Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Most Anticipated 2015 Releases

Hello there. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got as many books under your tree as possible. The New Year will be upon us soon, so I thought I would share my most anticipated 2015 releases with you today. I went on a goodreads search for these, so the release dates and all that fun stuff was found there. I have ten books to show you, which I have all added to a goodreads shelf that you can have a look at here. I might add some more stuff to the shelf in the future too.

January 27, 2015
I have read five of Gayle Forman's books this year and loved them all, so of course I had to add her upcoming book to this list. Although the story doesn't sound as interesting to me as for example Just One Day had, I still love Gayle Forman's writing so I'm sure I'll enjoy this book too.

February 17, 2015
Although I wasn't the biggest fan of the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I still did enjoy her writing and thought the books were really entertaining. I'm sure this one will be just as fast paced and funny, with the same kind of arrogant but still lovable characters. This will definitely not be a cover buy, though. Can we just stop putting half naked guys on covers? I can't read these books in public without feeling a little strange, okay?

May 5, 2015
This is the fourth book of the Selection trilogy, taking place 20 years after The One. I enjoyed the Selection books so far, but again wasn't completely blown away by them. I'm still excited to find out what's changed since the last book, though. Plus, this cover is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to put it on my shelf. 

May 5, 2015
Do I even have to explain why I'm excited for this book? It's Sarah J. Maas! I am a huge huge fan of the Throne of Glass books and this new series just sounds equally as amazing. I think Sarah J. Maas could publish a cook book and I would still be excited to read every single page.

May 5, 2015
This one I just randomly discovered as I was searching for exciting releases. It sounds like a cute contemporary romance and that always works for me. Also, what an amazing day will May 5 be? Three books that I'm looking forward to!

June 2, 2015
When I read To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I was really unhappy with the ending because I hadn't known there would be a second book. I loved the first one and so I'm super happy that a sequel is coming out next year. Also, I can't wait to see what the cover will be like.

July 2, 2015
I absolutely loved Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and his new book sounds quite similar with the video game theme, so I'm super excited for it.

August 2015
Well, we don't have a title, cover or release date yet, but I'm still looking forward to this one. I read both The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea this year and while I thought the first book was mind-blowing and amazing, the second one couldn't really live up to my high expectations. I'm still interested in what's going to happen in this third book, though.

September 10, 2015
I already mentioned how much I love this series so of course this one has to be on my list. Again, we don't have a title or a cover or anything yet but I'm still soooo excited. This might even be my number one most anticipated book of next year. I cannot waaaait!

September 2015
First book in a new series in the Shadowhunter World? Yes please! The characters in this series have been introduced in City of Heavenly Fire already and I can't wait to dive back into the Shadowhunter world. 

So that's it for my most anticipated upcoming releases. Let me know what you can't wait to get your hands on. I wish you a very happy new year, full of exciting bookish adventures!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Let It Snow | Book Review

The worst blizzard for fifty ears
Three winter love stories
One magical night

It's Christmas Eve and Gracetown has been buried by snow. But the weather is more than just an inconvenience. When one girl unexpectedly steps off a stranded train, she sets off a series of life-changing events.
Soon fourteen pumped-up cheerleaders will descend on the local Waffle House, the Duke's DVD night will be rudely interrupted for a Twister mission, and a lovesick barista will determine the fate of a single teacup pig...
As the three stories collide, strangers cross paths and romance blossoms with heart-warming consequences.

Touching, hilarious and filled with alternative festive cheer - what else did you expect from a trio of today's bestselling authors?

This is a collection of three short stories and a wonderful christmas read. The first story by Maureen Johnson tells us the story of Jubilee and how her christmas plans were ruined, first by the arrest of her parents and then by the stranding of her train. I really enjoyed this story but in the end everything happened a little fast for me. I get that within what's supposed to be a short story, you don't have a lot of room for character development and all that, but I still would've wanted a little more. Of course, this all didn't make me actually dislike the story, it's way too cute for that. I really enjoyed this first story but not quite as much as the next.

The second story is written by John Green and, as expected, it was my favorite of the three. I just love John Green's writing and what I disliked in the first story, I loved here. This was about three friends and a race through the snow. Not only was it hilariously told and made me laugh out loud, it also didn't feel as coincidental and unlikely as the first one. Well, it still was of course, but just enough to warm my heart and make me feel all cuddly. 

The last story is by Lauren Myracle and it's my least favorite of the three, even though I still enjoyed it. It's about Addie who kind of broke up with her boyfriend and who is miserable and going through a huge crisis. I actually liked the story a lot at first but then something I really don't like happened. When characters go through that one moment that completely changes the way they see the world and themselves and that makes them entirely new people or something like that, I don't like that, I just don't. Plenty of that had happened with Addie and what was even worse here, the change of heart was caused by something like an angel and it was all too much for me. 

Overall, though, I really recommend this book if you're looking for a christmassy read. I was hoping this would get me into the holiday spirit a little and it did, kind of. I just need the snow outside my windows to be there completely and that unfortunately hasn't happened yet here. Of course, reading about a huge snow storm didn't help.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

2015 Authors A to Z Reading Challenge

Hello there. I'm here to talk about one of my reading plans for 2015. I don't usually like to plan my reading because I never ever manage to read what I intend to. I prefer to just pick up what I feel like reading next when I finish a book. But then again, I love a good challenge, so I decided to participate in the Authors A to Z Reading Challenge hosted by Samantha Lin. I found out about it from Laquesha @ Book Lover 2.0 and it just sounds like a really cool thing to do.

