Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday are hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, and feature (you’ve guessed it) our Top 10 lists of various literary topics. This week, it’s all in the name of The Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read.

My list includes the following books:

While I have never read them until now, all these books are in fact on my TBR list. Yes, even Twilight. I always said I didn’t want to read them, because that relationship is not healthy and vampires don’t sparkle, but a found an English language copy on the local fleamarket for €0.50 so I thought I might as well give it a try. Might clear my mind.

I actually used to own copies of Slumdog Millionaire, The Casual Vacancy, His Dark Materials and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. However, I had to leave them behind when I moved from England to Germany. Anything I hadn’t used (at all or in the last 6 months) went to The British Heart Foundation when I left. I’m still rebuilding my library and TBR.

A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games are on the list as I’m really interested in them, but have so far avoided the TV show and movies, respectively. That’s because I like to read the books first and use my own imagination before I watch te films or series.

Which hyped books have you never read?


Weekly Goals Vol. 19

Here we go again with another set of weekly goals to achieve.

It’s gonna be another ridiculously busy week, but I get to relax and party over the weekend as it’s my birthday on Saturday. But before I can have guests over I still have loads to do, so I’m trying to spread it out over the week so I don’t have to do everything in one go.

The list below is what I really need to get done, and it’s already a long list. I haven’t even mentioned all the modules that don’t have strict deadlines. Should I find the time to complete some of those as well, I’ll tell you in the ROW80 Update on Sunday!

Here’s my list:

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ROW80 Round 3: List of Goals

Is it already time for the third Round of Words in 80 Days of 2015? Where did the previous two rounds go??

A new round also means a new set of goals to achieve. I actually did really well in the last round, and I already know I’ll be busy with grad school. I won’t get to do much writing, but I hope to get quite a bit of other stuff done.

For those just joining this blog and those unfamiliar with ROW80, the rules are very simple. You need to have a blog. There are weekly check-ins via the Linky on the ROW80 Website you’ll need to link an update to on Wednesdays and Sundays. You get to set your own rules – they just have to be measurable. Instead of saying “I want to read more books” you should say “I want to read [x amount] books” or “Write 2 chapters per weeks” etc.

There are no prizes, but there is a great community that checks in on the progress you’ve made, and encourages you to keep going.

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Weekly Goal Tally Vol. 18

I hang my head in shame.

I had planned to get so much done this week and then life and family got in the way, yet again. However, I have now drawn up a monthly schedule, which I will hand to my mother as well, so that there’s no excuse for disturbing me until the end of the month when I say “I need to study.”

If I can stick to next week’s plan despite losing the entire weekend. Well, for a piano concert and my birthday – one party with friends and one with family – so it’s a perfect reason not to do anything, but still, it’s technically time I need.

From tomorrow onwards I’ll be participating in Round 3 of A Round Of Words In 80 Days. Although once again I won’t use the time to actually write stories. But I like the focus and community ROW80 provides.

Anyway, here’s how I did this week:

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Von Budapest nach Solingen: Solo-Konzert für Pianist Elöd Ambrusz

Die Leidenschaft für Klavier und klassische Musik hat bei dem ungarischen Pianisten Elöd Ambrusz schon sehr früh angefangen. Beim Besuch eines Solinger Kinderarztes hörte er klassische Musik, die er sofort mittappte. Damals war er fünf Jahre alt. Seitdem verbringt er seine Tage auf dem Klavierhocker. Der mittlerweile 16-jährige hat in seiner Heimat Ungarn bereits viele Musik und Talent-Wettbewerbe gewonnen, und so unter anderem ohne vorspielen zu müssen seinen Platz am König St. Stephan Musikgymnasium in Budapest bekomme

Nächte Woche gibt er sein erstes Solo-Konzert in Solingen.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On July 4

Hello, my lovelies!

It’s great to see you for the Weekend Coffee Share! How are you today? Come in, come in, and make your way through to the patio. It’s 36°C out with clear blue skies. I put the parasol up and brought out the comfy pillows, and at least there’s a breeze outside. Inside it may be cooler but it’s stickier. I’ve got 2 fans running on high full-time now.

I’d offer tea and coffee (seeing as it is better to drink warm/hot as your metabolism doesn’t have to work as hard) but I’d also offer chilled water or orange-lemongrass sparkling lemonade. The latter is a recent discovery of mine and it’s not sweet, but it’s fruity, making it a perfect summer thirst-quencher.

If we were having coffee today, I’d wish all my American readers a fantastic Independence Day. I think it’s touching that you guys thank Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith every year for saving you (hehehehe).

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Friday 56: Vol. 2

The Friday 56 is a blog hop by Freda’s Voice and the rules are simple:

  • Turn to the nearest book.
  • Open it on page 56.
  • Post a sentence or two.
  • Join the linky.
  • Go crazy on the linky.


“Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior converted her attention from masticating her tail to trying to lick clean the hero’s spectacles, which I will tell you were in need of cleaning. I write that she was trying because the hero was not being sociable.”

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer