TOME TOPPLE READATHON // To Be Read

I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon. Since I just did the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and the Booktube A Thon, I’m not going to force myself to read a lot in this readathon. I have three books on my list, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all of them. It’s ok if I only read one or two, I will be happy with that. 

This readathon is all about reading books over 500+ pages, and it runs from August 4th (starts today, sorry for late TBR) to August 17th. If you wan’t to know more HERE is the link to Thoughts on Tomes announcment video. 

Challenges:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

MY TBR

1. Read more than 1 tome

I’ll try!! Wish me luck.

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan – This will be my audiobook for this readathon.

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller #1) by J.D. Barker

2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)

Not going to do this challenge.

3. Read a tome that is part of a series

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller #1) by J.D. Barker

4. Buddy read a tome

If anyone wants to buddy read, let me know.

5. Read an adult novel

Fever by Deon Meyer


-Are you participating in this readathons? Let me know. I would love to read your TBR. And if you want to buddy read, leave a comment. 

❤ -Rakel

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON & SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON 2017 // Wrap Up

The Booktube A Thon and the Summer Biannual Bibliothon are now over. I had such a great time participating this round, and I got a lot of reading done. In total I finished almost 5 books, and I read a total of 1368 pages. That is a huge number for me, I think this might be my most successful readathon to this date.WHAT I READ

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  • FINISHED – 295 pages – 3 stars

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

  • FINISHED – 96 pages – 5 stars

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

  • FINISHED – 393 pages – 3.5 stars

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

  • FINISHED – 169 pages

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

  • DIDN’T FINISH – 80% read

CHALLENGES I FINISHED

BOOKTUBE-A-THON

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

I picked The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for this challenge, but I didn’t manage to finish it. I did finish the challenge though, because Binti has a face on the cover.

2/ Read a hyped book.

I changed this from The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan to Every Heart A Doorway.

3/ Finish a book in one day.

I finished Binti in one day.

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.

My pick for this challenge was The Color Purple, and I read that book.

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

I bought Flame In The Mist in hardcover just because the cover is so gorgeous. I finished that book.

I didn’t manage to finish challenge 5, to read a book outside, since I don’t have an outside space at my BF’s apartment. And I also didn’t finish challenge 7, to read seven books. 

SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

1/ Group Book Challenge

I read the group book, The Flame in the Mist.

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

All of the books I read fits in with one or more of these genres.

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

My pick for this challenge was The Color Purple, and I read that book.

4/ Throwback challenge

My throwback challenge was to read a book over 300 pages. The Flame in the Mist is 393 pages. I also read more than 300 pages in The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

My plan was to read and watch The Color Purple. I read the book, but haven’t watched the movie yet. I’m planning to do it in the future. I’m not a movie person, so I procrastinated this challenge. Technically didn’t finish this challenge.

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

My pick for this challenge was Binti, because I came over the author on Twitter before I knew about her books.

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

My pick for this was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, since it contains a bi character and a m/m romance. I didn’t finish the book, but I did finish this challenge, since some of the other books I read counts. I didn’t know going into these books that they were LGBTQIA+ books. The main character in The Color Purple is lesbian and she is in a f/f relationship in the story. The main character in Every Heart A Doorway is asexual. READING LOG

Update 1: Flame In The Mist page 76, The Color Purple 1h13m. Total Pages: 152. Books Finished: 0

Update 2: Flame In The Mist page 162, The Color Purple 3h15m. Total Pages: 162+3h15m. Books Finished: 0

Update 3: Flame In The Mist page 242, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 0h10m. Total Pages:537+0h10m. Books Finished:1

Update 4: Flame In The Mist page 242, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 1h10m. Total Pages:633+1h10m. Books Finished:2

Update 5: Flame In The Mist page 282, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 1h57m. Total Pages:675+1h57m. Books Finished:2

Update 6: Flame In The Mist page 364, The Gentleman’s Guide+ 3h21m. Total Pages:757+3h21m. Books Finished:2

Update 7: The Gentleman’s Guide+ 4h09m, Evert Heart A Doorway 52. Total Pages:837+4h09m. Books Finished 3

Update 8: The Gentleman’s Guide+ 5h42m, Evert Heart A Doorway FINISHED. Total Pages: 958+5h42m. Books Finished 4, almost 5


-Did you participate in one or both of these readathons?

