I 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.
All 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.
Other 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.
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.