2018 | Another Book Haul #3

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Lately I’ve been thinking about placing a book buying ban upon myself, but apparently I don’t have any form of self-control. And this isn’t even the first order I’ve placed since the last time I’ve posted about it on here. I ordered 11 books this time, all of them are used, but in good condition – only three of them were on my to-be-read shelf on Goodreads at the time I started putting books in the basket on Rebuy. The following list is the books from top to bottom as can be seen on the picture above, all mentioned in English, although most are the German version.

○ Darkly Dreaming Dexter » Jeff Lindsay
Assassination Classroom  » Yūsei Matsui
Wintergirls » Laurie Halse Anderson
Girl, Interrupted » Susanna Kaysen
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle » Haruki Murakami
Looking for JJ » Anne Cassidy
The End of Everything » Megan Abbott
Kill Your Friends » John Niven
Far From You » Tess Sharpe
Twenty Boy Summer » Sarah Ockler
Fire with Fire » Jenny Han


Thank you so much for taking the time and reading this post! ♡

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Top 5 Wednesday | Favorites I’d Like to Revisit

Welcome to my take on Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s theme is: Favorites You’d Like to Revisit! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is being hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. The official group on Goodreads can be found here.

It’s already after 7 PM, but I decided to write a list for this topic anyway! Apparently the last time I participated in a T5W was nearly exactly a year ago, oops!

Listening to right this moment: Not That Kind Of Girl | Lena Dunham

Five Books I’d Like To Read Again

○ 1Q84 » Haruki Murakami
○ Oyasumi Punpun » Inio Asano
○ The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo » Stieg Larsson
○ The DUFF » Kody Keplinger
○ Youth Without God » Ödön von Horváth

Extra | Five TV Shows I’d Like To Watch Again

○ Skins (UK) (2007)
○ Gossip Girl (2007)
○ Pushing Daisies (2007)
○ Elementary (2012)
○ Da Vinci’s Demons (2013)

I used to watch them when I was much younger – except for Elementary, which I’ve only watched recently. All of them have had an considerable impact on me and I would love to revisit them to be able to see if my memory of them is hazy and romanticized or actually correct and they still make me feel the same way they did all these years ago.


Thank you so much for taking the time and reading this post! ♡

Top Ten Tuesday | Popular Books That Lived Up To The Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. In January of 2018 it was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, where it’s hosted now. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one creates a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s amazing topic is:

July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

I’m glad to finally have found some motivation again to write up some posts on here! No need to miss me any longer haha! Of course there will be books you will have never heard of, since the hype is such a subjective feeling. As at least some sort of measure, I am also going to include the number of ratings each book has received on Goodreads by the time I am writing this post. [2018-07-28]

This list is only going to consist of 6 books. I don’t always wanna mention the same old books I have read so long ago, and it’s so much easier to talk about the books that didn’t live up to the hype.

Save Me | Mona Kasten

416 pages | New Adult, Romance | 2018 | 1,916 Ratings | Goodreads

This book has been everywhere all over (German) social media and even prominently promoted in every single store! Everyone seemed to be reading it, although I had no real idea what this book was about when I went into it. A review for the first book in this trilogy will also be up on this blog soonish.

Geld, Glamour, Luxus, Macht – all das könnte Ruby Bell nicht weniger interessieren. Das Einzige, was sie sich wünscht, ist ein erfolgreicher Abschluss vom Maxton Hall College, eine der teuersten Privatschulen Englands. Vor allem mit James Beaufort, dem heimlichen Anführer des College, will sie nichts zu tun haben. Er ist zu arrogant, zu attraktiv und zu reich. Doch schon bald bleibt ihr keine andere Wahl …

Human Acts | Han Kang

242 pages | Fiction, Historical | 2017 | 6,804 Ratings | Goodreads

After the success that was The Vegetarian, everyone seemed to be waiting to get their hands on Human Acts. In my opinion, Human Acts was even more powerful than The Vegetarian, although still very much conveying a similar feeling.

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho’s own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami

480 pages | Fiction, Contemporary | 2018 | 1,324 Ratings | Goodreads

To my surprise, by the time this post will be uploaded, Killing Commendatore will have not yet been published in English. However, just like Save Me it was heavily promoted in German speaking countries at the time it came out in January.

Allein reist der namenlose Erzähler und Maler ziellos durch Japan. Schließlich zieht er sich in ein abgelegenes Haus, das einem berühmten Künstler gehört, zurück. Eines Tages erhält er ein äußerst lukratives Angebot. Er soll das Porträt eines reichen Mannes anfertigen. Nach einigem Zögern nimmt er an, und Wataru Menshiki sitzt ihm fortan Modell. Doch der Ich-Erzähler findet nicht zu seiner alten Fertigkeit zurück. Das, was Menshiki ausmacht, kann er nicht erfassen. Wer ist dieser Mann, dessen Bildnis er keine Tiefe verleihen kann?

