Tuesday, 29 December 2015

My 2015

And another year is over. That went real quick!

I finished 38 books this year, which is a little more than last year. It could have been a lot more but I only finished 2 books during the last 2 months as I was way too busy.

Fantasy: 23
Horror: 1
Biography: 4
Contemporary: 3
Dystopian / postapocalyptic books: 3
Children's books: 2
Science-Fiction: 1

It's no surprise that most books were Fantasy stories. No Thrillers this year though - I started a few but didn't get hooked on any.
Most read authors in 2015 were Brandon Sanderson with 4 books and Stephen King & Terry Pratchett with 3 books each.

The best books I read this year are easier to pick than last year.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb and
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson 

All of them exceeded my expectations and were still on my mind a long time after I finished them. I read a few other very good books but those three are definitely the best this year!

I finished only 1 series this year - The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, which is a trilogy and very recommendable if you like short, sweet magical tales.

On the other hand, I started 10 new series :D Oh my.. But a few of them I will not continue and 2 are re-reads. The actual number of new series I started this year and will continue is 4. And one of them I am not sure about yet, so it is not too much!

Unfortunately I picked some pretty awful novels to read this year. The worst books were probably

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson and
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Not worth it! 

Also, I read this really weird book called Temptation by Selena Kitt. It's actually a trilogy but I only read the first one. Oh my, I picked it because I am into forbidden relationships/ age discrepancy in relationships-books and similar stuff.. Teacher/Student sometimes as well.. But this book is ridiculous :D Lesbian action between school-girls and best friends until one of them falls for the other one's father..and he for her as well. And then drama starts and all kinds of weird sex scenes in public places. Sure, lets get it on at the restaurant table, no one will notice... Or yay, your daughter is sleeping next to us right now..wanna have sex? 

Also, daddy has a secret porn room and I won't even talk about the ending and the secret that is revealed... because it's gross! Don't read it! 

At the moment I am reading 3 books:
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (53/474)
Mort by Terry Pratchett (43%)
Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (46%)
Maybe I will finish one of them this year but I won't count on it.
If it stays like that I will go into 2016 with 2 books TBR:

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz and
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

Yayy, one less than last year, I am getting good at that :)


Monday, 30 November 2015

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Time in Australia is always weird when you are used to snow, cold and Christmas markets. Even after more than 2 years I am not quite used to it :) But it doesn't matter - I will still bake my Christmas cookies and decorate the house!

We planned to spend this Christmas in Germany but cancelled the trip because we didn't feel save and didn't want to fly right now. It is sad but we are feeling better now and hope that we can make it there some time next year.

I only finished 1 book in November, which is Firefight. It was good, but not overwhelming. 

Unfortunately I stopped reading It, as it just didn't pick up and I hated the guy who was supposed to be the main character. Maybe I will pick it up again one day but for now I don't feel like it.There are still a lot of King novels on my wishlist and I will continue reading his books!

But for now I started A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by GRRM and am almost halfway through. It's an easy read & fun to be back in Westeros! Although it took me a little to get the relations between all of the Targaryens! When I am done with it (which should be soon!), I want to read MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood so that I am done with that series.

Work is getting a lot busier in December, for me and my partner, but we took off the last week of the year and will have a nice small holiday :) Can't wait for that!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Reading in November

October was a good month for me! All the books I read were pretty good and I even finished my long-term project The Stand, which was great! 

I immediately started reading another book by Stephen King - It, and it's already scary! I don't know the movie and therefore it's all new to me. Sure, there's an evil clown, but that's all I know. I am only on page 68 of more than 1000 and will probably read other books beside it.

I started Firefight by Brandon Sanderson as well and hope that David stops drooling over Megan pretty soon or I will have a break from it. It's only short though and I hope it picks up quickly. 

I got one new book this month already because it was a special offer and I need it!
I haven't read those stories before as I was waiting for them to get published in one volume.. and there it is! Can't wait to get to it!

I start November with 4 1/2 books TBR:

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by GRRM
The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller
1/2 of Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Some of them have been waiting way too long and I probably won't buy any more new books until I read them all. 

Also... I have been pretty bad with writing reviews as I just didn't have the time and honestly didn't enjoy it that much any more. But lately I feel like doing it again so there will probably be some more reviews coming up soon. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (5): Sonntag

Soo, Halloween ist vorbei, deshalb gibts wieder das normale Logo :) Und es ist schon der letzte Tag des Herbstlesens, wie schnell die Zeit doch immer vergeht..

Insgesamt hat mir die Aktion aber sehr gefallen und ich habe den Oktober mit 5 gelesenen Buechern beendet. Davon haben mir alle gefallen!

In der letzten Woche habe ich Shadows of Self von Brandon Sanderson verschlungen. ich finds echt interessant, wie die Welt immer weiterentwickelt wird und es immer wieder neue Entdeckungen gibt. Und so viele Bezuege zur ersten Mistborn Trilogie, hach.. Ich liebe Wax & Wayne als Hauptcharaktere und die Dialoge zwischen beiden sind brilliant! Ueberraschenderweise ist mir dieses Mal sogar ein Nebencharakter, der mir im ersten Band nicht so sympathisch war, ans Herz gewachsen. Trotz weniger Auftritte.. Ich bin gespannt auf den naechsten Band, der schon im Januar erscheinen wird, wuhuu! 

