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February Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

It’s kind of shocking how little I managed to read in February. >_< You could say it’s because it’s the shortest month of the year, but since it’s only 2 days shorter than other months that doesn’t really count. XD I think my lack of reading time had other reasons, one of them me being just busy with well… life. Work has kept me pretty occupied those last couple of weeks and whenver I got home I had to take care of my kid and do house work which basically resulted in me crashing on my sofa every night. *lol* Come to think of it, it’s some sort of miracle I actually managed to read some pages. 😛

Despite my rather busy life I also made the decision to actually go for my own BookTube channel and after years and years of pondering the idea I spoke with my sister and brother-in-law when we celebrated my birthday (yes, my birthday was in February and even though we celebrated 2 weeks too late we still did. *lol*) and they were so enthusiastic about it that I decided to just go for it. Without their support I probably would have never gone for it, but the opinion from people that know me in real life and grew up with me finally persuaded me to make the leap.

Well, their support and the countless comments of my GR friends that gave me enough energy to tackle this project! Seriously, I don’t know where I would be without you guys, I’ve come such a long way from my first review and some of you were with me every step of the way. ❤ I always say that the bookish community is the most supportive community I know and I stand by it! You guys are amazing and all such lovely human beings! XD It’s a privilege and and honor to be a part of this community and I’m grateful every day. 

And before I get really sappy here I’ll just say one more thing and head right to my Wrap-Up: Feel loved because you are! ❤

Books read: 5 (5 books & 0 webcomic, Okay, one of them was a short story but it still counts. ;-P )

Pages read:  1.275 (In comparison to January that’s kinda pathetic *lol* but I just didn’t manage to finish the huge books and they’ll all fall into March instead. So I guess I can live with this.)

Average rating: 4,2 (The quality of the few books I actually DID manage to read was great. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (0 from 2020 and 2 from 2021. It looks like a good start for My Book List 2021. 😉 )

February Reads:

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Scarlet:4 Pfoten

This was already book 2 of „The Lunar Chronicles“ and this series only seems to get better with every book. I loved that we got to see Cinder’s storyline as well as Scarlet’s and Wolf’s. Scarlet was such a strong character and it’s kind of obvious Marissa Meyer loves to write about strong female leads. This said Wolf’s story was pretty intriguing as well. Plus we got to see a little bit of Thorne and Kai! XD I’m really curious about „Cress“ now because almost everyone says it’s the best book in the entire series. I can’t wait to see what will happen next. *lol* If you want to read my full review you can do it: here!

I Was Born for This: 5 Pfoten

I absolutely loved and adored this book!! ❤ Like seriously, all the paws and even more!!! Alice Oseman is such a great writer and she captures the voice of young people so well! If you’re a k-pop (or BTS) fan, make music yourself, blog about the things you’re passionate about, well then this is the perfect book for you! I could relate to almost all of the characters and to read this made me so damn happy! XD I already wish I could read this for the first time again. Haha!

The Queen’s Army: 4 Pfoten
 
 
Now this was a really informative short story about Wolf’s history and how he ended up in Queen Levana’s army. It was nice to find out about what happened before he met Scarlet and to get a glimpse at what Levana is doing to her own people. That woman is horrible, I tell you! So yeah, if you want to get some background about everything that happens under Levana’s reign (and why she definitely shouldn’t become Kai’s wife), I can really recommend this short story. 😉 
 
This was a really powerful book and I think everyone should read it! From the issues that were tackled it’s rather close to „The Hate U Give“ but they both had different approaches and each of them is important in its own way. „Dear Martin“ was definitely a book that made me think and I want to emphasize its importance! Because no matter who you are or what skin colour you have, what you do and how you deal with problems is what makes you you! Don’t close your eyes to injustice, open them and try to make this a better world! #BlackLivesMatter
 
Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow: 4 Pfoten
 
This was my second book of Kevin A. Kuhn and I gotta say it was so much fun to read! „Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow“ is a short story collection that’s inspired by the original „Twilight Zone“ series and let me tell you this: Those science fiction stories weren’t only different but also very enjoyable to read. XD Some of them made me shudder, others caused me to think and some of them were even amusing. So if you’re looking for a sci-fi short story collection: What are you waiting for? *lol*
 

Rankenzeile

How was your February? Did you read more than me? (I hope you did! *lol*) Is work keeping you busy as well? And am I the only one who crashes on the sofa after a tough day? XD How are you doing and what have you been up to? Is the Covid-19 situation getting better at your place? What do you think about my BookTube channel project? (I promise I’ll try my best to make it work)

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

 

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

January Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So far 2021 started good and because I don’t want to tempt fate I’ll just knock on wood now. *knocks on wood* Okay, better! *lol* For me January was some weird mixture of stress and relief. Stress because at first to balance work and my kid was quite a challenge and relief because there actually was an end in sight. XD Last year I mentioned that I increased my working hours and for a while this was going good but now I’m really happy to say that I reduced them again.

And tell you what? I didn’t even realize how tough those last months were and how stressed out I actually was. I suddenly have a little bit more time to breathe and it makes all the difference! 😀 Well, that and the fact that our circumstances changed as well. So I’m really grateful for all those changes because they make life so much easier to deal with. *lol* There I’m finally positive again!!

That my birthday is soon might help as well and the fact that I’ll even be able to see my parents in person! Since February the 8th it’s allowed to meet another household and you bet that I’ll meet my parents on my birthday. Of course I’ll keep my distance but still. Just to see them in person after 7 weeks will be the best present ever. ❤ And speaking of presents I’ll use my birthday coupons for a new winter coat and boots because they are both broken and due to lockdown I’ve been running around with a defective coat (damn that zipper *lol*) and boots that are made for autumn and spring. >_< (My snow boots died after many years. RIP. *lol*) Does anyone else have troubles buying things in lockdown times or is it just me? Especially when it comes to shoes and coats I just need to try them on first before I buy them…

But enough of dead clothes and back to the topic at hand! My monthly wrap-up!

Books read: 7 (7 books & 0 webcomic, I’m kind of impressed I managed to read 7 books, but I’m pretty sure it will be less in February.)

