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.

MY POSTS

BLOGIVERSARY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

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

My Backlisted Books!

So, I’ve already talked about this to some of you, but I am currently on a book buying ban, until I’ve made a dent in my pile of backlisted books. I don’t know how I have amassed so many, but I am a huge mood reader and it has become a problem. This isn’t me announcing that I will officially take part in the Beat the Backlist Challenge, but … I guess unofficially it’s almost as if I am. Anyway, I just wanted to show you what I’ll be working with the next months. I have already been able to tick off 5 books from my list and I made a deal with myself to wait until I have read half of my list before I buy new books. Without further ado, here are my backlisted books!

If you want to know more about the books, click on their respective cover and you’ll be redirected to Goodreads!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)  King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)  The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere, #2)  Everything, Everything  Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)  The Hamilton Affair  Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy  Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Heartless  Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood   Scrappy Little Nobody  Why Not Me?  Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me  Norse Mythology  Before I Fall  S.  The Stone House (A Class Novel)  Joyride  What She Does Next Will Astound You

Have you read any of these? Which ones are you particularly excited for me to read? Which ones do you really hope I write a review for? Let’s chat!

March 2017 TBR (or a random list of books that I own)

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TBRs haven’t really been working for me lately, so, instead of making a fixed decision on what I am going to read, I am just going to show you all the books I currently have at my disposal. Depending on my mood, I will then choose what to read, hopefully taking off some pressure.

  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
    I will be reading the final book in the Shades of Magic series alongside Fadwa and Marie! We will jump right in as soon as we all have the book.
  • The Last Beginning by Lauren James
    I wasn’t a real fan of The Next Together, but somehow I wanted to give the series another chance. Even if I won’t like it, it wouldn’t be a disaster, because it was super cheap.
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    I don’t know why this is taking me so long …
  • Caraval by Stephanie Gerber
    This will hopefully give me Night Circus vibes, because then I will be blissfully happy.
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    I LOVE Norse Mythology so much!!!
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
    Film covers are my weakness. I’ve heard mixed things about it, but I just want to read it before I watch it.
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
    This better salvage my opinion of the series or I will have to drop it.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    Still planning on reading it with Cátia.
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    I do like the Thunder Road series, but it’s not calling to me right now.
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
    Trevor Noah is one of most awesome people out there. I’ve heard a lot about his past in interviews or his stand up program, but I cannot wait to read his entire book!
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
    I have not not liked a Nina LaCour book thus far.
  • The Stone House by A.K. Benedict
  • Joyride by Guy Adams
  • What She Will Do Next Will Astound You by James Goss
    Those three are the Class novels … that I still haven’t read … I have no reasons …

And then I also have some eArcs I need to get to, which are the following:

  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)  The Last Beginning (The Next Together, #2)  Heartless  Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Norse Mythology  Before I Fall  King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)  Scrappy Little Nobody  Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)  Born a Crime  We Are Okay  The Stone House (A Class Novel)   Joyride   What She Does Next Will Astound You   Goodbye Days  Girl Out of Water  Stealing Candy  The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

I have even more books than that, but I know I won’t read those this month no matter what happens. This already gives me plenty of options! What are you reading this month?

January 2017 TBR

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Wow! How weird to finally write the numbers 2017. I hope you all made it safe and sound into the new year, may it be at least fractionally better than the last one! (Which would already be a lot considering what a mess 2016 has been!!!) But now let’s talk about books and what I want to read this fine January.

  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
    It is time I finally read this. I don’t even know why I have been waiting this long, especially considering that I already had it in October.
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    I keep forgetting about this book, just like I forgot to ever post that unboxing of OwlCrate. I will probably end up doing a combined post on that whenever I get around to reviewing it.
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
    There’s the beauty of the book on the one hand and a story that seems very, very intriguing on the other. Can’t wait to dive into this.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
    Still haven’t read any regular HP books, but apparently I have absolutely no problems reading the screenplays!
  • The three Class novellas
    … to conquer my withdrawal

Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)   Heartless   Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)   Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

What are you reading? What are your plan for 2017?

December 2016 TBR

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I intended for this post to be more of an info for you, so you would know which books I currently have at home (as a physical copy or ebook). However, then I realised that would be a ton of unread books and I don’t even want to put the pressure on me to read them all. Therefore, here is a selection of what I might choose to read this month. I hope you all got that me being super vague about this meant, no promises!

  • The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
  • Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Animators: A Novel   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)   Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)   Witch's Pyre (Worldwalker, #3)   Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)   Heartless

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads! I sure have a ton of sequels on my list this month. What are you reading this month? Tell me all about it!

