My 2017 Young Adult Reading Challenge

Let me just start this of by saying that I am not a good social person. I suck at anything including contact with other people. I don’t have a reason why, I try my best, but whatever. Well, to get to the point, I have been seeing all these other bloggers talk about their reading challenges and I never really knew how to be part of one, except for the Goodreads Reading Challenge of course 😅

Well this year I finally gonna do another reading challenge: The A – Z Young Adult Reading Challenge!! For this challenge you just have to find a young adult book for each letter of the alphabet and you may also choose adult books, if there are still more than 50% YA books. You can find out more about the challenge on Goodreads!

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So today I just want to tell y’all my plan for this challenge so far. These are a few books I definitely want to read and the rest I still have to fill in. I am totally open for recommendations!

  • B –
  • D – 
  • E –
  • N –
  • P –
  • Q –
  • U –
  • X –
  • Y –
  • Z – 

I know there are still a lot of gaps, but I hope to fill them soon and maybe y’all could help me with that! 😉

Thank y’all for reading and have a great week! ❤

Have you read or are you planning on reading any of these books? What reading challenges are you participating in? Do you have any recommendations for my list?

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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!

September Wrap-Up and October TBR

Guys I suck!!! I know the title says October TBR but that is just to tell y’all that I’m not even going to attempt planning a TBR! I still haven’t read the books on my Septemer TBR list – heck, I haven’t even finished Winter(!!!!)- so it’s basically going to be the same books for October. I currently have a really busy schedule and school, for example, has to come before blogging! 😖 But even though I’m in a reading slump and can’t find the time to pick up an actual book, my ebook reading game is going strong – well, kinda! And while I might not have read a lot of books I didn’t read anything So here we go with my Wrap-Up!

I’ve read 8 books this month! (Nevermind,  not even my ebook game is going strong!)

What I’ve read this month:

  • When We Collided by Emery Lord – I gave this book 4 Stars and you can find my review here!
  • A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn – I gave this book 4 Stars as well!
  • Neighbour Dearest by Penelope Ward – I gave this book 4 Stars!
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines – I rated this book 4 Stars and you can find a short review here!

(Dang! A lot of 4 Stars books so far 😅)

  • Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman – I rated this book 3.5 Stars and you can find a short review here!
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – Once again I rated this book 4 Stars and have a short review for y’all right here!
  • The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy – I gave this book 4 Stars!
  • The Score (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy – I gave this book 4 Stars as well!

(I’m even boring myself with all these 4s right now…)

I hope y’all’s reading month was better than mine and let’s hope for a better October!! 😉

To end this little post I want to mention 5 cool things that happened in September! Well…to me or my life cool obviously 😄

  1. I had my 18th birthday, so now I can do anything I want! (Except of course go to casinos – but who’d want that when you can spend your money on books instead?!?!)
  2. I received my first subscription Fairyloot Box!
  3. I got Beats Studio Headphones which I have wanted for years and I am so so happy!!
  4. I made a milkshake myself for the first time and it was freakin amazing!!
  5. I went to see Finding Dory with a bunch of friends – Yes, it just came out in Germany! – and it was so much fun!

 

What books did you read? Did you read any of the ones I read (this month or in general)?

My First Unboxing! | Fairy Loot |

I am so very excited for this post! I have wanted one of these subscription boxes for FOREVER, and finally I got to order one! I chose to order the FairyLoot Box for this first experience and I think this was the best decision I could have made! First off let me explain a little something about FairyLoot! FairyLoot is a monthly, Young Adult Fantasy subscription box based in London, UK. You can either order a single box, a three month subscription, or a six month subscription. It the box you’ll receive there will be a newly released YA book and 4 – 6 goodies matching the month’s theme! You can find out more about FairyLoot here.

Now let’s get to the good part! This month’s theme was Magic and Mayhem and it  was created with fans of The Grisha Trilogy, The Six of Crows series, and the A Shade of Magic series in mind. Here’s what I thought of this box:

I knew I loved this box as soon as I opened the flap, as, first off this box is just beautiful with all the black and the FairyLoot logo on the front, and secondly when you open said flap there’s a quote from Coraline by Neil Gaiman on the box:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

 

The first thing I saw when opening the box (after the awesome design) was a card with the month’s theme picture on it and information about the contents of the box on the back – Of course I didn’t read that until after unboxing! I really liked the design of this picture and it matched the theme very well, and I like the way they describe the little goodies as well!

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Then came all these freaking cute paper stuff zigzag things in this beautiful lavender shade and – I am sorry for saying how cute and beautiful everything is – they give this box a pop of color that works very well with the black! Here are the real goodies:

  • Candle by Castle of Fables: These exclusive candles were created to represent the three different Grisha orders. I have to admit that I haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy yet so I had no clue what the  Etheralki on my candle meant 😅 But I did know that it smelled really good and it has a really pretty color! After I read that it was all about the Grisha orders I looked it up online and found out that my candle represents “The Order of Summoners, who are Grisha, whose power focuses on different elements”. I am happy that I got this order, as I really like powers that include use of the elements, so please don’t tell me they are the assholes of the story!! Please!!

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  • Bookmark by Behind The Pages: Next thing was a beautifully designed bookmark matching the book that came in this box – which…I kinda spoiled just now! So sorry, guys! I really like the dark design and it matches the book cover perfectly!

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  • Buttons/Badges by BookOtter: These are four badges/buttons created for fans of A Shade of Magic (which I also haven’t read yet) and exclusively for this box! I love these exclusive things, and even though I don’t even know the basic storyline of A Shade of Magic I think they’re pretty cute and I love the quote on the first one!

