While I do enjoy reading a good and satisfying standalone there is something about reading a gripping duology, trilogy or even a seven-books long series that standalones just don’t bring with them (if that makes any sense?). Sure, even long book series end eventually end but at least you can spend some more time with your favourite characters and/or in a really interesting and fascinating world which (in the best case) the author has managed to built in an amazing way and you find yourself binge-reading the whole series in one go. That’s the best case scenario.
Lately, I find myself more often following the worst case scenario i.e. starting with a really good book series, finishing the first book in a series and not continuing with the rest of the books because they aren’t out now
(which is less often the case), I prefer reading other books first or don’t own copies (or even worse: reading the whole series except for the final installment). But in most cases it’s probably neither of these reasons and just pure laziness. I really want to change that considering how many interesting book series I have started yet but not finished. So, to make myself a bit more aware of that I’ll present to you 5 book series that have high priority.
Long time no see! Happy New Year and Welcome Back to this (still existing) book blog! I have to admit that I haven’t been really active at all for the second half of 2019 due to the basic reasons but I am looking forward to finally post again and, more and more frequently. Yes, that’s supposed to be a promise! Seeing all of your 2019 wrap up posts, reading resolutions and, my personal favourite; “most anticipated releases”-posts made me really excited about 2020 not only generally but also readingwise and, as a reader, there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new year than talking about upcoming releases, right? So, I came up with the following list of 5 ya books I can’t wait to finally read. This list may be a bit different from other posts you have probably already seen since 1) I narrowed my anticipated releases down to 5, and 2) you won’t see ACOTAR 4, this new novella (is it even a novella?) which is part of The Hunger Games universe, and so on. Okay, okay, enough of all this announcement stuff and let’s see what we have here. Continue reading “My TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED Books of 2020! // + Happy New Year ‘2️⃣0️⃣!”
Hello everyone! Already irritated by the title of today’s post? It’s no wonder since I RARELY (i.e.
never??) join any readathons or reading challenges just because I am really moody reader who changes their monthly tbr’s multiple times (that is also the reason why you don’t see any tbr posts on this blog) and still doesn’t stick to it but this month I want to go out of my bookish comfort zone by joining a themed readathon hosted by Sage!
Princess-A-Thon runs from September 1st to September 30th and is all about (Disney) princesses. You can visit Sage’s original post with more info here. As soon as I saw all the challenges I knew I HAD to join.
In order to actually manage this readathon I decided to choose Team Faeri as my team so that I can make books count for 4 challenges. It was really hard to choose a team since they all have cool abilities and the design is amazing!! I also included some school reads which fit to the challenges I know I’ll have to read
and I want the credit points, haha + I used the same books a couple of times which is a bit boring but otherwise I know I wouldn’t be able to read that much.
I’ll update on my progress of the readathon either here or on my Goodreads account. Maybe, I’ll even write some kind of “wrap up” post but I’m not sure about that yet. Let me first show you my tbr though: Continue reading “My TBR for Princess-A-Thon 👸🏽”
Ahhh… I actually wanted to pick a quote as an intro for this post but I struggled deciding which one to use (“Do you trust me?” and literally every quote said by the genie are good ones). So, I’ll just explain today’s post instead; I have just seen Disney’s new adaption of Aladdin and thought about reads that have a similar setting or atmosphere as both of the Disney versions have. And, I want to say right at the beginning of this post that I’ve read none of these (but I want to!!) so this is kind of like a list of books you and we can look into to spice up our summer tbr’s! Some are Aladdin retellings, or 1001 Nights retellings, others aren’t but have a similar setting that might be what we’re looking for and what we might be able to associate with the “Aladdin-vibe” and atmosphere.
I somehow rarely participate in any reading challenges or book tags and to be honest, I don’t even have an excuse for it. So, today is going to be a different kind of post because I’m… *drum roll*… going to change that this year!!!
I already set up my own reading resolutions and goals for 2019 (Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️) and talked about my most anticpated releases of the year on this blog and to round things up I am joining the YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLNGE aka YARC hosted by Shelea (@Shut Up Shelea), Lily (@Sprinkles of Dreams), Vicky (@Vicky Who Reads) and CW(@The Quiet Pond) in order to:
- Read more diversely
- Participate in a Reading Challenge
The Challenge is about reading as many books written by Asian authors as possible throughout the whole year and that shouldn’t be that difficult considering all these releases coming out this year!! The bloggers included different levels depending on the amount of books you would like to read represented through cute little badges. I’m aiming for the very first level which is the Philippine tarsier since I’ve put my general reading goal down to 20 books. Therefore, it would be nice if 1-10 of the books are by Asian authors.
