TOME TOPPLE READATHON // To Be Read

I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon. Since I just did the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and the Booktube A Thon, I’m not going to force myself to read a lot in this readathon. I have three books on my list, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all of them. It’s ok if I only read one or two, I will be happy with that. 

This readathon is all about reading books over 500+ pages, and it runs from August 4th (starts today, sorry for late TBR) to August 17th. If you wan’t to know more HERE is the link to Thoughts on Tomes announcment video. 

Challenges:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

MY TBR

1. Read more than 1 tome

I’ll try!! Wish me luck.

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan – This will be my audiobook for this readathon.

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller #1) by J.D. Barker

2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)

Not going to do this challenge.

3. Read a tome that is part of a series

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller #1) by J.D. Barker

4. Buddy read a tome

If anyone wants to buddy read, let me know.

5. Read an adult novel

Fever by Deon Meyer


-Are you participating in this readathons? Let me know. I would love to read your TBR. And if you want to buddy read, leave a comment. 

❤ -Rakel

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Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

The Tome Topple readathon is over for now. It has been be fun two weeks, and I read some great books. I finished 3 of the 4 books that was on my TBR. I read a total of 1777 pages and I’m happy with that. I was planning on reading another tome too, but I didn’t manage to get to it. It has been a very busy two weeks.

-WHAT I READ-

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

  • FINISHED – 643 pages – 4.5 stars

This book was FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved the story and the characters, especially Vin she was my favorite. The world building and the magic system was really great and interesting. Totally lived up to all the hype. Can’t wait to pick up the next book.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

  • FINISHED – 582 pages – 3.5 or 4 stars

I usually don’t read graphic novels, since one of the challenges was to read one I choose to pick one up. I liked the story and the drawings.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • FINISHED – 11h9m – 552 pages – 3.5 or 4 stars

I have mixed feelings towards this book. I liked it in the beginning, but after a while I found parts of the book to be a bit repetitive, and boring. I kept on zoning out while listening to the book. Even though I didn’t love every parts of the book, the story did grab me. How could it not when it is about a young girl and her family living in Germany under World War 2? One thing I really liked was the narrator voice, it was an interesting choice.

-CHALLENGES--I FINISHED-

1 Read more than one tome

I read 3 tomes this readathon.

2 Read a graphic novel

Blankets is a graphic novel.

3 Read a tome that’s part of a series

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn series.

5 Read an adult novel

Even though I didn’t read Kafka on The Shore, I did read an adult novel, The Final Empire.

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Day 1: The Final Empire 44 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 1h22m of 11h9m.

Day 2: The Final Empire 104 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 3h12m of 11h9m.

Day 3: The Final Empire 204 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 3h24m of 11h9m.

Day 4: The Final Empire 288 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h07m of 11h9m & Blankets 133 of 582 pages.

Day 5: The Final Empire 342 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h31m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 6: The Final Empire 408 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h51m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 7: Didn’t read anything.

Day 8: Didn’t read anything.

Day 9: The Final Empire 478 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 5h37m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 10: The Final Empire 518 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 6h34m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 11: The Final Empire 574 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 7h38m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 12: The Final Empire 606 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 8h56m of 11h9m & Blankets 322 of 582 pages.

Day 13: The Final Empire FINISHED 643 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 9h22m of 11h9m & Blankets 448 of 582 pages.

Day 14: The Final Empire FINISHED 643 pages, The Book Thief FINISHED 11h9m & Blankets FINISHED 582 pages.

❤ -Rakel

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Tome Topple Readathon – To Be Read

I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon next month. This is my second time participating in this readathon, and I’m really looking forward to read some huge books. This readathon is all about the big books, where the main focus is to read or start a book(s) with over 500 pages. You can get more information from the Creator of this readathon Thoughts on Tomes HERE or the Goodreadspage HERE. The readathon runs from April 7th to 11:59pm in your timezone on April 20th

CHALLENGES:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

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As always I want to have one or more written book(s)/ebook(s) and one audiobook on my TBR list. I also choose to read a graphic novel this time since it is one of the challenges, even though I normally don’t read them.

CHALLENGES:

1. Read more than 1 tome

Finally, FINALLY! I’m going to pick up the first book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Everybody raves about this book, and I have heard so many great things about this series. Can’t wait to start it.

I’m also planning to listen to the audiobook of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is also a book that I have heard great things about.

2.Read a graphic novel

I never or rarely pick up graphic novels, but for this readathon I will try it out. I will be reading Blankets by Craig Thompson.

3.Read a tome that’s part of a series

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn series.

4.Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)

I really want to buddy read with someone. If you want to buddy read with me, please leave a comment on this post or send me a message on Twitter!!!

5.Read an adult novel

And for the last challenge I’m going to read Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.

❤ -Rakel

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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|”

15th Favorite of the Moment #5

15th Favorites at 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.

1 FAVORITE BOOK

I’m almost done with Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, and I’m really liking it. I’m also currently reading the third book in The Gentleman Bastards series; The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I know I have mentioned this series every 15th favorites, but it is my absolutely favorite series, and book 3 is sooo good.

2 FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER

George and Jimmy from Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh. George is an African American, and Jimmy is Native American. They are both in their 70, best friends, living together and fighting supernatural cases. I absolutely adore them, and it was so much fun reading about two older main characters. I usually read YA and books with younger main characters.

Link to my Deadlight Jack Review

And also Libby from Holding Up The Universe. I love her, she is amazing! I can really relate to her and I see myself in her a lot.

3 FAVORITE BOOK COVERS

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4 FAVORITE BOOK ON YOUR WISH LIST

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. In need to watch the movie, and then read this screenplay.

5 FAVORITE BOOK GENRE

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I really like Holding Up The Universe. I have to say I have really enjoyed reading contemporaries lately.

6 FAVORITE PLACE TO READ

Playing Sims4 and listening to audiobooks.

7 FAVORITE FOOD

I don’t have one

8 FAVORITE DRINK

Green tea with lemon and honey.

9 FAVORITE RANDOM THING

I don’t have one

10 FAVORITE TV SERIES / MOVIE

The new season of Sherlock. Season 4 so far has been a bit weird and crazy and of course really exciting.

My other favorite tv show is the Swedish tv series Frøken Frimans Krig (Miss Friman’s War). Season 3 came out late December and it is so good. Season 1 is about a group of women in the early 1900, and their fight to start up the grocery store run only by women; Svenska Hem (Swedish Home).

It is really interesting and important to see the feminists fight for equality. The women that has fought for equality, their struggles and how it was a 100 years ago. It is both educational and a reminder how important feminism is. I’m feeling very proud for all of the women who stood up for equality and female rights. It is rare for a tv series to make me so proud and emotional as this one.

Not all battles are violent. Meet a courageous group of women who takes on both the male rulers of the day and a corrupt grocery industry. Savvy is their strategy and cans of healthy food are their weapons. The three hour drama series “Miss Friman’s War” is a humorous and poignant story about friendship and fighting for your dreams. It addresses topics that are as relevant today as they were then: the demand for good, unspoiled food and the struggle for equal rights. Although “Miss Friman’s War” is a work of fiction, the story is partly based on actual events around the all-female food co-op “Svenska Hem”, which was founded long before women even had the right to vote.
– Written by SVT

11 FAVORITE YOUTUBER / TWITCH STREAMER

TYLERWIFY YOUTUBE LINK

His Sims4 lets play is HILARIOUS! It is really dramatic and definitely not PG haha. Everyone that loves drama check his channel out. I discovered his channel only a week ago, and I have almost watched every episode. I’m addicted.

His latest episode:

12 FAVORITE MUSIC / PODCAST

I don’t have one

13 FAVORITE GAME / BOARD GAME

Sims4, I have been playing it again. You guys might know by now that sims4 is my favorite game. And OMG guys, TODDLERS are in the game now!!!

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Here are some screenshots of what I have built lately:

This is MR and MRS Lee, they are the parents of one of my sims. They are rich and owns the whole apartment complex that they and their daughter lives in.

This is the apartment I made them.

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14 FAVORITE BLOGGER OR OTHER PAGES ON THE INTERNET

I came over this Instagram profile; Bri4nh3nry. I really like the small animated art pieces this guy is making.
https://www.instagram.com/bri4nh3nry/

15 FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE DONE LATELY

Christmas and new year’s eve! Read about my Christmas HERE.

 

❤ -Rakel

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


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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

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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

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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

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Pictures are from Goodreads

❤ -Rakel

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

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?