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August Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So today is September 14th and it’s only now that I finally manage to get up my monthly wrap-up post for August. *lol* What can I say? Life’s been busy! XD My summer this year was wild. Haha! So many weddings and birthday parties I’m honestly kinda glad that the next bigger part will be in November and that I’ll be able to spend a couple of weekends at home again. Not gonna complain, though! I mean after two years of Covid it was really nice to see so many relatives and friends for the first time after such a long time. 😀

Also fun fact: Every time when I did a vlive on my BookTube channel for my #Klunealong there was a wedding on the day before so I was always totally tired from the night before. *lol* The vlives and the Klunealong itself were a lot of fun though, and I really wouldn’t have wanted to miss this! Not gonna lie, it was quite a lot of work as well and another reason why my August was so busy. To organize a readalong isn’t half as easy as it looks or sounds like. ;-P

Aside from that I had to organize a lot of things in August too. For one I had to take a closer look at what I’m going to study next after my first exam is finished at the beginning of October and secondly my kid started with school as well, which caused me to run around trying to get everything the teacher needed for a good school start. The bottom line: School is expensive and to get all the things you need is exhausting and stressful. After going to 4 different stores and still not getting what I wanted I actually even resorted to order some things from the internet. *lol*

And before I go into even more detail about school stuff let’s just jump into another topic. Namely my monthly wrap-up! XD

Books read: 4 (4 books & 0 webcomic, I think that’s not all too bad considering all those books were pretty long and had 300+ pages)

Pages read: 1.661 (Kinda happy with the amount of pages this time around. )

Average rating: 4,25 (Thankfully August was a way better reading month than July and I enjoyed all of the books I read. 😀 )

Books that were on my reading list: 3 ( 0 from 2020, 2 from 2021 and 1 from 2022. Wow, 3 of the four books I read were actually from my TBR lists?! Who am I?! XD )

August Reads:

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One Last Stop: 4 Pfoten,5

Okay, this book was really, really good and I enjoyed it a lot! I loved the found family trope so much and I absolutely adored all of the characters! In short I had a great time reading „One Last Stop“! The writing style in this one was definitely less jarring than in RWARB and it was easy to page through it and to take part in guessing what happened to Jane. The only reason this gets 4,5 paws instead of 5 is that it didn’t blow me away as much as RWARB did. *lol* Also if you have problems with too much PDA you should be careful with picking up this book! A full review will follow soon! 😉

The Kingdom of Back: 3 Pfoten,5

Marie Lu’s take on Mozart was super interesting. When I found this book in the library I just couldn’t resist to borrow it. I mean I never heard of this before and then it’s some sort of Mozart retelling? Colour me intrigued! As someone from Austria – the country of Mozart – the temptation was just too much. XD This read like a fairy tale and some sort of bad nightmare and I was here for it. It’s definitely more in the direction of middle grade though and sometimes it was a little bit confusing. If you like things like that you should be fine though. My full review will hopefully be up rather sooner than later.

The Extraordinaries: 5 Pfoten

This was my second TJ Klune book and I read it during my #Klunealong! And let me tell you this: This book was hilarious!!! I loved „The Extraordinaries“ so much and it definitely managed to have that fine balance when a story hits you in the feels while also causing you to laugh out loud.  I swear Klune is becoming one of my fave authors pretty fast and I can’t wait to dive into more of his books. ❤

All the Light We Cannot See: 4 Pfoten

This book has been on my TBR for ages and I finally managed to pick it up and to finish it after doing so. I think I started with this in April but then other books had a higher priority and I kinda left it on my „currently reading“. Also it’s a sad book and I had to be in the right mood for it. This said, I eventually picked it up again and … well liked it. I dunno if that’s the right word. It’s a very sad and depressing topic so „enjoy“ and „like“ don’t feel like the proper words. It was a good story and it had me engaged. Maybe we can put it like that. XD It took me a while to get used to the writing style though because I’m just so used to YA books that historical fiction was quite a challenge after such a long time. *lol*

Rankenzeile

This said: How was your August? Did you read many books? Which book was your favourite and which book was a disappointment? Did you already read the books I mentioned and if „yes“ did you enjoy them? Were you busy during summer too? Are you at school and if yes, did the new semester start good for you?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

August Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

Can someone please tell me where August went? O_o Over here the weather is already bad and rainy so it’s like autumn came in the blink of an eye and decided to stay. Which isn’t nice! I mean I love autumn and spring but I want at least a couple of nice days before it gets all wet and rainy. *lol* Anyway! Let’s get back on track!

