"A half finished book is, after all, a half finished love affair"
                 - Robert Frobischer (Cloud Atlas)

Reading progress update: I've read 308 out of 308 pages.
The Hollow - Agatha Christie

I liked the ending and the psychological aspect of this story and I was really surprised that this turned out to be a rather grim story.


But I didn´t enjoy reading this book. I didn´t enjoy reading about these characters, I thought Poirot was missing something of his usual grumpiness and I just felt this book wasn´t a fun read, despite the plot being a rather good one. 


 So yeah, I´m a bit disappointed. 

Reading progress update: I've read 44 out of 384 pages.
The Hollow - Agatha Christie

Normally there is always one character (besides Poirot, Hastings, Miss Marple and the other recurring characters) that you like in a Christie novel. In this book, however, everyone is unpleasant and unlikeable for different reasons.

This makes me wonder, who is getting murdered. I know it´s a man and I already have a person in mind, who might kick the bucket My candidate is the most atrocious one of them all.

Reading progress update: I've read 394 out of 1243 pages.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas,  Robin Buss

Since I´m incredibly busy this week, I decided to ditch all my other physical books in order to focus on The Count of Monte Christo. I really want to spend the little time I have this week with this book.


Because let me tell you, I´m sitting on the edge of my seat here. Since I´m not allowed to be in the Counts head and I´m doomed to be an innocent bystander, who is forced to watch the story to unfold slowly, I´m dying to know what he will do next.

I suspect it is going to be something grand, though. He already a master in being mysterious and enigmatic and everything he does, he does in style. Yep, it´s going to be something grand. That´s for sure.


Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
The Case of the Famished Parson - George Bellairs

The frustration of not getting at the facts about his dirty shoes had become a monomania with the magnate. He was going to get Fennick sacked if it cost him every penny he´d got.

"Hi´ you ... That´s the man," trumpeted Cuhady. "You there..."

"Put a sock in it," yelled Fennick and walked past him to the door and home to bed.

They had to help Mr. Cuhady to a chair and give him a drink of water.


I´ve never encountered so many passive aggressive characters in such a short amount of time. This is definitely one hotel I don´t want to spend my holiday at. 

Reading progress update: I've read 252 out of 1243 pages.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas,  Robin Buss

Tome Tackle #1 - Week 1


I´m about 20% into the book and the main plot hasn´t even started yet. And yet, so much has happened already and we are going through the motions with poor Edmond. And this is so good. Why haven´t I read this before now?


On a side note: Instead of the planned 13 chapters for this week, I knocked 26 chapters out of the park. It´s really hard to put this book down, tbh.



Reading progress update: DNF on page 200
Überlebt: Meine 14 Achttausender - Reinhold Messner

After a brief discussion with BrokenTune, I decided to DNF this book. Because a) I think I have learned everything that I can possibly learn from this book by now and b) I really don´t want to pick it back up again.


DNF on page 200.

Reading progress update: I've listened 735 out of 735 minutes.
The Prestige (Audio) - Christoper Priest, Simon Vance

Gosh, I´m so creeped out by the ending. Even more so this time around, because Simon Vance´s narration added a whole new layer of creepiness to it.


This being a reread, I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I have read it. I find this story about two competing magicians and the repercussions of their feud absolutely mesmerizing.

January ´20 - What I´ve read

One of my main goals for the new year is to diversify my reading and I´m happy to report that I managed to do that in the month of January:



Two fantasy books, one romance and one historical fiction read, genres I´m not reading too much off. I´m pretty happy with that.


I´ve read 10 books this month (one was a reread) and I DNF´d 4 books. My average star rating has been 3.15 stars:



The best books of the month (4 stars):


The Blade Itself - Joe Abercrombie  Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer  Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot, #23) - Agatha Christie  The Game of Kings - Dorothy Dunnett  Frederica - Georgette Heyer  


Would I be forced to pick a favorite out of these 4 books, it would be this one:


Frederica - Georgette Heyer 


An absolutely wonderful and heartwarming read. I already ordered quite a few other books by Georgette Heyer, because, in my mind, they are the most delightful form of escapism and I want to have a couple of those on my shelves.


The worst book of the month (1 star):


Alice - Christina Henry 


A dark fantasy / horror novel, in which elements of Alice in Wonderland are included in a most disguting and disturbing story. I couldn´t see a deeper meaning in the plot of this book, for me it was just one big pile of gore and garbage. I really didn´t enjoy this book. 


The four remaining books I have read this month are:


        3.5 stars                   3 stars                     2.5 stars                

The Other Side of Midnight - Simone St. James Vain Shadow - Jane Hervey  Grey Mask - Patricia Wentworth 


          1.5 stars

 The Trembling Hills - Phyllis A. Whitney  


Not too bad for January, even though my star rating didn´t exceed four stars. But those five books were very, very strong four star reads.

Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 1243 pages.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas,  Robin Buss

Oh nooooo....


Faria has died.




Oh man, the Chateau d´If chapters are an emotional roller coaster ride. 


(show spoiler)
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 409 pages.
Überlebt: Meine 14 Achttausender - Reinhold Messner

Mountain no. 6 is done and my thoughts so far are:


  • Messner is a living testament to human endurance and willpower.
  • The fact that he is still alive is a miracle.
  • I think, when it comes to climbing a mountain, Messner is an incredibly egotistical and selfish person. Which I don´t mean as a criticism, because mountaineers, especially the professional ones, have to be that in order to achive their goals. With this book, I´m getting some fascinating insights into the psyche of a professional climber, which I´m always eager to learn about. But it makes me wonder if he really minded the public backlash and criticism as much as he tries to make me believe in his narrative.
  • My favorite passages in this book are the ones in which Messner is up on a mountain and he has to face a dangerous situation. You can feel the tension in some of those passages and Messner´s almost haunted narrative style emphasises this even more. 


I have to say, though, so far it´s not my favorite book about the mountaineering world. I haven´t quite made out yet why. Maybe it´s the episodic feel of these small snippets about every mountain, maybe it´s the narrative style ... I simply don´t know. 

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 409 pages.
Überlebt: Meine 14 Achttausender - Reinhold Messner

That is even possible to climb the highest mountains on earth in alpine style is still mind-boggling to me. And absolutely awe-inspiring.

Upcoming Buddy Read
Clouds from Both Sides: The story of the first British woman to climb an 8,000-metre peak - Peter Gillman, Julie Tullis Überlebt: Meine 14 Achttausender - Reinhold Messner

BrokenTune and I are planning to do a buddy read of one of our mountaineering books, as we every so often do. 


We have two books to choose from and both books are intriguing, to say the least. So BT and I decided to let fate decide in the form of a good old (virtual) dice.


1,3,5 is assigned to "Clouds from both Sides"


2,4,6 is assigned to "Überlebt"


And our upcoming read is *insert drum roll here*



Überlebt: Meine 14 Achttausender - Reinhold Messner 

Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 1243 pages.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas,  Robin Buss

I just want to protect Edmond from these vile people. He is such a nice guy, he doesn´t deserve this.


And I love how the historical context of the novel plays a major part in the setup of the scheme against Edmond. And I can´t decide which of the vile characters is the most evil one.


Although, there is something about Villefort condemning Dantes to his fate that is particularly horrible, vile and downright evil.  

(show spoiler)
Reading progress update: DNF on page 64.
Castle Dor - Daphne Du Maurier, Arthur Quiller-Couch

I´m calling it quits. The story isn´t an interesting one, the characters feel like they are made out of cardboard and I´m not interested in them at all, I don´t like the writing (the beginning has been written by Arthur Quiller-Couch and I just don´t enjoy his writing style) and this novel is just so boring,


DNF on page 64.


Whiddling down my TBR #1 successfully completed = 62 books remain on my fiction TBR.


Reading progress update: I've read 36 out of 288 pages.
Castle Dor - Daphne Du Maurier, Arthur Quiller-Couch

Well, this is not off to a good start.


There are three pages of a prologue and I unabashedly admit that I haven´t understood a single word of what was happening in the prologue. There´s a birth in a forge situated near Castle Dor and the doctor, instead of helping the poor woman to deliver the child, is sitting on an earth mound in front of the castle and he is thinking things ... or has premonitions ... or some such. I don´t know. This was really confusing, tbh.


Other than that I haven´t gotten a feel for the story and characters just yet. But a young woman meeting a young guy, while being married to an old dude, lends itself to some serious drama. 


Whiddling down my TBR pile #1

While I recently was looking at my shelves, I was thinking of a way to whiddle down my physical TBR pile. And I didn´t come up with a better solution than the one with the random number generator.


So I put all the books down on a list, which comprises of 63 books at the moment (I´m sure I forgot to include a few books) and attached numbers to them. I didn´t include classics, books for my Tome Tackle project, non-fiction books and my Christie, Sayers and Wentworth books. And in case a book belongs to a series, I included only those that would be my next read in said series.

And every now and then I will use a random number generator to choose my next read. As I did today:



Book number 16 on my list is:


Castle Dor - Daphne du Maurier,Arthur Quiller-Couch 


Apparently Castle Dor is the unfinished last novel of Arthur Quiller-Crouch and Daphne Du Maurier decided to finish this novel after his death. And apparently this is a retelling of the Legend of Tristan and Iseult, set in Cornwall of the 1800s. I´m intrigued.



currently reading

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The Last Wish : Introducing the Witcher - Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok