April Wrap Up

This month I read 9 books, none of them were ebooks and I had one DNF. It was a great month and I am very excited about May because school will end in a month!!!

At the end of April we had our research paper defense and I passed with flying colours, I was so happy when I finished.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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This book was an introduction into the Witcher story and kind of gave a sense of what would be coming in the next books. It wasn’t the best book ever, but it was good and I’d like to get my hands on the next books. This book got a 3.75 star rating on Goodreads.

2. ”Hot Toddy” by T. C. Collins

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This was sent to me for review. I wrote a review, so the only thing I’ll say is that it was enjoyable, but definitely not something I absolutely loved. I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Põlev lipp” by Karl Ristikivi

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This was assigned reading for school and at first this book seemed kind of boring, but when I finished I figured it was actually quite good. It was a Medieval story and talked about historical figures during the 13th century in Europe. This one got 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE FIRST ONE! THIS BOOK MADE ME UGLY CRY FOR HALF AN HOUR! I DON’T REMEMBER IF I WROTE A REVIEW, SO IF I DIDN’T JUST KNOW THAT THIS DUOLOGY WAS THE DEATH OF ME! OBVIOUSLY GAVE THIS 5 STARS AND A THOUSAND MORE!

5. ”Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken

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This was an okay book, kind of disappointing because a lot of people made this out to be amazing. It lacked a lot of things, but mostly it just dragged on and wasn’t at all exciting. I really liked the premise with the whole time travel and family drama, but it could’ve been better. This I gave 2 stars on Goodreads.

6. ”The Star Wars Trilogy” by George Lucas

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It was great to read the story, I finished the first book ”A New Hope” out of all the three. It wasn’t sensational or anything like that, but as a fan, I can say that it was good to get into the world in written form. It made me feel like watching all the movies again. #starwarsmarathon who’s with me?! I gave ”A New Hope” 3 stars on Goodreads.

7. ”The Archived” by Victoria Schwab

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My first Schwab book and I wasn’t disappointed. I have heard so many good things about her and her books. Now, after having read this novel, I feel a very strong pull towards her other books. This book got 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

8. ”Hole in the Middle” by Kendra Fortmeyer

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This was a proof copy sent to me from Hachette UK. It will come out in the beginning of July. It was a very interesting story and definitely something new. I liked it and thinks people will have a lot of fun reading this in summer. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

9. ”Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

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A cute middle grade book about friendship and getting through hard times. It was a really fast read for me, I read it in one sitting. I liked the characters and storyline, but of course I would’ve liked this book a whole lot more a few years ago, when I was younger. Gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

This month my favourite book of the month is: ”Crooked Kingdom” and there is no doubt there. This book wrecked me and I am so sad the gang is done, I’ll have to read these books again soon.

My least favourite book of the month: ”Passenger” was quite boring and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.

Speaking of the Passenger sequence, I started reading the second book, but I was in a reading slump (still am) and put it away so that I could read it again later. The second book, from what I managed to read, seemed a lot better than the first book. So ”Wayfarer” was a DNF for me this month.

March Wrap Up

It is time to talk about the books I read in the month of March. It was a pretty good reading month for me, mostly because of spring break which I used as much to my advantage as possible.

This month I read a total of six books and most of them I liked a lot. So I think it is time to talk about the books.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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This book was a reread for me and I loved this book just as much as I did when I first read it. I love my friend so much for finally getting me my own copy of this book. This book is a real heart mending book for me. I felt so good and at peace reading this. I of course left my rating on Goodreads the same- 5 out of 5 stars.

2. ”Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe

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I would very much like to do a post on all the books I hate one day and you can bet your money on the fact that this book will be the very first on the list. I have nothing good to say. I gave this 1 star on Goodreads.

3. ”Raudrästiku aeg” by Indrek Hargla

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An Estonian book that I wish would be translated into English really well, because this was good and people deserve to read it. I was pleasantly surprised since I didn’t really like the other book I read by Hargla a few years ago. I wrote a review on this book so you can go read it and know a bit more about what I thought exactly. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

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I liked this story a lot and can say that the hype in a way is worth it. There were a few things about this book that I didn’t really like and if you want you can go and read my review. All in all I am excited for the sequel to come out so I could see what happens next. This book got  4.25 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

5. ”Night Owls” by Jenn Bennett

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I didn’t write review for this one. I wanted to at first and I even started writing it, but gave up. It was an okay book in the end. There were things I liked, things I didn’t. It definitely surprised me with how ”smutty” it got, it wasn’t actually smutty but just a lot more explicit that I at first thought this book would be. One thing that I am positively crazy about is the cover. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I gave this book 3.75 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Eternal Darkness Oblivion” by J. F. Johns

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This was sent to be by the author so that I could review it and my review is up and ready to be read, so go do that if you haven’t already. I read the first book last year and can definitely say that this series is a really interesting outlook on the future. I recommend these books for people who love fast-paced and easy to read dystopian trilogy. I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Caraval” because I have read Ari and Dante before and I feel like I should pick something else:)

The least favourite book of the month title will go to: ”Robinson Crusoe” because I. HATE. IT.

February Wrap Up

In February I read some great books and some not so great, there was also a book I did not like at all. I do feel really great about reading at my own pace and not really thinking too much about the books I wanted to read. I just randomly picked something up and if it kept me interested, finished it.

I read a total of seven books and they varied from fantasy to romance.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Castle in the Air” by Diana Wynne Jones

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This is the second book in the Howl trilogy and I found this to be quite funny and entertaining to read. It was a great middle grade fantasy/fairytale and there was a great romance aspect to it. The characters were all strong (in every sense of the word) and likeable, also Sophie and Howl made an appearance in this and I love them both a lot, so that was a plus. I gave this a 3.75 rating on Goodreads.

2. ”Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan” by A. H. Tammsaare

This was an assigned book for our Literature class and I liked this. The storyline and characters were really interestingly written and it took me some time to get through it, but the end result was really impressive. I got an A analyzing this book so yay 😉 It was great but definitely not the best Estonian book I have read, so I gave this a 4 star rating on Goodreads.

3. ”Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor

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I read the first book ”Daughter of Smoke and Bone” a really long time ago and really loved it. And was kind of disappointed that the second book did not even come close to the awesomeness which was the first one. It was an okay book and I can’t really say that I hated it. But it was rather slow and uneventful and so seemed kind of boring. It did have its perks though and a few great lines and so on and in light of that I gave this 3.75 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Love Me While I’m Gone” by Diana T. Scott

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Diana’s books are so easy to read, funny and sweet. I liked the first one better but this was also a nice contemporary which takes place in a hospital (most of the time) and talks about the doctors. I really like how at the end of the books there is a list of songs the author associates with the book and I loved listening to all the songs when I finished the book. I found some new music and got to listen to some old favourites. This book was overall very impressive and I gave it 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas

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HELL TO THE YES WITH THIS ONE!!!!! I finally picked it up again after failing to read it when I was in a slump and my god, I am so happy I did. This book was everything I’d expect from Sarah and so much more. The action, characters, love, friendship and THE LOVE, LIKE RHYSAND AND FEYRE ARE PERFECTION! I need a Rhysand. Please give me one. I, of course gave this 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Chasing Spring” by R. S. Grey

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This book was a complete let-down. I had been expecting this to be a seriously amazing book because of all the hyped reviews. The reality was that it was quite boring and felt unfinished. There were so many things that bothered me about the storyline and characters, the writing was a bit meh. I just really wanted to like this but it wasn’t really possible. I gave this 1 star out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”The Deal” by Elle Kennedy

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This was a really funny NA book about college and relationships. It was enjoyable and I definitely laughed a couple of times. One thing that I didn’t like was that a lot of the conversations seemed a bit too much. Like, I definitely sensed there were a couple of parts where the author could’ve pulled back but those didn’t really ruin the rest of the book. It was a fast read and I think I’ll read the next three as well. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is obviously ”Court of Mist and Fury” , because it was amazing and I just cannot wait until I get to read the third book.

