Weekly Update #10 | Preparing For My Croatia Trip |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

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 275 of 480

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur – On page 62 of 204

American Gods (American Gods #1) by Neil Gaiman – 0h30m of 16h41m

Recently finished:

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

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

Reading next:

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

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

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Weekly Update #9 | A Better Sunnier Week |

Wednesday: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

Saturday: Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

-DIARY

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Other than my weekly appointment and a trip to the doctors office (everything is fine, I just needed a note from my doctor), this week hasn’t been the most eventful week. But that is fine, the week was so much better than the two previous ones. I still struggle a little bit with anxiety and the problem with my chest, but thankfully it is a lot better.

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I’m going on a family trip with my BF’s family to Croatia in 2 weeks. I have been preparing for the trip this week. On Tuesday I dragged my brother to the mall to buy things that I need for the trip. This might be a bit TMI but I bought things to shave my legs. I have sensitive skin so I usually get itchy and sore from regular razor. Since I’m chronicle ill and don’t have that much hair on my legs, I usually don’t bother with shaving, but I want to look nice now that it is summer. I bought shaving cream and razor for sensitive skin and a cream to put on afterwards, and it has really helped. Now I don’t dread shaving my legs. Ok enough with talk about shaving, no one cares Rakel. I also bought some other things, a new shorts, t-shirt, BB-cream, aloe vera gel, toilet bag and a box with some pore strips.

The only thing that is left now is to buy a bikini. I hope I find a cute one, that is comfortable and hold the girls in place. I’m dreading it, but I need a bikini for my vacation.

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Pic of me and my brother trying out the pore strips, I didn’t really work. Robert don’t look amused, haha. 

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Random little thing. I never eat fast food, but when I heard that McD was coming out with sweet potato fries, I had to try them out. They tasted ok, but homemade are so much better. 

All in all this has been an ok week. I’m really happy that things are getting better. For a while there I thought I had to cancel my trip.

I wish you all a great week!

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

❤ -Rakel

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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

I rarely do tags, but I thought this one would be fun to do.

1.BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

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

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I LOVE these books ❤

2.BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

I haven’t read that many sequels this year, but this series was FANTASTIC.

3.NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

I haven’t been good at reading new releases so far this year. I blame it on my book buying ban, and that I have been focusing on my TBR mountain. I need to buy some of the new releases because there are so many I want to read, they all sounds so good. I couldn’t choose just one book, so I made a separate post earlier this week dedicated to this question. Here is a link to the post: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

4.MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

5.BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My expectations for this book was really high. I liked some parts of the book, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

6.BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a birthday present 1 ½ years ago from a friend. The person who gave it to me loved the book and thought I would too. I was very skeptical to pick it up because I didn’t want to hate it. I had also previously read Norwegian Wood by the same author, and I didn’t care for that book. I’m actually currently reading this book now, I have about 80 pages left. I love this book and I already know it will be one of my favorite reads of 2017. Even though it have some scenes that are problematic that I didn’t like (the woman in the woods), the book speaks to my heart. It’s just so weird and interesting and captivating.

7.FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

This is hard because I feel that you have to read more than one book from an author to call them your favorite. Here are some new to me authors that I have read and really enjoyed this year. 

Michel Faber author of The Book of Strange New Things

Jennifer Niven author of Holding Up the Universe

Karen m. McManus author of One of Us Is Lying – This book is also a debut. 

Brandon Sanderson author of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of We Should All Be Feminists

8.NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

I don’t get fictional crushes, but the closest to a fictional crush I have right now is Oshima from Kafka on The Shore. It’s weird because he is a know it all type of person.

9.NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Oshima and Nakata from Kafka on The Shore

Molly and her moms from The Upside of Unrequited

10.BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I don’t think I have cried from a book this year. Hmm maybe I cried at the end of American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Really good book.

11.BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

12.FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I rarely watch movies. I can only remember that I have watched 2 movies this year, and that is Zodiac and Inside Out. But there is one series that I really liked called Big Little Lies, and that is a book to series adaptation. I haven’t read the book yet, but I might do it in the future. Really good and intriguing series that keeps you guessing until the end. Let me know if you have watched the series.

13.FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

This is a hard question because I’m a perfectionist and hard on myself. I have to go with my latest review: One of us is lying.

14.MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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This has to be the new Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone books. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL and I want them all! I contained myself and only bought the hardback and paperback of in Ravenclaw editions. 

15.WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of the books. If you combine my TBR and the new releases I want to read, you have the answer. I think this question will be too much. I might do a separate post on this as well soon.

