March 2017 Wrap Up

Oh my, what a month! I managed to finish 21 books (!!!), all while being in a total reading slump for half of the month. That’s 6219 pages. Woah!

However, I haven’t been too active on here and I’m not sure whether that will change soon, because starting next week, I will be quite busy, but… yeah. We’ll see.

Anyway, here are the books:

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Mimic Royal Princess by Utako Yukihiro, Volumes 1-4
I bought these a while ago, but only now managed to actually read them. The story is really interesting and the artwork is great!
4/5 Stars

Blink Of Time by Rainer Wekwerth
The concept was reaaally interesting, but the actual book was not. It had a lot of potential, but did not use any of it. Also, if I have to read about the male main character’s green eyes for one more time, I’m gonna scream.
2/5 Stars

XX Me! by Ema Toyama, Volumes 18-19
I loved the ending of this wonderful shojo manga! If you like romance, you definitely have to read this!
5/5 Stars

Vanilla Fiction by Megumi Osuga, Volume 8
Yeah, well… I have no idea what was going on in this final volume of the series. Like, no idea at all. I just know that I did not like it as much as the other books in the series, but it wasn’t too bad,
3/5 Stars

No. 6 by Atsuko Asano & Hinoki Kino, Volumes 4-7
I love this manga! It had such an interesting and rich world and the characters are even more awesome!
5/5 stars

A Conjuring Of Light by V. E. Schwab
The final book of the Shades of Magic trilogy was soooo good!!! However, it did not reach the awesomeness of A Gathering Of Shadows for me.
You can find my review for it here.
4,5/5 Stars

Die Drachenkämpferin – Im Auftrag des Magiers by Licia Troisi
I loved this when I was younger, but now it just isn’t my thing anymore. I still adore the characters, but the writing is rather disappointing.
3/5 Stars

Im Zeichen des Ypsilon by Dimitri Clou
A very imaginative book! However, I would have had to be younger to really enjoy this.
3/5 Stars

Black Bullet (Novel) by Shiden Kanzaki
The story is ok, but the writing was awful. However, I really enjoyed it??? It was just getting more and more ridiculous.
2/5 Stars

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I had really high hopes for this one, but it just wasn’t for me. At least the design was reaaaaaally beautiful.
2/5 Stars

Guardian by Alex London
I loved the first book of this series, and while the second one wasn’t as good, it was still really interesting. I just missed really missed one of the old characters…
4/5 Stars

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
I did not really expect much from this, just a short and quick read, but I ended up really adoring it! I have heard the second book in the series isn’t as good, but I still really want it though… As in, now.
4/5 Stars

Endgame – Die Entscheidung by James Frey
I finally finished this series! The last book wanted to do a lot, but it actually rushed through the most interesting parts, so I did not like it as much as the rest of the series.
3/5 Stars

Willful Machines by Tim Floreen
The beginning was really slow and I struggled a lot to get through it, but the second half was really awesome! I also really adore the interesting world-building and hope for a sequel or a companion novel. Only the romance was a bit rushed (and definitely insta-love).
3,5/5 Stars

Woah, I need to read less, this took me ages to write…
Just kidding 🙂
What were your favorite books of the month?
Have you read any of these? I would love to hear from you!

Me vs the Book Buying Ban

If you are a book lover, you may know the problem:
There are so many books that you want, but there is never enough money and there is never enough time.

After a while the unread books add up into a pile that fills you with both happiness (all these books still to read!) and dread (all these books still to read…).

With a TBR list that contains about 115 owned, but still unread books, I decided to not get any new books until it’s at least under 100.

And so far it is, well, not working.

Five new books later I decided to limit my book buying with a reward system. As in, you read X books and then you may buy this one book you have been wanting forever.

This worked for a while, but… yeah. I gave in. Of course I did. Who was I kidding when I thought it could work?

