2016 Wrap-Up

2016 is over and I must say, reading-wise it was a very successful year for me! I managed to read a total of 46 books with a total of 16051 pages. The shortest book I read last year was Zenith (64 pages) and the longest book was Lady Midnight (698 pages) which was also my favorite read of the year *-* On average I gave 4.1 stars to the books I read and I just love goodreads because they’re the reason I even know all these things! 😀


January 2016

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

March 2016

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (★★★★☆)

 

April 2016

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (★★★★☆)
  • Im Krebsgang by Günter Grass (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

May 2016

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)

 

June 2016

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (★★★★★)

 

July 2016

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (★★★☆☆)
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (★★★★☆)
  • The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris (★★★★☆)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (★★★★★)
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (★★★★☆)
  • Sei schlau, stell dich dumm by Daniela Katzenberger (★★★☆☆)

 

August 2016

  • Liebesfluch by Beatrix Gurian (★★★☆☆)
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (★★★☆☆)
  • Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon (★★★★☆)
  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (★★★☆☆)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (★★★★★)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (★★★★☆)
  • Küsse & Café au Lait by Susanne Fülscher (★☆☆☆☆)
  • New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson (★★★★★)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (★★★★★)

 

September 2016

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (★★★★★)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The One by Kiera Cass (★★★★★)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass (★★★★☆)
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass (★★★☆☆)
  • Too Late by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Smut by Karina Halle (★★★★★)
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (★★★☆☆)
  • Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (★★★★☆)
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)

 

October 2016

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (★★★☆☆)
  • Walking Disaster (★★★★☆)

 

November 2016

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (★★★★★)
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

 

December 2016

  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (★★★★☆)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn (★★☆☆☆)
  • Let It Snow by John Green (★★★☆☆)
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (★★★★☆)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (★★★☆☆)

 

How many books did you read in 2016 and which one was your favorite? ♥

Nina

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2017 Reading Challenge

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I’ve recently been scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled upon a couple of 2017 reading challenges. I’d actually already been wanting to make one for 2016 but completely forgot about it. This year though, I decided to take 15 things from different reading challenges and turn them into my own reading challenge. I’ll do my best to complete everything on this list by the end of this year 🙂

  1. an award-winning book
  2. a book based on a true story
  3. a book set in my home country (Germany)
  4. a book of poetry
  5. a book that’s been on my TBR for way too long
  6. a book with one of the four seasons in the title
  7. a book by multiple authors
  8. a bestseller from a genre I don’t usually read
  9. a book published in 2017
  10. a book in a foreign language (meaning neither English nor German)
  11. a book that is being turned into a movie in 2017
  12. a bestseller from 2016
  13. a book that’s more than 800 pages
  14. a book published more than 100 years ago
  15. a previously banned book

December Wrap-Up

Happy new year everyone!

Sorry for my long absence and for not posting on a regular basis but things are still crazy and there’s just so much to do. I can’t believe 2016 is already over, time is just running by so fast and now it’s almost time for finals.

But even though I had to prepare for finals, I still managed to read 5 books which was only possible because of Christmas. I read 4 out of those 5 books over Christmas … 😀

I’m really happy with the amount of books I read and really hope I’ll be able to continue reading at least 2 books per month in 2017!

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – 4 out of 5 stars

I was really, really excited for this book before I started reading it and I must say that I was a little disappointed at first. I just didn’t really like the first 300 pages of this book. The story was just kind of boring and nothing I would’ve usually wanted to read. But I actually love Colleen Hoover’s writing and so I continued reading anyways and I’m glad I did. At around the 300th page there was this major plot twist and suddenly so many unexpected things were revealed that made this story interesting and gripping again. The first 300 pages were only worth like 2 out of 5 stars in my opinion but the last 100 were absolutely awesome and worth a lot more than 5 stars which is why I’m giving Hopeless 4 out of 5 stars 🙂

 

