My Book Year 2016 – All The Books I Read In 2016

It is the end of the year, and time for a recap of all the books I read in 2016. I read a total of 53 books. I can’t believe I read over 50 books this year, that is a lot for me. In the beginning of the year I put 40 books on my Goodreads challenge, but halfway through the year I was so much ahead of my goal that I changed it to 50 books. I read some long books, and some short books. I read some really great books, and some not so great books. I’m really happy and satisfied with my reading year.

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 Star Ratings


All The Books I Read In 2016

1.Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 5 stars

2.Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

3.Never Never: Part Two (Never Never #2) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

4.Never Never: Part Three (Never Never #3) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

5.I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 4 stars

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6.The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden #1) by A.R. Torre – 3 stars

7.Psycho (Psycho #1) by Robert Bloch – 4 stars

8.Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars

9.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 2 stars

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10.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars

11.Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – 3 stars

12.Trollbundet (Sagaen om Isfolket #1) by Margit Sandemo – 3.5 stars

13.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5 stars

14.The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh – 2.5 stars

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15.The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

16.The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

17.Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab – 4 stars

18.Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars

19.Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes – 3 stars

20.City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare – 3 stars

21.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – 4 stars

22.The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – 1 star

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23.Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

24.We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – 4 stars

25.Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 5 stars

26.The Moorigad Dragon (Age of the Hybrid #1) by Debra Kristi – 1 star

27.The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars


28.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – 5 stars

29.Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings – 1.5 stars

30.The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

31.Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice – 2 stars

32.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars

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33.Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

34.The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski – 4.5 stars

35.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffan & Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling – 3 stars

36.The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

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37.Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – 3 stars

38.The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

39.Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar – 4 stars

40.The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars

41.The Butterfly GardenThe Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy #1) by Dot Hutchison –  2 stars

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42.You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes – 4 stars

43.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 3 stars

44.Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – 3 stars

45.Digital Idols by Jon Frater – 1 star

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46.The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

47.Heksejakten (Sagaen om Isfolket #2) by Margit Sandemo – 2 stars

48.Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons – 4 stars

49.Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch – 4 stars

50.The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman – 3 stars


51.The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – 3 stars

52.Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 2.5 stars

53.What Light by Jay Asher – 2 stars


Pictures are from Goodreads

❤ -Rakel

-How Many Books Did You Read This Year? And What was Your Favorite Book?

Books I Really Want To Read & Series I want To Start in 2017!

A lot of book lovers are also book hoarders, we simply buy too many books because we love them so much. I have a goal for 2017 to read as many of the books that is on my TBR shelves as possible. I really need to cut down on my TBR books and read the books that I have procrastinated picking up, some of them I have even owned for years. This is the books I really want to read in 2017, this list will not contain any new releases or 2017 releases as I don’t own them yet. I want to make a challenge for myself to get through as many of these books as possible in 2017.

First Book In The Series I Want To Read:

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

OdinsbarnOdinsbarn (Ravneringene #1) by Siri Pettersen

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

Wool Omnibus (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey

Nexus (Nexus #1) by Ramez Naam

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Series I Want To Read:

The Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Lord Of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

Ravneringene by Siri Pettersen

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Books I Want To Re-Read:

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

Stand Alones I Want To Read:

Room by Emma Donoghue

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

❤ -Rakel

-Which Books Do You Want To Read In 2017?

Big Books I Read In 2016

Earlier this year I published this post: 2016 The year of big books. The post was about all the big books I wanted to read in 2016. Big books is books with over 500 pages.

I thought it would be fun to make a new list, now that we are at the end of the year. To see all the big books I read this year, and which of the books from the old list I read.

