Thursday, 17 March 2011

February Ins And Outs

Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all!

I know it’s closer to April than to February, but I still hadn’t made my post of the books read and bought in February, so here it is!.

On the reading side, it is deeply embarrassing, but I think I found my rhythm – a book a month :(

In February (and in the beginning of the month) I finished The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. Together with Jen of Cuidado com o Dalmata, I’ve posted a rant about it. I still refuse to call it review – but it did portray my feelings about the book.

On the acquisitions side it is embarrassing for other reasons: Now that I know how many books I’m able to read each month, it would make sense to try to reduce the buying. Yeah, right – I like getting more books.

From Bookmooch:
The vision of Escaflowne by Aki Katsu (LT GR)

I loved the Anime (both series and movie). I want to give the manga a try, even though I know the story will be different – same characters, same general idea, different situations.

Cuentos y microcuentos: una antología de la narrativa breve by Guillermo I. Castillo-Feliú (LT GR)
Another book in Spanish, so that I can improve it. Let’s hope that by being of short stories I can read it faster.

The book thief by Markus Zusak (LT GR)
A book that has been for some time in my wishlist.

Bought New:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (LT GR)
A pretty cover was the push needed to buy this one. I’ve been meaning to read it for quite awhile, and was going to do it on ebook (with it being in public domain and all). I ended up buying it (and I’ve also read it, just haven’t finished writing the review – soon, I promise)

The thief by Megan Whalen Turner (LT GR)
Long wishlisted book, especially after a friend sending me this (Character face off) – and seeing that Howl (Howl’s moving castle) lost to some character in this series. I had to check it out.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (LT GR)
This one was getting some great reviews some time ago, and I do have also another book from this author to read. Besides, it was at a great price and I had a -10% off voucher to use.

Bought Used:
Valiant: a modern tale of faerie by Holly Black (LT GR)
The second in the Tithe series, I wanted to get this one, but my OCD-ish side wanted to have the same cover of the first one (also because it is pretty :D).

Malafrena by Ursula K. Le Guin (LT GR)
Long in my wishlist, very hard to find. So yeah, I had to get this one.

The dark mirror by Juliet Marillier (LT GR)
I already have this one in Portuguese, but since the translation really sucks, I’ve been meaning to buy this in English. But I also wanted the versions with pretty covers.

Snow white, blood red by Ellen Datlow (LT GR)
Yet another one that has been on my wishlist for ages, I now I finally was able to get it.

Received for Review (Yay!)
The King's Wrath by Fiona McIntosh (LT GR)
I’ve been waiting for The David Gemmell Legend Award call for reviewers, so that I could get this one. I reviewed the second in the series last year, and want to know how it is going to end.

I’m more than halfway done with this one and will post the review ASAP.

TBR list change: from 179 books to read to 188 :(


  1. Aha! I'm the same. I'm reading less books, and technically buying less also, but it's still more than I read. :)
    At least you get a lot second-hand and traded.

    Eagerly waiting for your review of Valiant and Leaviathan. (I've read Escaflowne's manga, and one thing that bothers me is the art, but you get used to it :)

  2. For some books the only way to get them is in second-hand, that's why keep an eye for trading sites, and used books shops - I always manage to find something I want, hence the huge number of acquisitions.

    I'll probably read Valiant next, I really want something a bit lighter so that I can read it faster :D

    About Escaflowne I've tried a scanlation a few years ago, and couldn't really get into it, because it wasn't the story of the series. I'm hoping that by having the book in my hands I might be able to read it till the end. The art in the anime series is not great either (huge noses :S), but I guess it's a matter of getting used to it.

  3. Went shopping? :D It's so weird to see The Dark Mirror in there, it looks like you have never read it. xD

    What have you done with The IMM? Bookmooch?

  4. I have to do something with my paycheck :D So shopping it is!

    IMM is still with me, depending on how the other 2 are, I'll decide what to do with it...