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review 2017-02-09 16:58
Welles and Dickens
Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series - Mark Evans

Wonderfully quirky. If you love (or even hate) Dickens this is really worth listening to. From the truth about pregnancy (at least for some politicians) to what those Martians really looked like, this is a fun ride.

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text 2017-02-01 17:16
My January 2017
Sense and Sensibility - Manga - Jane Austen
Nur drei Worte - Becky Albertalli,Ingo Herzke
Manga Classics: Great Expectations - Morpheus Studios,Nokman Poon,Charles Dickens,Crystal Chan
Quidditch im Wandel der Zeiten - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz
Forget Me Always - Sara Wolf
Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility - 5 stars
Nur drei Worte - 5 stars
Manga Classics: Great Expectations - 3 stars
Quidditch im Wandel der Zeiten - 4 stars
Forget Me Always - 2.5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility, Nur drei Worte

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Thief of Lies, Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice

 

5 books. Not that bad. I was hoping for more but you can't always get what you want. I'm still very proud. Also 4 of these books were ARC's I got through NetGalley, since I wanna catch up on my books there, I'm happy that I got quite a few off the list.

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review 2017-01-16 13:24
Manga Classics: Great Expectations!!!
Manga Classics: Great Expectations - Morpheus Studios,Nokman Poon,Charles Dickens,Crystal Chan

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

I'm going to start with saying once again, how much I love these Manga Classics. Seriously. If you want to read a classic but you are scared of them, try these Manga Classics. They are such a fun and easy way to dive into these stories (and they probably, most of the time, make you wanna pick up the original story).

This one wasn't for me. Towards the end I really got into the story and the journey the main character Pip went through and how much he grew. But overall, the whole story didn't work for me. I have to admit that I even forgot about the book for a bit until I saw it on my currently reading shelve on goodreads and on booklikes and remembered, oh right, I'm still reading that.

Like always, the art work was amazing.

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url 2016-04-28 02:36
Afraid to Read (the Pressure of Hype & Your Own Expectations)

I am afraid to read The Raven King. I was one of the lucky few whose pre-order had shipped out early - who people were threatening (don't you dare release spoilers!) and begging (release spoilers! I can't wait). By this account, I should've already finished the book, especially because spoilers are out there and I don't want to be spoiled. I've mentioned my love for The Raven Cycle multiple times, and it was one of my most anticipated books of the year. Yet I have not finished the book. I am afraid.


Do you ever get like this? Where a book can be so hyped and your expectations so large that suddenly you don't even feel like reading the book anymore? I'm on page 84, I believe, and that was all good and I was still excited. But then I started to embrace the bad habits-- I started to skim ahead, I looked at the ending. That's not me saying "bad book" but rather a part of that fear. What will the book do? I love Maggie's writing and I had to slap myself out of that one because hey, skimming is not enjoying the writing in the same way. It's a strange situation. I don't want to not read the book - it'll sit on the shelves and god knows when I'll get to it later, if I don't get it to now. Yet reading now means some part of the experience might be ruined -- when you're not even sure you want to read at the time because you've built the book up, why read it?

So I turn to you my fellow readers. What can I do now? Do you have any tips to combat the pressure of hyped books and any tips to get back into the reading experience and the experience of The Raven Cycle? I don't think I'll have the time to reread the previous novels, and the recaps aren't the same, but...? Help!

 

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review 2016-03-19 15:32
Hehe
Bleak Expectations: Complete Series One (BBC Audio) -

A wonderfully stupid and brilliant send up of Dickens! Head (of Buffy) makes a wonderful baddy.

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