February 2019 Wrap-Up

This month surely had its ups and downs. I’ve been sick to the point where I missed 1.5 weeks at work, which has never happened to me ever before and drove me slowly nuts. Nonetheless, I tried my best keeping up with my shows, the blog but I only read one single book. The Light Between Worlds was an absolute joy, and if you haven’t checked out my review of it yet, you totally should (click here). There wasn’t even a doubt in my mind that I would give it 5 stars, but I don’t think it should take up more space on this wrap up. I am instead going to talk a bit more about what else happened this month.

I am not sure all of you know, but my contract at work and therefore my internship would have run out this week, but I extended it for another 6 months and will be in Berlin until the end of August. Everything after that is still pretty hazy. I have some vague ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do, but I have given myself permission to just live my life until May and figure things out after that.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

(Because I have lost the ability to narrow it down)

For those of you who know me well, it comes as no surprise that Hozier is one of my favourite artists. I’ve been lucky enough to been to his concerts twice already, I met Andrew after the one in Berlin last November and now I got to attend an event that was just the cherry on top of it all! I got guest list tickets to an exclusive Hozier album listening experience. Wasteland, Baby! will be released on March 1st, however, I already had the privilege to listen to it in its entirety last Friday (so a week in advance), with Andrew/Hozier present, with him answering questions and a brief meet and greet photo opportunity. My favourite tall bean remains the kindest and most humble being. His music is magical and perfect as always! I can’t wait for you all to be able to listen to the new songs. They are quite more upbeat than the past album.

Also, look at that glow up from November 2018 to February 2019. We looked happy in the cold, but the professional photographer really pays off.

Something you will most likely also have noticed if you follow me on Twitter is that I have become very invested in SKAM … or more truthfully it’s German and French adaptations, Druck and Skam France. I don’t even know how this started. It was something about me wanting to watch more web series, my colleague knowing an actress on Druck, me checking it out and just being swallowed by it all. I still haven’t (and probably never will) watched the original, but I do adore what I’ve been seeing thus far. Also, I have been on a war path with the French language for years now and Axel and Maxence have managed to convince me to give it another try by portraying soft but cool and sometimes dumb Lucas and Eliott. I love them so much for it! (I talked more about this, but especially Druck, in my Galentine’s Day post!)

Lastly, there are probably a couple more shows that would deserve a shout out as they got me through my sick days, but I’ve already given you so many recommendations on what to watch anyway. I am sure I will include a lot of it in future binge-watching posts anyway.

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I hope you had a less turbulent month than me! Did you read something nice? Did you check out some of my posts? Let’s talk!

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.

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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

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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!

November 2017 Wrap-Up

I am tired of writing “where is the time going? How is it almost the end of the year?” but that’s basically what’s happening in my brain. Anyway, you won’t believe it, but I’ve actually read stuff this month and with stuff I mean books and comics! YAY ME!

  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (4.5 stars)
  • Wynonna Earp, Vol. 2: Legends (4 stars)
    The characters look like the ones from the show, but the story is mostly different. Very different.
  • Superman: American Alien (4.5 stars)
    Did not love the art in every single issue, but the story was more than solid. It was a feast to see Clark coming into himself and Superman thereafter.
  • Spider-Man/Spider-Gwen: Sitting in a Tree (3 stars)
    To me, this was a silly idea to begin with. (Miles and Kamala are my ship!)

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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!

I spent the first week(-ish) of the month in Toronto, having a couple really awesome blogger meet ups, but mostly being over my Canada stay. I still wanted to be in Vancouver, but I hated that inbetween of being in Toronto and still having so far to go to be in Vienna. Then I finally got back to Austria and it feels like I barely had time to breathe since. There were appointments with the unemployment office, my short yearly stunt as a crew member at our local comic con and telling the same stuff over and over to different family members/friends.

I do understand that everyone wants to know how I’ve been, but the worst question to get after a 6-month-long absence is “So, how was it? What’s coming next?”, because I literally have no idea how to answer either. I mean, what part of the trip are we talking about? I was in more than 4 different cities for a decent amount of time. I basically had a second life in Vancouver and even there I lived in various different neighborhoods. Also, there is no way that I am arriving in Vienna with a game plan for my future endeavors. That’s just not how my brain works. I need time to arrive first, get back into the time zone and then I will take one step at a time towards what’s to come. Seriously, cut me some slack.

So, this turned into a bit of a rant. But, basically, I am back? Hopefully also into the reading game.

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How was your month? I hope it was a good one!

