Blogiversary Q&A (Part 2)

So, just yesterday you got a little insight into the blogging and reading questions I got asked (which you can check out here if you missed it). This is part 2 of the Blogiversary Q&A I announced last week. Have fun reading this once again ridiculously long post!

TV AND FILM

First TV show you remember watching? (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

That’s a tough one. It was definitely something animated. Maybe “Der kleine Maulwurf”, which is just translated to The Mole and is a Czech TV program from the 80s and 90s?

List your favourite and least favourite characters from your Top 3 TV shows! (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

Narrowing it down to three shows feels like torture already, so I am going to give you some of my favourite shows, but the top 5-10 are always changing … so this isn’t fair at all.

Sense8 – my favourite is probably our drama queen Lito and my least favourite is Whispers (who can go straight to hell)

Wynonna Earp – my favourite is the badass title character Wynonna herself (although Waverly was SUCH a close call for that spot) and my least favourite is probably … Willa?

Timeless – Lucy is my favourite on the time team and my least favourite is Nicholas Keynes because that entitled prick thinks he can change the world to his bigoted and outdated image.

What TV moment left you the most disappointed? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

The How I Met Your Mother finale … let’s just forget that ever happened.

What was the best TV finale you’ve ever seen? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

Wow, that’s a really tough one. I like things that are neatly tied up but still with an option for possible comebacks, if that makes any sense? I quite liked the ending of Charmed and Dawson’s Creek. That’s not to say that those were the absolute best TV has to offer, but it’s my kind of finale.

You often talk about TV shows you love (and that’s incredible), but… is there any TV show you really can’t stand? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

This is a little difficult to answer, just because I don’t even think about shows that I might not like? If I think it’s not for me, I basically erase its existence from my brain. Sometimes friends can convince me to give something a try, other times I just ignore everyone and don’t watch it. It doesn’t mean the show is bad or that I can’t stand it. I personally didn’t enjoy Breaking Bad, so I didn’t even finish the first season and probably won’t return to it. That doesn’t mean it’s not a massive success that many people love or even that it isn’t good TV.

Kat, as the Queen of TV, recommend us some amazing shows! (Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much)

Easy: Sense8, Timeless, The Royals, Imposters, Wynonna Earp, The Good Place, Dynasty, Doctor Who, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, One Day at a Time … it’s probably best if you just browse through my #CurrentlyWatching posts haha

What TV show would you recommend to everyone? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I don’t believe that there is one show that fits all audiences, but if we are talking the readers on my blog, I’d say Younger! It’s about a 40-something woman who has to pretend to be in her twenties to make it in the publishing industry after she took off work for her family for too long. It’s so freaking brilliant and has already been confirmed for its 6th season. So, you get to binge quite a bit too!

If you HAD to choose one TV show to watch for the rest of your life, which one would you watch? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I know that back in the day I was so sure I’d say Doctor Who, but now … I don’t know. I don’t click with the newer episodes as much as I used to. I think I might go with Sense8 instead, just because it would always make me feel connected, emotional and still offer a ton of action.

A BIT OF EVERYTHING

If you could learn any three skills, and become a master at them in a month without much difficulty, which ones would you pick? (Rami @Rami Ungar the Writer)

Well, I’d love to be able to do EVERYTHING, but since I have to choose I want to be able to play the cello, learn how to surf and I’d like to design and tailor my own clothing.

When was the first moment you actually decided you wanted to become an artist? (Swinging on a Star)

Hmm … I don’t think it was an active decision. It’s always been a part of my life and I’ve been told that I was already very creative in kindergarten. So, I just indulge into that side of my personality more some times than others.

What is your opinion of a Korean band (namely BTS) becoming big in America? (Swinging on a Star)

I think it’s great! It broadens everyone’s horizon and gives an insight into Korean culture, as I tend to see people really digging deep into the background and lifestyle of the bands. I hope that the bands are also having fun while they are at it and just hope that the people who complain about their (poor) English understand that not everyone HAS to speak that language.

What is your favourite study subject? (Michael K)

Back in school I used to love English, Art and History, while at uni my favourite subject was usually Dramaturgy.

Do you have any other hobbies beside books & series/movies? (Michael K)

I’ve only just started showing some of my artwork on my blog, but drawing and painting has always been a hobby of mine. I also like to do yoga, but it’s been months since I’ve managed to go to class.

Favourite desserts? (Michael K) | What’s your favourite type of cake? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My grandma’s red wine cake!

Which piece of artwork (that you created) are you the most proud of? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

I really don’t mean to put my work down by the next statement, but I am not necessarily proud about any of the things I drew. I like them, in some cases I like them a lot, but there was nothing too extraordinary among it yet that would make me proud. However, I do love the way I captured Nico Mirallegro’s facial impression in this one:

What’s the most fun trip you’ve ever been on? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

ALL OF VANCOUVER!!! I cannot get over the amount of stars I met and sets I visited.

 

 

Would you do bookstagram? Why or why not? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I don’t think so? I am just really not that great at taking pictures, light is always an issue and the quality of my photos is meh. Also, I like expressing myself more in words and I don’t like having to do everything on my phone.

One country you’d DREAM of visiting? One city in particular? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I’ve always, always wanted to see Tibet.

You’re doing amazing art on your instagram, would you ever think about posting it/talking about it more on your blog as well? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

Sure. I don’t mind sharing my art on the blog as well, but counter question: how do you think I should incorporate it more? The only thing I can think of is a round up of what I drew for the monthly wrap up.

If you one day woke up and discovered you had superpowers what powers would you want and do you think you’d be a hero or a villain? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I love this question so much! Many people have very intricate powers when they can wish for whatever they want, but all I will ever need as a superpower is teleportation (without restricting it to places that I have been to or seen before). And … I think I would be neither? I would keep it very much on the DL, but if I ever saw a kid hanging onto a balcony and in danger of falling, I’d obviously help. I just can’t see myself seeking out the dangerous situations and going out of my way to do heroic things .. maybe that is what makes me a villain though?

If your house were on fire and you could only save three things what would they be? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I am guessing this is supposed to be answered in terms of sentimentality and not practicality? (cause then it’d be easy – wallet, phone and laptop) I think I’d save my High School yearbook from my exchange semester in the US. I have this wooden carved cassette that my grandpa made in which I store post cards and letters from friends, so that would obviously be saved. And lastly, the picture of my grandpa with me and my cousins.

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? (can be from a movie, book, TV show, anything) (Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana)

It’s very hard to remember boring characters and I want to answer this question, but I honestly cannot even think of someone.

Do you have a dream art project? So something you’ve wanted to work on for a really long time now? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I would really, really love to draw the entire cast of Arcadia, but I don’t even know where to begin. And I’d also like for it to not just be separate portraits but one, huge image and I am afraid of ruining something if I keep adding to one paper. Hope that made sense.

Who’s your favourite Hogwarts Mystery character? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

This is one of the best questions. I know it might sound silly, but I love Barnaby Lee. The boy really isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch, but he is TOO PURE AND THE MOST PRECIOUS BEAN EVER! I also quite like Bill and Penny though.

What are your hopes for Arcadia? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My biggest hope is that I get to finish it. That would already be a huge accomplishment and I would very much like for it to maybe get traditionally published one day. That’s really a long shot though. I’d just be happy if a ton of people read it on wattpad and talked to me about it.


This is the end of Part 2 and I really hoped you enjoyed to get to know me better over the past days. Again, if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments section!!

Celebrating the Little Things Tag

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It doesn’t always have to be a major milestone to be worth mentioning! Celebrating the Little Things is just as important and therefore I want to thank the Orang-Utan Librarian for tagging me to do this lovely tag. Let’s spread some joy and love!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out) tag them and give them a shout out!

Wow, seen as I’ve been doing this for more than three years, I am definitely going to have to check the stats page for that one! *does a quick change of tabs, mad typing and searching* The first person who absolutely made my day is – Emily Rose @Every Rose Has a Thorn. I am ashamed to say that I did not keep up with her blog, but from what I saw, her last post went up in 2014. I wonder what compelled her to stop blogging …

What was the last milestone you reached?

Just last week I surpassed 900 followers!

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What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

Ha! I totally remember that! It was a ranking of my Top 3 British TV shows and although tastes change over the years, those shows are still pretty high up there … mostly at least. Some of the panel shows I mentioned after the ranking I had to google though, because I couldn’t actually remember what they were …

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Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower is Rafaela @The Portuguese Bibliophile. She just started her blog yesterday (?) and even though I know virtually nothing about her, she seems to have good taste in books. So that’s already a huuuuge plus!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The last thing I posted was my weekly Trailer roundup and the first person who liked it was Megan @Bookslayer Reads! (Thanks for that!)

How many months have you been blogging for?

3 years and 4 months – HOLY SMOKES, WHERE IS THE TIME GOING?

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Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

There are so many amazing people that I have met through blogging and I feel so very lucky to call some of them my friends! So huge shout out to Cátia, Cristina, Marie, Fadwa, Regina, Donna, Rami and The Orang-Utan Librarian who was kind enough to nominate me for this thing! I seriously hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but if I have I AM SO SORRY!

