BookTube-A-Thon 2017: My Experience And Wrap Up

booktubeaton experience wrap upBookTube-A-Thon 2017 officially ended on Sunday night which also marked the end of my very first readathon ever! I was really excited to take part in this and experience a readathon for myself, but unfortunately, I wasn’t really in the biggest reading mood all week which definitely influenced my experience quite a bit, but I will talk a bit more about it in a second!

I want to start this post off by saying how much I loved watching others share their BookTube-A-Thon experiences in tweets and vlogs! I also quickly realized that the people that I do follow took this so much more serious than me? They were trying really hard to complete all the challenges and read as many books as possible. I was kind of hoping their enthusiasm would rub off on me and I would be motivated to read more too, but that didn’t really happen. But still, I’m really glad that I decided to join in and get my feet wet as far as readathons go and from what I have seen around the blogosphere, there are more happening in the future too.

Some of you may have seen me tweet about leaving for a weekend to visit family the weekend of the 21st this past month and I think that might have influenced my reading mood in the end quite a bit. We left on Friday around 1 PM and got back home on Sunday around 4 PM (I think) and the majority of that time was literally spent sitting in a car and I was tired as hell once I got back home. I think I slept a good deal of Monday and didn’t really start reading until late that day.

It took me almost the entire week to actually finish one of my books because I just couldn’t get into it for the longest time. Nothing really happened and I hate those kinds of books more than anything. And since I really wanted to avoid a reading slump from happening, I decided to just go for an audiobook instead and I absolutely flew through it! I think it took me less than a day to listen to it and I am really glad that I decided to start a second book because I’m pretty sure I would’ve just given up on reading any further otherwise! 

On Sunday, I finally finished the first book and then went straight into the next one, hoping to take some of that momentum and use it to finish another book – unfortunately, once I finished the first part of the book I took a break to make myself dinner and just couldn’t get back into reading after. But that’s fine! Because I still started reading another book and I really enjoyed what I had read up until that point!

Books I Read


the scorpio racesThe first challenge this year was to read a book with a person on the cover and I had decided to go with The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which was the first book I started and the book I finished Sunday afternoon because it took me ages to actually get through it! I did really enjoy Maggie’s writing and the story overall was really great too, but it just took so long to get to the point? Which was definitely my biggest problem with this book. But, I am still very happy that I finally read this book. I ended up giving it a 3/5 star rating! 

The second challenge this year was to read a hyped book – I hadn’t chosen a particular book for this challenge when I did to all the boys ive loved beforemy TBR and I didn’t think I would complete this challenge (though I feel like The Scorpio Races would fit this challenge too, actually) but then I realized that I needed to read something light and fluffy because I wasn’t enjoying my current read so I decided to go for the audiobook of To All The Boy I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han which I completed in about a day, I think. This is definitely a hyped book too, especially with the release of the most recent book in this trilogy! And since we’ve been getting casting news for the movie these past few weeks, the book has definitely been talked about a lot! I really loved the audiobook and ended up giving this a 3.5/5 star rating!

down among the sticks and bonesChallenge number three was to read a book in a day and I had chosen to go with Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire for this one. After I finally finished The Scorpio Races I had actually planned on continuing with this book and read it for the remainder of the day – and finish it. Which would’ve definitely been possible as it was still early in the afternoon. But I had to make dinner in the middle of reading it and I wasn’t feeling like reading anymore after. But I still read about 30% of the book which I really happy with and definitely counting towards my total for the week!

I won’t talk about any of the other challenges as I didn’t complete them, but if you’re interested in them you should check out my post I made earlier this month! Maybe you’re looking for little reading challenges to set yourself for the upcoming month. 🙂


Originally, I had planned on keeping track of the amount of hours I would be reading through out the week but then I kind of forgot all about it when I picked TSR back up again on Sunday or when I was reading DATSAB which sucked a little bit. But I had read a total of 10.5 hours before that, which I’m really happy with. Something I did realize this week is that I apparently am a rather slow reader? The first time I tracked my time, it had taken me a total of 47 minutes to read 38 pages! I had no idea I read this slowly.

Overall, I read 2.33 books, about 800 pages and read for more than 10.5 hours! I would say that is an acceptable amount for my first ever readathon especially since I didn’t feel like reading a majority of the time!


