Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Original book title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 418 pages
Year of publication2013
Format: Paperback
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

Wow! Just wow! I really can’t get over everything that happens in this book – a lot and I really mean A LOT of things happen and it’s great! I’m both shocked and really impressed with how much better this sequel is. I feel like the series has a deeper plot and that there is so much more to come. Continue reading

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me - Mindy Kaling

Original book title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? 
Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Radnom House UK
Year of publication2013
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 4 h 37 min
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

I like Mindy Kaling, I found her to be very funny and that’s why I wanted to read her book. It’s not that I’m disappointed because i really didn’t have any expectations before reading this book it’s just that I found her to be predictable.

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Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Original book title: The Throne of Glass (The Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 404 pages 
Year of publication2013
Format: Paperback
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

I am very happy that I decided to read this book and this series!
This is the story of the world most notorious assassin – the 18-year-old Celaena Sardothien. After serving a year hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier, she gets an offer by the crown prince Dorian – her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Continue reading

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

Original book title: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike #1)
Author: Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Bonnier Audio
Year of publication2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 18 h 54 min
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

The only reason I gave this book two stars is because the writing is great, the story, however, isn’t!
I feel disappointed because I thought the plot sounded intriguing and I thought I would read a murder mystery. Instead, I got dialogue after dialogue! Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – Rick Riordan

First Book: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Original book title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 10 h 0 min
Language: English

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’ve seen the movie and I liked it though the book is better, surprise surprise 😉
The book is about the young boy Percy Jackson who finds out that he is a Half-Blood which means that his father is one of the Greek mythology’s Gods. He learns this in a very dramatic way and just when he finds out the truth about himself he gets accused of stealing Zeus master lightning bolt and he has to go on a quest to prove his innocence. Along the way he meets other characters from the Greek mythology and he has to overcome obstacles and villains.

Rick Riordan plays with different characters from the Greek mythology and applies them to modern era in an amusing way. If you already know the background of some mythological characters and their stories it becomes even more entertaining.
The similarities between this book and Harry Potter are striking, in a good way! If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy Percy Jackson.

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Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Sharp object - Gillian Flynn

Original book title: Sharp Objects 
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publisher: Penguin Random House US
Year of publication: 2006
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 9 h 34 min
Language: 
English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge

I was so impressed by Gone Girl that I wanted to read more by Gillian Flynn. Sharp Objects is a dark story.
The protagonist, Camille is a complicated and troubled character and it was hard to connect with her as a reader. I couldn’t relate to her, but I was curious about her.

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Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Original book title: Shiver (The Wolf of Mercy Falls, #1)
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Year of publication: 2009
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 10 h 43 min
Language: 
English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

This is the first book of the wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater and I honestly didn’t have any expectations.. I was just curious about the story because it sounded interesting and the plot was intriguing. A girl. Grace, who falls in love with a wolf who turns out to be a boy, Sam… very interesting!
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2016 Reading Challenge

My library

I had such a good time last year with popsugar reading challenge and decided to take their new challenge this year as well!
Let’s do the reading challenge 2016! =D

  1. A book based on a fairy tale (Beyond the Kingdoms – Chris Colfer)
  2. A National Book Award winner
  3. A YA bestseller (Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas)
  4. A book you haven’t read since high school (The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman)
  5. A book set in your home state (Djävulens tonsteg – Hans-Olov Öberg)
  6. A book translated to English (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami)
  7. A romance set in the future (Delirium – Lauren Oliver)
  8. A book set in Europe (Us – David Nicholls)
  9. A book that’s under 150 pages (Ru – Kim Thúy)
  10. A New York Times bestseller (The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins)
  11. A book that’s becoming a movie this year (Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver)
  12. A book recommended by someone you just met (Kvinnan på övervåningen – Clair Messud)
  13. A Self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day (De fördrivna – Negar Naseh)
  15. A book written by a celebrity
  16. A political memoir (Interventions – Kofi Annan)
  17. A book at least 100 years older than you (Alice’s adventure in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll)
  18. A book that’s more than 600 pages (Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas)
  19. A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  20. A science-fiction novel
  21. A book recommended by a family member (Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier)
  22. A graphic novel (Angel: After The Fall – Brian Lynch)
  23. A book that is published in 2016 (Min fantastiska vännina – Elena Ferrante)
  24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation (Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn)
  25. A book that takes place during Summer (Wake – Amanda Hocking)
  26. A book and it’s prequel (Throne of Glass and The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas)
  27. A murder mystery (The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith)
  28. A book written by a comedian (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me – Mindy Kaling)
  29. A dystopian novel (Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard)
  30. A book with a blue cover (Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater)
  31. A book of poetry (Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur)
  32. The first book you see in a bookstore (Fury – Shirley Marr)
  33. A classic from the 20th century (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou)
  34. A book from the library (The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield)
  35. A autobiography (The measure of a man – Sidney Poitier)
  36. A book about a road trip (One Plus One – Jojo Moyes)
  37. A book about a culture you´re unfamiliar with (Shogun – James Clavell)
  38. A satirical book
  39. A book that takes place on an island (We Were Liars – E. Lockhart)
  40. A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy (Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas)

/Elza*

*Did not finish!

Bitterblue – Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue - Kristin Cashore

Original book title: Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Storyside
Year of publication: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 16 h 21 min
Language: 
Swedish

I just finished Bitterblue which is the third book in the Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore. To be honest, I didn’t want to read this book because the second book in this series was very disappointing. But when I realize that this book was about Bitterblue, a character from the first book I got intrigued.
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Fire – Kristin Cashore

Fire - Kristin Cashore

Original book title: Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Storyside
Year of publication: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 24 min
Language: 
Swedish

This is the second book in the Graceling series and I really liked the first book, but I didn’t like this one.
Where to start..first of all I didn’t like any of the characters in this book. The protagonist, Fire was supposed to be strong, independent and smart, but I found her to be weak, clumsy and annoying! Continue reading