Bookish thoughts!!!

My name is Nicole. I'm 30 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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Der Himmel in deinen Worten // Letters to the Lost

Der Himmel in deinen Worten - Brigid Kemmerer, Henriette Zeltner

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Wow wow WOW!!!! Das ist eins von den Büchern, die ich nicht habe kommen sehen. Für mich hat es ziemlich holprig und langsam gestartet und ich war mir nicht sicher, ob ich jemals richtig reinfinden könnte. Aber dann haben wir mehr über die Charaktere erfahren und schon hat es mich richtig in den Bann gezogen und ich wollte es am Liebsten nicht mehr aus der Hand legen.

 

Inhalt: Immer hat Juliet Briefe an ihre Mutter geschrieben – selbst nach deren Tod vor Monaten hinterlässt sie ihr Nachrichten am Grab. Eines Tages findet sie eine Antwort: von einem Jungen, der genauso verzweifelt ist wie sie. Spontan schreibt sie zurück, und der Gedankenaustausch wird ihr zunehmend wichtiger. Doch dann erfährt Juliet, wem sie ihre tiefsten Gefühle offenbart hat. Sie kann nicht fassen, dass die Worte, die sie so berührt haben, von einem Loser wie Declan stammen. Oder ist seine raue Fassade nur ein Schutz, hinter dem sich eine verletzliche Seele verbirgt?

 

Die Geschichte an sich ist einfach wunderschön und dazu wirklich auch noch so unheimlich schön geschrieben, dass ich total darüber hinweg sehen kann, dass ich am Anfang nicht so wusste, was ich so von all dem halten soll. Es ist eine Geschichte, die mit der Zeit immer besser wird und die einen am Ende in die Knie zwingt und man sich zusammen rollen will, weil einen all die Gefühle erdrücken, die auf einen einprasseln. ICH LIEBE ES.

 

Ich mochte Juliet von Anfang an. Bei Declan hatte ich absolut meine Probleme und wusste garnicht wie ich ihn einschätzen und was ich von ihm halten soll. Was alleine deswegen so war, weil Juliet ihre Gefühle nach außen hin gezeigt hat, man wusste warum sie tut was sie tut, während Declan alles für sich behalten hat und einfach jeden angegangen ist, der ihn auch nur schief angeguckt hat. Deswegen brauchte ich eine Weile länger um Declan zu verstehen. Doch bis zum Ende des Buches ist er mir wirklich unheimlich ans Herz gewachsen.

 

Ich mochte die vielen Beziehungen in dem Buch, so unterschiedlich und teilweise kompliziert sie auch waren.
Die Freundschaft zwischen Declan und Rev (vor allem super, dass er seine eigene Geschichte hatte, seine eigenen Dämonen, und nicht einfach nur, der beste Freund war).
Ich mochte die verschiedenen Beziehungen zwischen den Kids und den erwachsenen Figuren.
Juliet und die Erinnerung an ihre Mutter, die holprige Beziehung zu ihrem Vater.
Declan, der bei Rev's Eltern, bei Frank, und bei Ms Hillard, so viel mehr Unterstützung bekommt als zu Hause, die ihn mehr halt gegeben haben und ihn nie aufgegeben haben auch wenn er es ihnen stellenweise absolut nicht leicht gemacht hat.
Declan, seine Mutter und Alan. Die Entwicklung, die zwischen den dreien passiert ist, als sie endlich all ihre Vorurteile gegenüber einander überwunden hatten und wirklich miteinander gesprochen haben, als Geheimnisse über Declan und seinen Vater, über den Unfall ausgesprochen wurde und einfach viel offener miteinander umgegangen wurde. Als Lösungen gesucht wurden anstatt einfach nur Frust aneinander auszulassen. Ich glaube der Teil hat mich am Meisten aufgewühlt und mich wirklich emotional total überwältigt.
Und dann natürlich Juliet und Declan. Ich liebe es, dass es im Vordergrund stand, dass die Beiden jemanden finden mit dem sie reden können, denen sie Dinge erzählen können, die sie sich bei anderen nicht trauen. Dass sie sich durch die Briefe und die Emails gegenseitig geholfen haben. Dass es nicht einfach nur darum ging, dass sich ein Junge und ein Mädchen schreiben und sich ineinander verlieben und boom. Es ging um so viel mehr.

 

Ich kann das Buch wirklich nur jedem empfehlen. Ich brauch jetzt jedenfalls ein paar Stücken Schokolade um mein Gefühlsleben wieder ins Gleichgewicht zu bringen.

 

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Wow wow WOW!!!! This is one of those books that you don't see coming. For me the beginning was really rocky and slow and I wasn't entirely sure if that was gone be a book for me and if I will ever get into the story. But as soon as we found out more of the characters, I was sucked in and had a hard time putting the book down.

 

Summary: Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

 

The story itself was just beautiful and also very beautifully written, so much so, that I could totally see past the bumpy beginning, were I didn't actually know what to make of this book. It's a book that just gets better with time and that has you on your knees at the end, were you just wanna curl into a ball, because there are so many feelings that you feel all at ones. I LOVE IT.

 

I loved Juliet right from the beginning. With Declan I had lots of problems in the beginning and didn't know what to make of him. And that's because they are both so different, while Juliet shows her feelings on the outside and we know why she is doing what she is doing, with Declan, he kees everything inside and just jumps in everyones face who looks at him weird. So it takes much more time and more effort to really get to know Declan and understand him. But throughout the book he really grew on me more and more.

 

I loved all the relationships in the book, they were all so different and partly really complicated and difficult.
The friendship between Declan and Rev (especially the fact, that he had it's own story, his own demons that he was batteling with and he wasn't just the best friend).
I loved the different relationships between the kids and the adults.
Juliet and the memory of her mother, her bumpy relationship with her father.
Declan, who got much more support from Rev's parents, from Frank, and Ms Hillard, who had his back and who never gave up on him, no matter how hard he actually made it for them to stick with him.
Declan, his mother and Alan. The development between these three as soon as they got over the prejudice they had towards each other, as soon as secrets were being revealed about Declan and his father and the accident and as soon as they just were much more open to each other. As soon as they were looking for solutions instead of just letting out their frustration on each other. I think that part got to me the most and that just destroyed me emotionally.
And then Juliet and Declan, of course. I love how this was mostly about these two finally finding someone to talk to, were they could talk about things they couldn't talk about with anyone else. That through the letters and emails they could help each other. It wasn't just about a boy and a girl writing to each other, falling in love and boom. It was so so so much more.


I highly recommend this book to everyone. I, myself, need a few pieces of chocolate now to bring some balance back into my emotional life.

Vertigo!!!

 Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go  - Analog De Leon

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

I requested this because of the cover. Let's be real about this for a second. I just love beautiful covers that much. I mean, look at it!!!!

The poetry itself was pretty good. I didn't love it but I liked it enough to keep going and finishing it. In the beginning I found so many parts that I just had to highlight and I thought this was going to be my new favorite things. It didn't.

 

The farther I went into the book, I didn't feel anything anymore. The words were beautiful but they just didn't speak to me and didn't move me in a way that I wanted them to. So this is once again a 'It's not you, it's me' book, cause it's beautiful (the words and the pictures!!!), it just didn't work for me, but I totally see how this would work for other people.

Kakerlaken // Cockroaches!!!

Kakerlaken: Harry Holes zweiter Fall (Ein Harry-Hole-Krimi) - Jo Nesbø

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Inhalt: In Bangkok wurde der norwegische Botschafter ermordet. Harry soll die thailändische Polizei unterstützen und taucht tief ein in die Unterwelt einer Stadt, in der Moral und Gesetz keine Rolle spielen. Dabei findet er mehr über den Ermordeten heraus, als seinen Vorgesetzten lieb ist.

 

Harry Harry Harry.
Er ist ja wirklich eine absolute Katastrophe aber ich hab ihn total ins Herz geschlossen. Außerdem fand ich es schön, dass wir in diesem Teil ein bisschen mehr von ihm und Søs, seiner Schwester gesehen haben, ich will mehr davon. MEHR!!!!

 

Der Fall an sich war wieder ziemlich heftig aber auch total interessant. Und die Wendungen. Also ich bin ja jetzt erst beim zweiten Band der Reihe, allerdings habe ich jetzt schon eine wichtige Lektion gelernt, TRAUE NIEMANDEN!!!!