Did any of you guys participate in this year’s BookTube-A-Thon? If so, how did you do? Are you happy with what you’ve read? Let’s talk in the comments below!


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Wrap Up: July 2017

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You guys, I have no idea what is going on but July is officially the third great reading month for me? And I am not going to include the books I read during the booktube-a-thon in this post, as I have a separate one going up next week all about my experience and what I read. But before I ramble on too much and this post gets way too long – I even had to take out my book haul for this month because I kind of went a bit overboard and bought too many books – let’s jump into the six books I read before the booktube-a-thon started the last full week of July!


Books I Read


the nearest faraway placeThe Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long

I was approved for an eARC of The Nearest Faraway Place pretty last minute (aka about two weeks before the release date) so I was just a little bit stressed about getting to it, but luckily I finished this book really quickly! This ended up being such a nice start into my July reading month – I couldn’t be happier that this book started things off for me! I did write a review for this on the blog, so please click here to check it out and if it sounds interesting to you, make sure you get it too! Show the author some support!


every heart a doorwayEvery Heart A Doorway By Seanan McGuire

Every Heart A Doorway was my second read this month and a really quick one too since the book comes in at just under 170 pages! While I did enjoy this story, I really wanted to explore all of the different worlds the characters had traveled to before ending up at the school! But I am still very interested in reading Down Among The Sticks And Bones (which is a prequel) and I hope that we’ll get to experience at least one of the fantasy worlds in that book! You guys can check out my review on Goodreads where I talked a little bit more about my feelings regarding this book!


simon vs the homo sapiens agendaSimon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Some of you guys might know that I read Becky’s The Upside Of Unrequited earlier this year and that I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to, which originally lead to me not being interested in any of Becky’s other works. But then I decided to give Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda a try on Audible and I fell absolutely in love with this book! I quickly found myself unable to stop reading the story! I had developed this need to know immediately who Blue would turn out to be (even though I had somewhat spoiled myself unknowingly) and the payoff was so worth the night of no sleep! And now that I’ve finished this? I am definitely open to reading more of Becky’s books in the future and I’m actually excited about her book revolving around Leah! I did review this book on Goodreads, so please click here to check it out!


when dimple met rishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The beginning of July was definitely rather heavy on contemporary books as I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi on Audible once I finished Simon! After hearing so much about this book earlier in the year I was definitely super excited to finally get started on this and I was not disappointed! I really loved Dimple and Rishi as characters and seeing their opposite personalities come face to face was really fun! As with Simon, I pretty much finished this book in one day because I just couldn’t stop listening to it! I was absolutely hooked and so in love with all of the rom-com elements, this story threw at me! And the Bollywood references! I used to love watching Bollywood movies so it was definitely great to see them in this story too! I also reviewed this book on Goodreads, so please check that one out here!


 

the gentlemans guide to vice and virtueThe Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

To be quite honest, I shouldn’t even have picked up The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue because I have actual ARC copies waiting to be read but I just didn’t feel like picking them up and instead wanted to read something I chose. I’ve seen this book pretty much everywhere since it was released and wanted to know what the hype was all about, so I randomly picked it up and read it. To be honest with you guys, I was a bit disappointed by it though. This book started out so great and I really loved reading it and Monty was just hilarious but the closer I got to the end the less I seemed to enjoy it? And I still don’t really know why? I did try and make sense of it in my review on Goodreads but I didn’t get too far there either. Maybe time will tell! But I’m still really glad I read this book!


eliza and her monstersEliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Eliza And Her Monsters was such a spur of the moment decision to read and I am really, really glad that it happened! I wasn’t feeling like watching Netflix or YouTube, writing blog posts or do anything else really, so I figured I would see if I was in the mood to read. Turns out, I was absolutely in the mood to read and I didn’t stop until I had finished at 1:30 AM! I really loved the writing, I was a big fan of the art work that is included in this book, fandom was portrayed so, so well in this, internet friendships were done so right and explained so well to the reader and lastly, I really liked the journey Eliza went on throughout this story. This was definitely 7 hours very well spent and I would absolutely suggest you pick this book up – especially if you love fandom and the internet in general! Please, if you think about picking this book up, be aware that suicide is brought up multiple times in this book – both in the past and present. 

As with a couple of other books this month, I reviewed Eliza And Her Monsters on Goodreads, which you can check out here!


What I Posted


July was another really fun blogging month and I want to share some of my favorite posts with you guys in case you haven’t seen them yet!