At least it reduced my book buying by half, if you count by cost. So far, this month I only bought 3 (a bit more expensive) books and pre-ordered another. Also, it gave me the motivation to finish some of my half-read books.

However, this is still… frustrating. As in, buying all the books is too much, of course. But strictly limiting my book buying is… killing my reading motivation. It makes me feel pressured to read and reading under pressure just isn’t fun.

So, what to do?
To be honest, I have yet to find the right balance. Or the right mindset. As in, not freaking out about the numbers of books.

I don’t even know why this is stressing me out, but then again, I’ve always been second-guessing myself too much.

How do you deal with your TBR pile? And the number of books you buy (and read)?
I would love to hear about your experience!

 

Review: A Conjuring Of Light

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(Important: If you haven’t read the first two books of this series, this review will contain unmarked spoilers for them. All spoilers for ACOL will be marked.)

“A Conjuring Of Light”
Author:
V. E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 666
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: February 2017
Read: March 2017

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Thequote

“Life isn’t made of choices, it’s made of trades.
Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”

About

A Conjuring of Light continues right where A Gathering of Shadows ended, which is in the middle of a lot of action. People are dying, people are suffering and their only hope – Lila – shouldn’t be there at all. Nice way to end a book (I’m still not over that cliffhanger…), nice way to start a book.
Then there is an evil magic set free, thinking of himself as a god… And the problems with that should be quite obvious.

My opinion

What I loved about this book is the amount of stabbing. Seriously, there’s a lot of it. There are also a lot of betrayal, a lot of twists, a lot of sass and a lot of super awesome characters. What else would you possibly want?

However, though I love this book to pieces, it doesn’t entirely live up to the awesomeness that was A Gathering Of Shadows. I think what Victoria Schwab writes best are characters and their relationships, and – while they are still very good – not so much the actual action parts.
And, unfortunately, A Conjuring of Light lacks a little bit of direction.
(Don’t get me wrong, these are only very minor parts that bothered me.)

All in all, A Conjuring of Light is exactly the right ending for this wonderful series, and if you haven’t read it yet, do so immediately! You won’t regret it.

Now to the spoilering part, as in, my personal rant. Really, don’t read this until you have finished the book.

SPOILER!!!
Did any side character survive this at all? I feel like they all just died. All of them.

And seriously, bringing evil magic into Grey London may not prove to be their best idea later on.

Apart from that, I think this will be the only book where I will ever say this, but I had hoped for more romance. What was there was perfect, but I had really hoped for a bit more.

The end, however, was EVERYTHING. Kell picking up Lilas line from… book one, I guess it was. All that “Anoshe” stuff. The whole feeling to it. Everyone finally being (quite) happy. I loved that! I needed that! After all, it was that kind of book where you just wanted to hug the characters to make them finally feel better.

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4,5/5 Stars

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February 2017 Wrap Up

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I managed to read even more than last month! Time to party, yay!
I had quite a bit time for reading and got through 16 books, part of which you can see above, which add up to 5482 pages according to Goodreads. That’s reeeeaaaally a lot!
Most of them were really good, too, so it was a really good month 🙂
I also have a new second record for the largest number of pages read on one day, which would be 422 pages in “SchlĂĽssel” within 24 hours.

Now, if you want to know which ones I read, here they are:

Card Captor Sakura by Clamp, Volumes 7 – 12
This manga is soooo cute and adorable! It’s really a magical girl classic for a reason. A good one. I wondered what the second half of this series would be like, as the story seemed to be over after the second, and I was not disappointed.
4/5 Stars

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
I finally finished this beauty. I really enjoyed it, though it did not life up to the shades of magic series. However, I cannot wait for the sequel! I need it – right now!
I did guess one of the plottwists, but that was okay. I really loved the characters in this, so we’re fine.
Victoria Schwab has really made her way up into my favorite authors, both with her writing and as a person.
4/5 Stars

