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

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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!

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December 2017 Wrap-Up

I hope you all had a great start into the year 2018, whether it was by celebrating with friends and family or keeping it low-key at home. This year should be all about you doing you, at least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. Before I truly dive into 2018 now, there’s still a tiny summary for December necessary. So, let’s start with what I’ve read and how I’ve either mastered the art of picking up stories I love or how I’ve become ridiculously generous with ratings.

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (4.5 stars)
  • Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell (5 stars)
    I had already read Kindred Spirits before (as most of you know, but here was my review!), however I absolutely enjoyed the second short story and especially the illustrations. They are my true weakness.
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 (2.5 stars)
    While the art work was amazing, I got utterly lost with the story sometimes. It felt like there were connecting parts missing inbetween and it therefore didn’t always make sense to me.
  • Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (5 stars)
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan, Vol. 3 (3 stars)
    I just really missed the old art work for this one.
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 (5 stars)
    Forever love this entire storyline, I just wish the wait inbetween volumes wasn’t as long.
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5 stars)
    It’s such a powerful read and despite me not always loving the flow of words, they were too strong and important to give it anything other than 5 stars. I just want to emphasize that it is very America-centric.
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (5 stars)
  • Book of Mythicality by Rhett and Link (5 stars)
    This is just an amazing treat for all the Good Mythical Morning fans out there.
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (5 stars)
  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman (5 stars)
    MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE ENTIRE YEAR! I will write a detailed review soon, but I literally finished it at 10 PM.

The Upside of Unrequited  Almost Midnight: Two Short Stories by Rainbow Rowell  Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)  Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5: Imperial Phase I  Between the World and Me  Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)

Book of Mythicality  The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic  Call Me by Your Name

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December was alright, I suppose. I did have some really nice times with friends, but mostly I just tried to be done with the Christmas stress and to stop worrying about why December is such a terrible month to apply for jobs. I don’t think anything groundbreaking has happened, and that is okay. 2017 was a weird year in general – I experienced some of the most brilliant moments of my life and learned more about myself than I thought was still possible, but there was also so much bad stuff happening all over the world and it saddens me to think about it. Maybe a little calm is the best for now anyway.

I haven’t talked about Arcadia in a while and I just feel like 2017 was among my worst years in terms of creativity. I honestly really tried to get at least one chapter up before the year ends, but it obviously didn’t happen. However, I did have a couple of epiphanies, which should make the continuation in the new year go more smoothly. I will share new chapters on wattpad as per usual, but am also willing to send out pdf-files if you ask nicely. Just send me an e-mail if you are interested!

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The Get to Know Me Tag!

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I thought by now you all already know a looot about me, but there is always something new to discover I guess. So, let’s do this properly thanks to Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books who tagged me for The Get to Know Me Tag! We’ve had a long-standing blogging relationship by now and I still found out new things about her through this tag, so definitely make sure to visit her post as well!

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Name: Katja – it means “Blessed, Pure, Holy” according to several web searches. I wouldn’t go that far saying that about myself, but it does have a nice ring to it!
Nicknames: Kat, KittyKat, Ketchup (I only really like the first one to be clear!)
Birthday: 3rd of August 1993.
Star Sign: Leo – hear me roar. Ooops, wrong tag. I’ll do something Game of Thrones related soon.
Occupation: Working at as a cashier in a bookstore at the airport. I am still waiting for my You’ve-Got-Mail-miracle-love-story to happen.

Appearance

Hair colour: Brown … yep, there’s not much more to it.
Hair length: Long-ish but not really? I intend to cut them shorter soon, like a little above shoulder-length.
Eye colour: Brown, sometimes glazed over, sometimes shiny and alive – depending on what mood I am in.
Best Feature: Like appearance-vise? I have hair like a lion – unruly and fluffy. Sometimes a real pain, but mostly I think it suits me.
Piercings: For earrings, yes. (3 on my left ear, 1 on my right)
Tattoos: Nope, although I love the idea of them. However, I know how fickle my mind is and that I don’t want something that lasts forever on my body if there is the realistic danger that I’ll get bored with it.
Right or Left: Always turn left! (Whovians will understand.) Other than that I am right-handed.

