Book Traveling Thursday #3 | January 19th, 2017

Welcome back to another Book Traveling Thursday!! 🙂 This is a weekly bookish meme created and hosted by Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too MuchIt is loads of fun finding book fitting the topic and if you would like to try it out you can find the topics as well as some general information in this Goodreads group! 😄

This week’s topic is A book set in another world and I actually thought this topic would be an easy one when I read it, but while actively looking for a book to use I realized that most of the books I read play in a version of our normal world and that obviously doesn’t count as a different world. But in the end I did find a book that has at least one other world in it! That book being Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini!

Synopsis of Trial by Fire

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies make it increasingly difficult to live a normal life, and after a completely humiliating incident ruins her first (and perhaps only) real party, she’s ready to disappear.

“Come and be the most powerful person in the world.”
Suddenly, Lily finds herself in a different Salem. One overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women–including Lillian, this world’s version of Lily.

“It will be terrifying. It was for me.”
What made Lily weak at home, makes her extraordinary here. It also puts her in terrible danger. Faced with new responsibilities she can barely understand and a love she never expected, Lily is left with one question: How can she be the savior of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?

Original Cover:

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So at least I think this is the original cover but I am not 100 % sure. While I do think this cover fits the story it is also a little too depressive for me… I feel like with this cover you just think of the negative sides of the story because it is all so dark and grey.

(Hardcover by Feiwel & Friends, 374 pages)

Cover from my country (Germany):

I actually like both these German covers. The first one is just a pretty, well designed cover, but if I didn’t knew that it was Trial by Fire I wouldn’t have recognized it. The second one I love so much as you will see below. It is the exact same as an American version which I am grateful for!

(Hardcover by Dressler, 480 pages)

(Paperback by Oetinger Taschenbuch)

Favorite covers:

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This cover I think has a wonderful color scheme and the design in the background wonderfully represents the different worlds that exist in this series! Also I like the castle on the bottom as well as the fire present there.

(Paperback by Square Fish, 400 pages)

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At first this seems like a pretty average and usual cover so I am not even gonna say anything about why it’s awesome, I am just going to show y’all!

(Paperback by McMillan’s Children Books, 373 pages)

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Mini-Review Until Ashlyn (Until Her #3) by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Short description:

Dillon Keck knew Ashlyn Mayson was drunk when she suggested they get married. He knew he should have taken her back to their hotel room and put her to bed. Instead, he did what he had been craving to do since the moment they met.

Claim her as his.

Waking up married in Vegas isn’t something Ashlyn Mayson ever thought would happen to her. Having Dillon, her boss, a man she thinks is a dick, insist they stay married is absurd, but every time he touches her, she gets lost in him and wonders if maybe they are meant to be together.

But someone isn’t happy for Dillon and Ashlyn and their new found romance, and they’re willing to do anything to keep them apart. Even commit murder.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

Find this book on Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de

What’s it about?

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Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds

Title: Until Ashlyn

Published: December 27th, 2016

Series: Until Her #3

Version: Kindle Edition

Would I recommend it: Sort of as an in-
between book

Rating: 3 Stars

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My Opinion:

Sadly I have to say that I did not enjoy reading this book as much as I wanted too. It had some quite good parts but also some that I didn’t like, I guess they just weren’t for me.

Let’s start with what I started with. On Goodreads I read that there would be some accidental marrying in Vegas and I was sold. Add the whole boss thingy – then even more! The premise of the story sounded like it would be a great, fun, enjoyable read, which I like to think I had reasonable expectations for. But, as you can see in the first sentence: I was disappointed. As I said, I liked the idea of the story quite a lot, as well as the actual plot that I found in the book, but what I didn’t like about that was the pacing. I think that the different plot points had a kind-of awkward pacing and also the depth of various plot points, to me, wasn’t chosen too well. I just wished that maybe the author could have payed a little more attention to certain parts of her story instead of just skipping over everything. Another thing that bothered we were the jumps in the plot. Sometimes I couldn’t even understand what was happening and it caused me a lot of confusion. The writing style I found mostly good, except for the already mentioned aspects. One last thing I disliked a little was the female leads family constellation. Honestly, I just didn’t get it!! It felt like every chapter there was another character introduced and at some point I just couldn’t keep up anymore and I have to say that I didn’t care enough to go back several pages just to find some kind of explanation for their appearance. I did like the little crime element a lot and this was really something I wished would’ve gotten more attention, because the parts that she did write on that aspect were absolutely great!