-I’m tagging you, and if you have already done it leave me the link and I’ll check it out 🙂 

❤ -Rakel

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2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

II was working on my Mid Year Freak Out Tag blogpost, that is going up sometime this week or the next, when I came to question 3: NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO? Since there is so many new releases I haven’t read yet (so many books, so little time, jadajada), my list got way too big for that tag. Here is my list:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl With All The Gifts #2) by M.R. Carey

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – I failed and this book actually came out in 2016. Keeping it on the list because I want to read it.  

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Want (Want #1) by Cindy Pon

Which 2017 releases to you want to read?

❤ -Rakel

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Weekly Update #9 | A Better Sunnier Week |

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

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 174 of 480

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – On page 378 of 575

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 04h03m of 06h08m

Recently finished:

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker – I don’t want to give this book a rating

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Sunday: Weekly Update #8 |Life Is Not So Great, Sometimes|

Friday: April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

-DIARY

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If you regularly follow my blog you know that last week wasn’t the best week for me. I don’t want to talk too much about it because I hate to be negative. Thankfully this week was better. I still feel anxiety from last week, but that is just how it is.

Last week I briefly mentioned that I was going to do something special this week. It is pretty special to say it mildly. Don’t think of me like a weirdo, but me and my mom choose to book a reading from a psychic. Someone we know recommended her to us, and we thought it would be fun to try it out. It was a new and very interesting experience for me. I was skeptical going in, but what she told me was good so I have to believe in it. She told me a lot of interesting things, a lot about my personality and what I can do to have a better life.

Other than the psychic lady and my weekly appointment I have spent my time at home. After last week, it is important that I take it easy.

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The weather has been beautiful here in Norway, really warm and sunny. I have spent a lot of my time on the porch tanning. I probably scares away the neighbors with my fat white ass, haha. It has been so nice relaxing, reading a book and writing outside. I’m actually doing it right now while I write this post. To my surprise I’m starting to get a small tan. I burn easily and get sun allergies if I’m not careful with sunscreen.

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On Friday it sadly was my assistants last day working for me. I have a personal assistant helping me with things that I’m not able to do myself because of my illness. She has been with me for 2 years. The time really went fast, but also slow. Weird how time can feel, like it happened yesterday, but also a lifetime ago at the same time.

This week has been much better than last week, and I hope next week will be even better. I have to fix a lot of things before my Croatia trip that’s only in a few weeks. I’m really nervous but determined to go. One thing I have to buy is a new bikini, and I don’t look forward to trying them on in the store. I hope I find a cute one that fits me well.

I wish you all a great week!

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

❤ -Rakel

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April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

After my blogslump last month, I’m very behind on my monthly wrap ups. I was debating on if I should write and publish monthly wrap ups from April and May since it is old now. I decided on writing them, not just for you guys, but for myself too. Even though I was in a blogslump I didn’t take a pause from reading. I have read a lot the last months.

I rated:

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#famous by Jilly Gagnon

This is a YA contemporary romance, where the story is highly similar and must have been inspired by Alex from Target (yes the meme, or whatever it is). I didn’t like this book that much. The characters wasn’t anything special or memorable, and I didn’t care for the story or romance. The whole book was just meh. 2/5 stars.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I have heard so many people rave about this series. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m still waiting and wondering when the story is going to as awesome as everybody says. I didn’t love this book, and it is a shame because I really like the idea behind it. I love the world and the main character. A wizard detective who is fighting supernatural crimes, how awesome isn’t that? There is so much potential. Someone told me that the series will be better after book 4, so I’ll give it one more chance.  3/5 stars

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book 1 in the Mistborn 

This is also a series that everybody raves about, and I totally get why! The story was so good and addictive, I couldn’t put the books down. I also loved the world building, the magic system and the characters, everything about it was amazing! I can’t wait to start the next book, because this was a good ride to say it mildly.  4.5/5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yet again a book that I have heard great things about. I’m sorry to say that this book and the story didn’t grab me in the same way it did for a lot of other readers. I can see why people loves this book though, because the writing is beautiful and the story is heartbreaking. My favorite part and one thing that I found very interesting about this book was the narrator. It was interesting to read a story told from death’s perspective. 3.5/5 stars

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Not my absolutely favorite story, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the drawings. 3.5/5 stars

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

I picked up this book because a lot of people was recommending and talking about it, and I’m starting to get interested in minimalism and decluttering my house. I think this book was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas on how to purge and tidy. Some of her views on things was a bit weird, and I don’t think I will be following the book 100% in the future. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed reading it. It is pretty short, so you should give it a try if you are interested.  4/5 stars

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

DNF at 46%. This story wasn’t for me. I thought it was boring af. The snow child (the child in the story) was pretty interesting but not enough for me to continue and finishing the book.  1/5 stars

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❤ -Rakel

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Weekly Update #8 |Life Is Not So Great, Sometimes|

-WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading:

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 62 of 480

An Introduction to the Lightning Process by Phil Parker

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami – On page 140 of …

The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1) by Megan Whalen Turner – 01h39m of 06h08m

Recently finished:

To Søstre by Åsne Seierstad – 4 stars

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

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4 stars

Reading next:

Don’t have any plans yet.

-WEEK IN BLOGPOSTS

Tuesday: Weekly Update #7 | I’m Back – Beer Festival – Sims 4 – Concert +++|

Friday: Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus |YA – Mystery – New Release June 1st 2017|

-DIARY

This week hasn’t been the best to say it mildly. After a month of doing a lot of fun things, I crashed. So yeah, I haven’t done much other than staying in bed all week. My only venture out was to the doctors and to my weekly appointment on Wednesdays. Things are slowly getting better, thankfully, but with being ill my anxiety went from 3 to 10 and I feel that it is hindering me a lot.

Unfortunately I don’t have much to say this time. I hope next week will be better. I have one thing on my plan that I am looking forward to. That will be for next weeks post.

❤ -Rakel

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Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus |YA – Mystery – New Release June 1st 2017|

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Published: June 1st 2017

Genre: YA, Mystery

Pages: 368

Language read: English

Format read: eArc, ebook

Rating: 4.5 stars 4-5stjerner

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One of Us Is Lying Synopsis:One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. –Goodreads

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I wanted to read this book from the first time I found out about it from another book blog. The whole premise and the synopsis sounded really interesting and exciting. Who doesn’t find The Breakfast Club mixed with a murder mystery interesting? I certainly did. I immediately went and asked for the book on Netgalley, and when I got approved I was really happy.

This book is the Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars (not the part of PLL where they drag out everything and you lose interest before you find out who big A is). It follows the 4 teenagers that was in detention, when Simon, a fellow peer drops to the floor dying from a deadly allergy shock. The death of Simon is suspicious and the four witness becomes the key suspects in the investigation. Who killed Simon? And why?

There is so many things I loved about this book, and it is one of my favorite reads so far this year. This book started of with an explosion of questions that I had to get the answer to asap, why and who? And what are they hiding? This book sucked me in from the first page. The writing was engaging and easy to follow, and the mystery was really interesting. I also really liked the story and the characters, they were amazing. Overall I loved this book and I highly recommend it if you are looking for an addictive read.

There is something I just have to mention that is not negative, but I just have to comment on. As I said above, I really loved The Breakfast Club premise, so I went into the book thinking it was going to be more of a retelling of the movie where one of the characters die at the end of the story. So to my surprise the victim dies at the start of the book, within a couple of pages. The death was just the beginning of the book. So don’t go into the book and think that it is going to be a close retelling. You can see that the author has taken inspiration from the movie, especially when it comes to the characters.

In this book you follow four main characters, two girls and two boys;

Bronwyn the Brain

Addy the beauty

Nate the criminal

Cooper the athlete

(Here you clearly see the inspiration from the Breakfast Club).

I just loved all of the four main characters. They all had their own personal secrets and struggles, and everybody had a great character growth through the book. The story is written in first person, and I think that worked really well. We got to know the characters and the story through their eyes.

As the title of the book says; One Of us Is Lying. They all have their own secrets and reasons to lie, and anyone of them can be the murderer. I couldn’t picture anyone of them to be the murderer, and the thought that one of them had killed Simon broke my heart. I’m not going to say who did it, because spoilers, so I’m not going to say if my heart broke or not. You have to find that out yourself!

My favorite characters was Bronwyn and Nate. Bronwyn is the brain with straight A’s and Nate is the low life criminal. Their relationship was very interesting, and I love their interaction with each other (cute! Hint hint romance). P.S. I have never heard the name Bronwyn before, I always read it as Brownyn, haha.

I also found the character Simon very interesting. I really want to read the story from his perspective, I want to be inside his brain. Karen M. Mcmanus, can you write a short story from Simon’s perspective? Please. Maybe not the whole story from his perspective but perhaps the days leading up to his death? Or some of the other incidents that we got to hear about in the book? That would be AWESOME!

I can’t write this review without talking about the mystery, who murdered Simon? The mystery unravels at the end, and we get to know who the killer is, just like most thriller books. I always try to figure out who the killer is before the book gives it away, and I make up many different theories. Probably not the only one who does that, it is half of the fun of reading murder mysteries. I had one theory of who the killer was, and in the end I was partly right, so it didn’t come as a shock to me.

This was a well written, incredibly engaging and interesting YA mystery novel. I loved so many things about this book. It sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down, I just had to know who killed Simon. I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

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I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley, Penguin Random House UK & Karen M. McManus for giving me a copy of this book.

❤ -Rakel

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