Bout of Books read-a-thon

Bout of Books

Hey Guys 🙂

On My little book blog I saw that she is participating at the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I thought I´ll join her.

If you don’t know what this is, here is an explanation:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Maybe some of you want to join us as well, it would be really cool 😀

I don’t plan on planning a list of books I want to read during this week..that NEVER works out for me..I´ll just see what I am in the mood for!

xoxo

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Review: Voyager (Outlander #3) by Diana Gabaldon

Source: penguinrandomhouse.com
Source: penguinrandomhouse.com

First of all I want to say I am so proud of myself! I read this over 1000 pages book in only three weeks! I was kind of afraid that it would take me over a year..again..but I practically flew trough the book.

I was really excited after the ending of Dragonfly in Amber, because it ended with a little cliffhanger (but seriously we weren’t THAT surprised that Jamie was´t dead..were we? ;)) so I had to read on immediately.

I wasn´t really captured at first but as the book and the story develops more and more it got me. I wanted to know when Claire finally goes back in time (because it was out of question for me that she would go back…the series has 8 books! xD) and how she does it. I loved the part where she with the help of Roger and Brianna tries to find out where Jamie is! And parallel to that the parts where we read what Jamie went trough. This man has not an easy life!!
I also loved that, when she finally was back with him, that the action was back as well! So damn much happens in that book and I loved it. It is literally a Voyage, on so many levels!
Gabaldon surprised me in nearly every chapter, some were kind of obvious and some were totally unexpected. The whole book was full of tragedy and bad luck, but also full of adventure and it was so exciting to read it.
At first I thought I wouldn’t like the 20 year older Claire and Jamie, but I didn’t see that much of a difference. I could relate to them as well as when they were younger.
I find it quite sad that they don’t spend as much time in Scotland as in the very first book, but I am sure that they will find their way back some time. And I am quite happy with the place they ended up in this book and am really excited to read on.

As I mentioned in my last post I also listened to the audiobook of Voyager. I switched between reading and listening and that was very nice. I can really recommend the audiobook. Davina Porter reads the story and I am very happy with how she does it, except one small thing..I don’t like how she reads Claire. She makes her sound like a very old Lady. But besides that I enjoyed it and will do this with Drums of Autumn as well, because I think that is why I got trough it so fast (:

I can recommend Voyager to all people who want to read a great historical novel full of action and romantic. But please read at first the other two books in this series. It´s just such a wonderful series to get into!
And all of you who have read the first two books and aren’t sure of reading this one..DO IT! Voyager has great potential of being my favorite book of this series! Go read it! Don’t be afraid of the older Claire and Jamie! Don’t be afraid that this book takes them away from Scotland again! Go read it! Go on a voyage of your own!

xoxo

A little explanation..

Hey Guys (:

I know it´s been a while since I postet something..I kind of have a writers block right now..or something like that. I just don’t know what I should post here and sometimes I don’t feel like it. I am sure many of you know this feeling (;

But I promise this will change again!
I guess the reason why I didn’t post a review on Friday for the last two weeks is, that first I was on vacation and second I am currently reading the third book in the Outlander series and it is massive! But I am am page 761 from 1056 so I will do this until the end and I will be proud of me 😀
This Friday there won’t be a review..again..because I will be on vacation..again 😛 but I am so excited, we are going to Hamburg – Germany to see the musical “The Lion King”! I am so excited to see the musical and the city!!
I promise that I´ll try to post more regular again.
I have really no idea why I am so unreliable when I make a plan for this blog. I´ll try harder (:

I have to tell one last thing, the past few days I rediscovered audiobooks for me. It was kind of a spontaneous action that I registered for audible, but so far I love it! I chose Voyager (the book that I am currently reading xD) for my first audiobook and it´s really cool to switch between reading and listening. But I am going to tell you more about this when I am reviewing the book.

Have a nice week
xo

A Quote a Day Challenge: Day Three

So it´s day three now and with that the last quote to post.
I want to say I really enjoyed this little challenge and a big thanks to Driftinglexi again!

