Sunday, April 24, 2016

What's up? :)

Hello guys! I hope that everything's fantastic and that you're all feeling fine! :)
I've been working on a new blog for a few weeks now, and I'm finally done. YEY! :D
I've actually lost my interest in Countless Books (the name, the blog and such things) basically, so I decided to get a fresh start on a new blog, with a new name and just start from SCRATCH! So nice :)

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

SALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, War > World War II
Pages: 400
Published: February 2nd 2016 by Philomel Books
My rating: 4/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: In the cruel winter of 1945, four very different young people narrate their stories. Joana, Emilia and Florian are part of desperate group of refugees trekking across Germany, bound together only by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Alfred is a German soldier stationed on that ship.
First sentence: "Guilt is a hunter."

Saturday, February 27, 2016

February 2016: Wrap-Up + March TBR

2016 Reading Challenge
I have read 17 out of 50 books (34%) | I'm 10 books ahead of schedule 

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A new favorite of mine! I loved this book♥
Books I Read
9 - The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry (5/5)
10 - On the Fence by Kasie West (4.75/5)
11 - Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (4.75/5)
12 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5/5)
13 - Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (4/5)
14 - Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (4.75/5)
15 - Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (3/5)
16 - Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn (3/5)
17 - Landline by Rainbow Rowell (4.25/5)

Reviews: The Love That Split the World; Glass Sword
Amount of pages: approximately 3250
Physical books: 3/9
Ebooks: 6/9

Favorite: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
February's surprise: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
February's disappointment: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Pages: 448
Published: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen
My rating: 5/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE FIRST BOOK! Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind. Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
First sentence: "I flinch."

There will be spoilers down below if you haven't read the first book!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Review: The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Title: The Love That Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Series: -
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 400
Published: January 26th 2016 by Razorbill
My rating: 5/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start…until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
First sentence: "The night before my last official day of high school, she comes back."

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Series: -
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 312
Published: July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
My rating: 4/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016: Wrap-Up + February TBR

2016 Reading Challenge
I have read 8 out of 50 books (16%) | I'm 4 books ahead of schedule 

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This was a really cute contemporary♥
Books I Read
1 - Vicious by V.E. Schwab (4,5/5)
2 - The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (3.75/5)
3 - Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (3,5/5)
4 - Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (4/5)
5 - Never Never: Part 3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (3/5)
6 - The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (4/5)
7 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (4/5)
8 - The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (4/5)

Reviews: The Fill-In Boyfriend; Never Never (1-3)
Amount of pages: approximately 2100
Physical books: 2/8
Ebooks: 6/8

Favorite: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
January's disappointment: Never Never: Part 3 by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Friday, January 22, 2016

Series Review: Never Never (Part 1-3) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Title: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Genre: Romance, Mystery, YA/NA, Contemporary
Series rating: 3,5/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They've been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning...they are complete strangers. Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love...every memory has vanished. Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be...the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Title: The Fill-In Boyfriend
Author: Kasie West
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
My rating: 3.75/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she decides to do the unthinkable…convince the cute guy waiting to pick up his sister to pretend to be her boyfriend for the night. The task is simple: two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. The problem is that days after prom, she can't stop thinking about her fill-in boyfriend. But can Gia turn her fake boyfriend into a real one without exposing her lie and possibly destroying her friendships and her newfound relationship? Smartly observed and wonderfully romantic, Kasie West's talent shines in this tale of one girl's unexpected quest to find love…and possibly herself.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Bookish Resolutions (2016)


Read at least 50 books (11/50)
This is my goal for the goodreads reading challenge. It's the same amount of books as 2015, but I think I can read more this year... if I manage to stay out of reading slumps.

Finish at least 4 series (1/4)
I need to finish series that I've started! It's a big problem and a 2016 resolution for me and a lot of other people. It's just so hard but I really hope that all of us can finish a few series this year :)

Here are the series I have in mind:
• Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (Read: 2/5)
• Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Read: 2/5)
• The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Read: 1/4)
• The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Read: 1/4)

Read 3 Swedish books (0/3)
This shouldn't be to hard, although I never read in Swedish (something I probably should do). The books shall be written by a Swedish author - not translated to Swedish.

Read 2 classics (1/2)
I really want to read more classics and I think reading two this year won't be a problem.

Books I'm interested in: 
• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (CR for school)
• The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
• 1984 by George Orwell

Read 10 new authors (6/10)
It's always fun to discover new authors and new amazing books, so this year I'll read at least 10 new authors and hopefully find new favorites. I'm sure that this is the easiest goal for 2016 :)

Read every day
I really want to read every day this year. If I know myself, which I'd say I do, I know that school will take up all my time and I HATE that. School = no reading. I'll try to read a little each night (instead of watching Netflix all night).

Do you have any bookish resolutions/goals for this year?

Monday, January 04, 2016

Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Friendship
Pages: 352
Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
My rating: 4/5 stars

 
Goodreads summary: What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts." Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Friendship
Pages: 303
Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
My rating: 5/5

 
Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised. With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met (via Goodreads.com).

End Of Year Book Survey 2015

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The End of the Year Book Survey is created by Jamie, the Perpetual Page-Turner! If you want to find her post with all the questions, click here!

2015 Reading Stats
Number Of Books You Read: 50
Number of Re-Reads: I never re-read books, so none.
Genre You Read The Most From: I'm pretty sure it was YA contemporary!

Friday, January 01, 2016

December 2015: Wrap-Up + January TBR

2015 Reading Challenge
I have read 50 out of 50 books (100%) | I have reached my goal! | 6 out of 50 were read in December

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This book was such a surprise!
Books I Read
45 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (3,75/5)
46 - A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (3,25/5)
47 - Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (5/5)
48 - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (5+/5)
49 - Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5/5)
50 - None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio (4/5)

Reviews: A Thousand Nights; Bone Gap; Everything, Everything
Amount of pages: approximately 1900
Physical books: 0/6
Ebooks: 6/6

Favorite: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
December's disappointment: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston