January 2015 Wrap-Up // Bookish lists

I cannot believe that January is almost over. The new year is already so fast progressing, I hope that the rest of the year will go by a bit slower.

I had a massive TBR for this month and of course I didn’t manage to read all of the books, especially when I had this massive reading slump. I read a total of seven books, six of them were YA fiction and one was a modern classic:

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1. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. MaasReview
I loved the sequel even more than Throne of Glass. There were things revealed in the last 50 pages that blew my mind. I cannot wait to get started with Heir of Fire.

2. The Prince (The Selection, #0.5) by Kiera CassReview
Adorable novella from Prince Maxon’s point of view that takes place a short time before The Selection until he meets America. It was nice, although just an addition to the rest of the story.

3. The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera CassReview
I enjoyed The Selection so much and then I read this sequel and was not very amused by America’s annoying character. I still had Maxon as a character to hold on to, so that made it worth reading it. I cannot wait to finish this trilogy and then to read The Heir in May.

4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartReview
After reading We Were Liars by this author and not liking it too much, I went into this one with low expectations and I was definitely not disappointed. I loved it!

5. The Bell Jar by Silvia PlathReview
It has been such a long time since I read a classic, but this book sounded so interesting, especially after reading Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. I was intrigued from page one. Esther’s character was fascinating and I loved reading about her and her life with her mental troubles.

6. Solitaire by Alice OsemanReview
A great read with very authentic and relatable characters. The “mystery” and relationships were wonderful: truthful, raw and realistic.

7. Where She Went by Gayle FormanReview
I liked this more than If I Stay, to be honest. Adam’s point of view was refreshing because of his struggle and him being a successful musician was a very interesting aspect.

Although I am not too happy that I read “only” seven books, I am excited to see what February will bring!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Reading slumps // Discussion

You know you’re in a reading slump when you haven’t read for almost two weeks and you usually finish two to four books in that time span.

Yes, I admit it: I’m in this somewhat awful reading slump.

My last reading slump lasted for the half of September and the whole October. I didn’t even finish a book. Then in November and December I read a total of 27 books and I plowed right through the beginning of this year. And that’s when I simply stopped. I still looked at pictures of books on Instagram, watched videos about books on YouTube, but I couldn’t bring myself to sit down and just read.

I love reading. It’s usually part of my daily life. Except for the last two weeks. But that’s not something that will last forever. The tips that I’ve read on several blogs or have seen on various videos on YouTube, that helped me personally to get out of a reading slump are the following:

1. Re-read a favorite book.
That could be Harry Potter or a Percy Jackson book or even something by Stephen King, if he’s your favorite writer. It could be any book that you’ve already enjoyed and know that you will enjoy a second, third or fourth time around. This could bring you back into reading.
I tried that already and it did help me. I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and as soon as I’ve finished it, I started with the next book right away.

2. Try reading short books.
A big, fat book with 500+ pages seems daunting, especially when you’re in a reading slump. Try short books with around 200 – 300 pages, books written in verse, plays or poems. As soon as you’ve finished one of those, you definitely feel like you’ve accomplished something. You did finish a book, at least. Even if it’s not that big and complex high fantasy book with almost 1000 pages. It doesn’t matter. You did read a whole book.

3. Try out a different medium.
E-books, audio books or graphic novels and manga are also books, but in another style. Maybe reading one of those mediums will make you excited to experience something different to the hardcover and paperback books.
I personally am not a fan of audio books (I always fall asleep when reading them. I also cannot concentrate on them for a longer period of time.), but maybe it’s something for you! Try listening to audio books while cleaning, cooking, on your commute to and from work/school.
I always have the feeling that I read e-books way faster than physical copies of books. So that may be an option for you as well.
Graphic novels and manga are perfect for a reading slump. You get through them very fast. They are entertaining and can take you through your reading slump until you are ready to read again that high fantasy or that mystery thriller.

4. Read something light/fast-paced.
Maybe trying to read The Name of the Wind or A Game of Thrones is not ideal when you don’t feel like reading. But maybe it is something that would help you, try it out!
But for those, like me, who cannot read big books with complex characters, a lot of world building and epic plot in those times, I recommend reading light and fluffy contemporaries or fast-paced stories full of action. I read those pretty fast and they could help you get into reading again.

5. Relax!
Pressure will most likely have the opposite effect for your reading. Forcing yourself to read when you’re burned out (because you have a hangover after reading a really great book or maybe because you read so much in the last few weeks), is not going to help.
I, for example, haven’t opened a book in over two weeks and I’m fine with that. I don’t panic because I may be behind on my Goodreads challenge or pressure myself to read to reach my goal at the end of the year.
At the end no one cares whether you read 20, 50, or 100 books in a year. As long as you’ve enjoyed the books that you read, everything is fine. The world is not going to end.

I have found a new obsession for the time being and that’s Orange is the New Black. Watching this tv show is so much fun and I enjoy it a lot. I don’t feel guilty about not reading. You shouldn’t feel guilty, too. Enjoy doing nothing or binge-watching tv shows or movies on Netflix, playing video games, surfing on Tumblr or napping all day long.

You will know when this urge is back again, demanding you to pick up a book and reading it in one sitting well into the night. I know that I want to read now, after writing this post.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club // Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club. I am not a part of a “real” book club. I wouldn’t know of one in my area, at least. But I am a part of a few book clubs on Goodreads, my favorite being the Young Adult Book Club. Although the selection of the book is always fair and square and always a good choice, I cannot participate in this or that month because I don’t own the book that was chosen. I also don’t want to order that book (be it from the library or from a bookstore) because my TBR pile is huge. I want to see my TBR pile shrink and not add more books to it. These are the choices I would make if it were up to me which books I’d love to read and discuss with a book club:

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The classics:
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I still haven’t read P&P. It’s THE classic romance and I need to read it. I also want to discuss it with other people and see all of the different meanings and aspects that Jane Austen managed to incorporate into this novel.

2. Ulysses by James Joyce
Have you seen that colossus of a book?! I need a lot of support to read that. And I want to read it, but this book just seems way too daunting to read on my own.

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
This is a highly acclaimed and great classic about obsession and the consequences of it. I would love to discuss this rather inappropriate topic with other readers.

4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
I loved The Hobbit by him, but I was rather afraid to tackle this master piece by him. It’s the epitome of fantasy and I am afraid to either not understand it fully or don’t like it. Either way, it would be great to vent about it.

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The adult & young adult fiction:
5. Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden
I loved the movie to bits and pieces. But I was also an emotional wreck afterwards. I sobbed and cried and thought about this movie after seeing it for about a week after. It was so beautiful and heart-breaking and I want to read the book and share this exact feelings with others while they read it.

6. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I read Belzhar by her and wasn’t too impressed. But the premise of this novel sounds so interesting and with all of these different perspectives I would like to discuss with other people what they think about the story.

7. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments series is already finished and a lot of people have loved it, especially the intertwined The Infernal Devices trilogy, and I still haven’t started reading it. I have to, even if just to see what other readers think of it.

8. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
This is supposed to be very emotional. But also the fact that it takes place in Iceland, and is about the last women in Iceland to be executed, sounds so intriguing. I would want to discuss every detail about it with anyone who also had the experience of reading it.

9. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This is such a highly complex story with a lot of relationships and characters. It was confusing. I started reading it last year, but never got the end. It was a bit too much for me at that moment. This time around I would love reading it with the support of others.

10. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
This book is on the list because I simply have to read it. I think Sci-Fi is always a great genre for discussion; there is so much to speculate and think and hypothesize about.

What do you guys think? Would any of those choices interest you to read in a book club? Or what would your choices be? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Hello there. // Introduction

Hi.
I know that the first blogpost is supposed to be some kind of introductory post. But I am not really sure what exactly to tell you.

Let’s start with the basics:
– the name’s Rita
– twenty-three years of age
– living in Germany
– administrative office clerk in an IT company
– love books

The last point is also the reason for starting this blog. I luuurve books and reading, looking at books; yes, even smelling them.
It’s more of an obsession, really. This you can already see on my Tumblr, Goodreads, and Instagram. I also joined Bloglovin.
I loved reading since I was a child. I remember when my mother used to read me stories before bedtime, the time I started to read for myself, getting my first library card, buying my first book, reading my first English book on vacation. Fast forward to today: I’ve joined several social media sites and got to know so many book lovers: I am finally not alone with my obsession anymore!

The gist of this book will include: mainly book reviews (I post a review on every book I read. So far it was only on Goodreads, now it will be here as well.), but also things like Top Ten Tuesday or Top Five Wednesday, book hauls, etc.

I wanted to create a blog for such a long time now and this year I finally pulled through and put it on my “goals for 2015”-list to maintain a blog for at least a year and then see how it goes as well as where to as well.