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review 2018-04-26 20:31
Spur of the Moment - Marcia Lee Laycock

Spur of the Moment by Marcia Lee Laycock
Enjoyed this book because of the contents. Most of the chapters are spoken of real things that happened, a moment in time that got the author to link them to a passage in the Bible.
Devotionals, there are so many in this book! They are broken up into chapters of like things devoted to the headings.
Loved hearing of all the adventures the author and her pastor husband have taken around the world.
Author bio at the end.

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text 2018-04-05 14:02
My March 2018
Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas
Mörderische Hingabe - 33.Fall für Lieutenant Eve Dallas - J.D. Robb
Verrat aus Leidenschaft - J.D. Robb
The Tailor - Leigh Bardugo
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing - R.H. Sin
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Das Originaldrehbuch - J.K. Rowling,Anja Hansen-Schmidt
Ein Moment fürs Leben [Audiobook] - Cecelia Ahern,Luise Helm,Christine Strüh
Assassin of Truths - Brenda Drake
Manga Classics: Count Of Monte Cristo - 4 stars
Mörderische Hingabe - 5 stars
Verrat aus Leidenschaft - 5 stars
The Tailor - 5 stars
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing - 4 stars
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind: Das Originaldrehbuch - 5 stars
Ein Moment fürs Leben - 5 stars
Assassin of Truths - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Mörderische Hingabe, Verrat aus Leidenschaft, She Felt Like Feeling Nothing, Phantastische Tierwesen, Ein Moment fürs Leben

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mind Platter (dnf'd it in the meantime), If I Tell You, Die Bibliothek der besonderen Kinder

 

This month was amazing!!!!

I feel so proud of myself, not only did I read a lot but I also enjoyed all of these books. Not all of them will stick with me forever but they were still great. I'm also happy to say that so far I'm doing really good with my mission to catch up/or finish series/trilogies this year.

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review 2018-03-30 14:32
Ein Moment fürs Leben // The Time of My Life!!!
Ein Moment fürs Leben [Audiobook] - Cecelia Ahern,Luise Helm,Christine Strüh

german and english review

 

 

Das Buch ist einfach eins meiner absoluten Cecelia Ahern Bücher, ich könnte es wieder und wieder lesen und bin immer noch total begeistert, wie wunderschön es geschrieben ist, wie unglaublich toll die Geschichte ist und wie sehr ich jeden einzelnen der Charaktere liebe (außer Blake, geh nach Hause!)

 

Inhalt: Du hast eine Verabredung – mit deinem Leben

Eigentlich wundert sich Lucy Silchester über gar nichts mehr: dass ihre große Liebe sie verlassen hat, dass sie aus ihrem Job geflogen ist oder dass sie eine Einladung zu einem Treffen bekommt – von ihrem eigenen Leben! Aber als sie tatsächlich zu dem Termin geht und es direkt vor ihr steht, ist Lucy dann doch überrascht: So hat sie sich ihr Leben wirklich nicht vorgestellt!

 

Ich liebe Lucy als Hauptcharakter. Sie ist eine absolute Katastrophe, aber ich liebe sie, sie ist großartig. Sie hat ein eigenartiges Verhältnis zur Wahrheit, aber sie ist unheimlich liebenswert und ihre Art von Humor ist total mein Ding. Ich liebe vor allem die Entwicklung, die sie durch macht. Wie sie anfängt sich um sich selbst zu kümmern, nach dem sie vor Augen geführt kriegt, wie mickrig ihr Leben eigentlich ist. Wie sie sich um die Beziehungen in ihrem Leben kümmert.

 

Da komme ich auch schon gleich zu dem nächsten Punkt, ich liebe die verschiedenen Beziehungen in dem Buch. Familiäre Beziehungen, ich liebe es wie sich die Beziehung zwischen Lucy und ihrer Mutter zum Ende des Buches total verändert. Mit ihrem Vater werde ich wohl nie warm und Lucy wahrscheinlich auch nicht. Ich mag außerdem die kleine Freundschaft zwischen Lucy und ihrer Nachbarin Claire (ihre Geschichte berührt mich jedes Mal wieder). Und dann natürlich Lucy und Don. Ich liebe Don. Don ist großartig, vom ersten Moment an, bis zum Schluss. Und er ist einfach so viel besser als Blake, deswegen bricht es mir immer in der Mitte des Buches das Herz, wenn Lucy denkt, sie müsste wieder mit Blake zusammen kommen. Ugh, nein danke. Und dann natürlich die wichtigste Beziehung in dem ganzen Buch, Lucy und ihr Leben. Wie sie ihn am Anfang einfach ignoriert, sie dann Freunde werden und er sich am Ende wieder verabschieden muss, weil sein Job fürs erste getan ist. (Was mich übrigens an eine erwachsene Version von Nanny McPhee erinnert). Je besser sich Lucy in ihrem Leben schlägt, je mehr Dinge sie ins positive verändert, um so besser geht es ihrem Leben.

 

Ich liebe das Buch einfach. Es diesmal als Hörbuch zu lesen, war ebenfalls ein schönes Erlebnis.

 

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This book will always be one of my absolute favorite Cecelia Ahern books,I could read it over and over again and still be amazed how beautiful it is written, how amazing the story is and how much I love every one of the characters (except Blake, go home!)

