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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1 Book4-5stjerner

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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? 

January 2017 Monthly Wrap Up + I’m back

This month started out really well, I read a lot and posted 3-4 posts to my blog every week. I also participated in the Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Readathon, and had a lot of fun with that. Halfway through the month I started not feeling well. I didn’t have the energy to post anything on my blog or read books, so I had to take a break from everything book and blog related. This is slowly getting better now and I hope I’m back 100% soon. This blog hiatus totally killed my posting plan so I’ll be posting topics in February that should have been out earlier, like: Favorite Reads of 2016, Dystopian Bingo and Reviews.

Over to what I did manage to read in January. I read a total of 4 books, one essay and one book that i DNF. I have read 3 books that fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 1621 pages this month.

I rated:

1 book 5stjerner

1 book 4-5stjerner

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1 book3-5stjerner

1 book 3stjerner

1 book 1-5stjerner


What I Read


Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Book 2 in The Faceless One

FULL REVIEW HERE!  I really liked this book. It was fun to read about two men in their 70 fighting supernatural cases. 3.5 stars

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This essay is such a great introduction to feminism and it is very easy and quick to read. I recommend everyone to read it. 5 stars

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Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book 1 in Stalking Jack the Ripper

I love the premise of this book and I had high hopes for it. The story started out really good and exciting, but after a while it got a bit boring. This book was just ok, not great and not terrible either. You can read more of my thoughts about it in my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up HERE. 3 stars

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Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is now one of my all time favorite Young Adult Contemporaries. I devoured this book, it was so incredible good. I LOVE the character Libby, she is AMAZING! I really connected with her. Jack’s face blindness was interesting to read about as well. I really want to read the author’s other book asap. 4.5 stars

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Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is my second try to read a Jane Austen book. I DNF this book at 30%. I found the book to be really boring, it just didn’t grab me. I want to like it because it is a well known classic, but I just don’t find it fun to read.  1.5 stars

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love Marissa Meyers other series The Lunar Chronicles, so I highly anticipated this book. This book is a fun read, I really love the Alice in wonderland world and some parts of the story. I also really love her writing. I just didn’t cared for the romance. If you like ya romance book with fantasy elements, and you are interested in another story set in the Alice world I highly recommend this book. 4 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: Morning Star 28% read – The Republic Of Thieves 80% – Final Girls 16% read


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❤ -Rakel

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

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

December 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

December has been a very hectic month, because of Christmas preparation, Christmas parties and of course Christmas. You can read about my Christmas HERE. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and I want to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I was planning on reading more books in December, but I’m really satisfied that I was able to finish 5 books. I have read some highly anticipated books for me this month. I was so hyped for these books, but they all let me down. I’m so disappointed by every book I read. I’m going to write reviews on all of these books that goes deeper into details.

I read a total of 2083 pages this month. 

I rated:

1 book  4stjerner

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What I Read


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

Book 2 in The Gentleman Bastards series

I really loved book one in this series, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I was really eager to read book 2, and continue reading about Locke and Jean. I didn’t like this book as much as I liked book one, but it is still a good book. 4 stars

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Book 1 in His Dark Materials series

This book is a popular children’s fantasy book, that has won awards. I know a lot of people love this and I was really interested in reading it. Even though I liked some parts of it, this book wasn’t for me. 3 stars

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

Book 2 in Dash & Lily duology

I loved book one in this duology when I read it last Christmas, but this book was kind of meh. Not great, but it didn’t suck either. 2.5 stars

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff 

Book 2 in The Illuminae Files series

I was highly looking forward to this book and it is one of my most anticipated books, because I love Illuminae. I love the mixed media and the story of book 1. I’m really sad that I didn’t like Gemina, and I’m very disappointed by it. I gave it 2 stars.

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What Light by Jay Asher 

This was the only book on this list that I didn’t plan to read this month. I didn’t know anything about it before I started it. I only knew it was a Christmas themed book, and that the cover is beautiful. This book wasn’t for me at all, and I had to give it 1 stars.

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❤ -Rakel
-What Did You Read This Month?

 

 

My Book Year 2016 – All The Books I Read In 2016

It is the end of the year, and time for a recap of all the books I read in 2016. I read a total of 53 books. I can’t believe I read over 50 books this year, that is a lot for me. In the beginning of the year I put 40 books on my Goodreads challenge, but halfway through the year I was so much ahead of my goal that I changed it to 50 books. I read some long books, and some short books. I read some really great books, and some not so great books. I’m really happy and satisfied with my reading year.

