November 2015 Wrap-Up & December TBR

NovemberWU

Another month has come to a close and what a busy month it has been! I really didn’t have a very ambitious TBR for November at all, but somehow I didn’t even mange to finish that. Either way, here’s what I’ve read during November:

  • How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
    I have to say that this book was a bit of a disappointment and actually very predictable. Also, I wasn’t a fan of the depiction of body image issues, especially not with the cover as it can be confusing (depending on whether that girl is supposed to be the MC or not).
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
    Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. I think that is not really news to anyone out there, but it is once again my verdict!
  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
    I got to page 7 … I don’t really think that counts.

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As always, click on the titles above to get to the reviews and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

InOtherNews

I feel like SO much has happened during the past month. I worked at the first ever Vienna Comic Con and it was simply a lot of fun! I got to meet great people and will hopefully stay in contact with many of them. Also, it triggered my urge to draw again, which I definitely consider a good thing as well. I haven’t done that in months!

Another thing I am quite proud of is that I participated in NaNoWriMo again! I find that it is also a thing that brings people closer together, whether it be at the local write-ins or in the virtual world. It surely bonds people together to turn mad at the same time! I didn’t write 50K, but I managed to do half of that and I am really happy with the result.
Also, in case I haven’t said it enough THANK YOU ❤ for all the positive feedback you’ve given me on Dreamer. It is one heck of a scary thing to share your writing, especially when it’s still very raw and not edited all that much, but you were all great. Because I will stop sharing chapters on the blog itself, the offer still stands that I’ll send you a pdf file of the story if you want to continue reading it. (Just contact me via some way listed on the Contact Page!)

Lastly, another THANK YOU is in order, because our little community her on Life and Other Disasters continues to grow. It feels just like yesterday that I had my first follower, yet this month I got to post that there are currently more than 300 people following the blog. You cannot imagine how humble and grateful I am for that! You are the best!

DecTBR

So, I am once again not attempting anything crazy here. I’ll be working at my favourite bookstore chain this month, wrapping the presents for other people. This will take right up until the 24th, which is Christmas here in Austria. I am therefore not sure how much time I really have to read. But I am once again striving for at least 3 or 4 books!

  • This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
    I don’t think I need to explain this again … It was after all on my TBR last month.
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
    This is my 11th Sparks book to be put on my bookshelf. I am often still surprised that I never get tired of his stories, but they simply work for me! The movie will come out next week and I like to read the books with enough time ahead of the movie release to make sure it’s not too fresh in my mind when I see the film. (Watch the Trailer here!)
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
    Cliques, prejudices … it just seems like a nice High School kind of story. I got approved for the eArc and that’s that.
  • Reborn City by Rami Ungar
    I am a little anxious to read this book to be honest. I consider Rami to be one of my friends and I hate reviewing the work of friends, just HATE IT! But I know that he is great at what he does and I think that I might actually get a lot more reading done this month than I did in November, so I don’t want to keep him waiting forever.

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Vienna Comic Con 2015

Some of you may have wondered what I have been doing the past weekend since I’ve been noticeably absent from the blogging realm. Well, I was at the first ever Vienna Comic Con! I originally was scheduled to work on both days, but due to some changes, I only worked Saturday and had the whole day to roam free on Sunday.

I loved the whole experience, especially since I got to see both sides. The first day wasn’t exactly stressful, but definitely a lot busier than Sunday. I met a ton of interesting people and had fun with the rest of the crew members. The second day was great because I got to roam through the Comic Con myself though, and with my Crew badge, I even got access to all areas. I’m surprised that I came out of the venue with more money than I spent, having really restricted myself since I only made one purchase. It’s extremely difficult to sum it all up, so I’ll try to pinpoint my personal highlights:

  • Cosplayers: I put some pictures above, but there were so many more costumes I didn’t catch on film! Surprisingly (at least to me) there were a lot of One Piece cosplayers. Other fandoms included (but weren’t restricted to) 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Assassins Creed, Transformers, pretty much all the Marvel and DC superheroes and villains (a lot of Jokers and Harley Quinns in particular), Simpsons, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and many more. It’s really impressing seeing all those costumes in real life. I can’t imagine how much work was put into them, but they were all happy to pose for pictures when asked and they got asked a lot. Someone even stopped me because they wanted to take a photo of my TARDIS tote bag that I got back in the day at the Doctor Who Experience. Another girl thought I was dressed as Clara, which I loved, because I adore her style of clothing.
  • The entertainment and artist guests: Considering that it was the first ever VIECC, they really got a great assortment of guests. I didn’t take a picture or got an autograph from any of the entertainment guests, which included names such as Natalia Tena, Giancarlo Esposito, Finn Jones, Neve McIntosh and William Houston. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t get to meet them at all. It was only briefly, but they were all nice and really fun. I even got to shake Esposito’s hand, so I am cool.
    I strolled down the artist alley a couple of times, definitely wanting to buy something from there. I found the table of Rahsan Ekedal, a Californian artist who currently lives in Berlin, and I simply loved his style. If you look at the pictures above, you can see the print and the sketch that I bought from him. He even signed them both and took a picture with me. A friend from the crew and I spent so much time at his stand, talking with his wife and himself. I am so glad I got to meet them and that I now have something memorable to put on the empty walls in my room.
  • All the people: I think it has become obvious from the two previous points above, I mostly loved getting to know everyone. That should in no way mean that the exhibitor booths weren’t great, because they were! You could pose on the Iron Throne of Game of Thrones, take pictures with Deadpool or a Storm Trooper or you could by yourself a BB-8 at another booth. They had almost all the merchandise you could ask for, but in the end it’s the people you talk to and connect with that stay in your mind. I still know that there was an incredibly nice guy dressed as John Constantine who was so enthusiastic about meeting LeeAnna Vamp. Another dude cosplaying as the 10th Doctor soniced me and told me that I wasn’t his TARDIS and it was hilarious. Also, some of the best people were definitely the guys and girls who were my fellow crew members.

I loved getting to geek out with everyone and I hope it somewhat came across in this post. The Comic Con will return next year (Nov 19-20) and I hope I’ll be able to work there and visit it again. Do you have any experiences with Comic Cons? Were you by any chance at the one in Vienna? What is your take on it?