The Handmaid’s Tale | Margaret Atwood

325 pages | Fiction, Dystopia | 1985 | 897,912 Ratings | Goodreads

Everyone needs to read this, as it deserves to be mentioned alongside of 1984 and Brave New World, but in my experience hardly ever is.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

Zoo Station | Christiane F.

320 pages | Nonfiction, Biography | 1978 | 21,581 Ratings | Goodreads

Ever since I was in middle school, this book has always been surrounded by this somewhat infamous aura. Everyone seemed so hesitant yet morbidly interested in it.

In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists, and over time they helped to turn her story–which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood–into an acclaimed bestseller. Christiane F.’s rapid descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is shocking, but the boredom, the longing for acceptance, the thrilling risks, and even the musical obsessions that fill out the rest of Christiane’s existence will be familiar to every reader. Christiane F.’s Berlin is a strange and often terrifying place, but it’s also a place that remains closer than we might think….

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo | Stieg Larsson

465 pages | Fiction, Mystery | 2005| 2,143,349 Ratings | Goodreads

One of my favorite books ever. Every single referential mention of it in other pop culture is very much deserved!

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues.


Thank you so much for taking the time and reading this post! ♡

Solange du lügst – Kimberly Belle

Solange du lügst – Kimberly Belle

Solange du lügst hat durch Spannung und eine reizvolle Ungewissheit gepunktet. Diversere Charaktere, sowie aktuelle feministische Anreize wären ein großes Plus gewesen, aber dieses Mal soll diesem Buch verziehen sein. Daher bekommt Solange du lügst 4 von 5 Sternen von mir.

Ich habe Solange du lügst von Kimberly Belle auf NetGalley vom Aufbau Verlag erhalten im Gegenzug für eine Rezension. Solange du lügst ist am 16.02.2018 erschienen und ist circa 380 Seiten lang. Der Titel der Originalfassung lautet The Marriage Lie. Spoilers ahead!

Die deutsche Version von The Marriage Lie hat in meinen Augen vieles richtig gemacht, um ansprechend zu wirken. Der Zusammenhang von Cover und Handlung ist in der Übersetzung zwar wengier geworden, was ich aber nicht als Problem empfinde. Ein mysteriöser Titel und Blumen in ansprechenden Farbkombinationen zum Hintergrund sind mir um einiges lieber als ein schnöder, goldener Ring.

Einige Elemente der Geschichte waren am Ende für mich nicht ausreichend erkundet worden. Mit dem Set-up der Schule und der Charaktere darin hätte noch mehr passieren können. Von einigen Charaktern war ich überzeugt, dass sie noch eine größere Rollen spielen würden als sie es taten, aber falsch gedacht. So wäre aber wohl der Weg geebnet für eventuelle Fortsetzungen in einer jugendlicheren Handlungsumgebung, who knows.

Obwohl Iris durchwegs ihr Leben rund um die Männer darin gestaltet hat und nicht sehr eigenständig wirkte, hat sich mein persönliches Rating für dieses Buch im letzten Absatz nochmal um einen ganzen Stern gebessert. Sie hat die Dinge selbst in die Hand genommen, eine Entscheidung getroffen, die ihr wichtig war und selbstsicher ihre Zukunft in eine Richtung gelenkt, die sie wollte. Mehr dieser Willensstärke – und Stärke generell – hätte Iris auch vorher gut getan, dennoch war es eine, zwar späte, aber gute Wandlung.

2018 | Book Haul #2

2018 | Book Haul #2

For quite a while now I’ve been ignoring the fact that I have loads and loads of unread books at home and I just go out and keep buying every single book I am interested in. My shelves are overflowing with new additions to my collection. Once again, I wanted to share them with you using some pictures I took of them. Most of them are, once again, in German and all of them were bought in used condition.

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Der Federmann, Max Bentow | Thriller | 416 pages | 2011

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Pretty Girls, Karin Slaughter | Thriller, Mystery | 688 pages | 2015

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The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks | Horror | 270 pages | 2003
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Horror | 320 pages | 2009

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Switch Girl!! 10, Natsumi Aida | Shojo | 224 pages | 2009

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Wolf Girl & Black Prince, Ayuko Hatta | Shojo | 176 pages | 2011

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You’re the One That I Want (#6) | Chick Lit | 224 pages | 2004
Only in Your Dreams (#9) | Chick Lit | 232 pages | 2006

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Weep No More, My Lady | Mystery | 360 pages | 1987
Two Little Girls in Blue | Mystery | 322 pages | 2006
Before I Say Goodbye | Mystery | 332 pages | 2000

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera | Fiction | 314 pages | 1984

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare | 1595

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Before We Were Strangers, Renee Carlino | Contemporary | 320 pages | 2015
Black Iris, Elliot Wake | New Adult | 371 pages | 2015
The Princess Saves Herself in this One | Poetry | 156 pages | 2016
Call Me by Your Name, André Aciman | Contemporary | 248 pages | 2007


 

Down The TBR Hole #3

Welcome once again, avid reader! This amazing bookish meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. In hopes of conquering my TBR pile I am doing this (maybe but apparently definitely not) weekly quest.

