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This year I want to read a lot more, to be precise: one book per week.


1. Witches Abroad - Hexen unterwegs (Terry Pratchett)
Meh. One of the not-so-good Discworld romans. Immerhin haben mir
die drei ein paar Flashbacks zu meiner Englandreise gegeben.

2. Sourcery - der Zauberhut (Terry Pratchett)
I liked this one! Perhaps because the Discworld canon wasn't so
set in stone and the Original characters were in greater danger.
As far as I can remember, one of my favourite Rincewind books.

3. Eric Faust (Terry Pratchett)
With all the T.P book collections I get as presents, I have more
than enough books of him to read, oh my. This one was really short.
The brat was unsympathic. Lavaeolus was cool, though.
Wärs mal mehr eine Faustparodie gewesen.

4. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim
Die ungeheuerliche Einsamkeit des Maxwell Sim (Jonathan Coe)

I'm probably a bit to young to fully get this one, but I liked it!
Sensitive and sympathic protagonist. Most surprising was
the fluid sexuality of the protagonist and general gayness. Very nice and refreshing.
Although Maxwell's dad still deserves a What the hell?
.

5. Perdido Street Station (die Falter, Teil 1) (China Mieville)
I really loved this one! Very imaginative, atmospheric and rather original, as far as I can tell. Sympathic characters too. In the second half it lost a bit of drive, imo. So far, it's the best book I read this year (followed by 4)

6. Echo - der Schrecksenmeister (Walther Moers)
A fantasy novel- a "Krätzchen" (magic cat) makes a deal with an evil sorcerer/cook.
This one was a re-read, just because I was craving Moer's prose.
I think I liked it better this time around because
I'm now living with a cat and understand Echo's attitude better ;)

7. A Reading Diary- Das Tagebuch eines Lesers (Alberto Manguel)
A collection of memories, anecdotes, thoughts and aphorism about 12 books. Very insightful, wise and interesting! I hope to find more of its kind. I definitly want to try some of the books he mentioned and read more latin-american authors (including himself).

8. Don Camillo and the Devil (Giovannino Guareschi)
A collection of short stories about the priest Don Camillo and the communist mayor Peppone, who are best enemies. Takes place in 1950s (I think). Charming & empathic, a light read without being shallow. I would like to read more of them!

9. Colour: Travels Through The Paint Box- Das Geheimnis der Farben (Victoria Finlay) Finlay travels throughout the world, always on the scent of the origines & mistique of the colour of choice- and the human stories that surround them. Sometimes her naive fantisies annoyed me, but it got better in later chapters. It was informative without being boring.

10. Ich bin schwul. Ich bin süchtig. Ich bin ein Genie. (Lawrence Grobel)
This a collection of interviews and observations of the American author Truman Capote by Lawrence Grobel. Actually, I have never read a book of his- and because it features a lot of references to/gossip about the Who's Who of the 80s, I didn't get much out of it. But it was interesting for the zeitgeist and the person (also, I like reading interviews!).

11. Die unendliche Bibliothek (Jorge Luis Borges, commented from Alberto Manguel)

12. Sugar and Other Stories/Geschichten von Erde und Luft (Antonia S. Byatt)
I would describe this short story collection as "betulich"- quite, fussy, a bit old-fashioned. It was nice for the reflective female protagonists and well enough written. Not that memorable, but it's wonderful how you can catch, well, a glimpse of "human experience/existence" which are relevant to you at the moment in (expressive) books.

13. Die Bibliothek von Babel (Jorge Luis Borges)
A collection of his short stories- I already read the main/famous ones in the other collection, which was definitly better, mainly for the commentary/anecdotes. But it cements his new status as authors-whose-names-I-remember, a small elite ;)

14. Perdido Street Station (der Weber, Teil 2) (China Mieville)
Geeez, this one took my a long time to read. I really didn't like the ending! Because for Lin to end like that, given her background, was just horrible. Was it symbolic punishment for her to be tempted to look back? That's just... no :C

15. The Center of the World/Die Mitte der Welt (Andreas Steinhöfel)
It made an impression, but the main character made me so MAD. certainly something for teenagers, though and well written.

16. Everything is illuminated/Alles ist erleuchtet (Jonathan Safran Foer) Experimental and hilarious in the first half. Falls a bit apart in the second, eventually also because the female characters don't hold up.

17. Medieval Holidays and Festivals: A Calendar of Celebrations (Madeleine Pelner Cosman)
very insightful if you're interested in History. Macht die Zeitgenossen echt lebendig, und man kriegt den Drang ein Mittelalterbankett zu geben.

18. A History of Reading/Eine Geschichte des Lesens (Alberto Manguel)
one of my favourite books this year, very insightful.

19. The old man and the sea/Der alte Mann und das Meer (Ernest Hemingway auf Kuba)
An old man goes out to fish and reel in a swordfish. This one was short, but suspenseful- I dreaded the ending, because I already knew what would happen. It's not a good-feel novel, but it's really well written!

20. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall/Bei Anbruch der Nacht (Kazuo Ishiguro)


21. Otherland City of Golden Shadow/Stadt der goldenen Schatten (Tad Williams)
Nope, didn't finish this. As Sci-Fi it was just too dated and the morals were too heavy-handed, although the characters were nicely written.
I still read 300 of the 1000 pages, so I'll count it anyway.

22. Der kleine Herr Friedemann (mit fünf weiteren Novellen) (Thomas Mann)
A collection of short stories. Well written, but it was quite a repitition of themes and patterns- sick artistic people, unrequited love to rather cruel women, guys who are regarded as losers etc. I got frustrated with his view on women, bah!

23. Queen Camilla (Sue Townsend)
Dystopian fiction from the POV of the English royal family, exiled to "Exclusion Zones" with what society regards as "scum"? Hehe, niiice. It's slice of life and comedy, with some toughtful tones. Maybe a bit forgettable but really rather good! Ich mochte die Nachsicht/Zuneigung mit denen die Figuren behandelt wurden- selbst Ordnungshüter und halbe Diktatoren sind nur Leute. Genau wie die Hunde ;)

24. Das Wüten der ganzen Welt (Maarten 't Hart)
I really enjoyed this thriller. It was placed in the 50s/60s. It's mostly about peoples, their relationship to the protagonist and classique music. Maybe the murder solution is obvious to a more experienced thriller reader, but I liked the twists a lot! One WTF?NO aspect though- Although William was a sympathic character, homosexuals, child molestors and transsexuals were huddled together.

25. Thursday Next (Jasper Fforde)
Enjoyable, but a bit forgettable. Good for the literary references.

26. Bad Monkeys (Matt Ruff)
A blast! Great perspective.

27. Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)
Always wanted to finish this, because I adore Michael Chabon's Summerland. It's a huge drag though.

28. Mein Leben als Fälschung/My life as fake (Peter Carey)
one of my favourite books this year!! Brilliant.

29. Firmin (Sam Savage)
Talk about depressing. Everything goes to shit for this poor rat.

30. Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln: Fünfzig Inseln, auf denen ich nie war und niemals sein werde (Judith Schalansky)
Really good.

31. Bücher auf Rädern (Ian Sansom)
Easy read, more cleverly constructed when one thinks back.

32. Fool on the hill (Matt Ruff)
Not nearly as good as Bad Monkeys. The women characters are just plot devices, the other characters were flat as hell and it's too black and white for my taste. Then again, it is a bit fairy tale like, so, maybe it was intentional??? Still, I was dissapointed, although I liked the details and ideas of uni slice of Life with magic bits.

33. In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts(Eugen Ruge)
This one was really good! Easily my favourite this fall. It's about the life of a family in the DDR. The changes in perspective are really well done and I like how every character has their own motives and dictions.

34. Die Leute von Soostenbruch (Edith Biewend)
I picked this because I normally only pick newly printed books. Who knows, I might miss something awesome if I'm not reading the others? Well, it was an indicator for the outmodedness... It's about the lifes of german characters from the 20s til the 60s. It's all tell, rarely show and the author's favourites can't do anything wrong/too morally ambiguous/progressive. It was still an ok read.

35. Allerletzter Akt
From the Eddie Dickens Series. Kid's book, nice enough for that.

36. Axolotl Roadkill
Much better than Chucks. Yeah, the author plagarized. First the use of sexual assault annoyed/disturbed me, but it worked rather well. The author is really young, I hope she can get over reusing only her autobiography though.

37. Weißer Fluch
Enjoyable, well readable young fantasy book with gangsta feel.

38. Chucks
Chucks wants to be as good and cool and hard edge as Axolotl Roadkill, basically. You really notice the roots in Poetry Slam, for better or worse.

39. Garp und wie er die Welt sah
A a reread. Yeah, the first part was more interesting, like I remember it. I wonder if that's just because of my age, or how I'm used to reading the beginning of life's, when it's hopeful and full of potential. I read the last 300 pages in one night though, so it's still a page turner.

40. Tigeraugen
Also a reread from my youth. Not bad, the sci fi didn't age too badly. Godamnit I'm sick and tired of books not passing the Bechdel test though.

{22.2 Mit den Semesterferien vor mir kann ich locker die 2 Bücher aufholen... solange ich genug ertragbare Bücher habe :P Zum Glück habe ich auch die Marburger Bücherei zur Verfügung!}
(13.3 - 7,8,9 Immernoch nicht aufgeholt! ...aber immerhin habe ich noch den Rest der Woche, noch ein Buch zu beenden. Victoria Finlay ist die erste Autorin in der Liste und präsentiert dazu noch das erste Sachbuch... eine Schande, die behoben werden muss <.<)
(16.5 14/20 Ich bin ganz schön zurückgefallen... aber ich gebe nicht auf! Worans lag... der Weber zog sich hin, die Uni fing wieder an und die Bücher, die ich ausgeliehen hatte, waren aus einer für mich uninteressanten Perspektive geschrieben (zu "alte" Protagonisten- die haben einfach ganz andere Probleme als ich jetzt).
{29.7 24/30 Ich hab ne Weile nichts aufgeschrieben, aber bin ganz gut vorangekommen. Jetzt sind wieder Semesterferien, also hab ich wieder Zeit! Hab jetzt einige Klassiker gelesen, worauf ich mir was einbilde ;) Das Älteste is von Thomas Mann}
{24.11 31/47 verdammt, hier | hab ich sicher einige vergessen. Bin nicht so viel weiter gekommen, denn jetzt hat das Semester ja wieder angefangen UND ich habe versucht zu schreiben (was die Lesezeit in Bus und Bahn abkürzt) aber wir werden sehen}
{15.12 35/50 okay, wenn ich 40 Bücher schaffen könnte wäre ich super zufrieden! Doof das ich das eine, Jack Maggs, abgeben musste bevor ichs beenden konnte}

{10/40 w/m Ratio, 5 davon hab ich in den letzten 3 Monaten oder so gelesen}

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