Eigentlich wollte ich ganz viel in It lesen, weil wegen Halloween und so... aber dann hab ich doch zu Firefight gegriffen. Wenn man einmal mit Sanderson anfaengt, kann man nicht mehr aufhoeren. Auch wenn ich weiss, dass mir Firefight sicherlich weniger gefallen wird, weils vom Thema nicht so meins ist. Aber hey, Sanderson koennte das Telefonbuch umschreiben und ich lese es ;-)

Bin jetzt erst bei 7% und es beginnt direkt sehr actionreich. Wahrscheinlich werde ich heute abwechselnd King und Sanderson lesen. Kommt drauf an, wonach ich mich mehr fuehle :) Das Wetter ist heute nicht so toll, ich werd jetzt ganz schnell einkaufen gehen und dann ab auf die Couch!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (4): Sonntag

Yayyy, ich hab frei! Und im November sollte es generell fuer mich ruhiger werden, denn ich hab einen meiner 2 Jobs gekuendigt. Fuehle mich sehr erleichtert, weil ichs dort eh nicht so doll gemocht habe. Das heisst jetzt auch, dass ich endlich wieder Sonntags frei habe und heute verspricht ein schoener Tag zu werden. Spaeter gehen wir mit der Familie essen, aber bis dahin habe ich viiel freie Zeit.

Mein Partner und ich sind beide schon um 7 wach geworden und haben dann angefangen mit Hausputz und jetzt ist es fast 9 und wir sind fast durch :D

Ich war in Deutschland immer Langschlaefer, aber komischerweise bin ich hier seit 2 Jahren absoluter Fruehaufsteher.

Ueber die Woche hab ich einiges gelesen. Endlich habe ich The Stand beendet, aber bin schon ein wenig traurig, weils mich so lange begleitet hat. Mit dem Ende war ich nicht so ganz zufrieden. Hatte etwas mehr erwartet und irgendwie war ich ueberzeugt, dass ein bestimmter Chara wiederkommen wuerde.

Angefangen hab ich dann mit It, aber bin noch nicht weit. Faengt aber interessant an. Werde heute sicherlich noch weiter lesen. Ausserdem bin ich schon bei 17% von Shadows of Self von Brandon Sanderson. Wird sicher wieder toll, aber ich muss schon jetzt sagen, dass mich Marasi unglaublich doll nervt und ich will absolut keine Love Story!

Dann bin ich die Woche ueber einen neuen Roman von Charlie N. Holmberg gestolpert und hab ihn gestern beendet. Ist echt zu empfehlen, wenn man magische, winterliche Geschichten mag :) Ist auch abgeschlossen und hat mir ziemlich gut gefallen!

 Followed by Frost
Seventeen-year-old Smitha's wealth, status, and beauty make her the envy of her town—until she rejects a strange man’s marriage proposal and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair, and a newfound purpose gives her hope. Will regrets over the past and an unexpected desire for a man she cannot touch be enough to warm Smitha’s heart, or will Death forever still it?

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (3): Sonntag

Gestern habe ich es leider nicht geschafft, aber heute bin ich wieder mit dabei. Hatte nur Schicht bis 14 Uhr und war dann schnell bei Aldi einkaufen... Ja, hier gibts tatsaechlich Aldi :D Leider nicht mit allen Produkten aus Deutschland, aber ein paar gibts immer. Vor allem jetzt bald zur Weihnachtszeit.

Ich sass schon eine Weile in der Sonne und habe The Stand weitergelesen. Bin jetzt bei 90% und versuche das Buch heute oder morgen zu beenden. Ein paar traurige Szenen gab es, aber insgesamt gefaellt es mir noch immer sehr gut! Mal sehen, ob ich danach direkt einen anderen King Waelzer nebenbei anfange.. Hab noch It im Regal... 

Mein Partner hat heute fleissig im Garten gearbeitet und ein paar neue veggies gepflanzt.. Ich bin ja gespannt, was wir in diesem Sommer ernten koennen, bis jetzt scheint alles super zu wachsen! Vor allem unser Oliven Baum sieht klasse aus :) Nicht so sicher bin ich mir bei der Passionfruit-Pflanze, aber mal sehen! 

Gewaechshaus selbst gemacht :D
Ich geh wieder nach draussen und lese weiter :)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors we'd love to see write a book together

1. Brandon Sanderson & George R. R. Martin
So that one of them could kick the other one's butt from time to time. I can't imagine the amazing, mind-blowing awesomeness that would come out of this. My brain would probably explode.

2. Scott Lynch & Lynn Flewelling
I won't elaborate.  

3. Elizabeth Haydon & Jennifer Fallon
I want Haydon's amazing world and Fallon's characters & storylines combined! And a bit of Romancing ;-)

4. Stephen King & Joanne K. Rowling
Just because it would be pretty funny 

5. Margaret Atwood & Neil Gaiman
Would result in soo much beautiful language and great ideas!

6. Robin Hobb & Patrick Rothfuss
Because I love them both and nothing could go wrong!

7. Jacqueline Carey & Jim Butcher
Because it doesn't fit at all and I would love to see how it works out.

8. Sergej Lukianenko & Justin Cronin

9. Charlie N. Holmberg & Erika Johansen
It would be very magical and well written and a little bit more for adult readers. And Romance that's not annoying!


