June 2019 Wrap-Up

A tiny bit belated, but here I am with my wrap-up for the month of June. And you won’t believe it, but I actually read a book as well. It wasn’t my favourite book ever, not even a favourite of the year, but it is progress and I had a couple nice hours with it.

The Devouring Gray is an interesting mystery novel with magical elements. I had pretty high hopes for it, but didn’t click with the characters too much. That was probably the main downfall, because the story is intriguing for the most part and although not unpredictable exactly, still pretty nicely filled with twists.

Ultimately I could only give it 3 stars, which isn’t a bad rating, but also not a good one either. At this point, I would pick up a sequel although I wouldn’t be in a rush about it.

You can check out my review by clicking on the title and get re-directed to Goodreads by clicking on the cover.

June was just as packed as some of my previous months in terms of work and the end of my internship seems to be approaching just faster and faster. I don’t like this stage of actually having to do a lot, but simultaneously being sort of in the air in terms of what the future holds. I want to do everything right and apply for jobs and figure out where I am going to live, but it’s not that easy. However, my parents came to visit me in Berlin for a week and it was a really nice break from everything.

On the hottest day, we went up North to the coast and it was much cooler there. We weren’t too lucky with the trains, but honestly, who is? The German trains suck. Anyway, I always thought that any body of open water could make me happy, but apparently I actually do have a preference for the Pacific. Who would have guessed? *cough* everyone *cough* That’s not to say that the beach wasn’t nice and the destination a good idea for that particular day especially.

We also went to see a circus-esque performance. It was so weird, but also a lot of fun and very funny? There was just this one guy dressed in a bunny costume with a voice distortion thing going on and I swear it’s what nightmares are made of.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

I very much liked the new season of Dark, I super enjoyed How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast), but my heart goes out to Chuck. Sometimes I don’t need to binge all the new things, when there is some great stuff that holds up even close to a decade later. Just like with Veronica Mars, this show just sort of works for me, even when I know it’s not perfect (but honestly, what is?).

(lowkey can’t deal with the Australian voice over)

Other than that, I really enjoyed diving back into some old memories as I am prepping for a new super secret writing project. I have told a handful of people about it and I think it’s going to be fun! I am definitely looking forward to doing this all very differently this time around, with proper outlining and such. Usually, I just write about whatever comes to mind and then get stuck as soon as there’s a hitch because I have no clue where it’s all supposed to head to. Maybe this time will be different.

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TRAILER POSTS

That’s it from my side! I hope you all had a great start into July. Stay hydrated and out of the sun!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe we are wrapping up June already? I have to say, I thought this year would go very differently from the way it did. Anyways, I am actually quite happy with the amount of reading I managed this month. And I am even more happy that the number of books I am behind on my Goodreads challenge is slightly decreasing. Here is what I’ve read:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)  The Immortalists  Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)  The Song of Achilles  To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

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

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in certain areas of my life. I know that I am definitely partially responsible for it, but it isn’t ALL on me and therefore I feel a little stuck. That’s never a nice feeling, so I tried to do as much as possible and to keep as busy as I can and succeeded in doing so. I went to a small film premiere for one of the funniest Austrian movies I have seen in recent years, I also got to go on a set visit for an Austrian TV show that hasn’t even aired yet and went to the monthly board game night one of my friend’s coordinates. In addition to that, I went to the movies with an entire branch of my family, there were several birthdays and I started to go to yoga again. It’s all baby steps, but I will get where I need to go in the end.

I am also really happy to have established a sort of routine for myself, which involves working on Arcadia for at least three days a week. I did publish a new chapter, but I want to hopefully upload more than one per month from here on out. Also, I have come to the conclusion that Arcadia will be a duology and even though there is still a couple chapters left in part one of the series, it will be done rather sooner than later. It took me a while to figure out what was holding me back in writing more, until I gathered that there was just too much I wanted to pack into one book. This will make things a whole lot easier for me! Nonetheless, I could use your motivation more than ever and I just love getting feedback and reactions! Read Arcadia here if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think!!

Lastly, it was my 5-year-blogiversary and I had so much fun answering all YOUR questions! If you missed the posts, I put the links below and if there are still questions you want to ask me, you can do so in the comments. I did a little giveaway and my good friend Marie won and she recently received her gift and I couldn’t be happier that she likes it! Also, Life and Other Disasters now officially has more than 2000 WordPress followers and I am so happy this happened in the blogiversary month.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

This is a kind of random segment I just established in this very moment. Basically, I want to showcase a book/show/movie/song that was my absolute favourite thing of the month. For all of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a short period of time, where my account has basically become a fan account for the movie Set It Up, but I was just so in awe of it! It’s very much in the spirit of older rom-coms (which I have missed SO much) but it is current and has an amazing cast. I watched it several times and have no regrets whatsoever! (The pizza scene is iconic forever!!!)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I like that this little section has become a fixture in my wrap-up because all of you are creating such great content and I just feel like it needs to be shared.

