Apr. 13th, 2013 06:07 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Krampus the Yule Lord (Brom) - Audio - 6/10

The Traitors of the Tower (Alison Weir) - Audio - 5/10

For me a good historical book if full of color and detail.
This here was just a short synopsis of facts, so I don't understand why it is sold as a novel, or as "bringing history alive". The non-fiction label would be far more fitting, but I guess it would sell less well.

The Horse Whisperer (Nicholas Evans) - Audio - 5/10

Not what I expected.
And a love story I couldn't believe.

SMS von letzter Nacht - Book 3 - Ich guck mal, ob du in der Küche liegst (Anna Koch & Axel Lilienblum) - 283 pages - 7/10

These kind of funny books usually get old very fast, but here they seem to be able to keep the quality up.

Books: ??
Cover to back: ??
Not read to end: ??
Non fiction: ??
Audio Books: ??
Paper Books:??
Rereads: ??
Pages: ??
jassanja: (Bookslut)
❢ Books may fulfill various resolutions/challenges at once

5 Special Events in 2013 [book reading options are all ideas/inspirations of either/or]

1. Eiger-Nordwand – was first successfully climbed 75 years ago [read a book that: is set Eiger, or a surrounding mountain // deals with climbing ]
➡ Book:

2. The Comet C/2012 S1 will be (very brightly) visible from mid-November until the end of the year [read a book that: deals with comets or the star system]
➡ Book:

3. The London Tube became the first underground railway 150 years ago [read a book about the tube or railways // read a book where the London tube plays an important plot point]
➡ Book:

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre celebrates it’s 180th anniversary.[read a book about watches, the Swiss Watch industry// that features some kind of manipulation of time// about the canton of Jura]
➡ Book:

5. The movie "Die Hard" celebrates its 25th birthday [read a book that deals with terrorists/terrorism // features a prominent character named "John" or "McClane" // was made into a movie starring Bruce Willis]
➡ Book:

4 Recurring Events in 2013

1. The Oscar Nominees will be announced on 10 January 2013 [read a book that’s in some way connected to the nominated movies, actors or directors]
➡ Book: Life of Pi

2. Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 [read 3 books that were nominated or won]

3. International Mother Language Day (February 21) [read 3 books that deal with endangered languages // are written in Swiss German // read a book in a language other than German or English]

4. The European Song Contest - will be held in Malmö, Sweden this year [read 3 books that deal with the ESC or another music contest // that take place in Sweden // are written by a Swedish Author]

• Read 10 books published in 2013
1. Blood Red Butterfly

Big is Beautiful: Read 5 "big" books (more than 700 pages)

Serial: Read at least three books from three series (or complete trilogies)

Series 1: Provinzkrimis
1. Book: Winterkartoffelknödel
2. Book: Dampfnudelblues
3. Book: Schweinskopf al dente

Series 2 :
1. Book
2. Book
3. Book

Series 3 :
1. Book
2. Book
3. Book

Back in the Day: 5 books of Historical (non)fiction
1. Snowball in Hell (WW II)

Classic Material: Read 5 “classics”
1. Life of Pi

...and your name was?: A-Z character challenge ( first or last names of main and side characters, fictuous and real - but only one character per book!)
A -
B -
C -
D -
E -
F -
G -
H -
I - Ignaz-Flynn Flötzinger - Winterkartoffelknödel
J -
K -
L -
M -
N -
O -
P -
Q -
R - Richard Parker - Life of Pi
S -
T -
U -
V -
W -
X -
Y -
Z -

Too true to be fiction Read 20 non fiction books
1. Olympia der Reiter - London 2012
2. Bewusstsein für faires Reiten
3. Inside the Giant Machine

Out of the Box: Read 5 books from a genre I usually shy away from (chick-lit, sci-fi, traditional whodunit mysteries, etc.)
1. Die Haarteppichknüpfer(sci-fi)
2. Winterkartoffelknödel (Cozy Crime)

A long time coming Read at least 20 books that are on my "to read" shelf or e-reader for over a year (books added until 31 December 2011)
1. Mortal Fear (added April 2011) (not finished)
2. Deadly Nightshade (added Mai 2011) (not finished)
3. Die Haarteppichknüpfer (added February 2011)
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Goodreads sold to Amazon. I deleted all my reviews.
I guess I go back to keeping track here.

I'm just not sure what to do with the missing 2 years?

Do one giant list just with titles and ratings like I used to do at the end of a year, or do all the backdated individual reviews?
jassanja: (Bookslut)
So, is anybody else surprised that J.K. Rowling is indeed publishing another book?

After all, she didn't seem too much into writing once she was happily married off to her second husband and had more children. (Remember the "doing dishes is more important than writing the fifth Harry Potter book" quote? Nevermind that by then she already had more than enough money to buy a dishwasher)

Well, in that documentary they made about the release of DH, she mentioned writing a book for children even younger than the HP crowd, so the big surprise should be that her new book is actually for adults.

I think this could go either way.
On one hand there is the lackluster way of the last three Potter books, on the other there is the hope that without the pressure of having to finish something so big as HP, she might have produced an enjoyable book again, that didn't go to the presses as soon as the last word was typed down...

