April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

After my blogslump last month, I’m very behind on my monthly wrap ups. I was debating on if I should write and publish monthly wrap ups from April and May since it is old now. I decided on writing them, not just for you guys, but for myself too. Even though I was in a blogslump I didn’t take a pause from reading. I have read a lot the last months.

I rated:

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#famous by Jilly Gagnon

This is a YA contemporary romance, where the story is highly similar and must have been inspired by Alex from Target (yes the meme, or whatever it is). I didn’t like this book that much. The characters wasn’t anything special or memorable, and I didn’t care for the story or romance. The whole book was just meh. 2/5 stars.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I have heard so many people rave about this series. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m still waiting and wondering when the story is going to as awesome as everybody says. I didn’t love this book, and it is a shame because I really like the idea behind it. I love the world and the main character. A wizard detective who is fighting supernatural crimes, how awesome isn’t that? There is so much potential. Someone told me that the series will be better after book 4, so I’ll give it one more chance.  3/5 stars

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book 1 in the Mistborn 

This is also a series that everybody raves about, and I totally get why! The story was so good and addictive, I couldn’t put the books down. I also loved the world building, the magic system and the characters, everything about it was amazing! I can’t wait to start the next book, because this was a good ride to say it mildly.  4.5/5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yet again a book that I have heard great things about. I’m sorry to say that this book and the story didn’t grab me in the same way it did for a lot of other readers. I can see why people loves this book though, because the writing is beautiful and the story is heartbreaking. My favorite part and one thing that I found very interesting about this book was the narrator. It was interesting to read a story told from death’s perspective. 3.5/5 stars

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Not my absolutely favorite story, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the drawings. 3.5/5 stars

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

I picked up this book because a lot of people was recommending and talking about it, and I’m starting to get interested in minimalism and decluttering my house. I think this book was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas on how to purge and tidy. Some of her views on things was a bit weird, and I don’t think I will be following the book 100% in the future. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed reading it. It is pretty short, so you should give it a try if you are interested.  4/5 stars

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

DNF at 46%. This story wasn’t for me. I thought it was boring af. The snow child (the child in the story) was pretty interesting but not enough for me to continue and finishing the book.  1/5 stars

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April 2017 To Be Read – HUGE TBR!

My TBR for this month is HUGE! I’m going to continue the 4 books that I didn’t manage to finish last month, 4 books that I want to start and 4 books that I’m planning to read for the Tome Topple readathon. That is 12 books. 12 BOOKS! Help me! Why am I always so ambitious with my TBR lists? Haha, I’ll try to read them all, but I can’t promise that I will succeed. 

1 of the books I have received from Netgalley

6 of the books fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge

3 of the books first the Dystopian Bingo

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I’m halfway through this book, and I’m loving it so far. It has taken me a while to read because it is the kind of book that takes longer to read. I can only read 30 pages an hour in this book. It is really good though. 


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I’m not enjoying this book, and I don’t know if I want to continue reading it. I’m going to give it one more month, and if I don’t finish it I’m going to DNF it.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

I’m listening to the audiobook version of this book, and I’m almost finished with it. The book is just ok so far, nothing special. Probably a 2 or 3 star read.


Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I’m almost halfway through this book, and I like it so far. It is not my favorite, but enjoyable. I hope that the series will get better, because I have heard great things about it.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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 M, and I picked Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel to read.

I wanted to read this book for the longest time. Finally I’m going to pick it up, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.


Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Sadly I didn’t manage to get to this book before March was over, so I had to add it to this month’s TBR as well. I received this book from Netgalley as an eArc, and I’m so happy about that. Her other book, Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of my favorite reads of last year. I’m really pumped to read and review this book.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book 2 in Shatter Me

I read Shatter Me last month, and I liked it. I think the series will get better with book 2. I’m going to borrow a copy from the library, and hopefully get to it this month.


Gilded Cage by Vic James

Book 1 in Dark Gifts

This is  the audiobook I will be listening to after the Tome Topple readathon. 

