Saturday, February 20, 2021

Update on my reading challenges :)

 Hi There! ;)

How are you, dear reader? Reading a lot? In a slump? Somewhere in the middle? 

That's where I am right now: somewhere in the middle LOL :D 

More to the "reading a lot"-side to be honest... Today for example, I have listened to 100 pages of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling plus about 60-70 pages of The Martian by Andy Weir. Potter is a re-read for the umpteenth time, The Martian is first contact lol. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series to re-read. The Martian is so interesting. It is kinda depressing and sometimes I get almost anxiety from reading & listening to it but I think it would be so much more depressing if Watney's character wouldn't be so very funny. He is such a fun person. I really recommend the book, I'm now on page 172 of 369 in my edition. I hope to finish it tomorrow or on Monday... I'm on page 423 of 620 in Harry Potter 7. I hope to finish it too, either tomorrow or on Monday. Then I'll *try* to read Harry Potter and the cursed child. Wish me luck :)

Soon I'll try to decide what book to concentrate mostly on after I have finished these two. I am sooo behind on my buddy reads of Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and War and peace by Leo Tolstoy... Maybe I need a few *days* or WEEKS to catch up with my friends lol. Hopefully I'll make it. I have read Les mis before but War and peace is a first for me.

I am also supposed to be reading Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I'm behind on that buddy read as well... Woe as me... :D I need to pick myself up and get going, in the literary sense of the term. LOL . I know, I am sooo funny ;)

More later!

Friday, February 12, 2021

Ideas for other reading challenges :)

 Hello there! :)

I have been watching Books and LaLa and finding a lot of inspiration in her videos. I have decided to try to do some of the challenges she also has done. After or maybe as a part of this current challenge, i.e. trying to read 100 pages/day for a month, I will try to read a few of the highest rated and a few of the lowest rated books on my TBR. It's an interesting list lol. Some are re-reads, because I am not so hard on myself, and have not set rules for this challenge. I can re-read books, I can skip some if I don't feel like reading them (when I go down the list), especially if it was a very appalling book... lol I will also read books I already own, or have on audiobook. :)

Some of the highest rated ones on my TBR, that I own are:

The best of Frasier (15 screenplays) re-read

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The green mile by Stephen King (re-read)

A promised land by Barack Obama, on audio

Game of thrones by George RR Martin (maybe...)

Wonder by AJ Palacio

a thousand splendid suns by Khaled Hosseini

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The book thief by Markus Zusak (re-read)

The fellowship of the ring JRR Tolkien (re-read)

the hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams (re-read)

Salt to the sea by Ruta Sepetys

The hunger games by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

Ender's Game by Orson scott card (maybe)

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee

The shadow of the wind Carlos Ruiz Zafón 

an ember in the ashes by Saaba Tahir

and now the lowest rated ones:

Possessed by Niki Valentine

Neitsytmatka by Eppu Nuotio

the bathing women by Tie Ning

The accursed by Joyce carol Oates

the casual vacancy by JK Rowling

Putkinotko by Joel Lehtonen (re-read)

the fourth hand by John Irving

your presence is requested at Suvanto by Maile Chapman

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray

the Sunday philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith (re-read)

Poor Lila! by Francine Pascal (re-read)

the scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt

Kellokosken prinsessa (re-read)

Färjan by Mats Strandberg

Micro by Michael Crichton

The Ruby slippers by Keir Alexander (re-read)

This is a very interesting list lol. Some of the lowest rated books are some of my all-time favorites: Putkinotko, Kellokosken Prinsessa and The ruby slippers as well as The Sunday Philosophy Club... :) LOL. That is really something :P

I will try to sculpt my TBR a little more into existence, it will take a while :D

More later!

Day One of the Challenge: 100 pages/day for a month :)

 Hello! :)

I started the challenge last night, I read and listened to 100 pages of  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5) by JK Rowling. I have read it maybe five times before, but  I still love it. I am on page 703, there is 800 pages in my edition. So, I will finish it later today. That will be fun. 

I am also reading a few other books. War and peace by Leo Tolstoy, I am reading it in Swedish and it is a buddy read, it lasts all year. Also, I am re-reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, it is also a buddy read. It also is for one year. 

Then I have two shorter books, also buddy reads (this month):

The Martian by Andy Weir 


Life of  Pi by Yann Martel

All of these buddy reads are happening on one of the servers I'm on on Discord. Also, another server is reading the Bible in 2021 from cover to cover, I am also participating in that buddy read. We're soon done with Numbers (4th book of Moses)...

I started the Martian yesterday, listening and reading it at the same time, I am only 18 pages in lol. Today I will finish Harry Potter 5 and possibly maybe probably start Harry Potter and the Half-Blood prince (book 6). 

More later! :)

Thursday, February 11, 2021

My very flexible TBR for my reading challenge (see previous post)


So, here is my very loose and flexible to be read- pile for this reading challenge, that is:

Try to read 100 pages (at least) per day, for one month.

I love big books, so many of these will be thick :D

Going to try to finish:

Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix by JK Rowling

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Martian by Andy Weir

Life of  Pi by Yann Martel

Anne på egen hand (Anne of green gables 4) by LM Montgomery

Going to try to continue:

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

also going to start:

Harry Potter and the half-blood prince by JK Rowling

and maybe some others :)

That's it :)

Reading Challenge: try to read ~100 pages/day for one month

 Hello there! :)

I was watching booktube... one of my favorites is books and lala:

She is so fun! I love watching her videos... I  was watching a video about her trying to read 116 pages a day for 28 days. It was fun to watch. Here is a link to the video:

It was so fun to watch! Made me want to do a similar challenge... :) So, I decided from today until the 11th of March, I would try to read at least 100 pages every day. It's not going to be easy, but I hope it will be worth it. I have done almost that same thing this year already (2021). Only I haven't kept track and haven't blogged or logged my readings lol. This is about to change! I'll try to post every day, what and how much I have read. Starting tomorrow, on the 12th of February, because I usually read late at night :)

Hope you'll want to follow along.

Ta! :)

Friday, February 5, 2021

What I read in January...

 Dear reader, 

I'm back! lol. So, I managed to read 13 books in January! I know, it's crazy! I wonder what has gotten over me haha. I am happy though. It's really amazing to read a lot. I used to be a really slumpy reader... It took me months to finish books, sometimes years! But it all changes this January like someone just flipped a switch at midnight when the new year 2021 arrived lol.... Amazing!

So, I have read 13 books:

by Stephenie Meyer:


New Moon


The short second life of Bree Tanner

Breaking Dawn

(all of these were re-reads)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Knutbyflickan (a chilling true story, an audiobook in Swedish) by Linnéa Kuling

Drömmens uppfyllelse (Anne of Green gables #3) by LM Montgomery

Not without my daughter by Betty Mahmoody

by JK Rowling: 

Harry Potter 1-4

Tales of Beedle the Bard

so... That's my bookish journey of 2021 so far :)

I'm currently reading

Harry Potter 5

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Anne på egen hand (Anne of Green gables #4)

and a few others :) Also, soon starting:

The Martian by Andy Weir and Life of Pi by Yann Martel

P.S. I'm also re-reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, reading War and peace by Leo Tolstoy and reading the Bible from cover to cover, these are so-called buddy-reads and are spread out over the whole year :)