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 🙂

August Book Haul | 2016

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I’ve been really bad this month. Since I’m not supposed to buy one book before reading one and I’ve read less than I’ve bought (only like 3 books or so, but still).

These first couple of books I actually got for free, so I’m not counting them to the bunch in the ”read one buy one”-thing.

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port (a business book)

Then the bad part started. As I’ve written in the earlier posts I’ve been really into contemporary YA, and I only had two books left in the beginning of the month, so I decided to go to Book Depository and buy a couple, but ended up buying 7!

  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (which I’ve already read)
  • The Distance Between Us by Katie West
  • I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  • The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (which I’ve also already read)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Only the ones I’ve read above had gotten to me when I went to my parents summer place for the last two weeks of august so I needed to get at least one or two books that I could read before going home again since the ones I brought wouldn’t last. We went into town on a rainy day, where I ended up going to a second-hand store where they had 3 paperbacks for about a $1, so I got 6 of them (of course), since, as I said, needed a couple of books before going home.

  • 31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell
  • Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
  • The Ballad of Lee Cotton by Christopher Wilson
  • An Englishman in New York by Ann-Marie Casey
  • En man som heter Ove (A Man Named Ove in English) by Fredrik Backman

I’m sure I’m going to be better in September since I’ve trashed my book buying promise for this year for sure, I still have a few books I need to get to finish some of the series I have in my 2016 bookish resolutions, but that’s it. I’ll have to be content with the books I have at home.

Take care 🙂

July Book Haul | 2016

I was surprisingly good in the month of July, even though I wanted to buy many more than I did, as always. I only bought these 6 books.

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My mom surprised me with a trip into town on the first Monday of July, and we went to my favorite bookstore here in Stockholm and of course I had to get a couple of books.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

In the beginning of the second week my dad and I went to donate some random stuff and naturally we went inside the store and I found three books I never thought I’d find in a swedish second hand store:

  • Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
  • Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  • I also found an ARC of 13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

And at the end of the month my mom bought a few paperbacks from our local grocery store since her vacation is about to start and she wanted something to read, when we came home she realized one of them was the third book in a series so she bought the first and second book online, where I decided to buy one as well since there was a sequel in a swedish feel-good trilogy I needed to read. So I bought that one.

  • Pensionatet vid världens ände by Camilla Davidsson.

So, I’d say I did quite well in July, let’s see what August will bring, I can only guess that I’m not going to be as good, I just have a feeling. Take care 🙂

April, May & June Book Haul | 2016

Well, this hasn’t happened before in my time since I found BookTube. Ever since I did I have bought several books every single month, but now this happened. In April I bought 1 book and ordered 1 but it didn’t arrive until May so I’ll count it as an April purchase since it was payed during that month. I didn’t buy any books in May since I was saving up money for my London trip in the end of the month.

Books I bought in April:

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  • Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
  • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

As mentioned above I didn’t buy any books in May since I was saving up money for my London trip, but while there I went completely loose, lol. I decided to only buy books that I couldn’t find in the physical Swedish bookstores since I like to get books mostly from those. Almost all of the books I bought in London were from Foyles, only one I bought from a second hand store (which I don’t remember the name of unfortunately) but it was on the same street. So, these are the books I bought on my trip to London:

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  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
  • Forbidden by Tabatha Suzuma
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty bind-up of all 3 books by Jenny Han
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (which was bought from the second hand store for £3).

And while me and my mother were at the Warner Bros. Studios I also bought the first Harry Potter Book in this beautiful edition ^^.

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Last haul for June
I have to admit I was a bit bad in the end of June, I bought four more books, all contemporary because that’s all I want to read at the moment and seems like the only books I can read through entirely without falling asleep or taking forever to get through, or putting down and not pick it up again. These are the ones I bought:

  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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So, that’s all the books I’ve bought the last few months. And as of yesterday , I already have a July (maybe July/August book haul) started *oops*. But yeah, that was all for now. See ya! 🙂

TBR/WTR in July | 2016

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I will go with the same theme for July that I had in June, Contemporary, which seems to work extremely well for me at the moment. Last month I read so many good books, and I hope that it will continue this month too. I have a few books I really just need to read this month.

  • Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales, which I’ve finished by the time this post goes up.
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, which I’ve also finished reading when the post is up.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman
  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West, which I’m reading right now.

I’m sure I will get through them all during July, and maybe I’m even going to be able to add a few books too them, but I’m not going to have too much hope. So much can happen. And there might even come to that, that I decide to read something else entirely, but this is what I feel like reading at this time.