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Danke an Ina fuers Taggen :)

 1. Ein Buch oder eine Serie, die sehr beliebt ist, aber du nicht magst

In letzter Zeit war das sicher The Kiss of Deception von Mary E. Pearson. Dazu habe ich nur positive Reaktionen gesehen und fast schon Begeisterungsstuerme. Fuer mich war das Buch aber nur dumm, flach und nervig. Meine Rezi gibts hier

2. Ein Buch, das jeder hasst, du aber toll findest

Gardens of the Moon von Steven Erikson hasst zwar nicht jeder, aber die Meinungen gehen da schon sehr auseinander. Entweder man liebt es oder hasst es. Ich persoenlich liebe die komplette Reihe. The City Stained Red von Sam Sykes hat auch sehr viele schlechte Bewertungen bekommen, aber ich fand es sehr cool.

Ein OTP, das du nicht magst (oder eine Dreiecksbeziehung) bei der deiner Meinung nach, der Protagonist, mit der falschen Person zusammen gekommen ist

Oh ja da gibts einige.. ohne zu viel zu spoilern:

1. The Name of the Wind von Patrick Rothfuss -> Ich kann Kvothe's Love Interest nicht ausstehen. Meiner Meinung nach ist sie eine der wenigen ueberfluessigen Figuren in einer genialen Trilogie.

2. Ich mochte nie Rhapsody's Heini in den Elizabeth Haydon Buechern (Symphony of Ages).. Der hat mir zu viel gejammert und war zu viel gewollt mysterioes. 

3. Kylar Stern und seine Olle in der Night Angel Trilogy von Brent Weeks. Wenn immer sie in der Gegend ist, scheint Kylar sein Gehirn zu verlieren. JA! WIRF DEIN SCHWERT WEG, SIICHER, GUTE ENTSCHEIDUNG! HMPF!!

4. Tide Lords von Jennifer Fallon. Einer meiner Lieblingscharas hat der Person nachgeschmachtet, die ich am wenigsten mochte...

Ein beliebtes Genre, für das du dich nicht erwärmen kannst

Ich mag rein Historisches nicht, da koennt ich einschlafen. Bei Nackenbeissern (mit dem Muskel-Highlander aufm Cover) muss ich lachen und kann die nicht ernst nehmen! 

Ein beliebter Charakter, den du nicht leiden kannst, obwohl ihn sonst jeder mag

Hm.. Die Hauptperson aus den Sarah J. Maas Romanen vielleicht. Jeder haelt sie fuer so Badass, ich finde, sie ist kein runder Charakter und sehr unglaubhaft.

Ein beliebter Author, den jeder mag außer dir

Brian Staveley scheint im Moment jeder in den Himmel zu loben. Ich mochte sein Debut aber gar nicht. Joe Abercrombie konnte ich auch nichts abgewinnen und sein Buch hab ich noch nicht einmal zu Ende gelesen. Jennifer L. Armentrout fand ich auch sehr gruselig, aber anscheinend gibts da ne grosse Fanbase. Sonst noch Hohlbein.

Ein stilistisches Mittel in Büchern, das du nicht mehr sehen kannst (z.Bsp. Eine verschollene Prinzessin, ein korruper Herrscher, Dreiecksbeziehungen, etc.)

- Ja, Dreiecksbeziehungen treiben mich in den Wahnsinn. Ich fang schon gar keine Buecher mehr an, in denen die vorkommen. Zu viele schlechte Erfahrungen. Die Handlung bleibt auf der Strecke..

- Baeckerjunge/Farmboy/etc. entwickelt magische Kraefte und/oder ist verschollener Sohn des Koenigs/whatever UND rettet die Welt. Sein Mentor stirbt in der Mitte des Buches oder gegen Ende

- Zu perfekte, unendlich huebsche und immerzu jammernde Hauptpersonen

Eine beliebte Reihe, an der du – im Gegensatz zu allen anderen – kein Interesse hast

Eine Menge.. zB die Buecher von Sarah J. Maas, Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer, Vampire Academy, Mortal Instruments, Twilight, House of Night, Eragon, Percy Jackson, Das Rad der Zeit, Diana Gabaldon, Black Dagger, Laini Taylor..

Eine Buchverfilmung, die du toll fandest, obwohl jeder sagt, dass sie nicht so gut ist, wie das Buch

Hm, da wuesst ich nichts. Ich mag viele Buchverfilmungen gerne und einige mehr als die Buchvorlagen. Aber glaub nicht, dass es da irgendetwas besonderes gibt, was ich mag und sonst niemand.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (2): Sonntag

Ich bin eigentlich schon seit gestern dabei, aber da unser Internet im Moment nur noch spinnt, konnte ich nicht bloggen..

Hatte aber trotzdem einen sehr schoenen Tag, an dem ich mit einer Freundin fruehstuecken war, in der Sonne sass und eine Menge Stephen King gelesen habe. 

