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My favourite books across different genres! || Fabulous Favourites Tag!

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I was tagged by Elsie @Reading Between Worlds to do this tag. I actually couldn’t find the post in which she tagged me in (I don’t know why she removed it or what happened to it), but this tag looks amazing and I definitely wanted to do it. Once again, thank you for tagging me Elsie! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!


The Rules:
  1. Link back to @ReadingBetweenWorlds original post. (I really want to see what everyone comes up with!)
  2. Thank the person who tagged you.
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Tag other people (however many you want) to keep the tag going.

The Questions:

1. What’s your favourite Contemporary book?

The first book that came to my mind was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. (That’s seriously a long title!) I don’t tend to read many contemporaries, it’s because most of the stories just don’t interest me. (With a few exception that is.) Aristotle and Dante is definitely my favourite and I have read it 4 times so far!

Aristotle and Dante

2. What’s your favourite Sci-Fi/Fantasy book?

Now this category was very hard for me, after all fantasy is my favourite genre and the one I read most from. And I have A TON of favourites when it comes to it! Picking just one was hell. In the end I decided to go with The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I simply adore this book and the characters, especially Locke and Jean! I NEED to reread this book soon, as I really want to continue reading this series.

Gentlemen Bastards

3. What’s your favourite Crime/Mystery book?

I’m going withe the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (or J.K. Rowling), if I had to choose one book it would be Career of Evil. This series is freaking amazing! The characters are interesting and the mysteries fascinating. I just love the way that Rowling writes mysteries, she always manages to suck me in from page one.

4. What’s your favourite Historical Fiction book?

That has definitely to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I read this book years ago without knowing much about it, the title and cover intrigued me and I decided to buy it randomly. (This was before I discovered the online bookish community and their love for this book.) The Book Thief completely blew me away, it was such a fantastic heartwarming and heartbreaking book.

Markus Zusak

5. What’s your favourite ‘Classic’ book?

This was another hard category for me. I have quite a few favourite classics, so picking just one was really difficult. In the end I decided to go with Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I simply adore this book, the characters, the romance and the setting. Pride and Prejudice is definitely one of my favourites, I have read it 3 times so far.

Pride and Prejudice

6. What’s your favourite biography?

Actually the only biography that I have read is Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo, so it’s the one I’m picking for this category. (I think it’s called Zoo Station in English.) This is a story about a girl who gets into drugs and how her life spirals out of control. I read this book when I was around 14 and it affected me quiet a lot. This is one of those books that I just read at the right time in my life.

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7. What’s your favourite Children’s book?

That has to be The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. This is the book that got me into reading and the first book that I ever read on my own. I used to reread this book a lot when I was little, I was obsessed with it. (And I watched the movies a thousand times as well.) It’s obvious why I choose The Chronicles of Narnia for this category.

Narnia

8. What’s your favourite Series?

Okay. Nobody is surprised by my favourite series, after all I simply LOVE Harry Potter!

Harry Potter

9. What’s your favourite Trilogy?

I haven’t mentioned lately how much I love The Infernal Devices. So this is the perfect moment to say it again: I love this trilogy! It’s the first one that I read by Cassandra Clare and the one that made me fall in love with the Shadowhunter world. I just adore the characters within this trilogy, especially Will, Jem and Tessa! ❤

10. What’s your favourite Duology?

Without a doubt that is the Six of Crows duology by the queen Leigh Bardugo. Honestly, what else could have I picked? I simply adore these two books, which you may know if you have been following me for a while. The characters, world and story are simply wonderful! If you are interested in more of my thoughts on these books (and want to see me fangirling about them), you can check out my reviews:

Review for Six of Crows and review for Crooked Kingdom.


Bonus Questions:

1. What’s your favourite Play?

The first play that came to my mind when I read this question was Faust: Part One by Goethe. I just have fond memories of this play, as we read it in class and had amazing discussions about it. Plus it does help that I read this book together with my best friend and talked about it with her while reading it. And it is a really amazing play as well! (Which I somehow forgot to mention earlier.)