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn – 2 out of 5 stars

This book only has 260 pages but it still took me several weeks to finish it. For one because I had a crazy amount of stuff to do for college (finals are coming up yay ….) but also because this book was rather boring.
I began reading it because I was hoping it would get me into a christmassy mood but even though this book basically revolves around Christmas, it just didn’t help. I’m in a christmassy mood now but only because in Germany we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and not because the last 60 pages were suddenly so much better than the first 200 pages.
Nothing really happened in this book and while I don’t think that every book must be full of action and plot twist, I would’ve just preferred it if anything a little more interesting or simply surprising had happened in this book. I also kind of felt like I was reading a children’s book. Maybe at the age of 19 I’m just too old for this book but the characters are like 16 but basically acted like 12-year-olds most times.
But despite all of that I still really liked the writing style of the two authors and I thought it was a cute story that just made me fall asleep at least one too many times.
All in all, I’m still giving this book 2 out of 5 stars but I definitely won’t be reading the sequel :/

 

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle – 3 out of 5 stars

I should’ve definitely read this book before Christmas because unlike the one I actually read, this one did manage to put me into a bit of a christmassy mood.
I really liked the first short story by Maureen Johnson. It was just so cute and also very well written. I also enjoyed John Green’s short story even though it wasn’t as good as the first story. So it this book had only consisted of those two stories, I would’ve definitely given it 4 stars but there was still a third story in it.
Lauren Myracle’s story was kind of nice as well because you got to meet all the characters from the first two stories again but apart from that it was just boring and absolutely nothing actually really happened during those 140 pages. The main character was an absolute brat and made me want to throw the book at my Christmas tree a couple of times (don’t worry I didn’t do it because I love my tree too much). So long story short, because of that story I’m only giving 3 stars to let it snow but I would still recommend this book to others because the first two short stories are definitely worth a read! 🙂

 

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger – 4 out of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to watch the movie ever since it came out but I decided to read the book first which I’m really glad about because I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read and it only took me a couple of hours to actually finish the duff. It was very well written and I also really liked the main character. The only negative thing I could say about this book is that it’s very cliché and your typical high school teen romance with an “ugly” girl, the hot guy, the pretty friends and a lot of screwing around.
But like I said, I really enjoyed the duff and so I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars!

 

Paper Towns by John Green – 3 out of 5 stars

“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

This was already my second attempt at reading paper towns. The first time I finished about 45% of it and this time I managed to get through the entire thing. I had really high expectations for this book because I loved tfios so much and unfortunately I must say that paper towns kind of disappointed me.

The book is divided into three different parts and only one of them was really interesting. Unfortunately that part was very short and extremely rushed and the part that I think was the most boring one, was twice as long as it. I just feel like John green could have written a lot more about the first part of the book and could’ve shortened the second part because nothing really happened at all. That’s why the book also never really got me hooked and I also believe that this was the reason I quit reading it the first time.

I did like the characters though, they were unique and interesting. The only character I absolutely couldn’t stand was Margo Roth Spiegelman, the female protagonist. She was just too much of a brat and way too weird for my liking. Yes, she’s just a character in a book and not all characters can be normal and boring like me – and I usually find it interesting to read about characters that have a completely different personality from mine – but she was just way too freaky in my opinion and also too self-centered. That why I also didn’t really like the ending of the book; I even skipped most paragraphs because I just couldn’t get myself to read the entire last 20 pages because her story just didn’t interest me at all anymore now that I had already read like 300 pages about a boy obsessing about her.

Still, I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. Even though I didn’t fall in love with it, it was still well written. It featured some interesting and likeable characters and John green’s unique writing style made sure it was a lot better than it would’ve probably been if it had been written by someone else.

 

These are all the books I read in December. What books did you read last month?

