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text 2016-05-02 21:06
#boutofbooks 16: Next week is another readathon week
Bout of Books

The #boutofbooks readathon is happening again. Here is the schedule.

My plans are simple this time, as I'm not planning to join in with any of the competitions or giveaways.



Goals for the readathon

  1. Read every day.
  2. Participate on Twitter every day.


Simple, right? :) Just to make things a bit more interesting, here's what I might be reading next week (*eek* so soon!)
Stranger in a Strange Land.  I don't know if this is for me since I've heard mixed things about it. But trying to keep an open mind, I'll dig in and find out for myself.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.  A friend lent me this gorgeously illustrated book. This comes in a big format, comlplicating the reading process a wee bit. Nothing puts me off reading like an unhandy book. ^^
Sorceress of Darshiva.  The fourth installment in the Malloreon is part of my David Eddings reread. Which has taken me too long already.
Der König der purpurnen Stadt. This German historical novel is so damn cozy to read that it's been sitting on my nightstand for months. Enough!, I say. This is getting ridiculous.
Also, I will (still) be listening to The Guermantes Way, which I started yesterday. And yes, it's actually good fun when you don't need to find your way through Proust's labyrinthic sentences on your own.
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text 2016-04-01 08:36
Monthly TBR: April 2016

April Lesestapel


In April I want to dedicate my reading to all the books I haven't finished! Most of them were not boring or bad in any sense, I just wasn't in the mood for them. Now I can get back to them and happily reach the final page. Or so I hope :-)


David Eddings: Demon Lord of Karanda

Mygoal is to finish this series in June, which means I have to read a book every other month. Except I didn't read this installment in time... Need to play some catch up!


Deborah Tannen: That's not what I meant!

I stopped reading this for no particular reason. Can't wait for the rest of this small book on linguistics.


Rebecca Gablé: Der König der purpurnen Stadt

This chunker of 1022 pages used to be my bedtime read: 20 pages a day would make me feel warm and fuzzy, for this is what Gablé's writing does to me. I'm happy to continue soon!


Jim Butcher: Storm Front

I deeply regret having put this down. But you see, I read it to my fiancé, and then we didn't have time to read, so it is obviously his fault! (sorry love)


Louisa May Alcott: Little Women

I'm not sure I like this book: While I enjoy the characters (mere types) and their little episodes, the all too present dogma of the novel bugs me - just for being there so obviously.


Alberto Manguel: A History of Reading

Still: I have no idea just how to read this big, big book (not very handy!). But I'll keep trying.


Françoise Sagan: Bonjour Tristesse

This is too short not to mention, although it is last on my list for a reason. It was on my March tbr and I didn't get to it, but I haven't dragged this with me like the other books on the list.

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text 2015-12-29 22:08
#boutofbooks 15 is coming / January reading
Bout of Books


Yep, it's that time again. Next week, a hoard of joyously chatting readers will flood the internet with their reading updates, pictures, and all that jazz.


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team


Since my reading plans for January are made I'll just share the whole thing with you guys. Let's see what I can get through during the readathon.


Reading List (aka the random list of books I might or might not pick up during boutofbooks, January, or at all)


Marcel Proust: Swann's Way

Starting my reread of In Search of Lost Time, yay! I'm rather excited to finally try again and hopefully succeed this time. Not like that time when I called the whole thing off in the middle of book 5. I will be listening to the unabridged audiobook version, I'm not insane, people.

Johanna Spyri: Heidi

I read this maybe 15 years ago as a child, marvelling at the strange language (archaic Austrian accent). Now that I'm a linguist I'm looking forward to diving into this sound again.

Gavin Extence: The Universe vs Alex Woods

Let's say this is my random tbr pile read for the month. I bought this book on a whim, not knowing what I was going for. You could say that still is my status quo.

Katherine Dunn: Geek Love

Book one for my Women's Century Challenge, where I chose 10 books from 10 consecutive decades all authored by women. No, I'm not much of a chronological reader, so let me start with the Eighties in peace.

David Eddings: King of the Murgos

Another reread, but this time in English, this is book two of the Malloreon saga. I'm slowly making my way through all books featuring Garion&Co., approximately with the fascinating speed of the continental shift.

Ransom Riggs: Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

A group read I might want to join if time allows. The movie adaptation for this is scheduled for christmas 2016, and I don't like being spoiled by trailers, so I rather get to this ASAP.

Robert Beachy: Gay Berlin. Birthplace of a Modern Identity

I requested this for review and the book has just arrived before christmas. Couldn't start it right away and it is a big book, but I want to read it badly. Maybe I can get a bite out of it.

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text 2015-08-31 19:38
August Reading Roundup...or Reading Plans Fall Apart
The Serpent Sword - Matthew Harffy
Watch the Lady: A Novel - Elizabeth Fremantle
A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel - Anthony Horowitz
Wolf's Head - Steven A. McKay
Little Women [LITTLE WOMEN -OS N/D] - Louisa May(Author) ; Cauti, Camille(Introduction by) Alcott
A Perilous Alliance: A Tudor mystery featuring Ursula Blanchard (An Ursula Blanchard Elizabethan Mystery) - Fiona Buckley
The Fall of Satan - Bodie Hodge

I like to think that I have good excuses for my reading plan going completely awry, but, excuses or no, it fell apart quite thoroughly. The only reason my reading accomplishments for the month don't look entirely pathetic is because the above includes two audio books and two DNFs. That's right, I actually completed reading four books this month.


*Samantha hangs her head in shame.*


That hasn't stopped me from accepting more books to review and assaulting NetGalley with requests, so I have a larger TBR than ever that I hope to attack with greater effectiveness in September.


August Summary:


Audio Books:

Little Women

Watch the Lady



A Perilous Alliance

The Fall of Satan


More Historical than Fiction Book Club:

A Place of Greater Safety


Indie Reads:

The Serpent Sword

Wolf's Head


Best Book of August:

The Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy - no competition whatsoever, loved this book!

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text 2015-08-21 14:09
Currently Reading: The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel - Anthony Horowitz

You may have noticed that this was NOT on my August reading list . . . . 


Alright, that is actually a little weird if you noticed that. Stalker.


Anyway, I grabbed this at the library despite already having more books on my reading list than I had any hope of getting through. It's been sitting here for two weeks tempting me. "Samantha, Sherlock is in here. Come on. You don't have anything else to do."


The book is lying, but I picked it up anyway.


I had my Kindle open as well, to a book that IS on my reading list, a book that I have from NetGalley and need to read. I cruelly slapped the cover shut on my Kindle and picked up The House of Silk instead. I mean, really, how could I have done anything else?


This novel quickly rewarded me. The prologue explains that this story is one that Watson penned shortly before his death and after Sherlock's, but it was simply too scandalous for him to allow its publication. In his will it was ordered locked away for 100 years. Until now. 


I shouldn't have started this. My day is ruined.

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