July Wrap-Up | 2016

July was a great reading month for me, it really looks like my reading slump is over, at least for now. I read 11 books, which i haven’t done, ever, before. My only problem now is that I’m almost out of contemporary YA books, which is what I’ve read for the past two months.

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  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
    This book was really nothing special. Up until the New York trip it was just meh, then it picked up quite a bit and I enjoyed the night spent there, but then it fell flat again once the morning came. 3 stars.
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
    I can’t put to words how good this book was. I read it in two sittings and couldn’t put it down. It read like a basic contemporary novel but quite different because of the obvious that the love story is about a brother and sister, which threw me a little bit at the beginning since it’s nothing I’ve read before, but I loved it in the end and sobbed quite a bit by the end of it. 5 solid stars.
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
    This was a light and fluffy read, not the best contemporary I’ve ever read but it was more than okay. It was what I needed to read after the heartbreaking episode of Forbidden. 3,5 stars.
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    I really liked this book a lot, it was the perfect amount of fun, fluff, and romance. The only thing that took away of the rating a little bit was that for the majority of the book was mostly boring school stuff, but since most of it led to the ending I’m okay with it, but there were some things that I thought didn’t need to be there. Simon has  become a new favorite fictional character. I gave this book 4,5 stars.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman
    This was a good ”continuation” (since it’s not quite a continuation but the same story but from Willem’s POV) to Just One Day, not the greatest but still one of the better ones I’ve read this far. To be honest it dragged a bit at times, but it didn’t bother me too much. I needed to read Willem’s side of things, what really happened to him the day after, and the whole year afterwards. 4 stars.
  • Just One Night by Gayle Forman (e-book)
    The novella after Just One Year. I couldn’t accept that the story ended like it did in both Just One Day and Just one Year. I had a vague memory of there being a novella and looked it up, and sure enough, it was a continuation of what happened after both earlier books and it left me more than satisfied with the ending. I loved it, even though it was way to short in my opinion, it was what I needed to feel this satisfaction. 4,5 stars (the .5 star fell out because of it being to short).

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  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    This book was actually a little too fluffy for my taste, it was so cute and sweet I almost gagged at times, but only almost. And even thought I hated Sam’s mom throughout the whole book and didn’t understand her logic at all, she came around in the end and it all turned out okay, I will never stop hating her. But just like the other contemporaries I’ve read this summer this was a perfect read for me. 4 stars.
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
    I don’t really know what to say about this book. It was a little bit of a letdown, there wasn’t really any character development and I was really confused about the ”love story” that was supposed to kind of be in it. I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it was a little bit disappointing anyways. When I rated the book in Goodreads I gave it 3 stars, but maybe it’s more of something between 3 and 3,5, but no more than that.
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
    As most of the other books I read this month, it was perfection. I laughed, I cried and I left that giddy fluffy heartwarming and heart-wrenching at the same time kind off feeling. The only thing I didn’t care about was the whole music scene, it’s really not my thing, but it suited the story really well. 4 stars.
  • Pensionatet vid världens ände by Camilla Davidsson
    This is the second book in a swedish feel-good trilogy. The first book was one of the best books I read last year. This one was good, but not the best I’ve read this year, but definitely a read-worthy book. 4 stars.
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Don’t really know what to think of this book, I have no idea how to rate it either. I mean it was good and I can relate quite well to Hannah’s story, the depression and suicidal thoughts I suffered from in my late teens. But somehow I can’t wrap my thoughts around the whole story, I don’t know if it’s the format of the book or what, but until I can wrap my mind around it I can’t rate it.
    After thinking it through I’m going to give this book 3,5 stars. It was a well written book and I could definitely identify myself with Hannah.

All in all, it was a great reading month and I hope the rest of the year will be something like this one too.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out | Tag | 2016

Since June is over since more than a week ago, that means that there’s only less than 6 months left. It’s time to check in with what I’ve read so far with this tag.

Original Video: YouTube

Questions:
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016.
Unforgiven by Lauren Kate (if it counts as a sequel, if not I don’t have a sequel to add here).

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3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken and Riders by Veronica Rossi (Can’t choose one between these three).

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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5. Biggest disappointment.
You by Caroline Kepnes & Gone Girls by Gillian Flynn

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6. Biggest surprise.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. It was so much better then I ever would have thought, since I’ve heard that those who love the Throne of Glass series wouldn’t like ACOTAR, and the other way around.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Can’t say 100% sure but Marissa Meyer, Jojo Moyes and Huntley Fitzpatrick, have all much potential, I just can’t really say because I’ve only read one book from all of them.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Conrad in the The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han, and Willem in the Just One Day Duology by Gayle Forman, and now Jase in My Life Next Door too. I’m all over the place with the crushes lately, lol :P.

9. Newest favourite character.
Simon Spier in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli for sure. I love his weirdness, since it reminds me of myself quite a bit.

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10. Book that made you cry.
Most of the ones I’ve read this year should be listed here, but the two books where I cried the most, I mean blubbering sobbing, were definitely Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

 

11. Book that made you happy.
All of them more or less (except for a few exceptions – see disappointments)

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Haven’t read/seen any yet this year.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes, it was a good one for being my first review.

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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The Bloomsbury Children’s edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (and also the second and third book in the same edition

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin, Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Martian by Andy Wier, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, The Harry Potter series, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raash, and plenty of others but these are the most important ones.

