Valentine’s Day Moodboard

Hopefully everyone had an amazing day yesterday; single, taken or married. I just wanted to drop by and post a moodboard of flowers and some other valentine’s related things.


And thank you for 100 (now 103) follows!

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A song to get you through

Hi guys!

It’s been two weeks since my last post and I thought after all the news that keep hitting people in the face every day, I’d share a song that deals with exactly these issues and the thoughts you might have.

My life has become more turbulent again and I didn’t feel like Blogging, therefore I’m likely going to keep writing short posts like this one in between to have at least a little bit of content.

This isn’t a review, simply a recommendation. I hope you like this track. Let me know what you think of it!

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


dreamExpected publication: May 2nd 2017

Goodreads blurb: Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.


A lab, insomnia and nighmares instead of peaceful sleep? Sign me up!

Link me to your WoW if you’d like and have a great day!


PS: does anybody know where Jill went? There hasn’t been a new post up since August…

 

One Year Anniversary and Announcement / January 9th 2017

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Hi! Yes, you read that right, it’s been one year since I’ve started this Blog. Exciting and also weird, because it sure didn’t feel like a full 12 months. At all.

Here’s how it all started, this was my first post on this Blog. Click on the link if you’re interested in looking back at it.


Here’s some statistics of 2016:

The most popular post of 2016 was the single review of Knock Me Off My Feet by Dan Talevski. Read it here, if you haven’t already.

Moving on to the announcement! I currently can’t afford the giveaway I want to do, which consists of a combination of things… so I thought it would be a good idea to share what has been in the works for some weeks now (months, actually) – you can request a customized playlist! You’ll get between 8 to 15 tracks per playlist. Read more about how to request one here. (The page is still in the works, but will be finished by Wednesday, so don’t forget to check back!)

A few ideas for specific playlists you can request:

  • workout
  • wedding
  • inspirational
  • based on emotion (sad, angry, happy, in love, … you get the idea)
  • car drives
  • discover new genres
  • anything you come up with

If you need the playlist until a certain date, tell me in the subject so I can get back to you and let you know if I can fit your request in my schedule. Always consider that I’ll need at least a week to put one playlist together. If I only have one week, there won’t be as many songs, so it’s best to request two weeks in advance. (I might change the amount of time I need to create a playlist along the way, depending on my schedule apart from the blog, so always check this link, since I’ll update the page, not this post) If you want more than one playlist, you’ll logically have to wait longer. I’m asking you to not request more than one (absolute max. is two) playlists at once and only once every month, so that I can provide as many of you with a list as I can. Requesting playlists is, of course, free! I’m not doing this as a professional, therefore please bear with me.

Send your requests to this email: followingmuses@yahoo.com

Disclaimer: You’re only getting the playlist, not the songs, so I recommend you use a streaming service, YouTube or SoundCloud. Personally, I’ve been using Deezer (the free plan, it’s with ads, read here why I – currently – don’t pay for a streaming service. I’ll probably write a new post as to why I’m considering to start using the paid Deezer Plan – which I used for 3 months as they offered it for 99 Cents. Let me know if you’re interested in reading that.)

Last year I focused on 70% (?) books and 30% (? I didn’t calculate this, just guessing here) music, this year I want to spread my content more evenly on books, music, tv series/movies and articles and discussions. Hopefully you’ll enjoy most of what’s coming!

There will also be a new meme that I’m working on, hopefully I’ll introduce you all to it in spring, once I got the hang of my schedule with the playlist making, blogging in general and life.


I hope all of you had a great day! Here’s to another year of Following Muses.

Note: it was one minute before January 10th when this went up, in Germany anyway.

Update: The book(s) that broke my reading slump

You may or may not know this, but I’ve been in a bad reading slump for months and it seems like the reason was picking up books with chapters – so, novels – when I needed to read poems. Short, sweet, lyrical texts. Pure magic wrapped in words, visualized by ink on paper. I’m not completely sure if the reading slump is gone for good or just took a break, but as of right now it seems to be gone.

Here’s the two books that pulled me out of the reading slump!


All The Words Left Unsaid: From My Heart To Yours by Ryan Drake

a1Goodreads blurb:

[…] A poetry book to describe the times of hurting, the times of searching, the times of finding and the times of loving another human being – in all their beauty. Scars, flaws and all. 

Short review / my thoughts right after finishing the book: Lovely book with heartfelt poems to read through when you’re feeling down or you need an escape from the world. I realized a few things while reading these words. Open your heart and you will too. Highly recommend! 4 / 5 stars

Some favorites:


The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

a2Goodreads blurb:

[…] A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My thoughts right after finishing the book: In tears. So beautiful. 5 / 5 stars

Note: There really wasn’t more to say.

Here are some of my favorites:


Have you read one or even both of these? What did you think about them/the excerpts above?

If you have any recommendations based on these two, I’d love to hear!

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


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Waste of Space is set to be released on 12th July 2017.

Synopsis from goodreads:

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.


I’m about 20 minutes late to post this (in my timezone) – so just going to sum up why I’m waiting real quick! 1. the title. It caught my attention because the day I discovered it on NetGalley was when I had just read a Tumblr post (is this too old school blogging?) about “wasting space” as in literally taking up too much room. 2. the cover. It’s different, I liked that a lot, even though it’s not a “pretty” cover per se. The font is a little off, but it doesn’t bother me at all. 3. the blurb. It simply sounds like an amazing mash-up of things I don’t read too much of, but would like to read. Spaceship (uh, yes please!), reality show (in this context? You bet!), FAKE production (I’m intrigued), communication cuts off (I need to know what they are going to do.)

