Reading Challenge update Monday

I’m slowly progressing with Summer reading challenge. I’ve finished four books out of fifteen and plan to start on the fifth one tonight. Last book I’ve finished for the challenge was:


9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)

by Rick Riordan


I liked the short form of the stories. They were very entertaining. Although they are part of the Magnus Chase series – all major character from Mahnus Chase series are in the stories except for Magnus Chase himself. While I loved reading about all the characters there should have been at least one scene with Magnus :/


I liked how the stories were written as a travel adventure trough the 9 worlds. It all fit very nicely in the summer season and holiday travel theme. The book even had a fold out map of the 9 worlds which was very cool!

I am debating my options on which book to start on next for the challenge. My choices are:

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna book 1) by Kendare Blake


Angel & Faith: Live Through This (Season 9, Volume 1) by by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs (Artist)


Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Herbert



July book wrap up!


Getting back into the reading experience for the summer was not as smooth as I made it appear to be. There were some sandy dunes on the way and now it is time to make a monthly reading review for July!

Monthly reading review – July 2019

This July I have read:

I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod ★★★

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto ★★

Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks ★★

Devil in Winter ( The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

Devil’s Daughter ( The Ravenels book 5 ) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan ★★★★★


1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I’ve read in 6 books in total. One of them was a manga novel and I’m happy with the positive feeling I get when I’m getting to read more.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in July? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Lisa Kleypas and some favorite characters have made an impact on me to read more this summer and remember how much I enjoy reading. Devil in Winter is the book I ready usually once per year and is one of the rare books I am willing to read over and over again.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

After finally getting to read some of the books that I own for years on I’ve gotten to some books that made me curious about the theme or a genre. This month some of those did not as enjoyable as I hoped they would be. Sigvald by Darius Hinks did not rise to my expectations and it left me with no better understanding of Warhammer Fantasy world.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I started on a reading challenge for the summer – you can check out all about it HERE. I’m picking most of my books according to that challenge and so far I’m down 4 books out of fifteen. I expect to read more books from the challenge in August.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas was the last book that continues to portray some of my favorite characters from a few series the author writes in continuation. I like the updates and will check out the books that have those characters in it. Also I’m glad I can remove The Demon Prince of Momochi House from the shelf as it did not thrill me enough to continue the series.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I love going back to Rick Riordan and his books just provide that warm fuzzy feeling for me with just enough humor. If you have the chance try some of his books!



Reading challenge for the summer!


I’m always interested in creative reading challenges. I like the idea of a reading challenge that is set up as a fun and creative way for helping out a reader to choose books to read. I have tried many different approaches and types of challenges. In one of the groups at Goodreads there is a reading challenge that comes up every now and again. The premise is picking out the books to read so that they form your own name by using the title, author or even the title of the book series.


Some while ago I was debating if I would be able to challenge myself to read books that can correspond to the letters in my name. After writing it down the job of picking out books that fit was a lot harder than it seemed the reading will be…


My name is quite long and it has many A’a – 6 to be exact, which proved challenging. After some debate and researching of my shelves and TBR list on GR I made the following list:

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna book 1) by Kendare Blake
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Angel & Faith: Live Through This (Season 9, Volume 1) by by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs (Artist)
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 3) by Rick Riordan
Wayward, Vol. 4: Threads and Portents (Wayward volume 4) by Jim Zub
The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto
Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft #7) by P.N. Elrod
Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin
Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Herbert
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1by Bisco Hatori
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead


I had to improvise a bit but managed to be pleased enough with my list. I was even eager to start and I’m already done with two books from the list and happily in the third one! I decided that the order of reading is not important as much is the whole reading experience.

Here are the two books I’ve read so far:


I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod

I’ve covered some of my thoughts on this one in my last post –> HERE


The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto

I’ve made a quick work of this one because it is one of the manga edition I have for a while now and it was a part of what one might call a “shelf of shame” (I’m seriously thinking of making an actual physical shelf for some of the books that I own and have not read for years now! ) The general impression this one left was cute but not good enough to keep up with the series. I can now be done with it and maybe give it away.


Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks

Sigvald is the third book of this list I’m currently on. I have little knowledge on Warhammer lore in general but have played the board game Chaos in the Old world and is one of my favorites. I prefer playing with Slaanesh fraction and always wanted to learn more on the lore. Central figure of this book is a champion of Slaanesh and I’m very interested in his story!


I will post an update on the progress of the reading challenge next Monday! In the meantime I have lots of other stuff I’m preparing to post about!

Reading in first half of 2019!

I’m gonna make a breakdown of the books I’ve read in 2019. up until today. Thanks to the Goodreads site I can track the books much easier and I need all the help I can get to win in this apathy struggle I’ve gotten myself into.


For some reason reading takes more effort for me as of late. I’ve set the bar for reading books challenge relatively low and the results are even lover that that so far.

gr book challenge 2019

There are only 15 books I’ve read this year and I will go trough them one by one:

First book I’ve finished in 2019 was a graphic novel Perzepolis by Marjane Satrapi.


I’ve often used graphic novels and mangas to cut corners at getting my reading numbers higher. But the truth of the mater is that I honestly enjoy graphic novels and mangas. While I will not jump at a book with a more serious topic, graphic novels with documentary or biographical theme interest me. I love the visual representations that provide me with more honest and personal understanding on the topic and I choose graphic novels often for that same reason.

Second book of 2019. was a book club assignment Pohvala starosti by Pavao Pavličić.


The title loosely translates into ” the praise to getting old”. The beginning promised some humor but the book was mostly frustrating since I did not agree with most of the things author wrote about. For every promising idea and thought provoked there were another 4 that just irritated me since I could find real life cases to dispute the author. It made for a good book club discussion in general because it gave some general topics on the process of growing old and elderly in general. Did not enjoy the reading experience because I found the book not serious enough to tackle the topic and not humorous enough to be entertained.

The third book of 2019. was Burn Bright (Aplha & Omega Series) by Patricia Briggs.


This is one of the book series that made me love and enjoy reading in my free time. Urban fantasy genre just simply does it for me! I love when an author can tackle an urban setting and characters with relatable shortcomings and flaws while keeping it up with technological and other more modern issues. I loved this book and the glimpses into so many characters that did not have the opportunity to shine in previous instalments. I love the character growth and plot advancement.

The fourth book of 2019. was The Reader by Bernhard Schlink.

The Reader

While my reading in the book club has been highly irregular in the last year or so this was one of the books I was very excited about to read and discuss. It is a thought provoking book with plethora of moral issues to talk about and it gives ample opportunity for the reader to think about the past, the present and the future. While some issues are specific to the aftermath of World War II, this book offers a new perspective to our own human judgemental nature and pride.

The fifth book I’ve read in 2019 was a short story collection Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges.


This book had a certain reputation and standing among my fellow students while I was in college. It took me a decade after graduation to actually get to reading the book. I was surprised it was a short story collection. The themes were interesting but I did not enjoy the multitude of names and references I was not that familiar with. I had a hard time separating the South American and Muslim references in particular and following the metaphors. It was a very difficult and challenging reading experience. The documentary style was not something I particularly enjoyed and made the short stories hard to follow.

The sixth book of 2019. for me was the All Souls Complete Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.


I’ve read the first book sometime last year so I can freely enjoy the TV adaptation on HBO. After a few months pause I decided to watch the TV series again and got inspired to read the book series trough. I had some issues finding a second book in the edition I wanted so one night I finally caved and got myself the whole trilogy Kindle edition. It took me a few months to finish it all up due the considerable number of pages but I’m happy and pleased to have it finished and I’m awaiting for the second season of the show guilt free!

The seventh book of 2019 by my Goodreads account is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness


While I’ve read the whole series as a trilogy I’ve found the third book on my TBR list on Goodreads and went to fix it. In an attempt to motivate myself at not failing the reading challenge this year like I failed last year I went back and added it as a separate book in my Read books section. Is that cheating or not I do not know or care. As far as I’m concerned I’ve read three books and put down only two and I’m still one book short for the counting purposes if need be!

The eighth book in 2019. was Comme un roman by Daniel Pennac.

91lUehA+fJL“A well-chosen book saves you from everything, including yourself.”