Nina ♥

November Wrap-Up

Hi everybody,

December has started which means it’s finally time to listen to Christmas songs again while eating countless cookies and actually having an excuse for it 😀 But December also means that it’s time for my November Wrap-Up which is fairly small compared to the wrap-ups of the past couple of months. I only managed to read three books because I had so much to do for college. We’re already nearing the end of the semester and I have finals next months which means that things will probably not get better over the next couple of weeks. But considering that I had so much work to do, I’m actually really happy with the amount of books I’ve read because I definitely could’ve done worse 😀

But long story short, here are the three books I read in November:

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – 5 out of 5 stars

The first book I read in November was “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. It’s a book that had been on my TBR for ages now and I’m so glad I finally found time to read it. I’d been really excited for it and my expectations were definitely met. Paula Hawkins’ writing style was flawless and the story was very gripping. I just couldn’t put the book down anymore; I read the first half on my way to Berlin and the second half on my way back home without putting the book down even once. I would’ve never been able to foresee the ending before starting the book; it took me until page 340 to “solve the puzzle” and to know what had actually happened. If I’d read the book again, I’d probably find some clues that would point to the actual ending of the book but while reading it the first time, the ending just completely surprised me! The girl on the train is an awesome book that absolutely deserves 5 out of 5 stars!!!

 

Confess by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

My second read of November was “Confess” by Colleen Hoover and I was so, so excited for it because I absolutely love Colleen’s writing. Sometimes I’m asking myself if she is even capable of writing a book that isn’t awesome … and I think the answer is no. Confess is a beautiful book with a very gripping storyline. And once again one of Colleen’s books made me grin like an idiot before almost making me cry. She just always manages to make you fall in love with the protagonists before breaking not only their hearts but also yours. She always manages to give me all the feels and even though I hate her for always sending me on a ride on an emotional rollercoaster, I also love her for doing it because I just can’t get enough of her writing style and she can happily continue breaking my heart if it means she’s going to keep writing such amazing books! 5 out of 5 stars for this gem!

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 4 out of 5 stars

Yes, I finally did it. I read Throne of Glass. I feel like everyone has already read this series and I’m literally the only one left who hasn’t read all the books yet which is why I decided that it’s time to finally read the first book.

I had really high expectations for Throne of Glass because everyone has been saying such good things about it and I expected to absolutely fall in love with it. Well, long story short, I didn’t fall in love with it but I really liked it. I feel like it took me a long time to actually get into the book which is why I deducted one star. Reading the first 100 to 150 pages took me about a week and I was quite bummed about that because I thought I’d be obsessed with the book and read it within like 2 days. But I guess that was only the case because everyone’s constantly praising the series and everyone who hasn’t read it yet (if there’s even anyone left :D) just expects to immediately fall in love with it as well. And even though it took me quite some time to get into the book, I really, really liked the rest of it. It’s a very interesting novel and I love how it features such a strong and independent female protagonist. I’m definitely gonna read the second part of the series soon and if you haven’t read this book yet, you should definitely check it out! Just try to have lower expectations than I had, I’m sure it’ll help you to get into the book a little faster 😀

 

What books did you read last month? 

I hope you’ll have an awesome December!

Nina ♥

September & October Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

I’m sorry about having to combine my September and my October wrap-up but I just didn’t find time to do it at the end of September. I started college in late September and from one day to the other I didn’t have any free time anymore. College is definitely a lot more stressful than I expected it to be and while I still managed to read 11 books in September, in the future my wrap-ups are probably gonna look a little more like the October part of this post (3 books). At the beginning of my time at college, I was struggling a lot with the new situation and with the fact that college is so different from school. But I’m feeling a lot better now and I’ve gotten used to college and I’m definitely more positive about everything and will hopefully be able to plan my day a little better in the next couple of weeks so that I’ll be able to post on here a little more often again!

xoxo, Nina ♥

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Back in 2013 I read the first three books in the series (The Selection, The Elite and The One) for the first time and I absolutely loved them. But I didn’t actually buy a copy of the fourth and the fifth book in the series until July or August 2016 meaning some time had already passed since reading the first books and I had already forgotten most of the details. And so I decided to read all five books at the beginning of September and I honestly don’t regret it at all. I managed to read the entire series in only five days which means that I read one book per day and you honestly just forget time while reading these books. Suddenly you’re on the last page and it’s all over.  I’m just going to quickly tell you which of the books I liked best and which part I didn’t like that much because you can find longer reviews on my Goodreads account.