If you want to join the YARC as well you can sign up here and read the guidelines on any of the bloggers posts. I am really excited for this Reading Challenge and all the amazing books by Asian authors that are coming out this year. I’ll keep track of my reads through this blog post, my goodreads page and my bookstagram.
What I Read
2.) My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
3.) Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post called ‘My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙‘ and I really enjoyed researching things for it and writing it in general. But there is one book I am not just really looking forward to but thinking about every time an article about anticipated releases pops up on my feed. I am desperately waiting for it and it is probably THE BOOK I am most excited about in 2019. It is said to be released in November 2019 and I also read that it may have more than 500 pages!
Surprisingly, this book IS NOT part of that blog post. I didn’t even mention it. And, that’s not because I forgot about it the time I write the blog post but rather because I didn’t know that it is going to be published! I found out about it when I watched Hannah’s (A Clockwork Reader) YT video in where she talks about her own most anticipated book releases of 2019. I was just casually watching the video when Hannah started talking excitedly about a book by a familiar author I didn’t even know anything about let alone that it is going to exist. Okay, okay, I’ll put you out of your misery and tell what book I am actually talking about:
THE STARLESS SEA BY ERIN MORGENSTERN!!
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.
You may know Erin Morgenstern from her amazing standalone which was published in 2011; The Night Circus. I read The Night Circus in January 2017, own a beautiful copy of it and plan on re-reading it this year
now I can do it in anticipation of this release, hehe. It belongs to my all time favourite books, deserves a 5-star rating for sure and is a magical winter-read with an atmosphere I am looking for in books and a nice romance. I can recommend the book to every fantasy-fan and if you want to read some more thoughts about it you can find mine here. That being said, you can probably imagine that I have high expectations for Erin Morgenstern’s new book and I am sure that the author creates something beyond those. The sypnosis sounds fantastic and as someone who already knows Erin Morgenstern’s writing style I also know that readers just can’t get disappointed because of it. I hope we will find out more about it soon!
“When I started working on my new novel, I thought I was writing a book about books, but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories. Stories and choices and change and also time and fate and video games. It took quite a while to get it all to fit in a single book, even down to the bees.”
What is your most anticipated release of 2019? Have you read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? What do you think about the new novel and the sypnosis? Let me know!
Hi everyone and Happy New Year! 🎊🍾 Since the New Year has already started I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about what I want my New Reading Year of 2019 to look like including my goals and plans so that I can take a look at it every now and then to remind me of what I actually planned to do.
Let’s do not talk about if all of the following plans are actually going to happen. Aside from sharing that with you I want to present 5 aspects that should help YOU set up a reading challenge of your own. Without further ado, let’s get started!
✧ The number of books you want to read aka The Goodreads Reading Challenge
12, 35, 66 or even 100? How many books do you want to read this year? If you are active on Goodreads you’ve probably already done the Goodreads Reading Challenge a couple of times. Some were successful,
some weren’t but the main idea is to keep track of how many books you already read this year and how many you still have to read to reach your goal. My tip for the Challenge is to not overestimate the time you have to read next to school, work, …. If you set your Challenge to 55 books but you already know that you’ll not be able to read this amount in the first place than don’t do it. And, do not let fellow readers influence you. If they want to read 80+ books this year and you want to read 15; that’s fine. Keep in mind that neither Reading nor the Goodreads Reading Challenge are there to start a competition and please, do not start panicking at the end of the year just because you can’t finish the Challenge. It’s fine.
I want to lower the amount of books compared to 2018 or 2017. My Challenge for 2019 should be reading 20 books! I don’t want to stress myself with reading this year since I’ve experienced that it was really difficult to find time for reading last year next to all the things that had to be done for school. So, I decided to only read those books I am REALLY interested in reading not the ones from the library I see and borrow just because the cover looks nice. The goal is to read “Less But More”.
✧ Any particular genres in mind?
There is always this one genre most of the books I read can be sorted in. It’s ya-fantasy in my case. Since it’s my favourite genre I tend to get a bit sceptical whenever I pick up a book that is not part of this genre but what I have experienced is that getting out of your comfort zone sometimes can be really rewarding and I want you to think about it for a while too. It’s also fun to try out some different genres or ones you have never tried out before. This year I want to read more books from the following genres:
✧ Re-reading favs
So, I know that re-reading books is not for everyone and I have to admit that re-reading obviously does not create the same reading experience compared to when you read a book for the very first time. Yes, it’s different but that is what can make it special sometimes.
