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! (:

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one can create a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s amazing topic is:

January 10: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)

 

 

1 The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon

2 Girls Like Me Lola St.Vil

3 Something in Between Melissa de la Cruz

4 Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit Jaye Robin Brown

5 Swear on This Life Renee Carlino

6 Nice Girls Endure Chris Struyk-Bonn

7 Gena/Finn Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson

Highly Illogical Behavior John Corey Whaley

9 Summer Skin Kirsty Eagar

10 Cherry Lindsey Rosin


 

Bout of Books 18 | Final Update

The Bout of Books 18 readathon has ended. As you might have guessed, I am not too happy with the progress I made throughout the week. Now, I only finished half of the goals I set out for myself. I read one book and had fun, but that was it. I wish I’d have had more time on my hands. However, I’ll certainly be participating in the next Bout of Books as well!

Number of pages I’ve read today: 103

Total number of pages I’ve read: 518

Today’s Books: The Madman’s Tale (3h – 103 pages)

Books I finished today: –

All the books I finished: 1


Bout of Books 18 | Update #4, #5 and #6

Something always gets in the way. I’ve had even less time than I thought I would have for day 4, 5 and 6 of this readathon. With this post, I am just shortly going to share with you how much I’ve collectively read throughout these three days. And let me tell you, it’s not even that much. Ugh.

Number of pages I’ve read: 96

Total number of pages I’ve read: 415

Books:  Year Of No Clutter (30% – 96 pages)

Books I finished: –

All the books I finished: 1


The Reading Habits Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads to do this tag (in June oops). Thanks a lot! If you don’t know Gretchen yet, be sure to check out her blog. You can find her Reading Habits Tag here.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading? I will read wherever I feel like reading. Can be my bed, the kitchen table, the couch in the living room. Simply anywhere.

Bookmark or random piece of paper? To be honest, I own several different cute and beautiful bookmarks. They are part of an enjoyable read for me.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter / a certain amount of pages? I’m able to stop whenever I am not interested in reading anymore, which is not necessarily after a chapter or a certain amount of pages.

Do you eat of drink while reading? Usually I don’t, but once in a while I will have some tea.

Multitasking: Music of TV while reading? Nah, not at all.

One book at a time or several at once? I am always reading at least around 4 books at the same time, because some books just don’t keep my attention for long enough.

Reading at home or everywhere? I love to be able to read everywhere! I take my Kindle almost anywhere. Due to being in my car and driving for hours and hours on end once in a while, I have discovered my love for audiobooks. As we all know, there are too many books and too little time. Therefore only reading at home is not an option for me!

Reading out loud or silently in your head? Always silently in my head.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages? I only did that once and I missed such an important part. I haven’t done it since. Sometimes I would read the last sentence of a book, simply out of curiosity.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? Keeping it like new, definitely. I am afraid of breaking the spine while reading pretty books, so for this reason I am currently enjoying e-books and audiobooks very much!

Do you write in your books? I wish I had the guts to do so! No, however.


Feel free to do this tag if you are interested! 

Bout of Books 18 | Update #3

This is not going as well as I would like it to. I am reading less every day, so my goal for day 4 is to actually make a lot of progress. Additionally, I realized that I am just not good at reading books I chose beforehand. Therefore the TBR for Bout of Books was pretty much useless, because I am reading completely different books. So, here is an update on the books I am actually planing on reading throughout the next few days: 1Q84, Year Of No Clutter and Head First C. After making more progress with those I will choose other books to read. Well, let’s have a look at my progress today.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 49

Total number of pages I’ve read: 319

Today’s Books:  1Q84 (1h – 33 pages), Year Of No Clutter (5% – 16 pages)

Books I finished today: –

All the books I finished: 1


Bout of Books 18 | Update #2

Day 2 has come to an end, so it’s time to share my progress.  I feel like I am not really fast enough for my liking. Although I managed to get a bit done, it’s not nearly enough to reach all my goals until the end of the week. 270 pages after two days just doesn’t seem enough.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 72

Total number of pages I’ve read: 270

Today’s Books:  1Q84 (2h – 50 pages), Year Of No Clutter (7% – 22 pages)

Books I finished today: –

All the books I finished: 1


Difficult Women

Difficult Women

Difficult Women | 272 pages | Expected Publication: 3rd of January | Short Stories, Fiction, Feminism Goodreads | Amazon

In exchange for an honest review I received this eARC from the publisher on NetGalley. Thank you very much!

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The first short story was chosen very well. It sets the atmosphere as somewhat dark and twisted, sad and difficult. Because of this interesting first story I was unable to put the book down at this point.

Gay’s writing is highly enjoyable and somewhat different from most authors I read. At least this is the feeling it conveys. The wording is simple, but also effective and strong.

Difficult Women, the short story that gave Gay’s book its name, is in contrast to the stories leading to it written differently and has a different vibe to it. In its prominent state, it connected to the other stories very well. All of the stories were unique and written distinctly.

The diversity in these short stories was refreshing and gave this book a more profound vibe.

Two or three of the short stories were not interesting to me at all. I wanted to skip these, but didn’t.  Awaiting a turn in events, which did happen at some point, saved them somehow.

Favorite Quotes

He used to think his wealth was a burden but quickly realized what he could get away with.

La Negra Blanca

[…] her services were in high demand because her clients liked having an English-speaking housekeeper as much as it made them uncomfortable to see a white woman doing the work of la gente.

Florida, 1217 Ridgewood RD Unit 23

Additionally, all of Difficult Woman, What a Crazy Woman Thinks About While Walking Down the Street.

Conclusion

Short stories about many different women, whom I would have liked to read more about. Nearly all of them kept my undivided attention, with most of them leaving me heartbroken at least in some way. I would recommend to anyone not being bothered with subtly being called out for sexist and racist behavior and explicit sex scenes. However – TW: rape, abuse/violence.

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!