Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Fate of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2016)

“Hell? Hell is a fairy tale for the gullible, for what punishment could be worse than that we inflict upon ourselves? We burn so badly in this life that there can be nothing left.” – The Fate of the Tearling, p. 369 This is the 3rd and last book of the “The Queen of the… Continue reading Review | ‘The Fate of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2016)

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Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Invasion of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2015)

  “If we could be better people,” she would say, “if we could care about each other as much as we do about ourselves, think about it, Lily! Think what the world would be!” – p. 175 This is the 2nd book of the 'The Queen of the Tearling' trilogy. The Tearling has a new… Continue reading Review | ‘The Invasion of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2015)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2014)

"Tear Queen, you’ll either be dead within a week or you’ll be the most fearsome ruler this kingdom has ever known. I see no middle ground." The Queen of the Tearling, p. 109 Today I want to share with you a reread of mine – namely the first book of a trilogy, “The Queen of… Continue reading Review | ‘The Queen of the Tearling’ by Erika Johansen (2014)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Tales of the Peculiar’ by Ransom Riggs (2016)

“So please enjoy these Tales – before a crackling fire on a chilly night, ideally, a snoring grimbear at your feet – but remember, too, their sensitive nature, and if you must read them aloud (which I highly recommend) make certain your audience is peculiar.” – Ransom Riggs - Tales of the Peculiar, Foreword Having… Continue reading Review | ‘Tales of the Peculiar’ by Ransom Riggs (2016)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

“But you have to be courageous, my friend, and unafraid of pain. For only through pain will the beauty of the world be revealed.” Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever, p. 42 Cornelis Sandvoort, a merchant in seventeenth-century Amsterdam, has married the young and beautiful Sophia. Since the youth of his wife is thrilling and he… Continue reading Review | ‘Tulip Fever’ by Deborah Moggach (1999)

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Review | ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs (2014)

“There was romance in the unknown, but once a place had been discovered and cataloged and mapped, it was diminished, just another dusty fact in a book, sapped of mystery. So maybe it was better to leave a few spots on the map blank. To let the world keep a little of its magic, rather… Continue reading Review | ‘Hollow City’ by Ransom Riggs (2014)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs (2011)

“I don’t mean to be rude,” I said, “but what are you people?” “We’re peculiar,” he replied, sounding a bit puzzled. “Aren’t you?” “I don’t know. I don’t think so.” “That’s a shame.” – p. 142 ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ is the first book to commence the trilogy ‘Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children’. This… Continue reading Review | ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ by Ransom Riggs (2011)

Horror · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Green Mile’ by Stephen King (1996)

“I’m rightly tired of the pain I hear and feel, boss. I’m tired of bein on the road, lonely as a robin in the rain. Not never havin no buddy to go on with or tell me where we’s comin from or goin to or why. I’m tired of people bein ugly to each other.… Continue reading Review | ‘The Green Mile’ by Stephen King (1996)

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Idas Teekränzchen #2 | Lesemarathon im August

Die Idee, einmal selbst bei einem sogenannten Lesemarathon mitzumachen, hatte ich schon seit Langem – mir fehlte nur genau das, woran es üblicherweise bei der Umsetzung schöner Dinge mangelt: Zeit. Während des Semesters war es schwierig, sich diesen Spaß einmal zu erlauben, denn das Prinzip eines Lesemarathons lautet: Wenn die Uhr Mitternacht schlägt, beginnst du… Continue reading Idas Teekränzchen #2 | Lesemarathon im August

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)