New In | E-books #2

I know I know, I didn’t want to buy any more books, that was the goal. Buying e-books doesn’t make me feel that bad, though. I am so excited about these beautiful books.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy. (Goodreads)

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Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be? and What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

Am I Normal Yet? – Evie, Amber and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a “normal” teen life in the grip of OCD, from the acclaimed author of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting. (Goodreads)

Never Never : Part One of Three by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget. (Goodreads)

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August | Wrap Up

August | Wrap Up

During all of August I have been working and therefore didn’t have as much time for reading as I would have had otherwise. I did participate in the Bout of Books 17 readathon though, which was helpful. Eventually, I was able to read 4 and listen to 2 novels. In July, I read around 1600 pages. This month in August, I read around 1750. This is 150 pages more than last month. Hence I am happy with my progress. Sadly, none of these books were on my big Summer Reading Goals to-be-read.

Hardcovers and Paperbacks

General

The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion
Pages: 352 | Contemporary, Humor, Chick Lit | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads

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E-books

Yes Please Amy Poehler
Pages: 352 | Memoir, Comedy | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads
My review for this can be found here.

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You Before Anyone Else Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Pages: 400 | YA, Contemporary, Romance | Rating: 4.5/5 | Goodreads
My review for this can be found here.

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Loing It Cora Carmack
Pages: 280 | New Adult, Contemporary, Romance | Rating: 4.75/5 | Goodreads

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Audio books

Dream Story Arthur Schnitzler
Length: 3 hours (99 pages) | Fiction, Classics, German Literature | Rating: 4/5 | Goodreads

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The Wall Marlen Haushofer
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes (276 pages) | Fiction, German Literature | Rating: 3/5 | Goodreads

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What have you been reading in August?

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Had To Read At School in Austria

Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Had To Read At School in Austria

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted and created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a bookish topic for which one can create a list of 10 (or more or less) items that fit said theme! This week’s amazing topic is:

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

For this Back to School Freebie I chose to show you ten books I had to read at school here in Austria. It’s interesting for me to show you those (mostly classics) that are not talked about that much outside of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Only just now did I realize that all books were written by men. I can remember there being woman on the list of recommended mandatory reads, but not too many.

8 Books I Had To Read At School

The Bone Man by Wolf Haas

At a wildly popular chicken shack in the Austrian countryside, where snooty Viennese gourmands go to indulge their secret passion for fried chicken, a gruesome discovery is made in the pile of chicken bones waiting to be fed into the basement grinder: human bones.

But when private eye Simon Brenner shows up to investigate, the manager of the restaurant, who hired him, has disappeared … while the owner of the place urges him to stay on and eat chicken.

Brenner likes chicken, so he stays, but as he waits for the manager, he discovers that the bucolic countryside is full of suspicious types: prostitutes, war profiteers, unsavory art dealers, Slavic soccer champs with dubious pasts — and at least one rather grisly murderer. And the more Brenner looks into things, the more it dawns on him that there’s a cleaver somewhere with his name on it. (Goodreads)

The Physicists by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The setting: a madhouse. The principal characters: three male patients, all nuclear physicists. One, Herbert George Bentler, believes he is Newton; a second, Ernst Ernesti, thinks he is Einstein. Both are fairly recent arrivals at the asylum. The third, Johann Wilhelm Mobius, who has visions in which King Solomon appears to him, has been there for fifteen years. In charge: the efficient, aristocratic, hunchbacked woman-psychiatrist, Fraulein Dr. Mathilde von Zahud. To this, add the Aristotelian unities of place, time and action (“The action takes place among madmen and therefore requires a classical framework,” the author notes), and one has the basic ingredients of one of Swiss dramatist Friedrich Durrenmatt’s most ambitious plays. (Goodreads)

Youth Without God by Ödön von Horváth

An unnamed narrator in an unnamed country is a schoolteacher with “a safe job with a pension at the end of it.” But, when he reprimands a student for a racist comment, he is accused of “sabotage of the Fatherland,” and his students revolt. A murder follows, and the teacher must face his role in it, even if it costs him everything. (Goodreads)

Andorra by Max Frisch

The republic of Andorra is invaded by totalitarian forces. The populace capitulates to the anti-Semitism of the aggressor and betrays Andri, the foundling son of the local schoolmaster. But Andri it seems, is not a Jew at all. (Goodreads)

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man. They come together to try their skills against him and are soundly defeated. Then a mysterious passenger steps forward to advise them and their fortunes change. How he came to possess his extraordinary grasp of the game of chess and at what cost lie at the heart of Zweig’s story. (Goodreads)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other–if only he can come out of the war alive. (Goodreads)

Faust: First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Goethe’s Faust reworks the late-medieval myth of Dr Faust, a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract or wager with the devil, Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seek to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last for ever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe’s great work the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a life beyond his study and – in rejuvenated form – winning the love of the charming and beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire and self-delusion, Faust, served by the devil, heads inexorably towards destruction. (Goodreads)

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was laying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little he could see his domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments on top of which the bed quilt could hardly keep in position and was about to slide off completely. His numerous legs, which were pitifully thin compared to the rest of his bulk, waved helplessly before his eyes. (Goodreads)

