Reading Slumps | 2016

For the past six months or so I have been in a major reading slump, or kind off anyway. I don’t know if it really is a reading slump or if it’s something else. Let me explain. I have read quite a few books even though I have had zero interest in some of them. There has been a few books that I just flew through during this time and really loved, but most of them took me a long time to read and were in the end just ok, just because it didn’t really interest me to begin with during this time.

I have come to the conclusion that I might skip the reading challenge I’d planned to do this year and just read what I want, because that makes more sense to me right now. I don’t want to read books that doesn’t interest me (for the moment) just because it is in a reading challenge. I will still read the 16 books I’ve chosen I really want and need to read during the year. But other than that I just want to read what I want to pick up at the time. And I also think I will be changing my GoodReads reading challenge to a smaller number. At this moment it says 60 books, but I don’t want to push myself to much and burn out completely so I think I might change it to 30 or something like that. If I read more than that, Great, if not and I just read the 30, Great too! 🙂

For the time being I think I won’t be reading more this month, just binge a TV-series or something and see when I want to pick up a book again, simple as that.

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A small update since I started writing this post a week ago, I have figured out that the books I need to read right now and interests me is really creepy psychological thrillers (like The Cellar by Natasha Preston and the like), so that is what I am going to read for the time being, and to be honest, I am loving it. Just yesterday I went and (finally!) bought You by Caroline Kepnes, read the first page and I’m already addicted, even though I have to finish Gone Girl first, but I am soo looking forward to reading You! ^^

The Ultimate Book Tag | 2016

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
    Sometimes. I’m quite weird when it comes to reading in moving vehicles. If I start a journey by reading, I’m fine. If I don’t and start reading after the journey has begun, I’m not as ok. But I never get sick sick.
  1. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
    I know of one but can’t really explain why to be honest because I haven’t quite found the words to describe her writing, and it’s Tahereh Mafi.
  1. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. Harry Potter.
    * Magical world that ”could be real”
    * Believable characters
    * Discreet but oh so beautiful love stories
  1. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
    No.
  2. Do you smell your books?
    Always! There’s just something special with book smells (especially really old, well read books)
  1. Books with or without little illustrations? Doesn’t matter to me.
  1. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
    I’ve read quite a few of those, but at this moment I can’t think of one, unfortunately.
  1. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
    Not what I can think of actually.
  1. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald (47 pages)
  1. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
    Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (1070 pages)
  1. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author? YES! I’ve been writing all my life and will someday be a published author for sure!
  1. When did you get into reading?
    I’ve been reading for as long as I remember and before that my mom used to read to me and my brother, and I have always wanted to read and have bought books and so on. But it wasn’t until early 2009 when I read the Twilight Saga that my real interest in reading started. And it wasn’t until October 2014 when I discovered BookTube that I really needed and wanted to read all of these books I had missed out on for so many years.
  1. What is your favorite classic book?
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë by far! ❤
  1. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
    Yes!
  1. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
    I would thank the person sincerely, since it’s the thought that counts, but then tell the person that I’ve already read it without telling him/her what I thought unless they asked. Then I would donate/sell/give away the book if I can’t exchange it in a store.
  1. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
    Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown resembles the Hunger Games a little. I’ve just read the first book so far but I’m really looking forward to reading the rest.
  1. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
    Haven’t really noticed any bad habits yet.
  1. What is your favorite word? Haven’t thought of that.
  1. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above? I’m definitely a nerd!
  1. Vampires or Fairies? Why? None of the above.
  1. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
    Angels. I’ve never connected with shapeshifters before in the same way I have angels.
  1. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
    Spirits. Have never liked Werewolves.
  1. Zombies or vampires?
    I have to say vampires in this. Zombies scare the living s*t out of me!
  1. Love triangle or forbidden love?
    I love both, but it depends on how the love triangle is portrayed, I don’t like overly dramatic ones that don’t have anything with the story to do but is just there. Haven’t read too much forbidden love unfortunately but what I have read, I have loved.
  1. Lastly: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
    Action-packed with a few love scenes for sure, or at least at the moment. I’m not into full on romance books at the moment, or have ever been now that I think about it.

Books I want to REread in 2016

In my ”books I’ve read” bookshelf I have several (if not all) books I want to REread sometime soon or in the future. All the other books I know I won’t read again, have been taken down and I’m getting rid off. But there are a couple of books I know for sure I want to REread this year and I thought I might share them with you in this blog post.

