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The Way I Used to Be - Amber Smith

Happy Monday readers, a new week ahead and hope your weekend was awesome. Today I have a review based on a audiobook I listen to at the beginning of May.


Synopsis

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.'

My Thoughts

It started very good and sad for that matters and in the beginning, it felt like a book that I will enjoy listen to. Sadly, after a while I really didn't enjoy it at all cause over and over I had to remind myself that the main character is only a teenager. I started to feel very sad for Eden and as a mother to a 15-year-old son, it was difficult as a mother and I felt very sad for her.

As the book and story went ahead it was like everything went downhill, I was missing something. I mean, where were her parents in all this. It was only about her, her brother, her friends, that boy who raped her. As long as I was listening to the book, the parents weren't included at all. 

I got the feeling and how she acted, it was like Eden was older so that's why I forgot all the time that she is that young :) 

It has great reviews on Goodreads and I can see why younger people like it, it's a YA book and it has a deep topic which I know many can relate to, unfortunately. I couldn't listen to the whole book but the most part and as I can't relate to the character it wasn't a book that stuck with me. 

I give The Way I Used to Be 2 stars of 5.

April Book Haul

Happy Saturday, hope your weekend has been good this far. I'm working this weekend but hope to get some reading done as well.

In April I got some great book packages from different publishers and I'm so thankful for all of them and I'm planning to read them all soon, cause I'm too curious of course :)


Here are the books that I've got, but honestly I did get a couple more but they are only in Swedish now as they are from Swedish authors, so I thought I could skip those in this post as I want to stick to share books that I know most people who read my blog can get access to :) 


This is the list of my April haul with 5 books I've got recently and can't wait to read them. I will make sure not to wait too long with any of them :) As you can see that all of them are Swedish copies and even if I don't mind reading in English, I've been preferring to read in my native language lately cause than I can read a little faster. 

Have you got any good books lately?

After - Anna Todd

I know it's been a while since I updated the blog and so sorry for that, but I'm here and really want to dedicate more time to my book blog and share wonderful book-related content with you. Excited, cause I sure have read some great books recently and feel like I have a good reading flow :)

In April I started this amazing YA book series, which I bought all 4 books in March. I did hear so much great things about this series and of course, I got curious and took the chance and bought the whole series. This is a review of the first book called After.


Synopsis

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. 

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and the lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn't the one for her and disappears again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless…could this be love?

My thoughts

I started it with a pretty high expectation which is always scary, cause it's not always positive to have high expectations for a book before you start reading.  We had a couple of very nice Spring weather when I read it and I spend my time outside on the porch while I was reading and when I say that the only thing I was thinking about those 2 days was this book, I really don't kidding. I couldn't put it down, so I was able to finish this book with over 600 pages in 2 days and that is something that never happened to me before :)
It was so easy to read and I could fly through it cause the story is so intense, fun, dramatic, so much mixed feelings and it was such a fun reading!

The ending which is not really the end of course as it is 3 more books, but the end really got me stunned. I had no words how the end made me feel because I wasn't prepared for it at all :) But it sure prepares you as a reader to be just more curious and want to continue Tessa and Hardin's journey.

I give After 5 of 5 stars

Have you read the After series? Or do you have plans to read it?

Amount of books I can read at the same time


The number of books that we can have ongoing at the same time is very individual and sometimes I can feel that it's a competition. I'm a member of several Facebook groups for book readers and that question is one that pops up many times, that people are curious about how many books people can read at the same time and how can they manage if people answer everything around 5-10 books at a time.

The thing is that it depends on how you are, how you are as a reader. What amount of books you can manage and not, there are different kinds of readers :)

I would like to share with you what kind of reader I am and the amount of books that I can read at the same time.

I'm a MOOD reader! That means I read what I feel like, so I often can't decide and choose books for my tbr this month that many can do. Of course, I may have a hint of an idea what books that are appealing that time or that I should pick up that month, but I can't be that hard on myself and stick to a tbr that I've decided one or two weeks before, that this is the list of books that I will read. I'll go with the flow and when I've finished a book, I just see what I feel for next :)

If you look in the sidebar, you can see four books on my currently reading list on Goodreads, one book is actually laying on the shelf and I'm a bit into it but I stopped as it was a long read, over 600 pages and it felt too long after a while. I also went into a reading slump at the same time so I had to take a break from it. But I will finish it when I feel like it :)



The other three books are active books that I'm reading right now so you can see that I read three books at a time. I've found a great balance by having three ongoing books, feels like it's the ultimate number for me.

