Monthly Wrap-Up February 2016


feb16-readI actually only read two of my own books this month – Remembrance by Meg Cabot and The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester (danisnotonfire and TheAmazingPhil on YouTube). The other three books I read in February were borrowed from my library (Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater and Redeemed by P.C. and Kristin Cast, I read the German translation Erlöst for the latter one) and a dear friend lent me her copy of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. A Gathering of Shadows also was by far the best book of the month, though I also thoroughly enjoyed Remembrance. Concerning the rest, I liked Sinner (my favorite Maggie Stiefvater novel so far) and The Amazing Book is Not on Fire. Redeemed, however, yeah, let’s not talk about that any longer.

feb16-currentAll in all, I read five books and 2028 pages (70 a day). I even managed to reduce my TBR by one book, I got four new ones. With Remembrance, Redeemed, and A Gathering of Shadows, there’s only one of those I haven’t finished yet – This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner which I already started.

However, currently I’m reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion because of the huge book hangover I had after finishing A Gathering of Shadows. A Gathering of Shadows was awesome, I loved it so much! This Shattered World was just too similar (and too unsimilar at the same time, meaning it didn’t include my favorite characters), so I decided to start a book from a different genre. I plan on finishing both this month.

feb16-soonOther books I want to read this month: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín and After You by Jojo Moyes; I got these two from the library, too (by the way, the difference in size between these two is ridiculous). And there’s also a new release this month I’ve already preordered: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Yes, I will probably devour this one in a few days even though I didn’t want to read any more Shadowhunters books ^^. (Actually, there’s also another new release this month, Half Lost by Sally Green, but I haven’t read the second book in this trilogy yet.) Other than that, I’d like to reduce my TBR pile by actually reading some of my older books, but we’ll see if I can stick to that plan…

Movies & TV Shows

I watched a lot this month. To be fair, I’m on a break right now, so I take full advantage of all that free time. Plus, because of my book hangover I naturally turned to movies and TV shows.

TV shows I watched for the first time include Grimm Season 3, The Last Kingdom Season 1, Buffy Season 1, Black Sails Season 1, and Gilmore Girls Seasons 1 & 2. My highlight was definitely Gilmore Girls, I absolutely adore that show. I didn’t expect to like it that much, actually, so I’m kinda shocked xD. But so far the storytelling has been mostly amazing and the characters are the best. So looking forward to that revival season now, but no spoilers please ;). I also liked Grimm (just please stop butchering the German language, I got offended and mad) and The Last Kingdom, loved Buffy, but Black Sails just failed to convince me. The sets are beautiful, and the music is awesome (that opening sequence!), but the plot and the characters just bored me.

Movies I watched this month and would recommend: American Beauty, Hysteria, and Love, Rosie. Love, Rosie was so good I kinda wanna watch it again right now. I read the novel by Cecelia Ahern it’s based on and I thought that the movie adaptation was much better (the book was a bit boring), it’s such a feel-good movie. And Hysteria was so funny and so British, it’s amazing. If you’re looking for a good comedy with historic elements, you might wanna check that one out ;).


I fell in love with Ryan Adams‘s 1989 as well as Elle King‘s Love Stuff this month. I was especially surprised by how much I enjoy Love Stuff. It’s just such a diverse album and I can’t wait for the second one. My favorite songs are probably America’s Sweetheart and Song of Sorrow, though it’s hard to choose. Ryan Adams’s version of Taylor Swift’s album 1989 makes me love the original material even more, but I prefer some of his interpretations if I’m being honest (e.g. All You Had to Do Was Stay).

Kodaline are currently touring for their second album Coming Up For Air and I went to their concert in Munich on February 25th. It was a really good concert (although some of the other attendees annoyed me quite a bit but oh well) and I’m looking forward to listening to more of their music.

What else

Well, the Oscars were a pretty special event this month. Because of the time difference, they started at two a.m. and I went to bed at six a.m. when the last Oscar had been awarded. I have to say, I thought this year’s ceremony was pretty boring and I didn’t particularly like the host. However, Leonardo DiCaprio finally, finally winning an Oscar made up for that.

Other than that February was a relaxing month for me and I was able to hang out with a lot of friends. Obviously, I also watched a lot of TV shows and read many books, I probably would’ve read even more if it wasn’t for A Gathering of Shadows. AGoS left me speechless, I could barely read the last few pages, and I was very emotional while reading it – from grinning like a fool in public to being unable to continue out of fear for all those beloved characters. And I need the third installment yesterday. At least I haven’t read Vicious yet (I’m saving it for bad days), so I have that to look forward to until the wait for the next Shade of Magic book is over.

