Cake Conversations: Books, Bunnies and Failures of Astronomical Proportions

March 21, 2015 books, miscellaneous 39

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The Week

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Lots of stuff happened this week! I was basically driving around, visiting people and doing stuff all week long. I finally found some decent clothes when I went to Heilbronn, then I visited a uni friend, and had a movie night with another friend. This week registration for next semester’s uni seminars ended, and I didn’t get into any at first (our system kind of sucks), but I have all the classes I need now. Unfortunately, I didn’t get into all the courses that actually interest me (did I mention our system sucks?), so I’ll have to take some stuff I’m not all that crazy about, but all in all it’s an okay schedule. Plus, I’ll probably only have to be present 2-3 days a week, so you now… I’ll live. In astronomical news (when can you ever start a sentence that way?), there was an eclipse where I live yesterday, and I… slept in and missed it. Guess I’ll catch the next one. When’s that again? OH RIGHT IN 24 YEARS. It’s okay though, it was only a partial eclipse. I’ve seen a TOTAL eclipse as a child, so take THAT suckers. Hmph. Pictures above and below are from my visit to Heilbronn, a nearby city where I went on Monday.

Heilbronn on Reviews and Cake

Meanwhile on twitter…

Jason Rothenberg is the creator and executive producer of The 100 (the tv show, not the book), and he always replies to questions and retweets fanart and all that ish. Remember my post about authors and social media? Probably not, I barely remember it. Basically I said that I love it when authors connect on social media, but it can be stressful when you write a bad review and know the author might see it. In this case, it’s all the fun and none of the stress! I really appreciate when people take the time to engage with their fans.

The Shiny

But let’s move on from my fangirling to all the books I got this week! Three are for university, and I also got one audiobook cheap and one for free AND I cashed in a gift card. I technically got the gift card for Easter, but it was just lying around, tempting me with its possibilities. Obviously I couldn’t resist.

Shifting Shadows cover by Patricia Briggs on Reviews and Cake Croak books cover on Reviews and Cake

I downloaded Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs and Croak by Gina Damico as audiobooks. Shifting Shadows are short stories from the Mercy Thompson series. I’ve been wanting to read the book for a while, but not enough to pay for it, and now I got it for free on audible. I’m about halfway through Croak already, and I have mixed feelings about it. I’m also having a little trouble with the audio format. I mostly listen before sleep, but that means I keep falling asleep. EVERY SINGLE TIME. And then there’s a whole chunk of the story that I soooort of listened to, but not really, because I was too tired to comprehend what I was hearing, which means I have to go back, but I heard enough that it feels repetitive to listen to it all over again. I also just have a harder time grasping and remembering things when I listen instead of read. Long story short, I’ll make use of the three month audiobook subscription I have now, but I probably won’t continue it afterwards.

book haul on Reviews and Cake

This week’s book haul is presented to you by my new bunny, Terminator. I got Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Charlotte Temple and The Guys for a seminar on Sentimentalism. For non-university books, I got Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, which I’ve been wanting for a while and already started, and Motocross Me. I mentioned them last week, but I thought I’d include them again, because I didn’t pay attention and just took a photo of all the books I received when I returned home. In a surprising turn of events, Daughter of Smoke and Bone arrived early, but in a much worse condition than I ordered. I got it used, but it wasn’t supposed to look THAT used. Anyways, it’s here and it’s readable, so I’ll see whether it lives up to the hype or not soon.

The Music

Since I bought some cool albums recently, I thought I’d share! I was a little bored with my music, so I invested in some new tunes.

sucker charli xcx album cover on reviews and cake
respect m.e. missy elliott album cover on reviews and cake iggy azalea the new classic album cover on reviews and cake

The albums I bought are Sucker by Charli XCX, The New Classic by Iggy Azalea and Respect M.E., Missy Elliott’s greatest hits album. They’re all good, but my favorite is DEFINITELY Sucker. I don’t usually listen to a lot of pop, but this is GREAT pop we’re talking here. I know Charli XCX from Icona Pop’s I Love It and of course Boom Clap, which I always have stuck in my head for days after I hear it. I’m pretty sure she also contributed to Iggy’s Fancy. The cover art pretty much describes the whole album: it’s upbeat, catchy and incredibly fun. It’s one of the rare albums where I just like every single song. I don’t love every single song on Iggy’s album, but there are some good ones on there. Apart from Black Widow and Fancy, I also like Goddess, Fuck Love and a couple of others. Respect M.E. has a lot of Missy’s best songs, but my favorite is definitely Work It. I like the first half of the album better than the second, but it was worth the money for sure. And then finally I’ll leave you with a song I’m listening to at least once a day right now, because, despite (or maybe because of) its title, it’s just so epically unapologetic:

I hope I’m not violating any copyright laws by sharing a fan video, but I prefer this version to the original, because I LOVE Bellamy’s “What’s wrong with a little chaos?” at the beginning, and it doesn’t have the slow part. It doesn’t say in the description, but the song is I’m So Sorry by Imagine Dragons, which kind of surprised me because I only know their slower songs. I read a comment that said it sounds more like something by the Black Keys, which I agree with (another great band you should check out!). The fact that I went to take a closer look (listen?) to the band directly after listening to one of their songs in a youtube video and am currently deciding whether or not to buy their album clearly shows that sharing things online doesn’t mean no one’s going to buy them anymore. I actually think a lot of the time it contributes to sales.

The Web

I’m infamously bad at collecting links of posts I liked throughout the week, but I always find them helpful on other blogs, so I resolved to just start.