 

Die Erinnerungen an Birgitta haben mich geschafft. Das ist immer noch etwas, dass ich aus dem ersten Teil nicht wirklich verzeihen kann. Also werde ich schon mal garnichts zu diesem Teil und Runa sagen. RUNA.

 

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Summary: When the Norwegian ambassador to Thailand is found dead in a Bangkok brothel, Inspector Harry Hole is dispatched from Oslo to help hush up the case.

 

But once he arrives Harry discovers that this case is about much more than one random murder. There is something else, something more pervasive, scrabbling around behind the scenes. Or, put another way, for every cockroach you see in your hotel room, there are hundreds behind the walls. Surrounded by round-the-clock traffic noise, Harry wanders the streets of Bangkok lined with go-go bars, temples, opium dens, and tourist traps, trying to piece together the story of the ambassador’s death even though no one asked him to, and no one wants him to—not even Harry himself.

 

Harry Harry Harry.
He really is a total mess but I still love him. I also really really loved that we got more of him and his sister, Søs. I want more from that. MORE!!!!

 

The case itself was really intense but also very interesting. The twists. I mean, I'm only on my second book in the series but I already learned my lesson to TRUST NO ONE!!!!

 

The memories of Birgitta got to me really bad. That's still something I can't forgive from the first book. So don't even get me started on the second book and Runa. RUNA.

Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 176 pages.

 Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go  - Analog De Leon

No one tells you
when you fall in love with a star,
one day it might burn out
and leaves behind a black hole.

Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 176 pages.

 Vertigo: Of Love & Letting Go  - Analog De Leon

She is the sea,
wild and free.

I know I could never
fully explore her expanse
and will most certainly
become lost in her waves forever,
yet with a torn sail and a smile,
I set sail anyhow.

My November 2017

Der Fledermausmann: Harry Holes erster Fall - Jo Nesbø alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood, Brigitte Walitzek Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir, Barbara Imgrund
Der Fledermausmann - 5 stars
Alias Grace - 5 stars
Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Everything I read.

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Sündiges Spiel, Der Himmel in deinen Worten

 

November has been terrible. In life and in the reading world. I have so much going on at the moment that I can't really stay focused on a book. I keep reading and reading but I can't seem to finish any books. It's driving me up the wall. On the other hand, I may not have finished many books last month but the ones I finished, I truly loved and enjoyed. So Quality over quantity, right?!

Adventured of Huckleberry Finn!!!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain, Crystal Chan

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

This review is going to hurt me more than any review I have ever written. I love these Manga Classics, they brought me closer to stories that I never thought I would like.

 

But this one on the other hand. I thought I was gonna love this. Adventures. I love adventures. But I was just so damn bored throughout this whole book.

 

The story was beautifully done. I loved the artwork, I loved the way the story was told. I loved it. It just didn't work for me at all.

Die Herrschaft der Masken // An Ember in the Ashes!!!

Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir, Barbara Imgrund

german and english review

 

Das Buch wollte ich jetzt wirklich schon so lange lesen. Doch irgendwie habe ich es nie geschafft und habe es auch nicht zu Hause. Ich bin dann durch Zufall bei Spotify auf das Hörbuch gestoßen und hab es einfach mal als Zeichen gesehen. Ich bin absolut keine Hörbuchhörer. Ich habe es schon so oft versucht und irgendwie brauch ich immer ewig. Aber da ich unbedingt ein Hörbuchhörer werden will, gebe ich es nicht auf und versuche es immer wieder. Schön zu wissen, dass ich nur in seltenen Fällen so hartnäckig bleiben kann.

 

Aber zu dem Buch. Erstmal direkt zum Hörbuch an sich. Ich fand die beiden Leser total klasse. Ich mochte auch die Melodie die am Anfang, am Ende und zwischen verschiedenen Teiles des Buches kurz eingespielt wurde, weil sie wirklich gut zu der Stimmung des Buches gepasst hatte. Es war die ungekürzte Version, deswegen hatte ich das Gefühl, das Buch geht ewig und ich habe auch wirklich lange gebraucht, was nicht an der Geschichte lag, sondern an mir.

 

Zu der Geschichte an sich.