  • T. Mack is a fellow blogger I feel like I have a lot in common with, so I was extremely delighted to see her spotlight the show Queer Eye. We all need it in our lives and I just hope everyone reads the article and then watches the show! There is no makeover show this impacting anywhere else out there.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian gives us another writing insight post on the difference between showing and telling (something I have personally struggled with)!
  • Sophie tells us all reasons as to why we should participate in Camp NaNo and explains the whole event a little further for people who are unfamiliar with it.
  • Meggy does something unplanned and gets personal and it is beautiful!
  • Lia wrote an amazing post to bring awareness about romance in media and how you apparently can’t find a happy ending if you are not willing to be in a relationship (which is totally not the right way of thinking!!).
  • Lois got to visit Canada this month (guess who was super jealous and wanted to hide in her suitcase?) and has written her first travel diary post! I cannot wait for the rest of it!
  • Nicka wrote this really relatable post about getting lost in your 20s and how it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
  • Lastly, I GOT INTERVIEWED! Deborah was so kind as to ask me some really interesting questions for her Blogger to Blogger series and I’d love it for all of you to check it out and maybe find out something new about me.

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BLOGIVERSARY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

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So, this was my month! What do you think? Let’s chat about all the things that happened!

June 2017 Book Haul

Just because I am not actually into reading at the moment, apparently doesn’t mean I can’t buy books. Except for one, they are all ebooks though, because there is no way I am going to drag all of them across the pond when I go back home. As per usual, the books/comics that have made it on the monthly wrap-up won’t be mentioned here.

  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
    This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I couldn’t hold off buying it any longer, even though I really want a physical copy of this one as well. And I am saying this, even though I am not a fan of the color orange BUT THE COVER IS SO PRETTY!
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    With all the fuzz around the show (which I haven’t watched yet), I just wanted to read it first and binge later?
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Watched the show, fell in love with Mad Sweeney (seriously, A Prayer for Mad Sweeney was the most comprehensive of ALL the episodes … the finale was great too though) and then I needed more after the show was over. It will take me an approximate eternity to actually read this.
  • The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
    Lord of Shadows reminded of my love for Poe again. It was super cheap and has a neat cover, so I thought I’d take it with me on my travels.

When Dimple Met Rishi  The Handmaid's Tale  American Gods  The Complete Poetry

What are some of your latest bookish purchases?

June 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s been rather quiet in terms of my book reviews this month. First, I was in a bit of a slump and then I just got distracted by everything around me. Here’s what I did manage to read:

  • Mindwalker by A.J. Steiger (2.5 stars)
  • Mindstormer by A.J. Steiger (3 stars)
  • The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (4 stars)
    I am not much of a poetry reader, but I absolutely adored this volume. It was extremely powerful and raw and I don’t regret adding the additional weight to my luggage by buying a physical copy of it!

Mindwalker (Mindwalker, #1)   Mindstormer (Mindwalker, #2)   The Princess Saves Herself in This One

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 read my thoughts!

Just yesterday, I finally moved into my home for the summer (which is also why this wrap up is a day late). You cannot imagine my joy when I had finally unpacked my suitcase, looked at the room and KNEW I could just leave it there for the next month – pure bliss!

Now that I have some sort of routine and feeling of lasting back in my life, the travel logs will start to slowly fizzle out, as you’ve probably noticed already. I’ll still update you if something exciting or special happens, but just not as regularly.

On a more exciting note, I recently did a thread on Twitter (it’s pinned to my profile) about reading what I have written for Arcadia so far. It seems like I am not even the author of that thing sometimes, but it was a lot of fun to do and it got me back into writing spirits. If I hadn’t gotten sick, I think I would be done with chapter 11 already, but I promise it will happen soon. I have all the time in the world now! If you want to get caught up on everything I’ve written so far, the link to wattpad and the chapters is also in the thread! As always, I would love some more reactions to what you are thinking about the story and the characters. It always makes my day!

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How was your month? What did you read/watch/write/do?

June “Royalty” OwlCrate Unboxing!

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As I’ve mentioned in the previous month, I have finally ordered my very first OwlCrate box. If you have no idea what that means, OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription box. You neither know which book you are going to get, nor which 2-3 awesome goodies it will include. There is a different theme for each month, but you can find out more details by clicking here. Now, I hope no one considers themselves spoiled by this post, but I think the 1st of July is a legit day to do the unboxing.

The Book

The book is *drum rolls* My Lady Jane and I absolutely adore it already. It’s an alternative historical YA Fantasy novel, changing the life of Lady Jane Grey completely. The authors wrote quite the stunning and also funny letter for all the OwlCrate recipients and even included a paper crown – I felt so royal. I didn’t know much about the book going in though and I don’t really want to give away anything now either, so just let me tell you that it’s hysterical. I laughed out loud several times while being on public transport, which caused strangers to glare at me, but I didn’t even care. This book is bound to life your spirits!

