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review 2017-02-16 14:49
Die Märchen von Beedle dem Barden / The Tales of Beedle the Bard!!!
Harry Potter: Die Märchen von Beedle dem Barden / Wilharm: Ein Klassiker aus der Zaubererwelt von Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling

Okay, das ist wahrscheinlich mein Lieblingsbuch von den Hogwarts Library Büchern. Die anderen fand ich echt auch überraschend toll, aber das hier war irgendwie etwas ganz besonderes.

 

Ich wollte nur eine der Geschichten lesen und auf einmal war ich bei der dritten Geschichte, dann war es nur ein kleiner Schritt bis ich auch die letzte Geschichte fertig gelesen hatte und am Liebsten würde ich es gleich nochmal lesen (aber ich hab Serien zu gucken).

 

Ich bin ein riesen großer Märchen Fan und hier fünf der Märchen zu lesen mit denen die Zauberkinder aufgewachsen sind, war irgendwie etwas ganz besonderes. Dann die Illustrationen, die dabei waren, die waren wirklich schön gemacht. Dumbledors Anmerkungen, waren auch nochmal etwas richtig tolles.

 

Ich bin begeistert!!!!

 

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Okay, this is probably my favorite book out of these Hogwarts Library books. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the other two, but this one was something really special.

 

I just wanted to read one of the stories today and all of the sudden I reached the third story and then it was just a small step to finishing the last story and I kinda want to go back and read the stories again (but I have tv shows to watch).

 

I'm a huge fan of tales and to read five of the tales that the wizard children grew up on, was just something really special. The little illustrations were beautifully done. Dumbledor's notes, amazing, I loved it.

 

I'm just really excited about this!!!!!

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review 2017-01-01 00:00
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling It took me awhile to get to these, but they are quite good aren't they? I'd chalked these up as merely a tie-in.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard are five stories written in the vein of the classic fairy stories collected/written by Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson. All of the stories have a solid lesson ingrained into them - be kind, believe in yourself, accept the inevitable - that work whether or not you're a witch or wizard. Rowling adds layers with Dumbledore's commentary on the text and with her own helpful notes for muggle readers.

A good start to a new year.
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text 2016-07-31 06:09
Book Haul - July 30th
Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz
Book - John Agard,Neil Packer
Picnic in Provence - Elizabeth Bard
The Book of Lost Books - Stuart Kelly
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini
The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman
The Clasp - Sloane Crosley
The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe - Kelli Ann Morgan

The postman got a break from me this week, but one of my locals and my library, did not.

 

Between my library system getting a few upgrades and my taking the time to dig around their website a bit more, I'm figuring out how to get more out of it than I have up until now. They have a user list function, so I've been creating a list of books as I come across interesting titles.  As you can see, it's working well so far.

 

My library haul includes Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.  This is going to be my Science Fiction read for Summer Book Bingo.  I dislike dystopian settings, but I dislike space and AI fiction more - and I love Fforde's other work so I'm totally willing to give this a go for the humour alone.

 

I also picked up a couple of titles I found in an article on LitHub that recommended books about books: A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan  and The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly.  Sitting next to The Book of Lost Books was Book by John Agard, which looked cute and short.

 

The library haul was rounded off with Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard  and Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini and Rebecca Paley  because I've seen so many good things said about both here on BookLikes.

 

Two of the three bookshop buys were impulses from shelf browsing; I had just read about The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe by Kelli Ann Morgan  mere hours before seeing it on the shelves, so that felt like karma.  The Clasp by Sloane Crosley looks funny and I've read her essays - they're hysterical.  The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman  because it's birds, science and look at that cover!

 

Total new books: 9

Total books read this week: 9

Total physical books on TBR: 227

 

I hope everyone has had or is having (depending on which side of the dateline you're on) a fabulous weekend!

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review 2016-07-29 00:00
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling Re-read July 29, 2016.
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review 2016-07-24 17:40
Inspiring Memoir with Recipes
Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes - Elizabeth Bard

 Fantastic timing I started this along with the Tour de France 2016. I made the recipes, absorbed the advice, laughed with her misadventures while watching the bikes travel through France.

This book is more than just a memoir. It is a journey of self discovery, enjoying life , simplifying and finding the career that fits. This is also a cookbook, filled with tasty recipes, filled with fresh whole ingredients, seasonal and healthy. There are some very important life lessons learned, simple common sense no voodoo magic or doctor visits necessary. Honest, eyeopening and educational.

 

When a city girl from New York, marries a frenchman and moves overseas her life is already altered to the extreme. While on a historical  hunting adventure through France they stumble onto a town that will alter their lives in a massive way. They buy an old home, previously lived in by a French poet, her husband admires, they get pregnant, change career plans and directions, and she learns to function as local, slowly and sometimes painfully.

 

Her moments with the French government, child care, child birth and attitude of raising children is eyeopening. They seem to have such a better grasp on the humanity of bringing children into the world and the woman's needs. The governmental laid back attitude is a hard adjustment for her, as it would be for any of us who are always rushed to finish, get ahead, to get their first.

 

I found some of the lessons she learned useful in my own life. Her happiness in infectious! A slight adjustment in my attitude has made a nice change. I have one phrase stuck in my head that came from a man who commented when she broke the unwritten rule of eating while on the go "Watch your kilos" The diet/meal schedule was simple. I gave it a go for 3 weeks, my family loved the large lunches, the soups and fresh breads for dinner, the fresh fruit desserts and didn't miss snacking at all.

 

I am going out to get her other book Lunch in Paris this week.

Thank you Goodreads for offering this in your giveaway that I won. :D

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