TBR-Tag

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

It’s a struggle! I love buying and borrowing books, and if I see a good one on sale, I just have to get it (even if the pile is slowly growing over my head). I also tend to read library books first, as I’ll have to return them, so there’s a lot of unread books that I own on my shelves.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Definitely print! I have a couple of e-books on my phone, for times when I’m stuck somewhere and forgot to bring a book, but I prefer a print book over an e-book any time!

3. How do you determine which book to read next?

I am trying to read the books that I have had longest first, but that never really works. Basically, I tend to read the book that I’m most excited for first, or the one that’s just come out (especially if it’s a famous one, I’ve waited a long time for it or I’m just desperate to avoid spoilers).

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Recommendations: A-Z

This thing has been floating around the internet for a couple of days, and I was happy to give it a go. So, without further ado, here’s my 26 book recommendations from A-Z:

A: Assassin’s Apprentice (Robin Hobb) – high fantasy
B: The Blade Itself (Joe Abercrombie) – high fantasy 
C: Captive Prince (C.S. Pacat) – romance
D: A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab) – fantasy
E: Eragon (Christopher Paolini) – high fantasy
F: Four Letters of Love (Niall Williams) – fiction
G: Go Set A Watchman (Lee Harper) – classic
H: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Joanne K. Rowling) – children’s, fantasy
I: Illuminae (Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff) – sci-fi
K: Killing Floor (Lee Child) – crime
L: The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch)  – high fantasy
M: Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur) – poetry
N: The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)  – high fantasy
O: One Million Lovely Letters (Jodi Ann Bickley) – non-fiction
P: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan) – children’s, fantasy
Q: The Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen) – high fantasy 
R: Release (Patrick Ness) – young adult
S: Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo) – fantasy, young adult
T: Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas) – fantasy, young adult
U: Uprooted (Naomi Novik) – fantasy, young adult
V: Vicious (V.E. Schwab) – superhero, young adult
W: The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) – high fantasy 

As you have probably noticed, I couldn’t find any books for J, X, Y or Z, so instead of putting down some random titles to fill the list, here are four more books that are absolutely incredible:

Nevernight (Jay Kristoff) – fantasy 
Caraval (Stephanie Garber) – fantasy, young adult
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara) – fiction 
The Secret History (Donna Tartt) – thriller? fiction? crime? idek 

I can only recommend each and every single book on this list to you; if you’ve read any of these, please feel free to talk to me about them!! ❤

Buying or Borrowing?

I love buying books. I love bookshops, the atmosphere, walking down the rows and rows and stopping ever so often, reading the first couple of pages, smiling at old favourites… Visiting a bookshop, especially a second hand bookshop, is among my favourite things in the whole world. Funnily enough, I don’t really enjoy owning books. I donate books regularly, or pass them on to friends and family, and it never feels like a loss. Quite the opposite, I love that other people will experience the joy of reading those books after me.

Of course, there are exceptions. There are some books I would not part with if I was paid for it. Some of these books are just beautiful, others hold memories and others I plan to reread loads and loads of times. Having access to library now, I rarely buy books, and I realize I don’t miss it at all. I will still visit bookshops, but whenever I see a title I would otherwise buy, I just order it from the library. Same same, but different.

Ever so often, though, I come across a book that is just so incredibly amazing that I simply have to buy it. I have to own a copy to borrow to friends, to reread whenever I want, or just to take out of the shelf and look at ever so often. I encountered two of those books since I came to Australia: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard, and Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. Oh my. Oh lord. Those books. I literally cannot find the words to express how much I love them. And I definitely want them standing on my shelf in the future!

To Be Read (Or Not To Be Read)

Honestly – I wish I was one of those people that read one book, finish it, then go buy the next one and finish that. People with a TBR-list, maybe, but not a massive and ever growing TBR-pile threatening to swallow them. Because that’s the sort of person I am. And my TBR-pile stresses me out, it really does. Some books in there I’ve had for years, and still they remain unread. What does that say about me?

Not for much longer, though! As I won’t be able to bring a lot of books back home (I only have one suitcase), I won’t buy a lot of books while I’m here. Instead, I’ll go to the library and cross all the books off my TBR-list that I’ve been meaning to read for so long. And I’m so excited, because some of them promise to be truly wonderful:

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Different places, different books

Things have been pretty quiet over here ever since autumn came around; that is because my final exams arrived, and I barely had time to sleep, not to think of reading books. At the same time, I was looking for a place for my mandatory research practicum, and I finally found one, in Canberra, Australia.

Oh boy. It was all pretty spontaneous, and with all the preparation it didn’t occur to me that at the end of it all I would actually have to go. But there I was, standing at the airport, my all my possessions in boxes in my parents’ basement, one suitcase and a bag by my side. On my way to the other side of the world.

I’m one of those people who really enjoys long flights, so nerves didn’t set in on the way, not even when I arrived in Sydney, and got the train to my AirBnB. But when I arrived at that house, meeting my host, settling into bed listening to the strange birds outside and the rush of traffic on the street next to my house, that was when it hit me. Here I was, 15.000 km away from home, alone in a city I didn’t know.

It is moments like these that I really appreciate books. I had brought one from Germany, and it happened to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. And, in the end, it is not important where you read a good book – you are swallowed up by the story, and with the best of them, you forget all about your surroundings. That is what happened to me. I curled up on my bed, opened those pages, and just let myself sink into the story, and quite suddenly, all the anxiety and panic disappeared.

I’m not saying that Caraval is a perfect book (I’ll have a review of it up later this week). I had some issues with it. But for diving into another world, forgetting about my worries for a while, it was absolutely perfect.

Autumn Reads

Autumn is, without question, my favourite time of year. The days become shorter, the temperatures drop, leaves start to colour the streets in fiery shades of orange and yellow. Pumpkins start to appear everywhere, the days begin to feel like indie folk and pumpkin spice, like steaming hot chocolate and knitted jumpers.

It is also the perfect time to curl up with a good book, watch the rain though the windows or visit a nice cafe and drink huge amounts of tea of coffee.

These are some of the books I plan to read this fall:

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