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kaarnalaiva

kaarnalaiva

Joined August 2018

"One must always be careful of books and what is inside them for words have the power to change us." - Tessa Gray
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Spellhacker by M. K. England
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City of Brass by S A Chakraborty
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Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
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The Black Veins by Ashia Monet
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Blood Of The Fold by Terry Goodkind
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Mehso-so

I went into this book with high expectations because the first book in the trilogy was so good but it just didn‘t hit the mark for me. I was really quite bored until the last few chapters when things started to finally happen. But at least the ending made sure I‘ll have to read the third book too.

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The Disasters | M. K. England
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What a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the adventure and I loved the characters so much! This was just what I needed right now. And the #audiobook was really good too!🪐🚀

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Did I just finish reading this instead of doing the things I was supposed to be doing? Yes, yes I did. And I regret nothing😂 What a relatable collection of comics! Loved it!

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Assassin's Creed: Volume 3 Homecoming | Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
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Mehso-so

I finally got around to reading the last volume (at least as far as I can tell?). I have to say I was mostly confused about everything because I couldn‘t really remember what happened in the previous ones😂 But an okay adventure still!

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The Black Veins | Ashia Monet
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Some train reading today! I‘ve had this book on pause for I don‘t even remember how long, but I thought I‘d try to make some progress today.🚂📚

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Ultimately, I ended up liking this but it took a while. I felt like the beginning was really slow and I nearly gave up but I had to find out what happens with Nina so I kept with it. I enjoyed the second part of the book a lot more. I especially liked Isaak‘s chapters as well as Nina‘s which was surprising considering Nikolai was one of my favourite characters in the original trilogy.

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Panpan

That sure was a book I listened to. I don‘t really have anything to say about it. I was so excited to read this because of the premise but then the book as a whole just didn‘t do anything for me. It held my interest enough that I got through it but that‘s about it.

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Pickpick

It took me about four years but I finally finished this! I read it episode by episode while also listening to the Good Morning Night Vale episodes for each one. There were many long pauses in between episodes but I got there eventually! It was nice getting to revisit the early episodes and I really liked the short forewords before each one💜

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Today hasn‘t really gone to plan but at least I‘ve found myself reading in two different libraries so I‘ll count that as a win! I‘m finally trying to make some progress in the tagged book but it‘s slow going.

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Hurme | Sini Helminen
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I can‘t remember the last time I picked up a book by a Finnish author but this caught my eye in the library. I really liked how diverse it is and the fact that it‘s set at a university. The characters were all really interesting as was the plot and I really liked how Finnish folklore was incorporated into it. It could‘ve used another round of editing and the romance didn‘t quite hit the mark but overall I enjoyed this!

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I finally got around to getting myself a StoryGraph account and after importing my GoodReads shelves I went to see my stats. And I promptly burst out laughing because I‘m pretty sure I only know two languages well enough to read books in. It‘s safe to say that something went wonky here😂

julesG Is it maybe based on where the authors are from? 3mo
kaarnalaiva @julesG It doesn‘t seem like it, looks more like random languages got assigned to some books for seemingly no good reason, for example King Oedipus was marked as Estonian and I have no idea why😂 3mo
kaarnalaiva And then I tried to add that into the database using the ISBN of the Finnish version and it put the language as Catalan for some reason?? So I really don‘t know. 3mo
julesG 🙈🙈🙈🙈 That's nuts. 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I finished my #reread and I have to say I still love it as much, if not more, as on the first time around. I had forgotten most of what happens in the first half so it was almost like reading a whole new book. Very happy to have read it again! #translatedbooks

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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It‘s finally here!! I‘ve been craving a Six of Crows #reread for a few months now and when I saw it was getting published in Finnish this summer I decided to wait for that. I can‘t wait to dive back into Ketterdam and see how everything is translated!! #translatedbooks

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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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I‘m on a couple day summer holiday trip and of course I had to go to a couple bookstores. And of course I couldn‘t walk away empty handed😂🤦🏼‍♀️ #bookhaul

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Golden Boys | Phil Stamper
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I spent my morning finishing this when everyone else slept and what a treat it was! The story and the characters sucked me in from the very start but I haven‘t had the time to finish it until now. I really liked the way this story was told even if I would have liked to see some scenes from a different point of view too. But overall I loved this and the boys!☀️

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Our Violent Ends | Chloe Gong
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Mehso-so

Well that sure was an ending. I‘m still trying to process most of it tbh😂 I liked some parts of this better than the first book but overall this was mostly an okay read for me. With both books I found myself liking the side characters a lot more than the mains which I wasn‘t too surprised about considering I‘m not the hugest fan of Romeo and Juliet in the first place. Overall an okay read!

