2019 | February Wrap Up

February went somewhat awful for me., I think. I had way more time on my hands than in January and yet I didn’t get to do anything I had planned on. My anxiety and depression are nearly as bad as they were before I was on medication (which I stopped around two months ago in contrast to my oversharing which will probably never stop) . I finished two books, one worth five stars, the other one barely worth any.

Books

1 Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi | 2016 | ★★★★★
2 The Rosie Effect | Graeme Simsion | 2014 | ★☆☆☆☆

Currently Reading

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📖 Audition by Ryū Murakami

On the blog in February

First Lines Fridays

First Lines Friday #1| #FirstLinesFridays
First Lines Friday #2 | #FirstLinesFridays

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves #4

Other

2019 | January Wrap Up


 

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First Lines Friday #2 | #FirstLinesFridays

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words: “What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?” The graphic above is also taken from Wandering Words.

The Rules

  1. Pick a book off your shelf and open the first page
  2. Write down the first few lines, without giving away anything else about the book yet
  3. Reveal the book!

The First Few Lines

Today when I awoke from a nap the faceless man was there before me. He was seated on the chair across from the sofa I’d been sleeping on, staring straight at me with a pair of imaginary eyes in a face that wasn’t.
The man was tall, and he was dressed the same as when I had seen him last. His face-that-wasn’t-a-face was half hidden by a wide-brimmed black hat, and he had on a long, equally dark coat.

The Reveal

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Stacking The Shelves #4

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews and as of 2017 co-hosted by Marlene @ Reading Reality. This bookish meme is about sharing the books you added to your shelves that week in any form. The graphic above is also taken from them.

E-Books

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

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Books I got dor my birthday last week

Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

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Books I received as an eArc on NetGalley

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Other, as in somewhat a book

The coloring book for Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

First Lines Friday #1| #FirstLinesFridays

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First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words: “What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?” The graphic above is also taken from Wandering Words.

The post inspiring me to join in on the fun and where I saw this feature for the first time was this one by Halei @ DegenerateReads.

The Rules

  1. Pick a book off your shelf and open the first page
  2. Write down the first few lines, without giving away anything else about the book yet
  3. Reveal the book!

The First Few Lines

This is the part where I die.

Don’t panic; it isn’t unexpected. The sea is prideful, after all, and Death never goes back on a deal.

The Reveal

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2019 | January Wrap Up

Welcome February! Let’s have a look at how January went for me!

Books

I read 12 books, which I mainly ascribe to me participating in the 24th Bout of Books at the beginning of the month.

1 Unerschrocken | Pénélope Bagieu | 2016 | ★★★★★
2 Lebensgeister | Banana Yoshimoto | 2011 | ★★★★★
3 Wolf Girl & Black Prince 03 | Ayuko Hatta | 2012 | ★★★★☆
4 The Kind Worth Killing | Peter Swanson | 2015 | ★★★★☆
5 Kaito Kid 01 | Gosho Aoyama | 1988 | ★★★★☆
6 If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo | 2016 | ★★★★☆
7 Believe Me | J.P. Delaney | 2001/2018 | ★★★★☆
8 The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney | 2017 | ★★★★☆
9 Silent Child | Sarah A. Denzil | 2017 | ★★☆☆☆
10 The Flowers of Evil | Charles Baudelaire | 1857 | ★★☆☆☆
11 Where Things Come Back | John Corey Whaley | 2011 | ★★☆☆☆
12 Go Ask Alice | Beatrice Sparks | 1971

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On the blog in January

Bout of Books 24

Bout of Books 24 | Sign-Up + Goals
Bout of Books 24 | All Updates

Reviews

Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav
Save Me – Mona Kasten ɢ

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To
Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Additions to My TBR AKA Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday | Most Disappointing Reads of 2018
Top 5 Wednesday | Freebie! | Current Favorites that Aren’t Books: TV shows

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves #1
Stacking The Shelves #2
Stacking The Shelves #3

Down The TBR Hole

Down The TBR Hole #4

Other

Unhaul #3
2019 Beat the Backlist Challenge


Top 5 Wednesday | Freebie! | Current Favorites that Aren’t Books: TV shows

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is being hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. The official group on Goodreads can be found here.

