My Reading Month August

I know it is very late for a reading month August since it is already October, but what the hell…here goes nothing. 🙂 Slowly I feel that I have my reading groove back at least I had it back for a short time due to late summer nights on my balcony and a nice stress level at work that made me grab an audiobook or two. Yet the groove to publish content more regularly has not yet returned in full force. But I am happy about a little force as well. All in all, I am quite happy with the month of August.

  • Books: 4
  • Audiobooks: 6
  • Pages (only books): 956
  • Pages (incl. Audiobooks): 4300
  • Minutes listened: 6779min. (almost 13 hours)

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Books:

Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce – Pip Bartlett und die magischen Tiere: Die brandgefährliche Fussels/ Pip Bartlett*s Guide to Magical Creatures

My first read this month is also the book that has gotten me out of my little low. This book is such a lovely story with a wonderful and rich world of magical creatures and great ideas. I enjoyed every minute of the story as well as the beautiful illustrations. A great children’s adventure story about magical creatures and a girl who can talk to them.

Kerstin Rottland – Agathe Bond: Cool wie das Wasser im Pool

Another fantastic and adventurous read is this spy novel with a tortoise as the main protagonist and major spy. A hilarious and fantastic story with beautiful illustrations, quite some adventure and a lot of spy equipment hidden in one small tortoise-shell.

Dora Heldt – Jetzt mal anders

This collection of columns written by a well-known German author were entertaining, sweat, and short. I did not feel the pressure of having to read the book cover to cover but pick it up when I felt like it. The stories cover a wide range of everyday topics and observations.

Martina Sahler – Matilda und die Sommersonneninsel

This young adult book or early teen book – whatever age range this is supposed to cover – is a wonderful summer read for young girls as the story centers around a group of young girls and their long summer vacation. Short, sweat, and entertaining.

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Audiobooks:

Kirstin Cashore – Die Flammende / Fire

I have read this book some years ago and I enjoyed every page of it. The same holds true for the audiobook. It was as riveting and exiting as I remembered the book to be. A wonderful fantasy novel with a great protagonist. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Eve Chase – Black Rabbit Hall

A family drama with two different timelines that intertwine towards the end. Though I felt like I could predict what was going to happen, the author had the uncanny ability to make me doubt my previously made decisions. The story kept my on my toes and was an entertaining and thrilling audiobook. A great read or better a great listen.

Frauke Scheunemann – Ziemlich unverhofft

The second book centering around the protagonist Nicola was another entertaining and fun audiobook. I returned to the world, the people, and a similar chaotic life of the protagonist with pleasure and passion. Though I was a little annoyed by the story line with her neighbor Tiziano and this attempt at some sort of love triangle thing…the remainder of the story was great.

Lucinda Riley – Der Lavendelgarten/ The Lavender Garden

My second Riley novel was another audiobook for the win column. The story was set in two different times (as seems to be the case with Mrs. Riley) and follows the family history of Emily de la Martiniere – her struggle to maintain a family legacy and the struggles of her family in WWII. The story was riveting, the characters were sympathetic and likeable, both story lines drew the reader in yet were slow enough to enjoy the beauty of the scenery the narrative was set in as well as the writing.

Sarah Lark – Das Lied der Maori (#2) / Der Ruf des Kiwis (#3)

These two audiobooks are the second and third installment in a family tale. I enjoyed the first immensely and wanted to continue with the narrator and the author and the family story. We follow the descendants of the two women that came to New Zealand in the first book – trying to survive in a world and situation that they cannot escape and if they do, they have to endure a lot of pain and suffering.
Though I think you could have listened to these audio books individually without a specific order in mind, I was happy that I listened to them how it was intended. The books were a little more intense than the previous one especially the third installment. This is not necessarily for times when you as a reader are in emotional distress or more vulnerable because the story includes quite an ordeal of abuse and rape into these books. I had to stop on occasion. Despite those scenes the books were very good.

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My Reading Month November

Things have been a little quiet lately and I apologize. As usual life happens and time flies. My last reading month in itself was very bad. I managed to read just two books. But I listened to 7 audiobooks. I really hope that I get to read some more books in December but I have the feeling that this might not happen either. Anyway.
Well, let’s get started.

  • Books: 2
  • Audiobook: 7
  • Pages (only books): 768
  • Pages (incl. Audiobooks): 3856
  • Minutes listened: 2452 min. (over 40 hours)

Books:

Claudia Gray – A Thousand Pieces of You

This was my first book in November and it was a good one. This science fiction young adult novel was a solid read about traveling between dimensions, conspiracies, and parallel universes. Though it was a bit obvious who the bad guy was in this scenario and how the story between the three main characters was going to develop, the book embarked on an interesting journey and created fascination and differing realities.

Ursula Neeb – Die Hurenkönigin

This historical crime novel follows the Housekeeper of a brothel who uncovers the truth about the culprit behind gruesome murders of local prostitutes. It was an enjoyable read with a great crime element, an interesting main character, and a city’s attitude towards the oldest profession in the world.

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Audiobooks:

The majority of my audiobooks have been written by German authors per usual but there are two novels originally written in English.

Rita Falk – Zwetschgendatschikompott

The latest installment about a Bavarian police officer and his family, who stumbles across yet another murder and solves said murder in his unique way (often with a lot more luck than any ability at all). A fun audiobook as usual.

Dora Heldt – Wind aus West mit starken Böen

This book deals with a difficult relationship between two sisters and their rather chaotic love lives, their slightly weird parents, and the greatest group of friends one can have while living on an island. Chick lit for the more mature chick. It was a good and solid book, but I do like the author’s others series better.

Tilmann Birr – On se left you see the Siegessäule

These short stories illustrated the life of a city tour guide in Berlin and his often times funny, occasionally strange, and sometimes even slightly dangerous encounters with tourists. Fun, short, entertaining, a little crazy.

Renate Bergmann – Ich bin nicht süß, ich habe bloß Zucker

The life and tales of an elderly woman and her everyday life: a race between taking care of graves of her four husbands, the funeral of friends and sometimes strangers (one does need to get out of the house and enjoy oneself), the new technology, and the perks of ebay, google, and twitter. Quite entertaining. And I couldn’t help but see my aunt in some of those stories.

Leigh Bardugo – Shadow and Bone/ Grisha: Goldene Flammen

The first book in this trilogy had an interesting premise and a fascinating world. I am interested to see how this one will continue though I had to say that it took me a while to get into it and for some reason I was a little underwhelmed. It was a good read, but the story did not stick with me. After a few weeks, I have already forgotten quite a lot.

Diana Gabaldon – Outlander/ Feuer und Stein

I have heard so much about this book and I watched the TV series (except for the last two episodes because that was just disgusting), but I am unsure how I feel about the book. It was good, yet quite a lot seemed to have been shortened. I did not really relate to Claire, the whole situation was way to strange, and she seemed to fit into so fast into the new timeline, the situation, everything. Again since this was a shortened version, I might have missed a lot of the novel’s beauty. I will surely continue to watch the series (in hope that it is less icky) and might just decide to read the book after all.

Ursula Niehaus – Die Seidenweberin

In this historical novel a young girl has to live with her more or less perverted uncle who thankfully sends her off to become a silk weaver. The life is hard, her mistress cruel, and her friends few. But she fights and becomes one of the most successful weavers in her town yet has to fight many obstacles to get there. It was an interesting and entertaining read with intrigue and few violent elements.

Audio Book Month November Part 1 (German)

These are the audio books that are only available in German since they are written by German authors and have not been translated yet. However, the ones that are available in English (either as audio book or book) will be reviewed in an extra post.

Mein Lesemonat November ist an sich ja doch recht kurz gekommen, aber dafür habe ich doch einige Hörbücher gehört. Einige davon sogar schon ein zweites Mal. Hier werde ich die Hörbücher vorstellen, die es nur auf Deutsch gibt, während ich die Hörbücher, die ich auf Englisch gehört habe oder die es auf Englisch gibt (entweder als Buch oder als Hörbuch), in einem anderen Post noch mal kurz nennen.

