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.

January Wrap-Up | 2017

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.

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  • 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.

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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.