Recent Reads ♥ May, June, July

Recent Reads Summer
This month was rather disappoiting when I look at my sewing, but I read a lot in the last three months, so here is a little update on that side.

Recent Reads Summer May
May
Doyle – The Hound of the Baskervilles
After reading a lot while travelling in April I had to take a break (apparently), so my first finished book took more than two weeks, and it was – again – Sherlock Holmes. I am not through with all of them yet, but they are free on kindle, so every once in a while I pick one up. Even though I took so long, I liked this best so far of the series, because of Watson’s fantastic narrative and a rather interesting plot
goodreads review

Shelley – Matilda
As a lover of Frankenstein and especially the way Shelley writes, I had to read this one as well. The theme (incest) is one I personally don’t really enjoy reading about, but it was in no way uncomfortable/explicit – BECAUSE it’s not really the theme of the book. It’s a part, but actually this is a story about depression and loneliness. It tackles quite a few issues and does so rather well, especially the parts with the poets were really to my liking – but as a whole it’s such a beautiful and sad novella.
goodreads review

Streatfeild – Theater Shoes
This was the last of the four shoes books I own and still had to read. However it was likely my least favourite. I know when it was written, but the sexism really annoyed me nevertheless – and it’s basically another (rather disappointing) version of Ballet Shoes. My issues were mainly due to being a 21st century intersectional feminist, but I can’t change that, so I did not enjoy the book a lot.
goodreads review

Jean Paul zum Vergnügen
Surprisingly I had a few issues reading this, because I expected it to be really fun, but it was rather serious, philosophical and made me think.
goodreads review

Recent Reads Summer June
June
The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
Being into Gothic horror at the moment, I wanted to read this collection of stories. It was great to read so many stories by women, however also a bit disappointing since some of the stories were rather boring. However some wehere really good (you can read about the once I liked on goodreads).
goodreads review

Le Fanu – Carmilla
This gothic novel was amazing though – if you do not know anything about this yet and are interested, please just read it and do not read any reviews. But even though I knew a lot about, it was still amazing and if you want to know about, read my goodreads review.
goodreads review

Riggs – Library of Souls
Sure, admittedly I did not read book one and two, so I do not have the knowledge andemotional connection most people have, but I really did not like this book. This one showed me why I almost don’t read YA anymore. This was one boring store, bordering on cringey (some of the sentences were so awkward! And that’s a published writer with a movie). It seemed as if Riggs really wanted to show off just how smart he is and apparently how dumb most reader are by pointing out every single detail. The characters were hollow and their actions inconsistent, it was just terrible.
goodreads review

Streatfeild – Ballet Shoes
I have read this book quite often in my childhood and early teens and I really love it. It’s an easy, pleasant read with three fantastic MCs, especially Petrova and her interest in technology is so amazing. This book is probably one of the best children’s books and I think everyone should read this.
goodreads review

Reichhold – Ludwig Forever
My love/interest in Bavarian and Austrian royality in the 19th century is really big and of course Ludwig II is so fascinating. To be honest, though I expected this book to be a bit gossipy, but fortunately it was well researched and really good – shedding light on gossip and talking about possibilities, but not overdoing it. Even though I already knew quite a bit, I did gain a lot from this book.
goodreads review

Garden Poems
Another interesting – and better – collection was this book. Not all of them were amazing, but there were some gems and I found some new favourites. Especially greek poetry seems to be right up my alley. They did some great translation work in general in this book, even though some poems were a disappointment, in general this was a lovely collection.
goodreads review

Shelley – Frankenstein
I talked about this before, well actually very very often, but I just fell in love with this book, so I read this again. Everything about this is beautiful and I can just tell you (again) to read it for it’s writing, the atmosphere and characters.
review on the blog
goodreads review

Recent Reads Summer July
July
Wollstonecraft – A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Finally another piece of feminist literature again, the work of Shelley’s mum to be exact. She has very strong opinions and it’s very interesting to read thoughts of an 18th century suffragette. Of course I do not agree with everything she states, but it is still interesting to see what such a forward thinking woman thought – especially her thoughts on education are amazing.
goodreads review

Heine zum Vergnügen
Until this book I only read a couple of poems by Heine, but his work is so fantastic and now I want to read even more. His writing is very pleasant and there is so much fun and sarcasm, it’s perfect. Especially the part about travelling was quite lovely.
goodreads review

Lee – The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
THIS was a dream! I loved everything about this story – it’s weird because actually this is not really what I usually read. However I’m happy with getting and reading this 18th century adventure story, and picking it up not only, but also because the boy on the cover looks a bit like a mix of Mr Bingley and Friedrich Schiller. It deals with so many important issues from homophobia and sexism to suicidal thoughts and abusive parents. Besides that the story itself is a lot of fun and it was so pleasant reading this (the writing is amazing!), joining the trio on their way through Europe (Venice <3). Especially since they aresome of the most elaborate and loveable book characters I've encountered recently (and I think in general) with so much emotionality. It's the story of the sarcastic protagonist Monty working his way through an impressive developement while adoring his wonderfully sensitive and strong friend Percy and quarrelling/coming to terms with his feminist, intelligent sister – all while touring to Europe having adventures.
goodreads review

Austen – Persuasion
Currently I’m on the verge of finishing this on. And so far this is the worst Austen book I read so far. Annoying characters and rather boring. Now towards the end, hearing about all the juicy details of the past it gets interesting, but other than that it’s really a bore so far.

That’s all for now. What did you read recently? Did you read any of the books I mentioned and if so what did you think about them?

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Recent Reads ♥

Recently Read books
Since I was not at home a whole lot this month, I decided to show you what I’ve been reading recently in stead of the things I made. Actually I wanted to make this only about March & April, but since I only read two books in February, I included that one as well. Some are German, some are English, but I will talk about them in the order I read them and link the corresponding review on goodreads where I go into depth.

Recently Read Books
February
Leonie Swann – Dunkelsprung
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I grew up with Leonie Swann’s crime stories about sheep. They are beyond amazing and after the recommendation by my mum, I read it and enjoyed it. It’s very magical and beautiful, but a bit slow and I wasn’t that much into the characters.

G.E. Lessing – Die Juden
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Lessing is probably my favourite German write. He wrote this one before Nathan – the topic is somewhat similar – antisemitism – and what can I say? He is such an important writer for equality and not just to promote equal rights for jews and acccept them as a regular part of society, but also due to his interesting, elaborate female characters.

Recently Read Books
March
Halo Summer – Feuersang und Schattentraum
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I re-read the series last year and only had this one left. However, book six and seven are still on my to-read list. I like the series, it is such an easy read with a a lovely set of characters, it’s not that high quality as the Lunar Chronicles, but it is very enjoyable.

Malinda Lo – Ash
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I expected so so much from this book – a lesbian Cinderella? Yes, please. But obviously my expectations were too high and so I was disappointed to say the least. It was beautifully written, but not that intriguing – to be honest I do not remember a lot of the book by now, besides the fact that there were fairies.

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
goodreads and review on the blog
I basically talk about this book all the freaking time. You talk to me for more then twenty minutes and I will try everything to force it on you. This book is probably the most beautifully written story ever, I love Mary Shelley’s writing to pieces and I also love Victor. I know, so many people love the monster (and I do too!), but Victor is just the most precious being ever. There is so much scientific curiosity and remorse, I literally want to hold him close forever.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Die Physiker
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Another great German writer. I saw a few of his plays in the past, but that is the very first one I read and it was fantastic – it’s fun and serious all the same. I think it has been translated in various languages and I recommend it to everyone. It says a lot about humanity and when science went to far (seems to be a theme here right, Mr Frankenstein?).

Gail Carson Levine – Ella Enchanted
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This one dieappointed me as well, I got it with Ash and the same thing happened – too high expectations. It is not a bad book or anything, but I think it was a bit to fast/easy for the heroine to get her fairy tale ending. Also – and that is such an unpopular opinion – I think the movie is better, esp. for people above 13 (not only for Hugh Dancy, but also because Ella is a lot more empowered, I’d say).

Rick Riordan – The Last Olympian
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Rick Riordan on the other hand does not disappoint and even though this was more fight than mythology driven, I still liked the conclusion to this series and really want to read the next one.

Recently Read
Astrid Lindgren – Immer dieser Michel
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Emil, well Michel in Germany, was part of my childhood, too and I enjoy his stories just as much nowadays. And to be honest, both the TV adaptations as well as the literary base is fantastic.

Alan Bradley – Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d
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Since the last book did not take place at Buckshaw, I was a bit sad, however, we are back in Buckshaw and Bishop’s Lacey. And it was glorious, there was rain and cats and murder and twists – everything I could ever want.

G.E. Lessing – Miss Sara Sampson
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I thought this was the last Lessing drama I was missing however there are two more (YAY!) and even though I do not enjoy his tragedies as much as his comedies, but I enjoy them no matter what. You know, interesting women and so on, if you want to get started with his work however, I’d recommend Minna von Barnhelm or Nathan.

Benjamin Woolley – The Bride of Science: Romance, Reason and Byron’s Daughter
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This one was disappointing, too, I did expect to learn a lot about Ada Lovelace, but it was more of a general book about the era, science and romance – and a whole lot of unnecessary information about people Ada met once and gossip. So, while it was written beautifully, if you want to know more on the topic of Ada, check her wikipedia page. Seriously.

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
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Jane Austen’s writing and wit are well known and of course also represented in this, her first and probably least popular work. I enjoyed it a lot, and even though Cath was very naive she was unexpectedly loveable. Also Henry might be my favourite love interest of JA’s, because he was so sarcastic and straight forward. No unnecessary issues because people don’t talk with this guy – though the love story seems highly unlikely, because he seems much to smart for her.

Terrance Dicks – Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
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And adventure story, nothing more, nothing less. The writing was very monotonous, but the story was a fun, fast read.

Recently Read
April
E. A. Poe – Tell Tale Heart (Penguin Little Black Classics)
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Love these penguin little black classics, enjoyed the eerie and the writing, but not that much into Poe’s stories themselves. In a way his writing his bloodier than the stories, if you know what I mean. This book which I got at Waterstones in Amsterdam also started my (unintentional) month of classics.

Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray
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I am currently really interested in classics especially gory once and 19th century, and that one was on my list and kindle anyway. I loved The Importance of Being Earnest, but this could not impress me quite like it. While I enjoyed the writing, the story was lacking a bit in my opinion and there was quite a bit of sexism.

Arthur Conan Doyle – A Study in Scarlet
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Another kindle read (like all the classics this month) and I truly enjoyed Doyle’s writing. It’s to the point without being emotionally detached or hasty and Watson’s perspective is pleasant. The only downside for me was the long part in the desert/backstory of the murderer.

Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
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It has been about three years since I last read this book, and it is just one of these books that you re-read a lot, so I finally picked it up again and flew through it. It’s a pleasant, fast read with amazing characters and I really want to shine a light on the amazingness of Mr Bennet and Mary Bennet.

Ian Doescher – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars
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This was the only April read not from the 19th century, but at least in an Shakespearian style, so in a way, a classic. I really loved it, it was so fun and refreshing to read iconic Star Wars quotes in a iambic verse, I highly recommend that book. I got it in Stockholm, at SF Bokhandeln, so it’s a hardcover not a kindle book and I highly reommend this edition for the getup and illustrations.

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Sign of the Four
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Obviously I enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes novel enought to read the next (and currently my third). It is just an easy read, with wonderful writing and I enjoyed it a bit more even than the first due to the shorter and more interesting backstory.

That’s it for now, I hope you could draw some inspiration from the books I read in the last three months and maybe tell me what you’re reading at the moment and what your favourite classic is.

these are a few of my favourite things | a dream in blue

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

I feel like if I talk once more about how much I love Frankenstein, people will hit me over the head with a rock. But I guess, I did not talk about it on the blog that much – much rather to my friends and it’s constantly on my mind. All day, every day. I’m crazy about this book, it’s so beautifully written, thrilling, dramatic and just wonderful. Both Victor and his monster have a special place in my heart, well especially the first, I find him so loveable with his obsessive interest in science and his heartbreakingly sad state of mind.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

But of course Frankenstein is not the only thing on my mind at the moment (though about 70% of the content on my mind while I write this), I am also very fond of this lovely little bag. Usually I carry around bigger bags because I tend to have all the things we me I could possibly need. But, in a way it is refreshing to only have the bare necessities, then a book and a snack on me. Especially when I’m about to visit a park there is no need whatsoever for hand sanitizer, a comb or a powerbank. And this bag gives me the opportunity to decide what really is important. Also, it has the most adorable little sewing shop motive and that probably is the most fitting Vendula Design for me. Actually, I have another shape of this bag, too, more of a clutch that I have yet to wear.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

Of course, with the basket of my bike I have the chance to carry about my food and a good book even with a small purse. My bike is called Gladys like the one of Flavia de Luce and I kind of want to be like her, going everywhere with my bike – I mean, I try to, but when there is rain, I really don’t. I guess, I need a cute little rain coat. However, I take my bike when I go to town or to the city centre. Not that much of a fan when it comes to biking tours, but I have more of a riding my bike to the park attitude.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

And do I love this park! It has been year since I first went there, and I enjoy the sunshine in this park every single year from the first day of spring to the first day of autumn rain. It’s quite, yet buzzing with life, because of all the animals and kids running around in the little stream – here is one of the first set of photos I ever took there. I love how all the white and blue of the outfit of this day goes with the green and the sunshine of the last days of March (took the photos about a month ago with Goldhände). Light blue and just pastel colours in general are my favourite thing to wear at th moment (and bobby socks!), not only is that such a spring thing, pastels are also so very happy. And while I write this I watch Sissi with Romy Schneider – she wears so many beautiful paste tones too, though I just love the 1850s fashion in general. It’s beyond beautiful and even though this outfit is more 1950s then 1850, I think it could easily be turned into a dress of a century before with a longer skirt.
Well, these were a few of my favourite things at the moment and now I wish you a wonderful evening.

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

dream in blue outfit 50s frankenstein favourite things midcentury handmade

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Blouse – Vintage | Skirt – handmade | Socks – calzedonia | Shoes – Brittany Blue bait footwear via Modcloth | Bag – Vendula Sewing Shop Mini Purse Vendula London | Brooch – femmedebloom on etsy | Flower – Bjiou Brigitte | Lipstick – trend it up in 0

Some Thoughts on Book Shopping

book buying
Recently my thoughts circled around the topic of buying books, the libary and everything that is connected to this. For the better of the last two/three years I mainly bought books. Sure, I went to the library to get books for my seminar paper, but books for my private use/joy – not so much. Why?

As a kid I loved going to the library and up until I was fifteen (I guess, maybe just thirteen, fourteen) I went to the library at least once or twice a month, got me some books and movies and enjoyed them. Some of them were so amazing, I wanted my own copy. Bookshopping usually was more like let’s go to the book store and look at all the books, maybe get one – if at all – and look for them at the library or wish for them. I did have a lot of books as a kid, but to be honest a lot of them were books with e.g. pictures of wolves and everything about them or copies of St. Clare’s that belonged to my mum before me, Warrior Cats and a series of books from the newspaper my parents read. So, I did not hoard books like crazy, but quite owned enough.
However, with watching booktube and stuff I got into the weird state of mind that I needed to own books. Beautiful ones without broken spines – so basically not books, but decoration for my shelves. And doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Why would I want to own a book not for the story but for it’s beauty? I am glad to say, that it wasn’t that extreme for me as I see it celebrated on YouTube. I do not have 100 books in my selves I haven’t read yet, I think it’s about 10 and most of them are actually books that belong(ed) to my family.

book buying chapter thirteen

Nevertheless for a while I mainly got my books via amazon after finding a novel on BookTube or goodreads. New books which had I gotten them in store would not have been more expensive. And since I have a small bookstore with an online order service nearby I use that now in case I really want a book. So, I try to stay away from amazon for the most time, however I got to terms and even enjoy the look and feel of used books again. The more read it looks, the better, so I get some used books via amazon of betterworldbooks and those sites. I love annoting my books and I feel like this make them so much more personal. However for the longest time – and reason of this was booktube – I did not even want my books to have broken spines and I love the seeing where other people broke the spines of their books when I buy used books. Because, the thing is, I want to read books in the language they were written in and only a small part of the books I find interesting are by German authors. And even though the library has an English section it is not that big and for me it was difficult to find anything interesting. Still, I want to spend a few more hours in the library this summer and rediscover the lovely atmosphere and maybe find a good book.

The other thing I want to use more is the kindle – somewhat contradicting the paragraph above, but for one you get a lot of classic literature for free and it helps getting away from the idea of having to own each book. While I do not have the service to borrow books at the moment, it still saves some money if I want to read a book but do not neccessarily need to have it on my shelf. Looking back I would have preferred to have Ash and Ella Enchanted just on the e-reader. I’m not sure if that sounds stupid, but to me that’s less materialistic. Because it’s just about the story not how beautiful the book would look on my shelf and there at least 30% on my shelf that I do not actually need a physical copy of.

Still, I totally get the love for real books, I love the smell and the feel and everything about books. I got books after reading them in the library and then later buy them e.g. with Flavia de Luce I do plan on continuing to buy the series (even though I changed from German to English midway through). I do not own all the English books, but I think about getting the missing three (or four) used, because I’m pretty sure I will re-read them. I cannot count the times of how often I have read the first one in English and German (ten times is not unrealistic). But the thing is, I want to buy books again, because I see them at a bookstore and find them interesting, not because they are on my to-read list on goodreads. I try to remove books I do not find intersting anymore from this list, but it’s hard – even though I know I won’t ever read all the books on that list. Sure, the probability of me liking these books should actually be higher, because I read reviews from people I trust, but I have to say that is not neccessarily the case. For example with Frankenstein, I just found this book in Augsburg, decided to get it with no goodreads-inspiration and it is one of the best books I have ever read.

Now, I’m in this discord, I know by buying books I support authors, book shops, the industry of things I love so much (however I recently found out that authors do get their fair share if you get their book at the library – some of them get even more due to the library than from bookshop/amazon sales), but it is much more ecoconscious to go to the library – even though I don’t just throw books away, but sell them and buy old books, but shipping of course is no that good for mother nature either. Obviously, it’s also better money-wise and it is less materialistic. I mean, I do not use my books to show off, but I have this need to own them – and I feel like that is not that healthy. And it is really extreme on BookTube when you see how popular book hauls are and how many (often times unread) books a lot of YouTubers own.

book buying chapter one

That is especially intense with YA and of course makes me want to have at least some of the books – so many booktubers have tons and tons of beautiful book, not necessary good books, just beautiful ones. Then instead of actually talking about the contents, the books mainly get shown of in hauls and tags – and that is the reason that makes the viewers want to own books. Well, now that I strayed a bit away from Young Adult (I will still read Marissa Meyer, the last book of Alice in Zombieland and a few German authors) novels, I got rid of tons of books on my To Read List on goodreads, because to me most are just really repetitive and just not worth the time, if you know what I mean. I have nothing at all against YA and it’s readers, it is diverse for sure, but there are certain tropes and settings that get used way to often. I do not want to limit myself, I am pretty sure I will read a fairytale retelling with an interesting blurb every now and then, but I do not wish to make it my main reading material. Not that I did exclusively read Young Adult stuff, but I think it’s about 50-60 %, but thinking better the books that stayed in mind (positive/wanting to re-read) are 80-90 % non-YA, that makes me think.

Books turned into very materialistic objects in the last years, at least on a lot of BookTube/Bookstagram sites and I find this kind of sad, so I try at least for me, to make it more about the stories and the spontaneous interest in a book. What are your thoughts on book shopping and BookTube and were do you get your books?

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein ♥ | Fangirl Friday

Mary Shelley Frankenstein
This week I read Frankenstein for the first time and I felt so much love for this book, that I just had to share it.
There are those stories you know (at least vaguely) even though you haven’t read the book, Pride & Prejudice, Harry Potter, 1984 – and Frankenstein is certainly one of these. Personally I have not seen a lot of adaptations besides Penny Dreadful, so I only had a general idea what this was about, nevertheless I had high hopes.

Mary Shelley’s writing style is so beautiful and I would read the most boring story of hers just for the way she writes. It has been quite some time since I fell in love with an author’s writing style, but Shelley managed to make me fall again. I guess it will be the same es with the German Lessing, I now have to find every single one of her stories and read it.

When Shelley sets the scene you are there, in the Swiss Alps, in the laboratory, during the storm, it’s so vivid, dark and beautiful.

Wondrous scenes which surrounded our Swiss home – the sublime shapes of the mountains; the changes of the seasons; tempest and calm; the silence of winter, and the life and turbulence of our Alpine summers – she found ample scope for admiration and delight.

The general area this story takes place is known to me quite well, as I only live about an hour away from Ingolstadt and have been to Swiss various times as a kid, so I’m aware of the setting. Nevertheless, the way Shelley describes it I really want to go there again (and for the first time to Geneva) to see the beauty that inspired her. (Of course, even though I love that way she writes about storms and the weather, I would prefer sunshine.)

Second to that the way science is included in this work is just amazing, the connection between students and teachers – real teachers and already dead scientist whose work Victor reads -, chemistry, the passion for knowledge. It’s something I feel, too, being passionate about science is a wonderful thing. Since I also recently read Physicists by Dürrenmatt, which is focused on moral issues with science and research as well, it was interesting to think about that theme.
With this comes Victor, he is so hunted and I felt so much love for him, reading the way Walton talked about him in the letters to his sister. But also from the way he told his own story, he is suffering so much an placing all this guilt on himself, it feels like he is sitting right in front of me telling me the misfortunes (as far as I remember I consider the Penny Dreadful portrayal was pretty good, I feel like I have to rewatch the show now). All his angst and anger are so beautifully written, I cannot keep from feeling this compassion and love for him just like Walton does.

His eyes have a general expression of wildness, and even madness, but there are moments when, if any one performs an act of kindness towards him or does him any the most trifling service, his whole countenance is lighted up, as it were, with a beam of benevolence and sweetness that I never saw equalled.

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

Besides the focus on science there are also some words on literature throughout the book, even though they have little to do with the story, the fit so well and add a lot to it and to the way I look at Shelley. I always anjoy talk about different books inside a story no matter whether or not I have read them (Sorrows of Werther I actually did read years ago, but I am just not a fan of Goethe), the way she writes about cultures and literature, especially oriental literature just motivates me to pick up books and read.

Their meloncholy is soothing, and their joy elevating, to a degree I never experienced in studying the authors of any other country . When you read their writings , life appears to consist in a warm sun and a garden of roses, in the smiles and frowns of a fair enemy, and the fire that consumes your own heart. How different from the manly and heroical poetry of Greece and Rome!

I also think the thoughts about literature just humanise the monster so much, but in general I do have a lot of empathy for him. Even though I relate to the concerns and fear I also jus want happiness and love for the monster.
With a feminist mother (even though she died shortly after Mary Shelley’s birth) it is not too surprising that the female characters in Frankenstein are pretty elaborate and interesting. There are strong, intelligent women like Caroline Beaufort and Elizabeth. Latter having such a good heart, and yet determination and knowledge. Shelley also puts some morality in issues besides the science, women’s rights, prejudices and general issues.

She instructed her daughter in the tenets of her religion and taught her to aspire to higher powers of intellect and an independence of spirit forbidden to the female followers of Mahomet.

I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere and wept with Safie over the hapless faith of its original inhabitants.

And it was judged that his religion and wealth rather than the crime alleged against him had been the cause of his condemnation.

Lastly, I wanted to share two fragments, that just show the beauty of Shelley’s writing.

with all their melancholy sweetness

fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles

Mary Shelley Frankenstein

After reading this, I feel like I just have to read this again, it’s so beautifully written and such a touching story with great characters.
[Confession time – I probably would not have picked it up had I not known it was written by a women in the early 19th century. The fact that a young women in that time decided to write and then chose horror (well it was after a suggestion, but nevertheless), just made me buy it and I was not disappointed.]

Heartless | Fangirl Friday

“But hoping”, he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

This book was a rollercoaster.
For two reasons. One. Emotionally I was prepared to be shattered into pieces. It’s about the life the Queen of Hearts had before being queen and we all know how her life turned out to be. So I was afraid of enjoying the happy parts. Two. Some parts were amazing. Lewis Carroll would have been proud. Others I really did not like – and would have changed.
I guess it’s easiest for me to talk about my feelings about the book, by analysing it’s components. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite books of all time, I really love it and Cheshire and the Queen are two if my favourite characters (of all time, obvs). So, as soon as it was revealed Marissa would publish a book about the Queen of Hearts, I was madly excited, but then Amazon had some shipping issues, so I was glad when it arrived two days ago. And isn’t the cover gorgeous? Maybe even more so then the Lunar Chronicles ones, if I dare say so. I actually could have written about Fantastic Beasts this week, but I decided a book set in Wonderland written by Marissa Meyer is more important.

