September Wrap-Up | 2017

It really hasn’t been the best reading month, but then again I haven’t really been trying to stress about the amount of books I read. And choosing to read big books takes time for sure, so I’m ok with only finishing 2,5 books this month.

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  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
    I actually never thought I would be able to finish this book, it took me about three weeks, but I did it, and I loved it. It’s seriously one of the best written fantasy books I’ve read this far and I actually loved the Main Character, Vin, and also Kelsier, and all the others. I wasn’t bothered by any of the characters in the Gang. It was simply awesome, except for a few places where I thinked the book dragged a bit, but it wasn’t really a big deal, I wished that some of the longer, more descriptive parts hadn’t been so long, but hey it worked out in the end. 4,5 stars.
  • The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
    I’ve started to get really sick of this series actually. But I’m going to finish the rest of the series too, just because I have 5 books left. I mean, it’s the same damn thing book by book, there’s never something new except the place where everything plays out. 3 stars.

I also started A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab, but I haven’t been able to finish it. It is however the first book I’m going to finish in October for sure

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Goals Update:

  • I read 2 books, so I’ve read 58 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 0 books in Swedish. I’ve reached the goal of finishing 5 books already.
  • I’ve bought 11 books in September.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 1 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 1 that I did get this year. From last months 95 books on my TBR I went up to 102 TBR books.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.
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What BookTube Has Brought Me | 2017

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Source: Epicreads

In this blog post I want to give my gratitude to BookTube, since it has changed my reading life immensely since I discovered it, I won’t be able to tell you enough, how it has changed my reading life, but I’m sure going to try.

If you don’t know what BookTube is, it’s a community on YouTube where bookbloggers post their bookish videos, sharing them with viewers and then discussing topics in their comments and so on.

Before I found BookTube I wasn’t reading very much to be honest, maybe 20 books a year at the most, not even that actually. So the first thing BookTube has brought me is, the Want to read more even thought I’ve always wanted to read a lot. Since finding BookTube I’ve read somewhere between 60-90 books a year for the past 3 years.

The second thing BookTube has brought me is the variety of books and genres to read. I have everything from non-fiction to childrens books to high fantasy on my Read shelf and it still amazes me that there are so, soo many books out there I haven’t read and want to read after finding them.

The third thing BookTube has brought me is the feeling of belonging somewhere, that knowing that there are a lot more people out there, who loves reading just as much as me, and might (or might not) have the same feelings about books or characters as me.

The fourth thing is that I have found my favorite (or rather prefered) genres (YA contemporary, dystopian and fantasy), but still gets me to read other genres, even those I wouldn’t have chosen otherwise.

The fifth thing is all the new books and authors I’ve discovered through BookTube, some which have become favorites throughout the years. I’ve discovered books I’ve loved more than books I thought was true love, and I’ve found books I’ve absolutely hated. I have discovered so, so, so many new books and authors of different genres I can’t begin to describe my gratitude toward BookTube.

The sixth things would probably be, A never ending TBR list. For me it’s a good thing, since I’ll never be bored. The negative side of it is that I’m never gonna be done with having a TBR list, I’ll always have a reading list, until the day I’m gone.

The seventh, new adventures to discover every day of my life. I’m never going to have such an adventurous life as I’m having right now because of books, and it doesn’tbother me too much, I travel when I can, when I can’t I use books. I love it.

The eight, a neverending list of Book Boyfriends. There are soo many wonderful male characters in the books I read (not all of them), there’ll always be a new book boyfriend for me in one book or another, no doubt about it. To feel that crush on a fictiona character every now and then lifts my spirit and makes me feel more alive somehow. I love it so much.

Well, that’s it for my second post for the day. I’ve been gone from the internet for about a week and a half and haven’t been able to post a single post, so today you get two of them 🙂 See you next week. Read on! 🙂

Goodreads Tag | 2016

Again, I wanted to post another tag (I have plenty of those saved for rainy days).

Original tag was created by SpiralBookmark

QUESTIONS:
1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

2. What are you currently reading?

Just picked up The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

4. What book do you plan to read next?

Don’t know which one but it’ll definitely be one of the books mentioned in question 8.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do, but I would love to have a half-star option.

6. Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?

I did, it was to read 40 books this year, which I’ve exceeded by 17 by now (I think!)

7. Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, but it’s not updated.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

A bunch of 2017 releases and also some LGBTQIA+ books (I have a list but it’s so long that I’m not going to list them here) + American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I have but I don’t have any market or written down so I can’t share any right now. I might have to start writing them down in my journal or mark them with post-its or something in the future. Otherwise, the quote under my blog name is a favorite!

10. Who are your favorite authors?

There are quite a few of them, but V E Schwab has definitely become one of them just these past few months.

11. Have you joined any groups?

It’s been a while but I think there are a few I’m a member of.

Bonus Questions:

1. How many books do you have on your TBR shelf?

On the genral Goodreads To Read Shelf I have 1349 books. And on my owned books TBR shelf I have 105 books.

2. What would you like to change?

As I mentioned above, the rating system should have a half-star rating. I don’t think I have anything else.. Or maybe increase the amount of friends you can have. Can’t think of anything else at the moment.

That’s it for today. I hope you liked this tag. See you next week again with a new blog post. Read on! 🙂

Summer Book Haul | 2017

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So, I’ve started doing this thing on my blog, seasonal book hauls instead of monthly ones since I’m not buying as many books this year (read 5, buy 1 resolution). So, in this blog post I’m going through what I bought in June, July, and August.

June

I didn’t buy a single book this month. YAY!

July

I actually didn’t buy any books for the the entire month, but I did get 1 books for free (well 4 but three I’ve already gotten rid of) from our recycling centre where they have a small garage kind of building where you can leave things you don’t want but are whole and still usable, and take things for free if you find anything. All the books were in Swedish and three of them from Swedish authors. I forgot to take a photo of them (of course). But this is the one I kept of the four.

  • Playground by Lars Kepler (same name in English)

August

I was really good for the first half of the month (mainly because the trains into town weren’t going), and my parents were on vacation. But when they got home for a couple of days I went a little crazy when we went to my favorite second hand store and got 7 books for about $13.

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  • I found the white edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and just had to have it. It’s just so beautiful and I never thought I would ever see one, even less in a second hand store here in Sweden.
  • Lejontämjaren by Camilla Läckberg (The Ice Child in English)
  • Den Osynlige Mannen från Salem by Christoffer Carlsson (The Invisible Man from Salem in English)
  • A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin
  • Twenties Gil by Sophie Kinsela
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

That’s it for this seasonal haul. I’m actually really surprised that I haven’t gotten more books than I did, especially bought books. But in September I bet I’m going to crack completely, I can feel it coming and it wouldn’t surprise me since it’s been so long (apart from my August haul) since I bought books, I already have a cart wainting for me to confirm my order 😉

August Wrap-Up | 2017

Not really sure what I think about this reading month. Of all the books I’ve read this month, I only liked/loved one or maybe two of them. The rest I could have been without for sure. I hope September will be a much better reading month.

I’m going to try something new on my wrap-ups. Whenever I read a Swedish book that hasn’t been translated to English, I’m going to review it in Swedish instead of in English. I mean, what’s the point in writing about a book in English when no English speaking person can read it. So, I’m going to try it out for a couple of months at least to see how I like it.

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  • The Strange Power by L J Smith
    I needed to read something that didn’t take me too long and I didn’t have to think too much. This was the perfect book for it since it was an easy read and it just flew by. The story in itself wasn’t anything special for me. It contains a lot of YA tropes I don’t really care about (insta love, something really good is too good to be true, etc.). The main character I didn’t like at all, to me she was just a clueless bimbo without a brain of her own. 3,5 stars.
  • The Possessed by L J Smith
    I seriously don’t even know why I’m reading this trilogy any more. Sure, it’s an easy read since it’s written in that way, except for some weird Big Words placed regularly throughout the whole book, that didn’t need to be there, the language in itself otherwise is very simple so why use those big words when the rest of the books is so simple?? I don’t get it. The story in itself isn’t much to keep in the bookshelf really, it’s like any other YA Paranormal story except it’s worse. There’s no character development at all, and the voices in the book are just… flat. I’ll read the last book too but I’m not having any high hopes at all, I’m only going to read it just because I want to know how it ends. 3 stars.
  • The Passion by L J Smith
    It was an ok ending to the trilogy. Very predictable, yet it wasn’t. I was surprised at some of things that happened, but other things, not so much. I was still bothered by the Big words used for no good reasons because the language otherwise was quite simplistic. I’m just glad this trilogy is over and I don’t have to care about it any longer, not that I cared much about it while reading it either. 3,5 stars.
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
    I have read and heard very mixed things about this book, but I was pleasantly surprised since I liked it a lot. I had heard that it was a lot of info-dumping and world building, but I actually didn’t think it was too bad. It never made me loose interest at least, and I enjoyed the story and the writing more than I thought I would. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that everyone made it to be a story about pirates, which it is, but nearly not as much as it should have been, I was simply expecting it was all going to be about piracy. Either way I Loved it! 4 stars.
  • Livet, motorcyklar & andra omöjliga projekt by Katarina Bivald (no English translation available)
    En härlig feel-good som var precis vad jag behövde efter månadens alla tidigare böcker. Det var bara slutet som kändes forserad, men det var definitivt en av de bättre böckerna jag har läst den här månaden. Hade det inte varit för slutet hade den fått högre betyg än den 4a jag givit den.
  • Rosengädda nästa! by Emma Hamberg (no English translation)
    Jag gillade verkligen början av boken och karaktärerna med, men ju mer berättelsen utvecklades desto plattare kändes den och jag tappade intresset mot början av den sista 1/4 av boken, men eftersom det bara var ett fåtal sidor kvar läste jag ut den. 3,5 får den i betyg.

I didn’t finish anything else, but I did pick up The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, which I’m 167 pages into so far, probably will be at 185 when August is over, and will finish in the beginning of September for sure. So far, I’m liking it a lot and I’m looking forward to see where the story will go. And I’m going to continue listening to A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin on audiobook as well.

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Goals Update:

  • I read 6 books, so I’ve read 56 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 2 books in Swedish. I’ve reached the goal of finishing 5 books already.
  • I’ve bought 7 books in August.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 0 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 5 that I did get this year and 1 that I borrowed from my mom. From last months 103 books on my TBR I went down to 95 TBR books, bought books included, plus I got rid of 5 or 6 books as well during the month.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.

Mid-year Goals Check-In/Freak Out Tag | Better Late than Never | 2017

More than half the year has gone by like it was just yesterday 2017 began. But here it is, the second half of the year, and it’s time to check in and answer som questions.

Mid-year Freak Out Tag

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E Schwab

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

A gathering of shadows by V. E. Schwab.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I don’t think I can choose just one, but I can maybe narrow it down to my top 5.

  • A Conjuring of light by V E Schwab
  • When dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  • The upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Wow, I kid you not, almost all of my most anticipated books I have on my shelf on Goodreads have already been released, and those I have left is definitely not Most anticipated. But I found one I kind of anticipate.

  • The Ship of the dead by Rick Riordan

5. Biggest disappointment.

I have a couple of books to choose from, I have no idea if I could choose just one.

  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  • Sandmannen (The Sandman) by Lars Kepler
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

6. Biggest surprise.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. It had such an impact on me, I still think about it even though it’s been almost 2 months since I read it, in a good way I should also say.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you).

V. E. Schwab, for sure. I’ve read 3 books of hers this year and she has sure become my new favorite author.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Kell from the Darker Shades of Magic Trilogy by V E Schwab.

9. Newest favourite character.

Alucard from a Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab. He is such a character, I loved him from the very beginning.

10. Book that made you cry.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. I cried like nobodys business through some of the things that happened throughout the book, especially in the end.

11. Book that made you happy.

Änglarna dansar i gryningen by Camilla Davidsson. It was such a feel-good story, and I have loved the previous books in the series just as much.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Beauty and the Beast, though I haven’t read the story.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

I haven’t written even one this year, sad but true.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year so far (or received).

I actually think most of my books are beautiful, I can’t choose just one, but 90% of them are just so beautiful 😛

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

There are many of them I need to read before the year is over, I hope I even get to a couple of them. I can’t even list them all but I’ll list a couple I know I’ll get too, and there’s the list of my most anticipated books, also.

  • A conjuring of light by V E Schwab
  • Our dark duet by V E Schwab
  • A court of wings and ruin by Sarah J Maas
  • The hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • The ship of the dead by Rick Riordan
  • The heart of betrayal by Mary E Pearson
  • The beauty of Darkness by Mary E Pearson

I’m sure there are some other books I need to get too before the year is over, but these are priorities just because I get to finish some series.

