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The End of 2017 is Here!! || December Wrap Up

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So it’s the end of the year. This year has passed by so fast and, to be honest, I’m glad that it’s over. 2017 wasn’t the best year for me, so I’m glad to see it go.

December was a rather nice month for me (for this years standards). Not much actually happened this month. I got back to my hometown together with my dad, where we will be spending our winter holidays. It’s been amazing seeing friends and family. Christmas was nice as well (though I’m not the biggest fan of it, but I won’t go into that now) and I got some exiting books as gifts. And, as we all know, books are the best gifts ever!

There really isn’t much more to say about this month. I’m really exited for 2018 to start! Tomorrow I’m celebrating New Year with a few of my friends and I’m very much looking forward to that! (It’s going to be a lot of fun!)


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I managed to read quiet a lot this month and I’m really happy about that! (I haven’t said that much this year.) I somehow managed to finish 6 books in total and I even started 2 more. That’s very surprising for me, as this year has been rather lacking when it comes to reading. (I was in a bit of a yearly slump, if that’s a thing.) I’m very happy that I’m getting back into reading more!!

Lets get into the books that I finished in December!

396356The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2) by Anne Rice

4.5 out of 5 stars

After reading Interview with the Vampire last month, I really felt like reading this book as well. Especially since Lestat is my favourite character and this book my favourite from this series (out of the first 3 books that I have read).

It was amazing rereading this book. I loved reading from Lestat’s point of view once again. I just like him as a character and as a vampire. (His type of vampire is definitely my favourite.) Getting to read about his history and him in general has been amazing, especially since I have forgotten a lot about it. I really enjoyed this book!


Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8) by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

 2 out of 5 stars

No, just no.

The only reason that this book got two stars, instead of one, is because of Scorpius Malfoy. (And a few little things that I liked as well.) I had so many problems with things that happened in this book and the characters didn’t help much either.

This book just read like a bad fanfiction. (And trust me, I have read many of those.) This book managed to frustrate me and make me very angry at times, I even had to put it down at one point. No, I won’t be writing a full review for this book. I seriously don’t have the energy to waste on it.


Gretchen Gomezlove, and you by Gretchen Gomez

4 out of 5 stars

I don’t usually read poetry. Especially poetry in English, which isn’t my native language. I was always hesitant to pick up any poetry, because I felt like I “wouldn’t get it”. Thank you school for making me think like that whenever we were analysing a poem.

This poetry collection was simply heartfelt and beautiful. I’m really happy that I decided to read it. It has definitely made me want to read more poetry, which I have never felt like before. Thank you for that!

I highly recommend this poetry collection to everyone! It’s something that you NEED to read.


ShadowhuntersThe Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson

5 out of 5 stars

I LOVED this book! Two words that perfectly explain why: Magnus Bane!

Magnus Bane is one of the best characters EVER! He is definitely one of my all time favourite characters (obviously, as I have mentioned that a ton of times), so getting to read stories about him and learning more about his past has been wonderful. The only reason that I’m reading The Mortal Instruments is because of Magnus. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have picked those books up. So you can see by that how much I adore him.

I enjoyed all of the stories in this collection. The first two were the slowest and took a bit to get into, but by the end of them I loved them as well. All the other ones were fantastic and I’m really happy that I decided to pick this book up!


Marissa MeyerScarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

4 out of 5 stars

So I have finally read the second book in The Lunar Chronicles series. It took me ages to get to this book and I have no idea why. (Especially since I finished reading it within few days.)

Scarlet was a really good book and a great continuation from where Cinder left of. I’m really liking the direction that this series is taking and I can’t wait to start reading the next book and finding out how the story will continue. (Hopefully that will happen soon!)

Full review for this book will be coming soon!


The UploadedThe Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz

3 out of 5 stars

The world of this story was very fascinating, intriguing and honestly scary. I definitely wouldn’t want to live in that world. It makes it even scarier because of the fast advance of everyday technology. (Like something similar to this could happen in the future.)

I both liked this book and had some problems with it. (Which explains the rating.) I’m really glad to have read it though, as it opened my eyes to some things. I plan on writing a full review for this book, so if you want to know more of my thoughts on this book you will be able to.


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Where in the world did this month go?! || November Wrap Up

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I honestly have no idea where this month went! The time passed by way too fast (faster than usually at least). I guess it’s understandable since November is usually one of my busiest months. University usually picks up around that time a lot and I have some exams and papers to write. This year wasn’t an exception to that. Still, I was in a good mood most of the month and I had a lot of fun in between my assignments. I ended up reading a lot more than I thought I would and I saw a lot of my friends (which is always amazing). All in all November was a rather successful month for me and I’m very happy with how everything was!


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This month I managed to finish 4 books. Not going to lie, I’m very happy about that! This year I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do, (not even close to my usual amount) so finishing this many books in a month is great for me! It appears that I’m getting back into reading once more, which makes me really happy! 😀 Especially since I have many exiting books on my TBR pile that I can’t wait to get to!


Anne RiceInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles #1) by Anne Rice

4 out of 5 stars

This was actually a reread for me. I decided to start it last month, right before Halloween, as I wanted a book to put me in a spooky kind of mood. While this book isn’t scary it’s rather atmospheric and fits this time of the year. I had a lot of fun getting back into the story and reading about all of these characters again.

I had forgotten how slow the first part of this book is. That wasn’t something that bothered me too much, I just thought I should mention it. I need to pick up the second book in this series soon, I just really want to read from Lestat’s point of view.


Crossroads of CanopyCrossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest #1) by Thoraiya Dyer

1 out of 5 star

I really didn’t like this book. My biggest problem with this story is the main character, Unar. She is one of the most dislikable protagonists that I have ever read about! She was so childish and got angry at the most idiotic things possible. She was also very prejudiced and rude.

Another problem that I encountered was that Unar kept constantly thinking about sex and who she wants to sleep with (I’m not kidding, it felt as if 90 % of the book was about that). I’m asexual and reading all of that made me beyond uncomfortable.

I have a full review for this book, which is linked down below, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Sorcery for BeginnersSorcery for Beginners (Codex Arcanum #1) by Matt Harry and illustrated by Juliane Crump

2.5 out of 5 stars

I have quiet a few mixed feelings about this book. On one hand I enjoyed certain aspects of it, on the other some things frustrated me.  For some reason I couldn’t get into the writing. The writing in general just didn’t impress me much, it was simply all right. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters either, which made me not that interested in the actual story. I just felt that this book wasn’t for me, I think I’m just too old for it.

I have a full review for this book, which is linked down below, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Because You Love To Hate MeBecause You Love To Hate Me

3 out of 5 stars

I expected a lot from this short story collections, especially since I love villains and morally grey characters. They tend to be some of my all time favourite. Some of the stories lived up to my expectations and I really enjoyed them, but some (and that is the majority of them) fell flat for me in one way or another.

I plan on writing a full review for this anthology, where I will review each story individually. So if you want to know more of my thoughts you can look forward to that! (I just need to gather my thoughts and put them down first.)


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This was an unexpectedly good month for me!! || October Wrap Up

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Where in the world has this year gone?! I have no idea how it’s already November!!

Okay, with that out of the way lets talk about October. October was a rather good month for me, which was surprising as the past two one weren’t the best. (They were rather bad actually.) I was feeling really good nearly all month and I had a lot of fun as well. Here are some things that happened:

  • University started again for me. Which mean going to classes and having a steady schedule again – I think that helped a lot, having something to do.
  • I went home for 4 days. I had a prolonged weekend and drove with my dad back to my hometown where I spent a lot of time with my friends and family. It was beyond amazing, especially since it had been months since I last visited!
  • I got back into reading. The past two months I never felt like picking up any books and mostly just read manga. This month that changed and I managed to finish 5 books in total!

All in all October was a really good month and I couldn’t be happier about that! 😀


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Agatha Christie4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8by Agatha Christie

3 out of 5 stars

This was my first Miss Marple book and it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I expected Miss Marple to be the main character and that we would be following her investigations. That wasn’t the case however. Miss Marple was barely there during the whole book and I found that weird and unexpected. I can’t say much about her as a character, since she was barely there and I couldn’t connect with her at all.

The mystery in itself was interesting, thought it took a bit of time for the story to actually get started. Once I was around the half way point of the book I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to know what was going to happen. I greatly enjoy Agatha Christies writing style so I enjoyed reading this book nonetheless.


Edgar Allan PoeComplete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

4 out of 5 stars

This month I just felt like reading something creepy and unsettling. That’s why I decided to reread the short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It was definitely the right decision, as it put me in an even more Halloween and October mood that I was in before.

I love the atmosphere that Edgar Allan Poe manages to create in each story and poem. There is just something about his writing that speaks to me. It was great getting to reread some of my favourite stories and poems by him. I actually didn’t plan on rereading this whole book, but for some reason it happened. Not that I’m complaining or anything.


When I Cast Your ShadowWhen I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

1 out of 5 stars

I really didn’t like this book and I struggled to finish it. It took me ages to read as well, simply because I never felt like reading it. There were way too many points of views and sometimes I found myself lost on whom exactly we were following. The dialogs were especially bad. They felt really juvenile and cheesy. I don’t know what to say about the plot. Sometimes it felt like there was none, probably because the book got really slow and confusing at times.

I have a full review for this book, which you can check out if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Through the WoodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

5 out of 5 stars

This graphic novel is simply wonderful! I adore the art and the stories are delightfully creepy and scary. It’s perfect for this time of the year and I really enjoyed rereading this graphic novel, as I always do! (Seeing that this was the third or fourth time that I have reread it.)

I love all the stories in this and choosing just one favourite is very hard. But if I had to choose one favourite it would either be the first or the last story. I don’t really know why those two speak the most to me, they just do. (Don’t get me wrong, all of them are amazing!)


Julia EmberThe Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember

2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m really conflicted about my feelings for this book. There were some things that I enjoyed, but also some that I disliked. I had some problems with the characters and the setting. Plus it took me ages to read this book, even though it was rather short. For some reason I never felt like picking it up.

I will have a full review for this book up soon, when I have gathered more of my thoughts and they aren’t as incoherent as they are now. Then I will be writing about what I exactly liked and disliked about it. (Which is basically a review and I have no idea why I felt the need to write it like that.)


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What even was this month?! || September Wrap Up

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September was a really weird month for me. I have literary no idea where the time went. It just feels as if the month started and we are already at the end. That might also have to do with the fact that I wasn’t the best mental health wise during this month. (As usually, I don’t really want to go into any specifics.) September just wasn’t my month and I’m really hoping that October will be better.

Despite those issues it wasn’t a horrible month, it was more frustrating because I couldn’t get everything done that I wanted and that’s something that always bothers me. (Especially since I always feel disappointed with myself when that happens.) I’m honestly really glad that September is over.

Well, not much to add to that. Lets move on to the things that I read!


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So I didn’t actually finish any books this month. However, I’m in the middle of 4 books, so I did do some reading in September. I just haven’t been feeling motivated to finish anything. (I’m SO behind on ARCs and review books, sigh. I need to work on that.) I did end up rereading a lot of manga this month, which I’m very happy about! It’s always amazing getting back to your favourites.

So those were all the manga that I reread! (I also kept up with the chapter updates of some currently airing manga, but there’s too many to mention here.) I really don’t feel like going into why exactly I loved each of these, so I won’t. I’m just in a weird mood I guess. Just know that they are all amazing and I love all of them! Doubt is very good horror manga that I would highly recommend, if you needed a scary read for October.


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I’m ALIVE!! || August Wrap Up

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I’m alive and I’m back!! I don’t know if anyone even noticed that I was gone. (Haha, probably not though!)

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So…It’s been a while. It’s actually been 13 FREAKING DAYS since I have posted anything on my blog!! That hasn’t happened to me ever! Or rather not for the past year, since I have tried to be (at least a little bit) consistent with my posts.

Nothing bad happened, I just didn’t feel like blogging. I just got into a slump and didn’t do anything blogging related for this time period – no reading other peoples posts, replying to comments (sorry for the wait on that front) or anything really. But it’s healthy to take breaks from time to time and now I’m motivated again to blog!!

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August passed by way faster than I thought it possible. I seriously have NO IDEA where the time went. August was an alright month, nothing particularly special happened. I just focused on myself, as July wasn’t the best month for me. I have been much better this month, which is always fantastic! 😀


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This month I mostly reread some of my favourite manga. In total I read 11 volumes of manga and a 700 page fantasy book – I’m really happy with how much I managed to read this month!


EragonEldest (Eragon #2) by Christopher Paolini

5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the slower fantasies that I have read – it reminds me quiet a lot of The Lord of the Rings (which is one of my all time favourites). Still, I enjoyed every moment of it.

I love Eragon and Saphira as characters, they are definitely my favourites in this series. Eragon has gotten so much character development in this book, it was simply fascinating to see. I find myself liking him more and more as I continue reading this series. The other characters are very interesting and I find myself wanting to know more about them – and hopefully I will as the series continues. The one character that seriously annoys me is Roran, I simply can’t stand him! (So reading from his point of view wasn’t that fun.)

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see how the story is going to wrap up!


I read the first 4 volumes of One-Punch Man.

This is a rather famous manga that I’m sure a lot of people have heard of (especially since the anime was VERY popular). It’s been ages since I read it and I have honestly missed all the characters, especially Saitama and Genos – so I decided to reread some of the manga this month! It was really amazing being back in this world, with these characters. One-Punch Man is such a good manga!


I also read the first 7 volumes of Haikyuu!!

I love sports anime and manga, I always have! Some of my all time favourite manga and anime fall under that genre. Haikyuu!! is definitely one of my all time favourite manga! I just love all the characters, the story is very interesting and find this manga to be very addicting (I really want to play volleyball again!). I just wanted to reread some of the beginning of this manga and ended up reading 7 volumes. No, I have no idea how that happened either.


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Wow. I didn’t think that I posted this few posts during August(Well, there is this one and there is the wrap up for July – which I don’t link in these.) I really didn’t do much blogging this month.

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July was a month of ups and downs… || July Wrap Up

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July started off really great, then it went downhill and then it looked up again.

The beginning of the month meant that another university semester was over and that I finally had some free time. Finally being able to relax was amazing! This past semester was really busy for me, but also a lot of fun. I also had to write a 10 page paper, which I did do and I’m quiet pleased with how that turned out. In general I’m very happy with the previous semester, which is always great (especially since that isn’t always the case).

In the middle of the month I got sick and I was out for nearly a whole week. That wasn’t pleasant at all, since being sick never is. Then my mental health wasn’t the best and I was struggling with a lot of things. (Not going into any detail about that, as I don’t particularly feel like sharing.) That’s also the reason that I was very late to replying to comments and catching up to other peoples posts during that time. Sorry about that!

The last weekend of the month was simply amazing! I loved every moment of it!! My parents came to visit me and we spent Friday and Saturday together – we went to Schloss Schönbrunn and just spent time together. My best friend came to Vienna as well over that weekend and we spent Saturday and Sunday together – it was BEYOND amazing getting to catch up with her again!

So that was my July. It was both a good and a bad month. Hopefully August will be a better month for me!

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I didn’t actually end up reading that much this month, mostly because I got into a slump and because of everything I mentioned in personal update part of this post. (I just didn’t feel like reading, so I didn’t force myself.) The two books that I actually read I completed at the beginning of the month, since then I haven’t done much (or rather any) reading. Hopefully I will be able to read more in August! Anyway, onto the two books that I read in July!


Cormoran StrikeCareer of Evil by Robert Galbraith

5 out of 5 stars

This was such a fantastic book! It gripped me from page one and I simply couldn’t put it down. I NEEDED to know what was going on and what was going to happen next. This is definitely my favourite book in this series so far! The mystery was so compelling and I had no idea who was responsible for the happenings of this book until the end.

I adore both Cormoran and Robin! They are both amazing in their own way and I loved reading about them. It was also wonderful to learn more about their pasts and what they have been through. I simply love their friendship! (And then there is Matthew, but I disliked him since the first book, so nothing new there.)

I’m BEYOND exited for the next book in this series!


PersephonePersephone by Kaitlin Bevis

3 out of 5 stars

I very much enjoy reading retellings of various mythologies, they are just so much fun and I love seeing each authors interpretation of those myths. Sadly this retelling fell a little flat for me, which I found especially disappointing as I love the story of Hades and Persephone.

If you want more of my thoughts on this book, I have written a  GoodReads Review which you can check out.

I do plan on continuing this series in the future. I’m interested in seeing where the story will go, plus this book was simply fun to read and I’m hoping that the other books in this series will be like that as well.


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I’M BACK!! || June Wrap Up

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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.)

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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!

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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.)

Summary:

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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