So the good news is that my physical therapy is over now, the bad news is that I’m afraid it won’t last for all too long. I’m trying my best to do the excercises they showed me and I’m careful with my body but even this morning I woke up with pain so yeah… it won’t be easy to maintain an excercise routine without the pressure of doing so. Put work, my family and my kid into the mix and you have the … well salad. *lol* As for my reading. I was very ambitious and hoped that I’d read more in August but in the end I was too busy with other things and once again only managed to read 4 books.

The fact I have to get up at 5 a.m in order to get to work cretainly didn’t help to motivate me to read at night. XD Truth be told, I was glad when I managed to watch TV and didn’t fall asleep. Haha! For some reason reading makes me more tired than watching a k-drama with English subtitles. I still don’t get why my brain has no trouble to follow k-dramas but just can’t seem to manage to read a couple of sentences without getting tired. If you know why I’m like that please TELL ME, because I have no explanation for it. *lol* But enough of k-dramas and back to the books I read! ;-P

Books read: 4 (4 books & 0 webcomic, Still not overwhelming but better than nothing. September will be my reading month! I know it. *lol*)

Pages read: 1.639 (The four books I read had plenty of pages so I’m okay with this.)

Average rating: 4,13 (Not bad, considering I totally read out of my comfort zone. 😀 )

Books that were on my reading list: 0 ( 0 from 2019, 0 from 2020 and 1 from 2021. Well, at least one of them was from my TBR! XD)

August Reads:

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Sawkill Girls: 4 Pfoten

This book came as a total surprise! I rarely read in the genre of horror but „Sawkill Girls“  was all over my feed and I got super curious about it. Looking at it in retrospective I’m so glad I picked this up because this book doesn’t only have strong friendships and even stronger girls but also challenges misogyny. Plus the icing on the cake: It was diverse and had good LGBTQ+ reps! Considering all this „Sawkill Girls“ had me hooked and I paged through it in no time. 😉 (This said, please read the trigger warnings in my review first before you decide to pick it up.)

The Raven King: 5 Pfoten

And here comes another book I loved to bits and pieces! I have no idea what it is about this series but whenever I start one of its books I just can’t stop to read it. It’s like some sort of addiction and I live and breathe for Neil Josten and Andrew Minyard! ❤ Those two boys will be the death of me! I swear! Especially with all the things that happened in this book! This book broke and killed me and urgh! T_T I just want my babies to be happy! *sniff*

One of Us Is Next: 4 Pfoten

It was so good to see Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Ash again! Of course they aren’t the MCs in here but they are side-characters and this made the entire book even more enjoyable! XD Plus Maeve, Knox and Phoebe were pretty cool MCs as well! I really loved to guess the culprit and I got about 50% right. The other 50% I would have never been able to discover so yeah. *lol* This was fun and I’ll definitely watch out for McManus’s next book.

The Eleven: 3 Pfoten,5

I got a review copy from Paul Gaskill himself and wanted to read this for ages but never got to it. (I’m a horrible person and book reviewer and I promise improvement! XD) This time I was finally able to tackle it though and „The Eleven“ turned out to be a great dark fantasy book. Be aware of the trigger warnings though, some scenes were pretty graphic and hard to stomach. At least for me they were. I’ll make sure to write a proper review about this soon so that you know what you’re getting yourself into. 😉

Rankenzeile

How was your August? Was it over way too fast too? How is the weather over at your place? (Hopefully better than over here…) Did you read many books in August and if yes, which ones? And the most important question: Does any of you know why I have no problem to follow k-dramas with English subtitles but can’t even focus on reading a single sentence at night? *lol* The struggle is real, my friends!!! T_T So yep!

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

August Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

August was another one of those crazy months. I guess 2020 only has strange and crazy months for me so I better get used it it?! *lol* But honestly, is it just me or is 2020 one hell of a weird and challenging year?! I kinda wish it would be 2021 already and considering all of my friends and my family are saying the same thing I’m inclined to believe I’m not the only one. XD

