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Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016

Hi guys,

it’s almost time for a New Year and with that comes a new book reading challenge by Popsugar! Yay, or more like nay for me since this list of books I want to read was more than hard to create. But let’s see what I want/have to read this year.

Märchenhaft erlöst

(GERMAN) Märchenhaft erlöst – Maya Shepherd
A book based on a fairytale

Faithful and Virtuous Night

Faithful and Virtuous Night – Louise Glück
A National Book Award Winner
A book of poetry

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer –Rick Riordan
A YA bestseller

HP and the prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
A book you haven’t read since High School


(GERMAN) Erebos – Ursula Poznanski
A book set in your home state
A book set in Europe

(The author went to my school in Lower Austria, so I took this book for home state. And since it’s a German original, I took Europe as well for this one)

Salem's Lot

Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
A book translated to English
A book that’s more than 600 pages long

(I’m gonna read it in German so all criteria are met)

the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of  Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
A book that’s under 150 pages


Selp-Helf – Miranda Sings
A New York Times bestseller
A self-improvement book
A book written by a comedian
A satirical book



Glitches & Cinder – Marissa Meyer
A romance set in the future
A book and it’s prequel
A science-fiction novel

The 5th wave

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
A book that’s becoming a movie this year
A dystopian novel

The Crane Wife

The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness
A book recommended by someone you just met
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with

GG I like it like that

Gossip Girl #5 – I like it like that – Cecily van Ziegezar
A book you can finish in a day

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire – Dan Howell and Phil Lester
A book written by a celebrity

(British Youtube celebrities)

I am Malala

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
A political memoir
An autobiography


Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
A book at least 100 years older than you

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
A book from Oprah’s Book Club

After You

After You – Jojo Moyes
A book recommended by a family member
The first book you see in a bookstore

TWD Vol 20

The Walking Dead Vol. 20 – Robert Kirkman
A Graphic Novel

not revealed yet

Famous in Love #3 – Rebecca Serle
A book that is published in 2016

How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul

How to be a Graphic Designers without losing your soul – Adrian Shaughnessy, foreword by Stefan Sagmeister
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation

(It’s not a novel in this sense and I couldn’t find a proper novel, so this hits home as close as possible)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
A book that takes place during Summer

Red Dragon

Red Dragon – Thomas Harris
A murder mystery


UnWholly – Neal Shusterman
A book with a blue cover

Brave New World

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
A classic from the 20th century

The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
A book from the library

The Geography of You And Me

The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
A book about a road trip

Life of Pi

Life of Pi – Yann Martel
A book that takes place on an island


Wonder – R. J. Palacio
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

(Some goodreads person has said so and I was desperate enough to believe it)

So, this has been my list so far. It can change in the course of a year, no question, but at least I have a plan now.

Will you participate in this year’s Reading Challenge? Do you have your own challenge or do you think reading challenges are too stressfull and take away the fun of reading? I’d like to know!

Have a great day!

xo blattzirkus


All pictures are taken from goodreads




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My Christmas Wishlist 2015

Hi guys,

it’s less than three weeks until christmas, so I thought I would share my book wishlist with you! Or at least some on my list, because one can always wish for books.

And isn’t winter the best time to cozy up with a good book and drinking hot chocolate/tea/coffee/your favorite drink?! Right. Down below I put the books in categories, so you will see with one glance which is kind of which. You will know.

(Click on the numbers to get to Amazon to view the book directly. Not an affiliated link.)


  • Introducing: Visual Identities for Small Businesses (by R. Klanten) 1
  • Black & White: New Monochrome Graphics (by Publisher: Viction:ary) 2
  • The Elements of Typographic Style (by Robert Bringhurst) 3

classic novels_wish

  • Frankenstein (by Mary Shelley) 1
  • A Clockwork Orange (by Anthony Burgess) 2
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (by Harper Lee) 3

new novels_wish

  • A Court of Thornes and Roses (by Sarah J. Maas) 1
  • Six of Crows (by Leigh Bardugo) 2
  • Harry Potter Library Boxed Set (by J.K. Rowling; it includes The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts & where to find them and Quidditch through the years. ) 3
  • Black Widow – Forever Red (by Margaret Stohl) 4
  • Hemlock Grove (by Brian McGreevy – the cool orange/red cover!!; By the way thank you Virginie for introducing me to this really cool TV series!) 5
  • After You (by Jojo Moyes – it’s the sequel to Me Before You) 6


  • The Amazing book is not on Fire (by Dan Howell and Phil Lester) 1
  • The Animator’s Survival Kit (by Richard Williams) 2

Yes, I wish for other things than books as well but those other things are expensive plus I’d rather buy them myself than getting them by someone. 🙂 Just saying.

Hope I could help some people with their wishlists and/or inspire them. What do you wish for Christmas? Books, Clothes, Gadgets, Make-up,…? I’d like to know 🙂

xo blattzirkus

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Read in November 2015

Hi guys,

I feared this month a lot. Or better said: I feared my reading outcome of this month, simply because I just have two books to show you today.

Two. books.

I’m serious when I say that the last time I read that little was last November 2014, in which I read exactly zero books. So today I’m not on my worst, but definitely not on my best behavior either. To make this case even worse, I haven’t even read books I really liked much. Also, as I’m writing this entry on December 2nd, I have read 5 books already. Or more like The Walking Dead Graphic Novels. About that I’m going to write in the new year.

So, what have been my two books this month? The Slammed series by Colleen Hoover! I heard about the author plenty good news and I wished I could say the same about this series. But I can’t.


First here’s what’s the plot about Slammed:

Layken has to move with her mother and her brother from Texas to Michigan. Her father had died recently, so her mother couldn’t afford the house anymore. On the first day of moving into their new home, a friday, Layken’s brother befriends a boy his age, who has an older brother, basically everything he has left since their parents died two years ago. Layken immediately falls in love with Will but gets a drastic wake-up call on monday, her first day in school, when Layken finds out that Will is her poetry teacher. Will doesn’t want to risk his position as a teacher since it’s the only job he can do next to his university classes to pay the bills. Their relationship hits an on and off point until Layken realizes that her move from Texas might had another reason than not being able to pay the rent.

Sounds quite good, quite romantic and quite dramatic, right? Well it was quite romantic and dramatic, but not in the way I liked it. Because if there’s something that I hate it is being cheesy to a level where you just want to throw your book away (yes I tend to say this a lot) because you can’t stand it anymore.

If you turn into a stupid goat because you can’t live with your crush – then I think you got a problem. To a point of being so dramatic that it’s a wonder you’re not a drama student, breaking the rules, not caring about your surroundings. Simply not caring what might be up with other people other than those in your close surroundings – that’s a big no no for me. At least when it comes to storytelling, because it gets boring if the writer only has two point of view characters and these characters have nothing to think about than each other and their well-beings.

Layken was either constantly so in love with Will or constantly angry with him. Will was either totally dramatic or totally just thinking about Layken. Sometimes they thought about their brothers and their best friends, but mostly about themselves. It got boring. SO BORING. And it was so cheesy…ugh. It was always the same drama.

Point of Retreat is the sequel of Slammed and picks up the plot of Slammed a year after the first book ended. This time it’s written not from Layken’s, but from Will’s point of view. Not to say too much about the plot, but there’s going to be lots of drama and lots of questions to yourself of why you thought it was a good idea to read this book. The writing style was good tho. I’m not going to complain about that.

So, that said…have a good December read, because I already have a better one than this month.

xo blattzirkus

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