Weekly Update #13 | The Week I Was In Croatia |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 430 of 500

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – On page 339 of 480

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – On page 62 of 204

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling – 0m10h of 23h

Recently finished:

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – 3.5 stars

The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan – 3.5 stars

Reading next:

The Girls by Emma Cline

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

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Sunday: Weekly Update #12 | I’m Currently In Croatia |

Friday: Mid Year update – All The Books I Have Read So Far In 2017

-DIARY

Hi everybody. I’ll just write a quick Sunday update today. I want to tell you about my trip to Croatia, but unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time today. I got home yesterday, and tomorrow I’m leaving for the west Norway to attend my grandmother’s funeral. She died last week and the funeral is on Tuesday. Today I have to relax, pack and prepare for the 8-9 hour drive.

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I wish you all a great week!

Tell me about your week, what have you been up to?

❤ -Rakel

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Mid Year update – All The Books I Have Read So Far In 2017

In December last year I did a post on every book I have read in 2016. I thought it would be fun to do a mid year post about all the books I have read so far in 2017. As of 30. May I have read 41 books, that is 17 books ahead of my Goodreads goal of 50 books. I will finish my goal way before the end of the year, so I might have to bump it up a bit.

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Here are some stats on the books I have read:

Favorite Books Read:

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

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Longest Book Read:

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – 650 pages

Shortest book Read:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 49 pages

2017 Releases Read:

7 books

Big Books Read:

10

Audiobooks:

21 books

Books DNF:

3 books

Books Bought:

Physical books: 11

Ebooks: 15

Star rating:

5stjerner3 books rated 5 stars

4-5stjerner4 books rated 4.5 stars

4stjerner8 books rated 4 stars

3-5stjerner7 books rated 3.5 stars 

3stjerner11 books rated 3 stars 

2-5stjerner1 book rated 2.5 stars 

2stjerner3 books rated 2 stars 

1-5stjerner1 book rated 1.5 stars  

1stjerner2 books rated 1 star 


January – LINK TO WRAP UP

REVIEW – Deadlight Jack (The Faceless One #2) by Mark Onspaugh – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

REVIEW – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5 stars 5stjerner

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco – 3 stars 3stjerner

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – 1.5 stars – DNF 1-5stjerner

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – 4 stars 4stjerner


February – LINK TO WRAP UP

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) by Lemony Snicket – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars 4stjerner

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6) by Lemony Snicket – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7) by Lemony Snicket – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand – 2 stars DNF 2stjerner

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars 5stjerner

Final Girls by Riley Sager – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars 4stjerner

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner


March – LINK TO WRAP UP

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) by Lemony Snicket – 2.5 stars 2-5stjerner

The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9) by Lemony Snicket – 3 stars 3stjerner

Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers – 3 stars 3stjerner

REVIEW – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1) by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman – 3 stars 3stjerner


April – LINK TO WRAP UP

#famous by Jilly Gagnon – 2 stars 2stjerner

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Blankets by Craig Thompson – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō – 4 stars 4stjerner

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – 1 star DNF 1stjerner


May

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

MINI REVIEW – American Street by Ibi Zoboi – 4 stars 4stjerner

MINI REVIEW – 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


June

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


-Tell me your favorite reads so far this year. I would love to know! 

❤ -Rakel

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Vacation TBR – The Books I’m Taking With Me On Vacation

I’m leaving for Croatia on Saturday. I’m so excited for my first vacation in many years. I have struggled with an illness called ME/CFS for the last 5 years, and been very ill. The last year and a half I have been slowly getting better. I’m far from “normal”, but it is a huge step from how it used to be. This vacation is going to be a big milestone in my recovery, and I’m really looking forward to the trip. I’m also very anxious, but I will not let that stop me.

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Ok so over to this post, I want to tell you about the books I’m taking with me to Croatia. I narrowed it down to 3 books. I don’t think I will be reading more than 3 books, and if I do I have my Kindle and audiobooks. My criteria was: not too long, easy to read, paperback and that I already owns it. A lot of the books I owned didn’t make my criteria, but I found some that did.

 

The Titan’s Curse & The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Book 3 and 4 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

It’s been a while since I read book 1 and 2, it was some time last year. I have been wanting to pick the series up again, and finish it this year. Since it is a middle grade series, it’s fast paced and easy to read. It’s perfect to read by the pool because I don’t have to focus on the book too much while reading. The books also fits all my criteria.


 

The Girls by Emma Cline

This book sounds really interesting, so I thought it would be fun to take with me on the vacation. I hope it is an easy read and not too slow. The book is only 355 pages, so it fits all my criteria.


That was all of the physical books I’m taking with me to Croatia. I might have to take with me the book I’m currently reading, if I don’t finish it before I leave. The one extra book will be Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, I hope to finish it before though. I’m also taking with me some audiobooks that I have downloaded on my phone. 

I have downloaded:

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

2. Kaninjegeren (Joona Linna, #6) by Lars Kepler (The Rabbit Hunter)

3. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

I’m not going to list books from my Kindle.

What do you think of my TBR? Which books would you take with you on a vacation?

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday July 5th: Books Without Romance

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

BOOKS WITHOUT

ROMANCE

– A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

My last T5W was in April, before my long blog pause in May. I liked this months questions, so I thought it would be fun to do this blog meme again. I didn’t think it was hard to find books for this week, I actually found a lot more than just the 5 books I choose for this post. I like when books don’t always focus around romance, it can be a bit repetitive sometimes. This week I chose some of my favorite books that I don’t always talk about, and of course without or barely mentions romance.


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This book is a fantasy novel set in a different world. It follows a group of thieves called The Gentleman Bastards. The stories alternates from their childhood, and their adulthood.

This the first book in my favorite series of all time. This series do have romance, but the first book is romance free as far as I remember. You have to read this book, it’s fantastic! I will definitely re-read it this year.


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

This is a fantastic zombie book. I haven’t read anything like this story, not before or after finishing this book. The story is just so interesting and intriguing. I know that zombie books sometimes can be a bit ridiculous or “tacky”, but this story was heartbreaking and wonderful. The prequel just came out, and I’m dying to read it. There might be a really small romance between two of the characters. I don’t remember exactly what happens, but it was barely mentioned.


The Martian by Andy Weir

This book is probably familiar to you. It was very popular a few years ago and everybody raved about it. I really liked this book as well. This book is a story about an astronaut that got left behind on Mars when the rest of his team evacuated from a storm without him, because they think he is dead. Stranded alone he has to figure out how to survive until the rescue comes. This book is also fantastic. No romance (I think), just a story about hope and survival.


We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

I would describe this book as an anti romance story. This is a story about hate. This book is so incredible fascinating. I read this book with a friend, and we kept discussing the story and the characters all the time, and still there is so much more to talk about. If psychology and human behavior/emotions interests you, or just find the synopsis intriguing, I highly recommend this book. Even though I didn’t like the authors writing style.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is an incredible heartbreaking and beautiful world war 2 story. It follows two children, a girl living in France and a boy living in Germany. The two stories also gets connected at some point in the book. A really good and emotional read.


-Did You Participate In This Weeks T5W? I Would Love To Read Your Post.

❤ -Rakel

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Weekly Update #11 | The Week I Shopped Way Too Much |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 430 of 500

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore – On page 302 of 480

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – On page 62 of 204

American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman – 02h33m of 16h41m

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi – On page 148 of 461

Recently finished:

I didn’t finish any books this week.

 

Reading next:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

 

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Weekly Update #10 | Preparing For My Croatia Trip |

Wednesday: 3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS books #29-31 – Station Eleven, American Street, Stalker

Friday: May & June 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

-DIARY

The last month I have been struggling with my chronic illness (ME/CFS), and anxiety. This week it has been so much better, and I’m finally able to do a lot more than being chained to my bed.

Last week I told you guys that I had one important thing to do this week, and that was to find and buy a bikini. For someone who has a little bit of extra fat on their body and have bigger boobs, buying underwear and bikinis is a struggle. On Monday my mom and I went to the biggest mall in town. We went to one of the underwear boutiques, and a nice girl that worked there helped me pick out the right size. I highly recommend you to get help from a “professional”, even though those kind of stores often are pricier. I’m really happy with my new bikini, and it makes my boobs look great. Besides shopping for a bikini, I bought a lot of new clothes. I spent soooooo much money. I really needed some new summer clothes for my trip in July.

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On Tuesday I went to my weekly appointment. It was my last time there, and that is ok, I might start up again after the summer. Sorry for being vague, but I don’t want to get into the details on what it is. On Wednesday I had another appointment. It was in town, so after the appointment my mom and I went for even more shopping. This time my main focus was to buy some new summer shoes. I only have one pair of shoes, and they can be a bit sweaty in the sun. I LOVE one of the pairs I got, and even better it was 50% off. It’s the shiny one on the picture below. Aren’t they pretty?

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What I bought on Wednesday. I LOVE the shoes, and that yellow shorts is one of my favorite finds.

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In the evening on Wednesday, after the shopping, I wanted to practice my makeup skills. This was one of my first times doing a liquid eyeliner, lol. 

The weather has been GORGEOUS in Norway this week, so a lot of my time has been spent on the porch in the sun. We have had some lovely family dinners on the porch. It’s not every day we have family dinners with everybody around the table. On Friday my brother’s girlfriend came to visit us (mostly him, hehe), and yesterday my BF came home from his vacation to Spain.

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That is my mom. And as you can see I was reading Unravel Me before the dinner, haha. 

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Another dinner on the porch. Pizza and beer.

I have also been tidying and purging some of my belongings this week. The last months after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō, and watching many YT videos on minimalism, I have tried to get rid of a lot of stuff. Since I have ME/CFS I don’t have the energy to do it all in one go, so I have just been doing it one place at a time. Even though Marie Kondō says you should do everything of one specific thing (clothes, books etc) in one go.

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A gold bracelet engraved with my name that I got for my Baptism. I think it is pretty and cute, and something I want to use. Not getting rid of this. 

I wish you all a great week!

Tell me about your week, what have you been up to?

❤ -Rakel

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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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3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS books #29-31 – Station Eleven, American Street, Stalker

This is the first post in my new category 3 in 1 mini reviews. Instead of doing a monthly wrap up with thoughts on all the books I have read that month, I’ll write a blog post every 3 books read. I will still do a monthly wrap up, but it will be more like a overview and not a big post with all my thoughts. I hope you enjoy this new idea, and I hope it will be easier for both you and me. 


station-eleven-by-emily-st-john-mandelStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I had really high hopes for this book, since I have heard great thing about it and the synopsis sounded intriguing. I really thought this would be a great book for me. Unfortunately this book wasn’t what I thought it would be. I liked some part of it and found them interesting, but overall it wasn’t my favorite. What really throw me off was all the different point of views and stories. It just felt messy at times and not cohesive, even though everything connects at the end. I wished we got to see more of The Traveling Symphony and The Museum of Civilizations, and not all of the focus on Arthur and his life. 3 stars

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American Street by Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi

This is a great diverse 2017 release that I think every YA contemporary reader should read, or at least know about.

17 year old Fabiola is moving with her mom from Haiti to Detroit USA to live with her aunt and her cousins. The move doesn’t go as planned when her mom is detained in the airport, and isn’t allowed into the country. Fabiola is now on her own without her mom and it cause a lot of stress. She has to get used to living in a new country, with family she doesn’t know well. This book is a really good book about immigration, family, race, a community full of drugs and violent, and the journey to get settled in to a new place far from home. I love this book, and I fell in love with all the characters. It definitely made my emotions rise in me. 4 stars

4stjerner


Stalker (Joona Linna #5) by Lars KeplerStalker by Lars Kepler

Book 5 in the Joona Linna series

This is the 5 book in a popular Scandinavian crime series. I don’t read a lot of Scandinavian crime books, this was the first in many years. One day I randomly wanted to pick one up, so I choose the most popular one on a list, and this was it. I have previously read the first book in this series many years ago, and I wasn’t over the moon with it. So my expectations wasn’t the highest. To my surprise I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I devoured the 14h long audiobook in under one week. If you are looking for a Scandinavian crime book, I recommend this one. I will read other books by the author in the future.

Even though this is book 5 in the series, you don’t have to read the previous ones to read this. I have only read book 1 and 5. 4 stars

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-How do you like my new idea?

❤ -Rakel

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