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
Another magical girl classic I’ve been meaning to read forever! And as overly adorable at it is, I loved it. I think magical girl manga might be my guilty pleasure.
4/5 Stars

Zirkel; Feuer; SchlĂĽssel by Mats Strandberg & Sara Elfgren
I love this trilogy! I just really love it.
The story isn’t anything really new, but it was wonderfully done. And it had everything I really like in books – magic, betrayal, and bisexual main characters. What else is there I could want?
The books are also huge, with 500+, 700+ and 900+ pages each. I managed to get through the last two within a week, which is amazing, but I could really not but them down!
This also includes an audiobook-reread for Zirkel.
5/5 Stars

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
This was soooooo cute! I am a sucker for steampunk-universes anyway, so I expected to enjoy this. And while it wasn’t exactly as expected, I really enjoyed it. It was a feel-good-book for me, as it was really hopeful and, even though it included some explosions and crimes, it wasn’t actually dark.
You can find a full review for this one here.
4/5 Stars

A House Divided – Ein gefährliches Erbe by Haiko Hörnig & Marius Pawlitza
A nice, funny read for in between. The story isn’t anything really deep, but I still liked it, because the humor was great. Also, the drawing style was quite nice.
A full review for this one will follow soon and can already be found on Goodreads.
3/5 Stars

Vicious by Victoria Schwab
I expected to love this one, and unfortunately, I didn’t. I really liked it, but it just didn’t have the woah-factor I had hoped for. However, I loved Victor and especially Mitch and a was not let down by the plottwists. I had expected it to be a bit more fast-paced though.
3,5/5 Stars

The Smell Of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
I don’t really know what to think about this one. It was divided into four character perspective’s, and I only managed to like two of them, which would be Alyce’s and Hank’s.
However, it still made me cry at the end, so that is something. Maybe I would have liked this one more if it had been limited to fewer perspectives and storylines.
3/5 Stars

I did not finish both Heartless and Caraval, that I wanted to read in February, but… well.
There is still time and hope for that.

Have you read any of these? If so, I would love to hear how you liked them!
I hope you discovered some nice books this month, too!

Review: Timekeeper

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“Timekeeper”
Author:
Tara Sim
Genre: Fantasy (Steampunk)
Pages: 414
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: November 2016
Read: February 2017

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Thequote

“So Danny let him tell his stories. He pretended to believe. But he knew better. It didn’t matter how many stories you told if you were still at fault in the end.”

About

Danny Hart works as a clock mechanic in an alternate Victorian London.
It is quite a special profession, and also a very important one. The mechanics are in charge of keeping the clock towers running, because damage to them means damage to time itself. A destroyed tower leads to the stopping of time within the whole city. Danny knows, for his father was trapped in such an incident three years ago and has disappeared ever since.
While Danny is still searching for a way to free his father, he gets an assignment to repair the clock tower in Enfield, and meets a mysterious boy, who happens to be the tower’s clock spirit and – well, the boy of his dreams.
But the clock towers are under attack, and very soon, more cities are being at risk of being stopped as well, including Enfield…

My opinion

What a heartwarming novel!
It really turned out to be some kind of feel-good-book for me, and I love it to pieces.

I expected Timekeeper to be filled with action and suspense, but it isn’t.
Instead, it’s a slow-paced, heartwarming tale about love and regret, that happens to also include some explosions here and there.
It’s really magical, with a detailed world and detailed main character. I especially loved the description of Danny and and how he dealt with the underlying trauma he had gone through, because it was realistic and, especially, because it wasn’t just brushed out of the way later on. His trauma was dealt with, rather than magically cured (while still containing a hopeful perspective in the end).
The other characters, however, were a bit flat in comparison, mostly for their lack of actual importance in the story, but still managed to be quite interesting.
I mean, a female auto mechanic in Victorian England? Count me in!

Except for one little detail, the story seems to be finished after this book, but I know it isn’t and I can’t wait for the sequel. However, there are no cliffhanger or important unanswered questions at the end, if you don’t like those.

