Ambitious July TBR

Ambitious July TBR

After a long time, it’s finally time again to set up a TBR for the month. The current semester just ended more or less and now I’ve got more time on my hands to read. Therefore I wanted to take the time and plan out my reading for the month, since I am also currently binge watching all of Elementary. All in all, I wanna read an amount of 12 books this July. (which is a lot for me, but probably not for most of you)

Straight From The Bookshelf

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | 320 pages

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | 336 pages

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The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer | 200 pages

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Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding | 384 pages

Because I’m Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar | Gossip Girl #4 | 234 pages

I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar | Gossip Girl #5 | 224 pages

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

On The Kindle

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre | 54% done

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle | 51% done

Listening To

Zerschunden by Michael Tsokos | Listened to 1 hour and 30 minutes already

Misterioso by Arne Dahl | Listened to 30 minutes already


Wrap-Up | June 2017

Awkwardly enough, this post was automatically published today when it was not yet done, but now I’ve found the time to complete it. For June, I’ve done better again reading-wise. During June I managed to finish 7 books, 4 of which were audiobooks.

Paperbacks

Lying Out Loud | Kody Keplinger | 368 pages | YA, Contemporary | ★★★★★

Citrus Vol.2 | Saburo Uta | 180 pages | Manga, Yuri | ★★☆☆☆

E-books

Songs of Our Breakup | Jay E. Tria | 183 pages | New Adult, Romance | ★★★★☆

Audiobooks

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The Vegetarian | Han Kang | 192 pages | Fiction, Contemporary | ★★★★☆

Into The Water | Paula Hawkins | 388 pages | Mystery, Thriller | ☆☆☆☆★

From the Under Suspicion series by Mary Higgins Clark:

I’m In Love With Audio Books Also Known As March Wrap-Up + Quick Rant

Late, and yet here we are again. Since I did read a lot of books in the month of March, I wanted to share my progress with you. Sorry that I have been so inactive lately. It’s all just too much. Anyway … First of all, let’s take a look at my Goodreads Reading Challenge.

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I feel like being that many books ahead of schedule has never happened to me before. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

Next up, what did I actually read?

Read in March

Audio Books (9)

Body, Mind and Soul by Audrey Carlan. Read my review in German for Soul here.

Calendar Girl January & February by Audrey Carlan. After reading and – honestly – loving Body, Mind and Soul, I was looking forward to reading this so much! January was pretty much okay, but starting with February, I was so annoyed and disappointed. It was disgusting. Racist, misogynistic, mean, boring and ignorant. There was no development of anything at all. The only good thing that January offers is Wes and not even he seems to be destined to stay. After finishing February, I started reading the chapter summaries on Bad Books Good Times for the following books in this series. Wasting any more money on this would be so stupid. It made me question my love for the Trinity series, I’m not so sure anymore. Ugh, I don’t even know, what did you think o it? /Rant over

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

She’s Not There by Joy Fielding

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

AchtNacht by Sebastian Fitzek

Not my favorite Fitzek, but pretty much okay. 

Paperbacks And E-Books (3)

Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel My review can be found here.

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick Find my review here.

Currently Reading

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo by Christiane F.


What did you read in March?
Let me know in the comments of leave me a link to your posts!

February | Wrap-Up + Haul

February | Wrap-Up + Haul

For the first month in probably ever, I actually stuck to the books I had set out for that month. I nearly only read books from this TBR post for February. In the following short list, I will mention every book from said post and format it whether I have read it or not. If a work was read in February, I will make it bold, if I have at least started or read parts of it, it will be italic and a book I have not even remotely looked at at all, will be crossed out.

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David 180 pages | ★★★★✰ | My review

The Girls by Emma Cline 11 hours | ★★★✰✰

The Madman’s Tale by John Katzenbach 20 hours  ★✰✰✰✰ | Goodreads review

1Q84 #3 by Haruki Murakami 17 hours ★★★★✰

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick | 325 pages ★★★✰✰

The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre 352 pages  | 45 pages done

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria 183 pages | 31 pages done

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi | 305 pages |

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan 308 pages |

Human Acts by Han Kang 224 pages |

Lebensgeister by Banana Yoshimoto 160 pages |

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler 416 pages |

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger 368 pages |

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill 400 pages |

A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin 931 pages |

Other Books

Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi | 352 pages | ★★★★★ | My review

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie | 4 hours | 1 hour 30 minutes done

All in all, that makes 960 pages read and around 48 hours I spent listening to audio books.

All The Books I Bought In February

All of the following books were used before I bought them, none were new.

The Secret History

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The Silmarillion

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The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids

Lying Out Loud

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The Big Lie

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Gossip Girl #4: Because I’m Worth it

Gossip Girl #5: I Like It Like That

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How was February for you?

February | To Be Read

February | To Be Read

I’m a little late for this month’s TBR post, I know I know. However, I just really got into the mood of setting a goal way too high for me to ever achieve it within a month. Since Friday this week is going to be my birthday, I have an unusual amount of beautiful books at home. So, what do I wanna read this month?

All of the information for the books was taken from their page on Goodreads.

The following four books were lent to me by my amazing bestest friend Anna, who does have a blog but hasn’t yet posted anything. For my birthday we decided that she would let me have these for a while. I am already in love with all of them.

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

305 pages | Goodreads

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.

Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

308 pages | Goodreads

Written in startlingly beautiful prose, HARMLESS LIKE YOU is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki’s son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.

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Human Acts by Han Kang

224 pages | Goodreads

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend’s corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma.

Lebensgeister by Banana Yoshimoto

I wasn’t able to find an English translation for this book, so here just follows the German synopsis.

