top ten tuesday – books i’m thankful for in 2017

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!)

hello my lovely bookoholics ❤ it’s tuesday and i am in bed. on sunday i woke up in the middle of the night and got this awful ear pain. i couldn’t lie down anymore because it got worse then. so i was up, walking around the apartment. i went to the doctor and it turned out i got an ear infection. i lost some of my hearing and she said, that the pain should be gone soon, but it could take weeks until i get my hearing back. and she said, that it’s possible that i will get a cold on top. yay me! the ear drops for my ear really help, but it’s ringing all the time and it’s weird not to hear normal. and i feel the cold coming. keep your fingers crossed, so it won’t break out. i don’t want to be sick. right now, i feel slightly better, but it’s hard to concentrate with pain. that’s why i am not reading that much. i am resting, as you should when you are sick. but since it’s thanksgiving, i wanted to give my thanks. i am very thankful for a lot of things this year, but let’s concentrate on the books, shall we? i’m just gonna include books, that i have read this year and that made me happy, sad or had an emotional impact on me or that just are part of something bigger for me. 🙂


“books i am thankful for in 2017”


1.) “the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” by douglas adams & “dark matter” by blake crouch

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since i have read “the martian”, sci-fi has become one of my favorite genres. i have read “the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” on the 1st of january and it was such a great and funny read. i knew, why i loved sci-fi and this book only contributed to my love. i still think about marvin and this books is just amazing. i can recommend it to anyone! “dark matter” on the other hand just blew my mind! the story about the parallel universes was amazing and it was just my thinking on paper. this was amazing. both these books showed my, that sci-fi is an amazing genre and it will always be one of my favorites.


2.) “hit me right in the heart”-books

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i need to list all of these three books, because i can’t choose at all. “starfish” by akemi dawn bowman, “words in deep blue” by cath crowley and “autoboyography” by christina lauren were books, that hit me hard. they were very emotional, but i loved them so, so, so much. i love my emotional reads, but books, that keep me thinking about them are just the best. i loved everything about these books. plot, characters, writing, emotional feelings. everything was perfect and i am so thankful that i got to experience this.


3.) “simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda” by becky albertalli


this was one of the first audiobooks that i have read this year. i never thought, that i would become such a fan of audiobooks, but after listening to this, i was blown away. it’s a wonderful story, that made my cry, while listening to it. i had so many emotions during this “listen” and i am so thankful that it showed me, that audiobooks can have that effect on me.


4.) “kids of appetite” by david arnold


wouldn’t be a 2017 list, if it didn’t include “kids of appetite” by david arnold. i cried almost throughout this whole book. the story touched me so deeply. the characers touched me so deeply. the writing was phenomenal and oh all those quotes! ❤ it will always have a special place in my heart. especially since it connects me with my best friend.


5.) the “shades of magic” & “monsters of verity” series by v.e. schwab

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i am very thankful for the “shades of magic” and “monsters of verity” series by v.e. schwab, because these books made me fall in love with her writing, with her characters, with her stories. i love her books and i became a huge fan this year. i had a little adventure getting her signature in “this savage song” and now i own a signed copy of the “a darker shade of magic” collector’s edition. i also bought all three hardbacks when i was in los angeles this year. so i have a lot of memories of my bookish adventures with her and i will always cherish them.


6.) jane austen’s novels


i started my jane austen project this year and i am so glad that i did. i really like these classics. currently i am reading the last novel “emma” and i like it but i feel, that “persuasion” will stay my favorite. i’m glad and thankful for this project, because it brought me closer to classics.


7.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton


i’m very thankful for “the outsiders” because it touched me very, very deeply. i was shocked and angry but most of all i was stunned, that i build up this connection to these characters, considering this book is so small. and i am thankful, that the movie adaption was done so well, because sometimes movie adaptions just suck. this one proved, that there are good ones out there.


8.) “a man called ove” by fredrick backman


ove, my dear ove. how have you made me cry. i think this book made me cry the most this year. i sobbed constantly. it touched me so very deeply and made me so emotional, that it is hard, to ever forget. but i am thankful for that, because it reminds me, that books just stay with you for a very long time! and i have a feeling, that this will become one of my favorite authors of all time.


9.) “the nevernight chronicle” by jay kristoff

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i am very thankful for these two books, especially for “nevernight”. i was about to dnf it but i kept going and now this is one of my favorite series so far. it showed me, that sometimes it’s worth not to give up so easily! i can’t wait to get my hands on the last book and see how it all ends. i became a huge fan of jay kristoff. he even responded to my tweet, which i was so happy about. it’s these little things, that make you happy!


10.) “watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney


yes jay, you need to be on this list. i loved “watching glass shatter” as you can read in my review. there is still the poll up, so go and vote. but as my review shows, there is nothing bad i can say about this book. and i am so thankful for it, because it brought the blogging community closer. jay did such a wonderful job connecting all people and i got to know new bloggers and could talk about this amazing debut novel. everything this book did in the past weeks, was an amazing experience to me. it was my first blog tour. i felt important. i was happy, that someone trusted me so much to let my be part of it. i had so much fun. i am so happy about everything. and the reading of “watching glass shatter” was also great. it made me very emotional, because it’s a fantastic family drama, that is beautifully written. i will always be thankful for this book.


so, as you can see, i can’t possibly just pick ten books. no way. every book is different and special and has their own story. that’s why i needed to pick more and explain the effect on me. i’m thankful for books in general, because they made my life just great this year. and i can’t wait for all the new experiences i am about to have. happy thanksgiving to everybody! 🙂

top ten tuesday – ten books i want my children to read

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

i am not sure, if i’ll ever have children, but if that would happen, there are some books i definitely want them to read. i want them to discover the wonderful world of books. i want them to experience books. i want them to see, how awesome books are. doesn’t matter if they are younger or older. and here are some of the books i would want them to read.


“top ten books i want my children to read”


1.) “pippi longstocking” by astrid lindgren


i didn’t read much as a kid, but “pippi longstocking” was a huge part of my childhood. i loved the books and the tv series and movies. i adored pippi and her adventures and i want to share my love for this girl. i also read many other books by astrid lindgren and i totally recommend all of them.


2.) “wonder” by r.j. palacio


this book is just wonderful! i cried, i laughed and it touched me very much emotionally. i think it’s a great book for kids to read. to see, that it’s ok who you are and that it doesn’t matter how you look.


3.) “thirteen reasons why” by jay asher


now this is definitely a book for the teenage years but i would want that my child reads this. you never know, what your children are thinking and the message, that you should talk to people, when you are desperate is very important. to seek for help, when you feel hopeless. it’s a very impactful book and very important.


4.) “the little prince” by antoine de saint-exupéry


i’d say this is a children’s classic. i have read this book in german many, many years ago but it remember that i loved it very much. it’s about the danger’s of growing up and i guess it’s appropriate for children. i definitely need to reread this soon.


5.) “the book thief” by markus zusak


this book portrays the brutality of the second world war really good. it’s devastating and emotional and very hard. but this book is written so beautifully, that it will not let you go. i still think about it sometimes and that’s what shows me, why it’s a good book.


6.) “the wizard of oz” by frank l. baum


i read “the wizard of oz” last year for the first time and i remember loving it. i loved the character’s and the adventure and the message of this story. i think it’s a really good children’s book and i definitely liked it more then “alice’s adventures in wonderland”.


7.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton


i can’t believe that i have read “the outsiders” so late in my life. many people read it at school and i wished, that i would have to. because it’s great. it’s dark and emotional and deals with a lot of problems. it’s about growing up in bad conditions and how violence becomes a natural part of your life. it’s shocking but also important.


8.) “animal farm” by george orwell


“animal farm” is a book, that is easy to read. and i think, that it’s something different to read for a teenager, than other classics, which are hard to get through. this book has a good message about society and how some people just take what they want. it’s a book to think about, to reflect and i think everyone should read it.


9.) “the fault in our stars” by john green


yes, i needed this book to be on this list. because it’s my favorite book of all time. and i want my kids to read my favorite book of all time. i want to them to experience the writing of john green. i want them to experience and learn about love and loss. i want them to see how life sometimes is unfair but also good.


