I participated in my first ever read-a-thon a few days ago. It was called duodecathon, and even though I have noe clue why it’s called that, I decided to participate because it was the first one to start.

Duodecathon is a read a then that happens 12 times a year, once a month. It’s usually in the end of the month. It also has 12 challenges so you can do one each month. However, I personally didn’t try to do one of the challenges, as I just wanted a time and date to follow. I did consider trying to reach for the 1200 pages, but decided against it.

The read a thon started on June 24th and ended on June 30th. So, 7 days!

Even though I didn’t choose one of the premade challenges, I did have a challenge. My challenge was to finish as many as possible of my started books. So books I have stopped reading after reading 50 or more pages (or less, but none of mine were less than 50).

I was also sick the first few days of the read-a-thon, so all I did was to read, and read, and read more. Which was great!

day 1 – 24 of June

I decided to start “Etiquette and Espionage” by Gail Carriger. I had already read 106 pages off it, and seeing that it wasn’t the thickest book, I easily finished it by the end of the day. The reason I had stopped reading this book a few months ago when I startet it, was for a few reason. 1, being because exams were coming up and I couldn’t focus on what I was reading, and 2 being because it just wasn’t an interesting enough book in my opinion. By the end of the day, when I only had about fifty pages left, I really wanted to give up on the book, but I knew that if I didn’t finish it before I went to bed, I would not want to start the next day because I would feel obligated to finish this book. But I did. I gave this book 2 stars. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t like it was because it felt so young. Yes, the character was 15, but the way it was written.

Total pages read: 201

Books read: 1

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day 2 – 25 of June

I wasn’t sure what book I wanted to pick up this day, but after looking at my bookshelf for ten minutes, I finally decided for “The girl on the train” by Paula Hawkins. I got this book for christmas and had read 53 pages of it a couple of months before my exams. Though, I didn’t stop reading this because of exams, but because I recived a book in the post that I really wanted to read. But those 53 pages were really interesting, and I was excited to dive back into it.  I rarely read crime (this is crime, right?), but this book was amazing. A little creepy and made me believe love isn’t real for a second, but amazing. Even though this book had more pages than the last one, this one took me less time, and I finished it at 21.40 (or 9.40) in the evening. I gave it 5 stars!

Total pages read: 480

Books read: 2

day 3 – 26 of June

This was the day I started to feel a lot better, so I didn’t read as much because I had other things I wanted to do too. I picked up “The lost symbol” by Dan Brown which I started sometime late last year, or early this year. I really like the “Robert Langdon” series, and am planning on reading the next (and the next?). I had read 179 pages when I started it, and I managed to read 103 pages, which isn’t bad!

Total pages read: 583

Books read: 2

IMG_1227(I read The Girl on the Train and The Lost Symbol in Norwegian. Piken på toget and Det tapte symbol)

day 4- 27 of June

This was my worst day, I think. I only read 3 pages. But that’s ok. This was the first day I felt good enough to be with friends, so me and two friends went to the mall and played cards pretty much the entire day.

Total pages read: 585

Books read: 2

day 5 – 28 of June

I went outside and read. I even wore shorts which is a first for me this year. I managed to read 101 pages – my goals was 100 – so I was pretty happy with the progress.

Total pages read: 686

Books read: 2

day 6 + 7 – 29 + 30 of June

Ok, so day 6 and 7 was sort of a blur. I didn’t write down what I read on day 6, though I read a little, and on day 7 I was away from 11 in the morning till nine in the evening. When I came home I read a little just as a last try to read more. I still didn’t finish the book.

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2


wrap up

Total pages were (as written already) 736 pages and I managed to finish 2 (and a half) books, which is more than I thought I would manage, so I am pretty pleased with what I did. I really enjoyed my first read-a-thon, and I’ll defiantly do more in the future.

the books:

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.

  • Started: 24th of June. Page 106.
  • Finished: 24th of June.
  • Rating: 2 / 5

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

  • Started: 25th of June. Page 53.
  • Finished: 25th of June.
  • Rating: 5 / 5

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

  • Started: 26th of June. Page 179.
  • Finished: 2nd of July, so after the read-a-thon ended.
  • Rating; 5 / 5

Total pages read: 736

Books read: 2 (and a half)


So, as I said, I am pretty pleased with how much I managed to read. I managed to finish 2, almost 3 (finished with that one now), but the most important thing that I got out of this read-a-thon was me getting out of the damn reading slump I have been in for a while now. And I am so happy!

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to leave your read-a-thon accomplishments in the comments if you participated in this one, or another one. I would love to read. If you have any tips when it comes to read-a-thons, please let me know!

Have you read any of these books?


book haul

I’m finally feeling a lot better after being sick for a few days, and I am back to blogging. Me being sick had it’s positives though; I managed to read 2,5 books (still working on the third). I’m currently participating in a readathon. This is my first one, and I’m very happy with my progress so far. I will be doing a blog post about it when I’m done! (Saturday/Sunday)

I have been trying to not buy too many books lately because I already have a long tbr (to be read) list, but lately I have been wanting to read more books in Norwegian (as I have been reading mostly English the last few years), so I have had to buy some more.

IMG_0965A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I just said that I bought some more books because I wanted books in Norwegian, but here I am, with an English book. But I actually got this from my sister from when she was in England for a trip with her friends. I really enjoy the Throne of Glass series by the same author, and have heard great things about this series too, so I have wanted to give this a go for a long time.

