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!!!

 

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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?

 

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June Wrap-Up & July TBR

Hey everyone and happy 1st of July,

June is over and reading-wise it has been an okay month for me. I managed to read three  books and also started a fourth one which is pretty good, considering that I had to prepare for my last a-level exam. By the way, I passed that last exam and have now officially graduated from school *-*

June Wrap-Up

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Clockwork Prince & Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare – 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: Clockwork PrinceClockwork Princess

I read Clockwork Angel in May and so I had to immediately read Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess at the beginning of June. It took me a bit to get into Clockwork Angel but at the end of the first book I was hooked and extremely excited for the second and the third book of this series. And I must say, both books didn’t disappoint.

Just like all of Cassandra Clare’s novels they were beautifully written and had a great plot. Clockwork Princess even made me cry a little in the end and both books made me stay up until early in the morning several times.

The Infernal Devices is now officially my second favorite books series of all time and it was a great start into the month for me.

You can find full reviews for all three books from the series on my goodreads account:

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

Me Before was a book I was really excited for and just like the first two books I’ve read in June, it didn’t disappoint me at all. Instead, it gave me all the feels and literally left me in tears. I’m not a very sentimental person and I rarely cry, especially not when reading books or watching movies. But this book was the first book that ever really made me cry my eyes out.

Me Before You was such a beautiful and emotional read and I think I’m still not fully over it. I can’t wait to watch the movie but right now I don’t really have time to go to the cinema and it’s killing me.

I’ve already posted my full review of MBY on my blog yesterday and you can find it here. 🙂

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Synopsis

Sophie’s World is a book that has been given to me a few years ago as a Christmas present. I don’t remember who actually gave it to me, I always thought it was my mom but she keeps saying it wasn’t her.

Anyways, even though this book has been standing on my bookshelf for ages, I never started reading it because I was sure I wouldn’t like it. But I’m not that kind of person that just gets rid of a book because of an unproven assertion and so I finally started reading it.

Unfortunately, I only managed to read the first 30 pages and then I had to put it down again. Sophie’s World is a book that is supposed to teach you something, it’s supposed to teach you something about Philosophy and I knew that before starting the book. But while reading the first few pages I realized that this is just not the kind of book I’m able to read at the moment.

I’ve just taken my a-level exams and the last couple of months have been full of studying and reading books that are similar to Sophie’s World. I’m not saying that this is a bad book, I’m only saying that it is not the kind of book I want to read right now and so I can’t rate it.

I definitely plan on reading it in the future but right now I have to read something else.

July TBR

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I’m really excited for all the books I plan on reading this month and I really hope that I’ll actually manage to finish all of them. But I’m done with school now so I should have enough free time to read.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis

Eleanor & Park is the first book I plan on reading this month and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book and also about its author Rainbow Rowell. I’ve never read any of her books before and so I’m curious to find out if I’ll like her writing as much as a lot of others do.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Synopsis

I’ve already heard a lot of mixed opinions about this book. Some people really liked it and some absolutely didn’t like it at all. I’m actually not someone who likes reading Science Fiction and usually wouldn’t decide to read a book like this but I absolutely love Sasha’s Booktube and just want to read her very first novel.

Even though Lindsay Cummings has already published some novels, I’ve never read any of her books either, so I also can’t say that I really like her writing style. That means that I can’t say anything about this book at the moment, except that I’m really excited for it. It’s only 62 pages long which really surprised me but many said it’s a short but enjoyable read, so I hope that I’ll enjoy it as well.

The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris

Synopsis

I know you can only see the German version of this book in the picture, but the third book I plan on reading this month is The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris.

To be honest, I’ve never heard anything about this book before and I’ve never read any reviews about it. I got this book for 3 or 4 euros at the bookstore and liked the Synopsis, so I took it with me. Still, I’m excited to read this book, especially because it seems to be part of a series that I might want to read if I like this book.

Red Queen & Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis: Red Queen   Glass Sword

These are the two books I’m most excited for. I’ve been wanting to read Red Queen for ages because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it but due to my a-level exams, I’ve never found time to read it. Then I finally had some more time again but Glass Sword had been released by then and everybody kept telling me to not read Red Queen before having ordered Glass Sword.

A few days ago my copy of Glass Sword finally arrived and so I could put the two books on this month’s TBR. I’m really looking forward to reading them and am actually scared that I’m going to be disappointed by them because I already have such high expectations.

Anyways, I’m gonna try to stop worrying about this now and instead I’m gonna stay excited for these two books because they’re hopefully gonna be my highlights of the month.

 

And this was my June Wrap-Up and July TBR post, I hope you liked it.

Have you read any of the books I read in June or any of those I plan on reading this month? And if you have, did you like them?

Xoxo, Nina