Faust

2. What’s your favourite Poem?

The first poem that came to my mind was The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, so I’m going with it. In general I really like Poe’s poems. (With some exceptions, which is normal.) I don’t have much more to add to this, I just enjoy reading his poems and The Raven is my favourite.

Edgar Allan Poe

3. What’s your favourite Short Story?

Any story in The Bane Chronicles! I adored this short story collection (or is it a novella collection, I really don’t know). You may know, as I keep mentioning it, I adore Magnus Bane. So getting to read stories about him and his adventures was freaking amazing! I have read most of these stories multiple times as well, I just adore them.

Shadowhunters


FINAL QUESTION:

1. If you could only keep one of these, what would it be?

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Are you kidding me?! I have to pick just ONE to keep!? Why don’t you just kill me!

I guess I would keep Harry Potter, though it pains me having to pick just one!


What are your favourite books in these categories? Do you love any of the books that I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Demon Inside

Title:  The Demon Inside

Author: M. L. Sparrow

Published: 11. May 2015

Edition: M. L. Sparrow

                 Kindle Edition, 299 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian | Zombies

Summary:

Darcy was a perfectly normal teenage girl, enjoying the summer after completing her A Levels with her boyfriend Alec. Until the night strange creatures begin falling from the sky, infecting people and transforming them into crazed, animalistic cannibals.

Having lost everything in one foul swoop – her parents, her home and all future plans – all Darcy can do is try to protect the people she does have left. Together, she and Alec, along with her younger sister, sarcastic best-friend, Alec’s alcoholic father and the family dog, set off on a journey to find somewhere safe in a world where everything is different.
However, when they do finally discover a haven, a place to call home again, can they remain? And who will survive?

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The Demon Inside wasn’t what I expected it to be and I meant that in both a good and bad way. I have read quiet a few zombie and apocalypse books before and they tend to fascinate me. I just find the whole concept interesting, plus it’s always exiting to read survival stories. (At least to me it is.)

When I’m reading apocalypse and zombie books I expect them to be thrilling and action packed. Sadly this wasn’t the case with this book. There was action in some parts of the book, but I found it mostly lacking in that department. The story felt very slow, especially towards the middle. Another thing that comes to mind when you think about zombies is horror, and I expected to find it in this book as well. Don’t get me wrong, there were horror elements, but you can definitely see that it’s aimed at a young adult audience – I just expected a lot more gore and violence from it. Not that that is a bad thing or anything, it’s just something that stood out to me. (Probably because I usually read adult horror novels, particularly Stephen King.)

The first part of the book is mostly focused on the characters, how some of them met and got to know each other better. It almost felt like a contemporary book at that point. My problem with this part was the insta-love between Darcy and Alec. That’s a trope that I seriously dislike and this book was no exception to that. Though I have to say that I enjoyed reading about their relationship more as the story progressed. The second part is more about survival and stuff like that. (And I already expressed my thoughts on that bit.)

I liked most of the characters. Darcy, Alec and Callie definitely stood out to me and I liked them the most. The other side characters were rather forgettable and I didn’t care all that much about them. Darcy was a very likeable protagonist and I enjoyed reading her story. Alec was interesting as well and I liked their relationship in general, though as I already mentioned the beginning wasn’t the best. (Insta-love is something that really bothers me.) I liked the dynamic between Darcy, Alec and Callie – it was a lot of fun to read about.

Overall I liked this book, but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything like that. I found it to be rather slow for an apocalypse/zombie novel and the horror aspect wasn’t there for me. The characters were interesting and likeable, but the romance wasn’t the best (in the beginning mostly). I would recommend you to check this book out, especially if you enjoy there types of books!

Lastly I would like to thank the author, M. L. Sparrow, for sending me a copy of her book!


