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Apparently I’m a WITCH?! || August 2019 Wrap Up

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August was a good month for me. The heat was horrible, but I pushed through it. (I hate summer weather.) Luckily it’s finally cooling down and I’m living for it! 😀 I ended up reading quite a lot this month as well, though my thoughts on the things I read were mixed. I decided to split this first part of my wrap up into two sections. The first is going to be the bad/weird thing that happened to me this month (that is still  kind of happening), the second is going to be the good things that happened. Now let’s get into all of that!

THE BAD/WERID:

My next door neighbour called me a witch in all seriousness. Actually, as I’m living in a student dorm, she has the room next to me and we share a bathroom and a small entrance room. (But not our actual rooms.) She said she is a real christian and she can sense the demons and witchcraft from my room. Honestly I had no idea how to react to that. I still don’t know to be honest. I didn’t expect anyone to accuse someone else of witchcraft in the 21st century? It’s a strange situation, but I’m dealing with it. I’m not bothered about her thinking that I’m a witch (I seriously don’t care what she thinks), but I also don’t feel comfortable living in such a closed space to her. We shall see what is going to happen to this situation in the future.

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THE GOOD: 

My parents came to visit me and we spent a whole day together! It was so amazing seeing them and I had a lovely time. We went on a picnic and a long walk on the Donauinsel. The weather was beautiful, sunny but not too hot. They came at the perfect time, as the rest of the month was rather hot. I love my parents so much and I really miss spending time with them. (As we don’t live in the same city and we don’t see each other that often.)

BTSAugust was basically my BTS month. As I mentioned in my previous wrap up, I got into BTS at the end of July. August was basically me listening to only their music and watching Run BTS! (I have literary watched all of the episodes.) I also watched behind the scenes stuff and compilations on youtube. All this brought me so much joy and happiness, it definitely improved my month and helped me through some things. I created a BTS tumblr, so that I can have a place where I can save photos and gifs of them (since I’m not someone who actually downloads images and stuff). I also bought my first ever BTS album in August. I thought I would mention that as well.

That is all that I have to say about August, now let’s get into the books I read!

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I decided to finally read the Lumberjanes graphic novel series. And I say finally because I have read Nimona by Noelle Stephenson years ago and ever since then I was interested in this graphic novel series, as I knew that she worked on it. Anyway, this month I ended up reading the first 8 volumes of the Lumberjanes.

I have some mixed feelings on this graphic novel series. I adored the friendship between the girls and it was fun seeing their adventures. But I felt that there was something missing from time to time. The first 5 volumes were really good, but the last three I read weren’t that great. Once Noelle Stephenson stopped working on this graphic novel series I just felt that it lost its charm. The last three volumes (that I read) just weren’t as fun as the previous ones. I don’t plan on continuing with this graphic novel series.

  • Volume 1, Beware the Kitten Holy3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 2, Friendship to the Max4 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 3, A Terrible Plan3 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 4, Out of Time4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 5, Band Together3 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 6, Sink or Swim2 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 7, A Bird’s-Eye View2.5 out of 5 stars
  • Volume 8, Stone Cold2.5 out of 5 stars

Katie O'NeillThe Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

4.5 out of 5 stars

The Tea Dragon Society was sooo adorable! I adored the story, the characters and the tea dragons. They are the cutest! Katie O’Neill’s art is beyond adorable and I definitely plan on reading more things by her. This was such a precious graphic novel and it made me very emotional!

If you are interested in this graphic novel you can read it for free on Katie O’Neill’s website! That is also where I read it. I seriously need to get my hands on a physical copy, I just want to own this gorgeous graphic novel!


MurderbotAll Systems Red by Martha Wells

3 out of 5 stars

I have conflicted feelings when it comes to this book. There were aspects of it that I enjoyed a lot and aspects that I didn’t care about at all. I had heard amazing things about this series and I just expected more from it. I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Though I did listen to it on audiobook, so that might have contributed to that. Murderbot was an interesting character, but the other ones I couldn’t care less about. Still, I’m happy that I read this book (especially since science-fiction is a genre I want to read more from).