Another thing that I’ve been struggling with is keeping up with other bloggers. I used to read a lot of posts of my fellow bloggers and left some comments, but now I’m out of practice and it’s hard to get back into this routine. I really hope I can work on that soon.

In March, I’ll be back at uni, so I suppose I’ll be pretty busy but I hope I can spare some time for blogging and reading nevertheless.



My Current TBR Pile

tbr-feb7As a way of an introduction and to give you a quick overview regarding my reading taste, I thought it would be a good idea to present my current TBR (to be read) pile in all its glory :-D. Now, some of you may say that my TBR is very small, but for me it’s quite enough. There are 40 books on my TBR right now and considering I only read about 50 a year, I see no need to add any more books to it xD. Let’s dive right into it!

First up, I’ve got the absolute stunning Half Wild by Sally Green, the sequel to Half Bad (and that cover was even more awesome). I bought Half Bad in Ireland two years ago because I found a signed copy (and I’m a sucker for those) and because of the amazing cover, I really like those minimalistic yet mysterious covers. I then read it in spring and it actually took me a long time to finish it. It couldn’t quite capture my attention, although I really liked the plot. I also thought that the main character was quite unique (as well as the way he narrated the story). Still, I hope that the second part will be more exciting and I’ve already preordered the last book which comes out in March, so I guess I ought to read this one till then.

tbr-feb11Continuing on with a few of my British paperbacks (I have to say I absolutely adore British paperbacks because their heights always match and it looks so nice on my shelves) here. I bought Entangled and The Originals at the Frankfurt Book Fair mainly because they were cheap and because I added them to my GR wish list a long time ago. I’m still not quite sure what Entangled is about, I guess I’ll find out when I start it xD. The Originals is about three clones in hiding which sounds pretty amazing (Orphan Black, anyone?) and I hope there’s not too much teen drama involved.

Dangerous Deception as well as The Madness Underneath and The Shadow Cabinet are sequels to two series I started last year. Dangerous Deception is the second part in the spin-off series of Beautiful Creatures and I expect a normal, but entertaining YA urban fantasy novel. The Madness Underneath and The Shadow Cabinet are sequels to The Name of the Star, a paranormal mystery novel I enjoyed a lot when I read it in October. I don’t know if I’ll start the second part soon though – with spring and summer coming any second (at least that’s what I’m hoping for ^^), I’m not really in the mood for mystery. Of course, World After is another sequel I have to read but this one is actually borrowed from a very good friend. There’s not many dystopian novels involving angels around and Angelfall, the first installment, was a fast read, so I’m looking forward to reading this rather soon. And last in that stack, there’s Icons which I bought while on vacation in England in 2013. The blurb actually sounds interesting but the ratings on Goodreads aren’t that great – I think it might take me a while to pick this one up…

tbr-feb3However, I can’t wait to start these two lovelies here – Goliath and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld are the third and second part in the Leviathan trilogy. I read Leviathan in January and loved it! It’s a steampunk series set in an alternate World War I and follows the adventures of Alek, fictional son of the murdered Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and Deryn, a girl disguised as a boy serving in the British Air Force. Just writing about the synopsis makes me even more excited to finally start the second novel :-D.

tbr-feb6Speaking of historical settings, I’ve also got some other pretty big books to read – to be honest, the sheer size of these is a little bit daunting. Love and War and Heaven and Hell are part of the North and South trilogy which was turned into a TV show in the 80s starring Patrick Swayze. I actually read the first book in 2013 and started the second one, too, but it’s got over a thousand pages, so… yeah… ^^ I want to get back to it eventually though.

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is the first part in his trilogy about World War I. The synopsis sounds very interesting and I actually read the Pillars of the Earth ages ago and loved it – but again, it’s the 850 pages that have prevented me from starting this one so far… Similarly, Die Zeit der Feuerblüten with over 900 pages is a German novel about a family migrating from Germany to New Zealand in the 1800s – I’m intrigued by that description, but come on, over 900 pages? Plus it’s the first part in a trilogy… I’ll definitely read it one day but I really need to be in the mood for all those big books. Lastly, All The Light We Cannot See is the shortest one of these with only 500 pages. It’s set during World War II and I have heard a lot of good things about it, so this is on my soon-to-be-read list, too.

tbr-feb10Luckily, I also have some rather short and easy to read books on my TBR. I’ve been wanting to read Wanderlove for a long time now because I absolutely love to travel and am sure I’ll like this one. What I Thought Was True is another one of those summer contemporary books and I’m really looking forward to my second Huntley Fitzpatrick book. My Life Next Door just left me with such a nice, warm feeling, and I hope that this one will deliver, too. I always love a good contemporary.