Pages read:  3.074 (Did I ever hit that number before? I think that’s a really high amount! XD)

Average rating: 3,71 (Rating wise this really wasn’t my best month but I’m sure February will be better again!)

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (from 2019 and 3 from 2020. YAY! I finally managed to finish some of my 2020 books! Don’t ask me about My Book List 2021 though. *lol*)

January Reads:

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The Heir: 3 Pfoten

My bestie borrowed me this book before my country fell in an endless lockdown so I figured I might as well pick it up. *lol* I really enjoyed the Selection trilogy and I thought why not give America’s daughter a chance? Well, I guess my rating says it all. I mean there’s something to be said about the sweet guys in this book (I really liked Henry, Eikko and Kile) but Eadlyn as the MC was horrible. She’s really not very likable and even though she has a slight character arc it just wasn’t enough for me. I might read the last book though, just to know how it all ends. (Let’s hope curiosity won’t kill the fox. ;-P )

The Delinquent Crown: 3 Pfoten

Sydney Faith was so kind to provide me with a free reading copy of her book and I had fun reading her story. A lot of readers classified it into the genre of YA but for me it rather fell into middle grade. There’s just something about the fast pacing and change of scenery, mixed with a lot of fantasy elements that made me think this would be a great book for a younger audience. Also the romance is really, really chaste. Aside from blushing and holding hands nothing happens. XD

The Mark of Athena: 4 Pfoten

I was warned that I’d regret starting this without having the next book at home, but my library was closed so I thought: Ahh, hell. Why not!? It won’t be THAT bad. XD Needless to say my after-The-Mark-of-Athena-me wanted to bite itself in its …. Well, you get the idea. *lol*  This was so good but very serious as well and I can’t wait to read the next book because that ending!! AHHHH!!!! *dies once again* You can read my full review here if you want. 😉

Elusion: 3 Pfoten

Okay, I’ll be honest here: This book was kind of crazy. *lol* Due to the prison setting it was extremely dark which wouldn’t have been all too bad if it wouldn’t have started to get slightly repetitive. About 50% of the book were torture, trying to fix wounds, experiencing new atrocities, lather, rinse, repeat. And after the 50% mark things got extremely … calm and it felt like I was reading an entirely different book than the one I started. I might be curious enough to give book 2 a try but I’m not convinced yet. For now I’ll just give myself some time to digest it. XD

The Wicked King: 5 Pfoten

I loved, LOVED, LOVED!!! this so much! ❤ Jude and Cardan are made of awesomesauce and I adore them both! Also I just about died whenever they had a scene together. Their love-hate relationship gives me life and I live and breathe for their conversations and… encounters. *lol* Also Cardan lounging on his throne is my new aesthetic and I’ll always think of him like that. ;-P If you’re not already fed up with me raving about „The Wicked King“ you can always read my super long review over: here!

A Curse So Dark and Lonely: 4 Pfoten

For a „The Beauty and the Beast“ retelling this was pretty good. 🙂 Just like ACOTAR it was kinda dark though and Lilith’s character was quite something to digest. Evil sorceress that she is she certainly falls into the extremely vicious and cruel category. Harper and Rhen were great characters but if you ask me Grey stole them both the show! Most definitely one of the best side-characters ever! ❤ So if you like TBATB retellings you should definitely give this one a try! It’s worth it! 😉

And I Darken: 4 Pfoten

Ahh where do I even start? For me „And I Darken“ was perfect. It’s historical fiction, it had lots of intrigues and schemes and what’s even more important: It had a great character cast! Lada and Radu were such well-thought-out and complex characters and their sibling dynamic is certainly one of a kind. I still don’t get why everyone loves Mehmed but that’s okay. *lol* Maybe he’ll surprise me in the next two books? Who knows? All I know is that I’ll definitely read them! I’m hooked! ;-P

Rankenzeile

How was your January? Did you have a good start into the new year? Is there anything that stresses you out? (Aside from your, no doubt, huge TBR for 2021? ;-P)  Am I really the only one who has troubles to get good clothes during lockdown? *lol* How are you doing and what did you read? Any new favourites I should know about?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

December Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I don’t know about you but I’m kind of relieved 2020 is over and that we can start into a completely new year. 2021 has to be better than 2020 ever was because I finally want to be able to say something positive in my Wrap-Ups. *lol* December was… in many ways as shitty as all the other months of 2020 and on some days it was even worse so yeah. Add work and stress to the mix and you get an idea how bad it actually was. XD

Anyway! I won’t be negative and we need all the positivity we can get in order to start 2021 right so I’ll think about nice things! For instance the Christmas dinner with my family on the 24th. We only were allowed to meet up to 10 people on two days (the 24th & 25th) and I celebrated Christmas with my family on the 24th. It was so good to see them after almost two months and I’m just happy I could celebrate and eat dinner with them. ❤ I hope there will be more family dinners in 2021 again and I’m already looking forward to the summer when hopefully everything will get a little bit more normal again.

This said I was able to spend two weeks at home and it was amazing! I needed those two weeks off work and I’m so glad I could indulge in my hobbies. For instance I started to do Yoga again and I got super motivated to dance which is mostly due to BTS. They are all so amazing and they made me want to get back into dancing. I know I’ll never reach their level again (I actually was at their level before I injured my knee and added insult to injury with a muscle fibre rupture in my shoulder a couple of years ago. Yes I’m a wreck. *lol*) but just to dance makes me so damn happy and I’m basically glowing ever since I started to do it more often again. =) It brings me joy and heaven knows we need to grasp every thread of happiness we can get. So even though I can’t do things like the amazing ballet spin (Jungkook and Jimin did at the 2020 MMA’s) anymore, I’m still happy I can dance! 😀

And before I continue to gush about dancing I’ll just head to my Wrap-Up! *lol* So here we go:

Books read: 7 (7 books & 0 webcomic, At first it looked like I’d only read two books in December and then the holidays happened so 7 it is. XD)

Pages read:  2.698 (That’s a lot of pages because many of those books had more than 400 pages.)

