Down The TBR Hole #1

Welcome, avid reader! This amazing bookish meme is exactly my cup of tea. Let me start of by honourably mentioning Lia @ Lost in a Story who created this meme. In hopes of conquering my TBR pile I am doing this (maybe) weekly quest.

Here is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

My to-read shelf

There are currently 121 books on my to-read shelf. The first book was added to it on Dec 11, 2014, the latest one was added a few days ago on Jun 16, 2017.

The Books – Added in 2014

The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

Why did I add it? Apparently, there was a time when I added lots of zombie related novels. Over time, I ditched all of them and only this one stayed. I always thought this would probably be really cool to read and be helpful, sometime. Max Brooks, the author, has also written World War Z? I didn’t even know that until now. Neat!

Do I own it? No

Pages: 270

Keep / Discard

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

Why did I add it? Because of the beautiful cover and the title that sounded really interesting. I am still also fond of the synopsis, so this definitely won’t go. I’m all in for a good YA mystery.

Do I own it? Yes

Pages: 337

Keep / Discard

Tokyo Heist

Why did I add it? The cover and the synopsis, again. It just sounds so intriguing to me, I cannot possibly ditch it. Am I even doing this right? haha

Do I own it? No

Pages: 364

Keep / Discard

All That Is Solid Melts into Air

Why did I add it? I don’t even know anymore. The topic of Chernobyl sounded interesting and I hadn’t read anything like it before. However,  I don’t think I am that interested in historical fiction at the moment.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 400

Keep / Discard

Results

3 books kept this time
1 books discarded this time

3 books kept overall
1 books discarded overall

Additional books added to my to-read shelf in the process: 1


Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

You know, I haven’t posted in a while and apparently that’s my usual starter for all of my posts now. I just really wanted to share the following books that have found their way on my TBR with you. Discovering new books and sharing them is exciting to me and maybe you’ll also see one you haven’t seen before. Of course, as one is, I am also really looking forward to reading all of them sooner or later. Hopefully, rather sooner than later. I’ll leave the synopsis rather short for a reason and maybe it will get you hooked.

 

The Book of Unknown Americans

Written by Cristina Henriquez. Published in 2014. | 286 pages | Goodreads

A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.

The Nakano Thrift Shop

Written by Hiromi Kawakami. Published in 2016 | 256 pages | Goodreads

When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano’s sister, an artist who has never married; and her fellow employee Takeo, a shy but charming young man. And every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story.

Burn for Burn

Written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Published in 2012 | 356 pages | Goodreads

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

The Sleeping Beauty Killer

Written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Published in 2016. | 288 pages | Goodreads

Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé—famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—fifteen years ago. And Casey claims—has always claimed—she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living “under suspicion.” She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can’t get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she’s guilty. Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team—it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Written by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Published in 2017. | 336 pages | Goodreads

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.

Girl Up

Written by Laura Bates. Published in 2016. | 352 pages | Goodreads

They told you you need to be thin and beautiful.

They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.

They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty.

They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place.

They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’.

They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.

Well I’m here to tell you something different.


Which books have you recently added to your TBR?

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!

Click Me To Win A Book!


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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