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10 Types of Book People

Hi guys,

since I am a member of various book groups on Facebook, I got to notice something eventually: there are a lot of different book people out there! No, I haven’t just realised it, but it was a thought that made me wonder how many types are out and about.

So I created this list of different book types I came up with. If there’s something missing, you can tell me and it is going to be some kind of group activity to complement it. Let’s fetz!

  1. Keeps all the books
    What is space even? Do you really need a desk or a bed if it comes to reading and collecting books? I’m sure you don’t…


  2. Owns only eBooks
    Why waste paper when you can have an eReader full with eBooks on, right? Plus they’re cheaper, so yay for me!


  3. Only borrows Books
    If you think Books are an unnecessary space waster, why owning them when you can borrow them? You don’t only have more space and more money for more important things, you can also simply give the book back if you haven’t liked its story. Convenient!


  4. Hates eBooks
    Ugh, electronic books! Where is my wonderful smell of paper and ink? Also, I want to see my collection of books, so eBooks are a big no no! Who has even thought of electronic books, is everything going to be digital in the future?


  5. Sells Books after reading them
    Ha, more space for more books if I sell the old ones! I might not get loads of money back, but still. More money equals more books. More books, more happiness. Easy!


  6. Doesn’t care how the Book is going to look after it’s read
    People who look after their books, don’t breaking the back or not adding dog ears are weird. I like having a book where you can see that it has been read! Used books already tell a story on their own and that’s cool.


  7. Takes Books everywhere (count eReader in)
    Long train ride on my own? No internet connection because the location sucks? A book, either an eBook or a regular book will help you to fight the boredom wherever you are.


  8. Does only read one genre
    It is not like I have not read other genres, but all the other ones suck, so I stick to my favorite one. It never disappoints and it is fun, so why change it?


  9. Does only read Graphic Novels
    Why reading books without pictures in it when you are able to read awesome stories with amazing art in it? For me it is a win-win situation!


  10. Doesn’t read at all
    Books suck and hurt my eyes, I stay with movies and TV shows.


What do you think of this list? Did I miss something? Please note to not take this too seriously. And most important: which type of book person are you?

xo blattzirkus


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Review: Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings

Hi guys,

just to mention this at the beginning of the post, but I’m going to rant a lot over this book. Yes, I’m aware that this is a book for fans, but at least have some standards, okay? Okay. Let’s fetz!

miranda sings

Who is Miranda Sings?
Miranda Sings is an internet character, created in 2008 by american actress, comedian and Youtube personality Colleen Ballinger Evans. She’s basically uploading videos singing or dancing badly, doing tutorials or giving advice. Maybe not the best one, but hey, that’s who Miranda is, a very self-centered person who just wants to make the world better-ish.

Personally I think she can be very funny and if it gets annoying – well you are at Youtube, you can close the video and continue with your life. There is so much truth hidden in her videos behind her over-acted play and it’s fantastic.


selp helf cover


What’s Selp-Helf about.
Let’s explain it with Miranda’s words:

in this book I will supply you with the best advice in the world on becoming a better person. By the end of this book your love life, career, self esteem, finances, health, etc will all be perfect. Your welcome.

Spelling mistakes are from the book, not from me.

First impression.
Okay cool, another book where you can cut out and write things in. This seems to be a thing with Youtubers, Alfie Deyes has done this too. This is not bad, I have ordered Selp-Helf as an eBook but whatever. I’m gonna cut out the frick of my iPad now!

Eh, yeah. Who thought of selling this as an eBook? Anyways, there’s a reason besides not wanting to cut up a book why I thought it was a great choice to buy it digitally.

It doesn’t waste space or paper.

Here are some examples on how the whole book is looking.

miranda pics

First I thought, this was just a thing of a few pages, handwritten text. Because a whole book of handwritten notes is pretty exhausting to read, isn’t it? Well, apparently nobody thought of that. They could have discussed it as “well the book isn’t that long and the text not THAT long, just do it this way!” so it kind of makes sense. But I didn’t like it, simply because a) it’s exhausting and b) it’s not pretty to look at. It doesn’t look like is has some kind of value and that’s what makes me hate this book.

Ranting time.
“But that’s Miranda, it’s her style!!!” I might here some people say. Don’t think I thought of that. But as a designer I say, it can be Miranda’s style and still not look like a piece of trash I’m mad at. Would you like to keep this book? Or would you one day decide to sell it off? Is it really worth your money or just some huge senseless money making machine? At one point of reading this book I was entertained, no questions ask, but I think Miranda’s caliber are videos, not books.

“But other Youtubers do that too!” Well, in my opinion they do it better.

Peace out and have a nice day!

miranda haters

xo blattzirkus


Allgemein · BOOK TALKS

2015 in Books


Hi guys,

it’s 2016 and that means: my list of books I’ve read 2015 is here! I managed to finish 101 books, some of them are graphic novels, but reading is reading, no matter what type of reading it is.

And since my blog exists since September 2015 we have a whole 8 months to catch up on. Let’s fetz!

january readJanuary started very quiet with a few books since I was full blast in my 5th semester of University which was very heavy on me. In October 2014 I discovered Gossip Girl for myself and that’s the reason why I read two Gossip Girl books by Cecily from Ziegesar. Yes Please is written by Amy Poehler and pretty funny.

  1. You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegezar
  2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  3. All I Want Is Everything by Cecily von Ziegezar


february read

February got better again since I’ve been on semester break. I’ve read the third german Game of Thrones novel – first part of A Clash of Kings –, Horns by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), heard the audiobook Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres and read the book Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

  1. A Clash of Kings Part 2 by George R R Martin
  2. Horns by Joe Hill
  3. Seriously…I’m kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


march readI’m still wondering how I managed to read this much in March. Probably because I’ve ditched my responsibilites and just wanted to read. Another reason might have been because of my easter break. Easter break also affected my April reading month.

  1. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
  2. Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler
  3. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen
  4. Faust: Part 1 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  5. Outstanding Short Stories: Edgar Ellen Poe and Others by G.C. Thornley (Publisher)
  6. A Storm of Swords Part 1 by George R.R. Martin


April ReadsWow, should have been more productive in April. Reading three Game of Thrones novels is a really big deal. As in, at least 700 pages thick, deal. In this month I went to Vienna Comix, a Comic book convention in Austria and that’s how I got to know The Walking Dead Volumes and therefore started to read them. The Little Witch was for my University project and the german novella Feinde mit gewissen Vorzügen was read because I wanted to read something by Amelie for once that wasn’t in her book series range. It’s pretty much about a hate-love relationship and this short story was very humorously written. If you know Kerstin Gier books – and like them – you also will love Amelie’s stories.

  1. A Storm of Swords Part 2 by George R.R. Martin
  2. A Feast of Crows Part 1 by George R.R. Martin
  3. A Feast of Crows Part 2 by George R.R. Martin
  4. The Walking Dead Vol.1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman
  5. The Walking Dead Vol.2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman
  6. The Little Witch by Ottfried Preußler
  7. Feinde mit gewissen Vorzügen by Amelie Murmann


May ReadsMy last full month of Uni and still one month until the Bachlor Presentation…you can see how much I read. Which was basically zero. The first book, Die Kunst, ein kreatives Leben zu führen aka “The art of how to live a creative life” was for University and the other two, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Catcher in the Rye were for my project.

  1. Die Kunst, ein kreatives Leben zu führen by Frank Berzbach
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


June ReadsYou can see that University is over because how else was I able to read this much? I’m still impressed to see how much I read because come on – the Game of Thrones books each have at least 800 pages! There was definitely black magic happening. I re-read Harry Potter pretty much for relaxation reasons.

  1. The Walking Dead Vol.3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman
  2. The Walking Dead Vol.4: The Heart’s Desire by Robert Kirkman
  3. A Dance With Dragons Part 1 by George R.R. Martin
  4. A Dance With Dragons Part 2 by George R.R. Martin
  5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  6. Homecoming by Kass Morgan
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  8. Vain by Fisher Amelie


July Reads
Swap row 1 with row 2 please 🙂

Although I was in Scotland for 10 days in July, I managed to read this much anyways. It’s a mixture of well known authors, not so known authors, a graphic novel and a fanfiction. Yes, I bought a fanfiction novella BUT it was by Kass Morgan, the author of The 100 books, so it’s okay to buy it I think. My favorite of this month was All The Light We Cannot See by Anothony Doerr. If you want to read it and your mother tongue is German, please read it in German. It’s really weird to read it in English if you understand German, I promise.

  1. The Other Side of Eve by Paul Ikin (Review)
  2. Wild Cards by George R.R. Martin
  3. The Secret Service – Kingsman by Mark Millar
  4. The Queen by Kiera Cass
  5. Greed by Fisher Amelie
  6. Fury by Fisher Amelie
  7. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  8. Gossip Girl: It’s the end of the world and I love it by Kass Morgan
  9. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
  10. Just This Once by Rosalind James
  11. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  12. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


August ReadsAnd August strikes hard! I read a lot of books for a Book-Tube-A-Thon event and luckily finished the challenge. Everytime I participate in one, I manage to finish it. This is the only thing I’m competitive for and it’s not something I can write in a resumée: “I’m competitive when it comes to finish a certain amount of books within limited timing.” Yeah, sounds like this could be useful someday.

I really loved reading Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht! If you want to pursue a career in the creative scene (Aliza is aiming for PR fashion) then it’s especially your kind of thing. Else, you still can read it and take away a lot from this book. For example, it helped me with my CV and my motivation letter. Also to stay motivated for my job search.

  1. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  2. Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith
  3. The Walking Dead Vol.05: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman
  4. A Dog’s Tale by Mark Twain
  5. Because I’m Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar
  6. Of Triton by Anna Banks
  7. The Duff by Kody Keplinger
  8. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  9. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  11. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  12. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
  13. Morgentau by Jennifer Wolf
** green stands for the Book-Tube-A-Thon books


September ReadsNow we’re at the beginning of the book pile I started to present to you first because my blog launched in September. If you want to read more about it, go here.

  1. It by Stephen King
  2. End of Days by Susan Ee
  3. Light & Darkness by Laura Kneidl
  4. City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
  5. Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabel Allende
  6. Forest of the Pygmies by Isabel Allende
  7. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (Review)
  8. Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle (Review)
  9. Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf
  10. The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller (Review)
  11. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


October ReadsAs I mentioned before, Graphic Novels (or in this case mangas) really help if you are in a reading slump but want to get out of it. Also if you want to read more about this month, go here.

  1. Gentlemen’s Alliance – Arina Tanemura Illustrations by Arina Tanemura
  2. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol.03 by Arina Tanemura
  3. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol.04 by Arina Tanemura
  4. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol.05 by Arina Tanemura
  5. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol.06 by Arina Tanemura
  6. Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol.07 by Arina Tanemura
  7. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  8. Better Life: Ausgelöscht by Lillith Korn
  9. Silber: Das dritte Buch der Träume by Kerstin Gier
  10. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
  11. Die Ordensburg by Bernhard Hennen
  12. MondSilberLicht by Marah Woolf
  13. Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle (Review)


November Reads

Whoops – seems like I have forgotten to add a few books in my November book talk whereas I mainly ranted about the Slammed series. My focus was so strong that I have basically forgotten that I have read more than these two books in November. If you are still interested in reading my rant (because mainly I don’t want to stress myself again into this book series) here you go.

Down below I linked you with two of my reviews done for the books I have read in November. So what else can I say about 1989 by George Orwell? Well, it’s been a book I had to struggle a bit because it seems so complex and full with information for me. Also I tried listening to the audiobook first, which wasn’t working out for me at all. Else it’s been a nice read which a touch of early dystopian tragedy.

  1. 1989 by George Orwell
  2. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (Review)
  3. Märchenhaft erwählt by Maya Shepherd (Review)
  4. Slammed by Colleen Hoover
  5. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
  6. The Walking Dead Vol.6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman


december readsIn December I tried to get out of my November slump. Did I forget to mention that I read more books in November than I’ve written about in my November Reads post? Probably. Not. And I noticed that it’s easy to get out of a Reading Slump if you get started with Graphic Novels again. Since I love The Walking Dead TV Show on AMC, I couldn’t help myself to read the comics too. Also because in April 2015 I’ve been to Vienna Comix, a comic book convention whereas the illustrator – Charlie Adlard – of the comics has been signing and drawing. Stupid me hasn’t had a comic book by him so I haven’t had the chance to get something signed. Plus there has been a huge queue! So yeah, I’ve read Vol. 7 to Vol. 19.

Else I’ve read Witchery Tales of Old Edinburgh, a 57 page thick booklet full with stories of Murderers, Thieves, Witches and Ghosts. I got it on a tour when I’ve visited Scotland in July, so I think you have to buy it in the city if you want to read it.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor is the third and last book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. If you want to read something really original and urban fantasy style, this is your book. I attempted to do a review of it, but it’s so rich that I still don’t know if I’ll be able to manage it.

  1. The Walking Dead Vol.7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman
  2. The Walking Dead Vol.8: Made to Suffer by Robert Kirkman
  3. The Walking Dead Vol.9: Here We Remain by Robert Kirkman
  4. The Walking Dead Vol.10: What We Become by Robert Kirkman
  5. The Walking Dead Vol.11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
  6. The Walking Dead Vol.12: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman
  7. The Walking Dead Vol.13: Too Far Gone by Robert Kirkman
  8. The Walking Dead Vol.14: No Way Out by Robert Kirkman
  9. The Walking Dead Vol.15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman
  10. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
  11. The Walking Dead Vol.16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman
  12. The Walking Dead Vol.17: Something To Fear by Robert Kirkman
  13. The Walking Dead Vol.18: What Comes After by Robert Kirkman
  14. Witchery Tales of Old Edinburgh by Adam Lyal
  15. The Walking Dead Vol.19: March to War by Robert Kirkman


That's it!

So how many books have you read this year? Do you have any goals or books you HAVE TO read this year? I got a few on my plate, if you have read my post about the Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016.

Have a great great!

xo blattzirkus.