Heartless

Writing
Marissa Meyer’s writing is wonderful, I loved it since Cinder and still think it’s one of the most beautiful in English YA. And it is even more amazing in Heartless. She really managed to add those Lewis Carroll vibes to her own writing. I was on the verge of crying sometimes, because it was so beautiful. The way Marissa played with words in this one is enchanting.
I feel like I need to devote pages to her describing food, I was hungry during the entire read. Sure, this is not saying much, considering I’m always hungry. When Cath was talking about tarts, macarons and cake, I was practically drooling, because it’s not just “oh, here’s a macaron”, but a describtion so beautiful I see and taste that thing. And then cry, because it’s not actually here.

Cinnamon-roasted pecans, and a soft sticky bun, the type that melted on her tongue and coated her lips in honey and chrushed walnuts.

Tell me, you’re not drooling.

Characters
Of course, I have to mention Cheshire first, he is wonderful and such a beautiful interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s character – I have to admit, all the movies, books (excluding Alice in Zombieland, because it’s more of an AU) and pictures I came across blend together in a way, so I accept certain things that Carroll did not necessarily write as canon. Anyway, Cheshire is the cutest and probably my favourite in this book. A lot of the characters in Heartless change over the course of the book or you see them in a different light, but he is always an adorable fluff ball, that changed his fur colour matching the food he ate. He has a lot of unbiased judgement to him and often put the things I thought into words.

His wiskers twitched. “Won’t we be lucky to have you, miserable wretch you’ve become.”

Cath has two polar sides, she is very strong in some parts of the book and I truly admire her when her Queenly-ness comes through and she does not keep up with other people’s shit. But some of her actions are very weak and stupid, because she does not put any thought into them. I’m emotional and impulsive myself, but I think her main issue is that she does not take a real stand and a risk – sure Marissa does have to make her end up where she is when Alice’s Adventures begin. Yet I was wondering why a character like the Queen of Hearts would not speak up to her parents at a much earlier point. After all, the angry personality boils within her from the very beginning, but by the end you really see the intriguing person the Queen of Hearts is and of course I’m biased because I liked her beforehand, but Marissa managed to turn a good character evil desperate in an angry, resentful way and still make you like the character (but then again, just think of Fairest). I have both empathy for her and am truly impressed.

“An empty threat from an empty girl.”

The Joker (which I can’t help but thinking of Batman) or Jest is often compared to Carswell, which I do not really see. Sure, he is a joking and (I guess) experienced guy, charming and at first I was really spellbound, but I soon found him to be too lovestruck and too little sassy. That of course is personal preference, yet I think he lost a bit of his charm when the whole love thing came along – which Carswell never did, he managed to pull off both, the struggle with being hopelessly devoted to (sorry, that was Grease) falling in love and still being a charming sarcastic idiot (or fool, if you will).

“What pride?” Cheshire folded his paws. “Our King is an ignoble idiot.”
A weak smile flittered over her lips. “So he is.”
“Of course, ignoble idiocy seems to be an epidemic around these parts.” Cheshire began to fade away. “So he shall not be alone.”

The other characters were close to the original without making them boring, Marissa did give them live and a story and I really enjoyed the Knave and was wishing for him to become a close friend of Cath’s (yes, I admit it, I was low-key shipping them even though they only had a few moments filled with anger).
The character I really disliked was the Mad Hatter/Hatta and I guess a lot of people do not appreciate that Meyer turned him into somewhat bad character (his reasons are explained later on, though I once was in a similar situation and he is just overreacting). But let me tell you, I loved what Marissa did. I’ve always had issues with the Hatter, I liked him sure, but I kind of enjoy this dark twist even more. And I think the way she did it turned out so amazing. You know, the way it is amazing when an author manages to pull of a character you dislike and you are both intrigued and somewhat appalled? That’s what she totally rocked here.

Romance
A few months back I was aching for a heart wrenching romance, but did not find one, I had that now when I wasn’t really looking for a tragedy. But I would have wished for it to be a bit more exciting, sure, I shipped them and wanted them to be happy, but a few more kisses would have been fine with me as well. I could relate to the instant attraction, I felt it myself once or twice, but since Cath is about to become the Queen of Hearts, I would have wished for it to be a bit more obsessive – you know what I mean?

Realizing with a sudden certainty that she was losing her heart to this fool.

Yes, I felt the sparks and stuff, the desparation, that made me want to end it before all the tragedy I expected would rush over them. Still, for me it was a bit of an instant love as well, a problem of standalones, I guess. For me it felt like they had met an entirety of one or two hours before declaring their undying love for each other. And I get it, there is passion, maybe some sort of fate, yet compared to The Lunar Chronicles – and especially Winter I have my issues with believing it.
Also, as Cheshire pointed out so wonderfully, there would have been alternatives for them.

“But if you were the Queen, perhaps you could have your cake and eat it, too.”
She cocked her head. “What’s the point of having cake if you can’t eat it?”
“I’m only saying that you might be the King’s wife, but who is to say you couldn’t also have more clandestine relations with the Joker?”

And let me be honest here, sure fidelity is great and imporant, in relationships you actively choose to be in. But if you get married for your parents sake, money, reputation (and in a book set in a fictional version of the Victorian era), why not have an affair with the one you love?
I’m aware that she has some other reasons not to marry the King, but as they vanish into oblivion… why the hell not? But the whole will they? won’t they? – could have done without it.
I want to mention as well, that I was totally aboard this Liz/Darcy thing the Duke and Margaret had going on.

Story
Now with all my critique on the romancy thing, I still want to say this is one of the best Alice based books I’ve read. Marissa says in the annotations:

I sincerly hope that the spirit of Lewis Carroll will find more amusement than offense in my attempts to expand on his crazy, kooky, quirky world.

And I think he totally would, she worked out a crazy and amazing background story for the Queen that is both working wonderfully with the story as a prequel and adding a lot of extra spark and new ideas. It is truly amazingly (too many adverbs?) worked out with all the things she involved in her story, from Time to the Hatter to the Jabberwock and back.

References
I think you have most fun reading this book, if you know Alice’s story quite well, because there a lot of little allusions towards the book that are not that obvious, I’d say. In a why she truly explains how the characters at Wonderland Alice encounters came to be and why there relationships are one way or another. Just thinking of the Duchess/Margaret her (and her cook and baby), not sure though if that wasn’t also a nod to Pride and Prejudice. There are indeed more references to other works of fiction, like Poe’s The Raven and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater and the three fates of Greek mythology. And weaving those things into the story of Wonderland worked sooo well. though, of course all the allusions towards what’s to come for the folks down the rabbit whole make my heart smile. I think especially with the tarts and their importance to the queen was beautifully worked out with her being a baker herself (which I found a cute idea and dream indeed).

“These things do not happen in dreams, dear girl,” he said, vanishing up to his neck. “They happen only in nightmares.”

Hollyhill Readalong | Fangirl Friday

Books only available in German, therefore post only in German.

Heute mal eine deutscher Fangirl Friday. Montag ist der dritte Band einer meiner liebsten Buch-Serien veröffentlich worden: Für immer Hollyhill. Ich war natürlich total gespannt, und hab deshalb am Wochenende davor die ersten beiden Bände noch einmal gelesen. Da ich mir dachte, es wäre vielleicht ganz amüsant, habe ich immer Gedanken und Anmerkungen notiert. Ich habe Spoiler so gut es geht rausgehalten, aber man sollte immer den vorigen Band gelesen haben.

