2021-12-31

TBR 2022

  TBR 2022

This is a work in progress, last updated: January 1st -22

Like the one for last year (link), these are books I own but haven't read yet.

Start of the year: 6

           Gotten 2020 (the ones I *need* to get to zero by the end of the year!)
           Gotten 2021 (the ones I'll try to get to zero by the end of the year)
           ARCs and books sent for review

TBR:
               1 Soul of Stars ebook
               2 Sisters of Sword and Song (pub. Jun. 23rd -20ebook
   3 Of Curses and Kisses ebook
   4 Sky Beyond the Storm audiobook
   5 Pride and Premeditation audiobook
   6 Gilded audiobook

CLASSICS:
>1. Andersen 15/99
>2. Aesop's Fables 63/384
Jane Austen x1 (Mansfield Park)
Christie x4 (Crooked House, Curtain, Peril at End House, Death in the Clouds)
Other x2 (Great Gatsby, Treasure Island)

*For stars and more info check my Goodreads: link*

Read on lovelies,
S

2022 TBR Book Challenge

  2022 TBR Book Challenge

This is a work in progress, last updated: Jan 1st -22

For the past seven(?) years I've done a challenge to get my TBR list down.
Although I've gotten a grip on my TBR, I still continue with this to expand what I read, and this is basically the same list as last years' version (found here).


1. Start a series
(of curses and kisses, pride and premeditation)

2. Complete a series
(sky beyond the storm)

3. A book from the GoodReads Choice Awards (2021 link)
(?)

4. A book you've owned the longest and haven't read
(soul of stars)

5. Someone else's recommendation
(varjoruton kosketus)

6. A book in Finnish
(agatha christie)

7. A book by an author you haven't read before
(princess will save you)

8. A Standalone
(sisters of sword and song)

9. A book you choose randomly
(?)

10. A book published this year
(where the drowned girls go)

11. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
(?)

12Genre you don't read enough
(andersen / aesop)

13. Non-fiction
(?)

14. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
(?)

15. Classic
(mansfield park)

> Bonus: Reread a book
(?)

Completed: 0/15
Read on lovelies,
S

2021-12-30

2021: Statistics and Achievements

Yearly Statistics & Achievements


2020 version: link - 2019 version: link   -  2018 version: link  -  2017 version: link   -  2016 version: link


2021 TBR challenge (link)
- Finished all

Anticipated reads of 2021 (link)
- Finished 8/10
            > Not completed: Sky Beyond the Storm and Of Curses and Kisses

TBR ()
- Down to books
            > None that I own a physical copy of, and only 2 from 2020

Classics
I read 2
            > Read: Pygmalion and Northanger abbey

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Total books read: 36 (Compared to 2020: 24 2019: 44 2018: 42)
            0+6+5+2+0+2+6+5+4+3+0+3
           > Interestingly enough during years -18&19 I read most books in January, vs. years -20&21 none

Month read most: Feb, Jul: 6
    least: Jan, May, Nov: 0

Pages ~ 10 501 (2020: 6 900 & 2019: 11 980 & 201815 211)
    Average length 291 pages (2020: 287 & 2019: 272 2018: 362)

Format: ebook: 11 (2020: 7 & 2019: 12), audio: 17 (2020: 6 & 2019: 26), physical 8 (2020: 11 & 2019: 6)
Arc/sent: 2 (2020: 7 & 2019: 14)
Reviewed: 9 (2020: 9 & 2019: 18)
In Finnish7 (2020: 5 & 2019: 3)

Most popular (according to Goodreads): Fellowship of the Ring
     Least popular: Iceman
     Highest rated: Return of the King (rated 4.72 as of 7.12.21)
Length: longest  544 (Return of the King)
              shortest 39 (Stories of Your Life)
Publication oldest: 1818 - Northanger Abbey
        books I read published this year: 9

Stars: in order of least: 5,3,4,2 ("1" means any rating starting with a 1. Meaning 1 and 1.5 are both included in "1")
       average being ~3.88 this year & over all in all the years ~3.31 (2020: 3.73 & 3.26,  2019: 3.81 & 3.28)
       Highest rating being 5, given to 3 books
       Lowest rating 2.75, given to book

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Series Finished:
Lord of the Rings

2022 goals, TBR etc. all coming in the next few days

Read on lovelies,
S

2021-12-29

Read This Quarter: IV

 What I read this quarter, 2021: Quarter IV

October, November & December

1. The Two Towers        audiobook/ebook 
2. Iceman Kimin matkassa         Non-fiction 
3. Return of the King        (Series Finisher) audiobook/ebook 
- - -
- - -
4. Kohti nollapistettä         ✦.5
5. Salainen vastustaja         ✦.75 
6. Hawthorne Legacy         ebook 

Data (not including rereads):

Author:
          50 female,
          50 male
Genre:
         33 % fantasy/magic,
         33 crime,
         17 realistic fiction,
         17 % non-fiction
       
Pages:
       2 302p
Format:
         50 physical book
         33 % e-books
         17 % audiobooks
Average:
         3.7
Arcs:
         0 sent to me (for honest reviews)

*For more info check my Goodreads: link*

Read on lovelies,
S

2021-12-10

Winter Break & Series I'm Currently Reading

 Winter Break & Series I'm Currently Reading

As usual, this blog and I will be having a break for winter. At the very end of the year I will be posting all my usual yearly wrap-ups and statistics, but after that I will be having my usual break and continuing after we are into 2022.


One of the goals I usually set for myself, is to not push off reading the last book in a series, since that is something I tend to do. To prolong the experience? To not have to close the last chapters of the last book? Honestly, who knows - I sure don't.

I feel like I've been doing a better job of this, but wanted to visualize all the series I'm currently in the middle of to really see how I'm doing. And to remind me of books I really should pick up I suppose. Without further ado, onto the list.


Series with books published that I haven't read:

- Heart of Iron

- An Ember in the Ashes

- Myyttihovi

- Inhertiance Games


Series I'm caught up with, but that aren't finished:

- Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor

- The Fray Theory

- Wayward Children

- Bladesmith

- Graceling Realm

- Darkness Between Us

- Mary


Read on lovelies,
S

2021-11-26

Bookish Thanksgiving TAG

 

Bookish Thanksgiving TAG



1. Bread- What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?

Now, I love bread. So I'm taking this prompt of "fluff" as a positive, and I'll go with Kasie West books.

2. Turkey- What book made you want to fall asleep?

Not actually fall asleep,but Winterkeep was a bit tough to get through, especially because of how much I loved Graceling.

3. Gravy- What book makes the whole series worth reading?

Funnily enough, I almost didn't continue reading one of my favourite series the Gallagher Academy, because I really didn't like the first book.

4. Stuffing- What book is stuffed full of action scenes?

I've been reading quite a bit of Agatha Christie books recently, and even though they're not packed with the typical "action" they have plenty going on in them!

5. Mashed Potatoes- What book looked good, and then wasn’t?

I don't think I have an answer for this one!

6. Cranberries- What book has the sweetest romance?

I'd say the Books of Bayern series.

7. Corn- What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?

Maybe Kasie West's books?

8. Green beans- What book is too long and needs to be shortened?

That is a tough one! I'm hesitant to say it because I loved the previous books, but My Contrary Mary was not my favourite.

9. Pumpkin Pie- What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?

I think either a Harry Potter reread, or then a short fairytale or fairytale retelling.

10. Dog/Cat- What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?

Pumpkin pie!

Read on lovelies,

S

2021-11-12

Lord of the Rings : review

 Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien




SUMMARY
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.


Goodreads' link to the book!
Release Date: 1954
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Stars: 

You might be thinking that it was about time for me to read these books, and quite frankly you are correct - it has been years in the making. What pushed me to do it was the new audiobooks narrated by Andy Serkis that were recently released. And wow were they good. Serkis did a fantastic job narrating, bringing each character to life, and in a way that each character voice could be distinguished from one another, even with the amount of them in these titles.

