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?

February 2017 To Be Read

The plan was to not pick too many books for this month, because of my reading/blog pause in January. But guess what this TBR is on the larger side for me. I always over estimate myself with these TBR lists haha, but it is great to have different options. 


Books I Want To Continue Reading


The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Book 3 in The Gentleman Bastards

80% read. I am almost finished with this book. It is the last one in The Gentleman Bastards series that is currently out. I’m in LOVE with this series and this book, and I don’t want it to end. This book series, especially book 1 and 3 is incredible and have become my all time favorite books.


Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Book 3 in Red Rising

28% read. I took a break from this book because of the Biannual Bibliothon, and didn’t pick it up again. Now I want to continue reading this book and hopefully finish it in February. I really enjoy this series, and so far this book is really exciting.


Final Girls by Riley Sager

16% read. I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I don’t know what I feel about it yet, but I want to continue reading it.


Books I Want To Start


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

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 F, and I picked The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber to read.


The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan 

Book 3 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I need to have some books that is easy and fun to read this month. I really like this middle grade fantasy series and I bet a lot of you do too.


The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

Book 4 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Book 5 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket

Book 6 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket

Book 7 A Series of Unfortunate Events

I have so much fun reading this children’s series, even though I’m an adult and not the target audience for it. I really like the humor and the narrator in this series, and that the story often gets really dark. I wish I had read the books as a kid, I would probably be shit scared of Count Olaf and his companions. The books are really short so I’m planning on reading 4 of the books in February. I want to read all of the books in the series before I watch the new Netflix show.  


The Girl From Old Nichol by Betty Annand

I received this book as an eArc from Netgalley. I have started it (because this post is a bit late). I don’t know if I like it so far.


THE SNOW CHILD BY EOWYN IVEY

This book was on my TBR last month, but I didn’t pick it up. I hope to get to it this month. I really want to read it before the winter is over.


❤ -Rakel

-What Are You Planning To Read This Month?

-And Have You Read Any Of These Books?

15th Favorite of the Moment #5

15th Favorites at the Moment is a monthly bookish favorites TAG made by me. Instead of doing the monthly favorites at the end of the month. I’m going to do it half way through the month on the 15th, with 15 questions.

1 FAVORITE BOOK

I’m almost done with Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, and I’m really liking it. I’m also currently reading the third book in The Gentleman Bastards series; The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. I know I have mentioned this series every 15th favorites, but it is my absolutely favorite series, and book 3 is sooo good.

2 FAVORITE BOOK CHARACTER

George and Jimmy from Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh. George is an African American, and Jimmy is Native American. They are both in their 70, best friends, living together and fighting supernatural cases. I absolutely adore them, and it was so much fun reading about two older main characters. I usually read YA and books with younger main characters.

Link to my Deadlight Jack Review

And also Libby from Holding Up The Universe. I love her, she is amazing! I can really relate to her and I see myself in her a lot.

3 FAVORITE BOOK COVERS

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4 FAVORITE BOOK ON YOUR WISH LIST

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. In need to watch the movie, and then read this screenplay.

5 FAVORITE BOOK GENRE

As I mentioned earlier in this post, I really like Holding Up The Universe. I have to say I have really enjoyed reading contemporaries lately.

6 FAVORITE PLACE TO READ

Playing Sims4 and listening to audiobooks.

7 FAVORITE FOOD

I don’t have one

8 FAVORITE DRINK

Green tea with lemon and honey.

9 FAVORITE RANDOM THING

I don’t have one

10 FAVORITE TV SERIES / MOVIE

The new season of Sherlock. Season 4 so far has been a bit weird and crazy and of course really exciting.

My other favorite tv show is the Swedish tv series Frøken Frimans Krig (Miss Friman’s War). Season 3 came out late December and it is so good. Season 1 is about a group of women in the early 1900, and their fight to start up the grocery store run only by women; Svenska Hem (Swedish Home).

It is really interesting and important to see the feminists fight for equality. The women that has fought for equality, their struggles and how it was a 100 years ago. It is both educational and a reminder how important feminism is. I’m feeling very proud for all of the women who stood up for equality and female rights. It is rare for a tv series to make me so proud and emotional as this one.

Not all battles are violent. Meet a courageous group of women who takes on both the male rulers of the day and a corrupt grocery industry. Savvy is their strategy and cans of healthy food are their weapons. The three hour drama series “Miss Friman’s War” is a humorous and poignant story about friendship and fighting for your dreams. It addresses topics that are as relevant today as they were then: the demand for good, unspoiled food and the struggle for equal rights. Although “Miss Friman’s War” is a work of fiction, the story is partly based on actual events around the all-female food co-op “Svenska Hem”, which was founded long before women even had the right to vote.
– Written by SVT

11 FAVORITE YOUTUBER / TWITCH STREAMER

TYLERWIFY YOUTUBE LINK

His Sims4 lets play is HILARIOUS! It is really dramatic and definitely not PG haha. Everyone that loves drama check his channel out. I discovered his channel only a week ago, and I have almost watched every episode. I’m addicted.

His latest episode:

12 FAVORITE MUSIC / PODCAST

I don’t have one

13 FAVORITE GAME / BOARD GAME

Sims4, I have been playing it again. You guys might know by now that sims4 is my favorite game. And OMG guys, TODDLERS are in the game now!!!

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Here are some screenshots of what I have built lately:

This is MR and MRS Lee, they are the parents of one of my sims. They are rich and owns the whole apartment complex that they and their daughter lives in.

This is the apartment I made them.

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14 FAVORITE BLOGGER OR OTHER PAGES ON THE INTERNET

I came over this Instagram profile; Bri4nh3nry. I really like the small animated art pieces this guy is making.
https://www.instagram.com/bri4nh3nry/

15 FAVORITE THING YOU HAVE DONE LATELY

Christmas and new year’s eve! Read about my Christmas HERE.

 

❤ -Rakel

2017 Reading Challenges

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


1.Beat The Backlist Challenge


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

Beat The Backlist Challenge is hosted by: Novelknight.com

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


2.2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge


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

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

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3.Book Riot Read Harder Challenge


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

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

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

❤ -Rakel

-Are You Participating In Any 2017 Reading Challenges?

 

 

 

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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