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.

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 🙂

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.

May Wrap-Up | 2016

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May was not a very good reading month for me. I read the total of two books, yes two. I never thought this would happen. The second book I read this month was about 660 pages long and took me around three weeks to read. I hope next month will be a better reading month for me.

The first book I read in May was Unforgiven by Lauren Kate, I won’t go into details on this one since I’ve written a review on it. I gave this book 4,5 stars.

The second and last book I read during this month was Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen (no english title available). The first book in a  Norwegian fantasy trilogy. I liked this book a lot, don’t get me wrong, but at times the story really dragged on and I would have wished that some of the descriptions would have been shorter and not as thorough as they were. I even jumped a few paragraphs here and there when the descriptions dragged on more than necessary and I didn’t miss anything by jumping. Simply put, the story could have been a little shorter than the 661 pages that it was. 3,5 stars.

Sadly, these are the only books I read in May, I never thought it would take me more than 3 weeks to read one books, even if it’s a huge one. Let’s hope for a better reading month in June, and I’ll post my June TBR next.

See ya! Take care 🙂

April Wrap-Up | 2016

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As expected I read most of the books from my WTR this month, but couldn’t unfortunately get to all of them. But I’m happy with what I did read. I’ll just get to the books I read 🙂

  • Boken om Lotta på Bråkmakargatan (Lotta on Troublemaker Street) by Astrid Lindgren
    What a great book. I loved it. The first half of the book was kind of a drag since it was narrated by Lottas older sister, but the second half was narrated by Lotta herself and made up for the whole first half for sure. I gave this book 4,5 stars.
  • Madicken (Mischievous Meg) by Astrid Lindgren
    I don’t really know how I feel about this book, it was a little more than ok, but somewhat boring at times. I liked Meg as a character and all the things she came up with but the end results always were more stupid than funny. I gave it 3,5 stars.
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
    I was hesitant to pick this book up since I had started it a few months ago and put it down again since it didn’t grab me then. I was very happy to find out this was a great book and a perfect start for a trilogy. 4,5 stars.
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
    I don’t know what it is about dystopian, I just love them. Maybe because there’s always something happening and it’s fast paste. And this was no exception. I will continue this trilogy as soon as I can get my hands on the second book since I already own the third. This book deserved 4 stars.
  • Storm Front by Jim Buther
    This was a very different book from what I usually read, but I liked it a lot. I was plesantly surprised even though I’ve heard all over that it was a great book and series as well. I liked everything about it except that I thought it was overly descriptive at times. 4 Stars.

Next post will be my May WTR/TBR post that I will post sometime in the beginning of next week. I hope you liked this post, and I hope to see you soon. Bye! 🙂