Hello fellow bookworms 📋 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer and is a chance to recap the past week, share news and tell others what you have been reading. I’ve decided to participate every two weeks as a way to recap what I’ve been reading, watching and doing. For Books, Movies & TV Shows I’ll add a rating and one sentence summary to let you know my thoughts on them! Sometimes I’ll include Important Events like e.g. a Book Fair or Readathon.
What I Read 📖
1. Dream a Little Dream (Kerstin Gier) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ReRead and fantastic like the last time, a unique, funny perspective on dream walking and demon sacrifices.
2. One Dark Throne (Kendare Blake) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Great book, but disappointing sequel that features annoying romance tropes and fell flat after the buildup.
3. Like Water (Rebecca Podos) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Sadly a DNF Read, as I couldn’t get into the story at all and my digital Arc was expiring soon, so I decided to quit reading it.
4. The Ship of the Dead (Rick Riordan) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Satisfying, beautiful finale that left me emotional, as one of my favorite Series came to an end and I didn’t want it to.
5. The Young Elites (Marie Lu) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Perfectly dark & twisty with a great villain Arc. Surprised that there are so many mixed Reviews about this
6. The Afterlife of Holly Chase (Cynthia Hand) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Digital eArc that I really enjoyed! Great A Christas Carol retelling, but bad insta love & character arcs.
What I Watched 📽
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I cannot believe that I haven’t watched this classic Halloween movie until now! Was right up my alley and just what I wanted.
2. Inside Out ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ A rewatch, was still as fantastic and emotional the second time. Both made me feel good and cry my eyes out, because it was so good.
3. Stranger Things (Season 1) ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ What everyone has already watched. Better than I expected and kind of addictive. Perfect Show to watch for Halloween. (CW for Ableist Language!!!)
Important Events 📋
On October 14th Zoe @ readbyzoe finally did her ReadathonbyZoe again, which is basically a 24 Hours of Reading Challenge. I wasn’t able to do this the last two times, because I missed it the first time and was busy the second. Therefore, I was really happy to finally be able to join in. Reading as much as you can for 24 hours is just more fun of other people do it with you! Sadly, I didn’t get as much reading than as I would have liked. In general, my TBR had drastically changed, because my reading was a bit slower in the beginning of October. Therefore, I hadn’t finished The Ship of the Dead by the time Saturday came around. This prompted me to decide that I’d finished the book during the Readathon to at least get this done. Furthermore I wanted to start The Young Elites, one of the three books that were on my original Readathon TBR (alongside with The Rose Society & Half-Blood). The reason I didn’t get done more was that I had to go visit family friends in the evening, which I had completely forgotten. Otherwise, I would have surely finished The Young Elites. Here’s how the Readathon went!
Midnight – The Readathon starts!!! I read The Ship of the Dead (starting at page 170) for about 40 minutes, after collapsing on my bed and sleeping, because I was so worn and tired after this long day.
9:30am – I finally drag myself out of bed and make myself some coffee! Then back to reading my book and trying not to get interrupted by anything else.
12:00am – Dinner Time! Afterwards I make myself a lot of tea to get through this book and snuggle myself up in my favorite reading spot
3:30pm – Time for my daily coffee break number 2! I’ve managed to finish The Ship of the Dead and now go unto The Young Elites, hoping to read as much as I can before, I have to head out for the evening!
6:30pm – Sadly I have to leave now, because I’m expected to go to a family friend’s house. Sad to not be reading much more, but there’s delicious onion cake there and a friend waiting for me, so I decide not to stay home.
10:30pm-11:30pm – Squeezing in some last-minute reading, after I got back home. Not able to read until Midnight, because I have to get up at 6 the next morning to go to the Book Fair.
