Impromptu Reading Marathon and Abs

March 12, 2016 books, miscellaneous 16

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What’s New?

I know, I know. It seems like we’re back on the whenever-I-feel-like-it blogging schedule of last year, but I’M ALIVE AND WELL HELLO LET ME HUG YOU. I haven’t had tons of energy for blogging lately, but I’ve been reading loads. I’m very active on Goodreads at the moment, so if you feel like running commentary find me there! In actual news, I’ve been applying to universities all over the UK for my MA. I have no clue how realistic it is that I’ll get in (my grades are fine, but these universities want A LOT of stuff for the fact that you have to be filthy rich to attend). During the process of doing this, I have learned to appreciate German universities, simply because they’re free. I mean seriously 9k for a year PLUS stupidly expensive living expenses? I don’t compute.

The Shiny

It seems I bought a lot of books the last few weeks, but I have also been reading a lot, so there. Of course I could have been reading the books I already have, but where’s the fun in that? Pictures all courtesy of Goodreads, because I bought all of these for my Kindle.

As you can see by the plethora of naked chests, I have finally decided to give New Adult a try. I usually wouldn’t have gone near the Off-Campus series but Aly and Inge were sharing quotes from the books on Goodreads that sounded genuinely funny, so I thought I’d give it a try. They are both better and worse than I thought, but there’s good banter and sometimes they make me laugh out loud, so I was hooked and now I’m silently judging myself while binging them (not actually, I try to be a judgement free zone, but that resolve is being TESTED, people). I couldn’t read these kinds of books all the time, but they make for easy reading. I have to admit I’m kind of disappointed in the covers though. If you go cheesy, don’t just slap some abs on there. Go all the way and put a swooning and scantily clad couple á la Gone With the Wind on there dammit.

I have also finally read the Lunar Chronicles and I’m happy to report that I GET IT NOW PEOPLE. I put off reading them for ages, because I thought they’re probably overhyped, but I loved them. I think Cinder was my favorite, followed by Cress, and then Winter and finally Scarlet. I don’t think the world makes much sense, but by book three I accepted it, because it’s FUN and I’m in love with all of the characters. There’s so much friendship and adventure that I couldn’t put them down.

I reviewed the books I’ve read so far on Goodreads, but I’ll try to review some of them here as well.

On the Blog

Tune of the Week

I decided to spring for premium Spotify, because I’m in love with the suggestions and I hate ads and not having music available offline. The mix of the week thing actually suggests me tons of good songs I didn’t know, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for (this is not sponsored by Spotifiy, but if anyone wants to provide me with free Premium access hit me up).

Yes, due to my new Spotify subscription I could have shared any number of good news songs, but I’m choosing this instead, because it reminds my of What a Girl Wants (this kind of modern Cinderella movie with Amanda Bynes, which I’ve seen too many times to count). I played it during the radio show the other day as well. What can I say. It’s the soundtrack of my childhood.

As always, I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

What’s new with you? Have you read any of these books? What’s your stance on New Adult?

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16 Responses to “Impromptu Reading Marathon and Abs”

  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    You shall get into these MA programs, my precious child! Because you are fabulous. Ah, to have only paid 9K for college! Schools here are double that for the absolute cheapest options. Most are in the 40-50K/year range. I went to grad school for one and a half semesters, and I owe $60k. SIXTY THOUSAND DAMN DOLLARS, VLORA! And do you know how many dollars I earn a year? ZERO. Negative, really, because I SPEND dollars.

    I digress. Stupid US economy. So The Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t read Cress or Winter yet. Here’s the thing. I LIKE them. I don’t LOVE them, so I am kind of behind. Oopsie. And I cannot take whatever is up with that guy’s stomach on the covers seriously. No ma’am. And I hope you enjoy Rebel of the Sands! I liked it!
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    • Vlora


      I know, I’m not even thinking about North America, even though I would have liked to study in Canada. (Okay, I kind of did consider it for 3,4 seconds and I looked up fees and then I just ran the other way. I cannot for the life of me comprehend how anyone supports that system or how anyone not part of the 1% ever goes to college.) Even the UK fees are vastly stupid in my opinion, so I’m considering just staying here, but I DON’T EVEN KNOW ARGH. Aaaanyways, existential crisis aside, I really liked Cinder, was underwhelmed by Scarlet and liked Cress and Winter. You should try them! :D I’ve only heard good things about Rebel of the Sands, so I have high hopes! And the covers… well, I’m not saying I’d be ASHAMED being caught reading the books, but I can’t say I’m ANGRY that I downloaded them to my Kindle either haha
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  2. Verena

    Welcome back dear!

    You really read load of books!!
    I love the beautiful covers of these lunar chronicles <3 do you think I would like them? And Omg! These naked men on that other covers xD really?? Not attractive at all, both the men and the books . I guess they could have chosen better motifs.
    Rebel of the sands looks promising:) Tell us more! Oh and I still have to catch up with all the Rowell books…

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I JUST FINISHED A GATHERING OF SHADOWS AND FDJASKDFLAJSDKLJ THE LOVE IS STRONG WITH THAT ONE. Although the ending was as bad as everyone made it sound. I’ve read MUCH worse cliffhangers. *glares at Catching Fire* Ahem. But zomg, the bromance was strong with that one. <3

    Yay that you liked the Lunar Chronicles! Scarlet is my favourite. *cuddles Scarlet and Wolf* Although it's been YEARS since I read the first two??!? I need 248293 more hours in my day so I can re-read them.

    GERMAN UNIVERSITIES ARE FREE?!?! *gasps* I think Germany is much wiser than about half the planet then.😂
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    • Vlora


      Well, I’m not actually that worried about the ending (I AM slightly worried that she said she originally killed almost everyone in the last chapter in the acknowledgements though BECAUSE WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE); I was just a bit annoyed that there was no wrap-up whatsoever? Like, even with a cliffhanger there’s usually some sense of the book actually ending as opposed to just a cut-off? I LOVED the book though, so I’m glad you did too!!

      Scarlet is my least favorite, because I just didn’t like Scarlet’s story as much as the others for some reason? I still liked it though, and I gotta admit that the author did NOT pull her punches at the end, which I admire.

      Yes, pretty much! You have to pay SOME fees, but it’s not a lot, considering. I pay like 140€ a semester for administrative costs and such and I have a student loan for living expenses, so I’ll have some debt when I’m done, but it’s nowhere even near as expensive as studying in other countries. A while ago they tried to reinstate student fees, but even those were “only” 500€ a semester and were quickly abolished again. There ARE private schools that make you pay a lot, but they’re not really considered as good as universities as far as I know and aren’t the norm at all. The only time you may have to pay more is for international programs (when foreign universities charge you for studying there for part of your time at university or something like that). So yeah, overall it’s pretty great! As ignorant as it sounds, I was genuinely shocked when I heard how much you have to pay in North America and elsewhere, because HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK AND WHY DO PEOPLE THINK THAT’S A GOOD IDEA.
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