Summer Holidays | Reading Goals

Summer Holidays | Reading Goals

My second semester of university has somewhat ended, so for the next three months I will be on summer break. Oh, how lucky I am! I will be working for a whole month out of those three. For the other two, I have some stuff planed, but I am not going to get into much detail now. This post is for the goals I wanted to set for myself in order to get as much reading done as possible! If you click the little spade symbol behind every book or manga mentioned, you will be taken to either the site of the book on Goodreads, or the site of the manga on MyAnimeList. If you also use MAL, my account can be found here! Let’s be friends!

★ Massively reduce my TBR pile! I will mention a few books that have been on this pile for ages that I finally wanna get around to reading!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris 

☆ Vampire War Trilogy (Cirque Du Freak, Books 7-9) by Darren Shan 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates 

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin 

Grand Avenue by Joy Fielding 

Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding 

★ Participate in the Bout of Books 17 read-a-thon!

★ Try to write lots of posts for this blog! + try to read as many of your posts as possible

★ Finish all the books I mentioned in this post that will be helpful for university!

★ Try to finish off a few manga series!

Aria 

✧ 12 volumes

NHK ni Youkoso! 

✧ 8 volumes

Switch Girl!!

✧ 25 volumes (but I have already read 8)

Tokyo Ghoul 

✧ 14 volumes (of which I have already read 2)

★ Study a lot of Spanish and try to read a whole book in Spanish.

As you can see, my goals are quite ambitious. But I am hoping that I can follow through with them. I am really excited to get started! If you are interested in a post about the manga I am currently reading and that I can recommend, please let me know!

What are your goals for summer? 

If you feel like it, you can post a link in the comments to your summer goals post, as I have seen quite a few of them already! I am looking forward to checking them out!

June | Haul

June | Haul

These are all the books that I have accumulated this last month. I have already shortly mentioned three of them in this post.

The Silent Girl Tess Gerritsen
Pages: 448
Genre: Mystery, Crime
Series: Rizzoli & Isles #9
Language: German
Goodreads

You Caroline Kepnes
Pages: 448
Genre: Thriller
Series: You #1
Language: German
Goodreads

One Hundred Years Of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Pages: 467
Genre: Fiction, Classics
Language: German
Goodreads

Mini Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 418
Genre: Chick Lit
Series: Shopaholic #6
Language: German
Goodreads

All I Want Is Everything Cecily von Ziegesar
Pages: 225
Genre: Chick Lit
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Gossip Girl #3
Language: English
Goodreads

Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction 1 Inio Asano
Pages: 200
Genre/Format: Manga
Series: Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction #1
Language: German
Goodreads

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 G. Willow Wilson
Pages: 124
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fiction
Format: Paperback
Series: Ms. Marvel #1
Language: German
Goodreads

All in all, I bought 7 books. I really didn’t think that it would be that many (for me personally) this month. Something else I bought was an anti-stress coloring book for adults!

Which books did you buy last month?
Have you read any of the ones I bought?

Discussion: The Books We Are Never Going To Read

This is the first discussion post I wanna do on here. The questions that will guide this conversation will be the following:

1. What makes me buy a book?
2. How diverse is my reading?
4. What about all the unread books?

If you find any of these questions particularly interesting, please let me know what you think, so we can make a real discussion out of this. I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions!

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In general, there are a few factors that make me buy a book. The first one would be that I have heard of a book before. In bookshops or libraries, I will always scan the cupboards for books whose authors or titles sound familiar to me. This is due to the reason that I watch a lot of Booktubers, follow lots of Bookstagrams and read your blog posts. These are highly influential to what I will be reading. If someone whose opinion I trust is talking about a book in a positive way, it will be on my radar.

