Let me recommend a book

Namaste folks!

I am really really excited about this recommendation! My boyfriend went away for a month to visit his sister and I fell into a whole of Netflix. I discovered the series Outlander and I fell for it. So I had to get the book and I turned that 1000+ pages in less than two days, because it was so gawwwd.

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Loved it, loved it, loved it! I don’t usually like historical novels, but this one was just too real. I loved the love story between Jamie and Claire. I got so hooked up by all the historical stuff that was going on I found myself googleing all about the Battle the Scottish fought against the British. It was an enormous pageturner and I am already on the second book.

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Let me recommend a book!

Namaste folks!

It’s time for another book recommendation! Yaayy!

This month, I’d like to recommend the following book:
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This is the novel The mysterious Affair at Styles by the british Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie.

Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.

Where to start!? I wanted to read this for a long time already since I love the Poirot books by Agatha Christie! I LOOOVE them! Now I just recently joined a bookclub and this is the second book we read there. It’s somehow special, since it is the first ever book by Christie.
The mysterious Affair at Styles has everything a good Mystery Crime Novel needs. Original Characters who all somehow seem suspicious, an intriguing plot and a quirky little belgian detective. I also liked how charming it was. In the end you don’t always need blood shedding, violence and a gutter mouth to create a pageturner. Thank you Christie!

Reading challenge

Namaste folks!

Hui I am almost a little late for this one! But just almost xD The challenge for this months read was to read a book with a beautiful cover and so I did! I hope you’ll enjoy reading my review of:

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This is Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

The year is 1803, and Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband Bingley live nearby and the orderly world of Pemberley seems unassailable. But all this is threatened when, on the eve of the annual autumn ball, the guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland. As it pulls up, Lydia Wickham – Elizabeth Bennet’s younger, unreliable sister – stumbles out screaming that her husband has been murdered.

I bought this book when my linda Fiorella recommended it to me, but shame on me it lasted quite some time untouched on my shelf. I did love the premise, as I am madly in love with Mr. Darcy and everything Austen (who isn’t??) so I was quite excited for this read. As for the cover, This is the hardcover edition and I loved it simplicity and that there is just half a carriage. The little things are what matter, right?

As for my read, as I already said – I wanted this book to by my next favourite book. I wanted to love it! And what can I say? It was an ok read. Nothing for an Austen purists though, there were lots of little things that annoyed my a little. It seemed like if the author tried to imitate Austens writing style, but after a few chapters it fades. Also although six years already passed since the happenings of Pride and Prejudice and the characters still keep referring to them as if all happened just yesterday. There was very little interaction between Jane and Mr. Darcy, pages and pages of monologues instead. Also, surprisingly, noone seemed to care for solving that murder for most of the book! Lucky for them it got cleared up anyway in the end xD

Summa Summarum, it’s an easy read, enjoyable, but no huge world literature. It was nice, perfect for a summer night with some wine at the side 🙂

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my copy 😀

 

Let me recommend a book

Namaste folks!

Yay, it’s time for book recomendations! Are you as excited as I am? 😀

This month I want to recommend the following book:

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This is the novel The house of the spirits by the chilenean writer Isabel Allende

Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

The House of the Spirits was the first novel I read in spanish and therefore will always have a special place in my bookshelf. I was 17 I think when I first read it and I still reread it from time to time. You might already know this one, as it is one of the best known latinamerican novels in modern times.
Now, why do I love that book? There is so much happening! You follow the members of this family through decades. You suffer with them, you are happy with them, you cry, you laugh… It just gets to you. You learn a lot about Latin America as well and what it means to live in unsteady times. I don’t usually read or even enjoy epic familiar dramas, but I do love this one. I love Allende and I love her way of telling a story.

Reading challenge

Namaste folks!

It was time for another reading challenge and I was so looking forward to this challenge as it was to listen to an audiobook.

I have to say before I start with my challenge – I love audiobooks! I love them, I love them, I love them soo much! I also love radio dramas – Seriously, my mp3 datas on my computer are about 80% spoken content and only about 20% music. I rather walk down the street, go shopping, or whatever, with someone reading a book into my ears than listening to music (although I also love to listen to music!).

For that challenge though, as I wanted to be a challenge I listened to an audiobook in english, which I never did before. Exciting!

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I decided to listen to Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by JK Rowling, read by Stephen Fry.