❤ -Rakel

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Weekly Update #15 | The week I Participated In 2 Readathons & Moved In With My BF | #Summerbibib #Btat17

-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 86 of 204

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling – 13m29h of 23h – 1.25x Speed

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas – On page 168 of 336

Recently finished:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker – 3 stars

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor – 5 stars

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh – 3.5 stars

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I’m planning on finishing the last two books today.

Reading next:

I’m going to continue with the books I’m already reading

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Weekly Update 14Top 5 Wednesday3

Sunday: Weekly Update #14 || Grandmother’s Funeral & My Croatia Trip

Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday July 26th: Series That Got Better

-DIARY

This week I have been participating in 2 readathons. The Summer Biannual Bibliothon and the BookTubeAThon. It was so much fun, and I have read a lot more books than I usually would in a week. You will have to wait for my full update to see how it went, but it will be posted some time next week.

IMG_20170725_201657_019On Tuesday my mom and I went to visit a friend in town. She just opened her own store and of course we had to take a look at it. After the visit we went and got a coffee together at Starbucks. Starbucks came to my city just a few years ago, so I haven’t tried everything on the menu. This time we went out of our comfort zone and ordered a frappuccino with caramel syrup. It was delicious, but oh so sweet and unhealthy. How can people drink this every day? I will definitely have one again, but only in the summer.

The last few months we have been planning that I will slowly move inn with my BF, or at least try it out. I had to wait until my Croatia trip was over, because I didn’t have the energy to do other things than prepare for the trip, both mentally and physically. This week I have packed down all of my books that was at my parents house and moved them to my BF. Books is the most important to pack, haha, and underwear. Now I finally have a nice place to store all of my books, yay! I’m not 100% happy with the layout of the books, but I have less space than I though. I think I need to purge some of the books I don’t like anymore. A book unhaul might come in the future.

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I have been at my BF’s apartment (our apartment?) since Wednesday, and it has gone pretty well. We had plans for a barbeque yesterday, but I didn’t feel so well. I have been struggling with some enhanced symptoms and body aching this week. I think it might have been a bug or something, because it’s not my usual symptoms.

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Do you have any tips on how I should organize this bookshelf? 

I wish you all a great week!

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

❤ -Rakel

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BOOKTUBE-A-THON & SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON 2017 // To Be Read

Two of my favorite readathons are happening next week, and as always I had to join. The Booktube A Thon is running from July 24-July 30, and the Biannual Bibliothon is running from July 23-July 29. If you want to know more about these readathons, click here to get to their YouTube channels: Booktube A Thon HERE & Biannual Bibliothon HERE


BOOKTUBE-A-THON

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

2/ Read a hyped book.

3/ Finish a book in one day.

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7/ Read seven books.

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1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Several of the books on my TBR fits this challenge, but I choose this book. This will be an audiobook.

2/ Read a hyped book.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

I read book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series last week when I was in Croatia. I want to continue reading this series, and I think it fits perfectly to read in a readathon. This series is a perfect fit for this challenge since it is extremely hyped on booktube and outside of booktube. It’s a series everybody have read and loved. I actually think it might be a bit over hyped, but it is fun to read.

3/ Finish a book in one day.

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

I have been wanting to read this book for a while. Since it is pretty short I thought it would be doable for me to read in one day. Can’t wait to read it.

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.” -Goodreads synopsis

This will an audiobook read.

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.

This challenge is up to the weather to decide if I finish or not. I hope the weather will be sunny and beautiful so I can read on the porch and tan.

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh.

Look at the cover of this book, it’s beautiful!!! I bought it in hardback, just because the cover is so gorgeous.

7/ Read seven books.

This is not going to happen. I have 5 books on my list, and that is probably too many.

 


SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

Reading Challenges:

1/ Group Book Challenge

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

4/ Throwback challenge

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

MY TBR

1/ Group Book Challenge

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

I’m going to read the group book this time.

2/ Read from the host’s favorite genre

Kassie – Magical Realism

Caz – Historical Fiction

Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy

Emma – Diverse Books

Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi

Red – Paranormal

Momo – Urban fantasy

Most of the books on my list fits one of these criteria.

3/ Read a book that has been or still is banned

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I had to look through all a lot of lists to find this book. It was hard because I had several criteria. It had to be an audiobook that was available on Storytel (Norwegian/Swedish app that is like Netflix for audiobooks), and it had to fit this challenge and the “Read about a character that is very different from you” challenge. I finally landed on this book.

4/ Throwback challenge

I chose this throwback challenge: A book over 300 pages. 3 of the books I’m planning to read are over 300 pages.

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

5/ Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano)

I never watch movies, but I’ll try to watch The Color Purple if I can find it.

