My Life in Books

Why did no one tell me how fucking delicious pineapple ice cream is ???

It’s 2:35 am and while sleep is denied me due to some couple in my building having extremely loud sex (seriously the entire block can hear them) for over two hours already, I at least managed to kill the fucking mosquito that has been tormenting me all week. I don’t care what people do in their spare time, but if you can’t keep it quiet, the least you can do is to shut your fucking window. Since this is the fourth night this week that they subject everyone to their show and I’m so fucking done with this and so damn tired I’ll slap them with an official complaint tomorrow. I’ll probably won’t be the only one so they might end up with a first written warning, but that really should shut them up if they don’t want to get an eviction notice soon.

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At home and not being at comic con like:

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I finally, finally bought this book last week. I have been toying with the idea of buying it for years, and finally gave in. I have read 122 books (if I have counted correctly…) of the 1001 books mentioned, and most of those didn’t disappoint me, so I guess it is fair to say that (at least in my opinion and to my taste) this is a good selection of books. I’m not going to limit myself to the books on this list, but I will try to aim to read more books from it. I still have half a dozen unread books sitting on my shelves that are on this list so these will go on my tbr pile on my nightstand. The book provides information regarding the year of publication, the original publisher, the original language (if not English) and a short summary and review for each book of the list. There are also pictures of the original covers for most of the books.

Book #129 of 2014: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The book is about freedom and the contradictions that surround its pursuit as demonstrated by the Berglund family: Walter, Patty and their children Joey and Jessica. Also Walter’s best friend Richard. I have heard a lot of praise for Franzen’s novels, but have to admit that I don’t get what the fuss is about. The book was okay, but nothing that overwhelmed me. Maybe as a European I don’t quite get Americans and their insistence on their right to small freedoms (this difference between Europeans and Americans is actually mentioned in the book and I have to agree though I can’t explain it as well).

Book #129 of 2014: Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The book is about freedom and the contradictions that surround its pursuit as demonstrated by the Berglund family: Walter, Patty and their children Joey and Jessica. Also Walter’s best friend Richard. I have heard a lot of praise for Franzen’s novels, but have to admit that I don’t get what the fuss is about. The book was okay, but nothing that overwhelmed me. Maybe as a European I don’t quite get Americans and their insistence on their right to small freedoms (this difference between Europeans and Americans is actually mentioned in the book and I have to agree though I can’t explain it as well).

Book #125 of 2014: The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

I really liked this book. The world Pratchett and Baxter have created is fantastic and there is still so much more potential for a lot more books in this series. This book felt like the setup of what might come in the next book, but that didn’t take away from the pleasure of reading. The Long Earth is the name for the (as of now) infinite number of parallel Earths that can be accessed by simply taking a step. One step for one world, so if you take 500 steps towards the west you arrive in Earth West 500, having crossed 499 worlds to get there. The premise is that only on our Earth human life exists. Over the three books other sentient species have been discovered, but they have emerged as a result of evolution on Earth taking a different turn, rather than being complete aliens. And that’s what makes these books so amazing. It gives Pratchett and Baxter the opportunity to explore a million different “What if’s”. And they do offer their ideas on a lot of different scenarios e.g. there is a world where Earth doesn’t exist anymore after being destroyed by an asteroid hit, there are Earths where there is still one big super continent which has interesting results on fauna and flora etc. But the authors also look at humanity and how they cope with spreading out over millions of uninhabited Earths, and show how humans take their weaknesses to other worlds (the second book is after all called “The Long War”). I could go on and on forever with reasons why I love this series so much, and I really hope that there will be more books.

Book #125 of 2014: The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

I really liked this book. The world Pratchett and Baxter have created is fantastic and there is still so much more potential for a lot more books in this series. This book felt like the setup of what might come in the next book, but that didn’t take away from the pleasure of reading. The Long Earth is the name for the (as of now) infinite number of parallel Earths that can be accessed by simply taking a step. One step for one world, so if you take 500 steps towards the west you arrive in Earth West 500, having crossed 499 worlds to get there. The premise is that only on our Earth human life exists. Over the three books other sentient species have been discovered, but they have emerged as a result of evolution on Earth taking a different turn, rather than being complete aliens. And that’s what makes these books so amazing. It gives Pratchett and Baxter the opportunity to explore a million different “What if’s”. And they do offer their ideas on a lot of different scenarios e.g. there is a world where Earth doesn’t exist anymore after being destroyed by an asteroid hit, there are Earths where there is still one big super continent which has interesting results on fauna and flora etc. But the authors also look at humanity and how they cope with spreading out over millions of uninhabited Earths, and show how humans take their weaknesses to other worlds (the second book is after all called “The Long War”). I could go on and on forever with reasons why I love this series so much, and I really hope that there will be more books.

Me browsing my TBR pile
Book #121 of 2014: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

This post contains spoilers.

I tried to love this book, since many readers seemed to love it, but it didn’t happen. The story centres around five people, Henry (a baseball prodigy), Mike (also a baseball player and “discoverer” of Henry’s talent), Owen (a very bright student and also a baseball player), president Affenlight (the university’s president and Owen’s lover) and Pella (Affenlight’s daughter) and how their lives change and intertwine after a mistake on the field made by Henry that seriously injures Owen. The story was interesting, some things were predictable (that Affenlight’s relationship with a student blows up in his face), some things surprised me (Affenlight’s death), but I found parts of the story tedious. I don’t know anything about baseball except that it is played with a bat, so all the technical parts and recountings of games were beyond me, and the book didn’t fascinate me enough to do a bit of research to understand the basics of the game. I also was often annoyed by how stupid the main characters seemed at times, especially when the solutions to some of their problems were staring them straight into the face and they just didn’t see them, or rather decided not to see them. All in all a good book, but it didn’t blow me away.

Book #121 of 2014: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

This post contains spoilers.

I tried to love this book, since many readers seemed to love it, but it didn’t happen. The story centres around five people, Henry (a baseball prodigy), Mike (also a baseball player and “discoverer” of Henry’s talent), Owen (a very bright student and also a baseball player), president Affenlight (the university’s president and Owen’s lover) and Pella (Affenlight’s daughter) and how their lives change and intertwine after a mistake on the field made by Henry that seriously injures Owen. The story was interesting, some things were predictable (that Affenlight’s relationship with a student blows up in his face), some things surprised me (Affenlight’s death), but I found parts of the story tedious. I don’t know anything about baseball except that it is played with a bat, so all the technical parts and recountings of games were beyond me, and the book didn’t fascinate me enough to do a bit of research to understand the basics of the game. I also was often annoyed by how stupid the main characters seemed at times, especially when the solutions to some of their problems were staring them straight into the face and they just didn’t see them, or rather decided not to see them. All in all a good book, but it didn’t blow me away.

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Do you ever have so many books that you really want to read and you wish you could read them all at once but alas, you can’t. so you just sort of sit there trying to make a plan of what books you’re gonna read when? and when you finally choose a book you cant concentrate on that book cause you also wanna read all the other books.

I’m just into the second chapter of “Frost Burned”, the 7th book in the Mercy Thompson series, and what the fuck, it’s already one hell of a ride and lots of emotional trauma. I love it when books are capable of doing that.

I’m behind with my book updates, but I’m a lazy bum and still immersed in the Mercy Thompson books. I’ll try to post about the other books I’ve read though. On another note this heat wave in London is killing me. I’m no good in temperatures beyond 20 degrees Celsius, and the thunderstorms aren’t helping as they scare the hell out of me, and they don’t break the heat wave.

I’m currently obsessed with Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Don’t expect much posts until I’m done with these books.

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DEUTSCHLAND!!!

Fact: Toothless is the cutest thing ever, don’t deny it. 

Book #119 of 2014: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

This book was a wild ride from start to finish with some unexpected turns in the story. There were some elements of the story that I had expected after finishing the first book, but there were so many more unexpected twists that made reading this book thoroughly enjoyable. I was also much happier with the way this book ended. “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” ended a bit abruptly with the last chapter just briefly listing events that take place over a couple of months and lacking detail (methinks). This time the last chapter was much better done in my opinion, and I can’t wait to start on “The Bitter Kingdom”.