December 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

December has been a very hectic month, because of Christmas preparation, Christmas parties and of course Christmas. You can read about my Christmas HERE. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I was planning on reading more books in December, but I’m really satisfied that I was able to finish 5 books. I have read some highly anticipated books for me this month. I was so hyped for these books, but they all let me down. I’m so disappointed by every book I read. I’m going to write reviews on all of these books that goes deeper into details.

I read a total of 2083 pages this month. 

I rated:

1 book  4stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

1 book  2-5stjerner

1 book  2stjerner

1 book  1stjerner


What I Read


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Book 2 in The Gentleman Bastards series

I really loved book one in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I was really eager to read book 2, and continue reading about Locke and Jean. I didn’t like this book as much as I liked book one, but it is still a good book. 4 stars

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Book 1 in His Dark Materials series

This book is a popular children’s fantasy book, that has won awards. I know a lot of people love this and I was really interested in reading it. Even though I liked some parts of it, this book wasn’t for me. 3 stars

3stjerner

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan 

Book 2 in Dash & Lily duology

I loved book one in this duology when I read it last Christmas, but this book was kind of meh. Not great, but it didn’t suck either. 2.5 stars

2-5stjerner

 


Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Book 2 in The Illuminae Files series

I was highly looking forward to this book and it is one of my most anticipated books, because I love Illuminae. I love the mixed media and the story of book 1. I’m really sad that I didn’t like Gemina, and I’m very disappointed by it. I gave it 2 stars.

2stjerner

 


What Light by Jay Asher 

This was the only book on this list that I didn’t plan to read this month. I didn’t know anything about it before I started it. I only knew it was a Christmas themed book, and that the cover is beautiful. This book wasn’t for me at all, and I had to give it 1 stars.

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November 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

It’s this time of the month again. November is gone and December is upon us. I have to say it has been a weird month. A lot of things has happened, especially in the beginning. My parents was on a trip to China, I celebrated my birthday, Donald Trump became the president of the US, my grandfather died and I got a new cousin. All of this happened in just one week!

Now I’m looking forward to December and Christmas. I have a lot of fun things planned for this month. We have started decorating the house for Christmas, with Christmas stars in the windows and winter curtains in the living room.

My reading month: It has been a good reading month for me, I have finished reading 4 books. It feels like I have read more than I have, probably because I’m halfway through some books that I’ll continue reading in December. I have also participated in a 2 week long readathon. You can read about the Tome Topple readathon HERE.

Digital Idols by Jon Frater

I didn’t like this book. The main problem was the writing, it was just not for me. You can read my review of the book HERE. Rating: 1.5 stars

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The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Book 2 in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

I love the second book in this series. It was very short, but fun to read. We get to know Percy and the world of the Olympians even more in this book. I really like the mythology aspects of the world, I think it is fun and creative. Can’t wait to read book 3. Rating: 4 stars

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Heksejakten by Margit Sandemo

Book 2 in Sagaen om Isfolket series

I read about 70% of this book 10 months ago. I just wanted to finish it to get it out of my currently reading shelf. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series, maybe I’ll pick it up again in a couple of years. You can find the books for free on Nasjonalbiblioteket www.nb.no (in Norwegian). Rating: 2 stars

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Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons

Book 2 in the Bronze Horseman series

I really liked this book. It is beautifully written, and the story is so addicting and heartbreaking to read. This book made me so emotional and I had a knot in my stomach throughout the whole book. If you like historical fiction set in world war 2 with romance, I highly recommend this series. Rating: 4 stars

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❤ -Rakel

-What did you read this month?

October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

I’m very happy with the amount of books I read this month. A couple of months back I was in a reading slump, and for a while there I though I wouldn’t be able to finish my goodreads reading challenge for this year. Now I’m finally out of the reading slump and on track, yay. I have read 44 books of 50 so far this year. I focused on reading darker books this month, like thrillers or more creepy stuff. I also participated in the Spookathon, that helped a lot and was so much fun.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

A great first book in a middle grade book series. The book is a quick read it didn’t take me long to finish. It has some great characters and the story is fun to read. I really like the Greek mythology theme in the story. It is both very creative and a great spin on mythology. The book is educational especially for children. Rating: 4.

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Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

I liked this book, it was interesting and a different read for me. I usually don’t read mystery or nonfiction. The author of the book is trying to find out the truth behind a famous Russian tragedy where 11 students mysteriously died on a hiking trip. Rating: 4

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in the Gentleman Bastard series

This book is so good. It is my new favorite book, maybe of all time. If you like fantasy and thieves read this book. A review of this book will be up in November. Rating: 5

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The book was interesting and creepy. I found the setting very creative, and I wanted to know about the butterfly garden. I didn’t care for the characters and the character’s voice and I didn’t like the ending. I’m not sure I completely understood it? I don’t know. I also want to know why the Gardener did what he did. What is his backstory? Now I can’t look at a butterfly tattoo and think of anything else than this book. The book is very graphic when it comes to rape etc and also contains suicide, so trigger warning. Rating: 2

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You by Caroline Kepnes

Book 1 in the You duology

This is a crazy romantic love story. Or ehm NOT if you are a normal person. But from Joe’s perspective it is. Joe is a crazy obsessive stalker. I really liked this book. I found the book suspenseful, and I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I wanted to know what would happened next. It was different and interesting to be in Joe’s head. Rating: 4

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t like to read about people being sick, like Conor’s mom in this book. It’s just one thing I really don’t like to read about. This book is really sad, and I wanted with all of my heart for a happy ending. My favorite parts are when he is talking with the monster. I like the writing and the ending was beautifully written. I think a lot of other people would like this book more than me, only because I don’t like to read about illness. Rating: 3

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Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

The books aren’t bad. It’s just I don’t think they are for me. I can see why people like this series though. Rating: 3

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-What did you read this month?

September 2016 Wrap Up

I have slowly started to get out of my reading slump this month. I have finished some books, and started a few that I’m in the middle of reading. The one that I have started but not finished will be in my October TBR.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Book 3 in The Winner’s Trilogy

The Winner’s Kiss is the last book in The Winner’s Trilogy. I listened to an audiobook version of the book. I think the book worked well as an audiobook. I think The Winner’s trilogy is a great YA fantasy series.

The winner’s kiss was the one I liked the least in this trilogy. Only because book 1 and 2 was so great. Book 2 is my favorite.

The only thing I didn’t like about the first book. Is that the love interest was very instalove, and I don’t like that. But I liked the love story in the last book. I think it grew on me while reading the two last books.

My favorite character was Roshar. He was funny and sassy. He gave a lot to the story as a side character.

Rating: 4 stars ★★★★☆

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I started out liking the first parts of this book. I was very interested in the story, and how Claire would survive in 1743 in the Scottish Highlands. And what was going to happen to her in a foreign time.

After a while I found the book to not be very believable. It was fun to see what happened to the characters. Reading about all the troubles they kept finding. But sometimes it was too much.

My biggest problem with the book is that it was very long. A lot of things happened. The book dragged on and on, and it took me ages to read. I read it in between books for 3 or 4 months. My interest in it kind of went down. I have finished it now and I liked it but did not love it.

P.S. Now I understand the Hype about Jamie Fraser 😉

Rating: 3,5 stars

-What did you read this month?

August 2016 Wrap Up

I have not been reading very much this month. I have been in a reading slump. Every time I’m sitting down to read, I don’t read for very long. I used to read an hour before bed every day. But I have not done that this month. Anyway I have read a few books. And finished up one from the months before. I’m happy that I managed to read something. That is better than nothing.

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Book 2 in Red Rising Trilogy

Finally finished this book. It is really good. But it took me ages to read. I’m buddy reading this trilogy with a friend, and we both have suffered from a reading slump lately. We are going to read book 3. But I don’t know when. We are just taking a break from reading together. Although we are taking a break I’m looking forward to book 3, because this series is really good.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Book 2 in The Winner’s Trilogy

I really like this series. I liked this book even more than the first one. It was the setting in this book that I liked. And not to spoil anything I will only say that the drama and the politics that happens in this book is really interesting.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling & John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

This book is very controversial and very mixed in opinions and reviews. I really liked the Cursed Child. It was not amazing, but not horrible. I liked the story, and what happened in it was very interesting to me. I want to write a review on The Cursed Child. But I find it hard to do, because there is so many strong opinions on it. Plus I have not read any plays before. Except a few in school.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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-Have you read any good books this month?

July 2016 Wrap Up

I had a great reading month. I read some amazing books, and some not so great. I participated in 2 read a thons. It was so much fun. I want to participate in more in the future. I read total of 8 books. That is really good for me. It is probably a new personal record.

Illuminae by Amie Kayfman & Jay Kristoff

A science fiction book in space. With a creative side to it. The book is written in interviews, logs, chat messages etc +++

I really loved this book. I gave it 5 stars. I really loved the story and the way it was written. This is now one of my favorite books of all time. It was so good.

Rating: ★★★★★

The Moorigad Dragon by Debra Kristi

A fantasy story about a girl that can shape-shifting to a dragon.

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I didn’t like this book at all.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The wide window by Lemony Snicket

Book 3 in A Series of Unfortunate Events. A children’s book series.

I love this book series. I listened to the audio book. I found it really relaxing. But the book is also thrilling. I really want to read the next books in the series, to find out what happens to the children. And what count Olav will do next.

Rating: ★★★★☆

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

A contemporary YA book about a boy and his struggles. And about him figuring out that he is gay.

This book was so sad. One of the saddest books I have ever read. This story is heartbreaking. I loved this book. I loved the story and the characters.

Rating: ★★★★★

Zenith By Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

A science fiction book about a group of space pirates that are all girls.

I gave this book 2 stars. The book was too short. I had some problems with this book. But I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t really like it either. I really like the concept of the story. I hope it gets better in the next part of the story.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

This is an YA fantasy book.

I listened to an audio audiobook of this book. I could not stop listening to it. I had to find out what happened next in the story. There is a lot of politics and intrigues in the book. But I don’t know if I like the romance part yet. I’m currently listening to book 2 in the series.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice 

A story about a vampire and his life.

I found this book really boring. The store itself was okay.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is a coming out story. Simon is emailing with this mysterious boy blue. He is the only one that knows he is gay.

A beautiful and fun read. I really liked this book. It made me smile many times. And I got butterflies in my stomach while reading it.

★★★★★

What did you read in July? Any good books? 

June Reads – TBR

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1) Finish Read Rising by Pierce Brown

I want to finish reading this book. It is a science Fiction and Dystopian Young Adult book. In the future where the world is not like it is today. And people are living in strict social casts.

Norsk: Rød Revolt

Jeg vil lese ferdig denne boka. Det er en science Fiction og dystopisk bok. Handlingen er i fremtiden der verden ikke er som den er i dag. Og mennesker lever i et strengt samfunn bygd på et kastesamfunn.

 

 

2) Golden Son and Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book two and three in the Red Rising trilogy. I don’t know if i will finish reading both of these books in June. But I hope to finish book 2.

Norsk: Den Gyldne Sønn

Bok to og tre Rød Revolt trilogien. Jeg vet ikke om jeg kommer til å lese ferdig begge bøkene i juni. Men jeg håper på å lese ferdig bok 2.

 

 

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3) We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This is a book about a boy named Kevin, who murdered 9 people in his high school. The book is written in letter format from Kevin’s mom to his father. Two years after the terrible event.

This book sounds so interesting and dark.

Norsk: Vi må snakke om Kevin oversatt av Kjell Olaf Jensen

Boken handler om Kevin, en gutt som drepte 9 mennesker på sin videregående skole. Boken er skrevet i brevformat fra moren til Kevin til hans far. To år etter den forferdelig hendelsen.

Denne boka høres spennende og mørk ut.