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text 2018-02-01 05:11
January is over already! Reading summary.
The Diary of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford
The Peach Keeper - Sarah Addison Allen
The Mayor's Wife - Anna Katharine Green
A Short History of Drunkenness - Mark Forsyth
Pomfret Towers - Angela Thirkell
The One-Cent Magenta - James Barron
The Bee Friendly Garden: Easy Ways to Help the Bees and Make Your Garden Grow - Doug Purdie
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg

I don't want to go back to work!

 

I read 33 books in January.  It's always by far my biggest reading month.  I work in schools, which means I get the summer holidays off.  December is crazy with holidays and MT being off work, but January I'm on my own all day and can read and read and read.

 

Of the 33 books, only 1 wasn't on my TBR pile when the month started.  I had 2 five-star reads, and 7 four-and-a-half star reads, so on average an excellent month.  My least favourite was a 2 star read; a collection of essays about libraries that I found repetitive.

 

Since the woman-author reading challenge is taking place this year, here are my "gender" stats:

Women authors:  15

Male authors: 17

Mixed: 1

 

A whopping 23 were non-fiction, compared to 10 fiction.

 

As for my TBR Challenge of only allowing myself to buy half as many books as I've read, I actually did o.k.  I did have a small cheat, because on New Year's Day, my neighbour came over and offered me 6 boxes of books she was getting rid of.  Karma was rigging the system for failure!!  After going through the boxes I chose 6, but didn't count them against my book budget; I categorised them as 'gifts' and I'd said from the start gifts didn't count.

 

So:

January's book buying budget: 12 books.

Bought:  9

Balance: 3 

Total TBR: 322

 

For February, my book budget is 16 books (January's 33 rounded down and divided by 2).

 

Go me!  ;)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-28 15:13
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

The diary of a young girl is a book that was based of the diary of a Jewish girl that was named Anne Frank that died during world war II in a concentration camp located nearby Hannover . This book has brought me to question the human race as God has brought us to do good in this world.It just saddens me to see how being brought up with propaganda everywhere can turn such an innocent little boy into a killing machine. People salughtering each other for the sake of their beliefs, and how such a young girl's life was cut short just because of such beliefs. This book starts of with a girl named Anne Frank being delighted , receiving her first ever diary for her birthday as a present from her mother and father. She personally named it Kitty and cared for her diary as if it was her own personal friend where she can express all her feelings without being restricted and she was also hoping that her diary would be on high demand because the authorities had mentioned to the victims to preserve any documents of the war to be published in the future . She wrote daily entries on the diary and she describes vividly on how she and her family was forced out of her house into hiding as the the authorities n netherlands began to past out laws that prohibits the Jewish people to do almost anything even owning a radio ! Anne and her family were soon brought into hiding in her fathers factory that contained a secret annex that was hidden by a movable book shelf . In her diary there was a clear description on how the annex looked like and she even included a diagram of the secret annex. Living away from the outside world she was basically starting to get extremely bored as the days got by , but she was lcuky enough that there were enough reading materials in the annex that soon made her hooked to books . She began to self study on subjects such as politics , literature and language. Tensions between her and her family and the people in the annex began to rise , because she had been taking things on herself more and more harsh whilst overthinking on even the smallest matter. This had made her flare up to people in the annex even without any reason and Kitty (her diary) her only friend that she could express all her feelings to. The war raged on and day by day and a bright future was uncertain. Live continued as per normal until one fateful day on the morning of August 4 ,1944 at around ten to ten thirty in the morning a car pulled up at 263 Prinsengracht, several figures emerged an SS sergeant and around three Dutch members of the security Police all armed.They raided the whole factory and arrested everyone including Anne . They were all seperated and sent to different concentration camps . Annes's father , Otto Frank , was the only soul survivor of the whole ordeal that killed his whole family including Anne. He now lives in Birsfelden where he devotes his whole life to share the story of his daughter Anne Frank on how her life was cut short due to the war

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review 2018-01-23 19:59
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie,Ellen Forney

Accelerated Reader Level: 4.0

 

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review 2018-01-23 06:45
The Diary of a Bookseller
The Diary of a Bookseller - Shaun Bythell

I saw this in my local just before Christmas and snatched it up, as my not-so-secret fantasy is to own a bookshop (me, not the bank, which is why it remains a fantasy), and I never get tired of reading first hand accounts from the front. But this one was even better than I was hoping for; it was informative, succinct (it's truly a diary, so entries are rarely more than a page) and best of all, it's hilarious.

 

Each day begins with a tally of books sold online, and how many of those books he is able to actually locate in his stock (100,000 books; I can't even find a book I'm looking for in my paltry 1200 or so).  From there it's a short narrative about what happened that day.  Usually something his employee Nicky does, doesn't do, or says, or an anecdote about one or more customers doing something inane, rude, or more often, both.  (This is not the book to read if you're looking for affirmation on humanity.)  

 

Less often, but my favorites, were his field trips abroad to buy books.  And strewn throughout is the very real, and very serious, consequences Amazon has on booksellers.  It's one thing to know that Amazon is taking away independent booksellers' business by out pricing them on everything, but it's another thing altogether to understand how much control they have over small booksellers across the globe.  Even if you don't buy your book from Amazon, Amazon likely controls or influences how you purchase it.  

 

Each entry ends with the daily earnings; a number so fluid as to range anywhere from 5 Pounds to 1,000, and - spoiler alert - the days where he took in more than 700 Pounds was less than 3.

 

If bookshops and the eccentric people who visit them aren't your cup of tea, this book probably isn't going to delight you the way it did me, but if you secretly wish you could own, work, or live in a bookshop and have an appreciation for the irreverent humor of a man worn down by humanity at its most dubious, then definitely check out this book.  As I said at the start, it's informative (in spite of the hard facts, I still want to own a bookshop), it's easy to read (although once I started I was disinclined to stop) and it's laugh out loud hilarious.  I almost snorted.  And I'm following the author on Facebook; I never follow authors (well, ok, Amy Stewart, but honestly, as much as I love her books, I follow her for her art - she's disgustingly talented).

 

In fact, check him out on facebook first; if you like his posts, you'll love this book!

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review 2018-01-20 11:00
Abused and Shunned by Society: The Diary of a Lost Girl by Margarete Böhme
The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks edition) - Thomas Gladysz;Margarete Bohme
Tagebuch einer Verlorenen - Margarete Böhme

This forgotten classic from Germany was a best-selling novel in 1905 and translated into many languages.

 

It was also widely read for nearly three decades – until the story of a fallen girl from a bourgeois family who sees no other way to survive but prostitution was pushed into the abyss of oblivion because it didn’t fit into the ideal and virtuous image of Germans that Nazi propaganda created. Mute films made of it had the same fate although the 1929 film of G. W. Pabst starring Louise Brooks is much appreciated by enthusiasts like the editor of the again available English edition of the book.

 

Please click here to read the full review on my main book blog Edith’s Miscellany!

Source: edith-lagraziana.blogspot.com
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