Wrap-Up & Newbies March 2015

05th April 2015

Wrap-Up

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I’m kind of in a reading slump right now. It all started, because I’ve been procrastinating reading Quintana of Charyn throughout March. Still haven’t read it yet, because I’m so afraid of ALL THE FEELS. Instead of turning to other books, I just didn’t read at all. Furthermore, I’m going to move in a couple of days and preparations are taking up a lot of my free time and I’m just not in the mood for reading.

  1. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    [dt. Das Silmarillion]

    I can’t believe I made it through this one. I’d already given up on it once, but this time I sticked to the reading plan Shiku and I had worked out and I actually finished it. I really love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but this one wasn’t really for me. I’m very interested in the characters and their fate, just not so much into how the stories are written/constructed. Everyone’s already annoyed at the eagles saving the day both in The Hobbit and LotR, so I was really pissed when they saved the day in The Silmarillion for … well, to be honest, I lost count. Basically, every time something had to be saved. 3/5

  2. Froi of the Exiles (The Lumatere Chronicles, #2) by Melina Marchetta

    If you haven’t started the Lumatere Chronicles yet, what the hell are you waiting for?! They’re fan-fucking-tastic and full of ALL THE FEELS. I really loved this one, although I’m a little disappointed that you basically know how one major plot point will turn out. Still, there’s enough to love in there, especially the characters. I immensely enjoyed Quintana and Phaedra and I really came to love Froi as well. 5/5

  3. Das Riesen-Pferdequiz (Das Riesen-Pferdequiz, #1) by Sandy Ransford
    [OT: The Horse and Pony Quiz Book, Part 1]
  4. Das Riesen-Pferdequiz (Das Riesen-Pferdequiz, #2) by Sandy Ransford
    [OT: The Horse and Pony Quiz Book, Part 2]

    These two were ok quiz books. Nothing special but I’m sure they can be quite fun for a younger audience on rainy days or long drives. 2-2/5

  5. Freunde für immer by PennyGirl (Ed.)
    [LT: Friends Forever]

    It has an ISBN, so it’s a book, although the size suggests otherwise. It’s a couple of nice little sayings and cute images. 3/5

 

Stats

In Books
In Pages
Read 5 Read 1141
First Reads 5 Pages/Day 38
Re-reads 0 Pages/Book 228

Newbies

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Since March was such a weak reading month, I’m really glad it was also a month in which I really managed to pull myself together and didn’t buy any new books … yeah, right, as if that’s ever going to happen. But seriously, almost all of these books were preorders and I also haven’t ordered anything in the last month. That’s huge for me. Keeping my TBR pile at bay – the first time in forever.

  1. Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1) by Gail Carriger

    I really can’t wait to dive back into this world. I adore Gail’s books. They’re always so much fun!

  2. The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

    Now that my collection is complete I should probably marathon them all in the near future before I’ve forgotten everything about Vampire Academy.

  3. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor

    Finally got my matching edition. I really love the spine, although I’d prefer a darker tone to fit the first two.

  4. Hufschlag im Nebel by Pamela Kavanagh
    [OT: Hoofbeats in the Mist]
  5. Freunde für immer by PennyGirl
    [LT: Friends Forever]

    The last two books my beloved PonyClub/Pony/PennyGirl book club will (ever?) publish. I still can’t believe they are giving up publishing and will digitalise the community. It’s a very sad time for horse novels.

  6. Wir retten dich, Blue Lady! by Jeanne Schlageter

    I just can’t walk by a horse novel I don’t own if it costs next to nothing…

 

Stats

Newbies 6 TBR Pile +1
English 3 German 3
Series 3 Standalones 3
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4 responses

  • Maybe I need a second attempt in a few years (like apparently everybody else too) to finish the Silmarillion. xD
    And to answer one question: „If you haven’t started the Lumatere Chronicles yet, what the hell are you waiting for?!“ Time! Time to finish the two books I’ve already started, and then to read some more. Gah, I hate essays.

    • Maybe, and yet it wouldn’t be the end of the world if you don’t. I really can’t understand why so many people love it so much. Granted, it has interesting parts and characters, but it’s all a hot mess (maybe if Tolkien had lived to finish it himself, it would have been something entirely else, but we’ll never know that).

      Awww, poor you! Uni starts next week for me, so everything will change then (although my timetable’s kind of ridiculous – much more free time than classes, but I don’t know what I’ll have to do for the classes yet). I just hope I can go back to study mode…

  • I already left a comment on your most recent post about the Lumatere Chronicles, but I agree that if you love fantasy (and even if you don’t) you should definitely read this trilogy. I’m putting off Froi because it’s SO BIG, but I’m still excited for it. I’m just not ready to make the page commitment. XD

    Dreams of Gods and Monsters is awesome! I prefer the European editions to the US ones (which are yuck colors), but I don’t really want to order more than the editions I have. I just adore the red door on the first book! I want that one the most.

    My friend tried to get me to read LotR but I couldn’t get into it, and I couldn’t finish The Hobbit either. :/ Maybe another time. I just couldn’t do it.

    • I think I read Froi in just three days because I couldn’t put it down (that was only possible because it was my semester break and I had nothing else to do ^^ ). It does take quite a lot of time to get through it, but it’s worth every second.

      That’s the most beautiful of the three UK paperback editions and definitely the reason I picked up the first one. Still have to read 2 & 3, but now that I have them all, I’m just going to reread the first and marathon them. At least that’s the plan. I really love the UK hardcovers but just as you said, I can neither afford to buy these additional editions nor do I have the space on my shelves.

      I can totally understand that. It’s quite something and I think you either love or hate it. There really isn’t that much in between. When I first read the books at age 11 or 12, I also didn’t like them but I’d had to read them if I’d wanted to watch the films. That was my dad’s rule and I’m forever grateful for that, although I couldn’t appreciate it back then. When I reread them at age 16, I just loved them. So maybe you’ll have a similar experience someday.