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MAY 2018 WRAP UP

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SOME FACTS/STATISTICS
How many books have I read in May 2018? I read eight books in May 2018.
How many pages have I read in total in May 2018? 2991 pages

How many pages have I read on average on a day in May 2018? 96 pages a day

How many pages did the books that I read have on average? 373 pages 
How many stars have I awarded to the books on average in my ratings?  4,18  stars out of 5 stars

What was my highest rating in May 2018? 5 out of 5 stars
What was my lowest rating in May 2018? 3,5 out of 5 stars





What books have I read in May 2018 in which order?


I started the month with a German review copy of a book set in France, namely "Die Wolkenfischerin" by Claudia Winter. I've read her last book "Glückssterne" last year and really enjoyed that (click here for my review on that) and so I was quite excited to read her new one. I liked "Die Wolkenfischerin" but also had some issues with it - mainly with some male characters in it.. read more in my detail…

Book Review: LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli

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FACTS ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: Leah on the Offbeat
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Price: $12.00
Pages: 243
Genre: Novel (LGBTQ*)
Year: 2018






BACK OF THE BOOKIn this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right …

Rezension zu DEN MUND VOLL UNGESAGTER DINGE von Anne Freytag

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FAKTEN ZUM BUCHTitel: Den Mund Voll Ungesagter Dinge
Autor: Anne Freytag
Verlag: Heyne Fliegt
Preis: 14,99€
Seitenzahl: 399
Erscheinungsdatum: 2017
Buchart: Broschiert
Genre: Jugend/Young Adult Roman, Liebesgeschichte, LGBTQ*



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Wenn Sophie es sich aussuchen könnte, wäre ihr Leben simpel. Aber das ist es nicht. Und das war es auch nie. Das fängt damit an, dass ihre Mutter sie direkt nach der Geburt im Stich gelassen hat. Und endet damit, dass Sophies Vater plötzlich beschließt, mit seiner Tochter zu seiner Freundin nach München zu ziehen. Alle sind glücklich. Bis auf Sophie. 

Was hat es bloß mit dieser verdammten Liebe auf sich? Sophie selbst war noch nie verliebt. Klar gab es Jungs, einsam ist sie trotzdem. Bis sie in der neuen Stadt auf Alex trifft. Das Nachbarsmädchen mit der kleinen Lücke zwischen den Zähnen, den grünen Augen und dem ansteckenden Lachen. Zum ersten Mal lässt sich Sophie voll und ganz auf einen anderen Menschen ein. Und plötzlich ist das Leben neu und aufregend. B…

Book Review: TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan

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FACTS ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: Two Boys Kissing
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Egmont Limited UK
Price: £7.99
Pages: 244
Genre: LGBTQ* novel
Year: 2013



BACK OF THE BOOK
The two boys kissing are Craig and Harry. They are hoping to set the world record for the longest kiss. They're not a couple, but they could be.
Peter and Neil are a couple. Their kisses are different.
Avery and Ryan have only just met and are trying to figure out what happens next.
Cooper is alone. He's not sure how he feels.

As the marathon progresses, these boys, their friends and families evaluate the changing nature of feelings, behaviour and this crazy thing called love.






What's it about? "Two Boys Kissing" actually tells four different stories about seven different boys who are all queer. The stories are slighlty interwined with each other.  All those stories get told from the "queers of the past". It's a wonderful concept and idea that is a bit hard to describe but gives the book a w…

Book Review: ALL WE HAD by Annie Weatherwax

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FACTS ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: All We Had
Author: Annie Weatherwax
Publisher: Simon and Schuster US
Price: $16.00
Pages: 257
Genre: Novel (Poverty, Mother-Sister, Drama)
Year: 2014
BACK OF THE BOOK (warning! this is more a summary of the whole book than a teaser - it bascially spoilers almost the whole story) Thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother, Rita, share a powerful bond. Always teetering on the edge of poverty, they are sustained by their grit, humor, and love for each other. When they take to the highway in search of the American Dream, they end up in Fat River, New York, where Rita finally lands a steady job at the local diner. Peter Pam, the diner's transgender waitress; Dotty and Hank Hanson, the elderly owners of the hardware store battling for survival in the Walmart era; and Miss Frankfurt, the stern but caring principal of the high school, form Ruthie and Rita's makeshift family. But into this quirky utopia comes a smooth-talking mortgage broker who entices R…

Book Review: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

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FACTS ABOUT THE BOOKTitle: The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Price: $7.99
Pages: 231
Genre: Coming of Age, epistolary novel
Year: 1999 BACK OF THE BOOK Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-…