The Cliché Book Tag

The workshops I am doing are kind of messing with my schedule a little, so there might be a slight decrease in terms of posts during March. That’s not the case just yet though, so I want to thank Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana for tagging me to do the Cliché Book Tag! Enjoy my take on it!

Actions Speak Louder Than Words.

A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

It’s rare that the movie is better than the book, but it does happen! I have a couple go-to-movies that I definitely enjoyed more than their literary counterparts.

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.

A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

The story of the Great Gatsby is like the ultimate Rags to Riches tale, right? At least I think so.

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.

A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

It often feels like parents are either underrepresented in books (meaning they are entirely absent) or they are just very bad parents. I just think that’s so silly. You can still write a great story with teens where parents are involved but not there all the time, yet they still care. In my opinion, Call Me By Your Name did this absolutely splendidly. That final monologue by the dad always gets me!

You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.

A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

This took a lot more thinking than I thought it would. *whispers* It’s probably because I am such a big cover snob.
Okay, so I don’t own the cover to the left, but I am all the happier for it because the My Lady Jane version to the right is so much prettier.

You Can’t Please Everyone.

A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves.

I am sorry, but I just don’t particularly like Ready Player One. Hate is a strong word. I don’t hate it and I am excited for the movie, because the visuals are going to be amazing, but the book was a disappointment. The pacing was off, I was bored a lot and I really disliked the main character. He was insufferable. Sorry …

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.

What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

All of my reading has changed me in one way or another, but I guess I can point out some particular books that I feel have made me better!



I am sure there are loads of other books that I am missing right now, but we can chat about those in the comments.

Love Is Blind.

A Book With A Disabled Character Or Actual Blind Love.

I once read a book where a deaf girl fell in love with a rockstar and it was a really brilliant book. Definitely give Tone Deaf a try, or read my review here if you want to know more!

Ignorance Is Bliss.

A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

Yo, you can say whatever you want about the Twilight books, but they meant a lot to 13 year-old-me. So, who cares if they were good or bad. They gave me and my friends something to talk about and revived the vampire genre. I am fine with that. (The movies are a whooooole other matter!)

There Is No Time Like The Present.

What Is Your Favorite Contemporary Book?

This question is so unfair! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO PICK JUST ONE!??! I am going to stand in front of my shelf and randomly point at a contemporary and that’s going to be the answer.

*drum roll*

Words in Deep Blue it is!

Better Safe Than Sorry.

A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad.

I am glad this is the final question, because I thought I’d run out of answers a lot sooner. Anyway, I don’t think there’s a book out there that I don’t want to read because I am scared it’s bad. Am I sometimes worried that hype will ruin the experience? Sure. But in the end that rarely stops me. It just delays me reading it for a bit.


What did you think of my answers? How would you have responded to some of them? Let’s chat!

Midnight Sun by Trish Cook (Book Review + Movie Trailer)

Publisher: Poppy
Page Count
: 272

Usually when I talk about books and movies in one post, the movie came AFTER the book. I am not sure that’s the case here. Please don’t hold me accountable for that info, but from what I gathered online, the movie is based on a Japanese film from the year 2006 and therefore they wrote the book for the American movie. I guess this is one of the rare occasions where you wouldn’t have to read the book before watching the movie? The two could still differ from one another, but looking at the trailer it looks exactly the same.

But now on to the actual content! To me, it felt like Everything, Everything meets A Walk to Remember but a tinsy bit less emotional? Despite the seemingly heavy topic, I mostly had a lot of fun reading this book. Admittedly, there were some rather cringey exchanges at times, but I never took them too seriously and therefore could laugh through them. The characters were cute and relatable teens with dreams and aspirations of how they and their love might change the world. The pacing seemed well chosen for the progression of the story and never seemed too rushed. It’s also not a very long read, which is something I gravitate more towards when my schedule gets busy.