Anyway! What’s new?! Well, I hit 300 followers recently and did a Give-Away and I’m so excited to send those books on their way!!! 😀 Seriously, I don’t know why it makes me so happy to give other readers book presents but it does! *lol* I guess as long as my followers and I are happy there’s nothing wrong about it though. 😉 AND I eventually decided to call off my „German speaking Authors Year„! This was a very difficult step for me but it was a necessary one. 2020 turned out to be completely different than I expected it to be and I just NEED to read the books I feel like reading. I was always kind of a mood reader but this year it became more than just obvious. I need comfort reads, I need books that help me to escape and I just can’t bring myself to read the German books I put on my list. I’m really sorry if you followed my „German speaking Authors Year“ and are disappointed now but I’ve to do what feels right for me and to take that step feels really liberating. *takes a deep breath*

As to real life stuff: It’s dark in the morning and yesterday at 8:00 p.m it was already night again. So there’s no denying it: „Winter is coming!“ (hopefully without the White Walkers, but in these times you never know. *lol*) Also I’ll work a couple of hours more now so this will probably affect my blog. Not all too much, mind you, but probably a little bit. Let’s hope for the best and expect the worst. Like always! 😛

And because I think I said enough now, I decided to finally come to the good part! My Wrap Up!!

Books read: 10 (9 books &webcomic, It’s kind of funny that I seem to read one more book each month. *lol*)

Pages read:  2.854 (This has to be a new record. At least I can’t remember that I ever reached such a high page number. Then again I suppose insomnia is helpful when it comes to things like this. XD)

Average rating: 3,9 (Once again plenty of 4 paws ratings but no 5 paws. It was still a good reading month though.)

Books that were on my reading list:  1 (from 2019 and 1 from 2020. I need to get better at following my book list. *shakes head*)

August Reads:

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Six Earlier Days: 4 Pfoten

This was a really nice novel about six earlier days in A.’s life! If you ask me I could read about a thousand days of A’s. life and would never get bored! I’d never want to change places with A. though! >_< Also those six earlier days posed so many new questions and caused me to wonder about a lot of things. David Levithan definitely knows how to make you think. XD

A Lesson In Thorns: 4 Pfoten

Yes, sometimes I read smut and I’m not ashamed! Actually I love it and every now and then I need it in my life. *lol* This said „A Lesson in Thorns“ was way more than just your ordinary sexy read. I loved the atmosphere in this book! Thornchapel as a place, the big mansion, the huge library, the maze, the chemistry between the characters and the old chapel?! It was amazing! Also I’ve never read a book with 6 bi characters that all know exactly who they are and what they want (at least sexually speaking) so that was great! 😉

Wild Things: 3 Pfoten

This was neither good nor bad. The „Chicagoland Vampires“ series is one of those series I always enjoy to come back to but I think some of the topics in here are getting old and repetitive and I think I need a new approach! Don’t get me wrong I loved to find out more about the pack and to explore other and new supernaturals was interesting, but all the issues they had to face in former books are still there and by now I really, really need them to be resolved. >_<

Thunderhead: 4 Pfoten

Ahh this book killed me in the best way possible?! I’m still not over its ending and I think I’ll never be!! It left me reeling and I needed to know how it would continue! I was really glad I already borrowed the last book from my library and believe it or not but I just started with it! This said „Thunderhead“ might have started slowly but boy did it pick up pace the closer it got to the end! If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

Boyfriend Material: 4 Pfoten

I was so happy when I got approved for this ARC!!! And I wasn’t disappointed! This was such a funny and cool rom-com that I barely managed to keep my hands off it. I loved the humor and the conversations between Luc and Oliver and they were really cute together! Luc was such a disaster gay but I adored him even more for it! ❤ Also the friendships in this! Just great! If you got curious and want to read the extended version of my review you can find it here!

Something Like Summer: 4 Pfoten

This is one hell of an interesting webcomic and I really enjoyed it immensely. It posed a lot of important questions and even though there happened so many things I wasn’t okay with, this still felt so very real. Jay Bell put so many thoughts into this and the combination of the art with all the different issues that are tackled is nothing but amazing. Highly recommended if you like m/m webcomics!

Legend: 4 Pfoten

I got so curious about this because about a third of the people that answered my challenge question answered that they’d like to be June Iparis for a day. *lol* So once I saw this at my library I couldn’t resist and I regret NOTHING!! „Legend“ was really good and I can’t wait to read book two. Yes, it has a lot of typical YA tropes but it was still so very intriguing! Also DAY!!! I love DAY with all my heart! ❤

Two Can Keep a Secret: 4 Pfoten

This was a really nice „Whodunit?“ and I enjoyed it immensely. The small town Echo Ridge, the amusement park and the mysterious threats against the nominees of the home coming court. It was a lot of fun to guess who’s behind it all and I enjoyed to read the two different POVs. Mal was such a sweetheart and Ellery was pretty cool too. 😉 So if you’re looking for a nice and light mystery this should definitely be the right book for you! XD