Kerstin Gier – Die Mütter Mafia Trilogie

Diese Reihe habe ich jetzt schon mehrmals gehört – weil sie einfach wunderbar lustig und ganz fantastisch von Mirja Boes gelesen wird. Auch wenn die Geschichte nun schon auswendig kann, höre ich sie immer wieder gerne. Zur Trilogie gehören:

Die Mütter Mafia

Die Patin

Gegensätze ziehen sich aus

Diese Trilogie handelt von Constanze, die von ihrem Mann verlassen und mit den Kindern in das Haus seiner verstorbenen Mutter in die Insektensiedlung umgesiedelt wird. Dort muss sie sich nicht nur mit ihren schrulligen Nachbarn den Hempels auseinandersetzen, sondern trifft auch auf die Mütter Society, bei der sie gerne Mitglied werden würde. Nebenbei versucht Constanze ihr Leben neu zu ordnen, ihre Kinder zu erziehen, den Alptraum eines Hauses neu zu gestalten und die Scheidung von ihrem Mann hinter sich zu bringen. Dabei unterstützen sie nicht nur ihre Freundin Trudy, sondern auch ihre neuen Freundinnen Mimi und Anne.

Constanze stürzt von einer Situation und einem Fettnäpfchen ins Nächste und bleibt dabei unheimlich sympathisch. Ich habe noch nie so häufig gelacht und jede Sekunde genossen (auch ein zweites und drittes Mal). Dies liegt nicht nur an der guten Story und dem Humor der Autorin sondern auch an der Sprecherin Mirja Boes.

Dora Heldt

Auch Dora Heldt kam in diesem Monat nicht zu kurz. Auch wenn ich anfangs dachte, dies wäre jetzt nicht unbedingt mein Genre und ich vielleicht auch nicht ganz die Zielgruppe, habe ich mir nach einer Lesung mit ihr, dass ein oder andere Hörbuch geliehen. Tante Inge haut ab wurde auch von der Autorin persönlich gelesen während Urlaub mit Papa von Ulrike Grothe gelesen wurde. Beide Lesungen sind wirklich sehr schön und gelungen.

 Tante Inge Haut Ab

Blurb:

Endlich Urlaub. Christine freut sich auf ein paar entspannende Tage auf Sylt mit ihrem Lebensgefährten Johann. Doch am Westerländer Bahnhof traut sie ihren Augen nicht. Da steht Tante Inge! Seit wann trägt Papas Schwester rote Hüte?Und warum ist sie allein nach Sylt gereist ohne ihren Mann Walter?

Inge hat ihre ganz eigenen Pläne und sorgt für einen Urlaub, der zwar nicht gerade entspannend ist, dafür aber jede Menge Überraschungen parat hält.

Christines Chaosfamilie hat mal wieder all ihre Pläne auf den Kopf gestellt und dominiert ihren Urlaub. Während ihre Eltern sie und Johann sehr vereinnahmen, hat Inge ihre eigene Pläne und Geheimnisse, die weder ihrem Mann aber vor allem ihrem Bruder Heinz (Christines Vater) nicht gefallen.

Die krüppelige Verwandtschaft ist wirklich ein Traum und sehr lustig – besonders Vater Heinz und Christines Onkel Walter sind in Kombination wirklich nicht zu überbieten. Ich wusste nicht, ob ich bei ihren vielen Aktionen kopfschütteln, weinen, lachen oder alles zusammen machen sollte.

Kein Wort zu Papa

Blurb:

Norderney hat sie wieder: Christine und Ines hüten für einige Tage die Pension ihrer Freundin Marleen. Doch die Insel ist klein und ihre Anwesenheit spricht sich schnell herum. Zu schnell.Und so dauert es nicht lang, bis Papa Heinz vor der Tür steht, um seine Töchter tatkräftig und mit eigenwilligen Ideen zu unterstützen.

Auch hier regiert das alteingesessene Gespann um Christine und Papa Heinz und verspricht schon ab den ersten Minuten wieder sehr unterhaltsam zu werden. Es werden keine Fettnäpfchen ausgelassen, abstruse Ideen und wilde Verstrickungen nehmen ihren Lauf. Wieder sehr zu empfehlen.