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  • Sticker by BookOtter: Next thing was a Felis Felicis sticker that was exclusively designed for FairyLoot! I immediately stuck it to the back of my laptop so maybe I’ll have some more luck with writing reviews 😅

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  • Necklace by Pastel Clouds Jewelry: This is my favorite goodie from this box!! The necklace has a little Matrjoshka doll charm on it, that again fits the books topic! I am absolutely in love with the necklace, it is just so beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it! It has a really nice length and feels like it’s of quite good quality!
  • Poster by GoodNightKittens: Again, I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy yet and I don’t know anything about it, but I really like the dark color scheme and the design. It’s a Grisha Second Army mini poster and I’m probably going to decorate one of my notebooks with it 😊

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  • Notebook by Literary Emporium: Again this is Grisha themed and also exclusively designed for this box! I think it’s awesome that FairyLoot is able to provide so many exclusive items and they all are a very great match for the theme of this month! And – I can never have enough notebooks!!

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Bonus Item:

  • Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom postcards: Again these were exclusive and I think they have really great designs and these books are definitely on my TBR  list!

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The Book: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to 28220892parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

The Synopsis of this book seems really interesting and what I’ve read so far is promising, I can’t wait to read it, but I am pretty busy right now so it might take some time! I love the cover and – I can’t count how many times I have already said this – I love books that are based on fairytales, mythology, folklore and things like that so that is an extra plus point right there!!

 

Summing up my experience with FairyLoot I can say that I totally loved my box and I am planning on ordering the November box as well – I am ALREADY excited for that one!

What are your experiences with subscription boxes? Have you ordered a FairyLoot box before?

Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Hi guys! Happy Monday to all Y’all out there, I hope you had a not-too-bad Monday so far! Today I am going to be posting a review for one of the books from my last Top 5 Wednesday  post and sadly I have to say that this is going to be my first review with mixed feelings about the book…

Short description:

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can also find the book here!

First off some main info:

Author: Olivia Rivers29401076

Title: Tone Deaf

PublishedMay 3rd, 2016

Series: Standalone Novel

Would I recommend it: Yes if you can work with a annoying                                                  female lead

Version: Amazon Kindle Version (288 pages)

Rating: 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars Rating

 

My Opinion:

This book!!! When I first saw this book on Amazon and read the synopsis afterwards I was extremely excited to read this book as soon as possible. And it wasn’t really disappointing but it also wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. My first impression of the book was actually still very good but as the story continued and ventured into deeper topics it kinda lost me a little bit. This wasn’t due to the topics this book explored but more to the fact, that the exploration didn’t go as deep as I would’ve wished it to. I think this is the kind of book that is a lighter read with deep topics (if that makes sense) which is really good in-between books.

Let’s talk a little more about the story. This book contains an interesting story about abuse, deafness, new love and a lot of music. I absolutely love books with music as a topic and found this one really interesting because I hadn’t read a book that delved into deafness combined with a love for music before. Exploring this topic of deafness, in combination with music and also by itself, was really interesting and I loved reading about Ali’s ways of “hearing” and understanding the world around her!

I also really liked the promise of being pulled into a story dealing with abuse but that just didn’t really happen… I don’t really know why but I just didn’t feel the story. I felt like someone watching it and not like I was a part of the story which is usually how I want to feel when reading. In this book I didn’t really feel with the characters in their pain of being abused which is definitely a minus point. Another thing that I did like though was, how the author told the story of Ali and Jace falling in love and building a relationship under less than stellar circumstances. Also how Ali found her way back to music was beautiful, even though it wasn’t a really big part of the storyline.

In general I can say that I liked the idea of the story a lot and maybe even a little better than the actual story, because I sometimes missed the depth in some parts of the story.

Okay so, obviously, characters are a big part of the story and if I don’t like a character, that plays an important role and is meant to be likable, this takes away a lot of my reading pleasure. Alisson Collins was such a person. At the beginning I quite liked her but as soon as I got to know her better I started to dislike her. This has multiple reasons, I think, but I can’t really put my finger on them… One definitely was that she didn’t like Killer for most of the time – Who wouldn’t love him?!?! But through Jace’s help she becomes a more likable character towards the end and I really love them both together in the epilogue!

The characters that I really enjoyed though were all the band members of Tone Deaf but most of all I loved Jace. On the outside he might seem like a rude, entitled and like a straight up douchebag but as soon as you take a closer look you find the truth! He is really loving and cares incredibly much for people who are important to him. He also is loyal to a fault – Come on, he takes Ali in just because she is being abused and puts the success of his whole band on the line!! Many people do not like the way he treats his fans. Okay guys, I can understand people being upset about him being SO late to his own concerts BUT I can’t at all understand anyone being upset about his reaction to Fans leaving. I think his reaction is perfectly alright, because nowadays a lot of “Fans” do not genuinely like a band’s music but are more interested in their status, and hoe listening to them will raise their own popularity. So looking at Jace’s nonchalance towards his leaving fans this way, I think it everyone should understand this reaction – at least to an extend.

I almost forgot one thing: I Absolutely Love Arrow And Killer Being In A Relationship!! I don’t think you can find a lot of homosexual relationships in these YA books, but in this one their love is shown so openly and is widely accepted amongst Tone Deaf’s fans. This is one point of the book that is just so incredibly awesome it made me squeal when I read it! smiling-face-with-open-mouth-and-cold-sweat

So, to finish this review of I want to say that I did enjoy reading this book even though I think it had a few flaws. It is an easy read even though it deals with some serious topics and most of the characters are very likable and make you fall in love with them and the story!

I want to apologize! I feel like this review was horrible and I didn’t know how to change that. I felt kinda off today but I wanted to post this review anyway and I hope you can get at least a little joy and information out of it! If you’ve come this far I want to thank you very much for reading and I would love to hear your opinion on the book in the comments! I hope y’all have a great day and see read you some other time! 🙂