Merry Christmas!

merry christmas

When this post is going up I’m with my family, hopefully enjoying good food and watching lots of movies. I hope you have a great holidays, however you celebrate them! Here are some pictures of my Christmas presents that I opened early. The posters and soy candles are from my lovely boyfriend and the fourth picture is of my #TBTBSanta present! I got it on Monday and couldn’t stop myself from opening it. So thank you Sifra from Brilliant Bookshelf, your gift was awesome and I can’t wait to taste all the sweets you send me!

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Xmas Booktubeathon Wrap Up

C360_2014-12-22-14-08-03-238So I exceeded myself with this readathon. I changed my tbr books a little bit by changing The Narrow Road to the Deep North to Saga Vol. 2. Also I finished 7 books this weekend! One of them was A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens which I will talk more on my A Very Dickens Christmas Read-along Wrap Up. I also read three graphic novels, and my favorite from those was definitely Saga vol. 2. I love the artwork in this and all the different characters we are introduced to. Would you like me to talk more about the graphic novels/comics/manga’s I have read? I have been thinking that I could start next year a series talking about favorite comics.

Maus 2 was really interesting to read. I haven’t read that much about the world war’s so it was really interesting to see it told from the perspective of the person who lived through one of them. After this I read a Finnish graphic novel, about a transgender who didn’t really know how to identify herself/himself. I feel that this was little bit confusing sometimes and I would have preferred there to be more dialogue even though it’s a graphic novel.

The books that I finished were Talon by Julie Kagawa, The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon and Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle. I really liked all three of these, but I think that The Bone Season was my favorite. It was just so fast spaced and the romance in it didn’t bother me at all and I wanted to read the next book in the series straight away. Talon was also a good read, maybe a little predictable sometimes but I liked it a lot. And it has dragons! Definitely checking out the next book when it comes out! Let It Snow was my Christmasy type read and it was cute. I loved the story from Maureen Johnson, mainly because I found the couple to be just so cute! The other stories were also cute but I couldn’t really connect so well to them as I did to Jubilee and Stuart.

All in all, I feel that this read-along went very well. Can’t wait my next read-along which actually starts on the 5th of January! Did you participate on Xmas Booktubeathon? I hope you have a lovely holidays and Christmas if you celebrate it!

Bout of Books 12

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’ll be participating on this read-a-thon right at the beginning of the year. This is my first time participating in Bout of Books read-a-thon and I am excited! I have had so many great experiences on different read-a-thons so I can’t really wait to see what other people are reading and how they are doing and so on. I’ll be posting my tbr closer to the starting day, but it might be that this week I would try to read the last books I have from my library at the moment.

Are you taking part on this read-a-long? Comment down below!

Week in Review | Week 51

week in review

First of all, look at this awesome t-shirt my boyfriend gave to me! Isn’t it just cute!C360_2014-12-21-15-05-42-282

Books I read

This weekend was Christmas Booktubeathon which I participated on. I changed my tbr for that a little bit but I’ll talk about that more in its own wrap up later this week. With the books that I read for the Booktubeathon I have read 7 books this week. Four of those have been for the read-a-thon and might change still because I have about six hours of Sunday to go.

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1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman 3 stars
2. The Chimes by Charles Dickens 3 stars
3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 4 stars
4. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 4 stars
5. Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 5 stars
6. Talon by Julie Kagawa 3 stars
7. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle 3 stars

At the beginning of the week I finished reading Just One Day and The Chimes. I enjoyed both of them and hopefully post a review of them soon. Actually I am hoping that I finish A Christmas Carol today or tomorrow and then I can wrap up all the Dickens short stories that I have read recently.

Most of my week went with reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Now I can say that I have read all of her books hopefully and this definitely was my favorite out of the three. Gone Girl was also good but at the moment I feel that it’s too hyped up. WIth Dark Places there’s not that much hype, but it was a great read. There was mystery, and sadness and insane people and I think that the character growth that the main character went through was very well done. I’m hoping that Gillian Flynn releases a new book soon because I really like her writing style.

 

Books I bought/received

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This week I gave a new home to 8 new books! Four of them, Dead Reckoning, Dead Ever After, Deadlocked and The Sookie Stackhouse Companion, are continuation to the Sookie Stackhouse-series by Charlaine Harris. I’m planning on marathoning that series next year and these were the books I was still missing. Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter, Dear Life by Alice Munro and The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan I got from the fabulous second hand shop, Lukulaari.

Prince of Fools I got from the author, Mark Lawrence himself! I found out that he was looking for people to review his newest book and I sent him and asked about it and he send me a copy for a review! I just last week finished the first book in his first trilogy, Prince of Thorns, so I might finish that before I start this one but I can’t wait to read this one! And it’s signed! I am so glad!

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On the Blog

A to  Bookish Survey
All I Want For Christmas Is Books
Xmas Booktubeathon TBR
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Saturday Trailers | Cinderella

Next Week

Next week is Christmas week and I’ll be visiting my family from Tuesday to Friday. I’ll schedule some posts to come up till the Christmas Eve but then I am not sure when I’ll be posting again. But definitely before New Years because I need to write my New Years resolutions.

How has your week been? What have you read? I hope you have lovely and fun Christmas and holidays wherever you are!

2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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Today I wanted to share to you one of the goals/challenges I’ll be taking part 2015. Earlier this year I talked about how I wanted to start reading books that I own and buy less books, so I’ll be doing read 25, buy 1-challenge by myself. I also decided to take part on a TBR reading challenge organized by Bookish. It  will last the whole year and there are different levels that one can try to achieve. Also they’ll be organizing read-alongs and two giveaways during this challenge. If you are interested you can go here and sign up.

I decided to try to get to the level 31-40 Sweet Summer Fling which is a small amount out of the books that I own currently and are on my tbr-list. I’m not going to tell you the books that I’ll be reading for this challenge now, because that can change and also it would be very tedious list to read. I’ll be doing wrap up-posts of how this challenge is going at the end of every other month, just to tell you guys how many books I have read and how have I liked those. Also one rule I want to set to myself is that the books I count towards this challenge are all books that I have bought this year or before. So no books that I buy 2015 or library books will be counted towards this challenge.

Are you taking part on any reading challenge on 2015? Any challenges that I should know of? Tell me down on the comments!

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

C360_2014-12-14-14-02-43-748The Hero of Ages
By Brandon Sanderson
Published 2008 by Tor books
5 stars

I try not to spoil this book here but there might be some spoilers for the previous novels.

This book. THIS BOOK. I loved it all the way through, couldn’t let it go and still over a week after finishing it I feel little bit hangover by it, not really certain of what to write. This was definitely my favorite book in the trilogy because all the moments we could see happening between Vin and Elend, how Sazed is dealing with all the things that happened to him and all the other characters that we get to see in this book.

I’m still broken over the ending. I can’t say much about it without giving away something but I say that it was epic. The whole time I was reading the last chapters I was on my toes, crying about it. I actually little bit spoiled myself about the ending, I wanted to see how many chapters I had left and by a mistake read what happened to Vin.

I love this series and all the characters and I really want to go back and read the series again. Luckily the fourth book in the series,The Alloy of Law, is out already and I hopefully read it before the end of this year. I didn’t find a book trailer for this book but I found some videos on the series and the video below displays artworks inspired by the trilogy.

Have you read Mistborn-trilogy? What are your thoughts in it? Please, share your thoughts down on the comments.

Xmas Booktubeathon TBR

I’m sorry that I didn’t post anything yesterday, I went shopping and met a friend and felt too tired to post anything after that. So, I decided to post two things today: my tbr for the upcoming Xmas Booktubeathon and later today my review of The Hero of Ages. Wait for a lot of gushing later, I am still not over that series at all.

If you don’t know what the Xmas Booktubeathon is, here’s a video about it from Ariel Bisset. It’s organized from 19th to 21st of December and there four challenges for it.

The challenges and the books I am going to read for them

1. A book with red and green on the cover!
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

2. A book you wanted to read this year!
Talon by Julie Kagawa

3. A gifted book!
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

4. Read 3 books!
– Hopefully I’ll read the three books I mentioned before so that fulfills this challenge.xmas booktubeathon

Are you taking part on any read-alongs? Have you read any of the books I mentioned here? Comment down below!

All I Want For Christmas Is Books

Today I wanted to share with you a small peek at my Book Depository wishlist. I think that I’m not going to get any books this Christmas because it just was my birthday and my boyfriend got me a lot of books! (Which I still haven’t hauled here >.<). But here’s ten books that I wished Santa Claus would give to me.

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Lord of the Rings-trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mistborn-trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Pretty Deadly:  Volume 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick


The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

What books you hope to get from Santa? Any thoughts on these books? Please comment down below!
Ps. By clicking the book cover, you can go to its Book Depository-site if you want. 🙂

A to Z Bookish Survey

I’ve seen couple booktubers to do this tag and decided to do it myself because it seemed so much fun. I don’t know the creator of this tag but if you know the creator tell me down on the comments! Most of the photos in this post again are from time at Japan. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Author you’ve read the most books from:

David & Leigh Eddings. I read almost everything by them when I was younger.

Best Sequel Ever:

The Hero of Ages. This might be because I have still a book hangover for it.

