Allgemein, Awards

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Hey there, my lovelies!

About a year ago (or even longer. What is time anyway?! *lol*) I was tagged for this award by the lovely Maya @ Her Bookish Desires! So thank you so much for thinking of me when you did this award, Maya! I feel so honored to be tagged for this and I’ll make sure to give all the love and support to other bloggers as well! =) You made my day when you nominated me for the award! If you don’t know Maya’s blog yet, please check it out and send her some love too!

„Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award“ is an unofficial Blogger Award to the bloggers as a reward for their wonderful work on their blogs. It’s just as important because it really reflects the good impact we can have on other people’s lives. It is important for the inspiration towards the success journey of our fellow bloggers and especially newbie’s (Rising Stars)” – IdealInspiration Blog

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her/their (I had to add „their“ because you know ;-P) blog
  • Answer their questions
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of the Ideal Inspiration Blogger award as Rising Star from: https://idealinspiration.blog

Questions

  1. What is your favorite part of blogging?
    That might sound funny now because I rarely manage to do it these days but I love to create content and to come up with new and original ideas. *lol* Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of time to do that those last couple of months but for 2022 I decided to make some room for my hobby so I guess we’ll see how that goes. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. ;-P
  2. If you were to take the name of a fictional character, what would it be?
    I think I’d either take Ronan (Ronan Lynch from TRC) or I’d go with Kieran (one of my fictional rp characters).
  3. What is your ideal reading setting? Be as descriptive as you can (if you want😂)
    My ideal reading setting? You really want to know that? Okay, but I might drool a the end of this so I’m already sorry. *lol* My ideal reading setting would be in my own library in my own house. (I’ve neither of those two so we’re already in dream land) It would be full of books and bookshelves and there would even be a ladder to get to the books that are in the higher shelves. In that library there would be two reading nooks. One next to the window where you can curl up and read and watch the snow fall in winter or just look out at a nice garden in summer. And the other reading nook would be in a cozy corner and kind of surrounded by bookshelves like a cave. (Do you get what I mean? I’m sure my Yoongi does. *lol*) And of course I would have a place to put my coffee next to me. Ahh… I want that so badly it’s not normal anymore. T_T (description: V from BTS trying not to cry)
  4.  If you could do or be anything in the world, what would it be?
    Anything? Really anything? Unrealistic answer: I’d be an idol and sing and dance and write lyrics and produce my own music and I’d do all the things I love the most. (I was in a band and dancing group once so I guess I got as close to that dream as was possible for me in a little country like Austria) A little bit more realistic answer: I’d be a professional BookTuber, book blogger and book critic and would be able to live from doing the things I love to do. (yeah I’m aware that I am a BookTuber/book blogger already and writing reviews. *lol* I’m not professional though. XD)
  5. If you could travel to a fictional destination (from a book you’ve read) where would it be? There are actually two that immediately come to mind: 1. Hogwarts, 2. Velaris. 😉

Questions for my nominees

  1. Why did you start your own blog? Tell me your story!
  2. If you could be a fictional character for a day, who would you like to be and why?
  3. Who/What is your favourite bookish animal! (Could be anything from Eragon to Nighteyes)
  4. If you could do or be anything in the world, what would it be? (stealing that one because it’s really interesting. Sorry, Maya. *lol*)
  5. When do you write your blog posts? Are you a night owl or an early bird?

I nominate:

💗 The Yoongi to my V – Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad

💗 Hollis & Micky @ A Take From Two Cities

💗 Hundreds & Thousands of Books

💗 Ella @ ella isn’t reading

💗 Anna @ StarlightKosmos

💗 Laura @ The Unquiet Librarian

💗 Elli @ AceReader

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Once again, thank you to Maya for nominating and tagging me for this award! To all the people I nominated: Of course you don’t have to do the award but as always I’d love to hear your answers! XD

Take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

My Book List 2022

Hey there my lovelies! =)

In my „Top 15 of my bookish 2021“ blog post I mentioned that I would try to read 45 books this year and that there were only 40 on my list so far. I asked you for recommendations to fill in those last five blank spots and as always your suggestions were amazing! XD

I wrote them all down and put them into a bowl. Well, and then I pulled out 5 of them! (Soon there will be a video of it on my BookTube! ;-P ) This said: Thank you so much for participating! I really appreciate all the time and effort you put into your answers and I hope you’ll find your recommendation at the end of the following list! ❤ (light cobalt blue colour) Since this worked out so fine last year I put emojis next to the books again and tried my best to classify them for you. I think they are pretty self-explanatory but if you have questions what they mean you can always ask me in the comments! 😉

So here I go:

1.) Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff  Vampire on Samsung One UI 4.0

2.) An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir Mage on WhatsApp

3.) The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

4.) Wolfsong – T.J. Klune What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

5.) How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories – Holly Black

6.) XOXO – Axie Oh  What each colour heart emoji actually means

7.) The Binding – Bridget Collins What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

8.) Dark Rise C.S. Pacat What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

9.) Legendary – Stephanie Garber

10.) Winter’s Orbit – Everina Maxwell What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

11.) The Extraordinaries – T.J. Klune What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

12.) Rebel – Marie Lu (final book of the series)

13.) Jade City – Fonda Lee Mage on WhatsApp

14.) Iron Widow – Xiran Jay Zhao

15.) Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World – Benjamin Alire Saenz What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

16.) A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab (final book of the series)

17.) The King’s Men – Nora Sakavic (final book of the series) What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

18.) Winter – Marissa Meyer (final book of the series)

19.) Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

20.) Counting Down With You – Tashie Bhuiyan What each colour heart emoji actually meansCrying Face Emoji Gif, HD Png Download , Transparent Png Image - PNGitem

21.) The Shadow of the Gods – John Gwynne  Mage on WhatsApp

22.) The Jasmine Throne – Tasha Suri  Mage on WhatsApp What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

23.) Bias – Lucy Gold  What each colour heart emoji actually means

24.) The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

25.) The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix Face Screaming in Fear Emoji (U+1F631)Vampire on Samsung One UI 4.0

26.) The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

27.) Darius the Great Is Not Okay – Adib Khorram What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

28.) Piranesi – Susanna Clarke 

29.) House of Sky and Breath – Sarah J. Maas (release date: Feb. 15th 2022)

30.) And They Lived … – Steven Salvatore (release date: March 8th 2022) What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

31.) Book of Night – Holly Black (release date: May 3rd 2022)

32.) A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara Crying Face Emoji Gif, HD Png Download , Transparent Png Image - PNGitemWhat Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

33.) Verity – Colleen Hoover Face Screaming in Fear Emoji (U+1F631)

34.) The Midnight Library – Matt Haig

35.) You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

36.) Dread Nation – Justina Ireland Face Screaming in Fear Emoji (U+1F631)

37.) Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

38.) A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

39.) The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux Face Screaming in Fear Emoji (U+1F631)

40.) The Child Thief – Brom

41.) Gild – Raven Kennedy

42.) Red Winter – Anette Marie

43.) The Ghosts We Keep – Mason Deaver What Does 🌈 Rainbow Emoji Mean? - Emoji by Dictionary.com

44.) The Mercies – Kiran Millwood

45.) The Ghost Bride – Yangsze Choo

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I’m really looking forward to read all of those books and I hope that this time around I’ll actually manage to get to them. Or well, at least most of them! *lol* I’m pretty confident that I’ll get through this list though, because most of those books I had in my mind for quite a while and I kept the rereads to a minimum this year. Of course I’ll continue to try to get through My Book List 2019My Book List 2020 and now my My Book List 2021 as well. On my 2019 list there are only 6 books left I still have to tick off and I know I can do it! 2022 is going to be the year!!! I know it!

Anyway! What about you? Did you already read some of the books on my list or are you planning to read them in near future? How many books do you want to read in 2022? Are you taking part in the GR challenge? Which releases of 2022 are you looking forward to? Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Stay healthy and safe! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

A, A - E, Allgemein, Reviews

Review: A Gathering of Shadows (V.E. Schwab)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

Book 9 on My Book List 2021

”People could only hurt you if you cared enough to let them.”

I think this quote describes the vibe of the book in a nutshell. “A Gathering of Shadows” is all about the characters and their strong feelings for each other. Sometimes those feelings get in the way and make it impossible to grow and to be who they truly are and sometimes those feelings help them to realize what is important. At times to read this book felt like you’re staunching a wound and no matter what you do, it always starts to bleed anew.

The repercussions of what happened in the finale of “A Darker Shade of Magic” are perceptible in every single word of the story and I was hurting with the characters so much it wasn’t normal anymore. While Rhy and Kell are trying their best to ignore what happened to them, while they try to come to terms with their changed reality and their place in the grand scheme of things, Lila and Alucard are just trying to have the time of their lives. And I was thankful for it, because the Lila/Alucard Duo was a really good counterweight to Rhy and Kell.

As for the third plot line… gosh I was so anxious about what would happen. The knowledge that there was a new force at work in White London had me all kinds of worried and it felt like a looming presence above my head. Do you know the expression: “It hangs like a sword of Damocles above/over sth”? Well, I think that about nails the overall feeling of dread I experienced while reading the book. >_< This said I think I’ll head to my characters section now because I need to get rid of a lot of thoughts and they’ll be spoilery so consider yourself warned! 😉

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Welcome to Red London! If you have magic running through your veins I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Essen Tasch! The finest of our finest will duel each other and not everyone is going to survive the spoilery fun! Tread carefully and try to stay out of trouble. The spoilers? Well, if you continue to read they’ll find you anyway.

Lila:

”People survived by being cautious, but they got ahead by being bold.”

I guess I got the answer to my question: Lila became a pirate, indeed. *lol* I personally liked her more in this book because she finally opened up and we got a good glimpse at her true personality. In the first book I could never get a grasp of her but this time around we were finally allowed to dive a little bit deeper into her personality. She doesn’t like to let anyone in because she is scared of her own feelings, but despite all her cool exterior and bravado she cares a lot about the people she spends her time with. Alucard and his crew grew on her and Rhy and Kell seem to own a special place in her heart as well. Lila’s determination to do whatever she wants is something I totally admire about her. She sets her eyes on a goal and she doesn’t cave until she made it. Her participation in the Essen Tasch was very reckless but I guess she’s one of those people that need to test their own limits and strength. And truth be told, if I would discover magic in myself I’d want to test and try it out too. *lol*I mean, who wouldn’t? ;-P

”Lila was a quick study, and she knew how to keep up a front; but behind the mask of disinterest, she took in everything. She was a sponge, soaking up the words and customs, training herself to see something once and be able to pretend she’d seen it a dozen – a hundred – times before.”

”She wanted to push away from the table and walk out, walk away, break the cords that tied her to this ship and this crew and this life, and start over. Whenever she felt the weight of those bonds, she wished she could take her sharpest knife and cut them free, carve out the part of her that wanted, that cared, that warmed at the feeling of Alucard’s hand on her shoulder, Tav’s smile, Stross’s nod.”

”The thing about freedom, Kell? It doesn’t come naturally. Almost no one has it handed to them. I’m free because I fought for it. You’re supposed to be the most powerful magician in all the worlds. If you don’t want to be here, then go.”

Kell:

” The truth was, Kell’s blood pulsed with a restless beat, while the thing that coursed within it longed for activity. Something had been roused in him, and it didn’t seem intent on going back to sleep.”

Okay, my hope that things would get better for Kell in “A Gathering of Shadows” was crushed the moment I first read his POV. My poor red-head suffered even more than he did in the first book and most of it was due to his connection with Rhy and the behaviour of his “parents”. I hated that they treated him like a criminal and even though I understood that they wanted to keep Rhy save I still detested them for the way they treated Kell. The fact that he could feel each and every single one of Rhy’s emotions and his pain certainly didn’t help to make him feel better and his slow but gradual suffocation was noticeable throughout the entire book. I bled with Kell and I could understand his need to be free. His entire life turned bitter and he realized that he was never truly a part of the Maresh family and only a means to an end. And then this horrible ending!!! ARGH!!! As if he hadn’t suffered enough already! I really hope my boy will be safe in the next book and that Lila will be able to rescue him.

”But that was the thing. Kell would never be free. No matter how far he fled. He’d given up freedom with is life, when he handed it to Rhy.”

”Rhy had always been fickle, but now Kell felt his brother’s ever-shifting temperament, the constant oscillation, and it was maddening. Space meant nothing. They could be standing side by side or Londons apart. There was no escape.
More and more, the bond felt like a chain.”

Rhy:

”He could feel it, whatever it was, hovering in the air around him, waiting until the sun went down and the world got quiet. Quiet enough to think. Thoughts, those were the waiting things, and once they started up, he couldn’t seem to silence them.
Saints, how he tried.”

You know, I’m kinda sad I never got to see more of the carefree and funny Rhy because the ending of “A Darker Shade of Magic” obviously left its traces on his personality as well. The Rhy in this book was very serious and haunted by his past. Then again I suppose to die and to come back to life will do that to a person. His life force is bound to Kell and what one of them does is felt by the other so it’s no wonder the Rhy in this book was more mature and intense. He feels responsible for everything that happened to his people and Kell and he just can’t seem to be able to live with what he did. I really hope someone is going to tell him that it wasn’t his fault and that him wanting to be a better prince and worthy was the thing that caused him to use the necklace. His fault wasn’t to fall for Holland’s trick because he wanted to be stronger; his fault was to try to please his parents and to think that the power he already has wouldn’t be enough. All that self-hatred… it will destroy him from the inside out. I really hope someone (hopefully Alucard) will be able to get through to him.

”Kell. My greatest fear in life isn’t dying. It’s being the source of someone else’s suffering. I know you feel trapped. I know I’m your cage. And I can’t –“ His voice broke, and Kell could feel his brother’s pain, everything he tried to smother until dark and drown until morning. “You will do this,” said Rhy. “For me. For both of us.”

”Every day. I wake up wanting to be a stronger person. A better prince. A worthy king. That want, it’s like a fire in my chest. And then, there are these moments, these horrible, icy moments when I remember what I did …” His hand drifted to his heart. “To myself. To you. To my kingdom. And it hurts…” His voice trembled. “More than dying ever did. There are days when I don’t feel like I deserve this.”

”He’d always envied his brother’s strength.
And now, in a horrible way, it was his.
He was immortal.
And he hated it.
And he hated that he hated it. Hated that he’d become the thing he never wanted to be, a burden to his brother, a source of pain and suffering, a prison. Hated that if he’d had a choice, he would have said no. Hated that he was grateful he hadn’t had a choice, because he wanted to live, even if he didn’t deserve to.”

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Lila & Kell:

”Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary.”
“Be quiet.”
“Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”
“We weren’t courting,” snapped Kell. “In case you forgot, she left.”

I really like those two and I definitely want more of them! I mean their kiss was … for lack of a better word hot and I think we deserve to see more of this ship. It’s a really slow burn but I actually like that about it. It probably comes with the nature of both of them. While Kell is all restraint and the brooding kind of type, Lila is all recklessness and bravado. Their personalities are quite a contrast but we all know opposites attract. ;-P I guess before we can find out if their ship is going to work out Lila will have to save her man first though! And I really hope she’ll do it fast because my boys are suffering and I need them to survive this!!! T_T

”They crashed into each other as if propelled by gravity, and he didn’t know which of them was the object and which the earth, only that they were colliding. This kiss as Lila pressed into a single gesture. Her brazen pride and her stubborn resolve, her recklessness and her daring and her hunger for freedom. It was all those things, and it took Kell’s breath away.”

