Monthly summary

August Summary

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Favorite book this month: The pillars of the earth – Ken Follett
Least favorite book this month:
The islands of chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones

Number of physical books:
4
Number of e-books:
 1
Number of audiobooks:
6
Total pages: 3925
Female authors: 7
Male authors: 3

40195487The pillars of the earth – Ken Follett
Pages: 1104 Published: 1989
Genres: Historical, fiction.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Kingsbridge series.
12974171._SY475_Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
Pages: 251 Published: 1818
Genres: Classic, fiction, horror, Science fiction.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
33158490The sugar bomb 3.0 – Bitten Jonsson, Pia Nordström
Pages: 437 Published: 2018
Genres: Fact, information, self-help.
My rating: 4/5
No review since the book only exits on Swedish. But it was great and really informative. Scary how much sugar we eat in just our food. Not including the obvious as candy, pastries, cakes and so on.
37903770._SX318_Norse mythology – Neil Gaiman
Pages: 301 Published: 2017
Genres: Fantasy, fiction, mythology, short stories.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
18107099The islands of chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones
Pages: 274 Published: 2014
Genres: Young adult, fantasy, children.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
42102301._SY475_The sixteen trees of the Somme – Lars Mytting
Pages: 413 Published: 2014
Genres:
 Historical, fiction, contemporary.
My rating:
 2/5
Links:
Review
25676540._SY475_Preacher – Dahlia West
Pages: 406 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romance, suspense.
My rating: 5/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Rapid City Stories series. (still no second book though)
32254The mephisto club – Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 355 Published: 2006
Genres: Crime, mystery, suspense, fiction, thriller.
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The Rizzoli & Isles series.
36797830Vicious – V.E Schwab
Pages: 384 Published: 2013
Genres: Fiction, fantasy, science fiction.
My rating: 2/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Villains series.
children · Fantasy/Paranormal · Fiction/Science Fiction · Young, New adult/College

The islands of Chaldea – Diana Wynne Jones

18107099| GOODREADS | MY RATING: ♥|

Goodreads synopsis: Aileen was supposed to grow up magical – just like the other women in her family. Unfortunately, she’s just found out that the magic seems to have skipped a generation… but that’s not her biggest problem right now.

In her world, there are four Islands of Chaldea. The largest and most magical island has been cut off from the other three for decades – and is slowly draining the magic from them.

But now a prophecy has come to light. Someone from Aileen’s island will gather a man from each of the three islands, bring down the magical barrier, and unite them with the fourth island again. And according to the king, that someone is Aileen’s Aunt – who insists on dragging Aileen along. AND the boy Aileen is sure she’ll marry (one day); the local boy with more brawn then brain. Someone seems to want to stop them too… someone with an interest in keeping the Islands apart. But still, with magic on their side, nothing can go wrong. Right?

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My thoughts:

Okay, so I needed a book that was published posthumously so I could tick that prompt off in the 2019 PopSugar challenge. I had some trouble finding anything I wanted to read, but after some googling I eventually settled on this one. Written by Diana Wynne Jones and finished by her sister Ursula Jones after Diana’s death. Apparently Diana was and probably still is, a famous and loved author all over the world. She wrote children’s/YA books often with a Sci-fi and fantasy theme. I personally never heard about her before this, so I was going in completely blind with not much to expect.

Apparently, according to some of the reviews I have read, and I quote, “Ursula Jones did not do the justice of the potential of what this book could have been”. I kind of agree with Xylia, whose quote I have included. I don’t have anything to compare it with, but I agree that it doesn’t feel that completed.

It started out okay with an interesting story and plot line. But in the middle it kind of fell apart, lost my interest and in the end I actually struggled to finish it. Perhaps a great book for a younger audience, but I felt It was supposed to be something more. And it just wasn’t there. Kind of flat and two dimensional. Nothing I would recommend and unfortunately, nothing I liked very much.

 

 

Monthly summary

July Summary

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Wow. Four books read this month. That is so bad. There is several years since I read so little in one month. But I have just not had the time. With the house and everything, reading has not been a priority. Now that we are starting to get settles, I due hope that I will find time for more reading in August. 😀

Favorite book this month: Rhythm, chord & Malykhin – Mariana Zapata
Least favorite book this month:
Whiskey and gunpowder – Liliana Hart

Number of physical books:
1
Number of e-books:
 1
Number of audiobooks:
2
Total pages: 1343
Female authors: 3
Male authors: 1

17465450The husband’s secret – Liane Moriarty
Pages: 402 Published: 2013
Genres: Fiction, mystery, chick lit, romance, adult.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
26148083._SY475_Rhythm, chord & Malykhin – Mariana Zapata
Pages: 398 Published: 2015
Genres: Contemporary, romance, New Adult.
My rating: 4/5
Links: Review
37655464Whiskey and gunpowder – Liliana Hart
Pages: 217 Published: 2018
Genres: Chick lit, romance, contemporary, crime.
My rating: 1/5
Links: Review
Book 6 in The Addison Holmes Mysteries series.
35343341Save me from dangerous men – S.A. Lelchuk
Pages: 326 Published: 2019
Genres: Mystery, thriller, fiction, suspense
My rating: 3/5
Links: Review
Book 1 in The Nikki Griffin series. (Maybe)
Fiction/Science Fiction · Mystery/Crime · Suspense · Thriller/Horror

Save me from dangerous men – S.A. Lelchuk

35343341| GOODREADS | MY RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥|

Goodreads synopsis: Nikki Griffin isn’t your typical private investigator. In her office above her bookstore’s shelves and stacks, where she luxuriates in books and the comfort they provide, she also tracks certain men. Dangerous men. Men who have hurt the women they claim to love. And Nikki likes to teach those men a lesson, to teach them what it feels like to be hurt and helpless, so she can be sure that their victims are safe from them forever.

When a regular PI job tailing Karen, a tech company’s disgruntled employee who might be selling secrets, turns ugly and Karen’s life is threatened, Nikki has to break cover and intervene. Karen tells Nikki that there are people after her. Dangerous men. She says she’ll tell Nikki what’s really going on. But then something goes wrong, and suddenly Nikki is no longer just solving a case—she’s trying hard to stay alive.

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My thoughts:

If Jessica Jones and Jack Reacher had a baby, you get Nikki Griffin. A kickass, female PI character who stand up for the weak, and helps out in a way that everyone can understand. And to top it off, she is a book lover with her own bookstore. How cool is that? Just that description was enough for me to decide that this is the book of 2019 releases I just have to read.

Now when done I’m quite conflicted. On one hand I absolutely love Nikki and feel that this is a character I want to read more about. I also want to meet those side characters that we encounter now and then throughout the book. On the other hand I felt myself somewhat detached to the story itself. It is hard to explain but I was there but never quite there if you understand. It’s not a bad story because of it, it just didn’t capture or connect with me on a level that makes me invested. Maybe because I felt the plot line was somewhat destructed and not completed in a degree I feel it could have been. And the ending was a little too farfetched when you take some of the characters and their actions in account to the end result.

I do however LOVE the “romantic” aspect of the book. There is almost no romance per say, but there is a character Nikki meets and the chemistry and several situations and monologues that is happenings which was just wonderful.

It looks like there is coming more books about Nikki and if so, I’m certainly is going to read them.

Everyday things

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

TBR

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. 😀

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 – Tess 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 – 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. 🙂

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

Least favorite book this month: Mort – Terry 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 – Fredrik 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 ångest – 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.