April, May & June Book Haul | 2016

Well, this hasn’t happened before in my time since I found BookTube. Ever since I did I have bought several books every single month, but now this happened. In April I bought 1 book and ordered 1 but it didn’t arrive until May so I’ll count it as an April purchase since it was payed during that month. I didn’t buy any books in May since I was saving up money for my London trip in the end of the month.

Books I bought in April:

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  • Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
  • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

As mentioned above I didn’t buy any books in May since I was saving up money for my London trip, but while there I went completely loose, lol. I decided to only buy books that I couldn’t find in the physical Swedish bookstores since I like to get books mostly from those. Almost all of the books I bought in London were from Foyles, only one I bought from a second hand store (which I don’t remember the name of unfortunately) but it was on the same street. So, these are the books I bought on my trip to London:

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  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
  • Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty bind-up of all 3 books by Jenny Han
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (which was bought from the second hand store for £3).

And while me and my mother were at the Warner Bros. Studios I also bought the first Harry Potter Book in this beautiful edition ^^.

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Last haul for June
I have to admit I was a bit bad in the end of June, I bought four more books, all contemporary because that’s all I want to read at the moment and seems like the only books I can read through entirely without falling asleep or taking forever to get through, or putting down and not pick it up again. These are the ones I bought:

  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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So, that’s all the books I’ve bought the last few months. And as of yesterday , I already have a July (maybe July/August book haul) started *oops*. But yeah, that was all for now. See ya! 🙂

TBR/WTR in July | 2016

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I will go with the same theme for July that I had in June, Contemporary, which seems to work extremely well for me at the moment. Last month I read so many good books, and I hope that it will continue this month too. I have a few books I really just need to read this month.

  • Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales, which I’ve finished by the time this post goes up.
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which I’ve also finished reading when the post is up.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, which I’m reading right now.

I’m sure I will get through them all during July, and maybe I’m even going to be able to add a few books too them, but I’m not going to have too much hope. So much can happen. And there might even come to that, that I decide to read something else entirely, but this is what I feel like reading at this time.

See ya! 🙂

June Wrap-Up | 2016

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This month was a little bit better than the latest two or three months or so, sure I only read three books but they were all great books, loved all of them.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
    I loved this book so much, maybe even more than the Throne of Glass series. I could definitely  identify the Beauty and the Beast retelling in the story and loved it so much. 4,5 stars (but I might have to change it to 5 stars depending on the next two books in the trilogy.)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Oh man, the feels. This book was a solid 5 stars for me including a lot of bawling my eyes out! Even though it was very predictable, I loved this book more than any other book I’ve ever read, and it was just what I needed at this time. It was lovely, funny, heartbreaking, and kind of an eye-opener for me. (This book is not in the picture because my mom has borrowed it and is reading it at the moment.)
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
    I read the preview in Where She Went, about a year and a half ago and knew I needed to read this book, when I went to London in the end of May I found it at Foyles and decided to buy it, now, after reading it I knew it was just the book for me, hell, I knew it just after the first chapters that it was the book for me.I loved it so much, sure there were a couple of places in the book where I doubted the story was going to keep up until the end but it never faltered more than that. I didn’t want to put the book down, I literally craved after the book when I didn’t read it, which hardly ever happens now a days, since I went into this slump of a lifetime in the beginning of the year. I gave this book 4,75 Stars.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
    A perfectly cute and fluffy contemporary and just what I needed at this time. I loved it and everything in it, and I fell in love with a character (Conrad <3), once again, I couldn’t help it. 4 stars.
  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
    I have some mixed feelings about this book. It was good in the sense of story, but at times I found myself confused even thought I knew exactly what happened at all times. I just had this feeling of being just a little bit lost throughout the entire book. But I laughed, I cried, it contained everything I needed none the less. 3,5 stars.
  • We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
    Mixed feelings doesn’t even begin to describe what I felt about this book, I didn’t love it and I didn’t really hate it either. And I have lot’s of opinions on this book, just you see, there might even be a few smaller spoilers, it will be marked * where it begins and where it ends. In a way I felt cheated because I never got to read the story to the true ending that in the book was ONE and one page only, I felt I had deserved that last storyline leading to that end, I don’t care that the book might had been twice as long, it would have been a much better book with that in it.
    I did like to read the point of view of Conrad, it gave the story a bit of character and it made the story a little more worthwhile.
    I didn’t like Jere in this book, sure he still made me laugh like he did in the earlier books but I just didn’t like him, it was more his humor that did it. He changed for the worse in this book I think, but then again, he never was ”my guy” throughout the trilogy.*And, there’s some questions still unanswered when the book ended, like: Why did Con break up with Belly after her prom even though he loved her more than anything? Why Con and his dad god back on good terms. And why Aubrey was at the boys mothers funeral? I don’t get it, and there’s no explanation/answer for them.*
    3 stars, and it’s only because of Conrad ❤ ^^. I’ve already written a series review of this one since there’s so much more to say about it.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
    Yet again, just the book I needed, and it also saved the rest of the month after reading the disaster of a book before this one. I loved it so much. It contained everything that I just needed at the moment. It wasn’t the best book by Morgan Matson that I’ve read, but it did the trick and I don’t regret reading it! 4 stars

That’s all for now, I’ll post a July TBR post in a couple of days. And there’s also going to be a post on April, May and June Book Haul soon, and so much more. See ya! 🙂