Monday, December 12, 2022

New books :)

 Good morning everyone! 

How's it going? I'm doing really well :)

I have read 82 books this year so far and my goal I have lowered to 88 books for this year on goodreads. I am one book behind schedule... But I think I will make it. Just six more books to go. This year I have re-read and re-listened to some familiar books, my comfort reads. Next year my goal is to re-read some series only ONE TIME. It will be tough but it is okay. I have also decided to listen and read to most my books that I have as audiobooks and a physical copy of, also a few books I don't have a audiobook of.

I had my bookshop-card almost full this fall and bought the last book that was required and got one FREE! I love this system they have lol. I bought Daisy Jones and the six by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Ninth house by Leigh Bardugo. I have Daisy Jones also on audible, so that's going on my list for 2023. I am trying to read the seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Malibu Rising before I dive into Daisy Jones and the six.

I started Evelyn Hugo but got stuck as usual... I will try to jump back into it asap.

I started Bird box by Josh Malerman and it's good. I have it  both as a paperback and on audible :) I love reading & listening, it is like a movie in my head. It's really nice. I love audiobooks... I have a few that I don't own as physical copies but sometimes I just enjoy listening. 

More later!

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Reading challenge update and more! :)

 Dear followers,

Whenever I fall into a reading slump, I have a few audio books that are short and familiar that I love to re-listen to... I love audio books and it is a lot easier to get out of the slump by listening to something familiar. Now that I am almost caught up on my reading goal of 2022 I can start reading more with my eyeballs and even bigger books. I love big books and I cannot lie lol.

I feel like I don't have to read all the REALLY chunky ones right this moment but I can start them and read a few that are longer than some of the audio books I have been listening to. I must say, I feel like I am re-reading far too much lol. I will try to challenge myself more next year. I can't stick to a TBR, I am a mood reader :D 

Some of the books that I love re-listening to are the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling and the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer. They are my comfort listens :) But enough is enough lol. I will try to re-listen to them a little less frequently... I do have over 100-200 unread books at home. I used to hoard a lot of books, I was afraid of running out of things to read :D 

I can start planning a preliminary TBR but it will probably change many times next year lol.

Some of the books I want to read or re-read next year are (also some that I have started already):

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf

Putkinotko by Joel Lehtonen

Sinuhe egyptiläinen by Mika Waltari

Utvandrarna by Wilhelm Moberg

those are some of the classics on my TBR. I have read Putkinotko and Sinuhe earlier...

I am a trilingual person so I love reading in three languages: Swedish, Finnish and English :)

I also want to re-read some of my all-time favorite books... Which include:

The book thief by Markus Zuzak

The thirrteenth tale by Diane Setterfield

The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander

The weight of silence by Heather Gudenkauf

 Philomena by Martin Sixsmith 

More later! :)

Monday, August 15, 2022

Reading update August 2022

Good morning from Finland! :)

How's it going? I have good news! I am only eight books behind schedule and have read 53 books this year so far... I can live with that lol. I have been in a reading slump for a few months. Audiobooks have helped me a lot. Without those I could not read so much. They help me out of slumps and they go by pretty fast. I usually listen to audiobooks at the speed of 2.2 or if it's a new narrator and/or an unfamiliar story I  listen to them at 1.5-2.0 speed. 

I need to go read soon. I have decided to get out of this slump :D

More later! :)

Friday, June 17, 2022

Books in the morning :)

 Hello again!

My reading slump continues... It is giving me the blues. I will try to find the power to power through this lol. I am listening almost daily if not daily to some audiobooks but they are not fulfilling my need to read. lol. I need to maybe try a chapter in some of my new books and also just bite the bullet and continue some books that I have a hard time continuing with...

I might need a quick and easy, short read. A YA contemporary might do the trick. Too much fantasy going on lately, especially high adult fantasy. I have started Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight archive from the beginning because I got them as new hardcovers and I have most of them as audiobooks. 

Now I put on some reading music, hopefully it will help me get in the mood. I also have a hard time finding a comfortable position in which to read. I know - how hard can it be? lol. I have a bad back and other issues so it takes time to find a good position. 

I will let you know how it goes! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Reading update - June 17th :D

 Hello there dear reader!

How are you doing? I am doing just fine and dandy, thank you very much :)

I love reading but I am often in a reading slump and have a long break between reading anything... I have been listening to audiobooks mostly lately. I love long and short audiobooks, I don't have any preferences. I listen mostly in English because audible has a lot of books in English and same with Scribd. I would have to subsribe to a third service if I want to listen to audiobooks in Swedish and Finnish... And those apps with Finnish and Swedish audiobooks have very poor English selection of books. It sucks. 

I have read and listened to 42 books this year so far, I am 3 books behind schedule. My new goal is to read and listen to 101 books in 2022... I have been in a horrible slump. I just cannot get into the reading mood. It is tough.