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From April 7th to April 20th I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon. Click HERE to get to my Tome Topple Readathon post. 

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

❤ -Rakel

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Sunday Weekly Update #3

week in books

Currently reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 246 of 500.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – On page 167 of 385.

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher – On page 148 of 378

#famous by Jilly Gagnon – 04h15m of 6h18m

Recently finished:

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

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

Reading next:

Continue what I’m already reading

week in blog posts

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #2 | Makeup – Reading Slump – Party

Monday: Tome Topple Readathon – To Be Read

Wednesday: Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies – The Gentleman Bastards #2 by Scott Lynch | Fantasy |

Friday: March 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read This Month

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Monday: Today I had an appointment in town. It has been a lot of appointments lately. Hopefully this will be the last one for a while. After the appointment I met my mom at a cafe, and when we finished our coffee we went shopping. I bought myself a spring jacket. I really needed it because it was sunny and hot outside, and my winter jacket was killing me in the heat. Plus the jacket looked really cool. In the evening I have been writing and posting a blog post, and been watching the latest episode of Big Little Lies. Omg that show is good! Can’t wait for the next and final episode, I need to know what happens. Before bed I read and finished Shatter Me. The book really grew on me, and I actually think I might continue reading the series. I’m not 100% sure yet if I’ll give it 3 or 3.5 stars.

Tuesday: Today I went to my weekly Thursday appointment. When I came home my energy level was still good, so my BF and I went to the library. I borrowed Blanket, a graphic novel for the Tome Topple readathon that starts April 7th. I can’t believe that going out twice in one day would go so well. Just a few months back I would get really exhausted and fatigued. Since the drive to the appointment takes around 45 minutes each way, I like to have a book with me. I needed a new book since I finished Shatter Me yesterday, and I choose to pick up Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. I own almost every book in the Dresden Files series. It was about time to continue with the series.

Wednesday: All I have done today is watch YT and Girls. I hate the character Hannah, she is so incredibly unlikable. But the show itself is good. It took me several hours of procrastination to finish up my review and post it. Not the most productive day. I’m on page 108 in Grave Peril. I like it so far. The books are supposed to get better, so I hope that this one is better than the previous books. I also finished The Magicians. It was ok. I haven’t figured out how many stars to give it yet. I also started a new audiobook, #famous. I needed a short audiobook that I can finish before the Tome Topple readathon.

Thursday: Today I met one of my best friends Fredrik in town and, we got a coffee together. It feels so great to finally be able to meet my friends again, and go out to a coffee place. I have been very isolated at home the last years because of my illness (M.E.). Since I don’t have a driver’s license my mom picked me up, and on the way home my brother and his girlfriend arrived with the train. It was really nice to see my brother again, I haven’t seen him in a while. Before bed I read a few pages in Grave Peril.

Friday: In the evening I went to an open brewery at my dad’s brewery. The open brewery means that people can come and buy their beer at the small pub inside the brewery, you can also get a tour where they show how they brew. I went with my BF, mom, aunt, brother and his girlfriend. It was a fun evening.

Saturday: Today the whole family + my aunt and cousin went out to eat at an Indian restaurant. The food was excellent, I think I ate too much. It was a really nice evening and we need to do it again soon.

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Sunday: Today I haven’t done much. My brother, his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I played a board game together. After that I went for a walk, and now I’m writing this blog post. I haven’t been reading a lot this week, so I want to pick up a book and read for some hours later in the evening.

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❤ -Rakel

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Favorite Books I Read in 2016

This blog post should have been up in January. Stuff happened and time flew by so fast, and I never managed to finish this post before now. This is my favorite reads of 2016, and I hope you love my recommendations.


