Ameise1's 50 in 2012
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In 2011 I had enough time to read, so I was able to reach my target.
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How many books I'll read in 2012? We'll see . . .
# 1 The Liar's Lullaby by Meg Gardiner (3 1/2 stars)
# 2 The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow (4 stars)
# 3 Portobello by Ruth Rendell (4 1/2 stars)
# 4 Divine Justice by David Baldacci (4 1/2 stars)
# 5 The Mao Case by Qiu Xialong (3 1/2 stars)
# 6 Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak (4 stars)
# 7 Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs (3 1/2 stars)
# 8 The Likeness by Tana French (4 1/2 stars)
# 9 The Fire Gospel by Michel Faber (2 1/2 stars)
#10 The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (4 stars)
#11 Three Weeks To Say Goodbye by C.J. Box (4 stars)
#12 Trust Me by Jeff Abbot (4 stars)
#13 Past Imperfect by Julian Fellows (3 1/2 stars)
#14 Broken by Karin Slaughter (4 1/2 stars)
#15 The Easter Parade by Richard Yates (4 stars)
#16 Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva (4 stars)
#17 The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas (4 stars)
#18 Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (4 stars)
#19 Bones by Jonathan Kellerman (4 stars)
#20 Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker (3 1/2 stars)
#21 Have Mercy On Us All by Fred Vargas (4 1/2 stars)
#22 The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (4 stars)
#23 The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (3 1/2 stars)
#24 Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason (4 stars)
#25 Sanctus by Simon Toyne (3 1/2 stars)
#26 Italian Shoes by Henning Mankell (4 1/2 stars)
#27 Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle (3 1/2 stars)
#28 The Appeal by John Grisham (3 1/2 stars)
#29 Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn (3 1/2 stars)
#30 Ultimatum by Matthew Glass (2 stars)
#31 Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)
#32 Pretty Dead Things by Barbara Nadel (4 stars)
#33 The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian Audiobook (4 stars)
#34 Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan (3 1/2 stars)
#35 The Museum of Dr Moses by Joyce Carol Oates (3 stars)
#36 Doors open by Ian Rankin Audiobook (4 stars)
#37 Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman (4 stars)
#38 The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen (3 stars)
#39 The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer (3 1/2 stars)
#40 The 5th Horseman by James Patterson (Audiobook) (4 stars)
#41 Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd (4 stars)
#42 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon (3 stars)
#43 A Short History of Tractors in Ukrania by Marina Lewycka (Audiobook) (4 stars)
#44 When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (4 stars)
#45 This Night's Foul Work by Fred Vargas (3 1/2 stars)
#46 The Beacon by Susan Hill (4 stars)
#47 Generation X by Douglas Coupland (3 1/2 stars)
#48 Zola Jackson by Gilles Leroy read in German (4 stars)
#49 Yoram by Ulrike Kolb read in German (5 stars)
#50 New York by Edward Rutherfurd (4 1/2 stars)
#51 Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow (4 stars)
#52 Die For You by Lisa Unger (3 1/2 stars)
#53 The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham Audiobook (3 1/2 stars)
#54 One For The Money by Janet Evanovich (4 stars)
#55 A Kind Man by Susan Hill (4 stars)
#56 Quinn by Iris Johansen (1 1/2 stars)
#57 Summer Crossing by Truman Capote (3 1/2 stars)
#58 Chocolat by Joanne Harris (4 stars)
#59 A Mercy by Toni Morrison (3 1/2 stars)
#60 The Naked And The Dead by Norman Mailer read in German (4 1/2 stars)
#61 The Clothes On Their Backs by Linda Grant (3 1/2 stars)
#62 The Franciscan by James Rollo Member Giveaway (3 1/2 stars)
#63 The Lighted Room by Richard Mason (4 1/2 stars)
#64 Dark Spectre by Michael Dibdin (2 1/2 stars)
#65 Manhood For Amateurs by Michael Chabon (4 stars)
#66 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (4 stars)
#67 Memorial Day by Vince Flynn (4 stars)
#68 Road Kill by CM Spencer (5 stars)
#69 The Bourbon Street Ripper by Leo King (4 stars) Early Review
#70 The Siege by Ismail Kadare (4 1/2 stars)
#71 Let Slip the Dogs of War (A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Sara Barton Member Giveaway (4 stars)
#72 A Plague O' Both Your Houses: A Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery #2 by Sara Barton Member Giveaway (4 1/2 stars)
#73 On the Trail of the Scissorman (Galvanic Century) by Michael Coorlim Member Giveaway (3 1/2 stars)
#74 Bride of a Bygone War by Preston Fleming Member Giveaway (4 1/2 stars)
#75 Escaping Life: Running from reality is sometimes more painful than… by Michelle Muckley Member Giveaway (4 stars)
#76 Accomplished Mysteries Bundle (Books 1 & 2) by Dara England Member Giveaway (4 stars)
#77 Lunch with Charlotte by Leon Berger Member Giveaway (5 stars)
# 1: First book of this year finished :-)
It was my first Gardiner and I really enjoyed it. It was a fast-paced plot with a lot of twists. Whenever there will be another Gardiner at my library, I definitely will read it.
(3 1/2 stars)
Happy New Year to you too! Looks like you got a good start to the year!
Thanks a lot! I also try the ABC challenge with titles and authors, but I haven't set a time limit.
