It’s All About Books

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It’s all about books.. Well, at least books have an important role of my life. They form a way to escape reality; for me to enter a different world. A place where everything is possible, only limited by the imagination of its writer. Like someone famous once said: ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‘.

I’ve been reading ever since I was three years old, devouring books by dozens at my hometown library. I continued reading all the way through high school, and later decided to study Spanish Language And Culture and read some more. A few years ago I started travelling, and that’s when the idea came up to start keeping track of the books I’ve read… Hence this blog It’s All About Books was born, with reviews of all the books I’ve been reading since November 2012.

Before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my to be read list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre… :)

Listing The Reading

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Below you can find a complete list of the books I’ve been reading since November 2012 in reading order… Some found at the library, others found on the internet and a few preciously owned by my own person. Please note that I’m in the process of improving my blog and reviews, and only reviews with link and rating are to be considered up-to-standard. I’m hoping to finish the improvements this month…

>>>For easy browsing, also check out the lists of reviews by
AUTHOR, RATING and TITLE.<<<

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Bout Of Books 11 – Day 4 Update & Day 5 Challenge

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Day 4 of the Bout Of Books read-a-thon wasn’t as succesful as previous days, but at least I was able to finish the second book! I also started with A Discovery Of Witches, although I’m having second thoughs whether it was the read book to read next.

  • DAY 4: THURSDAY AUGUST 21th

adiscoveryofwitches# Pages read today: 124 (64 / 60)
# Total pages read: 728
#Book started: A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness
# Books finished: Looking For Alaska by John Green and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

  • DAY 5 CHALLENGE: Book Chain

Christian Bookshelf Reviews is hosting the Book Chain challenge for today: a challenge where you have to link four books using the last word of each title.

You must link four books by using the last word of the previous title to the first word of the next one. To start, pick a book (ANY book; your choice!) and start linking! A, An, and The don’t count, so if your book starts with one of those, just use the next word.

It’s more dificil than it seems! I came up with these two chains:

Gone For Good by Harlan Coben
Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman
The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
Black Roses by Jane Thynne
Roses Are Red by James Patterson

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 3 Update

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Yet another day of the Bout Of Books read-a-thon! And although I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked, I’m still only 64 pages away of finishing Looking For Alaska, which isn’t THAT bad…

  • DAY 3: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20th

lookingforalaskaUK.indd# Pages read today: 168
# Total pages read: 604
#Book continued: Looking For Alaska by John Green
# Books finished:Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

Happy reading everyone! :D

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 2 Update & Day 3 Challenge

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The Bout Of Books read-a-thon is still going strong, and I’m glad to finally have some serious progress! One book finished and I already started with the second book:

  • DAY 2: TUESDAY AUGUST 19th

lookingforalaskaUK.indd# Pages read today: 246 (216 / 30)
# Total pages read: 436
#Book started: Looking For Alaska by John Green
# Books finished:Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

  • DAY 3 CHALLENGE: Create A Sentence

Book Reviews From A Christian Gal is hosting the Create A Sentence challenge for today: a challenge where you create a sentence out of the first two words of various books.

For this challenge, I want you to pick some awesome books out and make a sentence with the first two words from each of your books.  I have tried this myself and it can be a little tricky because the lack of verbs in the first two words of the book.  Therefore, you can add another word that is not from the first two words of the books if you wish.  The more ridiculous, the better.

 

After some serious word juggling, I came up with the following sentence. (No extra words added!!) :D

 “So I suppose he’d stopped the leather-bound dragons the first week then,” Doctor Simeon said.

I used the following books and words to create my sentence:

  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini:     so then
  • One Day by David Nicholls:     I suppose
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell:     he’d stopped
  • A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness:     the leather-bound
  • A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin:     dragons said
  • Black Roses by Jane Thynne:    the first
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green:    the week
  • Ireland Awakening by Edward Rutherfurd:     Doctor Simeon

Bout Of Books 11 – Day 1 Update & Day 2 Challenge

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The Bout Of Books read-a-thon finally started yesterday! I decided to read Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas first, mostly because I had already made an attempt to read this book before… And although the ‘flirting’ between Celaena and Prince Dorian is on the edge of annoying, I’m definitely enjoying the book so far. On to my progress on day 1:

  • DAY 1: MONDAY AUGUST 18th

throneofglass# Pages read today: 190
# Total pages read: 190
#Book started: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
# Books finished: -

 

 

  • DAY 2 CHALLENGE: Book Spine Poetry

My Little Pocketbooks is hosting the Book Spine Poetry challenge for today: a challenge where you make a poem out of book titles.

