April 2019 Wrap-Up

So … I didn’t read anything this month. Or wait! Let me rephrase that … I didn’t finish any book this past month, because I actually did read something but I didn’t enjoy it very much and now I am stuck again. Honestly, I don’t feel super happy about the amount of books I am behind on in my Goodreads challenge (currently 6), but I also don’t know when exactly I’d want to make time for reading. It’s a struggle, but maybe it will happen again.

In general, April just sort of flew by and I don’t know why exactly. There was one week I spent back home in Vienna but I was also glad to hear from some people at work that they had missed me while I was gone. Other than that, I can’t really think of a notable thing that happened (barring the return of Game of Thrones and the release of Endgame).

The one thing I did figure out though, was that I want to make reaction videos. I am sort of clear on the content I want to cover but currently trying to get all the technical stuff I need, because having a Microsoft operating system puts me at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of editing and the likes. So, if any of you have tips about software or a good cheap microphone and/or camera, hit me up! (Also taking emails on the matter, if you prefer that, under: impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com)

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I want to say Game of Thrones, but there’s going to be a full post on that matter once the season is over and we are all done with the song of Ice and Fire. I also have a lot of feels about the new Avengers movie, but will likely do a discussion post about it too. So, I’d rather talk about other things, such as the revival of VERONICA MARS!!!

I was shocked when I found out how many of you didn’t watch the show, because I was obsessed with it growing up. I loathed missing an episode, as there was no way to check them out elsewhere and I owned the entire DVD box set. Veronica was just such a role model for me and never ceased to be one, even when she made mistakes. I loved that we got a movie, even if it was mostly fan service, but I am even more pumped about it returning to TV. Please, for the love of all good television, do check out the origins of that show if you haven’t yet, because there is so much to unpack and I am sure the new stuff will be en par with the first two seasons rather than the third (it had flaws and I will admit to that).

Another thing I truly loved was the Netflix movie Someone Great! Aside from a fabulous cast, I liked how simple the story was. You don’t always need a gazillion things to happen for something to be … well, great. To me, it was both beautiful and sad, but also quiet and loud. It showed how people who have been with you for a while shape you and how parting isn’t easy but sometimes necessary and how you can love someone even if they don’t turn out to be the one. Not everything has to be ugly, even if it hurts. I hope I didn’t give anything away here, but this was not just a depressive movie, it was really fun and I can only wholeheartedly recommend it!

MY POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you aren’t too disappointed in this rather short recap of the month! I wish you all a good start into the new month of May!

April 2018 Wrap-Up

I usually do my wrap-ups on the last day of the month, but I wanted to see if I could finish one more book because I am behind two reads on my Goodreads challenge … but, it didn’t happen because I fell asleep. So, that’s that! Here are the books I got to:

Dear Martin  To Kill a Kingdom  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  Famous in Love (Famous in Love, #1)

Just like always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

Where January was super slow, I feel like every month since has just been passing faster each time. I wish I had some really exciting tales to tell, but it’s pretty much all same old same old for me.

I hit a bit of a motivational low this month, so my blog posts and Arcadia updates weren’t exactly regular. I also wanted to draw and paint a lot, but had to struggle with the same creative low as I did with blogging. However, I am taking part in a contest to win the role as an extra for the German TV show Sankt Maik. It’s this fun story about a con man who poses as a priest to avoid getting arrested and then falls in love with the local police woman as well as the village he is stationed at. All you have to do to enter is create some sort of fan art and here is my take:

I would love for you to like it (or even comment) on my instagram here, because even though the number of likes and such doesn’t count towards you getting the role, it shows the people who host the contest how invested I am and maybe gives me a slight advantage? Even if I don’t win, some of the runner ups get the first season on DVD and I’d love that as well.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I have been overwhelmed with love for this community during the past month because so many of you lovely people have nominated me for the 2nd annual book blogger award and I have no words for how much that meant to me. I feel infinitely guilty for not putting up a nomination post myself and just want you to know that I really appreciate each and every one of you.

  • Marta has once again made an excellent point as to why trigger warnings are important even if they don’t concern you personally (I have to do so much better on that front myself).
  • Marie has hit home with yet another fantastic discussion post, this time about feeling validation as a blogger. So many people underestimate how helpful just a little recognition is, but how much it also matters to give yourself the credit you deserve.
  • Avery finally posted one of my most anticipated features – What’s on the Box! As a TV fanatic, I encourage everyone to venture out into that area if it’s something you’re interested in.
  • The Orang-Utan Librarian loved reading a book I recommended and I feel proud for spreading the love (and tears) that come with Words In Deep Blue.
  • Hannah had me all jealous about her unboxings for Fairyloot and the Wizarding World box!
  • Michelle is back home and I cannot believe how quickly time passed and how fortunate she was to have seen Love, Simon since it will take forever to come out in most of the other European countries.
  • Beth talked about how there’s pressure for book bloggers to have all the new releases and asked us how we felt about it.

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

That’s it from my side in terms of April! How was your month? What’s happening in May? Let’s talk!

April 2017 Book Haul

I am keeping to my resolve of not posting pressuring TBRs, however, I cannot really stick to my plan of not buying any books. I make regular detours to the comic as well as the regular book store and they never end well for my purse. As I’ve mentioned last week, I won’t add books/comics here that I already posted in my April Wrap-Up, because I don’t really see the point of having them on here twice. Let’s get started!

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    I am a sucker for movie-tie ins!
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
    Technically I pre-ordered this for my kindle, but that’s only semantics.

