woensdag 17 januari 2018

Terry Pratchett: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic

Hi everyone

First review of the year! This one is about Terry Pratchett’s very first Discworld novel; The Colour of Magic and his second Discworld novel; The Light Fantastic.
I bought my copies several years ago and I think this is my third or fourth time reading them.
Both my copies have 285 pages.

“On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There's an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE on the planet...”

The first two books in the Discworld series are the start of a fantastic series. Unfortunately they are not that great. The story can be confusing and there’s too much going on; it ends up being all over the map.
But the situational humor is great and there are amazing references to legends, books and other stuff.

Reading these first few books does make you appreciate the series as a whole; the character development, the world-building and the overarching plot. I definitely recommend starting the series in order even though the first two or three books aren’t the best.

3 stars

Happy reading!
Helena

dinsdag 2 januari 2018

My Favorite Books of 2017

Hi everyone

Welcome back to Embracing My Books!

Like last year (My Favorite Books of 2016) and the year before that (My Favorite Books of 2015), I wanted to make a list of my favorite books; the books I loved the most in the past year.

Here are my 5-star rated books of 2017.

  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale (reread)
  • Jim Butcher: Changes
  • Jim Butcher: Skin Game
  • John Gwynne: Ruin
  • John Gwynne: Wrath
  • Dan Simmons: Hyperion
  • John Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Neal Stephenson: Seveneves
  • Bill Watterson: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

What were your favorite books?

Happy reading!
Helena

woensdag 4 januari 2017

My Favorite Books of 2016

Hi everyone

Last year, I got asked about my favorite books of 2015 so I wanted to come up with a list of my most loved books in 2016 too.
I made it easier on myself by adding star ratings to my reviews and that’s why I made two lists for you.

Here are my all 5-star books I read in 2016.

And here is my top 10 of 2016 (without the rereads) in alphabetical order.

What were your favorite books of 2016?

Happy reading!
Helena

maandag 2 januari 2017

Wrap Up: 2016

Hi everyone

Happy New Year!
I hope 2017 will bring you as much or even more reading pleasure as 2016 did.

Here is the list (with links to the reviews) of all the books I read in 2016.
I had a lot of fun taking the pictures at the end of this post and it was the perfect time to give my shelves a good, thorough clean too. Great way to end the year! Rearranging books and then spending a lovely evening with friends.

In the end, I read a total of 50.433 pages in 126 books last year.
That’s exactly 400 pages per book and 138 pages per day.
I think I can safely say I surpassed my own expectations and I crushed my 2015 Wrap Up.

Here’s some information about the series I read in 2016.

I started reading:

I continued reading:

I finished:

I started and finished:

I’m still waiting on the next one to come out:

I won’t continue reading:

Here are the books I read in 2016 in the order I read them. If you click on the title of the book you will automatically open the review.


Happy reading in 2017!
Helena



zondag 1 januari 2017

Wrap Up: December 2016

Hi everyone

Time for another Wrap Up!
December has gone by so incredibly fast I can’t believe it. And January will be even worse with both my husband’s and my birthday.
Enough with the chatter, here are the books I read last month.

I read a total of 3921 pages. That’s 381 pages per book or 160 pages per day.
But I did cheat a bit there. The poetry book was read over the last 6 months.


How was your reading last month? Anything you’d like to recommend?

Happy reading!
Helena

zaterdag 31 december 2016

Randall Munroe: XKCD volume 0

Hi everyone

A couple of years ago my husband (then boyfriend) became of big fan of Randall Munroe’s webcomic XKCD so I gave him the book for his next birthday. It has 120 pages but the only reason I know that is because of Goodreads as the pages skip numbers.

My husband is an engineer so he understands all the sciencejokes and references. I don’t.
The ones I do understand are very clever, sweet and funny.
However, I would recommend this only if you are interested in science and engineering in particular because the comics are targeted towards those of you who are.
I can only rate this as I read and understood this.

Happy reading!
Helena

vrijdag 30 december 2016

Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things

Hi everyone

The last novel I read in 2016 is Neil Gaiman’s short stories collection Fragile Things.
I got it as a gift from my husband and it has 433 pages.
You can find all my Neil Gaiman reviews here.

I enjoyed this collection but I can’t say I loved it.

Some of the stories are different and interesting enough and Gaiman does write imaginative stories but there were a few I just didn’t get or I couldn’t understand what’s so special about them.
The writing is lovely and I enjoy his style but I had a hard time reading more then a few stories a day. That wasn’t a problem because life was very busy but it’s not something I’m used to; I tend to read an hour or two hours at a time in the evening.
Some stories felt like Gaiman was trying too hard to make them different by adding sexual elements, gratuitous violence or gore and those stories felt a bit wrong to me. He just added and added those elements and they made the stories less about the plot and more about those aspects.

All in all I had a mixed experience. I liked quite a few of the stories but I was disappointed one way or another with the majority of them.

Happy reading!
Helena