And my least favourite book of the month will have to be ”Chasing Spring”, this book was chasing a good review from me as well but failed to catch one. Sorry.

January Wrap Up

This month was the first reading month in 2017 and it went amazing! I read more books than I have read in a really long time and the books I read were mostly really good and enjoyable.

My Goodreads reading challenge definitely got a really good start and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year goes like in terms of reading.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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The year didn’t start with a really good book. It was enjoyable but I honestly didn’t think it was worth all the hype. There were a lot of things that made me angry and you can go and read my review if you want to know more about my thoughts on this. This was a 50/50 for me and I gave this a 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”Gemina” by Amie Kuafman and Jay Kristoff

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This book was amazing! I thought this was even better than the first book and I just died when I finished this. The story was gripping and the characters really funny and kind of relatable. This book also managed to make me cry. I really want the third book to be here already. Gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, because it is worth it and so much more.

3. ”Crescendo” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I continued with the series and was disappointed. It got so much worse and my brain hurt from reading it. I really disliked the story and characters and honestly would never ever recommend this series to anyone. I will DNF the third book and write a review/explanation post for that one. This got a 1.5 stars on Goodreads.

4. ”Lübecki õigus ja Tallinn” by Tiina Kala

This was a short 4o page book on the municipal law of Lybeck and how it came to be and how exactly it was used in Tallinn. I thought this was a really nice overview of the law and the different stages of ”renovation” it went through. It was also really nice to find out more about the role it played in the lives of the people in medieval Tallinn. Gave this a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

5. ”Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur

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This was not as good as everyone made it out to be. I felt kind of underwhelmed by it. It was good, but nothing sensational in my opinion. I have definitely read better poems and this was just average at best for me. I gave it a 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

6. ”Krabat” by Otfried Preussler

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This was my first reread of 2017. One of my goals this year is to reread some of my old favourites and I decided to start with this. I like this book a lot but my rating did change a bit. I do recommend this book, especially around the winter time 😉 This book got a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ” I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios

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This book broke me. It was so emotional and funny and just beautiful. I haven’t read a contemporary this good in a really long time and I can honestly say that the hype for this book is worth it and everyone should trust the hype and read the book. Gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ” The Winner’s Curse”  by Marie Rutkoski

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This book was kind of a let down but then again the end was good. I was waiting for this book to blow me away because of all the great things people have said, but it was just okay and didn’t really catch my attention at first. I am willing to give this trilogy a try though. I gave this 3.5 stars on Goodreads.

DNF:

1. ”Silence” by Becca Fitzpatrick

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This book was boring and bad. I didn’t feel like making myself sad by reading it anymore so I gave up and wrote a review/explanation for why exactly I disliked the book. I gave it a 1 star rating. And I am definitely not going to finish this or the series. Ever.

My favourite book of the month is hard to choose because the decision needs to be made between two books, but it is: ”Gemina” , the book was just so much better than I thought it would be and this trilogy overall has made me fall more in love with sci-fi.

The title for least favourite book of the month goes to: ”Crescendo” because this series is a flop and honestly this title should actually go to ”Silence” as well.

What books did you read? What were your favourites? Let me know down in the comments 🙂

Best books of 2016

It is time to talk about what was probably the only good thing about 2016 and that is books. More specifically the books I read in 2016.

I am of course not going to talk about the  75 books that I read, so instead I am going to bring out the 10 favourites of mine.

This list was not that hard to put together at all. I have a journal in which I have written down all the books I have read and taken notes etc. I circled the titles of the books I loved the most and now picked out 10 which were the best out of all the good books. I considered all genres and thematics and I think the end result is really nice and diverse.

1. ”Fingersmith” by Sarah Waters

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I started 2016 with a bang. This book blew me away with the intricate plot and characters. It took me a little while to actually get through it, but I loved it a lot. Sarah’s books have really nice reviews on Goodreads and I would love to read more of her books.

This is a book that I have recommended to a lot of people I know. I borrowed it from a friend who, herself, hasn’t read this yet…she totally should.

