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On The Hunt – Arrrrr, Pirates!

On The Hunt is a new feature on this blog, on which I plan to share the books that I plan on reading someday because they sound so awesome. It might be about books I already own or others. I might always do a theme, but we’ll see. Maybe they will end up being just a collection of books that sound good!

Wax statue of Jack Sparrow – Madame Tussauds (taken from wikimedia.org)

After watching The Pirates Of The Carribean today (and drooling over Captain Jack Sparrow, the prettiest man ever!…except for my boyfriend of course. Ehem. Love you!), I realized that I have not read one single book about priates! I think. I’m pretty sure. I think. Although “pirates” is a definite buzz word for me! (Check out Misty‘s book chat on buzz words and deal breakers!) I love the idea behind pirates, which to me is freedom, equality and a whole lotta rum. Yes, that is the romantic side of pirates. I know that it wasn’t like that. I don’t mind historical incorrectness in this case.

So I did a little research, browsing through listopia, which is my favorite tool on goodreads. Seriously, I could spend hours with it. And I have. I found some promising books there, and I will share them with you!

taken from wikimedia.org

Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson – THE classic of this genre. Right? I have seen many adaptations of this story, but I have not read the original yet. I already downloaded this to my Kindle because it’s free, but maybe I will listen to the audio book from freeclassicaudiobooks.com.

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – I already own this as a Penguins Classic, so it already is on my huge to-be-read pile. I have seen the Disney version, of course. I’m interested to read the original story!

Pirates! by Celia Rees – I have not heard anything about this book before today. It is a YA pirates book apparently. We’ll see!

The Princess Bride by William Goldman – I’m not sure about this one. I mean, I’m not sure wether or not it is about pirates. I have no idea what it is about actually, but it seems like everybody loves this. And the movie. So I really want to read this! And watch the movie.

The Dust Of 100 Dogs by A.S. KingMisty rated it 5 stars on goodreads. It seems I have to check it out then! You can watch the trailer here!

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke – I found out about this on A Tapestry Of Words’ Waiting On Wednesday. I suppose it’s more about assassins and magic than about pirates, but it still sounds awesome. It will be released this year in October!

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – I may be stretching it here but – Steampunk pirates!! That just sounds almost too good.

Would you read pirate books? Do any of these sound good to you? Let me know!

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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 Brontë – 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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Book Review – 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

I don’t even know how to start. The Knife Of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, is suspenseful, shocking, disturbing and sad. But there is always hope, right?

This is the story of Todd Hewitt, who lives in a strange world where everybody can hear everyone’s thoughts. It is a germ who caused this, a thing that the settlers that came to New World did not foresee. The germ did not only reveal everybody’s and even every animal’s thoughts, but also killed all women. So in this world, where there always is Noise no secrets can be kept. But men lie…

The story of this book is really captivating and from the first page on, you really just want to know how Todd’s story continues. Without giving away too much I can only say that there are many, many obstacles and troubles for Todd and his faithful dog Manchee to overcome. Many fights will be fought, there will be pain and horror and sadness. There never was a part in this book that I found boring, I just always wanted to know what happend next. That being said, this book was a little too sad for me (Yes I cried, shut up – to say it in Todd’s words).

After the first pages I never thought that I could like Todd as a character. I mean, he can talk to his dog, and Manchee is so sweet and Todd is just mean to him and even hits him! It took quite some chapters of the book until I could forgive Todd. But I did and I really felt for him, when he had to experience all these horrible things.

Todd meets a lot of different characters during his journey, from loving and warm-hearted to cold, brutal and really mad. I loved how Ness described the characters and how merciless he used their features to give the story just another turn.

Ness’ writing style just adds to the emotional rollercoaster Todd and the reader go through. Todd is a first person narrater and describes beautifully how it feels to be him, to hear the Noise and to experience all those things he has to cope with. Todd told the story in his own way of speaking, with dialect and sometimes, when he was nervous, in neverending sentences, or in action-filled scenes just in fragments of sentences. You could really imagine Todd telling you his story, hearing his Noise. Ness also found a beautiful way to display the Noise, with different fonts and sizes of the words. All that added up to a unique reading experience, that will not be forgotten any time soon.

In conclusion I have to say that I really think this is an amazing book. It is astonishing and shocking and moving, story and writing style are extraordinary and unique. The only downside for me was that it was in some parts way to sad for me and….the CLIFFHANGER ENDING! I need the second book right now.

5/5! I wanted to punish the book for making be cry by giving it just 4 stars, but I just couldn’t. It wouldn’t be fair.

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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 Brontë – 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 Brontë – After reading Wuthering Heights I want to now what the other Brontë-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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