June Reading Update

Reading update

Sorry for the absence! I was busy celebrating the results of my final undergraduate year (and degree classification!) at the beginning of the month and then I suffered through a monsterous food poisoning. But I’m back to blogging (and alive hah).

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I was planning to do an outrageously ambitious June TBR and post it , but I kind of missed the TBR-buzz-time. Instead, I figured that I would do a short update on what I have recently read and what I’m currently reading.

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About five days ago I finished Sabriel by Garth Nix on audio (narrated by Tim Curry).

Sabriel is the first book in the Abhorsen series, and the book was first published in 1995. I haven’t got the faintest idea why it took me so long to get started with this series, but I ain’t stopping now!

I absolutely love fantasies in which the magic system feels ancient and a bit unreliable. In the Old Kingdom the magic is just that. The dead roam the kingdom’s roads and the Abhorsen has the duty of forcing the dead where they actually belong.

I really enjoyed Sabriel and I recommend the audiobook, Tim Curry is a wonderful narrator.

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Most of my reading time is currently devoted for Circe by Madeline Miller. A lot of hype has surrounded Circe since it came out in April, and I went into it with sky-high expectations. Expectations are generally a bad thing, but this time it seems that I won’t be disappointed! I’m currently on page 120 out of 352 and I love it! I’m actually thinking that Circe might be my next 5 star read 😱

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I’m also listening to the sequel of Sabriel, Lirael by Garth Nix on audio. The story follows different characters but I’m really enjoying it so far! I’m at 3.5h/11h.

What to read next

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I have Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women borrowed from my library’s Overdrive so I need to get to it before I have to return it. I have been wanting to read this for a long time and I’m excited to pick it up! I believe that it’s a collection of short stories focusing on the theme of loneliness.

My second option is the Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X. R. Pan. I have heard amazing things about it! The book tells about Leigh whose mother dies by suicide leaving behind a note that says ‘I want you to remember’.

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That’s my little reading update! What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

Thank you so much for reading!

– Pauliina

May Wrap-Up

May WrapUp

May was a good reading month for me, especially considering that I was stuck doing my finals in the beginning of the month.

I took part in Book Battle in May. It is a reading challenge that runs monthly in Facebook; everyone is assigned to a team and reads books that fit prompts. For finishing books your team collects points and the team with the most points wins. If you want to know more or take part in a game, you can join this group in Facebook. It was really fun!

It was my first ever Book Battle and it pushed me to read books I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. I was part of the Spring Court Team (the teams were ACOTAR inspired in May, every month is different), and we finished second to last but I’m still very happy with my effort haha.

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I managed to finish 11 books this month (YIPPIE).

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  • Persepolis #1 by Marjane Satrapi ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Persepolis #2 by Marjane Satrapi ⭐️⭐️
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
  • Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (no star rating)
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Chimera by Tyler Ellis ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Ready Player One ⭐️⭐️1/2

I use the maximum star rating of 5. A five-star read to me doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect, but the problems can’t take much of my attention. For five-stars, the story and the characters need to be interesting but the book also needs to immerse me into the world or leave me thinking back on it for long after I finished reading the book. That’s why I often have books that I give a lot of praise to, and then four instead of five stars because it just didn’t overwhelm me with brilliantness.

Below are my thoughts on all of the reads. Be warned, it’s a long post!

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Most anticipated new releases of Summer

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There are so many awesome books coming out this Summer that Idk how my bank account is going to cope. While I can’t buy all of them, these new releases of June-August are definitely the ones I’m going to be drooling over.

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June

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

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7th of June

YA, contemporary

While I don’t read contemporaries very often, this book I can’t wait to get my hands on! I have been following C. G. Drews a.k.a PaperFury on Instagram and her blog for some time now, and she is a true wizard of words! She has used her magic for good and written a book. If you don’t know her, go ahead and check out her blog and Instagram, she is probably the funniest (and most colourful) person alive. Not even kidding.

The book sounds really good even when we don’t think of the high expectations that come from the author being a word-wizard. It’s a story about Beck whose violent mother forces him to play the piano. Beck has got his own hopes and dreams but he is scared to stand up to his mother. Check Goodreads here for a more detailed synopsis.

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(I have seen that it makes a full butterfly if you either murder the spine or buy two copies)!

Starless by Jacqueline Carey

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12th of June

Fantasy

I ran across Starless while leisurely browsing Goodreads and the synopsis got me intrigued. I have never read anything by Jacqueline Carey before and I know next to nothing about this book.

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to the synopsis, it will be a fantasy in which exiled gods live among people. Just from that I’m already convinced that I have to have this book. If you need a bit more to go on, this book also has warriors, deception, princesses and destruction. Have a read through Goodreads for the full synopsis.

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Fairyloot May 2018 unboxing

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I got my May Fairyloot!

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Fairyloot is a UK based subscription box. The box always includes a newly released YA fantasy book in hardcover and a bunch of amazing bookish goodies, all linked to a theme.

This month’s theme was Save the Kingdom (!!) and Fairyloot hinted in April that it is filled with items inspired by An Ember in the Ashes, The Winners Trilogy, The Remnant Chronicles and Throne of Glass. Well umm I haven’t read any of those, but an Ember in the Ashes and the Remnant Chronicles are in my TBR. Also, I’m always down for some kingdom saving.

Behold! Ahead lay them spoilers. Stop reading if you have yet to receive your May box (but come back later to hype with me!).

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Reading goals for 2018

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

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I take part in the Goodreads reading challenge every year, and this year my goal is to read 80 books.

Progress:

22nd of May 2018

Goodreads 225

The books:

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Motley Reading Challenge 2018

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I spotted Motley Reading Challenge in a Goodreads group called The Life of a Bookaddict, I liked the prompts so I decided to give it a go!

Progress:

22nd of May: 11/26

To pass, read 25 of these 26 prompts

Green ones done!

1. A book that takes place in the snow/winter

2. A book with the word: dead, death, die, or dying in the title

3. A book or short story written by Agatha Christie

4. A novel, short story, or poem, written by Edgar Allen Poe

5. A book set in a hotel

6. A book with a six-word title:  They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

7. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read

8. A book that disappointed you: The Power by Naomi Alderman

9. A book that was written over 100 years ago

10. A book set in a place you have never been to: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

11. A book with a child/teenage protagonist: This is how it always is by Laurie Frankel

12. A book written by your favourite author

13. A book by an author you never read before: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

14. A book you read in one day: Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda

15. A book you bought only because it was on sale

16. A book that you absolutely loved: A common and closed orbit by Becky Chambers

17. A book that’s been sitting on your shelf for at least 1 year

18. A book you liked, but not a lot of your friends did: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

19. A book with a beautiful cover: Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

20. A book that the ending shocked you: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

21. Short story or novella.

22. Cozy Mystery.

23. A book published in 2018: Everless by Sara Holland

24. A book about a historical figure.

25. A book published the year you were born.

26. A Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

The Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge

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Popsugar organises a reading challenge every year and this is the first time I’m taking part. There are 50 prompts, 40 main ones and 10 advanced.

You can find this sheet here, if you want to take part too.

I’m being pretty chill about this one, and I just want to see how many prompts I can tick off.

Progress:

22nd of May 2018: 13/50

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My 2018 TBR

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In addition to several reading challenges (I know I know, but they are SO MUCH FUN) I like to make a small TBR to make me read some books that I have wanted to pick up for awhile.

Progress:

22nd of May 2018: 7/20

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  • A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (In Finnish WOOOAAH)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Vicious by V E Schwab
  • Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
  • Madness Explained by Richard B. Bentall
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (In Finnish WOOOAH the second time)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  • Wolf Children
  • The Thief by Meghan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia by Meghan Whalen Turner