Rhy & Kell:

To his surprise, Rhy shot him a scowl. “I’m invested in my kingdom, Brother,” he snapped. “You should be, too.”
“I’m not their prince,” observed Kell. He was in no mood for Rhy’s attitude. “I’m just the one who has to clean up his messes.”

I love their brotherly bond so much but it definitely suffered in this book. Both of them didn’t know how to cope with the situation they found themselves in and both of them tried to atone for what they did in their own way. I wish they would have done it together, that they would have addressed all those things that stood between them more directly. Their relationship was so strained and it hurt to see them together. They were both bleeding and I think the only ones who could stop it are Kell and Rhy themselves. I really hope they’ll talk it out in the last book and that their relationship will be more relaxed again. I mean yes, their fate is bound together but if they are on the same page they could do so many great things. I want them to find peace in the next book and I genuinely hope they will.

”These days, Rhy always seemed to be the source of Kell’s suffering, while Kell himself walked around as if the world were suddenly made of glass, all because of Rhy. It wasn’t even in the end, wasn’t balanced, wasn’t fair. Rhy held Kell’s pain in his hands, while Kell held Rhy’s life in his.”

”Kell.” Rhy sat forward, elbows on his knees. “I was dead.”
The words hung in the air between them.
“I was dead,” he said again, “and you brought me back. You have already given me something I shouldn’t have.” A shadow flashed across his face when he said it, there and then gone. “If it were lost again,” he went on, “I would still have lived twice. This is all borrowed.”

Alucard & Rhy:

Rhy turned to say something, but Alucard’s mouth was already there on his. Hands tangled in hair, clutched at coats. They were a collision, spurred by the force of three years apart.
“You missed me,” said Alucard. It was not a question, but there was a confession in it, because everything about Alucard – the tension in his back, the ways his hips pressed into Rhy’s, the race of his heart and the tremor of his voice – said that the missing had been mutal.

Now that came as a surprise! I knew there was something between them by the way they acted around each other but woah their romance totally caught me off guard. I guess this is mostly due to the fact that Alucard is a newly introduced character and that we didn’t know much about his past before his ship docked at London. I’m all aboard the Rhylucard/Alurhy?! ship though so please let more of those scenes come way! *lol* It’s so obvious Alucard is totally besotted with Rhy and I’m ready to see more of Rhy’s true feelings for the rakish captain as well. More, please?! XD

Alucard & Lila:

”There was a measure of theatre to everything Alucard did. She wondered how many other parts he could play. Wondered which, if any, were not a part, but the actor beneath.”

”Lila really should have killed him, back when they first met. Back before she could know him. Back before she could like him so much.”

I’m a huge fan of their friendship and I think they should continue to be just friends. Not gonna lie, the chemistry between them was amazing but they are both too reckless and probably would get each other killed. Their flame would burn bright and then blow out. *lol* I can’t blame Lila for giving into Alucard’s advances though. I mean that man is a really nice package! ;-P A deceitful and cunning package but a nice package nevertheless. XD

”Tell me,” he whispered, “was that better than winning a bet?”
She was breathless. “You make a valid argument.”
“I’d love to press the point,” he said, “but first …” He cleared his throat, and looked down at the knife she had resting against the inside of his leg.
“Reflex,” she said with a smirk, returning the weapon to its sheath.”

Lila & Rhy:

Lila’s expression hardened. “Whatever he feels for me, it isn’t love.”
“Because it isn’t soft and sweet and doting?” Rhy rocked back, stretching against the pillar. “Do you know how many times he’s nearly beat me senseless out of love? How many times I’ve done the same? I’ve seen the way he looks at those he hates…” He shook his head. “There are very few things my brother cares about, and even fewer people.”

The bond between those two surprised me as well. Lila and Rhy really seem to care about each other and I loved their tiny interactions. I’m glad Rhy kind of seems to function as a translator between Kell and Lila because I think otherwise those two would always talk past each other. XD Also can we appreciate how Lila’s first reaction, when she saw an upset Rhy, was to ask him who she needed to kill? I loved this so much because ARGH! Coming from Lila this means the world! <33 Lila and Rhy give me a Blue and Ronan vibe and I’m so here for it! I can’t wait to see more of their interactions in the next book and I hope there will be many.

He ducked his head and let out a shuddering sigh. Lila hesitated. She knew she should probably bow, kiss his hand, or swoon – at the very least explain what she was doing there, in the private palace halls, as close to the prison as anyone would let her – but instead she flicked her fingers, producing a small blade. “Who do I need to kill?”
Rhy let out a stifled sound, half sob, half laugh, and sank onto his haunches, still gripping the wooden edge of the table.”

The King & Queen and Kell:

Kell swallowed. “Will they never forgive me?”
“Which would you rather have? Their forgiveness, or Rhy’s life?”
“I shouldn’t have to choose,” he snapped.

I absolutely hated Rhy’s parents in this. His mum didn’t do anything and King Maxim was so unfair to Kell that I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake some sense into him. I think Kell suffered enough and he did it all to save their son because Rhy got himself into a sticky situation that almost killed him. How is that Kell’s fault? They can blame him for dark magic finding its way into their kingdom and for being a smuggler but they can’t blame him for saving their son’s life. The Dane Twins plot would have fruited no matter what Kell did. It wasn’t his fault that Rhy felt a need to be stronger for his people. Plus Holland could have easily caused trouble without involving Kell. After all he’s an Antari too and can travel between the worlds. If King Maxim would have been fair to Kell and would have trusted him the ending of this book would have never happened. So everything that happens now is on him. I hope he’ll realize this before everything goes to hell. >_<

He stilled. “No. But we both know this isn’t about what’s good for me.”
“You’re right. It’s about what’s good for our kingdom. And if you are loyal to this crown, and to this family, you will confine yourself to this palace until the tournament is over. Am I understood?”

”I can’t keep atoning,” Kell whispered into the king’s shoulder. “I gave him my life, but you cannot ask me to stop living.”

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I really enjoyed “A Gathering of Shadows” and I can’t wait to read the last book of the series. Since the Essen Tasch was a huge part of this story I couldn’t help but draw parallels to Jay Kristoff’s “Godsgrave” though. Both books were the second book of a series and focused on a deadly tournament while the main plot was still running in the background. My weird brain is probably the only one that saw those similarities… Anyway! I absolutely loved the world and the characters Schwab created and I’m very curious where this series will end. I’m definitely more than just willing to find out. 😉

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

December Wrap-Up

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I’m really trying to be positive now that a new year has just begun so I’ll say it with all the joy and enthusiasm I can muster: December sucked. *lol* Big time! XD If I thought I wasn’t reading a lot in November, I’m almost ashamed of how little I read in December. I actually only manged to read two books and the only reason why „The Lost Apothecary“ fell into this month too was the fact that I FORGOT to add it to my November Wrap Up. Which says enough about the state I was in those last couple of months. *lol*

Like seriously! How could I forget to add it to my Wrap Up? Anyway I said I’d have a positive attitude in 2022 and I’ll try my best! So here I go! I’m typing this after spending two weeks in the blissful bubble named „home“ and I regret nothing! I only went out to go grocery shopping and to go for walks and I met my family and friends three times in total. I spent Christmas with my family, my sister’s family and my parents. Then I visited my aunts and uncle on Silvester and I met one of my besties. That’s it. (Mind you, technically speaking my country is still in some sort of lockdown because of Omicron) So if you’re asking yourself what I did on all those other days:

I cleaned my flat, I played with my kid, I did the laundry, I cooked for my family, I took naps… an indecent amount of them tbh but I was so exhausted I just needed them, I watched Netflix, I listened to BTS and watched some of their videos, I READ (Yes, I actually managed to finish two books I had on my „currently reading“ since August 2021), I edited videos, I wrote blog posts and reviews, I came up with about a gazillion ideas that need to be turned into practice and I just unwound from all the stress I had those last couple of months. Plus I started to do something against my allergies and asthma and I hope the therapy will work. In short: I enjoyed my vacation and I hope this energy will last until July because it will be the next time I can go on vacation.

So on that happy note let’s jump right into my monthly Wrap Up, shall we?! XD

Books read: 3 (3 books & 0 webcomic, 3 books… that’s gotta be the worst reading month ever)

Pages read: 915 (It was so bad I didn’t even manage to read 1.000 pages. *lol*)

Average rating: 3,67 (It seems like my December was pretty average as well.)

Books that were on my reading list: 0 ( 0 from 2019, 0 from 2020 and 0 from 2021. Umm yeah… what can I say? *lol* Mood reading is a thing? XD)

December Reads:

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The Lost Apothecary: 4 Pfoten

I really enjoyed reading this book and even thought the story was pretty simple I still wanted to know what would happen next. Also this book got me in a moral dilemma because on the one hand I pulled for the apothecary but on the other hand I couldn’t condone her actions. *lol* Tbh I still don’t know how I feel about the apothecary but I think that’s exactly why this book stuck with me and was so good to read. Also the cover!!! Look at this gorgeous cover. ❤

The Gravity of Us: 3 Pfoten

When I finished the book I was certain it would be a four paws read but then I had time to think about it and in the end it turned out to be 3. Don’t get me wrong, this book was great and had a lot of things I loved to read about: science, the history of space travel and social media and media in general. There were some things that felt slightly off though and they are the reason for my 3 paws rating. If you know me, you know that 3 paws is still a great rating and only means I had some issues with the book. This said I’m definitely going to read Phil Stampers next story! =)

Mexican Gothic: 4 Pfoten

I’m so glad I finally managed to read this! „Mexican Gothic“ was a book that had me intrigued from the moment I picked it up and I really loved the atmosphere in this book. I mean High Place is always surrounded by fog, stands next to a cemetery and the house is old and falling apart. Not to mention the weird Doyle family that inhabits it and is pretty hostile towards our MC. (And that is the understatement of the century. *lol*) So yeah, if you’re a scaredy fox like me I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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How was your December? Did you read many books and were you more successful at finishing them than I was? *lol*  Which books did you read and did you enjoy them? Do we have some in common? How were your Christmas holidays? Were you as asocial as I was? (I don’t regret it, for once I really needed time for myself and away from others) Did you get books for Christmas and if yes which ones?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Top 15 of my bookish 2021 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series + Book Recs from You?!

Hey there my lovelies!

2021 is over and 2022 will hopefully turn out to be better than the last year! I really hope your 2022 started well and that you’re having a good time already. =) This said I want to begin the new year with a look at the old one. So since this became some sort of blog tradition I decided that I’d write another one of my „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“ blog posts! My initial goal for this year was to read 45 books and even though I managed to hit that number in October I still had a very though time to finish my challenge because I was in the worst reading slump ever. It started in August and stuck with me until December. (If you compare the number of books I read from January – June: 32 with the books I read from July – December: 25 you can see how bad it actually was.) I know 7 books doesn’t look like much but considering I usually read 4 – 5 books a month this was 1,5 months worth of reading for me. XD

Anyway! I’m out of my slump now and I hope it stays that way! *lol* Let’s do this and go for the traditional summary of my reading year 2021! Read about „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“! 😛

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

The Awesome:

– Felix Ever After

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This book had me curious for ages and everyone who read it was raving about it so of course I couldn’t resist to read it as well. Especially not when I found it sitting on the shelf of my library. I mean alone the cover!! And let me tell you: It was really as good as everyone claimed it would be! I loved to read „Felix Ever After“ and it’s one of those books that truly stayed with me because it made me think about a lot of things. For instance about how others perceive me, how I see myself, how I want to be seen. I just loved that about it! A great book and a thought-provoking one at that. XD

If This Gets Out

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I was lucky enough to get an ARC for this and I’m so happy I was allowed to dive into „If This Gets Out“! This book had everything I love in my books: A LGBTQ+ rep, music, band life, the best-friends-to-lovers trope with a dash of forbidden love, found family and to top it all off even a tour/road trip element. *lol* Yes, I’m gonna be honest here: Ruben and Zach were so frustrating sometimes but we love to suffer, right? XD

House of Earth and Blood:

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This book was a masterpiece and I mean it! I always loved Sarah J. Maas’s books and I’m a huge fan of her, but with this one… well she knocked it out of the park! ❤ I LOVED this book so much and even though it took me quite a while to get into the story because there were so many details I needed to know in order to move on, I ultimately ended up adoring this book. I have no idea how Sarah wants to top this because this was only book one in a series, but whatever she’ll come up with next: I’m game! 😉

The Raven King:

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Okay, I gotta be honest here: My heart is still a bleeding and raw mess after reading „The Raven King“. This book was… I have no words. It killed me… What Andrew and Neil go through in this second installment is not… I just want to hug my babies and hide them from the cruel world they live in. GAH!! I have no idea how I’m going to survive the last book but I’m so going to read it because I want to know what happens with my Foxes. *mental breakdown* 

 I Was Born for This

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I love Alice Oseman’s books and I love books that have to do with bands, fandoms and music so this was basically everything I ever wanted. Not to mention that it also had LGBTQ+ reps because we’re talking about an Alice Oseman book here. 😉 In short: I was a happy camper and I gobbled this up like nobody’s business. *lol* So good and definitely one of my favourite Oseman books. 😀

The Meagre:

Darkdawn:

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Sooo…. while I gave this book four paws in total and still enjoyed it somehow it definitely was my least favourite book of the series. We had a specific theme in „Nevernight“, we had a theme in „Godsgrave“ but „Darkdawn“!? Well, if you ask me it was all over the place and the ending was kind of anticlimactic. At least for me it was. Plus even though I’m a LGBTQ+ shipper all the way, I just couldn’t ship THAT ship. I love Mia but I didn’t love… her love interest and my Yoongi and I were constantly rolling our eyes. Nope, that didn’t work for me… at all. We’re probably in the minority here but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. 

– Elusion by Zoe Parker:

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I gave this book three paws and it definitely was one of the weirdest books I ever read. I mean at first we have darkness, abuse, torture and hopelessness, lather, rinse, repeat. Over and over again I might add and then all of a sudden at around half of the book everything changed so drastically that it felt like I was reading an entirely different book. And I just couldn’t with that… so yeah. 

– The Heir by Kiera Cass:

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Heaven save me from spoiled brats that are supposed to inherit a throne! *lol* No, seriously! I just couldn’t stand Eadlyn… at all. She was such an dislikable character and to say it with one of my bestie’s words: „Eadlyn is everything America was not.“ And we mean that in a bad way. 😉 The boys in the book were nice (okay, most of them were) but Eadlyn. Nope. Also the fact that she made a 180 degree character turn in the second installment was so unbelievable that I got a rash from fanserviceritis. Conclusion: Definitely not for me. 

– Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard:

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This book was okay and I think that’s exactly my problem. About half of the stories in here I didn’t need to read because I already read the short stories when they came out with the books and the other half of new stories wasn’t really doing it for me. „World Behind“ and „Fire Light“ were the two short stories I liked the most, but the rest of the book wasn’t all too engaging. Also: You would have thought that Victoria would finally give us some background stoy on Maven and Thomas or even somthing about Maven’s youth, but she didn’t and I’m… disappointed. 

