How About Them Bad Reviews

Twilight Sparkle FrustratedSo when you’re trying to decide whether or not to buy a book do you find yourself exclusively reading the bad reviews it’s gotten? If you’re guilty and you know it clap your hands! *slow claps it out louder than everybody else*

I do this ALL THE FUCKING TIME! Every time I come across a book I think I’d enjoy reading, the very first thing I do is sit down and do some extensive research into all the bad reviews it’s gotten. And even if it’s just one single one – I will WILL find it and I WILL let that one bad review influence my decision. Big time!

I don’t even know why I do this. I’ve read a lot of books that have gotten horrible reviews and I loved them. And still when it’s that time of the month and my credit card is screaming at me to go buy some shit (which let’s be real usually is books), I delve into the depth of goodreads and dig up all the really despicable reviews of the books on my “buy me now” list. And then it’s an endless medley of “Wow that premise sounds so great” – “What?! Oh god nope thanks, I’m gonna hate that.” – “Oh but it has badass chicks in it!” – “Seriously? Fuck no!” – “Lesbians you say? Well then I couldn’t care less about how bad it is! Give it to me!”

Okay that last one is pretty much the defining factor in all my life choices, but you get the general gist right? I find myself agreeing with every bad thing that’s been written about a book before I’ve even read it and I then get scared that since that one person on the internet, who probably has a completely different taste in books than me and whose name I don’t even know, despises this book, I naturally will hate it too.

It’s a really bad habit on my part and I’m trying not to get sucked into the void of ranting and venting, because I think that I’m missing out on some excellent books by letting myself be influenced by one bad review.


How about you? How do you decide what book (or rather books, because we all know we’re not gonna buy just one book…) to get next?

I hope you’re having a wonderful Monday, lovely humans!

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January Wrap Up

January Wrap UpSo the first month of the new year is over and reading-wise it’s been a pretty great one! Actually it’s been one of the best reading months I’ve ever had probably! I read twelve books. TWELVE! Okay fine three of those were Graphic Novels so technically speaking there were nine books and three Graphic Novels, but still! That’s two books a week. Yeah, go me! February on the other hand is not looking as great so far… Just FYI…

Anyhow, enough with the rambling! Since this is quite a big number for one wrap up post I’ve decided to approach this a bit differently… I’m gonna tell you my opinion on each of the books I read in five sentences or less otherwise this post would get way to long!

So without further ado, let’s get started!

#1: “Sky Key” by James Frey
There is so much happening in this series to so many people and it took me a while to get back into the groove of things. I love this though. As confusing as it is sometimes it’s fast paced and exciting and I’m really looking forward to the last book in this trilogy.

#2: “The Fade Out, Vol. 1: Act 1” by Ed Brusker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
The art in this was really nice, but the story was sooooo damn slow. Also, I couldn’t care less about the characters. There too one-dimensional and not nearly as fleshed out as they could be.

#3: “Armada” by Ernest Cline
I LOVED “Ready Player One” so my expectations for this were very high. “Armada” was kind of a let down though. It was very slow in the beginning and although the pace picked up towards the end, it still didn’t get anywhere close to “Ready Player One” in my opinion.

#4: “Wonder Woman, Vol 1: Blood” by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Tony Akins, Dan Green, Matthew Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher
Marry me, Diana! The artwork was great and the story was good! It was fast paced and kept you excited so I will definitely be continuing with this series!

#5: “The First Bad Man” by Miranda July
What exactly was that? I’m still so confused about this one! The relationship between the two main characters was the biggest, fastest and scariest roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on in my life. And I kinda disturbingly enjoyed it.

#6: “ODY-C, Vol 1: Off To Far Ithicaa” by Matt Fraction & Christian Ward
A gender bent version of the Odyssee set in space! Fuck yes! The art is stunning, the characters are amazing and the story is fantastic. I’m a sucker for ancient mythology retellings so this is right up my alley!

#7: “The Merciless” by Danielle Vega
God I hate you! I don’t even wanna say more about this here because I’ve written quite a long rant about this one. So if you wanna find out just how much I hate this you can have a look at this.

#8: “Room” by Emma Donoghue
his has been so hyped up in the bookish world and everybody seems to love this. I love Emma Donoghue’s writing and it was great reading a book from an entirely new perspective, but all in all I found this to be a bit underwhelming.

#9: “172 Hours on the Moon” by Johan Harstad
Very, very slow start. I had a hard time lumping through this in the beginning. Which is probably also because I didn’t really form any kind of connection to the characters. Then suddenly this got very creepy, very fast and that ending – jeeeeeeeez.

#10: “Curious Wine” by Katherine V. Forest
Predictable storyline, but I loved this. The writing was great, the characters were fantastic and the pacing was not too dull either. If you’re looking for a quick and fluffy read – this is perfect!

#11: “Afterworlds” by Scott Westerfeld
This one combines two completely different stories. The one about Darcy the novelist and the one about Lizzie, her protagonist of the book she is about to publish. I LOVED Darcy’s storyline. Couldn’t care less about Lizzie though, so those parts of the books got a bit neglected.

#12: “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami
My first Murakami and I gotta say, I really like this witting style. Wasn’t such a fan of the book itself, but that’s due to me not being a fan of nonfiction writing. I have some other Murakami books though, so those will be read quite soon.


How was your first reading month of the new year?

I hope you’re having a great Sunday evening, lovely humans!

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The Greatest Misses of 2015 – Graphic Novels

Same procedure as always and if you don’t know about said procedure, check out my greatest bookish disappointments here.

Let’s get right to it…


#1: “Fun Home“ by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home CoverMy expectations were so high for this one and they crashed and burned about five pages in! Everyone seems to adore this book, especially people in the LGBTQ+ community. Well I’m in that community too, but I hate this with a fiery passion! The writing is pretentious AF and the whole book felt like Alison Bechdel had a Thesaurus open on her lap and was looking for the smartest sounding synonyms for every single word she wrote. Her writing frustrated me to no end. I have a lot more to say about this so you can check out my mini review of this book in my March wrap up.


#2: “American Widow“ by Alissa Torres & Sungyoon Choi
American WidowI feel like this was supposed to be a collection of short stories, because it sure as hell read like that. It would have been better if that were the case though. As it is, this book infuriated me to no end! I’ve never read any literature concerning the 9/11 attacks so I was really looking forward to this, but Alissa came across as whiny, annoying and incredibly ungrateful! All she did was bitch and moan about her stupid husband and the stupid social workers and generally all the stupid people surrounding her.

#3: “Southland Tales: The Prequel Saga” by Brett Weldele & Richard Kelly
Southland TalesI have no idea what the fuck was going on and who the fuck is who and who, but I do know that I didn’t like this at all! Even in combination with watching the movie didn’t make things any clearer to me. And the most disturbing thing of all is Buffy playing a porn star named Krysta Now and singing a song about how teen horniness not being a crime!

#4: “From Hell“ by Alan Moore
From HellI have this disturbing fascination with the whole Jack the Ripper case so I was thrilled about this! Even though this is a beast of a book with over 500 pages! I soon knew why… The writing so so incredibly detailed! Scenes that could have been over and done with in one page were dragged on for whole chapters! Obviously, I skimmed a lot of the pages or even skipped chapters at all. The illustrations were really dark and eerie, which fit the content of the story perfectly and I really liked them, but even with my glasses on and my nose practically touching the pages I had a fucking hard time to decipher the writing! It was so freakishly small and that was one of the biggest reasons I really didn’t enjoy this. If you can’t even properly read the dialogue the whole reading experience gets to be pretty frustrating!