Gestern Abend hatten wir dann riesiges Gewitter und es hat die Nacht durchgeregnet. Jetzt ist es wieder ruhig, aber leider ein wenig grau. Ich hoffe, die Sonne kommt spaeter noch raus! Um 11 gehen wir kurz zu einem Geburtstag, werden aber wohl nicht so lange bleiben. Ist nur ein 2-jaehriger :D

Heute mag ich dann gerne mit The Stand weitermachen, ich bin total gefesselt! Die Hauptcharas sind jetzt alle zusammen in der "Free Zone" und ich liebe es von ihrem Leben, dem Versuch der Organisation und den vielen kleinen Problemen und Erfolgserlebnissen zu lesen! Meine Lieblingscharas sind immer noch Stu Redman und Nick Andros, aber Frannie gefaellt mir mittlerweile auch viel besser als am Anfang. Mit Larry kann ich noch immer nicht viel anfangen und Nadine find ich ganz doof :-/

Mittlerweile bin ich bei 68% oder Seite 905. 
Habe auch ein neues Buch seit gestern und vielleicht werd ich da auch schon reinlesen - Shadows of Self!

Und mit reinlesen meine ich natuerlich mich festlesen :D Immerhin ists ein Sanderson und der erste fuer mich in diesem Jahr. Firefight werd ich dann wohl doch noch Ende des Monats lesen, dann hat meine beste Freundin das Buch auch :)

So, jetzt gibts Fruehstueck, bis spaeter :)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (1): Sonntag

Spaeter Beitrag von mir. Gluecklicherweise konnte ich heute frueher Feierabend machen und hatte deshalb einen feinen freien Nachmittag zu Hause, den ich mit Lektuere in der Sonne verbracht habe :) 

Leider hat unser Internet (wie so oft) beschlossen, mal nicht zu funktionieren und ist erst gegen Abend wieder aufgewacht.

Ich habe Equal Rites von Terry Pratchett beendet. Gehoert zwar nicht zu meinen Lieblingsbuechern der Scheibenwelt, aber hat mir trotzdem gut gefallen. Vor allem an das Ende konnte ich mich gar nicht erinnern. Hab dann kurz mit dem Gedanlen gespielt, direkt mit Mort weiterzumachen, aber habe mich dann doch dazu entschieden, eines meiner angefangenen Buecher weiterzulesen. 

Yummy Eiskaffee!!
Jetzt ist es also Theft of Swords von Michael J. Sullivan geworden. Der Sammelband enthaelt Teil 1 und 2 der Reihe und mit 1 muesste ich bald durch sein. Habe jetzt 40% des kompletten Buches gelesen. Mal schauen, ob ich direkt den 2. Teil anschliesse... Im Moment zieht es mich auch wieder ein wenig zu Stephen King's The Stand.. Ich entscheide dann wohl ganz spontan! 


Saturday, 3 October 2015

Herbstlesen im Oktober (1): Samstag

Eigentlich muesste es fuer mich Fruehlingslesen heissen - wir haben seit Donnerstag wunderbares Wetter. Bis zu 30 Grad und Montag soll es sogar mehr geben. Aber ich lese bei jedem Wetter gerne und am allerliebsten, wenn ich draussen sitzen kann, deshalb ist das Wetter fuer mich perfekt!

Heute morgen habe ich schon fleissig auf meinem Kindle gelesen. Hatte Lust auf etwas kurzes & lockeres und mich deshalb fuer Equal Rites von Terry Pratchett entschieden. Das Buch habe ich vor Jahren schon mal gelesen, aber da ich mich ja entschieden habe, alle Discworld Buecher zu re-readen, ist es als 3. in der Reihe jetzt dran.

Ich habe es bereits gestern begonnen, und heute schon 22% geschafft. Das Buch ist sehr kurz. Bin also jetzt bei 67% und ueberraschenderweise gefaellt mir das Buch jetzt besser als damals. Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass es dieses Mal die Original-Version geworden ist, oder dass sich mein Lese-Geschmack veraendert hat.. Ich weiss es nicht, mag es aber sehr :) 

Jetzt fruehstuecke ich gemuetlich und lese noch ein wenig weiter, bevor es dann zur Arbeit geht. Aber heute laesst mich nichts stressen - der Tag ist schoen, die Schicht nicht zu lang und ich kann auf dem Weg lesen und spaeter Abends auch noch. Nachher haben wir auch noch Zeitumstellung, d.h. es bleibt morgen schon viel laenger hell. Was hab ich das vermisst!

Und die zwei haben das schoene Wetter auch vermisst! Bekommen gerade ein neues, grosses Aussengehege. Das muessten wir spaetestens Montag fertig bekommen und die beiden duerfen umziehen! Yay yayyy! Vielleicht bekommen sie dann noch weitere Spielgefaehrten. Das neue Zuhause ist so riesig geworden..

Soweit von mir, bis spaeter nach der Arbeit, habt einen schoenen Tag! 

Update #1: 19:05

Etwas spaeter als geplant bin ich jetzt zu Hause. Unterwegs habe ich weitere 8% des Pratchetts gelesen - bin also jetzt bei 75% und der Showdown faengt so langsam an. Mal sehen, ob ich das Buch heute noch beenden kann. Jetzt gehts erstmal auf die Couch zu meinem Partner, der etwas frueher von der Arbeit kam und Abendessen gemacht hat, yum!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Winterkatzes Herbstlesen 2015

Ja, es ist wieder da! Schon letztes Jahr hat Winterkatze gemuetliche Lesewochenenden im Herbst ins Leben gerufen und ich habe mich sehr, sehr gerne angeschlossen! 

Auch dieses Jahr bin ich wieder mit dabei, leider mit weniger Zeit, aber sicherlich genauso viel Spass wie beim letzten Mal!

Achja, und auf Deutsch. Ich vermisse meine Muttersprache nach 2 Jahren schon und da es eine deutsche Runde ist, mag ich auch mal wieder auf Deutsch posten :)

Freue mich schon auf den Austausch, die Fotos, die Buecher und alles andere :-)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Reading in October

Hi, i am still around. And getting used to my new job, so I will probably be more active again soon.

Although I didn't have much spare time, I managed to read 3 books this month. All of them Wrestling biographies :D I don't know.. Once I started I couldn't stop. It's funny how lucky I am with biographies in general. The few I read so far have all been amazing, especially the one by Ozzy Osbourne. Oh my, what a life this man had!

But now I feel like something else again and want to finish Michael J. Sullivan's Theft of Swords, which I enjoy reading so far. Nothing new, but very entertaining with great characters and a good story. I also bought a new book, The Girl in the Spider's Web, although I am not sure if I will like it. But as I loved the Stieg Larsson books sooo much, I couldn't resist and risk being disappointed. And who knows - maybe it's a great read.

I would love to finish Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy this month as well. The last book is already waiting to be read!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Reading in September

This is just a short post. I am SO busy at the moment. I started a second job and am now working 6 or 7 days a week. But that was my own choice so no complaining :-)

I will always find time to read and do what I like though. In August I felt like reading some books from my childhood and went through the first two books of the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant. My, they are sooo sweet and innocent! But I can't read too many of them, so I leave it and go back whenever I feel like it.

I also finished Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb, one of my most anticipated reads this year and AAAAH ALL THE FEELS AND THE END AND I LOVE LOVE EVERYONE!!! I can't wait for the last one but will for sure be crying my eyes out if this will really be the end.

After that I couldn't stick with Fantasy and read a short biography. I actually enjoyed it so much that I started another one right after that. It's about Bret Hart, a popular Wrestler from the 80's and 90's. My partner already read it and said it was great so I am very much looking forward to it. 

Thursday, 30 July 2015

So I am reading Laini Taylor at the moment...

...and oh boy is that cringeworthy!

So far it has the feel of a fanfiction written by the uncool person from high school who always wanted to belong with the popular kids. 

I love that it's set in Prague and the blurb sounded interesting as well. Also it got a ton of good reviews and the lady in the bookstore was drooling over it. Also the cover looks pretty awesome! 

But wow, I don't remember the last time I got annoyed that early into a story. The main character Karou is of course part of the problem. She is way too perfect. Beautiful, with cool hair, cool tattoos, very mysterious, powerful & talented and the center of attention. Yay... Booo...

Karou was, simply, lovely. Creamy and leggy, with long azure hair and the eyes of a silent-movie star. She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx. Beyond merely pretty, her face was vibrantly alive, her gaze always sparkling and luminous, and she had a birdlike way of cocking her head, her lips pressed together while her dark eyes danced, that hinted at secrets and mysteries. (page 18)
-.- No, seriously, that's a quote from the book, not a Mary Sue- fanfiction.. Also, too much telling, not enough showing.

And then of course we meet her ex-sweetheart Kazimir as well. And no surprise here - he's perfect as well. 

He was barefoot and wearing a robe, and his shoulder-length golden hair, which had minutes before been wind-teased and sparkling with snowflakes, was pulled back in a ponytail. His face was a perfect blend of Slavic angles and soft sensuality: cheekbones that might have been turned on a diamond cutter's lathe, lips you wanted to touch with your fingertips to see if they felt like velvet. (page 11)
Just writing that down made me cringe again! So over the top and ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous... That moment when Kazimir invades Karou's life drawing class, gets naked and makes them draw him instead of an old dude? Just to get back at Karou? I double checked if this wasn't a parody. And of course everyone started salivating over him and envying Karou. 

I really, really hope that it is getting better very soon. I hope Kazimir is no major character in the story. I might not finish it then.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Reading in August

I got 2 really nice new books and plan to read both of them next month :) One of them is the conclusion of Margaret Atwoods MaddAddam Trilogy, also named MaddAddam that I got immediately after finishing The Year of the Flood. I liked the second part a lot more than the first and can't wait to see how it all goes down. That whole trilogy is definitely worth reading and I hope there really will be an HBO series of it in the future.

I also got an ebook version of The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker as it was on my wishlist for ages and my best friend decided to read it as well :)
I already started it but must say that it is not what I expected. I will continue with this book after my re-read of Gardens of the Moon.

Also I will read Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb as soon as it gets published in the middle of August as it is one of the books I have been looking forward to most this year. I hope it is as good as the first part of the trilogy. 

I don't plan to read more as I usually don't have the time for it anyways. But if I do I would like to continue with The Stand and maybe re-read Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett or Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Sunday

Aaand back again! It's 8:32 and I have been up for a while & did some housework. We went to a concert yesterday evening in Melbourne and saw Seether. I am normally not a 'concert person' but I really enjoyed it and liked their music. It was probably not the last band I watched perform.. 

My partner went grocery shopping and when he is back we will have breakfast together and maybe watch something on TV. Then he is off golfing with his mates and I have time to continue reading The Year of the Flood :) 

Update #1 - 12:45

It was a good morning for reading! I managed to read 68 pages and will surely continue as soon as possible. The book really is gripping and a lot of things became clearer to me. The two main protagonists are or were both members of a sect called The Gardeners. Toby became a member when she was already a grown-up, having a hard time after her parents died very tragically and she had to give up her identity in order to avoid debts and disaster. Ren on the other hand joined the Gardeners together with her mother and her mother's partner when she was a kid and grew up there. 

At first I thought that both Ren and Toby worked as gardeners but it is actually a religious group that refrains from eating meat or having anything material. They are living on a rooftop and grow their own stuff, sew, build, make their own clothes etc. They are passing on their knowledge and expect the world to end soon.. which it will, kinda..as we already know. 

I love how Margaret Atwood depicts life within the group and how she presents the different characters. They all have a face, a story and truly come to life. Also, the world she creates is brilliant. I have known the setting from the first book, Oryx & Crake, but it attains more depth. 

While the first book dealt directly with the people who are responsible for the pandemic that killed almost all of humanity and depicted their more privileged lives, this second volume deals with the people from the so called Pleeblands, where everyone is in constant danger of their lives and the strongest rule.. 

Apart from reading I watched some Wrestling and Masterchef, so not much. It's a relaxed day :) I will maybe prepare dinner soon and then read on!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Saturday

I was up early today, did some housework and am now ready to start reading :) 

Spicy Chai + Kindle <3

This time I really want to finish The Invasion of the Tearling and start something new :) 20% to go and seems like the final showdown already started.. 

Update #1
I just finished the book and looved it! The end almost made me cry as well. There is still no real conclusion to the whole but a part of the story ended in a very satisfying way! I couldn't be more excited for the third and last volume of the trilogy. I didn't find any information on it yet but am hoping for next year. GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!!! Will write a review of the book pretty soon.

I am not so sure about what  to read now. I might continue my re-read of Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson or try out Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood. Or something entirely different :D I see what I feel like! First, I'll have lunch now :)

What I read today on my Kindle: 20%
Books/Ebooks I read: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Books/Ebooks I finished: The Invasion of the Tearling

Update #2

After lunch I picked up my Nintendo 3DS for a while and after that decided to read some Steven Erikson. It was easy to find my way into the story again as I already read the book twice xD I am at 51% now and am looking forward to reading about the Bridgeburners.. 

I also started The Year of the Flood but am only 15 pages in, so there's not much to say about that. 

Read: 3% and 15 pages
Books/Ebooks: The Year of the Flood, Gardens of the Moon

Update #3

Unfortunately I didn't get to read much more, but I think I will like the Atwood book. It is the second part of a dystopian trilogy but doesn't deal with the same characters. We get two know 2 women and follow there lives after the "flood". The structure so far is similar to the first book as we get glimpses at the women's lives before the outbreak and also learn about their situation now. Toby is a gardener and lives on a rooftop and Ren was a dancer/prostitute I think.. I didn't read so much about her yet but both of the characters know each other.. Should become interesting! I hope both women will meet up soon.

Read: 35 pages
Book: The Year of the Flood

Read on Saturday: 23% and 35 pages
Books read: 3 (The Year of the Flood, The Invasion of the Tearling, Gardens of the Moon)
Books finished: 1 (The Invasion of the Tearling)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Friday

Yayy I finally finished work and am off for 2 days! I decided to read The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen which is the second part of the Tearling series. I liked the first one so much that I pre-ordered the sequel last year and it was delivered to my kindle recently. I didn't expect it yet because I mixed up the publication dates :D But the sooner the better!

I was up to 71% already and managed to read another 3% on the train. Maybe I will finish it today - that would be great! 

I really like the story, especially the second perspective from the past became quite interesting and there are soo many secrets and things to wonder about. I also feel so much for the characters even the ones we just got introduced to :) 

I will definitely continue reading later but first I am off to save Hyrule once again.. Seriously, I was happy with my Nintendo DS but as they released soo many Zelda games for the Nintendo 3DS.. I had to get one. Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past were always my favourites and now that they made new versions I couldn't resist! Not using the 3D function though.. 


Unfortunately I was way too tired to read and blog a lot on friday :( I managed to read 9% of my book and that's it :D

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon =)

My best friend Ina from 1000 Worte and I decided to do a Read-a-thon next weekend and everyone is most welcome to join in :) We will already start on Friday the 3rd after we are done with work and probably finish late on Sunday the 5th.

I don't remember when I last had a full weekend off and nothing planned! Can't wait to spend saturday & sunday reading, drinking tea, relaxing and of course blogging :)

I will write a post each day and plan to update it as often as I can. There are no special goals but of course you can make up some for yourself. I am not sure what to read yet. Maybe I will treat myself to a new book  =)

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015


1. City of Mirrors. Passage Trilogy 3 by Justin Cronin (08.10.) 
--> Maybe? I find conflicting dates.. It might only get published some time next year. But I still have my hopes up for the end of 2015.

2. Fall of Light. Kharkanas Trilogy by Stephen Erikson (13.08.)
--> I wait for the whole trilogy to get published before I start reading. So that I don't forget half of it while I wait for the next part. Erikson's books tend to be very complicated and I think that's the best way for me. One step closer :)

3. The Fool's Quest. Fitz & Fool Trilogy 2 by Robin Hobb (11.08.)
--> Can't WAIT! I am so looking forward to reading this :)

4. The Invasion of the Tearling. Queen of the Tearling 2 by Erika Johansen (16.07.)
--> Because I really liked the first book in this series. There's so much left unanswered and so much room for the main character to develop.

