December Wrap-Up & January TBR

**I have no idea who started this “meme” – anyone who knows please let me know!**

What I Read in December 2013:

  • The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts: Fun, light-hearted. It was good to see Diana & Caine, Serena & Justin and (although very short in appearance) Shelby & Alan again! Not to mention Daniel the MacGregor, who really starts meddling around. What he did with his kids is nothing compared to what he does with his grandkids! (All his talk about babies did get on my nerves but since we know he means well, I’ll let it slide.) I enjoyed Gwen and Branson’s story most. 4 STARS
  • Ask the Passengers by A. S. King: Wow. Beautiful prose, heart-winning and relatable main character / narrator, Philosophy classes (Seriously! How awesome is A. S. King??! Beyond. Imagination. I assure you.), Frank Socrates, a girl who refuses to be labeled, plane passengers. I also liked it that there is no physical description of Astrid Jones. 5 STARS
  • Glory in Death (In Death #2) by J. D. Robb (re-read) 4 STARS
  • Immortal in Death (In Death #3) by J. D. Robb (re-read): Possibly the best out of the first three. Just the right amount of murder mystery & personal dilemma! 5 STARS
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (re-read): So cool and awesome and freaking genius. This book speaks to me in a lot of different ways. A personal favorite. 5 STARS
  • The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie: Otherwise known as Thirteen Problems because there are indeed thirteen murder problems all of which Miss Marple solves! Some were boring, some were exciting and most of them tricky. The first few aren’t terribly interesting, though. Oh, and Miss Marple knows a lot of maids who are named Gladys… 4 STARS
  • Inner Circle (Private #5) by Kate Brian (re-read): Drama. Mayhem. Reed running in circle. But pretty entertaining, mindless escapism. 3 1/2 STARS
  • Legacy (Private #6) by Kate Brian: More drama. Wanna smack Reed in the head. Grab Reed’s tail so she won’t have to circle around anymore. Noelle Lange! UGH Dash what’s wrong with you. 3 STARS
  • Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (re-read): Best re-read of the year. I started this right after watching Catching Fire movie (which was beyond awesome, by the way – by the time the credits were rolling and “Silhouettes” and “Atlas” were playing, I just leaned against my mother’s shoulder, my mind blown away to bits and unable to move. Thanks to the adrenaline I sat rigidly for the duration of the movie – 2 1/2 hours?) and this time I wasn’t rushing through the book like I did the first time. I contemplated each passage, I thought about Katniss and Finnick (not as a couple, no), I let my tears roll, I savored each bittersweet taste of Collins’ words. The end came too soon, but I was also glad to read the epilogue because it assures me that life goes on, no matter how hard. It shows the dandelion in the spring, that bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. 5+ STARS
  • Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3): Hell of an ending, but the middle part was too investigat-y and FBI-ish and not enough supernatural-esque. I also kind of don’t wish for a fourth Alpha & Omega book because whatever relationship problem Anna and Charles solve at the end of a novel, they have new ones in the beginning of a new novel. Also: really loved the part in which Bran gets mad for a second because he thinks Adam’s pack is not helping Mercy recuperating from the river devil battle. Mercy reflects a few time in her own series how Bran and his pack saw her as coyote in a wolf pack and just tolerated her, which made her lonely. Now we see that Bran had been purposely hiding his affection, out of same reason he mated with Leah. 3 1/2 STARS
  • Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan: I refuse to rate this book. Because I’m sure I’m capable of loving this book more when I re-read it. Because of rave reviews, I had expected to love this book immediately. Don’t fall to this trap, my dear readers. What you should know is this: Kami is an awesome, quirky (and proud of it!) and independent heroine. Yes, there are two boys, Jared and Ash Lynburn. Jared is the imaginary boy in Kami’s head, only that he isn’t actually imaginary. The Lynburns are some sort of revered / feared family in Sorry-in-the-Vale. Kami’s best friend Angela and her brother Rusty are pretty unique side characters. AND, the MOST IMPORTANT part, at least to me: Both boys, Jared and Ash, have ISSUES. Like, no, not illness or anything, but they are not ready for healthy relationships, let’s leave it at that.
    And now, forget everything I said and pick up this book. Go in with wary watchfulness, but otherwise zero expectation. Zero. Got me? This is not a book you should mess around with. Also, after reading Unspoken, please please please read The Night After I Lost You before reading Untold. Otherwise you’re gonna be frustrated about the unspokenness about Unspoken‘s ending.