Fantasy & Sci-Fi


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

REVIEW

This was my absolute favorite read of 2016, and my new favorite book of all time. I LOVE the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters. Everything in this book is so incredible good. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

REVIEW

This is a nerve wrecking, action packed book set on a spaceship full of several dangers. What makes this book so special and incredible cool, is the use of mixed media and the format the story is told through. It is told through: emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. The story is also really good and interesting.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is a really fun and fast paced read. The majority of the story in this book is set in a Virtual Reality world/game, where everyone including the main character are on a hunt for a hidden Easter egg. An Adventure hunt in a VR world/game, packed with 80’s pop culture references, makes for a really fun read. I guarantee you, you will not be bored reading this.


Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles, a  YA sci-fi series I absolutely adore. This series has a great group of characters and a really engaging story. I thought Winter was a great conclusion to the series.


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book is about two brilliant and intelligent best friends, who are on the search to find out how to get extraordinary abilities. This is a really interesting and exciting read, with darker and twisted characters.

The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

REVIEW

This is a really exciting, intense and action packed dystopian trilogy. I especially like how the dystopian society in this series is put together, and the world building is very interesting and complex. The story had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Even though this is a children’s book series, I had so much fun reading the 3 first books in the series for the first time last year. I found the books to be fantastic, and this series is now one of my favorites of all time. The story gets really dark, and horrible things happens to the main characters. Although the story is not fun for the Baudelaire children (the main characters), the book cracks me up, especially the narrator’s voice. It is written really funny and very different from other books I have read.


Contemporaries & Historical Fiction


Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

REVIEW

This is a lighthearted and adorable LGBTQ YA contemporary book, about Simon who is chatting with the mysterious and anonymous boy at his school who goes under the alias Blue. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time I was reading this book.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The second LGBTQ YA contemporary book on my list. Even though this book also is about a gay teenager, the book it very different from the book above. This isn’t lighthearted story at all, it is very serious and emotional. Be prepared to cry.


Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

This is a very impacting and heartbreaking story about loss, survival and hope. During world war 2 in Lithuanian, 15 year old Lina and her family gets deported to a Siberian working camp. Long away from her home and her country, she is fighting for survival. Reading this book I learned about the devastating and lesser known story of the Lithuanian people during World War 2.

❤ -Rakel

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March 2017 To Be Read – Huge TBR

I have a huge TBR for this month because I couldn’t contain myself, all of these books just sounds so amazing. I don’t know how I will manage to finish all of these books in only 31 days. I don’t understand how some people can read 15+ books in just one month. 

2 of the books I have received from Netgalley

4 of the books fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge

1 of the books first the Dystopian Bingo


BOOKS I WANT TO CONTINUE READING


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I just about managed to start this in February. The premise of this books sound really interesting.


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I’m 43% into this book. I find this book a bit Boring, the story just don’t grab me. There is something about it though that makes me want to continue reading. It’s very easy to read, so I think I might just skim through it.


BOOKS I WANT TO START


Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

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 B, and I picked Grave Peril – book 3 in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher to read.

Oh, I don’t know, I’m not in the mood for this book. I have to at least start it this month.


Starflight by Melissa Landers

Book 1 in Starflight

This is the new book club Underrated Book Club’s first book. I have had my eye on this book for a while, so I choose to join the book club. It is fun to read books with other. I’m also buddy reading this book with Rine from RineReads.wordpress.com, go check her out!

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book 1 in Shatter Me

I have owned this on my Kindle for probably over a year now. It was very popular a couple of years ago, but I never picked it up. This will be my pick for a girl with a dress on the cover, for the Dystopian Bingo.

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I received a review copy from Netgalley, and I’m so happy about that. I’m really pumped for this book, and can’t wait to read it. I LOVED Simon v.s the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last summer. Since I loved her fist book, I have really high hopes for this one.


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This is also a review copy I received from Netgalley. This premise of this book sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read it. I don’t think I have ever read a ya mystery novel before.

 

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

Book 8 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Book 9 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Book 10 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

Book 11 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

Last month I read book 4-7 in this series. I want to finish all of the books this month, or at least read book 8-11. 

❤ -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”

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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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

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