Sunday, 6 August 2017

Down The TBR Hole #2

Hey there! A week ago I started joining this meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. In order of getting a grip on my tbr shelf which has been filling up with books and books that I’ve lost count of, I’m going through each book and deciding if I should keep it or remove it from my Goodreads shelf. Check out my first post I made for Down The TBR Hole and where you’ll find exact instructions about how to do this if you want to join.

#11 The Silver Linings Playbook

I saw the movie a few years ago in the cinema and then added the book to my tbr shelf. I do not believe that I will pick it up, though because I wasn’t that much a fan from the movie. I just don’t believe that the story is something that interests me enough anymore to pick up the book.

Verdict: remove from shelf

#12 The Night We Said Yes


The Goodreads summary still sounds so good and I feel like this is the type of book that I would read on a summer day, lying at the pool or at the river and enjoying an ice cream while reading.

Verdict: remains on Goodreads shelf

#13 Love And Other Foreign Words


I have the same thoughts about this book as about The Night We Said Yes. And I was really surprised to see that not many of my goodreads friends have read this book, so maybe it’s one of those underrated books that nobody really knows about yet, but actually is pretty good? I’ve got to pick this one up!

Verdict: remains on Goodreads shelf

#14 Love, Rosie


Love, Rosie is one of my favourite movies! The cast is great and the story is just so painfully beautiful. I’ve always wanted to read a book by Cecelia Ahern, but I just haven’t managed to pick one up. One day I will definitely buy this book when the time feels right and I’ll never forget about it so I don’t feel the need to have it on my tbr as an unnecessary reminder.

Verdict: remove from shelf

#15 The Cuckoo's Calling


I wanted to read this book only because it was written by J.K. Rowling. I love that women! But after trying to read The Casual Vacancy and not really enjoying it and ultimately having to DNF it, I realised these adult crime fiction novels just aren’t for me (yet - maybe someday it will, but not right now.)

Verdict: remove from shelf

#16 The Book Thief


I bought The Book Thief in Spanish in Mallorca two years ago. So far I haven’t come around to reading it, but it’s still waiting patiently on my shelves and I believe one day I will pick it up.

Verdict: remains on phyiscal tbr pile

#17 The Rule Of Thoughts


This is the second book in the The Mortality Doctrine series and I haven’t read the first book yet, so I’m going to remove this from my tbr.

Verdict: remove from shelf

#18 The Eye Of Minds


This sounds so good!! It reminds me of Ready Player One and I loved that book, so I really need to read this series. I enjoyed The Maze Runner series by James Dashner and I like his writing style. So I need to order this book asap!

Verdict: remains on Goodreads shelf

#19 The Journal Of Curious Letters


Another series by James Dashner that I haven’t started yet and it sounds pretty good. Going to keep this on my shelf to remind me about it.

Verdict: remains on Goodreads shelf

#20 The Hunt For Dark Infinity


Another second installment in a series I haven’t started so I’m going to remove this from my shelf, too.

Verdict: remove from shelf

I managed to remove a total of 6 books from my Goodreads shelf today! How awesome is that. I’m so glad Down The TBR Hole is actually helping me going through my shelf and getting a better overview over things! Have you guys tried to go through your tbr shelves? How did you go about it? Are you considering joining me in this meme? Do we still have any of the same books on our tbr? Let’s discuss in the comments!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Book Review: A Thousand Pieces Of You

About the book

Title: A Thousand Pieces Of You
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Expected Publication: November 3rd, 2015
Read: July 2017

My Copy

Publisher: HarperTeen
Edition: Paperback
Purchase Location: Thalia, Hamburg

My Rating:

Goodreads Summary

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parent's handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected.

My Spoiler Free Review

I’m so happy to write my first review in months about this great book! I loved reading A Thousand Pieces of You and it totally brought me out of my reading hiatus. If you ever find yourself in a reading slump I recommend you pick up this book because I couldn’t stop reading it even though I was on a city getaway in Hamburg (and spent way too much time in our apartment reading, instead of discovering the city).

No regrets, though, none at all! Claudia Gray’s writing enchanted me from the very beginning. I have to admit I bought this book because of its cover. Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? How glad was I to discover that the content was just as great. Traveling through different dimensions, experiencing alternative universes, chasing a murderer and discovering that nothing is as it seems. What more turbulence do you need in a gripping story?

Although Marguerite happened upon this adventure due to a devastating event, the very detailed experiences she goes through lets her develop herself as an even stronger character and lets her bond with her friends and family on so many new levels. Gray did an amazing job in creating an enthralling reading environment from page one on.

This was my first dimension-travel-book that I’ve read. (We’re just going to ignore the entire Marvel and DC comics because let’s face it, the amount of alternate universes and earths they have is giving me a headache. ) I’m so intrigued by this entire premise, I mean can you even imagine what it would be like to travel to another dimension, where your sister might have been a brother or you actually did manage to overcome your phobia of needles and get that tattoo you dreamed of? (These universes would be harmless in comparison to all the other things that could have gone different in our world, but I’m gonna stay positive here.)

I’m so surprised that I didn’t pick up a book with this kind of background earlier, but I’m glad that ATPOY (see what I did there?) was my first in this “genre”. There were some things I’m not all too comfortable with, though. When the characters jump to another dimension, they inhabit that version-of-them’s body. Now that’s just wrong. I mean, it’s still very unclear to me how much those people remember when the intruders leave their bodies and hop to the next dimension (and I wished it would have been explained better), but in theory they could lose months of their lives. How would you feel when you come to yourself, discovering you’re on the other side of earth with no clue how you got there in the first place? I’d feel robbed. I could go on about free will and all the immoral things about this, but luckily, this is just fiction.

Okay, I think I need to stop here. There are so many illogical happenings and plot twists I could talk about, you’d be sitting in front of your screen reading my review three days on. Nonetheless, I really liked this book and I need to get my hands on the sequel Ten Thousand Skies Above You.

Isn’t the entire series just gorgeous? Have you read ATPOY or even the entire series already? What are your thoughts on it or are you going to pick it up? How equally scary and awesome would it be if we could actually travel through dimension? (I have to be honest though, I’d like things to stay the way they are and hope that this is something we’ll never achieve.) If you leave your thoughts in the comments section I’d love to discuss this further with you guys! Also, I’d like to read your reviews, so link them up as well!