Probably the Biggest Book UNhaul I’ll Ever Do | 2017

I’ve had a huge amount of books in storage for a long time. I’ve now gone through them, and also purged my bookcases. So next week, I’m going to sell them all, and donate if some books doesn’t sell. I feel this is very well needed right now since I need the space and I also feel like I don’t want to keep books if I haven’t truly loved them, and I’m so tired of books having different sizes and everything, so I’ve also purged books with the ”wrong size” to the rest of the series. I won’t go into much detail about the books and their synopsis except maybe comment why I’m getting rid of them.

There was an incident where I Unhauled books and I forgot to take photos of them, but I still wrote down all the books I sold, I’ll just post them here.

All the books marked with an ¤ are books I’m going to re-buy in different editions.

  • Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (maybe ¤)
  • Collected Works of Alexander Pope
  • The Divergent trilogy + Four
  • The Throne of Glass series (the first 4 books) ¤
  • 2 first books in Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein trilogy in Swedish ¤
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone boxset by Laini Taylor
  • 2 books with short stories in Swedish by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ¤
  • Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux ¤
  • The Vampire Book – The Encyclopedia of the Undead
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • Rapture by Lauren Kate
  • Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ¤

First of is YA Paranormal books or Fantasy books in general.

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The Fallen bind ups 1 & 2 by Thomas E Sniegoski I’m getting rid of because I’m just not interested anymore, I read the first bind-up but it wasn’t anything special and I haven’t picked up the second one so why keep them?

I’ve sold the second and last book in the Fallen series by Lauren Kate earlier and forgot to take a photo of them, so these are the two left. I just didn’t want to keep them since I know I’m not going to re-read them.

I know for sure I won’t be reading Terry Pratchett’s book The Wee Free, whatever. I picked it up once but put it down after a couple of chapters, it just wasn’t for me. Same with Wings by Aprilynne Pike and Half Bad By Sally Green.

I haven’t been interested in picking up the Queen of the Tearling by Erica Johansen, so I don’t want to keep it.

Beautiful Creatures, Shiver and Evil Librarian I’ve read, won’t continue the series (read the two sequels in the Shiver series, not the last one) and Evil Librarian I just don’t care to keep. I’ve also read Storm Front by Jim Butcher but I don’t need to keep that book even though I might want to continue the series later on.

Next up is: Dystopian Novels

2017-01-19-15-52-48Partials¤ is the wrong size. And I got two copies of Fragments because this one was damaged a little bit. Same with End of Days by Susan Ee.

The Legend Trilogy, I’m selling because I want the boxset with the novella included, so I don’t need to keep this.¤

Under the Never Sky trilogy I’m getting rid of because, 1. Wrong size of the two last books, and 2. They weren’t that good. (might re-buy if I want to re-read them and give them another chance)

The 5th Wave¤ was the wrong size to the rest of the trilogy. Delirium¤ and Requiem¤ are both the wrong editions to the Pandemonium I have which is the most beautiful thing ever.

Atlantia by Ally Condie. I’m selling because I just don’t want to keep it, it was not a good story anywhere at all.

And, the Maze runner I’m selling because I’m just not going to read it. I tried two times and that’s enough for me, it’s going.

The House of Night series (first 9 books) and The Mortal Instruments

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Simply getting rid of House of night series Because I won’t be finishing it. And The Mortal Instruments I’m selling because I won’t re-read it ever again, and I don’t support Cassandra Clare.

Various books

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The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, I read it in Swedish a couple of years back and wanted it in English (don’t know why) I haven’t read it and probably never will.

You by Caroline Kepnes was a huge disappointment and I don’t want to keep it. The rest of the books  I haven’t read and probably never will so I didn’t want to keep them.

Various different books and Contemporary YA

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The Twilight Saga – the official illustrated guide I’m getting rid of because I haven’t touched it since I bought it. I don’t need a book to know the characters and places in the Saga and all the info about them.

The three first books in the Black Butler Manga, I read them, didn’t care for them. Bye bye.

Most of the Contemporary books I’ve read and don’t want to keep because they weren’t that good. The only books I haven’t read are The Fault in Our stars and Paper Towns by John Green, getting rid of them because I just don’t care about his books. Shopaholic to the stars I DNF’d 1/3 of the way in. And An Englishwoman in New York I don’t care to read anymore.

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I read Etiquette & Espionage and didn’t like it, it was way too immature for my taste and I won’t be reading the rest.

2017 Bookish Goals

When October was ending I started thinking about which books I might want to read during 2017 and I got so excited that I looked up challenges and reading lists and everything else I could find. I wrote a list of 17 books I wanted to read in 2017, I wrote down the prompts of the Around the World in 52 Books challenge and wrote down what books to read for what prompts, and I wrote a huge list of goals and resolutions.

