March 2020 Wrap-Up

It’s been a year! Oh, wait … it’s just the end of freaking forever-March. I really thought January was the never-ending month, but March sure dethroned it. A lot has been happening, and very few of these things (or none) were according to plan, but more about that later. The one thing that March allowed me to do was get back into reading again. I still can’t plow through 10 books a month, like I used to do in my late High School/early college years (wow, am I getting old?), but I am quite happy nonetheless, because I am just really enjoying diving into books again. I am DEFINITELY on track for my Goodreads reading challenge.

Anna K. The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5) The Aftermath

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! My own reviews you’re able to find by clicking on the titles in the list above.

So, now let’s briefly talk about the obvious – the pandemic. I know, I know … we are all bombarded with it on a 24/7 news cycle and I can only imagine that you do not necessarily want to hear about it from me as well. I am not going to go into massive detail, but I just want to say that I hope you are all staying safe and at home (to the best of your abilities). These are trying times for everyone, but we need to remain patient and vigilant to continue flattening the curve. 

Having said that, I also want to say that it’s okay to mourn not being able to do something or see people you love. We are humans and therefore capable of more than one emotion. I can worry about the general human populace and still be sad about the fact that I had to cancel some important plans. As mentioned last month, I had planned to move to Canada this March with the work permit I acquired, but that has not happened. Not only was it my decision to cancel the flights and hotels I had already booked because traveling in this climate felt irresponsible, but a couple weeks later and literal all the borders are closed for non-essential travel. I am not going to lie, I threw myself a pity party and still am sad sometimes that I couldn’t do something I had worked towards for YEARS, but … in hindsight it might be for the better? I get to be with my parents right now. And even though it gets crowded sometimes, I am glad not to be entirely on my own an entire ocean away. It can get hard to find the positive, but I keep trying and just hoping that the more we band together (not physically, but by social distancing etc.) the sooner this will get managed.

Btw, don’t be like Vanessa Hudgens. Take this seriously!

Now, on to happier things! Life and Other Disasters has surpassed the freaking 2,500 follower milestone!!! I still can barely believe it, but I am so beyond grateful. As a way of looking back at years of blogging and which content stuck the most with you, my lovely readers, I published a series of posts titled “Kat Made Me Read/Watch It”. In it I listed all the shows, books and whatnot that you have told me you started watching or reading (partially) because of me and to this day, it’s one of the best things a blogger can hear. It makes our work feel appreciated and my heart sing. Here are the parts:

Aside from that, I don’t feel like I have been the most productive during this introspective time. I have barely picked up a brush, only honoring a couple actors for season finales or on their birthdays with a portrait. One was Ronen Rubinstein, who you will surely fall in love with just like I did once you watch 9-1-1 Lone Star (if you haven’t yet, what even are you waiting for?) and of course, the ever formidable Rupert Evans, who plays the whitelighter in the Charmed reboot.

I am serious, TK Strand will capture your heart (and not just that of hot police officer Carlos).

I thought it was especially cool that a friend of mine animated my drawing of Rupert, which made it eerily realistic and like it came to life!

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I really had to think about this a whole lot, because I initially couldn’t think of something I had enjoyed over the top this month, but then it struck me! I absolutely 100% could not forget about Vampires. I mentioned it in this post, but to sum it up briefly. Vampirism is a matriarchy. This show creates vampires like humans (through birth) and deals with a girl who seems to be a hybrid. Her mother has broken off contact with the rest of the community, but when news gets out about Doina (the hybrid girl), they WANT her. It has a completely toxic ship, but one I am so here for? Like … I just need a second season to have Ladislas and Doina date. That’s literally all I want.

Now, it’s been a while since I’ve done this, but so many bloggers have been so very kind to me. They keep highlighting posts of mine and I always seem to have been too self-absorbed or busy to return the favour. So, here are a couple posts from around the blogosphere that I enjoyed.

  • Marie (Drizzle and Hurricane Books) talked about her book buying process and the fact that she HAS a real, several steps process is just wow! I love that girl!
  • Caro (Bookcheshirecat) has reviewed one of my all time hidden gems – Jackaby! You should really check it out if you haven’t yet.
  • Lois (My Midnight Musing) recommended some binge-worthy TV shows (including some shows that I absolutely 100% endorse as well), so give it a go if you need some more stuff on your quarantine watchlist.
  • Over at The Punk Theory, Becks has reviewed Season 1, Season 2 and Season 3 of Riverdale. That show is a trash fire that I once upon supported and now only hate watch. It’s beautiful to watch her confusion grow as she keeps with it … cause like a train wreck, you can’t seem to look away).
  • Maha (Sunshine n’ Books) made a plan for what she wants to accomplish during self-isolation. Since her to-do-list and mine are quite similar, I just felt the need to share it here too!

