read-a-thon

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

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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?

my 3 favourite world war 2 books

*No spoilers!

I literally wrote this blog post three weeks ago, but since then I have read another one (that is actually set in world war 2) and I decided that I had to redo it. The last two months I have been in the mood to read anything world war two related, and I have actually read almost three books. Two of them are non-fiction, but they are amazing.

But in this post I will show you my three favourite fictional books set during the war:

1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

“Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. 

As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength are tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.”

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I absolutely love this book. It’s so well written and is heartbreaking. It is character driven but it was amazing. I loved seeing the relationship between the sisters during the hard few years. It was interesting and in the end of the book I felt like my heart was ripped apart.

I gave this a 5/5 stars on goodreads!

2. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

“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.”

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I don’t even know where to start with this book… It was interesting to read about this part of the war, because I had no prior knowledge about this. The characters were very, very well written, so was the story itself. This book made me cry so much, and so many times. I literally cried within the first fifty pages. Not necessarily just because of what was happening but also because it made me think. What if that had happened to me and my family, and other loved ones?

I also gave this 5/5 stars!

3. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosney

“Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.”

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My aunt recommended this book to me sometime before Christmas (2016, obviously) and  I immidetly asked for it for Christmas, and I got it. I started reading this just after that, but I wasn’t in the right mood so I only read about thirty pages. Then, when the world war two mood came (sounds weird) I decided to give it another go, and god, it was a very good decision.

I loved seeing how the different families in different times eventually connected together in the story. It was heartbreaking and I was always on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen next!

No surprise: 5/5 stars!

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Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for books, spesifically world war 2 fiction!

Between Shades of Gray : Review

SPOILER FREE

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.

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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?

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