First off I really, REALLY want to REread The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. This is my favorite series by her and it’s been way to long since a read it the first time, almost exactly two years ago. I just want to read this trilogy again and had planned it last year but it never happened.

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I read this series last year and loved it more than I thought I might. And since I watched the movie adaptation of Vampire Academy a couple of days ago I got the urge to pick it up right away. But since I’m in the middle of reading a few books already I want to finish before going into anything else, it’s got to wait a little longer.

Thirdly I’d love to REread Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James. Since I read this book for the first time in 2014 I have REread it once, last year. I still love it and I really want, or rather need to read it again. I think this is one of those books I think I’m going to read once every year, just because I love it so much.

Then there are a few books I think I might need to read just because I want to finish some series I’ve started and can’t really remember the what the first book was about and stuff.. Here are some of them: Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Darkest Minds and Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (these I also want to REread, not just need to read) and Destined by P. C. and Kristin Cast.

There might be some other books I want to reread during the year, a few contemporaries at least, but I haven’t planned on it. In that case it would be one or two Morgan Matson books, maybe a Stephanie Perkins one, I’ve also been thinking a lot about All the Bright Places lately, maybe I need to read it again this year too. Well, let’s just say that I have quite a few books I want to get to again this year.

I hope you liked this post. If there’s anything special you’d like to see in this blog, just leave me a comment and I’ll think about it! 🙂 Take care!

Most Disappointing Books of 2015

Reading as many books that I did during the year I was expecting some I wouldn’t like, but I never expected to be actually disappointed in any of them, it didn’t even cross my mind that it might happen. So in this post I will write a little bit about the books I found very disappointing.

A little disclaimer before we begin. Nothing against anyone who might really love these books! These are just my opinions and I don’t expect everyone to think the same as me about a book. I didn’t hate these books, they just weren’t my cup of tea. We are all adults here so please respect my opinions and I will respect yours.

There might be some spoilers (small ones) so if you think you might be spoiled, don’t read this post, otherwise, read on your own risk, you have been warned!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
It’s been quite a while since I read this book so I don’t even remember it that well but I do remember that feeling after finishing it and thinking ”is this the book everyone is talking about and loving?” Because I really didn’t. I remember I did like the idea behind it and it could have been really good but it fell flat in my eyes, and I really didn’t like the romance in it, it just felt awkward and not really believable. And the writing was something that bothered me too, it made it hard for me to read and get into the story. I started reading the second book but DNF’d it after about 50 pages because I really didn’t care about what would happen, I just didn’t care.

The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
This is a trilogy I really wanted to love, and I thought I would. It was ok, but nothing more. I really loved the idea about this as well since I had heard a lot of good things about it, but while reading I got annoyed by a couple of things; the repetitive words from Juliet, though I kind of understand why it’s there and in the end of the series I had accepted it. I just ignored the repetitive words it in the end because it was just too much of it. The other thing was the world-building and story development, it was just… weak, nothing really happened or moved forward despite the war going on and stuff… Things just should happen, and I had the feeling during this entire trilogy that it just stood still. One more thing, I didn’t get the hype about Warner, he f*ing freaked me out throughout the books and I didn’t understand what was so great about him in the end and why people loved him(?) I was truly confused to say the least. I mean, even in the last book I seriously had shills going through my spine whenever he entered the room.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I had really high hopes for this and I was so sure I would love it, but I didn’t, because… It was f*ing boring, it was just soo boring and when I put it down I just didn’t have the urge to pick it up again. I did finish it but I think I just rated it 2 stars if I remember correctly.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I didn’t really know what I expected from it except that i read everywhere that it was so funny and so on. It wasn’t. I don’t think anything in this book was funny, I mean it tried to but tried way to much. The dialogues were all over the place and made my head hurt. The main character and his friend were just really weird and awkward and blah. That’s really the only way I can describe them, they weren’t really believable (I can’t see people really reacting like they did, in real life).

Every Day by David Levithan
I don’t even know what to say about this. It was the second biggest disappointment of these books. When I bought the book I had heard from a lot of places that this was such a good book and that people really loved it. And when I read what it was about and all i thought was that this was the kind of book that I would love, but no, no, NO! I didn’t like the writing style, the characters or anything at all except the idea of the story, it (again) could have been a really good book, but no, it just didn’t happen.