#5: “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life“ by Brian Lee O’Malley
Scott PilgrimThe was the last and final Graphic Novel we had to read for a course at uni and it ended on a rather bad note thanks to this one. I don’t even have a lot to say about this because it was so childish and over the top and the characters were so freaking annoying. On top of that the art style was nothing special too. Very bland. I skimmed through this as fast as I could and sold it the second I was done with it.

Funnily enough I had to read all of these for my Graphic Novels course at university. Which shows that my theory that I basically hate everything I am more or less forced to read for my studies is correct.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, lovely humans!

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Read Around The World

AroundTheWorld2016So I wasn’t sure if I should do reading challenges this year, because I tried to stick with two last year and totally failed to see them through. Then I found this one and it is AMAZING! This combines my love for reading with my dream of traveling the world so I just can’t not do it!

If you want to participate you can check out all the details of the challenge here, which was created by the lovely Carina.

This is my world traveling progress so far. Thanks to “Sky Key” I’ve already been to nearly every continent! (This might be called cheating, but whatevs! 😁)

If you decide to this too or if you’re already doing this challenge please let me know! We can travel the world together!

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, lovely humans!

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The Greatest Misses of 2015 – Part I: The Books

You know the drill… Two parts – one with my least favourite books and one with my least favourite or most disappointing graphic novels, sorted in chronological order, yadi yadi yada… You can take a look at my favourite books and picture books if you want to refresh your memory.

#1: “Utopia” by Thomas More

Utopia CoverOne word: fucking BORING! Okay that were two words, but still… I mean I know this is considered a classic and all, but dear lord! NOTHING happens,
just lots of yapping about the societal structures of Utopia, which could have been so interesting, but this read like one gigantic list. And don’t get me wrong, I love my lists, but not when they’re 122 pages long.


#2: “The Pledge” by Kimberly Derting
The Pledge CoverThis was frustrating to me! I’m a language student, meaning I love languages and the concept of this sounded fucking amazing! The execution however was pretty poor. Also the thing is, once you’ve read one dystopian novel, you’ve read them all. From the very beginning I could tell you exactly what was going to happen in the end. When you already know from the get-go what the end is gonna bring, it gets real boring, real fast.


#3: “House of Leaves” by Mark Z. Danielewski
House of LeavesThis is another one that was so disappointing to me! I was expecting greatness and I got utter frustration! My two biggest fears were combined in this story namely the fear of darkness and the complete loss of control that comes with that. This book should have been scaring me shitless. It didn’t though. It only made me want to throw it across the room several times. I wrote a review on this, which you can read here!


#4: “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
16101128Another one of those predictable reads! And one with the most boring characters ever! This put me to sleep several times whilst I was reading it. The main protagonist is a girl named Cassie, which is short for Cassiopeia, the constellation Cassiopeia. This is important! Remember that! It’s CASSIE for CASSIOPEIA! It will only be mentioned about a thousand more times… But don’t worry you’ll also get a backstory to explain why she has that name and why she has that nickname and you’ll get to hear everything about the constellation as well. Exciting, no? NO!
As to it’s predictability, this book checks all the points in the YA dystopian/sci-fi checklist. I figured out the big plot twist, which should have been the amazing what-the-fuck moment no one should have been expecting about two pages in when we shift to another character’s, namely Evan’s (pssst – he’s the love interest!) POV.


#5: “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks
1993860What is this? I thought this would be an ass-kicking, fast-paced, action-packed story! This is one of the most boring books I’ve ever read! It was basically one gigantic Q and A questionnaire, which inherently is something very, very dry. I expected so much more out of this. I mean what you expect from a horror zombie survival story is action and suspense and maybe even some blood and gore and also, you know, actual zombies.
The story of this zombie war however is told from the perspective of the people who survived it. As in past tense. All the fighting and the action and the surviving has already happened so basically there’s a lot of “then this happened and then that happened” coming from lots of different people around the world. Which gives the author the freedom to completely forgo character development or actual story arcs, which is just an extremely lazy way to be telling a story in my opinion.


Have you read any of the books I mentioned? What did you think of them?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, lovely humans!

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