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.
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 😀
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:
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.
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
It time for another book recommendation! Yeehaw! This is going to be big. Believe me. Tremendously. Fantastic. No alternative facts this time.
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 😉
There were a few things that really made me happy and beeing able to share them with you is definetly another thing that makes me smile!
I love to take part in producttesting, you know when you get free stuff from companies and then blog about your experiences. I LOVE that and in febuary I got quite a lot of stuff:
I am also that kinda person that takes part in every give away and in every prize draw I come across. I won an amazon crediting and I got myself 7 books ^^
I love books ^^ and I already read 3 of them haha ^^
I also loved that the spring finally arrived in the last days of febuary. We really had a cold winter and it is so good to see the sun again ♥
What things did make you happy this last month?
This month the challenge was “One word title”. 😀
This is Sovay by the british writer Celia Rees.
It’s England, 1783. When the rich and beautiful Sovay isn’t sitting for portraits, she’s donning a man’s cloak and robbing travelers—in broad daylight. But in a time when political allegiances between France and England are strained, a rogue bandit is not the only thing travelers fear. Spies abound, and rumors of sedition can quickly lead to disappearances. So when Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England’s most powerful and dangerous men, it’s not just her own identity she must hide, but that of her father. A dazzling historical saga in which the roles of thieves and gentry, good and bad, and men and women are interchanged to riveting effect.
I had this book for a long time on my TBR already because I loved the books Witch Child and Pirates by Celia Rees, but Sovay really can’t hold up with these other great novels.
I have to give Sovay, that the plot idea is really cool, I like these stories with strong women that try to fight against set conventions, and the heroine of this book is certainly a strong character. Hers and the other characters are very well developed, it was fun to get to know them and I liked Sovay. Also, the historical content was very well researched. I love it, when you learn a little something reading historical fiction.
But, and here comes my big BUT: I felt like the writer was a little overambitious writing this book. There are several plot ideas which could have filled easily a triology, but rather were all just stuffed in one novel and in the end no one knows what the heck is going on there. There are plenty of great ideas, but the writer just scrathed the surface and never went on with it and rather presented another plot idea. It’s just messy. Plot ideas lying around everywhere 😛
In the end – I’d give 2 stars out of five
Time for a little shuffle, is it?
1. Bad Religion – Sanity
2. Jamie Cullum – If I never sing another song
3. Andreas Bourani – Nur in meinem Kopf
4. Stefanie Heinzmann – Xtal
5. Phil Collins – Brother Bear Welcome
6. Guano Apes – Kumba Yo!
7. Sunrise Avenue – Somebody Help me!
8. die ärzte – Mein kleiner Liebling
9. Schandmaul – Herren der Winde
10. Johnny Cash – San Quentin