The Glass Magician

GoodReads ★★★ I recently read and reviewed the first book in The Paper Magician Trilogy, The Paper Magician and it was such a nice snack book for me that I immediately started reading the next book, The Glass Magician. It starts a few months after the first book, so we miss Ceony getting a big... Continue Reading →

The Eve of St Agnes

GoodReads ★★★ Having never read anything by Keats before, but having heard a lot of it, I was really looking forward to this collection of five of his poems.The poem of the title is the longest and it is, as his other poems, very visual. It really tells a story, and while this is a... Continue Reading →

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

GoodReads ★★★★★ (Please be aware this is an old review) I think this is one of the most discussed books published in the last few years. The story can be considered either too shocking, or not shocking enough, is Bruno really this naive?Well, I don't really care for those things, I wanted to read this... Continue Reading →

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Thanks to Introverted Thoughts for tagging me, make sure to check out their bookish posts. I am new to all this tagging, so whoever also wants to answer these questions - please feel yourself tagged! Some evidence of my book buying habits 1) What do you like about buying new books?Everything. From the planning (I... Continue Reading →

How to Use Your Enemies

GoodReads ★★ This is more than a guide on How to Use Your Enemies, it is at the same time a guide on How to Use Your Friends (considering you have some left after behaving like the author suggested). It was so manipulative that it was actually an awkward read for me.It is compared to... Continue Reading →

Good Omens

GoodReads ★★★★ On paper Good Omens had the potential to become my favorite read of the year. The end of the world - heavy recommendations from friends - Britishness in general. So why didn't it?It was last year during one of my trips to London that I saw a friend of mine buy her 3rd... Continue Reading →

A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees

GoodReads "It is a most wonderful comfort to sit alone beneath a lamp, book spread before you, and commune with someone from the past whom you have never met..."Kenkō ★★ If I ever wanted to read a complete collection of random thoughts, I would seriously consider a full edition of Yoshida Kenko's work. The short... Continue Reading →

The Song of Achilles

GoodReads ★★★★★ I'll let you in on a little secret: Whenever I come across the Trojan war, I have been rooting for the Trojans. I know it doesn't make a lot of sense - we all know how it ends with the horse and the burning of Troy. It was reading The Song of Achilles... Continue Reading →

On the Beach at Night Alone

GoodReads ★★ This one wasn't for me. I had of course heard of the author, but had never read anything by him. Based on this collection, a selection from Leaves of Grass, I don't think I will either.With the Little Black Classics you never know up front what to expect, there have been some very... Continue Reading →

Recursion

GoodReads ★★★★ I suggested Recursion as the new book for book club, and it was selected so I felt a certain responsibility when I started reading it. I had bought it earlier this year after all the praise it received and also because I really like Dark Matter which I read some time ago.Going in,... Continue Reading →

Looking Back at #ReverseReadathon

Yesterday evening around eleven PM, I was starting to fall asleep, so I called it a day for the read-a-thon. While the second half wasn't as prolific as the first, I still immensely enjoyed it and read from almost all the books I had intended to read. I normally don't plan these things, so I... Continue Reading →

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