June 2017 TBR

Last month went so well! I hope the summer will continue like that 😀 I want to read even more! Please warmth, come to all of Finland and not just the south part!

Anyway, I am already a good way through many of the books I have on my already started part of this tbr, so might be that I will have a long wrap up by the end of June. Anyway, here are the books I want to read this upcoming month.


The books I’ve already started

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – I started, and oh how I love Maas’ writing style! Her characters and storytelling just sucks you in and they never let you go. Gonna fly through this one! Already a fifth of the way through.

Friends vs. Family by C.L. Stone – Guilty pleasure. This story seriously needs some editing, but I still cannot help loving it. It is adorable and silly. Perfect as a counter to all of the fantasy.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – 80 % done already. Listening to it. Loving it. I don’t know what I’ll do after this. The third book isn’t out yet! Might very well finish it tomorrow.

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan – Oh… The Wheel of Time… I want to get through you, but this book just kills me. 400 pages in and my brain has gone to mush. It is just so boring! I’ll probably read a few pages this month and slowly get through this bastard.


Books I want to get to

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I got this in the April Magic Chest and I really want to pick it up! Sounds like a perfect adventure when spending time at our summerhouse by the sea.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume – This one I got from the author in exchange for an honest review. It’s pitched as a perfect book for people “suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals”, so I had to say yes.

Icefall: Episodes 1-6 by Walt Stone and Mica Stone – Still haven’t gotten to this one. NetGalley, sorry for leaving you behind. Anyway, still love the cover, still want to read the story.

Salem’s Curse by Sydney Bristow – Another NetGalley pickup. I was thinking about this one as a “guilty pleasure read”, but then I got stuck with The Academy instead. Let’s see if I get to this one.


What do you have on your June tbr?

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Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet]

NomadplanetenNomadplaneten by/av Emanuel Blume

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recension pÄ svenska, klicka hÀr.

I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a sci-fi before, or at least not this -pure a sci-fi. This was exactly what I was anticipating – space ships, future setting and stuff going wrong. But what I didn’t anticipate was how much I would like it.

The story follows a group of scientists and their journey to a so called nomad planet – a planet that isn’t in orbit around a star, but travels through space alone. Earth is in chaos, climate change has seriously changed the conditions on our planet and the political climate is anything but good. That this mission is taking place is incredible in itself. It is try to get the world’s different countries to work together. After a shaky start with the realisation that one of the planned crew members is a terrorist they finally get going.

You get to see the whole journey unfold through the eyes of Jonathan Othiambo, a Swedish-Kenyan astrophysicist. He is thrown in as the replacement after the terrorist is exposed and even though he’s gone through some of the training he is new to the crew and the mission. Being quite a passive character he lets the reader see what happens at the same time as we read his thoughts.

The characters are a very mixed bunch, and you get to know all of them, both their strengths and their flaws. The dynamics in the group are understandable, especially as the situation gets tighter and the relationships more strained.

Over all the book was well written, there were a few mistakes that another read through could have prevented (repetition of words, words missing), but they were so minor I can ignore them. I liked how you felt the science behind everything concerning space travel, but the technical stuff was left out. This made it a very easy read and you don’t have to understand maths or physics to understand what was going on.

I also loved to read something in Swedish again! It’s been a while (few years…)


“Det Ă€r tidigt 2100-tal. Konflikter, global uppvĂ€rmning och ekonomiska kriser avlöser varandra, men nĂ€r det ser som mörkast ut tĂ€nds en ny stjĂ€rna pĂ„ himlen. StjĂ€rnan visar sig vara en nomadplanet, en vandrande himlakropp pĂ„ vĂ€g att korsa solsystemet. Kan en internationell rymdexpedition flytta fokus frĂ„n elĂ€ndet pĂ„ jorden och ge nytt hopp till en splittrad mĂ€nsklighet?

NÀr expeditionen ska lÀmna jorden visar sig en av besÀttningsmedlemmarna arbeta för en terrororganisation. ErsÀttare i sista stund blir Jonathan Othiambo, en svensk-kenyansk astrofysiker. Som ny i gruppen kastas han in i ett maktspel han inte förstÄr, dÀr konflikter sjuder under ytan i den till synes vÀlorganiserade besÀttningen.

Den nya planeten bjuder pĂ„ vetenskapliga upptĂ€ckter som vĂ€cker förvirring, skrĂ€ck och konspirationsteorier. NĂ€r expeditionen tappar radiokontakten med jorden tvingas Jonathan vĂ€lja sida.”

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The Way of Kings

The Way of KingsThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so good! It is huge, it is grand, and it is so good.

I cannot help comparing this to The Wheel of Time, and I have to say I like this a lot more. Sanderson really knows how to write something gripping.

To be honest I have no idea how to review this. The story is just so huge. Basically it follows three people on their different journeys, and all of them come in contact with something that shows history didn’t happen the way everyone thinks it did. This will change everything.

You fall for the characters. They are not perfect human beings, but that is what is so appealing. They have their own struggles, beliefs, and prejudices. Their story and growth is one you want to follow.

I listened to this on audiobook and can definitely recommend it. The narrators did an amazing job!


Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
And return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Roshar is a world of stone swept by tempests that shape ecology and civilization. Animals and plants retract; cities are built in shelter. In centuries since ten orders of Knights fell, their Shardblade swords and Shardplate armor still transform men into near-invincible warriors. Wars are fought for them, and won by them.

In one such war on the ruined Shattered Plains, slave Kaladin struggles to save his men and fathom leaders who deem them expendable, in senseless wars where ten armies fight separately against one foe.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Fascinated by the ancient text named The Way of Kings and troubled by visions of ancient times, he doubts his sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan trains under eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece Jasnah. Though Shallan genuinely loves learning, she plans a daring theft. Her research hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

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Fata Morgana

Fata MorganaFata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Publication date: June 13th 2017

I got an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very up and down read. It started off shakily to then develop into something very promising. Then it fell again but managed to finish off in a decent way.

The story follows a crew on a bomber plane during World War II. They are sent on a mission over Nazi Germany but something goes wrong and they find themselves stranded in another world. A world struggling with its own problems.

I liked the concept of the story and was intrigued to read something set during WWII. The more relaxed chapters were really good, but as soon as there were action I just lost focus. Something about the writing style couldn’t grip me while a lot was going on. This meant that the beginning with the bombing and the end with the climax just didn’t deliver.

I liked the characters and the relationships between them. It was quite a big cast and the introductions brief, but it still did well and you came to like all of them.

In conclusion, it was a decent read but I won’t pick it up again.


At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.

Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.

Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.

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The Emoji Book Tag

So I was tagged by Blame it on Chocolate a month ago, but as I’ve said before, better late than never 😀 You’re supposed to choose five emoji that you either like or use frequently, and match them with books. Sounds very easy to me but let’s see how it goes!


Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes on Apple iOS 10.2

The grinning emoji

This is definitely one of my favourite and most used emoji. It is just so happy! So I’ll chose one of the books that has made me laugh the most – How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.

how to train your dragon


Neutral Face on Apple iOS 10.3

Neutral face emoji

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