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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! ūüėÄ


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Agatha Christie4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple #8) by 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! ūüėÄ


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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 Рwe 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 Рit 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!

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‚Äôt 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‚Äôt tend to read that many short stories). My worries turned out to be unnecessary, as I ended up enjoying all of his stories ‚Äď 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.)

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Train Heartnet is an amicable bounty hunter‚ÄĒknown as a “Sweeper”‚ÄĒwith 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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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 #1)¬†by 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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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!


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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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