April 2020 Wrap-Up

Something about time is just not consistent this year. Whereas the first couple months felt like years, April was gone in the blink of an eye. I guess we all got used to our current situations and that way it didn’t feel so endless? I don’t know … it’s just a working theory. Either way, April still gave me plenty of time to get back into my reading groove and I’m now halfway through my Goodreads challenge, which makes me super happy!

  • Again, but Better by Christine Riccio (3 stars)
  • Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer (5 stars)
    This is a beautiful and very personal poetry collection, where the poet talks to the Goddess Aphrodite about trauma and love and societal expectations and I adored it. It felt very intimate and I marked so many passages, but I don’t know how to review poetry really other than saying “THIS MADE ME FEEL SOMETHING”, so that’s why you didn’t hear much about it from me.
  • Deadpool Issue #20 (5 stars)
    You can read this issue for free here. Trigger warning for suicide!
  • Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (4 stars)
  • Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (3 stars)

Again, but Better Aphrodite Made Me Do It Deadpool #20 Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy, #2) Only Human (Themis Files, #3)

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above.

I went into this month thinking I could do … a lot? I soon realised that even if I was motivated, there were definite limitations. The more I wanted to do, the less I actually did and so I focused on a couple things. I started working out on the daily and have missed maybe one or two days this last month. I don’t do hours upon hours of workout, but I do feel better exercising a little bit and am starting (if very slowly so) to see some changes in my body.

Another thing I focused on was getting back into writing. I initially wanted to continue working on the #witchyWIP for Camp NaNoWriMo, but ended up not feeling it anymore. Instead, I started a completely new project where I have recently hit 12K words. It’s a YA contemporary story with a slight focus on Football, but also family drama and just all sorts of relationships (go friendships!). There is no pitchable blurb yet and I feel different about this project. You know me, I usually blab about my projects all day long, but somehow I feel like keeping this one close to my chest … at least for now.

Having been more into writing taught me that I cannot consume a lot of other media (books and TV and movies) or it will hinder my own creativity. I tend to get lost in all those fictional worlds and when that happens, it’s really hard to pull myself out of it and work on my own stuff. Which is what I want to do! So, I think all things considered, I did fairly well with posts and reviews, even though I felt I couldn’t read/watch as much as I sometimes wanted to.

However, something I tried to do more again to not get out of practice entirely is draw. When I have to pick my own reference pic, I will spend hours without getting anywhere, because I am super indecisive. Instead, I turned to my friends on Twitter and asked for characters they wanted to have drawn. If you have Twitter as well, feel free to comment with a pic of your fave. I won’t promise to draw anything, but I am trying to make it a more regular occasion and will turn to this pinned tweet for inspo!

The drawing I most enjoyed doing so far was of Melonie Diaz as Mel Vera from the Charmed Reboot!

But I am slowly but surely running out of watercolor paper (it’s ordered, but will take some time. I only have THREE pieces of paper left), which made me turn to practicing pencil drawings as well. Here is a grumpy Nick Miller from New Girl.

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

In turns of media consumption my two favourite things are very easy to identify as Friday Night Lights and the movie The Half of It! However, I talked about FNL at length in a separate post and do intend to talk about The Half of It in an upcoming one. So, instead, let’s check out some awesome content around the blogosphere:

  • Sophie @Me and Ink talked about some deliciously morally grey characters and I was all here for it!
  • Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books gave us an insight as to how to deal with a blogging slump. Let’s face it, it has happened to all of us at some point …
  • I really loved this look at Season 3 of Elite and what’s ahead over @MettelRay
  • The Orang-Utan Librarian had some quarrels with the adaptation of The Noughts and Crosses book series to screen (despite my dear Josh Dylan being in it).
  • My good friend Lois @My Midnight Musings does not just have a new layout on her blog, she was also completely smitten by The Kiss Quotient last month and did a great review on it.
  • Sophie Li and Jai Lynn both took it upon them to take part in my newly created Quarantine Write Tag! Check out their posts and stories – they are awesome!

MY OTHER POSTS

VARIOUS POSTS

WRITING TAGS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

This is it from me! I hope you had a good start into the month of May! I also hope you are staying safe and healthy. Take care of yourselves and be responsible <3!

March 2020 Wrap-Up

It’s been a year! Oh, wait … it’s just the end of freaking forever-March. I really thought January was the never-ending month, but March sure dethroned it. A lot has been happening, and very few of these things (or none) were according to plan, but more about that later. The one thing that March allowed me to do was get back into reading again. I still can’t plow through 10 books a month, like I used to do in my late High School/early college years (wow, am I getting old?), but I am quite happy nonetheless, because I am just really enjoying diving into books again. I am DEFINITELY on track for my Goodreads reading challenge.