All of that is well and fine, except that it never truly hit home on the emotional component with me. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book a lot, but I just think that there was more room for depth and character development. A lot of it felt cliché or stereotypical, for example the mean girl that remains a mean girl for a century and becomes personified evil just because she is jealous of the seemingly perfectly adorkable but hot MC. I prefer a little more reasoning and nuance with my villains. Also, while I get that the lonely girl trapped in her house enjoys people watching and will inevitably develop crushes on reoccurring faces, please don’t ever normalise stalky behaviour as cute. Again, I understand that this is a very particular situation, but I just want to point out that the person on the receiving end should always be a bit wary if they notice tendencies like that.

If that doesn’t bother you, I am sure you will enjoy this sweet love story. I am not going to promise you a happy ending, but a wild ride of adorably awkward dates, some great female friendship, caring parents, melancholy and a tad of broken heart.

Before I leave you with the trailer, I just want to say that I really appreciated that little definition and the provided links to explain XP at the end of the book. They clearly stated that they may have taken a couple liberties (e.g. how fast it progresses in Katie’s case) but they also showed that they have done their research and wanted to portray it as accurately as possible.

But enough from me, here’s the trailer:

Fazit: 3/5 stars! A really great and fast read that could have used some more depth.

Have you read the book? Are you interested in checking it out? Are you going to watch the movie? Let’s talk!

February 2018 Wrap-Up

Where January felt like a lifetime in itself, February was once again gone in the blink of an eye. I don’t even know what I did all month long, I just know that I didn’t read very much … to be fair, I was a bit pre-occupied with other things, but here are the books that I did manage to get to:

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (5 stars)
    I just found out that Lupita Nyong’o read the book, loved it and immediately asked Trevor if she could play his mother in the movie adaptation and IT IS HAPPENING! I am so excited!!
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (3.5 stars)
    So, I am not going to write a full review for this, which means this kind of mini-review is all you are getting. I thought the book was cute. I loved the format with all the pictures and graphs and e-mails, because they just lighten up a story like this one. I am not too fond of the twist, not just because it is ableist, but also because it felt rushed and never fully resolved. Also, the romance department was vastly disappointing in the end.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood    Everything, Everything

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog (if there is one) and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Just a quick update on the job search … well, I still don’t have a job. It’s bothering me quite a bit, but that’s life right now and the unemployment office is making me take classes and workshops which will at least keep me busy during the next month. Maybe I will even learn something really interesting! *trying to tackle this with as much positivity as possible*

As I have mentioned above, I was a little pre-occupied this month with things other than reading. For one, I blogged like crazy again. I think there wasn’t a week where I didn’t knock out at least 5 posts, which I haven’t done in a long time. BUT I also worked on another project – my very own art instagram profile!

Please feel free to add me via katimpossibledraws or simply click here. I am not yet super happy with the quality of the photos that I take of my art work, but I am learning a bit every day. Most of what I do is made with watercolors and colored pencils, but I also threw in some regular pencil sketches. I do want to venture into digital art at some point, but … let’s just say I either have the completely wrong software or I am far from talented with a graphic tablet so far.


Also, low-key not over the fact that Michiel Huisman didn’t just SEE my art for his movie Irreplaceable You, but he also liked it AND commented on it.





I hope you had a great month? What were you up to? What do you think of my art? Let’s chat!

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Book Review)

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Page Count
: 304

This is the first book review of the month! It may have taken me quite a long time to finish Born a Crime, but that is in no correlation with the quality of the writing, I was just very pre-occupied with other things this month. In fact, this book was so incredibly well written and thoughtful and funny and insightful, I don’t think the review will have to be very long.

To start with, Born a Crime is non-fiction, a memoir of sorts to be more exact. I always struggle with reviewing those, because this is someone’s life we are talking about. The things happened and that’s it, but there is still a difference in how you tell a story and Trevor Noah definitely knows how to do that!

“We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.”

You may know Trevor Noah as the host of the Daily Show these days, but I heard about him a couple years before that when I browsed YouTube for comedy stand up programs. His acts immediately enticed me, as they were equally funny and thought-provoking, teaching me things about Africa while also being highly entertaining. I’ve followed his rise to global fame since and am very happy to see his success. Going into this book, I knew that it wouldn’t talk too much about his career as a comedian though, seen as Born a Crime chronicles Trevor Noah’s childhood up to his mid-twenties in South Africa.

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited”

As much as this book was about the intricacies and injustice of apartheid and racism, it was also a love letter to Trevor’s mother. She sounds like one of the strongest, most resilient and lively people out there. You may not always agree with her methods, but you have to give her credit for the confidence and safety she instilled in her children, giving them the tools to face almost anything. There is so much respect, appreciation and plain love in their relationship, even through all the struggles and hardships, you know that Trevor’s childhood couldn’t have been so bad simply because of her presence and care. It gets especially tragic when you see domestic abuse rattling their lives and how difficult of a situation it is to deal with, especially in a country that has societal stigmas and a vastly incompetent justice system that fails to support you in any way.

“Relationships are built in the silences. You spend time with people, you observe them and interact with them, and you come to know them—and that is what apartheid stole from us: time.”

While there was a definitely presence of his mother in the book, you can equally feel the absence of his father. There are no hard feelings towards him, their entire family fell victim to circumstances. But I don’t think that anyone who hasn’t actually lived in a segregated country, can even begin to imagine the consequences of such a system. To imagine how long the system was in place and that it has affected the living situations, mindsets and relationships of the people to some extent even to this day is just mind-blowing (in the worst of ways). I very much enjoyed to read how Trevor tricked the system, found the loopholes and made his way nonetheless. Everyone just always seemed so resourceful and I found it especially interesting how easily he could prove that knowledge (be it languages, business know-how, history, etc.) can give you a certain advantage in life and how devastating it is to be denied that knowledge.

“Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says “We’re the same.” A language barrier says “We’re different.”

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”

Finally, after this book review has already gotten way longer than I intended, I can only recommend this book to everyone out there. It gives you such an understandable view of the repercussions of apartheid and racism, but couples it with personal experiences to really add that emotional punch. I would love to read further books written by Noah, maybe about how he decided to become a comedian, but there’s no rush there.

“Being chosen is the greatest gift you can give to another human being.”

Fazit: 5/5 stars! Hopefully a new addition to everyone’s must-read list!

Have you read Trevor Noah’s book? Did you watch some of his stand up programs? Did you like the quotes? Let’s chat!

Kiss, Marry, Kill – TV & Book Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day, whether you are with a sweetheart or by yourself like me. This just makes it the perfect occasion for me to do a tag for imaginary relationships, wouldn’t you agree?

I have done the Kiss, Marry, Kill Book Tag before (also on Valentine’s Day … I see a pattern there), but I wanted to switch it up a little. So, instead of doing 10 rounds of books only, I will do 5 TV rounds and 5 book ones. The rules are very simple: you put Goodreads on random to pick the books and then open them at a random page to select a character. For TV shows, I will do a random pool of shows and names and just draw them from a hat or something. Enjoy!


Kiss: Ella (Lucifer) – she is sooo adorable and enthusiastic. I don’t know what that has to do with kissing her, but I do like her.
Marry: Henry (Once Upon a Time) – he was annoying af as a teen, but grown up Henry is amazing.
Kill: Clary (Shadowhunters) – am I even sorry?


Kiss: Four (Divergent) – he’s handsome and broody, so sure, why not?
Marry: Mark Watney (The Martian) – if anyone doubted that I would marry Mark in an instant, do you even know me? He is funny, smart and has wicked survival skills. As an astronaut he probably wouldn’t be home that much, but I think he has enough of outter space for now. Also, I am sure I could prep some meals without potatoes for the rest of my life.
Kill: Vassa (Vassa in the Night) – I just didn’t particularly click with her?


Kiss: Philip (Travelers) – on the show, Philip, Trevor and Marcy are the ones I fancy the most, so I would have kissed any one of those characters if they had come up.
Marry: Elvis (Our Girl) – I wasn’t too particularly happy about this round as a whole. I would marry Elvis though, just because Luke is amazing.
Kill: April (Grey’s Anatomy) – I am so sorry, April!! I did not want to kill you at all!!!