2. ”Minu Barcelona. Mäe ja mere embuses” by Mirjam Johannes

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This book was a really nice and pleasant surprise. I am not a really big fan of memoirs and travel books. I flew through this one though. It was really well paced and the stories told in this book about life in Barcelona and the people, their customs and beliefs were amazing. Barcelona is on top of my ”Must go there” list because most of the city was designed by my favourite architect. I need to go there and this book just added more fire to this passion of mine. Nothing like a good travel book to get you in the mood to discover the world.

3. ”The Shadow of the Wind” by Carloz Ruiz Zafon

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It’s crazy how I read this book this year. Feels like it was eons ago. It is truly amazing how a book can become a favourite this fast. Like, you read it and know that it will forever be your favourite no matter what.

I have given praise to this book so many times and I will never get tired of it. This novel is truly a masterpiece and if I had to pick my most favourite book of 2016 it would be this. It instantly became my all-time favourite book. I need to reread it in 2017…maybe it will be the first book I read 🙂

4. ”Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

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This book is on this list because it was one of the books that surprised me the most. The plot and characters were really mysterious and the writing was amazing, really poetic. I watched the movie right after I read it and it was good but definitely lacking the passion in the book.

I was slightly creeped out by this novel to be honest, but that just added more to my liking it. I think Kazuo’s books are really something to keep an eye out for.

5. ”Hamlet” by William Shakespeare

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Again a book that feels like I read a thousand years ago. This was a life changing book. I fell instantly in love with Shakespeare and his way of writing. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed an assigned book this much before. I really loved analyzing it in class with the teacher and trying to understand what Shakespeare meant with his words.

It truly opened my eyes to Shakespeare, whose plays I had read snippets of and heard of from other people. I must read more of his plays in 2017, that is for certain.

6. ”Kill the Boy Band” by Goldy Moldavsky

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As far as totally silly and hilarious books go…this is the best. I laughed out loud a lot while reading this book. It was delightfully dark and morbid, which means it was right up my alley. I didn’t expect too much going into this, but the more I got into it the more I saw the potential of this book being a favourite of many readers.

This book took me on an adventure with the twists and turns, the wonderful descriptions and jokes.

7. ”I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson

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I read a lot of contemporaries, because they are really enjoyable. This book just broke my heart and healed it at the same time. I didn’t think this book was going to be this amazing. I had read great reviews and heard great things from my friends, but I was just waiting for this to be another coming of age book. It was one of the most beautiful and heart-breaking books truth be told.

The plot was really great and seeing the story through the eyes of both main characters gave a nice view of everything going on. I cried and I laughed, I sighed out of pure satisfaction which was the writing.

8. ”Juudit” by A.H.Tammsaare

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This play is probably my new favourite. It is also one of my favourite Estonian pieces now. It was amazingly written. The plot, the characters were just spot on and it got better and better with each scene. This was also a surprise because Tammsaare’s works have never really clicked with me this much. I am really happy I got to see this beautiful side of Estonian literature.

9. ”Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson

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Funny as hell, honest as hell and just perfect. I think this book gave me a new appreciation for memoirs. I always thought they were going to be boring and very slow, but this book proved me wrong.

Jenny is now my favourite person. She doesn’t know me, but that doesn’t matter. I feel like we have been friends ever since I was born. Like she is the cool aunt that spoils me and does crazy *pleep* with me just because we can. This book made me feel a certain way and I LOVE.IT.

10. ”Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Start the year with a bang, end it with a band. This book was flipping amazing!

The plot was absolutely wonderful, the characters cracked me up with the sass and jokes. The format of the book was beautiful, I loved every single page of this and I cannot wait to read the second book….when is the third one coming out? 😉 I cannot believe how great this was…wow….just wow.

 

One thing that I didn’t manage to do was my TBR challenge, which was one of my earliest posts…Oh, well! I am not really good with TBRs and certain plans for reading, I like it spontaneous.

I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings in terms of reading and I will see you  with a new blog post next year…hahahahaha, bad joke :’)

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December Wrap Up

December was the month when the horrible, devastating book slump of mine was defeated! Boo ya. I read so many books and I felt so good getting back into my old reading mojo.