The goal is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet according to the author's last name. So for G, you could read a John Green book. I'm sure there are going to be some hard letters in there but I decided to give it a try anyway. If you're interested in what books I've read for the challenge, I created  a goodreads shelf for it here (which is of course empty right now, so you might want to check back later). 

I'm excited to do this and if you think it's a fun idea, go and sign yourself up. Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Top 5 Re-Reads

Hello there. It's time for another Top 5 Wednesday (find out all about it here) and after I missed last week, I decided to write this early because right now, when I scheduled to upload this, I am actually watchin The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and I'm super excited. But then I also start to think about how I've wanted to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and all that fun stuff for years and I still haven't started..

But on to happier topics, namely my top 5 favorite books to re-read. I re-read books quite a lot because everytime I really love a book I want to re-read it as soon as I finished it. Sometimes I also like to go back and read certain parts when a scene of that book pops up in my thoughts or something like that. I just think it's a waste of a book to not re-read it when it was so good. And most of the time I discover new things the second or third time round that make the book even better.

But let's get on to my favorite 5 to re-read. I'm gonna make these the ones I want to re-read the most and not the ones that I've re-read the most times. I hope that's okay. Anyway, here they are:

This might seem like an odd choice but I really feel the need to reread the whole Twilight series. I've read these books a number of times because I used to love them. I mean, Twilight was the book that turned me into a fangirl and the first book that was ever more than just a book to me, that took up my life. For some people, this might be Harry Potter and it was for me too somehow but I was too young when I read the HP books to fall in love with them in the same way I did with Twilight. I remember when the first movie was coming out and there was a clip released of the Baseball scene and my friends and I watched it over and over and over and screamed and jumped around and we just went crazy. That's what I used to be like and now my love for Twilight has suffered a lot from all the hate it was getting. So I just want to make up my mind about the series again.

I read this book only a few months back but I really really loved it and I want to re-read it so much. I stayed up until I finished it (in a day) and then the next day until I finished Walking Disaster and then the next to finish Beautiful Oblivion and you can probably imagine what time it was at that point. But I just loved Jamie McGuire's writing style and the books were so easy to get through and oh so much fun to read.

This is one of my alltime favorite books and probably the one I've re-read the most. I love the story so much and I always wait long enough to re-read it that I don't know everything by heart anymore so I can rediscover the book a little every time I read it. Also, I've only ever read this in German and I really want to own an English copy as well. Buying and reading the English version will be an amazing experience too, I'm sure, and it will hopefully happen soon.

I know I should probably re-read the whole series but I really just want to read about the precious Juliette/Warner-moments. I find myself thinking about things they say in this book a lot lately so I'm probably gonna have to pick the book up soon.

This is the book I'm most likely think about in my every day life. I can't tell you how much I love this story and even though all Rainbow Rowell's other books are great too, nothing can quite live up to the amazingness that is Fangirl. I read this book for the first time at the beginning of the year and already had to re-read it during the summer. First of many re-reads I'm sure. Just thinking about it, I want to dive into Cather and Levi's story all over again.

So that's it for this week's Top 5 Wednesday. Trust me, there were a lot of other books I wanted to put on this list, but I had to settle with these five. Let me know if you agree and thank you so much for reading!

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Wrap-Up

Hello there. It's already the beginning of December and I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. But I'm here today with my November Wrap-Up and not to talk about the fact that Christmas is right around the corner. I read a total of 6 books this month, which isn't that much but I'm still okay with it.

So these are the books I finished in November:
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, ★★★★
    I don't feel qualified to talk about this book, to be honest. Classics always intimidate me but I liked this one, even though I'm sure I wasn't able to grasp all the meaning behind it. I sort of miss school when I read books like this because we used to take books apart bit by bit and I feel a little lost on my own.
  • One More Chance by Abbi Glines, ★★★★
    This is the 8th book in the Rosemary Beach series and like the others, it was enjoyable but not the height of literature. I still really liked it and after To Kill A Mockingbird, I needed a light and quick read.
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout, ★★★
    I'm not sure if the Lux series and I will ever be real friends. I don't know why but the books just lost their appeal after the first two. I really don't like Daemon for the most part and the other characters are just mehh. The story is also really repetitive for me and I just want to get to the end of the series. Only one book to go and I hope to tackle that one this month.
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman, ★★★★★
    I absolutely adored this book and wrote a full review that you can have a look at here.
  • Just One Year by Gayle Forman, ★★★★★
    Even though the second book wasn't as magical as the first one, I still loved it and reading from Willem's point of view was really interesting.
  • Just One Night by Gayle Forman, ★★★★★
    This is the novella taking place after Just One Year and I think this was brilliantly done to satisfy the reader's need to know what happens after but without having to bring up new problems to keep everything interesting. I really liked this quick ending to a beautiful story.
So these are all the books I read this past month. Let me know if you've read any of them and what you thought. For December, I actually have quite some books that I want to read before the year ends. First of all, I finally started The Book Thief and as expected it's taking me a little longer than normal to get through, so I want to finish that one soon. I also really want to read Let It Snow and My True Love Gave To Me to get me into the holiday spirit. Then, as mentioned I intend to finish off the Lux series this year by reading Opposition. I also really want to read The Bane Chronicles and, if there's even more time Ignite or The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

That's it, thank you for reading!