The English title of this book is The Rights of the Reader and it’s taken from the second part of the book where the Rights of the reader are listed. This is not a story but more a testament to reading. It is my big wish to find this book in Croatian and buy it but sadly there was only one edition in the nineties and they are very hard to come by. It is a book that inspired a many librarian’s projects and helped to promote and understand reading as an activity, life choice and necessity.

Ninth book I’ve read in 2019 was The Treasure Keeper (Drakon book 4) by Shana Abe.

treasure keeper

I have the best boyfriend ever and one day he decided it is time to raid my Book Depository wishlist. Among the book we ordered was The Treasure Keeper the fourth book in the Drakon series I have only nice memories of. It is for once a fantasy series in a sea of urban fantasy I usually prefer. I like the idea of dragon shape shifters and how this author writes them. It might not be the best fantasy out there but it is a guilty pleasure of mine! I would have loved to have bought the edition with the cover on the left instead the right one. The shiny and gaudy is very much part of the charm for these books!

The tenth book I’ve read this year is Girl Online by Zoe Sugg


This was a bit unusual pick for my mostly very serious book club. And it came from one of the more serious book club members. This book made me feel old and tired at times. The truth is I love YA books and while the fast paced dialogues and witty remarks that go with them I had trouble with keeping up with the account of a teen life in the age of social networking and mostly well off western teenager to young adult view on life. I had a revelation that I prefer my books and stories a bit more darker and angstier that this one was…

The eleventh book in 2019. was The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta


I’ve got my eye on this book ever since it came out and one of my friends at Goodreads loved it. I liked the idea of actually reading about She-Hulk and some other Marvel heroes in a book as opposed to watching the movies and reading graphic novels. The book had it’s bright moments at that but in the end it was more in lieu of Bridget Jones Diaries than expected Marvel hero action. I sure like the design and the cover. The spine and the rest of the book is bright green and it poops out nicely on the shelf!

The twelvfth book in 2019. was Pretty Reckless ( All Saints High book 1) by L.J. Shen.


This one was another Kindle spur of the moment buy that provided much needed dose of drama and angst for a period of PMS and opened a door to a period of more reading for me. I’ve checked out the rest of the books in the series but I’m not all that interested in them as of now. Looking into this book on Goodreads I realized that I’ve missed to count another short story that came out as a prequel to this book series!

Thirteenth book and one I missed in the first count was Defy ( All Saints High book 0,5) by L.J. Shen.


A short and smutty prequel to the All Saints High book series. The main characters are actually the parents of the main character of the Pretty Reckless book. Most of the books that feature the characters who are into sports are not that appealing to me and I still have trouble visualizing all that comes with American football. In my country people play soccer…

Fourteenth book I’ve read in 2019 was Devil’s Daughter ( The Ravenels book 5 ) by Lisa Kleypas


This one was a must have since it features my favorite characters. I am very picky when it comes to historical romance as a genre. In case of Evie and Sebastian I do not miss the opportunity to read more about them and their children and grandchildren in this case. I’m very happy with how the author finds ways to revisit favorite characters and include them in the new books. It inspired me to once again read the source material as well!

Fifteenth book I’ve read in 2019. was Devil in Winter ( The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas


One of my favorite books ever and the characters I like to revisit each year. While I rarely choose to reread books with so many unread on my TBR already this is the book that has found a way to my reading schedule at least once a year. While the last reading was inspired by reading the newest book by the same author it has also inspired me to finally but the physical copy in English. I already poses the said book in Croatian but I prefer reading it in English.

And by the corrected counting the last and the sixteenth bok I’ve read in 2019 so far is
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod


From all the editions of this book and theme I’ve seen so far this one is the most hideous one. I was not at all pleased with the cover of my edition – the artwork looked very much in the opposition with the main character and it bothered me a lot. As for the story – I enjoyed learning the story behind Strahd von Zarovich. It all inspired me to go back to my Ravenloft RPG books and get ideas for a some campaign that will probably never come to life …I am now even more interested in the rest of Ravenloft novels! There are few things that were missing in this book! The most important one was a map for me to enjoy the geography of Ravenloft and Barovia. I hate when the production of the book is not well made!


I am currently playing around with some creative ways to inspire myself to make more choices for reading books instead of some other activities. Soon I’ll post more about that!

Sorry not sorry about the long post!