Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015!

Wow, the year is almost over again and this one went quick if you ask me :) I had a really good year so that is probably the reason why. 

I also read a lot more books than in the previous year, thanks to no uni any more. 

So this year I finished 35 books, lots of them had more than 500 pages and some even around 1000. This number doesn't sound too high if compared to other blogs but I am really happy with it. I also enjoyed many books this year and was very lucky with my choices :)

26 of the books belong to the fantasy genre
3 are dystopian / postapocalyptic tales
1 is a thriller
1 a horror / mystery book
1 a cassic
3 are contemporary young adult books

I reviewed 27 of those so far.

There are 6 books I started but didn't like and didn't finish.

Most read authors 2014 were:



Brandon Sanderson with 9 books
Stephen King with 4 books


It is really hard to pick the best book or a Top 3 because I just read soo many good ones this year :)

If I had to I would probably pick the Stormlight Archives as well as the last Mistborn book, The Hero of Ages, as they just blew me away!
I would name Erika Johansen's Queen of the Tearling as well as Charlie N. Holmberg's Paper Magician books as the biggest surprises for me this year. 
A book I have been waiting for for a long time was Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb and I loved it as well!

I finished 2 book series this year:
The Dark Tower by Stephen King (7 books in total)
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson (3 ;-) )

On the other hand I started quite a few new ones - 8!! And that is only counting the ones I want to continue. There are a few that are not worth it or where the story is over for me.
The funny thing is that I could only continue with 2 of them right now as the other ones are not published yet..

I took part in 2 challenges that are not over yet
1. Lisas (Books & Senses) Let's read it in English Challenge --> I read 33 books for this challenge so far and there is still time to read some more until the 17th of January 2015.
2. Crinis and Elenas Brandon Sanderson Challenge --> From the 1st of August 2013 to the 31st of July 2015. Since the beginning of August I read & reviewed 4 books by Brandon Sanderson and now there is not much left! :D

I am currently reading 3 books at the same time. 
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (17%)
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (50%)
The Stand by Stephen King (16%)

I finish 2014 with 3 books TBR:
Dark Divide by Jennifer Fallon (probably on my pile of books for 2 years so this will be next)
Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson (recently purchased, only a short story)
Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (bought this year, will read it after the Fallon book)

I blame Australian book prices - I always think twice before I decide to buy a book. And mostly read ebooks as they are a lot cheaper. 


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Best books I read in 2014

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One author is definitely dominating ;-) I couldn't say which of those 10 books I liked best though, they have all been pretty awesome!

 
 
1. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen --> One of the surprises this year. I never heard of the author before and thought I'd give it a try. Wouldn't have thought that it's that good and gripping!
 
2. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson --> One of many Sanderson's on this list, a lovely well-written crime/fantasy novel for all ages!
 
3. The Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb --> I have been waiting a looong time for this one and wasn't disappointed! All the feels, when I read about Fitz, Fool, Chade, Kettricken and so on.. I love them all!
 
4. The Innocent by David Baldacci --> A great page turner! Exciting until the end, and I loved the 2 main characters.
 
5. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson --> What can I say? I love, love, love how epic this one is and how many scenes are just too awesome too be true! And by the way, KALADIIIIIN!!!!!
 
6. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson --> see Words of Radiance :D
 
7. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson --> The TWISTS! Oh my god, I am still freaking out when I think about this awesome, emotional ending!
 
8. The Dark Tower by Stephen King --> Stands for the whole series I read within the last 3/4 years. Great books with memorable characters and a little bit of everything. Will surely read them all again one day! (and please no movie...)
 
9. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg --> Also a surprise, wouldn't have thought that the book kept me entertained the whole time.
 
10. The Twelve by Justin Cronin --> Great second part! Apart from the ending :D But I still loved reading it and can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy next year!

 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

3. Vorweihnachts-Lesewochenende: Samstag


I could just go to bed now and sleep for days. Had the most horrible shift at one of my work places this morning. I didn't have to go because I started another job and only occasionally help out.. I think I am just too nice :D Busy as hell, we didn't get anything done, I was stuck at the coffee machine all morning and no other worker showed up until 11..


