2017 · April · Currently Reading

Currently Reading | April 2018

I am reading so many books at the same time, again -.-‘ . What gets to me the most is that I always start a lot of books, and then I never have time to finish anything because of life. Also, how can it already be a month since I did my last currently reading-post?? Anyway, here I am again, with some thoughts on everything I’m reading at the moment.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman + Gösta Berlings saga, by Selma Lagerlöf

These are the only two on here that are the same as last month. I don’t think that I’ve made any progress on them since then; regardless, I don’t have anything to add. If you want to know more of my thoughts, you can check out last month’s post.

The Trial, by Franz Kafka

I started this for class, but I never finished it, so it’s just been on hold since then. I do like what I’ve read so far though, so I will probably finish it. The Swedish audiobook is just 8,5 hours long as well, so it’s not a huge commitment either. The plot is also really interesting, because it’s about a man who is arrested for no apparent reason, and is then put through an absurd trial which ends in him receiving the death penalty. It’s a very important modernist novel, so it would be nice to be able to say that I’ve read it.

Kvinnor och äppelträd, by Moa Martinson

This is also one of those books I’ve started for class; we were reading it for our lecture on working class literature in Sweden. And it was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. Not that I really expected anything, but so far so good. I will probably finish this on audiobook as well, once I’m done with The Trial.

Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes

Finally, something I’m reading for fun! I haven’t read that much yet, I think I’m only somewhere around page 50, but I’m finding it hard to get into. I wanted something that would grab my attention right away, and so far I don’t think this one has done that.

That was all of this month’s books! I can’t believe that I’m reading five books at once ^.^’

2018 · Currently Reading · March

Currently Reading | March 2017

It’s been a while since I wrote a currently-reading-post, so I thought it was time to do another one! At the moment, I’m reading three books.

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

I just started this the other day, and it’s my current book for fun. I haven’t gotten very far yet, because I’ve been focusing on reading for class. However, as soon as I started reading it, I knew I would like it. Two chapters in, it is atmospheric and feels like a fairy tale retelling. Super excited about this one so far!

Gösta Berlings saga, by Selma Lagerlöf

This was supposed to be finished for class today, but I only read 100 out of 443 pages ^.^’ . It is a lot better than I thought it would be, though, so I think I will actually finish it. So far, it is kind of slow, but especially talking about it in class today made me want to see how everything wraps up. Hopefully, I will get to the end before the year is over ,^.^, .

La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman

I am listening to this on audiobook, because recently I was in such a mood to pick it up. Google said you could read it without reading the original His Dark Materials trilogy as it functions as a separate thing, but so far I think it helps that I have read Northern Lights previously. Perhaps not in terms of understanding the world, but there are details I think would be slight spoilers, at least for the first book. So be aware of that if you haven’t read His Dark Materials, I am enjoying this so far, so will definitely finish it.

That was all I had to talk about today! I am hoping to get back into doing these kinds of posts, as a mid-month reading update instead of tbrs or “part one wrap-ups”.

2017 · Currently Reading · November

Currently Reading | November 2017

Sorry for the lack of updates here recently, I haven’t been reading all too much lately. And I haven’t really felt that I’ve had enough thoughts on what I have read to actually write a full review on it. But here I am with a currently reading-post at least!

Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green

This is the most important book on this list, because I just started it and I’m so excited for it! John Green is one of those authors whose books I’ve liked overall, but I haven’t loved all of them. Still, they have been good enough that I will read pretty much anything he writes. So far, I have only read two chapters, but I like what I’ve read. Everyone who’s read it is saying that they’ve really liked it, so I’m hoping I will too.

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien

I have been reading this for ages as an audiobook, but I haven’t been in the mood for it lately. So I don’t have very much to say about it at this point. If you want to know more of my thoughts about it so far, you can check out my currently reading-posts for September and October.

Beckomberga, by Sara Stridsberg

This has been around forever as well, so I’ll probably finish it once I’ve read Turtles All the Way Down. Other than that, I don’t have very much to say about this either. Check out my September currently reading-post for more thoughts 🙂 .

That was everything for today, guys! I actually have a review in store for you, which will be up next week!

2017 · Currently Reading · October

Currently Reading | October 2017

I’m here with a new currently reading-post! It feels weird that it’s been an entire month since the last one :/ . Anyway, here are the books!

