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text 2018-01-06 07:55
Meine Besten Bücher 2017
Eine allgemeine Theorie des Vergessens: Roman - José Eduardo Agualusa,Michael Kegler
28 Tage lang - David Safier
Die Vegetarierin: Roman - Han Kang,Dr. Ki-Hyang Lee
Der Report der Magd: Roman - Margaret Atwood,Helga Pfetsch
Damals in Nagasaki (Broschiert) - Kazuo Ishiguro
Das merkwürdige Verhalten von Schimpansen in Kinderkleidung: und andere sozialpsychologische Experimente - Felicitas Auersperg
Wirklich wahr!: Die Welt zwischen Fakt und Fake - Simon Hadler,Stefan Rauter
Falco: Die Legende lebt. Die Graphic Novel - Reinhard Trinkler
Der Bankert vom Naschmarkt: Ein Kriminalfall aus dem alten Wien (Graphic Novel) - Gerhard Loibelsberger,Reinhard Trinkler

Das Buchjahr 2017 war wirklich sehr erfolgreich, noch nie habe ich so viele gute Bücher zusammenbekommen, insofern war meine Auswahl der Best of 5 sehr schwer. Im Bereich Belletristik, konnte ich mich aber letztendlich doch entscheiden.

 

Eine allgmeine Theorie des VergessensJosé Eduardo Agualusa
Mein absoluter Favorit im Jahr 2017. Eine wundervolles ironisches Märchen im Stile des lateinamerikanischen magischen Realismus über den Bürgerkrieg in Angola, Schuld und Sühne, Überlebenskampf, Revolution und Einsamkeit, das mich regelrecht vom Hocker gerissen hat.

 

28 Tage lang David Saffier
Meine positive Buchüberraschung in diesem Jahr. Nie hätte ich David Saffier eine derartig leise, wundervolle Geschichte über junge Leute im Warschauer Ghetto zugetraut. Großartig!

 

Die VegetarierinHan Kang
Durch meine A-Z Autorinnenchallenge lese ich vermehrt Bücher von Schriftstellerinnen. Dieses Werk über Unterdrückung und Selbstbestimmung einer Frau im asiatischen Kulturraum hat mich restlos begeistert.

 

Der Report der Magd Margaret Atwood
Mein Lieblingsklassiker 2017. Da heuer die Fernsehserie rauskam, hatte ich nun endlich die Möglichkeit, auf dieses grandiose Werk aufmerksam zu werden, das ich bei seinem Erscheinen 1985 offensichtlich überhaupt nicht bemerkt habe. Eine furchtbare, brilliante feministische Dystopie.

 

Damals in Nagasaki Kazuo Ishiguro
Anlässlich der Verleihung des Literaturnobelpreises habe ich ein paar Ishiguros gelesen, und dieser Roman muss unbedingt auch auf die Liste der High-Fives. Eine asiatische mysteriöse Geschichte, die fast ein bisschen an Murakami erinnert, mit einem sehr intelligenten Twist zum Ende, der reichlich Interpretationsspielraum für den Leser offen lässt.

 

Im Bereich Sachbuch möchte ich Euch zwei geniale Werke ans Herz legen, die mich 2017 sehr begeistert haben

 

Wirklich Wahr! - Simon Hader
Eines der besten Sachbücher, das unter anderem auch in praktischen Beispielen zeigt, wie man in der heutigen Medienlandschaft mit Fakten und Fakenews umgehen sollte. Gut recherchiert, humorvoll aufbereitet und grafisch wundervoll illustriert.

 

Das merkwürdige Verhalten von Schimpansen in Kinderkleidung - Felicitas Auersperg  
Mein Sachbuchhighlight des Jahres 2017! Felicitas Auersperg zeigt durch die Sammlung von spannenden sozialpsychologischen Experimenten genau auf, wie der Mensch wirklich tickt.

 

Seit ein paar Jahren habe ich auch das Genre der Graphic Novel für mich entdeckt und in diesem Bereich möchte ich auch zwei Empfehlungen aussprechen, die 2017 herausgekommen sind

 

Falco - Reinhard Trinkler
Text: Zum Geburtstag des Sängers Falco eine Biografie als Graphic Novel. Eine Innovative und großartige Idee und mein Highlight 2017 in diesem Genre!

 

Der Bankert vom Naschmarkt - Gerhard Loibelsberger und Reinhard Trinkler
Eine sehr gut gezeichnete Geschichte in Form eines Wien-Krimis um die Jahrhundertwende. Ein exzellentes realistisches Sittenbild dieser Zeit und zudem ein spannender Kriminalfall.

