Monthly summary

August Summary

monthlysummery2

Have had a lot of hit and miss this month. I’m now at my end of my “not to buy any books” ban and I think that’s why I have had such a rocky month. Several of the books I read are those who have been on my shelf for a lot longer than it should. Still I did read some great books in genres I not normally read in. Like for an example Hex by Heuvelt and You by Caroline Kepnes.

September will be the “caching up” month I think. Since I don’t have been able to buy books, I have a lot of series I follow and new books to read. So I will have to get that boll rolling. I’m going to try not to go overboard and buy to many books again. Do NOT wish to be put on another ban in the near future.

Favorite book this month: Hard choice this month but I think it is Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. That one was wonderful.
Least favorite book this month:
The undomestic goddess – Sophie Kinsella. Not happy with that one. 😦

Number of physical books: 7
Number of e-books:
 3
Number of audiobooks:
3
Total pages: 5178
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 5

17325157Spirits in the trees – Morgan H. McDonald
Settings: Washington, USA Pages: 410 Published: 2012
Genres: Horror, romance, mystery, thriller and suspense
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The spirits series.
18775247Mr Mercedes – Stephen King
Settings: USA Pages: 436 Published: 2014
Genres: Fiction, thriller, mystery, crime and horror.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Bill Hodges series.
35535454The Child – Fiona Barton
Settings: London, England Pages: 448 Published: 2017
Genres: Mystery, fiction, thriller, crime, suspense.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
31560400HEX – Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Settings: USA Pages: 384 Published: 2013
Genres: Horror, fantasy, paranormal, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
20512384Sudden response – R.L Mathewson
Settings: USA Pages: 260 Published: 2011
Genres: Romance, contemporary, funny.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The EMS series.
13147460Flesh & Bone – Jonathan Maberry
Settings:
Dystopia USA Pages: 469 Published: 2012
Genres:Horror, dystopia, young adult, science fiction.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in The Rot & Ruin series.
20821614You – Caroline Kepnes
Settings: New York, USA Pages: 424 Published: 2014
Genres: Thriller, fiction, mystery, contemporary.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The You series.
23492589Finders Keepers – Stephen King
Settings: USA Pages: 431 Published: 2015
Genres: Horror, thriller, crime, mystery.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The Bill Hodges series.
21412207Hush – Karen Robards
Settings: Huston, USA Pages: 407 Published: 2014
Genres: Romantic, suspense, thriller, mystery.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
18656253Sweet Dreams – Kristen Ashley
Settings: Carnal, Colorado USA Pages: 562 Published: 2011
Genres: Contemporary, romance.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The Colorado mountain series.
23129712The red notebook – Antoine Laurain
Settings: Paris, France Pages: 159 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romance.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
18332155The murder bag – Tony Parsons
Settings: London, England Pages: 384 Published: 2014
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Max Wolfe series.
33722The undomestic goddess – Sophie Kinsella
Settings: England Pages: 404 Published: 2005
Genres: Contemporary, chick lit, romance.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review

monthlysummery2

Monthly summary

June Summary

monthlysummery2

I don’t feel that I had a good reading month this time. Of my eleven books I read, three of them I gave a one star rating and I even DNF one book because I just couldn’t take it. No one earned a full five stars this month. That is how bad my reading month have been. I don’t know why but I been picking it completely wrong.

I did read some good books however. Like the name of the wind, Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda and dark lover. Red rising and shiver was good books to. So not a completely waste of time and money. I do hope that July will be better for me. Maybe need to be more selective with what books I chose to read. And I’m still working on bringing my TBR (kindle + physical) down to a more acceptable level. 😛

Favorite book this month: The name of the wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Least favorite book this month: 
The Collector – Nora Roberts

Number of physical books:
4
Number of e-books:
 5
Number of audiobooks:
2
Total pages: 5232 pages. Not including those from the DNF book.
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 4

59829Dance upon the air – Nora Roberts
Settings: Massachusetts, USA Pages: 400 Published: 2001
Genres: Romantic, paranormal, contemporary.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The three sisters island series.
186074The name of the wind – Patrick Rothfuss
Settings: Fantasy world Pages: 662 Published: 2007
Genres: Epic, fantasy, fiction.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Kingkiller chronicle series.
13547386Shiver – Karen Robards
Settings: East St. Louis, Illinois Pages: 385 Published: 2012
Genres: Romantic, suspense, fiction, thriller,
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
23299555Brilliance – Marcus Sakey
Settings: Washington DC, USA Pages: 444 Published: 2013
Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, thriller
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Brilliance saga.
15839976Red Rising – Pierce Brown
Settings: Planet Mars Pages: 382 Published: 2014
Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, YA, dystopia.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Red Rising saga.
22554261Stalker – Lars Kepler
Settings:
Stockholm, Sweden Pages: 603 Published: 2014
Genres: 
Thriller, mystery, crime, fiction
My rating:
4/5
Links:
Review
Book 5 in 
The Joona Linna series.
19547856Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda – Becky Albertalli
Settings: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Pages: 303 Published: 2015
Genres: Young adult, contemporary, LGBT, romance
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Creekwood series.
18668066The collector – Nora Roberts
Settings: New York, USA Pages: 752 Published: 2014
Genres: Romantic, suspense, mystery, contemporary.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
26158415Fire & Brimstone – R.L Mathewson
Settings: USA Pages: 336 Published: 2016
Genres: Romantic, funny, humor, contemporary
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 8 in The neighbor from hell series.
36448430The rabbit hunter- Lars Kepler
Settings: Sweden Pages: 572 Published: 2016
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The Joona Linna series.
42899Dark lover – J. R. Ward
Settings: Caldwell, New York, USA Pages: 393 Published: 2005
Genres: Romantic, paranormal, fantasy, vampires
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Black dagger brotherhood series.

DNF

28814948Wind river wrangler – Lindsay McKenna
Settings: Wyoming, USA Pages: 342 Published: 2016
Genres: Romantic, suspense, contemporary
My rating: -To repetitive. Only got 20% in before my patience had run out.

 

Monthly summary

May Summary

monthlysummery2

Oh what a month. The books have just flown by. To be fair two of the books was short stories but on the other hand five of the books where around 500 pages or more.

Favorite book this month: Is N0S4R2 by Joe Hill and Beard Sience by Penny Reid for two completely different reasons so could not chose just one.
Least favorite book this month:
The thing about love – Julie James

Number of physical books:
4
Number of e-books:
10
Number of audiobooks:
1
Total pages: 5499
Female authors: 12
Male authors: 4

25156320Blind Ambition – Gwen Hernandez
Settings: Haiti Pages: 271 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romantic, suspense, war, military
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The men of Steele series.
3643502Deadly harvest – Heather Graham
Settings:
 Salem, USA Pages: 385 Published: 2008
Genres: Fantasy, paranormal, mystery, romantic, suspense.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in Flynn Brothers series.
35404657Dear Aaron – Mariana Zapata
Settings: 
A little all over Pages: 485 Published: 2017
Genres:
Contemporary, romance, war, military
My rating: 
4/5
Links:
Review
3522419Nemesis – Jo Nesbø 
Settings: Oslo, Norway Pages: 480 Published: 2002
Genres: Mystery, crime, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The series about Harry Hole.
10813480For You – Kristen Ashley
Settings: Brownsburg, Indiana, USA Pages: 583 Published: 2011
Genres: Contemporary, romance, suspense
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in the Burg series.
9917998Dust & Decay – Jonathan Maberry
Settings:
California, USA Pages: 519 Published: 2011
Genres:
Thriller, suspense, horror, young adult.
My rating:
 3/5
Links:
Review
Book 2 in 
The Rot & Ruin series.
390932943 Hour Dad – Adam T Hourlution
Settings: United Kingdom Pages: 30 Published: 2018
Genres: Nonfiction, true story
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
This copy I got from the author against a honest review.
51JallO8lpLMarrying a SEAL – Summer Hines
Settings: Annapolis, Maryland, USA Pages: 295 Published: 2017
Genres: Romantic, funny, chick lit
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
This copy I got from the author against a honest review.
51JallO8lpL._SY346_My DisOrganised life – Nina Whyle
Settings: England Pages: 340 Published: 2016
Genres: Chick lit, romantic
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
This copy I got from the author against a honest review.
18907420.jpgRiley – Liliana Hart
Settings: Surrender, Montana, USA Pages: 57 Published: 2011
Genres: Romance, erotic, suspense.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review *Goodreads review.
Book 3 in the MacKenzie family series.
21087134N0S4R2 – Joe Hill
Settings: USA Pages: 689 Published: 2013
Genres: Horror, thriller, fiction, fantasy, paranormal
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
27246123The thing about love – Julie James
Settings: Chicago USA Pages: 373 Published: 2017
Genres: Romantic, contemporary, chick lit.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
23305614Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
Settings: England Pages: 286 Published: 2015
Genres: Chick lit, young adult, contemporary, romance
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
32885178A merciful truth – Kendra Elliot
Settings: Oregon Pages: 322 Published: 2017
Genres: Mystery, thriller, suspense, romance.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in the series about Mercy Kilpatrick.
23337872Beard science – Penny Reid
Settings: Green Valley, Tennessee, USA Pages: 384 Published: 2016
Genres: Contemporary, humor, funny, romantic
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in the series about the Winston Brothers.