I have noticed that I will rarely buy anything that I have never heard of. I will only do that if a cover looks astonishingly beautiful to me. If that’s the case, I will buy it without even considering the actual story too much most of the time. On the other hand, I would never read an imposter book. This is what it will be called for now. What this means are books that are obviously trying to imitate the cover or the title of a very popular book, e.g. Gone Cat, or books that make the cover illustration look like a book by Jojo Moyes. I’ve fallen for that quite a few times and thought, ‘ah, I have not heard of this book by her’ oh well because it isn’t written by her. It’s just something I cannot stand, even though it might just be a coincidence or the other way around. It just puts me off buying it. Continue reading “Discussion: The Books We Are Never Going To Read”

Real Neat Blog Award

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For this award, I was nominated by the sweet  Leticia @ Shh, I Am Reading. Thank you! If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you definitely should!

The Rules

★ Thank and link the blogger that nominated you.
★ Answer the 7 questions that the nomination has provided you.
★ Create 7 questions for your nominees.
★ Nominate 7 other bloggers.

Leticia’s Questions

What is one of your reading habits?
Actually, I’m not quite sure if this counts as a habit. One thing I do is time myself while reading a book for ten minutes or even half an hour, so I can get some “stats” out of it. How long it takes me to read a single page (which differs from 20 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on language, style and the overall environment) and how long it will roughly take me to finish the whole book. Continue reading “Real Neat Blog Award”

Saga, Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

General Information

19358975Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

| 144 pages | Graphic Novel, Fantasy | English | 2014 | Collects issues 13-18 | Rating: 3/5 |

My Thoughts

It has been quite a while since I have read the first two books in this series. They were visually so pleasing and interesting in its own world and way that I needed to continue on with this series. I find these so easy and light to read, since it takes me a lot less long to read them than it would take me to read a normal novel. By clicking on the picture you will be redirected to its page on Goodreads.

In general, I would recommend this series for anyone who is interested in finding a graphic novel to start with. It has many fantasy and sci-fi elements to it and for fans of these genres this might be the perfect, refreshing read. However, it contains explicit language and can be a bit inappropriate at times, so keep that in mind.

Please do not read any further than this if you have not read this book or the first two in the series. I am trying to keep this spoiler-free, but it would be a little weird, wouldn’t it?

Again in this volume, I have to say that I really adore the artwork. The style of the drawings looks very beautiful to me. On the other hand, the rough lines and sketches deliver part of the story. The way they came up with the looks of the different characters is so fresh and intriguing to see.

It’s the mix of very creative elements with normal, maybe even everyday life elements, that makes this especially interesting to me. Like we have it at the start, there’s intergalactic places with dangerous situations and then a few pages further there will be the investigation of a mother about the whereabouts of her daughter. And then again, vomiting on an infant. Easily as that. Weird as that.

This volume, thinking about it more deeply, felt harsh and intense while reading it. No character was at ease, which was quite understandable considering the whole universe is at war. No one is save and they know that. Every character is bad or bad-ass in their own way. There isn’t yet a fully good character, no one that saves everyone from being harmed. I am interested in how this will move on with the plot. In my opinion this was worth 3 out of 5 stars.

Das Joshua-Profil – Sebastian Fitzek

Das Joshua-Profil – Sebastian Fitzek

This is the review of the audiobook that I found on Spotify. I think it’s a bit hard to write a review for a book on here that is only available in German, but maybe you will be interested in it anyway. Click here for the Goodreads page.

My Thoughts

Max is an unsuccessful author, and yet a law-abiding citizen. Not so much his brother Cosma, who is locked up in a mental hospital for good reason. In a few days, he will commit one of the most atrocious crimes of which humans are capable of. The only problem is, he doesn’t yet know that today. In contrary to those who want to kill him, before it is too late. (Synopsis found on Goodreads, roughly translated by me.)

Max Rhode is the author of Die Blutschule. And he really is, just have a look here. Except for the fact, that Max Rhode doesn’t exist. The book actually is also written by Fitzek, in order to help the plot of this book progress. Isn’t that just so cool?