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last tag I did, before this one obviously, was The Ruler of Books tag, which was apparently created by Ariel Bissett, who is one of the few booktubers I watch. (I have nothing against BookTube, but I am spending enough time on the internet as it is!) She’s cool, you should definitely check her out!

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Have you any social media related to your blog?

Is TONS the right answer?

       

I also have snapchat (kat_impossible) but I very rarely use it …

Last but not least …. Just give thanks to all your followers.

I don’t even know where to start, because I am not lying when I say that I still get extremely excited about each and every person that visits my blog. Getting to know you and sharing opinions on here, finding support and this being such a great community as a whole just regularly makes my day! I LOVE YOU ALL AND CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH! Glitter bombs and hugs for everyone!!!

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So, that was really nice. I am going to do the same thing as the people before me and TAG everyone who got mentioned in this post! Also, if you just feel like spreading some love and celebrating the little things, you consider yourself tagged too! Just link back here and I will gladly look at your post!

August 2016 Wrap Up

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I am quite content with what I managed to read this month. Somehow I have turned from amazing books to a reading slump, but more about that later. Here’s what I managed to read in August:

So, I technically put the following books on my TBR, because I got them all for my birthday, but I didn’t officially list them yet.

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)   Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)   Gone Wild   Player   The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)   The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)   The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)   Hamilton: The Revolution

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

I am on my FIRST holiday since starting to work at the bookshop in February and it doesn’t feel like a vacation at all, because every day is fully scheduled and busy to no end. I wish I could take more time off, but it will have to do. However, the closer my days off came, the less and less I read. I have absolutely no idea what inspired this massive reading slump, but at least I caught up on some of TV watching habits. Most notoriously I got obsessed with Wynonna Earp and Stranger Things, because why not? And I got into a funk because of Roadies ending and am already a little bit in love with Victoria. Don’t even get me started on movies! Whiskey Foxtrot Charlie occupied my mind for days!

Remember how we were close to 700 followers last month? Well, Life and Other Disasters surpassed 765 followers and it’s all thanks to you! You are all amazing (and slightly crazy) for following my random ramblings, but I appreciate each and everyone of you to Mars and back! If you haven’t entered yet, there is still a little birthday/thank you giveaway going on right now and you have about 2 more days to enter for a chance to win a book from Book Depository up to 15 Euros! Just click here for more info! I wish you the best of luck.

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

ALL KIND OF TAGS AND OTHER POSTS

Tell me folks, how was your month? Any highlights you would like to share? I am all ears!

May 2016 Wrap-Up

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I can’t believe that another month has come and gone. I am quite proud of having managed to stick very close to my initial TBR as well. Let’s take a look:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (4 stars)
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (4.5 stars)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4 stars)
    Read with Cristina and Cátia.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard (3.5 stars)
    Read with Marie
  • The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (both 4.5 stars)
    TWATD read with Marie and review for TRATD is soon to come!
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    We (Cátia, Cristina and me) will read this for sure in June!
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
    And I’ll read this one with Cátia as well!
  • Claire by Abigail Strom (4 stars)

Books that weren’t on my TBR (and yes, I am counting comics!):

  • Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius (2 stars)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 (4 stars)
  • Spider-Gwen Vol. 0 (4 stars)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)   Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)   Me Before You   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)   The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)   Claire (Hart University, #2)   Anne & Henry   Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal   Spider-Gwen, Vol. 0: Most Wanted?

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

 

While it might have seemed like an ordinary month, I think it was a really great one. My writing spirits are back again and I am working on a new story which has me so excited. Also, I tried to spend my off time from work more productive. You know, not just sleeping away half the day and watching some telly the rest of the hours. Instead, I went to see an American Football game, went to some shops I always wanted to visit and I even bought new clothes that I love, which is just great. I have to say, it’s been easier to find stuff that actually fits now that I’ve lost some weight though.

But that wasn’t all there was! There are now more than 600 followers on Life and Other Disasters! I am so grateful to all of you for making my day with every single comment and like. You are simply so amazing and I cannot thank you enough for being so supportive in all of this! After the quite extravagant giveaway at the 500 follower milestone, I can’t afford to do that again. But would any of you be interested in a little Q&A? If so, just leave your questions in the comments and I shall answer them in a separate post soon!

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

ALL KIND OF TAGS

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

How was your month? I hope it was a good one! I am quite proud of my 10 books. Be sure to check out my TBR for next month tomorrow!