Average rating: 4,00 (This seems to be a precision landing once again. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  3 (from 2019 and 3 from 2020. Guess my efforts to read some of my 2020 books paid off in the end. 😉 )

December Reads:

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Imagine Me: 2 Pfoten, 5

Everyone who read my review of „Imagine Me“ knows how bitter I felt about this book. >_< After the initial amazing trilogy and the great fourth and fifth book I expected something awesome or at least a worthy ending for such a long series. But all I got were even more questions and a half-baked plot that constantly made me want to … well puke. (at least the Juliette chapters) The only thing that saved this for me were Kenji and Warner and even those two weren’t enough. So: Nuh-uh! No, nopedy nope. T_T

Dear Evan Hansen: 3 Pfoten

I absolutely love the „Dear Evan Hansen“ soundtrack and I’ve been listening to it like crazy after I read the book. I can’t help but wonder if the musical and the book are the same though. In general this wasn’t a bad book but I kind of disliked that Evan lied so much and that it ultimately didn’t have all too many consequences for him. I don’t know if the musical is the same but all that lying made me feel really uncomfortable. Especially because he wasn’t called out on it. That’s just my opinion though. If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

House of Salt and Sorrows: 4 Pfoten

I absolutely adored this retelling of „The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes“ and for a debut this was amazing! =) The dark and eerie atmosphere of Highmoor was super creepy and I loved that this played on an island. I could almost taste the salt creeping into every corner of that manson by the sea and I lived and breathed for this haunted house. *lol* Truth be told this would have been a great Halloween read. XD

The Starless Sea: 5 Pfoten

This was AWESOME! Like seriously, an entirely different level of awesome! I loved this book so much and even though I know that it won’t be for everyone I can definitely say that it was perfect for me! 😉 I just loved everything about „The Starless Sea“ and I adore Erin Morgenstern’s imagination. It’s no wonder it always takes her so long to write her books but if that is what comes out of those many years I’ll accept the long wait without complaining. Such a masterpiece of storytelling. I just loved it! ❤

Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love: 4 Pfoten

I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and I enjoyed it a lot! XD I wanted a sweet rom-com and I got one with „Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love“. Of course some of the tasks they had to do in this book were kind of ridiculous but it definitely made for good entertainment. *lol* Also I loved that there was a pan rep in here! They are rare to find and it was nice to see one, though admittedly it could have been more pronounced. Still, if you want to escape reality for a few hours I can totally recommend this book! 😉

Godsgrave: 4 Pfoten,5

Jay Kristoff managed to WOW me once again! This went in an entirely different direction than I expected but it was amazing nevertheless. I loved Mia’s character arc and that she started to question her decisions. And can we please appreciate all those plot twists I never saw coming? >_< Just amazing! I can’t wait to read „Darkdawn“ but I’ve to admit that I’m scared as hell. *lol* As long as Sabrina @ Notes From A Paper Plane Nomad is going to buddy read this with me as well I’ll be fine though. XD

Heartstopper: 5 Pfoten

When my library finally got this as a paperback I just couldn’t resist! I’ve been reading „Heartstopper“ for years as a webcomic but it felt really good to hold it in my hands and to turn the pages! =D Plus I finally had the time to look more at the details and to enjoy the drawings and facial expressions. This will always be one of my fave LGBTQ+ stories and Alice Oseman will always be one of my fave authors as well. ❤

Rankenzeile

How was your December? Did you have a roll over the holidays too? Did you eat too many cookies and spend your time at home as well? What about your New Year’s resolutions? Do you love to dance and are you a dancer as well? And most importantly are you ARMY too? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

November Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So another month has passed in this crazy year and I don’t know about you but, I for my part, am looking forward to 2021. It just got to be better, right? XD November was another one of those months I’d love to erase from my memory: Our second full lockdown and a terrorist attack in the first district of Vienna right before that lockdown started. My workplace is close to that district and I went to work on the next day when they still suspected that terrorists could roam the streets. Fun times. My entire family feared for me and called me on my way to work.

Obviously I got there safely or I couldn’t write those lines, the atmosphere was more than just eerie though. I basically heard sirens the entire day and for the first time in a long time I didn’t feel safe in Vienna. What a start into the month of November… The rest of it was thankfully rather unspectacular. Close to the end of the month I got sick and spent a few days at home trying to get back on my feet. It was no Covid, just a normal and super horrible common cold. *lol* Everyone who has kids knows that you can’t really rest though. XD

Anyway, I’m healthy again and I hope it will stay that way. 😉 Our lockdown ended on Monday the 7th so I hope that I’ll be able to go to the library again. At least once before the  Christmas holidays start and I better take my bestie with me or I won’t even be able to give her my Christmas present. XD Guess to go to the library is one of the few things we’re still allowed to do and knowing us we’ll make it count. *lol*

This said let’s go for my bookish monthly wrap up! =)

Books read:(5 books & 1 webcomic, I managed to read another webcomic! Yay! XD)

Pages read:  1.927 (I think November was probably one of my weakest reading months and I blame it all on the second lockdown. *lol*)

Average rating:(For once a solid rating without any decimal points. 😉 )

Books that were on my reading list:  1 (from 2019 and 0 from 2020. I know it looks bad for my 2020 list but I’m currently reading 3 books from my list and my December Wrap-Up will definitely look better.)

November Reads:

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Love Revisited: 3 Pfoten

This was a review copy I got from the author in exchange for an honest review. I liked it but there were a few things that hampered my enjoyment and I just couldn’t overlook them. So yeah, for a debut novel this was pretty good and I’m convinced that Jannat will get even better with time. She’s definitely a promising author so I’ll cross my fingers for her. If you’re curious about my full review you can read it here!

Prodigy: 4 Pfoten

I really enjoyed „Prodigy“ and I’ll never get tired of Day. He’s just too precious for this world and I love his character so much! ❤ The ending of this book just about killed me and I really hope that „Champion“ will end on a better note. >_< It has to, because I can’t accept an ending like that! XD I’m pretty sure Marie Lu will throw me for a loop again. Actually I kind of hope she will. *lol* Anyway if you want to read my review just click on the „Prodigy link“ above!

Muse of Nightmares: 4 Pfoten

Okay, this was probably one of the most stressful books I ever read. About 80% of „Muse of Nightmares“ I was hopeless and felt desperate because boy, things were getting worse and worse. Regarding what happened in the story. Not the book, mind you! XD The book was  awesome but damn my precious characters had to suffer. >_< So yeah, this was a pretty gruelling read but a really great conclusion to the series. Still, some part of me hopes for a 3rd book because there are quite a few characters I’d love to read more about. *cough* Thyon, Ruza, Calixte and Tzara *cough*.