The Goodies

You’ll see the pictures of everything at the end of the post, but here is some info on the content of the box.

  • Magnetic bookmarks by craftedvan – which are absolutely adorable. They were made exclusively for the box and are a king, queen and carriage!
  • A bracelet by RichShoppeLove – it’s a quote from the Lunar Chronicles, which makes me want to pick up the books even more!
  • A print by Evie Bookish – inspired by Red Queen, it fit the theme perfectly
  • Funko Mystery Mini – I was SO excited about them, because I have a slight obsession with mystery minis. The suspense of which one you are going to get is just the greatest. They were all part of the Disney Princess mystery minis and I got Tiana from Princess and the Frog, which makes me happy, because I was already considering buying her as a pop figure. SHE IS SO ADORABLE!
  • Sneak Peek card for next month! I am not going say what it said on the back, but it’s commonly known that the theme for July is Good vs. Evil. For the first time ever, there will be two different boxes inspired by heroes and villains, namely from Harry Potter, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland. I AM SO EXCITED! (Yes, that means I will get it again!)

So, as mentioned above, the July box will be “Good vs. Evil”-themed. There are only very few spots left and the biggest excitement is that no one will know which of the two possible boxes they will get. So, if you want to order one before it is too late, just click here and don’t forget to use the code WELCOME15 to get 15% off your first order!

What do you think? Would you want a box as well? Have you ordered one before?

June 2016 Wrap-Up

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This month was like the month from hell in many regards that I really don’t want to get into now. Let’s just say that NOTHING went according to plan and there were very few pleasant occurrences, however, the reading (if less than usual) wasn’t so bad. I had literally every rating from 2.5 to 5 stars. So, there’s always that.

Not on the initial TBR:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)   Video Rage: A Novel   Gambit   You Before Anyone Else   Children of Icarus   This is What Goodbye Looks Like

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!

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I don’t even know what else to tell you. This month was honestly quite a blur of being sick and working, reading and watching TV and doing virtually NOTHING productive whatsoever. It’s okay though and I see all the good things happening in July for sure! (Hopefully … keep your fingers crossed!)

Now, I have found a good rhythm blogging for me, posting 4-5 times a week seems like a good amount without burning out. Also, I celebrated 3 years of blogging, which is SO AMAZING. Thank you so much for sticking around! I still can’t believe I’ve been doing this for so long, but I cannot imagine life without it anymore. So, here are the posts from June:

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

ALL KIND OF TAGS AND OTHER POSTS

How was your month? I hope it was better than mine. Tell me all about it in the comments! Tell me random happy things!

June 2016 TBR

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New month, new goals – at least in terms of reading. Once again, I am just throwing everything I can think of in the TBR but I am not going to be sad if I don’t make. I like having some pressure to get through my ever growing list of books though, so here’s what I came up with:

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    Third times the charm, so Cátia, Cristina and me are going to buddy read again. I think it will be good, because even though I am still blissfully unspoiled for the book, it seems there will be loads that needs talking about.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
    This one I will read with Cátia as well! I am excited. After that one, I will have read all of Matson’s books – such an accomplishment!
  • Video Rage by Rami Ungar
    It is the second book in the Reborn City series (you can read my first review here) and Rami was kind enough to send me a copy of the sequel, which is officially being released today – HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY! If you want to know more about the books and where to order them, just click here.
  • Gambit by C.L. Denault
    I’ve been meaning to read this for a while and then I saw that it’s still on NetGalley and I got approved – yipi! I already started it and really like it so far – the Scottish vibes are definitely fun.
  • You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross/Mark Perini
    I need to catch up on some of my arcs, so I want to read it this month, but the review will probably go online in July. Does that make sense? I just want it to be closer to the actual release.
  • Children of Icarus by Caighlan Smith
    While I like the premise of the arc, the publisher doesn’t provide a kindle copy, so I have to read it on my laptop and am not happy about that at all.
  • Whatever book OwlCrate decides to send me
    That’s right! I FINALLY ORDERED A BOOK SUBSCRIPTION BOX! This month’s theme is Royalty (What book will it be? Maybe My Lady Jane? Maybe Queen of Hearts? The excitement is real!). It’s been announced that there will be a Funko mystery mini as well as original magnetic bookmarks by craftedvan. It’s not too late to order a box and I would love it if you used my referral link if you do want one by clicking here. Also, I got 10% off by using the code NEWMEMBER, so make sure to try that before check out!

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)   The Unexpected Everything   Video Rage: A Novel   Gambit   You Before Anyone Else   Children of Icarus

As always, click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads for more information! What are you going to read this month? I seem to be sticking to a mix between Contemporary and Fantasy/Dystopian and am really happy with that.