The next two are absolute cover buys but hey – can you blame me?

tbr-feb9Emma by Jane Austen and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens are two classics I have yet to read, however, I’m familiar with both of the authors. I read A Tale of Two Cities in 2012 and liked it very much, I read Pride and Prejudice in 2014 and enjoyed it a lot, especially because of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries that I watched as I read more and more of the book. I’m very happy that the people behind it also turned Emma into a web series and I’ll probably end up watching Emma Approved while reading the novel. There are some other classics with matching covers, by the way, however, it’s only five in total (but I’d probably have bought all of them, so maybe it’s a good thing after all ^^). Okay, scratch that, I just discovered there’s six of them. Well, guess who’s ordering another book right now ^^ . If you want to take a look, you can find all of them here.

tbr-feb12Moving on, I also got some YA contemporary books on my TBR that’ll probably make me cry (judging by the blurb and reviews). But I’m really looking forward to all of these. Wonder has actually been on my TBR for almost two years now, All the Bright Places and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are fairly recent buys. There’s also a movie for It’s Kind of a Funny Story and I put it on my Netflix Watchlist, so every time I go on Netflix (which, let’s be honest, is quite often ^^), the movie reminds me to start reading the novel already.

tbr-feb8Next, there’s some books I couldn’t really find a good “category” for, so I just threw them all together. Almost English mostly caught my eye because of the title. I like to watch a lot of British TV shows, read books in English whenever I get the chance to, and British music artists are just the best (Ed Sheeran, Bastille, George Ezra, need I continue?) – so I sometimes joke that I’m not German anymore (though I will root for the German soccer team any time). Almost English seems to be somewhat of a “continuation” of that – it’s about a teenage girl with Hungarian roots attending a traditional public school in London. I really hope it’ll live up to that amazing plot and my expectations.

The Rosie Project was actually a Christmas gift this year and I’ve already read the first few chapters. From what I’ve gathered, it’s a quirky read about a 39-year-old scientist searching for the perfect partner. It’s been really funny so far and I’m looking forward to it a lot, even though I’m not quite sold on the need for a sequel for this one, but I guess I’ll find out xD. Finally, there’s Sylvanus Now which I picked up at a book store for used English books while browsing there with the lovely Cara. Reasons I bought it: 1) it was only 5€, 2) it’s signed, 3) rough cut!, 4) the synopsis is so different from what I normally read but since I’d like to branch out a little bit, I figured, why not. It’s set in Newfoundland in the 1950s and the protagonists are fisherman Sylvanus Now and his wife-to-be Adelaide, who yearns to escape their little home town.

tbr-febAnd here’s another stack of books I couldn’t quite find a theme for – plus, my kindle with a bunch of eBooks I want to read eventually, but since I still prefer physical books, those aren’t my top priority right now.

Starting from the bottom for this one, I’ve got The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by two of my favorite YouTubers, Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) and Phil Lester (AmazingPhil). The content of this book is kind of hard to describe/sum up, but if you watch some of their videos, you can probably imagine what a book by those two dorks would look like. Please don’t judge me too much for this one ^^. Next, Hector fängt ein neues Leben an is the sixth part in François Lelord’s series about psychiatrist Hector. The first book, Hector and the Search for Happiness, has been translated to English too and it’s been turned into a lovely movie starring Simon Pegg. Hector is such a nice protagonist and I do like the slightly philosophical theme of Lelord’s novels, so I’m very much looking forward to this one. Another big book on my TBR is A Clash of Kings, the second part in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. Yes, I’m completely caught up on the show already, I know I should’ve read the books before. But it took me half a year to actually complete the first one, so yeah, I don’t know when I’ll start this one. Size is not the only thing sometimes preventing me from actually reading all the books that have been on my TBR for a long time – with Le Souffle de la Hyène, it’s the language. This French YA fantasy novel was a gift from my mother for my birthday almost four years ago  – that was back when I was still actively learning French. My French has since gotten quite bad and although I still understand quite a lot, especially when it’s written down, I just haven’t had the patience to read this one yet. Last but not least, I also bought Watching the English at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I’ve seen a newer edition of this book in book shops before and again, it’s mainly the title that finally led me to buy this one. I started reading the introduction but have yet to actually start it.