 

Monthly summary

April Summary

monthlysummery2

Oh what a reading month. Read some really good books this month. Have noticed that my reading mood has been a lot darker than previously months with dark titles like Beartown, Shutter, The Fixer, Vigilante, The Sandman and to some extent also Goodnight Mr Tom. I still feel a little dark so I think my choice of reading material will continue in the month of May. That doesn’t matter for me. I’m a mood reader and if i’m not in a mood for an genre, i wont read it. Its as simple as that. I’m also really happy that I did start and finish the book The Luminaries, which I had as a goal to do before my birthday this year.

How have your reading month been?

Favorite book this month: Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Least favorite book this month: 
Shutter by Courtney Alameda.

Number of physical books:
4.
Number of e-books:
5.
Number of audiobooks:
3.
Total pages: 5222.
Female authors: 9.
Male authors: 3.

28187The lightning thief – Rick Riordan
Settings: All over USA Pages: 375 Published: 2005
Genres: Fantasy, young adult, fantasy, fiction.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
33413128Beartown – Fredrik Backman
Settings:
 “Björnstad” Sweden. Pages: 470 Published: 2016
Genres: Fiction, contemporary, sports.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in Beartown series.
20757532Shutter – Courtney Alameda
Settings: 
– ? – Pages: 384 Published: 2015
Genres:
Paranormal, young adult, horror, fantasy.
My rating: 
1/5
Links:
Review
30212829Beating Ruby – Camilla Monk
Settings: USA / Switzerland Pages: 322 Published: 2016
Genres: Romantic, suspense, mystery, contemporary.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in The Spotless series.
17673307Neanderthal seeks human – Penny Reid
Settings: Chicago, Illinois, USA Pages: 403 Published: 2013
Genres: Chick lit, contemporary, romance, funny
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in the Knitting in the city series.
27860847Serve and protect – Lori Ryan
Settings:
Evers, Texas, USA Pages: 240 Published: 2016
Genres:
Romantic, suspense
My rating:
 3/5
Links:
Review
Book 3 in 
The Heroes of Evers, Texas series.
23718102Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
Settings: United Kingdom Pages: 358 Published: 1981
Genres: Historical, classic, young adult, children, war
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
10988Drums of autumn – Diana Gabaldon
Settings: America, England, Scotland Pages: 880 Published: 1996
Genres: Historical fiction, romantic, fantasy, fiction.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Outlander series.
34942302The Fixer – Jessica Gadziala
Settings: Navesink Bank (fictional), New Jersey (USA) Pages: 232 Published: 2017
Genres: Contemporary, romantic, suspense.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in the series about the Professionals.
18709559The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
Settings: New Zealand Pages: 848 Published: 2013
Genres: Fiction, historical, mystery.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
35101098.jpgVigilante – Jessica Gadziala
Settings: Naveskink bank, USA / Brazil Pages: 246 Published: 2017
Genres: Romance, contemporary, suspense.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
35805854The Sandman – Lars Kepler
Settings: Sweden Pages: 464 Published: 2011
Genres: Mystery, thriller, suspense, crime.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in the series about Joona Linna.

 

Monthly summary

March Summary

monthlysummery

March has been a great reading month for me. Tried several new authors, my reading has been a little all over the place in genre but that’s the mood I have been in. Found my self a new series I had to bought and find myself a new author I need to read more of. So over all I’m really happy with this months reading list. Downunder you can see some small statistic and a complete list over which book I have read.

Favorite book this month: I have read some really good book this month and it is hard to choose my favorite. But I thought, which book will I probably reread someday and I ended on The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows. So that will be my favorite book this month.

Least favorite book this month: 
Tennessee takedown – Lena Diaz

Number of physical books: 
5
Number of e-books: 
6
Number of audiobooks:
1
Total pages: 4093 pages. Not included what I read from the one I DNF’ed.
Female authors: 10
Male authors: 3