What was you guys’ July like? Did you read some books you just couldn’t get enough of? Did you read books you just wanted to throw across the room – for whatever reason?

What were some of you guys’ favorite posts you’ve written this month? Share them in the comments below – I feel like I missed out on quite a few this month!


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New Releases: August 2017

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Can you guys believe that we’re already talking about August releases??? We’re more than halfway through 2017 already and I have no idea where all that time went? Seriously, the older you get the faster time seems to be moving along!

August also marks the release of one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017 and the start of some ridiculously exciting releases yet to come (I swear, my September and October releases posts will be HUGE) and I’m already trying to figure out how I’m going to read all the books while also making sure to eat, sleep and spend time with the people I love. But it’s gonna be difficult.

But enough chit-chat, let’s get into what you guys are all here for: the upcoming releases!

Release Date: 1st August


the listThe List by Patricia Forde

I first saw the cover of The List on NetGalley and was immediately drawn in and had to check out what this book was all about. The List is a Dystopian Middle-Grade novel about a world where speech is constricted to 500 words and only the Wordsmith and his apprentice Letta are excluded from these restrictions. When the Wordsmith dies and Letta has to fill his shoes, she realizes there is a plan in play to suppress language and rob the citizens of their power of speech. 

This is such an interesting premise and I honestly can’t wait to read this book – hopefully, sooner rather than later! There is another book on this month’s list with a similar premise – apparently, that really intrigued me this month!

Release Date: 8th August


little & lionLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Little & Lion tells the story of Suzette, a girl who just got home from boarding school and her step-brother Lionel who has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As Suzette settles into her old life she quickly finds herself falling for the same girl that her brother has a crush on. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette has to face her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself.

I haven’t really hurt too much about this book so far, but when I first saw it on NetGalley I was definitely interested so I added it to my Goodreads shelf for August releases. I’m definitely curious to see how this story plays out!

Release Date: 22nd August


wings unseenWings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

To be honest with you guys, I have no idea how to summarize the plot of Wings Unseen? There’s political intrigue, magic and people being forced to work together to save the world from an unknown danger. I got this off NetGalley’s Read Now section, hoping to read it before the release but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet – but I’m hoping on reading and reviewing it before it’s release to give you guys more of an idea what this is all about! 

Release Date: 29th August


wonder womanWonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like everyone in the book community has probably already heard about Wonder Woman: Warbringer a million times and might even be sick and tired of hearing about it, but guess what? You’ll have to hear about it on my blog too! I love Leigh Bardugo and will read pretty much anything she releases and with the recent release of the Wonder Woman movie and all the hype surrounding it, my excitement for this book just went through the god damn roof! I can’t wait to see how Leigh writes Diana’s story and she once again features a bigger girl in her cast of characters and I am freaking excited and ready to read all about Nim and the rest of Diana’s crew!

mask of shadowsMask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask Of Shadows features a genderfluid main character, Sal, who is a thief and one day steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand – a group of assassins. Sal’s previous experience hasn’t prepared them for the audition but as Sal succeeds in these trials, they realize that they want a different kind of life which they can only get close to by staying alive.

This book is marketed towards fans of both Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo and with the synopsis of Mask Of Shadows I can definitely see the references to SJM books, so I’m definitely interested in checking this out! I wish I was accepted for this eARC so I could’ve read it early! 😦

all rights reservedAll Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

Remember how I said there was a second book on this month’s list with a similar premise to The List? Well, All Rights Reserved is that book! I’m just going to include a short description from Goodreads here to let you guys know what this is all about:

In a world where every word and gesture is copyrighted, patented or trademarked, one girl elects to remain silent rather than pay to speak, and her defiant and unexpected silence threatens to unravel the very fabric of society.

The synopsis for this book sounds so freaking interesting and the idea of defying everything your world is built upon by staying silent is so intriguing. I need this book as soon as possible. Why do I have to wait so much longer for this???


How about you guys? What are some of your upcoming August releases that you’re really excited about? Are some of these books on your lists too? Or have you had the chance to read any of them early and can share thoughts? The comment section is awaiting you guys! 😉


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Wrap Up: June 2017

wrap up juneI am honestly so surprised that I’ve had two great reading months back to back as that hasn’t happened yet this year! But I’m so excited that I’m reading a lot and more importantly: enjoying most of the books I read! As I sit down to start writing this post, I have finished a total of six books make that seven! (including a book I finished on the last day of May but was too lazy to add to that month’s wrap up) and I definitely plan on reading at least another book before the month is over! Let’s get into this wrap-up!