6/ Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks)

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

I found the author on Twitter before I heard about any of her books. I immediately fell in love with the covers of her Akata Witch series and had to look her up on Goodreads.

7/ LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I found this book on the Storytel app and thought it would be fun to listen to.


Here are all the books I’m planning to read next week:

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan

Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


-Are you participating in these readathons? Let me know. I would love to read your TBR.

❤ -Rakel

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Sunday Weekly Update #6 |Easter is over – New blog design – Last days of the #TomeTopple readathon|

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently reading:

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

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – On page 44 of 333

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō 03h16m of 03h42m

Recently finished:

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – 4.5 stars

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 3.5 stars

Blankets by Craig Thompson – 4 stars

Reading next:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Gilded Cage by Vic James

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #5 | Easter – Tome Topple Readathon |

Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

Friday: Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

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Monday: Today was the last day of Easter, and Emil’s mother invited us to a Easter dinner at her place. It was my mother in law, Emil’s brother and his girlfriend and their child, Emil’s sister and her boyfriend, and of course Emil and I. After dinner we played a Zelda version of monopoly. Sadly we didn’t manage to finish the game before the brothers needed to leave, so we don’t know who won. Emil and I was on the same team and we got both of the last and most expensive places, so I like to think that we had won if we kept on playing. After the dinner we went to the apartment. It is my last day here 😦 I read for a few hours in The Final Empire, and I’m almost done with it. I really love the book.

Tuesday: Right after I woke up my mom came and got me. Since yesterday was the last day of Easter, Emil is back to work and I don’t want to be alone in the apartment all day. At home I ate breakfast and went to my room to rest. After a few hours we went to my weekly Tuesday appointment. I was really tired the whole day, so I didn’t do much other than resting. I read a little bit in my Tome Topple books and watch YT.

Wednesday: The first thing I did this morning was to weigh myself. I’m trying to lose some weight, and I like to weigh myself every Tuesday/Wednesday. I was 100% sure that I had gained some weight back after eating a lot of bad food this Easter. To my surprise I had lost 400g, and I’m now under 80kg! YAY! I have been working on a new blog design for the blog today. I think it is really fun to do, so the hours just flew by. In the evening around 9 I felt a bit sluggish from sitting in front of the PC all day, so mom and I went for a walk. Before bed I read and finished The Final Empire, and I absolutely loved it. It was an excellent story, with a great world building and characters that I really liked. I also read in Blankets.

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Trying out a new Snapchat filter

Thursday: Today was very similar to the day before. I worked on the blog design for hours today too, and I’m almost done with it. I’m not 100% sure if I’m loving it, so can you take a look at my test blog and give me some constructive thoughts? MiRakelGames.wordpress.com . I have been in a bit of a blogging slump lately, so hopefully a new design would spark the interest again. I really want to write all of the reviews that I have notes on. Besides working on the blog design, I have tidied and organised some of my clothing drawers. I’m getting rid of half of my clothes, and it feels really nice to have less stuff. I have also gone for a walk today too.

This is the last day of the Tome Topple readathon, so before bed I finished all of my books. I finished Blankets, my pick for the graphic novel challenge. I liked it, the story was very interesting and raw, and the drawings was good. I also finished The Book thief. Read my Tome Topple Wrap Up HERE!

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New Blog design

Friday: Today I wanted to go to a Library book sale in Oslo, but one person couldn’t go so we are postponing it to tomorrow. The only things I have done today is to write and post the Tome Topple readathon wrap up, watch YT and taken a bath. I started the book Station Eleven. I’m really hyped for it because I have been wanting to read it since it came out in 2014.

Saturday: Today my parents, Emil and I went to the book sale in Oslo that I wanted to go to yesterday. It was OK. I didn’t find that many books, and none that I really wanted. I found a book called Rakels bok (Rakel’s book). I just had to get it, haha. After the Oslo trip, we drove my dad home. He couldn’t come with us because he had work to do at the brewery. We drove into town and went out to a cafe to eat lunch/dinner. I ate a salad with rice noodles and prawns, it was OK. Mom and Emil ate hamburgers. After we were finished eating we went to Pavarotti to watch a band play. Pavarotti is a restaurant/bar that often have live music. Later at home I packed my bag, because I’m staying at Emil’s apartment this weekend. In the evening we watched the first episodes of Iron Fist and an animated movie called 9. I was very skeptical to Iron Fist. So far it is OK, but not as good as the other Marvel/Netflix series. I didn’t read anything today, but that is OK, I did a lot of other fun things.