Hollyhill

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Seite 9 Ach, eine Liebling deutsprachiger Jugendliteratur…
Seite 11 und er spielt in München, ich kenne mich also aus :D
Seite 15 jap, so ist München. Seit ich das Buch das erste Mal gelesen habe stelle ich mir die Szene an einer Kreuzung bei mir in der Nähe vor
Seite 18 ohh, eine Videotagebuch wäre cool, wobei Hollyhill eh eine Serie werden sollte (aber naja, ich mag kaum deutsche Schauspieler…)
Seite 28 Würde ich das machen, wäre es EXAKT genauso.
Seite 32 *schmacht*
Seite 38 als wäre ich selbst im Dartmoor
Seite 40 Alice im Wunderland-Referenzen sind die besten, aber ich liebe alle Referenzen in dem Buch
Seite 64 wie Lizzie & Darcy… ♥
Seite 82 …oder auch Mr.Darcy
Seite 85 Joe ist die wundervollste Person überhaupt
Seite 88 Naja eigentlich ist die hohe Schule das Schminkens (aka Beauty School/Makeup Artist) eine weiterführende Lehranstalt
Seite 94 wie gesagt, Bürgermeister von Hollyhill hahaha
Seite 103 Martha-May ist wie Mrs Marple
Seite 117 genau, Psychopathen geben einem Buch erste den richtigen Schwung
Seite 139 wie immer stellt Emily sich die wichtigen Fragen
Seite 152 Ist es schlimm, dass ich kleiner Kriminalität (also wir sprechen hier nicht von Mord) sehr faszinierend und aufregend finde?
Seite 164 Warum bin ich keine Zeitreisende? Ich würde es lieben.
Seite 193 Ohh, Doctor Who!
Seite 208 Und Zurück in die Zukunft!
Seite 219 “Greta” ist wie Greta aus Cry Baby
Seite 237

Bist du in einer Kneipe aufgewachsen?

Warum kann ich nicht Billiard spielen?
Seite 249 Warum ist Emily so verärgert? Alles was Joe tut ist wundervoll!
Seite 256 Ach, solche Lovebirds…
Seite 270 Ich glaube Matt lächelt wie Heath Ledger in 10 Dinge, die ich an dir hasse. Und bei dem Lächeln muss man ja schwach werden
Seite 295 Haaaaaach…
Seite 309 Sehr wahr, Matt!
Seite 321 Gott, diese Szene ist gut geschrieben.
Seite 343 Also für Cullum hätte ich ja alles zurückgelassen.

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Seite 9 YES, FEE!
Seite 16 Alice und Teegesellschaften sind einfach fabelhaft
Seite 17 Ich liebe Cullum einfach (das werdet ihr noch öfter hören), jemand der zwischen Grinsekatze und Hutmacher ist, haaach
Seite 27 Joe ♥ Und nicht zu vergessen Cullum

“[…] am nächsten Tag die große Hochzeit stattfinden würde. Lady Di und Prinz Charles! Es war – aaaaaaaaaaah!” […]
“Als hätte das bei dieserReise auch nur die geringste Rolle gespielt.”
“Ja, genau, Joe”, warf Cullum ein, “als würde dein royaler Fetisch irgendwann einmal eine Rolle spielen.”
“Oh, verdammt, Cul”, mischte sich Chloe in das Gespräch, “jetzt hast du das böse Wort gesagt.”
“Fetisch?”
Royal.” […]
“Ich hätte ihn ebenfalls verhaftet”, sagte Cullum. “Als Nächstes schwört sie auf die Bibel“, äffte er Joes Stimme nach.

Seite 28 WARUM LEBE ICH NICHT IN HOLLYHILL?
Seite 43 Dieses Dorf ist eine Ansammlung von Kupplern
Seite 46/47 Hehe, sie sind ein drolliges Paar – hab ich worklich das Wort drollig verwendet?
Seite 57 My heart aches
Seite 62 Hehehe, ich liebe die Bewohner alle
Seite 63/65 jedes Wort von Cullum

“Es ist dem Inneren von Westminster Abbey nachempfunden”, erklärte Cullum. […]
Cullum lachte. “Ich finde auch es ist nicht wirklich geglückt”, sagte er. “Ich meine” – er machte eine ausladende Handbewegung, die das ganze Gewölbe zu umfassen schien – “diese gotischen Bögen findest du in jeder zweiten englischen Kirche, richtig? Und was bitte schön ist eine Abbey ohne Alter? Ganz abgesehen davon, dass ein Rosettenfenster ohne Tageslicht seinen Zweck hinlänglich verfehlt hat.”

Seite 69 Ich will auch.
Seite 72 Wie gesagt, Darcy und Lizzie
Seite 88 Pfarrer Harry könnte auch aus Mrs Christies Feder stammen
Seite 93

“Exeter?” Es war das erste Wort, das Joe zu der Unterhaltung beitrug, und es klang in Emilys Ohren wie “Nutella” oder “Wir fahren in den Urlaub”, voller Enthusiasmus und Vorfreude. […] “ich meine, Exeter ist nicht gerade Bath, eine der elegantedten Städte dieser Tage und sicherlich viel mehr des Besuchs wert als Exeter, aber sicher kann man auch dort wunderbar einkaufen, Stoffe und Bänder und…”

Seite 99 Ich hätte ja schon längst Cullum geheiratet
Seite 101 Zaubertricks, damit kriegt man mich immer
Seite 102 Ist das eine Harvey Dent/Two Face Anspielung?
Seite 112 das denke ich auch und hey, ist das eine Metapher?
Seite 121 Ich finde ihn ja eher lustig…
Seite 131 “etc. etc.”
Seite 137 und das hätte man nicht später tun können?
Seite 155 Diese Briefe hehehee
Seite 166 Ich habe das Gefühl, Emily wäscht sich ständig die Haare
Seite 167 Cullum, hach…
Seite 178 Ich mag Emily ja schon gern, aber sie stellt sich schön dümmlich an
Seite 185 Eigentlich müsste Milly ja in Hollyhill leben, sie ist den Bewohnern im Kuppler-Spielen nicht unähnlich
Seite 202 Eigentlich ist Jonathan immer sehr lustig
Seite 205 und er hat doch Humor
Seite 209 Jonathan und Eve sind wirklich eine amüsante Kombination
Seite 236 haaaach, ich liebe den Pavillion
Seite 240 Colin & Cake Nachmittage wären auch was für mich
Seite 257 Und Cullum vorne mit dabei, hehe ♥

“Iiiiiiiihhhh”, rief Milly.
“Also, das ist doch…” Mary rümpfte die Nase.
“Auch das noch!”, rief Mr. Wakefield, und Cullum lachte los.

Ich glaube die nächsten Seiten habe ich nur gelacht.
Seite 281 naja, Höflichkeit wird eh überbewertet
Seite 299 dieser Stalker….
Seite 301 und ein verdammt süßer Idiot!
Seite 357 Fee… ♥
Seite 362 Ach und Cullum ♥

Hollyhill

Für immer Hollyhill
Meine Eindrücke: es gefällt mir besonders durch Fee noch besser als Band eins und zwei, die Charaktere wachsen sehr und Cullum und Joe sind wunderbar wie immer.
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Seite 15 Oh mein Gott!
Seite 20 Oh, Joe … hehe
Seite 22 So wäre es bei mir auch.
Seite 23 Ich liebe diese Idee!
Seite 31 “Zeitlos, Darling, zeitlos.”
Seite 35 Oh my, Fee! ♥
Seite 40 Ich liebe Fee einfach
Seite 54 Fee und Cullum – mein Ship ist unterwegs ♥
Seite 58-60 Fee’s Szenen sind jetzt schon einfach wunderbar
Seite 62 Hach, Fee ist wirklich erfrischend…
Seite 66 Ich liebe dieses Dorf
Seite 81 Miesepeter-Matt und Charming Cullum – Emily sieht Cullum furchtbar negativ (unverständlicherweise) und warum haben sich die Beinamen nicht durchgesetzt?
Seite 107 ich bin froh, dass Cullum die Spannung etwas auflockert
Seite 111 Fee ist dazu noch emanzipiert!
Seite 115 Ha! Dieser Plan…
Seite 120 Wirklich?
Seite 123 also hallo? Timing?
Seite 125 *schmacht*
Seite 130 Ha Ha!
Seite 137 …ein äußerst schwacher Vorwand
Seite 148 Fee will in den 20s bleiben, oder?
Seite 152 You shall not play? Vielleicht?
Seite 157 Ich wussste es! (ich sage jetzt nicht, was genau)
Seite 166 Ich muss Fee recht geben
Seite 167 Ich wusste es!
Seite 187ff. Also ich mag ihn einfach unfassbar gerne
Seite 221 Chloe wächst mir ehrlich immer mehr ans Herz
Seite 243 die zwei ♥

“Ich komme mir vor wie in einer Fünfziger-Jahre Werbung”, sagte Fee.
“Die Frau steht am Herd, und der Mann sieht ihr dabei zu und liest Zeitung.”
“Er kann wohl kaum beides tun”, sagte Cullum.

