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A lot of rereads in August. I decided to return to my beloved witches which always makes for a great month, readingwise :)

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Book of the Month: Tough choice - SO many good books! Probably Lighter Than My Shadow though.
Biggest disappointment: What Does Consent Really Mean. Extremely cringe-worthy.
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14 books read this month, and not a bad one among them! In fact, I've read some of this year's best books! It's been an excellent month, reading-wise :-) I'm pretty sure 14 is a record for this year, but it's all due to two pretty awesome Christian series.

Some really terrific books this month! )
Book of the Month: A Soft Breath of Wind - actually possibly the best book I've read all year.
Biggest disappointment: Alexander Hamilton - while not bad, it was slightly on the dull side.
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Only 5 books finished in June!! :-O However, that's mostly because I'm in the middle of a behemouth of an omnibus (1079) and I still have a couple of hundred of pages to go on that one. It'll make my numbers for July awesome though.

I'm going out tonight, so the chances of me finishing any more books before June's out are slim to none, so I figured I might as well post this now.


Something New - Lucy Knisley, 4/5, 292 pages
My sister is all kinds of awesome and got me this as a "just because" present :-D

It totally lived up to my expectations, and I found myself choking up on more than one occasion. I'm really glad my wedding was a lot simpler though! I don't blame Lucy for getting stressed out by all the things she had to get sorted.

A very feel-good memoir that will have a lot of good advice for a bride-to-be and which can't help but make those already married think back fondly on their own wedding :-)


The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck - Sarah Knight, 3.5/5, 179 pages
I decided to pick this up after watching a TED-talk with Sarah Knight and really liking the way she presented herself and her ideas.

Unfortunately the book itself couldn't quite live up to my expectations. While Sarah's theories were very interesting, I found it hard to relate to the things/concepts Sarah herself decided to no longer give a f*ck about, and therefore couldn't quite figure out how to apply it to my own life.... or perhaps I'm just fortunate enough that I don't give many unwarranted f*cks when it comes to things, friends and family :-D

Either way, I'm glad I read it, as it did provide some useful tactics (e.g. the NotSorry method), but it probably won't have as large an impact on my life as I'd hoped after watching the TED-talk (which can be found here).


Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas, 4/5, 431 pages
A lot darker than the first one, that's for sure. But in its own way, I think it was better written (fewer instances of "two months went by where this happened"). I had a very hard time putting it down, and turned straight to the third novel in the series.

I thought the relationships seemed more believable in this one - or more fleshed out at least. I'd seen the so-called 'twists' coming a mile off though.


Little Fuzzy - H. Beam Piper*, 4.5/5, 252 pages
Just as good the second time around :) But it did have a rather surprisingly graphic depiction of violence later on in the book, which made me happy that I reread it myself before recommending it to my niece. Even as an adult it made me shudder.


Emerald House Rising - Peg Kerr*, 5/5, 336 pages
Didn't have quite the same sensation of not being able to put down the book on my second time around, but I still really enjoyed it, and read the last 150 pages in one sitting. It's a bit slow to start, but once it does it's greatly enjoyable and I really got to care about the characters.

Such a shame the sequel never happened. I would have loved to read that!


Book of the Month: Something New
Biggest disappointment: None :-) I enjoyed all the books I read this month.
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15 books - most very short though. )
Book of the Month: Sleeping Giants. I was totally fascinated and couldn't put it down.
Biggest disappointment: Uplink. Not bad as such, I just didn't care for it much.
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14 Books Read )
Book of the Month: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You...
Biggest disappointment: XY - the end kinda ruined it for me.
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I'm not likely to finish any more books today, so here are my books for March!

Cut because I care )
Book of the Month: In Arcadia - very satisfying to hear more about Cass and her family :)
Biggest disappointment: The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane - just not what I had expected it to be.
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Book of the Month: The Obsession
Biggest disappointment: Follow Me Back
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13 books already! I am off to a good start. And I got long-winded with some of the reviews. )
Book of the Month: A toss between The Lightning-Struck Heart and The Chemist. Both amazing books in VERY different ways.
Biggest disappointment: Again a toss between Thirteen Hours and The Last to Die. The former was worse, but at least it was short and quickly over. The latter had more potential and therefore disappointed more.
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Faves

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey. A very unusual zombie-story - partly because the zombie is the main character, and the story is (mostly) told from her viewpoint! She's able to think, feel and even empathise, and knows absolutely, positively that eating her favourite teacher is wrong! Brilliant book, fascinating world-building and a story I couldn't put down.

Wish Upon a Star - Trisha Ashley and The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After - Jenny Colgan were two amazingly sweet comfort-books I read this year. Just cozy, feel-good books to crawl into. I really loved both of them.