Vanillekipferl
Later today I will go to a Christmas dinner with colleagues from my new job but can't stay long because tomorrow at 7 it's picking time. And we have over 30 degrees, I need a break :D

Zimtsterne
Okay, that is enough whining. I still had enough time this week to read a fair bit and to bake some German Christmas cookies!

Especially the Zimtsterne turned out really well this year! I will bake some more next week though as I will probably have 1 or 2 days off.

I also started 2 more books because I suddenly felt like reading Fantasy again.. I am 8% into Flammenwueste by Akram El-Bahay (yay, a german book for a change!) and think it is very awful. There is no atmosphere, the style of writing is not very good and no character has any characteristics xD I hope it will get better or I won't continue reading. There are too many awesome books out there..

I also started reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. The style of writing is definitely better and it's pretty good until now. I just hope that the heroine isn't too much of a Mary Sue and that there will be no romance between her and the prince! Or even worse, a love triangle between her, the prince and the captain of the guard! If that happens I won't read on - I can't stand love triangles! :D






Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-me authors I read in 2014

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Unfortunately not quite 10.

1. Neil Gaiman --> I read one of his short stories in an anthology but decided that it doesn't count ;-) I was curious about Gaiman's novels and next to The Ocean at the End of the Lane I also read American Gods this year. I enjoy Gaiman's style of writing and will definitely read more of his works.

2. John Green --> It was impossible this year to not hear about John Green. I was not particularly interested in his works but read some good reviews on Will Grayson, Will Grayson and one of my best friends told me that it was one of her favourite books. It was alright but I am not sure if I will ever read John Green again. Only if the topic sounds interesting probably..

3. David Baldacci --> The Innocent sounded like something I would like and I was right. It was a well written, gripping thriller with interesting characters and a good solution. All of his other works don't sound too interesting to me though. I picked this particular book because the story reminded me a bit of Leon - The Professional. I like the combination tough, too-cool-to-be-true assassin/police cop and strong-willed, clever teenage girl.

4. Anthony Ryan --> Because his epic fantasy debut was much talked about and high praised. I really enjoyed it but for me the story ends with this. Right now I don't want to read the sequel as it doesn't sound as interesting as the first book.

5. Charlie N. Holmberg --> found her book The Paper Magician while I was browsing and decided to buy it, which was a very good decision! I already read the second part, The Glass Magician and am now waiting for the third and last part. It's a fantasy tale with interesting magic and a love-story that is just awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!

6. Jennifer L. Armentrout --> I was looking for high fantasy books that had a teacher-student romance :D Half-Blood came up, I read it, was very disappointed and annoyed and didn't even finish it. What a pile of clichés. No more Armentrout books for me.

7. Erika Johansen --> Came to my attention while I was looking for new books 2014. Queen of the Tearling sounded like a nice standard fantasy tale but in the end it was so much more and really good! I'll read more of Johansen's books!

8. Christopher Nuttall --> Saw The Bookworm on another blog and thought it sounded promising. In the end it wasn't as entertaining as I thought and some things just didn't make sense. The author published some more books that sound interesting to me but I am not sure if I should give him another try.




Saturday, 6 December 2014

1. Vorweihnachts-Lesewoche: Wrap Up


So the first week of December is almost over, time goes by so quickly! Last week was a good one, I went to town on Thursday and got two Christmas presents as well as Christmas cards I am going to send to Germany. Normally I enjoy shopping in Melbourne but before Christmas it is twice as busy as it normally is! I almost got lost at H&M!! Was glad to be back home ;-) I have to go back on Monday after work though as I ordered a camera and have to pick it up. Yayy, can't wait to finally take some GOOD pictures!
I also started a second job this week and went back to the farm I worked at last season. Great to be picking again and see everyone! No big spiders or snakes on the first day, only a few funny looking bugs ;-)

After last weekend I started reading a fantasy book I found on Soleil's blog.
It is called Bookworm and was written by Christopher Nuttall. Although there is a second part the story itself is concluded and it is not necessary to read it.
Here is the blurb:


Elaine is an orphan girl who has grown up in a world where magical ability brings power. Her limited talent was enough to ensure a magical training but she’s very inexperienced and was lucky to get a position working in the Great Library. Now, the Grand Sorcerer – the most powerful magician of them all – is dying, although initially that makes little difference to Elaine; she certainly doesn’t have the power to compete for higher status in the Golden City. But all that changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the Great Library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. This unwanted gift doesn’t give her greater power, but it does give her a better understanding of magic, allowing her to accomplish far more than ever before. 


It’s also terribly dangerous. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge locked away in the Great Library was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine is forced to struggle with the terrors and temptations represented by her newfound knowledge, all the while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread.

But a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Unless she can unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, and discover the truth about her own origins, there is no hope for those she loves, the Golden City or her entire world.


It was a short and easy read and I finished it within days. I am not that happy with the story though and even lost interest at some point close to the end. I will try to find some time on Monday and review it then.

Also I read some more post-apocalyptic short stories and they were all surprisingly good and very moving!

For next week I want to read more of The Stand and bake some Christmas cookies ;-)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I am looking forward to in 2015


hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Books I am looking forward to in 2015:

1. The Fool's Quest (Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2) by Robin Hobb --> Fitz & Fool are two of my all-time favourite characters! Can't wait for this sequel especially since the first book seemed more like an (awesome) introduction and there is so much more to come.

2. The Master Magician (The Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg --> I finished the first two books recently and enjoyed them a lot. Mainly because of the very cute lovestory :D I have high hopes for the conclusion.

3. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows --> This debut sounds very promising. There are a lot of interesting new stories about queens in exile and I really like the setting. If it's as good as Queen of the Tearling I will be very happy!

4. The City of Mirrors (Passage Trilogy 3#) by Justin Cronin --> SOOOO EXCITED!! AMYYY!! I just googled and found out that the last part of the trilogy will be published next year. I love love love these books despite their overly dramatic and over-the-top endings :D

5. Shadows of Self (Wax and Wayne Trilogy #2) by Brandon Sanderson --> I didn't even read The Alloy of Law yet but will do so pretty soon. And everything Sanderson writes would be on the list. Apart from Firefight ;-)

6. The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen --> I need to know how this story goes on! The debut was almost perfect and I love the characters. can't wait to read about all of them again.

7. Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy #2) by Steven Erikson --> Sure thing, I loved Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen and will definitely also read this trilogy. I am waiting for all of the books to be published before I start though. If there's too much time between them I get confused and probably forget half of the characters :D 
Am rereading Gardens of the Moon at the moment when I feel like it and plan on doing so with the whole series! But oh.. all the characters I forgot... :D

The next 3 books.. I am pretty sure that they will not be published next year but as there is no set date yet I have my hopes up anyways

8. The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards #4) by Scott Lynch --> probably the most likely to get published in 2015.The last update I read said that Lynch will hand the book in in the end of this year.. So about now :D I hope he did ;-) I need more Locke Lamora/Jean Tannen bromance in my life ;-)

9. The Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss --> I can't describe how much I LOVED the first two books! But I will be waiting patiently for the last one of the trilogy - if it's as good as the first 2.

10. The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin --> Ahahaha.. haha.. ha... I think late 2016 is more likely but you never know.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

1. Vorweihnachts-Lesewochenende: Sonntag


My day started pretty early today, I got up at about 8, had breakfast, watched some TV... And now I am sitting in the garden already, enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Instead of hot coffee or tea I am having an Iced Coffee now and will continue reading The Stand 


That is our veggie corner and I am happy that almost everything is growing well.. Apart from the capsicum :D the first of the beetroot should be ready to eat very soon :) It is soo nice to just go into the garden when you need special herbs for cooking and use your own vegetables ;)

Update 
Well, that wasn't much of a reading day.. Unfortunately I got a really bad headache and couldn't think of books or blogging anymore -.- Hope this week gets better, at least I finished work early already ;-)

Saturday, 29 November 2014

1. Vorweihnachts-Lesewochenende: Samstag


Let it begin!

As some of you might now, I am living half a world away in Australia since October 2013 and Christmas here is totally different! First of all, it is summer. No snow, no cold & cuddly evenings on the couch with a nice cup of tea, no Christmas markets, no Gluehwein. The whole atmosphere is a lot different and there is no way I can ever get used to Christmas in summer ;-)

Nevertheless I try to enjoy Christmas time, I will bake some traditional german cookies, listen to Rolf Zuckowski's Christmas CD's and maybe try making my own Gluehwein :D

Aaand I will read lots of books!

Today I already finished one short story from the anthology Wastelands: Story of the Apocalypse. It was called Waiting for the Zephyr and was written by Tobias S. Buckell. It was also the story I liked least so far and mainly because it was way too short and random. It's about a girl who plans to run away from home because she wants to lead a more interesting & exciting life. She does just that in the end and gets a position on the ship "Zephyr". And that's it.

The next story is called Never Despair by Jack McDevitt and I hope that this one will be better.

I also read a bit of The Stand by Stephen King and just finished chapter 7 (about 7%, 80 pages into it). It IS a really long book but so far I like it. Although King is still busy with the introduction of the main characters and the situation. There's some freak sickness that kills people pretty quickly and scientist are still trying to keep it quiet and find a cure.

I like lots of the characters already and love King's style of writing more and more. He creates so many interesting people, some of which I already fell for on the first pages of their introduction.

I also browsed a bit and found 3 thrillers that sound promising. I got samples and will decide later which of them to read.
The books are:
Jar City (A Reykjavik Murder Mystery 1) by Arnaldur Indridason
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
Snow Angels by James Thompson (--> this one I will probably get as I like the setting. It takes place in Finland just before Christmas and I liked the sample)

Hope you all have a nice weekend as well :)


Update #1 - 18:53

I read the next short story, Never Despair and liked it a lot! It is not that long either but creates an atmosphere of hope that's almost lost and contains some good dialogue.

But mostly I read The Stand which continues to impress me. A new character, Nick Andros got introduced and he's an interesting one! I don't like Larry Underwood as a character but still enjoy reading about him and especially his conversations with his mom. I don't think that the reader is supposed to like Larry..
It's frightening how casually King describes how fast the sickness is spreading.

I am at 9% (119 pages) now and would have read much more, but I still had to do some other things.

I made dinner, did some crocheting - I am making a Christmas present which I might show, if it turns out alright :D And I watched some episodes of Gracepoint, the American version. This show is amazingly good if you ask me, although it's nothing new.

I'll have a break from it now though and continue reading.

Love those lazy weekends ;-)

Arianas Vorweihnachts-Lesewochen


Ariana (Mein (Hoer-)Buechertagebuch) had the great idea of pre-Christmas reading weeks and I am happy to join in :)

You can have a look at rules and regulations here.

Basically everyone can chose whatever he or she reads although it would be nice if there is a connection to Christmas/Winter. And also everyone can chose whether he sets up special aims for himself, how much he reads, when he reads....etc.

I will probably start today and will post about once a week about what I am reading and how I am doing during the busy weeks before Christmas :) I will then update this post throughout the week whenever there's something worth telling you :)

Unfortunately I don't have any books that deal with Christmas but I will soon have a look at some Scandinavian thrillers so that I get at least the setting right (means: lots of snow :D )

Apart from that I will continue with The Stand by Stephen King and my post-apocalyptical anthology.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Winter Reading List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Here I present to you the books I'd like to read in the next few months (although it's not winter, but summer here ;-) )

1. Flammenwueste bei Akram El-Bahay --> I haven't read a German book in years and I miss it. Doesn't sound that captivating but there will be a discussion about it in my favourite online community and I will join in. Am really looking forward to it and hope that the book will be a fun read!

2. Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey --> because it is way too long ago that I read the first part of this trilogy and I feel like lots of romance and DRAMA and beautiful language.

3. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey --> I am so curious about this one and only the fact that it still costs too much keeps me away from getting it.

4. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb --> Because it's the only Hobb apart from the Soldier Son Trilogy I haven't read yet and this is a shame ;-)

5. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson --> I NEED this book so badly! But can't find it as an ebook anywhere (thank you, amazon.com.au!). The print version is a bit expensive so I put it on my Christmas wishlist!

6. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson --> Because Sanderson.

7. Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier --> More romance and drama and kind of always the same story, but I like reading about Sevenwaters.

8. Rogues by George R. R. Martin and others --> I need short stories. Especially ones written by Rothfuss, Martin, Hobb, Gaiman....

9. Something by Stephen King --> I enjoy his books more and more. But not sure which one to pick yet!

10. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood --> I am into dystopian, apocalyptic tales right now so it is a good time to continue this trilogy.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

My plans for the weekend

I had a really busy week at work again and as expected, I didn't have the time to blog. On the other hand, I still had enough time to read and as I was lucky with my choice of literature, I finished 2 very good books last week. Just couldn't stop reading! Will review them later today or tomorrow maybe.
Today is a lovely day - 30 degrees, sunny and I am alone as my partner is on a boys' trip this weekend. This means I have plenty of time to read. 

I am not exactly sure about what to read next... I should finish Steelheart but don't feel like it at the moment, I want something magical and more medieval. So the choice is between Bound by Kate Sparkes and Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. The first one is rather short so I probably read it first and hope it's a good read.

Lots of sunscreen, books and iced coffee ;-)



Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New books in October

I'd like to show you the 5 new ebooks I purchased this month :) 5 is a lot to me!! :D I am happy!

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
--> Already finished this one. I wanted something short, magical and easy to read with a bit of romance. And the book was exactly what I expected it to be - will definitely also read the second part.



The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen


 
 
Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.
It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.
 
 
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

--> found it while browsing and the description made me curious. Also lots of people seem to like it. I started it and so far I love it!



Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. Phèdre no Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very special mission - and the first to recognise her for who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre has trained in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyse. Having stumbled upon a plot that threatened her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. Phèdre will meet old friends and new enemies…and discover a plot so dreadful as to make the earth tremble, masterminded by the one person she cannot turn away from.
--> I read the first part some years ago and liked it a lot. I thought about the book lately while I was looking for romantic Fantasy and felt like continuing. Looking forward to the beautiful language already! 




Bound. Bound Trilogy 1 by Kate Sparkes

Welcome to Darmid, where magic is a sin, fairy tales are contraband, and the people live in fear of the Sorcerers on the other side of the mountains. Rowan Greenwood has everything she's supposed to want from life—a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there's more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic she's been forced to suppress since childhood. When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people’s most feared enemies, that simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that’s more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Rowan might get everything she ever dreamed of—that is, if the one thing she's always wanted doesn't kill her first.
 
--> Never heard of it before but it was cheap :D And sounds like everything I was looking for. Magic - check. Female protagonist - check. Romantic - probably, check. Cover horrible, but I have it as an ebook anyways and don't have to look at it :D 
 


The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri.

Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
---> preordered it and got it today. Yay yay yay, Auri! Rothfuss!! Can't wait for it! Maybe I will read it immediately - will decide after work later :D




Sunday, 26 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (3): Sonntag

And so the last day of reading starts.. I just had some eggs on toast and started watching Doctor Who, an episode from season 3 called The Shakespeare Code. I know that I am repeating myself, but it's just not the same without Rose :( 

After that I will go on with The Paper Magician - I read some more in bed last night and finished 25% already. The description of magic in the story is not very detailed. Ceony just uses it but how and why and where it comes from doesn't get explained. Maybe I am spoiled by Sanderson but I find it lacking in this area.. Also the author likes to repeat special words and phrases quite often. The style of writing isn't very elaborate. Still, It's an easy read and I find it entertaining, especially now that some unexpected things are happening. 

Update #1: 14:48

I just finished The Paper Magician and already preordered the second book. Although it was not very detailed and lacked explanations, it was a fun and easy read. But to be honest - It's mostly the cute lovestory that kept me reading :D and the cute paper dog ;-) 
Nice magical tale that doesn't have an open ending for a change.

I will continue with Steelheart now. Fortunately the weather today is great so I can read in the garden :)

Update #2: 16:38

Instead of reading Steelheart, I decided to have a look at my 3 remaining new books. And while all of them sound promising, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen wouldn't let me go! I guess at the moment I am more into strong female protagonists and a bit of romance than dudes looking out for vengeance and surrounding themselves with annoying Mary Sue's (yes, I mean you, Megan!).