Seite 249 so entzückend albern
Seite 270 Hhhhhmmmmmmmmmm… ♥
Seite 302 Ich habe Angst zu erfahren, wer gut und wer böse ist
Seite 334 Hahaha (für etwa die nächsten 20 Seiten)
Seite 359 ein wundervolles Paar eben

Ich hoffe doch, dass wir Hollyhill wiedersehen. Vielleicht ein paar Kurzgeschichten? Vor allem mit Fee, Cullum und Joe. Vielleicht ja auch über Stephen?

Die Funkos sind übrigens Alice (aus der Tim Burton Version) und Edith (aus Crimson Peak), beide gespielt von der wunderbaren Mia Wasikowska, da sie die einzigen sind, die aussehen, wie aus einer anderen Zeit, auch wenn sie wenn dann in Buch zwei vorkommen würden und woh mehr Ähnlichkeit mit Fee haben.

Stories in Time and Space | Fangirl Friday

Some time ago I decided to start a new series on this blog – Fangirl Friday. I guess, this name is already used by someone in the universe, but I don’t really mind, as it is such a nice alliteration. Well, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep this series up and post every single friday, but I’ll try my best. This series has quite a wide range – from reviews of movies and books to Tags and Thoughts.

Stories in Time and Space

Recently I’ve been into SciFi literature a lot. I mean, I’ve always been interested in space and stars and astronomy. Actually, I’d love to study astronomy, but physics and I just don’t work out, so that’s kind of a no-no. But, nevertheless I love stories that take place in the galaxy or on far away planets, so within the last week I enjoyed those stories a lot. Let’s talk about them.

Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson
This graphic novel started my little SciFi/Space Stories obsession again. I went into it without knowing anything about the book or the author. The story was rather simple, but nice and the charcters were just adorable – what’s not to love about a panicky chicken? The art is very well done and sweet, so besides a few flaws, it was a nice read.

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
You know, I love the Lunar Chronicles, so of course I had to read Levana’s story as well. I was quite surprised I liked it as much – especially the lunacy and obsession of Levana. I did not get very close to the characters, but they very round and interesting.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker’s Guide was part of my childhood. I listened to the audio book of the first two stories all the time when driving somewhere with my dad. So nostalgia factor plus great humour equals 42. Or one of the best books in my opinion.

Stories in Time and Space
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I think I’ve been into Sci Fi since I was a little girl – you know, kids stories and this stuff. Also, glittery things and stars were so fascinating to me – whenever they talked about shooting stars on the radio, I always stayed up – but I never saw one sadly. It took me some while to get into Star Trek and Star Wars. But now I always get shivers when hearing a melody from Star Wars. The new episode was one of the few movies I watched in a cinema shortly after it came out. And I loved it so, so much. I loved every minute of the movie (well, not every, there were tragic/traumatic scenes), the characters, obviously, and the scenery. Also it seemed more witty to me than the others did. And it brought a new crush to the endless list: Poe. 💖

What are your favourite Sci Fi books and movies?

Bookworm | September & October

September was the month I didn’t read a lot, October wasn’t any better. But I wnet to the cinema three time in two months – so yeah me for leaving the house more often and managing to watch new movies. This might be the last Bookworm post for a while, because I think about posting reviews for movies aand books more random (or mention them in Friday Favourites). As always – we will see.

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust – Alan Bradley
First book I read was the seventh of the Flavia de Luce novels and as the ones before I loved it. In this book Flavia goes to a school in Canada and obviously finds another corpse. Now, besides going to school, learing about chemistry and the girls in the school, she also has to solve the case.
As always it was hilarious as always and I just love Bradley’s/Flavia’s sarcasm. I marked so many pages with Flavia’s witty comments and her cheeky replies. She’s so confident and indepentent for a 50s girl, plus her interests are amazing. The case itself is quite exciting, but as with the last book, it isn’t the main topic of the book. The other character’s are well described and also very unique and interesting, especially Flave’s chemistry teacher. Besides the fact, that the crime story is not as strong, I love the ending and look forward to book eight. It’s just worth reading for the sarcasm alone.

Life – Anton Corbijn
My best friend and I went to see Life by the end of September. And if you know me, you know I’m “mildly” obsessed with James Dean. I love his acting, his movies, his looks and find him a quite interesting person. I think he’s actually my favourite actor. And I just love the photographs Dennis Stock took. This biopic is about the two of the meeting and how the photos came to be and it is amazing. It’s the second biopic I saw in theaters and the second I saw in OV (and I’m so glad I did). I grew to like Robert Pattinson after Twilight, but Dane DeHaan is just amazing. He does a wonderful job portaying James Dean – he has this very interesting face and the way he talks is brilliant. Even though he doesn’t really look like James Dean, he has (t)his aura. The tension between the actor and the photographer are so well played and you get very close to the characters. The biopic, itself, is very well done – it’s two hours but doesn’t feel like it. It does not burn from action, but it’s sensible and touching. I hope you get to see the movie.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) – Rick Riordan
Then, I read Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson, which I finished in October as well. I think it’s actually written for 11-14 year olds, but I read it nevertheless. Always having trouble in school due to what is said to be ADHD Percy discovers he is not just an ordinary boy, but a half god. And everyone thinks he’s the one who stole the Zeus’ lightning bolt.
I love Greek mythology, so of course I enjoyed the story and the background. It’s quite interesting and features great characters. I really like Percy who is funny and witty – and actually quite brave. Annabeth is very amazing as well, intelligent, sassy. And Grover is just adorable. But my favourite is Ares, is somewhat similar to Gabriel (from Supernatural), sassy, wicked and even though he’s kind of mean, he is charming. Anyway, I took me some time to get into the book, bu then I read it within a few hours/days. Riordan’s style of writing is amazing, the book is so funny and sarcastic. The stroy itself is well thought and written, and the twists on Greek mythology is so creative and makes me want to read more about the antique again. I’m quite excited to contine this series and really recommend it, if you are looking for a sarcastic view on the Greek gods.

Bossypants – Tina Fey
You may or may not know that I’m into 30 Rock and Tina Fey a lot, so of course I wanted to read her book. Randomly I started reading the book the same day my kate gabrielle Liz Lemon brooch arrived. So, that’s a sign, am I right? I always use post it’s to mark good parts in books and I used up so many reading this – I think that alone says a lot about the book.
So, if you like Tina Fey’s movies/series, I think you will enjoy this book. And even if you don’t really know Tina Fey, it’s really worth reading. I had a lot of fun reading this book, it’s hilarious and you fly through it. Her writing style is amazing – it’s witty, ironic and quite relateble, since she talks a lot about herself (obviously in memoirs). And really, she expierenced a lot of crazy stuff plus there are a few photos. I would have liked a chapter about the movies Fey made or a bit more about Liz Lemon and her. Nevertheless it’s an amazingly written comedy. If you want a fun and slightly feminist book, read it. I really like that Tina Fey expresses her opinion without making other opinions bad. She really is funny and one of my favourite comedians. I will read the book again, of that I’m sure, because it was hilarious, feminist and a very enjoyable read.

Crimson Peak – Guillermo del Toro
I really loved the movie – a friend of mine wanted to see this movie since watching the first trailer a few months back and so we went to see the movie. It’s a romantic, gothic horror set at the turn of the century and these are a few of my favourite things, so the circumstances alone were perfect.
Personally, I really like both Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddelstone and I loved that there were only three actors actually (there are a few more earlier/inbetween, but mainly), I think it’s better with movies this way. You know, if it’s a movie withough sequel I think the more characters the more complicated it gets. Anyway, the actors are amazing and the chemistry between Tom and Mia is so intense, it’s just perfect. The first half of the movie was more of the scary part due to ghost (that looked gruesome yet great), the second halt was much more psycologically scary, which is actually my favourite, even though it’s more horrifying in my opinion. In either part I never felt bored, even though it was long (about two hours I guess), I never wondered how long the movie still was (and usually I do after some time). The colours were terrific and I loved the way the movie was visually, the only downside was (to me, my friends didn’t even notice) the cut with this black screen that closes into a circle – they did this a lot in old Donald movies – and they cut a lot of scenes this way. But that’s only a minor downside to a beautiful movie. The fashion of the turn of the century is a favourite of mine and I love the cameos and silhouettes. Both, men and women looked wonderful – talking about the people in the beginning, there was Bobby from Supernatural who I almost missed to recognise. Later on the movie gets a little sad, and I prefer this kind of horror movies (The Woman in Black), because they stay with you.
If you like beautiful eerie and horror like I do, I really recommend this amazing movie with fabulous actors.