I kept my favorite quote at the moment for this last post. It was said by my favorite author at the premiere of the very last Harry Potter movie and I just love this quote.

The stories we love best do live in us forever. So, whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.
– Joanne K. Rowling

I was really really sad when everything was over. It was so finally and I hated it. I loved it whenever a new book or movie came out. But I think with this quote JKR made up for this. It´s just so true. You always can come back to go trough every adventure with all the characters. It´s really like coming home.

Whats your favorite quote at the moment?

xoxo

A Quote a Day Challenge: Day Two

Hey Guys (:
It´s day two of the “A Quote a Day Challenge” if you don’t know what this is go check out my post from yesterday

For todays quote I chose a quote from one of my favorite authors and one of my favorite series:

In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.
– Cassandra Clare (from City of Glass)

I really love Cassandra Clares books, if you haven’t read any of them, go read them..NOW (;

I nominate:
Writersmania

xoxo

A Quote a Day Challenge: Day One

First a big thank you to Driftinglexi for nominating me! I really love quotes and am really looking forward to this challenge.

The rules:
1. Post one quote a day for three days (can be your own or from other sources).
2. Nominate a blogger to participate per post.
3. Thank the person who nominated you.

I find it very difficult to choose one quote, there are so many great one. But I am going with this one for the first day:

I´m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can´t handle me at my worst, than you sure as hell don´t deserve me at my best
– Marilyn Monroe

I think that this quote is really beautiful and really true. If someone does´t want you when you´re not at your best, that person dosen´t deserve to be with you.

I nominate:
Catriona Miranda

xoxo

Something like a review: Dragonfly in Amber [Outlander #2] by Diana Gabaldon

Source: penguinrandomhouse.com
Source: penguinrandomhouse.com

“For nearly twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones . . . about a love that transcends the boundaries of time . . . and about Jamie Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
 
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart . . . in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising . . . and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.”
(Source: penguinrandomhouse.com)

OMG I finally finished the second book in the Outlander series! After nearly a year (I bought it on July 21st) of on and off reading this book I can now add it to my pile of read books. And I am so glad, it was huge and some parts of it were not as exciting as I wanted them to be.

As I finished book one of the series I had to have the next one immediately, so I bought it on my kindle and started reading. Especially as I read the summary for it..seriously..shes back in her time and it´s twenty years later?! What the hell happened? I had to know it.
I was not really thrilled at first that Claire was back in the 20th century and that so much time has passed. I thought..heeeey I want to know what happened after you guys escaped…and where the hell is Jamie?!
But thank god after just 100-150 pages she begins to tell what happened after the events of book one. And that’s the majority of Dragonfly in Amber. 
I didn´t like that so much of this book was set in Paris. I really loved Scotland as setting. But it had his good sides too, Paris in the 18th century can be fun too. But sadly I thought that a big part of their time in France was rather boring. All this meetings with Prince Charles and balls and festivities and blablabla..that wasn’t so great. In every other book I would have probably liked this glamour etc. but I think       it didn’t fit in here.
But nevertheless there were also good and exciting and dramatic passages in Paris. But I was glad when they were back in Scotland (:
The last 40% of the book were awesome. I read them in 1 1/2 weeks. These last percents are the reason why I like this book very much. We got to see all the familiar faces from book one and we came home to Lallybroch. All the action took also place in this last percents, and we finally know why Claire goes back through the stone circle.
At the end we have a small part that´s set in the 20th century again. We learn a few things that are kind of shocking and trigger the story for books three and makes it impossible not to read on!
I really hope that Book three is great the whole time! My goal is to read it in less than a year 😀

If I read the whole series at this pace I´ll need at least 8 years xD These books are triggering contradicting feelings inside me. On the one hand I really love them, the storyline, the characters..everything. But on the other hand there are always parts I find really boring and not so good and omg I am never going to read them in german again. The translation is just so bad! I already have book three in english! And I am going to start today 😛

Do you know this series? Do you like it or not or are you like me and find it awesome and boring at the same time? Tell me!

xoxo