My 1st ABC challenge
It was a great pleasure reading this book. A good plot with a lot of Mafia hints. The main character is a really gourmet not only for pasta food but especially for brewing coffee dot on the minute. I had the feeling that I could smell this lovely coffee.
I'll have to check your ABC challenge out. I'm doing that one too.
Great to hear that you are joining also the ABC challenge. So I'll have a look at yours too.
An absolutely outstanding novel. Three different plots with four main characters. All of them have an addictive personality, some strong ones other mild ones. During the reading I got a great sympathy for each of them. All plots are linked to each other.
Rendell's gorgeous language made me feel being a sneaking observer right into Portobello Road.
(4 1/2 stars)
I like the Camel Club. This one was a real page-turner. Sometimes it was so breathtaking that I I had to read pretty fast. I suffered along with Oliver's struggle against his past and future. His friends had been loyal as always and they have got a new reliable member.
It's a wonderful crime fiction from China. Diving into an other world was like escaping from the occidental life. CI Chen's subtle approaches finding out what happend in the past, is showing how governments are keen to keep people in the dark so that the disreputable past can still stay in a blaze of glory.
(3 1/2 stars)
A fast-paced brilliant story about two brothers finding their place among the lower part of the social ladder. A family with strong bonds and a lot of love. Boxing, fighting and winning.
Well, the first part was a little bit boring and not an usual Reichs where the speed is right away from the start. The second half was much better and to the end really fast-paced.
(3 1/2 stars)
It’s a gorgeous mystery crime from Ireland. When a murdered girl was found everybody from the Undercover Department was startled because she looks like Detective Cassie Maddox who was standing at the scene alive.
I knew her from somewhere, I’d seen that face a million times before. Then the whole world went silent, frozen, darkness roaring in from the edges and only the girl’s face blazing white at the centre; because it was me, blue-lipped and still, with shadows like dark bruises under my eyes.
Detective Cassie Maddox starts working undercover again. She lives among a group in an old mansion ‘Whitehorn House’ as the murdered girl.
As the reader I slipped always in Cassie’s role and had the feeling of working undercover too. There were so many twisted angels in this story that it was still up to the end impossible to tell who the real murderer was.
A very fast-paced plot, gripping and interesting. I can strongly recommend it.
(4 ½ stars)
This book didn't catch me really. There are many rudimentary ideas, which unfortunately aren't thought through til the end.
(2 1/2 stars)
A wonderful Irish story telling two different lives which are related to each other. There are also little history parts of the Irish life during WWI, the civil war and the dispute between Catholics and Prebyterians.
Wow, what a breathtaking fast-paced thriller. It was an easygoing reading. I was suffering with the characters, always hoping that final will be ending in a good way. It kept me guessing until the very last page.
It was my first Abbott but definitely not my last one. A gripping suspense with a lot of twists and turns. Fast-paced reading and kept me guessing until the end.
A lovely book switching between the time 1968-1970 and nowadays. On the search for a descentant the tracer has to deal with his and his mates past. He detects how the life of his friends has altered and how the life of everyones parents still is trying to keep hold of a past aristrocratic lifestyle which isn't working always well.
(3 1/2 stars)
It's a gripping plot, really fast-paced. I couldn't put it away until the very last page. I recommend to read Slaughter's earlier books first to be able to make the connections between the different protagonists and to understand their thinking and their action.
(4 1/2 stars)
A wonderful portrait of society during the period 1930 until the middle of the 70s. One of the main focus is put on alcoholism and its inevitable consequences, another one is put on divorce and liberated women. Men dealt violently with women under the effect of alcohol and women turned to alcoholism and were reliant on their husbands or had been trying to escape in an independency.
I strongly recommend this novel.
As always an enthralling Gabriel Allon Thriller. It was an enjoyable reading. I'm always amazed that all intelligence services are involved shortly after Allon's first action. It was very gripping from the first up until the last page.
It's the first book of The Commissaire Adamsberg Mystery. Adamsberg is a cranky personality. He intends to solve the crime by listening, thinking and waiting and he never seems to be in a hurry. He seems always absentminded and isn't able to catch track on his thoughts. For his subordinates it isn't easy to work with him but everyone is adoring him and is fascinated by his unorthodox investigation. The plot was so enthralling that I wasn't able to find out, until the very end, who the culprit was. It was my first Vargas but definitely not my last one, anonther one is already on my TBR pile.
It's a wonderful story about different characters and their lives. Sometimes they are crossing their path, on other occasions they are linked to each other because they share a past or they have something in common. Also the spelling style changes when the story takes part in US or France it is different. The outcoming was very surprisingly.
This was my 2nd Alex Delaware thriller and like the last one I've really enjoyed reading it. Amazingly, all characters are set out right from the beginning, but it took me as far as the last fifth of the book until I was able to recognize who the murderer really was. The plot is psychological cleverly arranged and extremely gripping.
It was an easygoing read, nothing spectacular to think about, just an entertaining story. It was soon clear who has set off the kidnapping and also why.
(3 1/2 stars)
It was another fantastic Vargas. Within the topic of bubonic plague it is obvious that Vargas' main profession is a historian and archaeologist specializing in the Middle Ages. The twists and turns she is setting out for human primal fear is amazingly. Commissaire Adamsberg's unorthodox method of evaluations are tight tested. Sometimes his gorgeous gut instinct got lost and he had to step back to retrieve the thread. Nevertheless it is a gripping fast-paced reading. As always all characters are set out from the beginning and and it kept me guessing up until the very last page.