Have you read The Demon Inside? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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All the Books that I Own But Haven’t Read Yet!! || The Alphabet Book Tag

Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Raven @Dreamy Addictions to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog! You’re definitely missing out if you aren’t following her! For this tag you have to share the books that you own and still need to read in an alphabetical order. You can also include books from your Kindle and the ARCs (both physical and digital) that you own.

THE and do not count in my list, meaning those books are listed under the second word in their title.

A

Neil Gaiman

As you may know, Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favourite authors and I want to read everything that he has written. Obviously American Gods counts towards that as well. I have heard amazing things about this book, I just need to find the time to read it as it is a rather large book.

Assassin's Apprentice

I adore fantasy and an author that a lot of people recommended me was Robin Hobb. I bought Assassin’s Apprentice for the Kindle when it was a daily deal. I don’t think I will read this book anytime soon, as I want to finish some series before starting any new ones.


B

Blood for Blood – I have read the first book in this series ages ago and completely adored it. Wolf by Wolf was simply amazing! I hope that I will be able to get to this one soon.

By a Charm and a Curse – This is an ARC that I received from NetGalley. The only thing that I know is that this book takes places in a magical circus. Honestly, that’s the only thing that I needed to know.

Black Bird of the Gallows – Another ARC that I received from NetGalley. The synopsis for this one sounds intriguing and it’s a book that I plan on picking up whenever I’m in the mood for a romance. (As it’s a paranormal romance book.)

Brisingr – The third book in The Inheritance Cycle, which is a series about dragons and one that I adore. The first two books were amazing and I can’t wait to get around to this one and to see where the story will go.


C

A Conjuring of Light – I loved the first book in this series, A Darker Shade of Magic. I can’t wait to continue reading about this world and these characters!

Cress – I have read both Cinder and Scarlet already and I plan on getting to Cress really soon! (Either this or next month.) I really like the characters that Meyer has created in her books and I can’t wait to read more about them.

A Crown of Wishes The Star-Touched Queen is one of my all time favourite books! I simply adored it and Chokshi’s writing was beautiful. I can’t wait to get to A Crown of Wishes, I have heard some amazing things about it.


D

The Demon King – I have heard many amazing things about The Seven Realms series and I can’t wait to read this book! Hopefully I will be able to read it some time soon (maybe even as a buddy read).

The Darkest Minds – I bought this book ages ago, when I fist started getting into dystopian books (which was some years ago) but for some reason never actually read it. I do want to get to it some time in the future, after all I’m a sucker when it comes to stories about people with special abilities.

A Dance with Dragons – I own this book in the separate editions. I will get to these books eventually. (Probably not for a long time though.)

The Demon Inside

The Demon Inside is a book that I received from the author (and one that I’m currently reading). It’s basically a zombie book. I will have a review for this book up next week, once I actually finish this book (and write the review) that is.

Dreadnought

Dreadnought is an ARC that I received from NetGalley. I got this book ages ago, but I have yet to read it. (I’m seriously behind on some of these ARCs!) It’s about superheroes and the main character is trans. I’m really exited to read this book in the future!


E

None.


F

A Feast for Crows – A Song of Ice and Fire book, which I will read someday. Who knows when that day will actually come.

Fragile Things – A short story collection by Neil Gaiman. As I already mentioned in this post, I want to read all of Gaiman’s books. I don’t actually know anything more about this short story collection, but I’m exited to read it eventually.

Fangirl – I have read Eleanor & Park by this author and I wasn’t that impressed by it. Fangirl seems like a book that I would enjoy. I will be reading this book once I’m in the mood for a contemporary and a cute romance.

Falling Kingdoms – A young-adult fantasy book that I have heard great things about. I do plan on reading it (obviously, since I own it), but I want to finish a few series first – as I have a habit of not finishing series that I started.