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On the way to Oslo

Sunday: After yesterday’s escapades I fell a bit tired and fatigued today. That is usually how it is with ME/CFS. After the breakfast I started feeling sick and nauseous. I was planning to writing and posting this post but I have to postpone it to tomorrow. Emil is rat sitting (can you say that? Like dog sitting?) some rats for a friend. They are cute, but I don’t love to have them crawling on me, so I’m sitting far away from them when they are out of the cage. I also forgot to mention that I have started The Life-chaning Magic of Tidying Up. I really want to tidy and get rid of the things I don’t need. 

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Sleeping in the cage

❤ -Rakel

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Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

The Tome Topple readathon is over for now. It has been be fun two weeks, and I read some great books. I finished 3 of the 4 books that was on my TBR. I read a total of 1777 pages and I’m happy with that. I was planning on reading another tome too, but I didn’t manage to get to it. It has been a very busy two weeks.

-WHAT I READ-

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

  • FINISHED – 643 pages – 4.5 stars

This book was FANTASTIC! I absolutely loved the story and the characters, especially Vin she was my favorite. The world building and the magic system was really great and interesting. Totally lived up to all the hype. Can’t wait to pick up the next book.

Blankets by Craig Thompson

  • FINISHED – 582 pages – 3.5 or 4 stars

I usually don’t read graphic novels, since one of the challenges was to read one I choose to pick one up. I liked the story and the drawings.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • FINISHED – 11h9m – 552 pages – 3.5 or 4 stars

I have mixed feelings towards this book. I liked it in the beginning, but after a while I found parts of the book to be a bit repetitive, and boring. I kept on zoning out while listening to the book. Even though I didn’t love every parts of the book, the story did grab me. How could it not when it is about a young girl and her family living in Germany under World War 2? One thing I really liked was the narrator voice, it was an interesting choice.

-CHALLENGES--I FINISHED-

1 Read more than one tome

I read 3 tomes this readathon.

2 Read a graphic novel

Blankets is a graphic novel.

3 Read a tome that’s part of a series

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn series.

5 Read an adult novel

Even though I didn’t read Kafka on The Shore, I did read an adult novel, The Final Empire.

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Day 1: The Final Empire 44 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 1h22m of 11h9m.

Day 2: The Final Empire 104 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 3h12m of 11h9m.

Day 3: The Final Empire 204 of 643 pages & The Book Thief 3h24m of 11h9m.

Day 4: The Final Empire 288 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h07m of 11h9m & Blankets 133 of 582 pages.

Day 5: The Final Empire 342 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h31m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 6: The Final Empire 408 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h51m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 7: Didn’t read anything.

Day 8: Didn’t read anything.

Day 9: The Final Empire 478 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 5h37m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 10: The Final Empire 518 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 6h34m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 11: The Final Empire 574 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 7h38m of 11h9m & Blankets 240 of 582 pages.

Day 12: The Final Empire 606 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 8h56m of 11h9m & Blankets 322 of 582 pages.

Day 13: The Final Empire FINISHED 643 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 9h22m of 11h9m & Blankets 448 of 582 pages.

Day 14: The Final Empire FINISHED 643 pages, The Book Thief FINISHED 11h9m & Blankets FINISHED 582 pages.

❤ -Rakel

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Sunday Weekly Update #5 | Easter – Tome Topple Readathon |

week in books

Currently reading:

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

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – On page 478 of 643

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 06h34m of 11h

Blankets by Craig Thompson – On page 240 of 582

Recently finished:

Nothing

Reading next:

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

week in blog posts

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #4 |Cabin Trip – Tome Topple Readathon|

Monday: Spring 2017 Wishlist – Books

Thursday: Top 5 Wednesday April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

diary

Monday:

Today my mom and I went to the mall because I needed to take some photo booth pictures for a document. So glad I have finally done it. I found a really pretty gold mirror in one of the interior design shops. It would have looked great above the sofa in Emil’s apartment. Too bad it was way over my price range, 2500 NRK – $300. I was almost scared to go out today because of the recent threat of terror. Last week a big truck drove down and killed a lot of people in Sweden and this week they found a bomb in Oslo. After the mall I didn’t do much, other than posting a blog post and read. I read in The Final Empire for the Tome Topple readathon all evening, and manage to read 90 pages. That is a lot for me. I also started Blankets, and read 130 pages in that book too.

Tome Topple Readathon day 4: The Final Empire 288 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h07m of 11h & Blankets 133 of 582.