Though this isn't a regular review where I go over each point I liked and did not care for, I simply want to point out that I really enjoyed these - actually more than I though I would. And yes, to say that I finally read/listened to them (having the e-books alongside listening to the audiobooks was the way to go for me). So maybe if you have yet to delve into these but have been planning to, maybe take this as your sign to do so.

Read on lovelies,
S

2021-10-29

Unhaul 2021

 

I recently moved, and decided to go through all of my books and purged some in hopes of saving space.

I'm not going to explain the reason for unhauling the individual books, but note that I have read them all and either don't see myself reading it again, or own it as a ebook.

1. All fall down
2. The raft
3-5. Heist society 1,2&3
6. If I stay
7. Dream a little dream
8-9. Imposter 1 & 2
10. Lola and the Boy Next Door
11. Fill-in Boyfriend
12. P.S. I Like You
13. On the fence
14. We were liars
15. Assassin's blade
16. Kiss of Deception
17. To kill a Kingdom
18-20. Selection x3
21-23. Snow Like Ashes x3
24. Eliza
25. Princess Bride
26. Howls moving

Read on lovelies,
S

2021-10-15

End of the Year Book TAG

 

End of the Year Book TAG



1) ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?

I'm currently listening through the second Lord of the Rings and hope to also finish the third soon.


2) DO YOU HAVE AN AUTUMNAL BOOK TO TRANSITION INTO THE END OF THE YEAR?

I tend to do a reread of at least one Harry Potter book, but have yet to!


3) IS THERE A NEW RELEASE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR?

At the time of writing this the audiobook for Gilded is yet to be released, and I am definitely waiting for it.


4) WHAT ARE THREE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

The Lord of the Rings, Gilded, Of Curses and Kisses,  and Iceman.


5) IS THERE A BOOK YOU THINK COULD STILL SHOCK YOU AND BECOME YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

I don't really know, I mean I do tend to pick up books that I hope I'll like - so any of them could.


6HAVE YOU ALREADY STARTED MAKING READING PLANS FOR 2021?

Nope, still living in 2021!


Read on lovelies,

S

2021-10-01

Shadows Between Us : review

Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller


SUMMARY
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.


Goodreads' link to the author!
Release DatesJune 19th 2018, February 4th 2020 & February 2nd 2021
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Stars: ✦✦✦✦✦
So as usual, I'll tell 5.0 things I liked about the book and 0.0 thing I didn't care for.


+1 | The idea and plot

+1 | The world and setting

+1 | The style and writing

+1 | The characters

+1 | Ultimately the entertainment value

Read on lovelies,
S

2021-09-29

Read This Quarter III

  What I read this quarter, 2021: Quarter III

July, August & September

1. Pygmalion        short story audiobook 
2. Blade of Secrets        audiobook 
3. In Love & Pajamas        ebook graphic novel  
4. Snug        ebook graphic novel  
5. Tokyo Ever After        audiobook ✦.5
6. Moment of Truth        ebook  
- - -
7. River at Night       ebook  ✦.5
8. The Beautiful        ebook  
9. Stylesin tapaus          
10. Kolme sokeaa hiirtä        short story  ✦.5
11. Askel tyhjyyteen          ✦.75
- - -
12. Heart Principle       audiobook ✦.5
13Girl at Heart       ebook ✦.5
14. Fellowship of the Ring      audiobook/ebook 
15My Contrary Mary       ebook ✦.5

Re-Read: Princess bride (audiobook), Cheaper by the Dozen (ebook), Ruby Red (ebook)

Data (not including rereads):

Author:
          87 female,
          13 male
Genre:
         27 contemporary romance/romance,
         27 % fantasy/magic,
         13 % crime,
         13 % play/short story,
         13 % comic
         7 survival,
Pages:
       4 205 p (+reread x3)
Format:
         30 % audiobooks,
         20 physical book
         50 % e-books
Average:
         3.78
Arcs:
         0 sent to me (for honest reviews)

*For more info check my Goodreads: link*

Read on lovelies,
S