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As I said before, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy! Here’s to hoping that we will all be able to accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves this April! If you ever feel like chatting, I am here.

March 2019 Wrap-Up

I originally intended to be more active this month, but a couple hick-ups along the way and some generally not so fun events have made me a little apathetic towards everything that wasn’t sleep. I’m better now though and hope to get more passionate about writing posts and reading and watching TV (yeah, not even that was very entertaining at times) again.

While The Wicker King and its novella didn’t get the highest rating of my reads this year so far, I still very much enjoyed reading the books. I think my approach of reading less or really only the things I truly gravitate towards is doing wonders. Most of the books I have picked up this year were amazing and I had a lot of fun (or other emotions) with them.

If you want to read my review for The Wicker King as well as some short thoughts on The Legend of the Golden Raven (which is the companion novella from Jack’s POV) click here.

I didn’t feel like cancelling the book section of this post entirely, but I might in future posts if I really only read about one book per month. For now, fingers crossed I’ll pick up something that’s a super quick read though. If I can finish it in a day or on a weekend, I might just be up for it.

There’s not really much to tell other than that. Part of my family has come to visit Berlin this past weekend and it was really fun to play tourist with them for a bit. Aside from being super tired from walking around (and I did less walking than they did), I don’t think I would have seen as much or tried some things if they hadn’t been here with me. I am really grateful for that experience! One thing I would definitely recommend is the German Spy Museum! Even when it’s pretty full, you get to do loads of interactive stuff such as learn morse code, look for bugs in a room, do a laser maze or try how you’d fare at a job interview for a secret intelligence service (in this case the Australian one, which I now know how to nail. You can try it yourself here). Even if some of the things may have been targeted at kids, who didn’t ever want to be a spy when they were younger and just likes pretending now too?

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Apart from discovering some more of Berlin, I really just stuck with my Skam remakes again this month. It’s so interesting to see the German approach to the Isak/Even season, especially since they REALLY changed things up. I am so happy to see them include a trans character played by a trans actor and just generally do a lot of callbacks to the original show as well as small references to the other remakes, but always do their own thing as well.

The French version has just ended their Isak/Even season and jumped right into the next one without so much as a break. My inner fangirl rejoices at stuff like that. Although I am going to miss Lucas and Eliott like crazy, they had an amazing run. I was just constantly blown away by the acting, especially that of Axel Auriant. He has quickly become one of the young talents I am definitely going to look forward to seeing in more projects in the future. What he does just feels so real! (I mean, he did actually hurt his hand while punching a wall, so … part of it is real, I suppose).

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I hope you had a good month and that we can all start into April without too many pranks (I just really don’t like April Fool’s Day, cause I fall for everything). 

March 2018 Wrap-Up

I honestly haven’t posted anything on a Saturday for more than 6 months straight. It’s strange, because this is usually my designated resting day from doing various things on my laptop, but since it’s the end of the month, I figured I might as well do the wrap-up post now. Before we get to the general monthly update, here are the books I managed to read:

Midnight Sun  King's Cage  Annihilation  Caraval (Caraval, #1)

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

I don’t really know what to say about March. It wasn’t a very eventful month, but it also wasn’t the worst ever. Still without a job, I had to attend various workshops assigned by the unemployment office and while the content of those classes wasn’t really all that fascinating, I got out of the house on a schedule and got to meet a lot of interesting new people. It didn’t help me much with my job search, but it did help me realise something else. I don’t really want to talk about that publicly just yet, but I do have some new plans and I am at least somewhat excited about that.

I am so sorry for not posting anything new for Arcadia, but I am working on it more and more again. I have had some hiccups along the way, but the motivation definitely is there. It was more an issue of lack of energy this past month.

When I shared my insta profile for my art (katimpossibledraws) last month, I was really nervous. I know I am not bad, but it’s still just like sharing your stories with the world – exhilarating and nerve-wrecking at the same time. I am sooo happy to announce that I have surpassed 100 followers and that I have got amazingly positive feedback. The last three portraits I made were for a German mini-series/movies titled Ku’Damm 56 (or Season 2 was titled Ku’Damm 59) and one of the pages dedicated to it has shared my drawings and it got sooo many likes and nice comments. I hope it stays that way!

Lastly I just want to thank you all for getting the blog to 1 person away from 1800 WordPress followers. That is amazing!! I wish I could do some sort of giveaway to celebrate with you, but it’s just not possible right now. I promise to think of something when I get to 2000 though!!

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

You all have been so lovely and engaging on my blog, so I finally wanted to join the many people who lift up the other bloggers and share some of my favourite posts from this month from bloggers all around the blogosphere before doing the summary of my own posts. Please give them a visit if you have the time and not read it yet!

  • Analee has bravely opened up about the unspoken pressure of writing #ownvoices reviews.
  • Marie has discussed something that has been at the back of my mind for a while and has eloquently explained of how she sometimes struggles with the question of whether book blogging is still relevant.
  • Michelle has come up with a super fun (but also not that easy) way of talking about one’s very own WIP in Gifs!
  • Andie opened up a discussion on what she would like to see more of in YA reads.
  • Marta has started a YA book club and even though I am not currently able to take part, I think it’s a fabulous idea for the community. I think their first read will be Stalking Jack the Ripper and I have only heard amazing things about it.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian has started reviewing all the Game of Thrones seasons and I am absolutely living for it! They are always so great to talk about and I just love them, but I only wish we could get the final season right after she is done with her final season review. That would be the best, but alas HBO doesn’t grant wishes like that.

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So, that was my month! What did you think? What were some posts you enjoyed? Let’s talk!

March 2017 Book Haul

Since I decided not to subject myself to pre-planned TBRs for the month anymore, I racked my brain about which other way I could share my bookish possessions with you. Hence this post! In early March I showed you all the books I currently had at home, read for reading (you can check that out here) and I didn’t even get anywhere near reading them all. That, of course, in no way stopped me from getting a bunch of new ones. This book haul won’t include the books I already mentioned in my wrap-up (which you can read here) because I just don’t see the point of mentioning them twice. Anyway, here’s some other new stuff I got!

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
    I am currently reading this gem and hoping to finish/review it today as well. Fingers crossed, but I am absolutely loving it!
  • Unfiltered by Lily Collins
    I’ve waited for this book so long and now I haven’t even looked at it much. She chose a beautiful font style though!
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
    It’s the sequel to The Girl from Everywhere, therefore a must read for me.
  • Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
    This actually just came on Friday as a little early surprise, because it wasn’t supposed to be released until this week. You definitely won’t see me complaining, because it’s my much awaited sequel to Sleeping Giants.
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1
    My addiction for comics has taken over my wallet …

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere, #2) Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

As always, click on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads! What are some of your new bookish purchases? 

March 2017 Wrap-Up

Since I don’t really do TBRs anymore but hauls or collection notices instead, I feel there is much less pressure on me and I like it! I read quite a bit this month and it made me so happy to be more inspired and motivated about books again. So, check it out:

  • The Wicked + The Divine: Vol. 1 (5 stars)
    Set my eyes on this and loved it right away!
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Vol. 2 (5 stars)
    Remained in love with the art!
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Vol. 3 (2 stars)
    Massive disappointment. It felt like such a filler or like a novella to the real story. I didn’t mind the different artwork for most of the issues, except for one. It was terrible, I didn’t even want to look at it.
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Vol. 4 (4 stars)
    Everything was good again.
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (5 stars)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (5 stars)
  • Vote Loki (2 stars)
    The artwork wasn’t my thing and as you may have noticed by now, that makes out a huge part of my enjoyment for a book.
  • Ms. Marvel: Vol. 4 (3 stars)
    The apocalyptic stuff was cool, but I didn’t much care for her team up with Parker.
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (4.5 stars)
    Read this with Cátia and Cristina.
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (5 stars)
    Review for this might come soon, I read this with Marie and Fadwa.

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 2: Fandemonium  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide  The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action  We Are Okay  Queens of Geek  Vote Loki  Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days  Goodbye Days  A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

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!

Big news, folks! This has been in the stages of planning for a while now, but since things have gotten more concrete now, I thought it was time to share them now. Some of you already now this, but I will be going to Canada for a couple of months starting May 16. For now I am thinking I will stay the entire 6 months you can get with a regular tourist visa, but it still kind of depends on what the immigration officer tells me when I arrive (keep your fingers crossed for me!!!). I am starting out with two weeks in Toronto, will visit a friend in Montreal and then go to Vancouver by train, stopping at every place I fancy. I’ve been longing for an adventure like this for such a long time now, but it never stops feeling weird when people tell me I am “brave” for making that life choice. I don’t feel brave at all, I feel like this is the only logical thing I could do at my current age with the direction I was going in. Anyway, if you know cool places pretty much anywhere in Canada (which includes everything from bookstores, clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, parks, bakeries, sights and whatever else you can think of) please let me know!

Also, last month I talked about starting a camera acting class. It’s been such an enlightening experience so far. My anxiety is really getting to me each week, making me feel nauseous like heck, but I get through it and I learn something new every time. Our acting coach is amazing and kind, always putting the feedback in a constructive way. Watching myself is still uncomfortable but to my utmost surprise, I don’t mind the camera that much while we are shooting our scenes. I am not saying that I am a good actress (although I was told that I am improving and I think I had a grin on my face for the rest of the week), that’s for other people to decide, but it’s fun and that’s really all I wanted from this experience.

Last but not least, I “only” wrote one new chapter for Arcadia, but I refuse to see that as a failure, because at least I wrote something. Also, it’s a really long chapter with a flashback? So, yay? Either way, let me know what you think about it! As always, you can read the whole thing here.

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March 2016 Wrap-Up

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I had a VERY ambitious TBR last month and I think I didn’t do all that bad to be honest! Despite work, despite me wanting to catch up on TV shows, despite everything that has happened – I read 7 books! That’s quite neat, right? Let’s check out what I originally planned and what I actually read.

  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (3.5 stars)
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (4 stars)
  • Firewalker by Josephine Angelini (4 stars)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    Okay, that book has been sitting on my shelf and taunting me for almost the entire month, but I really do want to read it with Cristina and Cátia and somehow the mail service messed up because Cátia still doesn’t have her copy … It’s torture!
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (4 stars)
  • Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    For this one there simply wasn’t time. That happens! Also, I may or may not buddy read the first book in the series with Marie. That would be so much fun! Our buddy reads are always hilarious with us just freaking out over Twitter.
  • The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    Honestly, I am just not over what happened on the show and I am really scared of what’s in the book now. I am not sure I can relive a certain thing twice within a short time span.

Other books that weren’t on the list:

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)   Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)   Kindred Spirits   Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda   The Siren   Ghetto

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) and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

InOtherNews

In a very rare event, I got to meet Nicholas Sparks for the briefest of moments. I have read more than 10 books written by him and I know that he is famous worldwide, so I didn’t really expect to encounter him in Vienna one day, but it happened. It was brief and there was no chance of asking or saying anything to him, but it was still such a cool experience. Read my post about it here!

I got my first book swag!!! It was so cool to actually get something relevant in the mail and I just took the letter with me to work.

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It was a really neat letter by Katie McGarry, a bookmark and ribbons with quotes from the Thunder Road books. I loved it! And speaking of that particular series, you can now win a copy of the first book – Nowhere But Here! Because you crazy people whom I adore like no one else have made it to 500 Followers here on WordPress! As a little Thank You, I have organised a Giveaway, which you can check out here!

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March 2016 TBR

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So, I am going to make this the most unrealistic TBR ever, but I have (or will have) these books at home during March and I can’t decide which ones I’ll actually read and which ones I won’t have the time for. Too many books = too many opportunities! So, this is more of a list of what I own and we will see what I will actually get to!

  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    I feel like I’ve waited for this sequel forever. I am still not over the betrayal that was Red Queen … something deep inside me still holds a candle for that character and I am not sure I should, but I can’t help it. But now we will see where the journey goes this time.
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
    Unlike many others, I wasn’t THAT much of a fan of the first book, but I was curious enough to buy the next book. I will so tackle it this month!
  • Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
    It’s the month of sequels!!! I loved Trial by Fire and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. The final part will come out later this year, so that’s also awesome!
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
    MARCH IS THE BIRTHDAY MONTH OF LADY MIDNIGHT! I already pre-ordered it and as soon as it gets here, I will abandon all other books. A new Shadowhunter story and it focuses no parabatai! YES!
  • Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
    This is only 100 pages long, so no way would I pass up an opportunity to read it something by Rainbow Rowell! And … did I hear something about Star Wars getting mentioned?
  • Splintered, Unhinged and Ensnared by A.G. Howard
    So, a complete trilogy … I told you it was more than ambitious!
  • The Shannara Chronicles: The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks
    The TV show’s season finale is this week, so I think it would be time to conquer the break with the book!

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)   Firewalker (Worldwalker, #2)   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)   Kindred Spirits   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   Unhinged (Splintered, #2)   Ensnared (Splintered, #3)   The Elfstones of Shannara (The Shannara Chronicles) (TV Tie-in Edition)

Click on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads! Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this month?