A new year means a new TBR reduction battle against Crini means new motivation to read more again – that’s why January turned out to be a much better reading month than the past three months 😀 I managed to read 12 books overall which is almost twice as much as in December and since I only got 5 new books last month this makes quite a successful January for me 🙂 Also my blog turned 5 years old last month (and I’m still giving away some of my favorite books to celebrate my blogiversary!)
I finally managed to read „The Knife of Never Letting Go“ by Patrick Ness and it was just as amazing as everybody says! At that point I didn’t even now that it will be the theme of the next Bookish Games and now that I’ve read the book I’m even more excited that the madness will return soon 😀 I also read the short story „The New World“ that was included in the PB and enjoyed it as well.
„Now that she’s gone“ by Gregg Olsen was an eARC from Netgalley and even though it was an entertaining and fast-paced thriller I was a bit disappointed by the villain because I found the female serial killer to be a bit cheap – definitely no competition for Chelsea Cain’s Gretchen Lowell 😀
Another Januar highlight besides TKoNLG was the Jackaby sequel „Beastly Bones“ by William Ritter which was so much fun because DINOSAURS!! 😀
My favorite thriller last month was „Totenprediger“ („Blood Mist“) by Mark Roberts which was VERY gripping and evil, I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!
With „Schmutziger Schnee“ by Christoffer Carlsson and „Farbenblind“ („Color Blind“) by Colby Marshall I also read two German review copies and liked them both, especially the latter was pretty intense.
Unfortunately I didn’t have that much luck with my audiobook choices in January because „Mit Zorn sie zu strafen“ („The Slaughter Man“) by Tony Parsons, „Die vielen Leben des Harry August“ („The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August“) by Claire North and „Schneller, toter, weiter“ by Dietrich Faber couldn’t live up to my expectations and I was especially disappointed by North’s time loop story because it was pretty boring most of the time. But at least „Der Opiummörder“ („Murder as a fine art“) by David Morrell could save the audiobook month because this historical crime novel set in the Victorian London was really exciting and interesting!
Red Rising re-read
Last but not least I also decided to re-read „Red Rising“ and „Golden Son“ before „Morning Star“ comes out in February and it turned out to be a wise decision because I had to notice that I forgot quite a lot since the first read – what a surprise… not.
I only watched another two episodes of MAKING A MURDERER and am therefore still stuck in the middle of the series but not because I didn’t find it interesting but simply because I forgot to continue watching 😀
Crini visited me last month to celebrate New Year’s and we partied hard (= watched lots of TV xD), so we finally got to finish season 2 of FARGO and PENNY DREADFUL and the first SCREAM QUEENS season – unfortunately all these shows were a bit lame.
What can I say, I still haven’t finished season 1 of JESSICA JONES – like I said before I do like the show but just don’t find it very addictive /o\
Netflix finally added season 8 of THE BIG BANG THEORY and I immediately started watching it but I’m trying not to rush through this season too fast so that I don’t have to wait that long for the next one.
LIP SYNC BATTLE returned with season 2 last month so I finally managed to finish season 1 and OH MY GOD I CAN NEVER UNSEE TERRENCE HOWARD IN THAT OUTFIT THAT SHOWED WAAAAY TOO MUCH XD
Another show I’m not making a lot of progress with is BONES but since there is no continuous story line it’s always good for watching one or two episodes now and then.
I watched episode 4 of DER TATORTREINIGER last month and it was the first episode of the new season that I didn’t like, so in my disappointment I forgot to watch the other two episodes and finish season 5 😀
Sometime around mid-January I heard that DOCTOR WHO would expire on Netflix at the end of January so I panicked a little bit and made a plan to watch all the available episodes I hadn’t seen so far which meant seasons 3-8. I had a really good start with this project and stayed on track for a whole week but all these specials after season 4 then ruined my schedule and killed my motivation – which wasn’t that bad because I’ve just learned that the series is still available on Amazon Prime, so all the panic was in vain XD
At the end of last month I also watched the last season (ever?) of LUTHER which was just a 2-hour special and I have to admit that out of the four seasons it was my least favorite – where the hell was Alice? Nonetheless I really hope that Luther returns, if not for a new season then at least for a movie. And if this doesn’t come true, too, then please make Idris Elba the next James Bond!
New Year’s Day wasn’t only good for watching boring TV shows but also for watching crappy B (or rather Z) movies, so Crini and I watched SHARKNADO, SHARKNADO 2 and – it can always get worse – SHARKTOPUS. I think I can genuinely claim that I have never watched movies that were more ridiculous and had worse special effects – that shark/octopus monster made even the first Doctor Who episodes look like a million dollar Hollywood production 😀
Don’t ask why but I also watched ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO last month. Dear Elizabeth Banks, I really like you, but please don’t make crappy movies like that ever again. Thank you.
This may come as a surprise, but I’ve watched some good movies in January, too 😀 One night I saw that NOW YOU SEE ME was on TV and I just couldn’t resist watching it AGAIN, even though it came with German dubbing.
THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE and SE7EN were part of my new „Make Maraia watch all the awesome movies that she missed while living under that massive rock“ challenge and once again I realized that I really do love these movies A LOT, especially because their endings are amongst the best movie endings EVER.
Other blog posts in January:
- Happy New Year! There will be changes in 2016… 😉
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Bucket List
- [Rückblick] BuchSaiten Blogparade zum Jahresabschluss 2015
- [New Books on the Shelves] December 2015
- [Roundup] December 2015
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Depths of Winter
- [Top 10 Tuesday] Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Wanderlust
- [Tippspiel] Oscars 2016 – Preisträger tippen und gewinnen!
- [Top 10 Tuesday] Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Into The Night
- [Top 10 Tuesday] Top 10 Favorite Movies that were based on books I’ve read
- [Blogiversary] My blog is turning 5 years old! (+ Giveaway)
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Off the beaten path
- [Das Jahr des Taschenbuchs] Mein Buch für den Januar