How it works

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first few (5 or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

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What Is the Name of This Book? by Raymond M. Smullyan

Why did I add it? It was mentioned quite early on in one of my lectures when I started university. I loved the lectures and logic as a subject is really interesting to me.

Do I own it? Yes

Pages: 256

Keep / Discard

Das Blut der Vampire (Cirque du Freak #7-9) by Darren Shan

Why did I add it? When I was a bit younger, I loved the first 6 books and more or less two years ago I decided to go on with reading them, but it was hard getting into them since my tastes have changed so much.

Do I own it? Yes

Pages: 480

Keep / Discard

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

Why did I add it? I don’t even know how it ended up on my TBR, but I still want to read it. Due to my own experiences with mental illness I am curious to see how it’s handled in a funny way.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 329

Keep / Discard

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Why did I add it? I don’t even know for this one either. I have no idea. I feel like I need to let go of this one.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 349

Keep / Discard

Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle

Why did I add it? By now you’ve probably realized that I am really forgetful, but I’ll have to pass on this one too.

Do I own it? Yes

Pages: 288

Keep / Discard

The Results

4 books kept this time

1 book discarded this time

8 books kept overall

4 books discarded overall


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Der Grantige von Tuomas Kyrö

Der Grantige von Tuomas Kyrö

Wie sehr mich dieses Buch in einigen Aspekten bloß an die Grantigen in meinem näheren Umfeld erinnert hat. An einigen Stellen war das Verhalten des Grantigen haargenau so wie das meiner Großmutter, uff. Verdient solide 3 von 5 Sternen für diesen unterhaltsamen, kurzen Roman.

Ich weiß, ich weiß, ich bin spät dran mit meiner Review, doch manchmal ist alles halt nicht so einfach. Ich bin froh, dass ich endlich Zeit und Motivation finden konnte, um endlich die Bücher zu lesen, die ich von Verlagen auf NetGalley bekommen habe. Es tut mir leid, aber ich bin dennoch sehr dankbar, dass ich die Chance bekommen habe, dieses Buch zu lesen. Vielen Dank an die Ullstein Buchverlage, bei denen das Buch am 8. September 2017 erschienen ist, und von denen ich dieses Buch im Gegenzug für eine ehrliche Rezension erhalten habe.

Mit 176 Seiten zwar kurz, aber eigentlich genau richtig lang für die Thematik. Es werden alle möglichen Themen angesprochen. Von moderner Technik, über neue Traditionen, bis hin zu den alltäglichen Sorgen dieser Spezies Mensch – den alten, grantigen. Das soll nicht abwertend gemeint sein, da doch auch die Geschichten dieser in Finnland großen Anklang gefunden haben – eine gewisse Beliebtheit darf ihnen also zugesprochen werden.

Meiner – wohl nicht so besonders bescheidenen – Meinung nach leben wir heutzutage einfach in einer sehr anderen Zeit. Eine Zeit, in der es ältere Menschen manchmal sehr schwer haben, weil sich vieles getan hat und die Unterschiede zu der Zeit damals riesig sind. Mir waren viele der Argumente des Grantigen nicht neu – es sind meist die üblichen “Absurditäten, die entlarvt werden“, die doch für uns junge Menschen gar nicht so absurd sind. Heute ist nicht alles schlecht und früher war nicht alles besser. Dadurch wirkt der Erzähler für mich auf eine sehr unsympathische Weise ignorant und hilflos, nicht nur grantig. Ein besonderes Interesse für Finnland an sich ist an und für sich nicht notwendig, da der Grant international auf ähnliche Weisen vertreten ist.

Das abschließende Kapitel war anders. Viel wärmer, positiver, aber auch trauriger. Als Abschluss aller Gedanken des Grantigen fast schon rührend emotional und ein würdiges letztes Kapitel. Oft, finde ich, können letzte Kapitel nochmal den entscheidenen Unterschied machen. Vor allem, wenn sie vielleicht zu plötzlich oder zu zufällig sind, fällt meine Bewertung des ganzen Buches normalerweise noch ab. Aber mit diesem letzten Teil war der Abschluss des Buches gut definiert. SchlussendlichEmpfehlenswert!