Firsts

Best Friend: I don’t want to choose between my friends! I never liked doing that and there are so many who I consider to be among my best friends.
Award: I got the wacky award for being the only gal in Oregon to have a donkey’s drivers license. Does that count?
Sport: Carrying heavy stacks of books and magazines all day long!
Real Holiday: I think it was me and my family staying at a farm in the Austrian country side. I used to love it there.
Concert: Good Charlotte with one of my best friends.

Favourites

Film: I can already tell that I am going to hate this category … let’s see … I know it’s cheesy, but I cannot tell you how often I have seen Cinderella Story now and still never get bored. Maybe that?
TV Show: The banner for the tag should tell you that the answer is still Doctor Who.
Colour: Green
Song: I cannot answer this with a clear conscience. However, Where Do We Go From Here by Ruelle is currently stuck in my head.
Restaurant: Let’s pick something “exotic”. The Y Mochyn Du in Cardiff quickly turned into my go-to-place.
Shop: Any and every bookstore.
Books: HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO ANSWER THAT? I refuse.

Currently

Feeling: A little tired, I am always feeling a little tired lately.
Single or Taken: Single and ready to mingle hahaha no. I don’t have time for that.
Eating: Some honey waffles, yummy!
Thinking About: Work and blogging and how much I can schedule before going to bed.
Watching: All the shows are ending and I am NOT happy. Last thing I watched was Starz’ The Girlfriend Experience … not sure I fully got that.
Wearing: My new Florence + the Machine sweater, which is suuuuper comfortable (as it should be, considering what it cost)

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Want Children: I always wanted 3 kids, but now I don’t know. I’ve really started to think about maybe becoming a foster parent one day.
Want to be Married: Yes.
Careers in Mind: I’d love to have the time to write for a living. Other than that, Marketing for a book publisher or working as a casting director.
Where You Want To Live: Maybe Toronto? Portland? Seattle? London? (the last one only if I can have my most epic flat with Marie, Cristina and Cátia as roomies)

believe

God: I believe that there is something much bigger than us, however, I cannot say if that is God.
Miracles: Yes. Sometimes the most miraculous things can happen.
Love at First Sight: Hmmm … no.
Ghosts: A little.
Aliens: YES! How sad would it be if we were the only sentient beings in the universe? VERY! That’s the answer. There has to be more out there.
Soul Mates: Sort of. I believe that some people are just naturally drawn together.
Heaven: Maybe.
Hell: No.
Kissing on the First Date: If it feels right, then why not?
Yourself: Yes! I have seen myself accomplish some great things others have never had the chance to in such a short time and I believe that I can do great things in the future as well. However, everyone has their down-days, it’s only natural.

Do you feel like you know me so much better now? For fun’s sake, if you think a question was missing, ask me about it in the comments and I shall answer!

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2 Years of Blogging! Happy Anniversary!

IT’S BEEN 2 YEARS! I’m so happy about this, I can’t even find the proper words. Thank you to everyone who’s visited/commented/liked/followed this blog, whether you came here on purpose or stumbled upon it somewhere in the depths of the interwebs! A lot has changed since last year (which you can check out in detail here) and I want to share those accomplishments with you!

blogVery much like last year, here is the blog in numbers and facts (not just the past year but ever since it started – sorry, I was too lazy to do the math):

  • The total views of the blog amounted up to 32,702.
  • 1,510 comments were made.
  • We’re up to more than 115 followers on the blog itself, 63 people on Twitter and 126 people on Facebook. You go people!
  • This will be post #193!
  • 770 posts were shared. (Thank you for following that specific request from last year)
  • Again, I had visitors from all continents! Yay! (I’m going to take over the world someday muhahaha)
  • The Top Comments are no longer exclusively on Doctor Who posts, but all sorts of topics such as Teen Wolf, Finding Carter, Lust for Love and many more.

If you want to know anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m concluding this with another THANK YOU! Keep reading the blog, keep commenting and liking to make it many more great years to come!