April Wrap Up

April is over and I did read quite a few books this month. There are also two books in this warp up that I read in the end of March but I didn’t include in my March wrap up. I did not watch many movies because there was not much I was interested in April. But I watched Fast & Furious 7 twice. I also started my new job in April who meant that I needed time to adjust and did not read as much this month.

 

Movies:

Fast & Furious 7 – This was a great popcorn flick and highly entertaining. It was so much fun. 8 of 10 points

Avengers: Age of Ultron – I’m not the biggest fan of comic adaptations. So I had a hard time with this movie. It was way too long and there were just too many robots. 6 of 10 points

Ex Machina – This was a suprise for me because it was really good. The action was solid and the set design was amazing. Defenitly going to watch this one again. 7.5 os 10 points

Big Eyes – This biopic was not the kind of movie I enjoy. It was flat and barley scraped the surface of the themes. 4 of 10 points

 

Movies I want to see in March:

  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • The Longest Ride (Kein Ort ohne dich)
  • Tomorrowland ( A World Beyond)

 

Books:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – I re-read this book as part of the #HPreadalong2015 . This is my favourite book in the series and I loved to revisit it. It was, like always an amazing read. 5 of 5 stars

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – This was my first Jandy Nelson book and it was great. It is about grieve and losing loved ones so it was emotional. I listened to it on audio book so maybe this is why it did not totally overwhelm me but is was a good book nevertheless. 4 of 5 stars

wpid-picsart_1430639621333.jpgThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – After reading The 5th Wave in 2014 I finally got to the sequel. Unfortunately it was not good. I did not like the 5th Wave that much but I wanted to see where the story will go from there. Maybe the next book will be better. 2 of 5 stars

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I love this series and I loved this book. It was magical, fantastical and full of metaphors. It was such a great read and I will push this series on all my friends. 5 of 5 stars

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I really wanted to like this book but unfortunately it was not for me. The story did not interest me and it felt more like a dystopian YA novel with some paranormal elements. So not my favourite genre. 2 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by  Joe Hill – I really enjoyed this graphic novel. They story is mysterious, imaginative and creepy. I also love the setting with key house. I’m not a big fan about the art but other than that I think this will be a great graphic novel series. 4 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 2: Head Games by  Joe Hill – I liked this one even more than the first one. I think this series will be highly addictive. I loved that this novel concentrated more on past events and on the keys.  4 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by  Joe Hill –  It’s getting serious! There was a lot of action in this volume and I loved it. The keys are so interesting and I want to know what happened back in the 80’s. 4 of 5 stars

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson – This was a cute story and I feel like summer is already here. I really liked the story and the characters. I loved that there was no insta love and that there was not too much drama. I will definitely read more of Morgan Matson. 4 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys to the Kingdom by  Joe Hill – This was my least favourite one of the series so far. It was too crammed with keys and information. I couldn’t really appreciate all the keys. But besides that I loved this volume because it is such an amazing story. 4 of 5 stars

Scarlett by Marissa Meyer – I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one. I loved the world building and the focus on Cinder in the first book. She is a great character. Here there was not much world building but there was at least Cinder. But now her story was a little bit boring. I don’t care for Thorne and Scarlett. I like Wolf but that was it. 3.5 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks by  Joe Hill – This graphic novel is all about the past and I loved it. We finally get some answers. These novels are just so amazing. 5 of 5 stars

Locke & Key Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by  Joe Hill – I love this graphic novel series so much, these are amazing. I’m impressed especially after finishing the last one. I even cried at the. It is emotional and full of suspense. 5 of 5 stars

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – It is a cute Love story not only between a girl and a boy but also between a girl and a city. It deals with friends, family and growing up. I really liked the characters and the setting of this book. Sometimes I didn’t feel the love between the main characters but besides that this book was a great read. 4 of 5 stars

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan – This collection of short stories was interesting to read. I got emotional because of the back-story but some of these stories were really good. Unfortunately not all of them were and it is quite obvious that the writer was young. Nevertheless I enjoyed reading it. 3.5 of 5 stars