 

Summary: Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face.

It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can’t make the date: she’s much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family.

But Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory – unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her.

 

I love Lucy as a maincharacter. She is a total mess but I love her, she is amazing. She has a very loose relationship with the truth but she is just so damn lovable and her sense of humor is right up my alley. I especially love the journey she takes through this book. How she starts taking of herself, after she sees right in front of her eyes how pathetic her life looks. How she starts to work on the relationships in her life.

 

Which brings me right to the next point, I LOVE all the different relationships in this book. Family relationships, I just love how Lucy's relationship to her mother changes towards the end of the book. I will never be comfortable with her father, so will Lucy probably. I also love that little friendship between Lucy and her neighbour Claire (her story just touches me every time). And of course, we have Lucy and Don. I love Don. He is just the greatest from the beginning until the very end. That's why it hurts so much in the middle of the book, when Lucy thinks that she should actually get back together with Blake. Ugh, no thanks. And last but not least, the most important relationship in the book, Lucy and her life. How she avoided him in the beginning, how they became friends and how he had to say goodbye, cause his job was done for now. (Something that totally reminds me of a grown up version of Nanny McPhee). The better Lucy takes care of her life, the more things she changes for the better, the better he feels and looks.

 

I just love this book. Listening to the audio book this time around, was also a great experience.

 

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text 2018-03-29 10:16
BLURB BLITZ, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - For This Moment (The Gentrys of Paradise #3) by Holly Bush
For This Moment (The Gentrys of Paradise #3) - Holly Bush
1871 - Born to privilege and duty in Virginia, Olivia Gentry comes of age as women begin to find their social and political independence. She has been raised and educated to carry on the Gentry family’s successful horse breeding stables with her brothers at Paradise, their family home. Having been deceived in love as a young woman and unsure of her instincts, she is wary to commit to a marriage, but she cannot deny her long-buried feelings for a family friend.
 
Jim Somerset has been in love with Olivia Gentry from the moment she gazed up at him as a young girl. A farrier by trade like his father before him, he and his business’s future are inexorably entwined with the Gentry family. He has watched her be courted by statesmen, and considers her and her goals out of the reach of a common workman, like himself.  But he is fearful that he will never rid Olivia from his mind and from his heart. Has the moment come for him to reveal his passions for her? Find out in the third installment of the Gentrys of Paradise.

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/03/blurb-blitz-excerpt-giveaway-for-this.html
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review 2018-03-23 21:15
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive -- from tragedy comes poetry
In Every Moment We Are Still Alive - Tom Malmquist,Henning Koch

The first page opens in an ER trauma room where Tom's pregnant partner Karin's clothes are being cut off and her vital stats are being called out. Anyone who's ever been in one of those rooms will instantly feel the claustrophobia, confusion and terror.

The crisis never ends. It gathers new crises to attach to itself, and in the midst of it all is a young man desperately trying to keep himself together and put one foot in front of the other. Karin had a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Beneath a breathing mask, she tells Tom she wants to call the baby Livia, and her health (which was great days earlier) deteriorates rapidly. Very soon they induce a coma, transfer hospitals in order to get cutting-edge care, deliver her baby and perform multiple interventions to no avail. Soon she is gone and Tom is left alone with Livia. Tom, who has been living a rather charmed life becomes a widower and the single father of a premature infant in the span of days.

Tom Malmquist went through this exact same thing, and as such, it's very hard to read this as fiction and impossible to be dispassionate about the book. It's a fictionalized autobiography. I have no idea which parts are which beyond the broad strokes. There is nothing maudlin, some absurdity (ie, the baby has to bring a legal suit against Tom to become his daughter because Tom and Karin weren't married. They lived together for a decade. He'd had a DNA test, but the baby is not automatically his, despite the fact that he is the one caring for her. I would say "only in America" but apparently not.) We go from the main story to flashbacks of when Karin was alive. It feels real - that at these moments, Tom the character is remembering Karin, so the flashbacks of her work well. There are others of his father, who is also dying when the book opens, and the main timeline is straightforward but there are many branches on this tree, all culminating in the sketch of a life from childhood to present. 

The final chapter is gorgeous and brims with love. It's set apart from the acute stages of the rest of the book and moves quickly through Livia's early years to her first days of staying alone at school. Tom has learned how to parent and while he says he feels like a bad parent, it's clear he is not. It's a compelling and tear-inducing final chapter full of poetry and hope.

Malmquist is a poet for real. Prose is a newer endeavor., and this story had to be prose. The book is in translation, and the translation feels very clunky at times. I can feel the poetry trying to break free, but it fails to do so, especially in dialogue. The writing doesn't always employ typical dialogue signifiers like breaks or quotation marks. This works extremely well when Tom is stressed and too much information is coming at him. But in the midst of something that could've worked well comes what may be an overly-literal translation. So everything is conveyed, but not always in the best of ways. When dialogue isn't being overly literal, the translation doesn't get in the way, but this is yet another book I would love to read in its original language. 

No matter the translation, this is a universal story that works despite moments of clunky dialogue. Well worth keeping an eye out for anything else to come from Tom Malmquist.

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