February 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

My month: Oh, what to say about February? It went by really fast, even though it is only 2-3 days shorter. It has been a good month for me.

My blog month: Because of the not so great January, where I had to take a break from the blog. My motivation to write blog posts has been down. That is why there has been fewer blog posts this month, only ca 2 per week. I’m also really behind on some posts, that should have already been up; like reviews etc. The motivation is hopefully starting to get back.

My reading month: Even though I have had a blog slump this month, I have been really enjoying reading. So in February I have finished a total of 9 books, I can’t believe it! It is probably a new personal record. I also DNF 1 book. 0 of the books on my list fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 2244 pages this month.

I rated:

1 Book5stjerner

1 Book4-5stjerner

2 Books4stjerner

3 Books3-5stjerner

1 Book 3stjerner

1 Book 2stjerner


WHAT I READ


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

This book is one of my least favorite in this series. I don’t know why, it just wasn’t as good as the previous 3 books. 3 stars

3stjerner


The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Book 5 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

Going from my least favorite book, to one of my favorite in the series. I really like this one, because of the introduction to Duncan and Isadora Quagmire. 4 stars 

4stjerner


The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Book 6 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

This series is starting to become a bit repetative now, but I still enjoyed this book. 3.5 stars

3-5stjerner


The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Book 7 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

I feel the same with this one as the previous book. 3.5 stars

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So far, this series is great. The 3 first books was definitely the best, but I have had a fun time reading all of the books. I love how this series is written, I think it is so funny and very different from other books I have read.

The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand

Originally posted on my Goodreads account: I DNF this book at 25%. This book just didn’t grab me, and I got bored of the story very quickly. I didn’t really care about what happened to the main character after she left London. I found the beginning a bit interesting, to read about how it was growing up and life in the slums in old London. After she left London I didn’t care how the story went, and I choose to DNF this book. I don’t think this book is a bad book and I haven’t anything negative to say about it, it just wasn’t for me. It might grab other people more than it did for me. 2 stars

2stjerner


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards 

OMG! WOW! BRAVO! Scott Lynch did it again. This book was just absolutely fantastic, I’m IN LOVE! He has made a beautiful and incredible story for the 3rd time. As you might know by now, this book series The Gentleman Bastards is my favorite fantasy series of all time. Go read it now! Please! 5+ stars

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REVIEW LINK: The Lies of Locke Lamora, book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.


Final Girls by Riley Sager 

This was a good thriller book, I enjoyed reading it. It started out a bit slow, but the last half of the book was very exciting and nerve wracking. Review will be up soon. 3.5 stars

3-5stjerner

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in Red Rising

This is the last book in the dystopian series, Red Rising. I love this book, and I’m so sad to say goodbye to this world and the characters. This was an excellent ending to an excellent and intense series. When I say it was intense, I mean INTENSE! I want more books set in this world. I know the author is writing another series set in the same universe, named Iron Gold. I can’t wait for it to be published. I highly recommend this series, especially if you are into the dystopian genre. 4 stars

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REVIEW LINK: Red Rising, book 1 in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. LINK


A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This was an incredible interesting book. I love learning about the universe, physics and the different scientific theories. I must admit I didn’t grasp and understood everything we learn in this book. I think I need to read it one more time to fully understand everything. I listened to this as an audiobook, and everything moved forward very quickly. That might have been parts of the problem. With listening to the audiobook, you can’t go back and read thing twice, and you cant’t stop and think in the same way you can if you are reading the written book. The theme and what we learn in this book is super interesting to me, and I definitely would read again. 4.5 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: The Snow Child 43% read – The Book of Strange New Things 5% read


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❤ -Rakel

-Have You Read Any Of The Books On My List? 

-What Did You Read This Month? And What Was Your Favorite Read? 

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Avanithenerd. Thank you so much for nominating me! 🙂

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THE RULES


  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF


1.I have a boyfriend and his name is Emil. We started dating when I was 16 and he 18. We have now been together for almost 8 years.

2.Do you guys remember the emo kids back in the day? Yeah, I was one of them haha, even though I hated when people called me an emo. I dressed in all black and dyed my hair black, and of course listened to My Chemical Romance. And probably every other “emo” band back in the days. This was when I was around 14 years old.

3.I’m a pescetarian, that means I don’t eat meat, only fish. I haven’t eaten meat in 10 years or so.

4.I’m a huge Youtube watcher. I watch youtube every day, and have been doing that for years. I never watch regular tv, but I watch Netflix sometimes. I want to do a post on my favorites youtubers some time.

5.I haven’t been able to go to the university or school to get a degree, because of my illness. But it is something I really want to do when I get better. I don’t know what to study yet, I find it very hard to figure it out.

6.I have been learning french by myself for over a year now. I actually got my 400 day streak a couple of days ago.

7.I’m a dog person, and I used to have a dog called Amy. We sadly had to put her down last February, and I miss her a lot. I really want a new dog in the future.

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MY NOMINATIONS


1.Jadewritesbooks

2.Olgasoddishobsession

3.Brenhinesbooks

4.Amwillisjournal

5.Darnellouis

6.Graphicnovelty2

7.Loisreadsbooks

8.Lilbooklovers

❤ -Rakel

Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

-Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Starting on a long and intricate fantasy or sci-fi series can be daunting when you are in a reading slump, even though you usually love them. That is why I’m recommending some fun and fast paced standalones, that I really enjoyed reading.