The first book in the series, The Selection, is an awesome novel and I loved it just as much as I have loved it the first time I read it. The Elite is also a very good book but I only gave it four out of five stars because the main character, America, was starting to become really, really annoying. The One is definitely my favorite out of the five books even though America was still very annoying. Before Kiera Cass wrote the fourth book in the series, this was the ending of the trilogy and I loved the ending and still love it. In my opinion she could’ve also ended the entire series after this book and if I ever should reread the books again, I’ll only reread the first three books. The fourth and the fifth book weren’t horrible but they just weren’t as good as the first books. The Heir was still a good book. I actually got used to the new main character quite quickly but she was also very annoying and literally just a spoiled little brat. But the whole story around her was still great and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars anyway. My least favorite part of the series though was definitely the fifth book, The Crown. I just absolutely hated the ending of it and in my opinion it just didn’t make sense at all. The ending was full of what I would call insta-love and some other things that absolutely annoyed me. It was an okay book but I only gave it 3 stars.

Longer reviews:

The Selection / The Elite / The One / The Heir / The Crown

 

Too Late by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

Back when I read my first Colleen Hoover book, November 9, I immediately fell in love with her writing style and put all of her books on my TBR. In September though, I was scrolling through her Instagram and saw that she has a Wattpad account with a free story on it. And so I checked it out and it’s actually true, she has an entire book up on Wattpad. FOR FREE! I was literally in heaven and immediately began reading it. To be honest, the book is quite heavy. It has a really dark topic (sexual assault and violence) and should only be read by a mature audience. Also, you really shouldn’t have a problem with detailed sex scenes if you want to read this book. Anyway, this book was brilliant and I loved it even though it had such a dark topic. It was interesting and gripping and I’m so glad I found it!

Click here to read my long review of “Too Late”.

 

Smut by Karina Halle – 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads is an awesome place to find new books to read and this is one of the many books I found while scrolling through my friends’ updates. I’ve never read anything by Karina Halle before but I really liked the synopsis of this novel and so I thought I’d give it a try. Even though the book is called “Smut”, it’s not one of these really smutty SM books even though there are a couple of explicit sex scenes in it. Primarily, this book is about two writers who have to write a book together and that’s what made me read it. I love writing myself and have already written a book before and I just loved reading a book about the relationship of two writers. It was well written and a lovely story. I really liked the characters and I think I’ll definitely reread it one day and have also already gotten myself another one of Karina Halle’s novels. I just had to give this beauty 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my entire review of “Smut”.

 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 3.5 out of 5 stars

I found this book at the second-hand book store and really liked the synopsis, so I thought I’d just give it a go. Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. It wasn’t anything I’d never read before but I still enjoyed it. I really liked the author’s writing style and since the male character was Mexican, this book also showed me that I have not (yet) forgotten all the Spanish I learned in school which was quite comforting 😀 But it took me a long time to get into the book and the first 100 pages were a little boring. Also, most of the things that happened in the book were quite predictable and nothing that happened surprised me at all. That’s why I only gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my long review of “Perfect Chemistry”.

 

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg – 4 out of 5 stars

Many of you might already know that I am not too fond of the first book in the Girl Online series. It was just way too cliché and childish. But a lot of people told me that the second book is already a lot better than the first one and so I decided to still give it a go. Just like the first book, Girl Online On Tour was a very quick read but it wasn’t very gripping and it also didn’t include any surprising plot twists. The female protagonist was still very clumsy (unrealistically clumsy in my opinion) and even though she was a year older than she had been in the first book, she was still extremely childish which, once again, annoyed the heck out of me. It may sound like this book was worse than the first one but it actually wasn’t. The male protagonist was finally acting a little more like an 18 or 19-year-old guy and Zoe’s writing style has also improved (There weren’t as many OKs as there were in the first book. I literally almost leaped for joy when I saw that!!!).  All in all it was a quick and cute read which was a lot better than Girl Online and since I gave GO 3 stars, I just had to give 4 stars to this book.