Let’s admit that the best example here is Harry Potter. On Goodreads it seems as if almost everyone re-reads at least one of the books every year and I have not mentioned all the readathons about it yet. I do really like to re-read my favourites or a book which is about to get a sequel very soon so that I can help my memory a bit. Here are the three books I plan on re-reading this year:
○ The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
○ Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets
✧ Your anticipated releases!
New Year = New Releases // Anticipated Releases are books one is usually most looking forward to read when a new year is about to start. A new series is about to be published, a long-awaited sequel, a novella… From what I have experienced I can tell that I was never able to read ALL my anticipated releases but the ones I was excited about the most. Although it may be difficult to pick only 5 books; a Top 5 list might help you to concentrate on a few books you definitely want to read no matter what. When you can tick of all of them from your list you can pick up the others you had to let go when doing the list. If you need some recommendations this blog post might help you: My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙
✧ Books you should not forget
And, last but not least, books that you have always wanted to read (and still want to read!!) ever since you have heard about them but somehow could not get to – these are the books you should plan on reading as well this year!! My list is actually much longer than only these 3 titles and include a lot of hyped and popular books but those are three books I don’t want to push off any longer:
○ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
○ The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
○ Heartless by Marissa Meyer
What does your Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year look like? Do you want to read any particular genres you have not tried out yet; which ones? Feel free to let me know!
Another year is about to end which – in the language of bookworms – means that a new reading year with some amazing and desperately anticipated releases is fast approaching.
This post might be out a bit early but… I am just so excited!! Just as last year I made a list with books I am most excited about next year (and if you want to see all of them you can click here). From my list of last year I unfortunately, only got to read 3/5 of the books I was writing about. Obviously, that did not work out that well but this post also has the purpose of motivating me even more than I already am to not only talk about these books but actually pick them up. I don’t know what makes me so confident this time about it but we can try, right…?
For this blog post I picked these promising 5 books including sequels that should be in my hands right now instead of their covers showing up on my social media feed over and over again. So, let’s get started!
1.) Enchantée by Gita Trelease
release date: February 5th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, fantasy
click here to find out more about this book!
So, as some of you may know I absolutely adore good historical fiction books and I wouldn’t know about this book if I had not seen one of Stephanie Garber’s (author of the Caraval series) instagram post in where she raved about it. When I finally got to look it up on Goodreads I saw some really nice ARC reviews about it. A book about the French Revolution, “la magie” and being at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while mixing my two favorite genres historical fiction AND fantasy?! Well, I haven’t read Les Misérables nor seen the movie yet but I desperately want to get there. Now, I am very excited for this book and hope that I can soon add it to my favorites. And, if you already like this perfectly matching cover (it fits so well!!) then you should definitely take a look at the ones for the paperback copies as well!
Already trying to choose between those two.
2.) Finale by Stephanie Garber
release date: May 30th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!
I already mentioned Stephanie Garber so, obviously I also have to mention the third and final book of her Caraval series which I am anticipating ever since I finished Legendary this year. Caraval is one of my all time favorite books and I re-read it this year when I was waiting for the sequel to come out. I don’t know what exactly to expect from this one though: Am I gonna love it or be disappointed? Is it Tella’s or Scarlet’s POV this time and what about LeGeNd?! This being the final book makes me kinda sad because I am such a big fan of the author’s world-building and writing style but I am sure there is more to come.
3.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
release date: January 15th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!
Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.
If you are not already convinced by this beautiful cover I should tell you that people compare this and especially the characters to the “Six of Crows- squad”. Not that I have read SOC myself
I am gonna get the Collector’s edition for Xmas, Yeay! but that’s what people usually like to hear. I am very excited for this because 1) I have not read anything by Roshani Chokshi before but I have only heard great things about her writing style, 2) it’s set in 1889, Paris and I have nothing against books with such interesting settings and 3) this is gonna be a whole series… I think? I don’t know how many books exactly this series is going to get but my guess is a trilogy. Btw I just realized that this is already the second book set in Paris and I just introduced 3/5 books.
4.) Romanov by Nadine Brandes
release date: May 7th 2019
genre: historical fiction, fantasy, ya, retellings
click here to find out more about this book!
I got to know Nadine Brandes from her amazing bookstagram account where she posted pictures of her other ya historical fiction novel Fawkes.