Now let’s move on to the characters. I don’t really know what to tell you guys… There was really little depth to these characters, so that I already barely remember anything about them. Please remember that this is just how I felt and I don’t want to offend anyone! You might feel completely different about it! The female lead Ashlyn seemed like quite a nice girl, she was kind, friendly, and a good person but I really can’t say more about her. Same goes with Dillon. All I know about him is that he is bossy, possessive, but also loving. All in all his character was a little too much to me, at times he was alright and then suddenly it felt like he was suffocating Ashlyn who JUST GAVE IN! She was portrayed as a stereotypical submissive who just does what her “man” tells her to and I just didn’t like that… I also can’t understand why she would stay with him!!

 

So this is my opinion about this book. I am sorry I kept it so short and that it might suck, but in my defense I haven’t written a review in a few months! 😉 Thank you guys fo reading and happy sunday!

Top 5 Wednesday – 2017 Debuts I’m looking forward to

Happy Wednesday y’all!! It’s time for my first Top 5 Wednesday in 2017. For all of you who don’t know it, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes, where you get a weekly topic that you have to find 5 books to match. If you’d like to give T5W a try or want to get more information, just check out their Goodreads group! This meme is a bunch of fun so just try it! 😉😁

This week’s topic is Debuts you’re looking forward to in 2017! This one is kind of hard for me since I am not really ever in the loop with anything – therefore not with bookish stuff either – but I’d love to inform everyone about some debut authors 😊 I used this Goodreads list as “research” so  if you want to find some more just go ahead and look there!

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

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This one I actually found out about myself – Yay, me! – on NetGalley and found it very interesting, so I am extremely excited to check this book out!

The rest of these books I all found interesting because of their synopsis on Goodreads, so I am not going to write a separate specific reason for the following.

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman

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You’re welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner 

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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

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Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

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Are you excited for any of the books? Which ones are you most excited for?

Book Traveling Thursdays #1 | January 5th 2017

Hi you guys! Happy New Year! I hope y’all had a good 2016 and good luck for 2017!

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Today it’s time for a Book Traveling Thursday! This week’s topic is A book you’d like to read again for the first time and I am really excited for this one! Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Danielle and Catia, so go and check out their blogs and their Book Traveling Thursdays! If you want to participate in this wonderful meme as well just check out the Goodreads group where everything about the meme is explained. I hope you’ll try this meme and have fun with it! 👍🏼

For this topic I chose the first book in the Shadow Falls Camp series: Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter. This series is one of my favorite book series ever! It really is amazing and since it has ended recently I just wish I could relive all the wonderful moments in this series! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love rereading the series and do it all the time but I think we can all agree that it’s not the same 😅

Original Cover:

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I really like the original cover of this story a lot. I like that it seems kinda mysterious with the fog and trees and I think it’s good that they basically immediately introduce the main character on the cover. I don’t like the color of the title too much, but all in all I quite like this cover.

(Paperback by St. Martin’s Griffin, 398 pages)

Cover from my country (Germany):

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FINALLY GERMANY DIDN’T MESS UP A BOOK COVER!! Seriously guys, in almost every Book Traveling Thursday I see Germany amongst the worst covers and, sadly, I have to agree! But this time I actually like the German cover even more than the original. It just seems more refined and the color scheme is a tad bit lighter, which I like a lot!

(Paperback by Fischer FJB, 512 pages)

Least Favorite Covers:

Russian                              Hungarian                               Czech

I really dislike these covers. I think they either don’t match the theme of the book or have a wrong color scheme. The Czech one I like the least as it makes it seem as if the book is all about vampires, which it’s not…. Compared to those I guess I’m lucky with our German versions of book covers 😅

(Hardcover by Эксмо, 416 pages)

(Paperback by Könyvmolyképző, 440 pages)

(Hardcover by Baronet, 400 pages)

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and I hope I’ll be able to post more from now on! I sure enjoyed writing this post as I missed having this blog so so much!! Thank y’all for your support and I can’t wait to see how everything’s gonna go from now on! ❤

What did y’all think of these covers? Do you know this book and if yes, did you like it?

