ve absolutely hated. I have discovered so, so, so many new books and authors of different genres I can’t begin to describe my gratitude toward BookTube.

The sixth things would probably be, A never ending TBR list. For me it’s a good thing, since I’ll never be bored. The negative side of it is that I’m never gonna be done with having a TBR list, I’ll always have a reading list, until the day I’m gone.

The seventh, new adventures to discover every day of my life. I’m never going to have such an adventurous life as I’m having right now because of books, and it doesn’tbother me too much, I travel when I can, when I can’t I use books. I love it.

The eight, a neverending list of Book Boyfriends. There are soo many wonderful male characters in the books I read (not all of them), there’ll always be a new book boyfriend for me in one book or another, no doubt about it. To feel that crush on a fictiona character every now and then lifts my spirit and makes me feel more alive somehow. I love it so much.

Well, that’s it for my second post for the day. I’ve been gone from the internet for about a week and a half and haven’t been able to post a single post, so today you get two of them 🙂 See you next week. Read on! 🙂

Auto Buy Authors

When I started this blog post a few months ago I didn’t think there were these many auto-buy authors, but apparently, there is. It’s been hard to know which ones I would really buy anything from in the future. But here are the ones I’m 100% (or close to) sure that I’m going to read anything from.

Disclaimer: All the upcoming books from these authors I’m going to read, IF they interest me enough, I’m not going to read something that doesn’t interest me.

  • Morgan Matson – has become one of my absolute favorite authors since I found BookTube. I have read three of four books she has published so far, I will read everything she publishes in the future too.
  • Stephanie Perkins – I’ll probably buy and read everything she publishes in the future simply based of off what I’ve read of her’s before. I love her writing and storylines soo much, I don’t think I would want to not read her books.
  • Alexandra Bracken – Same here as above. I love what I have read so far (the Darkest Minds trilogy) and can’t wait to read the novellas, and of course, her latest Passenger duology which I haven’t even started yet.
  • Marie Lu – I’ve read both of her trilogies she’s written and I know for sure I’m going to get her next books as well, no doubt about it. I love her writing, even though her stories aren’t of the highest quality. But I love her books and I’m going to read them all.
  • Michael Nyqvist – A Swedish actor and author. I have read the two books he has published so far and I’ve loved them both. They are both biographies, and even though I’m not a huge fan of biographies I will read everything he comes out with. Unfortunately, he died before he got to finish his third book. Rest in Peace ❤
  • V E Schwab – She has become one of my absolute favorite authors of all times. I’ve only read the two first books in the A darker shade of magic trilogy and This savage song, but I’m sure I’m going to read everything else that has come out and she’s going to write in the future.
  • Leigh Bardugo – I’ve read both the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows Trilogy, I love them both more than (almost) anything else I’ve read for ages. I’m positive I’m going to read everything else she publishes in the future.
  • Camilla Davidsson – A Swedish author. Her books haven’t been translated to English what I know of. But I’m definitely going to read her upcoming books for sure.

I wanted to add Sarah J Maas to this post, but I’m actually not sure I’m going to read anything else she comes out with, it all depends a lot. I haven’t finished either of her series yet, but I will at least finish the first ACOTAR trilogy. At this moment I’m not planning on finishing the Throne of Glass series, I haven’t read Empire of Storm and as it looks like now, I probably won’t simply because I feel it has changed too much in the wrong direction for me to like the rest, and Khoal is gone as well, no thanks.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to find more authors in the future and others might disappear or be replaced. This is however how the list is looking like right now. I’m going to make a new post when the list has changed, otherwise, this is how the list is going to look like in the future as well.

That was it for this post. I hope you liked it, see you in my next post! Read on! 🙂

Goodreads Tag | 2016

Again, I wanted to post another tag (I have plenty of those saved for rainy days).

Original tag was created by SpiralBookmark

QUESTIONS:
1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

2. What are you currently reading?

Just picked up The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Don’t know which one but it’ll definitely be one of the books mentioned in question 8.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do, but I would love to have a half-star option.

