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.
I didn’t finish Labyrinth Lost, but I reached the 25% mark.
Initially 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.
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.
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 31st. Head 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
#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
#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
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!
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?).
This week I am waiting on Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil, set to be published on October 4th 2016.
Description from goodreads:Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in schooll. When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn’t want to tell him who she is. But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails.
Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.
It’s still Wednesday for another 30 minutes (and until my birthday! Time is running, I can’t believe I’m turning 20tomorrow), so I’m dropping by real fast to post this.
Girls Like Me sounds like an amazing story for in between very dense books. Pink has never been high on my preferred colors list, but this cover is absolutely beautiful. It just makes me happy for some reason. Is this only me or did anybody else feel like this looking at the cover?
Have you heard of Girls Like Me? Tell me your highly anticipated release(s) in the comments section or leave me a link to your Waiting On Wednesday.
Hello everyone! I thought about this a lot recently, especially when reading posts from my favourite Blogs – how exactly do I give back to these lovely people? What would be a good way of showing that I really enjoy what they have to say/share?
Maybe a few of you have thought the same, so I came up with this list of things you can do to support your favourite bloggers!
Like the posts – This is the fastest way of showing that you have read and enjoyed their post. Sometimes you might think it’s not a big support for us, but a like is definitely appreciated, because it’ll let us know you read and enjoyed the post.
Comment – Just leave a few words here and there. Start a discussion or simply say that you enjoyed reading their post. Commenting is great because you took the time to leave a little (or even long) message. Trust me, the Blogging community is very friendly and supportive, so you don’t have to feel nervous or be shy about commenting.
Leave critical Feedback – Chances are every blogger wants to improve. If you have an idea on how they could improve their writing or something they could add to their posts, say it! I guarantee you, input is much appreciated. Even if you’re just pointing out a typo or inform us that the font isn’t big enough and not very comfortable to read – thank you for helping us improve!
Share – if you loved, loved, loved the post, share it. This doesn’t happen every day and if you share our posts – take my word on this one – you’ll make a bloggers’ day!
There even is a financial way of supporting your favourite Bloggers – without spending any extra money.
Look out for Affiliate Links – If you’re on a Book Bloggers page, look for affiliate links to pages like The Book Depository*, Audible or Amazon. If you wanted to purchase a book on one of those pages anyway, do it by using their link. The Blogger will get a small commission from the items you purchased and this doesn’t even effect the price for you at all. Sometimes you even get a discount (or find out that the page your favourite Blogger orders at offers lower prices)!
*this is my affiliate link to The Book Depository
It could look like this (affiliate links/banners are marked with a red frame):
I am officially back from my hiatus and hopefully won’t have to go on another anytime soon. To kick this Blog back into action I thought a tag would be a great idea. So here we go! I was tagged by Luna over at Luni Reads. Thank you so much Luna and excuse how long it took me to post this! (It’s been four! months y’all.) Check her post out here and definitely hit the follow button if you haven’t already.
How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Mainly Goodreads. All the books I want to read are saved there and categorized. Send me a friend request if you like! Until I discovered goodreads I used to use Thalia.de, which is a huge book shop chain in Germany. Sometimes I still use my account there, but mainly if I want to order a book from that company. The books that are very high on my TBR are somewhere on my Amazon and TheBookDepository wishlist (because my Goodreads TBR is currently at more than 1500 books. Judge me if you want.)
Is your TBR mostly print or ebooks?
My actual TBR of books that I own is by far mainly ebooks, most of which I got for very cheap or free. Talking about my TBR in general (all the books I hopefully will read one day) I’m thinking about buying most of them in print. How can anybody say no to a personal library? Or at least a little reading room.
A book that has been on your TBR pile the longest.