The topic of this week is:

January 30th: Freebie!
–Since January has an extra Wednesday, feel free to use this as a free day and talk about your top 5 anything! You can use old topics you missed or want to revisit or create something new.

Therefore I chose to look through the T5W archives of the Goodreads group and the topic that sparked my interest was the following from 2017:

February 1st: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books
— Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

Since I’m basically obsessed with keeping track of everything I consume, I use Trakt to enter episodes of shows I’ve watched! The site is kinda slow, but pretty easily usable other than that.

Top 5 TV Shows I’m Currently Loving

Parks and Recreation

At the very end of last year I finally started with this classic. I knew it was fun but I had no idea it was this hilarious, wow. 48/125 episodes watched.

Dynasty

I haven’t seen the original TV series, but I am loving this one! The drama, the heat, it’s incredible! 32 episodes watched, season 2 is currently airing.

The Blacklist

I more or less started watching The Blacklist out of lack of other options that I was interested in. I’m nearly finished with season one and the amount of fantastic songs it has me listening to on repeat is shocking. 20/115 episodes watched.

Future Man

I finished the first season and I had no idea I would love it so much. At first it seemed like any other series about regarding the themes, (or even worse, Ready Player One, ugh!!) but turns out I was wrong. Charming and hilarious, inappropriate at times. 13 episodes watched.

Detective Conan

They started dubbing more episodes in German, which is what I’ve been waiting for for years. A childhood favorite I can finally enjoy the way I did when I was younger. 363/928 episodes watched.


Thank you for taking the time and reading this post! ♡

Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

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A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and self-empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Synposis taken from NetGalley

Love Looks Pretty on You was written by Lang Leav and is published on the 29th of January. It has around 224 pages and is a collection of Poetry + Prose, advertised as “truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world”.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Recent Additions to My TBR AKA Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. In January of 2018 it was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, where it’s hosted now. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one creates a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s topic is:

January 29: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

I’m always eager to talk about the books I’ve recently added to my TBR, but isn’t everyone? Sharing the excitement about books you only just discovered is something I really enjoy. I also feel like it’s interesting to see if people keep up with current releases, or how their tastes are evolving!

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Unhaul #3

As a quick post on Sunday, an unhaul. Finishing up a post from my drafts for which I kept track of the books I unhauled for at least a year. It’s only 8 book but at the rate at which I keep buying books at the moment it’s a start and absolutely necessary.

Shadow Creek  &  Grand Avenue Joy Fielding

As you can read here, I am pretty much done with reading Joy Fielding. I only read Shadow Creek, but after reading Now You See Her I just needed to get rid of Grand Avenue as well, there was no way I’d read it.

Splitterherz Bettina Belitz

This book I read a long time ago, probably still in secondary middle school; and after I’ve seen that the author shared a 3/5 star review on Instagram last year, basically complaining about it, calling it absurd, I already considered it gone.

The Silmarillion J.R.R. Tolkien

I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings and let’s be completely honest, I don’t have any interest in reading the Silmarillion. It just wasn’t gonna happen anytime soon, and since I bought it at a second-hand shop, I brought it back there so someone else could enjoy it.

Before I Go to Sleep S.J. Watson

Read it, rated it 4 stars. I had bought it used at another second-hand shop, so I took it back for someone else to enjoy it.

Citrus #1 & Citrus #2 Saburo Uta

I read both volumes, but nothing that stood out to me, just that it isn’t really my genre. Don’t get me wrong, Yuri is a fantastic genre, what I mean is the kinda, like, incest. Yeah.

Clumsy Jeffrey Brown

Not very memorable. This review from Kane S. on Goodreads I just found pretty much sums it up.