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The Liebster Award

liebsteraward-roses-tag.pngI was nominated for this award by the lovely Balie @ Nerd in New York. Thank you a lot! I you aren’t following her already, you should do so now! After this post, I will try to focus a bit more on writing reviews, since I really wanted to do that, but it’s a lot more work than I thought it would be. Also, I don’t have as much time to read at the moment. But we’ll see how that goes. Let’s get on with this!

The Rules

★ Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
★ Answer the 11 questions that the blog gives you.
★ Give 11 random facts about yourself.
★ Nominate 5-11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
★ Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
★ Give them 11 questions to answer.

The Questions

What’s the first book you ever remember reading?
As I stated in this post, the first book was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when I was around 10.

Who’s your favourite book boyfriend?
Jay Gatsby, if you can call him that.

What’s your favourite genre?
Oh no, this is hard. I have so many! I will go with Classics as well as Mystery, though.

What is your favourite subject at school? Or was your favourite subject?
Computer Science, I think.

Why did you start this book blog?
Because I wanted a platform to talk about my thoughts, to share my thoughts with the world and see what others are sharing. I always wanted to write and blog, and since I love books with such a burning passion, this seemed just right.

What is your favourite book?
The Great Gatsby. A few more thoughts on this can be found here.

If you were to choose any place to go, where do you want to go?
Nowhere. I do like where I currently am.

What’s your favourite food?
Um, I don’t know? Anything with rice maybe.

What are you currently reading?
I can hardly contain myself when it comes to starting new books. I usually start lots and lots at the same time. I’m mostly reading A Darker Shade of Magic as well as Das Joshua-Profil at the moment. Reviews for both are hopefully coming soon.

What’s your next read?
Either A Clash of Kings or Passagier 23.

Why do you like books?
Because they contain knowledge. Because I think it will improve my life. They make me happy. They are a nice way to spend some time. You get to know the world. Reading is just what I do, what I have always done.

11 Facts

★ I take things way too seriously!
★ Lists are a lot of fun to write.
★ I enjoy reading really fast and I am trying to improve my reading speed (words/minute). Otherwise, how will I be able to read A L L of the books?
★ I really enjoy K-pop, most of all BTS and EXO.
★ Language has always appealed to me, it’s such an omnipotent tool. I’ve discovered my love for languages even more after four, very exhausting years of Latin, which I am in a love-hate-relationship with.
★ I feel like there is not enough time, ever.
★ I’ve seen around 20 bands live (at individual concerts). The best concerts were Neutral Milk Hotel, The Front Bottoms, Farin Urlaub Racing Team
★ One of my favourite actors is Daniel Brühl. If you haven’t seen Good Bye, Lenin!, give it a shot.
★ I enjoy video games quite a bit, namely Civilization V, Binding of Isaac, Skyrim, Don’t Starve, Portal, Dead Island and more.
★ I used to play the piano for six years and I even earned a “Goldenes Abzeichen”, which is basically a gold badge after you’ve taken an exam and played a whole, but very small concert (around 20 minutes).
★ I love classics, for everything they are, portray and have meant over time

Nominees + Questions

The Mystery Corner
Mary @ The Literary Lioness
Shivani @ Doodling Over Pages
Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

For the questions, I will try to think of some new ones, but also maybe take some that  I thought were great questions!

  1. Why did you start this book blog?
  2. What’s your next read?
  3. Who’s your favourite book girlfriend?
  4. Which bookish place would you like to go?
  5. Weirdest character in a book?
  6. How many books do you own?
  7. What is the prettiest book you own? (+ picture maybe)
  8. How do you know what to read next?
  9. What makes you hate a book?
  10. What makes you love a book?
  11. What is the coolest title in a book you have read recently?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was tagged by Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads to do this! Thank you!

The Terms of this Award

☆ Thank the person(s) who nominated you
☆ Answer the Questions that were given to you
☆ Nominate other bloggers for this award and give them your own questions to answer!
☆ Notify those others bloggers of their nomination

Questions

What is one book you can read over and over?
I usually really don’t re-read books at all. And since I get rid of most of my books right after I have read them, there’s no chance I can really do that.

