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I'm aiming at 10 categories of 10 books each in four different challenges. I'll comment on all my reading here.
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Winds of change
I finished it in bed after midnight, so normally I'd have counted this for yesterday, but instead I'll count it as the first book finished for this year.
Le Guin has written better.
Don't worry (it's safe to eat)
Der Altmexikanische Federkopfschmuck
Now to go back and see the new exhibit again! An interesting catalogue if you read German or Spanish.
Winds of fury
Nikolaus und Engelshaar
I got fascinated with art forgery in high school, so always glad to read more about it.
Hermann Leopoldi, Hersch Kohn : eine Biographie
Medieval garments reconstructed : Norse Clothing Patterns
This is exactly what the title says - patterns for reconstructing Norse (specifically Greenland) garments. They go into the threads and weaves used as well so that if you want to start with spinning your own threads (from the right sort of sheep) on spindles and weave with a traditional vertical loom, you could do it, but they also have suggestions for making it easier on yourself.
BTW My husband is not going along with the idea of us getting a few pet Icelandic sheep, even if they would mow the lawn for him. Review.
Weihnachtszeit oder Heiße Schokolade bei Signora Rosa
This was a nice one.
Little Known Facts about India
Half of a yellow sun
This one counts for Awards CAT, AlphaCAT, and RandomCAT
A small place
My son was assigned this to be read just before visiting the island a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to discusing it with him.
The Cambridge history of early Christian literature
Very good. Reviewed.
Deutsch als Fremdsprache in Europa vom Mittelalter bis zur Barockzeit
Not as long as it looks, because of the short chapters that use a lot of paper. It was easy to read and I enjoyed it. As for the ending (see a review) there wasn't going to be a big happy ending. Anything like a climax would have read very false.
Bluff your way in music
I decided to throw this away, as it has become very dated sometime in the past half a century.
The last shepherds
The Cambridge companion to classical Islamic theology
Very Academic, very theoretical. I did get through it.
The cat's table
Sorry, wir haben die Landebahn verfehlt
Lots of small incidents. Some funny, some less so.
Die geheime Sprache der Bäume
Myths of Male Dominance
Türk Işlemelerinden Motifler
Not useful for me, and probably not for many people, even if they read Turkish. Reviewed.
BTW, no, I don't read Turkish, but most embroidery pattern books can be used without reading the limited amount of text. 'Reading' a book like this involves looking at the patterns and evaluating their usefulness and appeal.
Propst Maximillian Fürnsinn
Mein Leben in Schönbrunn
An interesting one. Although the author is actually English mother tongue, the German often seems to flow better. I found the parts describing his experiences at Schönbrunn to be more interesting than the parts describing the individual rooms.
It was also interesting to hear that my recollections of the tours in the 70s were accurate. If they are now better it is time to go through again.
The house at Tyneford
The Vienna parts didn't convince me. The parts in England are lovely.
Essig : Sinnlichkeit & Leidenschaft
Discarded. The recipes are very fancy. and everything depends on his vinegars. In the end a big ad for his products. Review.
Healthy Bakes & Cupcakes
The Diary of a Nobody
The devils of Loudun
Huxley can write good narrative fiction. In this case he wrote nonfiction, and didn't bother with good narrative.
Valadas versinkende Gärten
A good story, but it goes on longer than it really has the substance for.
German : word by word
Distopian fantasy taking place post climate change. The story is so-so, the future worlds poorly thought through. Review.
Duchess of nothing
A total waste of time. The most useful thing this woman does is to light cigarettes.
How to be idle
Be idle - with the help of tobacco, alcohol, and ecstasy. If he needs drugs to be idle, I don't want his advice. Review.
Finding the Way
Vom Verzehr wird abgeraten
Hand spun : new spins on traditional techniques
Phoenix and ashes
Who speaks for Islam?
I'd really like to find a book or two about Islam that get beyond the Islam 101 level without assuming a graduate degree in Islamic studies. This assumes you might have heard that Islam and Mohammed have something to do with each other.
Warum schmecken Maulbeeren am besten nackt?
Just the thing to read when getting ready for the new garden year. Now which of these plants should I add to my repetoire? Review.
My husband heard a radio programme about Scarlett Epstein, and insisted that I would enjoy reading something by her. He was right.
Dicker Hals und kalte Füße
Steam Railways Explained: Steam, Oil and Locomotion
Roses and flowering branches in counted cross-stitch
44 Charles Street
Darf man als Nackerta ins Hawelka?
What great teachers do differently
This was not terribly enlightening.
