Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

I rarely do tags, but I thought this one would be fun to do.

1.BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

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

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I LOVE these books ❤

2.BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

I haven’t read that many sequels this year, but this series was FANTASTIC.

3.NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

I haven’t been good at reading new releases so far this year. I blame it on my book buying ban, and that I have been focusing on my TBR mountain. I need to buy some of the new releases because there are so many I want to read, they all sounds so good. I couldn’t choose just one book, so I made a separate post earlier this week dedicated to this question. Here is a link to the post: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

4.MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

5.BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My expectations for this book was really high. I liked some parts of the book, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

6.BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a birthday present 1 ½ years ago from a friend. The person who gave it to me loved the book and thought I would too. I was very skeptical to pick it up because I didn’t want to hate it. I had also previously read Norwegian Wood by the same author, and I didn’t care for that book. I’m actually currently reading this book now, I have about 80 pages left. I love this book and I already know it will be one of my favorite reads of 2017. Even though it have some scenes that are problematic that I didn’t like (the woman in the woods), the book speaks to my heart. It’s just so weird and interesting and captivating.

7.FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

This is hard because I feel that you have to read more than one book from an author to call them your favorite. Here are some new to me authors that I have read and really enjoyed this year. 

Michel Faber author of The Book of Strange New Things

Jennifer Niven author of Holding Up the Universe

Karen m. McManus author of One of Us Is Lying – This book is also a debut. 

Brandon Sanderson author of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of We Should All Be Feminists

8.NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

I don’t get fictional crushes, but the closest to a fictional crush I have right now is Oshima from Kafka on The Shore. It’s weird because he is a know it all type of person.

9.NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Oshima and Nakata from Kafka on The Shore

Molly and her moms from The Upside of Unrequited

10.BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I don’t think I have cried from a book this year. Hmm maybe I cried at the end of American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Really good book.

11.BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

12.FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I rarely watch movies. I can only remember that I have watched 2 movies this year, and that is Zodiac and Inside Out. But there is one series that I really liked called Big Little Lies, and that is a book to series adaptation. I haven’t read the book yet, but I might do it in the future. Really good and intriguing series that keeps you guessing until the end. Let me know if you have watched the series.

13.FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

This is a hard question because I’m a perfectionist and hard on myself. I have to go with my latest review: One of us is lying.

14.MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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This has to be the new Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone books. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL and I want them all! I contained myself and only bought the hardback and paperback of in Ravenclaw editions. 

15.WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of the books. If you combine my TBR and the new releases I want to read, you have the answer. I think this question will be too much. I might do a separate post on this as well soon.

-I’m tagging you, and if you have already done it leave me the link and I’ll check it out 🙂 

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday March 15: BOOKS I FELT BETRAYED BY

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 I Felt

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-Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

This Top 5 Wednesday is going to be a bit all over the place. Here are some different random book and book related things that I feel betrayed by.

1.Mr Poe from A Series of Unfortunate Events

If you have read A Series of Unfortunate Events, you know how terrible of a job this character does to protect the Baudelaire Children from County Olaf. It infuriates me and I feel betrayed that he cannot do his job.


2.Jane Austin’s writing

I have tried two times now to read her books, one time in English and one time in Norwegian. The last book I tried to read was Sense and Sensibility, and I DNF’ed it at 30%. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I just can’t get through them. I really want to like her books since they are well loved classics, but I just don’t care about the stories or the characters in them.


3.Scott Lynch the author of The Lies of Locke Lamora

I feel betrayed by something that happens at the end of this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’m not going to say what. Scott Lynch, you are a terrible person. Sorry, I didn’t mean it, or do I? Hmm ok, maybe a little bit, haha.

I just want to mention that this betrayal doesn’t make this a bad book. This book is still my Favorite, as you probably know by now If you have been following my blog for a while.


4.Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

I have heard so many great things about this book series, and the premise sounds amazing. I was very disappointed when I read the first book. Even though I love parts of the book (mainly the world-building and the peculiars) and the pictures in the book, I felt betrayed because it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.


5.Gemina

I loved Illuminae, the first book in the Illuminae Files.  It was one of my favorite reads of last year. When I read Gemina, I felt really disappointed and betrayed that I didn’t like it.

Illuminae REVIEW

Gemina REVIEW


6.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child PLAY

I feel betrayed by this because I will never be able to go to London and see this play live. I know a lot of people didn’t like this read, but I actually enjoyed it. I WANT TO GO AND SEE IT LIVE!!!

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

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 to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

-Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Starting on a long and intricate fantasy or sci-fi series can be daunting when you are in a reading slump, even though you usually love them. That is why I’m recommending some fun and fast paced standalones, that I really enjoyed reading.

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump”

15th Favorites of the Moment #6

15th Favorites of 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.

Continue reading “15th Favorites of the Moment #6”

February 2017 To Be Read

The plan was to not pick too many books for this month, because of my reading/blog pause in January. But guess what this TBR is on the larger side for me. I always over estimate myself with these TBR lists haha, but it is great to have different options. 


Books I Want To Continue Reading


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

80% read. I am almost finished with this book. It is the last one in The Gentleman Bastards series that is currently out. I’m in LOVE with this series and this book, and I don’t want it to end. This book series, especially book 1 and 3 is incredible and have become my all time favorite books.


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in Red Rising

28% read. I took a break from this book because of the Biannual Bibliothon, and didn’t pick it up again. Now I want to continue reading this book and hopefully finish it in February. I really enjoy this series, and so far this book is really exciting.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

16% read. I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I don’t know what I feel about it yet, but I want to continue reading it.


Books I Want To Start


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Every month I’m going to randomly pick one book from my Beat The Backlist Challenge list that I have to read. This month I randomly generated the letter F, and I picked The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber to read.


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 

Book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I need to have some books that is easy and fun to read this month. I really like this middle grade fantasy series and I bet a lot of you do too.


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Book 5 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Book 6 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Book 7 A Series of Unfortunate Events

I have so much fun reading this children’s series, even though I’m an adult and not the target audience for it. I really like the humor and the narrator in this series, and that the story often gets really dark. I wish I had read the books as a kid, I would probably be shit scared of Count Olaf and his companions. The books are really short so I’m planning on reading 4 of the books in February. I want to read all of the books in the series before I watch the new Netflix show.  


The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand

I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I have started it (because this post is a bit late). I don’t know if I like it so far.


THE SNOW CHILD BY EOWYN IVEY

This book was on my TBR last month, but I didn’t pick it up. I hope to get to it this month. I really want to read it before the winter is over.


❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

January 2017 Monthly Wrap Up + I’m back

This month started out really well, I read a lot and posted 3-4 posts to my blog every week. I also participated in the Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Readathon, and had a lot of fun with that. Halfway through the month I started not feeling well. I didn’t have the energy to post anything on my blog or read books, so I had to take a break from everything book and blog related. This is slowly getting better now and I hope I’m back 100% soon. This blog hiatus totally killed my posting plan so I’ll be posting topics in February that should have been out earlier, like: Favorite Reads of 2016, Dystopian Bingo and Reviews.

Over to what I did manage to read in January. I read a total of 4 books, one essay and one book that i DNF. I have read 3 books that fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 1621 pages this month.

I rated:

1 book 5stjerner

1 book 4-5stjerner

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1 book3-5stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

1 book 1-5stjerner


What I Read


Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Book 2 in The Faceless One

FULL REVIEW HERE!  I really liked this book. It was fun to read about two men in their 70 fighting supernatural cases. 3.5 stars

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This essay is such a great introduction to feminism and it is very easy and quick to read. I recommend everyone to read it. 5 stars

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Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book 1 in Stalking Jack the Ripper

I love the premise of this book and I had high hopes for it. The story started out really good and exciting, but after a while it got a bit boring. This book was just ok, not great and not terrible either. You can read more of my thoughts about it in my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up HERE. 3 stars

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Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is now one of my all time favorite Young Adult Contemporaries. I devoured this book, it was so incredible good. I LOVE the character Libby, she is AMAZING! I really connected with her. Jack’s face blindness was interesting to read about as well. I really want to read the author’s other book asap. 4.5 stars

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Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is my second try to read a Jane Austen book. I DNF this book at 30%. I found the book to be really boring, it just didn’t grab me. I want to like it because it is a well known classic, but I just don’t find it fun to read.  1.5 stars

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love Marissa Meyers other series The Lunar Chronicles, so I highly anticipated this book. This book is a fun read, I really love the Alice in wonderland world and some parts of the story. I also really love her writing. I just didn’t cared for the romance. If you like ya romance book with fantasy elements, and you are interested in another story set in the Alice world I highly recommend this book. 4 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: Morning Star 28% read – The Republic Of Thieves 80% – Final Girls 16% read


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❤ -Rakel

-Have You Read Any Of The Books On My List? 

-What Did You Read This Month? And What Was Your Favorite Read? 

Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Wrap Up |Readathon|

I have had a really great week, it was so much fun participating in this readathon. I manage to finish 3 books, and more. I read 842 pages and I’m really happy with that. 

This is what I read:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

– Finished 50 pages – 5 stars 5stjerner

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

– Finished 326 pages – 3 stars 3stjerner

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

– Finished 9 hours/391 pages – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

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

– Not Finished 1h06m

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

– Not Finished 47 pages

THIS IS THE CHALLENGES I FINISHED:

1.Read The Group Book Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

3.Read a 2016 New Release

7.Read A Diverse Book

I almost finished challenge 6. Read a Retelling.


Log Of The Week:


Day 1

I’m starting this readathon with reading the group read Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. This is a very interesting book, and I haven’t read anything like it before. I don’t think I have ever read an YA crime novel before. And I have definitely not read one set in the 1880 with a female Main Character that is studying forensic medicine, and is also investigating the Jack The Ripper case. I really like that the MC loves science and is studying forensic medicine, even though she is a girl.

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I also figured out that I needed to have an audiobook for this readathon. So I added Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven to my TBR as the challenge; Book That Came Out In 2016. Why do I always do the same mistake and not include an audiobook?

Stalking Jack The Ripper 106 pages

Holding Up The Universe 1 hour

Day 2

I have been obsessed with HUTU today, I couldn’t stop listening to it. I have been listening to it while I’m playing the Sims4, it is so much fun.

The Lee family, and their luxurious home.

I have also read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read it in one sitting. It is a really good essay on feminism. If you want to learn more about feminism and why it is important this is a great introduction, it is easy and fast to read.

I have also read a little bit in SJTR and I’m really enjoying it so far.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 36 pages

Holding Up The Universe 3h07m

We Should All Be Feminists 50 pages – Finished

Day 3

I didn’t manage to read as much as I wanted to read today, because I had an appointment I had to go to. While in the car to the appointment I didn’t want to use my 4G, so I had to listen to another audiobook that I have downloaded and can listen to without internet. So I continued with the audiobook I was listening to before the readathon; The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch.

I have also been listening to Holding Up The Universe after the appointment, and I’m really enjoying that book. I really like the characters, especially Libby. I see myself in her and can relate to her a lot. I also find Jack’s face blindness very interesting.

In the evening I was really tired so I didn’t read a lot in SJTR. I really liked this book in the beginning, but now it has gotten a little dragging and not as exciting.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 27 pages

Holding Up The Universe 45m

The Republic of Thieves 39m

Day 4

I have read a good chunk of SJTR today, and I’m almost finished. I don’t find the book as exciting now as it was in the beginning. I keep on zoning out when I’m reading. I’m thinking of continue with Heartless by Marissa Meyer tomorrow, I’m looking forward to read another book. (I stared Heartless before the readathon and have 173 pages left in the book).

HUTU is still really good.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 86 pages

Holding Up The Universe 1h25m

Day 5

I only listened to HUTU earlier on the day, I had an appointment today too, so I have been busy with that. And in the evening I was completely hooked on the Sims4, because Sims4 got TODDLERS added to the game! OMG! I’m so happy and I couldn’t stop playing. The toddlers are so incredible cute!

Toddlers!

I was planning on finishing SJTR today, but toddlers and appointment took over. That is why I also didn’t read anything in Heartless.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 49 pages

Holding Up The Universe 28m

Day 6

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Random photo from our evening. Dirty dishes from our dinner in the background lol, and our pc. It can’t be better than food and gaming, haha. 

I’m at my boyfriend’s apartment this weekend, and because I wanted to spend time with him I didn’t read a lot in Heartless. I did finish SJTR, that ending was intense and thrilling, and got my heart pumping really fast. I liked the book, but didn’t love it. It started really good and but after ca 100 pages it went downhill for me. I’m sad about that, because I really liked the idea of the book.

I’m almost finished with HUTU and I LOVE that book. It’s sad that I’m almost finished with it. I’ll read the author’s other book asap.

Stalking Jack The Ripper 24 pages – Finished

Holding Up The Universe 1h42m

Heartless 16 pages

Day 7

I didn’t manage to read a lot today because I wanted to spend my time with my boyfriend. I finished HUTU and it was sooo good. I loved it! Highly recommend it to everyone who likes YA contemporaries.

Holding Up The Universe 33m – Finished

Heartless 31 pages

The Republic of Thieves 27m

❤ -Rakel

-Did You Participate In This Readathon? 

-Have You Read Any Of These Books? What Do You Think Of Them?

-What Did You Read This Week?