Mid Year update – All The Books I Have Read So Far In 2017

In December last year I did a post on every book I have read in 2016. I thought it would be fun to do a mid year post about all the books I have read so far in 2017. As of 30. May I have read 41 books, that is 17 books ahead of my Goodreads goal of 50 books. I will finish my goal way before the end of the year, so I might have to bump it up a bit.

Goodreads Challenge July 2017

Here are some stats on the books I have read:

Favorite Books Read:

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

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Longest Book Read:

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – 650 pages

Shortest book Read:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 49 pages

2017 Releases Read:

7 books

Big Books Read:

10

Audiobooks:

21 books

Books DNF:

3 books

Books Bought:

Physical books: 11

Ebooks: 15

Star rating:

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4-5stjerner4 books rated 4.5 stars

4stjerner8 books rated 4 stars

3-5stjerner7 books rated 3.5 stars 

3stjerner11 books rated 3 stars 

2-5stjerner1 book rated 2.5 stars 

2stjerner3 books rated 2 stars 

1-5stjerner1 book rated 1.5 stars  

1stjerner2 books rated 1 star 


January – LINK TO WRAP UP

REVIEW – Deadlight Jack (The Faceless One #2) by Mark Onspaugh – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

REVIEW – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – 5 stars 5stjerner

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco – 3 stars 3stjerner

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – 1.5 stars – DNF 1-5stjerner

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – 4 stars 4stjerner


February – LINK TO WRAP UP

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) by Lemony Snicket – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars 4stjerner

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6) by Lemony Snicket – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #7) by Lemony Snicket – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand – 2 stars DNF 2stjerner

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars 5stjerner

Final Girls by Riley Sager – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars 4stjerner

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner


March – LINK TO WRAP UP

The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events #8) by Lemony Snicket – 2.5 stars 2-5stjerner

The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events #9) by Lemony Snicket – 3 stars 3stjerner

Starflight (Starflight #1) by Melissa Landers – 3 stars 3stjerner

REVIEW – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

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

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


April – LINK TO WRAP UP

#famous by Jilly Gagnon – 2 stars 2stjerner

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

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson – 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

Blankets by Craig Thompson – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō – 4 stars 4stjerner

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – 1 star DNF 1stjerner


May

MINI REVIEW – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 3 stars 3stjerner

MINI REVIEW – American Street by Ibi Zoboi – 4 stars 4stjerner

MINI REVIEW – Stalker (Joona Linna #5) by Lars Kepler – 4 stars 4stjerner

A Living Nightmare (Cirque du Freak #1) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

The Vampire’s Assistant (Cirque du Freak #2) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

Tunnels of Blood (Cirque du Freak #3) by Darren Shan – 3 stars 3stjerner

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – 3.5 stars 3-5stjerner


June

To Søstre by Åsne Seierstad – 4 stars 4stjerner

I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1) by Terry Hayes – 1 star 1stjerner

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4 stars 4stjerner

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 2 stars 2stjerner

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – 5 stars 5stjerner


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❤ -Rakel

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3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS books #29-31 – Station Eleven, American Street, Stalker

This is the first post in my new category 3 in 1 mini reviews. Instead of doing a monthly wrap up with thoughts on all the books I have read that month, I’ll write a blog post every 3 books read. I will still do a monthly wrap up, but it will be more like a overview and not a big post with all my thoughts. I hope you enjoy this new idea, and I hope it will be easier for both you and me. 


station-eleven-by-emily-st-john-mandelStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I had really high hopes for this book, since I have heard great thing about it and the synopsis sounded intriguing. I really thought this would be a great book for me. Unfortunately this book wasn’t what I thought it would be. I liked some part of it and found them interesting, but overall it wasn’t my favorite. What really throw me off was all the different point of views and stories. It just felt messy at times and not cohesive, even though everything connects at the end. I wished we got to see more of The Traveling Symphony and The Museum of Civilizations, and not all of the focus on Arthur and his life. 3 stars

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American Street by Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi

This is a great diverse 2017 release that I think every YA contemporary reader should read, or at least know about.

17 year old Fabiola is moving with her mom from Haiti to Detroit USA to live with her aunt and her cousins. The move doesn’t go as planned when her mom is detained in the airport, and isn’t allowed into the country. Fabiola is now on her own without her mom and it cause a lot of stress. She has to get used to living in a new country, with family she doesn’t know well. This book is a really good book about immigration, family, race, a community full of drugs and violent, and the journey to get settled in to a new place far from home. I love this book, and I fell in love with all the characters. It definitely made my emotions rise in me. 4 stars

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Stalker (Joona Linna #5) by Lars KeplerStalker by Lars Kepler

Book 5 in the Joona Linna series

This is the 5 book in a popular Scandinavian crime series. I don’t read a lot of Scandinavian crime books, this was the first in many years. One day I randomly wanted to pick one up, so I choose the most popular one on a list, and this was it. I have previously read the first book in this series many years ago, and I wasn’t over the moon with it. So my expectations wasn’t the highest. To my surprise I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I devoured the 14h long audiobook in under one week. If you are looking for a Scandinavian crime book, I recommend this one. I will read other books by the author in the future.