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-29 05:34
Here We Go Again: My Life in Television
By Betty White: Here We Go Again: My Life in Television [Audiobook] - -Simon & Schuster Audio-

I Picked Up This Book Because: I love Betty White and lets be honest I needed something short to take me over the top for my 2017 reading challenge.

The Story:

As I said I love Betty White. I find her story fascinating. This particular book deals with her life in TV. A bit of her time with Allen Ludden (and other husbands). Betty has done so much in her time. She has truly seen television though its infancy to the bounding bustling business today. She is such a gem.

The Random Thoughts:

I was shocked when she said half of the fanmail for The Golden Girls came from kids. I loved that show as a child and recently watched every episode (thank you Hulu) and am still in love with it.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2017-12-23 19:26
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 4 - Penance Day: Soul searching ... or is it?
Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story - Anne Meredith
Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime Story - Anne Meredith,Simon Darwen

Book themes for Penance Day: Read a book that has a monk, nun, pastor / preacher, priest or other representative of the organized church as a protagonist, or where someone is struggling with feelings of guilt or with their conscience (regardless over what).

 

Judging by Dorothy L. Sayers's lavish praise when reviewing this book upon its original publication, Portrait of a Murderer would seem to be the ideal book for this particular square: This isn't a whodunit -- the identity of the murderer is known from the moment the deed is done, and what is more, we're even witnessing the murder from the perpetrator's perspective.  Rather than puzzling out clues, the book is concerned with the psychological effect that the deed has on the murderer and on the family concerned.  (The setting is another Christmas country house party, btw.)  And, Sayers reasons, since we're invited inside the perpetrator's head, we get to experience that person's feelings and thought processes, and thus, come to sympathize with them.

 

Um, no -- not me, I'm afraid.

 

In fact, for me this book is a variant on the old adage that "it's better to keep silent and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt" -- only replace "idiot" by "arrogant, selfish bastard."  (That, actually, applies to the majority of the characters here, which, in the absence of the deceptively light touch of a writer like Sayers herself or, for that matter, Georgette Heyer, doesn't exactly provide added incentive to finish the book.)

 

If you do persevere, however, you ultimately come across a character towards the end who does struggle mightily with his conscience: the murderer's brother in law, a young lawyer (and, together with his wife -- the murderer's sister -- one of the few normal and likeable members of this cast of characters), who ultimately stumbles onto the solution and is mightily tempted to just let it all slide and let another person (who is seemingly so much more "deserving" of a death sentence, and onto whom the murderer has craftily shifted the blame) go to the gallows instead.  So for that reason, I'm getting to count this book towards the Penance Day square after all.

 

The above notwithstanding, though, Meredith's writing is excellent -- she was an author better known under her male pseudonym Anthony Gilbert (though Anne Meredith was  a pen name as well), and I'm definitely going to take a closer look at how she fared with other types of mysteries under her main pen name.  Also, it's a pity she didn't write more books under the Anne Meredith name, because as a result we also don't see more of the policeman investigating this particular case, and whom Meredith initially seems to have planned to set up as a series detective figure; at least judging by the amount of background information we're getting about him, which ultimately doesn't really go anywhere in this particular book, but which the reader of a series might have appreciated.

 

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text 2017-12-22 09:00
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 8: Hanukkah - Spin the Dreidel
The Hidden People - Alison Littlewood
One Night in Winter - Simon Sebag Montefiore
The Beguiled - Thomas Cullinan
Under A Pole Star - Stef Penney

Since I´m sick for the rest of the week and with the upcoming Christmas days, I have a whole lot of spare time do a lot of reading (and watching the second season of The Expanse). So I decided to spin the dreidel for the Hanukkah task. To whittle down my Willoughby book club TBR, I have choosen four books that the people from Willoughby have send to me.

 

נ (Nun) - The Hidden People by Alison Littlewood

ג (Gimel) - One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore

ה (He) - The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

ש (Shin) - Under a Pole Star by Stef Penny

 

And the dreidel says:

 

 

ה (He) - The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan

 

At a girls boarding school in Virginia, the pupils lead sheltered lives. When an injured soldier, wounded in the civil war, is found in the woods nearby and taken in to recuperate, the girls fall immediately under the spell of this charming stranger. But soon his presence unleashes something dark and dangerous in all of them ...

 

I have to admit, that sounds really good.

 

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