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Stacking the Shelves #3

October 3, 2014 books 9

Wow, that week went by fast. I didn’t buy any new books, but I borrowed two from friends.



Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale
Or, alternatively, Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe. Which is totally not over the top. At all. I’m about 80 pages in and I’m basically just waiting to get to the Avengers part. Apparently there’s an e-mail by Tom Hiddleston. Not that I’d care about that.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
I already have Cat’s Cradle on my to-read list, but I happened upon this first. Apparently John Green mentioned it’s one of his all-time favorite books or something and that’s why my friend bought it. DFTBA, yo. It also says on the back it’s “one of the worlds great antiwar books”, so that sounds promising.

What’s New?

Um… my downstairs neighbours brought me delicious pizza tonight because they had too much. Can you say great neighbours? In slightly more interesting news: I’m going to the Frankfurt book fair next week, so prepare for a post on that soon!

On the Blog

I finally posted my review of Throne of Glass. Spoiler alert: I didn’t like it.

What have you been up to this past week?

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Book Review: Throne of Glass (or The One With All The Balls, No Not Those)

October 3, 2014 books, reviews 0

Throne of Glass Cover by Sarah J Maas

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Initial Impression

I was fully prepared to like this book. Guess it goes to show that you should never trust the hype.

The word that best describes my feelings when reading the first couple of sentences of this book is relief. The author’s writing style didn’t suck, so how bad could it be, right? Wrong. I feel like the gifs in this review express my feelings perfectly, but I’m going to attempt to review it anyway.

Thoughts While Reading

BEWARE, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS

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Stacking the Shelves: University Edition

September 27, 2014 books 5

I was planning to do my STS post next week because my internet at home doesn’t work, but I’ve been at the university library for an hour without writing a single word for my term paper, so I figured I might as well do something a little more fun!

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I was totally going to wait before buying more books, but I HAD to buy these for university. :D Usually we don’t read bad romance novels at uni, but this is a seminar called Investigating Intimate Relationships (yes, I totally expect this to get awkward haha) and the lecturer either has really bad taste in books or plans to look at them very critically. Here’s what I got.

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Talk To Me: Are Translations Important?

September 19, 2014 books, discussion 3

This post is inspired by a BBC article on why English speakers won’t read books in translation.

Talk to Me

is a new no-nonsense feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to ask you a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it!

Topic

When I was younger, I never really cared whether a book was a translation – unless I had to wait for the next book in a series because it had to be translated before I could read it. Other than that, the main criterion that decided whether I would read a book was, of course, always the story. To be honest, I never even thought about the subject that much until I read the above linked article. The author of it wonders why literatures from other languages make up so little of the English-language publishers’ output and it got me thinking. I almost exclusively read books written in English these days, and I read them in the original because I can, because I like it and because I don’t trust the translation. Before I was able to do this, however, I was already an avid reader. When I think back to my childhood, I’m pretty sure that the majority of the books I read were translations from English, so I never really thought about the fact that this could be different in other countries.

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Book Review: The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

September 16, 2014 books, reviews 0

I’m back from my holiday in North Germany, which was actually very nice (who would have thought), so have a review! Also check out my guest post at Laura Plus Books, in which I talk about reviewing older books, as well as the best method to review book series when you’re late to the party.

The Dark Wife

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth. Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny. But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

I really wanted to love this book. I absolutely adore the cover and the description sounded exactly like my kind of thing. Unfortunately, even though I was very excited to read this book, it did not live up to my expectations.

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Tag: Seven Deadly Sins

September 9, 2014 books, fun 2

Greed

What is your most inexpensive book?

That would be Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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I heard a lot of booktubers rave about it, so I looked it up on Amazon. For some reason they offered the ebook for free. By “some reason” I mean even Amazon doesn’t have the audacity to demand money for something so unconditionally and irrevocably bad. I’m so glad I didn’t spend money on this.

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(Not So) Quick Book Recs

August 29, 2014 books, recs 0

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I love recommendations, so I thought I’d share some of the books I have read this year with you. None of them are very recent, but I enjoyed them all immensely and I hope you will too if you decide to pick them up (or that you did if you already read them).

Bitterblue

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Bitterblue is finally old enough to take over the reign of her kingdom. The only problem is her kingdom is a frickin’ mess. Her advisors are being mysterious, her subjects are illiterate and hungry and her father has left the country scarred beyond comprehension. It seems that Bitterblue will need to dig up some ugly truths if she ever wants to lead Monsea to a better age…

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Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

August 26, 2014 books, reviews 0

After I Do

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

This book severely disappointed me. And then it didn’t.

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Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

August 21, 2014 books, reviews 2

The Queen of the Tearling

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

This book is hard to review because I simultaneously liked and didn’t like it. That’s probably the reason the review turned out so long, so skip to the ending if you just want to see the conclusion and my rating. The Queen of the Tearling was entertaining, fun and my kind of book while having so many issues I need more than one hand to count them. Let’s start with the flaws and then let me tell you why you should read it anyway.
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Book Review: The People of Forever are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

August 18, 2014 books, reviews 0

The People of Forever are Not Afraid

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty village in Israel. They attend high school, gossip about boys, and try to find ways to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. Then at eighteen they are conscripted into the army. Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences and Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All of them live in that single intense second before danger erupts, all of them trying to survive however they can.

Last semester, I watched Scorcese’s Taxi Driver for a seminar at university. I remember my teacher stating that it was one of the movies on which she could base an entire seminar because it is so complex. The People of Forever are Not Afraid reminded me of that. It sometimes has the same feeling of clinical detachment and austerity while being very layered and open to interpretation.
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