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My reading list for September and August recap

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In August I

This month I have so much stuff planned that I don’t know when I am going to read (except for Harry Potter)…

I am going to be busy!

How was YOUR reading month? And what are your plans for September?

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The art of travel by Alain de Botton

kunstdesreisensWhy our way of travelling won’t work.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

The Art of Travel explains our way of travelling, why it doesn’t work and what we could do to improve our travel experiences.

Language I read the book in: German (Kunst des Reisens)

Did I like it? Only in parts

For people who: like Alain de Botton, long winded musings.

 


My thoughts: 

I read this book in German and was very pleased with the translation by Silvia Morawetz. I know Alain de Botton’s writing style from other books and she seems to have captured it very well. It was a pleasure to read this book – as far as the German was concerned.

I love travelling. I have been working in the hospitality industry for decades and everything even remotely travelling related is in my nature. That is why I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately I was disappointed by it.

The book is divided into several chapters about departure, reasons for travelling, landscapes, art and return. In each chapter Alain de Botton is musing about what we do while travelling, how we do it and why it does or doesn’t work, enriched with his own experiences. His reasoning was always right on, not that they were anything new, mind. Everybody who has travelled and possesses the ability for self reflection must come to the conclusion that travelling won’t make you happy if you haven’t been happy in the first place. The conclusion that you are always bringing yourself is not that original, but I am sure there are people out there who still think that going from one place to another will change their own  disposition. Those are the people this book is for.

I also found his arguments about sightseeing and why it usually isn’t educating very reasonable and convincing. It all makes sense and it was really nice to read about it.

Unfortunately, as if he thought his books needs more substance or as if he thought he needed help from other writers or artists, he brought other people’s thoughts into it. And that is exactly what bored me to death. Alain de Botton could have gone on ad infinitum about travelling and I would have gladly read it all, but Gustave Flaubert’s thoughts on France and the Orient, Edward Hopper’s love for gas stations, or von Humboldt’s obsession with plants I found plain boring. And those guys (among others) took over a big part of the book.

The only interesting chapters and their “supporting writers”, in my opinion anyway, were the ones about Vincent van Gogh and John Ruskin (about whom I knew next to nothing before).  Those were interesting reflections about beauty, art, painting and drawing.

All in all, I would have preferred it if the book had been smaller and had focused less on other people’s thoughts.


Product info and buy link :

Title The art of travel
Author Alain de Botton
Publisher Penguin Books
ISBN 9780140276626
I got this book from I swapped it
Buy link Buy The art of travel

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Harry Potter readalong

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My Bookish confessions yesterday caused Chinoiseries to tell me about the Harry Potter read along starting on September 1. How fun! Just what I need to get reacquainted with Harry Potter & friends (at least for a few days until I finish the book).

The read along is hosted by lost generation reader and goes until middle of December. I should be able to read at least a few of the books in that period; seeing that I am a notoriously slow reader I might not make them all. I will stick to the original novels because I am not interested in other J.K. Rowling books or HP secondary literature.

Just in case you have forgotten what the seven Harry Potter books are called, here is a list:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Who else is going to join us, sharing reviews and chatting about Harry Potter?

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Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday

This won’t come as a surprise for some of my visitors, because my deplorable reading habits have already been discussed at length at a Friday Coffee Chat a long time ago.

But I might be able to come up with a few more, so here we go….

 

 

 

Top Ten Six Bookish Confessions

1. I dog ear

2. I break spines

3. I miss the due date at the library by 1 day, then have to pay for the full week

4. I sometimes, only sometimes, read the last page of a book when I am somewhere in the middle. However, that doesn’t tell me much as the last page invariably mentions people I haven’t heard of yet.

5. I almost never buy books new. Instead I swap or buy them used. The last book I bought new was “Girl Reading” and that was only because it wasn’t available as a used book anywhere.

6. The second I finish a Harry Potter book and close it I have forgotten the plot. I am not kidding. I do remember some events, like the Quidditch championship or that contest where that Quidditch talent with the Russian name rescues Hermione (a fact I could never understand, by the way, he only knew her a short time) from whatever threat (see, I have even forgotten that), but basically I have no clue about HP. All I know is that it is good boy vs. Mr. Evil.