Guess we have to wait and read
jassanja: (Bookslut)
If I'd challenged myself to read 50 books this year (as a popular challenge does), I would now be in need of a new hobby.
But since I went for 250, I can go on as usual.

Who needs a life if there are books?
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Anyone with a Goodreads Account that hasn't gotten the info yet:

All Metadata that comes from Amazon will be pulled on Monday, so be prepared for having ratings and reviews on your shelves that show no book title, author name, cover image or description. (and the more non-US books/editions you have shelved, the bigger the problem)

You may want to export a lost of all your books before then: http://www.goodreads.com/review/import
jassanja: (ATWT - Reid - Idiots)
Corinne Hoffmann hat ein neues Buch geschrieben

... über ihre letzte Reise nach Kenia.

Diese kuh wird jetzt seit 15 Jahren gemolken, und kein Ende ist in Sicht, schliesslich gibt es da ja auch noch eine Tocher, die wohl irgendwann ihren Vater wiedertreffen wird. Begleitet von Kamerateams und ihrer Mutter die ein Buch darüber schreiben wird!


Aug. 17th, 2011 10:27 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
175 books that is!

To think that for years I tried and tried to get to that number in a year, and now I just made it more or less in passing. And it's only August
jassanja: (ATWT - Reid - Idiots)

I really wanted to read the Stieg Larsson books, but after 70 pages I realized that they only take place in Sweden. Why would I read books about Sweden?
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Nach Wochen voller Gerüchte ging heute der Deutsche Kindle Shop an den Start

Jetzt heisst es warten und zusehen, ob sich die Ebook Landschaft verändert

Berichte dazu:



Erste kundenmeinungen:

Viel Enttäuschung weil die Verlage die Preise nicht angepasst haben, und die Bücher wie gehabt bei 8-20 Euro bleiben


Apr. 17th, 2011 12:14 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
So I got myself a Goodreads account
and spent 2 hours adding my 2011 books

so only 5 years and about 800 books of backlog to go ....


Apr. 16th, 2011 06:33 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Banana Hammock (J.A. Konrath) - 235 pages - 5/10
The Pelican Brief (John Grisham) - (audio) stopped after 1 hour 24 minutes - 2/10
Is it just me or has the Shit hit the Fan? ( Lowe/McArthur) - 259 pages - 4/10
Boob Tube (Mark Coker) - 389 pages - 9/10
Simply Sinful (Carly Phillips) - (audio) stopped after 1 hour 10 minutes - 1/10
The Exile (Gabaldon/ Nguyen) - 224 pages - 7/10

Books: 069
Cover to back: 058
Not read to end: 11
Non fiction: 24
Audio Books: 23
Rereads: 2
Pages: 10 943 pages
Audio time: 138 hours 14 minutes


Apr. 10th, 2011 04:09 am
jassanja: (Bookslut)
So damn much Money (Robert. G. Kaiser) - (audio) stopped after 2 hours 19 minutes - 1/10
Test of Faith (Voinov/Gray) - 78 pages - 7/10
Die Magier von Montparnasse (Oliver Plaschka) - 427 pages - 4/10
John Rain Series - Book 01 - Rain Fall (Barry Eisler) - (audio) 9 hours 26 minutes - 5/10
John Rain Series - Book 02 - Hard Rain (Barry Eisler) - (audio) 11 hours - 5/10
John Rain Series - Book 03 - Rain Storm (Barry Eisler) - (audio) 10 hours 26 minutes - 6/10

Books: 063
Cover to back: 054
Not read to end: 9
Non fiction: 023
Audio Books: 21
Rereads: 2
Pages: 9 836 pages
Audio time: 135 hours 40 minutes


Apr. 5th, 2011 05:57 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Columbine (Dave Cullen) - 464 pages

A really impressive books that shows just how much the police, the press and the media fucked up. And how many false information is still out there about this school shooting and the things that happened before, during and after.


Beautiful Boy ( David Sheff) - (audio) 11 hours 29 minutes

While it is a great look into how the famalies of drug addicts suffer along, this book was just a little too full of stuff that was more emotional cleansing of a father than insightful information.
The book could have been done well, if only half as long and more to the point


Smile or Die (Barbara Ehrenreich) - 256 pages

The first chapter about breast cancer and the fake positive attitude in support groups was great. Evedrything that came after that was filler.
I think the author missed the mark by trying to make the subject too broad, rather than sticking to the theme that inspired her to write this in the first place.