350523Midnight rainbow – Linda Howard
Settings: Costa Rica Pages: 256 Published: 1996
Genres: Suspense, romantic, contemporary.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Rescue series.
7157310Rot & Ruin – Jonathan Maberry
Settings:
 Carlifornia, USA. Pages: 458 Published: 2010
Genres: Young adult, horror, science fiction
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The rot & ruin series.
2728527The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society – Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Settings: 
London, Guernsey, United Kingdom
Pages: 
277 Published: 2008
Genres:
Historical fiction, romance, war
My rating: 
5/5
Links:
Review
21956219Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
Settings: The Realm of the Elderlings Pages: 392 Published: 1995
Genres: Fantasy.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Farseer Trilogy
25614492Salt to the sea – Ruta Sepetys
Settings: East Prussia, World War 2 Pages: 402 Published: 2016
Genres: Historical, fiction, young adult, War.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
32613951Crash – Susan Fanetti
Settings:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Pages: 392 Published: 2016
Genres:
Romantic, contemporary
My rating:
 3/5
Links:
Review
Book 1 in 
The Brazen Bulls MC series.
18343283Tennessee takedown – Lena Diaz
Settings: Destiny, Tennessee, USA Pages: 224 Published: 2014
Genres: Romantic, suspense, contemporary, mystery.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in Tennessee S.W.A.T.
107771Slow Burn – Julie Garwood
Settings: Charleston, Silver spring, Boston, USA
Pages: 424 Published: 2005
Genres: Romantic, suspense, contemporary, mystery, fiction, thriller,
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 5 in The series about Buchanan-Renards.
11435761Pandora’s succession – Russell Brooks
Settings: Mostly Tokyo, Japan. Pages: 282 Published: 2010
Genres: Thriller, mystery, suspense.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in the series about Fox and Parris.
This is an copy I got from the author against a honest review.
35508633Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman
Settings: Glasgow, Scotland Pages: 386 Published: 2017
Genres: Fiction, contemporary
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
36605004A glimmer of hope – Steve McHuge
Settings: England Pages: 351 Published: 2018
Genres: Fantasy, fiction.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Avalon Chronicles
This is an copy I received against a honest review.
31396255Diabolical – Jana Deleon
Settings: New Orleans, USA Pages: 249 Published: 2016
Genres: Mystery, thriller, suspense, crime.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in the series about Shaye Archer.

DNF

 

18131A wrinkle in time – Madeleine L’Engle 
Pages: 256 Published: 1962
Genres: Fiction, classic, science fiction, children, young adult.

I didn’t feel for the book at all. Ended at 44%. Either i’m to old for the book, or the book is to old for me. We just never clicked.

Bullet Journal · Everyday things

Let’s talk about Bullet Journaling

One of my other hobby’s besides books is Bullet Journaling. For those who do not know what it is, it is kind of an flexible planning system. You have an notebook, any kind, a pen and then write what ever you need to remember and to do and so on in that notebook. Ryder Carroll, the man behind the system, explains it really well on their webpage. There is also a ton of videos about it on Youtube. Everyone uses the system different. Some are also really artsy and paint more than write. That’s the thing with the system. There is no wrong way to do it, you just do what works for you. And I use it to track a lot of stuff, write lists in it, diary, planing, drawing and much more.

Anyway, I have been Bullet Journaling for about a year now. I have used 2017 to try some different systems within the Bullet Journaling genre and think I have found what works for me. This is an huge community and there is a ton of different books, journals, pens, tapes, stickers and what not that you can use. I want to go as easy and simple as I can, without it being boring. So I draw a lot in my bujo (short for bullet journal). I also use it as an diary where i put in pictures and write about stuff that has happen. One of my goals for 2018 is to be better and put in more pictures and write more about happenings than I was this year.

I also use my bujo for my love of books. I record books I have read, want to read, buy, bought and much more and I though I should show you a couple of pages from one of my journals that I used this year. This is a spread that makes me really happy.

Picture to the left: Every square represent one read book. There is 133 squares on that page.
Picture to the right: I also wrote down which book it was that i had read. I also use Goodreads to track my books, but this is so much more fun and visual.

The reason I write about this today is because since this year is almost over, I have spent a lot of time with my new Bullet Journal for 2018. I have drawn all of my yearly spreads and collections so that my Bujo is ready for the new year. That means, I have not had the time to read as much as I would like to. There has been a lot at work and a lot at home with the incoming Christmas and such, so the time has not been enough for all that I want to do. But I only has 4 more days, then I take the rest of the year of work and hope that I will get some downtime to read then.

Do you want to know more about Bullet Journaling? Maybe see more spreads in how I use it to track book related stuff? Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂

Fantasy/Paranormal · Fiction/Science Fiction · Young, New adult/College

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

20603758| GOODREADS | AMAZON | MY RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥|

Goodreads synopsis: A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Untitled

My thoughts: Great! Great! Oh did I tell you, Great book! Really. It was so “new” and unlike the most of the books I usually reads that it made it all better. It is, literally, a whole new world.

You get to meet great characters who have a miserable life for one or another reason. The real world is dying and the only way to handle the crippling depressions is to flee into another world. OASIS. The biggest virtual world game there is, with millions of planets and there you can be what ever you want, play games, meet people and what not. There is also an very special game in that world. A game where the price is to huge to comprehend. And Wade, our main character, wants it. At that is pretty much what the book is about. That and his fight for survival.

And it was great. The writing was just perfect and for a non Technic gal like me, I really needed those extra explanations. I can see how that is an source of irritation for people who already knows that stuff and probably makes the book wordy for them. But I needed it. However, I do feel that the technical talk got to be a little to much sometimes, and that made me fall out from the story. Just because of that, I cant give the book a full score.

In 2018 the movie on the book will come and I cant wait. It will be awesome to see the world and not just read about it. And since it is Spielberg who is directing it, it cant be other than great.

Have you or are you gonna read Ready Player One?