February 2019 Wrap-Up

This month surely had its ups and downs. I’ve been sick to the point where I missed 1.5 weeks at work, which has never happened to me ever before and drove me slowly nuts. Nonetheless, I tried my best keeping up with my shows, the blog but I only read one single book. The Light Between Worlds was an absolute joy, and if you haven’t checked out my review of it yet, you totally should (click here). There wasn’t even a doubt in my mind that I would give it 5 stars, but I don’t think it should take up more space on this wrap up. I am instead going to talk a bit more about what else happened this month.

I am not sure all of you know, but my contract at work and therefore my internship would have run out this week, but I extended it for another 6 months and will be in Berlin until the end of August. Everything after that is still pretty hazy. I have some vague ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do, but I have given myself permission to just live my life until May and figure things out after that.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

(Because I have lost the ability to narrow it down)

For those of you who know me well, it comes as no surprise that Hozier is one of my favourite artists. I’ve been lucky enough to been to his concerts twice already, I met Andrew after the one in Berlin last November and now I got to attend an event that was just the cherry on top of it all! I got guest list tickets to an exclusive Hozier album listening experience. Wasteland, Baby! will be released on March 1st, however, I already had the privilege to listen to it in its entirety last Friday (so a week in advance), with Andrew/Hozier present, with him answering questions and a brief meet and greet photo opportunity. My favourite tall bean remains the kindest and most humble being. His music is magical and perfect as always! I can’t wait for you all to be able to listen to the new songs. They are quite more upbeat than the past album.

Also, look at that glow up from November 2018 to February 2019. We looked happy in the cold, but the professional photographer really pays off.

Something you will most likely also have noticed if you follow me on Twitter is that I have become very invested in SKAM … or more truthfully it’s German and French adaptations, Druck and Skam France. I don’t even know how this started. It was something about me wanting to watch more web series, my colleague knowing an actress on Druck, me checking it out and just being swallowed by it all. I still haven’t (and probably never will) watched the original, but I do adore what I’ve been seeing thus far. Also, I have been on a war path with the French language for years now and Axel and Maxence have managed to convince me to give it another try by portraying soft but cool and sometimes dumb Lucas and Eliott. I love them so much for it! (I talked more about this, but especially Druck, in my Galentine’s Day post!)

Lastly, there are probably a couple more shows that would deserve a shout out as they got me through my sick days, but I’ve already given you so many recommendations on what to watch anyway. I am sure I will include a lot of it in future binge-watching posts anyway.

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I hope you had a less turbulent month than me! Did you read something nice? Did you check out some of my posts? 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.

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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.

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

February 2017 Wrap-Up

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Guess what didn’t go as planned at all? MY READING! I am blaming all of it on a general life slump. Up until the last week, I had troubles reading, writing and even watching TV – that is as serious as it gets!!!! But let’s see what I did get to.

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    First impressions about Heartless is that it makes me hungry very easily and that that the characters seem immature.
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    It just didn’t happen.
  • A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (3.5 stars)
    I read this with Cátia and Marie!
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    I wasn’t the only one in a slump, Cátia was affected as well.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (3 stars)

What wasn’t on my list:

  • Lock & Mori: Mind Games by Heather W. Petty (4 stars)
    I still love this series very much, but I don’t see the point of reviewing the sequels. My dear Mori gets screwed over by everyone and it breaks my heart.
  • Road to Riverdale (4 stars)
    This is a collection of comics that inspired the Riverdale TV show. It includes the first issue of Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Reggie as well as some set photos in comparison with panels from the comics. This is for people who want to try if the comics are for them!
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 (5 stars)
    I fell in love with Lockjaw! I want one! (I would go bankrupt just thinking about how much food he needs)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 (5 stars)
    I really liked this volume! It could have done with more Loki, because I thought that was really fun, but the overall theme of love and betrayal was my jam.
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (4 stars)
    I wanted something with family-vibes and I definitely got this here. It’s a closed story (kind of), which I always appreciate and it turned out darker at times, but not too much.

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) Mind Games by Heather W. Petty Road to Riverdale Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

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 hear my thoughts!

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Well, well, February was a busy month. It started off with a bang – with me getting my own domain! Life and Other Disasters now has the url it deserves and I feel so vindicated as a blogger. It’s definitely not necessary to have a paid site, but it did make everything more real and let’s face it, my previous url wasn’t exactly representative of the blog title.

I signed up for a camera acting class, which will start in exactly one week from now. Tiny grade school me would be so excited, but the closer I get to the date, the more nervous I am. We already got a couple of monologues, from which we are supposed to pick one and prepare for our first class. I have absolutely no idea what I am supposed to do with that. They said newbies should find a character that is most like them, but that was difficult given the selection I had to work with. Also, it just doesn’t sound like a conversation but more like me reading text. This is going to be nerve-wrecking! So, if anyone has tips for the actual performance, bring them on! I know that prepping with people or in front of the mirror helps, but where do I even start with getting to know the character when I neither have context to the scene nor any information on the character??

In other excellent news, I managed to upload 2 new chapters for Arcadia! YAY ME! I am back in writing spirits and am loving all the feedback and messages! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so here. Currently there is a prologue and 9 chapters available with more to come soon! (If pinterest doesn’t distract me again …)

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February 2017 TBR

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Soooo, you might have noticed that my blog is looking slightly different? Also, it finally has the domain it deserves – lifeandotherdisasters.com! All of these things felt long overdue and with me finally reaching 1,100 followers, I just thought, why not?

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I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, but just assure you that all old links still work and will just refer to the new domain now. I am really excited to have taken this step and make this whole blogging experience even more real. But now on to the important part of this post – the books!

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    This is the month! I am sure of it! (How often have I said that now?)
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    It’s about time I finally read this book. But WHY do they only ever release the US paperback one year after the release of the HC?
  • A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
    I am going to read this with Cátia, Marie and maybe even Cristina (fingers crossed she catches up in time) and this will be so much fun! I can’t wait to see how this story plays out. There better not happen anything bad to my bae Theo.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    This is part of my “Kat reads more non-fiction” program and I will be buddy reading that with Cátia as well!
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
    I am SO excited for this! It has a main character called Tea! TEA!!!!

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

Heartless Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) Scrappy Little Nobody The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

What are you reading this month? Have you already read any of my picks?

February 2016 Wrap-Up

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I think I once again did very well in terms of reading this month! I aimed for seven and read six – not all of them were on my TBR, but all in all I am VERY happy with the outcome. Tomorrow’s TBR will be massive and probably not realistically conquerable, but I will try anyway. So, here is what I went for last month!

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Additionally, I have also read:

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) and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

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So, I’ve been at my new job for a month now! Jobiversary! I was surprised by how few books we have, but whatever! I am less tempted to buy them and that’s a good thing. We do, however, have a ginormous collection of magazines and I am still not familiar with all that we have on stock. Generally, I am starting to get the hang of it (as I should after a month), but I am still anxious whenever I close up alone or have to answer questions by customers I don’t know the answer to. Also, handling money is kind of scary hahaha But all is well! My mum keeps telling me that it is just a job, and not my life and therefore I shouldn’t put too much importance on it. I know that! Now my brain needs to catch up …

Some of you may already know this, but I went to a concert this month! What, me? YES! I used to hate concerts – all the people, the constant noise, the sweat, the pushing – I get queezy just thinking about it. I get that you want to move to the music, listen to it on full volume, see the artist up close. All that I understand utterly and completely, but I don’t like all the other people being there as well. Does that make sense? But my mum got me seat tickets for Hozier with Rhodes as opening act and it was pure perfection! You can head over to my Instagram account for blurry pictures and short snippets of the songs!

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Howwas your month? What books did you read and which ones did you love the most? You can surely expect my March TBR tomorrow! 

 

 

 

 

February 2016 TBR

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As promised in yesterday’s Wrap-Up, here is this month’s TBR! I am going to aim high again, because it surely doesn’t hurt to plan to read a lot. As I’ve mentioned, I am starting work though, so no promises from my side. Here is my target book count for February:

  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
    This is my first Patrick Ness book and I am really excited. I’ve heard people saying that it’s not his best work though, so I am keeping my expectations in check! I will buddy read it with Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books and it’s all very informal with us discussing on Twitter. So, if you want to join in with us you are more than welcome to.
  • Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
    I wanted this book for so long! Contemporary Sherlock stories are the best! (Hopefully that’s true!)
  • Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
    I bought this book because I fell in love with the cover and when it finally arrived it was even more beautiful than I thought it would be. I have no idea if I will have the same sentiments about the story though, so I haven’t ordered its sequel yet. Let’s all hope together that I will love it!
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
    I’ve been waiting a long time to get the sequel to A Thousand Pieces of You and will buddy read it with Marie as well. Our schedules are busy, but I am sure we will make it work!
  • Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame
    This month we will actually read it! And by we, I mean Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions and I. We were huge fans of the first book in the series, Did I Mention I Love You? so hopefully this one will be equally good.
  • Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach
    I guess it entirely depends on my reading speed if I will get to the book. I am in no particular rush because it’s release is in May, but I would like to read it with Cristina as well, so maybe we will tackle it this month as well!
  • S. by J.J. Abrams/Doug Dorst
    As a little remainder from last month, this book will stay in my TBR as a filler in between books until I finish it.

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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!