Books I Read


and i darkenAnd I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Let’s start this wrap-up off with the book I officially finished on May 31st but was too lazy to include in last month’s wrap-up (which was already really long anyways): And I Darken! I was listening to this via Audible and I have to say, I was positively surprised by this! I didn’t really know what to expect going into it as I hadn’t really looked into this book before requesting an ARC of the sequel, but I’m so glad I got accepted and got the chance to read this series because of it!

now i riseOnce I finished reading And I Darken, I quickly moved on to Now I Rise and I have to say, I actually ended up enjoying the sequel even more than the first book? And I’ve kind of made it my mission to get people to read these books too! I know I was late to the party (and if I remember correctly, people did really hype this book when it first came out last year!) but at least I finally got there and got to witness the awesomeness, right?

I also took the opportunity to write a bit of a different review after I really enjoyed writing out reasons as to why people should read the ACOTAR trilogy and did the same thing for The Conqueror’s Saga which you can find right here (there are no spoilers, so you’re good to go)!


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If you’ve been reading our blog for a little while, you probably know that I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I finally read Lord Of Shadows this month!

I was really hoping I would get to chance to read it closer to its official release date, but I had to read and review Now I Rise first as the publisher asked for the review to be posted about two weeks before the official release, so Lord Of Shadows got pushed back a little bit. But the wait was most definitely worth it and I can’t believe Cassandra Clare would do her fans so dirty with that cliffhanger of an ending and then have us wait two years for the final book in the trilogy! You just don’t do that, Cassie. You don’t.

And I can’t believe I complained about Sarah J Maas not going there with ACOWAR and then when Cassie does go there? I complain about it too, because how dare she?! I’m funny like that. But yes, definitely a great book and so worth the read! I actually shared my thoughts in a review too and also talked a bit about why you should read all of Cassandra Clare’s previous works before you start reading The Dark Artifices!


words on bathroom wallsWords On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

Words On Bathroom Walls was another ARC I got accepted for and finally read this month and I honestly couldn’t find anything to like about this book? I wasn’t a fan of how the character (who is schizophrenic) kept referring to himself as crazy, the character’s view on other people with mental health issues or someone else’s relationship with sex. I did talk a bit more in depth about all my feelings in my review so you can check that out for more of my thoughts as I really don’t want to talk about this book any longer.


the carrie diariesThe Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

After I finished reading Words On Bathroom Walls and ended up not liking it at all, I figured I needed to read something that I would enjoy to make sure I don’t fall into some sort of reading slump and The Carrie Diaries was supposed to be that book. Well, turns out it wasn’t. I ended up enjoying it about as much as WOBW – though for different reasons. I remember really enjoying the CW show of the same name and figured it would be fun to dive back into this world and get to follow young Carrie Bradshaw but it just wasn’t my type of book. I didn’t like the characters, the relationships or the writing. This is definitely going to be my first and last Candace Bushnell book!


7171637Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

I think at this point I was almost desperate to read a book I would love and so I decided to go back to something I know I love: Clockwork Angel, book one in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy! And I definitely enjoyed it – not as much as I did the first two times I read it, but still very much! I was definitely a bit tired of the world building after being thrust right into the story with the first two books in The Dark Artifices that I also read this year, but other than that, I loved getting to revisit all these characters and their stories! Even though I didn’t review this book on my blog (and don’t plan on doing it in the future, to be honest), I did write a review for it during my first re-read a couple of years ago and you can find it on my Goodreads page! I can’t wait to continue my re-read of this trilogy soon!

love and gelatoLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato is the last book I finished in the month of June and unfortunately, I finished the month off on a rather bad note, so I’m definitely hoping to at least start something else that I am going to enjoy more! I got really excited when I saw that HarperCollins Germany offered eARCs of this in time for its release here in Germany and I jumped on the chance to read this book – ended up being disappointed by it. I talk more about it in an upcoming review and before that in a bit of a rant. That’s one great thing this book gave me: inspiration for an extra post! Thanks, book!


