October Wrap-Up | 2016

I’ve not been in the mood to write blog posts for each week, I even made a schedule and I did a good job at the beginning but lately I’ve been in some kind of blog writing slump. I’ve also been having problems with depression so I’ve been focusing on getting out of it. For the next couple of months or so; I’ll only be posting TBR’s, Wrap-Up’s and also Hauls if I buy or get new books, other than that I don’t think I’ll be posting anything until the end of this year and the beginning on next year.

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The books I read this month:

  • Siege ans Storm by Leigh Bardugo
    This was an okay book. It was a bit boring at times but the story in itself got me forward, and I got really attached to some of the characters and I didn’t want to stop reading because of it. I think it had a little bit of the second book syndrome, but it wasn’t too bad. 4 stars.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
    It couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to a trilogy. I can’t believe I didn’t know if I wanted to continue with this series after reading the first book, but I’m so glad I did. It contained everything that should be included in a ya fantasy series of any kind. I laughed, there were so many things I lived about this that made me cry, small things but funny either way, and I cried, A LOT, even for the Darkling at the end. The last hundred pages broke me and then healed me before the book was over. And i liked the ”prolog” and ”epilog” part of the book, it was like reading a portion of the story in fairytale style. If I have to say something negative about the book was that it could be quite predictable, there were some things I saw miles away. 5 stars.
  • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
    I’m sorry to say this but to be an ending to a trilogy that’s been so good, this was a huge disappointment. It was boring and so predictable that it almost bored me to sleep. The only thing that I actually liked about it was the very beginning and the very end. In the first two books I could sympathize with the characters, that didn’t happen in this one, except for Cinder. And there were way to many loose ends for me to rate it higher than 3 stars.
  • The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    Great conclusion to this duology. The only thing I wasn’t too fond of was the weird creatures like the manticore and the king of the sea and foam, whatever he was, it’s not the characters (I loved the manticore so much) but the magical creature thing, it was a little too much for me. But this book still deserves a 4,5 star rating.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
    To be totally honest I was disappointed with this one. I mean, it was good, even great at times, but most of the time I was… bored. I don’t think it needed to be as long as it was; 626 pages. Sometimes the descriptions were a bit too elaborate to keep my interest peeked at all times. I liked the ending enough to keep reading this series as the books comes out, or at least the next one to see if it picks up. I’m not really sure what to rate this one, I rated it 4 stars at GoodReads, but I’m actually leaning more toward 3,5 stars.
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    I don’t really know what to make of this to be honest. I liked the story enough to continue this trilogy and see where it goes and ends. But this first book was nothing special, I mean it’s like nothing I’ve read before and in that sense it was great, sometimes the story in itself became kind of boring. This book had a lot of potential, I mean TYE’s were going to put Enzo on the throne, but they never made a move, nothing major hardly ever happened for me to believe something would happen, there was a declaration of what was going to happen and then… nothing. It was all about Adelina, and I don’t even know where I’m going start with my problems with her.., I was expecting not grayish transparent darkness (which is what I would describe her as) but pure, impenetrable blackness and complexity, a real anti-hero, which Adelina  isn’t at all, she’s just a little girl who spends her time whining over events that’s not even her fault. I mean really, stop whining and take action, prove that you are the anti-hero you’re supposed to be, FFS! I couldn’t feel her struggles through the whole book, it just wasn’t there, so I couldn’t really feel anything for her. The only characters I actually cared about were Enzo (My God with knives!) and Raffaele. I expected something huge and extraordinary to happen, but no, it never came. The story in itself was too simply written for my taste and lacked of world-building, it was there but not enough of it. The only problem I had with the writing was that there were too many unnecessary descriptions of clothes and looks, and blah every day in the book. It would have been much better putting those words in world-building. The last 100 pages or so I really enjoyed though and the Epilogue really had me intrigued for the next book. When I finished it I wanted to give the book 3,5-4 stars but since then (it’s been almost a whole day), I’ve been rethinking and I gave it 3 stars, and I hope the next two books will be better.

I started Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk at the end of the month, I hope I’ll be able to finish it before the month is over but mu sister in crime is coming to visit for a few days so I’m not sure I’ll be able to, if not I’m going to finish it in the beginning of November and I’ll be adding it to my November Wrap-Up.

