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Mid Year Book Freak OUT! tag 2019

I’m not a Booktuber but I do watch a lot of them. So I thought, for the first time, I would do one of those tags. And here you have it. My mid year book freak out.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
The Kind worth Killing is probably the best one I have read so far this year. I loved the way it is written, the plot, story and everything about it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
Oh how to choose? Well it have to be Us against you by Fredrik Backman. I loved that one.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Sorcery of thorns by Margaret Rogerson. With its release now in June and the unknown to me author, is certainly one I have high on my want to read list.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The institute by Stephen King has it’s release in September this year and those lucky few who got there hands on an ARC says it is one great book. I can’t hardly wait.

5. Biggest disappointment.
I have to books I could use to answer this question but finally went with Throne of glass by Sarah J Maas. I loved, loved, loved her Court of thorns series and was certainly expecting more. I was so disappointed that I didn’t like the first book in the Throne of glass series. I’m not even certain I will continue it.

6. Biggest surprise.
Through the fire by Katie Ruggle. The fourth and last book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. The three first books didnt land well with me but this one took me by total surprise and knocked me flat on my ass.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I haven’t read enough by new authors to call a favorite, but if I should choose one of them It has to bee Taylor Jenkins Read. Only read one book by her, but really liked it and her writing. Can absolutely see her become one of my favorites.

8. Newest fictional crush.
Wes from the Rocky Mountain series written Katie Ruggle. Hands down! I have such a huge crush on that character that I almost feel little guilty against my hubby who I have been with for the last 11 years. haha

9. Newest favorite character.
Mia Corvere from the Nevernight series. Only read one book so far but I find her really cool and would love to read more.

10. Book that made you cry.
Us against you by Fredrik Backman. I really tried to choose one book per question but had to use this book twice. It is that great and yes, it certainly made me cry to.

11. Book that made you happy.
Sizzle by Julie Garwood both made me laugh and happy because it gave me just what I needed and expected. It was also a little new comparing to what I read from her before so it was fresh and left you with a feel good emotion.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).
The priory of the orange tree. It fit the book so completely and was even more beautiful when connecting it to the plot. Unfortunately the blue foil letters disappeared by use of hands, but still beautiful.

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Oh that is so many but my top five is

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To Be Read – July

Due to to big move and renovation of our new house, I do not count on getting that much reading in as I would like. I’m not even sure I will be able to listen on some audio books. So for July I have only picked four books, all in my kindle, since my physical books are in boxes. Here is what I have.

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Rhythm, chord & Malykhin by Zapata. She is one of my absolute favorite authors and I always saves her books and reads them when I need it the most. For an example when I’m sick, depressed or now in July, probably very, very stressed.

Whiskey and Gunpowder by Hart, the sixth book in the series about Addison Holmes. I need to read it to know if the series is finished or not. I don’t know if I want to know the answer though.

Escape from the green by Gadziala. She usually don’t write fantasy but her first book “The Green” totally knocked me flat on my ass and I have been saving this one for the perfect time. Lets see if July is the time.

Next of kin by Sala. I feel that I probably will need some old time fashion romantic suspense and hope that this one will bring that to the table. ūüėÄ

What are you planing on reading in the month of July?

Monthly summary

June Summary

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This has been a rough month reading wise. We have bought a house, I’m in the middle of moving and the time and energy has just not been there. But I did get some books in and most of them was either short and easy or an audiobook. Will probably not have a better month in July due to the new house but due hope that I get some audiobooks in anyway.

Favorite book this month: Body Double РTess Gerritsen
Least favorite book this month:
The break down – B.A. Paris

Number of physical books:
3
Number of e-books:
 2
Number of audiobooks:
2
Total pages: 2893
Female authors: 4
Male authors: 2

591907Body double – Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 464 Published: 2004
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller, fiction, suspense.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Rizzoli and Isles series.
591908Vanish – Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 462 Published: 2005
Genres: Mystery, crime, thriller, fiction, suspense
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 5 in The Rizzoli and Isles series.
19433029Code Zero – Jonathan Maberry
Pages: 470 Published: 2014
Genres: Thriller, fiction, science fiction, horror.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The Joe Ledger series.
29438850The Break Down – B.A. Paris
Pages: 415 Published: 2017
Genres: Mystery, thriller, fiction, suspense.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
34775583Hidden star – Nora Roberts
Pages: 320 Published: 1997
Genres: Romantic suspense.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The stars of Mithra series.
7544945Death Note ‚Äď Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi¬†Obata
Pages: 392 Published: 2003
Genres:
 Manga, Graphic novels, fantasy. 
My rating:
 4/5
Links:
Review
Volume 2 in 
The Death note series.
29643051Forgotten Secrets – Robin Perini
Pages: 370 Published: 2016
Genres: Mystery, romantic suspense, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Singing River Legacy series.
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To Be Read – June

I’m really excited for my June To Be Read list. I have some good books here which I have high expectations for. Hopefully not to high. Three books that are continuing in series I follow and three books who are stand alone. The genres are a large mix between humor, contemporary, romance, chick lit, fiction, mystery, New adult, horror, thriller, sci-fi, and suspense.