What are the rules?
1.  Minimum of 3 books and no maximum.
2.  All words in title of the book go toward your poem
3.  Take a picture of your poem and type it out so we can read it.
4.  Post it to your blog, Facebook, Twitter or wherever.
5.  Fill out the rafflecopter to enter the giveaway.
6.  Add your URL to the linky below.

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Black Roses
A Bay Of Secrets
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Catching Fire
The Shadow Rising

I only used one free word! I was going to add more, but I liked the poem as it was.

Books I used:
# Black Roses by Jane Thynne
# Bay Of Secrets by Rosanna Ley
# A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
# Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
# The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan

The Name Of The Wind – by Patrick Rothfuss

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Title: The Name Of The Wind
(The Kingkiller Chronicle #1)
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Epic, Fantasy
First published: 2007
Finished reading: August 15th 2014
Pages: 662
Rating 5

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

I don’t hand out the full five stars that often, but The Name Of The Wind just deserved it. It’s been a while since I have been this absorbed into a story that I just forgot everything around me. Patrick Rothfuss was able to put me under a spell with his story about the adventures of Kvothe. I can easily say this is one of my favorite reads this year! When I first read the description of this first book of The Kingkiller Chronicle, I thought it would be just another Harry Potter spin-off… But the story ended up being SO much more. I can conclude out of the mixed reviews I’ve read that you either hate or love this book. I definitely belong to the second group, and I’m dying to get my hands on a copy The Wise Man’s Fear so I can continue reading about the life of Kvothe. Magical, spellbinding, dark and mysterious… A definite must-read for fantasy fans!

We get to know the red-haired and infamous wizard called Kvothe only after all his adventures already had taken place. He was forced to disappear after what happened and became an Inn keeper… But his helper Bast cannot live with the fact the real Kvothe is slowly starting to disappear, and secretly sends out messages calling for a scribe. And so Chronicler makes his appearance, and Kvothe agrees to start telling the story of his life which takes in total three days to complete (and thus form the three books in The Kingkiller Chronicle). Kvothe didn’t have an ordinary nor easy life. When he was younger, he travelled around with his parents and a group of travelling performers. They found him exceptionally bright and Kvothe was able to learn things at an impressive speed. When a tinker joined the troupe, the man introduces him to the basics of symphathy as well as many other useful knowledge. And it was this same man that introduced him to the University and inspired him to be come an arcanist.

His life turned around completely when one night his entire family and fellow performers were brutally murdered… Killed by members of the Chandrian who were supposed to exist only in myths. Kvothe was left all alone and had to survive on the streets for various years, now learning different lessons than before. But he never gave up on his goal to join the University of magic, and because of his boldness and intelligence he was accepted at an incredible young age. Problems didn’t cease to exist there. Not only his lack of money causes problems, his is also unfortunate enough to set various Masters and the high born Ambrose against him. Banned from the library, he has to search in different places to get his information… And the lovely Denna who keeps appearing and disappearing in his life doesn’t help much in trying to keep him out of trouble.

Myths, adventures, dangers, magic and a little pinch of romance thrown in… This book is definitely mindblowing and the story is beautifully written. The songs, the use of invented languages, the prose itself… It’s hard to properly describe the feelings when reading The Name Of The Wind, and it has been some time since I’ve read a book with so many ‘quotable’ and interesting phrases. In short, it’s definitely not the typical fantasy book and absolutely worth the try if you haven’t read it yet. Trust me, you will discover soon enough if this book is for you, and when you do, I hope you will enjoy it the way I did.