6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

I did, it was to read 40 books this year, which I’ve exceeded by 17 by now (I think!)

7. Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, but it’s not updated.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

A bunch of 2017 releases and also some LGBTQIA+ books (I have a list but it’s so long that I’m not going to list them here) + American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I have but I don’t have any market or written down so I can’t share any right now. I might have to start writing them down in my journal or mark them with post-its or something in the future. Otherwise, the quote under my blog name is a favorite!

10. Who are your favorite authors?

There are quite a few of them, but V E Schwab has definitely become one of them just these past few months.

11. Have you joined any groups?

It’s been a while but I think there are a few I’m a member of.

Bonus Questions:

1. How many books do you have on your TBR shelf?

On the genral Goodreads To Read Shelf I have 1349 books. And on my owned books TBR shelf I have 105 books.

2. What would you like to change?

As I mentioned above, the rating system should have a half-star rating. I don’t think I have anything else.. Or maybe increase the amount of friends you can have. Can’t think of anything else at the moment.

That’s it for today. I hope you liked this tag. See you next week again with a new blog post. Read on! 🙂

Summer Book Haul | 2017

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So, I’ve started doing this thing on my blog, seasonal book hauls instead of monthly ones since I’m not buying as many books this year (read 5, buy 1 resolution). So, in this blog post I’m going through what I bought in June, July, and August.

June

I didn’t buy a single book this month. YAY!

July

I actually didn’t buy any books for the the entire month, but I did get 1 books for free (well 4 but three I’ve already gotten rid of) from our recycling centre where they have a small garage kind of building where you can leave things you don’t want but are whole and still usable, and take things for free if you find anything. All the books were in Swedish and three of them from Swedish authors. I forgot to take a photo of them (of course). But this is the one I kept of the four.

  • Playground by Lars Kepler (same name in English)

August

I was really good for the first half of the month (mainly because the trains into town weren’t going), and my parents were on vacation. But when they got home for a couple of days I went a little crazy when we went to my favorite second hand store and got 7 books for about $13.

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  • I found the white edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and just had to have it. It’s just so beautiful and I never thought I would ever see one, even less in a second hand store here in Sweden.
  • Lejontämjaren by Camilla Läckberg (The Ice Child in English)
  • Den Osynlige Mannen från Salem by Christoffer Carlsson (The Invisible Man from Salem in English)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin
  • Twenties Gil by Sophie Kinsela
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

That’s it for this seasonal haul. I’m actually really surprised that I haven’t gotten more books than I did, especially bought books. But in September I bet I’m going to crack completely, I can feel it coming and it wouldn’t surprise me since it’s been so long (apart from my August haul) since I bought books, I already have a cart wainting for me to confirm my order 😉

August Wrap-Up | 2017

Not really sure what I think about this reading month. Of all the books I’ve read this month, I only liked/loved one or maybe two of them. The rest I could have been without for sure. I hope September will be a much better reading month.

I’m going to try something new on my wrap-ups. Whenever I read a Swedish book that hasn’t been translated to English, I’m going to review it in Swedish instead of in English. I mean, what’s the point in writing about a book in English when no English speaking person can read it. So, I’m going to try it out for a couple of months at least to see how I like it.

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  • The Strange Power by L J Smith
    I needed to read something that didn’t take me too long and I didn’t have to think too much. This was the perfect book for it since it was an easy read and it just flew by. The story in itself wasn’t anything special for me. It contains a lot of YA tropes I don’t really care about (insta love, something really good is too good to be true, etc.). The main character I didn’t like at all, to me she was just a clueless bimbo without a brain of her own. 3,5 stars.
  • The Possessed by L J Smith
    I seriously don’t even know why I’m reading this trilogy any more. Sure, it’s an easy read since it’s written in that way, except for some weird Big Words placed regularly throughout the whole book, that didn’t need to be there, the language in itself otherwise is very simple so why use those big words when the rest of the books is so simple?? I don’t get it. The story in itself isn’t much to keep in the bookshelf really, it’s like any other YA Paranormal story except it’s worse. There’s no character development at all, and the voices in the book are just… flat. I’ll read the last book too but I’m not having any high hopes at all, I’m only going to read it just because I want to know how it ends. 3 stars.
  • The Passion by L J Smith
    It was an ok ending to the trilogy. Very predictable, yet it wasn’t. I was surprised at some of things that happened, but other things, not so much. I was still bothered by the Big words used for no good reasons because the language otherwise was quite simplistic. I’m just glad this trilogy is over and I don’t have to care about it any longer, not that I cared much about it while reading it either. 3,5 stars.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
    I have read and heard very mixed things about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised since I liked it a lot. I had heard that it was a lot of info-dumping and world building, but I actually didn’t think it was too bad. It never made me loose interest at least, and I enjoyed the story and the writing more than I thought I would. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that everyone made it to be a story about pirates, which it is, but nearly not as much as it should have been, I was simply expecting it was all going to be about piracy. Either way I Loved it! 4 stars.
  • Livet, motorcyklar & andra omöjliga projekt by Katarina Bivald (no English translation available)
    En härlig feel-good som var precis vad jag behövde efter månadens alla tidigare böcker. Det var bara slutet som kändes forserad, men det var definitivt en av de bättre böckerna jag har läst den här månaden. Hade det inte varit för slutet hade den fått högre betyg än den 4a jag givit den.
  • Rosengädda nästa! by Emma Hamberg (no English translation)
    Jag gillade verkligen början av boken och karaktärerna med, men ju mer berättelsen utvecklades desto plattare kändes den och jag tappade intresset mot början av den sista 1/4 av boken, men eftersom det bara var ett fåtal sidor kvar läste jag ut den. 3,5 får den i betyg.

I didn’t finish anything else, but I did pick up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, which I’m 167 pages into so far, probably will be at 185 when August is over, and will finish in the beginning of September for sure. So far, I’m liking it a lot and I’m looking forward to see where the story will go. And I’m going to continue listening to A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin on audiobook as well.

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Goals Update:

  • I read 6 books, so I’ve read 56 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 2 books in Swedish. I’ve reached the goal of finishing 5 books already.
  • I’ve bought 7 books in August.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 0 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 5 that I did get this year and 1 that I borrowed from my mom. From last months 103 books on my TBR I went down to 95 TBR books, bought books included, plus I got rid of 5 or 6 books as well during the month.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag | 2017

It’s been a while since I did a tag and now that I’m back on a blog schedule I thought it would be a fun way to start this schedule with.

Original Tag was posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYfgq8HgDc0

Questions:
1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

The Daugther of Smoke and Bone trilogy bu Laini Taylor. It just wasn’t for me; I didn’t like the writing, and I didn’t like the romance one bit, the story in itself was (just) ok, but not enough for me to continue it.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I actually love this series and I have loved it since the first time I read it several years ago.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

Spoiler for The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare!!! The Tessa, Will and Jem drama, even though she did end up with Jem in the end I didn’t like that she spent Wills entire life with him. (I know, I know, Jem became a silent brother and all that so they couldn’t be together, but I would have prefered to have her be with no one than with Will!)

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

Urban Fantasy, I’m just not that into reading these kinds of books, or I just haven’t found the book that has proven me otherwise.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Annabell in The Percy Jackson series. I can’t pinpoint what it is, but I have never liked her one bit.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

John Green. I just don’t like his writing or the way he writes his stories.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples ”lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Weak female main character that ends up being the most powerful woman in the (book) universe.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare. After reading The Mortal Instruments, I had enough and after reading about some ”rumor” about the author I decided that I wouldn’t read anything else by her, including this new series.

9. The saying goes ”The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Tuck Everlasting. I love that they decided to make Winnie a few years older than she was in the book since I thought she was too young to ever be who she was described as in the book. Even though I love the book, the movie is better.

 

That was it for this week, I’ll probably post another tag in a couple of weeks again. I hope you liked this tag. Take care and read on! 🙂