Rapid Fire Book Tag


I was tagged by the wonderful Beth @Reading Every Night to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!

For the first time EVER I won’t be rambling while answering the questions to a tag. Why? Because this is the rapid fire book tag and I shall stick to that name and answer the questions as fast as possible!

1. eBook or Physical Book?

Physical book.

2. Paperback or Hardback?


3. Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

(Both?) In-Store book shopping.

4. Trilogies or Series?


5. Heroes or Villains?


6. A Book You Want Everyone to Read?

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

7. Recommend an Underrated Book?

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.

8. The Last Book You Finished?

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis.

9. The Last Book You Bought?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

10. Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

A piece of wood.

11. Used Books: Yes or No?


12. Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy, Science Fiction and Historical Fiction.

13. Borrow or Buy?


14. Characters or Plot?

(Both?) Plot.

15. Long or Short Books?

(Both?) Long books.

16. Long or Short Chapters?

Short chapters.

17. Name the First Three Books You Think of…

Vicious by V. E. Schwab,

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern,

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

18. Books that Make You Laugh or Cry?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower made me cry. Anything by Terry Pratchett makes me laugh. Any Harry Potter book for both categories.

19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds.

20. Audiobooks: Yes or No?


21. Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Yes, though I try not to.

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV adaptations.

23. A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Lord of the Rings movies.

24. Series or Standalones?


I tag:

(As always: If you have already done this tag, or simply don’t want to do it feel free to ignore me!)

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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top five wednesday

Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World || Top Five Wednesday


Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

This week the topic is books that aren’t set in/inspired by the western world – meaning:  books that are set outside of North America and Western Europe or, if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places.

I really liked this weeks topic, so I knew that I had to participate! On my list are a few books that I haven’t read yet (they are all on the 5th place), but they are books that I have heard great things about. The other ones I have all read and I highly recommend all of them! Now, without much more rambling from my part, lets get into the list!

5. Books on my TBR

And I Darken by Kiersten White is set in Romania, during the time of the Ottoman Empire. The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera is inspired by Japan and Japanese culture (as far as I’m aware). Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente is inspired by Russian myths and legends. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is an retelling of A 1001 Nights set in the Middle East.

A Mortal Song

4. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe is set in modern day Japan, but with elements of Japanese mythology woven into the story. Kami and magic exists in this world. I will be posting a full review of this book some time soon, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.

The Forbidden Wish

3. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish is an Aladdin retelling. The world and the story are inspired by the Middle East.

My full review of this book.

Roshani Chokshi

2. The Star Touched-Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen is a Hades and Persephone retelling mixed with Indian folklore. A Crown of Wishes (which is a companion book to this one) is set in the same world, but I haven’t read that one yet.

My full review of this book.

1. Books by Leigh Bardugo

Both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo are set in a fantasy world that is inspired by Russia and it’s culture. (I didn’t put the cover for Crooked Kingdom as it looks prettier with only four images.)

My full review for Six of Crows.

My full review for Crooked Kingdom.

Have you done this weeks Top Five Wednesday? Were any of these books on your list as well? Do let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag || 2017 Edition


I was tagged by the amazing Heather @The Sassy Book Geek to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog!

As you can probably tell by the title, this isn’t the first time that I’m doing this tag. I have done it the previous two years as well and it’s become somewhat of a tradition. (The 2015 Edition and 2016 Edition, if you are interested in checking them out.) This year I haven’t been reading as much, I have only finished 15 books so far – so my answers might be a bit repetitive. Although, it does make actually picking my answers easier, so there is that as well!


It has to be, without a doubt, A Darker Shade of Magic by the wonderful Victoria Schwab. This book was simply amazing in every aspect! I loved the world and magic system that Schwab has created within this story. I can’t wait to continue reading this series and getting more information about the world, as I’m VERY fascinated by it. The characters were wonderful as well! The story, though slow at the beginning, turned out to be amazing as well.

