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

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?

 

August Wrap-Up

Hello fellow bookworms,

August is over and I feel like it’s only just been the 1st of August yesterday. Time is just going by way too fast and I’m actually going to start college this month. I still can’t believe it. Anyway, it’s time for my monthly Wrap-Up and I have to say that August has been a pretty amazing month because I managed to read a total of ten books. It brought me a lot closer to reaching this year’s reading goal (I have now read 24 out of 35 books.) and I also read two books that are now on the list of my all-time-favorite books because they’re just the definition of awesomeness. But now I’m just going to start with the first book I read this month.

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*The first book I read this month is a book that’s only available in German, so all of my English readers can immediately skip to the second book I read this month!*

Liebesfluch von Beatrix Gurian – 3 von 5 Sternen

Das Buch Liebesfluch stand schon seit einigen Jahren in meinem Bücherregal, doch ich muss zugeben, dass ich bisher nie wirklich Lust hatte es zu lesen. Doch da ich momentan keinen Platz mehr für all meine Bücher habe und ein paar aussortieren muss, habe ich mich entschieden nun auch mal ein paar Bücher zu lesen, die ich sonst nicht anrühren würde, sodass ich sie aussortieren kann falls ich sie wie befürchtet wirklich nicht mag. Liebesfluch war eines dieser Bücher und obwohl ich es nicht schrecklich fand, war ich auch nicht davon begeistert. Es war schnell gelesen und auch recht interessant, nur fand ich, dass vieles schon von Anfang an zu erwarten war und es eigentlich nichts gab was mich wirklich überrascht hat oder Spannung erzeugt hat. Auch die Bezeichnung als Thriller hat es meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich verdient, da es alles andere als Thriller war. Trotzdem hat das Buch von mir drei Sterne bekommen und muss nun aber trotzdem weichen, da mein Herz nicht an ihm hängt und ich es wohl auch nicht nochmal lesen würde.

*And that’s been it for the German part, back to English.*

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

November 9 was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this month. It was a great story and if I hadn’t been on vacation to Sweden I would’ve probably managed to read the entire thing in one go without any breaks. I loved the plot of the book and Colleen’s writing style is amazing. I immediately put all of her books on my TBR list.

You can find my detailed review of this book here.

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – 3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Zoe’s YouTube channel and have been subscribed to her for quite a few years now. When I first heard that she had published a book, I immediately knew that I’d have to read it and now I finally found time to do so. I liked the book and it was a nice and quick read. I basically felt like it was kind of describing her life, but that’s what they always say: only write about the things you know. So she definitely knew what she was talking about but it wasn’t really something I would’ve usually enjoyed reading about. It’s more of a book for people between the ages of 12 and 15. There were lots of things that bothered me but I talked about them in a detailed review here on my blog. Still, I’m definitely gonna read the second book because many have said that it’s a lot better than the first one. I really hope that’s true; I’ve already bought a copy of the book and now I just have to find time to read it.

Click here for my detailed review of Girl Online.

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon – 4 out of 5 stars

Lucy in the Sky was the first Paige Toon book I’d ever read and I’d never heard anything about it before, I only bought it because I liked the synopsis. But the book didn’t disappoint and it was great. I really liked it and at some points I couldn’t even put it down because it was so gripping. It was the perfect summer read with the perfect amount of romance and drama. The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the end because it was quite abrupt but I still gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger – 3 out of 5 stars

This book had been standing on my bookshelf for quite some time and the only reason I ever bought it was because I loved “The Devil wears Prada” (which was written by the same author). This book was nice and it was interesting to see that life in Hollywood isn’t as great as everyone thinks it is. I enjoyed reading LNACM but I probably wouldn’t reread it. I didn’t really feel connected to the characters and it also wasn’t one of those books you can’t put down because they’re so gripping. I’m still giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because it’s nice and well written but I probably won’t reread it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 5 out of 5 stars