Changing the world
James Wong's Homegrown Revolution
Just the right time of year to get excited about this (if one really believes that Spring will come this year). I'm off to the garden store. Reviewed.
The reluctant matchmaker
The best exotic Marigold hotel
Tiere in der Stadt
Tricky, tricky. Halfway through the book I was rather disgusted with it, as I was getting tired of reading about all the 'bugs' of various sorts that we share our houses with. However the final chapters were all about foxes and birds and ... although they left out hedgehogs :-( . So I finish the book very happy with it.
Crossroads and Other Tales of Valdemar
Not for children. Reviewed.
This felt like a prequel to all the Henry VIII stuff I have read. Reviewed.
Under the Vale
A fair amount over what is wrong with Austria's schools. Not much about how to improve them. (Except for the lovely thought experiment about a tsunami that rolls through and only destroys old schools.)
The distant hours
This held my interest in spite of length and time jumping. For one thing, the time jumping was very well done. Not only was the date given, but the context was always clear.
Wien In Rätseln
The knitting answer book
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Last orders at Harrods
The philosophy of Hebrew scripture
This author makes sense. He gives me words to say things that I felt before but couldn't express. I also learned many new things. What more can one ask of a theology book?
Das Mädchen vom Amazonas
320 Abécédaires à broder
Deutsch als Fremdsprache : nach Themen (Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz)
Useful resource. Reviewed.
The red leather diary
Als die Hasen noch fliegen konnten
I had a whole classroom in giggles with this one. Reviewed.
The new world of needlepoint
Probably the worst Steel I have ever read. Reviewed.
I don't usually enjoy mysteries, but did like this one, and plan to read the other Indian ones.
Eating Chinese food naked
I don't see the point of this one.
This one is a real treasure. If you have been to Iceland you will want to see the pictures and be reminded of your trip. If you haven't been, this will make you want to head off soon. When can we go back? Review.
Producing your own power
Trendpflanzen : Stevia, Goji, Indianerbanane
Der liebe Gott sieht aus wie ein Elefant, oder?
The human touch
This starts off well, but ends 'not with a bang, but a wimper'. Reviewed.
The historical aspect of this is more interesting than the recipes themselves. Most of the transformations into modern recipes were fine, but in a few I think the editor didn't even try to do what the recipe said, but instead did what he thought ought to be there.
Volkstümliche Kreuzstichmuster (1978)
Anno 1683 : die Türken vor Wien
Nothing to add to jcbrunner's excellent review.
A house divided
I know why the caged bird sings
I'm very glad to see that the person who had the combined authobiographies out overdue has finally returned it. I can read the rest of them soon.
Zitronen : Das Kochbuch
Recipes look good.
World's best science fiction : 1971
Most of these stories were not really my thing. On the other hand I hadn't read any of them before.
The Industrial Revolution explained
Sie meinten's herzlich gut
This gets repetitious after a while.
Miracle on Regent Street
Survival with style
Mein Kind liebt anders
Might possibly be helpful for parents who know nothing.
Der liebe Gott und die Grossmama
An interesting book about how someone learned not to believe.
Scots move to Spain and have culture shock. Somehow every new book in this genre sounds pretty much the same. Reviewed.
Wiener Ringstrasse 1
Good references. Might even be interesting to walk the Ring with these. I think I'll skip just reading the other 2, though.
The naked sun
Georgette Heyer's Regency world
I'm rather disappointed, as I didn't learn much.
Die Schatzsuche und andere Abenteuergeschichten
Die traditionelle Österreichische Küche
I'm going to have to buy this one.
An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding
Aprons and Silver Spoons
This was wonderful!
Horrible Geography of the World
Yes, I read the books I buy for my grandsons before I mail them off. I think they will enjoy this one.
Izzy : a child of the cut
See my recomendation. Frankly, although the story is not bad, this is a lot more interesting to me because of the connection to Foxton and to the Half Cut Theatre. On the other hand, I did make the recommendation reciprical, because there just aren't enough books of this sort around.
Food Glorious Food
The comic English grammar
I enjoyed reading this.
Ancient Egyptian and Greek looms
A girl's ride in Iceland
Parochial and plain sermons vol VII
iPad for Seniors
Stirbt ein Bediensteter während der Dienstreise
Lady of the English
Dictionary of true etymologies
This ought to be called the dictionary of untrue etymologies, as that is where the author spends most of his time. Review.
Kopfbedeckungen für Mann und Frau
I need to make myself something in the next week or two for the next Medieval fair we go to. (Hide my scandalously short hair!)
In the Wet
A rather weird one, but one of my favourite Shutes.
Ritterburg & Königsschloss
Holiness : rabbinic Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world
Der rote Komet
German Sci fi from 1909. Don't bother.
A mistletoe kiss
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
Die Donau : Geschichte und Geschichten vom großen Strom
Die Hugis - der neue Pullover
Die Biene Maya und ihre Abenteuer
This is sweet.
The author doesn't think much of women.
By the way - I'm still trying to tidy things up, but I officially completed my fiction challenge last week.
With the nonfiction and German coming on well (7 done in each and several more nearly there), and three finished in overflow I should finish all by the end of the year.
Congrats on completing your fiction challenge! Good luck with the others.
Die Geschichte der Muster : eine Zeitreise durch drei Jahrtausende
Not as good as I had hoped. Reviewed.
Better days will come
Die Welt zur Zeit Jesu
Unnützes Wien Wissen
Don't bother. Reviewed.
Raffles; further adventures of the amateur cracksman
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. It was also much more a continuous narrative than the first, which was a series of short stories.
Boy : tales of childhood
Tailor-made, Handmade & Remade
Lovely, and the more so for all the textile details. Reviewed.
No, I do NOT want to live on a narrowboat. But it is fun to read about.
A picture book for adults. I am astonished as well at the number of reviewers who called it a 'folk tale'. Note that not one mentioned children enjoying it. Reviewed.
Don't stand where the comet is assumed to strike oil
Ozeane : Willst du es wissen?
John for everyone : part 1 : chapters 1 - 10
The hobbit or There and back again
Spinnen - Leicht gemacht : das umfassende Praxisbuch
I need to buy this one - but in English.
The power of Babel : a natural history of language
The ebony tower
Fowles writes very elegant prose. His descriptions are beautiful. How sad that his stories don't go anywhere. Review.
Hans Brinker; or, The silver skates
I think the version I read as a child must have been abridged.
The Jesus connection : to triumph over anti-Semitism
Am Ende des Archipels : Alfred Russel Wallace
The When you live in Hawaii, you get very creative during Passover…
Fellowship of the Ring
Waldo; and Magic, Inc
This was supposed to fill science fiction, but is really more fantasy. I still need it in SF though. Reviewed. Nit worth having read it if it doesn't fill the category.
Warum sind wir morgens größer als abends?
The two towers
Frag doch mal... Die meistgestellten Fragen an die Maus
Beyond belief : my secret life inside Scientology and my harrowing escape
the first person and other stories
Finding happiness : monastic steps for a fulfilling life
Heraus mit der Sprache
The return of the king
Getting the Buggers to Read
Reviewed. On the whole I am disappointed with the two books I bought on reading. This one would at least be useful for its intended audience. I was in too much hurry at the bookstore.
John : IVP New Testament Commentary
John for everyone : part 2 : Chapters 11-21
John (Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament)
BTW, that means I also finished working my way through John in Greek! I also used The Gospel and Epistles of John : a concise commentary but have not finished it because I haven't done the epistles at this time.
Behind the gospels : understanding the oral tradition
This was very interesting.
The servant girl
This would be great - if it were up to date. Review.
Die Krone der Schöpfung : Die größten Irrtümer über uns Menschen
You can prove almost anything if you chose the right studies. Müller has chosen studies that 'prove' how bad people are, even when there are obvious problems with the study and/or the conclusions drawn from it.
Fun, but I have better books of old pictures of Vienna.
Encyclopedia of 300 crochet patterns, stitches, and designs
The nun's story
My copy is falling apart. Most books I would have discarded a long time ago.
Jess Carter and the Rodneys
Spinning Wheel Stories
The centurion's story
Short story of the crucifiction narrated by the centurion.
Through Canal-Land in a Canadian Canoe
Very short e-book. Largely of interest because we were on part of the route this summer.
Mut zur Schönheit : Streitschrift gegen die Verschandelung Österreichs
I know he has a point, but he carries it too far.
The narrative of Cabeza de Vaca
The Mother of St Nicholas
Very kitschy! Beautiful virtuous Christian maiden carried off to Rome to be thrown before wild beasts... So how does she escape to become the title? Download it to find out. It's short. Review.
Mr Wilkinson's favourite vegetables
The narrowboat girl
The Art of Biblical Narrative
Now having just reread my old copy, I realize that Alter has recently put out a revised edition. It would, of course, be interesting to read that, but certainly the original has held up well over three decades, much better than most books of that era. It is still exciting, and I look forward to reading more of his books. Review.
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