February Wrap-Up // Ella

Monday, 27 February 2017

Hi there, it's Ella!
So welcome to my February wrap-up! My Computer isn't working right know, so there won't be my usual collages, but however, let's dive right into it.

L'Art de la Simplicité by Dominique Loreau

When I saw it at the bookstore, I was reminded of Marie Kondos book, so I wanted to give it a try. It isn't only about tidying, but about minimalism in different aspects of life. Sometimes, I didn't like how Loreau make it seem, like her way is the only way you should live. Also, at some times was difficult to filter the relevant information. But I liked the overall tone and idea, it definitely made me want to change some aspects of my living and inspired me.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This book was amazing. I loved the atmosphere, the characters, her writing. It was a really exciting read, creating a world, where reality and magic blurred, so not only the characters where left unknown, what was real magic and what was not, but the reader as well. I'm curious for the next book!

Photography Beyond Auto by Chris Gatcum

A quick little read on photography, which well explained exposure, focus and colour. Nice visuals.

Across the Universe, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
✭✭✭✭✭, ✭✭✭✭ & ✭✭✩ 

Well, you know, I did not wanted to spend too much time on reading while finals, but I absolutely failed when picking up Across the Universe at my library. I did not know it was a triology until I reached the end of the first book after two days. I immediately had to look up, wheter the library hold the sequels and it did so I left my desk and got them (in German because they only had the first volume in English).
These books were so good! Though, I didn't like the third book quite as much, so on.y four stars here but whatsoever.
I realised I want to read more science fiction Oswell as more Beth Revis.
Exciting story, amazing atmosphere, great characters.

Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

It has some fun points, it was nice overall, but mainly, I just felt like Bennett repeated herself over and over. I mean, I really liked some advice given, but it could have been told in a shorter amount of time, ink and dead trees.

Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince is a young, professional ballet dancer. I know her from the film "First Position" and watched some videos on her I found on Youtube, so when I stumbled over this book, I feeled, I really needed to read it, because her story is really interesting. It was a really quick read, fast told, you know, autobiographical. I really liked it, it was very interesting and she just brought things to the point(e) ;)
So I was really enjoying it.

Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Okay, so this was a hard one. I did not like it at first. I mean, I know that Wonderland is supposed to be crazy and nonsense, but I don't think the writing style has to be to. Reading it again in German made it better. Considering it being a victorian childrens book, it was okay, but however, I was really sorry not liking it, because my favourite booktuber is like the biggest Alice in Wonderland fan. But I just wasn't able to click with it.

The book includes Through the Looking Glass as well, same thing here.

This was it for today,


  1. It's too bad that Feminist Fight Club was repetitive. I haven't read it but it's on my radar. I think I'll pass on it after reading your thoughts.

    I'm sorry to hear that Alice in Wonderland wasn't your cup of tea! It's been ages since I last read it, but it's one of my favorite books. :)

    1. I'm glad my post was helpful to you!
      And maybe Alice in Wonderland is one of those books, that get better, the more often you read it. :)