Week of No Clutter + Rafflecopter Giveaway!

You might have read my review of Year of No Clutter from a few days ago! In celebration of its publication yet another post will be published by me. As you were able to tell by my overall positive review, I was inspired after reading it. Decluttering and thoughtful consumerism is something that grew dear to my heart within the last year. I myself tried to be more conscious and to downsize.

As I already stated in my review, I was approved for an eARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review by Sourcebooks, who were also so kind to send out more information and material for this great book which made this post possible.

Week of No Clutter

It is not that easy, I know. But don’t sweat it! From March 7-14, you can sign-up to get a newsletter each day with tips, advice and videos from Eve Schaub herself in order to be able to conquer your clutter! You can sign up here. I would love to see lots of you get involved!

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Rafflecopter Giveaway

Little did I know, only cuties with non-free WordPresses can add Rafflecopter widgets directly to their site, yet I still hope you are going to follow the following link to win 1 of 5 copies of Year of No Clutter by Eve Schaub!

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2017 | Goals

Also known as the year in which I will finally have wiped out my to-be-read pile completely (hopefully) and then, only then, start adding lots of new books!

At least that is the plan for now. With this post I want to share all of my reading goals for the new year!

Goals

 1 Finish all of the books I own at this point or get rid of them entirely if I don’t wanna read them at all anymore.

 2 Read more than I did in 2016.

3 Don’t buy any books until I have read all of the ones that I already own.

4 Read lots of diverse and interesting books.

5 Register for a library card, once I have figured out all of my physical TBR pile.

Write lots of posts and interact on here with you lovely people!

Reading Challenges

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017

Once again I will set a goal on Goodreads on how many books I wanna read in 2017. At the moment I am thinking of setting a goal as low as 30 books and add 10 books to that goal, if I have reached 30 books. Reaching 40 read books, I will change it to 50 and so on. Although I wish I was able to read as many books as many of you do (read: at least 100+), that’s rather impossible for me I fear.

Concerning other reading challenges, I am not yet interested in any, but I will post an update if something changes!

Readathons

Bout of Books 18

I am looking forward to the Bout of Books readathon at the beginning of the year so much! It will hopefully kickstart my reading year. My sign-up post can be found here. This readathon will start on the 2nd of January and end on the 8th of January. If you’re interested to find out more, here’s their official site. Let me know if you’re also participating!

Bout of Books 19

Starts on the 8th of May and ends on the 14th of May.

Bout of Books 20

Starts on the 21st of August and ends on the 27th of August.


What are your goals for 2017?
Let me know or link up your goals post in the comments!

The Books I Got Rid Of #2

Let’s unhaul some books once again. Although the #1 post on this hasn’t been done too long ago, I still decided to share this with you. If you wanna know about the books I got rid of during the summer, simply click here. Those were not too many, but now I am getting real. As I have mentioned I am getting rid of lots of stuff and clutter at the moment. Clutter also comes in the form of books I don’t enjoy or have no intent of reading ever again. Books that someone else might love. Here we go!

These will be donated to a charity shop

Gossip Girl #1

It

Dream of Orchids

Ice Trap

The Remains of the Day

New Moon

Eclipse (two copies, one in English and one in German)

Breaking Dawn (two copies, one in English and one in German)

Totenbraut

Splitterherz

Why Vegan

Bonus: Books I read as a child + most of you won’t have ever heard of them

Sieben Pfoten für Penny: Liebesbriefe vom Känguru

Paula Pepper ermittelt: Die verschwundene Statue

Lola in geheimer Mission

Panic on the Set


Have you recently gotten rid of any books?

New In | E-books #2

I know I know, I didn’t want to buy any more books, that was the goal. Buying e-books doesn’t make me feel that bad, though. I am so excited about these beautiful books.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy. (Goodreads)

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Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be? and What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? – Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a “normal” teen life in the grip of OCD, from the acclaimed author of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting. (Goodreads)

Never Never : Part One of Three by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget. (Goodreads)

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New In | E-books

I have acquired three new e-books for my Kindle! With this post, I wanted to share them with you as I am quite excited for them!

