BOOK TALKS

I FINISHED the PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016

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Hi guys, 

at some point I never believed that I would actually finish this challenge! There were some hard books on my list to read, but since I can not not read books I have already started, I hard to work myself through some. But here I am now with my list of books I’ve read and it’s fitting category! So you guys see that I have not cheated and that my list strayed from my starter list.

HERE ARE MY BOOKS

 

1

The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester | Wonder by R.J.Palacio | The Walking Dead Vol.20 by Robert Kirkman | The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert L. Stevenson

2

Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings | Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck | Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan | After You by Jojo Moyes

3

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling | Cinder by Marissa Meyer | Glitch by Marissa Meyer | The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

4

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai | Märchenhaft erlöst by Maya Shepherd | The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith | Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

5

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley | Frankenstein by Mary Shelley | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | Gossip Girl: I like it like that by Cecily von Ziegesar

6

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anna Brashares | Salem’s Lot by Stephen King | UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

7

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy | How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul by Adrian Shaughnessy | Red Dragon by Thomas Harris | Battle Island by Peter Freund

Last but not least, here’s the list of all challenges in a document created by PopSugar:

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So, have you finished your Reading Challenge – of whatever kind – this year already? Are you close to finishing and what kind of books have you read in 2016? I’m curious.

Also: do you want me to create a reading challenge for next year for you guys to do? If yes, do you have any wishes, challenge counts…?

xo Annina

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All the covers were taken from Goodreads. The Popsugar Reading Challenge picture can be found on popsugar.com

REVIEW

Review: Girl Online – Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

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Hi guys,

it is here: the last book of the Girl Online trilogy by Zoe Sugg. If you missed them, I’ve written reviews for both Girl Online and Girl Online: On Tour. Let’s see how I liked Penny Porter’s Going Solo adventure in this one.

I would recommend not reading this review unless you have read both previous books in the Girl Online series.

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Book Information

Title: Girl Online: Going Solo
Author: Zoe Sugg
Pages: 280
Genre: Young Adult
Type: eBook
Price: 9,99€

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Published On: November 17th 2016

Plot

Penny Porter has to reorganize her life after her big break-up with American Rockstar Noah Flynn who disappeared from the public eye. Instead of focussing on her broken apart relationship, Penny dedicates her time to something else she loves dearly: photography. Not only that but she also tackles her anxiety by visiting her childhood, sometimes good, sometimes evil friend Megan at her new drama arts school in London. There she gets to meet Callum, a fellow photography student who catches her interest but also a drama student, Posey, who has terrible stage fright. Seeing parts of her anxiety problems in Posey, she of course wants to help her talented new friend. And overcoming Noah by dating Callum is a sudden new possibility as well. Not to forget that her best friend Elliot is in urgent need of her help as well, Penny asks herself if by finally being able helping others she is slowly becoming her true self.

Opinion

So, that’s it. Remembering from Girl Online: On Tour I was mad how this book made Penny into a whiny girlfriend who needed a boyfriend to be happy. To be honest, it also went a bit over the top with the drama. Now that I’ve said this I am happy to announce that this book still forces Penny to have a boy in her life (next to Elliot, but we all know that Penny and Elliot are very tolerable together). And when I say happy, I mean it in a sarcastic way. I mean, WHY. Can’t she have another super drama besides boy drama? Why is this book called Going Solo when nothing of Going Solo really happened except for maybe ten pages? Do I smell a book clickbait here? For once, Penny went to a total new place and a boy caught her attention and asked for her number. And suddenly we had a bad Noah replacement to obsess about although we all knew they were not good together.

Now that I’ve mentioned that, I’m a sucker for the Noah and Penny relationship, maybe because it was so over the top in the last novel that this couple simply got contagious and you learned to love it no matter how annoying it got. Yes they are sweet, yes Noah was an idiot in On Tour and yes they basically told each other that they are going to be together forever. I might have snorted at that part because it was dripping cheesy. On the other hand, very Zoe. Enough of the relationship part of this book.

Who could be that traitor?!

There’s a traitor in the book and it’s basically so obviously written that I was questioning Zoe really hard. Like, how stupid does she think her readers are? Or even worse: she writes a rather sharp character (Penny) who can act SO DUMB in such an obvious situation that it hurt my brain. On the other side, this can happen in Young Adult fiction, so I have a mantra for these kind of paragraphs when they happen, so I won’t rip my book apart in anger.

Not to forget my all time favorite phrase in Young Adult novels was mentioned numerous times: I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Are people doing this on purpose? I thought authors were educated enough that this is a phrase no longer tolerated in the literature world since Twilight appeared? I have no words.

But still…

I still liked it because there was no grand relationship drama as in On Tour! Maybe because Noah was absent for a while or because it wasn’t all about Noah, what do I even know. It had a more relaxed and rounded atmosphere plus at some point of the story it was set in Scotland. And I adore Scotland, so Going Solo got a plus point for that.

Also the writing has been nice and easy-going, so it was a fast read you didn’t want to finish that fast.

Conclusion

4 out of 5 stars for Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg because it was a nice, round final book with less drama and more focus on Penny herself. I’m kind of sad that this series is over since it has been refreshing to read about a young blogger with anxiety problems she tries to overcome the best she can. Plus a famous rock star side kick can’t hurt.

Am I the only one how has read this trilogy as Zoe and Alfie fanfiction?

xo Annina

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Cover from Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC

My Panic! At The Disco concert experience

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Hi guys,

what a week it has been for me. Last Friday was total desperation because I did a website as side work and technic was hating me. Saturday was a friend’s birthday party and Sunday evening the Panic! At The Disco concert I’m gonna write about today. On Tuesday I’ve been to my first Justin Bieber concert, but that’s a whole other blog post. Least to say, I’m sick due this busy week.

Let’s fetz!

I’ve been thinking of attending their concert in Vienna for a while but actually never bought a ticket until it was too late and I had none. I was kinda sad because I really liked the latest album, but yeah, my fault. Unfortunately a friend of mine had to cancel her visit and therefore I got her ticket. As in, I knew a day before that I was going to be at the concert and didn’t really have any expectations. I couldn’t work them up that fast.

And I found out that it’s good to have none because it’s these times when you have an absolutely great time. I was clueless if Brendon Urie could sing live because I never thought of researching that fact on Youtube and such. Fans might have a breakdown by now reading this, but hey. I know now.

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And he can sing, it was so amazing. Brendon sung loads of his new album songs and mixed some old ones up (I didn’t know them but liked them anyways, which is always a good thing) AND HE COVERED Bohemian Rhapsody by QUEEN! It was “the bomb”, to say at least. Secretly I wished for This is Halloween from Nightmare Before Christmas because this has been the first song I ever heard by Panic!. Also it has been my first “song” ringtone, so I was pretty much into that concert right after the first song.

I also smiled loads when Brendon hit the high notes because he’s great at that.

Also the crowd was wild, I loved it. Of course there have been cell phones involved (duh, I have to take at least some memories with me), but after all I thought that the phone rate was rather low im comparison to other concerts.

A rather energetic concerts I would have attended a second time right after the first one if this has been possible.

xo Annina

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MUSIC

I’ve attended the Justin Bieber “Purpose” Tour in Vienna

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Hi guys,

now that I’m thinking back to it, I’ve written a Selena Gomez concert blog post last year and found it horrible. Especially because I was squeezed in between people and kids thanks to the standing ticket. But this time I got a seating ticket and found that a very reasonable decision.

Let’s fetz!

The entrance

I knew that a Bieber concert would be wild thanks to his overly female Beliebers. But oh boy, I’ve never experienced something like this at Stadthalle in Vienna. The queuing system was totally different, the queues super long and the people super squeezed in the queues. I got to say thought that everybody seemed super relaxed and happy until the pushing towards the entrance started and you thought you might die there (I’m a little exaggerating). But the audience wasn’t all teens but very mixed up of ages (even saw boys there, that was kind of unusual to expect but whatever). I guess this is because of his majored music and his radio/spotify presence.

The Support

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I only got to see The Knocks because I didn’t arrive earlier at the concert, but I liked the few songs I got to hear. The program said the first support would start at 19:30, the second at 20:00 and Justin Bieber at 20:45, so yeah, Justin got two support groups with him.

The main act -Justin Bieber

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First of all, the stage show was amazing. They had a big screen behind the stage, a slanted one on the stage, a “cage” with LEDs on it and a freaking trampoline platform that would act as the extension of the stage. Not to forget fireworks, fire and fog machines. Oh and a pool at the end of the show where it rained from stage. Not that I was impressed by that or anything. Well, maybe I was more impressed by that than the actual singer.

Not to say that Justin Bieber couldn’t sing, he proofed that with his acoustic versions of Cold Water and Love Yourself, but he seemed a little bit sluggish at the concert. His dance moves were partly lame and I think he put too much focus on the melancholic songs. His catchy songs caught the crowd and made them cheery, but most of the time I felt a little put off by the slow songs.

Another thing I found odd was the fact that he turned his back to the audience few times, talking to them like that. You learn in school that you should not do that because otherwise it feels like as if you are closing the audience off. And it really felt kind of rude that he did that. Also he disappeared a lot of times in the ground (literally) only to appear again right after again. Like I said, it felt a little weird. And as the encore song Justin sang Sorry, so that tops it all.

During the concert, he asked a few fans for questions, which were a) very lame and super generic (what inspires you to do music, can you say something in german,…) and b) were as lamely answered. Justin, are you still awake?

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Songs

Justin mainly sang songs from his latest album Purpose, but of course could not not play his other famous songs such as Baby, Boyfriend and As Long As You Love Me. I think this has been a good mix, so old and new songs come together and get celebrated equally.

Conclusion

Last to mention is that is has been a good concert with a bitter-sweet aftertaste. If I’m going to attend another Justin Bieber concert is depending on the mood of his next album.

xo Annina

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BOOK TALKS

Read in October 2016

Hi guys,

and another month is over, looking back it went over not as quickly as the others, but the reason for that might be a book I have read in this month. Check it out!

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  1. Weltasche by Marie Grasshoff (Full Review)
  2. The Stand by Stephen King (Full Review)

Wow, two whole books in October, that might be my personal low goal. Nevertheless, I had fun reading them! No questions ask. November might end similar since I have Anna Karenina to finish and another eBook for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. But I’m positive that I will finish it.

NaNoWriMo and Inktober
And since it is November, I might have to start NaNoWriMo. If I prepared for it. Thinking about that, I had Inktober going on as well and didn’t finish it. Not that I ever believed in finishing it ha ha (I really did).

Books I want to finish before the year ends

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Fangirl auf Umwegen (Fangirl on Detour) by Amelie Murmann
  • How to be a Graphic Designer without losing your soul by Adrian Shaugnessy (the book I need to read to finish my Popsugar Reading Challenge)
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • Girl Online: Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

I really don’t know if I’m able to finish theses but I’m trying my best. Also all of them are eBooks except for The Bone Clocks, so it really shouldn’t be a problem.

Popsugar Reading Challenge

So the thing is that I am one book away to finish this challenge. I had to change a few books from my initial situation, so there’s going to be a blog post on which books I have actually read for the challenge when I’m done.

Have a great month!

xo Annina

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The Covers are from Goodreads.