The Statistical Probability of Love at first Sight by Jennifer E. Smith –  This was a cute teenage love story. It was a quick read but nothing special. It’s a good book for readathons. 3 of 5 stars

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang – This book is really difficult to review. The writing is beautiful and I loved the non-linear storytelling. I soon figured out who the narrator was so this was no surprise for me. My biggest problem was that I could not connect with any characters. That’s probably because of this unusual narrator. 3 of 5 stars

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephenie Perkins – I really liked this book. It was as cute as Anna and the French Kiss even without Paris and I loved that Anna and St.Claire got to show up in this book too. 4 of 5 stars

 

I also started reading The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson but I put it down for now because I was not in the mood for this rather low book. I also started listening to the audio book Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews but for now I stopped listening to it because it is really weird but I will continue on with both books sometime in the future. I’m currently reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

 

Reading Challenge 2015

I read The Opposite of Loneliness which is a collection of short stories so this reading goal is completed:

  • Read a book that is not a novel

 

So I have only this one Reading Challenge left to complete in 2015:

  • Read a classic novel

 

My TBR for May:

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  • A Courte of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
  • Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
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January Wrap Up

January is over and it’s time for my first Wrap Up in 2015. There were not a lot of good movies in theatre in Austria this month so I only watched 6 films. But next month will be full of great movies because its award season.  I will watch the Oscars in a lovely theatre in Vienna with some friends and will live tweet about it. January was a great reading Month for me because I was on vacation and I was sick. So I got a tone of reading done. I read a total of 24 books which is crazy. I don’t think that I can do this again soon but it was an awesome reading month.


Movies:

The Best of Me – I loved this adaption of the Nicholas Sparks book. Even if it’s way to corny I love Nicholas Sparks movies. They are just so cute and emotional. 6 of 10 points

Wild – This was probably one of my most anticipated movies of 2015 and I loved it. It was so good. I definitely recommend this one for everyone of you who wants to watch movies that stay with you long after watching them.  8 of 10 points2015-01-30 16.19.20

Big Hero 6 – This was a cute animation movie but nothing special for me. There was way too much of the super hero thing but it is still god entertainment. 6 out of 10 points

Annie – This movie was just awful. One of the worst I’ve ever seen. Check out my review if you want to know more. 4 of 10 points

Ouija – This was also such a bad movie. Completely uninspired and not original at all. You can read my review for details about this horror movie. 4 of 10 points

Birdman – I was really impressed by this movie. It is shot beautifully and is intense. The acting is amazing and after watching Birdman, Boyhood got some serious competition in the Oscar Race. 9 of 10 Points

 

Movies I want to see in February:

  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Foxcatcher
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Book of Life
  • Into the Woods
  • Whiplash
  • The Woman in Black 2
  • Inherent Vice
  • American Sniper

 

Books:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This is a book about a special and mystical circus. I really liked this book. It was so magical and the atmosphere was amazing. But I wish there would have been more of a story and that I could get to know some of these very interesting characters better. 4 of 5 stars.

Panic by Lauren Oliver – After their High School graduation a few teens compete in a contest named panic where the stakes are high and there is a lot of money to be won. Everyone wants to win, to get out of the depressing little town they are living in. I liked the concept of the story but somehow I was not interested in the characters and a lot of the plot was predictable and I did not find it thrilling. 3 of 5 stars.wpid-picsart_1422630747390.jpg

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld – Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. She starts her new life in New York with a new apartment, new friends and her first love. But writing a novel is not as easy as it seems. In Aftwerorlds we read Darcy’s story and also her book so this is a book in a book and I loved every page. 5 of 5 stars.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow – This was my first graphic novel I ever read. It is about a girl that gets to understand, that there are a lot of people in the world that suffer. And she gets to this conclusion while playing a video game and befriending a Chinese boy. Unfortunately it was not the best book I ever read. The graphics were beautiful but the story had a lot of issues. 3 of 5 stars.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and Bone is the first instalment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. It is a fantasy saga in a completely unique setting and I was immediately hooked. There is magic, there is love and there is a lot of action. Definitely a great start for the series. 5 of 5 stars.