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Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Oh wow, this was so good. I laughed, I cried, and really related to some of the stuff in there. This was an excellent read and as a language professional this warmed my heart a whole lot. I only wish it was longer!

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this one. I liked a lot of it but there were some things that weren‘t really my cup of tea. Molly was an interesting main character and the #audiobook was very good but overall this missed the mark for me a little.

FelinesAndFelonies I had a similar reaction. 7mo
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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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Mehso-so

I took a break from cleaning to finally finish my #reread of this one. I remember not liking this first one as much as the other two in the trilogy and I have to say that so far that hasn‘t changed. Hopefully the other two are better this time around too, because I have to say that this one is still very much meh.

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My reading life has been a mess lately. I‘ve barely touched any physical books and have been slowly making my way through an audiobook. At this point reading books just seems to take too much brain power, but I‘ve read a ton of fanfic instead. So, I‘ve actually been reading a whole lot lately, just not books😅 I‘ve been trying to figure out how to track that in my #bujo but so far haven‘t come up with anything.📓

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Mehso-so

This was okay. The plot was interesting but I have to say I was more invested in the side characters than the main couple. Onto the sequel after that ending, though! #audiobook

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Pickpick

Finally finished another book😂 I liked this one! The different friendships were all developed so nicely and of course the romance was cute! I also really liked the narration of the #audiobook.

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Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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I finished this around midnight yesterday because I just couldn‘t put it down when it got going. It did take a while for me to get into it, though, but I‘m glad I stuck with it because wow! I really enjoyed it!🌌

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I only really have one word: wow. I was completely swept away by this and probably would‘ve listened to all of it in sitting if I‘d had the time. I loved the story and the characters and the sheer emotional punch it packed. I don‘t usually pay much attention to the way books are structured but I have to say that the structure of this was absolutely brilliant and gave the story so many layers. I also really liked the #audiobook. Loved it!

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I had fun filling in my reading stats for 2021 in my #bujo! I managed to read a little every day which I‘m super proud of! I really need to read more from non-white authors next year, though. Otherwise I‘m pretty happy with what I read this year!📚

Nute Amazing tracking of your reading habits!🙌🏽 6mo
kaarnalaiva @Nute Thanks!! 6mo
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And with that, I‘ve managed to finish 30 books this year! My #GoodreadsGoal was to read 25, so this is a big win! I‘ve had a hard time reading books this autumn after I started at my current job, and there were a couple months when I didn‘t finish any books. So seeing that I still got to 30 makes me super happy!📚🎉

Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
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Right Here Waiting | K. E. Belledonne
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it just fell a little flat. I enjoyed the story and it was sweet and heartbreaking but I had a hard time following the jumpy timelines at times. I also would‘ve liked a little more emotional depth, to actually feel how the characters felt, but it didn‘t quite hit the mark with that. Liked it though!

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I‘m getting ready for #2022 in my #bujo! Even though I haven‘t been reading that much in the past few months I‘ve still managed to read a little every day and I‘m hoping to keep that up next year. I also decided to go with 25 books for the Goodreads challenge, the same as this year. I can‘t believe 2022 is almost here but I can‘t wait to see what new books I‘ll get to!📚

LeeRHarry That looks great! 😊 12mo
kaarnalaiva @LeeRHarry Thanks!😄 12mo
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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Mehso-so

This was a lot more meh for me than the first one. I‘m not exactly sure why I wasn‘t as into this one but I just wasn‘t really feeling it. It was nice and quick to read but that‘s about where I‘m at.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I decided to treat myself to these beauties from my last pay check and they finally arrived!! They‘re just as gorgeous as I imagined! Now I just wish I could display them properly.

Uralkodo I just got them a few weeks ago. They are so beautiful! 🙈🤩 12mo
kaarnalaiva @Uralkodo They really are!! 12mo
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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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It‘s been a while since I finished a book last but tonight I managed to get through the rest of this! I really enjoyed everything about this book even if the plot was a tad bit predictable. Loved it!

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Mehso-so

I‘ve been in a serious book reading slump lately (the amount of fanfic I‘ve consumed is unreal, though). But now I managed to finish listening to this #audiobook! I have mixed feelings about this, I liked it but it wasn‘t as good as I‘d hoped. A nice story but nothing too spectacular for me.

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3 years already?????? I can‘t believe how fast time flies🎉📚

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This was a fun and short read that I really enjoyed! Especially loved the short part because I‘ve had trouble reading longer books recently. I loved the way the book was written and can‘t wait to read more of this series!

