February Wrap-Up | 2017

For the second month in a row, I’ve had really good reading months, and I really hope this will continue for the next couple of months at least *knock on wood*. In February I read 9 books:

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  • Unwind by Neil Shusterman
    I’ve been in a dystopian mood for the past three months or so, and it doesn’t seem to give anytime soon. This was the first book I picked up in February and wow, I haven’t read anything like it before; it was the weirdest and scariest dystopian I’ve read, it had me shuddering several times but also crying for a character I didn’t think I would ever be able to feel for when bad things happened, mostly because of the descriptions of what happened. But it was also very fascinating and weird in a good way. I liked it very much, and I gave it 4 stars.
  • The Field Guide by Holly Black
    This is the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles. This was a book I really loved, it was really a great beginning to a series and it kept up the quality for the rest of the book. I gave it 5 stars.
  • The Seeing Stone by Holly Black
    Almost as good as the first book, nothing to complain about, it was a really good continuation of the series. I loved it. 4,5 stars.
  • Lucinda’s Secret by Holly Black
    Not the best book, don’t get me wrong, it was still good, just not as good as the first two books. 4 stars.
  • Eldvittnet by Lars Kepler (The Fire Witness)
    I loved the first book (the hypnotist) and liked the Nightmare enough, but I think this is the best book yet and I really can’t wait to read the next one about Joona Linna, I bet it’ll be even better than this one, which is hard to imagine since this was awesome. And they are so easy to read, even though this book was 562 pages long, it only took me like 24 hours to read, simply because it was so easy to read and I just couldn’t put it down. 4,5 stars.
  • The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black
    Just like the other three books, it was really good, I have really nothing more to say. 4 stars.
  • The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black
    A great conclusion to the Spiderwick Chronicles, I really like this series and this book just made it a whole lot better. 4,5 stars.
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
    I didn’t really know what to expect since it’s been a while since I read what this book was about if I ever did look it up, I don’t remember, I mostly decided to pick it up because of how it looked, the only thing I knew was that it was fantasy. I was happily surprised when I finished it, but I don’t know if I want to continue this trilogy since it ended like a stand-alone, I already know how the series will end, but if I continue I hope I’ll be surprised by a great plot twist. 4 stars.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
    I really loved the writing, I mean wow! Only the writing makes me want to read more from V E Schwab. The only thing I didn’t like (not that I hated it) was that it was soo slow reading it, it took me about a week to finish this book, I don’t know why but it was really slow for me to get through even though the story in itself was very fast pasted. 5 stars.

I started reading Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan, but didn’t get the chance to finish it, I came around half-way in and I got distraced by SKAM (norwegian TV-show) fanfic and read a lot of it for the last few days of February.

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Goals I reached this month:

  • I read 9 books this month, which means I have read a total of 20 books out of 40 as I’ve put that as a goal for 2017, I now have 20 books o read to complete the goal of reading 40 books for the year.
  • I read 1 book in Swedish, which means I’ve read 2 out of 5 for the year, three books left to finish the goal.
  • I have bought 7, and I’ve read 20 books which means I was allowed to buy 4 books (read 5, buy 1 resolution), and since I’ve sold 20 books, that adds 4 more books I can buy. But I don’t count three of the ones I bought since I replaced three books with these ones (the same books, just another edition), so I bought 4 books.
  • I completed 1 series this month, which means I’ve completed 4 series in total, I now have 6 left to complete the goal of finishing 10 series.
  • All the books I’ve read were from my TBR shelf, so I’ve gone from 122 (after the books I read last month) to 113, I’ve done quite a dent on the resolution of only reading books from my own shelf, (started with 133 books). But since I bought 4 books it’s up to 117 books.
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Birthday BookHaul | 2017

My Birthday was at the end of February, but it wasn’t until the first weekend of March my mom and I traveled to Stockholm for some shopping, mainly book shopping, because the huge book sale we have in Sweden every year at this time, had started and I was going to buy a few books from different stores. We started off going to my favorite bookstore ever where I found a few books on sale and also a few birthday books I really had wanted for a long time:

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  • A gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab
  • This savage song by V E Schwab
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer

After that, we went to Scandinavia’s biggest IRL bookstore and found my books on sale, and I also got some books for my Birthday money:

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  • The Edge of everything by Jeff Giles
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

It was ones again a great birthday gift since this is what we’ve done for a few years now; my parents giving me money for Christmas and Birthday if I don’t find anything else I want.

That’s it for this post. My next one will probably be my March Wrap-Up if I don’t decide to post anything else before then. Take care 🙂

Winter Book Haul | 2017

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So, this new thing I’m trying on my blog is a seasonal book haul instead of a monthly since I’m not buying as many books this year (read 5, buy 1 resolution). Although, I’m only counting January & February this year since the December book haul of last year is already up.

I can’t believe I didn’t buy a book all of January and about 3 weeks of February. For the past 2 years, I have bought books every single month, and it hasn’t been one or two books each month but about 5-10 every month. I think I’m having a book buying withdrawal of some kind since I’ve felt for the past three weeks or so the biggest urge ever, to buy books. But since I’ve been reading 5 to buy 1, I’ve been able to save some money and really thought about which books to buy next and which I want for my birthday which was in the end of February and what books to buy from the Huge book sale we have every year here in Sweden and all that jazz.

So, I didn’t buy any books at all until the last week or so of February.

In January and February, I read the total of 20 books, which means I could buy 4 books myself (but of course I cheated a little bit and decided to add the 4 books I had left from last years read 1, buy 1 resolution – see 2016 reading resolution wrap-up), and I’ve also sold 20 books so that’s four more books I can buy, 12 books in total I can buy.

Books I bought myself:

  • Leona – Tärningen är kastad by Jenny Rogneby (The Die is cast in English)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson (in Swedish) which I really don’t count since I changed out my old set for this new one.
  • Allt jag inte minns by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Everything I don’t remember in English)
  • Delicious by Roy Fares (Baking  recipes)
  • Smarta Sötsaker by Ulrika Hoffer (Baking  recipes)

I don’t know if I should count the two last books since they aren’t books for reading. I’m not counting The girl with the dragon tattoo since they were replacements for battered ones I already had. Which means I only bought 2 books really (four if I count the baking recipe books), and I have 10 (8) books left I can buy if I want too.

The rest of the books I’m going to add in my Spring BookHaul and Birthday Bookhaul since I don’t have them yet.