– Superman:

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I mean this wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing either. I read all the previous DC Icons books and I’ve to say that this was the weakest in the entire series so far. Maybe it’s because Superman is too perfect and good? *lol* I like my superheroes with eges. XD 

The Series:

– The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan:

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I just love Uncle Rick’s books! ❤ He writes the best adventure stories ever and „The Mark of Athena“ was no exception to the rule. I actually wanted to finish „The Heroes of Olympus“ series in 2021 but then my reading slump hit and I saved it for 2022. There are only two books left so I’m sure I will be able to finish it this year. I guess after that „The Kane Chronicles“ will be up next. =)

– The Folk of the Air by Holly Black:

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I absolutely loved „The Cruel Prince“ and „The Wicked King“. Those two books were amazing and for someone like me who loves faeries and court intrigues this was perfect. Also Cardan and Jude! I mean honestly, do I have to say more about that love-hate relationship? *lol* As for „The Queen of Nothing“ it was good but not as good as the former books. The ending was kinda weird as well but also somehow fitting for „faerie tales“?! 

– Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel:

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Now this series came as a total surprise! I didn’t expect to like it so much and everyone who saw my TBR video about it knows that I was very skeptical about the „mysterious giant hand“. *lol* I stand corrected though because this was great! Truth be told, I don’t understand why not more people rave about this! I mean if you loved „Illuminae“ I’m sure you’ll love this one as well. 

– The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

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I actually managed to continue with this series in 2021 and read „Scarlet“ and „Cress“! Of course I loved them both and I have such a soft spot for Cress. She’s really amazing and I just want to cuddle and hug her. Same goes for Kai! Love that man to bits and pieces! ❤ Still, the ending of „Cress“ had me so worried about all those beloved characters and I hope they will be fine when I read „Winter“ this year. I’m planning to finish the series in 2022 so you can watch out for my review of the last book. 😉 

Railhead by Philip Reeve:

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This series is very beloved by the Yoongi to my V and I got very curious about it. Needless to say I grabbed it off the shelf as soon as I saw it at my library. *lol* And of course I loved it when I read it because my Yoongi has impeccable taste when it comes to books! ❤ We also share brain cells so that might be another reason why I knew that I’d enjoy it. XD Anyway! This was great! I loved the idea of sentient locos, space travel through wormholes and of motoriks. I’ll definitely make sure to pick up book two soon. 

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So this was my year 2021 in 15 books! How was your 2021? Was it a good reading year for you? Did you manage to read all the books you wanted to read? Or did you fall into a huge reading slump as well? Are there some books you didn’t manage to read in 2021 and took into 2022?  Let me know in the comments! 😉

And because this has become a tradition too: Just like in the years before I want to give you a chance to throw in some of your book recommendations for My Book List 2022! My goal is to read 45 books in 2022 and the last 5 spots are up to you! Just write me your book recs in the comments and I’ll throw them in a bowl and pull out 5 of them! 😉 (I guess this year I’ll even make a video about it. I mean what is my BookTube for?! XD)

This said I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and I hope that your 2021 will be amazing and way better than 2021 was! ❤ I mean it gotta be better, right?! Right? *lol* And because it’s so important these days: Aside from happines, success, contentment, luck and lots of love I also wish you good health! 

Please take care an stay healthy and safe! 

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Sassy Antics

SASSY Saturday

SASSY Saturday

Hey there my lovelies!

Welcome back to another round of my montly blog meme „SASSY Saturday“!

How does it work? Well, that’s easy! 😉

All you have to do is to follow those three golden rules:

1. Credit the creator of this tag (The Sassy Library Fox) and link back. (so I can see all your amazing answers!)
2. Answer the 5 questions below!
3. AND enjoy doing the blog meme! 😛 

„SASSY Saturday“ is planned to be a monthly meme but if you want to do it more often feel free to go for it! This meme was created to get to know other bloggers, their new obsessions and to reflect on your own last month! Above all it was created to have fun though! 😉 If you want you can also use the banner I created! This said let’s head to the good part:

S – Series you loved this month

Her Private Life: I was still watching „Her Private Life“ because I was horrible at watching TV series before Christmas. Too much stress had me falling asleep on my sofa so *lol* no tv series for me in December. I did manage to watch a couple of christmassy movies though so I suppose there’s that. I guess next month I’ll have watched more series again so stay tuned. 😉

A – Author you discovered

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Mexican Gothic

I rarely read in the genre of horror but this book was great! I really loved the atmosphere of „Mexican Gothic“ and the cemetery next to the house, the constant fog surrounding it, the mysterious happenings at High Place and it’s very odd and cold residents drew me in like nobody’s business. XD So if you’re looking for something mysterious that isn’t all too creepy and rather rocks the gross vibe I’m sure you’ll enjyo that one too. 😉


S – Song you couldn’t get enough of

V – Christmas Tree

How could I not talk about this beautiful song? I love Tae’s voice and the kind of music he makes as a solo artist. ❤ His music is so soothing and it always makes me happy to listen to his voice. Honestly, he never ceases to amaze me and I could listen to his songs for hours. (Scratch that, I actually DO listen to them for hours. *lol*) Anyway! This is the soundtrack to a new k-drama named „Our Beloved Summer“ and it just got on Netflix so you can bet I’ll watch the hell out of this too. *lol* Yoongi are you ready to watch it with me? XD

S – Surprise – Something that totally caught you off guard

Last month there was something positive and something negative that surprised me and caught me off guard:

1.) My BookTube channel grew immensely and I’m so thankful for all the new people that subscribed to it! Like seriously! You guys have no idea how much it means to me that you’re following my blog and subscribing to my channel. ❤ I think I’ll never stop being amazed by that. =)

2.) 3 of my precious seven boys are having Covid right now! T_T And that information reached ARMY on the 24th and the 25th of December. So it kind of felt like a blow in the middle of the holiday celebrations! I really wish them all the best and that they’ll all be healthy soon! NamYoonJin take care and take your time to get healthy again. ARMY will wait for you guys so you don’t have to worry! We’ll always be with you! Fighting! ❤

Y – Your fave blog post of another blogger

New Year, ____ Me by Isabelle @ Nine Tale Vixen

You all know I’m a sucker for poetry so it probably won’t surprise you that I chose a poem blog post this month. I loved Isabelle’s poem and I think it has a great message! We all should go into 2022 with positive thoughts and do what we love. Heaven knows the world is a grimm place right now so we should try to find happiness in the little things that give us joy! XD

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What do you think about „SASSY Saturday“? Would you like to join the fun? Did you already listen to „Christmas Tree“? Did you watch more series than I and if yes can you recommend me some? XD What surprised you last month and who wrote your favourite blog post?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always, stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Achievements of 2021 & My bookish New Year’s resolutions for 2022

Hey there, my lovelies!

Soon a new year is about to start and since it’s basically a tradition now I thought it would be good to take a closer look at my achievements of 2021. It’s always nice to take a closer look at what I wanted to achieve at the beginning of the year and what I actually achieved during it. I’m pretty certain most of my goals went right out of the window once again because Covid-19 still kept us busy and the stress I had at work got me into a big reading slump that lasted for almost 6 months. >_< But maybe, just maybe, I actually managed to reach at least some of my goals? XD Anyway, let’s find out and compare notes so I can go right into the next year with a super clean slate. Also it’s always good to remember and to celebrate what we achieved, especially in 2021. I need a positive outlook into the next year, because I’m sure it will be better! ;-P (It just has to be!!!)

This said 2021 was: Horrible! *lol* To sum it up with just one word. I swear 2021 cost me quite a lot of nerves and produced a couple of new grey hairs and I realized a lot of things about myself and my life. The only person who can change anything about it is me though so I’m determined to make some changes. I want to be happy again and I realized that there were a lot of things that made me unhappy last year. Due to that it feels like I haven’t been happy for a long time and I think I deserve to be happy. We all do! So 2022 here I come! Things will change because they need to!

So without further ado let’s go right to the awesome achievements and the good things that happened to me in 2021:

–  I recently celebrated my third year of blogging and it’s been one hell of a freaky ride so far! *lol* I love to have my personal space in that huge place we call the internet and l’m very glad I managed to keep my baby alive. I need my blog because I can be creative on here and because I can be myself. =) To have a space to call your own is amazing and I really want to be more active once again. In 2021 it felt like I was stumbling from one blog post to the next and I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to plan ahead and give you the content you deserve. So I’ll do better next year. I promise! ❤

– Despite my struggle to keep my blog running I still managed to be somewhat consistent and continued to write 2 blog posts a week. And yes, that IS an achievement. Some weeks (when I did  a TTT topic) I even accomplished to post thrice and I’m glad I was able to be a part of the blogging community. 😉 I didn’t do a lot of blog hopping due to time issues but I definitely want to do more of it next year. Your posts deserve to be read and I’m sorry I was such a bad friend.

– I managed not to get another gastritis!? *lol* Yes, that’s actually an achievement for me. Work and life in general had me so stressed out that I almost got one before Christmas. (Which would have sucked because all that good food!!! XD) Considering the impossibility of going for a healthy diet it’s no surprise my stomach revolted though. I mean I commute to work 4 days a week and get up at 5 a.m., I can’t eat in the train because FFP2 masks, so I only eat breakfast at work and once I get home after picking my kid up from kindergarten. Which is about 3:30 p.m. So one goal for 2022 is definitely to eat healthy and to take more care of myself.

– I read 57 books in 2021 (so far, I still have a couple of days left ;-P ) and was able to finish my goodreads challenge. I initially set it on 45 books and despite my horrible reading slump I still managed to exceed it. ❤ I count that as a big achievement but I still hope that I’ll be able to read more next year. *lol* I don’t feel like myself when I’m not reading. XD

– I went for the second round of my own tag – The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag (Original!) and I did my SASSY Saturday blog meme each and every single month! I just love to do that one because it’s nice to talk about other things than books every once in a while! It’s always good to talk about things that excite you. 😉

– I continued to write! I might not have gone for a lot of rp-posts (I’m so sorry!! T_T ) but I still wrote reviews and poetry. And I even started to write the prologue for a book idea that has been spinning in my head for months. 😀 I don’t know if I’ll ever finish this story, but I definitely want to try! Maybe it will become a book one day… who knows? XD

– The publishing house Simon & Schuster asked me if they could use a quote of my review of „Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe“ for their mailing box to promote the second book. Which was such an honour! Of course I said YES immediately! Naive me only asked to see a picture of the finished product but the publisher asked me for my address and even sent the entire box my way! Including book one and two!! If you ever wanted to see me freak out you can watch my Unboxing video here: ARC Unboxing – Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World!  I’m still so happy about this I could cry! T_T

– I finally had the guts to start my own BookTube Channel and Instagram! (thesassylibraryfox3) 😉 And it’s going great! =)) I never thought I’d have so much fun creating my own video content and to edit it but I do?! It’s one of the few things that actually brought me a lot of joy in 2021 and I definitely want to continue with it. I hope even more people will join me on this freaky ride because I’m having the time of my life on BookTube! *lol* ❤ As for Instagram. So far I only posted my photography on there but I think I might go for a couple of Bookstagram pictures too. I want it to be a mixture of life, photography, Bookstagram and whatever else I can think of. I don’t want to commit myself to just one thing because I’m too multifaceted for that. XD Do what you want with that statement. *lol*

– I reached the glorious number of 400 followers on my blog and I couldn’t be more happy. I’m so thankful for all your support and for everyone who still bothers to read my blog posts. You have no idea how much this means to me! ❤ Also, hello and welcome to everyone who clicked that follow button! I’m glad you became part of my „kits“ and I promise I’ll try my best to keep it interesting. 😀

– I joined NetGalley in 2020 and in 2021 I actually managed to get approved for some of the ARCs I requested! XD I know that might sound like a small achievement but believe me for an international book blogger and BookTuber it’s not. So there’s that! 😉

My bookish New Year’s resolutions for 2021 vs. what actually happened and what is hopefully going to happen in 2022:

– Don’t read more than 5 books at the same time! (Well, I think it’s safe to say that I failed terribly at following this rule. Most of the time I had 7 books on my „currently read“, because stupid me thought that to have a big variety would get me out of my reading slump. Haha! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Kits, whatever you do, don’t start to read a gazillion books when you’re already in a slump. It won’t help. Lesson learned. Let’s move on. XD)

– Don’t add more than 275 books to my TBR pile. (Okay, I’m such a fail! *lol* There are 296 books on my TBR right now. And I didn’t just fail to get the number down to 275 I also added a lot of books to it so no wonder I failed! >_< I think for 2022 I’ll just try to get it down to 290? Is that a realistic goal? Yep, I think I can do that. =)

– Read the books I already own!! (Actually I was pretty good at that one. I read almost all of the physical copies on my shelves and there aren’t a lot of books left I haven’t read. As for my e-reader… umm yeah… that’s an entirely different story for another day. ;-P )

– Don’t borrow more than 15 books at the same time from my library! Never change a running system! XD I was right to keep to this number because at the moment it are 16! And this even though there was a lockdown and I was tempted to borrow more books than usual.  Let’s keep that number for 2022 as well. 😉

– Stick to My Book List 2021 and finish My Book List 2020My Book List 2019! Umm yeah…  I can only repeat myself here: This wasn’t happening. At all! XD Like seriously, what did I even think? Haha! I still didn’t manage to finish My Book List 2019 and didn’t even get close to finishing my 2020 list, let alone to finish My Book List 2021. >_< Still, I know 2022 is going to be the year in which I finally finish my 2019 list! I know I can do it! I got this! I repeat, I got this! *lol* (Or I’m just delul. Haha!)

– I voved improvement and said I would continue with my „Hugs’n’kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus/Messrs blog meme but that didn’t really happen. I think I only did it twice? Why am I like that? T_T *lol* No wonder my TBR grew again! In my defence I was super consistent with my SASSY Saturday though! I did one every month and it was fun to talk about other things than books as well. So for 2022 I’ll definitely keep it and will try to throw in a couple of „Hugs’n’Kisses“ posts too. Wish me luck! I’ll need it. Haha!

– I said I’d try to create more of my own book tags and …. I didn’t. *lol* I went for volume two of my The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag (Original!) though and it was fun to see how many new LGBTQ+ books I read during just a year. Still, I’ve a lot of ideas for new tags and I hope I’ll be able to create some of them in 2022. I just need time. Ha! Don’t we all? T_T (My original BTS Book Tag is going to happen no matter what though! I just need to do that one! It’s been on my mind for ages. 😀 )

– Get 400 followers on my blog! Okay my current number is 465 and I have no idea how that happened but obviously I reached that goal? Not that I’m going to complain! *lol* Quite the contrary! Thank you for joining me on this fun ride! 😉 To all of you who wondered if I fainted when I reached my goal of 400: The answer to that would be „yes!“. For me to reach 400 followers is such a milestone becaue when I started with my blog every blogger that had more than 400 followers was my heroine/hero and I was in awe of such a huge following. (Tbh I still am. I mean woah there are 465 of you out there reading my blog posts… T_T) Let’s not think too much about it or I’m gonna cry for real. ❤ I think in 2022 I want to make it to 500. I know it might be impertinent to hope for even more, but I’m a very driven person and you always should have a goal in life.

– Reorganize my physical bookshelves. I did that! YESH! Finally something I did! Haha! Something tells me I might have to reorganize it soon though. There are a couple of books I want to get rid off and others I want to add, plus I think I could use even more space in my shelves if I pile books on top? Ohh this is going to be fun. *lol*

– Start an Instagram and make a short video. Haha! OMG! I think I kinda exceeded my own expectations on that one. XD I created my own Instagram account (thesassylibaryfox3) in December (At least I think it was only a couple of weeks ago?! TMI: I joined the day BTS joined with their private accounts. *lol*) and I started my own BookTube channel  in February 2021. So umm yep, that was definitely more than I ever expected to go for. Haha! If you have Instagram or BookTube let me know! I’d love to follow your acounts! 😉

– Relocate some of my longer reviews from goodreads to my blog. I definitely did that! 😀 Every time I went for a TTT blog post I posted thrice a week and got another one of my old reviews on my blog. So I guess we can put a checkmark on this. 🙂 And because I wrote so many reviews I’ll continue to transfer them to my blog in 2022.

– I hoped to go for a reading theme in 2022 but considering the current Covid situation I doubt I’ll go for one. I just want to read the books I want to read and follow my instincts. I WILL host a Readalong on my BookTube, Blog and Instagram though so watch out for that one! The more the merrier! ;-P

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So if you read all this you get a medal from me! ;-P I know this was super long so I’m very thankful if you actually read this post until now! 2021 felt like it was over in the blink of an eye and it was pobably one of the fastes years ever. At least for me it felt that way.  XD How was your 2021? Did you follow your TBR or did you become a mood reader? Which goals did you set yourself and were you able to accomplish them? What got you through this second year of the pandemic? (Not gonna lie. My formular to get through 2021 consisted of watching k-dramas on Netflix, listening to and watching BTS dance, lots of Netflix & Chill ice cream when I had an especially bad day *lol*, reading and dancing my heart out whenever I could and of talking with my besties for hours.) How did you cope with 2021?

Talk to me and let me know!

And as always try to stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein

Blog-Life Update & Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, or both! ;-)

Hey there, my lovelies! 

Some of you might have noticed that my blog schedule was a little bit chaotic those last couple of weeks and this was mostly due to the fact that I just didn’t have any time to sit down and write a decent blog post. XD So instead of coming up with half-assed blog posts I decided I would just leave out a couple of posts and give you the well-thought-out content you deserve. =) 

This said: I’m finally on vacation and I’ll make sure to use my time wisely in order to create and come up with as many amazing blog posts and ideas as I can think of! *lol* Which will be quite a lot because I collected so many ideas but just didn’t have the time to put them into practice! 😉 But before I do that I’ll take a little time to recuperate because work and my life have been so damn busy that I just need a break. >_< It’s been so stressful those last couple of weeks that my health suffered and I almost got a gastritis again. So yeah, I guess that says a lot about the level of pressure I had on my shoulders. 

Despite all that I’m still looking forward to be more active on my blog again and I want to use this blog post to thank you all for still being on this journey with me! ❤ You’ve stayed with me even though 2021 was probably one of the worst blog years I ever had. So thank you so much for all your support, for still reading my reviews, for commenting on my blog posts, for your lovely words and for cheering me up with your blog posts and reviews! You have no idea how much you helped me to get through this year and I really love this bookish community to bits and pieces! ❤

And I’m sure you already guessed it by the title of this blog post: I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and an amazing time with your family and friends! ❤ No matter where you live, no matter what the current Covid situation in your country is like right now, I wish you all the best and all the health and happiness! I’m sending positive and christmassy vibes your way and I’ll continue to cross my fingers for all of you! I wish you joy, hope, lots of love, luck and most of all I wish you good health! ❤ Have a Merry Christmas, my lovelies and (fox) kits! ;-P

And as always stay healthy and safe! 

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, P - T, Reviews, T

Review: The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness. There is no act more wretched than stealing.”

I’m going to be honest with you. To read this book was a constant struggle, not because I didn’t like the writing style, not because it was bad and not because it was boring. No, if anything “The Kite Runner” was so hard to read because it was so exceptionally painful.

This book made me so sad! I felt helpless and angry and there were times I actually was more than just tempted to stop reading. Some of the chapters were just too hard to bear and the book touched me in a way I can’t even describe. It did something with me… and I’m still not sure whether this was good or bad.

All I know is that the injustice in this book made me furious and that I just have to think about it and already feel sick to my stomach again. There were so many serious topics in this book but I think what really got to me was the central theme of violence, injustice and abuse. To read “The Kite Runner” was so devastating and nerve-racking I actually couldn’t read more than two chapters a day. It was so upsetting that I found it difficult to motivate myself to read it and even though this was such a painful read, I still wanted to know what would happen next.

Amir’s and Hassan’s story was so horrible, appalling, powerful and beautiful at the same time. It left me completely broken and raw and I think my emotions are still all over the place. So if my review sounds a little incoherent and illogical you can blame it on the book hangover I’m currently suffering from. XD

”But we were kids who had learned to crawl together, and no history, ethnicity, society, or religion was going to change that either.

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Amir and Hassan are best friends who grew up together and live in Kabul. They do almost everything together and one of their favourite hobbies is kite running. One day there is a local kite-fighting tournament Amir is determined to win and with the help of Hassan he is even able to achieve his goal. The victory of the tournament comes with a high price though and in the end their moment of happiness isn’t only short lived but also comes to an abrupt end. What happens after the competition destroys their lifelong friendship and shakes the foundations of their trust, the course of their lives changing as they try to deal with the repercussions of a single day.

”It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime, Amir,“ he said.

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Beware there are plenty of spoilers lying ahead of you!!!

Amir:

”I pretended I was reading from the book, flipping pages regularly, but I had abandoned the text altogether, taken over the story, and made up my own. Hassan, of course, was oblivious to this. To him, the words on the page were a scramble of codes, indecipherable, mysterious. Words were secret doorways and I held all the keys.”

Puh, what to say about him? I think I never disliked a protagonist as much as I disliked the narrator of this story. I just couldn’t stand his younger self and I thought he wasn’t just egoistic but also spoiled and more than just unethical. The way Amir treated Hassan made me sick and his betrayal towards his best friend hurt so much! I mean how could he let this happen? How could he stand aside without intervening? How could he even think that Hassan is “just a Hazara”?! I don’t understand it and if I’m entirely honest I really think that it was good he felt bad throughout the entire book! His past haunted him and in the end it actually made him a better person. A person that stood up to bad people and a person I was finally able to forgive. It was a long journey for Amir but he eventually did the right thing and when I read the finial sentences of this book I was even proud of him. XD

”It’s all right.” I turned to the general. “You see, General Sahib, my father slept with his servant’s wife. She bore him a son named Hassan. Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping on the couch is Hassan’s son. He’s my nephew. That’s what you tell people when they ask.”
They were all staring at me.
“And one more thing, General Sahib,” I said. “You will never again refer to him as a ‘Hazara boy’ in my presence. He has a name and it’s Sohrab.”

I waited 331 pages for that to happen!!! XD

Hassan:

”Then Hassan did pick up a pomegranate. He walked toward me. He opened it and crushed it against his own forehead. ‘There,’ he croaked, red dipping down his face like blood. ‘Are you satisfied? Do you feel better?’ He turned around and started down the hill.”

God bless his kind and innocent soul!!! This boy was an angel and I don’t even know how he was able to forgive Amir. As it seems he managed to do it though and my deep respect and love for his character will never cease. I loved Hassan with all my heart and I think his only flaw was that he was just too good to live in this sick and violent world. He would have deserved so much more than life gave him and when I found out about Sohrab’s ordeal I was more than just heartbroken. I was devastated!!! I know Hassan must have turned over in his grave and I felt so, so, so damn sorry for what happened to both of them.

Baba:

”The problem, of course, was that Baba saw the world in black and white. You can’t love a person who lives that way without fearing him too. Maybe even hating him a little.

Baba definitely was a very flawed character but I still couldn’t help but had to love him for it. There was so much good in him, yet he also had his bad sides. For a person that was described as seeing the world in black and white he actually was all different kinds of grey and in some way that made him extremely likeable and disagreeable at the same time. *lol* I think he was a very contradictory person and after finding out about his secret I was finally able to understand why. Still, I loved that despite everything he tried to be a righteous man and when it comes down to it he certainly had his heart in the right place.

”Ask him where his shame is.”
They spoke. “He says this is war. There is no shame in war.”
“Tell him he’s wrong. War doesn’t negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.”