I do really want to read that as well. And, when I found out about her writing a book based on the very real story of Anastasia Romanowa I instantly opened a tab to goodreads and added it to my want-to-read list. As someone who is not only really into history but also loved and still loves the animated movie Anastasia from Fox I am particularly looking forward to this one which tells a version of Anastasia being alive and having to rescue her family. There is this spell and a mission and hunting and ofc ya romance but if you want to know more about it just follow the goodreads link.
5.) Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
release date: : September 26th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, mystery
click here to find out more about this book!
So, the moment I am writing this blog post this book does not have a cover yet but what I can tell you is that its is either gonna make me anxious, excited, very happy, or feel relieved.
Let’s be honest: It’s gonna be ALL the feels. Capturing the Devil is going to be the fourth and very unfortunately final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you know me you probably know that this extremely entertaining mystery series belongs to my all time favs and its characters hold a special place on my list of not only likeable but loveable, smart, charming and sassy fictional beings. I have written reviews for all of the previous three books in the series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini. And, if you can’t get enough wit from a particular character then I highly recommend reading this. I am probably even going to re-read the books in anticipation of the upcoming one. That’s how excited I am. Kerri Maniscalco posting hints and snippets on her instagram does not make me very patient but it’s nice to know at least a bit on how SJTR4 is doing.
These were My Top 5 most anticipated books of 2019. 😊 Moving on to the honorable mentions: If you want to see the whole list take a look on my goodreads shelf of anticipated releases.
What are YOUR most anticipated books of 2019? Are any of these books on your lists? Which sequels are you most excited about and why?? Let me know!
I had never been to any author events, meet and greets, signings nor readings before. I had never said hello to an author. Never stood in a way-too-long signing line talking with a friend while carrying books around. Not to mention all these conventions like Bookexpo or Bookcon I have never been to because I am living on the other side of this huge amount of water.
After having missed Jennifer L. Armentrout at the Book Fair last year when I had recently finished reading Obsidian I knew that this year I wanted to meet an author of books I binge-read and characters I loved no matter what. So, when Victoria Aveyard (author of the Red Queen series) announced that she is going to come to Germany for the Book Fair I immediately made plans.
Although I am not the biggest dystopian fan as some of you may know I really liked reading the first three books in this series; Red Queen, Glass Sword and King’s Cage. The final book is the only one I haven’t read yet and that is mainly because I am scared of how it will end, who will be on the throne
and Maven’s future. But I know that I’ll read it! I am just too curious about this conclusion.
I went with a friend whom I had recommended Red Queen and together we had to wait in line at 9pm for a ticket so that we could be part of the later, actual signing from 2-3.30pm. 150 tickets were available and when we finally saw the line for this we were about to lose our hope. The line was longer than I had thought it would be but we were extremely lucky to be one of the last people to get a ticket! After some joyful leaps and time of checking out parts of the Book Fair we finally went to the actual signing line which was even longer than the one in the morning. We waited a bit more than an hour in the pretty hot October sun
which I think is pretty good for a signing…? to get to the signing box where Victoria Aveyard was diligently signing, chatting, taking pictures and smiling.
And, THEN IT WAS MY TURN:
As I said, I had never met an author of books I love before but I knew that I wanted to tell her how much 1) I aprreciate that she has come to this event and Germany in particular, 2) that I enjoyed reading her books very much and 3) that Maven is my favorite. Guess what. Only the first thing happend! The rest was totally spontaneous!
Everything went fast but we did get to talk a little.
I annotated Red Queen when re-reading it this year and she really liked it and asked if the different colors have different functions and what they mean. I told her about them being for quotes I liked, plot twists, important scenes, romance… I wore a t-shirt with a triceratops that day and V. Aveyard seemed to like it. That’s how I found a fellow Jurassic Park fan!
I also have a picture with me, my friend and the author on it which I am really happy about but unfortunately, I look a bit awkward on it. 🙈 Definitely something I have to work on!
All in all, our arrival was a bit hectic but it was totally worth the experience!! Now, I want to do it again for any of my favorite authors and books. I definitely won’t forget meeting Victoria Aveyard especially because she was so kind to everyone and really did the most and best of the short time we had chatting. Thank you! The event was obviously my personal highlight on the Frankfurt Book Fair and my paperback copies now have so much emotional value to me that I’ll treasure them forever. 💗
And, a big thank you to the German publisher Carlsen and to all people who were involved in Frankfurt! Everything was so well organized and the actual wait in line was not as long as I have heard from other signings and events. I loved it!