G

Charles Dickens

The only Charles Dickens book that I have ever read is A Christmas Carol. We just never had to read any of his books in high-school and I never picked up any on my own. Lets be real, most of his books are huge and intimidating! I really enjoyed his writing in A Christmas Carol and I definitely plan on reading more of his books in the future.

Victoria Schwab

As I already mentioned once in this post, I have read and loved A Darker Shade of Magic. And for some reason I haven’t continued that series yet. (Probably because I was too busy, but it could be an excuse.) I’m exited to get back into this world and see where the story will go!


H

Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a gift some time ago. So far I have read three Murakami books and really enjoyed all of them, I do want to read more of his works in the future. I just need to be emotionally prepared for them, as they can get quiet depressing.

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is one of my all time favourite authors and I want to read everything that he has written. I’m really exited to read The Hidden Oracle, as I have heard amazing things about it. Plus I find it fascinating to read from a Gods point of view, especially Apollo’s!


I

Shatter Me

I have read Shatter Me some time ago and while I did enjoy it, I didn’t love it. I have heard amazing things about the other two books in this series though and I can’t wait to read them. Especially since the fourth book is coming out this year!

Eragon

The final book in The Inheritance Cycle. Not much to say about this, as I do have to read the third book, Brisingr, first. I love the cover for this book, but I might be biased as it is a dragon and it’s green (and I love both of those things).


J

None.


K

Haruki Murakami

Another Murakami book that I own but haven’t read yet. This one I got from my mom, as she enjoyed it a lot and thought I would like it as well. (She passed it down to me.) I literary know nothing about this book, but it’s Murakami so I’m most likely going to enjoy it.


L

Grisha

Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors and I adored her Grisha books (and I mean both her trilogy and the Six of Crows duology). As soon as I heard that she was coming out with a short story collection of fairy tales set in the Grisha world I knew that I had to read it. This book is gorgeous and I can’t wait to get to it!

The long way to a small angry planet

Science fiction is a genre that I enjoy, but rarely pick up. I have heard amazing things about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and a lot of people recommended it to me as well. I have no idea what it’s actually about and I don’t want to know either, I just want to go into it bling and see why people enjoy it so much.


M

More Than This – Patrick Ness is an author whose works I have really enjoyed, I want to read everything that he has written. I can’t wait to read More Than This, as I have heard amazing things about it and the premise sounds fascinating as well.

Magnus Chase – A series by the amazing Rick Riordan that I simply need to read! Especially since I already own all the books in the series and don’t have to wait for the next one to be released. Plus it’s about Norse Gods and I couldn’t be more exited about that!


N

Alexandra Bracken

The second book to The Darkest Minds, which I have already mentioned in this post. I don’t have anything to say about this book, as I haven’t even read the first one in the series.


O

None.


P

Stephen King

I love reading Stephen King’s books and being scared by them. So far I have read 15 books by him and I enjoyed the majority. Pet Sematary is one of those classic King books that I have wanted to read for years. I actually got this book for Christmas from my best friend and I can’t wait to read it!


Q

None.


R

Gentlemen’s BastardsThe Lies of Locke Lamora, which is the first book in the series, is one of my all time favourite fantasy books. I seriously can’t wait to continue this series, though I want to reread The Lies of Locke Lamora first, as it’s been years since I first read it (and don’t remember as much as I want to).

The Reborn King – This is a book that I received from the author. It’s about dragons, if it wasn’t obvious by the cover. I don’t know much more about this book, but I’m exited to start reading it soon.

The Raven Boys – I have heard so many amazing things about this series. I do want to read it eventually, but it’s not a priority. I really want to finish a few series before starting any new ones.


S

Spellslinger – I will be honest, the cover is what first drew me to this book. Then I actually read the synopsis and I wanted to read it even more. Plus I have heard great things about this author in general. Hopefully I will be able to read it soon!

This Savage Song – Another Victoria Schwab book that I own, but haven’t read yet. I want to finish The Shades of Magic series first before starting this one. So this book is going to sit on my shelf for a while longer.