And I have rambled enough, if you want more I do have a full review which you can check out. 😉

Victoria Schwab


I haven’t actually read that many sequels this year. (Or any really. For whatever reason, I definitely NEED to change that!) One that I did read was City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare and I really enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t completely love it. It was a lot better than the first book. (No, I still don’t like either Clary or Jace.) I’m very much looking forward to continuing this series, especially if the books keep getting better!

I have a full review for this book, so if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.



It’s obviously The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I have adored both The Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. I’m basically exited about any book that Leigh Bardugo releases and this one is no exception! The Language of Thorns is a collection of fairy tales that are told in the Grisha universe. I ADORE fairy tales! So that is another reason that I’m beyond exited about this book to come out! I have also heard that it’s illustrated, which makes it even better!



A book that I expected a lot from was Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault by Candace Robinson, but it ended up disappointing me very much instead. The premise sounded very interesting and like something that I would immensely enjoy. I was immediately drawn to it when I saw that it has some horror story retelling. (Plus the cover is simply gorgeous as well!) This book turned out to be rather flat for me, with a few interesting aspects but also some major problems.

I have a full review of this book where I go more into detail as to why I didn’t enjoy it and the problems that I had with it. So if you want to know more of my thoughts you can check it out.

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault


The book that surprised me the most was Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson. This is a short story collection of dark tales, as the title implies. Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t one of my favourites (I ended up giving it 3.5 stars) but the stories in itself surprised me very much! I didn’t expected them to be as eerie and unnerving as they were. That was the aspect of these short stories that I enjoyed the most.

Shirley Jackson


No one actually. For an author to become one of my favourites I need to read at least a few books by them (two or more). There wasn’t a single new author that I read multiple books from this year and that’s why I don’t have a new favourite one.


This one I actually had to think about, as I don’t have fictional crushes that often. In the end I decided to go with Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. I simply adored him as a character and I can’t wait to read the other books from this series to get more of him in them. (I’m beyond exited to read the other two books in this series, as I have heard that they only get better!)

Victoria Schwab


Two of my new favourite characters are Zahra and Aladdin from The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury. They were both such strong characters in their own way and I simply adored them. I loved them on their own and together as well. Their interactions were amazing to read! Everyone needs to read this book, as it was simply fantastic!

The Forbidden Wish


The only book that I remember that made me cry was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but that’s no surprise as I always end up crying whenever I reread a Harry Potter book. That’s just a thing that happens. I guess that I’m just to emotionally attached to this series. I read the illustrated edition of this book for the fist time this year and it was simply beautiful!

Harry Potter


The first book that came to my mind was The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Why? Because I reread this book this year and ended up loving it as much as I did the first time I read it. It just made me very happy to get back into this story and world once again. This book is beautifully written with an amazing story and characters. This is definitely a book that I will be rereading many times in the future!

Roshani Chokshi


None actually. I haven’t seen a single book to movie adaptation this year, so I can’t possibly have a favourite one. In general I’m just not a big movie person, I rarely end up watching movie. I just prefer watching tv shows and anime over movies.


I have published 54 posts in the first six months of this year. How in the world do you expect me to choose one favourite among them?! I love and am proud of all the posts that I publish, otherwise they would end up in the trash and not published at all. I guess a few posts that I particularly liked from the first half of the year are:


I haven’t been buying that many books this year. I’m actually on a book buying ban where I need to read 5 books before buying one new one. And seeing as I haven’t been reading much this year, I haven’t been buying many books either. A gorgeous book that I bought for my birthday was Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, this book is simply stunning!

Neil Gaiman


I really want to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. Contemporary isn’t a genre that I generally gravitate towards, as I’m mostly not interested by the stories (with a few exceptions of course). This book has an asexual main character and I simply NEED to read it for that! If you didn’t know, I identify as asexual and I have never read a book about an asexual character before. I have heard amazing things about this book so far and I’m very exited to get my hands on it!

Tash Hearts Tolstoy


Or rather what books do I want to read by the end of the year. I really want to read more books by Victoria Schwab, who is one of my favourite authors. I want to finish the Shades of Magic series and I want to start the This Savage Song duology (maybe even finish that one as well). I know that I will love all of these books, I just simply NEED to get to them!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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standalone sunday

Standalone Sunday: The Forbidden Wish


Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @bookslayerReads that allows us to feature books, that are not part of a series, that we loved.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin.

The Forbidden Wish is one of the best books that I have read this year! It was EVERYTHING that I hoped it would be! The world and magic was wonderfully imaginative, the characters intriguing and the story compelling. Basically I enjoyed everything about this book! I do have a full review for this book that you can check out, if you want to know more of my thoughts.

I was immediately intrigued by this book when I heard that it was an Aladdin retelling, as I had never read one before. Obviously I ended up loving this book. I especially loved the two main characters, Zahra and Aladdin – they were both strong characters that were very well developed. I adored them on their own and together as well! Their interactions were very fun and amazing to read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, everyone NEEDS to read it!

Have you read The Forbidden Wish? What did you think of it?

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


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q & a

Q&A Announcement!! || Ask me anything that you want!?

Q&A Announcement

My 2nd blogiversary is coming up soon!

I’m BEYOND exited about that! (It’s actually at the end of July.) I can’t believe that it’s  been nearly 2 years since I have started posting on this blog. I’m usually pretty bad when it comes to being consistent with anything, so I’m very surprised that I kept up my blog this long. I plan on blogging for many more years to come, as it’s so much fun and I simply adore doing it!

This year I have decided to do a Q&A to celebrate my blogiversary!

(I actually wanted to do a giveaway, but I can’t afford that at the moment – but hopefully some time soon!)

So here is your chance to ask me all the questions that you have ever wanted to ask me! You can literary ask me anything, from geeky questions to personal questions, to anything that you can think of. I will be posting the answers on my actual blogiversary. (Near the end of this month.) Thank you in advance for your questions!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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wrap up

I’M BACK!! || June Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up

As the title of this post already said: I’M BACK! ❤

This is also the 200th post that I have ever posted on my blog! And that feels really weird, probably because I’m usually not that consistent with anything. (Yes, I’m trying to change that about myself.)

My Bookish Dream

June was a rather busy moth for me. In the beginning of it I decided to visit my home town, which included two bus journeys for over 8 hours each. It was amazing seeing my friends and family again and just spending time in the town that I grew up in. And I got to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie with my best friend while I was there – which was simply AMAZING (both the experience and the movie)! We have seen the last two movies together in the cinema and re-watched all the movies numerous times together as well. (Just some random backstory to those movies.)

When I got back to Austria I had to go back to classes and studying. June is the month when all of my exams are (or at least the first date for them). That’s also the reason for my blogging break. But now they are done and I’m nearly free! I say nearly because I still have to write a thesis, but I have until the 12th to do that and I have already done quiet a bit of work for it – so I should be all right.

I’m sooo happy to finally have a lot more free time! I’m also very happy to be back to blogging, I have seriously missed it!

Books I Read

I managed to read 2 books this month and 20 volumes of a manga.

I’m BEYOND happy with the amount that I read this month! June was very successful when it came to reading for me, which I didn’t expect to happen as it was my exam month and studying took up quiet a lot of time. (That might also be the reason that I decided to reread a manga series this past month.) I also very much enjoyed EVERYTHING that I read, which is always wonderful! Now let’s get into the books and the manga that I read in June!

Neil GaimanNorse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

4 out of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman has a way of writing stories that simply sucks me in immediately and I can’t put his books down. This book was no exception to that. I was a bit worried going into this book, as I had never previously read any of his short stories (and in general I don’t tend to read that many short stories). My worries turned out to be unnecessary, as I ended up enjoying all of his stories – obviously some more than the others.

It was also amazing to learn about Norse mythology, as I had no prior knowledge of it. I have written a full review for it, which is linked in the title. (And below as well.)

A Mortal SongA Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

4 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! It was such a fun read with very heartwarming characters. Plus it’s set in Japan and has quiet a few elements of Japanese mythology, which I really enjoyed as well. The biggest problem that I had with this book was the pacing at some points of the story, it just felt unnecessary drawn out. One of the aspects of this book that I loved the most is the main character Sora, she was simply brilliant! She definitely became one of my new favourite characters.

I am going to be posting my full review for this book soon, so if you are interested in more of my in-depth thoughts look forward to that!

My rating: 9/10 (Great)

Black Cat is one of my all time favourite manga! I read it for the first time some years ago and immediately fell in love with it. The premise of the story just sounded like something that I would like and I randomly decided to read it – which was an amazing decision as I soon became completely obsessed with it.

This is the third time that I have reread the manga completely. (Sometimes I reread some of my favourite chapters/volumes.) I was simply in the mood to revisit this story. I didn’t expect to reread the whole 20 volumes though, I just couldn’t stop reading it at all! The characters in this manga are simply amazing, I adore every single one of them.  (My favourite is definitely Train though!) The story is very interesting and intense as well, with a lot of action and magical powers.

Black Cat is simply an amazing manga and I can only recommend it to everyone! Though it started coming out in 2006, so the art style is a bit dated. (Just wanted to point that out.)


Train Heartnet is an amicable bounty hunter—known as a “Sweeper”—with a talent for sharpshooting. Working alongside his cool-headed partner Sven Vollfied, they hunt down wanted criminals. Unfortunately, however, despite their efforts, the dynamic duo always seems to be short on money, which forces them to accept a job from the beautiful Rinslet Walker, a sly thief for hire, and a mysterious girl named Eve.

However, the motley crew soon discovers a terrible plot to revolutionize the world, and the mastermind is someone Train knows and loathes with a passion. As the plan is set into motion, it is soon made clear that behind the carefree sharpshooter’s smiling face lies a tragic past and an insatiable desire for revenge. (Taken from MyAnimeList.)

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How was your June? Did you have a good month?

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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top ten tuesday

Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t (and the reasons WHY) || Top Ten Tuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme

created and hosted by lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish.

As you can already tell by the title of this post, the theme of this week is the series we have been meaning to start but haven’t. For some reason I’m feeling like rambling today, so I have decided to give you exact reasons as to WHY I haven’t started these series yet! Let’s be real, they are mostly excuses that I make for myself. Also a fair warning beforehand: this turned out to be a REALLY LONG post (it has over 1700 words), sorry about that – apparently I just couldn’t stop rambling. (It happens sometimes.)

Now let’s get into the series!

10. The Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

I have already read a few series by Rick Riordan. More specifically: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles. And I have greatly enjoyed all of them! Rick Riordan is definitely one of my favourite authors.

So why haven’t I started these two series yet? (As I’m bound to enjoy them.)

Simply because I love binge reading his series and I’m waiting for more books to come out. That’s also the reason that these two series aren’t much higher on my list.

9. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

I have read the Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater previously (some years ago that is) and I remember enjoying it and that I especially liked the writing style (though I don’t remember that much about it, just some key things that happened). I have heard many amazing things about The Raven Cycle. They sound like books that I would really enjoy! Plus the covers are gorgeous and I just want to have them on my shelves as well!

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

Honestly I don’t have the money to get the editions that I want at the moment. I really want to own these books in hardcover, but as I’m an university student I don’t really have the money to get them now. (Though I do own the first book on my Kindle and I could read it, but we shall ignore that!)

8. The Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

I have heard many great things about this series, they have been recommended for people who enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora and I simply ADORED that book! Plus the premise of the first books sounds beyond amazing and like something I would absolutely love! I mean it’s about a thief and a mercenary that get framed for killing the king. If this isn’t my kind of book I don’t know what is!

So why in the world haven’t I already read this series?

For this one I honestly have no idea! Maybe because I’m already in the middle of a few high fantasy series (and those tend to be very long series with huge books) and I don’t want to read many of those at the same time! I want to start this series sooo badly (I even own the first book), hopefully soon I will.

7. The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

Everyone and their mother recommends this series to fantasy lovers. I have heard that both the story and the writing are beyond beautiful and that I will love them immediately. (Not that I’m intimidated that I will dislike this series, no way.) I don’t actually know much about this series, only that the main character is telling his life story to someone.

Why haven’t I started this series?