Books On The Old List:

Weird that every book I didn’t read have blue covers.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 896 pages READ

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 600 pages READ

Tatiana And Alexander by Paullina Simons – 559 pages READ

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare  – 698 pages

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 541 pages

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers  – 518 pages

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 662 pages

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – 734 pages READ

The Bane Chronicle by Cassandra Clare – 507 pages

All The Big Books I Read in 2016:

Winter by Marissa Meyer

832 pages – 5 stars5stjerner

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

518 pages – 4 stars4stjerner

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

725 pages – 3 stars3stjerner

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – REVIEW

600 pages – 5 stars+5stjerner

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon  

896 pages – 3 stars3stjerner

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – REVIEW

500 pages – 5+ stars5stjerner

Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons – REVIEW 

559 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – REVIEW COMING

558 pages – 4 stars 4stjerner

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

608 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling 

734 pages – 5 stars5stjerner

❤ -Rakel

-What Is The Biggest Book You Have Read This Year?

Books On My Christmas Wish List

Every year I make a list of books I want for Christmas, and this year is no exception. I think every book lover have this list haha. 

I had so much fun making this Christmas wish list, and I tried to make it very Christmassy. I’m not a graphic designer or know a lot about it, but I love to make and try out new things. I currently use GIMP because it is free.

Here is a list of the books I would like to be under the tree this Christmas:

1.An Ember in The Ashes by Saaba Tahir

2.Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


3.Night Film by Marisha Pessl

4.The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan


5.Replica by Lauren Oliver

6.Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

7.Heartless by Marissa Meyer

8.A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


9.The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

10.Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


11.The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

12.Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel


❤ -Rakel

-Do You Celebrate Christmas?

-&Which Books Do You Have On Your Wish List?

A Trip To The Library + Library Haul

Yesterday I went on a trip to my city’s main library. I really love the library, I used to go there all the time to hang out and to borrow books. Unfortunately the last years I haven’t been able to use it at all, because it has been difficult for me to get there. Now I’m finally healthy enough to go, and that brings me so much joy.

I also wanted to write a post about it to remind people to use the library if they can. Libraries are awesome, and I think it is very important that we use and support our local libraries. From now on I’m going to borrow more and buy less books, especially if my library has a copy of the one I want to read.

The library is located right by the river, in this beautiful building they call Papirbredden. Papirbredden was open for the public in 2007, and the area around has grown since then with a lot of new modern buildings. The building contains not only the library but also a cafe, a bookshop, and it is the school campus for the university college in town.

I don’t have a picture of the other side of the building, so I borrowed one from their wiki page HERE. This view of the building from the other side of the river is beautiful.


Papirbredden is one of my favorite architectural builds in the city. I love the mix of the bricks from the old paper factory that used to be there and the new modern glass building.

My final test for the library is to check out their fantasy section. I was pleasantly surprised that they have a good amount of fantasy books in English.


Before I found the fantasy section, I found the section with books to learn languages. I’m currently trying to learn french by myself online. I grabbed the biggest book on the shelves, and looked through it. It is a book on french grammar, which is just what I needed. I didn’t have time to look through the rest of the books because I was so eager to find the fantasy section.

I borrowed The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, because I want to read it now in December. I also want to read Morning Star the last book in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. It was already loaned out, so I’m on a waiting list for it.

– Do You Use Your Local Library?

❤ -Rakel


Thank You For 100 Followers

Thank you so much for 100 WordPress followers. When I started this blog I didn’t think anyone would read it. I was conscious about my writing, especially because I’m writing in English (Norwegian is my first language). Thank you so much for following, liking and commenting on my posts. It makes me want to continue with my blog and I’m not going to stop anytime soon.  

I created a Facebook site for the blog yesterday. Feel free to LIKE (follow) it if you want. Link HERE!





I was nominated by BooksInked. Thank you so much for nominating me. Great questions, I hope you liked my answers.


1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award & ask them eleven new questions.
4. List the rules & display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog.

1.Why do you start up a blog?

I started my blog because I wanted to talk about books and share my love for books with other people. I also don’t have a job or go to school because of my health situation, so I started a blog to have something fun to fill my days with.

2.What are your goals for 2017?

Bookish goals? Hmm I don’t have one specific goal for 2017. Here is some goals I have: to read 50 books, shrink my TBR shelves, organize my bookshelves and continue writing 3 blog posts every week, and write more book reviews.

More personal goals is to get better with my health. I’m so happy that I started to get better in 2016, and I want to get even more healthier in 2017.

3.What are your top two books in 2016?

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch is my favorite read this year. Number 2 has to be Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff . You can find my review of Illuminae HERE!

4.What are your top two TV shows/movies in 2016?

Stranger Things and Stranger Things.

5.What is your favorite quote and why?

To be honest I don’t really care about quotes. So I don’t have one.

6.What do you prefer: hardback, paperback, or an ebook?

I prefer all of them, I like to mix it up. I always have one ebook on my phone and kindle, one hardback/paperback and one audiobook that I read.

7.What world from books, TV shows, and movies would you like to live in, other than Harry Potter?

I wish the Oasis from Ready Player One was real.

8.Which characters in the books would you love to be friends with?

Standard answer but it has to be Hermione, Ron and Harry.

9.Pick a scene for you to look out while you are reading: a mountain, a forest/wood, a lake/pond, or an ocean?

Sitting on a porch, high up on a mountain with a beautiful view, breathing fresh air. The weather is not too cold or too hot, just perfect. Drinking tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate.

10.What is the best pet name in the book?

Norbert, the name of Hagrid’s dragon.

11.What covers is your absolute favorite, even though you love it or hate it?

There is so many beautiful book covers out there. The first cover that came to my mind was the covers of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, look at these beauties. Another goal for 2017 is to read this series.

I Nominate











If you have been nominated to The Sunshine Blogger Award before let me know. Thank you to Booksinked again for nominating me 🙂

Books I Hate

This is a list of the books that I absolutely did not like. I gave every book on the list 1 star. I know hate is a strong word but I feel like being dramatic. Scratch that I don’t want to use the word hate so I changed it to books I did not like.

London 2084 by Jon Bing

This is a Norwegian science fiction book set in the year 2084. When this book came out I read about it in a newspaper. It sounded ok and I wanted to try to read a book from a Norwegian science fiction author. The author is an older sci-fi writer, now dead. I believe he has done a lot of good and important things for the sci-fi community here in Norway.

This book sucker so much, it was terrible. One of the worst books I have ever read, and the ending was so bad. Sorry not sorry. Good thing I borrowed it from the library. I’m not hating on the author but this book was not good. I might try to read another book from him at some point.

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

This is the first and only book from Stephen King that I have read. I started reading this book before I was a huge reader. I never finished it. I don’t remember if I had problems with the book but I remember that it was very boring.

The Kill Order by James Dashner

Book 4 in the Maze Runner series. This book was so bad and so stupid. If you think book 3 in the maze runner is bad. You would not like this.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

This book was boring and it is a thriller. Thrillers should not be boring. I didn’t care about the girl that got abducted and I didn’t like the other characters either.

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

I had so many problems with this book. You can read my review on the book here.


2016 The year of big books

I feel like 2016 is going to be the year of big books. This is a list of big books that i want to read in 2016. For me, big books is books that is over 500 pages long. 

Big books I have read so far in 2016:

  • Carry on – 528 pages: I feel that this book was not that long, but it is over 500 pages. It was an easy fun read.
  • Winter – 824 pages: This is the longest book I have read so far this year. And I loved it.
  • City of heavenly fire – 725 pages: I finished this book, but it took me months because I was in a reading slump.


Big books I really want to read in 2016:

  • Outlander – 896 pages: I’m currently reading this book. I’m really enjoying it.
  • Illuminae – 599 pages: I really want to read this book as soon as possible. It looks so interesting.
  • Tatiana and Alexander – 559 pages: I want to read this book this summer. It will be on my TBR for July.
  • Lady midnight – 698 pages: I want to read this some time in the fall.
  • Mistborn The Final Empire – 541 pages: I also want to read this in the fall.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – 518 pages: I also want to read this in the fall.


Big books I might not manage to read in 2016:

  • The name of the wind – 662 pages: I have this book on the list. Because it has been sitting on my shelves for so long. And everybody says it is amazing.
  • Harry potter and the goblet of fire – 734 pages: This will be a reread for me. I want to read at least one or two HP books every year. I read nr. 3 earlier this year.
  • The bane chronicle – 507 pages: This is a collection of eleven short stories. Maybe I’ll read a few of the short stories in 2016 and the rest in 2017.