160 pages | Goodreads

Nach einem schweren Unfall und dem Verlust ihres Geliebten ist Sayoko nicht mehr sie selbst. Sie hat das Zwischenreich der Geister betreten und Geheimnisse der unsichtbaren Welt erfahren. In der Tempelstadt Kyoto lernt sie allmählich das Leben so zu akzeptieren, wie es ist: voller Ungewissheiten und Rätsel, dem Tod immer nahe, ob man jung ist oder alt.

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

416 pages | Goodreads

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom – until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry – except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy – insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though – swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

368 pages | Goodreads

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with— secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand—a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

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Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

180 pages | Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

Songs of Our Breakup by Jay E. Tria

183 pages | Goodreads

Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre

352 pages | Goodreads

I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death.

Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life depending on you venturing into society?

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

325 pages | Goodreads

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

400 pages | Goodreads

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…

A Clash Of Kings by George R. R. Martin

931 pages | Goodreads

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The Girls by Emma Cline

11 hours | Goodreads

The Madman’s Tale by John Katzenbach

20 hours | Goodreads

1Q84 #3 by Haruki Murakami

17 hours | Goodreads

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What are you planing on reading this month? Let me know! (:

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!

Manga I Plan On Reading in 2017 + Anime To Watch

Part of me being a bookish person also includes liking manga a lot. For 2017, I wanna read more of it. In this post I am going to introduce you to manga series I wanna start as well as go on with. Additionally, I’ll list anime I want to start and finish as well! As always, you can find me on MyAnimeList.

Manga To Read

Start

Aria

Aqua

Boku Girl

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Kimi wa Midara na Boku no Joou

Hitoribocchi no ○○ Seikatsu

Read On

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction

Tokyo Ghoul

Girls of the Wild’s

Anime To Watch

Start

Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren

Kuragehime

Nichijou

Koe no Katachi

Ao Haru Ride

Finish

Neon Genesis Evangelion | 11/26

Hataraku Maou-sama! | 1/13

Kill la Kill | 9/24


Do you have any plans on reading any manga or watch anime in 2017?

Reading Plans | December

Oh it has been such a long time, hasn’t it? I hope you still remember me somehow. I wanted to make this post to talk about what I am currently reading and what I still wanna read this year. I am sorry for being away, this is important to me. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Now that there isn’t that much to do for university anymore, I can spend some more time on here and on reading once again!

Currently Reading

Head First C by David Griffiths, Dawn Griffiths

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi 

Desert Dawn by Waris Dirie

Recently Finished

1Q84 Book #1 by Haruki Murakami

To Be Read in December

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

1Q84 Book #2 by Haruki Murakami


So, how about you? What are you currently reading?

September Wrap Up

This was the last month of my holidays and I did have a lot of time on my hands to read. Hence I am happy to tell you that I managed to get 9 books done. At first I wanted to say that I am proud (and I still somewhat want to), but then I stumbled across nearly all of your wrap ups and everyone seems to be reading at least ten books a month, or so it seems!

What I Read

Never Never: Part One of Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
159 pages | Romance, Contemporary, Mystery | Goodreads | ★★★★☆

Never Never: Part Two of Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
157 pages | Romance, Contemporary, Mystery | Goodreads | ★★★☆☆

Never Never: Part Three of Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
92 pages | Romance, Contemporary, Mystery | Goodreads | ★★☆☆☆

You by Caroline Kepnes
505 pages | Thriller, Fiction, Contemporary | Goodreads | ★★★★★

Gossip Girl #3: All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar
225 pages | Chick Lit, YA, Contemporary |  Goodreads | ★★★☆☆

Der Seelenbrecher by Sebastian Fitzek, Simon Jäger (narrator)
7 hours (368 pages) | Thriller, Mystery | Goodreads | ★★★★☆

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie
280 pages | Nonfiction, Biography | Goodreads | ★★★★★

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
6 hours (403 pages) | Contemporary, Fiction | Goodreads | ★★☆☆☆

Switch Girl!! 09 by Natsumi Aida
208 pages | Manga, Shojo | Goodreads | ★★★☆☆

What I Bought

Der Seelenbrecher, Audible

1Q84, Audible

What I Reviewed

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

All I Want is Everything by Cecily von Ziegesar

What Else I Posted

Top Ten Tuesday

Favorite TV Shows

Favorite Manga of All Time

Tags

This Or That Book Tag

The Goodreads Book Tag

I Messed Up Tag

Awards

The Liebster Award #2

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Entertainer Blogger Award

Random

What I Watched in July and August

All in All

9 books read

2397 pages done


So, how many books did you read in September? 

August | Wrap Up

August | Wrap Up

During all of August I have been working and therefore didn’t have as much time for reading as I would have had otherwise. I did participate in the Bout of Books 17 readathon though, which was helpful. Eventually, I was able to read 4 and listen to 2 novels. In July, I read around 1600 pages. This month in August, I read around 1750. This is 150 pages more than last month. Hence I am happy with my progress. Sadly, none of these books were on my big Summer Reading Goals to-be-read.

Hardcovers and Paperbacks

General

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Pages: 352 | Contemporary, Humor, Chick Lit | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads

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E-books

Yes Please Amy Poehler
Pages: 352 | Memoir, Comedy | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads
My review for this can be found here.

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You Before Anyone Else Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Pages: 400 | YA, Contemporary, Romance | Rating: 4.5/5 | Goodreads
My review for this can be found here.

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Loing It Cora Carmack
Pages: 280 | New Adult, Contemporary, Romance | Rating: 4.75/5 | Goodreads

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Audio books

Dream Story Arthur Schnitzler
Length: 3 hours (99 pages) | Fiction, Classics, German Literature | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads

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The Wall Marlen Haushofer
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes (276 pages) | Fiction, German Literature | Rating: 3/5 | Goodreads

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What have you been reading in August?