Nine books seems like a dream right now because these past six months!! or so I have been reading like two or three books a month…I could cry I am so happy.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson

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Absolutely hilarious and a fast read. This is a really nice book to read when you are bored, a nice cup of tea and a blanket to go with it. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover

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I enjoyed this book, because I think for me it is really hard not to like CoHo’s books. It wasn’t as good as I thought it would be though, but I ended up giving this book a 3.75/4 star rating on Goodreads.

3. ”Harala elulood” by Mats Traat

This was a really pleasant surprise. I actually got chills reading this. So powerful and yet a small book with few words. I absolutely loved this and I cannot be happier that my Literature teacher talked to us about this. I gave this one a 5 out of 5 stars rating on Goodreads.

4. ”Carmilla” by J.Sheridan Le Fanu

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This book was given to me by a friend and I read it. It was ok, but it was not anything amazing. The story felt a little bland and so did the characters. It actually took me two tries to get into this book and finish it. I gave this a 2.75 stars on Goodreads.

5. ”Girl Online Going Solo” by Zoe Sugg

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I don’t really like this trilogy and this book just annoyed the hell out of me. I wrote a review too so you can go and read it if you want. I gave this a 2.75 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

6. ”Am I Normal Yet?” by Holly Bourne

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It was a good book, funny and had a really strong feminist outlook. I wrote a review in which I mostly talked about the problems that were brought to the fore in the novel. Gave it a 4.5 stars on Goodreads.

7. ”Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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The greatest sci-fi novel out there, no joke. This was absolutely amazing. I stayed up until 4 o’clock reading it until I was finished. This was new and funny and just blew me away. Gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Melody’s Key” by Dallas Coryell

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I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It has a lot of 5 star ratings on Goodreads but I was kind of let down by it. I didn’t enjoy reading this at all and the only reason I pushed myself through was to see if I could get through. I got this for review and my review is up on Goodreads, I’ll upload it here soon as well. Gave this a 2 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

2. ”Royal” by Winter Renshaw

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This was a meh book as well, I didn’t like it but then again I didn’t hate it as well. It was just an ok book to read. I gave it a 2.5 stars on Goodreads.

My least favourite book of the month is: ”Melody’s Key”, it was just not a good book. I’m sorry.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Illuminae” most definitely! I loved this book so so much. Everyone go read it!

 

 

October Wrap Up

Another month has come and gone and another month of me trying to get over my slump has passed. I think I did quite well this month with my reading and I feel like I am getting back to my old book obsessed self.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Kui tuvid kadusid” by Sofi Oksanen

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You might know this book as ”When the Doves Disappeared”. This book confused me. It was just so weirdly written and pretty much every five seconds or so I would lose my train of thought. It took me like two weeks to read this book so it was definitely hard to get through. I gave it a 2,5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”Juudit” by A.H.Tammsaare

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This play was amazing! I was really surprised because usually Tammsaare’s work is not something that really appeals to me, but I loved this. It was brilliantly written and I read it through twice…so I think you can see just how good it was. Loved discussing this in Literature and I seriously hope that all the other books we are going to read are this good. I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Marina” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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I love the way Zafon writes. It’s so beautiful and thrilling. ”Marina” definitely didn’t come anywhere near ”The Shadow of the Wind” but it was really interesting and I did enjoy reading it. I started writing a review but I have writer’s block now for some reason so it will be up a bit later. I gave this book a 4,5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

4. ”When We Were Animals” by Joshua Gaylord

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This book was disturbing. Like, reading this made me feel so uncomfortable for some reason and I cannot say that it is a totally bad thing, but I then again feel like I cannot say that I loved this book. It was good and I do recommend people check this book out, especially if you are into coming-of-age stories. I gave this a 3,25 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

So I think it is no surprise when I say that my favourite book of the month was: ”Juudit” by Tammsaare. It was just too good for words.

My least favourite book of the month sadly is: ”Kui tuvid kadusid” , I really thought I was going to like this. There are people that love this book, but her writing is just not for me.