Anna K. The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) The Aftermath

As per usual, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy! My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above.

So, now let’s briefly talk about the obvious – the pandemic. I know, I know … we are all bombarded with it on a 24/7 news cycle and I can only imagine that you do not necessarily want to hear about it from me as well. I am not going to go into massive detail, but I just want to say that I hope you are all staying safe and at home (to the best of your abilities). These are trying times for everyone, but we need to remain patient and vigilant to continue flattening the curve. 

Having said that, I also want to say that it’s okay to mourn not being able to do something or see people you love. We are humans and therefore capable of more than one emotion. I can worry about the general human populace and still be sad about the fact that I had to cancel some important plans. As mentioned last month, I had planned to move to Canada this March with the work permit I acquired, but that has not happened. Not only was it my decision to cancel the flights and hotels I had already booked because traveling in this climate felt irresponsible, but a couple weeks later and literal all the borders are closed for non-essential travel. I am not going to lie, I threw myself a pity party and still am sad sometimes that I couldn’t do something I had worked towards for YEARS, but … in hindsight it might be for the better? I get to be with my parents right now. And even though it gets crowded sometimes, I am glad not to be entirely on my own an entire ocean away. It can get hard to find the positive, but I keep trying and just hoping that the more we band together (not physically, but by social distancing etc.) the sooner this will get managed.

Btw, don’t be like Vanessa Hudgens. Take this seriously!

Now, on to happier things! Life and Other Disasters has surpassed the freaking 2,500 follower milestone!!! I still can barely believe it, but I am so beyond grateful. As a way of looking back at years of blogging and which content stuck the most with you, my lovely readers, I published a series of posts titled “Kat Made Me Read/Watch It”. In it I listed all the shows, books and whatnot that you have told me you started watching or reading (partially) because of me and to this day, it’s one of the best things a blogger can hear. It makes our work feel appreciated and my heart sing. Here are the parts:

Aside from that, I don’t feel like I have been the most productive during this introspective time. I have barely picked up a brush, only honoring a couple actors for season finales or on their birthdays with a portrait. One was Ronen Rubinstein, who you will surely fall in love with just like I did once you watch 9-1-1 Lone Star (if you haven’t yet, what even are you waiting for?) and of course, the ever formidable Rupert Evans, who plays the whitelighter in the Charmed reboot.

I am serious, TK Strand will capture your heart (and not just that of hot police officer Carlos).

I thought it was especially cool that a friend of mine animated my drawing of Rupert, which made it eerily realistic and like it came to life!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I really had to think about this a whole lot, because I initially couldn’t think of something I had enjoyed over the top this month, but then it struck me! I absolutely 100% could not forget about Vampires. I mentioned it in this post, but to sum it up briefly. Vampirism is a matriarchy. This show creates vampires like humans (through birth) and deals with a girl who seems to be a hybrid. Her mother has broken off contact with the rest of the community, but when news gets out about Doina (the hybrid girl), they WANT her. It has a completely toxic ship, but one I am so here for? Like … I just need a second season to have Ladislas and Doina date. That’s literally all I want.

Now, it’s been a while since I’ve done this, but so many bloggers have been so very kind to me. They keep highlighting posts of mine and I always seem to have been too self-absorbed or busy to return the favour. So, here are a couple posts from around the blogosphere that I enjoyed.

  • Marie (Drizzle and Hurricane Books) talked about her book buying process and the fact that she HAS a real, several steps process is just wow! I love that girl!
  • Caro (Bookcheshirecat) has reviewed one of my all time hidden gems – Jackaby! You should really check it out if you haven’t yet.
  • Lois (My Midnight Musing) recommended some binge-worthy TV shows (including some shows that I absolutely 100% endorse as well), so give it a go if you need some more stuff on your quarantine watchlist.
  • Over at The Punk Theory, Becks has reviewed Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 of Riverdale. That show is a trash fire that I once upon supported and now only hate watch. It’s beautiful to watch her confusion grow as she keeps with it … cause like a train wreck, you can’t seem to look away).
  • Maha (Sunshine n’ Books) made a plan for what she wants to accomplish during self-isolation. Since her to-do-list and mine are quite similar, I just felt the need to share it here too!

MY OTHER POSTS

VARIOUS TAGS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

As I said before, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Here’s to hoping that we will all be able to accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves this April! If you ever feel like chatting, I am here.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag

I’ve been looking through my 75+ drafted posts and I am trying to get to some that have been in there for literal years. Back in early 2018 Fadwa @Word Wonders tagged everyone who loves the show for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Book Tag. (I would like to link to the original creator, but Em doesn’t have a blog anymore?) I don’t know why I didn’t do it back then, because I sure seemed to have saved it? I really love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so it would be a natural fit. But that doesn’t stop me from simply doing it now, especially since I am trying to get a kind of blogging routine back (Fridays for tags maybe?). Let’s go!

Jake Peralta

Starts off goofy and kind of a sh*thead and then becomes a lovable goofball.

I am picking Jack from Tweet Cute! (and not just because his name is so close to Jake …) In general, I feel like the Pepper-Jack-dynamic is very similar to the Amy-Jake-one (if I wasn’t trying to pick a different book for every prompt, I’d definitely also say Pepper was Amy). Jack isn’t that much of a sh*thead, but he is a bit of a prankster and snarky and bitter.

Raymond Holt

Starts off as intimidating robot, then becomes the dad figure you secretly (not so secretly) wanted in life.

Okay, hear me out! I know that Mr. K from Anna K is NOT the perfect father. The way he treats Steven and then does a 180 in how he treats Anna is … less than ideal? However, he seems strict and intimidating, but still loves his children and wants the best for them. Even when it takes him some time to come around, he definitely comes through for Anna in the end.

Amy Santiago

Type A who’s in control but geeks out over nerdy things like stationary and tries to be cool (and fails).

Okay, so Maddison from The Field Guide to the North American Teenager actually IS cool, but she is Type A if I have ever seen one. The way she coordinates everyone’s life is a miracle and I definitely think she has a nerdy side to herself for sure.

Gina Linetti

Lovable narcissist who everyone is lowkey afraid of, extremely smart yet uses their power for evil.

I am sure there are loads of characters like that in more recent fiction, but somehow the only one I could think of was Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby? I don’t think I need to explain the narcissistic qualities of him, how his plans couldn’t exactly have been called “good” and how everyone was a little intimidated, yet enthralled by him?

Charles Boyle

The most loyal of friends, would memorize everything about you to make sure you’re always happy, also a foodie.

When I think about good literary friendships, somehow Morgan Matson always comes to mind. My favourite of hers is still Since You’ve Been Gone and Emily definitely has the loyal best friend thing down (Sloane not so much?). She also works in an ice cream shop during the summer, if memory serves me right, and that totally fulfills the foodie component.

Terry Jeffords

Always trying to have a self-care day but failing miserably because they need to take care of their rowdy children.

Apparently I like to throw in a childhood favourite for all these tags nowadays. It was a hard tie between Prosper and Scipio from The Thief Lord, because both have to act like the parents of the group in a way, even if they are all just trying to survive and live their lives.

Rosa Diaz

The less you know about their past … the better. Would kill to see them smile though.

Malachiasz? Malachiasz! (Wicked Saints remains a fave!)

Norm Skully

Loves food so much, they’d probably kill you for a donut. Would fake a heart attack for anything.

A little bit of a cop out, but the only character so obsessed with food that they’d do anything and that I could think of right now was Jughead. I mean, the only time he thought he might have romantic feelings for someone was when the other person was dressed as a hamburger?

Michael Hitchcock

Surprisingly a very good friend, though he seems like he’d sell you out for anything.

I am pretty sure that NO ONE believed in Sevro‘s loyalty when they first started this odyssey of Red Rising, but he has proven himself to be a formidable friend despite his shadiness.


CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!! Especially if you like the show! 


What did you think of my answers for the prompts? Did they make sense? Let’s talk!

The Perfect Book Tag

Yes, hello everyone! This is me actually doing a tag again? It’s been ages, but we are all staying home, taking care of ourselves and others in the process and I really, really wanted to give you some fresh content on the blog. I haven’t been the most present on the blog as of late, because both parents are doing the whole home office thing now and I try to limit my internet use (as not to crash the poor rooter) while they need to work, like the good daughter that I am. However, that leaves me with online time mostly in the late afternoon and sometimes I just don’t have it in me to be creative then.

With much talk about basically nothing, this all led to me checking my drafted yet never completed posts and I found this little gem. So, huge thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for being so thoughtful and tagging me for the Perfect Book Tag back in the day!

The Perfect Genre

pick a book that perfectly represents its genre

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

Ha! I tricked you! I bet you thought I would pick a book from my favourite genre (fantasy/sci-fi), but regular good old YA contemporary it is. I read The Field Guide to the North American Teenager pretty recently and I thought it had some great teen representation and also gave me flashbacks to my semester abroad in the US (which I always kinda like).

The Perfect Setting

pick a book that takes place in a perfect place

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

To me, the perfect setting might not be the same as for you? I like a good magical world, I really, really do. Would I want to live in it? That’s debatable, because most of the time it’s connected to mortal peril. So, my perfect setting is something more along the lines of the British isle of Guernsey, loads of beaches and cliffs, an all-surrounding calm and friendly (albeit somewhat nosey) neighbors.

The Perfect Main Character

pick the perfect main character

AUGUST FLYNN! (This Savage Song) My baby boy will forever remain perfect in my eyes. PERFECT, do you hear?

The Perfect Best Friend

loyal and supportive, pick a character that you think is the best friend ever

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Tough one! Tough one indeed! But, I think, in the end I’d go with Kenji from the Shatter Me series. If you have him on your side, I think you’d be able to get through anything.

The Perfect Love Interest

pick a character you think would be an amazing romantic partner

I have a couple contenders for book hubby, but one of my all time favourite people is Max Vandenburg from The Book Thief! He is kind and smart and patient and a fighter. I don’t actually know how he is romantically, but I see those qualities as a plus in a partner.

The Perfect Villain

pick a character with the most sinister mind

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

I DON’T WANNA SAY WHO! But the villain in Wicked Saints is divine (no pun intended)!

The Perfect Family

pick a perfect bookish family

My Life Next Door

The Garretts from My Life Next Door will forever remain an example of a loving, present and beautiful family. I don’t think any such thing as perfect exists, but they are darn close!

The Perfect Animal or Pet

pick a pet or fantastic animal that you need to see on a book

The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections, #1)

Okay, I read the Dark Reflections series when I was like 12, so, no guarantee to how they would hold up now, BUT they had living stone lions who could fly. And their fur was soft. And I never loved creatures more than them!

The Perfect Plot Twist

pick a book with the best plot twist

We Were Liars

Even saying that this book has a plot twist is a bit of a spoiler, but it has been out for years now, so what can I say? We Were Liars had me in freaking tears!

The Perfect Trope

pick that trope you would add to your own book without thinking

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

I am a total sucker for fake dating! Most notable example here is probably To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? (Also quite enjoy enemies to lovers though. Or the “there’s only one bed in the room/one room left at the hotel”-dilemma. OR the friends with insane chemistry that hook up one night and don’t make it awkward but just seamlessly start dating afterwards because they are meant to be)

The Perfect Cover

pick that cover that you would easily put in your own book

The Dire King (Jackaby, #4)

The ENTIRE Jackaby series has covers to die for, but this was the one I saw first (although it’s the final book), which is why I picked it now.

The Perfect Ending

pick a book that has the perfect ending

***SPOILERS FOR THE LAST LINES OF CALL ME BY YOUR NAME!!!***

Twenty years was yesterday, and yesterday was just earlier this morning, and morning seemed light-years away.
“I’m like you,” he said. “I remember everything.”
I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.

Everyone can feel about Call Me By Your Name however they want (and I get certain criticism), but I ADORED that book. And I thought the ending was perfect (love a good reference to the title), so I will never understand why the author felt it necessary to write a sequel I hated.


If YOU, much like myself see yourself in need of ideas for blog posts in these dire times, CONSIDER YOURSELF TAGGED!!!

What did you think of my answers? Could you relate? Let’s chat!

Kat Made Me Watch/Read It! (Part 3)

This is the final installment in the Kat Made Me Watch/Read It!-series! After the posts about movies and books, the only plausible topic could be TV shows. It’s probably the thing I am most known for, because I watch a ridiculous amount of shows. Therefore, reigning this post in has been really difficult, so I decided to only allow myself ONE sentence per show to describe how I feel about it, in order for it not to get out of hand entirely.

9-1-1

I will go down with my still non-canon Buddie ship, while supporting all the other characters too, because this show has so much more than superficial drama.

9-1-1: Lone Star

With a much shorter season (and there only being one so far), 9-1-1: Lone Star has managed to emotionally rope me in just like the OG show and I have no regrets stanning it.

The Royals

Once a guilty pleasure, then a non-guilty obsession, so if I could bring back ONE show – this is it! (Check out a post about it here)

Wynonna Earp

I fought for this show to stay on the air and I even own some replica jewelry from set, so this passion for female cowboy Supernatural will never cease to exist. (Check out a post about it here)

Sense8

My dedication for this show goes so far that I had an actual screaming fit when I saw myself (as in physical form) during the end credits of the very last episode! (Check out a post about it here)

Charmed

If you think this is just a love pertaining the reboot, you are sorely mistaken, because I even own trading cards from the OG show. (Check out a post about it here)

Younger

As bookworms, we should really all be watching a highly entertaining, funny, insightful, steamy show set in the publishing world that champions female characters! (Check out a post about it here)

The Bold Type

Female friendships are the best thing and if you don’t see yourself in Sutton, Jane or Kat, I am sure there are many other characters in that show you’ll find aspects of yourself in – which remains a thing of beauty!

The Good Place

This show is perfection and I will not tolerate any other opinion on the matter. (Check out a post about it here)

A Discovery of Witches

It has witches, vampires, time travel, magic, demons and beautiful cinematography – why would I ever stop gushing about things that are so on brand for me? (Check out a post about it here)

Ragnarok

While I am always here for Norse gods in modern settings, it was my good friend, Lois, who convinced me to include the show and I was more than happy to do so! (Check out a post about it here)

Dynasty

This was also included because of a dear friend, Marie, who I will never get tired gushing over the Carringtons with! (Check out a post about it here)

The Rook

This show has given me one of the best characters ever and I will forever hate them for not continuing with it – Gestalt deserved better! (Check out a post about it here)

Now, that’s it? I think? But if I could point you towards some amazing, not so well known, fairly new releases, these would be my picks:

  • Dollface
  • Reprisal
  • The Society
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Politician

You can read about ALL of them here, because they were featured in my favorite new shows of 2019 post!


Did you ever watching something you’ve previously seen on the blog? Please tell me all about it – I’d really like to know!

Kat Made Me Watch/Read It! (Part 2)

Yesterday, I did the first post in this series, exploring which content you (my lovely, lovely followers and readers) have decided to consume partly because of me. I am really not claiming full responsibility for your actions here, but I am more than happy to take credit when you like something you’ve spotted on Life and Other Disasters. This blog has been my space to talk about all sorts of things but, admittedly, books have taken a bit of a backseat as of late. Still, there are some I could never really stop talking about and that passion for these stories has motivated some others to read them too. Here are the books some of you have read because of me! (At least there are more to talk about than movies!)

Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Words in Deep BlueThinking of myself as a blogger, I don’t usually consider myself a big buff in the contemporary department. However, in some twist of fate, I really absolutely connected with Words in Deep Blue and I have heard from quite a few people who credited me after picking up the book for themselves. I honestly couldn’t be happier to hear things like that, because even though there is sadness in this book, it’s such a love letter to books too, in a way.

Read the review here!

Monsters of Verity Duology by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Okay, so … remember when everyone was absolutely 100% in love with the Shades of Magic trilogy (or soon to be saga?) by Schwab? Well, I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it because I was too busy adoring a monster boy who wanted to be good so bad. The amount of times I have talked about August Flynn is ridiculous and he’s not even my crush (although I have created a dating profile for a tag for him). He is more like my adoptive son that I want to protect at all costs.

I still wish this series continued somehow, because there was definitely an opening for more to tell in Our Dark Duet.

Read the review here!

Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown

Are there really people out there who don’t know about my utmost love for these books? Or for Pierce? Or for the characters? Or for the fact that they are going to make a TV show out of the books instead of movies to not compromise the story arcs too much? I don’t know … it’s like I never talk about any of these things?

*cough* please cast Richard Harmon as Sevro *cough*

Read the review here! And click here to read my post about all the reasons why I love the series!

Wolf by Wolf Duology by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)As someone who grew up in Austria, World War II is a complex topic. I, personally, always felt like I didn’t want to deal with that stuff in my free time, since we were bombarded with it at school. BUT, in the end, some of my favourite books were exactly about or inspired by those historic events. Next to The Book Thief, my most significant read was probably Wolf by Wolf. I had a LOT to say about it and it wasn’t all good, but it left a permanent impression.

Read the review here!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietySpeaking of World War II … this book wasn’t set during that time, but dealt with the consequences of that war. I dabble in adult fiction quite a bit, but never expected to fall so utterly in love with this story. The characters were sweet, everything was told solely in letters and it featured one of my favourite tropes – the found family trope!

Nevermind that it was also made into a beautiful movie with some of my favourite actors.

Read the review here!

The Martian by Andy Weir

This book was just a whole lot of fun! Even if I knew the outcome, I was really into the ride as a whole. It was scifi, but not too out there. I laughed and was simultaneously really invested in the more precarious situations. Also, I can appreciate some good research!

Read the review here!

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Honestly, my reviews for this series were … not my best? But I love it regardless and just need to work on expressing it a little. I have to admit that I am a bit more of a fan of the original books rather than the series as a whole (what exactly is happening in these new books and do we all consider it canon???), but this is also a strong contender for a TV show and I am here for it.

When I first read these books, I just had never seen someone use words in this way before. The contradictory thoughts. The almost lyrical way. I was in love!

Read the review here!

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent KingWe started with a contemporary YA novel, so we might as well end with one. There’s a certain way I like to describe this book and it still holds true, and that’s “This book will push you down to the ground and then be the hand to reach out and help you get up again”. It’s just true.

Read the review here!


These were the books I have been told I am associated with regularly and that’s totally cool with me, but very briefly, I want to list some that I WISH I was also known for (by clicking on the title, you’ll be redirected to my review for it):


Were there any unexpected books on here? I am not really surprised that there are no new releases, but did I miss a book? Have you read something because of me before? I’d really love to hear about it!!

July 2019 Wrap-Up

I am a tad bit late again with this wrap-up post, but rest assured this only ever happens when I desperately try to crank out a post before the end of the month and then it just won’t happen. The way this year has been going, I read comparatively a lot, but in the end the day has only so many hours and unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish the books on time for this post. Anyway, I did finish The Rook though and wrote a book-TV-comparison.

These posts are always a lot of fun and I think they attract readers too, because a lot of people are curious about the differences and such. I am not going to lie though, it’s also pretty hard to compare something, keeping it short and not spoiling everyone, especially since the most annoying things I didn’t like are often massive spoilers. If you haven’t checked out the post yet, feel free to click on the banner or the title of the book.

This hasn’t been a very blogging intensive month, because I have been super busy with work. There were a couple of 10+ hours at the office days and once I even worked on a weekend (for a movie premiere in places that weren’t Berlin, so it was exhausting but cool). My work contract was supposed to end come September, but now I extended it until the end of October and will be present for some more exciting projects (even though I honestly had to think about it for a long while). All of that, combined with a very steamy heat messed with my sleep rhythm and I was just happy to not do anything that required too many brain cells. I even started watching like 5 different shows that I still haven’t finished to this day … it wasn’t really an easy month sometimes. I just really can’t stand the heat.

On a whole different topic, I joined Bumble. For those of you have never heard of it, it’s basically a dating app HOWEVER it also has a bff function, where the app is supposed to help you find friends in the area. After living in Berlin for a year now, it still gets lonely sometimes and I am having a hard time making real connections outside of work, so, I thought why not give it a shot? At first, it all went really well. I got a lot of matches, but the conversations soon fizzled out, even with the people who were initially interested in meeting up. I don’t know if it’s just me or if anyone else on the app is having that problem, but it doesn’t seem very effective to me. We will see if anything happens on there …

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Aside from the Rook, which I talked about pretty much on a daily basis for a while the past month, I am currently obsessed with Davia and Dennis from Good Trouble. I know there’s a lot of great characters and representation on that show, also it’s just very entertaining, but those two really struck a chord with me. It’s probably all because I can relate to Davia’s weight struggle, even if she is a very body positive person, because that doesn’t mean all your doubts and unhealthy behaviors evaporate when certain people are around.

Unfortunately, I can just see Freeform messing with those two, which is why I dread the summer finale (not the season finale) next week. The last episode was just not ideal in terms of set up … and the promo for next week looks glum … people are crying … ANYWAY, until the bad stuff happens, I will just watch the video below on repeat.

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So, there wasn’t much happening on the blog this month, but I have a couple things planned already that I will post very soon! So, stay tuned!

6-Year-Blogiversary: Q&A

As mentioned in my 6-year-blogiversary-post, I wanted to do another Q&A if there were enough questions to answer. I want to thank everyone who participated and even though I had hoped for a tiiiiny bit more to answer, I think this is still a fun little round up to do. I haven’t put them in categories or anything like that this time and will just answer them in the order I found them in the comments. Enjoy!

THE QUESTIONS (AND MY ANSWERS)

What’s the weirdest TV show or movie you’ve watched from beginning to end? (Rami @Rami Ungar the Writer)

I think one of the weirdest TV shows to date is still Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It’s still hard for me to put into words what this show was about other than the fact that nothing in the universe is really a coincidence and that everything is connected. That show just got weirder with time and we were forever robbed because it ended so soon.

How did you get into movies/TV shows? And how do you stay on top of them? (Caro @Bookcheshirecat)

Hmmm … do you mean how my interest for it started or how I got to work in the industry? For the former, I can only say that I have always loved to watch TV and even in grade school, I made all my friends develop their own characters for my favourite shows so we could pretend we were part of it all (which they hated after a while). And as far as the industry and my job goes, we had career day at my school before graduation and this very new course of studies called “Film-, TV- and Media-Production” was introduced. I applied, got in and just networked my way into jobs from there. I had no prior work experience in the field, since my school was about tourism and economy.

Now, about the whole staying on top of things, I think I find out about most shows on YouTube or Twitter to begin with. Then I just try and watch whatever I can whenever I can, although it has become increasingly impossible to watch anything that’s not on at least one of the streaming services. Also, turns out, I prefer bingeing stuff instead of tormenting myself every week anew. It all comes down to whether you want to take the time to watch something or not though. When I go to bed, I have my laptop ready and watch something. When I can’t sleep and am up early, I squeeze in an episode of something before work. It’s not for everyone, but if there’s an extended period where I don’t watch anything, that’s a sign of something being very wrong with me. TV is my happy place.

What book character do you relate to most and why? (Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books)

I think that prize goes to Molly from the The Upside of Unrequited. I have expanded on the topic in my review, but it basically comes down to body type and having a million crushes that don’t mean anything at the same time. When I said that I would throw my hat into the ring if they ever made a movie about her, I was completely and 100% serious. I’d love to play that girl!

How many toes do you have? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Just the standard 10.

If you could have chosen your name, what would you have picked? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

I am quite happy with my name, but I once did the How I See Myself as a Fictional Character Tag, where I created the fake persona Eden Rhodes and I love that name. I would totally make it my pseudonym or something should I become a writer and need a more easily pronounceable name.

Butterflies or birds? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Butterflies are super pretty, but my first instinct was birds. (I guess it depends on the bird though)

Peanut butter or jam? (Meggy @Chocolate’n’Waffles)

Both? I guess if I had to eat them separately, I’d prefer jam, but I really like peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches and let’s face it … jelly in that case is basically jam?

What’s one book, and then one show, that you have a VIVID memory of adoring with all of your heart when you were younger? And do you think you’d still love them as much today? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books)

Book: Usually I say Inkheart for these kind of questions, but I was equally entranced by the book Momo. Both have shaped my young mind and I think I have held multiple book reports on them. Somehow I think that Momo probably held up better over time, but I am not sure I know why exactly. Either way, I would be scared to reread them just in case the magic isn’t all there anymore and it would ruin my mental pictures of the stories.

TV Show: Hands down, this goes to the Tribe. I was majorly obsessed with it around age 7 or so, which was way too young for that kind of show. I’ve also talked about it before, because it was about a virus killing all adults on the globe and only teens and kids surviving and now having to fend for themselves. I have watched it since and the nostalgia held up for the most part.

What are your top 3 tv shows/movies from this year so far? (Anna @My Bookish Dream)

Narrowing it down to 3 each was very difficult, but I have tried and come up with the following.

TV Shows: The Society, The Umbrella Academy, Russian Doll

Movies: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Someone Great, The Party’s Just Beginning

Which upcoming TV shows/movies are you most looking forward to? (Anna @My Bookish Dream)

This could go on forever, so I am trying to keep it to one each.

TV show: The Rook (although if we are talking about continuations of shows, it’s Veronica Mars, Stranger Things, GLOW, the Elite, etc.)

Movie: Yesterday


That’s it from my side – feel free to ask questions in the comments if there is something you always wanted to know from me! I will contact the person who has won the art giveaway separately and wish you a good rest of the day (if I don’t see you later on the Trailer post)!

March 2019 Wrap-Up

I originally intended to be more active this month, but a couple hick-ups along the way and some generally not so fun events have made me a little apathetic towards everything that wasn’t sleep. I’m better now though and hope to get more passionate about writing posts and reading and watching TV (yeah, not even that was very entertaining at times) again.

While The Wicker King and its novella didn’t get the highest rating of my reads this year so far, I still very much enjoyed reading the books. I think my approach of reading less or really only the things I truly gravitate towards is doing wonders. Most of the books I have picked up this year were amazing and I had a lot of fun (or other emotions) with them.

If you want to read my review for The Wicker King as well as some short thoughts on The Legend of the Golden Raven (which is the companion novella from Jack’s POV) click here.

I didn’t feel like cancelling the book section of this post entirely, but I might in future posts if I really only read about one book per month. For now, fingers crossed I’ll pick up something that’s a super quick read though. If I can finish it in a day or on a weekend, I might just be up for it.

There’s not really much to tell other than that. Part of my family has come to visit Berlin this past weekend and it was really fun to play tourist with them for a bit. Aside from being super tired from walking around (and I did less walking than they did), I don’t think I would have seen as much or tried some things if they hadn’t been here with me. I am really grateful for that experience! One thing I would definitely recommend is the German Spy Museum! Even when it’s pretty full, you get to do loads of interactive stuff such as learn morse code, look for bugs in a room, do a laser maze or try how you’d fare at a job interview for a secret intelligence service (in this case the Australian one, which I now know how to nail. You can try it yourself here). Even if some of the things may have been targeted at kids, who didn’t ever want to be a spy when they were younger and just likes pretending now too?

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Apart from discovering some more of Berlin, I really just stuck with my Skam remakes again this month. It’s so interesting to see the German approach to the Isak/Even season, especially since they REALLY changed things up. I am so happy to see them include a trans character played by a trans actor and just generally do a lot of callbacks to the original show as well as small references to the other remakes, but always do their own thing as well.

The French version has just ended their Isak/Even season and jumped right into the next one without so much as a break. My inner fangirl rejoices at stuff like that. Although I am going to miss Lucas and Eliott like crazy, they had an amazing run. I was just constantly blown away by the acting, especially that of Axel Auriant. He has quickly become one of the young talents I am definitely going to look forward to seeing in more projects in the future. What he does just feels so real! (I mean, he did actually hurt his hand while punching a wall, so … part of it is real, I suppose).

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I hope you had a good month and that we can all start into April without too many pranks (I just really don’t like April Fool’s Day, cause I fall for everything). 

January 2019 Wrap-Up

For the first time in a long time, this section in the beginning that is always dedicated to books, isn’t completely empty. I’ve gotten a bit of my reading groove back and had a blast with most of the reads I picked. Not gonna lie, I have become even more careful with the selection of stories I actually read, just because I don’t want to end up in the slump that was the previous year again.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea  Dumplin’ Movie Tie-in Edition  Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)  Echo North

Like in the olden days, click on the titles to get to my reviews and on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads!

January was a challenging month for me. I don’t want to get into the details as most of what happened was very private and took me a long time to come to terms with, so I’d rather not rehash it all. However, all of that made January feel like years and the blink of an eye at the same time. It was a strange one, so much so that I didn’t even hesitate for a second writing the date in the title. I am DEEP into 2019 already.

All that aside, I did actually post a couple new chapters in the Google Doc for the #witchyWIP that still roams my mind just … every single day. I haven’t had the time and energy to write the way I wanted to, but maybe going with the craze and switching to Comic Sans as a font did help a little bit. I have also decided to publish the existing chapters on wattpad in the near future. Any takers for that? (I hope so, because at least some people were interested in a little Twitter poll I did)

So, while I’ve been productive to a certain degree and able to balance some aspects of my life better than others, I am somewhat glad this month is over. It just wasn’t exactly a smooth start into 2019.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

Hands down, it just HAS to be a tie between Halt and Catch Fire and the Roswell reboot on the CW. Both of those shows have completely enthralled me for very different reasons, so don’t make me choose!

Halt and Catch Fire has complex characters that aren’t really likable … at all. They are so very flawed, but as you watch, they grow on you big time and you cannot help but love them regardless. Also, it’s set in the world of computer programming and engineering in the 80s with excellent female badasses. 10/10 would recommend if you are into slow character studies (and a better Mad Men).

Roswell, New Mexico on the other hand is everything CW represents and I am here for it. It has beautiful actors and actresses, most of whom will look very familiar from previous shows on the network. It feels very current, with them not holding back on making political statements and trying their best at integrating LGBTQ+ characters (I say try, because sometimes they are misguided, but I give them A for effort). Most importantly though, I like this reboot so, so, so, so, so much more than the Charmed one (They lost me when they butchered the whole whitelighter storyline). Roswell, NM is nothing like the show from the 90s, but you DEFINITELY have the chemistry between the characters. It works that they are all aged up to adults and I feel like they all got more pressing conflicts than their High School equivalents did. It’s still early days, but I am in love.

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2018 IN REVIEW

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That was a short recap of my month of January! I hope you had a less turbulent start into the new year and I am looking forward to chatting with you!