The first one I’m currently reading is Tower of Dawn, by Sarah J. Maas. I was really skeptical towards this book, because I don’t care about Chaol and it feels so unnecessary to have to read a book where the plot is parallell to Empire of Storms in order to understand the last book in the series. But now I’m reading it and it’s okay so far – nothing much has really happened yet, and I’ve read about a third of it.

I’m still listening to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I’ve almost reached the halfway point by now. The narrator is great, and I think it’s due to him that I’m liking the book better this time around.

For class, I’m reading Hamlet by William Shakespeare. This might be a bit of an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really like Shakespeare that much, mainly because I find his plays a little bit difficult to understand. Some plays are possible to read without missing much, but Shakespeare’s plays are really the type that are meant to be watched and not read. That might be one of the main reasons I don’t like them that much.

Lastly, I’m still reading Beckomberga by Sara Stridsberg as well. I will get around to finishing it at some point, but right now I need to focus on other books for class.

That was everything for this time! I hope it’s okay that today’s post was late, I didn’t have the time to sit down and actually write it until now.

2017 · Currently Reading · September

Currently Reading | September 2017

Today I’m here with this month’s currently reading–post! I’m reading three books at the moment – the first one is Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I have still only read about a third of it because of uni starting up again, but I’m very much enjoying it so far. Eliza feels like a very real character – I can really relate to her, and she actually reminds me of a girl who I used to go to school with in upper secondary school. Would definitely recommend this, from what I’ve read to far!

The other book I’m currently reading is Beckomberga by Sara Stridsberg. This was for class, and I was actually supposed to have finished it by Tuesday this week. That did not end up happening, but I only have around 100 pages left so I’m determined to finish it! It’s about a girl whose father spent some time in a psychiatric hospital when she was a kid – it sounds depressing, which it kind of is, but I still like it.

I also started listening to The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien this week. I tried to read it years ago, but I couldn’t really get into it – I forced myself to read to the halfway point, but then I couldn’t do it anymore. So I put it away, until now – I wanted a new audiobook to listen to, and decided to give it a go. So far, so good 🙂 .

That was everything for today! I’ll be back on Sunday with a book review, so stay tuned 🙂 .

2017 · August · Currently Reading

Currently Reading | August 2017

This month I’m only in the middle of one book, which feels really weird. I finally finished the audiobook of The Wise Man’s Fear, which was 42 hours long and ended up dragging a lot. So now I’m not listening to an audiobook, but I’m thinking about downloading The Lord of the Rings – I tried reading the first book several years ago and found it really dull, but I want to give them another shot and am thinking that it might be easier to listen to it instead.

Anyway, the book I’m currently reading is Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. I’ve literally just started this so I don’t have very much to say at the moment, but I like the idea – it follows the daughter of a samurai who is about to marry the prince, but her convoy is attacked and she goes off to seek revenge on the people who want to kill her. It’s already been a bit bloody, so we’ll see what I end up thinking about it, but so far so good!

That was actually everything I had for today. This was a very short post, but I have a longer one going up later this week, so look forward to that 🙂 .

2017 · Currently Reading · July

Currently Reading

It’s time for this month’s Currently Reading-post! I am reading three books at the moment. The first one is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I read Six of Crows a couple of weeks ago and loved it, so I ordered Crooked Kingdom right away and began reading it as soon as it arrived in the mail. Now I’ve read a little bit more than half, and I’m liking this one too! Nina is still my favourite character, and I love Wylan too. I also like how funny it is.

I’m also currently reading Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan. I started this while I waited for Crooked Kingdom to arrive, but I haven’t read very much yet. I put it aside to read CK, and now I’m not in the mood for it anymore. So I think that I will put it aside for now and bring it with me when my sister and I go on vacation later this summer.

The third and last book is The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. To be honest, I’m losing interest in this. It’s too long, and Rothfuss spends very much time on events that don’t always seem very significant. I usually listen to this when I’m going somewhere, but now I can’t always be bothered to start listening to it to and from work, even though it’s 20 minutes by bike one way. It’s weird (and actually a bit sad) how much I loved the first book, and now I don’t like this nearly as much.

That’s it for today! Happy tuesday, everyone 🙂 .