Have a great weekend and Happy Halloween 🙂

October TBR | 2016

Wow, I really can’t believe there’s less than three months left of this year. These last months I’ll be focusing on finishing up series I’ve started during the past year and a half and also to finish some of my 2016 goals.

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  • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (which I’ve already read)
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (which I’m halfway through)
  • Golden Son by Pierce Brown
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
  • The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clark

It is a generous TBR since I’ve got a lot to do, I’ll have a lot to do, but I’m going to do my best to finish them all even thought it seems like an impossible task right now. Until next time 🙂

September Wrap-Up | 2016

September was a really good month, even though I had plenty to do I read 8 books and started a 9th, which is kind of the same amount I have gotten done during June and July too.

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  • 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
    I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, it was a cute story and all, but there were a couple of things that just didn’t work for me, like it didn’t feel like Leah’s feelings toward Toby even existed, I never once felt like she had feelings for him. But I liked all the POV’s and stories told throughout the book, 3,5 stars.
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
    This has been one of the most emotional reads in my life, it was a roller-coaster of happiness and bawling, but I liked it. I loved the main story more than I thought I would even though it was kind off an insta-love story. Before I found out that this is a series I thought there were too many loose ends, but since there is and are going to be more books I assume that these loose ends will be resolved in the end. 4,5 stars.
  • I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
    It was a great story, I really liked it. But sometimes it got a bit boring and dragging, and I couldn’t really relate to any of the main characters problems, but it was still good and I loved the story between Skylar and Josh and how everything came together in the end. 4 stars.
  • The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
    This was seriously one of the perfect contemporary books I’ve ever read, sometimes I laughed so hard I thought I might cry, I felt really connected with Caymen and her sarcastic nature, It almost felt like I was reading about myself sometimes. I loved it. Didn’t think this would happen since I wasn’t a fan of The Fill-In Boyfriend, this deserved 5 stars for sure, since it had everything, and I mean everything.
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
    As most of the contemporaries I’ve read during the summer this was just as cutsie. But I still have mixed feelings about it. The language wasn’t at all what I thought 16 year old’s would have, it was a more mature language that probably fit 18-19 year old’s instead. The story in itself was great, but unfortunately a little boring to be honest, and I was a little disappointed in the ending since we only got the start of Paige and Max and a bunch of e-mails from their summer apart, I mean what the heck? Not cool. First I wanted to give this book a 3 star rating, but changed it when I looked back a bit and looked at the whole picture, I changed the rating to a 4 star one.
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
    This book had been a much better story without the romance between the main characters. I didn’t really get why it was there in the first place. But the story as a whole was good either way. I liked how the author portrayed bipolar disorder, it felt  real. 3,5 stars.
  • One Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
    Oh my, where to begin. This has become one of my favorite books of this year for sure. It’s a very big book, but it didn’t bother me as it usually does, I did fly through it and it didn’t feel at all like it was dragging on for no reason. Everything in this book was there for a reason. I cried, I laughed and even though it ended with an open ending it did feel like an beginning to the end, I didn’t want to know what happened after the book ended because I knew the main character would be fine no matter what happened. 5 solid stars.
  • Partials by Dan Wells
    I loved this books. It was never a boring read and there was always something going on, fast paced and action packed. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the two last books in this trilogy. 4 solid stars.

I also started Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo but didn’t finish it in September, and I have finished it by this point.

October will be even busier so I’m not sure I’ll be able to read as much as I’ve done the entire summer,but hey, as long as I get some books read during the month, everything’s okay. See ya soon 🙂

September Book Haul | 2016

This month I’ve been focusing on getting books that will help me finish of some series I’ve started during the past 1,5 years. Although, I’ve gotten a couple of books that wasn’t included in this focus point, I mean of course I books I didn’t intend to get, who doesn’t 😉

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There was a members weekend in a chain of bookstores here in Sweden where all books were 20% off. So since I knew they had a few of the books I needed I decided to go.

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, well for obvious reasons 😉
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, same as above 😉
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu, which I bought on a whim since I got captured by something a booktuber said in a video and I just needed to just read it to see what it is.
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, I didn’t know if I wanted to continue with this trilogy but then I saw the bookstore had it and just decided to get it, I guess I’ll be finishing of this trilogy as well this year.

That’s all for the September haul, so would say I was pretty good this past month with the bookbuying. I’m not sure how October is going to be since I have already bought a couple of books when I write this and it’s October already. Let’s see what happens.

See you next time 🙂