(4 1/2 stars)
It is a brilliant narration about the time 1918/19 in Boston. Also this book is a fiction Lehane is giving a clear inside view of those turbulent period. Based on the life of a police family the story is telling about their suffer and campaign for better conditions of employment but also shows the conflicts of opinion inside of a family. Additionally there is also discussed the point of race relations with a deep friendship between a white and a colourd man.
Well, I really like Baldacci's book specially The Camel Club Serie, so I was slightly disappointed with this first book of the Shaw Serie. It took me quite a length to deep into the story. In the beginning the plot was jumping around all over the world and it was a bit difficult to be acquainted with the main characters. In the second half I started to enjoy the twists and turns and it was then also fast-paced.
Frankly, I'm looking forward to reading another of The Camel Club Serie but nevertheless I'll give another try to the Shaw Serie too.
(3 1/2 stars)
This is a marvellous story which is taking place in Iceland. Detective Erlendur does his research in his special own way. He can't leave small incidences alone. He is following track to all gossips also they are looking of no importance. His investigations are looking like jigsaws which finally come out as whole pictures. Next to a current case he is also solving a 30 years old case and is following his own past up.
I enjoyed this story very much. It was enthralling from first until the very last page. I can strongly recommend it.
The plot is very similar to the Dan Brown's books. It is fast-paced and gripping and is also set into religious fiction thriller. It's a pity that the characters don't have rough edges, but rather are fictional personalities. I prefer more those characters, which one could meet in the flesh with tics and a own life next to the story, just someone I could identify with.
(3 1/2 stars)
What a wonderful story about an elderly man, who in the beginning was living by himself on a little island. By and by four different women are dropping into his unspectacular routinely everyday life. Some were aroused from his earlier life others he just met recently. His life is taking a completely new turn with lots of troubles but also with lots of emotional moments.
(4 1/2 stars)
What a charming mystery! It's written in a humorous style with a lot of wink and French attitudes. It's starting in Hollywood with a theft of good wine, but the most part of the story is taking place in France. The trio, who is solving the case in unorthodox way, couldn't be more different, but they complement one another perfectly. One should have eaten before starting to read the book because there are such a lot of lovely meals described that one's mouth waters.
(3 1/2 stars)
As always, it was a gripping Grisham plot and a fast-paced read. Even though it's a fiction there is a lot of truth in it. All over the world politicians are affected by lobbyists and to be honest not always in a good manner. Money makes the world go round is unfortunately true and therefore only a handful is able to benefit from the lobbying. Whenever I hear of such extortionate settlements I can only disbelieving shake my head. In Europe we are not used to such amounts.
(3 1/2 stars)
What a breathtaking gripping historical fiction! I couldn't stop reading. Diving into Ancient Rome was a very easy task. Following all the network of intrigues was a great pleasure. Sometimes I got the feeling that I am an observer experiencing all the smells, music and gatherings by myself. All the characters are inimitable and so profoundly described that I've got the feeling I must know them since a long time.
I can strongly recommend it for all friends of the Ancient Rome period.
(3 1/2 stars)
It wasn't a good reading. First, it took a long time to get at the bottom of the thread. It was not only boring it was also very confusing and surreal. Furthermore it wasn't catching or gripping it was more a very hard deal to get through the plot. I definitely can't recommend it.
It is a fantastic story. It was enthralling from the first until the very last page. There are strong personalities and I've got quickly familiar with all of them. It also shows, that it's not up to somebody's education or social position whether they stand on the good or on the worse side of the law. On the other hand there is also a hint how the public view works when trial are discussed on broadcast. In this case it was helpful but that could easily turn around into the contrary.
It was a humorously enjoyable reading. It was easy dipping into Istanbul's magical life between Occident and Orient. It shows how people struggle with the changing of 'modern' life. Firstly it looks like some habitants had aquired an occidental habit on the other hand old traditions are deep-rooted. The conflict of those different point of view is the foundation of the plot. One is suffering with each character, which are perfectly described and it was a lightness to be familiar with each of them.
# 33 Audiobook
It is a great story. Throughout the listening I was very close to Laurel the main character. There was also a slightly risk to get addicted like herself. It was so enthralling that I couldn't stop listening. Meeting with characters from the The Great Gatsby was enjoyable. I'm glad that I knew this story so it was much easier and interesting to understand the context and the follow-up of Laurel's investigation. The story's outcome is absolutely astonishingly. I couldn't have been able to predict it up front.
It is an interesting story about a family whose daughter has been kidnapped. The story starts with the last hours of this young adult and her friends and her family's normal life before the abduction. After that, the main characters way of changing their attitudes, feelings and adaptation to a life without Kim are carefully worded. There is no craving for sensation, on the contrary the story shows how people come to terms with the incomprehensible act.
(3 1/2 stars)
It contains ten short stories. They are of psycholocical touch in a genre of thriller and horror. I didn't like all of them. Mostly they were too weird or disgusting. The reading is easy and fast-paced. It isn't difficult getting into the story itself or following the plot but in my opinion some are nasty.
# 36 Audiobook
It is a wonderful humorous story. The first half is affected by the planning and organizing of the art heist. The head of the planning is a professor and he is looking for some wealthy naive gentlemen chiseller and a forger who has been found in a young student artist who is addicted to drugs. As a matter of course an other main player is a real ganster who is looking for an easy deal to solve his outstanding debts.