2017 · Currently Reading · June

Currently Reading | June 2017

I was going to do a May Wrap-Up video and upload it to YouTube, but I haven’t had the opportunity to film lately and I also realised that I didn’t finish a single book in May, so there’s that. Instead, I decided to do a new Currently Reading-post with all the books I’m in the middle of and hoping to finish this month.

  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I started this around two months ago because I wanted to watch the TV show. Then Amazon wouldn’t let me because apparently it’s only available outside of the UK if you’re a UK resident on holiday even though they said it would be available all around the world. So I fell out of reading the book and I’m still only like a fourth of the way through it, but I am determined to finish it.

  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

I started this way back as well, just after its release, and I still haven’t finished it either. I have read around a third of it and I have enjoyed what I’ve read very much, but school got in the way. I will probably finish this before I finish American Gods, as this was (is?) one of my most anticipated books of the year.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

This is more or less the only book I’ve been consistently reading for the past few weeks, as it is my current audiobook. It’s so easy to just plug in my headphones and start listening when I’m doing other things, so that’s probably why I’ve been more consistent in “reading” this lately. I’m liking it a lot so far, mainly because of Kvothe as a character. I’m thinking about writing a discussion post on this entire series once I’m finished, because there’s so much to say about it from a literary perspective. It might be a while until that’s up, though, as I’m only halfway through this so far and the audiobook is 42 hours long ^.^’

  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman

I picked this up on a whim the other day because I suddenly really felt like reading it and now I’m almost finished. I love that feeling when a book grabs you and pulls you in, and it’s been a while since that happened. This will probably be the one of the physical books that I finish first.

  • Lord of Shadows, by Cassandra Clare

I haven’t actually started this yet, but I plan on starting it as soon as possible. I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, but from what I’ve been able to glean from cryptic tweets, it seems as if shit is about to go down. So I’m excited to dive in, and will hopefully get around to doing so soon!

That was everything for today. I will hopefully be able to go back to my ordinary posting schedule from now on, which I am really happy about 😀 !

2017 · April · Currently Reading

Currently Reading

It’s time for this month’s currently-reading post! I try to do these once a month to keep track a bit of what I’m reading at the moment. This time around, there are four books on this list, so here goes 🙂

  • American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

I started this for the Tome-Topple Readathon because the TV series starts in late April, but so far I’m not doing too well in the readathon aspect ^.^’ . I am liking the book so far though, but I’m not sure I would recommend starting here if you haven’t read any of Neil Gaiman’s books before because this is pretty bizarre in a sense. Try Stardust or Trigger Warning instead. Anyway, I’m hoping to at least have read a third of this before the TV series begins. Right now, I’ve read around 100 pages, and there are 635 in total in my edition if you exclude all the extra material in the end.

  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss

This is my current audiobook, and I have listened to around 7 hours of this so far, which is roughly half of part 1. I’m not sure how many pages that is in the actual book. I’m loving this so far, it’s definitely living up to The Name of the Wind.

  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, so when it arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago I had to start reading it immediately, even though I started a couple of other books ^.^’ . I’m on page 65 right now and loving it!

  • London Fields, by Martin Amis

I’m reading this for class, and it’s supposed to be finished by next Tuesday, so I should probably be prioritising it, but honestly I can’t really force myself to continue reading it at the moment. I’m on page 44, but I have mostly skimmed through those so I can’t actually tell you if I like it that much or not. It might be more on the it’s-okay-but-I-don’t-love-it side, considering it’s a book that someone is telling me to read.

That’s everything for today! I’ve fallen back into the habit of reading several books at once ever since I started studying at uni, since I usually read one book for class and at least one for fun at the same time.

2017 · Currently Reading · March

Currently Reading

Here I am with this month’s Currently Reading-post! I only have two books on here this time around, because by the time this goes up I will just have finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (expect a review soon!) and haven’t gotten around to starting anything new yet. Anyway, let’s get right into it!

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I started this last month because I didn’t have anything to listen to for a couple of weeks, and then my credit renewed. Well, I  ended up ditching that other audiobook because I liked this one much better. I think I’m around half-way through at this point, and I am loving it. The narrator is awesome, and I love Kvothe as a character.

  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker

Yes, this has been around since October, and no, I haven’t finished it yet. I might just pick it up now that I’ve finished The Night Circus and haven’t started anything else yet.

That’s it! These are usually much longer, so it feels a bit weird to only have two books on here. But it’s a nice way to catch up with what I’m reading at the moment.