alexdegenhardt: (Yay Community)
I've been on semester break since the end of June. And the saying "Time flies when you're having fun" certainly seems true. I think we're about halfway through it. Now it's just 3 weeks til I leave for my vacation in Turkey. And as soon as I return from that the semester will have started again. On Tuesday, I hung out with Barbara (someone I study with). I haven't seen any of the people I study with since our last exam. But it does seem like everybody else is not hanging out much either. I think we see each other so much during the year that we spent summers far away from everything that has to do with school.

I've been reading a lot. I started reading the Dresden Files series. I'm on Book 10 already. Around book 4 or so Harry Dresden behaved like an idiot a lot, but I really loved the last few books. I think they get better and more complex the longer the series gets on. I've also read "Starcrossed" and "Dreamless" by Josephine Angelinni. It's YA, will be a trilogy (that seems like a major thing right now) and it's has greek mythology mixed in. I liked it a lot. "Insurgent", the second book of the Divergent series, was only so so. It picked up at the end, but in the middle for long stretches the main character behaved like a moron.
alexdegenhardt: (Reading GG)
I've been reading. Here are my thoughts on some of the books:

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: I liked it a lot. It's YA, but for once, there's no annoying love triangle. It's about a teenage girl who goes to a boarding school in London as an exchange student. While she's there, some murders that have s lot of similarities to Jack the Ripper start happening. It has supernatural elements, but nothing too heavy. It's well-written.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: It's not bad. It has some similarities to Twilight, though. It's basically if Twilight had been written by someone who could actually write and does research. There's a lot of stuff going on and the writing is dense. The plot doesn't just show up 2/3 in like in Twilight. It sucks that it's Book 1 of a trilogy. But yes, there's also the Vampire watching her sleep thing and him being patronizing. And her tolerating that and thinking that she was nothing special, but of course, she's a very special snowflake, as the book goes on. The whole "Her falling in love with him" wasn't earned, either. All of sudden, she's head over heels for him and never doubts that, even though it basically starts a war and puts herself and all the people she loves at risk. But those were minor quibbles in a reasonably entertaining book where the characters were actual characters, not just empty shells for the reader to project themselves into.

The secret life of dresses by Erin McKean: It's chicklit, but bittersweet, because there's a character death. And it's more of coming of age story than a love story. I liked it. All the dresses described in it sound lovely and make me want to have a closet like the main character.
alexdegenhardt: (Reading GG)
In the past few weeks I've read more books:

Shutter Island: Liked it, but totally saw the end coming. The twist was to be expected. I mean, they were investigating in a psychiatric hospital. If that's not a clue, what is?

Then we came to an End: Good descriptions about life in cubicle land, but so looooong. I really thought it was never gonna end.

The Rossetti Letter: I loved it. Good mix of romance/travel/historian novel. And it totally makes you want to go to Venice.

The Eyre Affair: I'm no literature nerd, but I really liked the world he created. I got two of his other books from the library and I'm looking forward to reading them.

Water for Elephants: Really interesting book about traveling with a circus. I liked it a lot.

March: So, so. Parts of it were touching and parts of it kind of boring.
alexdegenhardt: (Reading GG)
I've been a bad LJer. But I have a good excuse for at least 2 weeks, because I was in Andalusia on vacation. It was nice and the weather was great. I took a lot of pictures. I will do a picture entry or two later.

Here's what I've reading the past few weeks:

Carter beats the Devil: A interesting book about a magician, but it got a little long at the end.

The Namesake: I loved this book. It's very well written. The characters are relatable and you really get where they are coming from. It's about the search of the son of immigrants for his personal and cultural identity.

Special Topics in Calamity Physics: Too long and because of the constant stream of pop-culture references it took me a while to get into the book. Well observed human behaviour and group dynamics stuff, but the open end didn't do it for me.

Neverwhere: Although it's the first book I've read of Neil Gaiman's, I just love the worlds he creates. Stardust is also on my list, because I loved the movie.

Still on my list to read: Lost Art of Keeping secrets, Shutter Island, Water for Elephants, Stardust, March, The Eyre Affair, Blind Assassin and Then we came to the end.

I'm currently reading The Time Traveler's Wife and find the whole idea really intriguing, even though time travel makes my brain hurt with all different timelines.
alexdegenhardt: (Trouble Novels HP)
To expand my horizon bookwise, I printed out the SF book list, aptly titled "Adult literature that is awesome". And because I only have limited shelf space, I searched the database of my public library to see if they had some of the books. And they have a surprising amount of them. Okay, two or three are only available in German, but still. About 6 of them were available, so I checked them out. Yay for good books!
alexdegenhardt: (Reading GG)
Today I've started reading "To kill a mocking bird" by Harper Lee. The difference in quality of writing between this and the crap that is the Twilight Saga is mindboggling. I'm reading it and constantly going, wow, this is so well written. It's like I'm surprised that there's no constant repetition and fleshed out characters and everything.
alexdegenhardt: (Neville HP)
I feel like I'm suffering from acute Harry Potter Fever. I've always loved the books, but the release of the last one triggered me buying the first 4 books (I already had the rest), downloading all the Audiobooks, rewatching Movies 2-4, with Movie 1 being planned, I'm planning to see Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix next week for the second time, I made a Neville icon and read several fanfics.

Listening to the audiobooks was good for several reasons. I read quite fast and tend to miss some details. I'm quite impressed with Steven Fry, 'cause he manages to do the different accents and does make the story come alive. I feel like because of the way he read things, he made them more emotional for me. I was tearing up a lot more during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows then when I was just reading the thing myself.
alexdegenhardt: (Default)
I'm reading the newest book of Janet Evanovich's Stefanie Plum Series
"Twelve Sharp". I love this series. The descriptions of the wacky habitants of the burg, her family and her on and off relationship with Joe Morelli and the sexual sparks she has with Ranger are simply amusing. It's a good mixture of chicklit and mystery.

Here's an excerpt of Stefanie capturing a menopausal housewife who stabbed her husband:
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