Books I Bought/Got


After going a bit overboard with my spending on books last month, I definitely had to take it a bit slower for the month of June and I only ended up getting two books, one of which was a physical copy of an audiobook I had listened to before!

and i darkenAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

As you’ve already read in my reading wrap up, I finished the audiobook for And I Darken at the end of May and I ended up loving the story so much that I really, really wanted a physical copy of this book to put on my shelves and hopefully re-read in the future too! I once again ordered this book as a used copy and I was really happy with the quality too! I can’t wait to add Now I Rise to my collection too, probably next month or so.

When I finished my order for And I Darken I had to decide between paying 1€ for shipping (which really isn’t much at all) or finding another book I really wanted and get my total over 10€ and you’ll never believe the deal I managed to get for the next book. 


the scorpio racesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My copy of And I Darken ended up being around 7€ (for a paperback) and so I had about 3€ left to get over 10€ for free shipping and as I was looking through a bunch of YA hardcovers, I stumbled upon The Scorpio Races. It was just over 3€ and I don’t think I’ve ever clicked ‘Add to basket’ as quickly as I did when I found it! Just over 3€ for a hardcover? In great condition? Yes, please! And the book really was in great condition once I saw it! I can’t wait to read this (hopefully in the next couple of months) and find out if I enjoy Maggie’s writing outside of her The Raven Cycle quartet! I sure hope so, as I’m really excited for her next release later this year! Have any of you guys read this book and can tell me some of your thoughts? 


die schule der nachtThe Oxford Inheritance by A. A. McDonald

I’ve recently been watching a couple of German booktubers because I was interested in seeing how things worked for them and what kind of books were being published here in Germany and The Oxford Inheritance kept popping up and that cover really drew me in! I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but I recently joined Random House Germany’s program for bloggers and they had this book up as a book you could request to review, so I went for it – not realizing that it’s not Young Adult. Oops But I’m still interested in reading it and can’t wait to get to it. Also, can we just talk about how they sent me an actual hardcover edition of this book? I was speechless.


What I Posted


Before I get into some of my favorite posts of this past month, I just want to take the opportunity to thank Kourtni, Dani, Christine and Reg for shouting out our blog in the past few weeks and linking to some of our previous posts! It was really appreciated! Thank you, once more!

I recently participated in Mikaela’s Big Blogger, Little Blogger Project and introduced you guys to my little blogger Christine this month. We did a fun Q&A and Christine shared a guest post all about critical reading and why we should all be doing it! You guys seemed to really enjoy it – it is the most popular post this month!


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June Wrap Up

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Hello, Everyone! I hope you’re all doing well!

This is a rather short June Wrap Up because – Hello reading slump! I didn’t miss you. You know how it is, right? I do have two wonderful books to talks about with you guys that I really really loved.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

30653853Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is.

This book was so heartwarming and fluffy! After having read quite a bit of fantasy beforehand, I needed something that is fun and quick to read, which is exactly what I got when reading it. Molly is such a wonderful character and I related to her so much, too.

Becky has such a great way of writing these kinds of lighthearted stories with characters you can’t help but love. I’m definitely on board on reading Simon vs. once I get out of this reading slump.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake.

 

 

Victoria definitely got me sold for her writing with this one. The way she writes her stories is so intricate and kind of almost addictive to read. I love the kind of books that are so good that I can’t put them down. TSS really dived into the theme of good vs evil and what really makes someone a monster and where that thin line can really be drawn.

After I had finished it, I immediately ordered the next book which happened to arrive a bit later than I anticipated but I only got a few pages in before I kinda didn’t feel like reading for a while. I’m hoping to get back into it soon. When it comes to reading there’s always these phases I get into where either I’m reading constantly or not at all.

*Note: No book haul this month except “Our Dark Duet” which is the next book after TSS.

What I posted:

  • 5 Tropes that I want to see more of in YA is a post I really enjoyed writing and it kind of made me think more about the things I value in a book rather than just reading it without thinking about it critically too.
  • The Your Favorite Music Tag: Books & Music! was such a fun tag to do! Your responses really made happy and gave me even more enthusiasm to participate in even more posts like this one.
  • Last but not least, I brought back the Down the TBR hole posts! Down the TBR hole #14 / Again, I’m sorry for the lack of these. However, I’m more excited than ever to be back.

Let me know your favorite book you have read this month?

I wish you all a great weekend!