Books: 057
Cover to back: 049
Not read to end: 8
Non fiction: 022
Audio Books: 17
Rereads: 2
Pages: 9 331 pages
Audio time: 102 hours 25 minutes


Apr. 3rd, 2011 04:30 am
jassanja: (Bookslut)
The Coke Machine (Michael Blanding) - (audio) 19 hours 27 minutes - 5/10
Artemis Fowl - Book 07 - The Atlantis Complex (Eoin Colfer) - (audio) 7 hours 38 minutes - 4/10
The Song of the Lioness - Book 01 - Alanna: The First Adventure (Tamora Pierce) - (audio) stopped after 2 hours 38 minutes - 3/10
Bitter is the new Black (Jen Lancaste) - (audio) stopped after 1 hour 21 minutes - 1/10
The Greek Seaman (Jaqueline Howett) - stopped after 37 pages - 1/10

Books: 540
Cover to back: 046
Not read to end: 8
Non fiction: 019
Audio Books: 16
Rereads: 2
Pages: 8 611 pages
Audio time: 90 hours 56 minutes


Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:12 pm
jassanja: (Bookslut)
How to Write a Damn Good Novel (James N. Frey) - 200 pages (reread) - 6/10
How to Write a Damn Good Novel II (James N. Frey) - 197 pages (reread) - 4/10

I read those books about fifteen years ago, and back then they were too complicated for my beginning writing.
Now I usually do the stuff mentioned in those books are things I usually do without thinking about it too much. So the only help the books prove are that I'm taking more notice of it.

Anita Blake - Circus of the Damned- The Charmer - Part I (L.K. Hamilton & others) - 37 pages

The story remains one of the better ones in the series, but thed drawing ... It may be better than in "The first Death" but it still... silly at best


The Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl (Belle de Jour) - 304 pages

Partly better than the BBC series, partly less interesting. Again a book that losses a lot of momentum in the last few chapters.


Books: 049
Cover to back: 044
Not read to end: 5
Non fiction: 018
Audio Books: 12
Rereads: 2
Pages: 8 574 pages
Audio time: 59 hours 52 minutes


Mar. 16th, 2011 09:49 am
jassanja: (Bookslut)
The Hunger Games - Book 1 - The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) - 414 pages

Send children into an arena to kill each other for a TV reality show - and to demonstrate political power.
I have no real words for this, just .. it's one hell of a page-turner


The Hunger Games - Book 2 - Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins) - 431 pages

I admit the book starts out slow as the whole political stuff isn't really the strong suit of the series. But once it becomes clear that there will be a return into the arena the stories picks up and the book becomes a page turner again.


The Hunger Games - Book 3 - Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins) - 430 pages

As already said, the political parts are the weak point of the series, and unfortunately the final book is all about the politics. Aside from that the story falls short in a couple of other things as well.

I'm also pretty tired of books where the - usually female - main character falls unconscious just before the big show down, and wakes up to have someone else explain to them how the world got saved off page.

And then the final four or so chapters ... they were really bad because a) the resolution of the love triangle was handled with a very bad deus-ex-machina solution, and b) the characters developed in an illogical way that made them unrecognisable.


You know when the men are gone (Siobhan Fallon) - (audio) 5 hours 51 minutes

At first it looks like a original view of the life in the military, but as the book progresses, I just failed to feel for those wives waiting for their men to return. What did they expect when they got married to a soldier?

Another annoying part was, that the deployed "heroes" were always male, and the waiting spouse who holds their life at pause to worry and raise the children are always women.

The only female soldier mentioned in the book is an evil, blonde, home-wrecking bitch who may or may not had an affair with a husband, while his good wife was waiting at home, baking cookies and handing out yellow ribbons.


Books: 045
Cover to back: 040
Not read to end: 5
Non fiction: 016
Audio Books: 12
Rereads: 0
Pages: 7 836 pages
Audio time: 59 hours 52 minutes


Mar. 13th, 2011 01:33 am
jassanja: (Bookslut)
City of Lights (Kaira Andrews) - 17 pages

I admit, I expected a real sequel to Love Match, but all this was was a bit of smut... so yeah, it get's the lowest rating I usually give to "books" I read cover to back


Donald Strachey - Book 9 - Death Vows (Richard Stevenson) - 212 pages

This isn't up with many of the other Strachey books. The side characters keep their secrets too long, so warming up to them is just too hard


Strike Back (Chris Ryan) - 384 pages

I liked the beginning of the book, but it got a little long in the middle.


See no Evil (Robert Baer) - (audio) 11 hours 01 minutes

Another book that just makes you want to shake your head at the US government.


Books: 041
Cover to back: 036
Not read to end: 5
Non fiction: 016
Audio Books: 11
Rereads: 0
Pages: 6 561 pages
Audio time: 54 hours 01 minutes


Mar. 6th, 2011 01:48 am
jassanja: (Bookslut)
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen) - 350 pages

A wonderful and moving tale of the travelling circuses of the past.
And the author really managed to give the story a surprising and really moving end.

(Let's just hope that the movie does not damage the experience of this too much - but than, can everything good ever come from a movie that has Robert Pattinson in a leading role?)


Divorced from the Mob (Andrea Giovino) - (audio) 9 hours 36 minutes

A few interesting moments, but in I expected more from it


Gut gegen Nordwind (Daniel Glattauer) - 224 pages

I guess I read just too many books about people falling in lover over Email over the years. (Those books were quite the fashion in the late 90s after all)
This one was only special in annoying ways: the avoiding of meetings, the match-making with a friend, and the totally disappointing end


Books: 037
Cover to back: 032
Not read to end: 5
Non fiction: 015
Audio Books: 10
Rereads: 0
Pages: 5 948 pages
Audio time: 43 hours 00 minutes


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