June 2016 Wrap-Up // Bookish lists

I had a lot of fun reading last month. I read most of the books near the end of the month during #TBRTakedown 4.0, but I read nonetheless 😉

IMG_45571. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
I pre-ordered this book to read it as soon as I got it. Then it took me almost two months to read it. That had nothing to do with the book, though, but with a rather long reading slump. I loved the conclusion: the love story, the friendships, the political war strategies!

2. The Princess Diaries: Give Me Five by Meg Cabot
I have missed Mia! It was time for more hilarious and ridiculous problems with the heir of Genovia’s throne! I read this book in two sittings. That’s how much fun these books are! I cannot wait to continue with the series.

3. Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia
A collection of poetry which was not bad for a first time published author. Although I had quite a few problems with some of the poems, I also found a few gems in between.

4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
#MonthofMatson continues for me throughout the summer. This book was just perfect in all its ways. Family, friendship, love, sickness and death and a summer house in a small town is all that I needed to love, hate, laugh and cry while reading this book.

5. Summer Days & Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
I enjoyed reading My True Love Gave To Me, but the summer edition was much better. I loved so many more of the stories and now I need to check out all of these authors and their great stories!

Overall I had a good reading month. I need to read more like I did during the read-a-thon in at least two out of four weeks next month. It just is so much fun and I need to make time for it.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

#TBRTakedown 4.0 Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

Monday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 90
Books: Summer Days & Summer Nights, The Princess Diaries: Give Me Five

Tuesday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 206
Books: The Princess Diaries: Give Me Five

Wednesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 98
Books: Summer Days & Summer Nights

Thursday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 94
Books: Summer Days & Summer Nights

Friday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 377
Books: Bright Minds Empty Souls, Summer Days & Summer Nights, Second Chance Summer

Saturday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 227
Books: Second Chance Summer

Sunday
Number of books finished: 2
Number of pages read: 209
Books: Second Chance Summer, Summer Days & Summer Nights

Wrap-Up

Number of books finished: 4
Number of pages read: 1301

And so, a read-a-thon ends again. I had a lot of fun reading all of these books! It brought me back into the reading game and I’m glad as I was feeling quite slumpy for the past few months. Now I cannot wait to read more! 😀 May the next read-a-thon come soon! 😉

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

#TBRTakedown 3.0 Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

Monday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 358
Books: Wolf by Wolf, Fruits Basket Vol. 3

Tuesday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 252
Books: Wolf by Wolf, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Wednesday
Number of books finished: 0
Number of pages read: 241
Books: Isla and the Happily Ever After

Thursday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 198
Books:Isla and the Happily Ever After, Maybe Someday

Friday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 564
Books: Maybe Someday, Tape

Saturday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 207
Books: Tape, The Book of Ivy

Sunday
Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 256
Books: The Book of Ivy

Wrap-Up

Number of books finished: 6
Number of pages read: 2076

What an amazing way to start the year! I have read a book a day (except for Wednesday) and completed six of the seven challenges. I didn’t get to read the book that was out of my comfort zone (Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov), but that was alright. I wasn’t feeling like reading it by the end of the week anyway. I might read it later in the month, but we’ll see about that 😉

So overall I read quite a few books and pages and I am six books ahead with my Goodreads Challenge, which is great. Now I can read the books on my TBR and then finally (hopefully!) read some of the bigger books I am always afraid to read because they take forever to read and also because I am afraid to fall behind with my challenge for the year. I think every year should start with a read-a-thon, what do you think?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Top 15 Books of 2015 // Bookish lists

I don’t even know what to say regarding my absence on my blog. I just hope it hasn’t collected too much dust ;D

So, 2015 is almost over and although I still have to/want to read two more books to complete my 2015 reading challenge, I just go on without those books.

Let’s start with the books that stood out, surprised me and just took my breath away in a positive sense:

the-disreputable-history-of-frankie-landau-banks-e.lockhart1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. LockhartReview
This was one of the first books I read in 2015 and after being really disappointed in We Were Liars, I was surprised to like this story as much as I did. Boarding school, secret society, pranks and a lot of feminism. If these keywords strike your fancy, then please go and read it!!

the-bell-jar-s.plath2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathReview
My first of two classics I read this year and I was highly fascinated by it. The premise was so intriguing and it made me want to know more about Plath and her life story. I hope to read more by her next year.

divergent-v.roth3. Divergent by Veronica RothReview
My sister read this series shortly after I bought the complete trilogy in a matter of a few days. It took me about 1.5 years to finally start the first book. I love reading dystopian fiction and this was one of the best books I read in this genre. The world building was amazing and Tobias is just swoon-worthy!

soppy-p.rice4. Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa RiceReview
This was such an adorable picture book about a couple that moves in together and shows how they behave around each other. I found so many similarities between their relationship and mine with my boyfriend. I thought we were the only ones who did something this way or that and it turns out that we’re not. Great drawings and a very cute story. A must-read in my opinion.