There are two reasons for this. The first is actually the same as with the previously mentioned series – I just don’t want to start that many high fantasy series at the same time. And the second one? WHEN in the world will the third book come out?! Nobody knows! I really don’t want to read this series and then have to wait AGES for the final book to be released.

6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

As you may already know Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. So far I have read 7 of his books and I have enjoyed all of them a lot! (Thank you goodreads for allowing me to keep track of that easily.) I have heard that you either love or hate American Gods and that it’s one of those books that simply isn’t for everyone. (Or that’s what people have told me anyway.)

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

I’m a bit nervous that I won’t enjoy the book, but mostly it’s just because I haven’t gotten to this book yet. (Obviously not, or else it wouldn’t be on this list.) I’m slowly making my way through Gaiman’s books and this should be the next one of his that I pick up. So it’s more that this series wasn’t on my radar for that long, rather then me putting of reading it. (There is a first for everything apparently.)

5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

I have heard many amazing things about this series, especially from my blogging friends. Science Fiction isn’t a genre that I read too often, but I really want to get more into it. And this series seems perfect for that! I find the whole premise very intriguing, plus having heard great things about it from people whose opinions I trust makes me even more exited to pick this series up!

So why haven’t I at least started this series yet?

As I already mentioned, Sci-Fi isn’t a genre that I often reach for. So I always end up putting of this series because of that. (Yes I know, shame on me and all that!) Plus, lately when I went book shopping to my local bookstore the book was never there, so I couldn’t really get my hands on it. (Excuses, excuses!)

4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Once again many of my blogging friends have raved about this series and recommended it to me. I have heard that Laini Taylor has one of the most beautiful writing styles EVER! Plus I’m also very intrigued that this story takes place in Prague, as I have never read a story set there (and Prague is a city I REALLY want to visit).

Why haven’t I started this series yet?

I literary have no excuses for this one! (But I shall still try to come up with something.) I’m in the middle of quiet a few series at the moment. I have the horrible habit of starting series and then not finishing them. So before getting into any new ones, I want to finish a few of the ones that I have already started. (As I said, I really don’t have a specific excuse for this one!)

3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this duology. Everyone seems to adore it! (Once again, I’m not intimidated to dislike these books. Year right.) The premise of these books sounds amazing as well and definitely like something that I would enjoy a lot! I actually don’t know many details about this book, which I’m quiet happy about as I enjoy going into a book mostly blind.

So why am I among the last people out there to pick this series up?

I was waiting for these covers to be released (the second book in this edition was released in April of 2017) and then I could never find these books at my local bookstore. I have NO IDEA why they don’t stock them! I hope that they will arrive there soon, as I really want to get my hands on this duology. (I could order them online, but my mom pays for those books and I don’t want to ask her for money right now.)

2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu previously and I enjoyed it a lot! It was so fast paced, action packed with interesting characters. What more could I ask for? Marie Lu has a way of writing that feels like watching a movie and I have always wanted to read more of her books. When I heart that these books focus on an antagonist I was SOLD and I knew that I had to have them!

One again, why haven’t I started this series?

I was waiting for the final book to be released, as I love reading Marie Lu’s books back to back. I just feel like I get the most out of them that way. I planned on getting all the books as soon as the third one was released, but then I decided to go on a book buying ban and that didn’t happen. (I need to read 5 books before buying 1 new one, so we shall see when I will actually get my hands on them.)

1. Seven Realms by Cinder Williams Chima

And the series that I have wanted to read for the longest time is the Seven Realms series. I have literary wanted to read this series for YEARS! (And no, that’s not me exaggerating.) This sounds just like the type of fantasy book that I enjoy reading, plus I have heard many amazing things about it from people whose opinion I trust.

Why in the world haven’t I started this series yet then?

I HAVE NO IDEA! This is one I literary have no excuse for. I have wanted to get this series, or at least the first book for ages and I always put it of for some reason. I should probably just get the whole box set and be done with putting of reading this series. (I guess I know what I will wish for next, when someone wants to buy me a gift.)

If you have made it thorough this long post: CONGRATULATION! I really didn’t expect it to be this long when I started writing it.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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