A Poem

thin like the air she’s falling through

a faint glow’s coming of her porcelain skin

her blue veins are shimmering

through what was once so strong

a barrier to save her

from harm and

from shame and

from hate and

what else?

now the last barrier is gone

she can’t fight it anymore

the pressure was just too much

from the others

the people

who brought her

down!

who never noticed what lies

beneath the surface inside of her

the self SELF-DESTRUCT button

warded by demons that talk her

down!

now the last glow is gone

her aura’s no more

she lost her fight

and then

t h e   g r o u n d

there she lies broken and alone

without any life left

written December 16th, 2015

100 Follower Q&A

Hi Y’all, today I’m gonna answer the questions I got after posting my 100 Followers + Q&A post and I am very excited to do so, even though not a lot of people had any questions for me 😅 That makes me even happier about the guys who asked questions though 👍🏼😊  Let’s get right to it!

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Questions from Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

  • What’s your favorite part about blogging so far?

Well, honestly I have to say that it’s the community and sharing my opinions on things that are important to me with others who like them as well! I know that’s what everybody always says but it’s completely true! It is why I even started this blog in the first place – to not bother my friends with my love for books anymore and rather tell people who are actually interested in them 😅

  • What’s your Harry Potter house?

First off I gotta say that I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan. I like the books and movies a lot, but I am not all up in the fandom. Originally I was gonna say I think I would be that and that house BUT(!!) I decided that I would join Pottermore for this very question! So I went through the sorting ceremony and was sorted into the house I would want to be in……

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That’s what I call effort you guys!!

Questions from Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads 

  • What age did you start reading?

I’m not sure about that anymore but I think around 5 when I was nearing first grade! Maybe already earlier in Kindergarten but if so it would’ve extremely easy books with a lot of pictures and very big writing 😅😉

  • What’s a book you would recommend to everyone?!

There are a lot of great books out there but one that I found really deep and great was when-we-collided-emery-lordWhen We Collided by Emery Lord! (My Review) While I didn’t love everything about everyone in this book I really loved its message and the topics it covered! I think it shows a lot that you cannot judge a person from the outside and even if someone seems weird, rude, or anything else it might not be their fault and they don’t deserve your judgement!! Also it tells people that they have to deal with mental illness instead of ignoring it, which I find incredibly important, as I have my own experiences with mental illness!

 

  • Who’s an auto-buy author for you?

Our mutually loved C.C. Hunter of course!!!! Her series Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls After Dark are some of my favorite series and I will literally buy ANYTHING new she’ll put out 😅 I don’t care if it’s about a talking piece of toast – I will read it and I will enjoy the hell out of it!! BTW y’all can find a review of her latest release Midnight Hour here!

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Questions from Reg @ She Latitude

  • What has been the hardest part of blogging for you so far?

The hardest part is what I am currently experiencing. Blogging takes up a lot of time and can become really stressful at times. It takes up time that I currently just don’t have because I have to focus on school and getting good/great grades. That is really hard on me right now and it’s the reason why I’m almost never actively participating in the community anymore and why I haven’t been posting a lot these last few weeks….

  • What’s your favorite pizza topping?

I like it pretty simple when it comes to pizza: Just some tomatoes, basil and Mozzarella! And of course I like the basic Pizza Margherita! ❤ 🍕

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Thank you guys for reading this post and for asking the questions! Please check out Naraja’s, Gretchen’s , and Reg’s blog – it’s worth it!! They have great content and Gretchen for example is an amazing writer!!

100 Followers and Q&A

100 Follows!

Congratulations on getting 100 total follows on a word about books!
Your current tally is 101.

Hi you guys! I am so happy to tell y’all that I have reached 100 Followers on this blog!!!!! To some this might seem like nothing big but to me it means so much! I never thought anyone would want to read my opinions on books and I didn’t think I would even reach 25 Followers, so to me this is a really big deal!

Thank Y’all!!

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I want to thank every single one of you for your support and I don’t think I could ever thank y’all enough! I hope you don’t regret following me and enjoy my posts 😉😄 To kinda celebrate this achievement I thought I could maybe do a Q&A if y’all have questions for me – which I hope! Just write any questions you might have below in the comments!

Also I might post one of the poems I write on this blog. This will be very hard for me, as I see the works of amazing writers *cough* Gretchen and Drew *cough* on here, but I have to get out of my shell a little – especially since I am probably going to be taking part in a poetry slam next year and I need to work on my confidence. Even if those poems aren’t all that good I just want to try!

Once again thank y’all and I can’t wait for the times to come! This is such a great motivation and I’ll try to post regularly again despite school!

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The Goodreads Tag |Book Tag|

I hope you’re not getting sick of book tags yet because there are more to come for sure!! 😅😊 This time I was tagged by *Drumroll* Lara @ The Heathen! Is this even a surprise to y’all anymore? Thank you so much Lara! Lara is always so supportive and her blog has great and important content so definitely go check out her blog!