all-the-bright-places-j.niven5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenReview
A rather sad story, but the mental illness in this books was depicted so well, in my opinion. Dual perspective, great writing and relatable characters mixed in with a lot of emotions makes a great story.

the-winners-crime-m.rutkoski6. The Winner’s Crime by Marie RutkoskiReview
I have gushed so much about this book. Not only is it a very, very pretty book, it also is an amazing sequel to a great fantasy trilogy. I thought the first book was more on the ‘meh’ side. But when I read this book, it blew me away. The romance, the political drama, the schemes. Everything about this book was amazing. I cannot wait to finally read the last book in this series.

simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda-b.albertalli7. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky AlbertalliReview
Have you ever read a book that just made you happy? If not, then this is definitely it. I read it in a matter of days and every time I picked it up I had immediately a smile on my face. The characters, the writing, the story itself, everything was just beautiful and made me happy. READ IT!!

the-princess-diaries-m.cabot8. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I have seen both movies with Anne Hathaway years and years ago. This year, this series was read by so many people in the book community because an eleventh book came out. I had the first book in this series on my shelf for years and it was time to read it. I’m glad that I have finally started this series. Mia is hilarious and I love this diary format the story is written in. I am currently three books into this series and I hope to finish it in the first half of 2016.

you-c.kepnes9. You by Caroline Kepnes
The first time I listened to an audiobook was a success. I heard from so many people that this book was amazing, especially if you listened to it. It definitely was! It felt like the narrator talked to you. The creepiness-factor was basically a given. I loved the story and got to sympathize with Joe. I am excited to see what the sequel of this book will bring.

illuminae-a.kaufman-j.kristoff10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Although this is such a massive book it took me only three days to read it (most of it in one sitting). The concept of files to tell a story was amazing. The sci-fi setting and the A.I. as a character made the story so much more interesting and I cannot wait to see what the sequels will be like!

There were also books that I was disappointed in and not worth the hype:

the-winners-curse-m.rutkoski1. The Winner’s Curse by Marie RutkoskiReview
Yes, the sequel is one of my favorites of this year. But the first book really disappointed me. I got this book because I heard a lot of praise and because the cover of this book was just so beautiful. I can sit in front of this book for hours and just stare at Kestrel’s magnificent dress and intricate hairstyle. Unfortunately the book was not as great as the cover. I really loved the history and the world, but the characters simply fell flat for me and annoyed me most of the time.

slammed-c.hoover2. Slammed by Colleen HooverReview
Everyone loves Colleen Hoover and praises her as the queen of New Adult fiction. I wanted to see if I loved her books as well and, well. Except for the family dynamics, the slam poetry and the addicting touch that this book had one me, I hated this book. The instalove ruined this book completely for me. I just couldn’t stand either main character. Every time they said something to each other I had to roll my eyes. They almost fell out of my head that’s how much I rolled them. It was just not a good book and it made me less excited to read more of CoHo’s work.

the-statistical-probability-of-love-at-first-sight-j.e.smith3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithReview
This was a short, yet excruciating slow read. The characters were partially irrational, they had no depth to them and the story itself was alright. I enjoyed her other book, The Geography of You and Me, much more and I hope that her other books are also better than this one.

Untitled-44. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
Unfortunately I haven’t written a review for this book yet and I also don’t remember much of it. I remember that I thought that it felt very juvenile and that the story was executed very poorly overall. Just meh. Not my cup of tea.

the-wicked-and-the-divine-k.gillen5. The Wicked + the Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
The artwork in this graphic novel is undoubtedly very beautiful. Unfortunately the story just didn’t make any sense to me. Everything was more confusing than anything else. I hope that with the next volumes the story will make more sense.

What were the books that stood out most to you, whether positively or negatively?

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Bout of Books 14.0 Wrap-Up // Updates

Updates

I don’t even know how much I read every day. I just know that I read until Friday and then had a massive book hangover, so that I couldn’t read any more and haven’t read much since then.

Wrap-Up

Number of books finished: 1
Number of pages read: 270

I finished the second half of The Assassin’s Blade and I highly enjoyed it. My heart was torn out of my chest due to unexpected feelings for Sam and Celaena :'(
Since then I feel like I’m in a major book hangover and am not really in the mood to read anything. I need to continue with Heir of Fire, though, because Queen of Shadows will be released in less than a week and I want to be up-to-date on that series.

I think I’m taking it a bit slower with the read-a-thons for now. Although it is always a lot of fun, I think I’m burned out and need to take a few steps back and start to write all of the reviews that I’m behind on.

There are also a few things that will be happening soon (hopefully!). I’ll let you know soon what it actually is 😉

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