Tuesday:

Today I haven’t done anything special other than my weekly Tuesday appointment. I started writing this week’s T5W post, and read a bit in my book. Lol, at this rate I’m not going to finish all of the tomes for this readathon. I’m already behind with 200 pages or so.

Tome Topple Readathon day 5: The Final Empire 342 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h31m of 11h & Blankets 240 pages of 582.

Wednesday:

I have done a lot lately so I needed a day to relax, that is very important when you have ME/CFS. I have planted some of my sprouted herbs into gravel. My plan was to post this week’s T5W today since it is Wednesday, but my cousin and her family came for a surprise visit. I ended up having to postpone it one day. In the evening I took a bath, watched YT and read in The Final Empire.

Tome Topple Readathon day 6: The Final Empire 408 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 4h51m of 11h & Blankets 240 of 582.

Thursday:

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Today I visited my friend Maria and her sister Linn. We made some waffles, and they tasted delicious. Norwegian waffles are not the same as American or Belgian waffles, they are skinnier and in another shape. It was a fun evening, I always love seeing Linn and Maria. After the girls night I went to Emil’s apartment, because I’m going to stay here the whole Easter. I didn’t read anything today because I was tired and I wanted to spend time with Emil.

Tome Topple Readathon day 7: Didn’t read anything.

Friday:

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Today I haven’t done much, only been inside the apartment. Around noon my mom and my cousin came for a visit. He is staying at my parents house for a couple of days. We served the leftover waffles from yesterday and coffee. In the evening we made some Indian food and watched A Series of Unfortunate Events. Later in the night we watched the whole Zodiac movie. It was really interesting, especially how they chose to have the colors yellow and blue going through the whole movie. What was the meaning behind that? Now I want to research more about the Zodiac killer, haha. I didn’t read anything today either, ah this readathon is going to shit. I was doing ok, but now I’m really falling behind.

Tome Topple Readathon day 8: Didn’t read anything.

Saturday:

We haven’t done anything special today either. We are just relaxing and spending time together this Easter. Earlier today we watched the first episodes in the new season of Attack on Titan. That anime is really good, and we have been waiting for a new season for years. We also finished A Series of Unfortunate events. I really liked the adaptation. I need to finish the book series, but I have gotten kind of bored with it. In the evening Emil played Zelda and I read in The Final Empire.

Tome Topple Readathon day 9: The Final Empire 478 of 643 pages, The Book Thief 5h37m of 11h & Blankets 240 of 582.

Sunday:

So far today I haven’t done much. I’m rushing to finish this post because we are going to Emil’s dad for dinner, and we are leaving in 30 min. Hope you had a great Easter

❤ -Rakel

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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.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – On page 128 of 643

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 03h12m of 11h

Recently finished:

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

#famous by Jilly Gagnon – 2.5 stars

Reading next:

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

week in blog posts

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #3

Monday: April 2017 To Be Read – HUGE TBR!

Wednesday: Top 5 Wedneday April 5th: Top SFF Books on Your TBR

diary

Monday:

I have been very productive today when it comes to writing blog posts. I have finished up and posted my April TBR. I have also written this week’s T5W, and started a review of Holding Up The Universe. I will hopefully finish it before Friday. Other than working on some blog posts, I haven’t done much today. My mom and I went for a walk around the neighborhood. I can’t believe that I put 12 books on this month’s TBR. That is way too ambitious for me, I usually only read half of that. It’s especially crazy since I’m doing more now than I used to do before. In the evening I just played Dishonored for a couple of hours, and read 70 pages in Grave Peril. I’m on page 262.

Tuesday:

Today I went to my weekly Tuesday appointment. In the car to the appointment I read in Grave Peril. I need to finish it before the Tome Topple readathon starts. The book is starting to grow on me, even though the writing still isn’t my favorite. In the evening my Emil (bf) and I watched the first episode of season 3 of Rick and Morty. If you haven’t watched that show, you need to. It is FANTASTIC! After that we watched Twin Peaks. Before bed I finished up the T5W post for tomorrow. I’m also starting to not feel good, my body is aching. I hope I’m not getting sick, that would be terrible.