Clockwork Prince: 5 Pfoten

I love this series so damn much and Will Herondale and James Carstairs are my two precious boys!!! ❤ It took me 4 months to read this book, because I was enjoying my reread so much! I swear I savoured every letter and sentence and I can’t wait to read „Clockwork Princess“. This book was way darker than its predecessor and I lived and breathed for it! *lol* Also Magnus Bane is the best! This is still one of my all time favourite series ever! XD

King of the Dark: 4 Pfoten

It was time for some m/m dark romance again and I’m pretty sure this one might have gotten me on Santa’s naughty list! But tell you what? I don’t care! *lol* This was just too good not to read it. I loved all the scheming and court intrigues and I sure as hell enjoyed those steamy scenes! ;-P Also there was a war against elves brewing in the background so we had a fantasy element too. And last but not least: Vasili Caville! I love that man!!! ❤ I’m soo looking forward to read the next book just to see where his character will go!

The Croaking: 4 Pfoten

A fellow goodreads member recommended this webcomic to me and the moment I started to read it I was hooked! „The Croaking“ is as awesome as a m/m webcomic can be! I loved both of the MCs (especially Scra) and the world building is amazing! But not just that, the drawings are super gorgeous and the artist has some serious talent! Like OMG! Alone to draw all those feathers and wings must be such a pain in the behind! *lol* I’m just glad Echorise decided to continue drawing them! XD Season 2 just started so you might want to jump „The Roost“ train?! *wriggles eyebrows*

Rankenzeile

How was your November? Did you read more books than I did? Did you already read „The Croaking“ and if yes do you have some amazing webcomic recommendations for me?  Is your country in a lockdown too? Will go go to the library before Christmas? And the most important question of them all: Are you ready for the next year?! *lol* (Because I definitely am!!!)

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

September Wrap-Up & My 2nd Bloggiversary!

Wrap Up

What to say about September? Well, I’m kind of glad it’s over?! I think I might be repeating myself here but 2020 is the worst year ever and there are still 3 months left. Or only three months left? Let’s try to stay positive and say „only“. Yep, I think I can live with that. Anyway I’m kind of starting to feel like FitzChivalry or Rowan Damisch and the only thing that’s helping me right now is that they never gave up and sort of prevailed in the end. Sort of… let’s not think all too hard about that, okay? ;-P

So what else is new? My first month of working a couple of hours more was pretty okay I guess. I mean I noticed that I have less time for the nice things in life, but I can deal with it somehow. Or rather I can deal with it because by now there’s coffee running through my veins instead of blood? *lol* I think I’m not even kidding. ;-P I mean I’m either typing my reviews and blog posts at night (like this one at 23:00 p.m) or early in the morning. (at around 5:00 a.m) So if you do your maths you know when I sleep. (*pssst* The answer almost never. *lol*) I suppose insomnia does have its advantages after all. XD

But it wasn’t all rain this month though! There was some good news too! Both of my Give-Aways arrived savely at their destinations and as far as I could tell the winners were happy to get them! =) So there’s that! Plus: I had my second bloggiversary on September 28th and I can’t believe how far I’ve come in those last two years! ❤ It’s amazing and I really hope I’ll celebrate even more bloggiversaries with you! =)) And on this positive note I’ll just stop here and go right to my montly Wrap Up! 

Books read:(6 books &webcomic, I know 6 books is still a lot but September definitely wasn’t my best month this year)

Pages read:  2.298 (3 of those 6 books were actually pretty long! *lol*)

Average rating: 4,17 (One 5 stars book and it was amazing!! ❤ The rest wasn’t bad either as well. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  1 (from 2019 and 0 from 2020. <_< I think I’ll just ignore this section. Just kidding. I’m currently reading at least 3 books that are on my 2020 list, but they are HUGE and I started too late!)

September Reads:

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A Charm of Finches: 5 Pfoten
 
I LOVED this book so much I couldn’t even put it into words. Of course I tried, but I think I failed miserably. XD Guess as long as Suanne doesn’t hold it against me that’s okay for me though. But seriously, if you haven’t discovered Suanne’s books already, you definitely should make sure to take a closer look! They are awesome, they are beautiful, her stories are unique and taken from life and there are so many thoughts that go into them that it’s just overwhelming! ❤ If you actually want to read my attempt at a proper review you can do it here!
Defy Me: 4 Pfoten
 
I don’t know if I like that series or if I don’t. I mean I loved the original trilogy! It will always hold a special place in my heart, but those last two books including „Defy Me“. I just don’t know. I think the series steered off course and right now nothing makes sense anymore. The characters are reacting to crazy happenings but that’s about all they do. I mean I love every second I’m able to spend with my favourite characters, yet at the same time I can’t help but wonder where this is heading. If you want to hear all of my confused thoughts you can read my full review here!
 
 
It’s been a while I read a fantasy book with so many different nations and creatures but it was a lot of fun to dive back into the fantasy fold. *lol* This was a review copy I got from the author in exchange for an honest review and it was a really great one indeed! I thought it would be more on the funny side and even though some parts of it were a lot of fun to read, it still tackled surprisingly serious topics. So this was totally unexpected and I kind of found myself paging through it. XD 
Catwoman: 4 Pfoten
 
We all know Maas can write! What I didn’t know up until I read this book was the fact that she can actually write convincing lesbian characters. I went into this expecting the typical Maas brand but what I got was so much more and this made me really happy! We have a lesbian MC, a bi MC, a super slow burn that doesn’t end in mind-blowing intimacy and I was like: OMG is this actually a Maas book?! „Catwoman“ was a real surprise and I hope Maas will continue to write books like this one! So damn good! =))
 
The Toll: 4 Pfoten
 
Neal Shusterman did something not many authors manage to do: He wrote a great ending to an amazing series! Sure, there were some things I didn’t like, but in general I’ve to say that he wrapped it up nicely with a bow. XD And even after two books he introduced us to new characters that were awesome and turned my world upside down! ❤ All I’ll say is Jerico Soberanis! She/he owns my heart!! As does Greyson! And Rowan and Citra and so many others. *lol* You get the idea. ;-P Legit one of the best series I ever read. 
 