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (2): Samstag

http://winterkatzesbuchblog.blogspot.de/2014/10/herbstlesen-im-oktober-6-samstag.html


And here we are again. As I had so much fun reading and blogging last time I decided that I would do the same again this weekend. It is already Saturday here but I don't think anyone would mind if I start a bit earlier ;-)

Unfortunately the weather is not that nice today. Still quite warm with around 20 degrees but very cloudy and it looks like it'll start raining soon. That means no reading outside today.. Weather in Victoria is weird in spring. Yesterday we had 31 degrees, today 20 and tomorrow 29 again.. This will be followed by 19 on Monday :D

I got up early today and went to a shopping centre close by because I wanted to buy some new books... Having only 2 unread books at home and not being interested in both of them at the moment is not very convenient when you want to spend the weekend reading :D

Unfortunately I didn't find anything that got my attention and the books I liked to buy were to expensive.. I will go on looking for some ebooks pretty soon :)

The book I am reading today is Steelheart by Mr. Awesome, Brandon Sanderson. I read 82 pages already on the train and while I was having breakfast (a giant banana bread and a chai latte). I am not too much into Superheroes but the book is an easy and interesting read so far and the mysteries and secrets surrounding the epics already got me hooked.

I don't mind the main character, David, so far but Megan is really annoying with her attitude and oh, she's sooo good looking and tough and yes, the author has to mention that she wears her jacket open every second page or so.

Update #1: 16:55

I didn't get to read at all! While I was browsing for new ebooks I found one I really wanted to have.. Buuut it wasn't available as an ebook and I couldn't get it anywhere else. Funny thing though.. In Germany I would be able to get it..hmpf.. Anyways, I spent 1-2 hours browsing some more and decided to get 4 new books. They are all or almost all fantasy romances as I feel like it at the moment xD Will introduce them to you later.

After that I started cooking dinner (meat loaf with halloumi filling & potato-pumpkin mash) and when I was just done my partner came home and decided to make ricotta cheese xD (btw, he is a chef/cook and doesn't get annoyed at cooking/baking at home). Right now we are watching a bit of wrestling and we are having dinner soon. Maybe I get to read a bit after that! 

Update #2: 20:26

Yayyy, I read some more! So far I read 102 pages of Steelheart and still like it, but I was curious about my new books and started reading The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.
It is only short but sounds like a cute little story about a girl who learns how to create magic by using/shaping paper. I am not that far and don't know exactly how the magic works but it sounds promising. Ceony, the female protagonist just arrived at a magician's mansion and is about to start her apprenticeship with him. She's not too happy about it as she finds paper-magic boring and rather wants to learn other kinds of magic. But she has no other choice.. I read about 9% and will continue :)


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (1) Sonntag


I stumbled over this cool challenge - Seen on Ina's Blog and hosted by Winterkatze. And as I am always off at the weekends and plan to read quite a bit, I like to join in and show you what I am up to! Although it's spring here instead of autumn ;)

Right now I am still watching a bit of Doctor Who - an episode called "The Runaway Bride", which takes place between Season 2 and 3. Not convinced, I want Rose back.

When this is over I will go outside and continue reading The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, which I enjoy a lot! I might also go on rereading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, if I feel like it. 

Update #1 - 12:04

I did the laundry, let the rabbits out and read about 13% of The Rithmatist, which I still enjoy a lot. The magic system is again new, interesting and seems so well thought through and logical. It's so much fun to read about. Also the characters are just loveable and I especially like old Professor Fitch. Joel, the main character, is cool as well, especially since he himself is not a Rithmatist. There's a mystery right now that has to be solved and the action takes place in a school which kinda reminds me of Harry Potter. Good story, I keep on reading and maybe I'll finish it today.
My place in the sun :)


Update #2 - 18:05
 
Yay, I just finished The Rithmatist, and wow, that was the start of something really awesome, will write a more detailed review the next days. I hope the second book gets published soon.
 
