Book Resolution No. 3 – 2015

Book Resolution No. 3 (2015)

A New Year, a New Book Resolution. Let me try to get 45 books read this year. (or maybe even 52)

No. Date Author Title Page No Rating (1- 5*)
1 08.01.2015 Jessie Burton The Miniaturist 421 ***
2 11.01.2015 Lori Nelson Spielman The Life List 352 **
3 14.01.2015 Marian Keyes The Woman Who Stole My Life 531 ****
4 15.01.2015 Carlos Maria Dominguez Das Papierhaus 88 *****
5 29.01.2015 Leonie Swann Dunkelsprung 382 **
January Statistics: 5 Books , 1774 pages
6 04.02.2015 Kate Morton The House at Riverton 593 ****
7 07.02.2015 Veronica Roth Divergent 487 ****
8 11.02.2015 Veronica Roth Insurgent 545 ****
9 14.02.2015 Veronica Roth Allegiant 544 ****
10 17.02.2015 Emma Healey Elizabeth is missing 323 *****
February Statistics: 5 Books, 2492 pages
11 03.03.2015 Katherine Webb A Half Forgotten Song 439 ***
12 07.03.2015 Walter John Williams This is not a game 460 ****
13 13.03.2015 Marc Levy Elle & lui 385 ***
14 24.03.2015 Marc Levy Une autre idée de Bonheur 402 ****
March Statistics: 4 Books, 1686 pages
15 02.04.2015 Terry Pratchett Wyrd Sisters 247 ****
16 06.04.2015 Terry Pratchett Witches Abroad 305 ****
17 07.04.2015 Romain Puértolas La petite fille qui avait avalé un nuage grand comme la tour Eiffel 177 ****
18 16.04.2015 Romain Puértolas L’extraordinaire voyage du fakir qui était resté coincé dans une armoire d’Ikea 307 ****
April Statistics: 4 books , 1036 pages
19 05.05.2015 Guillaume Musso L’instant present 363 *
20 10.05.2015 Chris Pavone The Accident 508 ****
21 26.05.2015 Philip Sington The Einstein Girl 402 ****
22 28.05.2015 Graeme Simsion The Rosie Project 305 ****
23 31.05.2015 Graeme Simsion The Rosie Effect 420 ****
May Statistics: 5 books – 1998 pages
24 24.06.2015 John Irving The Cider House Rules 731 *****
June Statistics: 1 book –731 pages
25 02.07.2015 Amanda Palmer The Art of Asking 336 ****
26 07.07.2015 David Nicholls Us 416 *****
27 17.07.2015 Frederick Bakman A man called Ove 304 *****
28 25.07.2015 Scott O’Dell Die Insel der blauen Delfine 190 ***
29 27.07.2015 Per J. Anderson Vom Inder, der mit dem Fahrrach bis nach Schweden fuhr um dort seine grosse Liebe wiederzufinden 336 ***
30 31.07.2015 Burkhard Spinnen Müller hoch drei 296 ***
July Statistics_- 6 books , 1878 pages
31 14.08.2015 David Nicholls The Understudy 417 ***
32 22.08.2015 Rachel Joyce The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 297 ****
33 23.08.2015 Anthony Horowitz Moriarty 288 ****
August Statistics – 3 books, 1002 pages
34 02.09.2015 Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg The little old lady who broke all the rules 454 *
35 04.09.2015 Rachel Joyce The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy 343 *****
36 10.09.2015 Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 143 ****
37 15.09.2015 J.B. Morrisson The Extraordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81 280 *
38 16.09.2015 Dougals Adams The Restaurant at the End of the Galaxy 164 ***
39 19.09.2015 Carys Bray A song for Issy Bradley 330 *****
40 23.09.2015 Douglas Adams Life, the Universe and Everything 160 ***
41 27.09.2015 Douglas Adams So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 158 ****
42 28.09.2015 Douglas Adams Mostly Harmless 182 ****
September statistics – 9 books, 2484 pages
43 01.10.2015 Helen Croydon Screw the Fairytale: A modern girl’s guide to Sex and Love 353 ****
October Statistics – 1 book 353 pages
44 03.11.2015 Kate Morton The Lake House 600 ****
45 08.11.2015 Robert Galbraith Career of Evil 512 ***
46 15.11.2015 Kate Moss The Taxidermist’s Daughter 423 *****
47 22.11.2015 Dinah Jefferies The Tea Planter’s Wife 422 **
November Statistics – 4 books 1957 pages
48 01.12.2015 Cecelia Ahern  The Marble Collector 290 *****
49 05.12.2015 Bhante Gunaratana Mindfulness in Plain English 210 ***
50 08.12.2015 Jane Austen Emma 470 ****
51 14.12.2015 Karen Joy Fowler The Jane Austen Book 288 ***
52 16.12.2015 Edward St. Aubyn Lost for Words 272 ****
53 24.12.2015 Josephine Moon The Apothecary 384 ****
54 25.12.2015 Michele Gorman Christmas Carol 106 **
55 26.12.2015 Jenny Hale Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses 358 ***
56 27.12.2015 Fiona Valpy The French for Christmas 268 ****
57 30.12.2015 Sue Watson Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake 350 **
December Statistics 10 books, 2996 pages

Rating

1 Star – Dislike – 2 Stars – Ok – 3 Stars – Liked – 4 Stars – Really Liked – 5 Stars  – Amazing

 

20387 pages, 357,6 average pages per book

Top 10 List

  1. Elisabeth is Mising (Emma Healey)
  2. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey (Rachel Joyce)
  3. A Man called Ove (Frederic Bakman)
  4. Us (David Nicholls)
  5. The Marble Collector (Cecelia Ahern)
  6. The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
  7. The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Kate Moss)
  8. Das Papierhaus (The House of Paper) (Carlos Maria Domingez)
  9. The Taxidermist’s Daughter (Kate Moss)
  10. A Song for Issy Bradley (Carys Bray)

 

Book Resolution No. 2 – 2014

Book Resolution No. 2

A New Year, a New Book Resolution. Let me try to get 44 books read this year.

 

No. Author Title
1 John Grisham The Last Juror
2 Rosie Alison The Very Thought of You
3 Katie Ward Girl Reading
4 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
5 Kate Atkinson Life after Life
6 Jonas Jonasson Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte

(The Girl who saved the King of Sweden )

7 Michael Jenwwwtzsch und

Benjamin Kwato Zahn

Blutsbrüder – Unsere Freundschaft in Liberia
8 Mario Vargas Llosa Der Traum des Kelten
9 Zsuzsa Bank Die Hellen Tage
10 Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
11 Elizabeth Gilbert The Signature of All Things
12 Ivo Andrich The Bridge On the Drina
13 Kate Atkinson Started early, took my dog
14 Suzanne Collins Catching Fire
15 Kate Morton The Distant Hours
16 Kate Morton The Secret Keeper
17 Tom Hillenbrand Die letzte Ernte
18 Laura Esquivel Bittersüsse Schokolade (Come agua para chocolate)
19 Marc Levy Toutes les choses qu’on ne s’est pas dites
20 Lisa O’Donnell The Death of Bees
21 Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane
22 Rachel Hore A Place of Secrets
23 Emma Hamberg Zusammen finden wir das Glück
  Jonas Jonasson Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte

(The Girl who saved the King of Sweden )

24 Aravind Adiga Last Man in Tower
25 Robert Gailbraith The Cuckoo’s Calling
26 Suzanne Collins He Hunger Games: Mockingjay
27 Robert Gailbraith The Silkworm
28 Sophia Cronberg Die Lilieninsel
29 Nora Roberts Skin Deep
30 Katharine Webb Das Haus der vergessenen Träume (The Unseen)
31 Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed
32 Claire North The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
33 PL Travers Mary Poppins (1st Book of the Series)
34 Giulia Enders Darm mit Charme
35 Audrey Niffenegger Her Fearful Symmetry
36 Guillaume Musso Central Park
37 Ursula K. LeGuin The Wind’s Twelve Quarters
38 Ursula K. Le Guin The Dispossessed
39 Dave Eggers The Circle
40 Cecelia Ahern The Year I met you
41 Tom Hillenbrand Tödliche Oliven
42 Lisa O’Donnell Closed Doors
43 Karen Joy Fowler We are all completely besides ourselves
44 Wolfgang Schorlau Der Perfekte Mord

My top 5 list

  1. We are all completely besides ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler)
  2. Die Hellen Tage (Zsuzsa Bank)
  3. The Silkworm (Robert Gailbraith)
  4. The Death of Bees (Lisa O’Connell)
  5. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Claire North)