tbr-feb4Finally some books I found a theme for again ^^. Here are the thrillers and crime novels on my TBR, weirdly all of them are in German. I got Deadline (original title: Disclaimer) as a birthday present this year, it’s a psychological thriller with mixed reviews on Goodreads, but I’m ready to give it a chance. Ninespo gave me Blut von meinem Blut (original title: The Wrong Kind of Blood) when I stayed at hers so we could attend the Book Fair together (which was absolutely awesome, thank you again!). This is the first in a series about Irish cop Ed Loy solving crimes in Dublin. And yes, I mainly want to read this because it’s set in Ireland. It is a weakness with me. And then we’ve got the German thriller Kalte Macht. The synopsis sounds a little bit like House of Cards but I doubt that it’ll be as good. But I’ll find out eventually. Lastly, I borrowed Der Ruf des Kuckucks (original title: The Cuckoo’s Calling) from my brother (after gifting it to him so I could read it too – I’m not the only one doing this, am I?). This, as you’re probably aware, is the first novel in a crime series by J.K. Rowling – and it will be the first book of hers I’ll read outside of the Harry Potter universe, so I’m quite excited about it.

tbr-feb5To compensate for all those crime novels, I’ve also got some good old romance novels. Zwei auf Umwegen (original title: After I Do) is the story of Lauren and Ryan who decide to try to save their marriage by “taking a year off” – no contact with each other, everything else is allowed. I’m quite curious to see how I like this one. Drei Tage Manhattan – Begleitung gesucht (original title: The Proposal) is about Amy who’s travelling to New York with an elderly woman over the Christmas holidays. This seems to be a perfect read for December. And if you thought you’d seen all of my big books already – nope, here’s two other ones. Die verlorenen Spuren (original title: The Secret Keeper) seems to be about a family gathering involving secrets of the past being brought up again. To be honest, the synopsis is a bit confusing, but I enjoyed Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours when I read it in 2012.

And here is the final picture! Thank you if you actually read all of this ;).

tbr-feb2A Long Long Sleep is a sleeping beauty retelling that’s been sitting on my shelves for quite a while now. And I don’t really know why I still haven’t read it… Out of the Easy, on the other hand, is another book I bought at the book fair this year (yes, I bought a lot of books at the book fair). Cara recommended this one to me, so I’m very much looking forward to reading it soon…ish. And finally, I need to read Rot wie das Meer (original title: The Scorpio Races) by Maggie Stiefvater. Ninespo lent it to me in October, and I’m sorry to say that I still haven’t read it. So far, I’ve read both the Wolves of Mercy Falls series and all three books of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater – and I still can’t decide whether I like her books or not. I absolutely love her writing style, but I just can’t connect to the (main) characters somehow. Well, I’ll find out if The Scorpio Races is the exception to this issue.

And that’s it! Those are all the books on my TBR pile, and I have to say, I think I’ve got a good variety to choose from. However, it’s never easy choosing what to read next, so I’d also like to hear your opinion :)! Is there anything you can recommend to me and would like me to read rather soon?


To new beginnings

Hi there,

welcome (back) to my blog :). As you may know, I’ve been blogging for the last couple of years but decided to take a break last year. Well, now I’m back and a lot of things have changed.

First and foremost, obviously, the language. When I started blogging back in 2012, I read mostly in German, so it only made sense to me to talk about those books in German too. However, my reading habits have changed a lot since then, English becoming the most important language for me in terms of books, movies, tv shows, and music.

I’ve also gotten tired of the way my reviews where structured on my old blog. I used to try to review all the books I read and that’s not something I’d like to do again. Instead, I’ll try to shorten my reviews in general while also including my thoughts on all the books I read in monthly wrap-ups.

As I don’t know how much time I’ll have for blogging once uni starts again, I don’t want to promise too much, but if I’ve go the time, I definitely want to branch out too. I’d love to write about the music I’m enjoying, the tv shows and movies I’m watching and so on.

So, to keep this short – I’m very happy to be back :)! This blog is still under construction but I really wanted to publish this post today since I started blogging exactly four years ago.