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  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
    I am at 7% and it seems cute.
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

The Upside of Unrequited  Everything, Everything  The Seafarer's Kiss

Windfall  Words in Deep Blue

As always, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads! What are some of your most recent purchases? 

April 2017 Wrap-Up

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (4 stars)
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 (4 stars)
    Honestly, this was SO fun. It was bold and hilarious but also very confusing. I love the artwork and the characters though and I cannot wait to read the rest.
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox (3. 5 stars)
  • Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock (4 stars)
    I am obsessed with the new Power Rangers movie, so when my trusted bookseller showed me this, I simply could not resist. It was a tad too short for me and there were these prequel chapters for another version of the Power Rangers that I really didn’t need. It’s not that they weren’t interesting, but I would get so confused about what’s happening in which universe if I tried to keep up with that as well.
  • Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale (4 stars)
    Archiekins oh Archiekins … seriously, how is that dude still alive? Never met anyone so clumsy (not even you Cátia).
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis (2.5 stars)
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (4.5 stars)

Geekerella Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians, #2) Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale Stealing Candy Girl Out of Water

Click on the titles to get redirected to the reviews and on the covers to get to the respective Goodreads pages! I am not reviewing all my books anymore, so if I haven’t posted a review on the blog, you can find a couple sentences below the title to read my thoughts!

There’s not that much to talk about this month. I have all the major preparations for my trip to Canada checked off my list, now it’s just a matter of packing lightly and convincing the immigration officer to really let me stay for the entirety of six months. I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t all that though. Recommendations of all sorts for what to do during my stay are still very welcome! I am also up for a cup of tea, a movie night or a bookstore hang-out if any of you live in the area and are willing to go through the nerve-racking process of meeting me irl.

I am thinking of making #CurrentlyWatching a bi-weekly thing. It’s not that I don’t watch enough shows, but I have to feel very passionate about them or at least have thoughts I can put into words, which just really isn’t always the case.

I haven’t posted anything new for Arcadia, but since I won’t have a job while I am in Canada and I tend to go crazy if I don’t have something to do, I intend to make writing my full time job while I am away and hopefully that will also mean tons of new chapters for you. However, I might still do the Beautiful People Link-Up in the meantime, just because I don’t want to get out of the story and the character’s world entirely. How hilarious was that first kiss scene in chapter 10 though?  As always, you can read the whole thing here.

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

#CURRENTLY WATCHING

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

DOCTOR WHO REVIEWS

OTHER TAGS AND POSTS

How was your month? Let’s talk about that!

April 2016 Wrap-Up

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I was one busy bookworm this month and have reached my new personal best of 9 books in one month – YAY!

Books that weren’t on my TBR:

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)   Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)   26760138   Tone Deaf   With Malice   In the Hope of Memories   Second Chance Summer   Thanks for the Trouble

As always, click on the titles above to get to the reviews (or on the name of the people I read the books with, to get to their reviews if they are up yet) and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

InOtherNews

There is not really all that much to say about this month. Work has been work. Reading has been reading (although it went quite splendidly). The only thing out of the ordinary was that I went to my second concert of the year – Florence and the Machine! It was a weird, sort of religious experience. Florence never fails to give a great performance!

Another little highlight of mine was that I’ve written more than 500 posts now – wohooo! I think that’s an accomplishment that deserves a bit of recognition as well.

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

ALL KIND OF TAGS

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

How was your month? Did you do something exciting? How are you faring with your reading?

T5W: Books With “Hard” Topics

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week we are talking about books with “hard” topics, which could be anything from sexual assault, mental or some other kind of illness to really anything you can think about. There are so many books that would be great examples to talk about here, so let’s see which devastating stories I can find.

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  1. Nineteen Minutes by Jodie Picoult
    This book is about the aftermath of a school shooting from various perspectives. I remember reading this one quite clearly and it was more than a little scary to see it broken down into components where you actually get the shooter …
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    I guess most of you know the movie and know that it’s about mental health. I thought it was a good book.
  3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Murder and rape! All from the eyes of the victim! That book ruined my feels.
  4. The Bang-Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and João Silva
    This is the real account of photo-journalists and their dilemma between capturing war regions and intervering in events.
  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Okay, this one I have talked about before, but I remain of the opinion that it dealt brilliantly with a really difficult topic. I am not sure I could handle a World War III and the books raises some interesting questions about all the things we wouldn’t be prepared for.

What are some books with difficult topics you can think of? Have you read any from my list?

April 2016 TBR

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I was going to say that I wouldn’t be aiming as high as last month in April, but it turns out there are a lot of books to be read and even more to be ordered. So, let’s see what I have set my eyes on:

  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
    I am just reading this to finally finish this series … even though I tried really, really hard, Ransom has not been able to captivate me like his wife. Which is a real pity!
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    Cátia’s copy will hopefully be there by Monday and then we will have our disastrous, obsessive, too much buddy read. I need to work on that … Cristina‘s, Cátia‘s and my blog names did not match as well as I thought.
  • Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    This series is target of another buddy read, hopefully with Marie again. For now we have only talked about the first book, but I honestly can’t promise anything once I have started a series.
  • Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
    By now you should know that I really like this woman. Her book is part of my giveaway, but here’s the catch. I haven’t actually read the book yet! I know … weird! I will redeem that soon though, because Pushing the Limits is still one of my favourite contemporary romance books.
  • Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
    This book needs to be read this month! And once again, this is also a buddy read with Cristina!

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)   Ensnared (Splintered, #3)   Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)   26760138

Seven books again! I have even more ebooks lined up, but I don’t want to give anything away until that is certain. Click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are you planning to read this month? Share your thoughts in the comments below!