September Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

September is over and it’s once again time for a monthly wrap-up. I hope you had a great month and got a lot of reading done! In September I managed to read 12 books with a total of 4,453 pages and on average I gave them 3.75 stars. I’m very happy with that but I also went back to uni this month, so the last few wrap-ups of this year will probably be a little shorter!

If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

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Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon // 3 stars

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The first book I read in September was ‘Johnny Be Good’ by Paige Toon. She’s slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors because all her books are just such quick and enjoyable reads. Unfortunately, this was my least favorite of her books I’ve read so far but I still enjoyed it. There were just a couple of things that bothered me. The book was very slow around the middle and there are a couple of scenes that could’ve just been taken out of it. The plot was also quite predictable and the female main character was way too annoying and naive for my liking.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover // 5 stars

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Since I felt like a reading slump was heading my way, I then decided to reread one of my favorite new adult romance books, ‘Ugly Love’. I absolutely adore this book and loved it just as much as I did when I read it for the first time. I finished it within a few days and it definitely prevented me from getting into a reading slump.

Click here to read my full review!

Binge by Tyler Oakley // 4 stars

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I usually don’t read books by youtubers but I found this one at a second-hand book store for a few bucks and just had to check it out. I absolutely used to love watching Tyler Oakley’s videos and even though I’m not really interested in what he’s uploading at the moment, I still think he has a great character which really reflected in this book. In it he shares stories about his life and some of them were incredibly hilarious. This book was really entertaining and overall, I have to say that this is actually a youtuber book that is worth buying (as long as you have seen his videos before).

Pictures of Lily by Paige Toon // 4 stars

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Like I’ve said before, Paige Toon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors and towards the middle of the month, I once again felt in the mood for an entertaining and quick romance read. Since Toon often mentions characters from earlier books in her novels, I decided to read them in the order in which they were published and ‘Pictures of Lily’ was next on the list. I really enjoyed this book and read it within only two days. There weren’t any major things that bothered me about it, I only wish the ending would’ve been a little longer and we would’ve gotten to read more about Lily and the man she chose in the end.

Begin Again by Mona Kasten // 4 stars

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Begin Again was the first ARC I read this month and I was super excited for it. I’d already heard a lot of good things in advance because this is a book that was originally published in German and has finally been translated into English. I really enjoyed ‘Begin Again’ and it was such a quick read! I loved the characters but unfortunately had a little bit of a problem with the writing style. I think there was still some room for improvement but this one was one of the first novels she’s ever published, so I’m sure she’ll get better and better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Begin Again’ will be published on October 10th.

Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken // 4 stars

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I decided to read another one of my ARCs right after the last one and definitely didn’t regret my decision. This was also a very quick read and I absolutely loved the story. Unlike ‘Begin Again’ this book was extremely well written, but Rachel van Dyken has already published a lot of books and you could clearly see that. The characters were great and overall it was very entertaining read. I’ll definitely check out its sequel once it comes out.

Click here to read my full review! ‘Fraternize’ was published on September 12th.

Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg // 4 stars

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It’s been a year since I’ve read the first two books in this series and even though I didn’t completely fall in love with the first two books, I still wanted to finish the series. At the beginning of the month I then found a copy of it at a used book store and just took it as a sign that I had to immediately read it. Just like the first two parts, this book was a very quick and fun read. I read it within a day and even though there were some things that really bothered me, I’m still glad I decided to finish this series and think it was a good conclusion to it.

If you want to know more about the things that bothered me (and what I enjoyed), click here to read my full review!

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall // 3 stars

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I was looking for another quick read and stumbled upon this book on my sister’s bookshelf which only has a little more than 200 pages. I managed to read it within a few hours and it ended up being a really cute story that I definitely enjoyed. The only thing that bothered me was that it was extremely predictable. After the first 50 pages I already knew how the book would end.

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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The ‘Silber Trilogy’ is a series I’ve been meaning to read for several years now but that I always kept forgetting about. I absolutely loved the ‘Gem Trilogy’ by Kerstin Gier and was really hoping this series would just be as good as her other one. I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, but after finishing it I already knew that I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other trilogy. I did like the idea of the book and also fell in love with some of the characters but it kind of bothered me how similar the main character was to the one from the ‘Gem Trilogy’ and that it felt a little like she was a copy of her.

Dream On by Kerstin Gier // 4 stars

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‘Dream On’ is the second part in the ‘Silber Trilogy’ and I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first one. It was once again a very quick read and this time I also started to really connect to the characters! I was really glad I actually decided to continue this series and was excited to see how it would end.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier // 2 stars

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‘Just Dreaming’ is the third and last part of this trilogy but unfortunately, it was my least favorite part of the series. I had a whole list of things I was hoping would happen in this book but none of them did. Instead, the first 90% of this book were incredibly boring and I would’ve definitely put the book down if i hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of this trilogy. That’s why i decided to give the novel 2 stars! 1 star for the last 10% of the book, which were really interesting and gripping, and the other star for some of the characters that I’d fallen in love with while reading the books.

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook // 4 stars

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‘The Hanging Girl’ is the third ARC I read this month and my first ‘scary read’ of the year. It was the first one of  Eileen Cook’s books I’ve read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. I also really enjoyed the book itself and the story just kept me at the edge of my seat. There were some amazing plot twists in it and I literally didn’t see any of them coming. Overall, I loved the book but was a little disappointed by the characters since they felt a little flat and I didn’t connect with any of them. Still, this is the perfect book if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller.

Click here to read my full review! ‘The Hanging Girl’ will be published on October 3rd.

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

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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?