Lena’s 2015 Reading Statistics

Me every year: “I could be a blogger.” A few weeks later: “Or not.”

2015 wasn’t the lucky exception. But hey, no shame in creeping back to this blog after about ten months of silence, right? Because I actually do want to look at my reading statistics of 2015 and those are always fun, aren’t they? I don’t want to deprive the internet of my shiny colour blocks. Continue reading


March Wrap-up

There I am again, half dead from term papering but finally alive enough to blog. I hope I don’t have to take a term paper induced hiatus ever again, but who am I kidding – my next deadline is 15 May *sobs* But anyway, I am proud to announce that I managed to read four books off of my March TBR, although it was looking like I might deviate completely since I picked up something entirely different on 01 March *epic fail* But I’m kind of proud that I somewhat stuck to my TBR after all. Continue reading

Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Image from indiebound.

Image from indiebound.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 2009
Copy: Bought

“To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband’s persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. Bolanle is too educated for the ‘white garment conmen’ Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness. Weaving the voices of Baba Segi and his four competing wives into a portrait of a clamorous household of twelve, Lola Shoneyin evokes an extraordinary Nigerian family in splashes of vibrant colour.”Serpent’s Tail

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Lena’s January Wrap-Up

Unintentionally, my month was a bit dragon themed. I like that.
After having to correct the number of books on my TBR several times, I started my year with 142 unread books on my shelves and kindle – contrary to what I stated in my 2015 Reading Plans on 04 Jan. As of 31 Jan my TBR is: 136 books (yay for so far reading faster than I am buying books xD). Continue reading

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThe Martian
Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: February 2014
Copy: Bought

Maybe it’s because I haven’t read much Science-Fiction yet, and my “genre experience” is so low that anything highly impresses me. But on the other hand, this novel is already a bestseller, so maybe I’m not that far off. I really enjoyed this book. It was gripping, made me see where one would use all that chemistry stuff I was so bad at in school, and on top of all of that, this book was funny. Continue reading

Lena’s Most Anticipated Releases 2015

Or: The One With A Lot Of Sequels

In 2015 a few of the series that I have grown to love will come to an end. Don’t you dare not give me closure, authors! Don’t you dare kill any of my favourite characters (looking at you, Maggie Stiefvater, I don’t care about the pretty boy, I just want the gay one)! Continue reading

Book Review: Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner (Wings & Co #1)

Operation Bunny (Wings & Co, #1)Operation Bunny
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: October 2012
Copy: Library

Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts, is the first book in the Wings & Co book series for children.
Mysteriously abandoned in a hatbox at Stansted Airport, Emily Vole gets adopted by the Dashwood’s who quickly realise that Emily does not fit their image of “project: child”. When Daisy Dashwood bears triplets, Emily is converted into the maid, childhood over. But then she gets to know the neighbour Miss String and her strange cat Fidget. And thus Emily’s adventures and the Fairy Detective Agency’s first case begin, with pink bunnies, an evil witch and a bunch full of moving golden keys. Continue reading