Next to November 9, this was the best book I read this month. I mainly picked it up because I love watching Sasha (@abookutopia) on YouTube and Outlander is her favorite book. I’ve heard her talk about it so often that I finally had to read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint me. This book is awesome and I just want to have my own Jamie like right now! I’m not really fond of history but this book finally made me enjoy reading about historical stuff. I absolutely loved this book and just had to immediately watch the TV series. I can’t wait to read the second part of this series and I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my longer review of Outlander.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Harry Potter!! I grew up with these books and it’s my all-time favorite series. I was so happy when I heard that there would be an eighth book and I loved how it was the script of the play because I don’t know if I’ll go back to London any time soon (not because I don’t want to but because I don’t really have time at the moment). I managed to read this book within a few hours because it was a script and I must say that I really liked it. It certainly wasn’t as good as the first seven books that included all our favorite characters but it was still great. I really liked the new characters except for Albus Potter who annoyed the hell out of me. What I loved about it the most though was how you got to learn more about what happened to the characters after they had finished school. It was great to read a little about their future and reading this book made me want to reread the entire HP series which I’m probably gonna do soon. 4 out of 5 stars for this book.

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New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson – 5 out of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book by the author and I couldn’t have been happier about that. This book was great and really gripping. I love Jennifer Wilson’s writing style and the world she created in these books. I can’t wait to read the next part of this series and just had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read a detailed review of New World Rising.

*Now it’s time for another book that’s only available in German.*

Küsse und Café au Lait von Susanne Fülscher – 1 von 5 Sternen

Dies ist auch ein Buch was seit Jahren in meinem Regal stand und nun weiß ich warum. Ich hab’s leider nur geschafft die ersten 20 Seiten zu lesen bevor ich einfach aufgeben musste. Das Buch war nicht wirklich schön geschrieben und der Inhalt hat mich auch wirklich null interessiert. Ich muss sagen, dass es etwas wie „Herzklopfen auf Französisch“ von Stephanie Perkins war, nur dass das Mädchen diesmal auf Deutschland kam, Etienne haben wir aber auch in diesem Buch finden können. Ich konnte das Buch also einfach nicht weiterlesen und das ich es nicht mochte kann vielleicht auch daran liegen, dass ich mit 19 einfach zu alt dafür war. Trotzdem kam ich nicht umher dem Buch nur 1 von 5 Sternen zu geben.

*From German back to English.*

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After You by Jojo Moyes – 5 out of 5 stars

I finally felt ready to read the sequel to Me Before You and this book was awesome. It was very different from how I thought it would be but really interesting and gripping. I just love Jojo Moyes’s writing style and I loved how connected I felt to the characters. It’s an excellent book and I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find my detailed review of After You here.

 

And those were all the books I read this month. 10 in total and I’m really happy about that. I’m sure I’ll not manage to read that many books next month since I’m starting college but my September TBR consists of the Selection series. I have not yet read the fourth and the fifth book in the series and so I decided to reread the first three books to make sure that I haven’t forgotten any of the things that have happened.

How many books have you read this month and which of those were your favorites?

xoxo, Nina

 

 

July Wrap-Up & August TBR

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!

Another month has gone by and it’s time for another wrap-up and a new TBR. July was actually a great month. I did not only read 6 books but I also graduated school. I can’t believe how fast time went by, for 12 years I’ve been complaining about not wanting to go to school anymore and now that I’ve graduated, I feel like time has gone by way too fast.

I’m only eighteen and I already feel old. In my defense, I’m turning nineteen tomorrow, so maybe that’s the reason I’m feeling old. But anyway, most people are saying that the time of my life is going to begin now, so let’s see how things are going to go now that I’m not going to school anymore. I hope I’m going to have lots of fun and am going to experience lots of things I can later tell my kids and grandkids about.

August is one of my favorite months of the year, not only because I was born on August 1st, but also because I usually always go on vacation during August. This year I’m going to Sweden with a friend for a few days and then my family and I are going to visit some friends up in Norway. I also plan on reading six books this month because I feel like I might have some free time to read while travelling to Norway and Sweden and I also won’t have to go to college until September or October and so I’ll still have lots of free time during this month.

But I’m just going to stop talking now and will start telling you about the books I read this month and plan on reading next month.

July Wrap-Up

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Like I’ve said before, I managed to read six books this month which is actually a lot for me. The first five books I read, were books that I had put on this month’s TBR and the sixth one was the autobiography of a German celebrity called Daniela Katzenberger which I got for 2€ at a book store about 4 years ago. But that’s a book which is only available in German, so I’m only going to talk about five of the books I read in July.

 

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 4 out of 5 stars

Click here to read the synopsis.

Eleanor and Park was the first book I read this month. I was really excited for it and had high expectations for it which unfortunately weren’t fully met. But I still liked the book and did enjoy it even though it didn’t blow me away.

I wrote a full review about this book earlier this month which you can find here.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

Zenith was a book I usually would’ve never picked up because Science-Fiction is a genre I actually don’t like. But I love Sasha’s BookTube (@abookutopia) and knew that I just had to read her very first book. It was only 62 pages long and if I have understood it correctly, it was actually just the first part of the first book of an entire series.

Anyway, now that I’ve read the book I have to say that I actually really liked it. The story was interesting and made me want to read more. I’m definitely going to read the second part of the series as soon as it is released.

You can find a longer review of the book here.

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The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris – 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

The Boyfriend Thief was a very quick and enjoyable read and there’s actually not much I can say about it. It was one of these books that just make you happy and make you feel good about yourself.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

This book was AWESOME!!! I loved it so much and it was definitely my highlight of the month. I was so glad I had already bought Glass Sword before I began reading this book because I had already fallen in love with this series after having read the first hundred pages of Red Queen.

You can find my review of this little gem here.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – 4 out of 5 stars

Glass Sword was the fifth book I read this month and I basically started reading it like five minutes after having finished Red Queen. I already love this series even though Glass Sword wasn’t as awesome as Red Queen. But I still loved it a lot and I can’t wait for King’s Cage, the third part of the series, because that ending was just crazy and unexpected.

I only just posted my review of Glass Sword yesterday and you can find it here.

That’s it for July, now it’s time for my August TBR.

 

August TBR

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Liebesfluch by Beatrix Gurian

Synopsis (for those of you who speak German)

Liebesfluch is the first book I plan on reading this month. It’s a German thriller that has already been standing on my bookshelf for a couple of years. It only has an average rating of 3.63 on goodreads so I’m curious to see if I’ll like it more than most others. I don’t know why I bought the book in the first place but it was probably because I liked the synopsis when I saw it at the book store. I’ve never read anything by this author before, so I’ll just see how I’ll feel about this book.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis

I’m so excited for this book! I’ve been wanting to read it for months but for some reason I always decided to read other books first. But now it’s time to finally read my first ever book written by Colleen Hoover. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it has an awesome rating on goodreads (4.48). I can’t wait to see if I’ll like it as much as most others.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Synopsis

I heard so many mixed things about this book and many people were also saying really negative things about it. I’ve always refused to buy this book but then I got it for 3€ earlier this month and decided that it was finally time to give this book a go. Let’s see what I’ll think about it, I’ll definitely put up a proper review of this book as soon as I’ve read it.

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon

Synopsis

This is one of the many second-hand books I own by now and I got it earlier this month. I just really liked the synopsis and thought that it might be a perfect read for summer. Maybe it’s another one of these books that just make you feel good about yourself.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

Synopsis

The Devil wears Prada is a book I really loved and have already reread a few times. I really hope that I’ll like this book as much as I liked TDWP even though I already doubt that that’ll actually be the case. But this is one of the many books that have been standing on my bookshelf for years and I remember that I have already begun reading it some years ago but never actually finished it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis

Like I’ve said before, I really like Sasha Alsberg’s BookTube and she’s constantly talking about Outlander. As far as I know, it’s her all-time favorite book and I just want to find out if it’s actually as good as she always says. Also, my mom absolutely loves Diana Gabaldon and is currently obsessed with the Outlander tv show, so I just have to finally read my first Diana Gabaldon book.

And that’s it for this post. What are the books you read in July and which books do you plan on reading in August?

xoxo, Nina 

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

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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:

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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

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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