2018 | First Book Haul + Reorganized Bookshelf

2018 | First Book Haul + Reorganized Bookshelf

I am excited to finally be motivated enough to post a bit about the books I acquired since the beginning of 2018. The books I bought were mostly used and from a certain site that I’ve had good experiences with in the past, the graphic novels and comics were from the loveliest comic book store. Additionally, I wanted to share a few pictures from my small bookshelf that I reorganized just today.

Beginning of the Year Haul

Most of the books are in German, since I’ve realized that it’s easier for me to read books in my mother tongue even when I’m not feeling so well. I did buy 13 books myself, however, I did get two for my birthday last weekend.

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The first book I read out of those 15 was In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami. It was one of the ones I was most excited about. It started quite subtle and ended just right for me in a thrilling, dramatic way. ★★★★★

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My Bookshelf

What I was listening to while organizing

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13 Stufen by Kazuaki Takano

Before

After

When I was ready to take a final picture, the sun had already started to disappear.


Down The TBR Hole #2

Welcome once again, avid reader! This amazing bookish meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. In hopes of conquering my TBR pile I am doing this (maybe) weekly quest.

How it works

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first few (5 or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Books

Books That Will Stay

There are a few books on my TBR that I think I know I will like and that I already own. The books that instantly get a go this time around are the following.

Now, let’s get back to ditching books.

You by Austin Grossman

Why did I add it? I really adore its cover, but I cannot remember at all why it is on my shelf.

Thoughts after reading a free sample on my Kindle: I seriously thought that this was going to be a graphic novel. Additionally since its rating is 0.4 below my average rating I don’t think I will keep it on my TBR.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 379

Keep / Discard

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

Why did I add it? My favorite (back then more than now) booktuber Sanne @ booksandquills mentioned it in this video. I don’t think I am that interested in it anymore however.

Do I own it? Nope

Pages: 384

Keep / Discard

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Thoughts: Everyone seems to really like this book and I have only ever heard good things about it, therefore it shall stay. The good rating and interesting blurb are what made me add it to the pile in the first place and this is only encouraging my view. Additionally, since it’s going to be a movie I do wanna read it quite a bit now.

Do I own it? No

Pages: 303

Keep / Discard

The Results

1 book kept this time

2 books discarded this time

4 books kept overall

3 books discarded overall

Additional books added to my to-read shelf in the process:


 

2018 | Various

It has been such a long time since I last posted anything. So it’s a little difficult writting something now. In 2018, I wanna get back on track with this blogging project I started around one and a half years ago. As this is my (very late) first post of the new year, I wanted to talk about a few things, not all of them including books. I hope you will all have an amazing year and read lots of great books!

Please excuse any mistakes, I haven’t been seriously studying or speaking any English in such a long time.

My First Read Of 2018

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The first book I decided to pick up was actually an audiobook and it was The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Even though I did end up giving it 4 out of 5 stars and liking it a lot, I always had the thought at the back of my head that I read somewhere that it wasn’t that good and so that took away much of the enjoyment. Nonetheless, I do wanna check out the author’s debut novel, since I’ve read that it’s even better than The Woman in Cabin 10.

Books I Already DNFed

Since I decided last year that it was perfectly valid to DNF books, something I hadn’t done often before, I already DNFed two books this month.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

This is probably just really not my type of genre. I do see that it has lots of potential. Dropped after an hour into the audiobook.

Bald ruhest du auch by Wiebke Lorenz

So, so really boring and slow. It has all been done before and it was too superficial at that.

Upgrading WordPress + Putting More Time Into This

Web Design and Development has always been one of my favorite parts of computer science. I love playing around with CSS and so I thought about upgrading my wordpress to not even get my own domain, but to have full control over the design of my page. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. It all depends on how motivated I am to blog and post content. My goal is to post at least weekly on here, which is just enough to make myself read more in order to put my thoughts out there and into the world. I wanna put more time and effort into this whole thing that is my blog, since I’ve always wanted to do it and it’s nice to be creative or at least create content.

Readathons

Although I already missed the first Bout of Books, it will always be the readathon of my choice and I will try to participate in the upcoming two readathons.

Bout of Books 22 – 14. May – 20. May
Bout of Books 23 – 20. August – 26. August

Movies To Watch In 2018

Only recently did I create a letterboxd account and so far it’s really nice. Hit me up with your username so I can see what movies you’ve watched and wanna watch, too!

You can find my watchlist right here.

The three films I am looking forward to watching the most are

  1. Lady Bird (2017)
  2. Call Me by Your Name (2017)
  3. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)