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 ♥

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Shuffle my music

Namaste folks!

Music shuffle time!

Yay!

1. Orishas – mujer

 

2. Frank Sinatra – Little Girl Blue

 

3. Wise Guys – Ohrwurm

 

4. die ärzte – Alleine in der Nacht

 

5.  Clueso – Interlude II

 

6. Ed Sheeran – Afire love

 

7. Makano – Dejame entrar

 

8. Bob Seger – Beautiful Loser

 

9. Pirates of the Carribean – Yo Ho

 

10. Sting feat Cheb Mami – Desert Rose

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.

Something that made me happy this month

Namaste folks!

How was March for you?

Spring finally showed up here and the sun came back from her vacations. Finally! Yesterday we had almost 25 degrees and I can’t wait for the summer to begin. Winter was just too cold.

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I did one cool thing I would like to share ♥ A friend of mine works at a local theatre where they often show Musicals and she gets free tickets all the time. I love that – because I love musicals and I also love to get into cool shows for free ^^ This month she got me a ticket for a little show (it was more like a soirée). Two people where performing songs by Stephen Sondheim. It was awesome, not only because of the musical itself, but also because of the room. The “Silbersaal” (silverhall) at the “deutsches Theater” (german theatre) is from 1896 and it looks fabulous. The chandelier is one of the biggest and most beautiful ones I ever saw ♥ It was a great day 😀

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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.

Shuffle your music

 

Namaste folks!

Music in the air! I shuffled my music once again!

1. Adhesivo – sueño americano

 

2. Schandmaul – Blechpfeiferl

 

3. Scouting for Girls – This aint a love song

 

4. Sunrise Avenue – What I like about you

 

5. Jupiter Jones – Still

 

6. die toten Hosen – Rock me Amadeus

 

7. LaBrassbanda – Nackert

 

8.  die ärzte – Dinge von denen

 

9. Ska-P – Mestizaje

 

10. The Kings of Nuthin – Nailhead

Let me recommend a book

Namaste folks!

It time for another book recommendation! Yeehaw! This is going to be big. Believe me. Tremendously. Fantastic. No alternative facts this time.

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This is the novel “Bad Karma” by the german writer David Safier.

Kim Karlsen is not what you would call a model mother or wife or even human being.  She leaves the parenting to her stay-at-home husband while she works at her high-profile television career.  She rarely sees her daughter, she mistreats her employees, she cheats on her husband.  But whatever, she has just won a big award, and the world is her oyster!  Until a piece of debris from a Russian space station falls on her and kills her.  She realizes that because of her bad behavior, she has been reincarnated as an ant, and must redeem herself if she ever hopes to achieve the status of, let’s say, a dog.
And she works at it.  She moves through the hierarchy of the animal kingdom, from ant, to worm, to guinea pig, to cat, to dog.  While she is busy earning good Karma points, and trying to better herself, she is able to spy on her grieving widower and daughter.  To her horror, she sees that her “best friend” is trying to take her place!  She also sees that her husband and child really did love her and miss her, despite her faults.  The problem is…it’s too late.  Or is it?

David Safier is one of my all time favourite authors and I could recommend all his books. This is now the first one that got translated and I really would love for you to give it a go!
It is a very thoughtful and clever novel. It’s that kind of book that stays a little while with you after you finished it. It’s also hilarious, I remember sitting in the train and reading it and laughing out loud a lot xD I also loved how the writer – a man – told the story out of the eyes of a woman. It might be a little quirky once in a while, but that’s the humour we germans are so famous for 😉