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Update on The Goals I wrote for 2017:

  • Read 40 books – I’ve read 52 so far this year, so. Finished!
  • ONLY read books I own (I’m going to attempt to make my TBR bookshelf MUCH smaller) – I’ve managed to keep this up quite well, I’ve gone from 131 books on my TBR shelf down to 101, with bought books included. And of the 50 books I’ve read, 33 of them I didn’t get this year.
  • 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. – I did well until May when I bought 13 books without having read the amount to actually be allowed to get them. I was allowed to get 2 and I read 5 more books to get a third one, so ten of those weren’t included. I still need to read about 32 books to get to buy another book after that binge. But I’m not going to be able to wait until I’ve read them all because there are books I need to get to be able to finish some other goals this year. So I’m already counting this one as a fail.
  • Read 5 classics – So far I’ve read 2.
  • Read 5 books in Swedish – This one I’m done with. I’ve read 5.
  • Read a Children’s Classic – This, I’ve finished too.

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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 number of books I’m buying is really limited and reserved for a couple of the goals I have for the year.

  • 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 (2 books left) – not gonna be done this year since a new book was added.
    – Partials by Dan Wells – finished
    – Article 5 by Kristen Simmons – finished
    – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – finished
    – Nattens Barn by Benni Bödker (2 books left)
    – Under Vintergatans Alla Stjärnor by Camilla Davidsson – finished – although the author added a 4th book to the series this year.
    – 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) – DNF’d this dulogy or trilogy.
    I finished 4 of these and DNF’d one.
  • Read the Harry Potter series in English – I still need the last four books in the series, just like the beginning of the year.
  • 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 off 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. – So far I’ve started like 10 and I’ve finished exactly 1 of them so far. This is not going well at all

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Top 5 books of this year so far

  1. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
  3. The Kiss off Deceptions by Mary E Pearson
  4. Änglarna Dansar i Gryningen by Camilla Davidsson
  5. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Honorable mention: Eldvittnet (The Fire Witness) by Lars Kepler

July Wrap-Up | 2017

It hasn’t been the best reading month of the year, but I have figured out that it takes me a long time to get through Fantasy novels, usually between 2-3 weeks, so I’m fine with it, I just have to plan my reading a little better if I want to be able to read more than this. Even though I haven’t been able to read very much, all of them have been awesome books, so I don’t have a problem at all with it taking a bit longer to finish some books.

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  • Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
    I’d heard so many great things about Hopkins’ books that I had very high hopes for them. I can safely say that it exceeded my expectations BIG f*ing time! I loved it, even though there were a lot of triggers in it. I could see myself in two of the three characters, and it felt really good to read something like that, to kind of know that I’m not alone even though these are fictional characters the problems are real, and to read something that someone has written about something so ”mundane” as depression and self-harm. There were a few minimal things that dragged down the rating half a star, but it’s still one of the best books of the year for sure. 4,5 stars.
    Trigger Warning for; depression, self-harm, suicide attempts, drug use, sexual abuse, suicide, abuse and neglect within families, etc, etc.
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab
    There wasn’t a lot going on in this second book, but I’m sure that the few things that did happen are going to go somewhere, and I’m really looking forward to reading the third and final book in this trilogy. The writing was of course exquisite and I’m loving every moment of reading these books, even though it takes me forever to get through them. 4,5 stars.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
    It was a really good story about what matters and what doesn’t in a human being. That it is possible to look and see beyond the outer shells we have. I loved it even though it took me some time to get through it. 4,5 stars.

I didn’t get to finish more books, but I continued with Golden Son by Pierce Brown, which for some reason takes me foreever to get through. And I also started the first book in the Dark Visions Trilogy by L J Smith, but didn’t get to finish until on the first day of August.

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Goals Update:

  • I read 3 books, so I’ve read 50 books in total this year and have 0 books left to read to reach my goal of 40.
  • Read 0 books in Swedish. I’ve reached this goal already.
  • I’ve bought 0 books in July, but I got 4 for free.
  • I finished 0 series this month, so I’m still at needing to finish 5 series to finish my yearly goal.
  • I read 0 books off my TBR list that I haven’t bought this year and 3 that I did get this year. From last months 103 books on my TBR I went down to 102 TBR books.
  • I didn’t read a single Classic, so I’m still at 4 to read to finish the goal.
  • I read 0 books of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. My goal was to read 5 this year, I still have 4 books to read to finish this goal.