5. Shadows of Self. Wax and Wayne 2 by Brandon Sanderson (08.10.)
--> This year has been a Sanderson-free year so far as I already read everything last year... Apart from Firefight but not sure if I will continue.. Shadows of Self is definitely very high on my wishlist!

6. The Mortal Tally. Bring down Heaven 2 by Sam Sykes (07.07.)
--> Conflicting release dates as well! I hope it's this year instead of next January....

7. The Thorn of Emberlain. Gentleman Bastard series 4 by Scott Lynch (17.09.)
--> Also here, I don't quite trust the publication date as it has been pushed back since 2013. Would love to have it though and see if it's better than the third installment.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New books and what I am reading in June

Due to work being really busy and me not having a lot of time, I just finished 2 books in May.. One of them was a re-read, The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett and I still love it! It's always great to be back on the Discworld.

I also read The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, which is the start of a new epic fantasy series that received many enthusiastic reviews so far. I was curious and expected a lot. In the end I was very disappointed and will not continue reading the series. A review will come.

So right now I am 119 pages into Horns by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son!) and like it so far! The story is a contemporary dark fantasy tale with a bit of horror elements thrown into the mix. It also has a little bit of a thriller vibe to me. The main character, Ig Perrish, is a suspect in murdering his girlfriend Merrin and although it's pretty clear to the reader that he didn't commit the murder, everyone in his hometown has no doubt about it. One morning Ig discovers horns growing out of his head and finds out that people tell him their darkest secrets and what they really think about him. Interesting situation, right?
At the moment I am reading about how Ig met his girlfriend Merrin and can't wait to go on with the story!

I also read a fair bit of The Stand by Stephen King and am now up to 30%. The last pages have been great and I enjoy reading about all different perspectives, especially Stu's and Nick Andros' but I would love for some of the characters who are wandering around to finally meet up with each other. 

I got a few new books the last month:

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy 2) by Margaret Atwood
--> I want to finish this trilogy pretty soon as all 3 books are published already.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
--> I have been waiting for this and am very excited! Also have to admit that I already started reading and am 5% into it already. It's a great read so far and promises to be very magical.

Also one of the books I am really looking forward to will be published in June. It's The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg, the last part of a trilogy and I can't wait to get my hands on it :)

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Authors

I know, it's Thursday already, but I didn't have time earlier this week.. I still wanted to give you my list of favourite authors, so here it is, in no particular order:

1. Robin Hobb
books read: 15
Apart from the Soldier Son series, I read all of Robin Hobb's books and loved them to bits. She created some of my all-time favourite characters and always blew me away with her wonderful way of telling a story and bringing the characters to life. She made me sad, happy, upset, freaked out, excited - and I could never stop reading! I am right now waiting for her book The Fool's Quest to get published in August. Pretty sure I will love it again and it will make me cry :D

2. Jennifer Fallon
books read: 15 
Same as with Hobb, apart from the Rift Runner Series, I read all of her books and enjoyed them all. Her worlds and characters are great, much emphasis is put on character interaction & development and you just fall in love with the protagonists.. or hate them with all your heart xD I love that there are always big surprises and twists in her books that the reader can't possibly see coming. Also there is a lot of humor and just the right amount of romance. Can't wait for her new trilogy to come out next year!

3. Terry Pratchett
books read: 22
I will forever adore Terry Pratchett's books, his crazy & clever ideas and creativity.. The first book I started with was The Color of Magic and I recently re-read it. I think I liked it even more than the first time. Rincewind and the wizards will probably always be my all time favourite Discworld characters as I started with them and they will always have a special place in my reading-heart :D But I love everyone else as well, like the witches, the Watch, DEATH, etc... And I am sure that I will have read all Discworld novels one day.

4. Steven Erikson
books read: 10 
I can't tell you how impressed I am by Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen. A ten part fantasy series that is probably still my favourite completed high fantasy saga. Very, very complex but so vivid and imaginative and just awesome, I re-read the first books several times and am right now in the middle of Gardens of the Moon again. As most of the other books this series contains some of my all time favourite characters, scenes as well as quotes! It is epic epicness on the biggest scale you could imagine and although there are some things I could criticize, it stays the best for me. Also, love the humor in this one.

5. George R. R. Martin
books read: 5 (not counting short stories)
How could I not love these books? They shattered my dreams of happy endings and showed me the real world of dark, grim & gritty fantasy :D I think I threw the books away in horror several times but always picked them up again and was glued to the pages. 
Actually, I am spending my whole life waiting for the next books of the series :D

6. Brandon Sanderson
books read: 10 (not counting short stories)
Recent addition. Because epic story telling, innovation, great magic systems and probably changed the genre a bit (hopefully for the better^^)
I am drooling over Sanderson way too much, so I stop here. You know I love his books.

7. Stephen King
books read: 12 (not counting short stories)
The older I get, the more I love his books. He is much more than "just" an author of horror stories but can write everything else as well, just look at the Dark Tower series, which is amazing. I will probably read many more of his books the following months.

8. Patrick Rothfuss
books read: 3
Not many books so far but his 2 books about Kvothe impressed me big time and I actually think about re-reading them pretty soon. Love the language!

9. Stieg Larsson
books read: 3
Introduced me to Scandinavian thrillers and gone way too soon! Couldn't put the books down and didn't even like reading thrillers & crime stories before that. So I have Mr. Larsson to thank for opening my eyes to some great writing.

10. Juliet Marillier
books read: 4
Makes me cry every time but I love the setting and the romance in her books. 

Close Calls:
Sergei Lukjanenko --> almost made the list, loved his Watch books - all of them!

Jacqueline Carey --> Only read 2 of her books so far but I like her style of writing and will definitely read others as well.

Christoph Marzi --> One of the few German authors I like

Justin Cronin --> Not many books so far but I liked what I saw :D

Margaret Atwood --> Now and then I like me some Margaret Atwood ;-) Her books are always special and I like how they are set up. Just got The Year of the Flood and will read it soon.

J. V. Jones --> The Book of Words was horrible but I enjoyed reading the Sword of Shadows series. Unfortunately it took really long for the next book to get published so I have to re-read everything again because I forgot most of the plot. Will do so eventually.

Scott Lynch --> Locke Lamora quickly became one of my most loved characters!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

New Book and what I am reading in April

I got only one new book so far and already started reading it as it was on my wishlist for a long time. That's what I am talking about:

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I am up to page 175 but have to say that I liked the start of the novel more. It's getting a bit boring and I don't have a connection to any of the characters yet. I'll keep on reading though.

Also I am still struggling with Lolita but only have about a hundred pages left. This book is getting so repetitive and looooong. At least there has been a change of location now so maybe it will pick up the pace again.

I'll continue picking up The Stand whenever I feel like it :)

I got a book store voucher the other week for 80$ but am really picky at the moment and didn't get any other books yet. I will probably just wait until some of my most wanted books get published this year and use it then. 

Oh and I also want to reread The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett later this month.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Discworld Reread

Since I heard the very, very sad news that Terry Pratchett passed away (RIP), I feel like reading his brilliant books again.. As there are only a few Discworld novels I don't know yet, I decided to just start in the very beginning, with The Color of Magic, and go on from there.. 

It will probably be my long-time project and whenever I feel like it, I will grab one of Master Pratchett's Discworld books and enjoy a beautifully written, funny and witty tale :) I will read in the order the books where published.

Also, I will try to collect a lot of quotes as there are many awesome ones!

I am about 30% into The Color of Magic and it's sooo good to be back and see all of my beloved characters again! 

As Rincewind was the first character I read about when I got to know the Discworld, he will always be my favourite wizard..

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR list

..although it's officially Autumn here in Australia ;-) Here is my TBR list for March until the end of May:

1. Theft of Swords. Riyria Revelations 1 by Michael J. Sullivan --> Because it sounds like solid High Fantasy and the series is fully written & published. So if I like it I won't have to wait for new books. Also, the main characters are 2 dudes and I expect bromance.

2. The Mirror Empire. Worldbreaker Saga 1 by Kameron Hurley --> I started reading it last year but stopped because I wanted to finish some other books first. I enjoyed it though, as it was pretty dark and innovative, with cool characters and lots of surprises already.

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov --> I wanted to read more classics and have been interested in reading this for a while.

4. The Stand by Stephen King --> It's kinda my long-term project and I finally wanna spend some more time with it.

5. The Orphan Queen by Jodie Meadows --> It sounds cool and I hope it can live up to my expectations. The moment there's a love triangle in sight I will put it down though..

6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik --> This sounds soooo good and I can't wait to get my hands on it when it gets published in May. I never read her Temeraire books but my best friend likes them and I heard a lot of positive opinions about those books.

7. The Emperor's Blades. Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne 1 by Brian Staveley --> On my list for a while and now that the second part is published and liked by many I will finally give the first one a try and hopefully love it to bits.

8. It by Stephen King --> Because Stephen King.

9. Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman --> I like Gaiman's novels, but his short-stories so far have been brilliant and highly enjoyable. I am happy to know that there are a lot of his collections out there I haven't read yet.

10. The Martian by Andy Weir --> The sample didn't blow me away but I will read it anyways. There's so much hype surrounding this one and I wanna know if it's really that awesome.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

New books and what I am reading in March

February was not a good month for me as I finished only 1 book.. March is already looking much better! I finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which I liked but not as much as The Shining, and started reading The Wind Through the Keyhole by the same author.

As you can see, I am pretty much in my little Stephen King-world at the moment. I put some more of his books on my wishlist and will probably read them all pretty soon.

I also bought 2 books and 1 ebook this month, which is a lot for me.

1.Theft of Swords. Riyria Revelations 1 by Michael J. Sullivan. 
I got this as an ebook as it was very cheap and sounded cool to me. Also the series is finished and there's no waiting for the next books. 2 heroes is what I want to read about as well at the moment. I hope I am in for some nice bromance!

2. It by Stephen King. Found it in a second-hand book store on my way to work and couldn't resist. I never watched the movie and only know the story a little bit. It's quite a long read and I am very much looking forward to it!

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Special offer in a book store and I am very curious about it. Wanted to read more classics anyways.