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Sometimes I keep checking Amazon for hours on end for an e-book that I want to purchase. The result of my latest nightly adventure was this one! I had heard about this series before, but I never thought I would be interested in it. Recently, however, I got the feeling that this had a vibe similar to The DUFF to it, so I couldn’t resist! This is also going to be one of my reads for the Bout of Books 17 readathon. Losing It seems like a light, fast read that will keep me motivated during the readathon!

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Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

Effi Briest is one of the works that get at least some time devoted to them here in Austrian schools. It was written by the German writer Theodor Fontane and most often mentioned alongside Anna Karenina as well as Madame Bovary. It is definitely considered a classic, being published around 1896 it had some time to acquire a great reputation. Since this one was for free, I just had to download it.

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You Before Anyone Else by Julia Cross & Mark Perini

If you have recently checked my blog, you might have noticed my NetGalley badge! That’s right, I created an account on there to step up my review game! I tried to request the first few books that totally stood out to me, but rightly so I was declined. I couldn’t even contain my excitement when I saw that I was approved for You Before Anyone Else. I had seen it around here a few times now and the cover and story intrigued me immediately. I am happy, but also stressed now! The approval guidelines and preferences from the publisher seem really strict and I gotta read this fast and deliver a good review! Hopefully I can do that, I wanna do a great job for my first ever approved eARC! (Is that how one uses that term? I don’t know!) Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire!

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Which books have you added to your Kindle collection lately? 

Reading Stefan Zweig

Only recently a movie has been released about an amazing Austrian author. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (Vor der Morgenröte) was very well done and the actors fitted their characters in such an accurate manner. If you get the chance, you need to watch it! It made Stefan Zweig interesting to me once again. Now here I am, wanting to read more of his works to get a better understanding of this great mind.

The only one of his works I have read by now is Chess Story, possibly one of his most famous novels. We had to read it at school. As far as I can remember it was tense yet worthwhile, although it was very short at only around 100 pages.

I was delighted to find that many of his novels are available on Amazon for free! At least the German versions of them are. The following five titles are the ones that I picked out for reading.

Amok | 1922 | 177 pages

Sternstunden der Menschheit | 1927 | 191 pages

Magellan | 1938 | 258 pages

Maria Stuart | 1940 | 362 pages

Die Welt von Gestern | 1942 | 370 pages

There will be posts coming with short reviews and my thoughts on his works hopefully somewhat soon. If you have read any of his novels, let me know what you thought of them! If you wanna buddy read any of them, also just tell me, I’d love to!

July | Haul

July | Haul

As always, I didn’t want to buy any books this month either and yet here we are. I hope I will get lots of enjoyment out of the following books. Let’s get started!

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What Is the Name of This Book? Raymond M. Smullyan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Mathematics, Logic
Pages: 256 | Language: English
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Head First C David Griffiths, Dawn Griffiths
Genre: Computer Science, Programming
Pages: 632 | Language: English
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Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes Karin Slaughter
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 67 | Language: German
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Only Ever Yours Louise O’Neill
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction
Pages: 400 | Language: English
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Yes Please Amy Poehler
Genre: Memoir, Comedy, Adult
Pages: 352 | Language: English
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Books I Read Because Of Their Movies

Hello there! In this post I wanna share with you most of the books I have read because of their movie. The reasons for me reading them on the one hand was because I enjoyed the movie and was looking forward to the experience of reading the book, which is most always better in my opinion. On the other hand, I wanted to read the book because the trailer of a movie won me over completely and I just needed to read the book before watching it. This will be a little longer , so let’s get into this!

Fight Club

So far, I think I have watched this movie around four times already. After I had watched it two times, I think, I finally bought the book. Palahniuk’s writing and the way he told the story made it even better. There were a few differences between the book and the movie, but I didn’t mind at all, everything fit together very well in the movie.