100 Days of Happiness – Day 3

The Loveable Happy Miss Mary Poppins

Happiness at its purest, simplest and at its best – having a glass of wine with my best friend, whom I have not seen for a few months, and who squeezed a flying visit (30 hours) to Luxembourg into her busy schedule travelling from Kinshasa, DRC to Washington DC, USA. We “only” got to meet for an hour or so today (as my friend has some family commitments tonight), catching up over a glass of Syrah (the Uva Mira from Stellenbosch I mentioned in a previous post), talking about girls’ stuff (pssst – the exact content of the conversation is a secret ;-), realising that it does not matter how often we see each other due to us living two different continents, because we can talk about anything really. I am just so really, really happy and you know what the best part is – my friend and I will…

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100 Days of Happiness – Day 4

The Loveable Happy Miss Mary Poppins

My grocery store was selling my favourite flowers (germini) and my favourite beer mix drink today and I stumbled across a book entitled “Together we will find our happiness” so that so totally, utterly made me happy!!!!!

Happy Saturday everyone! #100HappyDays

Happiness on Day 4 Happiness on Day 4

Yellow Germini Yellow Germini

Favourite Beer Mix Drink Favourite Beer Mix Drink

Fiction Novel about Happiness Fiction Novel about Happiness

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100 Days of Happiness – Day 2

The Loveable Happy Miss Mary Poppins

Bargello Ice-Cream defined my happiness moment on Day 3 of my Challenge. I first noticed this gourmet ice-cream parlour back in autumn on my way to work, and have been walking past it on several occasions always wondering what their ice-cream would taste like. Summer seems to have arrived early this year, and as I did not want to take my chances I asked my friend MFC (My First Commander) if she wanted to meet up with me for an ice-cream during our lunch break. Luckily for me, she agreed and we met at Bargello’s.

Bargello Glacerie (www.bargello.lu) offers ice-cream, which has been homemade according to the Florentine method g (I learnt today that ice-cream was “invented” in Florence during the Renaissance in the 16th century) giving this sweet delight a smooth and creamy consistency without adding colouring, additives or artificial ingredients. There are “only” about 10 milk-based ice-creams…

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Book Review No. 1 – The Last Juror by John Grisham (2004)

It is January 9th and I finished reading my first book this year, mind you I had started it last year, put it aside while reading other novels, and then came back to it. To my shame I have to admit that up until this particular book, I had never read a John Grisham before, which is odd because I love crime stories and series which have a bit of a thrill to it, so one would have thought that I should have come across the bestselling legal thriller writer before, but maybe I was just put off by the big name, the hype around its author and its mega-popularity.

But then last May when I was browsing around the second hand book stall at the Anglican Church Fair, and left with an amazing bargain of 7 books for 5 Euros, I had picked up a John Grisham. And reading The Last Juror was very different than what I expected it to be…. Maybe I thought I would come across a second Dan Brown in that the plot would be so full of suspense that it leaves you breathless from the first page and urges you on to continue reading, but not so.

Spoiler alert: if you do not want to know the end of the book, please do not continue reading.

Here is a first short synopsis: 1970s in Mississippi: Willie Traynor, a 23-year-old college dropout, buys The Ford County Times, which begins to prosper once Willie starts reporting on a court case against Danny Padgitt who is charged with the rape and murder of a young mother. Danny threatens the jurors with revenge if they convict him, but nevertheless he gets sentenced to life in prison. But in the legal system in Mississippi “life” does not necessarily mean “life”. After only 9 years in prison Danny Padgitt gets paroled and is released, and the retribution begins.

So after having read a similar short description at the back of the book, I assumed that once I started reading, the murder of the first juror would be mentioned relatively quickly. I was wrong, completely wrong. The first juror is not murdered until page 400 (the book has about 505 pages). This was definitely not what I had expected, in fact the story starts with Willie buying the newspaper, then moves onto the crime, the original court case, and other minor or major events which happen in a small county in Southern USA for a decade. The Last Juror, a title which I actually find quite misleading, is way more than just a simple thriller, it is indeed so much deeper and insightful than I could have ever imagined. It is a social and cultural study of a small town in Mississippi in the 1970s, pointing out historical and political changes surrounding the civil rights movement (like desegregation of schools) and filled with rich and colourful characters. I wondered what the South of the USA really looks like, I wanted to pack my bags and go on a search for my Miss Callie who would cook me wonderfully tasteful Southern Comfort Food with vegetables grown in her own garden.

However at the end there is an unexpected turn, out of the blue, again completely unexpected, very unsatisfactory, and there is this tiny doubt now in my brain. Has Danny Padgitt really killed Rhoda Kassellaw, or was it all just a setup to finally get one of the notoriously criminal Padgitt family finally behind bars….

I am not sure whether I liked the book at first, but as I have been so intrigued and it has been so different from anything else that I have ever read, I just need to read another John Grisham book to be able to make my mind up.

In any case, it has been a great start to my reading year….

Book Resolution No. 2

A New Year, a New Book Resolution. Let me try to get 44 books read this year. The first book is already on my list…

With plenty of blanks – feel free to help me fill them….

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Book Resolution No. 1 – Update

2013 is over and to my shame I did not manage to keep to my Book Resolution, I “only” managed to read 37 books instead of 44, so that is 7 short.

Oh well, lets try for the 44 in 2014

Here is my 2013 book list, with Jonas Jonasson’s The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared as my favourite!

No. Author Title
1 Joanne Harris Peaches for Monsieur Curé
2 Cecelia Ahern One hundred names
3 Guillaume Musso Demain
4 Marc Levy Un sentiment plus fort que la peur
5 Caitlin Moran How to be a woman
6 Bettina Gaus Der unterschätzte Kontinent – Reise zur Mittelschicht Afrikas
7 Chris Cleave Incendiary
8 Christie Watson Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
9 Stephen Kleman Pidgin English
10 Vanessa Green Les petites confidences du Tea-Club
11 Antony Horowitz The House of Silk
12 Chris Pavone The Expats
13 Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveller’s Wife
14 Paige Toon Baby Be Mine
15 Nora Roberts The Search
16 Anne Fortier Juliet
17 Melissa Hill The Charm Bracelet
18 Sue Watson Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes
19 Kate Atkinson Case Histories
20 Monica Ali The Untold Story
21 Monica Ali In the Kitchen
22 Dan Brown Digital Fortress
23 Dan Brown Deception Point
24 Aravind Adiga Between the Assasinations
25 Jonas Jonasson The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared (Book Club – September)
26 Tom Hillenbrand Rotes Gold
27 Nora Roberts The Next Always
28 Nora Roberts The Last Boyfriend
29 Kate Atkinson When will there be good news?
30 JK Rowling The Casual Vacancy (Book Club – October)
31 Tracy Chevalier The Last Runaway
32 Chris Cleave Gold
33 Nelson de Mille The Lion’s Game (Book Club – November)
34 Nora Roberts The Perfect Hope
35 Dan Brown Inferno
36 Cecelia Ahern How to Fall in Love
37 Mary Kay Andrews Weihnachtsglitzern

Book Resolution No. 1

Or my goal to read more than 43 books between Christmas 2012 and Christmas 2013

Here is my progress list

No. Author Title
1 Joanne Harris Peaches for Monsieur Curé
2 Cecelia Ahern One hundred names
3 Guillaume Musso Demain
4 Marc Levy Un sentiment plus fort que la peur
5 Caitlin Moran How to be a woman
6 Bettina Gaus Der unterschätzte Kontinent – Reise zur Mittelschicht Afrikas
7 Chris Cleave Incendiary
8 Christie Watson Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
9 Stephen Kleman Pidgin English
10 Vanessa Green Les petites confidences du Tea-Club
11 Antony Horowitz The House of Silk
12 Chris Pavone The Expats
13 Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveller’s Wife
14 Paige Toon Baby Be Mine
15 Nora Roberts The Search
16 Anne Fortier Juliet
17 Melissa Hill The Charm Bracelet
18 Sue Watson Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes
19 Kate Atkinson Case Histories
20 Monica Ali The Untold Story
21 Monica Ali In the Kitchen
22 Dan Brown Digital Fortress
23 Dan Brown Deception Point
24 Aravind Adiga Between the Assasinations
25 Jonas Jonasson The hundred-year-old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared

And my bucket “to read” list

No. Author Title
26 Tom Hillenbrand Rotes Gold
27 Nora Roberts The Next Always
28 Caitlin Moran Moranthology
29 Aravind Adiga Last Man in Tower
30 Tracy Chevalier The last Runaway
31 JK Rowling The Casual Vacancy
32 Robert Gailbraith Cuckoo’s Calling
33 John Grisham The last juror
34 Andrew Miller Pure
35 Rosie Alison The Very Thought of You
36 Clare Morgan A Book for All and None
37 Kate Ward Girl Reading
38 Zsuzsa Bank Die Hellen Tage
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