Steelheart – I haven’t actually read any books by Brandon Sanderson yet. I know, shame on me as a lover of fantasy. Though I want to read all of his books, as they all sound fascinating. I’m going to start with Steelheart, seeing that I already own it – plus I do love stories about special powers!

The Song of Achilles – I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I know a ton of people who completely adore The Song of Achilles. I just need to prepare myself emotionally before I read this book, as I have a feeling that it’s going to break me.

A Storm of Swords – I own the separate edition of this book. This is also the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I need to read. Someday I will get to these books, but it takes me ages to read them (so who knows when it will happen).

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and Becky Albertalli in general. The next time that I’m in the mood for a contemporary I will be picking this one up!


T

Michael J Sullivan

A lot of people recommended Theft of Swords to those who loved The Lies of Locke Lamora. And if you know me, you know that that is one of my all time favourite fantasy books. Plus the synopsis for Theft of Swords sounds fascinating and like something that I would love!

The Tiger's Daughter

The Tiger’s Daughter is an ARC that I received from NetGalley. (As I already mentioned, I’m a bit behind on my ARCs.) This is a fantasy book that sounds like something that I would love. Plus I have heard that it’s written in an epistolary form and I tend to enjoy books written like that a lot!


U

Shatter Me

As I have already mentioned in this post, I have read Shatter Me and I enjoyed it. I didn’t love it though. I have heard that the series only gets better, so I’m very exited to read Unravel Me and then later Ignite Me. I’m hoping to read both books before the fourth one comes out this year.

Uprooted

Uprooted sounds like a book that I will completely adore! I honestly have no idea why I haven’t read it yet, especially since I have owned it for a few months now. I’m blaming it on the reading slump that I was last year (and I mean all year long). I’m hoping to read this book as soon as possible!


V

None.


W

Marie Lu

I have read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu before and I adored it at the time. Ever since then I have wanted to read more by Lu, but for some reason I never picked up The Young Elites (though I do still want to read it). When I read the synopsis to Warcross I knew that I had to read it, it just sounds amazing!


X, Y, Z

None.


Have you read any of these books? Which ones do you think I should get to first?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

Award

I was nominated by two wonderful bloggers for this award. They were Ella Emilia @A Book Without End and Beth @Reading Every Night. Thank you both once more!! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out their blogs, they are both amazing and you’re missing out if you aren’t following them!


The Rules:
  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Why did you start a blog in the first place?

I started my blog because I wanted to talk about the books I read. In real life I don’t have friends that read. (Well, aside from my best friend but she only reads classics.) So I had no one to discuss books with and that was something I wanted to do. I also wanted to write down my thoughts on books that I read, so that I could look back at them later. A blog seemed perfect for that, so I decided to start one. (I actually wanted to do booktube at first, but I don’t feel comfortable with being in front of the camera.)


What is your favourite book?

You want me to pick up just one? That’s impossible!! (Seriously, I can’t just have one favourite book.) Here are only a few that I consider my favourites:


What do you dislike the most?

When it comes to bookish things I dislike cover changes in the middle of the series the most. They frustrate me, because I love my books to match and they look a lot prettier on the shelf when they match. I would love for the spines of the books to match at least, if the cover change has to happen. (Though there are some good cover changes out there as well.) When it comes to regular things I dislike bigotry the most. Bigotry is simply unacceptable and bigots make me so angry.

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What is your favourite food at the mall?

Pizza, it’s definitely pizza. I don’t have a preferred pizza chain (do you call it that? I don’t even know), I will eat from whatever store – I really don’t care. It really isn’t the healthiest food that I could choose, but I love it and don’t have it often so it’s fine (or that’s what I’m telling myself).


What is your favourite past time?

Reading is quiet the obvious one (if for whatever reason you couldn’t guess by my blog). Aside from that I also love drawing and painting, it simply relaxes me and I love the creative process of it. (Sadly I haven’t had the time to paint lately, I really miss it.) Of course I love doing many other things as well.