BehindthePages Murderbot is the best! 1y
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The Adventure Zone: The Crystal Kingdom | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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Another great TAZ adaptation! Crystal Kingdom has never been my favourite Balance arc and the comic didn‘t change that but even so I really appreciated the comic. I can‘t wait to get the next one! With this I also finished my Goodreads goal of 25 books for the year!🥳

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My reading was all over the place in July but I managed to finish three books! I was aiming for one so three feels pretty damn good. I‘m also only a book away from finishing my Goodreads goal of the year so I‘d say that I‘ve successfully managed to pull myself out of my reading slump😂 #bujo

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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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I got really hooked into this the moment I started listening to it. I‘ve been super immersed in this world for the past couple days. What an emotional rollercoaster! I loved every second of it and the #audiobook was spectacular!

CarolynM ❤️ 1y
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The Sky Blues | Robbie Couch
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I finally continued with this one yesterday and today I just could not stop. The story really sucked me in and I had to know how it would all turn out. And I have to say that I loved this, like a lot. So many important topics were discussed in it and I loved how supportive the book felt as a whole. And I really enjoyed the #audiobook too!

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The Red Pyramid | Rick Riordan
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We‘re currently suffering from a massive heatwave so today was a beach day. And of course I couldn‘t go without a book! I‘ve been slowly digging my way out of a reading slump so it was nice to get a little further in the tagged book.🏖 #beachreading

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Chain of Iron | Cassandra Clare
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Mehso-so

My first finished book since April, woohoo! Even if the book was a hot mess😂 I don‘t know, I just didn‘t vibe with this one. There were some very good scenes but the overall plot just didn‘t do it for me. All in all I was disappointed in this. Hopefully the last one will be better! #shadowhunterchronicles

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Chain of Iron | Cassandra Clare
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I‘ve been slowly making my way through this one. Luckily today I have a few hours of nothing to do while I wait for my cousin in the hospital parking lot (nothing serious, no worries!) so I‘m expecting to get at least a couple more chapters in! #carreading

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Chain of Iron | Cassandra Clare
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It‘s finally here!!!!! I pre-ordered this back in February (there were some mishaps along the way) and it finally arrived today and I couldn‘t be happier!! Maybe this will pull me out of the books slump I‘ve been in for the past month and a half! #shadowhunterchronicles

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The Sky Blues | Robbie Couch
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I haven‘t really been reading a lot of books lately, but I decided it was time to change that. I dug out this old puzzle to go along with the #audiobook because it‘s been sitting untouched for quite some time. Maybe this time around I‘ll actually finish it! Let‘s see how many books that takes though, because I‘m really struggling with it😂 #audiopuzzling

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Because I didn‘t get much reading done in May, I decided to go to the library (a wonderful experience, btw, I‘ve missed libraries so much) and see if any books would scream my name. Well, what do you know the trip turned into a proper #libraryhaul. Now I just need to actually Read😂📚

Nerdfins Scythe and its sequels are fantastic! 1y
kaarnalaiva @Nerdfins I‘m excited to get to it! 1y
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May wasn‘t the best reading month for me as I didn‘t finish any books. But I still managed to read a little every day! This is a huge achievement considering how busy I was all month. I got back to audiobooks too after a month and a half which also counts as progress. Here‘s for a better June!📚 #bujo #MayStats

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I‘m all moved in and got to reorganise my bookshelves today! The only problem is that I now have one less shelf than before so I had to get a little creative😅 But my precious books are all on shelves now and I can hopefully get back to reading a little more now that the move is done!

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The feeling when you arrive 15 minutes before the place even opens😅😂 Luckily I‘m on my way to the library after this so at least I have books to read while waiting😂

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Today was #movingday for my books! My shelves are so empty now and the books have to live in boxes for a couple weeks😭 But at least I get to reorganise them when I move too!

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Assassin's Creed: Setting Sun | Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
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I managed to squeeze in one more book for April! This was a fun and quick read. I really liked both the modern day plot and the historical one. All the characters were interesting as well and I can‘t wait to see where this goes next!

BehindthePages Wait they made Assassin Creed books!? I will have to check this out! 2y
kaarnalaiva @BehindthePages Yep! There are some novels that expand on the games such as Underworld about Syndicate and then at least this one comic run, I think there might be other comics as well? I‘ve been really enjoying reading them all! 2y
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This was a bit of a meh read that went over to nope at times. But at least it was fast to read. I really didn‘t appreciate the way the female characters were depicted and I didn‘t care about Harry at all. But the magic system was cool and the plot was just interesting enough for me to keep reading. However I think it‘s safe to say that I won‘t be picking up the rest of the series.