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

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

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!

January 2018 Wrap-Up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOOKISH STUFF

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

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

January 2017 Wrap-Up

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What a surprise, I didn’t exactly stick to my TBR. But what can you do? As a chronic mood reader, that is what dictates my book choices and not really the TBR I set for myself. Anyway, here is what I read:

What wasn’t on the list:

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds/Brendan Kiely (5 stars)
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (5 stars)
    What’s there to say? I just love when real life examples show how ridiculous some situations are, but how they are regarded as “normal” by society nonetheless. It is frustratingly short, because I would have read stories like that for hours more, but I still loved it.
  • The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (2.5 stars)
  • Zodiac Starforce by Kevin Panetta/Paulina Ganucheau (5 stars)
    Yeah, so sometimes I go and buy a couple comic books. This was so much fun to read! It had badass girls, an LGBT+ aspect, bright colours and a drawing style I really liked – what else could I possibly ask for?
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales Vol. I by Brian Michael Bendis/Sara Pichelli (4 stars)
    Could the story have been better? Definitely! But I like Miles, I like the countless references and I definitely LOVE his crush on Ms Marvel. So, it was entertaining, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)   Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)   All American Boys   We Should All Be Feminists   The One Memory of Flora Banks   Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra   Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Vol. 1

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!

InOtherNews

I am officially off work! I don’t know if that is a good thing or not, but for now I am embracing it and trying to figure out a couple of things, such as what to do next, where to go with the blog (fun changes to come!), developing Arcadia and making my travelling plans a little more concrete. I was happy to have been able to be more active on the blog and your blogs again. I was really craving that!

This month I hosted a giveaway! It’s a 1000 follower kind of thank you, but by now we are like two people away from reaching 1100 and it just blows my mind. There aren’t enough words to tell you how much I appreciate you all. Remember that today is the last day to enter(which you can do here) if you want that surprise package!!! I will choose the winners tomorrow and swiftly send them mails or DMs via Twitter, so keep an eye out for that!

Lastly, I also introduced a new feature #CurrentlyWatching! Which is really near and dear to my heart. I know that there have only been two posts so far, but you can bet on it being there every Friday from now on. I would really like to hear your thoughts on it, so, drop me a comment about that below!

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

#CURRENTLY WATCHING

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

OTHER TAGS AND POSTS

REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUSLY READ BOOKS

How was your month? Mine was really good in terms of reading! Fingers crossed it will stay that way …

January 2017 TBR

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Wow! How weird to finally write the numbers 2017. I hope you all made it safe and sound into the new year, may it be at least fractionally better than the last one! (Which would already be a lot considering what a mess 2016 has been!!!) But now let’s talk about books and what I want to read this fine January.

  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
    It is time I finally read this. I don’t even know why I have been waiting this long, especially considering that I already had it in October.
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    I keep forgetting about this book, just like I forgot to ever post that unboxing of OwlCrate. I will probably end up doing a combined post on that whenever I get around to reviewing it.
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
    There’s the beauty of the book on the one hand and a story that seems very, very intriguing on the other. Can’t wait to dive into this.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
    Still haven’t read any regular HP books, but apparently I have absolutely no problems reading the screenplays!
  • The three Class novellas
    … to conquer my withdrawal

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)   Heartless   Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

What are you reading? What are your plan for 2017?

January 2016 Wrap-Up

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I had a lot planned on my TBR for 2016 and I feel very accomplished with the books I managed to read in January. Take a look!

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Aside from the books that were on my TBR, I also read the following two:

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

InOtherNews

I am starting my new job at the airport bookstore tomorrow and I am really excited. My TBR for next month will probably look as packed as the last one, but I am not sure I will manage it (post will come up tomorrow). New jobs are always a little exhausting in the beginning, having to learn the ropes and memorising everything important, so I have no idea if my head will be able to concentrate on words at the end of the day. But, it’s a long commute, so I definitely intend to keep up with my reading.

Maybe you already know this, but I now have a Snapchat and Instagram account and just wanted to let you know about it. I am not yet a pro, but I am getting better, so if you want to add those accounts, I’d be really happy!

Snapchat &  handle: kat_impossible

Last but not leas, I have no idea how this happened, but somehow I missed posting that I have now more than 400 WP followers. HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED IT? I don’t know, but the current tally is 435 followers and I just want to give you all a huge THANK YOU for that! I am always baffled to see that even more people find their way onto the blog and it makes me so happy to get the feedback that I am responsible for you reading a book or watching a TV show. It’s seriously what I blog for! SPREAD ALL THE ENTHUSIASM!

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

AWARDS

BOOK TAGS

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

TV SHOWS AND OTHER POSTS

What a busy month it has been! How was January for you? Did your year begin as great as mine?

January 2016 TBR

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I have to say it is strange to write 2016 and I almost did write 2015 right there. But welcome to a New Year! I hope everyone’s transition went well! I have a bit of a more ambitious TBR this month, but with the side note that I am not going to be sad/mad/whatever if I don’t actually read all of it. Here’s my plan:

  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
    This was on my December TBR as well and I am currently at 28% and am hoping to finish it soon!
  • Roger et ses Humains by Paka/Cyprien Iov
    A French Comic Book? What? Yes, I read that and I (luckily) even understood it. Actually, I finished it at 1 AM in the new year and am planning on reviewing it very soon. I hope this will go over well!
  • Once Upon a Time – Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
    Although the show Once Upon a Time definitely has it’s ups and downs, I simply couldn’t resist this book. I got it for Christmas and was so happy, because it is simply gorgeous! I cannot wait to find out about Red’s/Ruby’s backstory!
  • S. by J.J. Abrams/Doug Dorst
    I’ve seen this book around in the bookstore a couple of times, but I had no clue what it was about, therefore I was thoroughly surprised when I got it as a present from one of the best people on the planet, my cousin, Julia. It’s this very strange adventure book with like 3 different stories and postcards and newspaper cutouts in it. It’s going to be so exciting, even though I don’t think that it’s a book that you read in a linear fashion.
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    I heard so many good things about it and lastly the videos on Tashapolis channel on YouTube really convinced me to give it a go. I am definitely looking forward to getting into this series!
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld/Margo Lanagan/Deborah Biancotti
    People with lousy superpowers? Count me in!
  • Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame
    Okay, I am not sure this is really happening this month, but maybe I am going to do a buddy read with Cristina for this one. We were lucky and got copies for it for spreading some love for the first book of the series, Did I Mention I Love You?, which we both liked. Are we still on for that? Want to post-pone it?

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So, that’s it! Click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are you planning on reading this month?