It has only been about a month since I did my last UNhaul, and I’m doing another one so soon after that because I found a few more books I had forgotten about and they were hidden in our spare room, all of them I’m UNhauling. And I’m also UNhauling some Swedish hardbacks I won’t read because I actually prefer reading the mass market paperbacks when it comes to Swedish books, no matter the genre, they’re just easier to read as mass market paperbacks. I actually don’t like reading hardbacks at all, I prefer paperbacks, but that’s beside the point of this post.
All of the books are going to be donated as soon as I can get to our local charity store. So, the books I’m getting rid of this time are:
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Wormwood by Poppy z. Brite
- Shadows of glass by Kassy Tayler
- Remember me by Sophie Kinsella
- Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier
- And the ass saw the angel by Nick Cave
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
- Tokyo MewMew Vol. 1, 2 and 4 by Mia Ikumi and Reiko Yoshida in Swedish
- Great Horror Stories – Tales by Stoker, Poe and Lovecraft – edited by John Grafton
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- White Oleander by Janet Fitch
On to the Books in Swedish:
- Mördar-Anders och hans vänner (samt en och annan ovän) by Jonas Jonasson (English title: Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it all) – This I’m going to give my mom.
- Himmelstrand by Johan Ajvide Lindqvist (English title: I am behind you)
- Låt de gamla drömmarna dö by Johan Ajvide Lindqvist (English title:) Let the old dreams die)
- Sandmannen by Lars Kepler (English title: The Sandman) – getting the Mass Market Paperback
- Stalker by Lars Kepler (English title: Stalker) – getting the Mass Market Paperback
- Lejontämjaren by Camilla Läckberg (English title: the ice child) – getting the Mass Market Paperback
- Rörgast by Johan Theorin (English title: the voices beyond) – got the Mass Market Paperback
- Sju Sorters kakor (recipes of seven kinds of cookies) – it’s an old tradition in Sweden to serve seven kinds of cookies when you invite people over, not that anyone does that anymore what I know of.
- A Swedish book on Zodiac signs, how people of specific zodiac signs are in life and in love-life.
- Magikologi – Merlins hemliga book om trollkarlar (English title: Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin)
I also went through my TBR shelf again and found some books I’m just not going to read or I’m going to get other editions of (mainly Swedish hardcovers but also a couple of other books):
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver – I’m selling this one and I’m getting another edition of it.
- Stum sitter guden by Anna Jansson (English title: there isn’t one)
- Nancy by Elsie Johansson (English title: there isn’t one)
- Analfabeten som kunde räkna by Jonas Jonasson (English title: The girl who saved the king of Sweden)
- Britt-Marie var här by Fredrik Backman (English title: Britt-Marie was here)
- Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt by Fredrik Backman (English title: My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry)
I’m giving the last three books to my mom since she does want to read them and she doesn’t care about them being hardcovers. I’m getting them in the Mass Market Paperbacks instead.
So yeah, it was actually more books than I thought it would be, but I’m happy to be rid of them and I won’t miss a single one of them, to be honest.
I was surprised to see that January was a good reading month since it usually isn’t for me. I read a total of 11 books which is way, way more than I could have even hoped to read. It was a really good and successful reading month to say the least.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was a weird book to be sure, but I kind of liked it, even though it took me a few days to get to because of the dense text. It was only the last chapter that bothered me a little bit since it was only dense text and nothing else, hardly any room to rest my eyes or just rest between paragraphs. But that doesn’t really stop me from giving the first book of the year 3,5 stars since the last chapter was necessary to understand what was going on in Dr. Jekyll’s head.
- Änglarna dansar i gryningen by Camilla Davidsson
Part three of the ”Under Vintergatans Alla Stjärnor” series. I loved it. It was the perfect ending to the trilogy (I found out a few days ago that there’s going to be a fourth book), and I couldn’t have wished for a better start for Emma and her newfound love. 5 solid stars.
- Fragments by Dan Wells
Oh My God! Great book, just fantastic! This was such good continuation in the Partials trilogy. I might be jumping too far ahead, but I think this series has Everything that makes a great dystopian trilogy. I gave it 4,5 stars.
- Ruins by Dan Wells
My least favorite book in the Partials trilogy. Don’t get me wrong, it was still really, really good, it was just that it was so predictable. The main plot twist I figured out in the first 1/3 or so of the second book in the trilogy. But there still were a few things that surprised me a bit. All in all, this trilogy has become my favorite dystopian ever (after Legend by Marie Lu). This book I gave 4 stars.
- Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
I really struggled getting into this book throughout the entire thing. Partly because I couldn’t remember what happened in the first book in this trilogy called Article 5, I only remember small snippets of it even though I read the first book in 2016. I guess I should have re-read that one before getting into this one, but I just didn’t want to. Now I wish I had since that struggle was with me for the entire book more or less. The recaps didn’t help me much at all. I remember I liked Article 5 a lot, and I really liked Breaking Point too, but in a different way, I think. Because of my mistake, I can’t give this book more than 3,5 stars, unfortunately.
- Three by Kristen Simmons
It was a good enough ending to a trilogy. I liked it more than I liked the second book and it concluded the story just fine. Like the second book it was slow at times, but when it picked up I was fine with it. 4 stars.
- The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
It was a great beginning and introduction to the series of unfortunate events. I liked it way more than I actually thought I would. 4 stars.
- The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket
My favorite book in the series so far (after reading the first 4 books), I liked everything about it, including the reptiles. I loved the relationship between Sunny and the Deadly snake, and I loved Uncle Monty and his relationship with the children. 5 stars.
- The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
My least favorite books so far, it just didn’t grab me like the second book did and I wasn’t as invested in the story either. 3,5 stars.
- The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket.
These books are so easy to read, it’s hard not to like them. It wasn’t the best of books, I actually thought it was the most ridiculous book in the series so far, I didn’t like it. There were several things that were just, eh. 3 stars.
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I started reading this book last year but didn’t finish it since the first 1/3 took me 1,5 weeks for me to read and I was bored out of my mind, and I wasn’t up to continue at the moment. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to finish it at all, but after reading a few other books, I decided to give it another shot and I finished the rest of the book in just under a week. This time around I really liked it and I actually cared what happened to some of the characters, so I guess when I started reading it last year, I just wasn’t in that kind of mood. But it ended up being a really good book. 4 stars.
I’ve decided that in the end of ever months Wrap-Up I’m going to note what goals I made a dent in or finished, I thought it might be a fun thing to do, and also to keep track on my goals for myself.
So, this month I…
- Read 11 books out of the 40 I put as a goal, so, that means I have 29 books left to finish that goal.
- Read 1 classic, which means I have 4 left of my years goal of reading 5.
- Read 1 book in Swedish, which means I have 4 left to finish my goal for the year.
- I finished 3 series, which means I have 7 left of my years goal of finishing 10 series.
- I haven’t bought one book this month, but since I’ve read over 10 books, I’m allowed to buy 2 books (read 5, buy 1 goal).
- All the books I’ve read are from my TBR shelf, which means that I’ve gotten down to 122 owned TBR books from the 133 I had before.