Wednesday:

Today I met my friend Maria in town and we grabbed a coffee together. We choose to try out Starbucks. I have never been to Starbucks before, only on holiday out of the country. The only Starbucks in town is pretty new, or have been here for just a few years. I ordered a latte and a brownie, the brownie was almost too sweet but it tasted alright. After Starbucks we went shopping and bought myself a new lipstick. I wanted to try out a liquid lipstick in a brownish tone for a while now. I ended up on buying a NYX Liquid Suede liquid lipstick in the color Soft Spoken. I also bought a new pair of pair of pants that I’m planning on using this weekend. I have to mention this weird thing that happened to us. When we were on our way out of the mall, there was this guy, probably around 18-20 years old, so younger than me. He was standing in the hallway that you use to exit the mall. When we walked past him he shouted after us; You, you with the glasses, you are kind of cute! (something like that, translated from Norwegian). I didn’t answer and just kept on walking, so he shouted it several times. It was a really weird and creepy situation. Have something like this happened to you? Before bed I read in Grave Peril. I’m almost finished with the book now.

Thursday:

I had a big plan to be very productive today, writing some blog posts, pack everything that I need for the trip this weekend, take a bath, reading and finishing Grave Peril and other things. But something happened that stole all of my energy. So I only manage to start the review of Holding up the Universe, write down some of my diary this week and taking a bath. I also manage to pack a little bit of clothes. When I was packing a decor item made of glass that was standing on a shelf in my room, fell down and broke in 1000 pieces. This was just the topping of bad things that happened this day. I loved that thing because my mom got it from her sister when they were young. It meant a lot to us because my aunt died a couple of years ago. I’m sad it broke because of the sentimental reason and that I really liked the look of it. I’m so tired tonight that I didn’t manage to finish Grave Peril, even though I only have 20 pages left. My TBR for this month is already going to shit, lol.

Friday:

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This weekend Emil and I, and some friends of us are going on a cabin trip to Norefjell. Today I packed up the rest of the things I need for the trip, and just relaxed and saved some energy for the weekend. In the evening Emil picked me up and we drove for 1 ½ hours to the mountain. It is my first time here, because the cabin was built after I got ill. The cabin is really nice with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and it wasn’t as cold as I had expected it would be. I’m not going to need all the warm clothes I packed haha. After we got settled in we made some tacos for dinner, and just talked and played some cards. Today is also the first day of the Tome Topple Readathon. I have started two tomes for the readathon: The Final Empire and The Book Thief.

What I read today for the Tome Topple Readathon: The last 20 pages of Grave Peril, 44 pages of The Last Empire and 1h22m of The Book Thief.

Saturday:

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In the morning before I was up, the boys went to ski at the ski center. Victoria and I was home with the dogs, and just relaxed and talked. I also read 60 pages in The Final Empire, I’m liking it so far. Many hours later when the boys came home we grilled some food and ate dinner. In the evening we played “Rykte Går” (I don’t know what the English version is called). That game was so much fun, and we played it for hours. We stayed up really late so I didn’t read anything more in my book.

What I read today for the Tome Topple Readathon: 60 pages of The Last Empire and 1h22m of The Book Thief.

Sunday:

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In the morning we packed up all of our things and cleared out the cabin before driving home. In the car on the way home I read 30 pages of The Final Empire. Now it is later in the day and I’m sitting in my room writing this blog post. The rest of the day I’ll just relax and watch some YT and read in my book.

❤ -Rakel

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Tome Topple Readathon – To Be Read

I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon next month. This is my second time participating in this readathon, and I’m really looking forward to read some huge books. This readathon is all about the big books, where the main focus is to read or start a book(s) with over 500 pages. You can get more information from the Creator of this readathon Thoughts on Tomes HERE or the Goodreadspage HERE. The readathon runs from April 7th to 11:59pm in your timezone on April 20th

CHALLENGES:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel
3. Read a tome that’s part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)
5. Read an adult novel

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As always I want to have one or more written book(s)/ebook(s) and one audiobook on my TBR list. I also choose to read a graphic novel this time since it is one of the challenges, even though I normally don’t read them.

CHALLENGES:

1. Read more than 1 tome

Finally, FINALLY! I’m going to pick up the first book in the Mistborn trilogy, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Everybody raves about this book, and I have heard so many great things about this series. Can’t wait to start it.

I’m also planning to listen to the audiobook of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is also a book that I have heard great things about.

2.Read a graphic novel

I never or rarely pick up graphic novels, but for this readathon I will try it out. I will be reading Blankets by Craig Thompson.

3.Read a tome that’s part of a series

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn series.

4.Buddy read a tome (use goodreads and twitter to find buddies!)

I really want to buddy read with someone. If you want to buddy read with me, please leave a comment on this post or send me a message on Twitter!!!

5.Read an adult novel

And for the last challenge I’m going to read Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.

❤ -Rakel

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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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