The focus of the second part is how each taker is handling the situation and how they are stumbling deeper into their misfortune after the heist. The police stands on the verge of the events. With his cleverly asked questions DI Ransom is confusing everybody so that the solution was at least obvious.
It was a fast-paced reading. The book comprised 17 short stories, whereupon two are related to each other. Each story is gripping from the start up to the very last full stop. They make so addictive that one isn't able to stop reading. In each story women get the upper hand and there is a also a strong devilish thinking. It was an enjoyable reading and I can strongly recommend this book.
It was a quick reading. The plot wasn't really gripping, also when this book is praised as a thriller. All steps were obvious from the beginning. There is none surprise, the characters lives don't have much of profundity, so I wasn't longing what will happen with them.
It was my first McFadyen and it hasn't unconvinced me really. Perhaps I'll give him later another try.
It was doubtless an enjoyable reading. I got quickly familiar with all the protagonists and there wasn't anyone who has got my preference. It's a typical mystery, starting off with the search of a so called biblical 'truth'. Of cause the quest couldn't go straight ahead. There are subjects like father and son relationship, professional failings, fiction of the early 20th century and a link to 'Superman'. As a matter of cause there is also a misterious figure who calls himself the Prophet and it took me a long time to identify him.
(3 1/2 stars)
Hi Ameise1, thanks for the message but it will take more than crossed fingers for England to go as far as possible but at least we have Switzerland's ex manager in charge so you never know. I see that your doing well with your 50 book challenge, keep up the good reading.
# 40 Audiobook
It is a thrilling story. There are two different cases which are solved by the fabulous women's murder club. As always they are involved not only in a professional way but also in a personal way. For a long time it was impossible for me to guess who the bad guys are. There are such a lot of fantastic twist and angles. The outcome was a real surprise.
Hi Barbara, glad you enjoyed The 5th Horseman by Mr P, i really love his books having read 57 already but me and Mr P have a love hate relationship, i love his books but hate him for releasing so many each year. Thanks for the message on my thread and for giving your true name, i haven't yet had a peek at your profile. Hope the weather in Switzerland is a lot better than here in the U.K., summer what summer.
It is a thrilling and breathtaking fast-paced story. The language is absolutely brilliant. It shows how the life of a young man was turned upside down. Getting back a worth living life he has to solve a murder. He isn't helping the police which are hunting him, quit the contray he is playing a pharmaceutic group off against a bounty hunter. In the end he is getting a new life back. Probably a better one?
Hi Barbara, your in the wrong group you should be in the 75ers, 41 books read and we're not at the end of June, you obviously need to buy more books to slow the reading down,lol. Hope you enjoy your time in the north west of England, plenty to do and see around Manchester and Liverpool.
Thanks a lot John, I had a good reading pace so far, but it's definitely unusually. When you have a look at last year's reading you'll see that I just reached the target in the very last minute. So I'm very happy in this group and probably will enlarge the number of my reading up to 60 for next year.
If you could provide me with some suggestions 'to the must have seen' in Manchster and Liverpool I'll be very happy. Thanks.
Hi Barbara, thanks for the friend request, i am pleased to have you as a friend. I will have a think about what can be regarded as must see in the north west and let you know in the next day or two.
Fabulous! Thanks a lot John. Today I will again cross my fingers for your guys. It won't be an easy task tonight. Hopefully England will take the victory part. :-) I wish you an exciting game and good luck.
Hi Barbara, just an update on things to do and see in the North west of England. The shopping in Manchester is fabulous and nearby is the Trafford centre for indoor shopping. A must see is the Lowry centre just ouside Manchester with a small shopping centre across from the Lowry, which has a gallery of his paintings and a theatre which is lovely, next door is the imperial war museum and surrounding this is the new Media city, i believe you can get to the lowry by tram from Manchester city centre. Liverpool has good shopping and the Beatles trail and the Cavern club, Albert Docks is a must see and there is the Walker art gallery. Further afield but not that far away is the beautiful city of Chester, if you get the chance go and visit and to the north is the Famous or infamous resort of Blackpool. I am biased about Blackpool as up to the age of sixteen this was the place of my family holiday, i try to go for a day visit each year just to say i've been. Hope these are ok for you and have a good time when you arrive.
It didn't really catch me, perhaps I'm too old for young adult's summer season or I'm simply not familar with the American way of life. Anyway, the story is telling about how five young adults are spending their summer term, how a young male is caught in finding his sexual preference and also is trying to become independent from his father. His father's mafioso relationship doesn't really fit into the plot and was for me more annoying.
# 43 Audiobook
This is an amazing story with many subjects in it. Firstly, there are the lives from the 'first' family - two daughters, a mother (already dead) and a father. Their life started in the Ukraine during the second World War. It describes their life there and how they emigrated to England. One daughter was already born then - the war-baby - the other daughter was born in England - the peace-baby. The siblings have difficulties to get around with each other, especially the younger one who doesn't really know the past of her family's life during the war.
Secondly, after their mother's death their father (age 84) has married a young Ukrainian woman. She and her son were coming to England with a lot of hope for a better life. This young woman is asking for a huge amount of financial conditions which the old man isn't able to fulfil.
The old man is asking his daughters for help. Especially the 'peace-baby' is helping him. It's a wonderful description how many difficulties there are when people marry outside their normal habit also when they were originally from the same country.
Hi Barbara, glad you enjoyed A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian i have read this and Two Caravans and really loved how she told the story. Congratulations to Roger for his win yesterday, he gave Murray a tennis lesson that i hope he studies if he is to win a slam. Federer does not panic or give anything away with his body language whereas murray showed Roger that he was down and that just boosted Roger. He showed the rest of the tennis world that he is not done just because he is 30. The weather in the Uk is awful at the moment so i hope it picks up for your visit.
It's a gorgeous crime mystery about three strong women. Each of them is her keepers background and won't specify her past to the other women. Nevertheless those three are related in one way or another, helping each other to leave back their disastrous past without knowing what fantastic help they are among themselves. Only one man is a really helping hand. He was related to a lot of different women, one of the main characters is one of them.
This Vargas wasn't so gripping as the other two I've read earlier (Have Mercy on Us All and The Chalk Circle Man). I really missed Adamsberg's scattiness. He was more present and acting than in the earlier books. Nonetheless I've got to know more about his contributors than ever before and it was interesting to become more acquainted with them. Nevertheless I wasn't able to detect the murderer there were such a lot of twists and angles that only in the very end I could see the solution.
(3 1/2 stars)
It is a very interesting family story. It’s starting with the death of their mother. One of the daughters is living with her at the old family place where a lot of ancestors had lived. The family’s secrets and their lives are told as jumping throughout all the times but always coming back to the present. During this travel I became familiar with all the characters. As in every family there is also in this one a ‘black sheep’ and when the other siblings tried to avoid him mother’s last will is keeping them together and on the other hand separating them for ever.
I can strongly recommend this book.
Hi Barbara, hope you are having a good time in Manchester and not spending too much on books lol, just to let you know, if you access my profile page you can now see my ugly mug. Please be kind if you want to make a comment,lol.
A great book especially when reading it 19 years later as it was first published, because time has caught up with the books future view. Anyway, the meaning of the plot is the following: Three people had been leaving their 'yuppie' lives and are living in Palm Spring, telling each other bedtime stories, whereas the stories main characters were always themselves. As a reader one's got a good idea about those three. Sometimes they got visitors from their 'earlier' life. Those guests are trying to leave there yuppie life for some days but would never give up it, whereas the three dropouts would never give up their newly freedom.
(3 1/2 stars)
This is a very insightful book about an old woman who struggles through the Hurrican Katrina, whereas her mind is living in the past. This past is helping her to do everything right. She thinks that her dead son is telling her what she has to make correct that her house will not be demolished. This woman has a strong ego and when also several people try to rescue her she won't get with them because she can't leave her dog behind her. The end is a real surprise.
This is an absolutely wonderful with a lot of love written book. Two world which join their lifetime in postwar period as couple. She is German and he is Israeli both are involved in the student revolt (the end of the 60s), both won't be gentrified and both can't leave their family's past which forms their present really deeply. She is looking for a better and profoundly knowledge about Jewish life during the WWII and is detecting her father's past that doesn't looks like he tried to show her. He is struggling with his mother's past from the WWII. They have a daughter which is leading the familie's past shadow into a better future.
I can strongly recommend this book.
Hi Barbara, hope your not too disappointed with Roger's loss today against Andy, but as you have seen, GB are on a roll at the moment. It has been a fabulous few days for team GB and i have been very excited with all the action. Glad you had a good time in the North-west of England and the weather wasn't too bad for you. I hope you have had a good weekend and your reading seems to be going well.
Hi John! Andy was playing like a God, so congratulations for his gold medal it's more than deserving of it. Yes, my reading is going absolutely fabulous. Currently I'm reading New York by Edward Rutherfurd, this is my 50th book. Nevertheless I'll keep going on with my reading.
Manchester and Liverpool are definitely worth a trip. We enjoyed it very much and also the weather was on our side.
Hi Barbara, i've read Sarum and Russka by Edward Rutherfurd and have New York and Dublin on the bookshelf, hope you are enjoying it. Congrats to Nikki Spirig for winning the women's triathlon, she ran the 10k perfectly. We love shopping in Manchester and usually try to have a day out there just before christmas plus the fact that i am a big Manchester United fan and have been for 42 years (did i really say that), can't believe it's that long but then again i forget i am 49 because some days i still think i am in my thirties ( i wish). Keep on reading my dear and have a lovely week.
It is a gorgeous historical fiction in a wonderful written language. The story about New York is extending to the last 350 years. It starts with the first Dutch merchants and ends with their New Yorker's descentants. It's not only the history of a single city but also the Amerikan Independency. It narrates the most important American progress and on the other hand the City's development. It's carefully discribed how the buildings and old Manhatten could have been in the 17th and what major transformations it took up until now. On the basis of a family chronicle it was very easy to dip into the story and also to learn about different social points of view. Money and its rise and fall is not only in our days a major subject but also in the earlier time this family was depended on it. All the important Wall Street affairs can be found in this story aswell.
(4 1/2 stars)
Hi Barbara, well done young lady on reaching your target, what will the final figure be. From your post i see that you enjoyed New York, so i can't wait to start reading it from the burgeoning book pile. Hope everything is well with you, i am fine and now the olympics are over i'll get more books read hopefully. I've put a new pic of my gorgeous granddaughter on my profile page so if you want to have a look give me your comments.
Thanks a lot PaperbackPirat! When I started in January I couldn't imagine that I would reach my target already in August. Nevertheless I'm still reading and have just finished my 51st.
It looks like I'm sticked in New York. Homer and Langley is a wonderful story about two brothers which are living at the Fifth Avenue during the 20th century. Homer had lost his eyesight when he was a teenager, but his other senses were really sharp especially his sense of hearing. They have lost their parents early and were living together their whole live. The most important 'credo' was their self-reliance and they worked it out excessively. During nearly the whole century they were confronted by all different kinds of social changes and it seems that they were diving into those adventures with a great pleasure.
Well, the praises for this book from a lot of writers (on the back of the cover) don't really fit in my opinion. O.k. it's a 'crime thriller' but each step is too obvious and so it isn't really a surprise. On the other hand there is a lot of romantic relationships which are in my point of view much more important than the criminal actions are themselves. It is an easygoing reading but not actually gripping.
(3 1/2 stars)
Hi Barbara, i see that you are moving well past your original target and i think you will get to 75. How are you my dear, hope everything is ok with you and the weather is ok. I have just finished book 32 so am on track with my challenges. My wife Karen is at work but after wednesday is on holiday for two weeks and on saturday we are going down to Gloucester for four days and will be exploring some cotswold villages and no doubt i will come back with a few books, we like it in the cotswolds after staying in Stow-on-the-wold last year for Karen's fiftieth birthday. Keep up the reading and i look forward to your reviews.
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As always it was a good crime thriller. Thorne is busy with criminal actions from the past up to the present which are related. Also in this story, he was more involved than he should have been and it needed up until the end that he could see reason.
(3 1/2 stars)
This was my first Evanovich but definitely not the last one. It is one of the most funniest books I've read since a long time. Stephanie Plum's character is amazing on the one side she is pretending to be tough and confident always in charge to stand her ground. On the other hand she stumbles very often over her boldness and mindlessness and luckily she is getting help from all over. The love-hate relationship between her and Jo Morelli is gorgeous and longs for more, so I'm really looking forward to reading more of them.
This was a fast-paced one. Like the 'Beacon' the story is set out somewhere in the UK's landscape. A family story whereas one sister (Eve) is soft and calm wheras the other (Miriam) is unhappy and feels begrudging. Their two husbands can't be more different. Miriam's husband is a real lazybones whereas Eve's Tommy is a very kind and helpful person. Tommy got seriously ill and with 'paranormal' luck got healthy. With this health he is able to heal other people, but he would never do it for money. He sense that with taking money for his preternatural he will lose this power.
Hi Barbara, glad you enjoyed Stephanie Plum's first adventure, we love them in the Simpson household and are just waiting to get Explosive Eighteen and fight over who reads it first. Got back from our trip to the Cotswolds about three hours ago and as predicted i did get one or two books, well twelve to be honest plus one to come after the author has signed it on saturday, so september has not got off to a good start on the non-buying books front. I just can't seem to help myself.
Your reading is going from strength to strength and i really think you will get to 75 books, bye for now.
Hey Ameise1, saw your post on my topic the other day. Yeah, I've always enjoyed Tess Gerritsen. I read some of hers a few years ago, and now am getting back into finishing the rest of her recent medical thrillers. Keep up the great work!
Hi Barbara, i don't think Karen would allow me a book barn because she knows that i would go all out to fill it. We really want a summerhouse/cabin that we can have lighting and heating in so that we can use it in summer and i can use all year round as my painting studio where all my equipment would be ready to go instead of having to use the dining room which puts me off painting.
How are you my dear and how's the reading going. After our little trip away i've got back into my normal reading pattern.
Well, during the reading it was very easy to dip into the plot. Also I've never read a book by Johansen I was getting very quick familiar with the characters. Mostly it was gripping and I liked the different views to solve the case. BUT I was really disappointed at the end, because there is no end. On the backside of the book cover is written:
. . . and test their resolve to uncover the ultimate bone-chilling truth.
Well, I can turn and shift the book as much as I like, I can re-read the last pages as often as possible BUT there isn't any bone-chilling thruth. It's an abrupt end and as a reader I've been left in a vacuum. In my opinion this is an absolutely NO-GO.
This was an interesting reading about young people spending a heated summer in New York in the 50s. They were from different society and were trying to escape from their own social class into the other. What first looks like a summer experiment which shouldn't have got any consequence, finally turns into the contrary where in the end there wasn't any possibility to turn back.
(3 1/2 stars)
It is a fantastic fairy tale for adults. It supports 'the good and the evil', 'the strong and the weak', the happy and the misfortune, the beloved and the detested. Like with all fairy stories it keeps one's on the edge always looking out for the next surprise, suffering with the good ones, wishing all evil the bad ones and always waiting for the ultimative happy ending.
It is fast-paced, well written and enjoyable to read. I can strongly recommend it.
I love that book! You would probably like the sequel, The Girl With No Shadow.
A very interesting story about the lives of slaves and women in the 17th century in America. It's insightfully written with a lot of love for all protagonists that gives each one a strong personality, even if in reality it was the contrary. It's a story that gives reason to start thinking about our ancestors's doing but also the low lives of the socially disadvantaged of our time - a kind of modern slavery.
(3 1/2 stars)
Hi Barbara, yes it does seem that me and Mr P are in close contact, i have been checking books so that i can get my series's up to date on fictfact and have only done the bedroom bookshelf and i have 10 Mr P books to read and i'm sure that 3 more are due out in paperback before christmas. I have just got to tackle the books in the loft so it's going to take me a few days but by then i will know how many books i currently have awaiting to be read, i think it will be somewhere between 1150 and 1300 books, i hope not more than the upper figure.