 

Inhalt: Wie überlebt man in einer Welt, in der Männer mit silbernen Masken jeden Tag den Tod bringen können? Wie kann man sich selbst treu bleiben, wenn die Herrschenden des Imperiums alles dafür tun, voller Grausamkeit ein ganzes Volk zu unterjochen? Elias und Laia stehen auf unterschiedlichen Seiten. Und doch sind ihre Wege schicksalhaft miteinander verknüpft. Während Elias in der berühmten Militärakademie von Schwarzkliff dazu ausgebildet wird, als Elite-Krieger die silberne Maske der Macht voller Stolz und ohne Erbarmen zu tragen, muss Laia täglich die Willkür der Herrschenden fürchten. Als ihre Familie ermordet wird und ihrem Bruder die Hinrichtung droht, schließt sie sich dem Widerstand an. Als Sklavin getarnt, dringt sie in das Innerste von Schwarzkliff vor. Dort trifft sie auf Elias, den jungen Krieger, der eigentlich ihr Feind sein müsste ... Eine mitreißende Geschichte, in der es buchstäblich um Leben und Tod geht.

 

Zu den Charakteren. Wir hatten Laia und Elias. Die Geschichte wurde aus der Sicht der Beiden erzählt. Laia ist mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen (ich mochte sie schon als ich eine kleine Leseprobe aus dem Buchladen mitgenommen habe und das erste Kapitel von ihr lesen konnte). Ich finde ja sie ist von Anfang an ziemlich stark, aber sie findet durch das Buch hinweg, immer wieder neue Stärke um nicht aufzugeben und behält ihr Ziel fest im Auge. Elias, mochte ich auch, bei ihm hab ich ein bisschen länger gebraucht obwohl ich immer für Charaktere zu haben bin, die auf der falschen Seite stehen, die aber immer nach einem Ausweg suchen um da rauszukommen. Seine Kapitel waren auf jeden Fall mehr actiongeladen als die von Laia, trotzdem fand ich ihre Kapitel öfter viel interessanter.

 

Es gab so viele Nebencharaktere, dass ich bei manchen einfach total keine Ahnung habe, wer sie eigentlich waren und was sie getan oder eben nicht getan haben. Aber einige haben sich dann doch wieder in mein Herz geschlichen. Ich mochte besonders Izzy und die Köchin (die beiden und wie nah sie sich standen, was sie schon alles gemeinsam durchgestanden hatten), Sana (von ihr hätte ich mir mehr gewünscht aber vielleicht bekomme ich das im zweiten Buch??), Helena mochte ich auch sehr gerne und egal wie es zwischendrin auch ausgesehen hat, ich habe nie das Vertrauen verloren, dass sie am Ende doch die richtigen Entscheidungen trifft.

 

Die Story an sich, war wirklich richtig interessant und auch spannend gemacht, ich mochte den Teil mit den Prüfungen obwohl es wirklich grausam war. Ich mochte den Teil mit dem Widerstand, obwohl ich kaum einem von ihnen traue.

 

Und das Ende hat es auf jedenfall geschafft, dass ich es kaum abwarten kann, dass nächste Buch zu hören. Ja, ich hab schon geguckt, es ist bei Spotify und ich werde es wieder versuchen. Diesmal ist es eine gekürzte Version, ich hoffe allerdings, dass ich trotzdem alles Wichtige dabei haben werde.

 

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I wanted to read this book for forever. Somehow I never got it done and I don't even have it at home. I stumbled over it on Spotify the other day (a month ago) and took it as a sign. I'm not an audiobook person. I tried so many times and I somehow always take forever to finish one. But just because I WANT to be an audiobook person, I won't give up. Good to know how persistent I can be in rare situations like that.

 

But let's talk about the book. Firstly about the audiobook itself. I really liked both the readers. And I really liked the melody they played in the beginning, the end and between the different parts of the story, cause it fit the mood of the book so well. It was the full version, not some cut down one, and because of that, I kinda had the feeling the book was going on forever and I took really long too finish it. It wasn't the books fault, it was all mine.

 

About the story.

 

Summary: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 

The characters. We have Laia and Elias. The story is told from both their point of views. Laia got me right from the start (she already got me when I took a little sample of the book from the bookstore and was able to read her first chapter). I think right from the beginning, she is really strong but I also think that throughout the book, she finds a lot of new strength to focus on her goal and to never give up. I liked Elias, too. It took me a while, tho, even though I love those characters that are on the wrong side of things and try everything to get away from that. His chapters had a lot more action going on but I still thought that Laia's chapters were much more interesting most of the time.