See ya! 🙂

June Wrap-Up | 2016

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This month was a little bit better than the latest two or three months or so, sure I only read three books but they were all great books, loved all of them.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
    I loved this book so much, maybe even more than the Throne of Glass series. I could definitely  identify the Beauty and the Beast retelling in the story and loved it so much. 4,5 stars (but I might have to change it to 5 stars depending on the next two books in the trilogy.)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Oh man, the feels. This book was a solid 5 stars for me including a lot of bawling my eyes out! Even though it was very predictable, I loved this book more than any other book I’ve ever read, and it was just what I needed at this time. It was lovely, funny, heartbreaking, and kind of an eye-opener for me. (This book is not in the picture because my mom has borrowed it and is reading it at the moment.)
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman
    I read the preview in Where She Went, about a year and a half ago and knew I needed to read this book, when I went to London in the end of May I found it at Foyles and decided to buy it, now, after reading it I knew it was just the book for me, hell, I knew it just after the first chapters that it was the book for me.I loved it so much, sure there were a couple of places in the book where I doubted the story was going to keep up until the end but it never faltered more than that. I didn’t want to put the book down, I literally craved after the book when I didn’t read it, which hardly ever happens now a days, since I went into this slump of a lifetime in the beginning of the year. I gave this book 4,75 Stars.
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
    A perfectly cute and fluffy contemporary and just what I needed at this time. I loved it and everything in it, and I fell in love with a character (Conrad <3), once again, I couldn’t help it. 4 stars.
  • It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
    I have some mixed feelings about this book. It was good in the sense of story, but at times I found myself confused even thought I knew exactly what happened at all times. I just had this feeling of being just a little bit lost throughout the entire book. But I laughed, I cried, it contained everything I needed none the less. 3,5 stars.
  • We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
    Mixed feelings doesn’t even begin to describe what I felt about this book, I didn’t love it and I didn’t really hate it either. And I have lot’s of opinions on this book, just you see, there might even be a few smaller spoilers, it will be marked * where it begins and where it ends. In a way I felt cheated because I never got to read the story to the true ending that in the book was ONE and one page only, I felt I had deserved that last storyline leading to that end, I don’t care that the book might had been twice as long, it would have been a much better book with that in it.
    I did like to read the point of view of Conrad, it gave the story a bit of character and it made the story a little more worthwhile.
    I didn’t like Jere in this book, sure he still made me laugh like he did in the earlier books but I just didn’t like him, it was more his humor that did it. He changed for the worse in this book I think, but then again, he never was ”my guy” throughout the trilogy.*And, there’s some questions still unanswered when the book ended, like: Why did Con break up with Belly after her prom even though he loved her more than anything? Why Con and his dad god back on good terms. And why Aubrey was at the boys mothers funeral? I don’t get it, and there’s no explanation/answer for them.*
    3 stars, and it’s only because of Conrad ❤ ^^. I’ve already written a series review of this one since there’s so much more to say about it.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
    Yet again, just the book I needed, and it also saved the rest of the month after reading the disaster of a book before this one. I loved it so much. It contained everything that I just needed at the moment. It wasn’t the best book by Morgan Matson that I’ve read, but it did the trick and I don’t regret reading it! 4 stars

That’s all for now, I’ll post a July TBR post in a couple of days. And there’s also going to be a post on April, May and June Book Haul soon, and so much more. See ya! 🙂

2016 Bookish Resolutions Mid-Year Update & Changes

So, the first half of 2016 has gone by without me hardly even noticing. But none the less, I need to look at my resolutions I made in the beginning of the year and see how I’ve done.

The Reading Goals for 2016

  • Read a total of 60 books – I’ve read 32 books at this point, which is really good since I’ve been in the longest reading slumps this year of my life the first half of 2016. I’ve basically forced myself to read during the time I had the slump.
  • Finish 6 series/trilogy’s
    – Delirium (2 books left + novellas)
    – The Darkest Minds (1 book left – I don’t count novellas to this challenge since the paperback doesn’t come out until late this year and I might not be able to get to it before the year is over)
    – House of Night series (3 books left) – I’ve decided that I’m not going to finish this series
    – The Grisha Trilogy (2 books left) – not going to finish this trilogy either (as of now at least)
    – Penryn & the End of Days (1 book left)
    – Red Rising (2 books left)
    Because I deleted two series I’ve decided to include these two instead:
    – Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
    – Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Read at least 1 book written in verse
  • Finish my 16 books in 2016 – see below this list.
  • Finish a 2016 reading challenge – 52 books. I’m going to post a separate blog post about this later this week as well. – decided not to stress myself too much so I’m skipping this entirely this year.
  • Start 4 new series/trilogy’s
    – Snow like Ashes by Sara Raash
    – Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer ✔︎
    – Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes ✔︎
    – The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher ✔︎
  • 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 32 books and I’ve bought 35, so I need to read four more books before I can buy more babies (unfortunately I’m waiting on a package right now with four more books, lol.
  • Read at least 5 books in Swedish ✔︎

Since I deleted the 2016 reading challenge I decided to add one more resolution:

  • Read 5 classics

2016 in 2016 books

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin – I have started this, but I think I’m going to listen to it as an audiobook instead, It’s just too hard for me to focus on it fully because I always end up being confused and not really enjoying myself, unfortunately.
  2. Forbidden by Tamara Suzuma
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas ✔︎
  5. Stolen: A letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  6. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien 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. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  15. Peter Pan by J M Barrie Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raash
  16. Storm Front by Jim Butcher ✔︎

Out of these I’ve only read 5/16 books and started one but haven’t finished it, I really need to pick up the pace if I’m going to be able to finish this list. Unfortunately I’ve needed to change this list up a bit since I lost interest (at least temporarily) in a few of them, so they are no longer priorities as of now, and because I can’t buy too many new books so I’m reading as many books I already own. So the books that are crossed out are the books I decided on at the beginning of the year, and the books after those are the books I’ve changed to.

Basically, looking at the lists, I need to get going on the resolutions so that I have at least more of them (if not all) done before the year is over. I mean I own all but two of the books in the 16 in 2016 list so that shouldn’t be so hard. Well, we’ll see how it goes.