Currently Reading:

Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Tea or water. I also sometimes drink cider but water and tea are the one drinks that I mostly have while reading something.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I have an e-reader too but there’s something about having the book in your hands, how it feels and smells.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

I didn’t date that much at high school but I would have loved to date Elend from the Mistborn trilogy. I wanted to be with someone who was as much into books as I am. Also if Cath from Fangirl liked girls I would have liked to date her.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Fahrenheit 451. It was one of those books that we had to read for the school and everybody knows how it feels when you are made to read something, right? I wasn’t at all excited about this, but then I started it and fell in love. It’s still one of my favorite classics.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Sweet Scent of Love by Suzanne McLeod. This is a paranormal book that I haven’t heard that much people talking about but I loved it! I haven’t finished the series yet, but I’m thinking of doing it 2015.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

When I started bookblogging and participating in the book community. I had been stalking the bloggers and vloggers for a long time but didn’t feel comfortable on taking part in it. Finally couple months ago, I decided to create this blog and slowly start to take part in the community. I already have so many awesome followers and I want to thank you all, who have commented, liked and read my posts because it makes me glad every time to be here when I see that happened.

Just Finished:

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence. Liked this, going to post soonish a review for it.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Erotica. I just feel that they are writers own fantasies and I don’t want to read those.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I’m going to say The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings, because before I think it’s the longest book I currently have on my selves. 😀

Major book hangover because of:

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. It just left me feeling all these feelings and I still feel little bit hangover by it.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

1 but I really need to buy more.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Preferred Place To Read:

My bed or my armchair in front of the window.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

There’s so many! Check my book quotes – page to see some of them.

Reading Regret:

Fifty Shades of Grey. I didn’t finish reading it but I regret even trying to read it.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

Too many. Inkworld-series by Cornelia Funke, The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence, The Maze Runner-series by James Dashner to mention some of them.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott, Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and Every Day by David Levithan.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Can I just answer books? Madoka Magica which is a manga and anime and I just love it.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

A Court of Thorns Roses. That cover. Is. Just. Gorgeous. I need it because of it.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Eating and drinking while reading? I don’t really have any other bad bookish habits.

C360_2014-12-14-20-12-10-829X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

I share the book shelf with by boyfriend so I decided to include only my books. The book I got was this awesome, old version of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne.

Your latest book purchase:

Harry Potter-boxset.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Hero of Ages. I just couldn’t resist finishing this one night. Even though it kept me awake till 3 a.m.

Have you done the A to Z Bookish Survey? I tag everyone that reads this to do it. 😉 If you do it, share it down on the comments, I would love to read your answers to this.

Week in Review | Week 50

week in review

Welcome to my weekly wrap up -post where I talk about the books I have read and what else has been going on in my life. As a side note, I still don’t have a camera because mine doesn’t work and I’m taking all these photos with my phone. The quality of these photos just frustrates me because I want to take good pictures to share with you guys but it just seems that I can’t.

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Books I Read

1. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson 5 stars
2. Taivaslaulu by Pauliina Rauhala 3 stars
3. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb 4 stars
4. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence 3.5 stars
5. Lock In by John Scalzi 4 stars

Even though I read five books this week it still felt a slow reading week. I liked the feeling because it made me feel that I concentrated more on the book I was reading and didn’t just read because I had to. Also there was so many books that just made me feel different things like the end of Mistborn-trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, I still can’t really formulate my thoughts around the idea that it ended. Luckily he has written more books in that series so when I feel emotionally prepared I’ll be continuing it definitely.

I’ll be doing for most of the books their own separate reviews but I decided to talk about Taivaslaulu here because it was in Finnish and I don’t have enough to say about it to make it’s own review. It’s about this Laestadian couple and how the way they are having a new baby every year, makes the wife more and more tired and finally she just can’t handle it. At the same time we get to read about these different traditions and views of the worlds that they have. It was an interesting read. I liked how the writing was sort of a lyrical and the way that the couple felt about each other over the years was portrayed well. The writer actually used couple different writing styles throughout the book and at one point it felt little bit distracting and also made it hard for me to get attached to the characters.

I also finished my first audio book in a long time, Lock In by John Scalzi. I’ll be doing a separate review for this too, to discuss all the things it made me feel. Now I really want to start a new audio book, so if you have any suggestions, tell me down on the comments!

On the Blog

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel
Top 10 New To Me Authors 2014
Top 5 Wednesday | Books That I Love to Reread 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Carmilla
Saturday Trailers | The Hobbit: The Complete Journey

Next Week

C360_2014-12-14-14-04-03-479I’m currently reading Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I’m only couple chapters in but seems to be a cute contemporary romance. I also need to finish The Chimes: A Goblin Story and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for A Very Dickens Christmas Read-Along. Because the week just somehow flew past me this week I didn’t get to reading The Chimes: A Goblin Story but hopefully I’ll be reading it at the beginning of the week.

Blogwise I’ll be continuing my blogmas posts and I have been thinking of writing some of my challenges for next year. Also I might participate on the booktube – a – thon, which is from 19th to 21st of December.

How was your week? What did you read? Tell me down on the comments!