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?

February 2017 TBR

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Soooo, you might have noticed that my blog is looking slightly different? Also, it finally has the domain it deserves – lifeandotherdisasters.com! All of these things felt long overdue and with me finally reaching 1,100 followers, I just thought, why not?

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I didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, but just assure you that all old links still work and will just refer to the new domain now. I am really excited to have taken this step and make this whole blogging experience even more real. But now on to the important part of this post – the books!

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    This is the month! I am sure of it! (How often have I said that now?)
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    It’s about time I finally read this book. But WHY do they only ever release the US paperback one year after the release of the HC?
  • A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
    I am going to read this with Cátia, Marie and maybe even Cristina (fingers crossed she catches up in time) and this will be so much fun! I can’t wait to see how this story plays out. There better not happen anything bad to my bae Theo.
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    This is part of my “Kat reads more non-fiction” program and I will be buddy reading that with Cátia as well!
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
    I am SO excited for this! It has a main character called Tea! TEA!!!!

Click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads!

Heartless Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) Scrappy Little Nobody The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

What are you reading this month? Have you already read any of my picks?

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!

October 2016 TBR

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I mostly stick to my TBRs when I can, but there are times when I simply do not know which books to choose, because I want to read EVERYTHING so bad. Since I am really terrible at making decisions, I am just going to list some books here that I want to read, but I have no idea if I will have the time with work and writing and researching to actually do so.

  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
    This month I am going to read it for real, together with my good friend Cátia.
  • Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
    The book was featured in the September Fairyloot box and is a new take on Russian folklore. It includes the myth of Baba Yaga, so I am already immensely excited to read it.
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    This one will be in my OwlCrate box, which I know because I have no self restraint. NONE!
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
    Ever since I’ve seen the cover, I’ve just been in love. I want to read this one so bad!
  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin
    There is no way I would pass up an opportunity to read the sequel to one of my favourite reads from this year.
  • Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
    Time to jump on the bandwagon I guess? I haven’t even read the Grisha books, but I will try and see if I can do without them.
  • The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
    I have not read the best of reviews for that one, so I am not very eager to read it. However, it’s an arc and I will get through it, hopefully before the release date … I will most likely be reading this with Cátia and Cristina as well.

As always, click on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

It Ends with Us   Vassa in the Night   Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)   A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)   Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)   Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)   

My month is packed with almost exclusively Fantasy and I am quite happy about that, since it’s one of my favourite genres ever! What are you reading this month?