What I Want to Read in January:

  • A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee; It’s finally the time to re-read it again.
  • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, cuz I’m totally gonna re-read it again – this time in peace.
  • Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian; it’s a tradition of some sort. I re-read it every January, except for this year, I’m afraid. Actually, I’m not sure about 2012, either. But I KNOW I read SD in 2010 and 2011 on the same day.

Yes, I realize they are all re-reads. I love me some re-reading.

2013 statistics – reading

In 2013, I read a total of 145+* books, of which:

  • 38+* were re-reads
  • 3 were non-fiction
  • 131 were by female authors
  • 10 had male MCs (multiple POVs only count if the predominant narration was by male MC/s)
  • 22 were e-books
  • 31 were by new authors
  • 7 were classics
  • 3 were German books
  • 4 had LGBTQQIA main characters
  • 9 had LGBTQQIA side characters
  • 2 had paganism themes
  •  39 were stand-alones
  • 45 were reviewed

*I didn’t keep a track of re-readings in the first quarter of the year.

Most-read author: Nora Roberts / J. D. Robb (as they’re one person) with 14 books
Best ending to a trilogy: The Rising by Kelley Armstrong
Best ending to a duology: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Best ending to a stand-alone: The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr

Top 7 Reads in 2013
Look Both WaysJane Eyre (Wordsworth previous edition)Magic StudyScarlett FeverWhere She WentBone CrossedThe Mist on Bronte Moor

Records:

January
02 Remember When by Nora Roberts & J. D. Robb
0? Sappho’s Fables, Vol. 1 by Elora Bishop
09 Playing the Odds & Tempting Fate (The MacGregors #1 – 2) by Nora Roberts
10 Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan
12 Three Fates by Nora Roberts
13 Masters at Arms (Rescue Me #1) by Kallypso Masters
1? Nobody’s Angel (Rescue Me #2) by Kallypso Masters
?? Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand
?? Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
?? Das Spiel (Das Tal, Season 1, #1) by Krystyna Kuhn
27 Behemoth (Leviathan #2) by Scott Westerfeld
2? Jolynn Raymond’s Dark Obsessions by Jolynn Raymond
29 Goliath (Leviathan #3) by Scott Westerfeld

= 13 books

February
0? Nobody’s Hero (Rescue Me #3) by Kallypso Masters
?? Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger (re-read)
1? Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3) by Gail Carriger (re-read)
22 Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4) by Gail Carriger
25 The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr

= 5 books

March
0? Book of Shadows by Phyllis Curott
04 Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5) by Gail Carriger
0? Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles
09 Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman
?? Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti
?? Darkest Powers Bonus Pack 1 by Kelley Armstrong

= 6 books

April
0? Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
0? It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
0? We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han
?? Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
?? The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
?? The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong
?? The Witches of Santa Anna: Season 1 & 2 (Santa Anna # 1 – 13) by Lauren Barnholdt & Aaron G.
?? The MacGregors: Alan ~ Grant (The MacGregors #3 – 4) by Nora Roberts
?? The MacGregors: Daniel ~ Ian (The MacGregors # 5 – 6) by Nora Roberts
?? Keys to the Repository (Blue Bloods Companion) by Melissa de la Cruz
?? Enthralled by various authors
?? Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
?? Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz (re-read)
?? Masquerade (Blue Bloods #2) by Melissa de la Cruz (re-read)
?? Every Day by David Levithan
?? Princess of Glass (Princess #2) by Jessica Day George
?? Revelations (Blue Bloods #3) by Melissa de la Cruz (re-read)
?? The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods #4) by Melissa de la Cruz (re-read)
?? Misguided Angel (Blue Bloods #5) by Melissa de la Cruz (re-read)
?? Lost in Time (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa de la Cruz
?? Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods #7) by Melissa de la Cruz
?? Sealed With a Diss (Clique #8) by Lisi Harrison
?? Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6) by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)
?? No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld #7) by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)

= 24 books

May
0? Personal Demon (Women of the Otherworld #8) by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)
0? Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills #1) by Kathleen Morgan
0? Living With the Dead (Women of the Otherworld #9) by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)
0? Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult
?? Gone (Gone #1) by Michael Grant (re-read)
13 Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
1? Bogus to Bubbly by Scott Westerfeld
?? Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

= 8 books

June
04 Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead
0? Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows Stars #0.5) by Diana Peterfreund
09 Divided in Death (In Death #18) by J. D. Robb
11 Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant
1? Violet on the Runway (Violet #1) by Melissa Walker
1? Rainbow Boys (Rainbow #1) by Alex Sanchez
1? Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
?? Ruling Passion (Drake Chronicles #1 – 3) by Alyxandra Harvey
25 Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
27 Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noël

= 10 books

July
01 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read) Review Part I, II, III, IV, V, VI
02 Below Stairs by Margaret Powell
03 The Final Warning (Maximum Ride #4) by James Patterson
07 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
08 Scarlett Fever (Scarlett #2) by Maureen Johnson
09 The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong
09 The Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
10 The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) by Kelley Armstrong
11 Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
12 O’Hurley Born (The O’Hurleys #12) by Nora Roberts
16 Blonde Ambition (A-List #3) by Zoey Dean (re-read)
16 Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals #1) by Carolyn Meyer
17 Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega #0.5) by Patrica Briggs
18 Frostbitten (Women of the Otherworld #10) by Kelley Armstrong (re-read)
21 Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs
21 Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs
22 Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
24 Soul Screamers Vol. 1 ( Soul Screamers #0.5 – 2) by Rachel Vincent Review #0.5, #1, #2
28 Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs
30 16 Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove #1) by Debbie Macomber

= 20 books

August
01 Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
03 Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult
13 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
15 Street Pharm by Allison van Diepen
19 Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
22 High Noon by Nora Roberts
24 Beware, Princess Elizabeth (Young Royals #2) by Carolyn Meyer
25 Club Shadowlands (Masters of Shadowlands #1) by Cherise Sinclaire

= 8 books

September
02 The Midnight Twins (The Midnight Twins #1) by Jacquelyn Mitchard (re-read)
03 I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter (re-read)
04 Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls #2) by Ally Carter (re-read)
05 Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls #3) by Ally Carter (re-read)
05 Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls #4) by Ally Carter
06 Double Crossed (Gallagher Girls #5.5, Heist Society #2.5) by Ally Carter
08 Look Both Ways (The Midnight Twins #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard
10 Naked in Death (In Death #1) by Nora Roberts (re-read)
11 Heist Society (Heist Society #1) by Ally Carter (re-read)
11 Uncommon Criminals ( Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
13 Tall Cool One (A-List #4) by Zoey Dean
14 Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals #3) by Carolyn Meyer
15 Back in Black (A-List #5) by Zoey Dean
15 The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
16 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
24 Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs
25 Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs
26 Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie
28 A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
30 Das Geheimnis der Goldmine by Agatha Christie

= 20 books

October
03 Secrets of My Hollywood Life ( Secrets of My Hollywood Life #1) by Jen Calonita
07 16:50 ab Paddington von Agatha Christie
10 River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs
22 The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie
23 Patience, Princess Catherine (Young Royals #4) by Carolyn Meyer
27 The Agony of Alice (Alice #1) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
2? Nemesis by Agatha Christie
29 Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder (re-read)
29 Assassin Study (Study #1.5) by Maria V. Snyder (re-read)
30 Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

= 10 books

November
02 Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet #2) by Nora Roberts (re-read)
06 Savor the Moment (Bride Quartet #3) by Nora Roberts (re-read)
06 Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie
08 The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
09 Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet #4) by Nora Roberts (re-read)
10 Wake (Wake #1) by Lisa McMann (re-read)
12 Fade (Wake #2) by Lisa McMann (re-read)
12 Gone ( Wake #3) by Lisa McMann (re-read)
13 Alice in Rapture, Sort of (Alice #2) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
25 Night World: Vol. 1 (Night World #1 – 3) by L. J. Smith (re-read)

= 10 books

December
04 The MacGregors Brides (MacGregors #7) by Nora Roberts
06 Ask the Passengers by A. S. King
07 Glory in Death (In Death #2) by J. D. Robb (re-read)
13 Immortal in Death (In Death #3) by J. D. Robb (re-read)
14 Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
21 The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie
22 Inner Circle (Private #5) by Kate Brian (re-read)
23 Legacy (Private #6) by Kate Brian (re-read)
24 Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (re-read)
26 Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3) by Patricia Briggs
29 Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

In 2013, I bought a total of 150 books, of which:

  • 19 were hardbacks
  • 84 were trade paperbacks
  • 18 were mass market paperbacks
  • 29 were ebooks
  • I read 44 this year

an ode to suzanne collins

Tears running down my cheeks
I’m sorry. I’m so sorry…
that we are so greedy,
so selfish…

My heart beats out an unsteady rhythm
but why do I feel so dead inside?
I’m so sorry that I couldn’t save your children…
I’m so sorry that you have to live in such a world…
I’m so sorry about the entire freaking mankind.
Tears of sorrow, helplessness, anger and frustration.
My whole being shakes at the thought of such
in
e
quali
t
y
.

