May & June 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

The end of June is here, and it is time for yet another wrap up. Buuhuu, I don’t want the summer to end, I’m starting to dread it already. Since I had my big blog pause in May I didn’t do a wrap up for that month, so I’m including the books I read in May in this post.

The format of this post will be a bit different from how I used to do my wrap ups. Instead of writing my thoughts on every book I have read that month in one long post, I will do a summary of my month. My thoughts on the books I read will be in separate posts called 3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS, that means I will post a blogpost of my thoughts every 3rd book I read. You can read my first 3 IN 1 post HERE.


In May I had my big blog pause. I only wrote 1 post on my blog to let you know I was ok. Even though I was in a blogging slump, I did quite a bit of reading. 7 books isn’t that bad for me. This was also the month I went on vacation to the West of Norway to visit my grandparents and other family. I celebrated 17th of May, Norway’s constitution day, with my family on the West side. It was such a fun day. I wore my Bunad and ate lots of good foods.

Reading Stats:

I rated:

2 books 4stjerner

1 book 3-5stjerner

4 books 3stjerner

I read:

Ca 2.297 pages

Since I didn’t take any notes from this month, I can’t add the pages I read from books I didn’t finish.

Books I read:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 3 stars 3stjerner

American Street by Ibi Zoboi – 4 stars  4stjerner

Stalker (Joona Linna #5) by Lars Kepler – 4 stars 4stjerner

A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Vampire’s Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner


This month has been a roller coaster of anxiety and problems with my chronic illness. The start of the month was absolutely horrible, but thankfully it is better now. Besides not feeling great, I have prepared for my trip to Croatia next month. I have dragged my mom and my brother to the mall to buy things I need for the trip. I have shopped A LOT, and spent so much money. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this month and a lot of my time has been spent on the porch tanning and reading.

Reading Stats:

I rated:

1 book 5stjerner

2 books 4stjerner

1 book 2stjerner

1 book 1stjerner

1 I don’t want to star rate

I read:

Ca 2.885  pages

Books I Read:

To søstre by Åsne Seierstad – 4 stars 4stjerner

I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1) by Terry Hayes – 1 star 1stjerner

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4 stars 4stjerner

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 2 stars 2stjerner

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – 5 stars 5stjerner

Books I didn’t manage to finish this month: Unravel Me 13% read – The Book of Strange New Things 86% read –  American Gods 11% read – Milk and Honey 30% read – The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women 59% read

Books Bought:

I have been really good with my book ban so far this year, but in June I got really shopping mad and bought so many things, including books. Here are the books I bought this month.


The Ravenclaw editions of the new 20th Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, in both hardback and paperback.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Every Heart a Doorway By Seanan McGuire

We Are the Ants By Shaun David Hutchinson

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch

The Girls By Emma Cline

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Books received:

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

Goodreads Challenge July 2017

I hope you liked the new monthly wrap up layout. And I’m sorry it got so long,I had to include May. What have you read this month?

❤ -Rakel


17 thoughts on “May & June 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

  1. *leh gasp* You bought the house-colored HP books?! I’m soooo jealous! They look so pretty! 😀 Which House are you?
    Oo! What is a Bunad? A traditional dress, I am guessing. Is it only worn at festival times? (I’m imagining it’s kind of like the German dirndl? But maybe I’m completely wrong! o.o)

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    1. Yes I bought the Ravenclaw editions. They are so gorgeous, I want them all. Ravenclaw is my house, if you haven’t guessed already, haha. Yes it is Norways traditional costumes. They come in many different colors and patterns, for both men and women. Mine is called Sunnfjordbunad, and it is the bunad from Sunnfjord. It’s very expensive so we only use it for special occasions, like celebrating 17th of May, Norwegian Constitution Day. Or weddings, baptism, confirmation and some also wears it on Christmas eve (we celebrate the 24 and not the 25).

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      1. Hee hee! I guess you might be a Ravenclaw, eh? :p I’m a Slytherin myself and have given myself permission to order a Slytherin copy. Though, only the hardcover. Not really a fan of the solid colored paperbacks. (are the inside pages the same color as the cover, too? Or like normal paper color?)

        Oo! That’s so cool! I love how rich culture still is in many parts of the world. (America’s culture is so boring. :p) Thank you for answering my questions! Your Sunnfjordbunad is very pretty! ❤

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      2. Nice! Good choice to order one, you will not regret it 😛 I actually really like the paperback one, the color really pops. But it might be too much with all of the 4 colors together. The blue color is really pretty. The insides of the front of the cover is black with pictures of the four books, and the backside is also black with a picture of J.K. Rowling and some text.

        I wished I had some Slytherin traits, and I might do, haha. But I feel at home in Ravenclaw right now, and it is where pottermore placed me.

        We definitely have some cultures and traditions that they don’t have in the US 🙂 Thanks ^_^


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