I hope to remedy this problem with new books lol that I have bought recently. :)

I have found two awesome booktubers. I will tell you all about them later.

I love Discord app, I am in many reading related servers there. It makes me happy. We have buddy reads and book club reads each month in one group. I hang around there mostly, because I have found many new nice friends there. <3 

 More later! :)

New books and try a chapter Challenge?

Books Books Books 

Hello there my friends! 

I have been buying a few new books.  The last one arrived today. 

I'm thinking of trying a chapter of each book. Before choosing which one to continue next.  

Wish me luck! 


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Reading update ...

 Good morning! :)

I have finished 17 books this year thus far. I read 9 books in January and so far in February I have read 8 books. For some reason February is often a very good reading month for me. I read a lot often in February. I love big books and I cannot lie, is my motto and it often puts me in a slump and often makes me a slow reader, because longer books and longer HAHA and take more time to finish :D I know, I am very funny...

This was a short update, will write more soon. 

Take care! XOXO, C

Friday, February 11, 2022

Goodreads shelves

 Good afternoon! 

I am part of a group on goodreads, and I am trying to catch up on the books they've read 📚.

Here is my list.

If I could read all books on every tbr and for every goal, that would be a lot... haha! 

Have a good reading weekend! 

Friday, February 4, 2022

HELMET reading challenge TBR :)

 Hello there! :)

Here is my ever-changing and unfinished list of books I want to read for the HELMET reading challenge this year. If you have recs for those prompts with question marks, feel free to suggest me some books. Thank you! :)

The Helmet Reading Challenge 2022

1. A book combining fact and fiction

Dan Brown: The Lost Symbol

2. A book where ice or snow plays a major role

Cecelia Ahern: The gift

3. A book with events in which you would like to be involved in

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone by JK Rowling (re-read) READ 1.1.2022

4. A book with events in which you would not like to be involved in

Good neighbors by Sarah Langan READ 3.1.2022

5. A book featuring someone falling seriously ill

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuch Hogan

6. A book by an author whose work you have never read before

Kaikki oikein by Anna-Leena Härkönen READ 5.1.2022

7. A book about friendship

JK Rowling: the Christmas pig

8. A book where something that is lost, or thought to be lost, is found

Kitty får en utmaning by Carolyn Keene (re-read) READ 13.1.2022

9. A book whose protagonist belongs to an ethnic minority

GURU by RuPaul Charles READ 23.1.2022

10. A book with a title you find boring

Elton John: ME

11. A book whose events are not recounted in chronological order

Stuart Turton: the seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

12. A poetry book published within the last five years


13. A children’s or young adult’s book published in the 2000s

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

14. A book about a historical event

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

15. A book about a topic you want to learn more about

Johanna Huhtamäki & Vappu Pimiä: Valonantajat

16. A book with chapters with titles

Taru Luojola: Myöhempien aikojen liiketoimintamahdollisuuksia

17. A book that has stirred public debate or caused a scandal

Anne Frank

18. A book written by a journalist

The lost child of Philomena Lee by Martn Sixsmith (re-read)

19. A book has at least three different narrators

the bible

20. A book with characters who have supernatural abilities

Leigh Bardugo: SIx of crows

21. A book that relates to your childhood

Sweet valley Saga part one by Francine Pascal (re-read)

22. A book containing text messages, emails or social media updates

Sophie KInsella: the confessions of a shopaholic

23. A small book

Pocket wisdom by RuPaul Charles (re-read)

24. A book written by an author from the Middle East

Khaled Hosseini: a thousand splendid suns

25. A book with a title that includes a cardinal direction

Northanger Abby by Jane Austen

26. A book related to civic activism

Jay Asher: 13 reasons why

27. A book recommended by another Reading Challenge participant


28. A book with a minor as its protagonist

Delia Owens: Where the crawdads sing

29. A book that describes good and evil

V. E. Schwab: The invisible life of Addie Larue

30. A book featuring relocating to a new country

Wilhelm Moberg: Utvandrarna

31. A book that includes something you find important

The world according to Garp by John Irving (re-read)

32. A book that breaks community standards

Brady Udall: The lonely polygamist

33. A book set in Africa

Alexander McCall Smith: Ladies number one detective agency

34. A book written by an author whose name includes a nature word

Gunilla Back: Gränsgångare

35. A book including a trial

Stieg Larsson: Män som hatar kvinnor (re-read)

36. A book that follows the lives of many generations

Monika Fagerholm: Den amerikanska flickan (re-read)

37. A book with a cover or title that makes you feel good

Johanna Huhtamäki: pakkopositiivusuudesta tasapainoon

38. A book where a dream or goal is achieved

Francine Pascal: Teacher's pet (re-read)

