Bookish thoughts!!!

My name is Nicole. I'm 31 years old and live in germany. This is going to be my little space where I share all my thoughts on books that I have read. English books will get a english review. German books get an english and german review if the book is available in english.

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 351 out of 592 pages.

Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) - Michelle Reid, Leigh Bardugo GOOD GOD!!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 280 out of 592 pages.

Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) - Michelle Reid, Leigh Bardugo

Did I already mention that I love these kids so damn much?!?!?!?

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 9%.

Spindle (English Edition) - Shonna Slayton

Putting this on hold for a bit, cause I can't seem to get really into the story right now.

 
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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired!!!

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired - Lucile de Pesloüan, Genevieve Darling

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley

 

 

Summary: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex.

The book's beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, everyday. And it ends with a line of hope, that with solidarity, girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.

 

My review: I feel like this was just scratching the surface.

 

I loved it. I truly did. I loved the way the words came together with the illustrations.
But in the end it wasn't anything new. It is still important, don't get me wrong. There are so many things wrong with the world when it comes to how women are treated. And it's super important to talk about it, to not just start this conversation but to keep it going.

 

I loved it for what it is. I just wish they would have gone a bit more deeper. But there is always the opportunity to make a second part, cause let's be real, this can be a never ending series of books.

 
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the mermaid's voice returns in this one!!!

The Mermaid's Voice Returns in this One - Amanda Lovelace

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley

 

Oh gosh, I just finished this and it was just so damn beautiful. Seriously. This is the first Amanda Lovelace poetry that I have read (I have 'the princess saves herself in this one' at home, but I haven't picked it up yet but I totally will do that SOON).

 

Her writing is beautiful. Of course not every poem worked for me or touched me the same that all the others did. BUT MAN, everything was just beautiful and so heartfelt and just everything!!!!

 

As soon as it's out, I'm going to buy the book and highlight the shit out of it.

 
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My January 2019

Die Farben des Blutes, Band 1: Die rote Königin - Victoria Aveyard, Birgit Schmitz Manga Classics: Macbeth - Crystal Chan Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer
Die Farben des Blutes - 4 stars
Manga Classics: Macbeth - 3 stars
Stitching Snow - 4 stars
Wie Monde so silbern - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month:

Wie Monde so silbern

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet:

Still, Spindle, Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit

 

Random ramblings:

I have come to the realization that 4 books is a totally fine number. It's enough. It would be great to read more BUT I'm fine with it. I also love the fact that I'm part of this wonderful Theme Thieves group on goodreads, cause with the monthly theme I finally grab books that I have lying around for forever and never picked up. On the other side, I have lots of Netgalley ebooks that I'M REALLY slacking on. If I can find a balance between these two, it would be perfect. (It would also be great if I would stop requesting more books.)

 
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Wie Monde so Silbern // Cinder!!!

Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer

german and english review (spoilerfree)
audiobook on audible

 

Es ist schon eine Weile her, 3 Jahre um genau zu sein, als ich das Buch zum ersten Mal gelesen habe, danach habe ich darauf gewartet, dass auch der Rest als Taschenbuch veröffentlicht wird, doch das ist bis heute nicht passiert. Dann hab ich die Serie ein bisschen vergessen. Im Januar war hier auf der Theme Thieves Gruppe das Thema "Retellings" und ich hab sofort wieder an die Serie denken müssen und daran, dass ich sie gerne über das erste Buch hinaus lesen möchte. Oder eben anhören, denn ich hab sie bei Audible gefunden und gleich mein Guthaben dafür genutzt. Jetzt ist der Januar zwar vorbei und Theme Thieves hat ein neues Thema, trotzdem werde ich auf jedenfall die Serie auf Audible weiter hören.

