August Wrap-Up (2017)

Hi guys,

August has been affected by my July binge-reading (also I’ve been on vacation in the first week of August, so this helped.) Although after reading Daughter of the Burning City I got a heavy reading slump which I tried to cure by reading a few Graphic Novels. So that’s been always working so far 🙂


Read books in August

1. Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K.Rowling

2. Monstress: The Awakening (Vol. 1) by Marjorie Liu

3. Das geheime Vermächtnis des Pan (Pan-Trilogy #1) by Sandra Regnier

4. The Dark Tower: Black (The Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King (Full Review)

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan

6. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (Full Review)

7. The City of Shifting Waters (Valérian #1) by Pierre Christin

8. Archie Vol. 1: The New Riverdale by Mark Waid

9. Archie Vol. 2 by Mark Waid

10. Archie Vol. 3 by Mark Waid

11. Archie Vol. 4 by Mark Waid


Books, Books, Books

quidditch through the ages

Quidditch through the Ages by J.K.Rowling has been more of a historian, lexican novel for me. It’s an information dumb about Quidditch facts that you might find interesting when hearing them for the first time – I on my part have forgotten most of it again. It’s not necessary in my opinion since it doesn’t put you in an advantage with the Harry Potter series.
3 out of 5 stars

monstress vol 1

Monstress: The Awakening has been a real surprise for me. The illustrations are beautiful and the plot feels unique, although it reminds me a little bit of X-Men (or gawd, comparisons! It just feels for me that way). The story is situated in an alternative matriarchal 1900’s Asia where a teenage girl has to survive a trauma of war and in the process she discovers that she shares a mysterious link with a powerful monster (also she overthrows one, but more about that in the graphic novel).
5 out of 5 stars

das geheime vermächtnis des pan

Das geheime Vermächtnis des Pan is a German Young Adult novel in which the Greek god Pan is in search of a soulmate and finds it in a pretty average girl called Felicity (who is basically a Debby Downer and no fun to read). Pan or rather “Leander” in the story is mysterious and can jump from centuries when getting sent on missions and yeah. I liked the story in the beginning but towards of around 70 percent done with the book it started to drag and both Felicity and Leander where caught in their behaviours and characteristics. They got boring for me and the story even more far fetched that I was glad when the book was over.
2 out of 5 stars


Here’s my full review for The Dark Tower: Black by Stephen King!
5 out of 5 stars

mr penumbras 24 hour bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore was a rather light read for me that started to drag at about half of the book finished. It’s about a webdesigner searching for a job when finding one at a mysterious 24 hour bookstore that is far more than being led on. All the characters were really fun to read for the beginning, but then it just read itself as being super sugar coated and too nice. I liked it though that characters appeared that worked at Google. It’s a fun summer read though.
4 out of 5 stars

daughter of the burning city

Here’s my full review for Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody!
5 out of 5 stars

the city of the shifting waters

The City of Shifting Waters is the first issue of the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series. I got to know it through the movie that came out in August (Valerian and the City of the thousand Planets). Since I really enjoyed the film I decided to give the rather old graphic novel series a go. It wasn’t my thing for numerious reasons. First, it hasn’t been my illustration style that I’d enjoy continuing to see. Second, sometimes there is a lot of text in too small of a space to read and it gets exhausting. Everything feels super cramed and it hurt my eyes to read too long on it. But I pulled through!
3 out of 5 stars


Archie Vol. 1 – Vol. 4 has been so awesome, I inhaled the series in basically one go. I can’t wait for the next issue to appear! Down below I’m talking a bit more about my love for this Graphic Novel series.
5 out of 5 stars


Reading Challenges

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 20/30 + 1 book
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 10/12 +2 books
Personal Challenge: 11/13 +1 book
Goodreads Challenge: 51/60 + 11 books

The challenges are narrowing down! Yeaaah 😀


August Highlights

Personally Daughter of the Burning City has been my reading highlight, I enjoyed it way more than I thought at the beginning. Technically the whole FairyLoot Box was my highlight, even if it has been a July box. I loved getting surprise goodies.

Graphic Novels
I really enjoyed the Archie comics from 2015! Never guessed I dropped down into the Graphic Novel pit so badly that I basically inhaled the comics. Archie Vol. 4 isn’t technically out yet, but I got to read the single issues which will be included in the Vol. 4 one. I’m so happy that Riverdale, the TV show that is based on the comics, will return on October 11th 2017, that’s a Wednesday.

Since I’m out of school and university and am working full time for about 1 1/2 years now as a Graphic Designer in a digital ads agency, it’s always good to continuing learning and getting better with your skills. So my highlight of August has been learning more about Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro and starting to learn 3D modeling with Blender, a free 3D modeling program. I do that with Udemy, a online class to say so, where you can buy online courses and learn step by step in your own pace. I love that since I never could catch up in computer classes in school and university since I like to try out stuff and get behind with the teacher. (no ad, just aknowleding).

After 6 1/2 months, there has been my first holiday after my big USA one! I stayed in the country, yet I traveled to a beautiful lake which is basically the same as the ocean, right? Anyways, vacation!

Favorite movie and TV-Show
I haven’t watched a lot of movies or TV, but I definitely can say that people need to see Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets if it’s still in cinemas. I don’t care if it mostly flopped, I loved it a lot and the world it is situated in. Plus it has Dane DeHaan and Cara Delavigne in it. I swear this movie made me like Cara and I was very judgmental before.

TV-wise, Orphan Black finished and it got uploaded super fast on Netflix, so that’s the show I have finished as well. I’m glad this show got an ending.


September To-Be-Read

Since I’m writing this post in September, I have already finished One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey for that month. Else I’m tackling UnSouled by Neal Shusterman and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (or rather: I’m reading them already). Then I want to read Watership Down by Richard Adams and maybe The Princess’ Bride by William Goldman. But since I’m not entirely out of my reading slump and reading is really hard for me at the moment, let’s see what I’ll get done by the end of the month.



So that’s been my (reading) month of August. September 1st marked my 2 year blog anniversary, weeeeeh. I totally forgot about that and therefor had nothing planned. My thoughts are rather on the upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie *dies*. So, yeah.

xo Annina


|The book covers are from Goodreads!|

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