October 2015 Wrap-Up

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Despite what I said last month, I actually have read a couple of books this month. This is due to me finally listening to my friends and signing up for NetGalley to get free eArcs for review. So, all books I’ve read this month are eBooks! I still prefer actual physical copies, but I have to admit that it helped a lot with my book buying addiction. One month without buying anything – wohooo! Now, let’s take a look at what I read this October:

  • Rikki by Abigail Strom
    A cute story about rivals falling in love with each other. If it weren’t for a certain creepy thing one of the MC’s does, it would have been truly great.
  • How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? by Yvonne Cassidy
    The review for this book is scheduled for February to be relatively close to it’s release in March. I unfortunately couldn’t connect with the MC very much, which made it difficult to like the book.
  • Abby and the Cute One by Erin Butler
    The perfect book for fans of boy bands, insta-love and general cuteness.
  • Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
    I liked this one so much, mostly because there were so many references to places I like or have actually been to. I know, I am an easy target.

As always, if you want to know more click on the titles for my full reviews and on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

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In other news!

There were a couple of milestones that I didn’t actually blog about, but only mentioned on Twitter. We surpassed not only the 250-follower-mark but also achieved more than 4,000 comments. Every time we get to another one of those blogging-milestones, I am just in awe with you all. I never thought that people would actually like to read what I have to say so much, but I am so happy that you do. So, I am using this as a platform to once more say: THANK YOU!

I also wrote a lot about NaNoWriMo and participating and got some great feedback from you all. I am glad you like my idea and I’m really excited about writing. The kick-off was last midnight, but I haven’t gotten very far. However, I do plan on sharing the experience and maybe even bits and snippets of the story right here. If you are interested, I would also love to have some of you as Beta-readers when or if I finish the story and get around to editing it.

Now, how was your month? Did you read some interesting books? Did you prepare for NaNoWriMo as well? Tell me all about it!

September 2015 TBR

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I always have a hard time choosing books to read during … well, during any month really. On the one hand, my shelves are overflowing as it is and I have not read all of the books I already own. But to be honest, I often just don’t feel like reading them. And on the other hand, I want to read a ton of new books, but getting the original editions and not the translated ones takes time since they are barely ever available or on stock. So, I am super proud to actually have a pretty decent September TBR for you. Take a look!

  • The Magician King and the Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
    This is kind of a no-brainer since those are Book 2 and 3 in the Magicians trilogy and I promised to finish it.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    I visited an English bookstore in Vienna and everything was soooo expensive. And then I saw them: various classics from the Word Cloud collection. I love those editions so much and I really had to restrain myself from buying them all. I ended up with Frankenstein and am quite happy about that. The books are bound in some sort of soft leather and have sentences from the book on the cover, formed in a word cloud using different fonts. I LOVE it!
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
    I am sure I am going to need a bit of a more light-hearted book when I’m done with the Magicians, so I thought this one would be quite nice. It seems like a sweet book about teens with problems, but the normal and not the magical kind.
  • The Next Together by Lauren James
    Incarnation love story and gorgeous cover? Count me in! I think it’s part of a trilogy, so I hope it doesn’t have a terrible cliffhanger ending, but I am excited about this book.

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As always click on the book covers to be redirected to Goodreads for more information! What are you reading this September?

August 2015 Wrap-Up

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It’s the last day of August which means it’s time to see how I did during the month. Here is what my TBR looked like:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    I enjoyed reading this, but I don’t love it as much as many other people do. I think it may have been hyped too much for me.
  • Armada by Ernest Cline
    I actually liked this better than RPO and think I am fairly alone with that opinion. Doesn’t matter, I liked it and can’t wait for it to be turned into a movie, because that’s what it felt like while reading.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
    I LOVE this book!!! It has become an insta-favourite of mine simply because it is so much more hilarious and smart than I thought it would be.
  • The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman (I read the first book, so I see it as an accomplishment)
    The pacing of the first book was a little off and the characters a bit too miserable for my taste but I will still read the other two books.

Additionally to that, I also read:

If you want to know more about my thoughts on the books than just that 1-sentence-review, just click on the titles and you’ll be re-directed to my full reviews. If you click on the covers below, you’ll get to their respective Goodreads pages.

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So, I’d say it was a fairly average month for reading, because I’ve definitely read more but also less books per month before. All in all I am happy with the outcome.

I’ve posted more than usually though by making sure to write on a daily basis (sometimes even more than one post per day) since August 11. I don’t know what inspired me to do that, but it definitely showed in a surge of followers and we are getting really close to a milestone soon! I want to take this chance to welcome everyone who’s fairly new to the blog and thank those who’ve stuck around! You are the ones that make this blogging experience even more fun!!!

I’ll try to keep this up in September ;)! Read you soon!