But when December came I feel so overwhelmed, especially since I had around 10 books to read this month to finish of some series and whatnot, and starting next year with a huge reading list is just stressing me out way too much to be healthy, so I have trashed the 17 in 2017 and also the Around the World in 52 books challenge. Since I know I’ll be crazy busy for at least the first 6 months, I’ve decided to, for now, not to start any challenges.

Instead I’ve written just a couple of goals I’m going to focus on for the entire year, it’s not much but I think it will be enough, and if I feel I can take a little more, I can always add something small to complement the list.

The Goals I’ve Written for 2017 are:

  • Read 40 books
  • ONLY read books I own (I’m going to attempt to make my TBR bookshelf MUCH smaller)
  • Read 5, buy one – Last year I did read one, buy one and it went better than expected, but since I’m attempting on emptying my TBR shelves as much as I can, I needed to go extreme on this one to keep myself from buying more books than I can read.
  • Read 5 classics
  • Read 5 books in Swedish
  • Read a Children’s Classic

I think this should be enough, not to little not to much. But if even this becomes too overwhelming I might trash the resolutions entirely (except read what I own and read five, buy one) and just read what I feel like without any expectations at all.

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This goes with the Read 5, buy one goal. There are a couple of things I’m going to focus on whenever I actually buy books during the year. Since I’ve decided that I need to read five books before I can buy one the amount of books I’m buying is really limited and reserved for a couple of the goals I have for the year.

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  • Finish 10 series – these are series I started in 2015 or 2016, that I know for sure I’m going to try to finish. (I’m not counting novella collections). Here’s the series I’ve started:
    – The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (3 books left to buy)
    – Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (3 books left)
    – Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (1 book left)
    – Partials by Dan Wells
    – Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
    – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
    – Nattens Barn by Benni Bodker (2 books left)
    – Under Vintergatans Alla Stjärnor by Camilla Davidsson ✔︎
    – Red Rising by Pierce Brown (1 book left)
    – Lumikki Andersson by Salla Simukka (2 books left)
    – Night World by L J Smith (2 binds up left)
    – Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (1 book left)
    – Moskva Noir by Camilla Grebe & Paul Leander-Engström (1 book left)
    – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan (2 books left)
  • Read the Harry Potter series in English – I still need the last four books in the series.
  • Read 5 books from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge – If there are a couple of books I don’t own and can’t get from the library I’ll need to buy it/them.
  • Don’t start a new series/trilogy if I can’t finish it during the year – There are a few sequels in trilogies or series I don’t have but own the first book of and might need to get if I decide to start reading them during the year, and I know there are a couple of complete duologies I could read if I want to.

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Ok, so for a small announcement… I won’t be doing any TBR/WTR blog posts anymore, I want to be open to whatever book comes my way during the year. There might be a book or two I know for 150% I’m going to read one month or so, I might post a short TBR post then, but otherwise I’m just not going to.

One other thing, I want to post more review’s on my blog. So, I think I’m going to attempt to write at least 6 reviews this year.

Top Books of 2016 & 2016 Bookish Resolutions Review

So, 2016 is over and it’s time to look back and decide which books of the year became my favorites and which resolutions I completed and which I didn’t. My favorite books of the year below are in no specific order and I have really no explanations to give on all of them, but for some there might be.

The only one missing from the picture is Me Before You, because my mom has it hidden somewhere, lol.

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – When I read this book it was exactly what I needed at the time. I was going through a hard time and this book reminded me of how much I still have to give and how much there is to live for, it actually helped me get through that hard time.
  2. The Martian by Andy Wier – This was the last book I read in 2016. I think this was the best book I read all year, it had everything I needed at the time; it was funny and I actually laughed out loud several times and it was easy to get through even though there were plenty of scientific terms which some I didn’t understand at all, but it didn’t matter. I really loved it.
  3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  4. The Cellar by Natasha Preston – This was one of the, if not the first book I read in 2016, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It was creepy and freaky, I love reading everything like what this book was I still think about it.
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  6. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  8. A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon – Like Me Before You I read this at a time I really needed it, I wasn’t in bad shape or anything, but I needed to remind myself of what matters and what doesn’t. It wasn’t quite what I had expected, but that didn’t matter, it was actually a bit better than I had expected.
  9. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – I was hesitant to completing the trilogy after loosing interest since it had been so long since I read the first book, but I found the last two books in my favorite bookstore after not finding what I was really looking for, I have been looking for both of them but only found one of them so I hadn’t bought them before. Boy was I happy to have finally bought and reading them both. I think this has become my favorite trilogy of all times along with a few more.
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discovers the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  11. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  12. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
  13. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – All I have to say is: it’s Morgan Matson! 😉
  14. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – It was a devastating read, and months after reading it I still think about it. I didn’t really see it just as an incestuous story, but it was a contemporary love story about forbidden love, I could overlook the incest in it which I thought would be a problem for me, but it wasn’t.
  15. Unforgiven by Lauren Kate – I’ve read the entire Fallen series by Lauren Kate and even thought I loved it at the time, I’ve lost a lot of interest in re-reading that series and I wasn’t a fan of Lauren Kate any longer, but when I found out there would be a book about Cam, who was my favorite character in the series, I needed it. And Oh My God, it was way better than I would ever have thought it could be.
  16. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  17. Summer in the City by Candace Bushnell

Bookish Resolutions

You can read my original 2016 resolutions in the very beginning of this blog since it was one of the first posts I ever posted.

The Reading Goals for 2016

  • Read a total of 60 books ✔︎- I’ve finished this goal in October I think, and I read 74 books in total.
  • Finish of series/trilogy’s (not counting novella collections), goal was to finish 6 of them and I finished:
    – Delirium by Lauren Oliver
    – The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    – Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
    – Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
    – Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi
    – The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    – The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
    – Just one Day by Gayle Forman
    – The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    – The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
    And since I started 15 new series this year for some reason, there’s supposed to be 21 series finished, but that obviously didn’t happen even though I tried, I really did. One thing I’ve learned from this; Don’t start more series than you can finish! Lol. Well, 12 finished series is better than none.
  • Read at least 1 book written in verse
  • Finish my 16 books in 2016 – see below this list, but I didn’t finish it.
  • Start 4 new series/trilogy’s ✔︎
    – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
    – Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
    – Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes
    – The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
    And Eleven more!!!
  • Read a book, buy a book – I can’t buy one book until I’ve read one book! – I’ve done surprisingly well with this. I’ve read 74 books and I’ve bought 69, so I think I did quite well. I’ll definitely do this again next year but I’m going to tweek the number a bit. ✔︎
  • Read at least 5 books in Swedish ✔︎
  • Read 5 classics – This did not happen this year, I just wasn’t in the mood to read classics.

2016 in 2016 books

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin 
  2. Forbidden by Tamara Suzuma ✔︎
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas ✔︎
  5. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera ✔︎
  6. You by Caroline Kepnes ✔︎
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Martian by Andy Wier ✔︎
  9. The Cellar by Natasha Preston ✔︎
  10. Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk ✔︎
  11. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ✔︎
  12. Pensionatet vid världens ände by Camilla Davidsson ✔︎
  13. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ✔︎
  14. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ✔︎
  15. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher ✔︎
  16. Storm Front by Jim Butcher ✔︎

Out of these I’ve read 13/16 books, sure I actually changed the list during the year one time since my priorities changed, but I still didn’t complete the list. I won’t be doing this next year though since it caused me too much stress I really don’t need.

November, December and Christmas Book Haul & Unboxing | 2016

All of the books in this haul are Christmas presents for some reason. I haven’t gotten or bought any other books the past two months.

At the end of October I talked to my parents about Christmas gifts, and since I needed books to complete series and getting them for Christmas wouldn’t help me much with only a week of the year left, so I got my presents really early. I got to order books from Book Depository for about $70. So I ordered 8 books, and I wanted to do an unboxing for this one, so here it goes. I got four packages in the mail.

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The first book that came in the post was:

  • End of Days by Susan Ee – Third and last book in the Penryn & The end of the world trilogy.

The second packaged contained:

  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – second book in the Delirium trilogy, the only book that was missing in the trilogy since I already owned Requiem, the third and last book.
  • Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons – second book in the Article 5 trilogy, the last book missing for me in the trilogy.
  • Fragments by Dan Wells
  • Ruins by Dan Wells – second and last book in the Partials trilogy.
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey – second and last book in the 5th Wave trilogy.
  • Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell – second and last book in the Carrie Diaries duology.

They didn’t arrive until early November so that’s why I didn’t post this in the October Book Haul. And two of the ones I got were damaged so I got two new ones, so it took some time to get this down with pictures and everything.

So, here are all the books I ordered and got during the first week of November. During the rest of the month I didn’t buy any books at all, since I already have so many books on my TBR shelves that I need to get to and didn’t want to add more too it.

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December

For Christmas I got a bookish present from my brother, I’m so excited for this! I got A Series of Unfortunate Events box set by Lemony Snicket! It’s a box set of all 13 books in the series, and I’m loving it soo much, I can’t wait to start reading it!

Aand, i bought myself a Christmas present too, just because ”treat yo’ s(h)elf”! 😉 So i bought The Spiderwick Chronicles box set by Holly Black containing all 5 books in the series, I can’t wait to read it. And the second thing i bought is the third book in a Swedish trilogy called ‘Under vintergatans alla stjärnor’, the book is ‘Änglarna dansar i gryningen’ by Camilla Davidsson.

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Aaand, I bought 3 books on the days between Christmas and New Year’s that we in Sweden (and maybe all of Scandinavia) call ”Mellandagsrea” (= Middleday sale). They probably won’t arrive until after New Years so I’ll Include them in my first 2017 haul, which I think I won’t post until February or March depending on how many/few books I have bought up until then.

Have a great New Years and an awesome beginning of 2017! 🙂