Total Amount of Pages Read – 385 pages
The day directly after the 24 Hours Readathon – October 15th -, there’s Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany’s biggest book fair and an event I have been looking forward to all year. Technically it has been open to private visitors on Saturday as well, but I chose to only go one day like last year, since everything else is too expensive for me. I woke up extra early to take the early train to be on time. Unfortunately I woke up with a huge headache, but by the time I arrived I felt better. However, I hadn’t realized that this year private visitors can only enter the Fair at 9:00 am which is right when my first signing started … I wasn’t thrilled to find out about this. Because I was late last year and didn’t get my book signed, I was super early only to find out that it had been all for nothing. I waited the 1 hour that I could have slept longer. However, then I literally ran to the booth where the signing of Kerstin Gier was happening and got into the huge queue that had already build up. I waited for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours but gladly was able to get my book signed by her! I chose Ruby Red to be signed, because I didn’t want to spend 20 euros on her new book right now. Kerstin was super nice and immediately made me feel at ease. She was signing longer than she had to, because she’s kind like that and made everyone that came to get a book signed feel special. Therefore, the wait was definitely worth it
Afterwards, I had some time until my next signing so I went to the International Publisher’s hall, which is always less crowded since the focus is obviously on German publishers and the translation of books. The main reason why I came here was because Penguin Random House does a 50% off sale every year and last year I snatched a copy for 5 euros, so I wanted to go there again. However, last time I had been a bit later, because now on 11:00am the sale opened and there were so many people. When they finally let everyone in all hell broke lose. People were grabbing books left and right, piling them into huge stacks to hoard the best books. The tables where the books sat at were crowded and you could barely move. No wonder that last time so many books had been already gone. I made the smart move to immediately dart towards a stack of Arcs I had spotted earlier which were all for Free. I managed to snatch up the two Arcs that interested me the most, which was a huge deal for me! I’m really happy I got them, because I’ve never held a physical Arc in my hands, as international publishers don’t send out Arcs overseas. Therefore, I’d only ever gotten digital Arcs from Netgallery, which is cool, but also stressful because they expire after a set amount of time. However, since I got the Arcs I didn’t get any other YA books, because they were all gone by the time I fought my way to the tables. Nevertheless, I did get a Christmas Coloring book for 5 euros which was enough to satisfy me.
I didn’t get a chance to look around much more, as my next signing – with Jennifer L. Armentrout – was coming up. For some reason it wasn’t in the halls like I thought it would be, but outside, so I went to the signing tent. There was a long queue so I wasn’t sure if I would even get my book signed at the first round, as there was a second signing time. Luckily another girl figured out that it was smarter to go to the booth where the second signing would be right away instead of waiting in this line which would get us nowhere. Therefore, I tagged along and talked with her which was really nice! I also meet another fellow bookworm in the signing queue, who was also super nice and together the wait wasn’t that long. We had luck this time, as we were in front of the queue when JLA came from her first signing. We didn’t have to wait long to get up front. This time there was no personalization, because it would take up too much time, which I understood as Jennifer as an international author had a huge line already. The moment was sadly over very soon but she did comment on me having the US version signed and in general appeared to be really friendly! Afterwards, I looked around for a bit and snatched up a few book excerpts, before heading at my flat at Uni!
Life Recap for the last two weeks 📋
- University started again and already has me in a firm grip. This week was my first week at university again. I started my third semester and I’m studying Psychology & Sociology. How has my week been? Well it has been hell. I’m not even exaggerating, I felt so horrible this Monday like I haven’t felt in a long time. Basically all my perfectly constructed plans (I’m 100% a planner and need the organization to not get stressed out) for university fell into themselves and dissolved into nothingness. Needless to say I was kind of freaking out over this, as I realized that I’d have to do so much more coursework than I’d signed up for, which stressed me out beyond end. On top of important exams I also had to write two long papers and last semester just one paper took up all of my energy and time. Basically, I was very, very overwhelmed when my entire plan for my Bachelor’s degree drastically changed and no longer worked out. I felt guilty for not doing more work, even though I knew my limits and that doing more courses would not be good for my mental health. In general, I felt so alone and desperate it wasn’t great. I live alone, so there wasn’t anyone there to calm me down and talking on the phone never quite is the same, especially if it’s 11pm and everyone has already gone to sleep, so you cannot phone them again. I’m doing better now and have rearranged my plans, but I’m still not happy with how this semester is going to turn out.
- It’s Preptober, because NaNoWriMo is nearing. Last finish with a positive thing: I did manage to use Preptober and prepare the final version of my heart project to be ready to get written in November. Here’s the Preptober Twitter – they’ve got great resources for NaNo and you can sign up for newsletters on their side!
How have your last two weeks been? Tell me what you’ve been reading, watching and what’s currently going on in your life 📋