Happy New Year!
I hope these first few days of 2018 treated you well and you guys had amazing and relaxing holidays. Christmas and New Year’s Eve have been very family-oriented for me, spending the latter in Paris. Fortunately (or should I say unfortunately?), January 1st was a state holiday over there, so the shops were closed and I couldn’t spend even more money on books.
I know this space has been kind of deserted thelast few months and I will try my best to do better this year. I actually didn’t plan on making any resolutions this time but I guess this counts as one. There are a lot of things I need to work on this year– mainly on myself– and, as usual, there’s still uni.
But my resolutions aren’t actually the reason for this blog post, which you might have already guessed from the title. This one is all about the amazing books that we will be graced with in the coming months and I can’t wait to read them all. Most of them come out in March, which is a blessing and a curse at the same time. 2018 also seems to the year of sequels and ends to some well loved series of mine. It was quite hard to number them down to only five, so I decided to just share six recommendations with you instead. Continue reading “Top 6 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018”
Imagine me arriving with a Starbucks and at least twenty minutes late, because that’s exactly how I feel. No, I didn’t forget the Leipzig book fair post I promised you in that awful last minute update I wrote before getting on the train. I just postponed it a little. A week late is still okay, I hope? Maybe next time I’m a better blogger and start writing the blog post at the fair. I could blame work again but that one’s getting old, so I’ll admit that I’m this close to finishing Horizon Zero Dawn and my boss was encouraging me to play so I didn’t have time to write anything. Am I indirectly blaming work again? Who knows. Better late than never anyways.
I didn’t get that many books this year but there are still some I want to share with you:
I have to admit that I don’t know that much about the book itself. My sister asked for Trust Again and being the nice sister I am from time to time I obliged and bought it for her. The day before I saw quite the large queue for a signing with Mona Kasten, so I guess it’s a good one? It’s the second book in a young adult series and I’m more than willing to give it a shot.
Now a book I got signed is Scheinwelten by Elke Bergsma. It’s a Ostfriesland crime novel and we happened to stumble upon this group of crime authors by accident. We were eyeing this awesome tote by amazon publishing. Pro book fair tip by me: Amazon Publishing always has the best totes. If you can, go and get yourself one at the next fair. Me and my friends all got a different crime novel so I hope we’ll be switching copies soon.
Apart from semi-listening to Poetry Slams and taking a coffee break at the free coffee booth, we stumbled upon a reading by Laura Kuhn from her book “We could be Heroes”. It’s about a lesbian teenager who is trying to figure out her sexuality. I can’t think of many youth books with lgbt characters by German-speaking authors- correct me if I’m missing some essentials here. I regret not having bought it at the fair, and I don’t usually read that many books in German, but this one really caught my attention and I’ll be giving it a try soon.
Other than that I got myself way too many free postcards. I would like to send some of them to my friends, but (unfortunately) most of them were there with me and got themselves those exact postcards. Life is hard I know.
Let’s face it: I stopped making New Year’s resolutions for some time now, not because I think they are stupid, but because I know I won’t keep up with them in the long run. Especially since my resolutions are mostly things that I tell myself throughout the year: Eat healthier, do more sport, stress less… The usual stuff.
I do rigorously try to keep up with my reading, so naturally one of the first things I did this year was update my Goodreads challenge to 50 books. To be honest, it does look quite ambitious regarding the 29 books I’ve read last year, but I do like to challenge myself from time to time, even if it’s just with books.
Since I’m also rather fond of pretty lists, I looked through numerous reading challenges to find my perfect fit. The Popsugar Reading Challenge seems to be that one for me. It comes with a list of 52 prompts and two categories, the regular one and an advanced one, although personally I won’t distinguish between those two.
I already did a Popsugar challenge back in 2015 and this year’s challenge looks promising enough. Plus, it’s a nice feeling to tick something off a list. (Yes, I do tend to trick myself into pretending that this is an important to do list as well).
I love hearing about other people’s challenges so let me know what reading goals you set for yourself in 2017.