So, if you would like to read a fantasy story with a gay protagonist, if you like Steampunk, and/or would like to read something more slow-paced, this is for you!

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4/5 Stars

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Review: A Lollypop Or A Bullet

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“A Lollypop Or A Bullet”

Originaltitel:
Satokashi no dangan wa uchinukenai”
Autor: Kazuki Sakurana & Iqura Sugimoto
Genre: Drama
Bände: 2
Verlag: Egmont Manga
Veröffentlicht: 2010

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Zitat

“Eine kleine Welt fĂĽr sich… baufällig und verlassen… fast wie…”

Inhalt

Die dreizehnjährige Nagisa Yamada ist überzeugt davon, dass sie bereits alles Nötige über das Leben und seine Grausamkeit weiß. Immerhin hat sie in ihrem kurzen Leben bereits ihren Vater verloren, und ihr Bruder verlässt seit Jahren nicht mehr das Haus. Sie ist verbittert, distanziert und ist felsenfest davon überzeugt, dass ihre Zukunft bereits in Stein gemeißelt ist – und nicht sonderlich strahlend sein wird.
Ihre Einstellung zum Leben wird jedoch vollkommen auf den Kopf gestellt, als die junge Mokuzu in ihre Klasse wechselt. Nagisa hat noch nie in ihrem Leben ein dermaßen merkwürdiges Mädchen kennengelernt. Dennoch werden die beiden nach einigen Anfangsschwierigkeiten schnell zu Freunden.
Dies ist jedoch nicht der Anfang eines glĂĽcklichen Endes…

Meinung

Diese Mangareihe fĂĽhlt sich an wie ein Schlag ins Gesicht.
Und genau deswegen gehört es zu meinen Favoriten.

Ich empfehle diesen Manga jedem, der etwas auĂźerhalb des typisch Bunten und Schrillen sucht.
Er ist düster und ernst und er tut weh. Und es gibt nichts in dieser Reihe, das einen von der grausamen Realität ablenken könnte.
Allerdings ist der Manga auch kein einziger Gewitterschauer. Es gibt durchaus einen Hoffnungsschimmer, der sich durch alles hindurchzieht. Es ist ein Manga, der einen zum Weinen bringt, aber der einen auch zum Nachdenken anregt.

Deswegen empfehle ich ihn guten Gewissens an jeden, der einmal einen etwas anderen Manga kennenlernen möchte. Auch denen, die mit diesem Format sonst nicht so viel anfangen können.

Bewertung
5/5 Sterne

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Review: The Library at Mount Char

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“The Library at Mount Char”
Author:
Scott Hawkins
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 388
Publisher: Broadway Books
Published: March 2016
Read: December 2016

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Thequote

“Are you a buddhist?“
“No. I’m an asshole. But I keep trying.“

About

After her family dies, Carolyn gets to live with eleven other kids in the library of Father, a strange man who has adopted them and granted them knowledge that is so powerful, it might even count as a superpower. But now, years later, Father is missing, and it can only be a matter of time, before his numerous enemies start to rise and try to take his power – or rather, the library. Carolyn and her siblings need all their strength to defend the library, before its secrets are taken by the wrong hands.
… Or maybe, this is about something entirely different.

My opinion

This book is a trainwreck. In the most wonderful way possible.
Really.
It’s not hard to admit that I expected something entirely different, and while I am sad that I did not get what I had hoped for, I still loved this book to pieces.
So, forget your expectations. This book is just brilliant.
Everyone is busy loosing their minds, until they realize they have nothing left to lose – except, well, that would be considered a major spoiler.
It’s dark and it’s weird and it’s bloody. It’s humorous and philosophical. … Have I mentioned it is bloody?

If you do not mind things getting a bit violent, love pitch-black humor and want to read something very unusual, this is a must read for you!

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4,5/5 Stars

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