Book ➵ 5/5
Movie ➵ 10/10

Never Let Me Go

After I had seen the trailer for Never Let Me Go, I knew I had to read the book as soon as possible. So when I randomly saw the book a few weeks afterwards in a bookstore, I knew I had to buy it! I read it within a very short amount of time and even though it was confusing at times, it was such a great read for me! I even had a very dear friend of mine read it after I had, so we could watch the movie together! But let me tell you, the movie was disappointing. It was vastly different from the book and not at all as good. Carey Mulligan usually is one of my favourite actresses, but even she couldn’t make this better for me.

Book ➵ 5/5
Movie ➵ 6/10

If I Stay

Again, the trailer for this was heartbreaking, so I had to read it before I went to the cinema with my friends to watch it. I found the book the be very well written and it even made me shed a few tears at the end! I liked how the movie seemed pretty truthful to the book. A great experience, in my opinion.

Book ➵ 4/5
Movie ➵ 8/10

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was such a lovely movie, I liked the plot, the different graphic elements and the funny parts. So when I found out, that I could borrow the boxed set with all six volumes from my (now) boyfriend, I immediately did so. Within a week, I certainly read and enjoyed all six volumes. This really was worth it! If you like graphic novels, but you haven’t yet read this, you totally should do so soon!

Book ➵ 5/5
Movie ➵ 9/10

The Martian

For this one, I started listening to the audio book. Quite a while after the movie had come out and the hype around The Martian was quickly building up, I knew that I could no longer put it off. I put 10 hours of my life into listening to this and it was a good experience. Watching the movie later on made it easier to process everything that is happening, because it is quite action packed, in my opinion.

Book ➵ 4/5
Movie ➵ 10/10

V for Vendetta

I had watched this movie quite a long while ago. When I saw the graphic novel in this pretty, beautiful little bookshop in Prague on our school trip, I bought it there out of curiosity. Also, out of curiosity I just searched for the bookshop in Prague, so here they are. I’m pretty surprised that I was able to find this website quite easily! But now let’s move on the the book. I have to say that it took me such a long time to get into this. It’s probably taken a whole year until I finally found the motivation to read it. But when I did, I read it within two sittings, that’s how great I thought it was.

Book ➵ 3.5/5
Movie ➵ 9/10

Warm Bodies

I am not quite sure about this one anymore. I think I watched the movie before reading the book, but I already had the book at home at that point. I enjoyed the movie severely. Nicholas Hoult is one of my favourite actors and he really fit well for the role of R. I like the book very much, which also had to do with the gorgeous edition that I had bought. All in all a little lighter enjoyment, both book and movie. Not to be taken too seriously.

Book ➵ 4/5
Movie ➵ 9/10

Have a nice week! Which books did you read because of their movie?

June | Haul

June | Haul

These are all the books that I have accumulated this last month. I have already shortly mentioned three of them in this post.

The Silent Girl Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 448
Genre: Mystery, Crime
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #9
Language: German
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You Caroline Kepnes
Pages: 448
Genre: Thriller
Series: You #1
Language: German
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One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Pages: 467
Genre: Fiction, Classics
Language: German
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Mini Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 418
Genre: Chick Lit
Series: Shopaholic #6
Language: German
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All I Want Is Everything Cecily von Ziegesar
Pages: 225
Genre: Chick Lit
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Gossip Girl #3
Language: English
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Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction 1 Inio Asano
Pages: 200
Genre/Format: Manga
Series: Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction #1
Language: German
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 G. Willow Wilson
Pages: 124
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fiction
Format: Paperback
Series: Ms. Marvel #1
Language: German
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All in all, I bought 7 books. I really didn’t think that it would be that many (for me personally) this month. Something else I bought was an anti-stress coloring book for adults!

Which books did you buy last month?
Have you read any of the ones I bought?