Apart from reading I watched football with my partner who unfortunately had to work today but got home earlier than expected. He is just now gone to get us some pizza - sunday is bad-food-day! Maybe I will start reading Steelheart after dinner!
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Hallowread 2014

A bit late, but here is my first post about this year's Halloween-themed read along!

I already started reading "Inferno Park" last weekend because I knew that I won't be having much time during the week.. Work is busy. I only read 15% so far but liked the beginning. The setting is perfect for a Horror-Story, Theme-Parks can be creepy as hell and I am surprised that this is really the first spooky Entertainment Park-Story I came along. I only just read what became of Carter 5 years after the destruction of the Park and don't know much about him so I can't say if he's an interesting or likeable character. As a kid he was cute though ;-) 
I will continue reading as soon as possible and hopefully finish the book at the weekend. 

As i have neither twitter, instagram, goodreads etc. i won't be able to join any discussions there so everything from my side will be posted on my blog and on blogs of the other participants :) 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

What I am up to

Yayy, it is spring! I am so so happy that this winter is over. People might expect it to be nice and sunny in Australia all over the year but not in Victoria where I am living. So I am really glad that it's getting better now. We had a couple of 20-degree-days already but next week should be even better with up to 25 degrees! My partner and I already prepared our garden, tidied up outside and planted lots of veggies and herbs. We also adopted two little rabbits ;-)

I can't wait to read outside in the sun again.

I am almost done with American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Still not sure what to think about it. On the one hand it has some really cool ideas, the language is pretty and I like the Interludes. But the main plot is slow and the main character could be a bit more emotional and less like a machine^^ 

I also felt like reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson again so I started re-reading the first book, Gardens of the Moon. It's been a while since I finished the series and I might actually read the whole thing again as it is probably my most favourite complete fantasy epic.. I enjoy the re-read so far - I noticed that I forgot lots of things. It's so good to read about all those awesome characters again, especially the Bridgeburners. Quick Ben is still my favourite character :-)

Blood Song by Anthony Ryan is a book I was very curious about and after buying it last week, I decided to read a couple of pages.. there I was, on page 200 :D Can't wait to get back to it after I'll finish Gaiman, as it is very gripping and fun to read. 

I also got a new ebook:
Inferno Park by J.L. Bryan


Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.
Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park...something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.

Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
Sounds good, hey? I love haunted places, in movies and in books and I can't wait to read it! It's for the HALLOWREAD I posted about earlier.

I also did a lot of crochet work - currently I am crocheting a shirt and a teddy bear, will show my last projects some other time, when I have a new camera :)

Cheers,
Mila

Friday, 19 September 2014

Hallowread!






Seen on All about books and hosted by What She Reads.

I thought this was a cool idea and the first book that was chosen (Inferno Park by J.L. Bryan) sounds really interesting. You find the rules and all the information here.

The HALLOWREAD is a read-along in October and will cover several books on several blogs - most of the books still have to be revealed ;-)
Everyone who is interested is welcome to join and share their opinion about the books! 

Can't wait till it starts, yay!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Anyone watching Outlander?

..The adaptations of Diana Gabaldon's famous Highland Saga?

I am! And I really like it so far.. So far is episode 2 :D 
I tried reading the first book years ago but it wasn't for me.. Too much romance, time travel.. nah!

On the other hand, I actually enjoy watching girly shows now and again and Outlander is exactly that! It has a likeable female lead character who is not a traditional Hollywood Beauty, a wonderful setting, a really awesome opening theme with pretty pictures aaand of course a hot Highlander! Jamie is very fine, isn't he? And all the romance and drama to come! Keeps me entertained until Downton Abbey comes back ;-)

I am struggling with the accents sometimes but I am sure I will get used to that! 

So.... is anyone else watching it? Or reading the books?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

New on my wishlist

During the last weeks some more books got my attention and found their way to my wishlist!

Flesh and Spirit. The Lighthouse Duet #1 by Carol Berg

I recently remembered reading Transformation, the first part of Berg's Rai Kirah Trilogy, which I quite liked but never continued as I wasn't happy with the developments towards the end of the story. She wrote some more books and I really want to give it a try again as I especially liked the way she presented her characters. Flesh and Spirit is only part of a duology which finishes with Breath and Bone.