I look around, all the stuff in my room
suddenly I hate it, hate them all
why do I have so much when
others don’t have anything?
Suddenly it feels like all my booksandCDsandstacksofnotebooksandjusttheexcessivnessofeverything
begin to suf-
fo-
c-a-t-e

me.

And I pick up the blue cover
because what else is left for me to do
except to go on
to revisit the destruction
the deaths
the torture
the breaks
the heartbreaks
the salty tears
the tears in my heart.

Sacrifices. For a greater cause?
Would my own father run in to save me
out of a burning house,
this question torments me
because I cannot give a clear answer.
Is there no trust in me left? Am I a walking corpse?
Shall I just die, one human less on this hopeless mass-destruction?

The dandelion in the spring.
Where’s my dandelion, the bright yellow that means re-bir-th, rebirth instead of
de-s-tr-u-ct-i-on?

Where’s the Meadow?

I try to play Katniss’ game.

I come up

.

tags: Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire (movie), Mockingjay, Boggs, Haymitch, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Finnick Odair, Castor, Holmes, Messalla, Jackson, Leeg 1,  Annie Cresta, Johanna Mason, Prim, Mrs. Everdeen, Mr. Everdeen

Old school, new life

I was at my high school / grammar school today. I chatted people from grades below me, met my teachers again, saw  my high school friends again.

But it wasn’t the same.
Deep down I knew – I have changed so much during the last two months (university does that to you) that I just wasn’t the person who has left her high school six-month ago with a heavy heart.

Somehow,  the magic that used to sometimes envelope me – especially at big school events like today’s – was gone. The school building felt suddenly too small, confining me when I wanted to soar.
At the same time, I saw all the young minds and hearts working busily and felt so old, so jaded in a way.

Then a friend who also studies Law (but at different school) and I caught up with how our studies were going, and boy, was it so much fun! Finally, someone outside my own uni and family who understands exactly what I was going through and who is just as enchanted by the fascinating subjects as I am. And someeone who doesn’t judge me for wanting to go to tge library every day of my Christmas break. I’m so happy for my friend that he seems to have found his calling! Maybe some time we will study together. :)

Classics Club challenge (1)

Yesterday I realized that I have in fact joined the Classics Club challenge about two months ago. I’ve been so caught up in the university work that I had totally forgotten about it. Now it’s an update time!

Confession: I haven’t finished a single classic book after A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in September. And yes, that’s before I started the challenge. So far, I haven’t read any book that counts towards the challenge, but I’m currently reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens(very, very slowly – a chapter every two weeks?) and a couple of days ago I started Emma by Jane Austen as well.
So far, I’m adoring Emma, and being thoroughly entertained by David Copperfield. (Both book titles’ are hero/heroine’s name, I realized just now.)

Emma is a spoiled, meddling, know-it-all, but she’s not a snob. That’s what makes me feel exasperated affection towards her, I think. Emma means well – and by doing so, she assumes she knows the best about everyone and everything. Mr. Knightley sees through all the surface, but his argument about how Mr. Martin would be degrading himself by marrying Harriet because she’s an illegitimate girl (but he [Martin] loves her sooo much blah blah) made me kind of mad. I mean, neither was I moved by Emma’s argument about how it would be other way around – Harriet is a young woman of class, while Mr. Martin is, *gasp* a farmer. But Mr. Knightley accuses Emma of being shallow and thinking of only class, but that’s what he did here, too, just twisting around by saying that even though a farmer, Robert Martin is a gentleman (huh?) and in a higher standing than Harriet. And how Harriet is a silly girl if she refused the proposal. Gah, I’m so glad I don’t live in the 19th century, I think I would have choked on all those restrictions on and sexism against women.

David Copperfield, on the other hand, progresses more slowly. Davy is still a young lad, after all. The scene of his birth opens the book, and while it was difficult to get through those first five pages, it got better – especially after his curious great-aunt made her appearance. I’m counting on her appearing again. Oh Davy, so sweet, naive yet loyal and loving. Of course he has his faults like any other children, and his misfortune of having his mother re-married made him (and me, and Peggotty) miserable. And to watch her (David’s mom’s) spirit slowly break was so shattering. I’m in the middle of the chapter of I Become Neglected, and Am Provided For.

I do hope to read a bit more of them both during December. Let’s see :)

November Wrap Up & December TBR

**I have no idea who started this “meme” – anyone who knows please let me know!**

Busy, busy month… yet I re-read tons of books. Go figure. Granted, I read, like, four books a week and then nothing for almost two weeks…

WHAT I READ IN NOVEMBER:

  • Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts (re): Book #2 in Bride Quartet. Usually I re-read Vision in White (cuz it’s my favorite BQ book!) around this time of year, but I was desperate for summer-y mood and spring-y romance, and you can’t get more romantic than Emmaline Grant. I’m not a romantic myself but I still love Emma <3 Jack’s not my type, though. 4 STARS
  • Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts (re): Book #3 in Bride Quartet. This time I was in the mood for pastry and feisty Laurel. I don’t necessarily like cooking & baking, but I LOVE reading about them. And maybe eating them. 4.5 STARS
  • Murder Is Easy by Agatha Christie: Luke what’s-his-name meets an old lady on the train who tells him that a serial killer is rampant in her village and that she (the lady) is going to Scotland Yard. Luke secretly laughs it off, but he changes his mind when he sees in the next morning paper that the old lady had died in a car accident – and that a person whose murder she had predicted in the train also shows up dead a couple of weeks later. So Luke makes his way to this village to investigate… Sounds awesome, right?! The beginning was also very intriguing, but the middle part felt flat. There was a lot of getting to know suspects and Luke running in circle pointing to that person first and then to another. The romance (if you call it that) part was also like What. The. Heck? They say they hate each other, ergo they are in love with each other? What kind of logic is that? 2 STARS
  • The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie: Incidentally, both Agatha Christie books I read this month had Superintendent Battle in them. I like him and respect him well enough. My sister finished reading this one to me the day after I finished Murder Is Easy, and what a contrast it made! It was funny (OMG, Bundle’s father cracks me up!!), the number of characters was manageable (especially since two die relatively early in the book) and the end left me gaping at my sister, who had already read the book and was looking at me with a winning smile. 4 STARS
  • Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts (re): Book #4 in Bride Quartet. I was on a roll, and I haven’t re-read it in a while. Also, I desperately wanted Parker’s efficiency and diligence to rub off on me. Whether it did, I couldn’t tell you, but it made a great read. 4 STARS
  • Wake by Lisa McMann (re): Book #1 in Wake trilogy. I. Love. This. Book. Actually, this whole trilogy. I admire and respect Janie Hannagan in a way that makes her my idol. It’s not that she’s flawless. Looking at her and her circumstances, you would look at me in a puzzled way. Why, do you really want to live on state welfare, caring for a drunk mother who seems to hates you, fighting off a weird curse that gets you sucked into dreams of other people?, you would ask. To which I would answer: I don’t envy Janie’s circumstances, but I have high respect for her inner strength. She’s an intelligent, rational young woman, mature beyond her years. And she has ambitions and works hard for them. I needed to re-acquaint myself with Janie again so she could give me a wake-up call with my privileged status and yet wasting it away. 5 STARS
  • Fade by Lisa McMann (re): Book #2. Tension. EMOTION. Discoveries. Oh, my dear. So many things happening, in Lisa McMann’s usual minimalist style flawlessly executed. 5 STARS
  • Gone by Lisa McMann (re): Book #3, also final book. I haven’t re-read this one since I first read it in 2011. How many things have changed since then. I read it through different eyes – the choices Janie had to make, the inner conflict she went through, the developments of characters all around. If you loved the fast-paced action of Fade, you might be disappointed in Gone. If you, however, love Janie and Cabel no matter what, then Gone will bring a satisfying conclusion to your favorite trilogy. 5 STARS
  • Alice in Rapture, Sort of by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Book #2 in Alice series. I laughed out loud. I gasped. I felt my eyes go misty. I had tongue-in-cheek moments. I had fabulous time. 4.5 STARS

Cue 2-week-break during which I become sick, go to Magdeburg, and suffer from wrecked nerves (not necessarily in that order).