Atlantia by Ally Condie
Blah, just blah. I can’t even bother to write anything more about this.

Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Oh man, where to begin with this one…
Since october 2014 when i discovered BookTube this was one of the first books I really, really wanted to read because everyone said it would be so scary and awesome because of the pictures. I was really expecting a book where I would curl up in (or under) my bed while reading it and biting my nails to stumps, but, no, NO!! That didn’t happen, not once, and it wasn’t scary at all. The only thing I really loved about the book was the pictures, noting else! Ok, I’m lying a little bit, I loved the beginning, about to after the part where the ”children” got introduced and the story about this second world began. After that it all went downhill and ended up as my biggest disappointment of 2015.

I don’t need to remind you that these are just my opinions, there’s no personal attacks here to anyone who loved these books.

That’s all for this time. Hope you enjoyed this post. Take care! 🙂

February TBR | 2016

I’m not the kind of person who usually knows what she wants to read the upcoming month, or even the upcoming week or even day. But I do have a few books I really want to get to this month:

First off I want to finish The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, which i started in mid January but didn’t finish. (finished this already)

As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka. I don’t know much about this book, only that it is written by an Finnish author and is some kind of thriller story.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, which I want to listen on, on audio book.

And I’m going to start A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. Don’t know if I’m going to finish it this month though, but I’ll read it.

These I know I want to read this month, I might pick up more books than this but I haven’t planned anything else. You just have to wait for the February wrap-up to find out 😉 Take Care!

Januari Wrap-Up | 2016

January was a weird month to say the least. I think I’m still kind of in a reading slump that started in October or November last year. I haven’t really enjoyed what I have read and have been forced to put down books midway to pick something else up and finish the first book after finishing the second. I mean, I have wanted to read, a lot, but I don’t know, it has just been weird. Lets stop at that.

This month I finished 6 books. Which is way more than I thought at first. So I guess I’m alright with this month after all.

The first book I read was Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Which I liked a lot, but was spoiled about halfway through (I had succeeded so far not to be spoiled) so I was a bit bummed about that. It was a quick read and I liked the story and the characters a lot. I have Cinder 4 stars and I can’t wait to continue with this series.

The second book I read, or rather listened to, to was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I had wanted to read this book for quite a while since the organization and decluttering technique intrigued me and I wanted to try it for myself. I found the audiobook on YouTube and went for it. I thought the book was great, though there were some things I didn’t agree with I did some KonMari (as the technique is called) in my wardrobe to try it out) and it worked really well. I gave this book 4 stars and will buy the physical book in the future.

During the same time I listened to Marie Kondo’s book, I read a Swedish biography about a well-known comedian here in Sweden, Robert Gustavsson, Från vaggan till Deadline (title translated to From Cradle to Deadline). It was ok, better than I had expected and I’m really happy that I decided to finally read it, I think I had it in my bookshelf for about five years or so (as with many of my other books). I gave this book 3 stars.

The fourth book I decided to read was The Cellar by Natasha Preston, which I got in the mail the very same day I started to read it. I had been wanting to read it for months and couldn’t wait. I Loved this book! It was so screwed up and weird and it really creeped me out, but I didn’t want it to end! I gave this star 5 stars!

The fifth book I read this month was Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, which I started before The Cellar but decided to put it down while I devoured that book. I wrote I review for this that I posted earlier this week. But to say something about Falling Kingdoms, it was a major disappointment! Read the review to know more about why. This book barely got 3 stars.

The second to last book i finished was The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (AKA Stephen King). I kind of liked it. This book was definitely very different from what I’ve ever read before. It wasn’t quite what I had expected and I was a bit disappointed, I had expected more throughout the whole story and the ending was definitely anti-climactic. 3,5 stars.

The last book I read was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. I don’t think I’ve processed this enough to put my thoughts into words. I’m just going to say what I read in a Goodreads comment after finishing it, ”I don’t know whether it’s genius or madness. Probably both.” By the end of this play it felt like I had been there with the characters, up all night, drinking and all the weird things that happened. This was a 5 star read for me. It was weird, funny, mad, very well written and portrayed, it was a brilliantly fucked up play, to sum it up.

That was all for this January Wrap-Up, my next post will be about the books I want to read during February. I hope you liked this post. Take care!