2016 hasn’t been a very successful year of reading so far and I feel like March has been a new low since I’ve read awfully little last month with only 7 finished books 🙁 I’m not really in a reading slump but somehow I’ve been kept busy by other things – at least that’s what I’m telling myself because I have no idea why I don’t really get a lot of reading done this year… I really hope that spring is going to change that and I’m optimistic for April to be much better since it’s getting warmer outside and there will be more and more daylight every day now so that I will hopefully be less tired in the evenings and be able to keep my eyes open for more reading time 😀
Books & Audiobooks
As I’ve said above I didn’t read a lot last month and unfortunately more than half of the books haven’t even been really good. I was especially disappointed by Ryan Graudin’s „Wolf by Wolf“ which turned out to be pretty annoying and couldn’t live up to my expectations AT ALL. Another flop was „Quiet neighbors“ by Catriona McPherson which was a) boring and b) had a very weird writing style with lots of sentences that didn’t even make sense in my opinion… oO
My March highlight was definitely „Papierjunge“ („The Chosen“) by Kristina Ohlsson, the Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht series keeps getting better and better with every book!
I also liked Robert Jackson Bennetts „City of Blades“ a lot and had a great time solving some gruesome murders in Kyrgyzstan with Inspector Borubaev in Tom Callaghan’s „Tödlicher Frühling“ („A Spring Betrayal“).
My reading month was completed by „Neuntöter“ by Ule Hansen and „Wer war Alice“ („What She Left“) by T.R. Richmond. I actually did enjoy the former but was often a bit annoyed by the main character while Richmond’s novel couldn’t live up to my expectations. The concept was pretty interesting but the story itself turned out to be rather boring.
One highlight of last month was definitely the return of the Bookish Games, hosted by Asti and Kelley from Oh, the books (not forgetting to mention Maraia as first-time co-moderator!^^) and I definitely blame this game for not getting a lot of reading done in March since a lot of my reading time got killed by time-consuming analyses and writing loooong comments (as usual^^). Unfortunately I’m already dead now which on the one hand really sucks but on the other hand allows me to spend more time with my books 😀 I also really want to continue the Chaos Walking series soon now that I’ve been talking about Prentisstown, Spackles and all this stuff for the past weeks! 😀 Oh, and if you want to know what’s so amazing about the Bookish Games, you should check out Inge’s blogpost about why you should join them! 😉
While February was an amazing film month for me with lots of visits to the movie theatre and also quite a lot of Net(Smart)flixing I only got to watch four movies in March and went to the cinema only once – to watch SPOTLIGHT which was really good but not the „Oscar for Best Picture“ kind of good because actually I had expected it to be much more emotional due to the sensitive topic.
I watched STROMBERG together with my siblings after we stopped A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST after only 15 minutes (seriously, this was one of the worst comedy movies I’ve ever
watched tried to watch) and it was hilarious. I thought I would have grown tired of this character after watching the TV show over and over again but I had quite a good laugh over this movie 😀
DEAD MAN WALKING was part of the „Make Maraia watch all the awesome movies that she missed while living under that massive rock“ challenge (I’ll never stop having fun writing this challenge name down :P) and even though it’s already 20 years old I still found it very interesting how it deals with the death penalty topic.
Talking about old movies: I’ve watched the 1973 film adaptation of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR for the first time in years AND IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING. I recommended this musical to Maraia a few weeks ago and we’ve become insanely obsessed with the songs (just like I did when I’ve watched the musical for the first time in school), so it was only natural that this would be the second movie for the challenge and it was a helluva fun. Funky Disco Judas is beyond question the best thing ever that has resulted from religion and I shall be DAMNED FOR. ALL TIME. if I ever stop loving his songs. Seriously guys, if you’re only going to watch one musical in your whole life, please make sure it’s this one. I don’t think I could be any less religious but I love JSC to pieces and whether you’ll join Team Jesus and enjoy a nice oil massage from MAAAARYYY OOOH THIS IS GOOOD or always hoped that you’d be an apostle or rather like to mock him like King „doing the ridiculous dancing while being half-naked“ Herod – it’s just the best musical EVER. So if you’re asking yourself now „WHAT’S THE BUZZ? TELL ME WHAT’S HAPPENING!“ then you’ll better watch it right now 😉
I haven’t watched a lot of movies, but definitely can’t complain about not watching enough tv shows.
- MODERN FAMILY: I originally wanted to finish season 5 in March but then Netflix temporarily blocked Smartflix for me. Thankfully they managed to fix it and I’m back and almost done now and it’s still a hilarious show
- DER TATORTREINIGER: Watched the last two episodes of season 5 and they were among my favorites, I especially liked the one with the hot AI which was super weird 😀
- BONES: Watched only 2 episodes last month and am still stuck in season 9, but I’m a bit afraid that something sad is going to happen soon D:
- THE 100: I think the only reason I’m still watching it is because it’s just to much fun to mock this show. Really don’t like season 3 and now they’ve even killed one of the only two characters I didn’t hate -.-
- AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: One of my favorite TV shows is back from it’s mid-season break and it’s just as good as ever – and also painful.
- GOTHAM is back too and this show keeps getting better and better with every episode. Season 1 was already great but I absolutely love all the new villains in season 2!
- THE X-FILES: Crini and I still haven’t given up on marathoning this show and surprisingly we already made some good progress with season 2 which is still anything but creepy 😀
- JESSICA JONES: I FINALLY finished the first season and have to admit I’m a little bit disappointed because I think the conclusion to the Killgrave storyline was rather weak.
- THE BIG BANG THEORY: I originally wanted to wait and binge-watch season 9 but then couldn’t restrain myself anymore. I’m still LMAO over Sheldon singing „We Will Rock You“ XD
- DAREDEVIL: Season 2 aired last month and I was super excited about it but I have to say that I liked the first season WAY better – I’m definitely missing a villain like Fisk this time and also don’t find the story very exciting. And I dislike Elektra.
- CRIMINAL MINDS: Somehow I was totally in the mood for continuing my CM re-watch last month and continued with season 2 and boy, this season had so many great episodes. I’m also surprised that I still remembered most of them 😀
- SHERLOCK: The Christmas special „The Abominable Bride“ aired in Germany on Easter Monday and even though I had watched the episode already on BBC on New Year’s Day it was definitely wise to watch it a second time to better understand the story which I really liked a lot. Definitely much better than season 3.
Other blog posts in March:
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Twists & Turns
- [New books on the shelves] February 2016
- [Roundup] February 2016
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Shards
- [Top 10 Tuesday] Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Spring
- [Das Jahr des Taschenbuchs] Mein Buch für den März
- [Bookish Scene: Project 52] Easter
- [Top 10 Tuesday] 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads