Saturday, 16 July 2016

Brand new Blog!

Hey guys, you haven't heard from me in a while. There are different reasons for that but they all don't matter now, because I am back :) But not here. I got tired of my blog and started a new one right here: 


I needed a change. A new design and a new platform. This new blog will mostly deal with books, movies and reviews again. So it won't be that different. I took most of my reviews with me so you can find them all there :) 

I will of course keep following most of the lovely blogs from my Blogroll. Sorry for being away for so long!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Bookish days

I am finally off work for a few days in a row, yay! My partner and I wanted to go on a short trip but now the weather is really bad and we had to delay it. Sad, but on the other hand I have a few days with not much to do. Also I have 5 books at home and no idea which of them to read right now. I started with Calamity by Brandon Sanderson but didn't feel like it. This is probably the series I like the least but I want to finish it anyways and it is not a long read. And still pretty good. Just compared to other Sanderson's, I think it's the weakest.

I also finally bought the anthology Rogues by George R. R. Martin and started reading the introduction as well as the first story. Unfortunately it is by Joe Abercrombie whose books I didn't like so I left it at that again :D I will pick it up again as well though. I hate skipping short stories.

I will probably look into all of my new books tomorrow and see what intrigues me the most. Fun day ahead!

 


Thursday, 28 January 2016

New books in January

I only had one unread book left on my kindle and had to do something. Unfortunately I have become quite picky when it comes to choosing new reading material. If it's not written by one of my favourites I won't pick it up as easily. If it's a multi-volume series, I probably won't pick it up at all. If it sounds like something I read before - no chance. So it's hard to find something interesting for me within the fantasy genre. 

I turned to Sci-Fi and got Dune by Frank Herbert. I had it back in Germany but couldn't take it with me and never came to reading it as my TBR was way too high in those days.
Now I feel like reading it! 

I also did an experiment and picked an unknown random Fantasy novel from the shelf because I liked the cover. It doesn't sound to shabby either so I hope I was lucky this time.
The book is called Smiler's Fair by Rebecca Levene and is the first part of her Hollow Gods series.

Yron the moon god died, but now he's reborn in the false king's son. His human father wanted to kill him, but his mother sacrificed her life to save him. He'll return one day to claim his birthright. He'll change your life.
He'll change everything.
Smiler's Fair: the great moving carnival where any pleasure can be had, if you're willing to pay the price. They say all paths cross at Smiler's Fair. They say it'll change your life. For five people, Smiler's Fair will change everything.
In a land where unimaginable horror lurks in the shadows, where the very sun and moon are at war, five people - Nethmi, the orphaned daughter of a murdered nobleman, who in desperation commits an act that will haunt her forever. Dae Hyo, the skilled warrior, who discovers that a lifetime of bravery cannot make up for a single mistake. Eric, who follows his heart only to find that love exacts a terrible price. Marvan, the master swordsman, who takes more pleasure from killing than he should. And Krish, the humble goatherd, with a destiny he hardly understands and can never accept - will discover just how much Smiler's Fair changes everything.

I downloaded several samples for my Kindle as well and luckily the first one I tried, The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold was an interesting read so I purchased the ebook and am reading it right now. Nothing new, but quick and easy and I like the characters so far. If the main character stops whining soon, it might get even better!

Also The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson is in my possession now and will definitely be next in line!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Books I am looking forward to in 2016

City of Mirrors. Passage Trilogy 3 by Justin Cronin (16.06.)

I just loved the first two books and can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy. Especially after how the second book ended! I am prepared to cry like a baby.

The Lyre Thief. Lyre Thief Trilogy 1 by Jennifer Fallon (08.03.)

Hype Hype Hype! As some of you might know, Jennifer Fallon is one of my all-time favourites and I read everything she ever wrote apart from the Rift Runner series. This new series will go back to the world of the Demon Child trilogy & the Hythrun Chronicles and I am waaaay to excited to meet all of the characters again. I hope she didn't split up one of my favourite pairings :D She likes doing that though....

The Bands of Mourning. Wax & Wayne 3 by Brandon Sanderson (26.01.)

Yes!! Book 2 was awesome and I am so happy that 3 is coming out only a few months later. Thank you so much, Master Sanderson!! 

Calamity. Reckoners Trilogy 3 by Brandon Sanderson (18.02.)

I am not as excited as I am for Wax & Wayne, but still looking forward to it as it will conclude the trilogy and Sanderson himself is very happy with this one. I am expecting to be very surprised.

The Mortal Tally. Bring Down Heaven 2 by Sam Sykes (29.03.) 

Really enjoyed the first one and am very curious about where the story goes from now. I love the characters so much and hope that they develop even more and have more awesome dialogues.

  






Books I would love to get this year but don't believe they will get published:
The Thorn of Emberlain. Gentleman Bastard Series 4 by Scott Lynch 

I think it is supposed to come out this year.. But it was also supposed to come out last year.. and the year before....

The Winds of Winter. A Song of Ice and Fire 6 by George R. R. Martin

Maybe early 2017? I read Martin's latest blog post and am sad to hear that he is struggling so much with the book. I don't mind how long it takes as long as I get it one day. 

The Doors of Stone. Kingkiller Chronicle 3 by Patrick Rothfuss 

Didn't hear about that one in a while but I am waiting patiently as I am sure it will be worth it!

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
Classics:
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.