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text 2016-04-10 18:35
#TBRTakedown 3.5 day 3
Schachnovelle - Stefan Zweig

So this is the final day of #TBRTakedown! I made it through 3 books from my tbr, which is more than I had hoped for.

First, I finished Stormfront by Jim Butcher. I had only 80 pages left and this was a quick read. Suffice to say, I ordered book 2 right away.

Yesterday I read Danton's Death, a play by Georg Büchner. I wasn't blown away, but it was interesting to see what Büchner made of the subject, considering he was a revolutionary himself.

 

Today I made my way through Chess Story by Stefan Zweig. I was expecting a lot from it, having heard great things about this short novella. What's more, I adore Zweig's writing.

I'mso glad I finally read this. It deserves all the praise it gets - go read it.

 

I'll dip my toe into Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading next. So far, I've read 130 pages during the last months (!), despite it being very interesting. It must be due to its size: I own the illustrated hardcover edition, which is a bit hard to handle.

 

So the readathon comes to an end and I feel quite successful. I hope you had a great weekend. Which books did you read that you can recommend? I'd love to read your recommendations!

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text 2016-04-09 21:42
#TBRTakedown 3.5 day 2
Dantons Tod - Georg Büchner

Day 2 of the TBR Takedown readathon is almost over and I've managed to read a whole book off my TBR!

 

I made my way through Danton's Death by Georg Büchner, a play set during the French Revolution. It didn't grip me, I enjoyed the mostly original speeches by Robesspierre & Co., though. Also, Büchner's open construction of the drama make it more interesting, there are scenes involving random people talking about the revolution in one way or another.

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review 2016-01-12 22:04
slow getting in to
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs

about the author:
Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres

book synopsis:In 1888 Lord and Lady Clayton sail from England but to West Africa and perish on a remote island. When their infant son is adopted by fanged, great anthropoid apes, he is Tarzan of the Apes. His intelligence and caring mother raise him to be king. Self-educated by his parents’ library, Tarzan rescues genteel Jane Porter from the perils of his jungle
my rating: 3 and half stars
challenges I use it for:
2016 Choose Your Own Challenge Challenge
read a classic that was published in 1912

Around The Year In 52 Books
. A book set in a different continent
The Life of a Book Addict
Reading Group Challenge 2016
12+4 alternates books

what did I think of it:
just finished it between reading it and listening to it on audio book at loyalbooks.com, it took some time to get in to it but I did like it , so I'll be reading book 2 when I can since I already own books 2-8 , have to rebuy this one since I kind of deleted by mistake .

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review 2016-01-07 13:07
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic - Meghan Ciana Doidge

about the author:
Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn.
Novels: (in order of release) After The Virus; Spirit Binder; Time Walker; Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1); Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Dowser 2); Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic (Dowser 3); and I See Me (Oracle 1); Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic (Dowser 4); Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser 5). Coming in 2015: Oracle 2. Coming in 2016: Dowser 6 & Oracle 3.
Novellas/Shorts: Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss

book synopsis
If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

my rating: five stars
challenges I used this book for:
#TBRTakedown 3.0 2016
January 4th (12:00 AM) - January 10th (11:59 PM)
1. Read a book from your most recent book haul

what did I think of the book cover: what's not to love about a photo of a cupcake

what did I think of the main character: OMG I loved her

what did I think of the book:
This was actually the first book of this author that I've read, and I'm glade that I picked it up to read, loved how the characters inter acted with one other, loved how there was different types of magic in it , and of course loved the hot guys that were in it. what else can I say but I just found me a new series to pick up

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review 2016-01-06 21:16
a movie if they would do it right and not make it cheesy like they do some of the syfi movies they make today,
Sharcano (Sharkpocalypse #1) - Jose Prendes

book synopsis:
A burnt and half-eaten megalodon shark corpse is found beached. A priest commits suicide. A previously unknown volcano rises from the China Sea and brings about a tsunami that destroys Shanghai. Yellowstone erupts after 640,000 years of silence. A pit in Nicaragua known as the "mouth of hell" begins violently spewing lava.
When Reporter Mick Cathcart and Marine Biologist Agnes Brach set out looking for answers, they never expected to stumble upon the biblical end times. Yet with sharks made of lava shooting from volcanoes to devour anyone in their way, how could anyone deny it?
With the help of a beleaguered priest and a billionaire industrialist, Mick and Agnes scramble to shutter the volcanoes and put down the lava sharks before the whole world burns to a cinder

my rating: five stars
challenges I used this book for:
Around the Year in 52 Books
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list

#TBRTakedown 3.0 2016
January 4th (12:00 AM) - January 10th (11:59 PM)
6. Read a FIRE color book (Fire colours such as shades of red, pink, purple, lilac, burgundy.) Lucky Colors for 2016

what did I think of the book cover: it what me want to pick it up and read it.

what did I think of the main character:
there was at first a love hate with the main character Mick Cathcart , I just didn't like how he acted some times at the begin of the book but the more I read the more his character grow on me, and he became one of the characters I actually grow to really like and love,

what did I think of the book:
This was actually the first book of this author that I've read, what made me pick it up was the cover , I didn't even read the synopsisof it all I need to know was that I loved the cover and any thing with such a beautiful cover had to be good ,of course in the past that wasn't always true but in this case it was, because there's just something about this story that grabbed me and won't let go, I loved how it was so much better then I thought it was as well as it been totally different take on apocalypses, loved how it has a tough of syfi to it, I can actually see this as a movie if they would do it right and not make it cheesy like they do some of the syfi movies they make today,

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