February Wrap-up

I didn’t read very much this month. I am in this limbo that occurs everytime one procrastinates on important things, so one doesn’t allow oneself to read books but instead surfs the internet the whole day. Yes, that one. Continue reading

Birthday Books

Birthday Books HaulI aged and my family gave me books for it Continue reading

Mini Review: Seraphina – The Audition (#0.5) by Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina: The Audition
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: June 2012
Copy: Free on Scribd


In this prequel, Seraphina auditions for the position as music assistant and tutor at court that she holds in Seraphina (#1). You get to see how her relationship with Princess Glisselda, crucial to book #1, is formed and takes its first steps. You also get more uncle-niece interactions between Orma and Seraphina, this time without impending doom hanging over their heads, highlighting Orma’s odd behaviour in a quirky way. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Best Character Arcs/Development

Beware, Lena has decided to try this book meme thing once more, because the ideas for this one just kept flowing and aaaaahrg brain stahp. This week, as you can see, is all about the character arcs and development. Continue reading

Book Review: Seraphina (#1) by Rachel Hartman

New cover. Image from Random House US.

New cover. Image from Random House US.


Seraphina

Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 2012
Copy: Bought


“Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Continue reading

Favourite German Books – Part #0.5 : Why I Read Books in English

German books 2Recently I have started to read more German fiction again – only a bit – but that inspired me to blog about my favourite German books. But then I sat down, motivated to do one blogpost about this and it quickly exploded into five posts so whoops. This week will only be a preliminary ramble about why I actually read so much in English. The posts that actually contain books will come on Sundays in March.

I am actually German. I hope that’s not too obvious by my English *flails* Nevertheless, most of the books I read I read in English. This hasn’t always been the case, of course. In school I read everything in German, unless it was for English class and even then, I’m pretty sure that for homework I preferred the German translation of Hamlet in the bilingual edition we read in my English class. It just saved a lot of time, sorry, Ms Schulz. But when I started university and met the boyfriend who had been reading English books for forever (perspective of a 20 year-old talking here) I got interested and started to read English fiction in English. Continue reading

Book Review: The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

The Giggler Treatment
The Giggler Treatment
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: October 2013
Copy: Library


This is a book about a man, who is about to step into poop – but will he or won’t he? You know how adults step into dog poo? That is the Giggler Treatment. The Gigglers punish adults who are mean to kids, and they like to use the dog Rover’s poop to do so (because it’s the best poop around, if you were wondering). Continue reading