The first book of a duology introduces Valen of Navronne, the pure-blood scion of a long line of diviners and magical cartographers, who hates his heritage. He ran away as a youth, lived as a rogue, and wound up, badly wounded and owning nothing but a magical atlas, at a monastery. Offered sanctuary, he finds his maps, rumored to chart the way to the realm of angels, plunging him into intrigue instead of the retreat, however temporary, that he wanted. Navronne is beginning to unravel, starting with a battle for the succession between heirs of the late king. Omens and divinations are foreboding, and even the monastery contains several factions, each trying to use Valen and his maps. Berg touches a shop-worn situation with originality and limns Navronne and the characters well--Valen is unquestionably memorable--in what is definitely a dark fantasy as much concerned with Valen's internal struggle as with his conflicts with others.


The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I had a look at this book in a local bookstore and it sounds like something very different. Definitely curious about this one and I think I will get and read it very soon.

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.



The Falcon Throne. Book 1 of the Tarnished Crown 
by Karen Miller

A new release that sounds very promising. After reading Empress I wasn't too sure about ever reading anything by Miller again but I can't walk past this description. I hope it's as good as it sounds.

In a divided Kingdom, some will do anything to seize the crown.
A BASTARD LORD, rising up against his tyrant cousin, sheds more blood than he bargained for.
A ROYAL CHILD, believed dead, sets his eyes on regaining his father's stolen throne.
A DUKE'S WIDOW, defending her daughter, defies the ambitious lord who'd control them both.
And TWO BROTHERS, divided by ambition, will learn the true meaning of treachery.

All of this will come to pass, and nothing will remain as it once was. Royal houses will fall, empires will be reborn, and those who seek the Falcon Throne will pay for it in blood.


The Godless by Ben Peek

I found it on a blog and immediately liked what it was about. I like reading about fallen gods, gods walking the earth and of course merceneries. Sounds like a fun read!



Fifteen thousand years after the War of the Gods and their corpses now lie scattered across the world, slowly dying as men and women awake with strange powers that are derived from their bodies. While some see these powers as a gift - most call them a curse.
When Ayae - a young cartographer's apprentice in the city of Mireea - is trapped in a burning building, she is terrified as a dormant power comes to life within her. The flames destroy everything around her but she remains unscathed - fire cannot touch her. This curse makes her a target for the army marching on her home - an army determined to reclaim the body of the god Ger, who lies dying beneath the city, and harness his power for themselves.

Zaifyr, a man adorned in ancient charms, also arrives in Mireea. His arrival draws the attention of two of the 'children of the gods', Fo and Bau, powerful, centuries-old beings who consider themselves immortal. All three will offer different visions for Ayae's powers - and whatever choice she makes will result in new enemies.

Meanwhile, as the army approaches ever closer to Mireea, the saboteur Bueralan and Dark, his mercenary group, look to infiltrate and learn its weaknesses. Alone in a humid, dangerous land, they find themselves witness to rites so appalling they realize it would take the Gods themselves to halt the enemy's attack - and even they may not be enough.


Blood Song. Raven's Shadow #1 by Anthony Ryan

I always hear how awesome this one is and how many good reviews it gets. I checked if there are elves or dwarves involved but there are none so it went on my list ;-)

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order—a caste devoted to battle. Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate and dangerous life of a warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the Unified Realm—and Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright knows no bounds. Even his cherished memories of his mother are soon challenged by what he learns within the Order. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the Realm, but the world.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

I have new books and they are all awesome!

It is no fun when your pile of unread books is growing and growing but it is also no fun, I found, when you have no pile of books at all and nothing to choose from! I had 1 unread book next to the 3 I am currently reading but don't feel like reading it anytime soon. That is why I had a look at good old amazon and found some wonderful new books. And oh, all by Brandon Sanderson ;-)



The Rithmatist
The Emperor's Soul
Legion

I just enjoy his writing so much and at the moment there are no other fantasy books I really need to have, so he was my first choice. I am very curious about The Rithmatist - sounds like a great idea and I can't waint to read it!