Saturday, 23 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves [#8] – Harry Potter, a Classic and a Comic


Another week, another stack of books! This time, I managed to restrain myself … a bit. I received two of my preorders as well as three other books. I already read three of these, which is nice for a change.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

BASIC FACTS

Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published by Dutton Juvenile on 14th August 2014
Genre: contemporary romance [young adult]
ISBN: 9780525425632
Pages: 352

SYNOPSIS

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.
(source: Goodreads)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Stacking the Shelves [#7] – Magic, Dreams and Peculiar Things

This was supposed to be uploaded two weeks ago, but I hadn’t scheduled the post and then my internet connection thwarted my plans. But, anyways, here it is now.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Silber – Das zweite Buch der Träume by Kerstin Gier

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Comic Review: Alex + Ada Vol. 1 by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

BASIC FACTS

Writers: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn
Artwork: Jonathan Luna
Published by Image Comics on 29th July 2014
ISBN: 9781607069454
Pages: 128
Genre: sci-fi, drama
This trade paperback collects issues #1-5.

SYNOPSIS

Set in a near future wherein robots are a regular part of society, this sci-fi drama follows a human named Alexander, who is averse to the notion of androids serving as ersatz human company. But that changes when he inadvertently gets in the possession of the android Ada and slowly begins to realise that she is more to him than just a machine. And he won’t be content with her inability to form her own opinions and make her own decisions.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

August TBR: Quick Reads!


As you’ll know if you’re seen my July Wrap-Up, my plan to read lots of big books in July didn’t exactly work out, so this time I’m going to attempt the opposite: read as many short books as possible. As far as I can tell, I’ve never managed to read a two-digit number of books in a single month. Thus  I’d like to do just that by reading only novels with less than 300 pages in August!


Friday, 1 August 2014

July Wrap-Up: On Failure, Doctor Who and Hamlet



Basically, this month has been a huge fail in terms of reading. 
I only finished ONE book, and only managed to read about 1000 pages. I didn’t feel like reading at all. Whether it’s because of the weather or because I was troubled by headaches (pollen allergy and the like), I couldn’t say. Bad timing, as I planned on devoting lots of time into reading chunky novels.
It still needs some willpower for me to pick up big books. It’s a bit frustrating when you’re a hundred pages into a book and you still haven’t made any progress. Even though I enjoy the story, I tend to get bored easily, and need other books by way of a change. Yet I do love the fact that big books enable readers to follow beloved characters for a longer amount of time. 
I’ll give it another shot in September, but for now I need a break.