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

Top 5 Wednesday January 11th: 2017 Debuts You Are Excited For

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:


2017 Debuts You Are Excited For


-There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one 🙂

I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books. 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

This is a fantasy young adult book that I’m really looking forward to read. The synopsis of this book sounds really interesting and exctincting, and I have heard great things about it from people who have gotten early copies. I bet this book is going to be on a lot of peoples T5W this week.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book sounds like an interesting young adult, contemporary book, that has the very important and current topic in today’s society: The Black Lives matter movement.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. –Goodreads


A List Of Cages by Robin Roe

I have seen this contemporary YA book around the book community lately, but it was Emma from EMMABOOKS (on youtube) that sold this book for me. Go and read her Goodreads review on this book. LINK


Gilded Cage by Vic James

Another fantasy YA book that sounds like a really interesting and exciting read.


Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I have to admit that I had to do some research on books from debut authors, and I came over a list containing this book. This is what they wrote about this book:

This is intergalactic space opera Game of Thrones with a diverse cast and a kick-ass female protagonist. –Inverse.com

Can it be any better than this? This book sounds amazing.


❤ -Rakel

-Which books did you choose for this week’s T5W?

 

2017 Reading Challenges

It is that time of the year for goals and reading challenges. I have seen a lot of 2017 Reading challenges going around in the blogging community lately, that people are participating in. I thought it would be fun to participate in some. I’m trying to be selective, because I don’t want to get overwhelmed, I feel like that is so easy to do. I have tried to do the Book Riot challenge before, but now that I have a blog to share my fun (or struggles) I think it is so much easier to continue and not ditch it a few months into the year. Here are some of my favorite challenges that I want to participate in this year.


1.Beat The Backlist Challenge


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This challenge is about beating, attacking and murdering those TBR shelves (ok, ok just kidding maybe not murdering, no booklovers want to ruin their books). This challenge is so simple, the only thing you have to do is read the books you own that you bought before 2017. There is also a point system where you can get points for your Hogwarts house, I’m Ravenclaw btw. I’m not sure yet how you do it, so you better go and read what the creator of this challenge is saying about it. I have to do more research on it. 

Beat The Backlist Challenge is hosted by: Novelknight.com

I have a huge TBR shelves of books I want to read, but haven’t had the time or gotten around to read. After posting this post: Books I Really Want To Read & Series I want To Start in 2017!  some weeks back, a lot of people suggested and recommended me to join this challenge. This is going to be my main challenge for 2017. I’m going to make a document of all of my books that I own, and crossing them out whenever I read a book on the list.


2.2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge


I’m joining the dystopian reading challenge because I love dystiopian books. It sounds like lots of fun, especially the Dystopia Bingo.

Dystopian Reading Challenge is hosted by: Cornerfolds.com & Mysoulcalledlife.com 

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3.Book Riot Read Harder Challenge


“Just as in years past, there are 24 tasks, averaging to two per month over the course of the next 12 months. You may count one book for multiple tasks, or read one book per task. I’ve said it the last two challenges, so it bears repeating: “We encourage you to push yourself, to take advantage of this challenge as a way to explore topics or formats or genres that you otherwise wouldn’t try. But this isn’t a test. No one is keeping score and there are no points to post. We like books because they allow us to see the world from a new perspective, and sometimes we all need help to even know which perspectives to try out. That’s what this is – a perspective shift – but one for which you’ll only be accountable to yourself.” –BookRiot

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is hosted by: Book Riot.com

1 Read a book about sports.
2 Read a debut novel.
3 Read a book about books.
4 Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
5 Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
6 Read an all-ages comic.
7 Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
8 Read a travel memoir.
9 Read a book you’ve read before.
10 Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
11 Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
12 Read a fantasy novel.
13 Read a nonfiction book about technology.
14 Read a book about war.
15 Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
16 Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
17 Read a classic by an author of color.
18 Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
19 Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
20 Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
21 Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
22 Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
23 Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet Dead, The Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
24 Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)

❤ -Rakel

-Are You Participating In Any 2017 Reading Challenges?

 

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday January 4th: 2017 Goals

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:

2017 Goals

-These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

I have a few goals for 2017. My Goodreads reading goals is not on this list, because I haven’t decided yet how many books I want to read in 2017. I’m planning on maybe starting school in the fall, and that will take a lot of my time. What is a manageable goal? I don’t know. My goal for last year was originally 40, but I changed to 50 halfway through. In total I read 53 books in 2016, and that is a lot for me. I’m thinking of maybe lowering my goal to 40 or 45 books. I can always increase the number if I want to like I did in 2016. What do you think? 

My goals for 2017 is:

1.Keep on posting 3 blog posts every week

2.Comment more on other blogs

3.Shorten my TBR pile

4.Read more nonfictions, classics and books from Norwegian authors

5.Getting better with my health 

❤ -Rakel

-What Is Your Goals For 2017?

January 2017 To Be Read


Books I Want To Continue Reading


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in the Red Rising

I buddy read book 1 and 2 in the Red Rising series with a friend. We both really loved this series, but we never gotten around to read book 3. Now it is time to finally finish it. We have already started reading this book, I’m about 70 pages in and omg it is so good.


Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch 

Book 3 in the Gentleman Bastard

I’m 9 chapters into this book, and I’m already LOVING it! I love this series The Gentleman Bastards. I love the characters, the world building, the atmosphere and the story.


Books I Want To Start


All the other books I’m planning to read this month are in this post: Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017. I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all of the books in the reatathon, but I’m hoping to start everyone that week, and finish them before January ends.

Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

Book 1 in the Stalking Jack The Ripper

This is the group read of the readathon. I’m really looking forward to reading this book.


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I wanted to read a winter themed book, and this was on my TBR shelf. I think I got it as a gift a long time ago. I don’t know what it is about.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love the Lunar Chronicles, a series by the same author. It is one of my favorite YA fantasy/sci-fi series of all time. This is a highly anticipated read for me, and I’m scared because I have read mixed reviews about this book.

This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab

Book 1 in the Monsters of Verity

I love Vicious by the same author, and she is a very popular YA author. Looking forward to reading this book, it sounds really awesome.


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I have heard great things about this author and this essay. Feminism is an interesting topic, and I hope to learn a lot from reading this.


❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017 TBR

I’m going to participate in the Winter Biannual Bibliothon 2017. This readathon runs from January 8 to January 14. You can find more information on the Biannual Bibliothin’s youtube channel: HERE, or their Twitter page HERE.

This will be my first readathon in 2017, and I’m so excited. This will be the first of many this year. I have 5 books on my list, and they all are highly anticipated reads for me. I hope I love them all, this is going to be a really fun readathon.


Challenges


1.Read the group book: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo

I asked for this book for Christmas, so that I would be ready for the readathon and this challenge. This book sounds really interesting and has been on my TBR for a little while.

2.Throwback: Pick any past Bibliothon reading challenge – http://bit.ly/2fgggxU

I choose to go for the Winter Themed Book Or Book Featuring Winter challenge, and the book I choose for this is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

3.Read a 2016 new release

I have to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

4.Read a book a BookTuber recommends to you

All of Victoria Schwab’s books are loved on booktube, so I’m going to read This Savage Song by her.

5.Read a book you were really excited for but never picked up

I was really excited for This Savage Song by Victoria Scwab. I pre ordered it I think, but I never picked it up to read.

6.Read a retelling

Heartless by Marissa Meyer is a retelling of of The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

7.Read a diverse book

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have heard a lot of great things about this author, and this essay. It is about feminism as the title says, and the author is African.

❤ -Rakel

-Are You Going To Participate In This Readathon?

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

4stjerner


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

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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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❤ -Rakel
-What Did You Read This Month?