Kiss: Theo (A Million Worlds With You) – I just love Theo so much, but he is kind of a player. So a kiss suffices.
Marry: Sevro (Red Rising) – that man is so smelly and gross, but I love him? I’d SO marry him!
Kill: Matthias (Six of Crows) – so … uhm … there was a thought process behind this, but I am scared to say it.


Kiss: Robert (The Royals) – he might be evil, but he is still super handsome and one of my favourite fictional psychos.
Marry: Karen (The Punisher) – I adore Karen! Neither the Punisher nor Daredevil would be the same without her. Enough said.
Kill: Esme (The Gifted) – she’s such a manipulative and mean spirit. Having her around only means trouble, so … you get my drift.


Kiss: Gansey (Blue Lily, Lily Blue) – Gansey is my least favourite Raven boy … so yeah, but he constantly dies and I don’t want to kill him even more.
Marry: Shahrzad (The Rose & the Dagger) – She’d be the best wife! And the bedtime stories would be epic.
Kill: Carver (Goodbye Days) – I just kind of forgot what his personality was like?


I just want to say that I hate this round so much. I want to marry them all and this isn’t fair.

Kiss: Amberle (The Shannara Chronicles) – still not over what happened to her.
Marry: Will (Sense8) – I know from firsthand experience that Will is a formidable hugger. That is a great quality in a husband to have, aside from his obvious kindness and all around great character.
Kill: Grace (Peaky Blinders) – The only reason I chose her was because she lied to Tommy in the beginning and that vexed me.


Kiss: Quentin (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo) – I wonder how it would be to kiss someone much shorter than me?
Marry: Warner (Ignite Me) – Warner is a good guy at heart. I doubt he would ever want to be with anyone other than Juliette, but we are just pretending she doesn’t exist in this scenario.
Kill: Tamlin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) – is he the worst ever? No … but I still don’t want him near me.


Kiss: Brainiac 5 (Supergirl) – I like him. He brings a fresh and slightly comedic element to the show, even if the looks aren’t really like they used to be in the comics. Nonetheless, I do not like him enough to marry him.
Marry: Takeshi (Altered Carbon) – Honestly, I wasn’t sure which picture to pick, because he wore so many sleeves. But I like him and he seems like such a loyal soul.
Kill: Veronica (Riverdale) – I am over the trash fire that is Riverdale.


Kiss: Rachel (Words in Deep Blue) – sweet girl, I am down.
Marry: Benvolio (Still Star-Crossed) – can I pretty please have the TV version of him??
Kill: Farley (Glass Sword) – I am just not a huge fan of her. Would I have killed her in another scenario? I am not sure, but in this round she was the least painful to pick.

I am not going to tag anyone specifically, but if you feel like this is something you’d enjoy – YOU ARE HEREBY TAGGED! (and it’s a tag that works for any other day than Valentine’s Day as well) What did you think of my picks?

The Goodreads Book Tag

We shall not speak of when I was actually tagged for this Goodreads Book Tag! (Seriously peoples, I don’t understand how there are drafts from 2015 to now? I apparently never check my drafts …) Anyway, the lovely Flo @flowlessbooks tagged me and I want to thank her for her patience and consideration when she wrote the tag over a year ago …

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Die Wunderübung

The last book I marked as “read” was Die Wunderübung by Austrian author Daniel Glattauer. I went to the signing for this book and it was really fun. One of my former teachers is the director of the movie adaptation of this book and he was there as well … and didn’t recognise me. Somehow I wasn’t surprised.


What are you currently reading?

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime by Trevor Noah! (Finally – as Cristina has wanted me to read this for the longest time)

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Apparently that was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black because EVERYONE just seems to scream about how amazing and fun this book is, so I want to know if the hype was justified. But also, I am not actually going to read it anytime soon until the hype has died down. If that makes sense?

What book do you plan to read next?

I think it will be Everything, Everything, but I refuse to actually be tied down to one book. I am way too much of a mood reader for that and there’s so much out there that I could chose from, you know?

Do you use the star rating system?

Yep, I do. I have this theory that all the books I read start out as a 3-star-book and then either improve or get worse from there on out. I would love to have half-stars as well though, then I wouldn’t always have to decide if I should round up or down.