As far as I know this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m usually not a big fan of retelling (though, I have to be honest: I haven’t read many) so I’m excited to see what I think about this book. IMG_0967This book is in Norwegian, though not originally. This is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I actually already have this in English, but as I said I wanted more books in Norwegian, and I have wanted to read this book so much, but every time I sat down to read it, I just couldn’t. I hope I’ll manage to read it in Norwegian! Plus, it was on sale, so I couldn’t go without it!

All the light we cannot see is a world war two fiction about a blind girl and another boy, and their stories links up somehow. I can’t wait to read it. Apparently it’s beautiful. It even won some sort of price!IMG_0964The last book is only in Norwegian. You might have noticed if you read my blog that I’m interested in World War 2. I love reading fiction and non fiction about the war. All though it’s very sad, and I tend to cry a lot. This book is a non fiction book about a 16 year old Norwegian boy who started his own resistance cell with some friends and his teacher. It just sounded very interesting, and I’m actually in the “process” of writing my own story set in world war 2. (I would like to say book, but it’s far from being an actual book.) So reading world war 2 books is both research and fun!

Oh, this book is called Gutten som lurte Gestapo, or translated with the help of google translate: The boy who tricked Gestapo. (I actually had to add this book into goodreads myself because it wasn’t there!)

I’m going to Spain with my family soon, and I’m bringing these three books with me. Last time I went to Spain (same place) I only brought three books and finished them quickly so because I learned from my mistake, I’m bringing five, maybe six, this time!

Thank you for reading. Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other suggestions for books I could read? :)

November Wrap Up


I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! The only thing that could make it even better is snow! But I guess I’ll just have to wait…

Anyway, because I decided to stop sharing my youtube videos on here because I ended up only sharing and not writing any blog posts, I took some pictures of the books I read in the month of November too.

This month was a lot better for me when it came to reading. I have been in a sort of reading slump since the summer, and have only managed to read one or two books each month. But I finally feel like I’m out of it which is amazing. I read four books this month, which led to me reaching my goodreads reading challenge goal which was on 30 books. Which means I have read at least four more books this year compared to last year! I might even read more (I hope).

First, I want to share a picture of my dog looking angry! haha


Nr 1 – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


This is not my favourite book, but it’s defiantly good. It was an easy and fun read, I suppose.

I gave it a 4/5 stars.SAMSUNG CSC

Nr 2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.k Rowling

I read the cursed child one a few months ago and didn’t like it, so I was a little nervous about this, because I hate not liking anything Harry Potter hehe, but I actually enjoyed this one. I think it’s because I saw the movie before I read it so I knew how things looked, like the creatures and the characters, so I felt like I got attached to the characters more.

I gave it a 4 / 5 stars. SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Nr 3 – The Rose Society by Marie Lu.

This is the second book in the series /trilogy, and I read the first one a year and a half ago. I gave the first one four stars but I have this half as little. I didn’t like it what so ever. I thought the characters were made to do things without any logical reason. That it was just to get the story going where Marie Lu wanted it to go. I also didn’t like the character development. It just confused me. It’s great if you liked this book, but Im defiantly not going to read the next one.


Nr 4 – Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I really like this book. I generally really like this entire series. This is the fourth book and there is one more out and then the next and last will be out next year. (As far as I know) I love the writing, the characters and the story it self. I’m just really invested in these books.

I gave this book 4/5 stars.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC


Sometimes it’s hard to see if its my dog or if it’s the carpet. Especially when it’s darker!SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

Thank you for reading. I also wanted to tell you that if you want, you can watch my youtube video about these books. Click here. (I’m going to start sharing the videos like this instead. In a post)

Also, please let me know if you have read any of these books, and what you thought about them!

Between Shades of Gray : Review


Happy Saturday!

I was filming a book video for youtube about my favourite books read so far this year (will be uploaded tomorrow) and decided I wanted to share my opinion about one of the books because it´s one of my favourite books ever.

The book is – as you probably know by reading the title – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. It was first published in 2011 so I´m a little late to the game, but I have been seeing it on booktube a few times over the years I have been watching booktube and every time I saw it I got a little bit more interested in it so I finally decided I wanted to buy it, and I did.



If you have read some of my other blog posts you might know I am very interested in world war two, and this book is set in that period, but it focuses on a different part of the war that I haven´t heard much about so I was excited about reading about something I didn´t know much about. I have never read a lot about what happened in Lithuania and places around there, so it was defiantly a new experience for me.

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives.

– Goodreads

I gave this book five stars out of five stars on goodreads; I loved the writing, the point of view and the story it self was wonderful and heartbreaking.

I became so envolved in the characters and story, all I wanted to do was to save them. I obviously knew that couldn´t happen; they are  just characters, and if they had once existed, they would maybe not be alive today!

Even though the characters in the book aren´t real, they, and the story, are based on reality, and I think that hit me. Even though Lina and her family aren´t real, someone else went through something similar, and it just breaks my heart.

I think another reason for this hitting me like it did was that I imagined this happening to me and my family and friends, and it just made me so grateful for the time and place I live in!

Skjermbilde 2016-08-20 kl. 23.46.00This book stayed with me for weeks. After I finished it I was in a book hangover and couldn´t read anything else for a week or so. I cried while reading this book. I cried in the beginning when nothing too dramatic had happened, and I cried in the end.

I´m pretty sure this book will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you for reading, as always!

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?