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 Star Ratings


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All The Books I Read In 2016


1.Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – 5 stars

2.Never Never (Never Never #1) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

3.Never Never: Part Two (Never Never #2) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

4.Never Never: Part Three (Never Never #3) by Colleen Hoover – 3 stars

5.I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – 4 stars

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6.The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden #1) by A.R. Torre – 3 stars

7.Psycho (Psycho #1) by Robert Bloch – 4 stars

8.Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars

9.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – 2 stars

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10.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars

11.Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson – 3 stars

12.Trollbundet (Sagaen om Isfolket #1) by Margit Sandemo – 3.5 stars

13.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – 5 stars

14.The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh – 2.5 stars

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15.The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

16.The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

17.Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab – 4 stars

18.Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 4 stars

19.Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes – 3 stars

20.City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare – 3 stars

21.Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – 4 stars

22.The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – 1 star

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23.Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

24.We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – 4 stars

25.Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 5 stars

26.The Moorigad Dragon (Age of the Hybrid #1) by Debra Kristi – 1 star

27.The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3) by Lemony Snicket – 4 stars

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28.More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – 5 stars

29.Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings – 1.5 stars

30.The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

31.Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice – 2 stars

32.Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – 5 stars

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33.Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown – 4 stars

34.The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski – 4.5 stars

35.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffan & Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling – 3 stars

36.The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski – 4 stars

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37.Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – 3 stars

38.The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

39.Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar – 4 stars

40.The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch – 5 stars

41.The Butterfly GardenThe Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy #1) by Dot Hutchison –  2 stars

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42.You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes – 4 stars

43.A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – 3 stars

44.Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs – 3 stars

45.Digital Idols by Jon Frater – 1 star

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46.The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

47.Heksejakten (Sagaen om Isfolket #2) by Margit Sandemo – 2 stars

48.Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman #2) by Paullina Simons – 4 stars

49.Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch – 4 stars

50.The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman – 3 stars

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51.The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash & Lily #2) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – 3 stars

52.Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 2.5 stars

53.What Light by Jay Asher – 2 stars

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❤ -Rakel

-How Many Books Did You Read This Year? And What was Your Favorite Book?

November 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

It’s this time of the month again. November is gone and December is upon us. I have to say it has been a weird month. A lot of things has happened, especially in the beginning. My parents was on a trip to China, I celebrated my birthday, Donald Trump became the president of the US, my grandfather died and I got a new cousin. All of this happened in just one week!

Now I’m looking forward to December and Christmas. I have a lot of fun things planned for this month. We have started decorating the house for Christmas, with Christmas stars in the windows and winter curtains in the living room.

My reading month: It has been a good reading month for me, I have finished reading 4 books. It feels like I have read more than I have, probably because I’m halfway through some books that I’ll continue reading in December. I have also participated in a 2 week long readathon. You can read about the Tome Topple readathon HERE.

Digital Idols by Jon Frater

I didn’t like this book. The main problem was the writing, it was just not for me. You can read my review of the book HERE. Rating: 1.5 stars

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The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Book 2 in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

I love the second book in this series. It was very short, but fun to read. We get to know Percy and the world of the Olympians even more in this book. I really like the mythology aspects of the world, I think it is fun and creative. Can’t wait to read book 3. Rating: 4 stars

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Heksejakten by Margit Sandemo

Book 2 in Sagaen om Isfolket series

I read about 70% of this book 10 months ago. I just wanted to finish it to get it out of my currently reading shelf. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series, maybe I’ll pick it up again in a couple of years. You can find the books for free on Nasjonalbiblioteket www.nb.no (in Norwegian). Rating: 2 stars

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Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons

Book 2 in the Bronze Horseman series

I really liked this book. It is beautifully written, and the story is so addicting and heartbreaking to read. This book made me so emotional and I had a knot in my stomach throughout the whole book. If you like historical fiction set in world war 2 with romance, I highly recommend this series. Rating: 4 stars

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❤ -Rakel

-What did you read this month?

Tome Topple Readathon Wrap Up

The Tome Topple readathon is over for now, or actually it ends today. I had two books on my TBR, Tatiana and Alexander & Gemina. It has taken me so long to read Tatiana and Alexander, because the book has such a small font. My goal was to read 40 pages every day to finish it in the 2 weeks. I also wanted to read Gemina, but sadly didn’t have the time to finish it. I also choose to continue with the audiobook I was listening to before the readathon, Red Seas Under Red Skies. I didn’t put it on my TBR, but it technically counts because it is over 500 pages.

THIS IS WHAT I READ:

Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons – Finished 559 pages – 4 stars ★★★★☆
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Read 122 pages of 659 pages
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – Listened from chapter 9-25 ca 250 pages

I really love the books I chose for this readathon. I really loved Tatiana And Alexander that book was beautiful. Red Seas Under Red Skies was also a great read. I don’t know what I think about Gemina yet, I hope I love it as much as I loved Illuminae. I read a total of 931 pages this readathon and I’m happy with that 🙂

THIS IS THE CHALLENGES I FINISHED:

  1. Read a Tome That’s Part of a Series
  2. Read an Adult Novel

logoftheweekDay 1

I’m starting this readathon with Tatiana and Alexander. I read the first book 2 years ago, it’s time to continue with this series. I got sucker into the story pretty fast today. This read is addicting, and I really like the author’s writing style. I read to page 73.