On the Blog

  • I join the Fantasy Favorites Read-A-Thon and – surprise, surprise – talk about myself again! I discuss my favorite fantasy books, my least favorite fantasy book and set a STARTLING page goal for myself. Will I make it, will I not? The suspense is keeping me on the edge of my seat. Or bed. Whichever.

Have you read any of these books? How was your week? Does it also take you ten thousand hours to write these kinds of posts?

I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is a great way to see what books everyone got each week, and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which gives us all a chance to recap what happened during the week!

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39 Responses to “Cake Conversations: Books, Bunnies and Failures of Astronomical Proportions”

  1. verena

    hello hello!

    could you write a few sentences about audible? I love audio books/plays and I heard about audible before, would be interesting! (in other words: how can I get free stuff? XD ;))

    I read Uncle Tom’s cabin in German two weeks before. It is good, but also a tough story. A classic.

    oh and you could write a post about your own favourite dressing style and what kind of clothes you found/like :)

    my schedule for Uni will be okay, too but hey, I have to write the thesis the half of the week…hooray! xD

    • Vlora


      Sure! Audible is an amazon company, so if you have an amazon account (which I do), you can just log in with that and you’re set. Otherwise, you can just register normally. If you want the free audiobook, you have to subscribe (~10€ a month), and you’ll get the first audiobook for free. After downloading the audiobook, you can either cancel your subscription, so you don’t have to pay anything or stay on audible and pay every month (you’ll get one audiobook for 10€ a month). Even if you plan to stay subscribed, I’d recommend to cancel the subscription, because they’ll offer you three months for half the price of the normal subscription.

      Yeah, not sure I’m qualified to write about fashion haha. Glad you liked Uncle Tom’s Cabin and that your schedule won’t be too harsh next semester! Good luck with the thesis. :D
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  2. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections

    Damn you and you not paying proper attention to the beauty that is Croak. I shake my fist in your general direction!

    In other news, that “How to not get anything done” article may or may not be completely accurate. I’m not saying it’s accurate, but… it might just be really familiar.
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  3. Gabs

    I think it’s awesome that Jason Rothenberg replies to fan tweets! I really need to start watching the show; I’ve heard it’s a lot better than the book (which I wasn’t a fan of). Too bad that your copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is in worse condition then expected. :( Well, hopefully it will be good and make up for that! :) Happy reading.
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  4. Red Iza

    There was an eclipse here too, but the sky was so grey and cloudy that we barely noticed a thing, so… You named your bunny Terminator, I had a real living one named Attila :) Have a great week, enjoy your apparently sunny weather and those great books !
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  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    First- Clarke nuking an orphanage would probably be the least surprising thing at this point ;) I am kind of fangirling with you right now, that is SO EXCITING!

    Also, why are course sign ups notoriously awful? I remember they opened at like, 4am or some nonsense, and people would set alarms to get to their computer and log in so they could get classes. I mean, I didn’t much care, but people did!

    I LOVE your pictures from Heilbronn! It looks like such a lovely place! And I am pretty sure I saw a total eclipse as a kid too!

    As for the books… sad face, I have not read them. BUT I need to read DoSaB soon because people tell me it is amazing! I hope you enjoy them, and of course, have a lovely week :)

    OH- and yes, it takes me a loooong time for these posts, and I never quite understand why!
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    • Vlora


      Remember that scene with the kids in Star Wars III? Pretty sure Clarke is taking lessons from Anakin! Maybe it will all turn out to be a prequel to the Star Wars movies now they’ve added the AI plot. Maybe THAT’S what the new Star Wars movie is going to be about. Okay, I’ll stop now.

      Oh, that would suck too! It’s not actually first come first serve based at my university, but I’d almost prefer that at this point. The system is SO random.

      Thanks, glad you like them! It was a nice day. :) Yeah see, who needs a crappy eclipse anyway, sleep takes priority. I have heard good things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Glad I’m not the only one who spends ages on these posts haha. Enjoy your week!
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    • Vlora


      Longer than I’d like to admit haha. Glad you loved DoSaB; I hope I will too! So far I’m not too much into Croak, but I’m waiting to get to the good part. :D
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  6. Romi

    Your hair trembled with emotion! That is a sign of a truly marvelous interaction! I have felt nervous about reviewing a book when I know the author might see it, and I haven’t liked the book, because there has been such backlash with authors getting snippy and arguing with reviewers (that’s our job! We can’t love everything! Is kind of how I feel about it, in a very simplified manner) so it’s so nice when it can be a nice, pleasant, enjoyable and memorable interaction! That’s really fun.
    Fishing rabbits!? I’ve never heard of such things. I think it’s really quite neat. Though… I didn’t know rabbits ate mean.
    Here’s hoping you love Daughter of Smoke and Bone, even though it’s not a copy you’re overly happy with! I read it in January and was blown away! I hope you don’t find yourself let down.
    Nice to meet you, Vlora! Xx
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    • Vlora


      I love that gif. :D Yes, I completely understand that! I’ve heard some unpleasant things about authors reacting badly too, but thankfully I’ve never been in the situation myself. I like the idea that reviews are more for readers than authors. I’m glad to hear so many people are loving Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I’m definitely looking forward to reading it now. :) Nice to meet you too!
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    • Vlora


      Thanks, happy you like it! I get that; I mostly listen to it when I’m on the road or before I go to sleep, but I love listening to music when I’m driving as well, so I haven’t made much progress in the audiobook the last couple of days. I think I’ll stick to print books!
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