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!

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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.

Halloween Read-a-thon Wrap Up

The Halloween readathon ended on monday. I didn’t read a lot, but it was more than I would have read without the readathon, therefore it’s a success! The reading slump is still pulling me down and life is tearing at me from all sides. I’m hoping to get over this soon to put up more content again.

Anyway here’s my wrap up! (This was my tbr.)

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I didn’t finish Labyrinth Lost, but I reached the 25% mark.

40 pages.


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a6mInitially I had planned to Keep reading The May Queen Murders for this challange, but I ended up reading, or rather listening to the audiobook Monster 1983.

1 hour.


As you can see I barely managed to read for two hours. Either way it was worth it, at least I got around to finally knocking one book off of my tbr pile. The last book I finished, I read in April. Hoping this slump is over before the year ends!

A huge shoutout to Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews, who organized this amazing and fun readathon with all the beautiful banners! I’m definitely going to participate again the next time around.

 

Halloween Read-a-thon TBR

First off, I haven’t been very active on here in the past few weeks. (It was a month. And I feel guilty.) Time flies! I didn’t even notice it’s been that long since my last post. Anyways, the Halloween read-a-thon starts tomorrow and I’m a huge mood reader, therefore I’m only sharing my TBR now. Better late than never, right? I’m also hoping my reading slump will finally be over this month; I haven’t finished a book in what seems like forever.

Note: I’m writing this shortly before midnight, please excuse grammar and spelling mistakes. (Feel free to point them out, so I can correct them!)


This read-a-thon was created by the lovely Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews and it runs from the 10th of October until the 31stHead over to her post to read all about the challenges and details!

Another note: These awesome banners were all created by Lauren!

On to my TBR! Just let me check goodreads real quick… ah yes, there’s my list of books I have yet to read.

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Once Gone is the creepiest book cover of all the books I haven’t read yet. I feel like the cover model will suddenly start moving and stare out of the cover right into your eyes.

Pages: 204

Check it out on goodreads.


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I’m going to cheat a little on this one and choose a book that I already started. Only 13% in so far, so it’s still acceptable.

There’s witches, Brujas to be exact. I really hope this one manages to finally pull me out of this reading slump!

Pages: 336 (about 290 left)

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Nobody by Faydee to be released tomorrow // Why we’re excited

There are a lot of reasons to be excited for Faydee’s new single ft. Kat DeLuna and Leftside. I’ve asked the FaydeeArmy why they’re waiting excitedly for the new song:

And these were their answers:

According to Fayee this is going to be his best video yet!

Having fun on set is very important, because it always shows in the video, here’s Kat’s tweet:

Watch/Listen to some of Faydee’s latest songs:

 

 

 

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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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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is set to be released on May 7th 2017. Still a long wait, but considering the description, it’s worth it!

Description from goodreads:

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.


I’ve seen this one on NetGalley and the first sentence already won me over. Tea that is able to resurrect people? Um yes please!

Have you heard of The Bone Witch already? Also leave me a comment telling me what you’re waiting on this week, if you like!

Bad Vibrations (Deluxe Edition) by A Day To Remember

It is here! ADTR’s new album is finally out! First reaction: This is awesome, but… I kind of expected it to be heavier and faster. Second reaction: It actually is pretty heavy and fast-paced. Not near as good as their earlier albums though. I’ll get more into that later and state my thoughts to single tracks.

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Bad Vibrations Vinyl // Picture taken from ADTR’s official Twitter.

Instead of rushing through this review on the release date (September 2nd) I wanted to take a few days, let the music sit and re-listen a few times before sharing my final thoughts.

Favourite tracks: Bullfigt, Forgive and Forget, Turn Off The Radio, Justified.

Least favourite tracks: Same About You, In Florida, Negative Space.

Note: Title’s link to the YouTube video.

#1 Bad Vibrations / 3:33 / This is a very solid hardcore opening track. I enjoyed the softer/clean repetitions of growled/screamed verses in the refrain a lot. The guitar riffs are heavier than most other tracks on this album. Same goes for drums. I really like that once the clean vocals are in focus the instrumentals aren’t as prominent and sort of fade into the background. Favourite lines:

This pain is a sickness looming over me, and I can’t escape it
Casting shadows that continue to shape who I am on any given day

=> 6/10

#2 Paranoia / 3:20 / The first single we got to listen to. I really enjoyed it back then and still like it a lot now. Is it perfect? No. Is it an enjoyable, fast paced, heavy song? Yes. Paranoia switches between two rhythms and intensities, which I appreciate a lot in songs. The transitions could’ve been more fluent in my opinion. Therefore I think this track could’ve been longer, up to five minutes would have been possible. The potential is definitely there. Favourite lines:

It’s got me scared
Scared of the unknown
Unknown numbers been blowin up my phone

=> 8/10

#3 Naivety / 3:19 / The best part about Naivety are definitely the lyrics. They touch on an everyday topic – growing older and losing your naivety. Favourite lines:

All of the things we believed that we could do
Don’t wanna live by fear of failure

Where’s my naivety?

Somehow lost along the way

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My favourite YouTubers (so far)

Hello everyone! It’s been 10 days since my last post – I’m so sorry about the delay , barely reading and commenting on all of your wonderful posts, I’ve been really busy again  and when I actually had the time to write a post I just wasn’t feeling it or was distracted by social media (I’m guessing everyone here knows the struggle). Anyways, I’m back with a post today! Here are my favourite YouTubers, from booktube to music covers.

Starting off with booktube. Note: The order that these accounts are in right now is my current order. It will probably change within the next few weeks already, but the first three YouTubers are always at the very top, because I enjoy their videos so much!

1.TheBookHoarder

 


2.HollyByGollyBooks

 


3.Little Book Owl

 

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Rocket by Dan Talevski

Just two days ago Dan Talevski dropped a new single. It is upbeat, summer-y and comes with a heavy Michael Jackson vibe.

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Rocket by Dan Talevski

If you’ve been around this Blog since the beginning of 2016 you probably have read my review to Dan’s last single, Knock Me Off My Feet, and know how much I’ve loved it.

Rocket definitely outdid Knock Me Off My Feet. I absolutely love that this touches on Michael Jackson’s style to such a big extent while still being new and fresh material for your playlist.

The song has a crack at around 2:26 which is amazing, because it shakes up the rhythm and lets the listener dive deeper into the song right before it’s over so you click the replay button until it’s broken (we’re all guilty of doing this, aren’t we?).

But, convince yourself:

A solid 4 out of 5 stars

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