 

Inhalt: Cinder lebt bei ihrer Stiefmutter und ihren zwei Stiefschwestern, arbeitet als Mechanikerin und versucht gegen alle Widerstände, sich nicht unterkriegen zu lassen. Als eines Tages in unauffälliger Kleidung niemand anderes als Prinz Kai an ihrem Marktstand auftaucht, wirft das unzählige Fragen auf: Warum braucht der Prinz ihre Hilfe? Und was hat es mit dem plötzlichen Besuch der Königin von Luna auf sich, die Prinz Kai unbedingt heiraten will? Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich, bis sie in dem großen Ball, auf dem Cinder sich einschmuggelt, ihren Höhepunkt finden. Und diesmal wird Cinder mehr verlieren als nur ihren Schuh...

 

Meine Bewertung: Es war beim zweiten Mal genauso schön wie beim ersten Mal.

 

Cinder. Ich finde Cinder so einen wunderbaren Hauptcharakter. Ich mag sie einfach unheimlich gerne. Sie ist großartig.

 

Und all die Leute um sie rum, ich liebe ihre Freundschaft zu Iko. Ich liebe ihre Beziehung zu Peony (PEONY. Mein Baby. Sie hat einfach was viel viel viel besseres verdient als das was ihr passiert ist. Es bricht mir einfach immer wieder das Herz wenn ich daran denken). Ich finde Cinders Momente mit Kai einfach unheimlich schön. Die zwei süßen Idioten haben einfach so viele tolle Momente. Und Momente die mir das Hez brechen. Und dann natürlich Cinder und Erland, ich mag die Szenen mit den Beiden einfach so besonders gerne, weil wir durch ihn so viel über Cinder erfahren konnten, Dinge, die selbst sie nicht wusste.

 

Es gibt einfach so viele Charaktere die ich in dem Buch liebe. Aber es gibt auch genauso viele die ich einfach unerträglich finde. Adri und Pearl. Natürlich müssen die Beiden fies und unaustehlich sein. Und auch Levana muss einfach abgrundtief böse sein. Sie machen ihre Sache eindeutig gut als Bösewichte LOL

 

Zum Schluss möchte ich noch erwähnen, da ich das Buch ja als Hörbuch gehört habe. Ich hatte am Anfang meine Schwierigkeiten mich mit der Vorleserin anzufreunden, muss aber sagen, dass es nicht lange gedauert hat bis sie mich dann überzeugt hat. Sie hat ihren Job unheimlich gut gemacht.

 

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It's been a hot minute, 3 years to be exact, since I last read this book. Back then I wanted to wait for the paperbacks to be published in germany, but that never happened, and I kinda forgot a bit about the series. In january the theme for the Theme Thieves group here on goodreads was "Retellings" and this series was the first thing that I thought of reading. Or well, listening to, cause I saw that the whole series was on audible and I got the books right away. Cause even though january is over and there is a new theme for the Theme Thieves group, I'm going to continue and finish listening to this series on audible.

 

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

 

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

 

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

 

My review: It was just as amazing the second time around as it was the first time I read it.

 

Cinder. I just think she is the most amazing main character. I just love her. She's all kinds of awesome.

 

And all the characters around her. I love her friendship with Iko. I love her relationship with Peony (PEONY. My baby. She just deserved much much much more than what she got. It just breaks my heart everytime I think about what happened to her). I love Cinders moments with Kai, they are just so great and wonderful. These two adorable idiots have just so many great moments. And moments that were totally breaking my heart. And of course Cinder and Erland, I LOVED their scenes cause because of him we just learned so much stuff about Cinder, things she didn't even knew.

 

There are just so many characters that I love. But there are just as many that I hate with the burning passion of a thousand suns. Adri and Pearl. OF COURSE, both of them had to be mean and unbearable. Also Levana HAD TO be this insufferable mean and cruel person. They did well on being the villans LOL

 

And to end this review, because I listened to the audibook. In the beginning I wasn't really sure about the women who read the story but it didn't take me too long to realize that she is actually doing a really great job.

 

Found my review from three years ago http://hoffnungswolke.booklikes.com/post/1451141/wie-monde-so-silbern-cinder

 
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Stitching Snow!!!

Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis

spoilerfree

 

Summary: Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

 

My review: What a wonderful retelling of Snow White.

 

To be completely honest. I struggled with this in the beginning a lot. And I don't know why. I loved Essie, the main character, right away. I really enjoyed the writing. I loved the whole story and the whole new setting for the whole Snow White story. As soon as I found out that instead of seven dwarves, we had seen drones, I was over the moon.

 

Essie is one of those main characters that doesn't just somehow find her way into my heart, but that actually storms her way in my heart. She is strong, she is fierce, she is flawed, she is broken. SHE IS EVERYTHING. I just love her so damn much.
Dane on the other hand was a struggle. DUDE. I was suspicious of him in the beginning, hated him for a bit and then slowly but surely fell in love with him.

 

I loved the relationship between these two. She went through the same feeling as I did when it came to him. I loved it. It felt real and didn't seem rushed at all. Ugh, these precious babes.

 

There were a lot of heartbreaking things in this book. Essie's past. Everything her father did to her (it was only hinted at but I think we all know what happened there), and of course everything that Olivia did and try to do to her. There was some things with Dane's father that also broke me.

I just had too many feeling about this book.

 

Overall, I truly loved this retelling and the whole world that the author build for us. The writing was really great, the characters and their relationships were really well done.

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 294 out of 352 pages.

Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis

OH MY DAMN!!!!!!

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 238 out of 352 pages.

Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis

DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!
How did Essie not think about this before???
She was always worried about getting poisened and SHE DIDN'T THINK OF THIS????

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Wie Monde so silbern (Luna-Chroniken, #1) - Marissa Meyer

Haven't listened to an audiobook for a while now, so I'm back.
Not feeling the readers voice, but I will adjust LOL

 

 

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 177 out of 352 pages.

Stitching Snow - R.C. Lewis

Good god, give Essie a break, man!!!

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

Still: Die Bedeutung von Introvertierten in einer lauten Welt - Susan  Cain

Got this recommended to me by my new therapist and I'm really into this, cause all of the sudden things make sense.

 
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Therapist Update!!!

I had my first appointment with a therapist yesterday, already got an appointment for next week cause someone cancelled on him. I truly think that this one is really going to work out. I had a 50 minute session that just flew by and we haven't even scratched the surface. He is wonderful and he loves books and libraries. I mean, I come on.

 

I will keep you guys updated.

The struggle is real, people!!!

Remember my last wrap up when I was like, aside from reading, I have tv shows to catch up on, I wanna play The Sims 4 the whole day and also got myself a Nintendo Switch that I can't keep out of my hands.

 

WELL. Why not add another distraction to the mix...I started listening to the My Favorite Murder podcast. Starting from episode 1...I'm on episode 15 now.

 

I'm seriously overwhelmed with all the things I wanna do and consume all at once.

Manga Classics: Macbeth!!!

Manga Classics: Macbeth - Crystal Chan

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley

 

I don't know how to rate this. I don't completely hate it, but I didn't love it either.

I liked the story but at the same time, didn't care for it at all. I'm just really meh about the whole thing. I just really don't care for anything Shakespeare, really. Who would've thought. Actually, I knew. Please don't hate me.

 

Let's talk about something very positive, tho. The artwork. Hot damn, the artwork was just fantastic and beautiful and just everything that made me actually like the book enough to keep going. Damn, they are good.

 
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Ich lese gerade

Wie Blut so rot by Marissa Meyer
Bereits gelesen: 56%
Das Lied der Krähen: Roman (Glory or Grave, Band 1) by Michelle Reid, Leigh Bardugo
Bereits gelesen: 560/592pages
Still: Die Bedeutung von Introvertierten in einer lauten Welt by Susan Cain
Bereits gelesen: 6%
Spindle (English Edition) by Shonna Slayton
Bereits gelesen: 9%
Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit: Thriller by Karen Cleveland, Stefanie Retterbush
Bereits gelesen: 14%