Painting GIF


What is your favourite food at the mall? What do you love doing in your free time? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The NetGalley Book Tag

Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Meghan @Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!


THE RULES:
  • Link back to the tag’s creator Kourtni @Kourtni Reads.
  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
  • Tag a few people to do this too.

1. Auto-Approved: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they’re about?

I actually have a few for this one. Basically all of my favourite authors belong in this category. I will read anything by them, no matter what it’s about. Those authors are:

  • Victoria Schwab,
  • Leigh Bardugo,
  • Rick Riordan,
  • Patrick Ness,
  • Neil Gaiman,
  • J.K. Rowling.

I’m sure there are a few more of them out there, but these are the first ones that came to my mind.


2. Request: What makes you want to request a book that you see on NetGalley?

The first thing that draws me to a book on NetGalley is the cover. I’m a sucker for beautiful and interesting covers, so I would obviously check those out first. Then there is the fact that I may have heard about the book from someone, which makes me want to request it as well. But my biggest reason for requesting books is if they sound interesting and like something that I would enjoy, otherwise there is no point in requesting it.

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3. Feedback Ratio: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

No, I don’t review every book I read. I obviously review the ARCs and review books that I receive, as I’m kind of obliged to do that. Other than that I review the books that I feel like reviewing, the ones that I have a lot to talk about and the ones that I feel like raving/ranting about (depending on my enjoyment of it). If I don’t feel like reviewing a book, I won’t. I just don’t see the point in forcing myself to do that, as writing the review would be more bothersome than rewarding. (Disregarding that statement when it comes to ARCs and review books.)


4. Badges: If you could create your own badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

I actually have no idea?! I don’t feel like I need my own badge, so I haven’t really thought about it before. Maybe a badge with my blogs logo? (Though I would need a blog logo first.) I honestly don’t know…

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5. Wish for It: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

There are literary a ton of books that I’m dying to read. These are just some of them, none of which I actually own (I do need to get my hands on them soon).


6. 2018 NetGalley Challenge: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The last ARC that I reviewed has been The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz, do check out my review for it! This is not the last ARC that I received, but I have been behind on my ARCs for a while now (nobody is surprised really, I’m usually behind on everything) and I have been trying to catch up.

The Uploaded


Do you use NetGalley? What are some books you’re dying to read?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The start of a new year!! || January Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up Green

January was a very good month for me! This year is starting of really well for me, even though I was sick for a bit (and I mean around 5 days in the middle of the month). The first week of January I was still in my home town with my family and then the rest of the month I spent in Vienna, where I go to university. (Which meant quiet a bit of traveling.) Then I was super busy with studying for exams and doing other stuff for uni, as you do at the end of a semester.

A few days ago I found out that I PASSED my hardest and most important exam. I’m beyond happy and relieved about that! Though the days I was waiting for the results were stressful and I was anxious the whole time. Thankfully that is all over now and I don’t have to think about it anymore.

I don’t have much more to say beside this, lets get into the books that I read this month!


Wrap Up

January was a very good reading month for me! Surprisingly that is, as I was very busy and didn’t have that much free time. (How I managed to read I have no idea.) So I really didn’t expect to read as much as I ended up reading. In total I finished 3 books and 8 manga volumes. I’m very pleased with everything that I read, even though I didn’t love everything. As you may know I was in a reading slump most of last year and I’m finally getting out of it, which makes me very happy! I’m actually motivated to read, which hasn’t happened in a while.


Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay

5 out of 5 stars

This book was simply wonderful! It’s Harry Potter, so I obviously had to give it five stars. No one is surprised at all. These illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books are gorgeous, they just add so much to the story! And I never thought I could love these books even more, but these illustrations make that possible.

I love The Prisoner of Azkaban in general and getting to see all the beautiful illustrations by Jim Kay was amazing. I’m beyond exited for the next booka in this edition to come out! (I’m definitely getting my hands on all of them.)