Back to the Future – Robert Zemeckis
I’m so glad I was able to watch Back to the Future on the day, because I’m slightly obsessed with Back to the Future. I talk about the movie here.

Schönbär und Nonne – Armin Dett
I only want to recommend this book, so no real review. It’s full of photos of moths and texts about them and since they fascinate me a lot, of course I like this book. Tomorrow I’ll post a few pictures of butterflies and moths I took last weekend (when I got this book).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
I go to know this book through a YouTuber, I think Katytastic, and bought it a few weeks ago, but only read it last week. BUT it only took me four days, so that’s a plus. I can’t really summarise the book, so I recommend reading the blurb or looking it up online. Basically, it’s about a girl living in Prag running errands for some sort of human-animal-mix (like Pan and those mythic creatures) and then something terrible happens changing her live. You know, typical fantasy YA.
The book is so wonderfully written (if I was a person who made exclamtion marks, I would here), it’s also a little witty, but not too much. It’s rather magical and intense – especially in the first half of the book you really feel Prague and I love the reoccuring places, because they are so detailed and beautiful. (Also I want to go to Prague now.) But not only the cities, also Karou is described wonderfully and it’s finally a protagonist who is pretty and knows it (I’m sorry, but I can’t stand this cliché ugly duckling who is – randomly – loved by the hottest guy on earth and actually not as ugly as everybody thought. And actually, there aren’t a lot of ugly people, just people with an outward appearance that is attractive to more or less people). Also Karou is a creative person (I love the touch with the art school), has fantastic tattoos and colourful hair, so that alone makes me her different from other characters in YA. And her best friend Zuzana is amazing, someho I really enjoy her negative attitude, because it’s so sassy. There are a lot of winter vibes in this book and since I love winter, that’s just perfect. I think the first half is a perfect winter read. Still, I really didn’t like the romance, I kind of liked it in the beginning, but it got annoying and just cheesy in my opinion. Then again, I don’t really like romance, but it really was predictable and I didn’t consider the plot twist as stunning. Also, this Madrigal character, was dreadful to me, she’s this perfect, good charcater without flaw (and to emphasise that her “sister” who’s discribed as a nice person at first, turns out to be the evil stepsister-character). I just don’t like good characters without any bad trait, that’s not realistic. Also, she’s kind of dull. Then the ending, it was quite tragic (well, it’s the firt book of a trilogy), but due to Mad and the romance, I don’t think I’ll continue this series even though I loved the first half for it’s wonderful words to describe Prague.

What did you read – or watch – recently? And what movies are you excited for (Spectre and Star Wars VII for me please)?

Bookworm | July & August

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So, today I’m gonna show you the books I read within the last two months. I read the first three books in July and the others – Lunar Chronicles and White Rabbit Chronicles – in August. Especially the Lunar Chronicles are amazing and I can really recommend them. Also, The Help is a wonderful book. So, let’s read!

The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
So, I had watched the movie (the old one) before and also seen the musical Wicked, and I guess the story is known to everyone. During a storm Dorothy gets to Oz and kills the Witch of the East with her house. To get back to Kansas she has to find the Wizard – and kill the Wicked Witch of the West.
Now, here’s the thing since the musical Wicked I have great sympathies with the Elphaba and therefore didn’t dislike her as much as I probably should have. But then again, I almost always feel with the villains. And there’s one thing I don’t get – Dorothy wears silver shoes, not red ones, why does the film portrait her with red shoes? Anyway, I liked the book, it’s written nicely and the story is just adoreable. You got to love all the side characters (and Dorothy, too) and also the story. Actually the story is quite intersting and if you love childeren’s books, read it.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett
After watching the movie The Help, I just needed to buy this book. It is set in the 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi, whilst black people were treated extremly bad. This book mainly focuses on the maids that raise the white kids and are forgotten later on. But Miss Skeeter wants to know what happened to her maid, who just disappeared, eventually she decides to write a book including interviews with maids, especially Aibileen and Minny. During the book we get to know the stories of the three women and 1960s-Jackson.
I really loved this book, but I got to say I put it aside after about 200 pages for I did not really get into it at first. Probably because I watched the movie shortly before I started this book. The language was absolutely amazing, Stockett used slang and american vernacular (even though she’s actually british) and I think you get through the book easily, because it’s written nicely. The characteres are very round and I like most of the main characters, Minny is just so sassy, Skeeter is independent and strong and Aibileen is such a good person. But, I got to say, my favourite person is Miss Celia, I don’t really know why, she’s just a side character, but she’s adorable. Anyway, most of the characters are so lively and no matter if sympathetic or not, you can imagine them perfectly. Obviously, I love the 60s, there was a lot of bad stuff (which I don’t like), but it’s a interesting, changing time and this book shows this just great. It’s exactly the right lenght, including everything important to the story, also little things, but not drifting off all the time. There is a love story, too, but it is not really important, though I think good for the book. So, if you are interested in “historic” novels, pick this up and read it, it’s great.

The Museum of Extraordinary Things – Alice Hoffman
I actually bought this book almost exclusively due to it’s beautiful cover, but the blurb sounded interesting as well. And since I had nothing to read at the moment, I started to read it. The book is set in NYC in the year 1911, based on two young people. One, Coralie, a young girl with skin between her fingers and a great talent in swimming. She’s living with her father, the owner of the Museum of Extraordinary Thing, a museum that display abnormalities in humans. Two, Eddie, a young man, leaving his past and father behind, working as a photographer and searching for a missing girl.
I really liked Coralie, though I considered her rather weak. Eddie on the other hand was just cliché, mother died, left his past behind, bad boy attitudes, but very lonely. And I got to say, I did not grow fond of him. Then there were so many, unnecessary characters adding nothing to the story. But there also were, round, interesting characters, as Mr Morris. And to me, there was near to no storyline, only stringling together of little stories, so I stopped and lay the book aside after 100 pages. I picked it up again when I went to Berlin. The love story (they only got to know each other about 100 pages before the end) is so cheesy and unrealistic, I actually love it when there is kind of instant sympathy/love between characters, but it seemed to me that these two spend no time together. Still, it really is written beautifully and very lively and figurative, especially Cora’s persective, though the jumping back and forth with the frist-/third-person narrator confused me. But, on the other hand, I always wanted to skip the parts involving Cora’s father. I personally, would not recommend this book, even though it was well written, I did not get into the story at all (and I love stories set in past decades) due to Hoffman permanently drifting off.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
Before picking up this book, I was full of prejudice. Cyborgs, really? But I had been proofed wrong (like Elizabeth Bennet), the book was amazing. I read it within two days and ordered the next book when I was about 150 pages through Cinder. Cinder is a cyborg girl working as a mechanic living in New Bejing, the book is set in the future. One day she meets prince Kai, but about at the same time her stepsister Peony (the book is based on Cinderella, but gladly there is one stepsister Cinder is friends with) gets ill due to a pandemia. One thing leads to another and as Cinder and Kai grow closer, her sister gets worse – and Cinder seems to be the key to the saving of tousands of people.
The book is written quite well, I got through it fastly, only had to look up a few mechanical terms I wasn’t familiar with. But other than that, it was easy and good to read, not special or poetic, but nice. I liked Cinder herself instantly, but she really enchanted me on the ball (I think since it is a Cinderella story this isn’t a spoiler everbody already knows), she really is kickass and brave. But she’s also empathetic and good-hearted. Even though I didn’t really fall for Kai, I liked the love story. Finally a YA book without love triangle and love being the center of every problem/the whole book. The love story was important, but not everything. Most of the other characters were rather flat, but still lively, the most important ones, such as the Lunar queen and Cinder’s android Iko (whom I love) are quite round and interesting. But most of the characters seemed very suspicious to me. The story is very different from other Young Adult novels and the fairy tale itself. I’m very fond of new twists on fairy tales and I fell for this one (though a few things were predictable). It was thrilling and unusual, the mix of fairytale and dystopia is wonderfully done, equipped with a great female protagonist and interesting details.

