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It's the next level! Another shot at one book per week, this time with the added "difficulty" of reading at least 26 books from female authors.

1. Nirgendwo war Heimat: Mein Leben auf zwei Kontinenten (Stefanie Zweig)
This author apparently reuses her autobiography over and over (she's probably more well known for "Nowhere in Afrika"), but well, it IS good material. She emigrated with her family to Kenia when she was 5 to escape the Holocaust, they fall in love with Africa although it's a hard life. And then returned to Germany after the war. It's written/reconstructed as a series of letters, which I loved. It wasn't sappy, but I cried a little.

2. Das Große Haus (Nicole Krauss)
Several different perspectives about Life, Intimacy and Regret. Two were that similar though that I thought that they were supposed to be the same person just with one as unreliable narrator?! I was really dissapointed that the parts don't add up that well in the end. It was engaging/well written enough, but not really worth it.

3. Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten/I'll be here in sunshine and in shadow (Christian Kracht)
Talk about weird. Talk about interesting. It's an alternative history, a vision of a Sowjetic Austria with a hundred year long WW, a dystopia. In a way it's about the end of history. It was short, but not the easiest to get through. I'm glad I read it through, it was certainly excellently written.

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
I read the Annoted Alice from Martin Gardner, which is totally worth it despite disturbing the reading flow a little, even though it's probably biased towards Carroll when his closeted pedophilic tendencies were concerned. I really enjoy the writing style though and adored the nonsense and bizarreness. +It does come off as respectful for its protagonist, always a plus for a kid's books.

5. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (Lewis Carroll)
The second part even has something resembling a plot, ha. If you like nonsense and surrealism, then definitely read it. The characters often get shorter parts than one would assume from the extensive pop culture covering, but they're more enjoyable/really bigger than life.

6. Postmortem (Patricia Cornwell)
A crime story! Yeah, it was rather out-dated in its forensic methods, being from 1990. That was interesting to an extent, although it made the mystery a bit stuffy. The obligatory small girl hacker annoyed me a bit (isn't that a typical 90s thing?). I really enjoyed the female perspective though!! Idk if I want to read more books of her though, if this was really the best part of the series.

7. Die schärfsten Gerichte der tartarischen Küche (Alina Bronsky)
Perspective makes everything in this one. Normally the Tatarian tyrannic, super competent, super ego grandmother would be a colourful side character in the daughter's or grand daughter's story, here she's the unreliable narrator who everybody has to suffer under. Very funny, cruel and a good read. She doesn't get redeemed, but between the lines you can read a bit of catharsis.

8. Bridget Jones, Schokolade zum Frühstück (Helen Fielding)

9. Die Luft, die uns trägt (Joyce Hinnefeld)

10. Nachtzug nach Lissabon (Pascal Mercier)

11. Virgina Woolf Essays (Virginia Woolf)

12. Going Ashore (Mavis Gallant)

13. Stevenson Under the Palm Trees (Alberto Manguel)

14. A Room on one's own (Virginia Woolf)

15. Berlin - Baku. Meine Reise zum Eurovision Song Contest (Christiane Rösinger)
This was much more entertaining than I thought. It gives a cross section through East European countries and shows the frontiers of Europe!! For somebody who's unfamiliar with the countries like me, it was rather nice. Rösinger also mentioned trans, women and other socio-economic problmes and impressions (including the building corruption that preceded the turkish demonstrations today! In 2011!). Her philosophical insights weren't that ~deep~, but it was authetical and a charming perspective.

16. 1Q84 - Buch 1 (Haruki Murakami)
Ich zähls als ein Buch weils 500 Seiten sind, meine Güte.
Murakami is a master of creating mystery about really mundane things. It's really amazing how long he can stretch his material- both in a negative in a positive way. I have to admit it's very readable and I'm a sucker for parallel stories that intersect. The female protagonist Aomane is cool, but there's a lot of BS about lesbians, feminism and abuse victims, even if the author is empathic with them? bleh.

17. Wie lerne ich Spurenlesen?: Ein praktischer Ratgeber zur Wiederentdeckung einer alten Kunst (Hans-Jörg Kriebel)
A short introduction into reading tracks. He put in some simple anecdotes which was a nice touch. You really get his enthusiasm, which was the most important thing to me. The instructions were practical and it also gives examples for exercises to train. This is no guide book for individual tracks, but gives a good overview.

18. 1Q84 - Buch 2 (Haruki Murakami)
And I finished the second, mostly because I wanted to talk about it with a friend. I won't read the third though :/ too much BS.

19. Das Zimmermädchen (Markus Orths)
There's no english translation for this one. The best thing about it was how easy it was to read compared to other books I had piled up- and certainly not because it was low brow. The writing was good, the psychology of the character believable. I liked it! Plus it was lbqta friendly.

20. Das Papierhaus/La Casa de Papel (Carlos María Domínguez)
Even shorter than the last one. It's climax really is the paper house and the story of this obsessive reader. I read it in one night, so it's also pretty readable.

21. Die geheimen Machenschaften des Jack Maggs/Jack Maggs (Peter Carey)

22. Jacob's Raum/Jacob's Room (Virginia Woolf)
This was a surprisingly modernly written book (plus well written, of course)! The first part was a bit difficult to get though, because it mostly described the "space" around Jacob. It's about the people around Jacob talking/thinking about him or getting on with their lifes. There are a lot of female characters and one implied gay character (with one stupid remark on top though idk), unfortunately revolving around this guy, but it's a great description of its time.

23. Comrade Don Camillo (Giovanni Guareschi)
Oh god, I read an old copy with a foreword of Guareschi... the guy is racist. As. Fuck. "Great!" And normally I like these stories for tolerance and humour, giving both sides a sympathic view (even though it's clearly on the side of the clergymen). Compared to the other "novels" this even has a plot: A disguised Don Camillo comes to the Sowjet Union. Don't expect good female characters though.

24. Das letzte Einhorn/the Last Unicorn (Peter S. Beagle)
Beagle also wrote the script to the movie, which was a faithful adaption. If you liked the movie, you'll be surprised by the tone-breaking of this one. It has a lot of achronololical jokes&references and lots of songs&poetry in it. The writing was very good, but I would prefer the movie. I'll definitely look up other books of his though.

25. Die Nacht der Kalligraphen/La nuit des calligraphes (Yasmine Ghata)

26. Die goldene Dame (Elke Vesper)

27. Stadt der Steine (Xiaolu Guo)

28. Was Dunkelheit war (Inka Parei)

29. Kim (Rudyard Kipling)


{14.3, 6/11 oh oh, nach Alice im Wunderland bin ich zurückgefallen wie ein asthmatischer Marathonläufer, hab 2 angefangen ohne Sinn. Noch hab ich Semesterferien, also hoffentlich kann ich aufholen. Schwarz und Rot zu lesen ist vermutlich nicht die beste Idee, das ist ein über 1000 Seiten Brummer. Vor fast genau einem Jahr war ich schon bei No°9, ohje.]
{13.4 8/15 murk. Ich hatte 3 Klausuren zu schreiben, das ist meine Ausrede, aber jetzt fängt die Uni wieder an... 4 Bücher habe ich bereits angefangen, muss sie nur mal beenden)
{13.5 10/19 ahahah traurige Bilanz, 2 Bücher zurückgefallen wegen Uni! Dafür waren es verdammt gute Bücher, die ich gelesen habe.}
{8.7 16/25 nicht aufgeholt, aber auch nicht zurückgefallen. Spurenlesen war sehr kurz (und das erste Sachbuch dieses Jahr!), aber dafür ist 1Q84 auch verdammt lang}
{10.9 ...17/37 Einen Monat lang war ich unterwegs. Ansonsten hats mir auch an guten Büchern gefehlt. Frustrierend! Letztes Jahr hatte ich zur selben Zeit schon wirklich gute Bücher gelesen!}
{18.11 25/47 yeah idk. wenn ich noch 30 bis Ende des Jahres schaffen würde...? wäre ich glücklich. D.h 6 Bücher in 4 Wochen, allerdings könnte ich auch das ein oder andere zu Ende lesen)
(2.12 27/49 Ich hab keeeeeeine Ahnung wann ich Stevenson under the palm trees gelesen habe, vermutlich aber irgendwann als Manon noch da war und bei Agoing Ashore? Habs jetzt nachgetragen)
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