I have been reading in the living room today. Usually I only read in my bedroom, because like to be alone with no sounds or distractions when I read.

Both of my picks for this readathon are paper books. So I choose to continue listening to Red Seas under Red Skies even though it’s not on my TBR list.

Day 2

I didn’t read anything in T&A today, but I listened to Red Seas Under Red Skies.

Day 3

I had to go to the emergency room, don’t worry it wasn’t anything really bad, I’m fine. I listened to Red Seas Under Red Skies while waiting on the doctor.

I have read to page 133 in Tatiana and Alexander. Wow this book is beautiful written. I rarely feel emotions when I read, but this book makes me feel so much, oh the feels.

Day 4

Read a little bit throughout the whole day. Read to page 172 in T&A. I really really like this book so far.

Day 5

I read to page 199 in T&A

Day 6

I was out for dinner today. After coming home I read to page 240 in T&A.

Day 7

I went to the library today, for the first time in years. You can read my post called A Trip To The Library + Library Haul. After that in the eventing I read to page 302 in T&A.

Day 8

Didn’t read anything today in T&A. I finally started reading Gemina, I only read 16 pages. Ahhh the Hype I have for this book. Tomorrow I’m going to read a lot in this book, can’t wait. I’m already loving this book, I can feel it haha.

Day 9

I have read to page 84 in Gemina, and wow I really love the drawings in the book. The story hasn’t really started, so I don’t know what to say about it yet.

I read to page 324 in T&A.

Day 10

I didn’t read anything today. I’m falling behind now. I really want to finish T&A before the readathon ends.

Day 11

I read a lot today to try to catch up on my reading. I read to page 402 in T&A. I can actually finish this book if I want to. Gemina on the other hand. I don’t think I will be able to finish it, and I don’t really want to rush it either. I read to page 122 in Gemina.

Day 12

I read to page 459 in T&A. Omg this book is breaking my heart, it makes me so emotional.

Day 13

I read to page 521 in T&A today. Almost finished with this book. Only 40 pages to go.

Day 14

I’m publishing this post on the last day of the readathon, so no log for today. I’m going to finish T&A later, I have about 40 pages left in the book. I want to say that I highly recommend The Bronze Horseman series.

P.S. I stopped logging Red Seas Under Red Skies, because I think it’s hard to log an audiobook. I listened to it throughout the day like I usually do. Even though I didn’t log it, I did listen to it almost every day. At the end of the readathon I will count how many chapters I listened to, and approximately find out how many pages that is in the written book.

❤ -Rakel

-Did You Participate In The Tome Topple Readathon?

October 2016 Monthly Wrap Up

I’m very happy with the amount of books I read this month. A couple of months back I was in a reading slump, and for a while there I though I wouldn’t be able to finish my goodreads reading challenge for this year. Now I’m finally out of the reading slump and on track, yay. I have read 44 books of 50 so far this year. I focused on reading darker books this month, like thrillers or more creepy stuff. I also participated in the Spookathon, that helped a lot and was so much fun.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

A great first book in a middle grade book series. The book is a quick read it didn’t take me long to finish. It has some great characters and the story is fun to read. I really like the Greek mythology theme in the story. It is both very creative and a great spin on mythology. The book is educational especially for children. Rating: 4.

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Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar

I liked this book, it was interesting and a different read for me. I usually don’t read mystery or nonfiction. The author of the book is trying to find out the truth behind a famous Russian tragedy where 11 students mysteriously died on a hiking trip. Rating: 4

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The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Book 1 in the Gentleman Bastard series

This book is so good. It is my new favorite book, maybe of all time. If you like fantasy and thieves read this book. A review of this book will be up in November. Rating: 5

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The book was interesting and creepy. I found the setting very creative, and I wanted to know about the butterfly garden. I didn’t care for the characters and the character’s voice and I didn’t like the ending. I’m not sure I completely understood it? I don’t know. I also want to know why the Gardener did what he did. What is his backstory? Now I can’t look at a butterfly tattoo and think of anything else than this book. The book is very graphic when it comes to rape etc and also contains suicide, so trigger warning. Rating: 2

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You by Caroline Kepnes

Book 1 in the You duology

This is a crazy romantic love story. Or ehm NOT if you are a normal person. But from Joe’s perspective it is. Joe is a crazy obsessive stalker. I really liked this book. I found the book suspenseful, and I couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook. I wanted to know what would happened next. It was different and interesting to be in Joe’s head. Rating: 4

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I don’t like to read about people being sick, like Conor’s mom in this book. It’s just one thing I really don’t like to read about. This book is really sad, and I wanted with all of my heart for a happy ending. My favorite parts are when he is talking with the monster. I like the writing and the ending was beautifully written. I think a lot of other people would like this book more than me, only because I don’t like to read about illness. Rating: 3

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Hollow city by Ransom Riggs

Book 2 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series

The books aren’t bad. It’s just I don’t think they are for me. I can see why people like this series though. Rating: 3

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-What did you read this month?