Top Ten Tuesday #7 – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

BOOK REVIEW: 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.”

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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!

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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.

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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.

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. ❤

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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! 😀

Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon: Day 10,11 & 12

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Emily at Books & Cleverness is hosting a Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon in which I’m participating!. It’s all about finally reading those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for six months or more…Below you can find my progress during days ten, eleven and twelve.

  • DAY 10: SUNDAY AUGUST 10TH
    # Book finished: Edward P. Jones – The Known World
    # Pages read: 103 (388/388; DONE!)
    I’m finally finished with The Known World! It was definitely a slow read and not one of my favorites… But I cannot deny the story idea itself was interesting and definitely kept me reading until the end. Review to follow soonish…
  • DAY 11: MONDAY AUGUST 11TH
    thenameofthewind# Book started: Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind
    # Pages read: 80 (on page 80 out of 662)
    After a slow read, I decided to read The Name Of The Wind first. I was in the mood for some fantasy reading, and I’m definitely glad I choose this one, because I’m loving it. Even though I couldn’t read as much because of my eye working against me. Boo!
  • DAY 12: TUESDAY AUGUST 12TH
    # Book continued: Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind
    # Pages read: 143 (on page 223 out of 662)
    Better eyesight means more reading, yay! I’m able to read more, and with me loving this book, I hope to finish it before the challenge ends… And maybe even squeeze in another book, who knows?

WWW Wednesdays #8 – August 13th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thenameofthewindI’m reading The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss as part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon… I haven’t read as many pages as I would have wanted to… An eye infection is keeping me from reading for long periods at a time, boo! Until now I’m loving the story though, and I’m glad I finally picked up my copy of this one. I hope to finish The Name Of The Wind before the read-a-thon ends!

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Itheknownworld finished The Known World by Edward P. Jones a few days ago, but haven’t had the time to write a review yet. The idea of the book is interesting; a story about different slaves and their owners in the US of the 19th century. It was a slow read though and the many different POV’s made it confusing sometimes to keep reading and understanding the bigger picture. Not one of the best books I’ve read, but still worth it if you like the historical fiction genre.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mountainsIt’s probably going to be And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini… Although it depends on if I’m in the mood to read a ‘heavy’ book. I still have Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka on the read-a-thon list as well, which is a relatively short book, so depending on my readingspeed, I might choose the second one to see if I can finish another book before the challenge ends.

Teaser Tuesdays #8 – August 12th: The Name Of The Wind

teasertuesdays TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon. I started it on Sunday and I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked yet (I’m suffering from an beginning eye infection as it seems 😦 ). What I can say that until now the book is definitely worth reading!

thenameofthewind“The noise agitated several of the others who moved restlessly in their cots. The older boy sitting in the corner raised his hands to the sides of his head and began to moan. He started rocking back and forth, gently at first, but then more and more violently so that when he came forward his head knocked against the bare stone of the wall.”

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #7 – August 6th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

theknownworldI just started The Known World by Edward P. Jones as part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon… This one will fulfull the challenge of reading a book set in the past; it’s about a black farmer and former slave in the US. I cannot say much of it yet besides that it is nice to have a little time out of the horror genre.

 

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

fliesI was able to finish Lord Of The Flies by William Golding today, and boy those were some screwed up kids! Definitely not what I was expecting of this classic… I’ve also finished The Shining by Stephen King, and both are part of the Dusting Off The Shelf Read-A-Thon. Reviews will be up before the weekend! (As well as the review of The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul I finished last week…)

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

mountainsIt’s probably going to be either And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini or The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss… It depends on my mood when I finish the book I’m currently reading. For now I cannot decide between the magical world of the Kingkiller chronicle and another surely mindblowing tale written by Hosseini… Any suggestions which I should read first?