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


 

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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


TBR (127)

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

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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)

Trinity – Brennendes Verlangen von Audrey Carlan | ɢ

Trinity – Brennendes Verlangen von  Audrey Carlan | ɢ

Ich habe Trinity – Brennendes Verlangen auf NetGalley vom Ullstein Verlag erhalten im Gegenzug für eine ehrliche Review. Brennendes Verlangen ist am 08.09.2017 erschienen und ist 450 Seiten lang. Mild spoilers ahead!

Es ist vorbei! Endlich? Vielleicht.

Ich war mit keinem der vorhergehenden Bücher so unzufrieden, wie ich es mit Calendar Girl war. Dieses Buch jedoch ist wieder in alte Muster zurückgefallen. Andere Frauen, die keine Hauptcharaktere waren, wurden ständig niedergemacht und als abstoßend empfunden, wegen allen möglichen verschiedenen (sexistischen) Gründen. Es war grauenhaft. Das war in den vier vorigen Büchern nicht einmal annähernd so schlimm wie in diesem.

Auch die Probleme und Konfrontationen waren sehr forciert. In den anderen Teilen konnte man wahre Angst spüren, die Gefahren waren haarsträubender. Der Konflikt in Brennendes Verlangen war eher belanglos. Ich möchte damit nichts herunterspielen, aber (ja, aber!) es passte somit nicht ganz in die Reihe.

Nichtsdestotrotz ist Trinity an sich zu empfehlen. Die eigentliche Trilogie und das vierte Buch sind lesenswert (wenn man das Genre mag) und haben mir Freude bereitet. Wenn man interessiert an der Autorin ist, ist es Calendar Girl auf jeden Fall vorzuziehen.

★★★☆☆ 3 Sterne bekommt der letzte Teil von Trinity von mir.

Vielen Dank an dieser Stelle nochmal an den Ullstein Verlag, ohne den ich gar nie darauf gekommen wäre, diese Serie zu lesen.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…
Synposis taken from Goodreads

The Good Daughter was written by Karin Slaughter and was published on the 13th of July. It has around 580 pages and is a Thriller/Mystery.

In exchange for an honest review I received this eARC from the publisher on NetGalley. Thank you very much!

Except for a short story that was part of Pretty Girls, I’ve never read anything by Karin Slaughter before. Many people had amazing things to say about her books and loved them dearly, so I knew my time had to come sometime. And so it did. In a way, this thriller was different than the ones I had read the months before. Maybe its length and therefore the ability to develop the characters better also played a part in that. All in all, a book I loved reading (and listening to, because I additionally bought the audio book for it).

The dynamic of the Quinn’s and the overall dynamic and structure of Pikeville were amazing and well detailed. A huge part of The Good Daughter was depending on the feeling those two parts portrayed. The world was so well built that I would instantly read another story from one of the characters in Pikeville if it were written.

The repetition of the key event in this book was fundamentally important to the plot, at least in my opinion. It was intense and even though it was repeated it offered more insight in the feelings and horrible experiences the Quinn sisters hat to go through. Near the end it got so intense and heart-stopping that I nearly started crying, which I hardly ever do when it comes to thrillers because I felt so sick of all the bad things that had happened.

The only slight annoyance I had with this book is that the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. It’s a rather default-y thriller synopsis and there would have potentially been more potential, but what do I know. The synopsis didn’t get me as hooked as the actual book did after reading a bit of it.

It was a lovely reading experience and a lengthy one at that, but I did get something in return from this book for the time I have invested in it. ★★★★☆

Bout of Books 20 | Final Day

It’s over and I’ve made it! Not that there would have been any way not to make it in this readathon. Thanks Bout of Books 20! I’ve been more mindful regarding my reading and reading habits. It also made me be more on here, which I love although I spend way too little time on here. Thanks to everyone who commented and left lovely positive vibes! I hope you’ve had a lovely week and are all feeling well ♡♡

Number of pages I’ve read on day 7: 54

Total number of pages I’ve read: 849

Today’s Books:  The Good Daughter (54  pages)

Books I finished today: –

All the books I finished: 2 | Ungeschoren, Totenmesse


Bout of Books 20 | Day 6

Only one more day left and I’ve finished my second book during this readathon! Other than that I only made very little progress on the other books. Hopefully I’ll get more reading done tomorrow.

Number of pages I’ve read on day 6: 67

Total number of pages I’ve read: 795

Today’s Books:  Totenmesse (5% – 19 minutes – 21 pages),  Women in Science (23 pages), The Good Daughter (23 pages)

Books I finished today: 1

All the books I finished: 2 | Ungeschoren, Totenmesse