Jean Rostand said:

Prerequisite for re-readability in books: that they be forgettable.

With that in mind, for me the Harry Potter books are as re-readable as they can get.

What are your Top Ten Bookish Confessions? I am curious!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You will find tons of more Top Ten Tuesday participants there.

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Calendar Bookmarks Jan – Mar

Remember the templates I showed you the other day?

I am not at all sure I like my bookmarks. Somehow I think I should go for a more artsy look than for cutesy. This is easy, really quickly done – especially because I used premade wordart so far (being lazy, you see). But is it really worth doing it in that way? Or maybe finish this set and then do another artsy one?

What do you think? If they were a gift for you would you like them?

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Credits: Jen Wilson, Summer Simmons, Nina & Ashalee Wall, Angie Hinksman, Meredith Fenwick, Rhonda (DWD CD), Fei Fei

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Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

Cover Death by Darjeeling by Laura ChildsTea can be deadly, and so can amateur sleuthing.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Local developer gets murdered. Tea shop owner Theodosia Browning feels obliged to investigate.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, sort of, but I had some misgivings. 

For people who: like cozy mysteries, tea, nosy amateur sleuths

 


My thoughts: 

At the start I thought I would love this book. I posted its beginning last week and the whole atmosphere of Charleston, the tea shop, the people, it spoke to me.

However, after a while, I started to seriously dislike our heroine (from now on I call her TB, her name is just too long). Frankly, she is a nosy bitch with preconceived opinions who lies through her teeth to find out things. Not that those things help her much, mind, at the end she is as clueless as she was in the beginning, just that her snooping almost kills her.

Just a few examples what I didn’t like about the whole story/character:

  • One of TB’s employees, Bethany, is a suspect and is being questioned by the police. Nothing wrong about that. Nothing in the book indicates that the police is unfair, they do not abuse her, they are only doing their job. However, at a meeting with the detective TB says to him: “The more you continue to harass her, the more you look like a rank amateur.” No wonder the guy is flabbergasted, the police did nothing of the sort.
  • At the funeral TB gives the impression to the deceased’s sister that she was “very close” to him. She actually says that to her when the sister asks her whether she knew her brother. Just on the next page, however, TB muses that the sister “had obviously mistaken her for a female friend of Hugh Barron”. Um, no, she has not mistaken her, TB has TOLD her that she was a “very close” female friend.
  • Bethany was sacked from the Heritage Society after the murder, a fact that was never properly explained. In fact it is treated in the book as if the president was this unfair old man who fired her unfairly. Well, let me tell you, if I was the board president and I got into an argument with a new board member (who later gets killed), the last thing I’d expect was an INTERN to interfere and give her two cents. And, what is more, to see her address the new board member later and apologize for the unfair treatment by the rest of the board.
  • TB lies to about everyone to get information. She goes as far as going to the local morgue and acting as an undertaker who comes to pick up the corpse! Needless to say the morgue employee hands out freely all info about the lab results of a murder case to an undertaker who is unknown to him and who comes from a funeral home he has never heard of before. Standard procedure, that!
  • TB finds out that another suspect (of hers) has worked in the jungle and knows about frogs whose poison  is used for arrows. From that little nugget she presumes that the man “knows all about toxins”. Of course, if you have ever heard of a rattlesnake it makes you an expert on poisons of all kinds and at the same time a potential suspect in ANY poison case ever.

So, as far as the investigation goes, I was thoroughly disappointed. The assumptions and conclusions were just too weird and illogical to make any sense to me. On top of that the reader was misled on purpose by some strange internal thoughts from one of the suspects that were put in a way to make him sound extremely odd, stalker-ish and suspicious, when in fact he is only a harmless man smitten with TB. No doubt this was done to obfuscate the whole story and I did not appreciate that.

That being said, I liked it for the atmosphere and general feeling which was just right for a cozy mystery. We will see what the other book in the series that I have will be like.


Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Broad Street, CharlestonCharleston

Images from wikipedia.