Right now I don’t plan on continuing with this series, that might change in the future. Who knows?


The Art of TaxidermyThe Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot

2.5 out of 5 stars

The Art of Taxidermy is a story written in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story because of that, as I don’t tend to read novels in verse very often. The writing style was gorgeous in this, it was beautifully crafted. The writing style was my favourite aspect of The Art of Taxidermy. Due to the fact that it was written in verse I managed to fly through this book a lot faster than I thought I would.

As you can already guess, by the title of this book, the story has a big focus on taxidermy. There are quite a few gruesome scenes and descriptions in this book. If descriptions of dead animals bother you I would definitely stay clear of this book!

If you are interested in more of my thoughts on this book check out my review!


Black Bird of the GallowsBlack Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

3 out of 5 stars

The synopsis for this book managed to immediately capture my attention. I was very intrigued by what was going to happen in the story. Sadly this book didn’t manage to impress me completely, it was just an average read for me. There were interesting moments in Black Bird of the Gallows, but there were also moments that I really didn’t care about at all.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It was dark and creepy.The atmosphere was probably my favourite aspect of this book. The supernatural elements were very interesting and I enjoyed learning the history behind the beings that were introduced throughout the story. However, the beginning of this book was cliche and very predictable. I could easily predict what was going to happen. The rest of the book got better and I enjoyed learning the answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters.

If you are interested in more of my thoughts check out my review!


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How was your August? What did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel || Book Review

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


Black Bird of the Gallows

Title: Black Bird of the Gallows

( Black Bird of the Gallows #1 )

Author: Meg Kassel

Published: 5. September 2017.

Edition: Entangled: Teen

Kindle, 300 pages

Genre: Paranormal | Romance

Summary:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

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◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

Content warnings: death, child abuse, drug abuse
(content warnings are written in white)

The synopsis for this book managed to immediately capture my attention. I was very intrigued by what was going to happen in the story. Sadly this book didn’t manage to impress me completely, it was just an average read for me. There were interesting moments in Black Bird of the Gallows, but there were also moments that I really didn’t care about at all.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of this book. It was dark and creepy. The atmosphere was probably my favourite aspect of this book. The supernatural elements were very interesting and I enjoyed learning the history behind the beings that were introduced throughout the story. However, the beginning of this book was cliche and very predictable. I could easily predict what was going to happen. The rest of the book got better and I enjoyed learning the answers to the mysteries surrounding the characters.

Angie was an alright character. I liked her well enough, but she didn’t become one of my new favourites. Angie has a painful past and it was great seeing her come to terms with it and overcome her problems. I really enjoyed Angie’s friendships with Lacey and Deno, I had a lot of fun reading their interactions. Another relationship that I very much enjoyed is the one between Angie and her father. (Parental relationship in young-adult are usually nonexistent.)

The romance in Black Bird of the Gallows wasn’t a favourite of mine. It was way too instant. That was kind of explained later in the book, but it didn’t make the fact that it was instant better it just made it creepier. Many of the aspects of the relationship between Angie and Reece were cliche. The romance was sweet at times, but also nothing particularly special. Another thing that bothered me is the fact that Angie accepted everything way too easily. It just didn’t seem realistic?

Overall Black Bird of the Gallows was an interesting book, with a great atmosphere. The romance was cliche and the characters just alright. If the synopsis sounds interesting to you I would recommend you to check this book out!


Have you read Black Bird of the Gallows? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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The Art of Taxidermy by Sharon Kernot || Book Review

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


The Art of Taxidermy

Title: The Art of Taxidermy

Author: Sharon Kernot

Published: 13. August 2019.

Edition: Text Publishing

Kindle, 240 pages

Genre: Poetry | Historical Fiction

Summary:

Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does.

And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.

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◄ 2.5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

The Art of Taxidermy is a story written in verse. It took me a bit to get into the story because of that, as I don’t tend to read novels in verse very often. The writing style was gorgeous in this, it was beautifully crafted. The writing style was my favourite aspect of The Art of Taxidermy. Due to the fact that it was written in verse I managed to fly through this book a lot faster than I thought I would. (Just thought I would mention that as well.)

As you can already guess, by the title of this book, the story has a big focus on taxidermy. There are quite a few gruesome scenes and descriptions in this book. If descriptions of dead animals bother you I would definitely stay clear of this book! Personally, it wasn’t something that bothered me. But then again I grew up reading Stephen King, so I can stomach quite a lot.

Speaking of the story, I was bored while reading this book. It seemed like nothing was happening and there were some repetitive moments. The characters also weren’t that memorable to me. All of them just felt flat. I couldn’t connect to Lottie at all, as she seemed unfazed by everything that was happening around her. The only thing that seemed to interest her was taxidermy and nothing else. I do understand in some ways why it was like that, but because of it I couldn’t emotionally connect to the story. One of the side characters is an Aboriginal boy, so there was some talk about indigenous people. I can’t comment on how that representation was handled.

Overall, The Art of Taxidermy was beautifully written but it lacked in story and characters. I’m not sure if this was a case of just me not connecting to the book, or if the story and characters weren’t well crafted. I think I’m unsure because of the format that this book was written in, as it’s not something that I’m used to.


Have you read The Art of Taxidermy? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


The title of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is quite self-explanatory, books I’ve read that I’d like in my personal library. I don’t have much to add to this beginning part of today’s post. All of the books on this list I either read as ebooks or listened to them as audiobooks. I adored all of them and I would love to own them, hence why they are on my list. Now, with all of that being said let’s just get into the books!


Milk and Honey

10. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

A Christmas Carol

9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Neil Gaiman

8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Katie O'

7. The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

The Master and Mar

6. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Marissa Meyer

5. Cress by Marissa Meyer

Shadowhunters

4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Eragon

3. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Persuasion

2. Persuasion by Jane Austen

A Curse so Dark and Lonely

1. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

What are some books that you have read that you would like in your personal library? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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My Favourite Books, TV Shows, Songs of 2019!? || The BW Mid-Year Tag

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I was tagged by the amazing Virginia @The Sassy Library Fox for this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 🙂 Be sure to check out her blog! This tag was originally created by Caidyn and Chantel @BW Reviews.

Yes, I’m aware that it is nearing the end of August and that that is not half way of the year (not by a long shot). But I really wanted to do this tag, so here we are! 😀 I love doing tags that reflect on my year and this one was especially fun since it didn’t just focus on books (as some others do). With all that being said, let’s get into the tag! 🙂


1. WHERE ARE YOU ON YOUR GOODREADS CHALLENGE? AHEAD OR BEHIND?

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2. HAVE YOU REALLY BEEN READING YOUR TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR?

I didn’t actually make a list of the top ten books that I need to read this year. I don’t make TBRs (aside for readathons), as I don’t stick to them and whenever I make a TBR I don’t feel like reading any of the books on it. The struggle of a mood reader. So I don’t really have an answer for this question.


3. ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE SOME OF YOUR TOP TENS HALFWAY THROUGH?

Well, I can’t answer this one either for the same reason as the previous question.

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4. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FIVE BOOKS SO FAR THIS YEAR?

I have read so many amazing books this year! Picking just five was really hard for me. I did do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag this year, so you can check out that post if you are interested in more of my favourite books.


5. ANY NEW RELEASES YOU’RE EXCITED FOR?

6. FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF A NEW (EITHER RELEASED THIS YEAR OR NEW TO YOU) BOOK THIS YEAR

A character that stood out to me this year was Evelyn Hugo from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She is such a fascinating character that I completely fell in love with. I can’t really put into words why I love her as much as I do without spoiling things in the book. Just know that Evelyn Hugo is a compelling person that I loved reading about.

Taylor Jenkins Reid


7. WHAT’S A BOOK YOU REGRET NOT HAVING READ SO FAR THIS YEAR?

8. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOWS/MOVIES YOU’VE WATCHED THIS YEAR?

I have watched quite a few good tv shows this year. (As you may know, I don’t tend to watch movies often.) So picking just one favourite is impossible for me. The three shows that stood out the most for me were DARK, Good Omens and The Umbrella Academy. If you want to know more of my thoughts on any of them, check out these posts:


9. WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO WATCH BEFORE THE YEAR IS OUT?

Wow. This is a really difficult question. There is a ton of things that I want to watch, be it tv shows, anime or movies. I don’t have one thing that particularly stands out as something that I have to watch this year. It depends on my mood. Still, I wanted to pick something to answer this question with. A tv show that I’m very much interested in is Gentleman Jack – which is a historical drama about lesbians (or that’s what I have been told about it). Hopefully I’ll be able to get to this show soon!

Gentleman Jack


10. WHAT’S ONE SONG YOU’VE BECOME OBSESSED WITH?

I have become obsessed with BTS and many of their songs. Picking just one seems impossible to me, especially since I’m listening to many of their songs daily. As I’m currently listening to Fake Love, as I’m writing this, I think it’s a good song to pick for this question.

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11. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS/ALBUMS SO FAR?

For this question the only right answer, for me, is BTS. For over a month now I have only been listening to their music and nothing else. I just love their music sooo much! It’s been a long time since a group/artist has manage to capture my attention this much (and I mean it’s been years since that has happened to me). If you are interested in how I got into BTS I rambled about it in my July Wrap Up.

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What are some of your favourite tv shows, movies, books, songs from this year? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho || Book Review

Wicked Fox

Title: Wicked Fox

           ( Gumiho #1 )

Author: Kat Cho

Published: 25. June 2019.

Edition: Putnam

                 Paperback, 432 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Mythology | Romance

Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

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◄ 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

If you know me, you know that I adore books that are inspired by mythology and folktales. This was my first time reading about Korean mythology (that I’m aware of) and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The way the mythology was woven into modern day Seoul was amazing to read. I very much enjoyed the setting of this book, it felt refreshing. It was also great getting the opportunity to read about a different culture. You can definitely tell while reading that this is a debut work, though this isn’t something that bothered me.

I found the story not to be too fast paced. Yes, it starts with a bang and there are quite a few things that happen throughout the book yet there were many quiet moments where the story focused on the characters. I loved that the story did that, as the characters were one of my favourite parts of the story and I loved learning more about their pasts. My favourite characters were definitely Miyoung and Jihoon, something just immediately drew me to them. I also loved seeing how their relationship progressed throughout the book. There were also many other fascinating characters, for example Miyoung’s mother, that I loved reading about.

Another aspect of Wicked Fox that I thoroughly enjoyed was the fact that the history of the gumiho was written in between the chapters of the story. It was fascinating learning more about the gumiho. This book also made me very emotional. I ended up crying while I was reading it, which isn’t something that happens that often for me when I’m reading books. That was just further proof for myself on how much I connected with these characters and the story.

Overall, as you already can see by my rating and review, I loved Wicked Fox. It was an amazing book. I would definitely recommend checking this book out! I’m very exited for the sequel to come out and hopefully I’m going to enjoy it as much as I did this one.


Have you read Wicked Fox? Did you enjoy it? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


I don’t actually have much to say before I get into the book characters that I would love to be besties with. (This theme just doesn’t need any further explaining.) The characters I picked are some that I can see myself getting along very well (obviously, otherwise they wouldn’t be on this list). Some of them are from my childhood and some more recent.


Emma

10. Emma Woodhouse

from Emma by Jane Austen

Narnia

9. The Pevensie siblings

from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Shadowhunters

8. Tessa Gray

from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Howl's Moving Castle

7. Sophie Hatter

from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Marissa Meyer

6. Cress

from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Shadowhunters

5. Magnus Bane

from the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Percy Jackson

4. Percy Jackson

from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Pride and Prejudice

3. Elizabeth Bennet

from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Fangirl

2. Cath

from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Harry Potter

1. Harry Potter

from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Which book characters would you love to be besties with? Let me know in the comments below!

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

-Anna♥

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