Miranda and CalibanMiranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

2 out of 5 stars

This is a retelling of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. You don’t actually need any prior knowledge of the play to get the story. (Just thought I would point that out.) I didn’t enjoy this book all that much.

The writing felt forced, as the author tried to write very poetically. Though I guess that the writing style is just personal preference. I also found the story rather boring and by the end of it I didn’t care what was happening at all. The characters weren’t my favourite either and the romance felt lacklustre. If you want to know more of my thoughts, I have a full review for this book which is linked in the title and below as well.


StarlingsStarlings by Jo Walton

2 out of 5 stars

This short story collection wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was a mix of short stories, poems and even plays. It felt like a collection of the authors thoughts and ideas, instead of a “proper” short story collection. (I hope you know what I mean.)

As with every short story collection I enjoyed some of the stories while some I didn’t care that much about. Though I need to mention that even the stories that I enjoyed didn’t blow me away, they were simply okay. I was quiet bored with most of the stories as well, I just didn’t care about what was going on – it was a struggle to get through some of them. The stories were about anything and everything, there wasn’t one underlying theme or genre. While that is an interesting concept it just felt all over the place.


I read 8 volumes of Haikyuu!! as well this month. (Yes, the number is kind of ridiculous.) This means that I have finally caught up with this manga and I couldn’t be happier about that! As you may know, Haikyuu!! is one of my all time favourite manga so I obviously loved these 8 volumes as well. There really isn’t much more to say about this, basically I read a lot of manga and absolutely loved it. Haikyuu!! is amazing and you should definitely pick it up, if you are interested in manga that is.


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How was your January? Did you end up reading any amazing books?

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The UploadedTitle: The Uploaded

Author: Ferrett Steinmetz

Published: 5. September 2017

Edition: Angry Robot

Kindle Edition, 448 pages

Genre: Science Fiction | Dystopia

Summary:

Life sucks and then you die…

In the near future, the elderly have moved online and now live within the computer network. But that doesn’t stop them interfering in the lives of the living, whose sole real purpose now is to maintain the vast servers which support digital Heaven. For one orphan that just isn’t enough – he wants more for himself and his sister than a life slaving away for the dead. It turns out that he’s not the only one who wants to reset the world…

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►


The world created within this story was fascinating. It was by far my favourite aspect of the novel. This dystopian world seemed possible in every single way, as technology advances with each year and I could see it coming to this point. The world was also rather terrifying and I would definitely NOT want to live in it, but lets be real, there isn’t a dystopian world that I would like to live in in the first place. It’s also a book that made me think a lot, which is something I also enjoyed.

The plot was very interesting, but I felt that it was overstuffed. The first half of the book was very good, the introduction of the world and characters was greatly done. The second half of the book is where the problem lies. A lot of things kept happening all the time and there were a lot of information dropped on the reader throughout the second part. I feel that this book would have been better on that aspect if it was a duology, as the events would have been a bit further apart from each other and there would have been more time to absorb the information.

As many things were crammed into the second part it also affected the characters and their development. They could have definitely be developed more, but with how the book is paced there really isn’t any time for that. This book definitely suffered with how much was crammed into the story. The characters in general were interesting and I liked most of them, in the beginning that is – some of them took a nosedive throughout the story. They weren’t the most memorable characters out there either.

Another problem that I had with this book is the love triangle. As you may know I tend to hate them and find them unnecessary in books and this was no exception to that. This book could have done perfectly well without it, it would have been even better. I also felt that the story ended quiet abruptly, not everything was wrapped up the way I hoped it would be. As I already mentioned, this book would have benefited so much if it were a duology.

All in all, this book was simply all right. It had an interesting premise and world, but the characters and relationships weren’t the best. Plus the story was very crammed. I would still recommend this book, if you enjoy dystopian novels!


Have you read The Uploaded? What did you think of it?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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