 

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New Releases: July 2017

july 2017 releasesWe are very quickly approaching the end of June (how did that even happen? seriously, this year is flying by!) and I figured it’s about time I share with you guys some July releases that I think you should all check out! As I put this list together I quickly realized that there is a bit of a theme going on here – can you guys guess it?


Release Date: 11th July


ash and quillAsh And Quill by Rachel Caine

Up first on my list we have the third book in Rachel Caine’s The Great Library series but since I’m not caught up with this series (or have started, for that matter) and don’t want to spoil myself (or anyone else who hasn’t read/caught up with this series), I am going to give you guys a quick idea of what the first book Ink And Bone is all about, alright?

This series is set in a world where The Great Library of Alexandria survived the test of time and now delivers knowledge to the people of major cities instantly – but the ownership of books is forbidden. Our main character, Jess, is part of a family who is involved in the black market for books while also training to become part of the Great Library as a spy for his family. One day, his friend creates a device that could potentially change the world which creates all kinds of problems for everyone involved.

Honestly, this sounds like such a fun concept and after reading The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White, I hope that I’ll enjoy this series too. It’s not the same story, but the historic elements definitely make me very curious!


Release Date: 13th July


Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

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We were just talking about books for the previous release and guess what this one is about! Books! Or more precisely, Words In Deep Blue is about a second-hand bookshop that has a Letter Library where people can leave letters for people they love, want to love or for strangers. 

Our main character Rachel left a love letter to her best friend Henry in his favorite book before she left town and waited for him to write her back – which he never does. After her brother drowns, Rachel returns to her old town and starts working at the bookshop with Henry even though she would rather not see him again.

Words In Deep Blue sounds like a really interesting story and I did enjoy a different book I read by Cath Crowley (Graffiti Moon) so I’m definitely excited to read more of her work! And as I was checking Goodreads, there are two different release dates for this book as well as two different synopsis, which is rather weird. I’ll have the second one linked in the title of this paragraph!


Release Date: 18th July


the library of fatesThe Library Of Fates by Aditi Khorana

I honestly have no idea how to summarize what The Library Of Fates is about even though the synopsis seems easy enough? Does that ever happen to you guys? Some books you can sum up easily and things still make sense but other books you just can’t? This is a case of the latter. But let me try and if I confuse, please click the link for the Goodreads page!

The Emperor shows up in our main character Princess Amrita’s hometown even though he’s never shown interest before. To keep things civil, Amrita offers to become the Emperor’s bride and ends up as living as a fugitive and alone except for an oracle named Thala who managed to escape the palace when it was under siege. Together they try to find the Library Of Fates to reverse their own fates and go back to a time before the Emperor ever entered their lives.

I think that’s the gist of it – though I might have read things wrong or not understood them entirely, we’ll see once I get around to this book. But it definitely sounds interesting and I’m intrigued to see if the main characters actually go through with changing their fates if/when they find this Libary or if things turn out differently!


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwellthe last magician

The Last Magician already has me excited because it’s set in New York – how often have I mentioned that setting being a selling point by now? Or you sick of hearing me say it yet? But anyways, this version of New York has barely any magic left and the few people who still have magic are in hiding. A magic barrier called the Brink traps people in Manhatten and trying to flee results in a loss of one’s magic – or life.

Esta, a talented thief with the ability to manipulate time, sets out on journeys through time stealing magical objects before the Magician knows that she’s stealing them. All of Esta’s traveling and training leads her to her biggest mission: steal a book that contains the secrets of the Order and the Brink before the Magician can destroy it and doom every person with magic.

I’ve actually been looking forward to this book since I saw it on NetGalley a couple of months ago, but unfortunately, my request got declined so I’ll have to wait until the official release to be able to read this book! It definitely sounds really exciting and I can’t wait to read about time travel and the adventures Esta is going to get herself into!


Release Date: 25th July


daughter of the burning city2Daughter Of The Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter Of The Burning City first came to my attention once people started sharing their BEA/BookCon hauls and a few of them included this book in their hauls. I probably wouldn’t have clicked on this book if I had just seen this particular cover (the UK paperback, on the other hand, is stunning), but after hearing people talk about this, I definitely had to add it to my TBR! 

We follow our main character, Sorina, an illusionist (and the first to be born in hundreds of years) inside the Gomorrah Festival. Sorina has the ability to create live-like illusions who all come with their own personalities and can felt and touched by others – by they aren’t alive. Or at least that’s what Sorina always thought. Until one day one of her illusions get killed and Sorina sets off on a mission to find out who is out to kill her illusions.

