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Book Tag: The Time Capsule

If you ever saw book-related videos on YouTube, you probably know that sometimes they do tag videos in which they answer a set of questions. Since I’m not into filming myself (I’ve tried. Meh. I’m working on it. Things like Book Chat or tags or hauls are so much more exciting in video form.) and I really wanted to do this tag because it is really original and fun! It’s the Time Capsule tag by MathomBooks! Chek them out, they are awesome. Maybe some of you bloggers out there want to do the tag? Do it! Just refer to the original video and do it! It’s fun 🙂

So in this tag, imagine you want to stock a time capsule. What would you want to put in there?

The Rules: You can choose five books. One to entertain, one to evoke emotions, one to enlighten, one to teach the beauty of reading and one to explain our modern culture.

So, here are my picks! In this wonderful read color, you get the answers of my boyfriend! Bonus!

To Entertain:

Out choices to entertain!

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams – Wouldn’t it be fun to read this in the future as an alien race who just built an interstellar highway through Earth? I think so. But I will not put this book in the capsule until I finished it, because I actually just read the first book.

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix by J.K. Rowling It’s the best book in the most entertaining series.

To Evoke Emotions

Our choices to evoke emotion!

Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder – A sad and beautiful book about a little girl who is really sick. It’s a really sweet and deep children’s book.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – You really feel for Nobody, you are sad with him, happy, angry.

To Enlighten

Out choices to enlighten!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry – Okay. A clichĂ© answer. But, this book had a huge influence on me! I read it first when I was about 11 and it really had an impact. It teaches so much about friendship, love, life… This is why I chose it.

1984 by George Orwell – To show how a society should not be like.

To Teach the Beauty of Reading

Our choices to teach the beauty of reading

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers – This book is probably my favorite book of all time. I read it in German, so I don’t know if the translation is any good, but I hope so. If you like fantastical storys at all, and if you like really creative world-building, witty and intelligent writing styles, check out the Zamonia books by Walter Moers. This one, Rumo and The 13 1/2 Lifes of Captain Bluebear are the best.

So why The City of Dreaming Books to teach the beauty of reading? Because it describes how magical reading is, it is a book full of love for books, of how they smell, feel and make you cry, laugh and how they can change your life.

Fahrenheit 451 by Rad Bradbury To show how dangerous it can be not to read books

To Explain Our Modern Culture

Our choices to teach about our modern culture

You can’t possibly explain everything about modern culture in one book. You can give a little bit about what people believe in, how our political system works or doesn’t work, something that explains this in detail, something that gives metaphors. So this is a really hard question.

1984 would be too cynical as an answer, right? I will go with Dead Famous by Ben Elton. It shows that we have a legal system and crappy reality tv.

Lautlos by Frank Schätzing (author of The Swarm. This book was unfortunaly not translated) – This thriller shows what is important to modern culture and the conflict between western and eastern societies.

I hope you had fun with our answers! What would you put in a time capsule? Answer in the comments or post it on your blog!

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June TBR!

Before you read the actual post, I want to say that I wrote this a few days ago, but up until now didn’t get a chance to shoot the photos. This month will probably be a really busy month for me, which means just a few posts from me. I will be posting more in the future, but it might be a month or two until then.

This month, I have kind of a theme to my TBR. Which is “sequels”! I have to read some sequels. As almost noone writes standalones anymore, I have started so many series that I haven’t finished. Also, this will help lowering the TBR pile, for I own quite a lot of books that I haven’t read yet and I really want to change that. This also means not buying too many new books. I don’t think I will be able to buy no new books until I finished all of my unread books. Because this would take months. But I try to read at least one book from my TBR before I buy and read a new book.

So, on with my TBR! This month I plan on reading:

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin – If I’m honest with myself, I end the TBR here. If I start this book and don’t allow myself to read other books inbetween, I will only be able to finish one book this month. If I finish it. But I’m sooo looking forward to reading this! It will just take me forever. I’m a slow reader as it is, but reading in English takes me even longer than reading in German. And this book is huge! Almost 1000 pages and tiny fonts. And so many names that all sound alike!

What I plan on reading in the highly unlikely case that I finish A Clash Of Kings earlier than I thought:

Other sequels I plan on reading soon

The Novice by Trudi Canavan – I loved the first one. Really excited for the second one!

The Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis – or at least one of the four.

A Million Suns by Beth Revis – Sequel to Across the Universe, which I loved. I preordered A Million Suns and I still haven’t read it. Shame on me.

Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell – Third book in the Saxon Stories series, I really liked the first two. Yay, vikings! Battles! Axes! Swords!

Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons

 

 

All these books have been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. But I just bought a new book that I will probably fit in somewhere (which does not fit in with the theme, but oh well):

Watchmen by Alan Moore – I’m so excited for this! Yay! Another graphic novel, and the one that gets the highest ratings. It’s also on the NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy list and I plan on reading all of the books on that list. I loved the movie, but fortunately I have horrible memory when it comes to movies! Seriously, that’s a good thing.

Just a few minutes ago I watched Pricilla from the readables’ June Book Haul video. I was thinking about reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter this month and then watching the movie and comparing the two. Now that Pricilla does it too, I really really want to! So maybe I will buy the ebook and read it this month. We’ll see.

What will you read this month? What do you think about my picks? Will I be able to finish A Clash Of Kings? Leave me a comment 🙂

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Book Chat – Desert Island Books

This book chat is hosted by the wonderful Misty from The Book Rat! You should check out her blog if you don’t already know her. This month’s topic desert island books. You choose five books, one in each of five different categories. Survival books are not allowed. Here is what I’d take!

1. Re-Read

I originally wanted a really huge book for this one, so, you know, that I have a lot to read while I’m stranded. BUT: I think it would be awesome and classy to be on a desert island with this one: I choose The Tempest by William Shakespeare!

2. Never read:

I will bend the rules a little here and choose Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is actually just one book in three volumes, so that is not cheating. But I already read the first volume, so… But I never finished the whole thing, so I think it counts.

3. Childhood favorite

For this category, I can not quite decide. The books are from the same author though. I would love to take a bind-up of all his works, because he was such a great writer and storyteller.

I would either take Momo or The Night Of Wishes by Michael Ende. Both of those books I loved as a kid and enjoyed the story as films and audiobooks too. The Night Of Wishes is a really cute story that I reread and enjoyed throughout my life and although I haven’t read Momo since I was in primary school, the story is still with me. From this book I learned, that, if you’re cleaning a street, you should never look at the whole street ahead of you. Instead you should focus on the little bit of street at your feet. This way, it won’t seem as much and you will be ready before you even know it. This comes to my mind a lot when I have to accomplish a task that seems huge or when I just have to walk down a long street.

4. Series

This is hard! I think, I will chose A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin. I haven’t finished the series yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it. And the books are huge, so I can really pass the time with this one!

5. Everything-you-want-slot

I can not go to a desert island without my favorite book, which is The City Of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers. It is my comfort book and I love reading it so much!

Which five books would you take to a desert island?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? #3

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by BookJourney. We share what we read last week and what we plan on reading this week!

What Are You Reading

What are you reading this week?

Last week was busy with Birthdays of loved ones and other really fun and exciting stuff. I did read quite a lot, but I didn’t finish many books. I was reading five books at a time. So the plan for this week: Finish some of those books I started.

So, what else is new? Well, since you asked – I got a Kindle Touch! Yay! And I really, really love it so far. The Kindle Touch was just released last month here in Germany and I saved up for it and got it a short while after it came out. I thought about getting an eReader before, but what finally convinced me was the touchscreen and the build in mp3-player. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking for a tablet, but listening to music while reading is what I often do, especially while I’m on the train or bus, and having just one instead of two devices makes sense to me.

What I read last week

No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre – I read this while I was on the train to visit my mom on her birthday and on my way back. It’s a play and it deals with people define themselves through relationships with others and how bad relationships can be your personal hell. I really liked it a lot, it’s thought-provoking and I really liked the way the themes was presented. I’m really into these kind of plays and will read – and hopefully someday see – more of those! I gave No Exit 4 out of 5 stars.

Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wasteland by Carlton Mellick III

Warrior Women Of The Wastelands by Carlton Mellick III – I know, I know. This title sounds just awesome. And it was. This is the first book I read in the bizarro fiction genre and I really liked it a lot. Beware – this is not for everyone. It’s bloody, it’s crazy, it’s weird, it’s sick. A lot. And I mean that. You have been warned. You’re not put off? Then give it a try. I loved it. I will read more books of that genre. Review to come!

What I’m currently reading

As I said, I’m reading a lot at a time currently. So here we go:

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Wither by Lauren DeStefano taken from http://thechemicalgardenbooks.com

Wither by Lauren DeStefano – I’m reading this on my kindle. I read a few reviews of this now and they made this sound really really good. I’m a little more than half way through now, and I like it. I would have finished it my now, but Warrior Wolf Women Of The Wastelands got in the way.

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan – I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now. I’ve read one fifth of the book now and it’s really good so far! I really love the writing style. I can’t quite say what it is about this style of writing, but I really enjoy it.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontĂ« – Still reading this. Kindle got in the way.

Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Nothing new here. Still not finished. Sad but true.

What I plan on reading this week

I really just plan on finishing some books of those that I’m currently reading. And apart from that, I plan on reading things that I enjoy.

 What are you reading this week?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? #2

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by BookJourney. We share what we read last week and what we plan on reading this week!

What Are You Reading

What are you reading this week?

What I read last week

Last week I read four books. Three of those books I read for read-a-thon last weekend. I was hoping to read more, but oh well. These are the books I did read:

These are the books I read last week!

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I loved it! Read my review here!

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard by J.K. Rowling – This is a really cute and lovely collection of short stories. Loved it! I don’t think I will review it though.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – This was my favorite book if the Chronicles of Narnia so far! I will review all seven books together when I finished them all.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – I liked this book, but I don’t think I loved it. But it was a very interesting read nonetheless!

 

What I’m currently reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontĂ« – I’m about 150 pages in right now. It was very good to this point! Right now it’s kind of.. meh..

What I plan on reading this week

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfussv

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Again. In last weeks post I already said that I should finish this. So maybe this week?

Also I should get another book in the mail that I’m pretty excited about. It’s A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray! But we’ll see whether or not it will arrive this week!

What are you reading this week?

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Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

“Maybe our story will turn out differently if we take the left fork, maybe bad things that are waiting to happen to us won’t happen, maybe there’s happiness at the end of the left fork and warm places with people who love us and no Noise but no silence either and there’s plenty of food and no one dies and no one dies and no one never never dies.

Maybe.”

Taken from page 219, The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

I finished this book today and I haven’t started a new one yet. I gave this book 5 stars, you can check out my review here! What are you reading this lovely Tuesday?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by BookJourney. We share what we read last week and what we plan on reading this week!

What Are You Reading

What are you reading this week?

What I read last week

Last week I read four books, which is really, really a lot for me. I’m a rather slow reader and I don’t always have the time to read this much. Especially during the next three months I will have to concentrate on my thesis. But we’ll see! You need a break sometimes, right? But on to last weeks books:

What I read last week!

What I read last week!

Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontĂ« – A new favorite of mine! Took me just two days to read. Only downside: Got the song Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush stuck in my head for almost a week now, and it’s annoying!

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I will review all of the books from the Chronicles Of Narnia after I finished them all. So far I like it though!

Neuromancer by William Gibson – This took me a long time to read. I liked it though.

1984 by George Orwell – Another instant favorite. Which makes this a really good reading week, right?

What I’m currently reading

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Great setting, great story so far! But I need to now what’s going on NOW!

What I plan on reading this week

What I plan on reading this week!

What I plan on reading this week!

I don’t know, what I will actually read, but this is what I think I will read next.

The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I really need to finish this. I loved the first part so much, and then I couldn’t go on reading because I just couldn’t get over one specific part of the book. It’s so sad because I feel this will be a favorite when I finish it!

Jane Eyre by Charlotte BrontĂ« – After reading Wuthering Heights I want to now what the other BrontĂ«-sisters have to offer! I heard so many great things about this book!

And for the readathon next weekend, I already piled up books to chose from! Check them out here! What are you reading this week?

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