Click here for my entire review of “Girl Online On Tour”.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve already talked about my newfound obsession with Colleen Hoover’s writing and so I naturally had to read another one of her books in September. So I ordered Ugly Love (along with It Ends With Us) and I really don’t regret having spent my money on it. It was awesome. At some points it made me grin like an idiot and then it managed to break my heart a little. Ugly Love is an incredibly gripping book and I just couldn’t put it down anymore, I would’ve literally read it in one setting if I hadn’t had to take care of other things as well. I just had to give 5 out of 5 stars to Ugly Love and I can’t wait for the movie!!!

Click here for my entire review of “Ugly Love”.

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

It Ends With Us was the last book I read in September and it was probably the one that stunned me the most. This book hurt me so much; it broke my heart … several times.
‘It ends with us’ made me feel everything. It made me grin like an idiot and it made me cry both because I was happy and because I was sad. Colleen Hoover created such an intense book and the topic is a very important one but it also makes you feel so many things you don’t expect to feel!
I had to put this book down several times because it was just too much for me. I didn’t want things to go the way they went and it hurt me so much, I never thought I could feel such things because of the plot of a book!!

The ending of this book broke my heart over and over again because I just didn’t want it to end that way. I wanted it to go differently, I wanted Colleen to just change the plot because she could’ve easily done that, but if it had ended differently, it wouldn’t have been as realistic as it is now. I don’t know if this book hurt me so much because it was just such a sad story or because I know that the things that happened to Lily could easily happen to all of us and no one is safe from it!

Anyway, ‘it ends with us’ has such an important message and I would recommend it to everyone. Just know that it will give you all the feels and that it’s quite a heavy book. You can try to prepare for what you’re going to feel, but in the end it will hit you when you don’t expect it. This book is a little masterpiece and it definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars!!!

 

October Wrap-Up

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Cassandra Clare and all the novels she has written so far. I’m always looking forward to reading a little more about the shadowhunter world and so I just had to immediately get Lady Midnight when I saw it at the bookstore even though I probably paid a little more for it than I would’ve paid online. But I literally don’t regret it because this book was amazing! It took me a month to finish it but definitely not because it was boring or too slow-paced, I just didn’t have time next to college and it drove me crazy because I just wanted to find out what was gonna happen next. Lady Midnight was a very gripping read and I absolutely loved the two protagonists Emma and Julian. In my opinion Cassandra Clare is still one of the queens of plot twists and she once again showed it in this novel. I don’t even know what else to say about it except that I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next part in the series!

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 3 out of 5 stars

This book was just what I needed to read in October. I was (and still am) extremely stressed because of college and just wanted to read something I didn’t have to think too much about. In that regard, Beautiful Disaster was the perfect book. It’s a nice and quick read and I definitely enjoyed it but I just didn’t fall in love with it. Beautiful Disaster is full of clichés and definitely nothing new I’ve never read before. It was very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me. At the beginning of the book I could’ve probably already told you what would happen in the end and I would’ve been right about it. That’s why I only gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 4 out of 5 stars

Walking Disaster is the sequel of Beautiful Disaster and it’s basically just the same story from a different point of view. I was a little reluctant to start this book and if I hadn’t already bought both books together, I would’ve probably not read it at all. But Walking Disaster was actually a lot better than I’d expected it to be. Travis’ POV was honestly a lot more interesting than Abby’s and the few new scenes and the new epilogue that were included in this book were actually quite interesting. Except for some minor spelling mistakes and the fact that the story still is full of clichés, there’s actually nothing bad to say about Walking Disaster and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

And that’s it for my September and October Wrap-Up. I had actually hoped I would have more time to read some books next to college but I guess that’s not gonna be the case. So the next months my wrap-ups will probably look a little more like the October part of this post than the September part of it :/

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one of them was your favorite?