Britt-Marie Was Here - Fredrik Backman, while also a comfort book, has a bit more substance to it, as an elderly woman - newly divorced - has to learn how to manage on her own and is forced to open up to new experiences and new friends. It made me laugh and cry - such a good read :)

Take it as a Compliment - Maria Stoian, on the other hand, is NOT a comfort book. It's a graphic novel/memoir about how damaging the current trend of rape-culture and victim-blaming. I'm going to issue a trigger-warning right away, to anybody who's been sexually abused - both verbally and physically - but it is such an IMPORTANT book, that I have to mention it anyway. If I could, I'd make it mandatory reading in all high-schools.

The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness is the third book in the "All Saints" trilogy, and one of the best fantasy epics I've read in a long time. There are witches, vampires, werewolves, time-travel, romance and adventure galore. I've loved all three books in the series and was completely book-hungover after finishing the last one.

Another excellent fantasy/sci-fi series is the Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K. Höst. I read the first one (Stray) in 2015 and the rest last year. An Australian girl accidentally steps through a wormhole and travels to a foreign planet, where she's found by humanoid aliens. Brilliant series!

I read a lot of suspense/thriller books this year, and was very pleased with most of them. My two favourites were The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware and The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena. Neither crossed the line to scary-don't-dare-put-it-down, but both were absolutely terrific reads :)

And finally, no faves list of mine is complete without a travelogue. In 2016 my favourite was Wrong Way Round - Lorna Hendry about a family traveling around Australia. Loved it! I'm a huge fan of living vicariously through others ;-)


Least-faves

Unfortunately, I read some real duds this year as well. The worst probably being The Boyfriend App - Katie Sise. It started out well enough, but took a turn for the decidedly strange and actually pro-rape (as long as it's done by a girl to a boy, 'natch). Not a YA book I'd recommend to ANYBODY.

Equally strange (but a lot less harmful) was Down With the Shine - Kate Karys Quinn. I read that with a permanent eyeroll on my face, and would not have been the least surprised if it had ended up with "and then she woke up and it was all a dream".

I was very interested in reading Overcoming Stress - Tim Cantopher as I was on sickleave due to stress in 2014 and wanted to see if Tim Cantopher had any handy hints for me, but unfortunately I think he really missed the mark and made some very problematic statements in this book, that I could ignore, but might be actually damaging to others. So give that one a miss.

Transylvanian Mail Order Bride - Elliott Wolfson was so badly written that it crossed the line to funny (although probably unintentionally so), and turned into a crazy train-wreck style book, where I just had to know what sort of ridiculous thing he'd write next!

In the "disappointing, but not actually bad" category I have Breaking Free - Beth Moore, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce, Afterworlds - Scott Westerfeld and Atlantia - Ally Condie


Reading goals
I don't have any particular reading goals for 2017. I want to read 150 books, and have a smaller TBR-pile at the end of 2017 than I did at the beginning of the year (203 books), but that's about it :)
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Ten books this month! That's more like it )
Book of the Month: Wish Upon a Star - I can't remember ever before almost shedding a tear because I didn't want the book to end.
Biggest Disappointment: Breaking Free - it wasn't bad, I'd just expected so much more.
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I only managed 5 books this past month! No special reason - I've just been too wrapped up in knitting first my Paradise Cardigan and then my HamilKnit hat that I've been more inclined to pick up my knitting rather than my books (also, I'm in the middle of a book that just CAN'T catch my attention, but which I've borrowed off a friend and therefore feel like I need to give a proper shot... that always messes with my reading mojo).

With only one month to go it's looking very unlikely that I'll finish many of my reading goals though :-P

The 5 books )
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Book of the Month: Britt-Marie Was Here
Biggest disappointment: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry... although Afterworlds is a very close second.
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Lots of rereads this month )
Book of the Month: They were all excellent! I try not to pick rereads though, so will have to go with The Woman in Cabin 10
Biggest disappointment: Søvnen og døden. Not bad, just slow.
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Some awesome books this month! )
Book of the Month: The Book of Life
Biggest disappointment: The Alchemaster's Apprentice. It wasn't bad - just couldn't live up to my expectations.
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It's that time of the month again... :-)
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Huh! Fewer books than I had expected, considering this was a month with a readathon... but guess I haven't really been reading much otherwise. Too busy knitting! ;)

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Book of the Month: "Wrong Way Round" - awesome book!
Biggest disappointment: Can't believe I had THREE 2.5 star books this month! Out of those, I think "Sword of Deaths" was the biggest disappointment, as that was the one I had the highest expectations for.
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Books for March )

Book of the Month: The Girl with All the Gifts... although the Touchstone Trilogy comes close.
Biggest disappointment: Celebration of Discipline - mostly because it was such a let-down from what I had expected.
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11 books this month )

Book of the Month: Take It As a Compliment. Should be mandatory reading for just about anybody.
Biggest Disappointment: Overcoming Stress.

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