The Selection by Kiera Cass – I did not think that I would like this kind of book because it sounded like The Bachelor but I did enjoy it way more than I thought I would. Unfortunately there are some major flaws in this story so I could only give 3 stars. 3 of 5 stars.

The Elite by Kiera Cass – I marathoned the Selection series so immediately after the first book I read The Elite. I hated this book. I gave it 2 stars because some parts were ok and I did finish it. But the plot was awful. I constantly wanted to punch America, she acted so dumb. 2 of 5 stars.

The One by Kiera Cass – Of course I also read the last book in the Selection series. It was not as bad as The Elite but still not fun to read. I just wanted to get it over with and be done with these stupid characters. The ending was corny and exactly like I expected it. 2 of 5 stars.

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I just loved it. This graphic novel was so good I loved every bit of it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next three volumes in this series. 5 of 5 stars.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – I thought long and hard about starting this series. I like dystopian but I hear mixed things about Delirium. But then the book was really cheap and I started it. It was ok. Nothing extraordinary but readable, even if Lena got on my nerves a lot. I also started Pandemonium this month but put it down. 3 of 5 stars.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – For my Harry Potter Readalong I read the first book in the Harry Potter series and of course I loved it. It was so wonderful to dive back into this world and meet all the characters again. It is still my all-time favourite book series ever. bla bla 5 of 5 stars.

Angelfall by Susan Ee – This book was so hyped on Goodreads so I had high expectations but they were not met at all. It is about a postapokalyptic earth where angels kill humans. But after the first few chapters there was no world building and no explanations for anything were given. 3 of 5 stars.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1) by Cassandra Clara and HyeKyung Baek – This was my first manga and turns out that I don’t like mangas that much. I could not get into it even if I love the story. I did not like the artwork and it was not for me. I only gave it two stars because it is still The Infernal Devices. 2 of 5 stars.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick – After all the dystopian books I’ve read this month I wanted a cute contemporary read and that was exactly what I got with this book. I loved that there was not too much drama and that the book was a quieter one. I always dreamed of having siblings and a bigger family like the main character in this book so for me this was a great read. 4 of 5 stars.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West – This was also a cute contemporary but not as fun as My Life Next Door. This one was entertaining but the characters had the usual communication problems. I hate it when characters do not talk to each other, assume thing and then bad stuff happens. But this book was still a quick read. 3 of 5 stars.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – The hype around this book which is set on Mars is unbelievable. So I gave in and hoped that I will like it. This was crap. I’m sorry but there are so many things wrong with it I don’t know where to begin. The plot felt flat, the characters are extremely one dimensional and the book developed in a direction I hated. 2 of 3 stars.

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – I finally continued The Darkest Minds trilogy. Never Fade was action packed and I liked it. It was not as good as the first one but still very solid. But I figured out that Alexandra Bracken’s writing style is just no for me. It took me a long time to read this book. 4 of 5 stars.

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – The last book in The Darkest Minds trilogy was hard to get trough. Nothing much happens in the first half. It was very slow and full of unnecessary repetition. Also the ending was way too short and a lot of things were not resolved at all. 3 of 5 stars.

Yes Please! by Amy Poehler – I listened to the audio book version and I loved it. Amy Poehler describes her life in a hilarious way. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves Amy or Parks and Rec. 4 of 5 stars.

Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – This is my first graphic novel series and I just love everything about it. I think I’m addicted to it and need more Volumes out soon. 5 of 5 stars.

Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – The third Saga Volume is as epic as the first two. Read it! 5 of 5 stars.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – It seems like 2015 is a year full of fantasy novels for me. So it was time to start the Falling Kingdoms saga about a land with three kingdoms and the fight of power. I loved this first instalment and I did not mind at all that most of it is setting up the plot for the next books. I immediately started the next book in this series after finishing Falling Kingdoms. 5 of 5 stars.

Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Another great book in the Saga graphic novel series. I just love this story so much! 5 of 5 stars.

 

I’m currently reading Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes and listening to the audio book Legend by Marie Lu.

 

Reading Challenge 2015

I did read 23 books this month so to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge I need to read 77 books. I also managed to complete some of my other Challenges I set for this year:

  • Re-read a favorite book – I’ve re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Read a book with 500+ pages – I’ve read Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld which has 599 pages
  • Listen to an audio book – I listened to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Read a new-to-you author – I’ve read my first two book by Lauren Oliver (Panic and Delirium)
  • Read a series finale – I’ve read The One by Kiera Cass. This book is the finale in The Selection trilogy

 

So I have only these Reading Challenges to complete in 2015:

  • Read a 2015 debut novel
  • Read a book that someone else picks
  • Read a book you DNF’d / gave up on
  • Read a book that is not a novel
  • Read/watch a book and its adaptation
  • Read an award winning novel
  • Read a classic novel

 

My TBR for February:

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
  • Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr
  • Control by Lydia Kang
  • The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haid
  • Legend by Marie Lu

 

 


January Book Haul

It’s the end of the month and it’s time for a book haul. For 2015 I want to try to not buy too many books. I have set myself a budget of 50€ a month for new books. This is partly because I do not want to spend too much money on books that will sit a long time on my TBR shelf and partly because I want to read the books I already own before getting to new ones. But be aware that I will not always stick to this plan. I will do two larger book hauls, one for my shorter vacation in the spring and one for my birthday in the summer. Sometimes I will also buy some books that I read as e-books and want as physical books on my shelf. They will not count to the 50€ budget. But enough of my book buying habits, here are the books I bought in January:

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  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1) by Cassandra Clara and HyeKyung Baek
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

 

After this haul I did not want to buy any more books in January but as it turns out did was not the case at all. I made another purchase and bought these books:

  • Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  • Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
  • Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

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I already read a few of these books and I’m trying to read the rest as soon as possible. Im currently reading Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes.


Most Anticipated Movies in 2015

2015 is upon us and it is time to look what movies can be anticipated this year. I already did a book-to-movie adaption post for 2015 so these movies (The DUFF, Fifty Shades of Grey, Paper Towns, Mockingjay Part 2, and Insurgent) will not be included in here. Let us jump in, here are my most anticipated movies in 2015:

longest_ride# 10: The Longest Ride

This is the second Nicholas Sparks adaptation this year. Even if it does not look as entertaining as The Best of Me I’m still looking forward to watching this movie. You can never be wrong with a Nicholas Sparks movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

tomorrowland_xlg# 9: Tomorrowland

I do not know much about this movie except from the fact that is has something to do with super heroes and that it’s a Disney movie. Also the blonde girl from Under the Dome plays a key role in this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

inside_out_ver2# 8: Inside Out

This seems like a major animation movie made by Disney and Pixar. It is about emotions and seems to look quite cute. Also Amy Poehler is the voice of the main character, should I say any more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

jurassic_world_poster_by_stevencormann-d7235ty# 7: Jurassic World

I loved Jurassic Park as a kid. Even if the movies got worse I still love this franchise. And I love Chris Pratt who plays the lead role here. But the trailer looks like this will be not as epic as we fans would have liked. Never mind, I’m still watching it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

01_TheFilmStage_CrimsonPeak-141219# 6: Crimson Peak

Guillermo del Toro goes back to his roots and brings us a new horror movie of his this year. I love his work so I do not need to know more to think that this will be great. Also Tom Hiddleston is in it and we all love Loki.

 

 

 

__paranormal_activity_5___movie_poster_by_lol2679-d5k8j57# 5: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

I love the Paranormal Activity Franchise. I love every movie and I do not think they are trash. So I can’t wait to see where the story will go next. And yes there is a story behind all this movies.