The Known World – by Edward P. Jones

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Title: The Known World
Author: Edward P. Jones
Genre: Historical Fiction, Contemporary
First published: August 14th 2003
Finished reading August 10th 2014
Pages: 388
Rating 3

“The hitter can never be the judge. Only the receiver of the blow can tell you how hard it was, whether it would kill a man or make a baby just yawn.”

I first found this book when I was browsing for interesting historical fiction novels back in January. The story itself about a black farmer and former slave in the US of the 19th century sounded interesting and I decided to get a copy. After many months of collecting dust, I finally had the chance to read The Known World for the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon. Unfortunately it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be… Don’t get me wrong, the story itself is definitely worth reading. It’s just that Edward P. Jones seemed to be wanting to include the stories of too many slaves and their owners, and the change in POV was confusing at some points. The fact that he wasn’t following a straight timeline didn’t help either, and it slowed down my reading considerately. If you don’t like keeping track of many characters and timelines, this book is definitely not for you. But if you like reading more about the situation of slaves and former slaves in the US before the Civil War, this one is still quite interesting.

In The Known World, we mainly follow the story of Henry Townsend and his family. Henry is a black farmer and former slave who is now one of the few black slaveholders in the South. His former slave owner, William Robbins, has always favored him and helps him by selling him the first slave named Moses. Robbins is a very powerful man in Manchester County, and uses his influence to help him build and expand his farm. Henry’s parents don’t agree with his choice of owning slaves after all that took his father Augustus to finally buy them free. He doesn’t give in though, and when he dies at an unfortunate young age, he leaves his widow Caldonia in charge with quite a few slaves.

We read a lot about the years where Henry grows up being a slave of Robbins. His father bought himself free early in the story, but it took him years to buy his wife and son free as well. Henry worked close to Robbins during those years, and Robbins took a liking to the boy. Important to know about the slaveholder is that he has a black mistress and two children with the same woman. He is thus not the typical white slave owner and symphatises Henry in a way others might haven’t. When Augustus finally gets a chance to buy his son free, Henry keeps in touch with Robbins, and later starts his own farm close to the one he had worked as a slave.

The Known World is also about the slaves Henry owns; different families all with their own problems. A few try to escape, others try to win over their owners. Caldonia doesn’t seem up to the task of holding the farm together when Henry dies, and the County has to jump in and intervene. We read about the cruelty of the white officers, trying to make money out of selling free slaves, and violence used on innocent people. We also read about hope and a future without slavery. The Known World is an interesting book if you can ignore the multiple POV’s and the sometimes dense prose and suitable for those who enjoy historical fiction.

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon: Wrap Up

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Emily at Books & Cleverness hosted the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon which ended officially yesterday evening! It was all about finally reading those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for six months or more…And although I wasn’t able to read the number of books I had originally planned, I still managed to complete at least four. Below you can find my progress during the last three days and a summary, but first: more adorable kittens! I completely fell in love with the dark one. <3

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I will start with a short summary of the last three days… Unfortunately I didn’t have that much time to read, so I wasn’t able to squeeze in another book for the challenge. But at least I finished The Name Of The Wind and I can say it’s one of my favorite reads this year!

  • DAY 13: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13TH
    # Book continued: Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind
    # Pages read: 110 (on page 333 out of 662)
  • DAY 14: THURSDAY AUGUST 14TH
    # Book continued: Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind
    # Pages read: 156 (on page 489 out of 662)
  • DAY 15: FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH
    # Book finished: Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind
    # Pages read: 173 (662/662; DONE!)

On to the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon wrap up. (It was actually the first time joining a read-a-thon so correct me if I’m doing things wrong..)

1. Total number of books read: 4

2. Total number of pages read: 1834

3. Challenges completed:

  • Read a book set in the past: The Known World
  • Read a classic: Lord Of The Flies
  • Read a book written before 2010: The Shining / The Name Of The Wind
  • Read at least 100 pages a day: Unfortunately I failed to reach this one. :( I had four days of not being able to read at least a hundred pages (days 3, 7, 8 and 11)

I had a lot of fun during this challenge! Thanks for hosting Emily! :D