 

There were so many minor characters, that with some of them I'm still lost and don't know who they actually are and what they did and didn't do. But some of them still found their way into my heart. Sneaky little bastards. I loved Izzy and the cook (those two, how close they are and what they both went through together), Sana (I wish we could've gotten more about her, but I have hope for the second book), and Helene, I loved her and through everything that was going on and that didn't put a good light on her, I still had faith in her that she would do the right things in the end.

 

The story itself was really interesting and exciting, I loved the parts with the trials, even though they were really brutal and cruel. I also loved the Resistance part of the story, though I don't trust most of them.

 

And the ending totally got me and made me wanted to listen to the next book right away. Yes, I'm listening to it again, spotify has it in a cut version and I hope, that I still get to hear all the good, important stuff.

 

Alias Grace!!!

alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood, Brigitte Walitzek

German and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Ich liebe dieses Buch, ich liebe den langsamen Anfang, ich liebe die Art wie das Buch erzählt wurde, ICH LIEBE DIESES BUCH EINFACH. Es gehört eindeutig ganz oben auf meine Liste meiner Lieblingsbücher, die ich dieses Jahr gelesen habe.

 

Inhalt: Toronto, 1843: Das junge Dienstmädchen Grace wird mit sechzehn des Doppelmordes an ihren Arbeitgebern schuldig gesprochen. In letzter Sekunde wandelt das Gericht ihr Todesurteil in eine lebenslange Gefängnisstrafe um. Sie verbringt Jahre hinter Gittern, bis man sie schließlich entlässt. Im Haushalt des Anstaltdirektors begegnet sie dem Nervenarzt Simon, der ihrer Geschichte auf den Grund gehen will: Ist Grace eine gemeingefährliche Verbrecherin oder unschuldig? Margaret Atwood hat einen Roman von hypnotischer Spannung geschrieben, der die Geschichte einer realen Gestalt, einer der berüchtigtsten Frauen Kanadas erzählt.

 

Man muss wirklich Geduld mit dem Buch haben, es geht langsam vorwärts aber es lohnt sich ungemein dran zu bleiben und wirklich jeden der langsamen Momente auch zu genießen. Der Schreibstil ist knallhart und beschönigt, das Leben um diese Zeit absolut nicht, gerade das Leben einer Frau.

 

Grace!!! Ihr Leben ist tragisch und das nicht erst seit dem sie ins Gefängnis gekommen ist. Ihre ganze Familiengeschichte, die Art wie sie aufgewachsen ist, wie sie ihre Mutter verloren hat, das Verhalten ihres Vaters. Einfach alles. Dann kommt ein bisschen Sonnenschein in ihr Leben, wenn sie durch ihre Anstellung auf Mary Whitney trifft und sich eine Freundschaft zwischen den beiden Mädchen entwickelt. DIESE FREUNDSCHAFT, war alles für mich. Freundschaften zwischen Frauen sind immer ein absolutes Plus für mich, egal in welcher Geschichte. Und die Beiden hatte sich wirklich gesucht und gefunden. All die FEELS!!!!

Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht verraten, weil ich denke, dass man am Besten alles langsam erfährt, wie in dem Buch geschrieben, statt einfach alles in einer Buchbewertung zu lesen.

 

Ich kann es wirklich nur jedem empfehlen!!!

 

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I love this book, I love the slow star, I love the way the story was told, I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK. It pretty much saved the top spot in my list of favorite books I read this year.

 

Summary: Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?

 

You seriously have to be patience with this book, it's set at a very slow pace but it's so worth to just keep going and to actually enjoy the slower moments. The writing style is brutal and doesn't sugar coat anything when it comes to the tough life back than, especially for a woman.

 

Grace!!! Her life is tragic and not just when she is getting arrested. Her whole backstory, the story with her family, how she grew up, how she lost her mother, how her father treated her. Everything. Then her life gets much better, when she finds her first employment, meets Mary Whitney and when these two girls start becoming friends. THAT FRIENDSHIP, was everything for me. Friendships between women, no matter what story, is always a huge plus for me. And these two, they were so good for each other. JUST ALL THE FEELS!!!!

