Fictional Food I’d love to eat // TopTenTuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can choose your Top Ten Everything based on the theme.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books


1. Everything in the Harry Potter Universe (besides maybe Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, but imagine all the sweets .. oh yummy)

2. The Poppy Seed Cake from The Empty Grave

3. All the food from the Food Wars Anime/Manga. Damn do I wish I could eat all of it.

4. Lembas from Lord of the Ring (I wonder how many I am going to eat xD )

5. Actually scratch that .. I want all the Hobbit food

6. Nina’s waffles from Six of Crows (they must be so delicious)

7. The famous Dauntless Chocolate Cake

8. Some of the food from the Capitol sounds delicious

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Week 2 – Rivers of London // Booktober 2017

Can you believe Week 2 is already over? For this week I have read ‘Rivers of London’ by Ben Aaronovitch, which is the first book in his PC Grant series. Here are my thoughts.

Booktober Week 2

Rivers of London is the story of Peter Grant. Peter has big dreams for his future at the Metropolitan Police. His superior although has other plans for him and is about to assign him to the Case Progression Unit. But this changes when a dead body is found in Covent Garden and Peter gets to talk to an eyewitness. Who is a ghost?

“I think becoming a wizard is about discovering what’s real and what isn’t.”

This was the second time I read this book. I had read it in german before, but thought it was okayish. Back then I thought maybe if I read it in english I would like it better. Well .. I did understand the story better, that’s for sure. But what didn’t change is my reason why I only found it okayish in the first place: PC Peter Grant.

Anyway, let’s talk about why I liked it first, shall we? If you’re following my blog for a while you may have noticed that I really like London. If not .. I love London! If you’ve been to London before you probably have visited most of the major locations. When I was reading this book (for the first and second time) I could see everything perfectly in front of my eyes.

Another thing I really liked was the magic and everything magic-related. Reading Nightingale was real joy. The Folly (the HQ of everything magical in London if you want) is by itself already magical. It is huge, has several different libraries, a breakfast room, a dinner room, and so many rooms. But about the magic. What I liked about the magical system in Rivers of London was the connection to science. Peter doesn’t just accept the magic as it is, he questions it. He runs several experiments throughout the book and is able to give a reasonable explanation how certain things work. But sometimes even Nightingale is clueless.

Okay, enough about that, and let’s talk about what I disliked. What really put me off was the way woman were portrayed in this book. One of the first woman we meet in this book is Lesley. She is a PC, just like Peter and – let’s be honest – the better Police Officer. Yet she gets put into the CPU while Peter gets into a secret and very exclusive MET department. HE gets to do all the cool stuff, while SHE is doing the boring paperwork.

But that’s not all. It seemed to me that most woman are either there to arouse Peter or to be ridiculed. Just an example: “The voice belonged to a plump round-faced woman of the sort that develops a good personality because the alternative is suicide.”

To sum it up .. I don’t know what to think about this book. It really has the potential to be good. And I would have loved the book if it wasn’t for the portrayal of women.


Week 1 – Northern Lights

Week 2 – Rivers of London

Week 3 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Week 4 – Monster Hunter Alpha

Week 1 – Northern Lights // Booktober 2017

The first week of October is over and I’m super excited to share my thoughts with you. As you know I read ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman. It’s the first book in a Trilogy.

Booktober Week 1

Northern Lights is the story of Lyra Belacqua. Lyra grew up in Oxford, living  wild and carefree under the scholars of Jordan College. There is nothing she wants to do more than go and explore the North with her uncle. When her best friend Roger suddenly disappears, her wish might become true sooner than she thought.

“We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.”

While I liked reading Northern Lights and am definitely going to read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, I wouldn’t count this book as one of my favourites. And here is why.

Let’s talk about why I liked this book first. The character of Lyra and her narrating the story was fascinating. She’s a tough cookie. I admired that she would never give up. But that doesn’t mean she won’t cry when things are getting too much for her.

Also the setting was pretty cool. The story was set in the UK in some sort of steampunk-ish victorian era. I’m really excited where the story takes us next.

But what I liked most were the daemons. In Northern Lights every human has a daemon. When you are a kid they take all kind of forms, but settle on one once you hit puberty. I loved the bond between the person and their daemon. It’s such an important bond. And such a strong and caring bond. Oh how much I would love to have a daemon.

But now let’s have a look what I disliked. I felt the story was really slow at some points. There were also some scenes that I found useless (maybe they make more sense in the next books .. we’ll see).