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

So far so good. Of course I am well aware of the fact that this book might be a book everyone has already read in his or her life. I sure have many countless times. And although these challenges encourage you to read (in this case listen to) something new I felt like it was ok to listen to this one as I listened to it in english which I never did before. Also, I think my english is ok in a written form, but it was a whole new thing for me to concentrate on a foreign language and on the plot.
I wont loose many words on how I loved the story, I guess Harry Potter is this one series we can all agree on. I have never met a single person who did not love it and of course I am one of these people as well. I adore Potter.
Another reason I picked this book was because Stephen Fry reads it. I have to say – I always had a little crush on Stephen Fry, ever since I first saw Bits of Fry and Laurie. He is one of the brightest, most intelligent and most hilarious people I know. I adore him and I adore the way he reads Harry Potter. He does the most wonderful voices and it was easy to follow, to understand and he always caught my attention. I find it easier to follow the british accent and Stephen Fry’s voice is so rich, vibrant, full of energy… He does an amazing job on all the different accents, he brings Harry Potter to live! I am not sure I ever will be able to listen to the german audiobooks again and I am currently listening to the chamber of secrets ♥

Let me recommend a book

Namaste folks!

It’s this time of the month again! Yay! Book recommendation time! This month I will recommend you a really cool book!

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This is the play “the Physicists” by the swiss author Friedrich Dürrnematt.

The Physicists is a provocative and darkly comic satire about life in modern times, by one of Europe’s foremost dramatists and the author of the internationally celebrated The Visit. The world’s greatest physicist, Johann Wilhelm Möbius, is in a madhouse, haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon. He is kept company by two other equally deluded scientists: one who thinks he is Einstein, the other who believes he is Newton. It soon becomes evident, however, that these three are not as harmlessly lunatic as they appear. Are they, in fact, really mad? Or are they playing some murderous game with the world as the stake? For Möbius has uncovered the mystery of the universe—and therefore the key to its destruction—and Einstein and Newton are vying for this secret that would enable them to rule the Earth. Added to this treacherous combination is the world-renowned psychiatrist in charge, the hunchbacked Mathilde von Zahnd, who has some diabolical plans of her own. With wry, penetrating humor, The Physicists probes beneath the surface of modern existence and, like Marat/Sade, questions whether it is the mad who are the truly insane.

About a year ago I recommended another awesome play by Dürrenmatt “The Visit” and now the time for this wonderfly weird story has come. I normally don’t like to read plays very much, they tend to come off as stiff, emotionless and boring. A play always needs a stage and not a reader. But, and here is my but: No rule without an exception – this play kicks the other plays butts. It plays with your mind, I never had the impression of completley understanding the whole situation, even after I finished it I was not quite sure what the heck happened there. But whatever it was – it is highly entertaining. I love how Dürrenmatt plays with words and sentences, and I had to laugh more than just one time. I was always wondering who was the insane one in the end, maybe they were all mad, maybe non of them.. maybe me? I am not quite sure ^^’ Either way – it’s an intriguing story and I love Dürrenmatts work.

Reading challenge

Namaste folks!

It was time for another reading challenge and the task was to read a book that was recommended by another participant! I decided to read this book:

 

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This is Cover me in Darkness by the american writer Eileen Rendahl.

Amanda Sinclair has to fight harder than most for everything she has after fleeing the cult that left her brother dead at her mother’s hand. Amanda works a quiet job in quality control for a small cosmetics company, trying to leave her past behind her—until she learns that her mother has committed suicide in the mental ward where she’s been locked away for the past ten years.

At first, Amanda believes that her mother killed herself, but when she looks through the personal belongings left behind, it seems her death may be related to the upcoming parole hearing for cult leader Patrick Collier. Teaming up with her mother’s psychologist, Amanda starts to peel away the layers of secrets that she’s built between herself and her own past, and what she finds is a truth that’s almost too big to believe.

I chose that book because the synopsis seemed really interesting. It is far beyond my comfort zone genres, so I had kind of a hard time to get into the story. I was intrigued by the premise and all the ingredients for an awesome novel were there, but somehow I could not really connect to Amanda, the main character. I was literally sitting there shouting “Why?! Why are you doing this?!” at my book, because her actions were not at all comprehensible to me. It is a well written book and a quick read, but slow paced, predictable and partially even boring. It was a decent book, but I just could not connect to it. I’d give 2.5 stars out of 5.