This last week I took part on #RYBSAT round 3 or ReadYour BookShelves – A – Thon. It is organized by Miranda from BooKss101. The idea behind it is that you select a spot from your shelves and read every book from that point onwards. If it’s a book you have read already, you can decide if you want to reread it or you can skip and go to the next book. And if there’s series in your shelves you can either read the whole series or just the first one and continue with the next book.
On this round I started six books and finished five of them. I had set the five books to be my goal to read for this round but when I finished early Vadelmavenepakolainen – book, I decided to start the sixth book on my shelves which is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I am now about fifth way through it and enjoying it a lot. This is actually a reread for me but I don’t remember that much of what happens and haven’t continued the series so I thought to be best that I start from the beginning.
The first book I started by #RYBSAT – week was Haruki Murakami’s The Elephant Vanishes. I hadn’t realized that this was collection of short stories by him when I bought it. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars, some of the stories were good, some were weird and some I didn’t like at all. It was really fast to read but I feel that it needs to be reread some time in the future because I would have liked to give more thought to some of the stories.
After Murakami’s book I read Scott Westerfeld’s newest book Afterworlds. This was published on September 23rd and I really wanted to read it. It’s about Darcy who’s getting her first novel published and how she struggles with her new life in New York. The book also tells the story of Lizzie, whose the main character in Darcy’s book. So we get these two awesome stories in one book and that’s just awesome! I loved this book, I gave 5 stars and when I’m writing this wrap up, I just want to grab that book and start reading it again. It’s so good. I want sequel. I want to know what happens to both Lizzie and Darcy. Do you hear me Westerfeld? Give me the sequel!
The third book I read this week was The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. This was clearly meant for children to read and I don’t mean it in any bad way, but things just happen and they never give any reasons to things happening. The Thief Lord is a story about two kids that escape to Venice and join a group of orphans who live in a theater. They are provided food and clothes by a mysterious Thief Lord but things start to unravel when they get a mysterious job from an old man. I gave it 3 stars but I think I would have enjoyed this much more if I had read it when I was younger.
After The Thief Lord I read Coastliners by Joanne Harris. This book I also gave 3 stars. It had been in my shelf for a some years now, waiting for the right moment to read it. I really like Joanne Harris’ books, her Chocolat and Gentlemen and Players are one of my favorite books from her. This book is placed on small island where there are two small communities which try to compete with each other. The story is told from a girl’s point of view, she is going back to the island because her mother is dead and she has heard that her father is not so well either. She and her father just don’t come along so well so she decides to help the small community and that way get to her father. I really liked how this was written but I never really started to care for anyone in the book so even though bad things happened, I didn’t really feel anything.
The fifth and the last book I finished was Vadelmavenepakolainen by Miika Nousiainen. It’s basically a story of a man who wants to be a Swedish. He has lived his whole life in Finland but hates everything in there. He thinks that everything is better in Sweden and would do anything to make himself to be a native Swedish. The book was short and mostly I felt it was complaining about Finland but at points it was really entertaining too. The guy, Mikko, has this really religious views on Sweden and is thought to be weird because of it by most of the Finns. I gave it 3 stars, the book was a quick read which was a good point because half of the book Mikko actually didn’t do that much.
I think I did really good reading wise on this round. I finished all the five books I wanted to read and also started a sixth book. It will take some time for me to finish Outlander because it’s a massive book and also because I have some library books that I need to read before finishing The Outlander. But hopefully I can finish it before the end of this month so I can watch the series!
How was your #RYBSAT? How many books did you read and have you read any books I mentioned above? Tell me on the comments below, please.