Glad you had a good party for your father-in-law, we are going to have a party for Karen's dad's 90th birthday next March, hopefully. I am well and back to school helping with thier reading which i enjoy. I am sure that i will get to my 50 book target and my 25,000 page target even if it means burning the midnight oil. Nice to hear from you again hope you have had a good weekend and have a good week my dear.
I've read this book for 'The Banned Books' week. I'm glad that I've chosen this one. I'm very impressed and it crept beneath the skin. The characters are thoroughly described and I got quickly familiar with each of them. It's written so lively that I've got the feeling sitting directly among them. All the protagonists are representatives for the population in their personality, thinking, belief, fear, bitchiness and hope. As a reader I've got strongly positives as well as negatives feelings for them. I started to support efforts for the weak ones and hated the unjustness of the evil ones.
I've no idea, why this book was once banned. Perhaps it's the language. In my opinion the language fits perfectly. In war time there can't be a milk and honey language, but a rough and brutal language seems to be more appropriate.
I can strongly recommend it. a German literary critic (Marcel Reich-Ranicki) said:
I'm not sure if many books about WWII will stay, but for 'The Naked And The Dead' it will be for sure.
(4 1/2 stars)
Hi Barbara, loved your review of The Naked and The Dead it's on my pile to be read and after this i am going to have to get it out of the loft and read it. Further to my previous post i have finally listed all of my books and am making tracks with logging my series on fictfact, my books to read total is 1291 a total too high.
How are you my dear and what are you up to, have a nice weekend.
It was a lovely story how Vivien learned about her origin and her ancestors. Her parents were early refugees from Hungary whereas her uncle her father's brother was coming to London much later. Her parents were always worried about being sent back to Hungary. So they decided to cut off their past and to keep by themselves so there would never be a reason for sending them back to Hungary. Therefore they changed their family name and never told a word about their earlier life to Vivien. Vivien's uncle was the contrary of her parents. He was open minded and with his dark busyness he was walking mostly on the other side of the law. From him she learned all about her ancestry.
(3 1/2 stars)
Starting out in Italy with the riddle of an old map I was very quick drawn back to the good old Western movies because the main part of the story takes place in the Wild West. I really enjoyed this Western style, haven't been reading or watching a movie since 30 years, but during the reading I was remembered of all genres, hints and tricks with all the good and bad guys, the Indian tribes, the cavalries, finding fortunes and losing everything. It was a gorgeous adventure.
The end is taking place back in Italy and the outcome was definitely an absolutely surprise. The story was gripping until the very end.
This is a wonderful story and it was a great pleasure to read it. It 's telling a family story which could be placed in most families all over the world. An elderly woman which is diseased of Alzheimer is tracing the past from her ancestors, her past and her present as well as the linked past of the earlier owners of the nursing home she is staying. In this story a second one is relating the relationship between mother and daughter as well as son future son-in-law. The love between the mother and her daughter is described with a deep love and kindness. It also shows that they were a long time unaware of their strong bond especially the daughter. She was mostly messed up with her job in a hedge-fund. And there is also a third story the marvelous relationship between the mother and a teenager. It's a connection more like a granny to her grandson. He makes her feel young and necessary, strong and confident whereas she gives him the feeling to be important, loveable and to have an own selfhood.
(4 1/2 stars)
Hi Barbara, thanks for the message on my thread, i am a little way behind you but think i will get to fifty. Thinking about joining the 75ers next year as i need to reduce my TBR pile but still want to read 25,000 pages so i will read the 220 to 370 page books.
Hi John, I hope you'll post also in the 50er group when you'll join the 75ers, otherwise I won't see your postings because I'll stay in this group. This year was for me a fabulous reading year, but I don't know if I'll get so much books done next year.
Hi Barbara, i will be keeping in touch with you as i'll be staying in the 50er group as well, going to be hedgeing my bets a bit because although i want to get the TBR pile down i can't resist the longer books i've got.
Hi Barbara, not sure i will be able to stop buying books, i just love all types of book shops.
In my opinion this is a weak story. After 3 chapters it was almost clear where the plot is leading. In addition to all the different locations of the violences and the struggling of the multitude of police forces the leading of the story wasn't getting better. The idea of writing a story about the danger of sects, the strict obedience of the members, the morbid thinking of these leaders is a great effort but in this case badly realised.
(2 1/2 stars)
It was a great pleasure to read this book. There were such a lot of déjà vu for me. All those funny little experiences with own children which I've remembered could be really identically to the authors one. The only differences are that in my country children are still able to play out in the neighbourhood without any parental survey as well the cycling on the roads is still possible here. It was a marvellous and humorously reading.
It was the first Flavia de Luce's mistery but definitely not the last one I've read. What a marvellous story. Young Flavia is solving the mistery that's the main reason because I love this story. It's fabulous how the plot is working from a very gifted child's view. She is very brave, fast thinking and extremley clever. She has a wonderful way talking with elderly people to get to know what she needs. It looks like she is the little twin of Miss Marpel. Secondly, the Story' compostion is fast-paced with lots of turns and twists and it kept me entertaining til the very end.
This one (Bradley) is sitting on one of my bookshelves in a TBR stack! Now I'm re-intrigued! :)
This is as always a fast-paced Mitch Rapp thriller. I love these books and enjoyed the reading. Mitch is saving again the world more precisely Washington and his president. For this reason he is travelling between the Middle East and USA without getting any sleep. His manner is as rough as no one else can be. His procedures are miles away from the official politic and habit but it's the only way to reach the goal. However, the problem is solved not until the very end and therefore the story was gripping until the very last page.