November 2015 Wrap-Up & December TBR

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Another month has come to a close and what a busy month it has been! I really didn’t have a very ambitious TBR for November at all, but somehow I didn’t even mange to finish that. Either way, here’s what I’ve read during November:

  • How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
    I have to say that this book was a bit of a disappointment and actually very predictable. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the depiction of body image issues, especially not with the cover as it can be confusing (depending on whether that girl is supposed to be the MC or not).
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
    Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. I think that is not really news to anyone out there, but it is once again my verdict!
  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
    I got to page 7 … I don’t really think that counts.

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As always, click on the titles above to get to the reviews and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

InOtherNews

I feel like SO much has happened during the past month. I worked at the first ever Vienna Comic Con and it was simply a lot of fun! I got to meet great people and will hopefully stay in contact with many of them. Also, it triggered my urge to draw again, which I definitely consider a good thing as well. I haven’t done that in months!

Another thing I am quite proud of is that I participated in NaNoWriMo again! I find that it is also a thing that brings people closer together, whether it be at the local write-ins or in the virtual world. It surely bonds people together to turn mad at the same time! I didn’t write 50K, but I managed to do half of that and I am really happy with the result.
Also, in case I haven’t said it enough THANK YOU ❤ for all the positive feedback you’ve given me on Dreamer. It is one heck of a scary thing to share your writing, especially when it’s still very raw and not edited all that much, but you were all great. Because I will stop sharing chapters on the blog itself, the offer still stands that I’ll send you a pdf file of the story if you want to continue reading it. (Just contact me via some way listed on the Contact Page!)

Lastly, another THANK YOU is in order, because our little community her on Life and Other Disasters continues to grow. It feels just like yesterday that I had my first follower, yet this month I got to post that there are currently more than 300 people following the blog. You cannot imagine how humble and grateful I am for that! You are the best!

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So, I am once again not attempting anything crazy here. I’ll be working at my favourite bookstore chain this month, wrapping the presents for other people. This will take right up until the 24th, which is Christmas here in Austria. I am therefore not sure how much time I really have to read. But I am once again striving for at least 3 or 4 books!

  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
    I don’t think I need to explain this again … It was after all on my TBR last month.
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
    This is my 11th Sparks book to be put on my bookshelf. I am often still surprised that I never get tired of his stories, but they simply work for me! The movie will come out next week and I like to read the books with enough time ahead of the movie release to make sure it’s not too fresh in my mind when I see the film. (Watch the Trailer here!)
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
    Cliques, prejudices … it just seems like a nice High School kind of story. I got approved for the eArc and that’s that.
  • Reborn City by Rami Ungar
    I am a little anxious to read this book to be honest. I consider Rami to be one of my friends and I hate reviewing the work of friends, just HATE IT! But I know that he is great at what he does and I think that I might actually get a lot more reading done this month than I did in November, so I don’t want to keep him waiting forever.

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300 Followers aka YOU ARE AMAZING!

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I think the header says it all, but I can only repeat myself! We have gotten to 300 Followers and I still can’t believe it! Everything has been going so fast and I am often still surprised that you crazy people like to read my ramblings. Know that I appreciate every single view, like and/or comment! You guys and the whole blogger community have all been so supportive and kind. I’ve put more work into this blog since I finished university in July and I can see that you value my effort, which I am eternally grateful for. You brighten my day and for that I can only say a BIG THANK YOU!

I don’t think we have to go into the old antics of how the blog started (mix of boredom, curiosity and seeking like-minded people). I originally wanted to do a giveaway for this milestone, but my resources are a little drained at the moment (Sorry!). So instead I thought I’d use this opportunity to give you the chance to ask me anything you like. Basically, it’s QUESTION TIME! Maybe you always wanted to know something about me or the blog? Please, go ahead and ask!

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200 Followers!

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Wow! I knew that the milestone was close but I am still amazed that we have actually reached 200 Followers here on Life and Other Disasters! I’ve been really busy on the blog lately and tried to post as much as possible. That is not always that easy but apparently you guys really appreciated my effort. I love blogging and I never thought that so many people would actually read my ramblings, so THANK YOU!

I want to use this opportunity to update you on some other follower numbers and to encourage you to connect with me on other platforms as well:

  • Facebook: 135 likes
  • Twitter: 120 followers
  • Goodreads: 38 friends (I’ve been trying to add a lot of you guys lately, so if we aren’t friends yet, just send me a request!)
  • Bloglovin‘: 5 followers (I guess I should take more care of that …)

Keep up the great work! I am always so happy about every single like or comment on here. I’ll read you soon!