10.) “harry potter” by j.k.rowling


now, for many people this may be a sure one. but not for me, since i have only read the first book just about a month ago. but i see, why children should read it. it’s magical and i am pretty sure, that i will love the rest of the series as much as i did the first one. and i wish, that i had read it back as a kid. because i think, that it would have sparked my love for books way sooner and then i wouldn’t have missed so many years, where i didn’t read at all. so i want my kids to see, how magical books are and how wonderful and that it’s a good thing when you read and are a bookworm. 😀



that’s it. that’s my list. do you agree with my choices? or would you want your kids to read something else entirely? let me know! 🙂

top ten tuesday – female characters i would love to learn from

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

a few weeks ago i made a post about my top ten characters i had a crush on. that post was only based on male characters and i wanted to do another post for female characters. now i will do so, because i chose ten female characters, i would love to learn from, which basically means, that i love those characters because of their skills! so let’s get to it!


“top ten female characters i would love to learn from”


1.) starr from “the hate you give” by angie thomas


i looooved this book! i loved the impact it had on me and probably everybody else. starr is such a great character and so, so, so strong! i could not believe how strong this girl was, even though life wasn’t fair to her. i would love to learn from her to be that strong.


2.) rachel from “words in deep blue” by cath crowley


i knew i would love rachel right from the start. i felt protective of her. she was a vulnerable character and she went through so much. and even though she had to deal with so many things, i loved how was strong enough to overcome her grief and fear. i would love to learn from her how to leave some fears behind and just go for it, because sometimes i feel i could do more, i’m just to scared to do so.


3.) lucy from “the hating game” by sally thorne


lucy is such a strong and funny character. she knows what she wants, she always knows what to say and is so hilarious. i wish i knew what to say all the time and don’t blank out and i am very jealous that she knows what she wants and goes for it. sometimes it’s not that easy, but i would love to be more like lucy.


4.) kizzy from “the long way to a small angry planet” by becky chambers


i wasn’t the biggest fan of “the long way to a small angry planet” but one thing i loved very much, was kizzy! that girl is awesome. she has so many amazing mechanical skills, works until she fixes everything and she is also hilarious. i loved her so much!


5.) cath from “fangirl” by rainbow rowell


cath is one of my favorite characters of all time. i love her. i could relate to her so much and i loved reading about her. she is so cool. i am not a writer, but i guess, it would be fun to hear about fan fiction writing. i just need an excuse to spend time with cath 😀


6.) celaena from “throne of glass” by sarah j. maas


i just read the first two books in the series so far, but based on that i can say, that i really love how badass celaena is. that girl! i would want to learn from her to be so badass, because come on, don’t we all want to be a little bit badass sometimes!? 😀


7.) mia from “nevernight” by jay kristoff


hmm, i am thinking about, what mia could teach me. well, she is an assassin. so… ok, i’ll go with this. i want her to teach me some self defense, because let’s be honest, it’s good to know how to defend yourself, especially if you live in a big city. so yeah, that would be cool. mia is so badass. i love her character and i can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy!


8.) inej from “six of crows” by leigh bardugo


inej needs to be on this list, because i want to know, how to be a shadow! 😀 it would really come in handy to sneak up on people and listen what they have to say. because yes, there are always people talking behind your back. wouldn’t it be great to hear the truth? (i’m going dark here 😀 )


9.) lila from “a darker shade of magic” by v.e. schwab


lila is such a cool character. at the beginning i had my problems with her but i started to love her very soon. she is strong and does what she wants. she also is a loner but can open up and that’s what i loved about her. the thing she does in book two of the series, is amazing and i would love to learn from her. i don’t want to spoil it, so i’ll leave it at that. you know what i mean haha! that would be so cool! 🙂


10.) lara jean from “to all the boys i’ve loved before” by jenny han


i was a huge fan of lara jean from the beginning. i loved her personalities, i loved how she was the middle sister and all in all, who she was. spending time with her would be awesome. and what would we do? yes, she needs to teach me how to do these cookies! 😀 i am not a kitchen person and i can’t do anything at all, but i am up for learning haha 😀



so, these were my top ten female characters i would love to learn from. what do you think? do you agree? which female character would you like to learn from? let me know in the comments! 🙂