 

 

 

 

 

Jupiter_Ascending-267973304-large# 4: Jupiter Ascending

In February Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum have to save the world from an evil Eddie Redmayne who wants to enslave the earth. There are crazy bees that follow Mila Kunis around and there are space ships and other planets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITW_1-Sht_v18_Lg# 3: Into the Woods

This year we all go into the woods with Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick and Johnny Depp. This is one of my most anticipated movie because I love musicals and I love them even more when they are done right which I hope is the case for this major motion picture.

 

 

 

 

 

star_wars_7_movie_poster# 2: Star Wars

I think I don’t have to say any more. Star Wars is coming back and even if I was extremely reluctant at first, now I’m curious how J. J. Abrams vision will play out. Also this may be the biggest movie release this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

_1416436802# 1: Pitch Perfect 2

Fat Amy is back! This is my most anticipated release this year. Thank god this movie comes out in March because I can hardly wait anymore. I need Anna Kendrick and Skylar Asti back in my life right now.


Harry Potter Readalong 2015

 

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I’m hosting a Harry Potter Readalong this year with Melissa from Melissa reads books. This Readalong will work like this: We read one Harry Potter book each month, starting with January. So in July we will read the last book in the series. We discuss the books in our Goodreads groupe and also on Twitter with the hashtag #HPreadalong2015.

Everybody can join us. Maybe you want to re-read the book like Melissa and myself or you want to read the books for the first time? Join us! You can also just read one or a few books with us if you like. We always love to meet new people that are reading and loving Harry Potter. We will also watch the movies at the end of each month.

If you want to join this Readalong check out our Goodreads groupe here or meet Melissa and me on Twitter. We are happy for everyone that wants to join our Readalong.


Book Series in 2015

I love to read book series because you can spen so much time with the story and the characters. You realy get to know them. So I will list below all the series I want to finish and the one I want to start in 2015. Tell me in the comments below which series you want to start or finish.

 

Series I want to finish in 2015:

  • wpid-picsart_1420193123568.jpgThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Starbound Series by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 

Series I want to start in 2015:

  • The Lunar Cronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rohdes
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  • Remnant Cronicles by Mary E. Pearson
  • Control by Lydia Kang
  • Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie MyGarry
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 


Top 5 Book-to-Movie Adaptations in 2015

Book-to-movie adaptations are trending right now. Especially YA novels tend to get made into movies more and more. So here are my most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations (in the order of their release) for 2015:

 

10803009_314456958759000_1934131507_nThe DUFF

The DUFF based on the book by the same name by Kody Keplinger is coming into US theatres in early 2015. It follows Bianca who is called The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by a charming guy at a party. This guy seems to be a man-slut and Bianca throws herself into a kind of enemies-with-benefits relationship with this guy because things at home are not that great for Bianca.

 

 

 

1390662975_50-shades-of-grey-official-movie-poster_1Fifty Shades of Grey

Not that I am a fan of these books, as a matter of fact I really hated them but I am curious how this books will be transformed on the big screen and how the whole hype will pick up when there is a movie. His film should also come out early this year, on Valentine’s Day. I will watch it just for the opportunity to make fun of it later.

 

 

 

 

 

FIN03_Insurgent_1Sht_Tris_TrimInsurgent

Insurgent is the second movie in the Divergent franchise, based on the books by Veronica Roth. There is a trailer for this adaption because it will hit theatres in March. There was a lot of talk about the trailer because it does feel like your average action movie and they changed a lot from the books. I think these changes are good thing, considering how bad the last book is. Also I loved the trailer and can’t wait to see Shailene Woodley in action again.

 

 

 

 

Paper-Towns-MoviePaper Towns

This movie based on a John Green book just wrapped up filming.  It should hit theatres in the summer and stars Nat Wolff as Q and Cara Delevingne as Margo. We already know Nat Wolff in the role of Isaac in The Fault in our Stars. I can’t wait for this movie because it based of one of my favourite contemporary YA books.

 

 

 

 


MockingjayMockingjay Part 2

This may be the biggest YA movie event in 2015. The Hunger Games are ending their franchise (hopefully ending it) with Mockingjay Part 2. I really hope they stay close to the book because after reading it a second time I realized that it is truly amazing. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster.