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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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

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

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

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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

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Books I Really Want To Read & Series I want To Start in 2017!

A lot of book lovers are also book hoarders, we simply buy too many books because we love them so much. I have a goal for 2017 to read as many of the books that is on my TBR shelves as possible. I really need to cut down on my TBR books and read the books that I have procrastinated picking up, some of them I have even owned for years. This is the books I really want to read in 2017, this list will not contain any new releases or 2017 releases as I don’t own them yet. I want to make a challenge for myself to get through as many of these books as possible in 2017.


First Book In The Series I Want To Read:


The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

OdinsbarnOdinsbarn (Ravneringene #1) by Siri Pettersen

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

Wool Omnibus (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey

Nexus (Nexus #1) by Ramez Naam

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


Series I Want To Read:


The Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

The Lord Of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

Ravneringene by Siri Pettersen

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


Books I Want To Re-Read:


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

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1) by Douglas Adams

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling


Stand Alones I Want To Read:


Room by Emma Donoghue

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


❤ -Rakel

-Which Books Do You Want To Read In 2017?

December 2016 To Be Read

There is so many books I want to read before the end of the year. I hope I get to finish all of them, but I doubt that I will. I don’t usually read this many books in one month, and December is always hectic.

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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Book 4 in the Harry Potter series

This book has been on my TBR list for many months now. I always want to continue it, but I never pick it up. It would be great to finish it before 2016 is over. I have 400 pages left in this book.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Book 2 in The Illuminae Files series

I started this book in the Tome Topple readathon that I participated in last month. I loved Illuminea, book one in the series. I have high hopes for this book. I’m about halfway through, and I’m loving it so far.


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Book 2 in the Gentleman Bastards series

I loved book one in the Gentleman Bastard series. I have read 80 % of this book, and I don’t like it as much as book 1. But it is still a really good story, combined with Scott Lynch beautiful writing that I love so much.

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Book 1 in the His Dark Materials series

I have the feeling that this book is going to fit perfect for the holiday season. I don’t know why, probably because there is an polar bear on the cover haha.


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

I read book 2 in this series in November. I think it is so much fun to read, so I want to read book 3 this month.


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in the Red Rising trilogy

Finally I’m going to read the last book in this series. I’m going to buddy read it with a friend. The world and story is really interesting. I have to know what’s going to happen to Darrow and the rest of the gang, because book 2 ended on a cliffhanger. I’m really eager to start this book.

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

Book 2 in Dash & Lily

I read book 1 last year for Christmas, and loved it. I want a Christmas themed book to read for the holiday, and this book fits perfectly.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in the Gentleman Bastard series

I want to continue with this series. 

❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?