I also found the book to be quite sexist. And yes even Lyra was part of the problem. She wouldn’t find any woman interesting if she wasn’t as smart as men.

But all in all I enjoyed the book and would give it 3 of 5 stars.


And now I’m off to read my chosen book for Week 2: Rivers of London

Bookshelf Tour #20 // Wonder Woman : Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Warbringer

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

When I read about Leigh Bardugo’s new book I was super excited. But I was worried at the same time. This could have gone so wrong.

But luckily it didn’t.

This book was amazing! The story was so powerful and empowering. And omg the characters. You just got to love them. And Diana in the real world .. that was hilarious.

‘‘Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’’

The Norse Mythology Book Tag

Last year I started watching the series Vikings. And what can I say .. I love it. Being a fan of the show made me want to read more and more about norse mythology and their sagas.

So when I found this Tag I just had to do it. I hope you enjoy it and feel free to tag yourself 🙂

The Norse Mythology Tag


The rules:

  • Link back to my original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
  • Thank the person(s) who tagged you… show the community some love!
  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

ODIN – FAVOURITE STANDALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU. This book was brilliant. It’s not a book I would have usually picked up but read because of a colleague recommendation. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

THOR- A BOOK THAT HITS YOU IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. This book hit me right in the feels.

LOKI – BIGGEST BOOK PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

LOCKWOOD & CO – THE CREEPING SHADOW. The end of this book fucked me up. Seriously. I was not expecting this plot twist at all and to say it shocked me would be an understatement.

FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility, and fate.

INEJ und KAZ. Do I have to say more?

HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

There are so many good books, but I think I go for Lockwood & Co. – THE WHISPERING SKULL. I know I talk waaayy too much about this series, but I really like it. And in The Whispering Skull we finally meet the – well – whispering skull and it’s so damn funny.

BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

Oh .. I don’t know. I don’t really have a favourite? There are so many I like but I wouldn’t say I have a favourite.

SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

SLEEPING GIANTS. This cover is so freakingly gorgeous. And to be honest it was the main reason I picked up this book.

FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the Lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

JAHRESZEIT SERIE. I may have mentioned this series once or twice (or maybe more. probably more). This series is just so fluffy and cute, reading it really made me happy.

FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

Can I go again for LOCKWOOD & CO? I’m a huge London fan (You may have guessed that by now) and I love the ghost part in these books.

TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

Tyr is the god of war.

The MONSTER HUNTER INTERNATIONAL series. There are sooo many fight scenes in the books and most of them are already pretty epic. But I think my favourite scene was in the second book. There is an attack on the MHI building and they had f*cking zombie bears. AND ZOMBIE ELEPHANTS.

ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

Uller is the god of death, winter, archery and hunting.

Basically every death.. But I think the death’s in Harry Potter affected me the most.

NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

Does SIX OF CROWS count? Well, I let it count. This book was amazing. I loved absolutely everything about it.

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

There are so many great strong female characters nowadays. So I think for this one I’m gonna go for NINA and INEJ from SIX OF CROWS.

AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK CREW

The Aesir and the Vanir are the two groups of Norse gods, believed to be the old and new gods.

At first I wanted to go for the SIX OF CROWS crew but then I thought a bit more about it and I’m going once again for LOCKWOOD & CO. I adore the team of Lockwood, Lucy and George. (I really wanna have a nice cup of tea with George)

SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs. I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

The skull in the Lockwood series. OMG I love everything about the skull. I love its sarcastic remarks. I love how it is helping Lucy but doesn’t really want to help so it’s talking in riddles.


#TopTenTuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. You can choose your Top Ten Everything based on the theme.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List


1. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

This is the book I am gonna read for the October meeting of my Book Club.

2. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Okay, if I judge the book by its cover I would say it’s more of a Winter read (It’s the 20th Anniversary Edition). But I bougth this book about a month ago so I really should get to it soon.

3. Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia

I was halfway through my german copy but since it was so chunky I decided I wouldn’t take it to London with me and get an english copy instead. Well .. and after more than 100 days it is still sitting on my shelf .. hehe.

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Ohh this book has been on my EReader for a few weeks now and I hope I can get to it as soon as possible.

5. The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

As much as I love the Lockwood & Co series, I’m dreading the release of this book. Why? Because it might be the last book in the series and I’M NOT READY YET!!

6. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

A very close friend of mine got me this book as late birthday present. Since I visited some of the main places of this book on my last stay in London I could picture everything perfectly. Maybe I’ve visited more places by now and I can imagine everything even better.