 

I don't really want to say much more, cause I think it's best to figure things out and read the story slowly, just like in the book, instead of having everything written out in the book review.

 

I jut very highley recommend it!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 39%.

alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood, Brigitte Walitzek

I have so many feels about the Grace/Mary friendship and everything that happened with Mary. HELP!!!!

Reading Challenge - Complete!!!!

 

It's done. Aaah. I'm so happy.
I probably won't do as many next year, I feel like I have overdone it. I wanna challenge myself, but I also don't want to put too much pressure on my reading.

Der Fledermausmann // The Bat!!!

Der Fledermausmann: Harry Holes erster Fall - Jo Nesbø

German and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Ich habe es geschafft bei NetGalley, die ganze Buchreihe abzustauben!!!! Ich bin echt so happy, denn gleich mit dem ersten Band, haben sie mich total in die Welt von Harry Hole reingezogen.

 

Inhalt: Der Polizist Harry Hole wird zur Aufklärung des Mordes an der norwegischen Schauspielerin Inger Holter nach Australien gesandt. Dort steht ihm sein Kollege Andrew Kensington, ein Aborigine, zur Seite. Die beiden unkonventionellen Polizisten freunden sich schnell an. Von Andrew erfährt Hole eine Menge über Australien, seine Geschichte und das Leben in Sydney. Doch der Mord an Inger Holter ist kein Einzelfall. Im ganzen Osten von Australien werden junge, blonde Frauen vergewaltigt, mitunter auch erwürgt. Ist der Täter ein psychopathischer Frauenmörder?

 

Jetzt, wo ich am Ende des Buches so durch meine Notizen gehe, finde ich es einfach nur süß wie naiv und unschuldig ich war. Ganz ehrlich, ich zweifel nach dem Buch total an meiner Menschenkenntnis (außerdem zweifel ich an meinen Rechtschreibfähigkeiten, weil ich dieses Wort in fünf Versionen geschrieben habe, bevor ich endlich aufgegeben und Google gefragt habe).

 

Es hat sich am Anfang unheimlich gezogen, dass muss ich ehrlich zu geben. Doch als ich den Teil dann überstanden hatte, war es einfach nur noch unheimlich spannend. Zum Schluss hin, habe ich keinen der Nebencharaktere mehr getraut, nachdem mich die ein oder andere Wendung vollkommen blind getroffen hat und richtig erschüttert hat.

 

Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen oder verraten. Außer, dass ich Jo Nesbø's Schreibstil unheimlich toll finde und ich auch schon gleich das zweite Buch in der Serie angefangen habe zu lesen. Harry Hole, er ist eine Katastrophe und wirklich ein totales Wrack, aber irgendwie ist er mir ans Herz gewachsen.

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Through some dumb luck, I actually got the whole series from NetGalley!!! I'm so so happy, cause right with the first book they managed to suck me into the world of Harry Hole.

 

Summary: Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

 
Now that I finished the book and went back over my notes, I'm just amazed how adorable and naive I was. Seriously, after this book, I highly doubt my ability to read people (also why isn't there an english word for 'Menschenkenntnis', that doesn't sound super wrong when I write it???)
 

To be honest, in the beginning things really were slow and I couldn't be bothered. But as soon as I got through that part, things started to get really interesting and exciting. At the end of the book, I didn't trust any of the minor characters anymore after I got blindsided by some of these twists that were coming out of nowhere and hit me right were it hurt.

 

I actually don't want to say anything more. Only that Jo Nesbø's writing is amazing and I love it. I also started reading the second book in the series right away. Harry Hole, he is a mess and a total wreck but he somehow managed to find his way into my heart.

#15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!!

Reblogged from BookLikes:

BookLikes gathers book lovers from all around the world. We're happy to introduce Nicole, a blogger who reads and reviews in English and German. 

You can follow Nicole's blog on BookLikes here: http://hoffnungswolke.booklikes.com

 

 

When have you read your very first book? What was it?

 

I actually can't remember and it hurts my soul to admit that. I know that when I was in my last year of school, I started going to the local library with my friend and that's when I real got into reading and was at the library all the time. I didn't do reviews or anything and never really talked about it. The first book series that I read religiously were the CSI books and I couldn't shut up about them in a German CSI forum. Oh, the good old days.

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

Reading slowly became more and more of a part of me. A huge part, the part that kept my brain quite when my anxiety got to much. Just an escape that I really needed. But I don't have anyone around me that is really into books and I couldn't just keep bottling all my book feelings up and because the internet has everything, I soon found Goodreads and that's when I found my people. I was super nervous writing reviews, so in the beginning I only did the star rating. Then when I found BookLikes, I actually started to write reviews and was comfortable enough to share my thoughts and opinions.

 

 

  1. Can you name three things that blogging changed in your life?

 

I got much more comfortable sharing my thoughts and my opinions. I just love talking about  books and connect with people that like the same books. I always feels super proud when I see some read the same book as me and also liked it, or hated it the same as me and I don't feel so alone lol

 

 

You live in Germany and read in two languages: English and German. Do you experience the book differently depending on the language you read it in?

 

Not all the time, but sometimes I really experience the book differently. Sometimes I feel like the translations don't really work. Some jokes fall flat and things like that. When reading a book in English, I feel like I actually get to experience the authors work and his words.

 

 

Do you prefer reading in English or German?

 

This is a tough question. I'm pretty comfortable with my English skills at this point, so it's not that much harder to read the English version instead of the German once, unless I'm reading in the middle of the night fighting sleep. Most of the time I prefer reading in English, simply because in German translation they like to change names of characters or places, so that when I write a review and I have read the book in German, I actually have to check and make sure that the names are right. 

 

We’ve read that you’re a TV show fan. Can you recommend a good one?

 

It changes all the time, to be completely honest. I'm currently re-watching Covert Affairs and it reminds me how much I loved this show and how much it helped me through a really difficult time. Other than that I loved Leverage (the most perfect show that I need everyone to watch). Shows that are actually currently airing: Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place are my absolute happy place, I don't do well with comedy shows but these two are perfect. See, I cheated, I can't just talk about one show.

 

 

What’s your book review drill? Do you review all the books you read?

 

I'm like 99,9% sure that since I started writing reviews, I have reviewed every book that I have read. Even the ones I didn't like, I either tried to focus on the good parts or I just left a little review.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

I'm just gonna mention the covers of books I read this year

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade AlanThe Castaways - Jessika FleckIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld

The story is seriously amazing and really creative.

The writing is so great and really transported me in the middle of this world...

Read a full review of The Castaways ->

 

 

Any tips for beginning bloggers?

 

The most cliche tip I can think of is: Be yourself!!! And be honest. You don't have to pretend to like a book that everyone loves but you just don't get it. And also the other way around, don't feel like you can't enjoy a book that everyone hates. It's your blog and you do you. This is your space to talk about the things you love.

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I made it my mission this year to recommend The Best We Could Do and Ich, Eleanor Oliphant Roman to everybody.

 

 

The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld 

HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING. This graphic novel/comic,

whatever you wanna call it, is everything. Seriously...

Read a full review of The Best we could do ->

 

 

What’s your reading spot? 

 

My bed, it's the most comfortable place in my room.

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

Both. I never thought I would ever be a e-book person but I'm reading more and more e-books. Nothing can replace a paper book, the feel, the smell  and the weight of it in your hands. But I'm really enjoying e-books when I'm out and about. I also receive all the ARCs I read as a ebook, so I had to get used to it at some point. Downside to reading an ebook on my tablet or phone, I'm pretty lost if it has no power and I can't find the charger. Been there, donw that.

 

Three title for a spaceship travel?

 

I could only think of these three...I need to read more space books.

 

 

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David LópezThe 100 - Kass MorganJoyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To

 

Favorite quote?

 

I'm going to share one that even though I read the book three years ago, I still think about this quote a lot. It's really powerful.

“Wir sind imstande, Überschallflugzeuge und Raketen ins All zu schicken, einen Verbrecher anhand eines Haars oder eines winzigen Hautpartikels zu identifizieren, eine Tomate zu züchten, die im Kühlschrank drei Monate lang völlig faltenfrei bleibt, und Milliarden von Informationen auf einem Mikrochip zu speichern. Wir sind imstande, die Leute auf der Straße sterben zu lassen.”
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

I'm trying to translate it as best as I can.

