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! 🙂

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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

Reading Habits | Tag | 2016

Saw this tag and thought I might share a few things about my reading habits.

  1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? My bed, for sure. I hardly read anywhere else.
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Bookmark. Sometimes Post-it’s I’ve made to bookmarks years ago.
  3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? I can just stop reading, but I prefer stopping after a chapter is over.
  4. Do you eat or drink while reading?  No, never.
  5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? Preferably none of them. I prefer not to multitask while reading.
  6. One book at a time or several at once? One at a time for sure. I have tried the several at once thing, but no, that isn’t for me.
  7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere, just give me something to sit on and a book and I can read.
  8. Reading out lout or silently in your head? In my head mostly, but if it’s a part I have a hard time reading or taking in, I read out loud to myself (or rather whisper).
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? Sometimes, depending on the story and writing style.
  10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Keeping it like new if it’s a new or used but new looking book, otherwise I really don’t care.
  11. Do you write in your books? No. I haven’t done so far I probably not gonna (but never say never, right?)

 

Readabits

  1. When do you find yourself reading? Morning, afternoon, evening, whenever you get the chance or all the time? Whenever I can.
  2. What is your best setting to read in? My bedroom, in my bed without any excess noise around me.
  3. What do you do first – Read or Watch? Read.
  4. What form do you prefer? Audiobook, E-book or physical book? Physical books.
  5. Do you have a unique habit when you read? Not that I know of.
  6. Do book series have to match? YES!

25 Bookish Facts About Me | Tag | 2016

So, I’ve seen this tag on booktube for a few weeks now and just during this past week several booktubers has posted it on their channels. I thought I’d do this one as well even though I haven’t been tagged by anyone. I just thought it would be fun and for my readers, you, to get to know me a little better.

  1. I’m a mood reader. I can’t read something just for the sake of reading, which can be a huge problem sometimes.
  2. I’m never, ever going to read a book about cancer. I just can’t do it, I have tried and I just can’t.
  3. I have only ever listened to 1 audio book in my life. I have tried listening to a bunch but it’s just not for me.
  4. I judge a book by its cover. If a book doesn’t have an appealing cover, I won’t buy it.
  5. I read e-books a lot faster than physical books. I don’t know how or why, but that’s how it is.
  6. I never eat or drink while reading. It’s simply not what I do.
  7. I have a real hard time reading with noise in the background, no matter what that noise is.
  8. The first time I was spoiled for a book was while I was reading Cinder for a thing that happens in Scarlet but affects the love story line in Cinder.
  9. I hate cover changes (almost) above everything else. I won’t start/buy a series if the covers don’t match in the cover I want.
  10.  I read Carrie by Stephen King and hated it. I haven’t read a book by him since (unless you count books by Richard Bachman) and I don’t know if I ever will.
  11. The most wonderful smell in the world is the ”musty-old-book” smell.
  12. I don’t like hardcover books all that much and really prefer waiting for the paperbacks to be released.
  13. I love the trade paper paperbacks (the floppy ones) and prefer them if they are available.
  14. The first book I read a book under 24 hours was last summer (2015) and it was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (read it even under 14 hours if I remember correctly)
  15. I have only ever permanently DNF’d 3 books in my life.
  16. I can’t stop reading in the middle of a chapter without feeling anxious.
  17. During 2009 I read Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (my favorite book in the twilight saga) 7 times.
  18. There’s only 3 movie adaptions of books I actually love, from books I’ve read (Tuck everlasting, Vampire Academy and the Perks of Being a Wallflower).
  19. Sometimes I can sit in front my bookcase for hours, pick up books, read the first sentence, flip through them and put them back. Simply give all my books some love.
  20. I never get embarrassed in public while reading a book, no matter the book.
  21. I have never doggy-eared a book page in my life for the sake of using it as bookmark.
  22. I love mass market paperbacks.
  23. I read the Percy Jackson series for the first time at age 26.
  24. Before I could read by myself (and even after that) my mom used to read to me and my brother, that stopped when I was about 10 or so (I don’t know why) and I continued reading on my own.
  25. (continued from number 24) The first ever book I read on my own was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Swedish.

That was all for this post. I hope you liked it. Take care 🙂

The Ultimate Book Tag | 2016

  1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
    Sometimes. I’m quite weird when it comes to reading in moving vehicles. If I start a journey by reading, I’m fine. If I don’t and start reading after the journey has begun, I’m not as ok. But I never get sick sick.
  1. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
    I know of one but can’t really explain why to be honest because I haven’t quite found the words to describe her writing, and it’s Tahereh Mafi.
  1. Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer. Harry Potter.
    * Magical world that ”could be real”
    * Believable characters
    * Discreet but oh so beautiful love stories
  1. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?
    No.
  2. Do you smell your books?
    Always! There’s just something special with book smells (especially really old, well read books)
  1. Books with or without little illustrations? Doesn’t matter to me.
  1. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
    I’ve read quite a few of those, but at this moment I can’t think of one, unfortunately.
  1. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
    Not what I can think of actually.
  1. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald (47 pages)
  1. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
    Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (1070 pages)
  1. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author? YES! I’ve been writing all my life and will someday be a published author for sure!
  1. When did you get into reading?
    I’ve been reading for as long as I remember and before that my mom used to read to me and my brother, and I have always wanted to read and have bought books and so on. But it wasn’t until early 2009 when I read the Twilight Saga that my real interest in reading started. And it wasn’t until October 2014 when I discovered BookTube that I really needed and wanted to read all of these books I had missed out on for so many years.
  1. What is your favorite classic book?
    Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë by far! ❤
  1. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
    Yes!
  1. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
    I would thank the person sincerely, since it’s the thought that counts, but then tell the person that I’ve already read it without telling him/her what I thought unless they asked. Then I would donate/sell/give away the book if I can’t exchange it in a store.
  1. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
    Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown resembles the Hunger Games a little. I’ve just read the first book so far but I’m really looking forward to reading the rest.
  1. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
    Haven’t really noticed any bad habits yet.
  1. What is your favorite word? Haven’t thought of that.
  1. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above? I’m definitely a nerd!
  1. Vampires or Fairies? Why? None of the above.
  1. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
    Angels. I’ve never connected with shapeshifters before in the same way I have angels.
  1. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
    Spirits. Have never liked Werewolves.
  1. Zombies or vampires?
    I have to say vampires in this. Zombies scare the living s*t out of me!
  1. Love triangle or forbidden love?
    I love both, but it depends on how the love triangle is portrayed, I don’t like overly dramatic ones that don’t have anything with the story to do but is just there. Haven’t read too much forbidden love unfortunately but what I have read, I have loved.
  1. Lastly: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
    Action-packed with a few love scenes for sure, or at least at the moment. I’m not into full on romance books at the moment, or have ever been now that I think about it.