 
I love Kenji’s POV and this short novella was once again such a pleasure to read. =) Plus I loved all the things that were confronted in this. Kenji isn’t just a funny character, he’s also a deep character with a lot of thoughts and feelings and an intelligent mind to sort through everything that happens. I can’t wait to see more of his POV in „Imagine Me“ and I really hope that things will make more sense in this last book! XD Please Tahereh turn this thing around! 

Rankenzeile

So how was your September? Are you ready to finish the chapter of 2020, too? Did you read a lot of books and are you looking forward to spooky October? Do you have any book recommendations for scaredy cats foxes like me? When do you usually write your blog posts and did you already celebrate your second bloggiversary?! And if yes: How? XD

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

*hugs’n’kisses*

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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

July Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So July was a … weird month for me. On the one hand I got a lot of reading done and on the other hand I barely read anything close to the end of the month. I usually don’t tend to write about things like that but my kid and I were at the hospital because she had some sort of seizure. We had to wait for the test results and of course I was worried sick. >_< By now we finally got them though and they were pretty unsuspicious. This is great news, but we still don’t know what caused her to spasm in the first place.  I really hope that it was a one time thing and that it will never happen again… because hell, I was so freaking scared and I don’t EVER want to see my kid like that again. (Sorry for being so blunt and frank here.) So basically the last few days have been some of the worst of my entire life which is the reason I was barely active on here. *takes a deep breath*

Okay, enough of the serious things. Let’s focus on the good things like the fact that my kid told me she loves me and that I reached 300 followers. (which is another huge milestone of my blog) This time around I’ll go for a give-away because I can finally go to the post office again and my drawing of Hermione took way too long. I mean I got 50 more subscribers before I was even able to post it. XD Still, I’m glad so many of you seemed to like it! ❤

And before I forget to mention it: I managed to connect my flickr account to my wordpress page! (Took me long enough to figure out how to do it and I think this might actually qualify for another round of my blog tutorial post „Explain & Gain“. ) So now you can see my flickr gallery at the sidebar of my blog and are able to take a closer look at my photography too. Since I don’t have Instagram, Twitter or any other social media page I figured to link flickr would be a good idea. 😉

This said, let’s go for my monthly Wrap-Up and take a closer look at the books I discovered:

Books read:(7 books &webcomic)

Pages read:  2.420 (As it seems I’m still on a roll and reading a lot of books. Maybe it’s my library that always wants them back and forces me to read them faster. *lol*)

Average rating: 4,13 (Lots of 4 paw ratings this month but only 1 five paws read and this one was EVERYTHING!!! ❤ )

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (from 2019 and 1 from 2020. Hey, at least I manage to read one book from 2020. 😛 )

July Reads:

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To Kill a Kingdom: 4 Pfoten

This was exactly the kind of bloodthirsty and dark retelling of „Ariel – The Little Mermaid“ I craved for. I had to listen to the Disney version way too often and needed something different to appreciate it again. Thankfully this was exactly what I hoped for and now I can sing „Under the Sea“ with a lot of enthusiasm again. (My kid just loves Ariel and I needed a new spin… badly! *lol*) Also Lira and Elian were quite the pair. 😉

Birthday: 4 Pfoten

I finally wanted to read a book with a good transgender rep and I think „Birthday“ did a really great job. I felt with Morgan and it hurt to see her troubles and how she tried to fit in. Eric was more than just sweet and I loved their friendship so much! ❤ What really got to me was the homophobia in this book though. It was so hurtful to see it through Morgan’s eyes and there were times I just wanted Eric’s father to shut up. >_< Still, this was a great rep and I think that it was own voices made it even more tangible.

Radiance: 4 Pfoten

Now that was an interesting romance and something entirely different. I loved how Brishen and Ildiko had insta-friendship instead of insta-love and their honesty made me laugh so much. Those two were brutally honest about their repulsive appearances and considering that both of their species had a different beauty ideal this was super refreshing. Their humour and their love was amazing and I’m already looking forward to book two. =)

An Exaltation of Larks: 5 Pfoten

One of THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!! ❤ Seriously, if I could marry this book I’d do it without hesitation. I loved this so much!!! I mean we have 3 characters, a few decades, historical background stories like the disappeared of Chile and 9/11, an LGBTQ+ rep, easy banter, Spanish and lots of love! GAH! „An Exaltation of Larks“ was just so good!!! I’ll never stop raving about this book and if you want to know more, you can read my review here! (I’ll most likely try to persuade people to read this until I die! *lol*)

Fangs: 4 Pfoten

This was more some sort of sequential art than a webcomic and I really enjoyed it. The love story between Elsie and Jimmy was really cute and I enjoyed the idea of a vampire dating a werewolf. It makes for a lot of funny situations and they were explored really nicely. Just in case you want to know a little bit more: I wrote a short review on goodreads. 😀

The Lost Hero: 4 Pfoten

I love Uncle Ricks books and this was no exception to the rule. XD There were so many new characters and the plot sounds really interesting so I’m definitely looking forward to continue with this series. My favourite, of course, was Leo Valdez though. *lol* And Will Solace. Damn, I really wish we’d get more of him and speaking of characters I want more of: Percy and Nico di Angelo!!! I want to see more of my precious boys! ❤

Every Day: 4 Pfoten

Oh wow! This book posed so many questions. It’s hard to describe the plot, but it basically comes down to the fact that A. lives a different life every day because A. travels from one body to the next and only spends 24 hours in every body she/he inhabits. One day A. falls in love with a girl though and that’s where the story begins. I’m still not over the knot that became my brain while I read this and I think this book will give me a lot to think about for quite a while. It’s one of those reads that don’t leave you once you finished them. XD If you want to read my review you can do it on goodreads! Also I just realized there’s a movie to go with the book and I’ll try my best to borrow it from the library. 😀

Syrian Brides: 4 Pfoten

This was a nice collection of short stories about Syrian women that are either getting married or have already been married for a while. Some of the stories were very serious and others were amusing, they all had one thing in common though: They gave me a good glimpse at Syrian culture. So I definitely learned that Syrian women are very subtle and deal with their problems in clever and creative ways. *lol*

Rankenzeile

How was your July? Did you read a lot of books and how is your blog going? Do you feel pressured into reading by books that need to go back to the library soon? Did you notice that I added my flickr gallery to wordpress? Are you going to participate in my give-away and how is the current COVID situation at your country? And most importantly: Can I get a hug? (I really need one. ❤ )

Talk to me and let me know!

 

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

 

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

June Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think I haven’t read that many books for ages. *lol* Well, at least I can’t remember the last time I actually managed to read 8 books in a month. Certainly not ever since I started to do my monthly wrap-ups. XD So I guess book-wise my June was amazing! I suppose to commute to work more regularly might have helped to get back into my reading swing which is a really nice side-effect I never truly noticed.

Unfortunately commuting also caused me to visit my library more often and my borrowed books almost push the allowed boundaries of 25 items. (At the moment I have 22 books at home and my library pile never seems to get any smaller. >_<) I know I’m way too greedy but I just couldn’t resist all the amazing LGBTQ+ books I found on the shelves. 😛 As it seems our libraries are finally jumping on the train and I couldn’t be more happy to see so many of my beloved books. They finally get more new books in other genres as well and this is just awesome.

So yeah, I think my library pile won’t get smaller anytime soon. *lol* And speaking of LGBTQ+ books! I finally created my own The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag (Original!) and I’m so glad so many of you seemed to like it! ❤ A few of you already did it as well and I got a lot of new book recommendations I can’t wait to read. XD Thank you so much for doing my tag and for spreading the love! 😀 This means a lot to me and I love you guys so much! ❤

*clears throat* Erm yeah, before I go all soppy on you I better start with my Wrap-Up, okay?

Books read: 10 (books &webcomic)

Pages read:  2.452 (Yes, as usual I didn’t count the webcomic pages so that’s the actual page number only from the books. XD)

Average rating: 4,10 (Not bad! Guess ACOFAS is the only reason it wasn’t higher. *lol*)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (from 2019 and 1 from 2020, Funnily enough I’m close to finishing my reading list 2019 but not even moderately close to reading the books from my 2020 list! C’est la vie! 😛 )

June Reads:

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Traitor’s Blade: 4 Pfoten

I’m so glad my „Hugs’n’kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus/Messrs“ blog meme caused me to read this because otherwise it would have stayed on my TBR forever and I would have never gone on that interesting journey! XD  I really liked Falcio and his two friends Brasti and Kest! Also I kinda loved that this was different than the other fantasy books I read?! The ending might have been a little abrupt but the rest was great! Can’t wait to read book two!

Warm Up: 4 Pfoten

This was only an additional short story to „Vicious“ but since it’s written by V.E. Schwab I enjoyed it immensely. This woman can write and just like with Maggie Stiefvater I’d even buy her grocery list. *lol* Those about 15 pages may not add a lot to the plot but the tension of the main character was amazingly done. 😀

Vengeful: 5 Pfoten

I just loved this!! It was so, so, so good! ❤ Seriously, If I wouldn’t have been Victor Vale trash already this book would have made me Victor Vale trash through and through. XD The chemistry between Vic and Eli is off the charts and I still think they would have made a great couple. *lol* Also I loved the female villains in this book and I was glad to see that they were able to hold their own against our two boys!

Bomb Boy: 4 Pfoten

Jay Grewal offered me to read his book about a year ago and I finally got to it!!! (Guess this says A LOT about my long ARC/review copy list and why I’m not accepting any until the beginning of next year >_<) Anyway, I loved Jay’s book and even though it was very painful to read I couldn’t help but admire the way he wrote it. This is one of those books that stays with you and the comparison to „The Kite Runner“ is getting pretty close. If you want to read more about „Bomb Boy“ you can do it here!

A Court of Frost and Starlight: 3 Pfoten

Me only giving ACOFAS 3 stars!!?? Yeah, I know that’s kind of a shocker but urgh there were so many things that rubbed me the wrong way, I just couldn’t help but write a super long rant review! *lol* I won’t go into detail here but if you actually want to know why I was so disappointed you might as well read my full review! I wasn’t all too kind (and that’s an understatement) though so don’t attack me with your pitchforks and torches, okay? *lol*

Always Human: 4 Pfoten

This was such a cute webcomic! ❤ I called it „the f/f answer to Heartstopper“ and I still stand by this first impression. XD Sunati and Austen where the cutest, the art was amazing and very colourful and the story just warmed my heart! If you’re looking for a sweet f/f webcomic you should definitely give this one a try!

Beartown: 5 Pfoten

There are books and then there are BOOKS!! This one belongs to the latter category and it totally destroyed me. I can’t even remember how often I flat out cried or at least had tears in my eyes while I read it. „Beartown“ is one of those books that leaves a mark and changes you while you read it. Every single sentence hurt, every page cut deep, and every paragraph let me lose hope in humanity and rebuilt it once again. Yet I still loved it! It will take me quite a while until I’ll be ready to pick up „Us Against You“ but damn, I’m so going to read this sequel even if it kills me. T_T

Black: Shades of your Soul: 4 Pfoten

Can you believe it? I finally managed to read another book for my „German speaking Authors Year“ challenge! YAY! I admit it, I was a little bit sloppy those last few months because our current global situation kinda made me a mood reader and I really couldn’t bring myself to read books according to plan. So yeah, it took me a while to get back to my initial plans but I don’t regret it because this was great! I paged through „Shades of your Soul“ in no time and I really didn’t know that German authors could write such great steamy mafia romances. *lol* If you speak German and want to read something addicting and fast this might be the right book for you! 😉 (Be careful though, the insta-love is strong in this one. XD)

Burial Rites: 4 Pfoten

This book is inspired by true happenings and it was quite an experience. Iceland in 1829 must have been a hell of a place to live at and I really loved all the detail that went into this story. Also this is a book that kinda sneaks up on you and then leaves you gasping for air. When I started to read it I was like: „okay, that’s interesting and nice but where is the gripping story I was promised?“ You won’t get action, you won’t get shocking events, but you’ll get the life story of a poor girl that had to survive the cold of Iceland. I never thought I’d cry at the ending of this book, but I did and it killed me. >_<

Where Tangents Meet: 4 Pfoten

This was another cute and fluffy webcomic! 😀 This time around actually an f/m one and I really loved it! ❤ Landon and Rachelle both carried some wounds from their past with them, but they learned to trust each other and they fell in love! Also the sibling relationships in this one were great and the art?! Amazing! Highly recommended!

Rankenzeile
How was your June? Did you read more books than usually as well? What’s the limit of your library card and are you constantly pushing it too? Did you like my „LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag“ and are you planning to join the fun? XD What was your favourite book last month? And was I really the only one who was disappointed by ACOFAS? *lol*

Talk to me and let me know! 😉


*hugs’n’kisses*

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The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

May Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

May was one hell of a month… in more ways than one. *lol* I read so many books. Actual books not only webcomics, mind you. 😛 And this even though I went back to work as well. At the beginning of May I commuted to my office for the first time after almost 8 weeks and it was kind of crazy to be back at work… well physically at least. I was working from home all this time anyway. With reduced working hours due to short-time work but still. XD (And just in case you wondered: All my plants are well and safe! My colleague was so kind to water them while I was away! ❤ )

I didn’t only go back to work though! My library opened on the 18th of May and of course I was there on the 19th with my bestie! *lol* It was so awesome to be able to go to the library again. It’s like a sanctuary for me and I always go there when I’m stressed out or emotionally drained. When I need to find some peace. Ironically the one place that is my safe haven was closed during our Covid-19 lockdown and I think I don’t even have to tell you how stressed I was. >_<

Well, all that time away from the library and at home had something good though. I could actually read the books I borrowed and focused on my blog. For instance I started to go for a Top Ten Tuesday Topic once a month, began to host my own blog meme SASSY Saturday , finally continued with Hugs’n’kisses OR Dismissed by the Missus/Messrs and added a new signature to my already existing one as some of you might have noticed. 😛

Additional info to my sig.

I wanted to draw a distinction between my „male“ and „female“ side/days and therefore added „V. Ronan“ to the mix. That way you’ll know when I’m in a male (V.Ronan) or female (Virginia) mindset when I write my posts. I noticed this might be helpful when you refer to them. *lol*

 

And last but definitely not least: #BlackLivesMatter 

”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

I wrote this blog post in advance but considering the current happenings I wanted to use my Wrap-Us as a way to show my support for the movement! There are a lot of things you can do in order to help! I won’t list them here, but I’ll give you a useful link: #BlackLivesMatter Everyone of us has a voice and we should use it.

This said: This was already a very long introduction to my Wrap-Up, so I might as well just begin to actually write it! *lol*

Books read:(books & 1 webcomic)

Pages read:  2.544 (I guess that number is only so high because ACOWAR alone contributed 699 pages. Which is A LOT! *lol*)

Average rating: 4,14 (That’s a pretty nice average rating, but then again all those books were 4 or 5 star reads. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  1 (1 from 2019 and 0 from 2020, Okay! It’s obviously time to focus on My Book List 2020! >_< )

May Reads:

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Blood Rites: 4 Pfoten

This is already book 6 in the series and I’ve to admit that it becomes more and more intriguing with every book that I read. And, let’s be honest here, also more dangerous for Harry. *lol* That poor man has a lot of trouble to go through but thanfully he’s never alone and has good friends that don’t only care about him but also help him to find his way. I can’t wait to read book 7. Well, as a matter of fact I already borrowed it from the library. 😛

Lumine: 4 Pfoten

This webcomic is one of the cutest things ever!!! ❤ Lumine is such an adorable and innocent furball and his friendship with Kody is legit the best thing about this webcomic! Also I love Kody’s father!! I read this on webtoons and couldn’t stop until I reached the ending. The temporary ending, mind you, because the comic is still ongoing. If you’re looking for a webcomic with great art, lots of heart, werewolves, witches, and many other supernatural things this one most certainly will be a treat for you. XD

When You Get the Chance: 4 Pfoten

This was my first ARC from NetGalley and I couldn’t believe my luck when I got it. I already added it to my shelves at the beginning of February and the cover as well as the premise of the book made me want to read this… badly! *lol* I’ve to admit that I kind of expected something different when I started to read the book but even though I didn’t really like the characters I still enjoyed the book! If you want to know more details you can always read my review here!

Nevernight: 5 Pfoten

It took me AGES to read this book, but it was my own fault because I wanted to savour every little piece of it. *lol* Which I did! Boy, did I love to read this book! I know the blogging community has varying opinions about „Nevernight“ but for me it was perfect! I like my books dark and twisted, with a lot of backstabbing, intrigues and dangerous people. What can I say? It’s the faerie and Slytherin in me. 😛 And let me tell you this, both of them were really happy and satisfied once I reached the end of the book. XD

Dry: 4 Pfoten

Everybody, literally EVERYBODY warned me to have a bottle of water next to me while I read „Dry“ and you guys really weren’t kidding! *lol* I got so thirsty reading this and I think I appreciate my water tap way more than I ever did before. XD This was such a good and fast read! I loved all the different POVs and I can’t help but wonder why not more people speak about this book! If you like dystopian science fiction books this should be right up your alley!

A Court of Wings and Ruin: 4 Pfoten

I really love this series but even my reread couldn’t help me to get over the many issues I had with this book. *lol* It still feels like Sarah had enough and just wanted to connect all the open threads regardless if it was harmonious with the rest of the series or not. XD Me being bitter? No way! 😛 Anyway if you actually want to read my 4.658 words long essay about all the things I liked and didn’t like you’re welcome to do it here! 😉

Five Feet Apart: 4 Pfoten

The topic of this book is really heavy and if I wouldn’t have seen the movie with Cole Sprouse ( *sighs dreamily* ❤ ) I probably would have never even known that there is a book. „Five Feet Apart“ was as sad and heartbreaking as I expected it to be, reading the book I got way more details about the daily routine of people with CF though. There are always some things that get lost while watching a movie and to read the book as an addition certainly helped me to understand the characters and their lives even better. I don’t know if the CF rep was done properly but the books purpose was to raise awareness for it and if you ask me they succeeded to do so.