39. A collection of short stories

Äänellä jonka kuulet by Heidi Airaksinen, Edi Kabon and Taru Luojola

40. A book about a country that no longer exists

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

41. A comic book or book about a superhero

Marissa Meyer: Renegades

42. A book about living in a commune or shared flat

Rainbow Rowell: Carry on

43. A book that meets at least three of the challenge items

Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf

44. A book with a title that includes a name of a city

Anne på Ingleside by LM Montgomery (re-read)

45. An award-winning debut novel


46. A book with a cover that is mostly red or a title that includes the word red

JRR Tolkien: The lord of the rings

47.–⁠48. Two books written by authors belonging to the same family or related to one another

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

49. A book published in 2022


50. A book recommended by library staff

Julia Quinn: The Duke and I AND Petra Olli -painija by Mikko Kekäläinen

My personal reading challenge 2022

 Good morning (part two) :D

So, I just remembered my reading challenge I set for myself lol. I think I will try to find options for each prompt:

1. a really big book (like huge in size, not thick)

Narnia by CS Lewis (collection)

2. a really small book (not just with a few pages but tiny in size)

Pocket RuPaul wisdom

3. Two books in a series

Anne på Grönkulla and Vår vän Anne by LM Montgomery (in Swedish)

4. a fantasy stand-alone

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

5. a book written originally in another language than your mother tongue

The seven sisters by Lucinda Riley

6. a book written in verse

True believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff

7.  a classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

8. a chick-lit book

The gift by Cecelia Ahern

9. a YA book

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon

10. a book written in your mother tongue (if you have two mother tongues like me, you can choose which one or do both)¨

Utvandrarna by Wilhelm Moberg and/or Putkinotko by Joel Lehtonen

There. This is my TBR for my own challenge but there might be changes :)

Books are better than people :D

 Good morning from Finland! :)

I have been in a semi-slump, which is nothing new. I am very often in a reading slump... I am just worried I am getting too behind on my reading challenge. I need to sharpen up and focus! Wish me luck! I can make it, I just need to continue and not give up. 

I have read and listened to 10 books this year so far. It is pretty good. I have so many books that I am currently reading and listening to. I love being a poly-reader lol :D I could never only read one at a time... Here are a few books I am currently reading:¨

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (re-read)

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (re-read)

City on fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Anne på Grönkulla by LM Montgomery (re-read) (Anne of Green Gables in Swedish)

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

I am participating in the Helmet -reading challenge but I need to try to figure out which books can fit into which category on the list. There are 50 different prompts and I will try to read one book per prompt, not combine them.

I have a problem with reading: I really love BIG books :D I need to start reading fewer big books so it will be easier to finish my goals. It is a struggle... Audiobooks help a lot. Even the biggest books can be read and listened to with the help of the audiobook. 

More later! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Reading habits in 2022. So far so good.

 Hello there!

This year has started pretty well. I have read and/or listened to seven books this year so far. My goal is 164. If I fall off the wagon early on (or later), my goal is to read 123 books. If this seems too difficult, my lowest goal is to read 101 books in 2022. :)

According to GoodReads I am 2 books behind schedule... Oopsie! 

In 2020 I read 41 books, in 2021 I read 82 books... This year I'm happy if I reach at least 83 but my ultimate goals are as stated above. Here is a link to my GoodReads, in case you want to check it out:

You may add me as a friend too, or just follow me :)

I have noticed how easy it is to listen to audiobooks in the evening, before I fall asleep. It is so nice. I usually listen to Harry Potter. Sometimes I listen to Twilight because these two series are very familiar, I do not miss out if I miss a word here or there, I know them by heart. 

What are some of your "comfort reads"? :)

I am looking for new comfort reads and comfort audiobooks. I am thinking of including Lord of the rings to the list (once I finish them) and maybe The hunger games and Divergent... Hmm. I only own the first book in each of those series as audiobooks, so I will have to wait for my audible credits to arrive. :D

I love big books and I cannot lie. That is my motto. :)

More later!

Sunday, January 9, 2022

How many books will you read before you die? 🤔

 Hi there! 

I'm 42 this year. I have not read all the books I wish I had read at this point in my life, but I have sped up my reading remarkably these last few years. In 2020 I read 41 books, in 2021 I read 82 books. Before 2020 I hardly ever read more than 20 books in a year. Last year I really overdid myself and audio books helped me a lot. Here is an interesting article about how many books we can be expected to read.

I'm soon 42, I usually read 40+ books at least, I would say but if I speed things up or keep the pace of last year, 80+ books a year, I hope I might be closer to reading all the books I own that I have not read or that I want to reread. There are over 100-200 books on my shelves that I have not read yet. 

Hope your reading year goes well. I've finished 5 audio books so far this year. Wish me luck! 

Hugs from Finland 🇫🇮