I can’t stop listening to “Lacrimosa Dies Illa” from Mozart’s “Requiem” on repeat. I blame Teen Wolf. Why’d they have to use it in S3E8? That episode was not okay btw. Poor Derek.
43rd finished book of the year: The Penguin Book of Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
This is the first book I have ever read about Norse myths so I can’t really judge how good the book is content-wise. The introduction was informative, but a bit dry. Then 32 myths were presented, differing in lengths and style. Some of the myths were familiar to me, others I had never heard of. Most of them were interesting, but a couple I found boring. Also the writing was inconsistent. Some myths were written better than others, and although the author explains his reasons for this in the introduction it did bother me a bit. After the myths followed a Notes section with more details on the source material for each myth, which again was interesting but quite dry. All in all I had expected this book to present the Norse myths in a more interesting way and though the modern re-writing has helped with understanding I feel that it might have taken away some of the charme of the original texts.
|—||Astrid Lindgren (via malapropsbookstore)|
41st finished book of the year: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I loved this book! The story was just as nerve-wrecking as “Cinder” and I couldn’t put the book down once I had started reading. I can’t wait to get stuck in “Cress”.
|—||Jodi Picoult (via onlinecounsellingcollege)|
I wish I could just put time on a loop for a day, say a Sunday, and spent as many Sundays in a row as I want reading. I don’t really see another way to keep up with all the books I want to read. And tumblr isn’t helping, it’s just making me aware of more good books.
|—||J. R. R. Tolkien (via paintedwithhiddlesbatch)|
With completing “Cinder” I have now read 40 books this year, out of the 120 books I had set myself as a reading challenge for 2014. At this pace I will finish my reading challenge around mid-July, so I have started to think about adjusting my goal so that it actually is a challenge. I can’t decide on a good number though.
40th finished book of the year: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This book series was mentioned so many times in posts on my dashboard that I finally decided to check it out. And boy was that a good decision. I enjoyed this book immensely and finished it within a few hours. I love the classic fairy tales, and this re-telling of “Cinderella” is a great attempt at modernising the original story. I know that the next book in the series will not focus only on Cinder, but I hope I’ll find out if she managed to escape. Some things were a tad too predictable, but otherwise this is a good read.
I have started to read my way through Richelle Mead’s “Bloodlines” series, and finished the first book in the series yesterday. As with “The Vampire Academy” series, I will make a post about these books once I’m done with all of them instead of making a post for each of the books in the series. I’m a lazy bum, sue me.
38th finished book of the year: The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson
Another non-fiction book. I loved Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything”, and though this book was entertaining, it’s wasn’t as good. Bryson provided some insight into the places he went to, but after a while it became a bit repetitive. He also threw in some jokes about Germany towards the end that I, as a German, found in bad taste and didn’t appreciate. To be honest these remarks put me off Bryson quite a bit.
This morning, the moment I woke up, I knew that today would be one of these days where I should just switch off my alarm, turn around and go back to sleep, and ideally spend the day sleeping because nothing good would come from getting out of bed. Boy, was I right. I’ve been at work for less than 30 minutes and I already had to get out my emergency music to calm me down.