September 2016 TBR

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I have a lot planned for this month, unfortunately only very little of it has to do with reading, books and/or the blog, but bear with me. I don’t think I will lower my post count per week (4-5 seems a reasonable amount), however, I have come to a point in my life where I really need to take charge of what’s going to happen next. Do you know the feeling of getting stuck doing something just because it is comfortable and familiar, instead of investing some time, money and sweat into doing what you were meant to do or something you wanted to do for a while? Well, I feel sort of stuck and it’s time for a change. I want to do SO much, but it involves research, interviewing strangers and hoping for their help/advice and generally moving on from where I am now. So, I want to do that starting this month, knowing well that it will take some time and that it won’t just be a matter of weeks. Therefore I selected some books, but nothing that can’t be done in a month:

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue/Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
    I love the Raven Cycle so far and they are pretty fast reads. So, that’s that.
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
    You probably already know that this one was in my August OwlCrate box. It’s also my first Kasie West book, so I fairly excited to get to it.
  • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    Also, shame on me for not having read anything by Colleen Hoover until this point. I am kind of scared to get sucked into her literary world … what if I need all the books afterwards? My poor, poor wallet and shelf.
  • Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
    I’ve raved about the release of this one, simply because movie sets are one of my most beloved settings ever.
  • Because I Love You by Tori Rigby
    I planned on reading this with Cátia and Cristina once, but I am not sure they have time.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)   The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)   P.S. I Like You   It Ends with Us   Unscripted Joss Byrd   Because I Love You

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

If through some magic, I could get my hands on a copy of Furthermore and Witch’s Pyre, I would also tackle them right away most likely. But that’s it from my side. What are you going to read?

(Provisional) August 2016 TBR

August TBR

You may be wondering about the title of this post … or maybe not? I don’t know, you could be thinking that my indecisiveness is totally normal, which it technically is, but I am rambling. My point being that I do not have a fixed TBR for this month, because my birthday is in two days and I am not 100% sure what I am going to get in terms of books and therefore that could change EVERYTHING. Before I stop making even less sense, here’s what I provisionally had in mind:

  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
    I am so in love with the quiet excitement of this book. I am knee-deep into it all and my poor baby August isn’t fairing so well. As you could probably already guess, I won’t need much longer for this book now that I am so pumped about what’s going on.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
    Mentioned it quite a lot, but I have not read any of the Potter books … I have seen the movies and know that that’s not the same, but I still like the world. So we will see how this script will fare with me.
  • Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren
    I don’t really have anything to say about this book yet. It’s an eArc Cátia and I are going to read together. It looks promising, but we will see how it is when we get to it.
  • Player by M.L. Sparrow
    Yep, I am going to dabble my feet in NA again, which is like my only contribution to NA August, but whatever. Small steps!
  • All the birthday books?

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)  Gone Wild  Player

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads and don’t forget to tell me which books you are planning on reading in August!!! 

July 2016 TBR

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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!

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. 

May 2016 TBR

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May is here! I had a splendid reading month during April, but I don’t want to aim too high this time around nonetheless. If I can top my personal best of 9 books, I’ll be happy, but I won’t push my luck. Here’s what I am aiming for:

  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
    Already started it and love the unconventional story-telling. However, I am scared that the hype got too me a little too much. We shall see!
  • Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
    The writing style of this one is so amazing and even though I am NOT a fan of WWII stories, fictional or otherwise, this one seems be on a good way to win over my heart.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    The movie is coming out in June, I think, so I have to read it beforehand. I am so afraid of my feels getting crushed, because I am 100% certain that that’s what’s going to happen. So, good thing I will be reading it with Cristina and probably also Cátia. They will have to endure my pain with me.
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
    Okay, this month I will read it for real! Marie and I have already talked about it, because this will be another one of our buddy reads. See, and I am making it easier for myself by not aiming to read the whole series, but rather just the first one.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
    I heard about the cliffhanger in book one and refused to touch it until the new one is out. I will read TWATD with Marie as well if our schedules work out and I am happy about that.
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    It feels like just yesterday that I read A Court of Thorns and Roses and I have such fond memories of it. For one, not a cruel cliffhanger at all! That’s so rare these days. Can’t wait to see how it continues nonetheless, which is just another solid proof that cliffhangers are NOT in fact necessary to keep the reader’s interest.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
    As you know by now, I adore Morgan Matson! There was no way around me wanting to read the book as soon as it comes out. I pre-ordered it, so hopefully it will be here within the next one or two weeks!
  • Claire by Abigail Strom
    I don’t read much NA, but I really did enjoy Rikki (except for that one tiny detail with Sam …) and therefore I was so happy when the author contacted me and asked whether I wanted to read the second installment in the Hart University series. I am all in!

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)   Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)   Me Before You   Splintered (Splintered, #1)   The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)   The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)   A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)   The Unexpected Everything   Claire (Hart University, #2)

So, you can get to the Goodreads-pages by clicking on the covers. I actually have more books than the ones listed at my disposal, so in the unlikely even that I will tear through all of them before May is over, I have even more to read. If something caught your eye and you might want to buddy read (very unofficial and uncoordinated) then just let me know! What are you reading this month?