Product info and buy link :

Title Death by Darjeeling
Author Laura Childs
Publisher Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN 9780425179451
I got this book from Birgit from The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Death by Darjeeling

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Week on the web

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Here are my finds for this week…

    What interesting things have you found on the net?
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French Pressed by Cleo Coyle

Cover French pressed by Cleo CoyleChefs are an arrogant and insufferable bunch. But do they deserve to die?

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Clare’s daughter is the main suspect in a couple of murder cases and now she has all hands full to find the real killer.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like cozy mysteries, feisty heroines, the restaurant scene.


My thoughts: 

So far I liked this one best, I think. Birgit did say that the series gets better and she is definitely right. I start to really like Clare even though she is a terrible busybody who thinks everybody and everything is her business.

Her daughter, however, is a different matter.
The first time you stumble on a corpse and then get to be the main suspect it is a tragedy, if it happens again it becomes a farce. How stupid can you get, for Christ’s sake? Her boss and lover humiliates her in front of the whole staff and dumps her like an old rag, so she flees from the scene. And what does she do next? Goes back to retrieve her knives at midnight when she can be certain the guy will be there and most probably alone! Isn’t humiliation enough? Well, she paid for her idiocy.

This story takes place in the restaurant scene and chefs and cooks play a huge part. As I have experience with cooks myself I can vouch for the realism in most of the book. Even though I find it totally unbelievable that a four star restaurant – no matter how avantgarde or extraordinary – does not have a coffee machine and the maitre d’ allows the waiters to serve clients staff coffee from some dirty old coffee maker. This is unheard of.

S P O I L E R !

Clare’s assumption that the man she suspects to be the killer has knife skills is ridiculous. He is not a butcher, he is the SON of a butcher. Why would the son of a butcher have knife skills? That would be the same as saying the son of an accountant is an excellent bookkeeper.

On another note I am glad to say that no artists made an appearance in this story and so Jackson Pollock can rest in peace today.

In spite of all these little things that bothered me I very much enjoyed reading this cozy and am looking forward to the next one already. I particularly like how every book puts a spotlight on a certain “scene”, the high society in the Hamptons, the fashion people, the coffee business and now the top restaurants. Highly entertaining!


Location: Greenwich Village, New York City, NY, USA

Washington Square ParkMacDougal street

Images from wikipedia


Product info and buy link :

Title French Pressed
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425220498
I got this book from I won it from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy French pressed
More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
and more info Cleo Coyle’s Internet coffeehouse

If you click on the buy link above you will be taken to The Book Depository.co.uk. If you buy the book through this link I will earn a small commission. You can find my general affiliate links to The Book Depository, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com here.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Weekend cooking: Meal planning made easy

I suck at meal planning. Until recently meal planning in our family consisted of looking in the fridge, checking what is there and then throwing a meal together. Good for some. I wanted something better, but without all the browsing cookbooks, making shopping lists etc…

Now I have found the solution. Plan to eat. That website is the best thing for people who want a plan but are too lazy to do all the tasks involved (except cooking, that is).

Admittedly it takes a little time to import or manually enter your recipes – and that is an ongoing process – but once it is done meal planning is a breeze.

Decide what to cook on any given day, and Plan to eat creates your shopping list for you, sorted by food category and shops. It couldn’t be easier or more convenient. And the longer you use it the easier it gets as you are refining your system continuously.

I signed up for the free trial period and was so happy with the result that I subscribed to it. Maybe, if you are also struggling with all the planning, time consuming looking for recipes and creating of shopping lists, this is something for you as well.

By the way, I am no affiliate, just happy with the service…:)

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

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Book beginnings on Friday

Boog beginnings on FridayCover Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

After finishing the four books in the coffeehouse mystery series by Cleo Coyle I have moved on to the Tea Shop Mystery series by Laura Childs.

Death by Darjeeling is the first book in the series. The beginning sounds cosy enough:

Theodosia Browning leaned back from the clutter of her antique wooden desk, balanced a bone china cup and saucer on one knee, and took a much-needed sip of Lung Ching tea.

