Wrap-Up + Newbies February 2014

19th März 2014

Wrap-Up

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The first seventeen days of February were completely spent on my bachelor thesis. You have no idea how great I felt when I handed it in on the 17th. I hadn’t picked up a real novel in a little over a month because I was too afraid I would procrastinate by reading. However, I wasn’t able to read as much in the following days since I had a couple of other things going on. I visited my friends to help them repaint their flat before moving out, had to sew my sister a Little Red Ridinghood cape for carnival, and get a lot of things sorted out.

Read for Bachelor Thesis

  1. The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique of Pure Treason by George A. Dunn & Nicolas Michaud
    [dt. Die Philosophie bei Die Tribute von Panem: Hunger Games – Liebe, Macht und Überleben]

    That one was pretty boring and I skimmed quite a lot but found nevertheless many useful quotes. I’m still fascinated by the diversity of subjects that are applied to the trilogy.

W.i.t.c.h.

  1. Spuren der Vergangenheit (W.i.t.c.h., #10-12) by Elisabetta Gnone
    [LT: Traces of the Past]
  2. Die Macht der Freundschaft (W.i.t.c.h., #13-15) by Elisabetta Gnone
    [LT: The Power of Friendship]
  3. Das Zeichen Nerissas (W.i.t.c.h., #16-18) by Elisabetta Gnone
    [LT: The Sign of Nerissa]
  4. Die andere Wahrheit (W.i.t.c.h., #19-21) by Elisabetta Gnone
    [LT: The Other Truth]

    Again, I read a couple of omnibus editions of my beloved W.i.t.c.h. comics. I just love the style, the stories and the characters. I still can’t decide whether I like Elyon’s or Nerissa’s story arc more.

The Lunar Chronicles

  1. Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Das mechanische Mädchen (Die Luna-Chroniken, #0.5)]
  2. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Wie Monde so silbern  (Die Luna-Chroniken, #1)]
  3. The Queen’s Army (The Lunar Chronicles, #1.5) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Die Armee der Königin  (Die Luna-Chroniken, #1.5)]
  4. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Wie Blut so rot  (Die Luna-Chroniken, #2)]
  5. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Wie Sterne so golden (Die Luna-Chroniken, #3)]

    I spontaneously decided to reread Cinder and Scarlet before delving into Cress. This is also the first time I read the short stories. I’m so glad that I haven’t read them prior to their respective novels. Especially The Queen’s Army spoils parts of the plotlines in Scarlet. For someone who is always looking for clues, there wouldn’t have been much to do while reading the novel because everything becomes pretty obvious. I loved Cress so much – both the novel and the character. The Lunar Chronicles is one of … no, actually it is my favourite unfinished YA series at the moment.

Other

  1. Traumpferde: 16 beliebte Rassen by Elin M. Ellingsen
    [LT: Dream Horses: 16 Popular Breeds]

    A couple of beautiful pictures and some information on sixteen randomly chosen breeds. There’s really not much to say about this one.

  2. Sommerferien by Eli B. Toresen
    [LT: Summer Holidays]

    This is the worst photostory ever! It’s boring and oh so obvious.

Started

  1. Tipps und Tricks fürs Westernreiten by Cynthia McFarland
    [OT: Western Riding]
  2. Der rosa Hengst by Lucy Pinney
    [OT: The Pink Stallion]

Stats

In Books
In Pages
Read 12 Read 2811
First Reads 6 Pages/Day 100
Re-reads 6 Pages/Book 234

 Trivia

Best (First Read) Cress
Worst (First Read) Sommerferien
Longest on TBR Pile Sommerferien 1548 days
Shortest on TBR Pile Cress 23 days
Oldest Spuren der Vergangenheit 2006
Newest Cress 2014
Longest Cress 552 pages
Shortest The Queen’s Army 18 pages

Newbies

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I’m so frustrated! I stayed true to the book-buying ban, this month’s extra challenge in the TBR Reduction Challenge, but it was all for nothing! Due to my bachelor thesis, I wasn’t able to achieve my goal of reducing my TBR by 2. In case you’re wondering how’s that since I mentioned six first-reads above and only three newbies here, I only include novels I own in the count. Gnah, it sucks! So much that I went a liiiiittle crazy in March. But that’s another story …

  1. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
    [dt. Wie Sterne so golden (Die Luna-Chroniken, #3)]

    I ordered it back in the summer of 2013 and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. I even got it a couple of days early but couldn’t read it at once because I had to finish my bachelor thesis. Torture!

  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

    A Beauty and the Beast retelling? No way I wasn’t going to get it!

  3. Panic by Lauren Oliver

    This one also arrived early but I haven’t managed to read it yet. I hope it’s at least as good as Before I Fall, which I adored.

Stats

Newbies 3 English 3
Read 3 German 0
TBR Pile ±0 Series 1
Standalones 2
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  • Bei Panic bin ich mal gespannt, wie die Reaktionen so ausfallen. Ich habe bis jetzt noch keinen Lauren Oliver Roman total überzeugend gefunden, wobei mir Before I Fall am besten gefallen hat.
    Und schon wieder so ’ne Lobeshymne auf die Lunar Chronicles, ach Leute, macht’s mir doch nicht so schwer :-D.

    • BIF hat mir richtig richtig gut gefallen. Delirium konnte mich nicht so ganz überzeugen, deswegen hab ich da auch noch nicht weitergelesen. Mal sehn, wo Panic da einzuordnen ist.

      Was, die hast du noch nicht gelesen?! Na auf was wartest du denn noch! Los, los, los! Die Reihe ist einfach nur fantastisch gut!