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter is the audiobook I'm listening to. Yesterday we were visiting my parents who lives 1 h from us, so I listen to it in the car. I listen to audiobooks in the car, when I walk, cleaning and on the bus to work. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is the book I have downstairs and read when I have some quiet time and can relax on the sofa with a book. The last one is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and it's the one I read before I go to sleep, so this book I keep upstairs.

This is the reading routine I've tried now and it works perfectly and finds it to be a great balance for my reading :)

Are you a one book reader or do you manage more books at a time?

Book Covers I love in March

Hey, oh wow, this will be the first post for March, but sometimes life happens and that is why I haven't been able to post anything before now. But believe me, I haven't stopped reading books cause I read and listen to audiobooks a lot, so I still have had time for my books, fortunately :)

Today I want to share with you which book covers that appeals me this month cause these are covers that I am totally attracted to.


First out is this Swedish copy of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I received the book in a book box and it really blew my mind how beautiful the cover is ♥ It's so pretty with glitter spots in different colors as you may see on the black background. You maybe can't see that it's glitter spots, but they are. Very pretty!
I have started to read it, cause this book just had to be on my March tbr list :)


Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi is book #4 in the Shatter Me series and even that this cover is simple, it really does catch your eyes and it makes you curious about the book and story. It's very light and the big eye is kind of mysterious and it really pops out. I really like it, just as those other covers in this series.
I haven't read the other books yet, but I will. But I've decided to buy and read them in Swedish instead and the Swedish copy of these books look great as well. But I have to wait some time I guess before I can get my hands on the Swedish Restore Me :)


The last book of covers I love for this month is Bone Music by Christopher Rice. I mean, these colors and the nature image is so lovely. I also like the face, but the cover would be just as great without it. But it makes the cover to look like more of the thriller that it is, so I understand why they put a face on it :) It got me curious when I first saw it and I've put it on my tbr list cause I would like to read it sometime!

What are your thoughts of my book cover choices for March? Have you read any of them yet?

The Ice Twins by S.K Tremayne

Happy Friday to you all. Now I'm really looking forward to a hopefully relaxing weekend, and I have the whole weekend free from work. So I will start my weekend with some family time this evening and a glass of wine :) 

I have an awesome book tip for you today. My rating and thoughts are from the audiobook in Swedish.

Synopsis

A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?

Thoughts

It was awesome all the way through!  What I loved about this book is that it has all these different turns and with a surprising twist at the end. The Swedish narrator for this book did an amazing job, cause she really was a perfect fit for this kind of psychological and mysterious story. 

I wasn't bored at all I think when I was listening to it, so that is pretty positive :) 
It's a book I sure can recommend for everyone to read or listen to.


I give The Ice Twins 5 of 5 stars


5 disappointed books I read in 2017

I managed to read over 50 books, but a few times you just don't like what you read and you struggle through the book cause you want to finish it, or you just decide to put it back on the shelf.

A few times I picked books that really wasn't the right one for me. I'm pretty sure we all get influenced by other readers on Instagram, Youtube, blogs and perhaps Twitter. You see how many people like, so you are pretty sure you will like it and even get high expectations for the book as well because of  many other reviews for it.
But it doesn't turn out at all what you were hoping for.

I would like to share 5 disappointed books I read in 2017.


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

I almost finished this book, but then I just was too tired of it as it was the same thing over and over again. It's about sex all the way. It was a little funny in the beginning, but it got tiring honestly. I did buy the second book with this one, but I haven't got to it yet and I'm not really sure I ever will. I have watched those two movies as well and I didn't enjoy them either. 


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Tylor

This was a very hyped book when it came out and I saw how everyone was posting about it and how they liked it. I truly love the US cover of this book which is blue and very pretty, so I thought I just had to have it on my shelf so I got it. 
It's a very gorgeous book to look at, but to read it was very difficult I must say. I started in August and read almost 200 pages I think, and still, I didn't get a grip on it. 

I thought I had chosen the wrong time to read it, that I wasn't in a mood for it. So I took a break from it, which turned out to be a long break. I picked it up last month again and wanted to continue, cause maybe I could start to understand the book now. But I was wrong, it was so hard to focus for me with this book. No idea why, but it was like nothing happened and I couldn't remember what I was reading. Another book I wasn't able to finish!



First We Were LV by Alexandra Sirbwy

I really liked the synopsis of this book when I read about it and I saw this book a lot on bookstagram, so I actually was really looking forward to reading it. I thought this could be a great YA book. But it fell flat for me, unfortunately. 
Turned out not to be the right pick for me, it was boring and I couldn't relate to anything and I guess I didn't get it at all :)




Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

John Green was I very curious about before Christmas. I wanted to read a book by him and Let It Snow felt like a good choice at that time. It was new and I found it on Storytel (audiobook) and I gave it a shot. But yeah, I liked the first story, it was good. But was bored after a while during the second story and I wasn't able to finish this one. 
Sometimes I may need to just overcome those boring moments in a book and just keep going, cause I may miss out on something good. 
I didn't understand when I started this book that it was three totally different romance stories, so I was a little turned off when the story changed. I just wanted the first one to continue :)


A Court of a Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I wish I could like it more than I do right now. I loved the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I was disappointed that I didn't love this one. It's a popular book and a lot of readers think this one is the best. But I really can't understand it. I truly needed a small break from it, but I did finish it after awhile and I am glad I did :) I'm happy I gave the chance to finish it, cause it got better in the end and that made me feel better.
But I was disappointed that I only liked how it ended.
I haven't read the third book A Court of Wings and Ruin, but I will this year and soon is my plan. I just cross my fingers that I will like it better, I won't give up on the book series!

Have you read one of these or maybe all of them?



Weekend Question

Yesterday I came over this fun weekly question from the Swedish book blogger Mias bokhörna and thought it could be fun to participate in this :)


I've definitely noticed that more book bloggers are moving more and more to Instagram, just because it's easier to reach people with their posts and book reviews. I had another book blog before this one but made the choice to put it down and focused on sharing more reviews on Instagram than just post pictures of what I'm currently reading and so on. 
But after a little while, I realized that this won't work for me! 

My reviews got so briefly and only with my own thoughts on the book, cause it was difficult to write that much on Instagram. What the book was about and why maybe I didn't rate the book so high. In a blog post, it's easier to share in more details what I really feel about the book. 

Honestly, I don't read reviews on Instagram when people post long reviews on there. Instead, I look and like the picture and then I google the book instead :) But if the person has posted the review on their blog as well, I don't mind to check out the blog. 

I prefer to just use Instagram for the pictures and as a compliment for the blog. I decided to release this blog and be a book blogger again, so I can write more easy about books and in a book blog you can write about anything related to books. You know, it doesn't have to be just reviews :)

I am glad that there is still amazing book bloggers out there who keep creating content for us who like to read blog posts and want to keep book blogging alive!



Love, Life and the List - Kasie West

As I've been sick for a few days I have been able to read a little more. Yesterday I felt for a cute, warm and fuzzy read and a contemporary book seemed like a good choice. 

I have actually not read that many contemporary books, and as the fall and winter have been like all in for thrillers and crime I think it's time for some cute stories...right?! :)


Kasie West is a new author for me. Well, I knew about her and I've heard great things about her books but I've never read anything by her. So, I thought I should give her books a try :) I found Love, Life and the List on the Storytel app and decided yesterday to press PLAY and listen to it. 

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.
 
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

I was enjoying this book, so I finished by listening to it in one day. I am not used to listening to an audiobook in that short of time, but it was just a few hours long cause I could listen to it at the highest speed on the app without being too fast for me :) 

It's a cute book, but it was pretty predictable and how I predicted it to end...it did! I don't want to do a spoiler here, so I can't go into details about it. But I felt the focus was a little too much on other things than the things that I was hoping for, so that is why my rate isn't higher. But it was an easy book to listen to and loved the narrator Caitlyn Kelly. 

I give Love, Life and the List 3 of 5 stars. 

Do you have a favorite Kasie West book?





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