"We are capable of sending supersonic aircraft and rockets into space, identifying a criminal based on hair and tiny skin particles, breeding a tomato that's gonna stay wrinkle-free for three months in the fridge, and saving billions of information on a microchip. We are capable of letting people die on the streets."
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

  1. A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

I have to go with a character that I actually read about this year, it's Ellie, the main character in the book A Messy, Beautiful Life. She was going through much and through everything she was so strong and just great. She was really inspiring to me and I would love to meet her. She is also one of those characters that I would love to check up on, you know, see how she is doing after the book ended.

 

  

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

I don't have the space that I would need to make my shelves look pretty and all that, so I just use all the space I have and put as many books there as I can, it's not pretty, but oh well...

 

 

 

Thank you :)

 

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My October 2017

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King, Edgar Allan Poe Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn, Nina Dulleck, Ilse Layer Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb, Uta Hege
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - 4 stars
Just One of the Boys - 4 stars
Approximately Yours - 5 stars
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - 5 stars
Blutzeuge - 5 stars
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - 4 stars
Der magische Faden - 4 stars
Süßer Ruf des Todes - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

 

So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.


(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)

Süßer Ruf des Todes // Kindred In Death !!!

Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb, Uta Hege

German and english review

 

Es ist Ewigkeiten her, dass ich das letzte Mal ein Buch der In Death Serie gelesen habe aber ich bin zurück und nachdem hier habe ich gleich das nächste aus dem Regal genommen. Es liegt nicht daran, dass ich die Bücher nicht alle habe, denn die kaufe ich sofort wenn sie rauskommen, ich brauch nur immer ziemlich lange sie zu lesen, deswegen schiebe ich es immer auf. Dabei LIEBE ich diese Serie.

 

Es war einfach wieder toll in die Welt von Eve Dallas einzutauchen, sie ist eine meiner absoluten Lieblingscharaktere und sie ist einfach so ein tolle Hauptfigur, von der ich gerne lese, egal ob es dabei geht, wie sie ihren Job macht oder ob es darum geht, wie sie ihr Privatleben meistert. Sie ist wunderbar und ich liebe ihren Humor.

 

Außerdem, was ich inzwischen immer mehr zu schätzen weiß, die vielen verschiedenen Frauenfreundschaften in dem Buch. Da kommen so oft so viele verschiedene Persönlichkeiten aufeinander und sie kommen trotzdem wunderbar miteinander aus und es macht einfach total Spaß es zu lesen.

 

Der Fall war wie immer heftig. Also, dass war wirklich grausam. Aber auf jeded fall, sehr sehr spannend gemacht. Mich hat es auf jeden fall total in den Bann gezogen.

 

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It's been way way WAY too long since I last read a book in the In Death series but I', back and I even got the next book in the series out of my shelve right away. It's not that I don't have the books available too me, I buy them as soon as they come out BUT, I always take forever to get through these books, so I ALWAYS put it off. Even though I LOVE this series.

 

It was amazing getting back into the world of Eve Dallas, she's absolutely one of my favorite characters, she is one of those protagonist that I love reading, no matter if it's about how she's doing her work or about how she's dealing with her personal life. She's amazing and I love her sense of humor.

 

Also, at this point in life, I really appreciate all the different friendships between the women in this book. There are so many different personalities that come together and they still have these great friendships and it's just amazing to read.

 

And the case was a tough one. Really brutal actually. But so so gripping, it held my attention until the very end.

Life changing update (it's not life changing at all)!!!

So yesterday, it happened. IT HAPPEND. I woke up and suddenly, I had a 3 infront of my age. Without a warning. I turned 30 yesterday. People really made a big deal about it...I didn't care. Still don't. Maybe it's because of the cold medication I'm currently on (took too much yesterday to get through the little family get together without sneezing every 5 seconds and well, I swear I saw a unicorn) but I never cared much for my age. 16 wasn't a big deal, neither was 18. Or any big birthdays.

I'm still that weird, childish idiot, that prefers living in a fantasy world instead of the real one.

 

Got three books, tho. And some money to buy some myself. So, that's a win.

 

Ich lese gerade

Rotkehlchen by Jo Nesbø
Bereits gelesen: 16%
Sündiges Spiel by J.D. Robb
Bereits gelesen: 194/512pages