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About me--------------------------------------------------​--------------------------------------------------​
You can really call me a book addict. I just love reading novels, short stories or plays - and love discussing them. I try to read the texts in the original language, and at the moment this is possible in German (mother tongue), English and French.

In general, it's difficult to choose a favorite writer... I love variety. :) "La peste" by Albert Camus is one of the books which I can read every year. I also like the books by Ian McEwan, John Irving, Philip Roth, Paul Auster, Guy de Maupassant, Thomas Glavinic, Jakob Arjouni, George Orwell, AND MANY MANY MORE!

Here's my thread for the 75-books-challenge 2014:

75-books-challenge 2013 - part 2:
75-books-challenge 2013 - part 1:
75-books-challenge 2012:
75-books-challenge 2011:

I'm looking forward to some inspiring discussions! :)


About my libraryMarch 15th, 2012: Because I start doubting about which books I already own, I will start to add all my books one after the other. Some of them I have already read, others not.

Only the books I have read during the last two year and which I am finishing from now on do get a rating. Otherwise I haven't yet read the book, or too much time has passed since reading it and my evaluation wouldn't be very reliable.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 2013 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Austrian Library Thingers, German Library Thingers, Group Reads - Literature, ReadaThingshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresBook in Bar, Buchhandlung Brunner, Tyrolia, Wagnerische Buchhandlung

Real nameKathy

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Member sinceSep 23, 2010

Currently readingHyperion oder der Eremit in Griechenland by Friedrich Hölderlin
Alles über Film by Ronald Bergan
Murder in Grub Street (Sir John Fielding Mysteries) by Bruce Alexander
Dramaturgie by Bernd Stegemann

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Persephone - you asked me in the 75 Book Challenge about "The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury". I missed your comment somehow, but I wanted to reply.

The novel itself is a good listen (I have the audio version) and I think it gives you a different perspective than the graphic novels. There is only so much internal thought process stuff that a graphic novel can give you, which tends to make them more immediate and action-oriented for me. I really enjoyed this, and if you enjoy the whole zombie apocalypse thing.

Hi Kathy -

I took your advice and checked a new(ish) translation of Bouvard et Pecuchet out of the library. Looking forward to it!


Yes, I'm totally with you on that! Happy reading!
re: what is fantasy?

"Fantasy ist demnach ein literarisches Genre, dessen zentraler Inhalt die Annahme des faktischen Vorhandenseins und Wirkens metaphysischer Kräfte oder Wesen ist, das als Fiktion auftritt, das als Fikiton auch verstanden werden soll und muss." Frank Weinreich, Fantasy. Einführung.

and re: Jules Verne

"Neben Hugo Gernsback, Kurd Laßwitz und H. G. Wells gilt Jules Verne als einer der Begründer der Science-Fiction-Literatur.[1]" wikipedia
Thanks, explained well. Tj
Also, wenn Du die Hunger Games auch so toll findest, dann sollte ich mich wohl auch mal daran versuchen.
Hi Kathy - currently reading Pausewang's Fall-out and the tone in some ways reminds me of 'Life as we knew it' by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I feel that Janna has a very realistic response to the emergency.
I wanted to add the book's description to the book page here on LT so went to to do a cut & paste and they give away the entire plot in their one sentence summary - hate that! Also saw a comment that the translation is clunky, but haven't felt that myself. It is quite eerie reading it after watching so much coverage of the earthquake here in New Zealand.
Thanks for mentioning the book as I've enjoyed the other books I've read by her and in general I enjoy reading translated children's literature. You might enjoy The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant which is set in a small German town where Grant lived for several years.

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the nice message! I'm getting better fast and this week's mission is to catch up on W&P - I'm into Part 3. I'm enjoying reading it at the same time as everyone else.

I should be writing this auf Deutsch - bis Ende 2011 wohnen wir in Basel. Es freut mich so sehr, Deutsch wieder zu lernen (nach 20 Jahren), obwohl Schwyzerdytsch unverstaendlich ist!!


Kathy, I agree with you and am glad to see that you have such an open mind and curiosity about other countries. Best wishes, Claudia
Kathy, thanks so much for your response and interest in my novel on Romania, Velvet Totalitarianism.
How did you like your visit to Romania? Last year the country had somewhat of an economic and political upheaval, but it's
trying to get back on its feet now. Best wishes, Claudia
Thanks for the note. You have been a help in reminding me that the thread will continue even beyond the alloted "quarter". I hope to start Les Miserables (which I will be reading in English translation---I envy your ability to read it in its original form) with perhaps a few pages a day, until I finish the current book, The Way We Live Now. Thanks, again.
I am in the Group Read-Lit. with The Way We Live Now (Trollope) and am looking ahead to Les Miserables. My copy has 1,465 pages. I noticed that you said that you are reading ahead on Les Mis. Since I am new to this group, is there a dead line for finishing a particular work? Scarper told me that there are usually two books chosen per quarter. If I start now with Les Mis and read 25 pages per day (no skipping) I can finish in two months. How are you reading this work? (I am a slow reader, have several other works I'm committed to finish and would love to read Les Mis with this group---but don't see how it is possible). I am currently reading and enjoying The Way We Live Now and want to finish it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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