I feel like ever since I read Caraval by Stephanie Garber I am more intrigued by stories set in a circus-like environment and that aspect is definitely another factor as to why I added this to my TBR! How do you guys feel about stories set in circuses? 


There we have it, five releases I am excited about for the month of July! Are any of them on you guys’ radar? Or were you able to read any of them early and can share your thoughts? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


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Wrap Up: May 2017

may wrap upAfter I had apparently gotten myself into a bit of a reading slump in April, I am happy to report that May was a much better reading month for me and I read some really great books, bought way too many books (my bank account is so angry with me!) and wrote a couple of really great blog posts! So let’s wrap May up, shall we?

What I Read

A Court Of Thorns And Roses Trilogy by Sarah J. Maas

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I had planned to re-read both A Court Of Thorns And Roses and A Court Of Mist And Fury in time for the release of the final book A Court Of Wings And Ruin (are you tired of reading those titles yet?) and unfortunately I didn’t get to it in April and instead ended up reading the rest of ACOTAR and all of ACOMAF the first week of May while I waited for my pre-order to arrive from the UK! I have to say, ACOWAR, unfortunately, did disappoint me quite a bit and it definitely doesn’t compare to ACOMAF in my opinion. 

I feel like even though the story should have such high stakes for most of the characters there weren’t any real consequences and that really bothered me. I want to be impacted by the things that happen. I want to throw my book across the room because I can’t believe an author would do something to me. I had none of that with ACOWAR. Maybe I’ll change my opinion if/when I re-read this book at some point down the line – who knows.

But, even though I was disappointed by ACOWAR I still think the trilogy as a whole is still really good and ACOMAF is just a gift in my opinion! I shared 5 Reasons Why You Should Read The ACOTAR Trilogy on the blog instead of doing individual reviews as I haven’t felt like writing reviews lately. So, if you’re in need of some convincing, check ou that post!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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I feel like my theme for the month of May was ‘Re-read All The Books!’ and I’m not complaining at all. I loved every second of it but that also means that I didn’t read too many new-to-me stories which I would’ve also loved to do simultaneously (I am amazed that I was able to spell that word correctly on my first try – HOLY SHIT.). But anyways, let’s get to Lady Midnight, book one in The Dark Artifices trilogy!

I loved this book the first time around and I am so happy to say that I still very much enjoyed it! This re-read also made me realize how easily I miss foreshadowing in books – even when it’s spelled out for me. I actually laughed out loud when I came across the most obvious bit of foreshadowing I’ve seen so far – and I had missed it entirely.

I haven’t done a review for this book either, but I plan on doing another post like I did for the ACOTAR series as it was so much fun to write and I feel like it’s a good alternative to my usual reviews! But I need to find the time to read Lord Of Shadows first. There are just review deadlines staring at me right now so I haven’t gotten to it yet! But hopefully soon!

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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I picked That Summer up on a really, really hot and sunny day because it felt like the perfect kind of weather to be reading this book! It’s also my first Sarah Dessen book and I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with this one. I ended up giving it 2,5 stars! But I have two more of her books already on my shelf and I’m definitely going to give them a chance too! The writing was really easy to follow and quick to read which I always appreciate and I feel like Sarah Dessen books are the perfect beach (or in my case: lake) reads and I can’t wait to get to more of them this summer!

What I Bought

I honestly have no idea what happened this month, but I ended up getting so many books? I am a bit worried because I didn’t even realize how many books I had gotten until I wrote down my list for this wrap-up! But. Most of the books I got were used copies or library copies, so they didn’t cost too much money – thank god! My bank account would’ve really suffered otherwise! But let’s get into the books I bought this month, shall we?

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A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas

This is the book that has been on so many book hauls I have seen this month and I am not even the least bit surprised! The hype and talk leading up to its release was great and being able to see everyone’s reactions to the book has been really fun too and definitely helped me narrow down what I didn’t enjoy about the books. Because I couldn’t point to what bothered me for quite a few days and then once I started watching book talks and reviews things started to make a lot more sense!

Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Up next on my list is Lord Of Shadows, book two in The Dark Artifices trilogy! After ACOWAR this was probably my second most anticipated release of the year (so far) and I was so angry when Amazon took ages to deliver my preorder! Had I gotten it on time I would’ve had enough time to read it before I had to get to my other reading! But no. I got my copy on Saturday and by then it was definitely too late to start it. 😦

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr

Towards the beginning of this month, I finally started to go out more often and just walk around where I live and on one of those mornings I ended up at the German equivalent of a Dollar Tree store and was looking through the books they had (because who doesn’t enjoy getting cheap books, right?) and I found one that sparked my interest: Once Was Lost. I hadn’t heard of the book before, but the synopsis sounded really interesting, so I picked it up! I can’t wait to get to it at some point this year!

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Thera by Zeruya Shalev & The Veil Of Illusion by Rebecca Ryman

I got both Thera and The Veil Of Illusion at a library sale I had found out about by chance during one of my outings and they were pretty much the only adult fiction novels that sounded interesting to me, so I had to pick them up! The Veil Of Illusion also happens to be part two of a series which I didn’t realize, so I don’t know if/when I will be able to get to this book. But the synopsis sounds like I might be able to read it anyways – so I’ll see!

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3 Books by Sarah Dessen, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell & Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

All of these books are actually used copies that I ordered off this website here in Germany that sells used books in various conditions and I’ll be sharing more about my experience ordering from that website next week so you guys can look forward to that! I got all five books for under 14€ and didn’t have to pay anything for shipping since my order was over 10€! That is a great deal if you ask me!

I got: That Summer, The Moon And More and Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen, The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell (I used to watch and really enjoy the CW show of the same name, so I had to get this one! It’s teenage!Carrie Bradshaw!) and Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys (I’m really intrigued by the New Orleans setting, to be honest! Ever since watching The Originals I kind of have a soft spot for the city! It also seems to have quite a bit of history attached to it, so I can’t wait to learn some in this book!)

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

The very last book I got this month is an audiobook of And I Darken! Audible emailed me towards the end of the month with a great promotional code for 3 months for 4,95€ each instead of the regular 9,99€ so I jumped at the opportunity – obviously! Who wouldn’t, right? I was trying to figure out what book to go for and then decided to go with And I Darken to help myself read this book faster so I can finally get to my ARC copy of Now I Rise. I didn’t know much about the story going into the audiobook but I have to say, I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ll talk more about it in either my June wrap up or a review – I haven’t decided yet.

What I Posted

I had so much fun including this bit in last month’s wrap-up that I decided to do it again for May! I feel like it’s a great way to look back at some of the posts you guys enjoyed reading and I loved writing and reminisce about the things that were on my mind during a particular month! Some of my favorite posts this month included:

  • Getting Out Of My Apartment For The Day – This was probably the most personal post I’ve published on the blog in months and it was really great to get to share a bit more about my struggles and to get you guys’ encouraging words and joy about me taking steps towards getting better! I really appreciated it a lot!
  • Struggling To Find My Blogging Voice – And since we’re already talking about more personal type of posts, I also shared my feelings about my struggle to find my blogging voice and asked you guys for some advice and you guys shared some great tips that I think are going to be really helpful for the future!
  • To Write In Your Books Or Not To Write In Your Books – I feel like this is also a rather personal decision for a lot of bookworms to make and hearing how you guys feel about writing in your books was really interesting! I still feel a bit of an urge to deface my copy of Lady Midnight at some point down the line. I think it might be a lot of fun!
  • 5 Reasons To Read The ACOTAR Trilogy – I didn’t really feel like writing reviews for each of the individual books in the trilogy and instead tried to convince you guys to read the trilogy by giving you five great reasons to do so! I hope I was able to convince some of you!
  • Re-Reading Books: 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing It – Since I was already trying to convince you guys to do things with my ACOTAR post, I figured I’d give you some motivation to re-read your favorite books more often!
  • Top 5 Most Owned Authors – It’s always so much fun to look at one’s shelves and just taking a look at all the authors that are featured on them. And sometimes you realize that some authors are featured a lot more often than others. I decided to share my top 5 with you guys this month!
  • 100 Followers – A Thank You – Sandra and I reached a hundred followers this month and we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you guys with a post! We honestly can’t believe how much support we’ve gotten from you guys and are still getting and how quickly this little blog of our’s has grown in just five months!

If you guys have made it to the very end of this post, THANK YOU FOR READING ALL OF THAT. Good lord, I really got into a rambly mood today and couldn’t stop talking? I am sorry.