My last reading month this year was nice and relaxing though I barely managed to read anything during the holidays. Somehow, I was visiting relatives and friends or spending time baking and decorating or simply on the phone using the off time to catch up with the ones I could not see in person. But still, I managed to listen and to read a fair amount of books, though I will not finish my reading challenge this year. But more on that in another post. Let’s start with some numbers.
- Books: 6 (though many short ones)
- Audiobook: 5
- Pages (only books): 728
- Pages (incl. Audiobooks): 1227
- Minutes listened: 1950 min. (over 32 hours)
Rob Reef – Stableford ( Ein Golf-Krimi aus Cornwall)
This whodunit novel was a well structured and entertaining read, with an interesting protagonist, obvious and not so obvious clues, a group of suspects, and a report by the amateur detective at the end. A detailed review is already on this blog (here).
Peter Gaymann, Andreas Hauffe – Der Weihnachtsmann kann einpacken. Ein Elch packt aus
This Christmas book is a short and fun read about Santa Clause’s character traits reported by a more or less sober reindeer. Cute.
Kirsten John – Gefährliche Kaninchen feiern Weihnachten
What is going to happen when the dad meets mom’s new boyfriend – chaos ensues and Christmas is about to be cancelled. But then again it is Christmas and there are some miracles about to happen…or at least some common sense.
Andreas H. Schmachtl – Tilda Apfelkern: Alle warten auf Weihnachten
This is an advent calendar in stories. Each day has a short and sweet story that is somehow related to the one before and after, yet stand alone. I just love Tilda, the white mouse.
Andreas H. Schmachtl – Tilda Apfelkern: Oh du schöne Weihnachtszeit
This is the bigger version of an advent calendar. The book contains 24 stories building up to Christmas that can be read completely alone but again build a whole story. Each story is followed by either a Christmas poem or song and a recipe or an instruction for some handicraft to do with you children. It is beautifully illustrated and there are some nice recipes and ideas in here.
Lauren Alleyne – Difficult Fruit
This collection of poems is just stunning and wonderful. I have never been the greatest poetry fan and I was a little reluctant at first. But this was just fantastic (and maybe even more fantastic because I have met the author and she is wonderful, hilarious and charming – and incredibly talented).
Rita Mae Brown – Claws and Effect: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery/ Mord auf Rezept
This is one of the Murphy Brown stories. I have never read one before but since I really enjoy crime novels with animal investigators, I had to pick this up and give it a go. I really enjoyed the story, the narrator was really good, and it did not bother me that this book is somewhat later in the series. I might not have understood all the relationships between the human characters that well, but again this did not bother me.
Frauke Scheunemann – Ziemlich Unverbesserlich: Eine Familienkommödie
This German book deals with a widowed female lawyer who has a unique and interesting case load, two children, a meddling but loving and supportive mother-in-law, two italian neighbors, a weed plantation, and a little bit of investigation. It was a lovely and heart-warming story that made me laugh and sometimes cringe. Great entertainment.
Petra Durst-Henning – Die Russische Herzogin
The historical novel deals with the part of the Romanov family tree that was married and shipped to Germany. Olga is married to Karl and fairly unhappy as is her niece Wera, who is shipped of to live with her aunt in Germany. Both have to get used to a different country as well as bury many of the hopes and dreams yet their friendship helps create some form of happiness for themselves.
Iny Lorentz – Das Vermächtnis der Wanderhure
This is the third installment in the series about a (former) prostitute in the middle ages in Germany. After everything seems to finally settle down for Marie and her family, fate strikes yet again. Interesting and nice story and a wonderful narrator. She could read anything to me really.
Sabine Martin – Die Tränen der Henkerin
This is the second book about a female executioner – her past and her lies catch up to her and her past wants revenge. I enjoyed the story, though I wholeheartedly disliked her husband.