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Liane Moriarty is a name I have seen circulating in the bookish community the last few years and this one “The Husband’s Secret” is the one I feel I want to use to introduce Moriarty to me.

The Risk by Elle Kennedy is the second book in Briar U series. I usually love Kennedys books so I do not expect anything less.

The Promise by R.L Mathewson is the tenth book in her Neighbor from hell series. I love her books but lately they have been somewhat “flat”. I hope “The promise” will bring the honor back.

Luna and the Lie. Don’t know much about it more than I love Zapatas books and I don’t even have to read the Synopsis to know I want to read her work.

Code Zero. The sixth book in the Joe Ledger series and staring my bookish boyfriend. He has finally found some happiness and I do hope Maberry didn’t throw in another curveball.

The Breakdown. A book I have had on my bookshelf for far to long now. I feel it will be an angst filled book but I did bought it so once in a time I did want to read it. Now is the time

What are you planing on reading in the month of June?

Monthly summary

May Summary

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I have had a great reading month. Started off with an little reading slump which I overcame and then it was book after book. ūüôā

Favorite book this month:¬†Couldn’t choose one due to that I have two favorites this month. Folk med √•ngest by Fredrik Backman and Through the fire by Katie Ruggle.

Least favorite book this month: Mort РTerry Pratchett

Number of physical books:
5
Number of e-books:
 4
Number of audiobooks:
 3
Total pages: 3478.
Female authors: 6
Male authors: 4

32951240Blindsided – Kaylea Cross
Pages: 162 Published: 2016
Genres: Romantic, suspense.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The titanium security series.
23164983Hollow city – Ransom Riggs
Pages: 428 Published: 2014
Genres: Fantasy, young adult, fiction
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 2 in¬†The Miss Peregrine’s series.
9267091Death note – Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata
Pages: 392 Published: 2003
Genres: Manga, graphic novel, fantasy.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Volume 1 in The Death note series.
6671931Sizzle – Julie Garwood
Pages: 320 Published: 2009
Genres: Romantic, suspense, contemporary, mystery.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 8 in The Buchanan and Renard series.
43601208Folk med ångest РFredrik Backman (English review)
Pages: 347 Published: 2019
Genres: Contemporary, fiction.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
42833687Things my son needs to know about the world – Fredrik Backman
Pages: 173 Published: 2012
Genres:
 Non-fiction, humor, funny.
My rating:
 4/5
Links:
Review
36297706The deal of a lifetime – Fredrik Backman
Pages: 78 Published: 2017
Genres: Contemporary, fiction.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
38353681Sugar – Jessica Gadziala
Pages: 236 Published: 2018
Genres: Contemporary, romance.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 12 in The Henchmen MC series.
51ZgfQcxO0L._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Spellbound – Margit Sandemo
Pages: 255 Published: 1982
Genres: Historical, fiction, fantasy, romance.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The legend of the Ice People series.
828352Mort – Terry Pratchett
Pages: 316 Published: 1987
Genres: Fantasy, fiction, humor.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Death series, Book 4 in the Discworld series.
32257The Sinner – Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 419 Published: 2003
Genres: Crime, mystery, thriller
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in The Rizzoli & Isles series.
36748616Through the fire – Katie Ruggle
Pages: 352 Published: 2018
Genres: Contemporary, romantic, suspense.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Rocky Mountain K9 unit series.

 

Fiction/Science Fiction · Humor/Funny · Suspense

Folk med √•ngest – Fredrik Backman (Swedish title, English review)

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Goodreads synopsis:¬†“People with anxiety” is an unreasonably messy comedy about a hostage situation on an apartment viewing. A failed bank robber locks in with an over-enthusiastic real estate agent, two bitter Ikea addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit head. Finally, the robber gives up and releases everyone, but when the police storms the apartment it is … empty. In a series of dysfunctional testimonies afterwards, we hear everyone’s version of what actually happened, whereupon a classic puzzle mystery develops around the questions: How did the robber escape? Why are everyone so angry and what is wrong with people these days?

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My thoughts:

“It makes you laugh, cry and love and in the end you sit with the feeling of complete satisfaction.”

The newest book written by Backman is here. With its release in April it is unfortunately not yet translated to English but don’t worry. I believe someone is already working on a translation to be publish. Backman is immensely big in other countries so it would surprise me if not.

The newest book is about a group of people I pretty much hated for like 60% of the book. They are obnoxious and extremely self-centered, angry and just unpleasant. Fortunately Backman is a king when it comes to writing deep characters with layers on layers. He knows how to captivate readers to a degree you feel like you put your own heart on the table and risk losing it. It is an immensely funny book but still has a serious undertone which make you feel all the emotions at the same time. He is good with captivating people and the human nature and it is the true, raw and brutal truth you recognize yourself in. The book offers some curveballs and surprises and if you are a weeper, you will probably cry at the end like I did. In the morning, 30 minutes before I was supposed to be at work. And it was wonderful.

The language is extremely beautiful, almost poetic without being pretentious and I do hope it’s not lost in the translation. It makes you laugh, cry and love and in the end you sit with the feeling of complete satisfaction.

They did a great work with the film adaptation (IMDB) of En man som heter Ove (A man called Ove) and I do hope they choose to do a film from this book to. It will (I just know it) be perfection.

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Summer TBR 2019

Summer of 2019 is soon here and as always I create my Summer TBR list. I have this year choose 10 books I wish to read and this is my list.

Simma med de drunknande (eng. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme) – Lars Mytting
The Husband’s secret – Liane Moriarty
Verity – Colleen Hoover
Save me from dangerous men – S.A Lelchuk
Luna and the Lie – Mariana Zapata
Whiskey and gunpowder – Liliana Hart
Hidden Star – Nora Roberts
The Breakdown – B.A Paris
Sizzle – Julie Garwood
Seven up – Janet Evanovich

 

What are you planing to read this summer?

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To Be Read – May

I had six books on my TBR list for the month of May. Not including the one book from my book club and I’m so excited. I already started Death Note and Hollow City and I have already finished Blindsided. I’m on a roll right now. ūüėÄ

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Death note: One of the horror, graphic novels I have really looking forward to. I have the black edition 1, which include vol 1 and 2 in one book, and it is beautiful.

Hollow city, the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children series. It is time to continue the series since I have this one and the third one on my bookshelf. I have high hopes. I do hope not to high.

The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in the Outlander series. After the fourth book I’m not that excited to continue the series, but will give it a try. Maybe.

Sugar, the 12th book in the Henchmen MC series. I love these guys.

Through the fire, fourth book in the rocky mountain K9 unit. This series has been quite up and down for me, but this is the last one and it is time to close this series.

Blindsided, last book in the Titanium security series. I have wanted to read this one for long time, but never got to it. It is the last book in the series and I was so excited so I started and ended it the first day of May.

What are you planing on reading in the month of May?

Monthly summary

April Summary

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A kind of average reading month. I did read all my books on my TBR list and a couple of more so I’m happy.

Favorite book this month: The storied life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Least favorite book this month:
Breathe – Kristen Ashley

Number of physical books:
2
Number of e-books:
 5
Number of audiobooks:
2
Total pages: 3781
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 2

18773967Breathe – Kristen Ashley
Pages: 554 Published: 2012
Genres: Contemporary, romance, suspense
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Colorado Mountain series.
39784787Ritual – Mo Hayder
Pages: 428 Published: 2008
Genres: Thriller, crime, mystery, fiction.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 3 in The Jack Caffery series.
51YOjBvyolLThe pet sematary – Stephen King
Pages: 484 Published: 1983
Genres: Horror, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
42527241The general – Jessica Gadziala
Pages: 221 Published: 2018
Genres: Contemporary, romance, adult.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Professionals series.
18293427The storied life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Pages: 260 Published: 2014
Genres: Contemporary, fiction, adult.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
29774026The priory of the orange tree – Samantha Shannon
Pages: 848 Published: 2019
Genres:
 Epic, high, adult fantasy
My rating:
 4/5
Links:
Review
17841564The girl with a clock for a heart – Peter Swanson
Pages: 289 Published: 2014
Genres: Crime, thriller, mystery, suspense.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
36303602Dirty laundry – Liliana Hart
Pages: 252 Published: 2018
Genres: Contemporary, romance, suspense, mystery, crime.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
Book 5 in The J.J Graves Mystery series.
42898Lover revealed – J.R Ward
Pages: 445 Published: 2007
Genres: Paranormal, romance, fantasy
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 4 in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Adult fiction/Erotica · Fantasy/Paranormal · Fiction/Science Fiction

The priory of the orange tree – Samantha Shannon

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Goodreads synopsis: A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction‚ÄĒbut assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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My thoughts:

“This was certainly an epic journey and overall I really enjoyed it.”

Wow. It feels like someone have stolen my breath away and taken a piece of my body and soul. This was certainly an epic journey and overall I really enjoyed it. The world is so complex, extremely rich, colourful and truly a work of art. Then we have the characters. And they are many, who together weaves a story of love, hate, good and evil. Thanks Shannon for the character overview in the end of the book. Without it I would have had even bigger challenges with keeping track over who was who and who did what. Even with the help it was quite overwhelming at times and that is one of my two negative feelings toward the book. Thankfully there is mostly four point of views you are following which makes it easier.

The other negative thought I have about the book is that it is too damn long. I wouldn’t say it bored me per say, but it made me indifferent. At sometimes I read it mostly automatically because I knew if I stopped, I would have it hard to pick it up again. At other times I devoured it and could not put it down. It was somewhat inconsistent and that made me somewhat detached.

In the end I am happy. I would probably not reread it anytime soon, but I may read it again sometime in the distant future. And I do agree with the hype around the book. It is worth reading for everyone who wants or need an epic journey through the lands in this epic adult fantasy.