 

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to Rose City Reader!

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Fun locations: Legoland (and some advice)

Legoland

This is where I spent the last two days. Lots of fun and perfect weather. Legoland Germany (and I assume any other Legoland) is gigantic and there are so many rides and things to see and do that one day is not enough.

A word of advice:

If you ever go to a Legoland do buy the Express Pass! Believe me, I am not a spendthrift, but not getting that Pass is wrong economy. At Legoland Germany the Express Pass reserves spots to go an various (not all) rides without you having to wait in line. With waiting times of about an hour it saves you LOTS of time and whining. Reserve your spots for a ride with the device and show up at the given time. No standing in line at all. When you get there you just skip the queue and go to the front end of the line.

Even if it means that you won’t be able to afford a meal, do get that pass! Bring your sandwiches, if you have to. It will make your Legoland experience so much more enjoyable.

PS.: I am no Legoland affiliate. I just learned the hard way and want to spare you the same experience, :).

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Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle

Cover Decaffeinated corpse by Cleo CoyleDecaf is not for the faint of heart.

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

An old friend of Matt and Clare comes up with a decaf coffee plant. Are others after it and stick at nothing to get it?

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like cosy mysteries, a down to earth heroine, a slowly developing love affair.


My thoughts: 

Birgit was right when she said the books get better, as opposed to a lot of other cosy mystery series. I am slowly coming to like Matt, Clare’s ex husband, as well as her ex-mother in law who plays quote a bit part in this story again. I particularly liked her drug deal and how cool-headed she is.

Clare is the typical busybody amateur sleuth. Always suspecting something, always sniffing around in people’s lives and asking indiscrete questions. I don’t know how people put up with that. Also she is so persistent when questioning people (with no right to do so, mind) she doesn’t seem to have any sense of shame or embarrassment inside her.

The obsession with coffee in this series is still slightly over the top. OK, people work in a coffee shop but that doesn’t necessarily mean they HAVE to be fanatical coffee aficionados who place a well made coffee above everything else. Sometimes I get the feeling that, as long as the coffee is perfect, life is as well. If it was just that easy.

All in all, another nice, cosy read. I still have one book to go from Birgit’s batch, after that, I will have to look around for some more.


Location: Mostly Greenwich Village, NYC, NY, USA. Around Halloween

Halloween Parade Greenwich VillageHalloween Parade Greenwich Village

Images from wikipedia. Image links go to source.  


Product info and buy link :

Title Decaffeinated Corpse
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425216385
I got this book from I won it from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Decoffeinated Corpse
More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
Even more info Cleo Coyle’s Internet coffeehouse

If you click on the buy link above you will be taken to The Book Depository.co.uk. If you buy the book through this link I will earn a small commission. You can find my general affiliate links to The Book Depository, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com here.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Perfect small bookish Christmas gifts

It is never too early to think about Christmas gifts. I have been on the lookout for something calendar-wise to create digitally for a while now and today I found those calendar bookmark templates.

Calendar Bookmark Templates

Use photos, quotes, patterned papers, even tiny scrapbooking pages, I can think of tons of possibilities. These are going to be such quick, fun and practical bookish Christmas gifts!

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Book locations: Tintenherz (Ink Heart)

Buchhandlung Tintenherz

Isn’t that the nicest looking kids’ bookshop ever? Doesn’t it just invite you to come in and start reading? Well, it doesn’t invite my kids, as they are no readers (one can’t read yet, the other hates it), but generally speaking.

The shop is called “Tintenherz” (Ink heart)  and it also has a website and online store where you can have another look around. If you would like to go there and check the shop out in person, it is on the famous Krämerbrücke in Erfurt, Thuringia. The perfect location for this charming shop.

Krämerbrücke

This is a picture of the bridge before the shops are open. During the day it it is a tiny bit more crowded, :).

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Discovering Georgette Heyer

Georgette HeyerNo, I am not really discovering her for the first time, my mom was a huge fan and she had tons of Heyer’s books in German. When I was younger I read quite a few but that is about 25 years ago.

Discover a new love has a Georgette Heyer feature and sale starting on August 14 with a lot of info about all her books, synopis, excerpts etc. So I was thinking about maybe starting to read some of her books again. I remember there was a Heyer readalong or something some time ago and am hoping some of you might be able to recommend something to me.

I checked on my swap site (book buying ban!) and they have one in English, “Sprig Muslin”, which seems to be quite good. So I might get that for a start.

 

Has anyone recommendations? What is your favourite Georgette Heyer book?

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Latte trouble by Cleo Coyle

Cober Latte trouble by Cleo Coyle

Java Jewelry, Lattes and Murder in the fashion world

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

When Clare suspects a murder victim was not the intended one she starts to investigate during New York Fashion Week.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes, quite. It’s an easy and quick read.

For people who: like cosy mysteries, coffee, fashion labels, first person POV


My thoughts: 

Right at the start I realized that the book I read before this one “Murder most frothy” is actually the one after “Latte Trouble”. Ah, I hate reading out of order, but that couldn’t be helped now.

Clare Cosi is a rather likeable character and in this book we get to know her a bit better as far as her relationship with her ex-husband is concerned. Matteo is in this book for most of the time, so there is a lot of interaction between them. Somehow it seems he always turns up at the right time and always in the company of an influential, rich, trendsetter he can make use of. Not a bad connection to have for Clare, even though her feelings about these relationships are ambivalent.

The murder story is rather uneventful and even a kidnapping and visit to a hellhole of a club turns out to be not as bad as anticipated. Does anybody else find it remarkable that Clare knows off the top of her head that the fourth circle of hell is the circle of the greedy (she calls the hoarders)? Wow, this woman is literate, indeed! On the other hand she has no clue that the artist is called Jackson Pollock, not Pollack, for Christ’s sake! (see my review of Murder most frothy)

The solution to the mystery was –I wouldn’t call it far-fetched, but rather unexpected. The murderer turned out to be someone totally unrelated until then, something I am not a big fan of.

Brand labels play a big part in the book, not as hints to the mystery solution but rather as continuous name dropping. Bloody Hell, ok, it is fashion week, but I couldn’t care less whether witnesses wore a Prada dress, a Chanel costume or whatever. Got on my nerves, that.

All in all:

The whole plot is rather straightforward and easy to follow. A comfort read without much brain engagement involved.


Location: New York, New York, USA, during fashion week

Fashion showBackstage

Images from wikipedia users mangostar and mandiberg.


Product info and buy link :

Title Latte trouble
Author Cleo Coyle
Publisher Berkley Publishing Group
ISBN 9780425204450
I got this book from I won it from Birgit at The Book Garden
Buy link Buy Latte Trouble
More info The Coffeehouse mysteries series
Even more info Cleo Coyle’s Internet coffeehouse

If you click on the buy link above you will be taken to The Book Depository.co.uk. If you buy the book through this link I will earn a small commission. You can find my general affiliate links to The Book Depository, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com here.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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Week on the web

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Here are my finds for this week…

What were your finds in the last week?

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Cover Fifty Shades of Geey by EL JamesIf that sorry effort is what modern women get off on, it’s not looking good for the future of erotic literature .

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Ditz meets rich guy and consents reluctantly to a D/s relationship.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? No, it was complete drivel.

For people who like: not sure.


 

My thoughts: 

Starting to read:

I don’t know what the hype is about. This story is exactly like any other (erotic) romance that is out there. Just much worse.

The two protagonists are run of the mill:

  • Little self conscious woman who is embarrassed way too easily. Who gets intimidated by the powerful, rich, extremely handsome man. Who bites her lip way too much (which turns him on no end).
  • Uber attractive, richer than God stud who is a control freak. Who sometimes lets his mask down and shows how lonely and desperate he is. Who is always smiling ironically. Who always seems to be amused and, at the same time, exasperated about the heroine.

Give me a break, this is just Christine Feehan without the paranormal.

Later on:

Why does Christian think that She. Is. So. Sweet? That woman has nothing going for her, nothing. She is a klutz and an idiot who doesn’t get a thing. It can’t be her witty conversation or her great sense of humour, her elegant poise or her sophisticated tastes. There is none of that. It can only be her naive innocence, and ingenues can get on your nerves very quickly, not to speak of the fact that soon the innocence will have vanished.

