Spring 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, So, in this post I’m going through what I bought in March, April and May.

5th of Marsh
So, I went a bit rough during the huge February book sales we have here in Sweden every year. I bought 8 books just from the sale in the beginning of mars.

During the first weekend of mars my mom and I went into town for some book shopping and just walk around, it was a lot of fun. I knew I was going to get a few books from the sale, but also which books I wanted to get for my birthday money I got from my parents, these I’ve already shared in my Birthday book haul post in March. So we went to my favorite bookstore where I got two of the three books on sale that I wanted, the third was out of stock. These two books were:

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  • Dorothy must die stories, vol. 2 by Danielle Page – Got it for around $4 instead of about $12 in paperback
  • Conjuror by John & Carole Barrowman – Got this book for around $7, originally around $22, hardback

After we were done at this store we went to the maybe biggest bookstore in Scandinavia, and I got a few books from there too. There was one book I really wanted to get but it was out of stock everywhere, so I haven’t had the chance to get it, I’m going to another store in the same store chain and hope they have it in. The books I got this time from the sale was:

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  • Written in my own hearts blood by Diana Gabaldon for about $4 instead of around $15.
  • Lyckan i det lilla by  Ernst Kirchsteiger (happiness in the little things) for about $6 instead of at least $22
  • Maggans lilla starksköra by Maggan Hägglund (about being  strong and brittle at the same time – has to do with being Highly Sensitive) for about $5 instead of around $18

8th of March
So, I was bad. I just ordered 2 more books for myself, one on sale and one that wasn’t, I paid full price for that one. All of them are in Swedish without English titles:

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  • Pensionatet vid världens ände by Camilla Davidsson (bought it hardback since I only have it in mass market paperback and I love this series so much that I want all books in hardback) – got this for around $7 instead of $19
  • Den sovande spionen by Camilla Grebe &  Paul Leander-Engström – The third and final book in a trilogy, in hardback – paid full price for this one.

14th of March
Wow, just bought 3 more books off the sale, since there was a 30% of the sale price I just couldn’t resist:

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  • Hjärtat i vår vänskap by Anna Gavalda (Billie is the English title) sale price was about $7, and 30% of that
  • Livet, motorcyklar och andra omöjliga projekt by Katarina Bivald (no English title available), sale price was about $7, and 30% of that.
  • Elva dagar i Berlin by Håkan Nesser (no English title available) sale price was about $7, and 30% of that

25th of March
So, going to second-hand shops and immediately finding the book corners aren’t ultimate if you are having a book-buying goal. I went with my family for an outing and found two books I’ve been looking for. I got both of them for about $1,50.

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  • Ten little niggers by Agatha Christie. I really wanted the book with the original title and found it.
  • Det som inte dödar oss by David Lagercrantz, the fourth book in the Millenium series (originally by Stieg Larsson) (English title: The Girl in the Spider’s Web)

April 29th
So, my mom and I went to the next town over to visit a second-hand shop to look for some books that we were missing from a series. We did find them (but they belong to mom so they’re not in this haul). I found four other books I have been looking for, my mom was kind enough to get them for me, all in Swedish and in paperback, but still. Three of them are part 3-5 of a series I own the first two books of and the fourth book I got is the fourth book in the Joona Linna series by Lars Kepler. So the books I got was:

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  • Svek by Karin Alvtegen (Betrayal in English)
  • Skam by Karin Alvtegen (Shame in English)
  • Skugga by Karin Alvtegen (Shadow in English)
  • Sandmannen by Lars Kepler (The Sandman in English)

May 7th

I only bought 1 book this month, which is really good for being me, since, well, I know myself.

I found the third book, Änglarna Dansar i Gryningen, in the Vintergatans Alla Sjärnor by Camilla Davidsson series in hardback online, on sale. So I just had to. And since it’s a replacement for a paperback it doesn’t count as a bought book, not really ^^. Oh how I love that cover!

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May 16th

So, I did… something, yeah let’s just call it that, something. Facebook sells pages for books are bad, especially when you find books you’ve wanted to read for years. So, yeah, I got 12 books.

