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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.)

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.)

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

-Anna♥

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My BEST Month Of This WHOLE Year!? ||May Wrap Up

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May was a rather successful month for me and I mean that in all life aspects!

  • I was feeling great, I was just really happy most of the month, for no particular reason (though I’m not complaining about that),
  • I did a lot of work for university and had the most important presentation of this semester (which went very well),
  • I read quiet a lot, especially compared to the other months of this year, I’m finally out of my slump!!
  • And I was consistent with blogging, I posted at least 2 post each week.

Yes, May was really amazing and I’m very glad about that! (I mean, why wouldn’t I be?) Especially since May is usually one of my favourite months, because of the weather and because it’s my birthday month as well.

And yes, I finally made some graphics for my wrap ups. (It was seriously about time!) I’m very happy with the way that they look! What do you think of them?


Books I Read

This month I managed to read 4 books in total (and I read 200 pages of another book that I have yet to finish) and I’m beyond happy about that, especially since last month I haven’t read a single book. It’s seriously an amazing improvement and now I’m hoping that I will get back to reading as much as I used to (which is 7 to 8 books per month). I’m feeling very motivated when it comes to reading, which hasn’t been the case since the autumn of last year.

Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen (The Star Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

5 out of 5 stars

This was actually a reread for me, as many of you might already know since I have raved about this book in the past quiet a few times.

As I already mentioned in the beginning, I was in the biggest reading slump ever during the month of April. I hoped that rereading one of my favourite books would make me feel like reading again. And I was right! This book drew me out of my slump and made me want to read more and more, which I’m very happy about.

I obviously loved this book this time around as well. If you want to know more of my thoughts you can check out my full review, which is linked in the title of this book.

The Forbidden WishThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

4.5 out of 5 stars

The second book that I decided to pick up was The Forbidden Wish. And it was really the perfect choice that I could have made!

This is an Aladdin retelling, a concept that I have never encountered before. This book was everything that I hoped it would be! It was just the book that I needed and I simply adored it.

The world, the magic, the characters, the story – everything was simply captivating and made me love this book. The two main characters, Zahra and Aladdin, became some of my all time favourites! And yes, you should definitely read this book if you haven’t yet.

If you want more in depth thoughts you can check out my review, which is linked in the title of this book (and also below).

Carmer and GritThe Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz

4 out of 5 stars

This story was such a fun adventure. It’s the story of Carmer, a boy who is interested in automations and inventing (and is a magicians apprentice), and Grit, a one-winged faerie princes (that can’t fly).

I really enjoyed reading the story and finding out more about the worlds and how they coexist with each other. And by worlds I mean the faerie world and the human, steampunk, world. The mystery and story were very interesting as well, overall it was a great read!

I have a full review for this book as well, which is linked in the title of this book. And yes, somehow I have reviews for nearly all the books that I read this month.

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass VaultQuinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1by Candace Robinson

2 out of 5 stars

This story was rather addicting, I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I even managed to read it in one sitting and that doesn’t happen often to me. The beginning of the book was boring, but once the retellings start it gets much more interesting!

The characters were bland, I don’t feel like any of them developed in any way and I they weren’t really memorable either. Overall this book didn’t impress me, I expected a lot more from it.

There is also some ACEPHOBIA and TOKENISM in this book, that were obviously problematic. I will get into more details about that in my full review, which I will be posting soon.


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

-Anna♥

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The most unsuccessful reading month of all time! || April Wrap Up

Another month has gone by. I seriously have no idea how it’s already the end of April. This year is seriously going by waaaay to fast. In April I had two weeks of holidays, as it was Easter. During that time I planned to be productive and do a lot of stuff for university, but that didn’t happen. Instead I procrastinated a lot and basically did nothing. I have no idea where those two weeks went. I had so much trouble to motivate myself to do anything, but I think I’m out of that now. Or rather, I really hope that I am as classes have started for me this week and I do have quiet a lot of work to do.

My parents came to visit me during the Easter weekend and we spent a lot of time together, which was amazing. It was really great seeing them again, especially since I don’t have the opportunity to do that often now. We explored Vienna a bit, since my mom was never actually here and we went shopping as well. All in all it we had a wonderful time. It was definitely the highlight of my month!


BOOKS I READ:

Or rather the Books I Didn’t Read, as I haven’t read a single book this month. Yes, I have neither started nor finished a single book in the month of April. And no, I have absolutely no idea how that happened. While I have been in a reading slump this whole year I at least managed to read one or two books per month. Well, not this time! I just didn’t feel like reading any book that I picked up. I honestly have no idea what was going on with me. I’m also waaaay behind on review books, which is frustrating and disappointing – but I’m trying not to think of it too much, as I don’t want to drive myself crazy.

I did read some things this month.What are those?” You may ask yourself, as I said that I didn’t read any books. Well, I reread some of my favourite manga. (Or rather parts of them, as my favourites tend to be very long series.) I don’t mention manga in my wrap ups sooo you might not even know that I read them regularly. I don’t mention them in wrap ups because I don’t mark them as read on Goodreads. I use MyAnimeList to keep track of what I’m reading and how far I’m into a specific manga. (If you are interested in that!)

So I guess this is my reading wrap up, if you can even call it that. April just wasn’t my month, neither for reading or doing stuff for university.


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-Anna♥

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I finally get out of my reading slump, but it’s not that apparent. || March Wrap Up

First of all: HOW IS IT ALREADY APRIL?!

I swear this year just started and somehow we are already in the fourth month. I have nooo idea how time flies by so fast! A good thing that it’s April: the spring weather is finally here and I’m LIVING for it!! Spring is my favourites season, so I’m very glad that it has come around.

How was my life in March? Honestly not much happened, well aside from classes starting again. So I spent time in classes and I also met up with my university friends.

Now I shall explain the title of this post for you. YES, I’m finally out of my reading slump!! (Though I don’t think I even mentioned it on my blog, so I’m unsure if you even know I was in one.) From the end of February till the weekend before this one (25. and 26. March) I wasn’t reading anything. I just couldn’t concentrate on ANY book and I just didn’t want to read. And I didn’t read anything, which I found incredibly frustrating. THEN that weekend I suddenly felt like reading and till the end of the month I finished 3 books. (In 7 days I read 3 books – which is a rather big achievement for me, as I haven’t been reading that much this year.) I’m beyond exited that I’m in a reading mood again and I sincerely hope that it will continue!

I have realised three things while writing this post:

  • I have started writing these posts at the beginning of the following month and not at the end of the talked about month. Surprisingly it’s not bothering me.
  • I have done A TON of tags and awards this month.
  • I seriously need to make some graphics for these wrap up posts. And yes, I was too lazy to do it for this one – but hopefully I will make them for the next one!

Okay. I have seriously rambled enough. Sorry about that! Now, let’s finally get into the three books that I read this month!


BOOKS I READ:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5 out of 5 stars

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite books! And this was obviously a reread for me, I believe that this is the third time that I have read this book. (Just a random fact that I thought I would mention.)

It was simply amazing getting to read this story again. I just love the way it’s written and it was just what I needed to get me out of the slump I was in – rereading an old favourite. It was also wonderful to read about Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy again, as you may know they are my all time favourite book couple. All in all I’m really happy that I decided to reread this book when I did. Plus now I finally own a physical copy of this book and I’m very exited about that!

Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars by Miranda Emmerson

2.5 out of 5 stars

Well, this book and I did not get along that much. I really enjoyed it in the beginning, but as the story continued I got more and more bored. And by the end I just stopped caring about everything. I plan on posting a full review for this one some time soon, so look forward to that if you want to know more of my thoughts!

Miss Treadway
Out Endless Numbered Days
by Claire Fuller

3.5 out of 5 stars

Our Endless Numbered DaysThis was such an interesting book and unlike anything that I have read before. The whole premise of the book sounded both fascinating and horrifying. And ever since I found out about this book I knew I had to read it, as I was VERY interested to see what was going to happen and how.

And while this book was interesting and unique it was also very boring for most of the middle part. The beginning and ending were definitely my favourite, but the middle of the book just dragged on and I got bored of it rather fast. I didn’t particularly care for any of the characters either. There were many things that I didn’t see coming and I enjoyed that a lot as well.


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-Anna♥

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February | Wrap Up

Another month gone by. I honestly have no idea how it’s already the end of February. I always forget that February has only 28 days. I basically forgot that I had to write a wrap up as well. (No idea how that happened, as I have been blogging for more than a year and have ever since I started been doing wrap ups.) I spent two weeks of February in my home town visiting family and friends. This month is the semester break for me, which mean I had the time to go home. I greatly enjoyed myself. With March begins a new semester for me, which means I’m going to be busy with university once more. I have 11 classes this time and we shall see how I’ll manage everything! XD

BOOKS I READ:

Same as last month, I managed to complete 3 books in total. This year I haven’t been reading as much as some of the previous years. I just haven’t really been in the mood to read. And I haven’t been forcing myself to read when I’m not in the mood either. I do hope that I’ll end up reading more in March, as I have planned on getting to some rather exiting books! Anyway, let’s get into the books I read in February!

Harry PotterHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay

5 out of 5 stars

I finally got my hands on this book! It arrived in January, but to my family house and I had no access to it until February. Obviously I had to read it as soon as I got my hands on it. It was wonderful getting to read this book with the beautiful illustrations by Jim Kay. They made the story even more fantastic, which I’m not going to complain about. (Though if someone hates spiders, this book definitely isn’t for them!)

By far my favourite illustrations were the ones of Diagon Alley and of the Skele-Gro potion. (Though choosing favourites is seriously hard and I just thought of a ton more that I could consider my favourites.) I’m seriously exited for the illustrated edition of The Prisoner of Azkaban to come out, after all it’s one of my favourites from the series and I can’t wait to see it illustrated!

Shirley JacksonDark Tales by Shirley Jackson

3.5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the first short story collections (if not the first) that I picked up on my own and it wasn’t required reading. I don’t know what it is, I just never gravitate towards short stories when choosing what to read. Or buy for that matter, as I don’t think I own any either.

I had heard amazing things about Shirley Jackson and her writing before starting this short story collection, but I hadn’t picked up anything by her yet. After reading this book I know that I definitely need to read more of her books, her writing style is amazing and captivating. Plus her stories are very dark and sometimes creepy, which I adore. Hopefully I will be able to get my hands on more of her books some time soon, I really want to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle so I might pick it up first.

A Song of Ice and FireA Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin

3 out of 5 stars

This book turned out to be a short story collection as well, which I didn’t know it would be before starting this book. The only thing that I knew about this was the fact that it’s set long before the events of the A Song of Ice and Fire series and that I could read it, even if I’m not caught up with the main series. So that’s exactly what I did. (Plus it was a Christmas gift from my best friend, so I was exited to read it.)

I both did and didn’t enjoy this book.

On one hand it was very interesting seeing Westeros from the past, one I’m not that familiar with. It was interesting to see the time when the Targaryen ruled. On the other hand I basically had no interest in most of the things that were happening during this book. That’s mostly because I didn’t care about the main character and what he was up to. All three short stories were from his perspective and while I was very interested in the first one, I got very bored when I got to the end.  I just wanted to read about one of the other characters, but sadly I didn’t get to do that. All in all, it was an all right book, nothing particularly special.

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-Anna♥

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January 2017 || Wrap Up

January was a rather good month for me, even though I was very busy most of the time. The first week of the month I spent in my home town with my family and friends. It was simply wonderful being with all of them again. Afterwards I came back to Vienna where I continued going to classes and studying, as per usual. January passed by waaay too fast for me, I honestly have no idea where the time went.


BOOKS I READ:

Ever since I decided not to force myself to read a high amount of books in a year (for a few years I had set my goal to 70 books) I haven’t been pressuring myself to read if I’m not feeling like it. Last year, during the second half of it to be more precise, I felt as if I HAD to read and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I usually do. Now with this change I’m feeling a lot happier and I’m loving reading at a slower pace! I just love not feeling guilty if I don’t read at least 5 books per month or more.

In January I read three books in total and I really enjoyed all of them!

Victoria SchwabA Darker Shade of agic by V. E. Schwab

5 out of 5 stars

I simply adored this book. Not that I expected anything else, after all it does sound as something I would love and it’s written by one of my favourite authors, Victoria Schwab. This book is definitely a new favourite of mine, hopefully the entire series will be.

I’m glad that I decided to read this book now, as it means that I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out! In fact, I already own it. I plan on reading A Gathering of Shadows very soon (or rather some time in February, just before the third book comes out). I’m very exited to see where the story will go and I just can’t wait to read more about the characters that I have come to love.

ShadowhuntersCity of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

4 out of 5 stars

I finally decided to continue reading The Mortal Instruments. For some reason I kept on putting this book off, probably because I don’t own any of the other books in the series (and I’m on a book buying ban, so I can’t buy them either).

I enjoyed this book a lot more than City of Bones, which I’m very happy about. There was a lot more Magnus in this one and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’m still not liking Jace and Clary, they both annoy me a great deal. But I love all the side characters. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series and continue reading this story.

Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4 out of 5 stars

I adore reading the mysteries that Agatha Christie writes. They always manage to grip me and I find it very hard to put them down. This one was no exception! I found the whole premise of the story very intriguing. Getting stuck on an island while someone is murdering people around me sounds terrifying. The mystery was amazing and I kept second guessing everything and everyone until the end. I love it when a mystery manages to do that.

This is definitely one of my favourite Agatha Christie books that I have read so far. It felt also very unique, as it didn’t have one single main character – like in the Poirot books that I have read so far by her. This book definitely surprised me, in the best way possible.


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

-Anna♥

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The time I had an AMAZING month!! || December Wrap Up

This month was rather successful for me. I managed to finish a big presentation for my university course and it turned out amazing! Plus I had to hold the presentation for a class of 25 people and it was successful as well – which I’m especially pleased about, as I don’t enjoy talking in front of a lot of people.

I went to my home town for the holidays (where I still am) and got to spend time with my friends and family, which is always wonderful!

And my reading was rather successful as well. I managed to read 8 books in total! Most of them were rereads, but I was just in that kind of mood. Plus I enjoyed (nearly) everything I read, which is always wonderful! Now let’s get into the books that I read this month!


A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

5 out of 5 stars

As it was December and the festive season I decided to reread A Christmas Carol. I just adore this book and the story in general. I did watch the movie (or rathe one of them) as well.

It was wonderful reading this story again and getting more into the Christmas mood then I already was. Plus it was very nostalgic to me, as my family watches one of the movie versions each year just before Christmas. So when I read it I felt closer to my family, even though I was in a different country.


Then I decided to read some Roald Dahl books:

James and the Giant Peach 

2 out of 5 stars

This is one of the ones I reread. Honestly I just don’t care about this story, nor did it interest me very much at all. I remember not liking it the first time I read it either, but my little cousin wanted to read it so I read it with him. So there’s that.

Matilda

4 out of 5 stars

This is the one that I read for the first time. I have watched the movie quiet a few times, but for some reason never picked up the book. Now I finally have and I enjoyed it greatly. This book was simply delightful!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

5 out of 5 stars

I have wanted to reread this book for ages now. I just simply adore this story and it has been a long time since I last read it, so I thought it was about time to pick it up again. And it didn’t disappoint, I loved it as much as I did the first time around!

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

3 out of 5 stars

So this was my biggest disappointment of the month. I seriously expected to love this book, as I did the first one. That sadly didn’t happen. I didn’t hate it or anything, it just didn’t live up to the first one and I found it quiet underwhelming.


Hans Christain AndersenClassic Fairy Tales by Hans Christain Andersen

4 out of 5 stars

I’m really happy to have finally read all these fairy tales!

Over the years I had read some of them, but never actually ‘bothered’ to read all of them. I think I didn’t own the bind up of all the stories and I didn’t feel like going out of my way to read them (for whatever reason). Anyway, I’m just really happy to have gotten around to reading them now – I really loved most of the stories and I had an amazing time reading them!

I can see myself in the future rereading most of these stories.


EmmaEmma by Jane Austen

4 out of 5 stars

I greatly enjoyed my reread of Emma. This was the first book that I had ever read from Jane Austen and the one that made me fall in love with her writing and want to read everything that she has written. I love reading Jane Austen books in the winter, they just have a cozy feel to them. And I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reread this book.

I just love the characters from this book, with all their faults and flaws. My two favourite are Emma and Mr. Knightley (as if there was any doubt about that). It was amazing to read about them once again.


The Wishing WorldThe Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock

3 out of 5 stars

The start of this book wasn’t the best one. I was confused about how the Wishing World worked and how everything tied in together. It was just a confusing beginning.

But as the story progressed I began to enjoy it more! I love the fact that we slowly learn about the world as the story progresses. I have written a full review for this book, which you can check out HERE, if you are interested in more of my thoughts!


This was my reading month. It was quiet a successful one, even if most of the books I read were rereads.

How was your December? Which book did you enjoy the most? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Do let me know!

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

-Anna♥