  • Secret Vampire by L. J. Smith (re): Maybe I needed a reminder for a time during which the air was rich with excitement and yet I felt peaceful. L. J. Smith also creates these simple yet beautiful stories – especially her Night World books, whose connection to each other starts out loose and then strengthens. I love Poppy, and although I love all Night World heroines, I especially love and admire Poppy’s energetic, no-nonsense, loving nature. 5 STARS
  • Daughters of Darkness by L. J. Smith (re): This one had more of a mystery spin to it, and I love Mary-Lynnette just as much as I do Poppy, but for different reasons. Mary-Lynnette is a realist with a good heart with a fascination with stars. Ash was a total jerk in Secret Vampires, but in Daughters of Darkness the whole soul-mate thing has snuck up on him and rendered him speechless. Hah. Even though it’s all fiction, this shows how much love can change a pers-, ah, vampire. 4.5 STARS
  • Spellbinder by L. J. Smith (re): Thea and Blaise are as different as day and night, yet they are as close as sisters (they’re in fact cousins). When they start a new school yet again due to Blaise’s mischief in the previous school, Thea vows to graduate in this high school – it’s their last year, after all. Then Thea meets Eric, and all plans are wrecked out of frame… School stuff, witchy stuff, a kind-hearted yet firm animal lover of a heroine -> a cozy and enjoyable read. 4.5 STARS
  • Angel Sanctuary: Deluxe Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki: It’s not a book, but a manga. (And thus not included in my book haul – might change later.) And in German. I mean, originally it’s in Japanese but since 1) I don’t speak Japanese and 2) there is not chance of getting a Japanese edition in Germany anyway, so I got the translated, two-in-one deluxe edition. It’s not very deluxe-y: It has two color pages and it’s hardback, not paperbacks. The format is about 1.5 times bigger than normal manga size.
    I already read Count Cain series by the same mangaka, and it’s mysterious and beautiful and weird and yucky at times. Angel Sanctuary has a totally different feel, especially the stage is set differently – in today’s Japan, with Heaven-Earth-Hell dimensions. I love the characters, I love the action and I love the spin Kaori Yuki has put on the whole angel / demon thing. 5 STARS

WHAT I’D LIKE TO READ IN DECEMBER:I have a short Christmas break in December but since I’ll (hopefully!) use most of it to catch up on uni stuff, I’ll keep my TBR list short. But I’d definitely like to finish A Game of Thrones, finally read Fire Study (in one setting or multiple, I don’t care!), and continue reading David Copperfield. I started the last one this month on the train heading to Magdeburg. I’m currently in chapter 8, I believe, and it’s so very very good.
They are not set in my TBR, but I’ll probably read a few mass market paperbacks during commuting, most notably The MacGregor Brides and Glory in Death by Nora Roberts / J. D. Robb.

November Book Haul

The “original” meme (I don’t know if this was the very first one – thus the quotation marks), In My Mailbox, was created by The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie. Right now Kristi from The Story Siren is hosting In My Mailbox, plus other bloggers are hosting similar memes with different names. I don’t know who’s hosting Book Haul, though, or who started it.

It’s time for another book haul!
This time I have some leftover from October that I forgot to show.

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Left-Over From October:

  • Das Geheimnis der Goldmine and 16 Uhr 50 ab Paddington by Agatha Christie: Originally lent to me by my sister, who just decided to give them to me, after all. Already read in September / October, and are mentioned in my wrap-ups.
  • Unspoken and Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan: Book #1 and #2 in the Lynburn Legacy series, respectively.

Book Haul From November:

  • The ABC Murder and The Tuesday Club Murders and Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie: Gifts from my sister!
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by Jessica Verday: A spin-off stand-alone to my beloved Hollow trilogy! I wonder what Cyn will know about Abby, if at all.
  • Black Heart by Holly Black: Final book in the Curseworker trilogy. I finally caved in and bought it even though I haven’t read Red Glove yet.
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  • The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil by Nora Roberts: Containing The Winning Hand and Perfect Neighbor, stories of Robert MacGregor “Mac” Blade (eldest son of Serena and Justin’s) and of Cybil Campbell (daughter of Grant and Gennie’s), respectively.
  • The MacGregor Brides by Nora Roberts: Containing three novellas, interwoven yet separate, about the MacGregor (and Blade) female cousins, Laura MacGregor, Gwendolyn Blade and Julia MacGregor. I’m currently reading this right now, and it’s exactly what I needed: funny and light-hearted, just the right amount of kitsch to make it unrealistic.
  • The MacGregor Grooms by Nora Roberts: Containing three novellas, the same way, about the three male MacGregor cousins: Daniel Campbell “D.C.” MacGregor, Ian MacGregor and Duncan Blade.
  • also, not on the photo: Alice in Rapture, Sort Of by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor