Daily Archives: 25. November 2014

Reading Together #2

As I’m still not finished with the Advent Calendar and feel like doing this again, you get another instalment of Weltenwanderers and SchlunzenbüchersGemeinsam Lesen“ (Reading Together).

Each Tuesday one of them asks four questions, with the first three always being the same about the book one is currently reading and the fourth a new one by either of them. All questions below are obviously translated from today’s German post.
[Edit: I just noticed that this is the actual post I had to answer and I instead looked at the one from two weeks ago…
I added the real fourth question at the end.]

1. Which Book are you currently reading and which page are you on?

I’m currently reading „A Game of Thrones“ by George R.R. Martin, one of the books I had chosen as A book someone else picked for me for BiblioSmiles’s Summer Book Challenge.
I’m currently on page 49, so not that far into the story, but I already met some Starks, the last Targaryens, a couple of Baratheons and some White Walkers – though they are still unnamed.

2. What is the first sentence on your current page?

There were times – not many, but a few – when Jon Snow was glad he was a bastard.

or in German:

Es gab Zeiten – nicht viele, aber einige wenige – wenn Jon Snow froh darüber war, ein Bastard zu sein.

3. What do you desperately need to tell about your current book? (Thoughts, Feelings, a Quote, whatever you want!)

As a more or less rule I do not watch movies and series unless I know the books.
Or at least there are three categories to this:

  • I don’t care (e.g. Percy Jackson)
  • I didn’t know (e.g. Earthsea)
  • I don’t want to see it without former knowledge (the majority of things out there)

The last category was mostly created thanks to the Lord of the Rings movies, as I simply didn’t understand them, even though I watched them twice – each. (Still have to read the book though…)
So for the Game of Thrones series I decided to read before watching as well, even though I’ve heard many things about it and seen several gifs on Tumblr already.
I’m curious how Martin pulls off the different story lines and handles his masses of characters. I do believe this’ll help me to improve myself as a writer.

[Edit: 4.1] It is time for something new by … ? Which author should pretty soon write another book in your opinion? Or is there a series were you’re thinking „Man there should be another part!!“ ?

As I am rarely up to date with any books by any author is the answer to this quite difficult for me.
Last time I told you that I don’t really like series, so I don’t even know were to start there.
I do, however, know a series were I asked myself after the fifth book or so, why the author IS still continuing it, because the stories were pretty much repeating itself over and over again…. (I’m talking about Wolfgang Hohlbein’s Chroniken der Unsterblichen/Chronicles of the Immortals)
As I declared it as my favourite series and mentioned I wouldn’t mind continuations I guess the Harry Potter books seem to fall into the „there should be another part“ category…

[Edit: 4.2 This weekend is the first Sunday of Advent! What are you most excited about during the time of Advent? Christmassy books, Blog-Advent Calendars or are there any book-related topics that delight you especially in this time of the year?

There is pretty much only one Blogg-Advent Calendar I’m excited about and that is my own
This might sound selfish, but this is the first time I made a calendar myself and I’m just curios if people will like/enjoy it…
Though as I generally like Advent Calendars and find them a pretty good thing to get into a Christmas mood, I think I’ll check out a couple of others to see how they are done. (Like the BlogBoard Advent Calendar, where DarkFairy participates)
In the farther sense of book-related are the things I like most about the Advent time the many stories that are shared.
Be they as films on television or whatever.
I just like watching/reading Fairytales…]

Additional thoughts

You can obviously participate in these questions by either using my translated or the original German version.
I don’t know if I’ll be participating again next week or some other week, but maybe I’ll do. It seems interesting and could be another regular post beside my Weekend Guess.
Other than that would it also give me a way to talk about my current read without adding a Goodreads Widget to my sidebar.
We’ll see.
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