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
After reading about 100 pages of Cinder, I decided on buying the second book in the series. I started it as soon as possible and read it within about two days as well. Probably I wouldn’t have put it down at all, if I didn’t have to do other things. So, since I don’t want to spoil you, I’ll say it, right here, read the review to Cinder, read the book and then you can read this review.
Cinder now is a fugitive and on her way to escape from prison she meets Captain (yes, to me he’s Captain, not Cadet) Thorne. And, my my, do I have a chruch on him. He’s kind of smug, but in a charismatic, charming way. To be honest, he makes me like Cinder more, she’s getting sarcastic with him and they really like each other, not in a romantic way, but that doesn’t matter at all. I might even prefer it like that. Their conversations are brilliant. Then there’s Scarlet – Red Riding Hood that is – and she’s just kicking butt. I adore her, from the page she was introduced I liked her and she didn’t proof me wrong. Now, she’s one of my favourite female characters of all time. Not sure if she kicked Emily from Zurück nach Hollyhill (= Back to Hollyhill, a German book), but she’s just great. In general I got to say, that Marissa Meyer creates amazing female characters, they are independent and strong. Sarcastic, funny and not whining about their bodies all day long. And they grow and develop during the book(s). But, the males aren’t bad either. I liked Wolf, not as much as other book-guys (cough Thorne cough), but still, he was a very interesting character and I liked that as a reader you never were entirely sure of his character. The only one, I’m not that fond of is Prince Kai, he’s so perfect and good, and though I like him, he’s just not as interesting to me. Obviously the story dragged me in, too, I liked the new twists and turns it took and the additons. I got to say, I really like books with more than two main characters (four to seven is perfect), because they add a certain dynamic to a story. And even the not so important characters were portrait quite round and various, not mashing to some kind of swamp. Meyers writing style, too, is quite good and you can make out a difference between the different perspectives easily. I really would have read this book in one sitting if possible and now I’m longing for Cress.

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles) – Gena Showalter
So, you know, I’ve got this thing for Alice in Wonderland and Wonderland-based stories and everything that has anything to do with Alice. And I like Kat from Covered in Cathair, so I went for this book. I told you, I wasn’t that fond of cyborgs – I’m not that fond of zombies either, but this book kind of changed my opinion towards books/movies featuring zombies. After the death of her parents, Alice comes to live with her grandparents. As she starts to see the zombies her father told her about, she thinks she’s losing her mind. Especially, since she has strange visions, looking at Cole, who is hot and has a bad reputation, but is somehow drawn to her as well.
Now, my describtion sounded very romantic – and there is a somehow cute, little bit steamy love story. I don’t really know how, but Showalter does the romance very realistic, yet quite fast. And I really liked it, even though Cole had his Bad Boy sides – usually I only rike really bad characters (Loki, Moriarty, various Disney villains and so on), but I don’t consider bad boys that charming. But Cole really is another type of bad boy, plus the relationship isn’t that typical either (yes, their are typical motives, but somehow…different). Yes, anyway, I liked Cole’s slight arrogance and charme (and he’s tall, has tattoos & dark hair, so…). Then Ali, she’s literally amazing – kick ass, pert and sarcastic. Yes, yes, yes, she has so much more character and power than other book-girls do. I think she deals very well with her traumatic experience and at least I can relate to her. The side characters are described quite round and these dialogues, I had to suppress a laugh in public more than once, Showalter writes very funny and witty, especially Ali’s thoughts and her conversations with Cole are hilarious. I also loved, that the best friend was very present, I think in YA those girls are often plain and forgotten, but Kat is wonderful and always there. Next to the wonderful and original references to Carroll’s book, the story is pretty good, too. Some turns were expectable, others were not. The book was quite compelling, so I read it within less than two days. And after hearing (reading) things about the next book, I’m kind of worried and can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
You might have realised, that I’ve become obsessed with this book series, so I also read Cress within 24 hours. And again, not to spoil you, I’d recommend reading the review after having read Cinder and Scarlet.
Now, Cress is a Lunar shell and a hacker for Queen Levana, but while being incarcerated into a satellite, she grows more and more fond of Eartherns and is, too, waiting to be saved from her satellite. In the meanwhile Cinder and the crew planing on stoping the wedding – and stoping Levana.
Swooning over Captain Thorne? Right here, I really, really adore his character and everytime something between Cress (his obsessing over him just as well) and him happened, I got nervous and all (hehe, her thoughts were literally mine). Cress is adorable and I was kind of scared after reading a few reviews on the book that the romance in this book would be peculiar due to her akwardness and romance. And, to be honest, I’m not a fan of that damsel in distress thing, but it was well done and different – as always with Marissa Meyer and I’m actually glad, that she differs a lot from both Cinder and Scarlet. So the range and diversity of characters just grows. The romance was wonderful and interesting and I was obsessing even more about Thorne, both, he and Cress, developed a lot during the book (and I even liked Thorne’s change, though I loved his character in the beginning, but the change was realistic and beautiful). So did Kai, whom I grew a lot fonder to during this book. And to me, there are a lot of similarities to Disney’s Tangled. Still, Scarlet is my favourite and I just love the mocking between the crew members. The connections between the characters, the turns (though sometimes people realised things a little slowly) and twists To me Meyers writing stye gets better all the time – it’s funny and well articulated. Plus, the story is catching and you want to go on and on until you’ve finished the book. So, I’m totally looking forward to the fourth book.

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles) – Gena Showalter
Contains spoilers for Alice in Zombieland. As things seem just perfect, a new boy and a new girl arrive at the slayers. He’s hot and interested in Ali andshe has a past with Cole. Strange things happen between the guys and girls and meanwhile the Ali has a terrible incident with a zombie, changing things inside her.
I expected a lot of this book and I was kind of disappointed. Showalter still writes great and hilarious, but there were a lot of things I didn’t like. To me, this book was weaker than the first, not as fascinating and the action scenes weren’t as detailed. The main drama was the love drama and I’m not a fan of that. I don’t like it, when new “love interests” are introduced, the only cause problems and adds drama, but nothing to the story. So to me, that was really unnecessary and it took the focus from fighting and the real storyline – and the real storyline would have been amazing. Though, I liked Gavin, he was kind of a Captain Thorne character. To me, the character of Cole was forced into this bad boy role and he was actually very weak at first (in this book), so I grew to dislike him. Later on, I liked the tension a lot (I love that in general) and Cole’s confusion, his fighting and problems were great (obviously not his problems, but I like the way Showalter did that). In the end, I liked him again, though he was a little too sweet and out of character. Everything got veeeeeery cheesy and I don’t like romance a lot anyway, so cheesy romance is even worse. I think, in the beginning, Ali fell out of character a few times, by not forcing him to talk, but later on, I liked her again and her strength was great. Unfortunately a few earlier visions got lost, I believe. And I’d have said the visions they had in this book only would come true, because of the way the characters reacted to the visions (it all came different eventually, and, in quite a good way). Mackenzie’s change throughout the book was wonderful and I just love when that happens and it was very realistic. What really ticks me off on the other hand are those SMS shortings. I mean, seriously? Who writes like that? But I cried at Kat’s love/friendship confession to Ali, that was beautiful. There were great parts in this book and I’m looking forward to the next part, but still I think you could have made more of the idea.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles) – Gena Showalter
Again: Spoilers for the prior books. Ali and her friends are now fighting against Anima, who trains zombies and killed four of their friends. While things get worse for the slayers, also Ali and Cole have their problems again. Then, Ali discovers that some of her past isn’t what she thought it was.
First, once more, I really liked the idea, but I didn’T really like how it turned out. it was an easy read, yes, and still funny, but the first book was just too good. It really annoys me, that there’s always something to keep Ali and Cole from going further or talking about important stuff. And serisously, why is it that difficult to talk to each other? There are permanently useless conflicts from not talking and causes an on-off-relationship. Plus, Cole’s character development… Well, I don’t like this only girl that tames the bad boy-thing and things are also getting way too cute for my taste. The other characters are just wonderful, especially Kat and Gavin are wonderful, I really love them. The story itself was interesting, though a bit predictable and some of the conflicts just vanish into pure air. And I think, the tension is mostly due to personal conflicts, the main conflict is over in like 50 pages or less. Other than that, I even cried at a few times and the writing stlye is hilarious. I’d still recommend the books for Showalters amazing writing style.

I hope you found some of the books interesting. Did you read any of the books and agree/disagree with me? Or can you recommend a book?