I did it! I really did it! I finished all the books that I’d started back in 2014. I’m still not used to seeing only two to three books in my currently reading section on Goodreads. It’s so weird. I can’t even remember the last time I’d read no more than three books. It must have been at least over 18 months ago. Shocking since I used to read one book after the other when I was younger.
Die Seiten der Welt (Die Seiten der Welt, #1) by Kai Meyer
[LT: The Pages of the World (The Pages of the World, #5)]
I started it shortly before the Frankfurt Bookfair in October 2014, read about 80 pages, and never picked it up again till February 2015. Not because I didn’t like it, mind you! The thing is: my expectations are always so high when it comes to Kai Meyer that I’m really scared I’ll be disappointed. Fortunately, I wasn’t. This book is just balm for a readingrat’s soul: a book about books and all kinds of bookish magic. My favourite characters: the standard lamp and the armchair, the beak book and Isis. I love her to pieces. Oh, and the body count’s really high. 5/5
Vergiss mein nicht! (Pivot Point, #1) by Kasie West
[OT: Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)]
I’d started it back in July 2014 but soon lost interest and really had to force myself to pick it up again. It was a quick read but a disappointment, especially since I loved Kasie’s The Distance Between Us so much. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get warm with this one. It was kind of boring and reminded me too much of the film Mr. Nobody with Jared Leto. 2/5
Bleib mir treu! (Pivot Point, #2) by Kasie West
[OT: Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)]
Since I wasn’t too fond of the first instalment, I decided to read the second one immediately after the first. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up in a very long time and I really need to finish some series. This one was much more interesting although it also took half the novel to really get going. The second half was really cool though. 3/5
Legends by Robert Silverberg (Ed.)
I originally picked it up to read the first of George R.R. Martin’s ASoIaF novellas and only got back to it because I didn’t want to have it on my currently reading shelf anymore. It’s quite a mixed bunch of novellas. Some I really liked and got me interested in their series, some I found quite boring. 4/5
“The Little Sisters of Eluria” (The Dark Tower) by Stephen King: Really weird – like a mash-up of the Doctor Who episodes A Town Called Mercy, Vampires of Venice and Smith and Jones. However, I don’t really know whether I like it or not.
“The Sea and Little Fishes” (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett: Had a slow start and it took me a while to get into it, but it really grew on me. Loved the ending.
“Debt of Bones” (The Sword of Truth) by Terry Goodkind: I have a soft spot for all things Sword of Truth although I haven’t read a single novel yet. I have so many fond memories connected with the TV series, which I loved back then (yeah, I know it has almost nothing to do with the books, but it was a fantasy show and I was craving them). Loved to read about young Zedd although I had a hard time adjusting to the time period.
“Grinning Man” (Tales of Alvin Maker) by Orson Scott Card: I had such a hard time to get used to the language/writing style but I really enjoyed the story.
“The Seventh Shrine” (Majipoor) by Robert Silverberg: That was so weird and unfortunately not really my cup of tea.
“Dragonfly” (Earthsea) by Ursula K. Le Guin: Awww, I really enjoyed this one. So much that I started questioning my decision to discontinue the series after the fourth novel.
“The Burning Man” (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn) by Tad Williams: I really enjoyed it and need to check out the series.
“The Hedge Knight” (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin: Well, a typical GRRM story: the people you like die, the ones you dislike survive. I really loved it. It’s so strange that there are actually living, breathing, speaking, and acting Targaryens. And so freaking many. And all of them are Princes because they’re in power.
“Runner of Pern” (Pern) by Anne McCaffrey: Love, love, love! This one was my second favourite story. Great writing, great characters, interesting and fun plot. Need to get my hands on … well, whatever the first series is. There are so many of them.
“The Wood Boy” (The Riftwar Saga) by Raymond E. Feist: Consider myself not impressed. I just hope the books are better. I already got the first one (in two halves since I got the older editions).
“New Spring” (The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan: I didn’t know whether to read it or not. Online they tell you to wait till you reach the 8th book in the series because of spoilers, but I guess that’s only true for the enhanced novel and not for this original novella. At least, I can’t imagine I got majorly spoilered. I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the characters. I have to pick up the first book soon. I actually wanted to read it in February but didn’t manage to squeeze it in.
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
[dt. Kinder des Nebels (Die Nebelgeborenen, #1)]
Gosh, why did it take me soooo loooong?! I started it in October when we had a Sanderson-read-a-thon, which was so much fun! However, I didn’t pick it up again till February, although I really enjoyed it. However, I’m not as crazy about it as everyone else I know. →review 4/5
Das Schwert in der Stille (Der Clan der Otori, #1) by Lian Hearn
[OT: Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, #1)]
My first reread in ages – and it took me almost a year to finish the novel, although I really like it. Yes, there’s instalove, but for some reason, I’m fine with it. Maybe because the novel reads like a legend, one of the old heroic epics. I really love the writing. One moment, it’s very poetic, the next totally down to earth. I love the feudal Japanese-ish setting and the fantasy element. I love the character constellations. I hope to continue my reread/first read of the series in March. This series has been unfinished on my shelves for far too long. 4/5
Stumme Tränen by Cheryl Zach
[OT: Silent Tears (Life at Sixteen, #5)]
Child abuse is a serious topic. Unfortunately, the novel didn’t really turn out the way I hoped. Lauri just didn’t do enough. I understand that she’s in a difficult situation, but she’s not twelve anymore, although she sometimes reads that young. A sixteen-year-old should put the safety of a child first, no matter the consequences, especially if the consequences are that immaterial. Therefore, I was really disappointed how the novel ended. In my opinion, the whole romance aspect shouldn’t have taken up so much space. 2/5
Das unsichtbare Band (W.i.t.c.h., #86-88) by Elisabetta Gnone
[LT: The Invisible Bond (W.i.t.c.h., #86-88)]
Unfortunately, I don’t have the next two omnibus editions and won’t be able to continue my reread/first read of the comics. It’s really hard to get my hands on a the missing editions since they are out of print. Hopefully, I’ll find them someday for a good price. Still, the later stories are just not as good as the first couple of story arcs, so it’s not like I’m really desperate. And yet, I want to collect them all. 2/5
Rauf aufs Pferd (PennyGirl-Reitschule, #1) by Ardina Strüwer
[OT: Get Up in the Saddle (Ready, Steady, Ride, #1)]
Fest im Sattel (PennyGirl-Reitschule, #2) by Ardina Strüwer
[OT: Ride On (Ready, Steady, Ride, #2)]
Every now and then I like to refresh my horse facts, especially now that I’m regularly working with horses again. These were actually really nice books with lots of beautiful pictures and great and useful facts. 4-4/5
Styling für dein Pferd (Pferdewissen, #3) by Pernilla Velander
[LT: Styling for Your Horse (Horse Facts, #3)]
Klickertraining mit deinem Pferd (Pferdewissen, #5) by Paulina Tufvesson
[LT: Clicker Training with Your Horse (Horse Facts, #5)]
Same goes for these two. A couple of braiding techniques and how to train your horses clicker style. I’m still not sure whether I will ever use clicker training on the horses I’m currently working with. You really need to feed them tonnes of snacks and they love to beg already. 3-3/5
Finnikin of the Rock (The Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta
OMG THIS IS SOOOO FREAKING AWESOME! EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS SERIES! Melina Marchetta is a goddess. Her writing, plotting, characters are superb. Get ready for all the feels. 5/5