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2013 Category Challenge

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Nov 25, 2012, 6:16am Top

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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Nov 26, 2012, 3:08pm Top

I look forward to seeing what ends up on your lists this year!

Edited: Jan 11, 2013, 10:25am Top

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

Yellow bird

Edited: Jan 12, 2013, 3:59pm Top

I got fascinated with art forgery in high school, so always glad to read more about it.

Storm warning

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

Edited: Jan 18, 2013, 9:53am Top

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.

Storm rising

The Cambridge history of early Christian literature
Very good. Reviewed.

Edited: Jan 22, 2013, 3:20pm Top

Deutsch als Fremdsprache in Europa vom Mittelalter bis zur Barockzeit

Silk Road
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.

Storm breaking

The last shepherds

Edited: Jan 26, 2013, 4:02pm Top

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.


Edited: Apr 26, 2013, 3:30pm Top

Die geheime Sprache der Bäume

Elemental Magic

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

Edited: Feb 3, 2013, 5:08pm Top

Deadeye Dick
Decidedly weird.

Salzkammergut für Bergwanderer
Makes me wish it were sommer and that we were taking a vacation in Salzkammergut. Reviewed.

Jesus and Judaism


Edited: Feb 11, 2013, 12:19pm Top

Innocents Afloat
This brought back lots of fun memories.

Monsignor Quixote
I had never read this before, but had seen a video of it several times. I am glad that the video seems to have been fairly true to the book.

The ghost map

The tinker's girl

Edited: Feb 17, 2013, 5:10pm Top

Brightly burning

Mistakes were made (but not by me)


Als die Sonne nicht unterging

A Tiny Bit Marvellous
And this woman wants to give other mothers advice on dealing with teenagers! This was really bad.

Listening to the text

Edited: Mar 7, 2013, 4:04am Top

Gedankenlesen durch Schneckenstreicheln
Don't bother with this one. Reviewed.

The full moon bride
I like Bantwal's books, and they are getting better and better as she gets more experience.

Susis geheimes Tagebuch / Pauls geheimes Tagebuch Needs an ending.

Edited: Mar 11, 2013, 10:05am Top

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

Edited: Mar 10, 2013, 7:10am Top

Variety Book No.5
Fun to look at, but not likely to use.

Stitch, cloth, paper & paint
Not very interesting

Magic's price

Needlepoint by design

Edited: Mar 18, 2013, 6:28am Top

Martin Luther : Rebell in einer Zeit des Umbruchs
Long, but very good.

The Black Gryphon

Awase. Spielend durch Japan

Islam for dummies

The rapture of Canaan
Ther things people do to themselves and each other in the name of religion.

Edited: Mar 22, 2013, 1:32pm Top

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.

Edited: Mar 26, 2013, 8:21am Top

Duchess of nothing
A total waste of time. The most useful thing this woman does is to light cigarettes.

Edited: Mar 29, 2013, 12:15pm Top

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.

Edited: Mar 31, 2013, 3:21pm Top

The War of 1812

Harmony Silk Factory
Another book where the author wants to be deep and literary, and mostly suceeds in being confusing.

Die Wende
The translation was fairly decent I think. I didn't find the whole thing that interesting, though.

Autism : a very short introduction

Edited: Apr 3, 2013, 4:38pm Top

Moving Targets

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.

Swimming upstream
My husband heard a radio programme about Scarlett Epstein, and insisted that I would enjoy reading something by her. He was right.

Friday's girl

German Slang

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?

Edited: Apr 7, 2013, 5:08pm Top

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

Edited: Sep 12, 2013, 4:23pm Top

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.

Winter king
This felt like a prequel to all the Henry VIII stuff I have read. Reviewed.

Die Gewürzapotheke

Under the Vale

Edited: Apr 17, 2013, 3:45pm Top

Die leere Wand
The German translation was pretty good, so reading it in German wasn't a problem.

Baking cakes in Kigali
This was superb.

A little fate
This is not Nora Roberts' best genre. The stories are superficial and cliched. Review.

The great transformation

Falsche Bilder, echtes Geld

Edited: Apr 20, 2013, 5:34pm Top

The quiet gentleman

The art of survival
Outdated. Put in the paper recycling. Reviewed.


Thursday's children
It's really good to have access to this one again. Reviewed.

Edited: Apr 26, 2013, 3:28pm Top

Die PISA-Lüge
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

Apr 26, 2013, 11:44pm Top

Edited: May 5, 2013, 5:51am Top

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

Sprig muslin

320 Abécédaires à broder

Edited: May 13, 2013, 3:46am Top

Deutsch als Fremdsprache : nach Themen (Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz)
Useful resource. Reviewed.

The red leather diary
Very interesting.

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.

May 14, 2013, 4:40pm Top

The Joe Sandilands series by Cleverly is very good!

May 15, 2013, 2:52am Top

I don't usually enjoy mysteries, but did like this one, and plan to read the other Indian ones.

Edited: May 21, 2013, 3:35pm Top

Eating Chinese food naked
I don't see the point of this one.

Das Island-Buch
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?


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Edited: May 29, 2013, 6:02pm Top

The human touch
This starts off well, but ends 'not with a bang, but a wimper'. Reviewed.

Grimms Kochbuch
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)

Regency buck

Anno 1683 : die Türken vor Wien
Nothing to add to jcbrunner's excellent review.


