My August

I finished only 2 books this month, but finally found some more time to enjoy reading. I hope that I will have even more time this month. Funny enough, I am currently reading a lot of books at the same time. Normally I don’t like to have more than 2 going, but at the moment I am okay with it.

What I read

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason –> finished! I enjoyed this one. Quick read, great setting, kinda stereotypical main guy, but still worth a read and I will definitely go back to this author.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik –> finished! After Uprooted I wanted more of Novik and really liked reading the first part of the Temeraire series. Temeraire is such a sweetheart and a great character! Will probably continue reading at some point.

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima –> currently at 8%! That was a really disappointing start unfortunately. It seems so predictable and like something I’ve read before a few times. Nothing new in this so far. The characters seem to be standard Fantasy types with the rebellious princess, the smug pretty antagonist, the evil sorcerer who is manipulating the naive queen and the innocent boy who happens to be special and becomes the hero. I will definitely continue as I just read the beginning so far, so this is just my first impression and I desperately want it to change!! 😀 Come on, book! Show me something that will blow my mind 😀

Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven –> currently at 45%! Love it, although it’s slow sometimes. It’s build around the discovery of a big Meteor, that is going to pass Earth, or is it maybe not? Everyone is going nuts about it and we learn how different people deal with it. There’s the rich guy, who loves Astrology and discovered the meteor, there’s the TV producer who is going to make a documentary about it, there are astronauts who are sent to space to have a closer look and tons of other different povs! Keep in mind, the book was written in 1977 so a lot is different. The many different perspectives keep the pacing quite slow but I am still totally into it and love reading about almost everyone. This is probably the book I will finish first.

The Remaining by D.J. Molles –> currently at 16%! It started really promising. A special agent called Lee is sitting in his secure underground bunker and waits for his orders. If no one contacts him within a certain period of time, that means that civilization is gone and he is allowed to come out and start rebuilding. Although not much is happening on the first pages, it was still interesting to read and suspenseful, as Lee is trying to figure out what’s happening and whether he will be contacted. This is a post-apocalyptic novel, so there’s no surprise when I say that something happened and civilization is really gone. At some point I got annoyed as there was too much gun talk. I don’t know anything about guns and didn’t care which different ones Lee is using. They all do the job. And then Lee doesn’t seem like such a specially trained super agent as he is not very careful after leaving his bunker. I will continue reading but not just yet. It’s very short anyways.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin –> currently on page 108! The last part of the Passage Trilogy which I liked so far. It’s good to be back with all the characters from the previous books and to see what happened to them. I didn’t have problems getting into it at all and to me it’s a real page-turner! It even jumps back to before the outbreak and gives us the perspective of a character we haven’t heard of in a while. And it’s pretty interesting! It still is over the top sometimes and I am sure we will get some Deus ex Machina, but for now I am happy with it. Especially Peter’s and Michael’s storylines are great so far. I have never been a fan of Alicia so I am not into her story so much right now.

For now I have given up on The Mortal Tally by Sam Sykes. I just don’t want to read it any more.

What I have been watching

Breaking Bad –> Yesss, We are in the end of Season 4 and I love it! I want to keep on watching right now. It is soo good!

Vice Principals –> A comedy show starring Danny McBride and Walton Goggins. We didn’t expect much but it’s actually quite funny and it definitely helps that it’s done by HBO. Wouldn’t be the same without all the swearing 😉

What I have been playing

Donkey Kong Country 2 on my Nintendo 😀

What else?

We’ve been on a 5-day holiday to Cairns which was pretty great! And warm. I am so over winter. Now it’s spring here in Melbourne but it’s still cold and rainy -.-

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5 comments

  1. Nice pics, love the beach one! You’re coming into spring and we’re going into fall… it’s been hot and muggy here although the mugginess has subsided a bit last few days. I’ve seen a lot of good on Temeraire books but haven’t read them yet.

    I haven’t heard of The Remaining, but that sounds like a very interesting premise. I’d be curious to see how that develops.

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    1. We don’t have a very nice spring so far, unfortunately. It’s been very rainy and cold still. I hope it changes soon 🙂 I finished The Remaining by now.. It’s been alright, but very much focused on action and splatter. I would have liked some more character development and depth. Not sure if I will read on – I might try other similar books first.

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