Sadie: 4 Pfoten

I’m not gonna lie, this was one of the hardest books I ever read. I almost didn’t make it through „Sadie“ and that I even reached the ending is a small miracle. This book was so, so, so, heavy and I suffered so much with Sadie. If you’re a loving parent this book will kill you and the ending… Ahh THAT ending! I think this book will haunt me for years to come. >_<

The Foxhole Court: 4 Pfoten

It took me three years to get to this book but I loved every single second of it! ❤ Neil Josten is a precious baby bean that needs to be protected at all costs and don’t even get me started on Andrew Minyard!!! I loved him to bits and pieces! That controlling, bitchy and crazy little shit! *lol* I can’t wait to read the other two books and if possible I want to see more of Exy too! It sounds like such a fun game! XD

Rankenzeile

So how was your August? Was it a good month or a crazy one? XD Did you read any of the books I reviewed and if yes, did you like them? Did you ever host a giveaway and was it fun? Are you disappointed I called off my „German speaking Authors Year“ or can you relate because you’re a mood reader too?!

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

August Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

Let’s just face the truth and get it over with: August was one of the worst reading months ever! *lol* T_T There was so much going on in my life that I barely managed to read anything and the 5 books I was able to read actually kind of managed to keep my sanity intact. XD

Considering it all it’s a wonder I even managed to read them! This month was just crazy… a funeral, a birthday, a hen night and a wedding. I really had it all. >_< (The latter three occasions were a lot of fun though, and a really nice reason not to pick up a book! 😛 ) Anyway, despite my problems to find some time to read, the books I eventually ended up reading were pretty awesome. Out of five there were three I gave 5 paws and two of them even happened to be on My Book List 2019!

Let’s hope it will continue this way! I was careful to borrow the books that are on my list and I’m determined to read as many of them as possible. I might not be able to read all 40 I initially put there, but I’ll be damned if I don’t get close to it. *lol*

So without further ado, here is my monthly statistic and summary!

Books read: 5

Pages read:  1.922 (*cringes* Bloody hell! This really gotta be the worst reading month I ever had. *lol*)

Average rating: 4,6 (Funnily enough those 5 books I actually read were all pretty awesome! XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  3 (1 from 2018 and 2 from 2019)

August Reads:

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Vicious: 5 Pfoten

I could still kick myself for not reading this sooner! *lol* V.E. Schwabs story about Victor Vale and Eli Ever was one of the easiest 5 paws I ever had the pleasure to hand out! Morally grey characters, the question of good and evil, a friendship that turned into hate, danger, suspense! This book had it all! ❤ If you want to read my super excited review, you can do it here!

Red, White & Royal Blue: 5 Pfoten

I love this book with all my heart and I’m so glad I read it!! ❤ It was amazing and this even though I had a tough time getting into the writing style at first. Still, the longer I read the more I loved this and yes you can argue that there is too much poltics, you can say it’s unrealistic and sappy, but for me those are all reasons that made the book so perfect!! Alex and Henry are LOVE!!! And they gave me hope, so thank you for that Casey McQuiston. ❤ 😀 My full review!

Warcross: 4 Pfoten

I really wish I would have loved this more than I did. Warcross“ got 3,5 paws from me and I rounded it up to four. So what happened? The plot was rather predictable and I think the world wasn’t explained enough. I would have wanted there to be more details and I kind of missed that special spark! I usually love Marie Lu’s books but unfortunately this didn’t really work out for me. I know I’ve an unpopular opinion but I can live with it. *lol* Still, I’m looking forward to „Wildcard“ and I’m sure Marie Lu will rock my socks! XD

Flutter: 4 Pfoten

This one was a really intriguing read and I never read anything like it before. If you like a little bit of romance that’s mixed with a dash of suspense and a pinch of mystery you should definitely give it a try. 🙂

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: 5 Pfoten

It was so much fun to go back to Hogwarts and to start school with Harry, Hermione and Ron! ❤ I got really nostalgic while reading this and I’m planning to continue to read the entire series. I’ll do it slowly and I’ll savour every page! XD HP always feels like home and is such a comfort read. 😀 P.S: I’m still mad my letter never arrived!!! *lol*

Rankenzeile

How was your August? Did you manage to read more books than I did or was it a busy month for you as well?  XD Which books did you read and can you recommend me some of them? 😀

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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