Rankenzeile

How was your May? Did you read a lot of books? Were your libraries closed too and if yes did they open up again? Do you like the changes on my blog? Will you try out „SASSY Saturday“? Can anyone of you teach me how to use the new wordpress editor? (My head is one big question mark! *lol*) Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Stay healthy and take care! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, Bookish Fox Knowledge

April Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I think April was the month in which everything sort of settled down and my new reality became routine. By now we all got used to staying at home and waiting for everything to get normal again. (I’m not all too convinced „the normal“ we had before Covid-19 will be possible though. The world will have changed after this…) Anyway, we wore – and still do wear – masks when we go outside, we only spoke on the phone with our loved ones and we became pretty efficient when it comes to buying groceries at the supermarket. *lol*

The good thing is that the restrictions and our curfew were loosened slightly with beginning of May so it is allowed to meet family members and friends that live in another household! YAY! (To my chagrin my library and our kindergarten still remain closed… for now at least.)

So because of all that I had way too much time to read and didn’t only finish 5 books but also fell into the webcomic rabbit hole. And I regret ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! *lol* Seriously, those cute and fluffy webcomics were a balm for my soul and kept me sane! I’m going to introduce them in this Wrap-Up as well, but I refrained from using pictures because the creators/artists protect their work and we’ve to respect that. 😉 This said you can find them all on tapas and look them up if you’re intrested in reading them. At the moment they are for free. XD Okay, enough of my babbling and right to my monthly wrap-up!

Books read: 10 (5 books & 5 webcomics) 

Pages read:  1.959 (I didn’t count the webcomic pages here because it’s pretty hard to gauge their amount. Suffice it to say: It were A LOT of pages! *lol*)

Average rating: 4,00 (Considering how much I read this is a pretty good rating. Guess April was a hell of a reading month. XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  2 (1 from 2019 and 1 from 2020, I need to read more books from my lists! T_T)

April Reads:

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The Hate U Give: 4 Pfoten

This is such an important book and I really think that schools should put this on their reading lists. Angie Thomas wrote a book that tackles quite a lot of different and touchy subjects yet it still manages to convey its message. I really liked how she played with prejudices and the subjective opinons of her characters. XD If you want to know more about „The Hate U Give“ you can read my full review here!

Stalking Jack the Ripper: 4 Pfoten

I finally found out what all the hype is about and I have two words for you: Thomas Cresswell! *lol* This said I really enjoyed „Stalking Jack the Ripper“ and I’ll definitely continue to read this series. I’m always ready to dive into a fictional world that features a sexy Sherlock Holmes kind of guy and boy, is Thomas the jackpot! 😛 Plus I liked the bits and pieces of historical background that were woven into this. Made it even more enjoyable. XD If you click on the link above you can check out my review.

Wildcard: 4 Pfoten

I was soo sceptical when I started to read this. Don’t get me wrong I liked „Warcross“ well enough, but it didn’t blow me away the same way it did with other readers. You might say I had a few issues. *lol* Anyway, „Wildcard“ was such a surprise! I really loved to read this and the characters as well as their motivations were great! There were quite a few twists I didn’t see coming and that only made me enjoy this even more. 😀

EYES ON ME: 4 Pfoten

This was the webcomic that started it all. (Aside from „Heartstopper“ of course! I’ve been following that one for ages. 😛 ) Anyway, I found this on goodreads and fell down the webcomic rabbit hole! And it swallowed me whole! *lol* Those two are so cute and I really hope that we’ll get more pages soon! If you like a shy boy meets forthright guy story this will be the one for you!

R.U. Screwed: 4 Pfoten

Gosh!!! I love this one! Howie and Sooch are the cutest thing ever!!! ❤ Okay, admittedly this webcomic was very frustrating at first because Howie is gay and Sooch is as straight as they come and due to that there was a lot of angst in the first few chapters, but boy does it get better with time! This webcomic really grew on me and by now I’m so hooked that I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next! I NEED MORE!

#muted: 4 Pfoten

The art in this is STUNNING!!! I love kandismon’s drawing style and her characters are so adorable as well. Moreover they are relatable as hell! I mean Jasper works at a library and meets Kai – a boy who doesn’t speak. The artist conveys so many emotions with Kai’s facial expressions alone and this is nothing but amazing! Also all the characters in here are queer af and I live and breathe for it! 😀 Love my two super soft boys!

Ghost Lights: 4 Pfoten

This is a webcomic made by a German artist and it’s great! I love that there isn’t only a love story but also a huge mysterious plot that’s revealed bit by bit! Noah and Robin kind of remind me of Ronan and Adam and the magical aspect of this only intensified that feeling. And as always the art is a sight to behold! 😉

A Darker Shade of Magic: 5 Pfoten

I read this book super slowly because I never wanted it to end! Of course my attempts to draw it out were thwarted by the awesomeness of V.E. Schwab’s writing style. There came a point I couldn’t put this down anymore and before I even knew it, it was already over. T_T  This book!!! I loved all the characters, especially Holland and the dark magic in this was EVERYTHING! ❤ So dark and twisted. Ahh what a pleasure to read! If you want to know more you can read my review here!

Still Me: 3 Pfoten

This was the third and last book in the „Me Before You“ series and even though I loved the first one and liked the second one, the third one just didn’t do it for me. Did I hang on every word and did I finish this 469 pages book in one week? Yes, I did. Did I get all the answers I was hoping for? Nope. Unfortunately not, if anything I was left with even more questions and I really wasn’t happy about that. I wanted closure and what I got was a bunch of new storylines and unfinished business(es). >_< Not my kind of book but maybe you’ll like it more?!

My Gentle Giant: 4 Pfoten

This webcomic is just sweet! There didn’t happen a lot yet except of that Jun and Aki became friends so this is a slow burn. They blush really nicely though and they are super adorable! I can’t wait to see more of the artists work! This just started and is a relatively new webcomic so I’m hoping to get more soon! 😉

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How was your April? Are you a fan of webcomics too? Did you read any of the books I read and if yes did you like them? What was your favourite book last month and what were you up to? Do you have any recommendations? How’s the current situation at your country? Is it getting any better? Talk to me and let me know!

And as always: Stay healthy and take care! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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