The whole contract concept seems very simplified to me. Given that everything else in the book is described very detailed, this doesn’t work. No experienced Dominant can expect a total newbie to come up with a list of things she won’t do. She doesn’t even know what CAN be done. If you have no idea about BDSM would you think of, let’s say, games involving breath control to include in your list of no- nos? You wouldn’t even think that this is a possibility.

Ana is an odd mixture of contradictions when it comes to sex. She is a virgin, is taken by surprise that “That was inside me”, seeing that Christian’s cock is so big (and bad… just kidding), on the other hand she is expertly deep throating Christian when she gives him her first blow job ever. I am not buying that. 
How often we read about her “inner goddess” I can’t count. That goddess is constantly revelling in her success to arouse Christian. Or she feels rejected or disappointed or whatever. Her “inner goddess”! Have you ever thought of your inner goddess when pondering a man? I haven’t.

I had another Christine Feehan déjà vu when it came to Christian’s eyes turning “molten gray”; the “molten lava” won’t take much longer to turn up, I am sure. Given that Christian’s eyes are gray to begin with, I don’t think they have changed much by becoming molten, but what the heck!

A bit later still:

No molten lava yet, but how about molten silver? I wasn’t too far off.

OK, I haven’t talked about the erotic factor. It took the story a while to get there, that’s why I am only mentioning it now. I have read car manuals that are more erotic than this. Someone who calls this erotic must have limited themselves to reading non-fiction up to now. The sex scenes are boring and uninspired to the extreme. There is NO sexual tension to speak of between Christian and Ana, even though we are constantly told how much they want each other. The scenes are a lacklustre sequence of sexual activities without even making an attempt to engage the reader’s imagination.

The writing style is repetitive and simple. The number of times someone is staring at their hands/fingers, blushing, gasping or talking in a small voice (mostly her, but he DOES gasp once in a while) is mind boggling. Also get used to “holy crap”, “holy cow” and “crap” in general. They are the default beginnings of sentences (again, her).

Want a sample? Here you go:

Situation: She has sent him an email to which he responds by showing up in her bedroom (btw, she is a 21 year old student in the year 2011 and has no computer and no email address. In order to rectify this he gifts her with a state of the art MacBook Pro).

Holy Cow, is he offended? I stare down at my fingers. How am I going to dig myself out of this? If I tell him it was a joke, I don’t think he’ll be impressed.

“I thought you’d reply by email.” My voice is small, pathetic.

“Are you biting your lower lip deliberately?” he asks darkly.

I blink up at him, gasping, freeing my lip.

“I wasn’t aware I was biting my lip,” I murmur softly.

My heart is pounding.

About 55% done:

I am going to stop reading now. This is such insufferable drivel, I can’t continue this. Apart from all the things I mentioned before it annoys me no end to continuously read that someone is “fucked up” and “depraved” simply because he likes that lifestyle. If that is the way he rolls, fine. It has nothing to do with depravity or being fucked up. If it is not your thing, then just walk away!

I don’t have to read this book until the end, and so I won’t.


Product info and buy link :

Title Fifty Shades of Grey
Author E. L. James
Publisher Arrow Books
ISBN 9780099579939
I got this book from the library
Buy link If I were you I wouldn’t.

 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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In my mailbox

 

 

I didn’t plan on doing a IMM post today, I have been good in not acquiring books, but just today I got an email that my book on hold is now available for download.

 

From the library

  •  Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
    After reading a couple of reviews that were not too bad from my blogging friends I decided I need to know what the hype was about.

Cover Fifty Shades of Geey by EL James

 

What was in YOUR mailbox recently? 

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My reading list for August and July recap

readinglist

In July I

This month I am planning to read a bit more as I will be off for a few weeks. I want to

  • continue The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough. Be prepared to see that book on my list for the next few months.
  • finish Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle

and read

    The rest is up to my mood.

 

How was YOUR reading month?