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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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.



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.


Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce – Pip Bartlett und die Magischen Tiere: Die brandgefährlichen Fussels/ Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures (Incl. English Review)

  • Hardcover
  • Verlag: Heyne>fliegt
  • veröffentlicht: 2015
  • Seiten: 340


Die neunjährige Pip Bartlett hat eine besondere Gabe: Sie kann mit magischen Tieren sprechen – mit Einhörnern, Seidengreifen und Hopp-Grackeln. Mit Eltern und Lehrern klappt die Verständigung allerdings manchmal nicht so gut. Weshalb Pip in den Sommerferien wegen des Einhorn-Vorfalls (wer denkt denn auch, dass die so doof sind!) zu ihrer Tante Emma verbannt wird. Emma leitet eine Praxis für magische Tiere, und begeistert plaudert Pip den ganzen Tag mit den verrücktesten Geschöpfen, die man je gesehen hat. Doch dann taucht ein abenteuerliches Problem auf, nämlich Unmengen von Fussels. Das Schlimme an diesen kleinen pelzigen Wesen: Wenn sie sich aufregen, gehen sie in Flammen auf … Hier können nur Pip und ihr neuer Freund Thomas helfen. (Heyne>fliegt)

An exciting new series full of magical creature, whimsical adventures and quirky illustrations. Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. And her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. When things go amok, Pip consults JEFFREY HIGGLESTON’S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES — a fun guide to such entities that Pip adds to from time to time. (Amazon)

In Kürze/In (Very) Short:

+ ein wunderbares Abenteuer mit magischen Tieren
+ tolle Illustrationen und tolle Buchgestaltung
+ sympathische Figuren und Kreaturen und einen schönen Bösewicht
+ a great adventure story with magical creatures
+ beautiful illustrations and an overall stunning design
+ loveable characters and a wonderfully wicked villain

Meinung/My Opinion:

Pip Bartlett kann mit magischen Tieren sprechen und sorgt damit für ein Riesenchaos beim Schulprojekt. Als Strafe muss Pip zu ihrer Tante, die eine Tierarztpraxis für magische Tiere hat. Nicht wirklich eine Strafe für Pip – wenn man von ihrer Cousine einmal absieht –, die hier nicht nur ihre Fähigkeiten einsetzen kann, sondern auch gleich noch ein paar magische und nicht-magische Freunde kennenlernt. Mit denen muss sie die Stadt vor den brandgefährlichen Fussels retten.

Das Buch ist ein wunderbare Kinderbuch mit einer liebenswerten Protagonistin, tollen Kreaturen, einem spannenden Abenteuer und einer schönen Botschaft am Ende.

Das Autorenduo hat wirklich eine tolle Welt mit wunderbaren Figuren und sehr schönen Kreaturen erschaffen. Diese sind liebenswert und chaotisch – wie z.B. Pip, das Einhorn Regent Maximus, Thomas, der auf magische Tiere mit magischen Allergien reagiert, und der mürrische Seidengreif Blubber. Natürlich gibt es auch einen wunderbar unsympathischen weiblichen Bösewicht und eine nervige Cousine.

Die Geschichte ist wirklich niedlich und schnelllebig, das Buch ist sehr schön gestaltet mit Zeichnungen zu den jeweiligen Wesen und ist in blau gehalten. Die Zeichnungen sind wirklich wunderbar und entzückend. Der Schreibstil ist angenehm, flott und zum Thema und Buch passend.

Vielen Dank an den Heyne>fliegt Verlag für die Bereitstellung des Rezenzionsexemplars.

Pip can talk to magical creatures and gets into trouble. As a punishment she has to spend her summer with her aunt who is a veterinarian and treats magical animals. Not really a big punishment for Pip. She quickly makes new friends and soon has to find a way to save the city from little flammable creatures.

This books is a wonderful children’s book with a loveable protagonist, wonderful creatures, an exiting little adventure and a lovely message at the end.

The authors have created an interesting and divers world with some unique and beautiful magical creatures. Who doesn’t love a scared and scatterbrained unicorn – who has way to many anxieties and issues. Alongside the many likeable characters (Pip, Thomas, Pip’s aunt Emma, Regent Maximus – the unicorn and many more) are of course a wonderfully wicked villain and an annoying teenage cousin.

The story is fast-paced and adorable, the book is beautifully illustrated and the illustrations as well as the pages are kept in blue. The writing is fluent, fast, and fitting for the age range it was written for.

Fazit/Bottom Line:

Ein wunderbar unterhaltsames Kinderbuch mit fantastischen Tieren und Zeichnungen.

A beautiful and entertaining adventure story with magical creatures and fantastic illustrations.


rating 4