July 2020 Wrap-Up

So, as you may have noticed this past month, I wasn’t super active on the blog. That mostly had to do with the art challenge I was participating in (more about that later). It all swallowed up so much time, I could neither read nor blog very much.

A Pocketful of Crowsad ONE book. It was called A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris and the reason I did not review it on here was because I did not enjoy it. Despite it being told in a very fairytale-like fashion, which is usually very much in my wheelhouse, I ended up giving it 2 stars only. I neither liked the characters nor the message of the book and I was very unsure about a white author using this to also talk about the topic of racism. Something about it all just felt off.

I don’t feel worried about my reading challenge though! I am still three books ahead, because I made sure to set a very achievable goal for myself.

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! I don’t have any reviews this time around, but normally you can find them by clicking on the titles in the text!

As mentioned above, but just in case you missed it, I did a little art challenge for the entirety of July. It wasn’t with different tasks every day, but rather establishing a routine and being consistent with your output. I set mine for drawing AND writing every single day, while friends joined me along the way to just do one of the two or something they wanted to work on. It was really motivating and I got a lot done!
If you want to know some details, you can read up on my half-way check-in and the entire recap. However, here are my favourite art pieces I made during the time:

Having finished this art challenge and having gotten some of my creative spirits up and moving again, I decided to start a new unrelated challenge. I am currently doing Chloe Ting’s 25-day-hourglass-workout. It’s already day 11 and I am actually having fun with it. Don’t think that I can do all the exercises at high intensity the way Chloe can, but I was happy that my lockdown workouts have prepared me for it to some extent and helped me with finding alternatives to exercises that made sense when I couldn’t do the suggested versions. So far, there is no weight difference, but my clothes definitely fit differently! I am super intrigued to see results.

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I could say Stargirl again and it would not be a lie. But there is only one more episode and I think I will have to move on from it after that … maybe … probably … hopefully? That show took up a lot of my mental space.

I did also watch Outer Banks this last month and kind of get the hype, because I keep thinking about it and totally can’t wait for the next season. I feel a bit betrayed, because youtube ship videos made me believe that Kiara and JJ were gonna be a thing and that just wasn’t the case? But now that’s what I want, neigh, NEED! Like, I did not make these videos, but watch them and tell me there’s nothing there!?!?

As almost per usual, I’ve unfortunately still not been as active as I would have liked to be on everyone else’s blog. If you are up for it, feel free to share one of your own posts that you consider one of your faves from this past month in the comments below! I’d love to check it out!!

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Hope your August started out well and that your July was as good as can be expected during these times!

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!

July 2018 Wrap-Up

I don’t know where my head was at during July, but it definitely wasn’t with reading. I have struggled for most of the month to be productive and I am just going to blame the heat on it, because … well, because I can. This heat wave is annoying! I am still my now very familiar 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge, but here’s what I got to this month:

Deadly Class, Vol. 1: Reagan Youth  Deadly Class, Vol. 2: Kids of the Black Hole  Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood & Vine  Magritte : Dies ist keine Biografie  Save the Date

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

Prepare for actual BIG NEWS!!! I’ve already told a few people, but please don’t be offended if I haven’t told you in person. It’s all been happening really fast and I was a bit hesitant to believe it’s all real, but I am going to start a 6-month-long internship with a film distributor IN BERLIN come September. It’s all about deciding when I will move and trying to find an apartment. I am trying to get all things sorted here in Vienna as well (which unfortunately includes a wisdom tooth removal on my birthday this week), but I am really excited for this new adventure. A little panicked, but mostly excited!

With all of that going on, I really haven’t been up to par in terms of blogging, writing and drawing (and I am not sure what that’s going to look like once I am in Berlin either). I definitely haven’t forgotten about Arcadia, but my plan to write more didn’t exactly work during the month of July, which makes me all the more confident that it was the right move not to participate in Camp NaNo. I want to get a couple more chapters out and maybe create another writing tag for you all soon if I can find the time though.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

I was lucky enough to win tickets for a preview of Mamma Mia 2 and seen as I really loved the first one, I was absolutely psyched to go see the movie. From what I saw online, I was kind of alone in being disappointed in the movie, but if you watch the movies in a row THEY MAKE NO SENSE. There’s some serious plot holes that could swallow you whole. Nevertheless, some of the songs stuck with me and Lily James was my personal highlight of the movie. She IS Donna! So, the more time passed after watching the sequel, the more I kept thinking about it and I still love the cast to bits and think it was hilarious in parts. Maybe my expectations just were too high, but that movie had no plot. And yet … I did not not like it? Hope this rambly mess made sense and here have a drawing of Lily/Donna that I made! (Because people said I should include more of my art)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I am sorry that I was pretty absent on everyone’s blog posts this past month! I was pretty lazy in all parts of life if it’s any consolation.