This was longer than I expected it to be. Now it’s almost half past midnight… that’s it now!


Let me know what you think about this book and if you plan on reading it. s always, leave a link to your WoW if you’d like to. I hope you all have an amazing day!

 

Book Sacrifice TAG

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so it’s definitely time to finally do the Book Sacrifice tag. Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews tagged me – in April. I’m sooo behind on tags it’s actually kind of funny. Check her post out here. I’m sorry it took me so long to write this, time flies incredibly fast this year. Thank you again for tagging me Lauren!


An over-hyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the Zombies?

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I didn’t hate this book, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it to be. 3 stars.


A sequel

Situation: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

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No further explanation needed. I just mentioned this series in a post two weeks ago, you can read it here if you’re interested. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


My last WoW was in September – it’s time to post another one.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies is set to be released on Jan 3rd 2017.

Synopsis from goodreads:

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.


A book that deals with OCD and Agoraphobia? Just give it to me already! I’m very excited to see how this is portrayed and executed. The cover has beautiful watercolor on it as well, which is always a plus.

Have you heard of Under Rose-Tainted Skies and do you want to read it as well? Leave a link to your Waiting On post if you want, so I can check it out!

Book series I don’t plan on finishing

All readers will likely have at least one book series they don’t intend to ever finish. Today, I want to highlight those books; the ones that couldn’t win me over. The books with characters not written real enough or who I didn’t connect with at all. Not to forget all the books that had a promising plot, but the story didn’t develop enough, was poorly executed, etc. Even the books I simply grew out of and am not interested in like I was years ago.

But I’m rambling now, so let’s talk books! Titles link to goodreads.

  • Faith (read first two volumes) This comic was not for me. I didn’t get invested in the story at all and didn’t care about the characters either. 1 Star.
  • Fallen (read up to book 3) I really thought I would be able to force myself through the rest of these books. For some reason I enjoyed the first two books and gave them 5 stars. The third book ‘Passion’ still got 3 stars from me. If I had to rate them again, they would either get 1 or 2 stars. The MC was annoying, the storyline sounded promising, but ended up being very repetitive and told with barely any passion.
  • Magische Sechzehn / German book, English title would be ‘Magical sixteen’ (read first novel, won it in a giveaway) Enjoyable and light, but I’m not the targeted age group. My recommendation would be to read it, if you’re less than 17 years old or if you want to be reminded in how it was to be/turn 16. And obviously if you speak German, as this hasn’t been translated into another language yet.
  • The Poison Diaries (read first novel) The Poison Diaries disappointed me on so many levels. It’s one of those books you think is okay, but then after giving a rating (2 stars in my case) you really want to take another star off.
  • Twilight (read up to book 3) Don’t judge me, but I’m one of those who read the books after seeing the movies. They were alright at the time, but right now I don’t have any interest in reading the last book Breaking Dawn. It’s almost 800 pages, if it weren’t such a chunky book, I probably would have picked it up to be done with the series, but saving the time to read other books seems more logical here.

Have you read any of these books? Or are any of them on your tbr? Did you enjoy them more than me? Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear!

Life update: On time management, reading slumps and NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone! I’m back from the dead! Literally… life got the best of me and between trying to stay on top of everything going on apart from this Blog, trying to move forward in terms of the always growing to-do list and winter arriving in Germany, I caught a cold that wasn’t your normal “I can still somewhat function” type of cold. Feeling terrible is even worse when you don’t look sick (so everyone thinks you’re exaggerating), but have a fever that’s slowly cooking you from the inside and a voice that’s suddenly two octaves deeper (are prank calls still a thing? Perfect opportunity.)

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Anyway, here I am at 2am writing a life update, for everyone who might be interested in what I’ve been up to!

Time management can take a toll on all of us, and it sure did take me a lot of willpower to keep moving, to not give up and lose sight of the bigger picture. It was hard. It still is, but as the year is slowly (or rather fast. How is it almost December already? Time is an interesting concept…) coming to a close, I’m hoping to start energized and with more strength into the new year! Speaking of hopes, I’m also hoping to finally revive this little corner of the Internet after barely reading, commenting, writing anything. Did anybody else have trouble with time management? Let me know by leaving a comment, and if you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!

The reading slump is still going strong. No matter what book I start, I don’t get past the 25% mark. It just won’t happen. This must be a curse, I’m sure of that. The goal was to read 40 books this year, so far I’ve read nine. I’m not kidding you, that’s really it. This is the cold truth. Blaming it on 2016. It’s a legit excuse now. Feel free to quote me on this.

Now to the fun part, NaNoWriMo! I’m participating for the first time ever! Planned on participating one day since 2014, but the time never seemed right. Considering everything that’s going on currently, it still isn’t the right time. BUT I got an email from Novlr, which I’ve been using since it first came out. Actually, even before that, it was free back then and still in development. (They’re adding new features all the time, too!) Anyway, they said Novlr is free for the whole month of November and of course I had to participate! Just for the sake of participating. There’s no way I will get close to writing 50k words, a miracle would be needed. My current word count is 4,619. Better than nothing, right? If you’re participating as well, add me as a writing buddy! 

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How have you been up to? What did I miss?

PS: I’m currently working on a new feature (monthly or biweekly) to include on this blog, so keep an eye out for that! It’ll hopefully be finished around new years eve and uploaded within the first week of 2017.