Do it!!

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What was the last book you marked as read?

A Love Like Ours by Micalea Smeltzer

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I actually finished this book a few days ago and I have been wanting post the review but I can’t get anything done currently! School’s keeping me so busy, but I hope I can get it out to y’all soon anyways!

What are you currently reading?

Winter by Marissa Meyer

 

Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

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This book series is life and while I am sad that it’s the last book in the series, I am also happy that Miranda finally gets her own story!

What was the last book you marked as to-read?

When Michael met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

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I saw this book in a post by Reg @ She Lattitude, it sounded really interesting and like something I’d like so I immediately added it to my TBR list! And btw apparently I forgot to mention Reg in my ‘New York Times by the book Tag’ post , so here’s the updated post. Sorry Reg!

What book do you plan to read next?

Since my last post I decided that I’ll probably read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! I just need something different and I think this will be a great, different, interesting book to read….but I never know which ebooks might cross my path 😉

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Do you use the star rating system?

Yes I do! When I created my blog I actually wanted to come up with a different rating system but in the end I just decided to stick with the good old star system! I just think it’s a great universal way to rate something, that everybody understands! 👍🏼

Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Yes I am, but sadly I had to lower my goal recently…. I am extremely busy with school (German school doesn’t mess around 😅) so I can’t get anything done – I only published 5 posts this month and that’s just sad!

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books completed

3 books ahead of schedule
 

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Do you have a wishlist?

Yes I do but usually it’s quite short because I like to just let the books find me – unless it’s one of those auto-buy authors!

What book do you plan to buy next?

Well the one I KNOW I am going to buy is A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole, as she is an auto-buy author for me! But in between that I’m sure I am going to buy other books, I just do not know them yet!

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Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

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Who are your favorite authors?

Amongst a few others they are: Tillie Cole, Marissa Meyer, C.C. Hunter, James Dashner, Teresa Sporrer, Jay McLean and Micalea Smeltzer!

Have you joined any groups?

I haven’t joined a lot of groups so far and I’m not really active in any of them…. So far I haven’t really used Goodreads as a social network, but mainly as a way to organize my books 😅

 

Thank you guys for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it!

I tag:

If you have already done this Tag feel free to decline, if not I hope you’ll have fun with it!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #3

Again I got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award and this makes me so, so happy every time! This time the honor was given to me by Naraja @ Fantastic Books and Where To Find Them – Thank you so much, I’m excited to get to answer your question! And to you others: Y’all should go check out her blog, she has great content and she definitely supports other bloggers. It’s just a delight to have her as a part of the community!

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The Rules 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.

  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

Name the last song that was stuck in your head.

Definitely Cold Water! But not the original version by Justin Bieber, but a cover version by Our Last Night feat. Trenton Woodley (Hands Like Houses ❤ ) and Garret Rapp (The Color Morale)! I’m so in love with this cover because it combines amazing rock music with all that pop stuff from the radio and it’s a match made in heaven!!

What is/are your favorite book(s)?

How cruel can you be?!?! I am going to limit myself to one series and I am going to choose The Lunar Chronicles! I am currently still reading the last part in the series and it’s one of the best series I have ever read! Of course there are way more books that I love, but who could name all of them 😅

What is your favorite season and,

Fall! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

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Your favorite color?

Definitely Olive Green and Wine Red/Maroon/Burgundy kinda color 😍

What is a movie you’ll never get tired of re-watching and,

The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons! I’ve watched The Da Vinci Code like 4 times in a row….on one weekend 😅 Help me, I have a problem!! Oh and I also love Zootopia…Sue me!!

A book you’ll never get tired of rereading?

I’m gonna go ahead and cheat on this one by naming a whole series! The Sweet Home series by Tillie Cole! I have reread the books (or sometimes my favorite scenes) so many times and I love it every single time!! Once again there are more but this series was the first one to come to my mind!

Do you make New Year’s resolutions, and if so, do you stick to them?

Well I used to try to make some and usually they were around the premise of loosing weight and getting fit, but for me it’s really hard to stick to those kinds of resolution because my body basically hates and doesn’t give a shit 😅

What is one goal you have in life?

Achieve Happiness and Freedom! And help others find Happiness themselves!

What is your favorite word?

I have a lot of favorite words buuuut I can’t think of my favorite favorite one right now so let’s go with the runner-up: unique!

If you could rewrite any book, what book would it be and how would you rewrite it?

I do not know! I really try to stay away from talking about how I would rewrite a book, since I know I couldn’t do it better so I am not going to answer, sorry 😅😉 And I kinda couldn’t think of one either!

I adore Sam’s idea of giving five amazing bloggers a shout-out, and I encourage you to do so as well! Share the love.❤

Lara @ The Heathen

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Melissa @ Booknerd Momo

 

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite thing to do during Christmas time? Not Christmas, but the time around it!
  2. What’s a quote that makes you laugh every time you hear it? By that I mean a funny quote not one you find ridiculous? 😉
  3. Your thoughts on adult colouring books?
  4. If you were told you could travel in time but only to one era, where (or more like when) would you go to?
  5. What’s your favorite movie based on a book and….
  6. …your least favorite movie based on a book?
  7. What’s your favorite book outside of your usual genre?
  8. Which place, that you haven’t been to before, would you like to visit?
  9. Which book universe would you like to be a part of?
  10. Tea or Coffee?
  11. I will follow the examples of Naraja and Sam, so give a shout-out to 5 bloggers you want others to know about and Share the Love! ❤

 

I Nominate:

Of course feel free to decline my nomination if you’ve already done this award, don’t have time of for whatever other reason you have 🙂 I would really love to read your answers though!!

New York Times “By the book” Tag

It’s Tag time!! I’m sorry for not putting any reviews out lately but I’m honestly not reading books that I necessarily want to write a review about…. Still a sucky type of reading slump! I really can’t get trough the books that I really enjoy, that have been on my shelf for weeks and I don’t know why!! Well I guess I’m gonna have to keep doing tags until I get over this fucking reading slump! I got tagged to do this by Reg @ She Latitude, so go check out her post and her blog in general – you won’t be disappointed!!

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rosesWhat book is on your nightstand now?

I generally do not keep my books on my nightstand, so in my case it’s on a little side part of my desk 🙈There I have 3 books currently and those are Winter by Marissa Meyer, Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! Well… and the few hundreds on my Kindle 😅 Those literally are on my nightstand and I count them, since I basically read my favorite scenes from a random one (whichever one I feel like) every day!!

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What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

It was a while ago that I’ve read this book, but it was absolutely amazing and since that
one I just haven’t read a book that left me speechless and touched. This last book was When We Collided by Emery Lord! (Here is my review for this book) It had a very big impact on me that none of the books I’ve read afterwards could top – so far!when-we-collided-emery-lord

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If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

There are SO many!! But currently I think it would be Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Friedrich Schiller. We have to read so many of their works in school, interpret and analyze them, and we talk about them non-stop! I would find it really interesting to hear from them what they thought about their literature, I mean maybe we got it all wrong, right? Also I would like to know what they think about their importance and presence in German-class!

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What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Maybe the Manga books that I have?! I really don’t know 😅 Also all the required reads for German-class as well as some law books… Never know when you might need those 😉

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How do you organize your personal library?

I’ve had my bookshelves organized so many different ways so far, it’s not even funny..😅

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I pretty much went trough every kind of order you can imagine but currently I chose to organize it in a Goodreads type of way… You know: TBR, Read, Currently Reading and so on 🙂

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What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

A LOT! For example I’ve wanted to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really really wanna read it though!!

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Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

Honestly, the only one I can think of right now is “After” by Anna Todd! I usually like most of the books others like, because usually they’re good books so there aren’t many popular ones that I dislike 👍🏼

Ohhhh but there are also those like “The Hunger Games Trilogy” that I originally liked, but that were ruined for me by the hype😅

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What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Drawn to:

  • Anything Supernatural (Especially creatures and how they’re unique in each story)
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • Stories with good world-building and authentic characters (therefore I love the first books in series 😉)
  • Books that talk about real, important issues
  • Dystopias of which the way it came to be is relatable

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Stay away from:

  • Books were cheating is made out to be alright (I’m looking at you After)
  • Completely unrelatable characters
  • Non-Fiction
  • Post/Pre/Whatever War literature
  • Books supporting idiotic stereotypes

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If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I have no clue at all! I feel like I don’t really read books that’d be relevant for the leader of a country…

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What do you plan to read next?

I’m gonna follow Reg’s example here! Help me decide! It might take a while until I can get to it but who cares 😁😁

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Thank y’all for reading and I hope you enjoyed it ☺

I Tag:

I know, when someone say “I tag everyone” you never feel like they also mean you – at least I don’t – but seriously just do if you feel like it! I’d love to get a link to your post in the comments if you feel like doing this tag!