Are you doing a 2018 Reading Challenge?

Again, this is also a yes. I decided to go with 60 books as a goal and so far so good.

Do you have a wishlist?

Actually, I do have a wishlist but not on Goodreads? It’s just some place I can keep track of what I want, because I don’t use the “Want to Read” option all too regularly. Most of the time I forget to even check on there unless someone directly prompts me to.

(Should you want to see my Amazon wishlist for whatever reason, you can do so here)

What book do you plan to buy next?

Something from my wishlist????

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

I just randomly made screenshots from two quotes I someday in the past liked on Goodreads!

Who are your favorite authors?


  • Pierce Brown
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Victoria Schwab
  • Becky Albertalli
  • Nina LaCour
  • Jeff Zentner
  • Morgan Matson

Have you joined any groups?

I think I did at some point, but I can’t even remember at this point because I never visit them. So, I am just going with a simple no instead.


Do you use Goodreads to keep your books in order? Did you relate to my answers? Let’s chat!

January 2018 Wrap-Up

I am glad to announce that I have successfully adapted to writing 2018 instead of 2017. I didn’t even need a second attempt when I wrote this post! Anyway, just as I suspected, my hunger for books has slowly returned now that I have been back in Vienna for a while. I find myself reading at a very different pace now though. Whenever I pick up a book, I now tend to read it in 1-2 days and then take a break for a couple days/an entire week. It’s strange but it seems to work. So, here’s what I got around to read this month:

  • Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush (3 stars)
  • America, Vol. 1 (4 stars)
    I really enjoyed America as a character. The cameos were awesome and I think it was only the last issue that I didn’t like as much. It had a bit of a different art style than the previous ones.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars)
    THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL THE HYPE! It’s so good and important and I cannot even wait for it to come out as a movie and then attract even MORE people. I just know that the casting is beyond perfect already.
  • Lock & Mori: Final Fall by Heather W. Petty (4 stars)
    This is the final part in the Lock & Mori series and I love those books so much. They may not be perfect, but they are such a nice distraction and have such an amazing villain origin story. While it perfectly explains how Mori became the person she is, it doesn’t try to justify her actions or give her a redemption arc. It just lets Mori be Mori.
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee (4 stars)
  • Iron Gold by Pierce Brown (5 stars)
  • Die Wunderübung by Daniel Glattauer (3 stars)
    What a surprise! I read very few books in my mother tongue, because I just like most things better in English. However, this is a book from one of my favourite Austrian authors and I actually got to meet him and some of the actors of the movie adaptation of this story at a book signing on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun and I was like the second person in line.

Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves, #1)  America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez  The Hate U Give  Final Fall (Lock & Mori, #3)  The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1)  Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4)  Die Wunderübung

Just like in old times, click on the title to get to the review on the blog (if there is one) and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Ugh … January was such a long month! Where 2017 went by in one big woosh, I feel like 2018 is taking its sweet time. I had some really annoying stuff to deal with in January and my body is making me feel it hard by aching in all kinds of places. I unfortunately also can’t say that I am going to start working soon, because so far it’s mostly been rejection emails or silence. That all sounds like doom and gloom, but mostly I am just tired.

The stored up energy I am currently unable to put into my career, I have now focused back onto the blog with an increased number of posts as well as new chapters for Arcadia. I have missed writing a lot and I left my characters in such a precarious place, I am glad I got continue their story a bit. In a lot of ways I have to thank Marie for that because 1. she is one of my biggest fans and wants to know how it continues and 2. she is currently rereading and working on her own WIP and we have sessions where we work at the same time on our respective projects and it’s such a motivation. If you want to check out Arcadia, you can do so here. I am definitely going to post more in the upcoming weeks, because I am finally really motivated again!

One thing I am really happy about is the fact that #CurrentlyWatching is BACK! When I look at my stats, the bookish posts still work best on the blog, but talking about TV shows is such a passion of mine. If anyone ever needs a professional TV show recommender (is that a thing? I am making it a thing!), then I am your gal!




How was your January? Did you read a lot? Did you watch some good TV shows?