The first two books, from a separate seller than the other ones, were:

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  • Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Then I got 10 other books from the second seller:

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  • Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
  • Memoires of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  • Dark Visions by L J Smith
  • DUFF by Kody Keplinger

This haul threw everything about my book buying resolution I made in the beginning of this year, to hell since I wasn’t supposed to bu a book until I read five and I could buy 2 books, not 12, but I also read more than 5 books in May, so I need to read 45 books before I ca buy anymore. But that probably won’t last long if I know myself correctly, lol.

Well, that’s all for the Spring Book Haul. Read on 🙂

Spring Book UNhaul | 2017

So, it’s that time of year where Spring Cleaning is kind of the main ”event” of the season, and I’ve purged some books. Most of the books I’ve purged are either classic’s I have gotten for free on my phone and don’t need physical format. If it turns out I really love a book and want to have it in physical format, I’ll buy a better edition than the ones I  purged, and the other reason is that they are just books I probably won’t read, I’ve lost interest.

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  • The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – I’m getting a different edition of this.
  • Änglarna dansar i gryningen by Camilla Davidsson (paperback version – bought the hardcover one just this month)
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Scottish ghosts by Lily Seafield
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
  • The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Marilyn Manson: Den långa vägen ur helvetet by Neil Strauss (English: Long Hard Road Out Of Hell)

And I’m also getting rid of My true love gave to me edited by Stephanie Perkins (including multiple different authors).

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Out of these 17, I haven’t read 8 of them, so my TBR shelf shrank down from 109 to 101.

April Wrap-up | 2017

It’s been a really busy month and I haven’t been able to read very much even though I’ve tried. It has just been taking a long time to finish a book. But at least I got to read a few of them.

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  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    I liked this book a lot, it was very thought provoking and beautiful, both at the same time. I liked the relationship between Mitch and Morrie more than I thought I would. 4,5 stars.
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
    I wish I had read this before I started reading the Throne of Glass series, but since it’s been a while I read the 5th book it went ok anyway. It was really great reading about Celeana before the series started and whatever happened to Sam and all that. Now I just wish I could re-read the five first books in the series (don’t own them since I wanted other editions of the books already out). I gave the whole book 4 stars leaning more toward 4,5, here are the individual ratings for each of the short stories:
    – The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: 4 stars.
    – The Assassin and the Healer: 3 stars.
    – The Assassin and the Desert: 4 stars.
    – The assassin and the Underworld: 4,5 stars.
    – The Assassin and the Empire: 4 stars.
  • Berättelser från Engelsfors by S. Bergmark, M. Strandberg, etc…
    The graphic novel of short stories from the Engelsfors trilogy, between the second and third book. It was fun reading a little bit about the backstory of some of the characters. But unfortunately it fell short for me, it wasn’t enough of it and the tarot card things between chapters weren’t fun at all even though I’m sure it was supposed to be. But it was fun reading about the characters again and seeing them in picture form. 3,5 stars.
  • Mirakelverkstaden by Valéri Tong Cuong (no English title available)
    I loved this book, up until the last third of the book and even less the last 30 pages because a twist that went totally the wrong way for me to like it. Because of this, I can’t give this book more than 3,5 stars, leaning more to a 3.

I also started The Kiss of deception by Mary E Pearson but didn’t get to finish it because of, well, life. But that’s the first book I’m going to finish next month.

Goals Update:

  • I read 4 books, so I’ve read 27 books in total this year and have 13 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 2 books in Swedish. I’ve now 3 books read and 2 left to reach the goal of 5.
  • I’ve bought 0 books in April. I wasn’t supposed to buy a single book until I’ve read 2 more books this year which I did in the beginning of this month, so I’m allowed to buy books again, but only 1, until I read enough to reach another 5.
  • I finished 1 series this month (the graphic novel to the Engelsfors trilogy), so I’m now at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 4 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 0 that I did get this year. So from last months 121 books on my TBR I went down to 116 TBR books.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 1 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, so I have 4 books to read to finish this goal.

That’s it for last month. Hope you liked it. Read on 🙂