Category: Monthly Wrap Up

December Wrap Up

It is the last day of the year my friends! I don’t really celebrate this occasion but I love to think of what I want to do within the next 365 days. What are your plans, your wishes? 2016 was the year I first had a reading challenge ahead of me – 100 books in one year – and I did great. I read a total amount of 152 books, more than I ever read before in such a time span. Though I have to admit that I’m not going to that next year. It was a lot of stress and I always felt I had to read books and books and more books. Next year I want to really enjoy reading again, slow reading, to feast on one book for a long time etc. This month I enjoyed reading The Snow Child, This Modern Love, the Fantastic Beasts Screenplay and The Alchemist. And I found one of my favourite books this year: The Secret History. Donna Tartt’s writing style is so compelling and wonderful! I also enjoyed that the book was so different from the books I normally read, it was no fantasy or YA story. It was dark and beautiful.

Enjoy my bookish wrap up for December:

Four – Veronica Roth 3.5 /5

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman 4/5

To Kill a Mockingbird (RGRC) – Harper Lee 3.5/5

The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey  5/5

The Canterville Ghost (reread)- Oscar Wilde 5/5

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson 3.5/5

If I Stay – Gayle Forman  3/5

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes 4/5

Charlotte’s Web (RGRC) – E.B. White 3.5/5

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway 3/5

A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 4/5

The Secret History – Donna Tartt 5/5

This Modern Love – Will Darbyshire 5/5

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay – J.K. Rowling 5/5

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho 5/5

Have a nice last day of the year!

oh, and thank YOU (for all your support and love)!!

November Wrap Up

I’m in love. I fell in love this month, with the books by Rainbow Rowell. In went to Hamburg for some days and brought with me Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. After reading about 100 to 200 pages, it got so boring and I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. So I went to a small bookshop just over the street from the café I was sitting in. It was a rainy and cold day and I ran  quickly get inside. Sadly they didn’t have any English books in the shop so I asked where the next bigger bookshop was. And there I found so many wonderful books and I nearly couldn’t decide which to pick… but in the end I went for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’m so happy that I did, because it was so unique and funny. It kept me good company on my 6 hour train ride. The other passengers probably wondered why this strange girl giggled all the time, but I simply couldn’t help it.

After finishing Fangirl I couldn’t wait reading Carry On, because I also fell a little bit in love with Simon & Baz and wanted to know more about them. And I wasn’t disappointed from this story either. I think I’ll have to reread Fangirl and Carry On soon. I also enjoyed Coraline by Neil Gaiman, after watching the (really really amazing) film last month. Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. Two other books of him are currently on the way to me and I’m hoping to read them in December. If you’re a fan of the BBC show Sherlock (like me) and you can’t wait to watch the new episodes in January (like me), read Moriarty. That ending is super fantastic!

All the books I’ve read in November:

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell 5/5

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo 3/5

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin 2.5/5

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon  3/5

The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson  2.5/5

Moriarty – Anthony Horowitz  3.5/5

Coraline – Neil Gaiman  5/5

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell  5/5

The Archived – V.E. Schwab 4/5

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz 5/5

The Eye of Minds – James Dashner 3/5

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J.K. Rowling 5/5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling 5/5

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window – Lemony Snicket 5/5

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill – Lemony Snicket 5/5

October Wrap Up

So, October is over now. It’s getting colder and colder everyday. Perfect reading weather. This month I read a total amount of 17 books, how many did you read? The books I liked best, were It ends with us by Colleen Hoover and Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler. The one book I loved the most was Ready Player One by Earnest Cline. It was absolutely and utterly fantastic! I forgot how much I love dystopian books about virtual reality. In terms of rereads I enjoyed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Those were really great, the first because it’s one of my dearest children’s books and the second because it is a wonderful and magical story. Furthermore I was really upset, because I didn’t like Anne of Green Gables and The Book Thief. I heard so many great things about these two books, but I was not carried away by them. Both endings were good though. It was the same with Illuminae last month, I really loved the ending, but more than 2/3 of the book were utterly boring. I hope you’ll enjoy my wrap up for October.

 

It ends with us – Colleen Hoover 5/5

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery 2.5/5

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (again) – C.S. Lewis 5/5

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Mass 3.5/5

Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur 4/5

The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater 4/5

Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater 3/5

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict – Laurie Viera Rigler 4.5/5

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak 2.5/5

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen 4/5

Stardust (again) – Neil Gaiman 5/5

84, Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff 4/5

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas –  John Boyne 4.5/5

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman  3/5

Das Paket – Sebastian Fitzek 5/5

Ready Player One – Earnest Cline 5/5

Hollow City – Ransom Riggs 4.5/5