What is your favorite sequel in a series?
This might be Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, which is the sixth and last book in that series. I cannot think of any other book at the moment.

Do you like to read in the day time or night time? And why?
Whenever I have the time to do so, but lately it’s rather been during the day, since I’ve been doing more stuff for university at night.

Do you prefer reading big books (500+ pages) or thinner books?
Recently, I have read quite bigger books and I didn’t find it hard at all. I used to do so, though. For certain books, and certainly books I love, I do enjoy bigger ones because there is more place to progress the story and everything.

At what age did you start reading for enjoyment?
I started reading for enjoyment at quite a young age, around 10 years, maybe? I don’t quite know. I only know that the first book I actively remember reading for pleasure and actually the first one of all books I ever remember reading was the 6th Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  back then, shortly after it had been published. This was the one that started it all.

Who I Tag

Kat @ Life And Other Disasters
Jaed @ Jaed the Bibliophile
Annie @ The Misstery
Daniela @ Daniela’s Bookshelf

My Questions

I will take a few from the questions above, since I think they are really good!

At what age did you start reading for enjoyment?
What’s your favourite book-to-movie adaptation?
Which book did you hate so much you couldn’t finish it?
Do you enjoy reading big books (500+ pages) or thinner books?
In what Hogwarts house have you been sorted?
What’s your second-favourite book?
What’s a very popular book that you have never read?

Narziß und Goldmund – Hermann Hesse

Narziß und Goldmund – Hermann Hesse

This following review is going to be in German. It is a review I wrote for a German class in High School. I am glad that I was able to find this again. Because it is so detailed, I am quite proud of it, to be honest. If anyone’s interested in me translating this to English, just leave a comment and I will do so shortly.

Narziß und Goldmund | Fiction / Classics / German Literature | 1930 | 304 pages

Hermann Hesse | 1877 – 1962 | German-Swiss | Nobel Prize Winner

For this post I have extracted the main parts that I thought were important, but there’s a lot more. Containing major spoilers. The whole PDF document can be found here: Narziß und Goldmund. For now, viel Spaß!


Narziß und Goldmund

Goldmund verlässt zu Beginn seinen geliebten Freund und kommt ganz und gar vom rechten Weg ab. Er wandert und liebt etliche Frauen. Die Pest, die durch das Land zieht, verstört ihn und ändert seine Sichtweise. Er wird zu einem Künstler und Bildhauer, dessen schönste Figur, eine Johannes-Statue ist, die die Züge des Freundes Narziß trägt. Aber auch bei Meister Niklaus hält es ihn nicht lange. Er ist getrieben von der Suche nach seiner Mutter, von der nur eine karge Erinnerung geblieben ist. Goldmund beginnt über das Leben und die Vergänglichkeit dessen zu philosophieren. Durch Zufall trifft er wieder auf Narziß, der ihn aus einer brenzligen Situation rettet. Obwohl er die erneute Nähe seines Vertrauten genießt, erliegt er dennoch der Versuchung wieder fortzugehen. Goldmund kehrt noch ein letztes Mal nach Mariabronn zurück, seine Erlebnisse berichtet er aber nur lückenhaft.

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Greek Mythology Tag

Greek Mythology Tag

Since the first time I have seen one of these posts I wanted to do one for myself. Now the lovely Daniela @ Daniela’s Bookshelf has tagged me to do this! Thank you, Daniela!

If you click on the pictures of the books, you will be redirected to their page on Goodreads. Let’s go!

ZEUS (JUPITER)

GOD OF THE SKY AND THUNDER / KING OF THE GODS

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As the first book to start off this tag I am going to mention The Great Gatsby. It would fit in the category of Classics, but also Fiction. I adored everything about it. The characters, the settings, the symbolic meaning. I’ve read it for the first time around three years ago, but it has always remained my all-time favourite. So maybe it’s time for a re-read. If anyone wants to read it along with me, leave me a comment!


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