A house divided

Edited: May 31, 2013, 11:05am Top

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

Edited: Jun 6, 2013, 4:16am Top

The Toll-Gate

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.

Snowball oranges
Scots move to Spain and have culture shock. Somehow every new book in this genre sounds pretty much the same. Reviewed.

Edited: Jun 8, 2013, 4:33pm Top

A respectable trade
A good read, but aspects are totally unrealistic.

Der andere Prinz Eugen

The grand Sophy

Dotter of her father's eyes
I suppose that one of the points of the CAT challenges is to read things out of our comfort zones. We don't have to enjoy it.

Rock Festival

Diamond dust

Edited: Jul 15, 2013, 3:31am Top

The good earth

Lady of quality

Sterben lassen

Yes, chef
An amazing story, and very well told. I may have to buy one of his cookbooks now.

Potatoes : from gnocchi to mash

Home from the Sea

Slice of life

Edited: Jun 23, 2013, 4:18pm Top

Are women human?

The caves of steel
Some of the technology is still way beyond us. Other things look very primative.

Welt-Reisende : ÖsterreicherInnen in der Fremde

True tales of American life

The boy who invented the bubble gun
I like Gallico, and this is one of his best.

Edited: Jun 25, 2013, 4:51pm Top

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.

Edited: Jun 27, 2013, 6:02pm Top

Edited: Jun 29, 2013, 2:33pm Top

Gather together in my Name

Happy Aua
Pictures of mistakes in signs. (German language)

Christ the Lord : out of Egypt
I don't even know where to start with the problems.

Pistols for two

"Sag zum Abfall leise Servus"
Good bad puns are one thing, but these are bad bad puns.

Edited: Aug 22, 2013, 4:26pm Top

Edited: Aug 23, 2013, 4:08pm Top

An Enormously English Monsoon Wedding
Very funny

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.

Life Skills
Bleh. Reviewed.

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

Edited: Aug 25, 2013, 2:18pm Top

Edited: Sep 2, 2013, 12:07pm Top

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!)

Edited: Sep 26, 2013, 12:00pm Top

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

Edited: Sep 24, 2013, 4:50pm Top

A town like Alice

After years of hearing about the yearly performances, I decided to read it. Interesting.

1914 - 1918 : in Bildern

The Victorian city

Edited: Oct 3, 2013, 11:25am Top

The chequer board

Troubled Waters

Auf der Suche nach dem Kind von Bethlehem

I gave up on they have a Word for It
It would be nice to read a new book or two that I could be enthusiastic about.

Mine till midnight
This one was at least amusing.

Edited: Oct 13, 2013, 6:13pm Top

Edited: Oct 24, 2013, 8:05am Top

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.

Oct 24, 2013, 9:43am Top

Congratulations on completing your fiction challenge!

Oct 24, 2013, 6:03pm Top

Congrats on completing your fiction challenge! Good luck with the others.

Edited: Oct 28, 2013, 8:02pm Top

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

Friday's Child

Edited: Nov 1, 2013, 1:43pm Top

The Girl on the Beach

Gott heißt nicht nur Vater
I think I need a copy of the translation this is about.


Shouting at the sky

Edited: Nov 7, 2013, 12:51pm Top

Servus alte Hütt'n!

Narrow minds

Cousin Kate

Wien-Florenz-Rom : storia d´amore
I made it through the 60 pages.

The Complete Lythande
I knew I would enjoy this when I asked for it, but ER books are NOT supposed to totally disrupt my normal reading pattern. Reviewed.

Edited: Nov 13, 2013, 3:09pm Top

Another day
Lovely, and the more so for all the textile details. Reviewed.

Narrow margins
No, I do NOT want to live on a narrowboat. But it is fun to read about.

Old Turtle
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?

Edited: Nov 16, 2013, 3:50pm Top

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.

Edited: Nov 22, 2013, 7:04pm Top

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

Edited: Nov 26, 2013, 5:48pm Top

Beyond belief : my secret life inside Scientology and my harrowing escape

the first person and other stories
Yuck! Reviewed.

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.

Edited: Dec 8, 2013, 4:43pm Top

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Tecumseh and the quest for Indian leadership

Gott eine Frau?

Buddhist ethics
a VERY short introduction. Hard to complain about that, but it doesn't feel very satisfying.

Brodsworth hall and gardens

Thanks for the memories
Reviewed. (**)

Edited: Dec 14, 2013, 5:39pm Top

Österreich intim : Erinnerungen 1892 - 1942
Really good! Reviewed. I'll probably write more later, but have to get it back to the library.

Verlass dich auf mich, morgen komme ich wieder
The Swedish title makes more sense than the German one.

Edited: Dec 15, 2013, 8:26am Top

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.

Edited: Dec 20, 2013, 4:15pm Top

The Physician

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.

Edited: Dec 22, 2013, 4:45pm Top

Vintage Vienna
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.

Edited: Oct 22, 2016, 5:17am Top

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

Two moons

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.

Edited: Dec 27, 2013, 6:21pm Top

Ramlin Rose : the boatwoman's story

Kuchen nur versehentlich gesendet!
Reviewed. (in German)

The Mania Years : The Anatomy of a Canal

The ritual bath
If Jerry doesn't like a mystery, the chances I will have just gone way up.

Edited: Dec 31, 2013, 6:49pm Top

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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