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So, this was my month! How was yours? Are you up to date on Arcadia and waiting for more? Did you have a favourite post (of mine, yourself or other bloggers)? Let’s catch up!

July 2017 Wrap-Up

Since I’ve read all of one book during the month of July, I am going to do a little book haul instead of a reading wrap-up. It just makes more sense to me, because then I at least have three books to show.

  • Love Her Wild by Atticus
    LOVED this one. I am just really into poetry lately.
  • Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie
    A collaborative book written by some great authors and booktubers about VILLAINS! I only read the first short story and it was already disturbing. I like it!
  • Almost Adulting by Arden Rose
    Arden and her boyfriend are some of the very few youtubers outside the bookish community that I watch and the title of the book just intrigued me. It’s non-fiction and since adulting has been a bit challenging lately, I just thought, why not?

Love Her Wild: Poems   Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy   Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)

Click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads. There are no reviews this month, but they may be back again next month!

Can you believe that I’ve been in Canada for 2.5 months already? It feels like just a couple weeks to me, but time keeps flying by and a lot has happened. I’ve been visiting sets, I’ve made new friends and generally started to really feel at home here. Of course, there were some downs as well. I won’t go into detail, but there were things that made me angry and frustrated, some things that made me feel lonely and isolated. It’s only normal to go through these phases, but I’d prefer to focus on the positives for now!

I can definitely see how the novelty of having film sets everywhere around town might wear off after a while, but I have literally nothing to do and nowhere to be at any given time. I never get annoyed if a side alley is closed because of filming, I embrace these situations and some of my fondest memories from the past month have been on set.
I am not exactly sure I would like to work on set full time, however, I DO love to hang out there. I used to love to do that back in Vienna s well. Some of the shows I’ve visited are The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale and Travelers. Although I have no photo proof, I think my favorite set so far was the one for Travelers. We really bonded with the crew on that one and had a lot of fun. We even made it into one of the shots and I hope that someone in post messes up and I end in the final epsiode (which is unlikely). I do have photo proof for others though, namely me meeting Keiynan Lonsdale (Kid Flash and Bram on the upcoming Simon vs. movie), Chyler Leigh and Floriana Lima (aka Sanvers on Supergirl). For the latter, I even got caught by a random photographer working for a BC based website talking about current filming in Vancouver. Those pictures got around on Twitter and Tumblr and I was so shocked. I never expected it, but some of my friends wanted to start a rumor that I would be their new co-star and I am ALL for that! Something like them adopting me and me coming over for a visit from college? I’d be in without a doubt.

 

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How was your month? What have you been up to? 

July 2016 Wrap-Up

JulyWU

I may be one day late with my wrap-up but for once I actually stuck exactly to my planned TBR … which is neither very good nor bad. I read 6 books, not necessarily in the order shown below, but I was so slow sometimes, I feel like I should have been able to do more. Either way, here’s what I read:

The Unexpected Everything   My Lady Jane   The Serpent King   The Crown (The Selection, #5)   You Know Me Well   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)

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’ve been trying to be active on other people’s blogs, but quite honestly I know that I have been slipping up lately and been rather absent. My posts got fewer too and I am sorry about that, but mostly I am just lacking the energy to do anything more than the bare minimum. I hope to be back in full spirits as soon as the summer season at the airport is over and it won’t be as stressful anymore.

On to more happier thoughts: I got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a day early! Whooop! Don’t ask me how, it’s a secret that must never be told – but I didn’t steal it, just making sure that’s clear. As a non-Harry-Potter-reader this is going to be an interesting experience. I am probably not as eager to read it as some of you are, but I am still excited and will turn to it soon. I really enjoy stories written like movie or theater scripts, so that’s already a good start.

Life and Other Disasters is SO CLOSE to 700 Followers and my birthday is coming up on Wednesday, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can make it until then maybe? If not, that’s totally cool, but I can still have a bit of wishful thinking, right? Either way I am excited for Wednesday, because it means new books!

Update on book subscription boxes: So, as you know, I got my second OwlCrate box in July and I was thinking about trying out something different in August, but due to payment confusion, I am sticking to OwlCrate for August but I have already ordered FairyLoot for September. I am super excited for that! Depending on the theme of OwlCrate in September though, I might get two boxes that month. Which boxes would you suggest I check out? Now you at least know where all my birthday money is going to go to.

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How was your month? Tell me all about it! 

July 2016 TBR

JulyTBR

I can’t believe it’s July already! Where is this year going? It’s just wooosh, and half of it is already over. Well, on to the actual point of this post though. Here are my reads for the month, which I kept intentionally light, because I don’t need to add any kind of pressure. Let’s make this a chill reading month!

  • Everything Leads to You by Morgan Matson
    I am currently reading this with Cátia. It’s a remnant from last month, so we should be done soon-ish.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows
    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! Check out my unboxing post for the OwlCrate box here, to find out how I got this book!
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    I’ve heard so many good things about this book, without actually knowing what it is about that I just picked it up at the bookstore today. I have a good feeling about it!
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass
    This is probably the book I am least excited about, but what can you do. I started the series, now I have to finish it.
  • You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour/David Levithan
    I am MAJORLY happy to read this book. Only heard good things and I usually really enjoy LaCour and Levithan. I even suggested in some post that they should work together and THEY DID! (Not because of me, but who cares about details, right?)
  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
    I just feel like it is time I finally continue with this series.

 

The Unexpected Everything   My Lady Jane   The Serpent King   The Crown (The Selection, #5)   You Know Me Well   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)

As always, click on the covers to get to Goodreads! What are you reading this month? Tell me in the comments!

July 2015 Wrap-Up

I know I’ve never done this before, but I’ve seen it on other blogs and since I’ve been trying to write more about books, I thought “Why not?”. So here we go with my July Wrap-Up!

JulyWU

The books I’ve read this month (in chronological order) are:

  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
    As soon as I heard that Tim Burton was directing the movie adaptation of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series, I had to read them. I read the first part the month before, but I have to admit that the series isn’t really my thing. It’s not written badly or anything like that, I just think that the children are a bit too young for me to really connect with them and that the creepy vibe just really isn’t my area in which I feel comfortable.
  • How to be a Time Lord – Official Guide
    You know I love Doctor Who and this was just sweet and short and fun.
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    I fell in love with We Were Liars, so I was eager to read other novels by E. Lockhart. I definitely wasn’t disappointed, but I did not expect this to be about feminism that much (which I could’ve easily found out by reading any review ever written about the book though). I liked the book, but it kind of made me sad. Everyone says that the ending is empowering, but if I were Frankie, I wouldn’t have been happy at all.
  • How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle, Mlynowski
    Another Lockhart book! I was really on a spree this month. This is like the perfect book for a girly road trip during the summer time. I thought the characters were very relatable (I saw myself as a mix of Mel and Jesse), but it lacked a bit of depth for me sometimes. I liked seeing all the different POVs and such, but in the end I felt like some topics could’ve deserved more time. Nonetheless, it’s a fun read that deals with a lot of different issues while staying perfectly light-hearted.
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
    Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this one. It was a tad too fairy-tale-come-true in the end and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters that much. In fact, most of them annoyed me quite a bit. Also, I get that bullying is terrible and I do not condone it in any way, but “Geek” is not an offensive word to me. Seriously, in this day and age, it’s like hip to be a geek.

hollow city       timelord       direputable
how to be bad       geek girl

(Click on the covers in order to be redirected to Goodreads)

So that was it for this month. I will be posting an August TBR, but probably not until I get back home (which will be August 6). If you want to read about my adventures in Wales, you should check out my other blog I Am Here! What Now? and subscribe if you like it! (I’m a little behind, but I’ll be writing more soon!)

Until next time guys and gals! Read you soon!