”And now, fifteen years after I’d buried him, I was learning that Baba had been a thief. And a thief of the worst kind, because the things he’d stolen had been sacred: from me the right to know I had a brother, from Hassan his identity, and from Ali his honor. His nang. His namoos.”

Sohrab:

This boy B.R.O.K.E my heart and I don’t even know how I’m supposed to pick up the pieces. He was just ten!! Damn it!! I don’t understand how people can hurt children and I can’t even… *argharghsdfjklmno* I hate what Assef did to him and I’m so glad Sohrab got away from his clutches! Chapter 22 was so horrible to read… It made me sick to my stomach and I swear I was tempted to throw the book against a wall… Urgh… just to think about his hands on Sohrab… My heart aches so much for that little boy!!! He deserved a better childhood than that! Damn no!! He actually deserved a childhood to begin with!!!!

”I miss Father, and Mother too,” he croaked. “And I miss Sasa and Rahim Khan sahib. But sometimes I’m glad they’re not … they’re not here anymore.”
“Why?” I touched his arm. He drew back.
“Because –“ he said, gasping and hitching between sobs, “because I don’t want them to see me… I’m so dirty.” He sucked in his breath and let it out in a long, wheezy cry. “I’m so dirty and full of sin.”

And OMG that beautiful ending! That hopeful, amazing and beautiful ending! It killed me, it was the death of me, it was the final nail in my coffin!!! That sweet and gentle and shy boy!!!! XD I already get emotional just thinking about it! *blinking away tears*

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I hated the book! I loved the book!

I hated the injustice, the pain Ali, Hassan and Sohrab had to go through, I hated the way the Taliban treated everyone they considered to be wrong and different, I hated to read about the destruction of Amir’s hometown, I hated the violence, I hated the war, I hated to read about the many orphans, the hungry children on the street. I hated the way Amir acted when he was younger!!!

”She had a large purple bruise on her leg for days but what could I do except stand and watch my wife get beaten? If I fought, that dog would have surely put a bullet in me, and gladly! Then what would have happened to my Sohrab?”

But I loved the details about Afghan culture, I admired the bravery of Hassan and Baba, my heart sang whenever they tried to be righteous and good. In a world that had gone to hell they still tried to be decent, they still tried everything possible to stand up for their people, to do the right thing. They still had values and they didn’t just believe in them, they also acted according to them!!!

So yes, for me “The Kite Runner” was a very powerful book. It pushed my boundaries and forced me to fight through it! It made me think about unpleasant things, it forced me to see the bad and ugly things our world is made of, but it also showed me the good in people and their kindness!

If you can live with a broken heart and are able to deal with the pain, this book his highly recommended. If you’re one of the faint-hearted you better give it a wide berth.

As for me, I definitely will never re-read this book ever again! I’m kind of proud that I accomplished to read it though! XD

”For you, a thousand times over.”

Allgemein, K - O, L, Reviews

Review: Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare)

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Rating: 5 Pfoten

When it comes to Lord of Shadows I really don’t even know where to start! I loved the book! I loved it so much I found myself rereading certain passages just because I couldn’t help myself but had to experience them again and again. =)

Cassie has always been one of my favourite authors and the more I read from her, the more I get captured in her world. It’s not just the world of the Shadowhunters though, it’s the entire package Cassandra Clare is giving to us. There were so many details and things I loved about this book and even though I will never have the time to list them all, I’m still going to try to write a proper review.

First of all I have to say that I love the world Cassandra Clare has built and even though it sometimes seems to be more than just cruel (“Sed lex dura lex”) it never fails to captivate me. Well, truth be told most of the time it’s even this kind of harshness that makes it so interesting, the obstacles and problems every single one of the Blackthorns has to overcome making the entire story line even more intoxicating and exciting. Thinking about it in retrospective the plot isn’t even that amazing and if I had to pinpoint why I still loved every line of the book, I would say that it’s the details and the love I found in every single word.

If you don’t like spoilers you should stop to read now, if you’re a sucker for spoilers: please feel free to continue! ;-P

Love, I think that’s actually the word that sums it up. There is love everywhere and all of the characters have plenty of it to give. There are Julian and Emma who try to fight their feelings, there are Ty and Kit who slowly but steadily seem to fall in love and there is the love triangle between Mark, Kieran and Cristina that left me almost breathless and broken. God I can’t even say how much I loved all of those relationships! I had to laugh, I had to cry, I wanted to tear the book apart and throw it against a wall. The ending literally killed me and even though I finished the book about a month ago I’m still far from being over it. Cassie how dare you to make such an ending!?!? I can’t wait to read the next book and the mere thought to wait two years is already enough to leave me in anguish! How could you do this to your follow readers?!?!?!

Well, enough of the ranting and back to the good stuff! Relationships are definitely something Cassandra Clare truly excels at and the more I read from her, the better her books seem to become. It’s obvious that she put a lot of effort into her characters and their world and the little hints at some of the other books never cease to amuse me.

“There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.”

Just to mention one of them. ;-P

So yes, since I liked the love relationships the most I’m going to get into detail now:

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Emma & Julian:

I adore Julian, I really do! He has the soul of an artist and he’s so complex that I can’t help but have to love him for it. I never met another character that was so driven by his love for his family, the fact he would do everything in order to protect his loved ones something that sometimes even gave me the chills. He is neither black nor white and his love for Emma only seems to emphasise his inner conflict. The tension between those two is almost tangible in the air and whenever I read about them I was reduced to a squealing fan girl. I really hope that they manage to find a way to break their parabatai bond and I don’t even want think about what will happen now that Livvy died…

“Why all these paintings of you? Because I’m an artist, Emma. These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.” – Julian Blackthorn

Ty and Kit:

I love, love, love and love those two!! Every time they interacted I had a smile on my face and felt oddly peaceful. Ty is such a gentle boy and Kit understands him so well. It’s so obvious that the two of them care about each other deeply and even though Cassie is careful never to give us a palpable proof of their love, I was still able to read it in every single line. I liked all the parts that were from Kit’s POV and since he’s a Herondale I automatically loved him! *lol* I really hope there is going to be more of those two in the next book and I can’t even say how much I ship them! =)

“He let the shirt fall and grabbed a Tupperware container of cookies out of the fridge. Maybe he could frustrate the Shadowhunters by refusing to work out and sitting around eating carbs. I defy you, Shadowhunters, he thought, thumbing the top off the container and popping a cookie in his mouth. I mock you with my sugar cravings.” – Kit Herondale

“He grinned, and the grin changed his face completely. Ty when he was still and expressionless had an intensity that fascinated Kit; when he was smiling, he was extraordinary.” Kit about Ty

Mark/Cristina and Kieran:

Oh my god! I don’t even know how I should put their love triangle into words! I guess first of all I have to say that I’m usually no fan of love triangles and don’t like them because they always seem to be so cheesy and tedious. This time however I wanted them to be together so badly that it almost hurt! XD I can understand why Christina is kind of falling for both of them and even though I initially shipped Mark and Kieran in LM I have to admit that I’m all on the new ship right now! Of all the three of them I somehow loved Kieran the most and therefore truly hope that Mark will be able to forgive him for what he’s done. Since Kieran was taken to the Scholomance at the end of the book I don’t know how their love triangle is going to work out, I certainly hope that I will read a lot of them in the next book though!!! XD

“I do not love you as I love Cristina. I love you as I love you,” said Mark. He bent his head. “I wish that you could see my heart. Then you would understand.”

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I probably could go on and on about all the other awesome couples and their relationships! Dru’s friendship with Jaime, Diana and Gwyn (I loved how Gwyn reacted to her outing!!!), Jace and Clary, Alec and Magnus, they all were so awesome! For the sake of the poor person that actually decided to read through this review I’m going to end it now though! ;-P

All told I relished and loved every single moment of this book and I really, really, really would appreciate it if Cassandra Clare would write just a little bit faster! *LOL*

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