I seldom give five stars for a book but in this case I don't have another possibility. It's an absolutely brilliant story. I would put it into the category of cosy mysteries. It's a mixture between Miss Marpel and Murder she wrote only in a modern version and set out in Canada.
I got quickly familiar with all characters. CM Spencer described them, the actions and the surrounding so vivid that I've felt being into the plot on my own, being a part of them as a ghostly observer. I suffered with Anna Nolan when she was trying to track down her ex-husband's murder in her unorthodox ways. Sometimes I felt to give her support or held her back on the other hand I had to roll my eyes and and could laugh out loud.
It's marvellously written and I wasn't able to stop the reading. It kept me guessing up until the very end if Anna will get him or not and this made me all tingly.
I can strongly recommend this book.
Thanks Barbara for your positive message, now i have finished the first book for December i can see the finish line.
Thanks for your message, my LT friends are spurring me on to my targets ans after wednesday thats it for me at school til January 7th so apart from doing some housework for Karen and the xmas festivities i should have plenty of time to get some reading done.
Hope all the family is well and not working too hard.
It's a wonderful mix between a thriller and a crime mystery. I liked the self-contained chapters which are related but also focused on an other part of the story. Every now and then they are crossing their path, it looks like an update for all protagonists before they leave each other for travelling their own route before meeting with each other again. Everybody puts himself in jeopardy when also they are working in pairs and it seems that all the characters have difficulty to trust their next. There is a story in the present which is related to an unsolved story from the past. It's fast-paced and extremely enthralling. The only disappointment came in the end when I had to find out that this book is only the first part of the story and a sequel is following. It leaves me hanging in the nothingness. What a pity!
It is an excellent story about a siege taking place in Albania in the 15s century. It's a war between Christians who were living in the castle and Muslims who tried to capture the castle. The most part of the story is from the view of the aggressors. In each chapter the focus was laid-out on a special group of them. The main characters are crossing their paths in each chapter, whereas other figures have got only an individually appearance. The view of the attacked ones is kept very short and always in front of a new chapter.
The outcome of this war was surprisingly and is mainly based on natural forces.
(4 1/2 stars)
Happy christmas my dear, will you get to the 75 mark by the end of the 31st.
This is the first book from a wonderful new espionage serie. It's written in a marvellous humorously way. It's fast-paced sometimes too quickly, so that I had to go back a few pages to be sure that I understood the point correctly. Nevertheless this story is definitely set out in a fascinating way to introduce all the main characters which we'll see probably in the future books of this serie. The links between the protagonists kept me guessing until the very end and therefore the reading is always enthralling.
The second book of the Bard's Bed & Breakfast Mystery serie is even better than the first one. Whereas in the first book the main focus is laid out on the introduction of all the protagonists, the second book goes into a espionage story based on a current and explosive case in the Middle East - Syria and Assad. In my opinion Sara Barton has done a masterpiece in embedding the up-to-dateness into a cosy mystery set out in Vermont.
Bea in her down-to-earth way is not only manoeuvring the trained agents she also has got a big heart for everyone and is always looking forward to killing two birds with one stone. Therefore she mostly needs the help of another confederate to make sure her husband's goodwill.
It's a nice short story something between Sherlock Holmes/Dr. Watson and Frankenstein's monster. This 'monster' has got a kind of soul especially for abused children and therefor is keeping them safe. Thanks to the love and protection for a little Chinese girl the two main characters are able to survive.
It's a fast-paced enjoyable reading.
(3 1/2 stars)
Wow, what an enthralling plot! I couldn't put it away. It kept me breathless and I was urged to go on until the very last page. Right from the start I was dipped into the explosive world of the Middle East around the time of the 80s. Beirut wasn't anymore the Paris from the East. The war has divided the city into west and east with a lot of checkpoints, military forces and several intelligence services which play each other off against each other. In the middle of this setting a CIA agent is not only trying to do the best for his intelligence service but also to solve his former love live and saving his currently one.
I can strongly recommend this story.
(4 1/2 stars)
Written in a sentimental way, it's a story which involves a family tragedy, sisterly love, regaining one's own strength, friendship and belief. From the start I never have gotten the feeling to take a special character's side. To all of them I had the same feeling and I was dipping into their fate likewise. The outcome of the story wasn't a surprise more the bottom line from the previous knowledge.
What an enjoyable reading! It contains two marvellous historical mysteries. Each one is set up somewhere in the British countryside. The second similarity is that it's always a woman from the upper classes which is solving the murder and the third in common is that the murderer has always to keep hidden a misstep from his past. It's a great pleasure to read the two short stories not only to follow the 'detective's' mind but also there were many little false steps where I could laugh out loud.
I'm deeply moved and with a great thankfulness that I could read this wonderful book which I would call a Heritage of Mankind. This book is telling the story of a strong lady who had to experience the most dreadful time in the first half of the 20th century and only later was able to receive security even though for a short time. It isn't a story of the well-known events of WWII. The story is telling the most private feelings, failures and faith within a family which was trying to be honest to each other and on the other hand was protecting each other from the true feelings. I've a great respect for Charlotte that she could entrust her life story to Leon Berger and equally that he could write it down not only with an absolutely correctness but also with a deep love.
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