AUGUST 2017 MONTHLY WRAP UP // What I Read This Month

Unlike July, August wasn’t the most eventful month for me. I have been struggling with motivation to write blog posts and read, lets just say I have been in a massive reading and writing slump. There is one thing that I have been absolutely addicted to doing, and that is playing the game Fallout 4. I bought it on the release date almost two years ago, but quickly became bored of it. I don’t know what sparked my interest to pick it up again, but I’m glad I did. It has been so much fun playing that game the last weeks. 

Something I build a long time ago. I just started building a vault.

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The day we drove my brother to the city where he is studying.

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READING STATS

I read:

 4 books finished

A total of 1951 pages read this month | A lot of the pages comes from books that I haven’t finished yet.

I rated:

1 book 5stjerner

2 books 4stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

Challenges: None


BOOKS I READ

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas|Weak 3 stars 3stjerner

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

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

The Rabbit Hunter (Joona Linna #6) by Lars Kepler|4 stars 4stjerner

Books I didn’t manage to finish this month: The Book of Strange New Things 86% read – Milk and Honey 56% read – The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women 59% read – Fever by Deon Meyer 29% read – Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan 70% read


BOOKS I BOUGHT

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Certain Dark Things: A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Goodreads Challenge August 2017


What have you been reading this month?

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JULY 2017 MONTHLY WRAP UP // What I Read This Month

This month has been one of the busiest months EVER, or at least in a long time. First I had to prepare for my trip and then I went to Croatia for a week. The day after I came home I went straight to west Norway to attend my grandmother’s funeral. The car ride took 8 hours one way. At the end of the month I participated in two readathons and moved some of my things into my BF’s apartment. We are planning on slowly moving in together. I also had one of my most successful reading months to this date. 

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READING STATS

I rated:

2 books  5stjerner

2 books  4stjerner

2 books  3-5stjerner

2 books  3stjerner

1 book   1stjerner

I read:

 8 books read & 1 DNF

A total of 3.508 pages read this month

Challenges:

Beat The Backlist Challenge: The Titan’s Curse


BOOKS I READ

American Gods by Neil Gaiman – 1 star – DNF @ 18% 1stjerner

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars   3stjerner

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan – 3.5 stars3-5stjerner

The Girls by Emma Cline – 5 stars 5stjerner

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – 3 stars  3stjerner

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor – 5 stars 5stjerner

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) by Seanan McGuire – 4 stars 4stjerner

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – 4 stars 4stjerner

Books I didn’t manage to finish this month: The Book of Strange New Things 86% read – Milk and Honey 42% read – The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women 59% read – Little Monsters 50% read – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) 84% read


BOOKS I BOUGHT

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss


Goodreads Challenge July 2017 2

I finished my Goodreads goal of 50 books, so I bumped it up to 70.


What have you been reading this month?

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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.


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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


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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.

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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

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Kindle eBook Haul

I have bought some books for my Kindle the last months. All of them minus one was on sales. I can’t contain myself when a book I want to read is only 1-3 dollars on Kindle. Even if I’m not planning on reading them any time soon. I guess I can call myself a Kindle hoarder. If you are looking for kindle deals follow me on Twitter LINK ❤ , I always post a link there whenever I come across a good deal.


The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

Goodreads Synopsis: King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.


The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Goodreads Synopsis: A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.”

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life…. more on Goodreads


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Goodreads Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.



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

Goodreads synopsis: Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.


Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Goodreads Synopsis: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


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

Goodreads Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling… more on Goodreads



The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Goodreads Synopsis: Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Goodreads Synopsis: The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.


The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Book 1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Goodreads Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.


❤ -Rakel

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Birthday Book Haul

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As a book lover and a book blogger I always get books for my birthday. My birthday was last month, so this haul is a bit late because one of the books just came in the mail. Thank you so much for all the presents and birthday wishes. This is the books I got:

 


Silo by Hugh Howey


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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 


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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


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The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore 


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Julies Grønne Kjøkken by Julie Ilona Balas 


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❤ -Rakel

-Have You Read Any Of These Books?

 

September Book Haul

This is a haul of the books I have bought the last months. Now my bookshelves are very full. I have to reorganize them soon to make more space. 

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

I bought the whole Percy Jackson series in a box set. I’m really looking forward to read this series. I was in the mood for middle grade fantasy. And When I think of middle grade fantasy, I immediately think of this series. I didn’t read this series as a kid. So I had to buy it, and now is the time to read it. I want to read book 1 ASAP.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.k. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne & This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I have already read The Cursed Child and gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This Savage Song came out in July, so not that long ago. I loved Vicious by Victoria Schwab, so I have high hopes for this new series.

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin & Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Wolf by Wolf sounded interesting. 

I had this craving to read middle grade fantasy. So I also bought Fablehaven.

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare & Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I have finished the whole The Mortal Instrument series. But I don’t want to be finished with the Shadowhunter universe. So I bought The Bane Chronicles. It is 11 short stories of Magnus Bane’s life. Lady Midnight is the first book in a new series, also in the Shadowhunter universe.

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Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen & Råta by Siri Pettersen

This is a Norwegian fantasy book trilogy. I have heard a lot of good things about this trilogy so I had to buy it. Plus it was on a sale. And it has been nominated and won a lot of literary prizes. I think so far it has only been published in Scandinavia.

-Have You Read Any Of These Books?-

 

July Book Haul

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I actually bought these books last month. I procrastinated with the haul. But that’s okay. I have been so busy with the read-A-Thons this month haha. 

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We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver & Room by Emma Donoghue

I have already read this book and gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I have to watch the movie. The book was really interesting.

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The 5 wave by Rick Yancey & The Infinite Sea by Rick YanceyIMG_4222

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs & Library Of Souls by Ransom Riggs

I read the first book and liked it. I think I’m going to read these two books in October. You know, like a spooky read for Halloween season. I don’t like too scary things. So these are perfect.