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump”

Mini Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

we-should-all-be-feminists-by-chimamanda-ngozi-adichieGenre: Essay, Nonfiction, Feminism

Pages: 49

Language read: English

Format read: Ebook

Rating: 5 stars 5stjerner

Continue reading “Mini Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

15th Favorites of the Moment #6

15th Favorites of the Moment is a monthly bookish favorites TAG made by me. Instead of doing the monthly favorites at the end of the month. I’m going to do it half way through the month on the 15th, with 15 questions.

Continue reading “15th Favorites of the Moment #6”

Discussion: Should Books Have Trigger Warnings?

I read THIS post on Midnightbiblioblog’s blog about trigger warning books, and I wanted to share my opinions on the topic. Yeah I know it has been a while, but I haven’t been able to post my thoughts before now.

My short answer on the topic is: No! Book publishers should not be obligated to trigger warning their books.

Continue reading “Discussion: Should Books Have Trigger Warnings?”

Review: Gemina – The Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff |Young Adult, Science Fiction|

24909346Series: Book 2 in The Illuminae Files

Piblished: October 18th 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 608

Language read: English

Format read: Book

Rating: 2 stars

Continue reading “Review: Gemina – The Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff |Young Adult, Science Fiction|”

February 2017 To Be Read

The plan was to not pick too many books for this month, because of my reading/blog pause in January. But guess what this TBR is on the larger side for me. I always over estimate myself with these TBR lists haha, but it is great to have different options. 


Books I Want To Continue Reading


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

80% read. I am almost finished with this book. It is the last one in The Gentleman Bastards series that is currently out. I’m in LOVE with this series and this book, and I don’t want it to end. This book series, especially book 1 and 3 is incredible and have become my all time favorite books.


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in Red Rising

28% read. I took a break from this book because of the Biannual Bibliothon, and didn’t pick it up again. Now I want to continue reading this book and hopefully finish it in February. I really enjoy this series, and so far this book is really exciting.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

16% read. I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I don’t know what I feel about it yet, but I want to continue reading it.


Books I Want To Start


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Every month I’m going to randomly pick one book from my Beat The Backlist Challenge list that I have to read. This month I randomly generated the letter F, and I picked The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber to read.


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 

Book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I need to have some books that is easy and fun to read this month. I really like this middle grade fantasy series and I bet a lot of you do too.


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Book 5 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Book 6 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Book 7 A Series of Unfortunate Events

I have so much fun reading this children’s series, even though I’m an adult and not the target audience for it. I really like the humor and the narrator in this series, and that the story often gets really dark. I wish I had read the books as a kid, I would probably be shit scared of Count Olaf and his companions. The books are really short so I’m planning on reading 4 of the books in February. I want to read all of the books in the series before I watch the new Netflix show.  


The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand

I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I have started it (because this post is a bit late). I don’t know if I like it so far.


THE SNOW CHILD BY EOWYN IVEY

This book was on my TBR last month, but I didn’t pick it up. I hope to get to it this month. I really want to read it before the winter is over.


❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

January 2017 Monthly Wrap Up + I’m back

This month started out really well, I read a lot and posted 3-4 posts to my blog every week. I also participated in the Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Readathon, and had a lot of fun with that. Halfway through the month I started not feeling well. I didn’t have the energy to post anything on my blog or read books, so I had to take a break from everything book and blog related. This is slowly getting better now and I hope I’m back 100% soon. This blog hiatus totally killed my posting plan so I’ll be posting topics in February that should have been out earlier, like: Favorite Reads of 2016, Dystopian Bingo and Reviews.

Over to what I did manage to read in January. I read a total of 4 books, one essay and one book that i DNF. I have read 3 books that fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 1621 pages this month.

I rated:

1 book 5stjerner

1 book 4-5stjerner

1 books4stjerner

1 book3-5stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

1 book 1-5stjerner


What I Read


Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Book 2 in The Faceless One

FULL REVIEW HERE!  I really liked this book. It was fun to read about two men in their 70 fighting supernatural cases. 3.5 stars

3-5stjerner


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This essay is such a great introduction to feminism and it is very easy and quick to read. I recommend everyone to read it. 5 stars

5stjerner

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book 1 in Stalking Jack the Ripper

I love the premise of this book and I had high hopes for it. The story started out really good and exciting, but after a while it got a bit boring. This book was just ok, not great and not terrible either. You can read more of my thoughts about it in my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up HERE. 3 stars

3stjerner


Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is now one of my all time favorite Young Adult Contemporaries. I devoured this book, it was so incredible good. I LOVE the character Libby, she is AMAZING! I really connected with her. Jack’s face blindness was interesting to read about as well. I really want to read the author’s other book asap. 4.5 stars

4-5stjerner

Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is my second try to read a Jane Austen book. I DNF this book at 30%. I found the book to be really boring, it just didn’t grab me. I want to like it because it is a well known classic, but I just don’t find it fun to read.  1.5 stars

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love Marissa Meyers other series The Lunar Chronicles, so I highly anticipated this book. This book is a fun read, I really love the Alice in wonderland world and some parts of the story. I also really love her writing. I just didn’t cared for the romance. If you like ya romance book with fantasy elements, and you are interested in another story set in the Alice world I highly recommend this book. 4 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: Morning Star 28% read – The Republic Of Thieves 80% – Final Girls 16% read


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❤ -Rakel

-Have You Read Any Of The Books On My List? 

-What Did You Read This Month? And What Was Your Favorite Read?