Even though this is book 5 in the series, you don’t have to read the previous ones to read this. I have only read book 1 and 5. 4 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

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Top 5 Wednesday March 8: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

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:

favorite sci-fi

and fantasy books

-In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time!

I often find it hard to pick 5 things for T5W, but this T5W was more than hard, it was impossible. How can I narrow down my favorites of all time to only 5 books? Go check out my latest post FAVORITE BOOKS I READ IN 2016 if you want to know some more books that I LOVE!

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards

This was an easy pick, because I absolutely LOVE this book. I love the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters in this book. Everything about it is just so incredible good. I highly recommend it, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

This is the 3rd book in same series as the book above. My favorites in the series are book 1 and 3. Book 2 is also really good but not my absolutely favorite, that is why it isn’t on this list.

If I have to pick one favorite series of all time, it would be The Gentleman bastards. I want to recommend it over and over and over again. Go check it out!

I can’t pick 3 more books, it it literally IMPOSSIBLE to narrow my favorites down. Just go and check out my favorites of 2016 post.

❤ -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

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

February 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

My month: Oh, what to say about February? It went by really fast, even though it is only 2-3 days shorter. It has been a good month for me.

My blog month: Because of the not so great January, where I had to take a break from the blog. My motivation to write blog posts has been down. That is why there has been fewer blog posts this month, only ca 2 per week. I’m also really behind on some posts, that should have already been up; like reviews etc. The motivation is hopefully starting to get back.

My reading month: Even though I have had a blog slump this month, I have been really enjoying reading. So in February I have finished a total of 9 books, I can’t believe it! It is probably a new personal record. I also DNF 1 book. 0 of the books on my list fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 2244 pages this month.

I rated:

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WHAT I READ


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

This book is one of my least favorite in this series. I don’t know why, it just wasn’t as good as the previous 3 books. 3 stars

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The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Book 5 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

Going from my least favorite book, to one of my favorite in the series. I really like this one, because of the introduction to Duncan and Isadora Quagmire. 4 stars 

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The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Book 6 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

This series is starting to become a bit repetative now, but I still enjoyed this book. 3.5 stars

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The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Book 7 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

I feel the same with this one as the previous book. 3.5 stars

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So far, this series is great. The 3 first books was definitely the best, but I have had a fun time reading all of the books. I love how this series is written, I think it is so funny and very different from other books I have read.

The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand

Originally posted on my Goodreads account: I DNF this book at 25%. This book just didn’t grab me, and I got bored of the story very quickly. I didn’t really care about what happened to the main character after she left London. I found the beginning a bit interesting, to read about how it was growing up and life in the slums in old London. After she left London I didn’t care how the story went, and I choose to DNF this book. I don’t think this book is a bad book and I haven’t anything negative to say about it, it just wasn’t for me. It might grab other people more than it did for me. 2 stars

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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards 

OMG! WOW! BRAVO! Scott Lynch did it again. This book was just absolutely fantastic, I’m IN LOVE! He has made a beautiful and incredible story for the 3rd time. As you might know by now, this book series The Gentleman Bastards is my favorite fantasy series of all time. Go read it now! Please! 5+ stars

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REVIEW LINK: The Lies of Locke Lamora, book 1 in The Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.


Final Girls by Riley Sager 

This was a good thriller book, I enjoyed reading it. It started out a bit slow, but the last half of the book was very exciting and nerve wracking. Review will be up soon. 3.5 stars

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in Red Rising

This is the last book in the dystopian series, Red Rising. I love this book, and I’m so sad to say goodbye to this world and the characters. This was an excellent ending to an excellent and intense series. When I say it was intense, I mean INTENSE! I want more books set in this world. I know the author is writing another series set in the same universe, named Iron Gold. I can’t wait for it to be published. I highly recommend this series, especially if you are into the dystopian genre. 4 stars

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REVIEW LINK: Red Rising, book 1 in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. LINK


A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This was an incredible interesting book. I love learning about the universe, physics and the different scientific theories. I must admit I didn’t grasp and understood everything we learn in this book. I think I need to read it one more time to fully understand everything. I listened to this as an audiobook, and everything moved forward very quickly. That might have been parts of the problem. With listening to the audiobook, you can’t go back and read thing twice, and you cant’t stop and think in the same way you can if you are reading the written book. The theme and what we learn in this book is super interesting to me, and I definitely would read again. 4.5 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: The Snow Child 43% read – The Book of Strange New Things 5% read


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❤ -Rakel

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

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