Wraping Up 2016!

Well that’s it everyone! 2016 is finally over! Honestly I have to say that I am not sad at all to let 2016 go and I am hoping for a better 2017! 2016 basically had everything: (horrible) political decisions, the death of many beloved celebrities, we had terror attacks and natural catastrophes… All in all this year’s had its highs and lows but I have to admit that I think the lows predominate a little.

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In my personal life there were a lot of ups and downs as well which I am still trying to deal with. So two of my biggest highlights of 2016 were

  • me turning 18 in September! Now I can finally vote this year and am free to do whatever I want!
  • starting this blog! I know it might not seem that way since I often don’t post for a while but I love this blog! And even more than that I love the community and every single one of you guys reading ❤

Concerning this blog there is also something I am very proud of. I was brave enough to post a poem on this blog for the first time! I am really shy and don’t have much confidence so posting this was a milestone to me!

Now on to the bad things. I have advanced into my second to last year of school in Germany which already counts into my Abitur (graduation in Germany) and is part of the qualification phase. The idea of how much I should work for school stresses me a lot and combined with the way my brain was already thinking I have kind of slipped into anxiety – which sucks… That is also the reason for me not posting for so long, but I am trying really hard to get my life in order so I can post regularly again! Let’s hope for the best y’all!

But let’s get back to the fun part! 😊 Since I haven’t posted in quite a while there are a lot of books that I haven’t talked about on here, so I’m just gonna go ahead and tell y’all which books I have read since my September Wrap-Up!

5 Stars:

A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole – This is one of my favorite authors and the book is just absolutely beautiful! It isn’t about heartbreak; it isn’t sad; it’s just a beautiful book about love in a beautiful setting!

Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter – As above this is one of my favorite authors and her Shadow Falls series is terrific and this book is the perfect conclusion for it!

Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean – I have been waiting for a series about the Preston brothers since I learned about them in the More Than series. I fell in love with Lucas almost immediately and all the characters are amazing (by that I mean well written, not good people 😉)

Fire in You (Wait for you #5) by J. Lynn – Again: Favorite author, great series, wonderful sequel. There’s really not much more to say than: It’s a great book!

4 Stars:

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy 

The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy 

Dream of You (Wait for you #4.5) by J. Lynn 

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey 

A Love like Ours by Micalea Smeltzer 

3 Stars & 3.5 Stars:

Rock Candy Kisses (3:AM Kisses) by Addison Moore

Chaosherz (Die Chaos Reihe #2) by Teresa Sporrer

Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

Dirty Shots by Marissa Farrar

The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

2 Stars:

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – About this one I just want to say that it has a great story and meaning but I did not like the writing style at all as it is a prolonged newspaper article, and that is just not my style. But other than that it is a great and meaningful piece.

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Books I didn’t finish:

Hit The Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels  

Aced by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine 

 

So this was a little something about my 2016 and y’all should be up-to-date now again! 😉👍🏼 Thank you guys for reading and again: Good Luck for 2017!!

How was your 2016? Did y’all read these books? What did y’all think about them?

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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 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 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! 🍂🍁🍂🍁

source(Yup, that’s me in Fall)

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!!

A to Z About Me Tag

Hi Guys! How’s your week been? Today I want to tell y’all a little bit more about myself and I thought the A to Z About Me Tag would be a good way of doing so. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this, but I saw the Tag on Teenbooklit101 and really liked the post, so here we go!

 

Age: I’m 17 but I’m gonna be turning 18 soon (more or less).

Book you’re currently reading: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer! I absolutely love that series!

Chore you hate: I love having a clean and tidy room but I really hate cleaning up said room! smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat

Dessert you love: I kinda like anything with chocolate for desert but I couldn’t get around a Chocolate Lava Cake if my life depended on it!!!

Essential start to your day: This might seem cliché but an essential to my morning is reading! 🙂 It doesn’t even have to be much but every morning I read at least a few pages… a reason why I always almost miss my train! Maybe I should overthink this habit…Nah, never!!

Favorite Author: I’m sorry but I can’t really give a good answer for this question because I don’t really have a favorite author. It always depends on the book and the genre I’m reading, but currently I think I could say Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Gold or Silver: Silver!!!!

Height: I’m 1,70m or 5ft and 6 inches tall.

Instruments you play: I ‘ve been playing the guitar since elementary school but since I haven’t taken practice as serious as I should have, I am not as good as I should be. I also know some basic things on the bass, drums and piano.

Job title: I am still a student and have a part-time job.

Kids: Well since I am 17 kids aren’t anywhere in my near future.

Living arrangement: I’m still living with my mom and older sister.

Most used word/phrase: Hmmm…I think I tend to say “Yo” a lot and I don’t even know why and there’s also a German phrase I often say to my friends which is “Freunde der Sonne!”. This means “Friends of the sun” but really doesn’t have any meaning the way I use it, it’s just something my sister started saying at some point… 🙂giphy8

Nickname: My real name is Tamara but I go by Tammy and also introduce myself as Tammy, even my teachers call me by that name.

Overnight hospital stays: When I was 2 years old I had to have surgery on my foot and I definitely had to stay over night but I don’t know how long exactly.

Pet peeves: One pet peeve (if you can call it that) is that all my books in a series have to be the same editions. For example, the series can’t be part eBook and part Paperback and even when it’s Paperback it should be the same publisher… That’s why I almost can’t look at my The Maze Runner books – the first two I bought in South Africa so they are different versions than the third one, which I ordered on Amazon and which is the “normal” American version. It drives me NUTS!!

Quotes I like: I’ll just mention two quotes that I really love for now:

  • “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.” – Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Problem With Forever

Right or Left handed: Right handed

Siblings: One biological older sister. But since I spent a High School year in the USA 2014/15 I also got three younger sisters now.

Time you woke today: After 10 am

Unique thing about you: I don’t even know anything really unique about myself…Does an incredibly deep love for tea count? I absolutely love tea and drink it all year around.

Vegetable you love: I like a lot of veggies but my favorites are tomatoes I think!

Worst habit: Not being able to remember things when I need to the most… smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat

X-Rays you’ve had: Definitely had a few but they never turned out to be anything really bad – well the results I mean.

Yummy food you make: I think my omelette’s pretty good as well as my brownies.

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

There we go guys and these were some facts about me. What are some interesting things about you? Thank you very much for reading and I hope you liked getting to know me a little bit better. Even though I will not tag anybody just do this tag if you want to share some facts about yourself! Have a nice Sunday – or what’s left of it! 🙂