2 Books I Chose From A List Of Recommended Reads For Our Class (Still Mandatory)

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in the St. Petersburg of the tsars, is determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will. When he commits an act of murder and theft, he sets into motion a story that, for its excruciating suspense, its atmospheric vividness, and its depth of characterization and vision is almost unequaled in the literatures of the world. (Goodreads)

Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse’s Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher’s fierce intellect and sense of discipline. When Narcissus persuades the young student that he is not meant for a life of self-denial, Goldmund sets off in pursuit of aesthetic and physical pleasures, a path that leads him to a final, unexpected reunion with Narcissus. (Goodreads)

Bout of Books 17 | Wrap Up

What a great readathon this has been! Although I didn’t participate in any challenges, I did a lot of reading (and some listening). I decided to ditch my TBR for the last day and do some reading of books that I randomly felt like reading and listening to. I borrowed the audio book of The Wall from our local library, was only recently approved for an eARC or Year of No Clutter on NetGalley and found out that Never Never: Part One of Three was free on Amazon so I downloaded it. I’ve been listening to The Wall in my car and it’s really well read. Also, thanks to Lisa @ Captivated Reader and Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads for leaving nice, motivating comments during this readathon! Once again, finally, look at what and how much I’ve read today!

Number of pages I’ve read and listened to today: 334

Total number of pages I’ve read: 966

Number of books I finished today: 1

Books: The Wall (2 hours 30 minutes | 276 pages), Year of No Clutter (5% – 16 pages), Never Never (28% – 42 pages)

Finished Books: Losing It, The Rosie Project, The Wall

Summary: I am so happy to announce that I managed to fulfill all of my three goals! I read 966 out of the 800 pages that I anticipated, I finished not only one, but three books and I had lots of fun. I’m definitely looking forward to be participating in the next Bout of Books.

Bout of Books 17 | Update #6

Second book: finished! I am more than happy with my progress. There is only one more day left for reading and still some more time to get to the last two books on my to-be-read for this readathon. I think I might be able to read the remaining 168 pages that I need to be able to finish my goal of reading 800 pages!

Number of pages I’ve read today: 92

Total number of pages I’ve read: 632

Number of books I finished today: 1

Books: The Rosie Project (92 pages)

Finished Books: Losing It, The Rosie Project

Bout of Books 17 | Update #5

I’m very late with this, I know. This day didn’t go too well, either, I didn’t make lots of progress, but at least some. How are you guys doing? Only two more updates to go.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 87

Total number of pages I’ve read: 540

Number of books I finished today: –

Books: The Rosie Project (87 pages)

Finished Books: Losing It

Bout of Books 17 | Update #4

This readathon is nearly done and I am totally behind on the pages I wanted to read! I’m only halfway through The Rosie Project and it’s really enjoyable although frustrating at times. I gotta speed up and hope to be able to finish The Rosie Project soon so I can still fit some A Clash of Kings into my schedule.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 107

Total number of pages I’ve read: 453

Number of books I finished today: –

Books: The Rosie Project (107 pages)

Finished Books: Losing It

Bout of Books 17 | Update #3

I did make some progress with my second book and it’s not that much, but I am not beating myself up about it! At the moment I am finding it extraordinarily hard to read my physical books. Reading on my Kindle is something I’ve gotten so used to that it’s hard for me to break that habit. I am way faster on my Kindle, too. Well, at least The Rosie Project is interesting enough to keep going! To reach the 800 pages I set up as my goal though, I need to speed up a little. Without getting too sentimental, the Bout of Books is a lot of fun and I like posting these updates and push myself to read more. Keep reading!

Number of pages I’ve read today: 66

Total number of pages I’ve read: 346

Number of books I finished today: –

Books: The Rosie Project (66 pages)

Bout of Books 17 | Update #2

My sleep schedule is really messed up but I finished my first book! Losing It really was a great choice for this readathon. I’ll be moving on to The Rosie Project now. How are you doing?

Number of pages I’ve read today: 146

Total number of pages I’ve read: 280

Number of books I finished today: 1

Books: Losing It (52% – 146 pages)

Top 5 Wednesday | Books To Read Before The End Of The Year

Top 5 Wednesday | Books To Read Before The End Of The Year

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! This week’s amazing theme is: Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is being hosted by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. The official group on Goodreads can be found here.

As I have already mentioned yesterday, there are more than 100 books on my to-read. With so many books, it is quite stressful for me personally to decide what to read next and what my most important reads are for the rest of the year.

1 Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

I cannot count the endless times that I said I’d be reading this book this month or soon or right now and I never did. This has been on my to-read list for two years already. I love Murakami and I wanna read all of his works, but I am having trouble with one of his more widely popular ones. I wanna finish it this year, I really do.

2 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I have borrowed this from my friend over a year ago, I think. And I did read a few pages, but never more than that. The hype for this one kind of made it not that interesting to me. Not that this hype has died down now, but I want to finish this soon, so I can give back the copy to my bestie.

3 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

I also borrowed this from said best friend, which she happily let me do, although I had still not returned Fangirl. We’ll see how this goes and hopefully she’ll get both copies back soonish.

4 You by Caroline Kepnes

This one was bought not too long ago, but I have been meaning to read it since I saw it everywhere and everyone seemed to like it. I’m looking forward to some great thriller and mystery action!

5 The Secret History by Donna Tartt

So many people seem to love this one, too. Actually, I found my copy in a secondhand shop and it’s from 1993! It’s in a really good condition and smells old, I love it and I am hoping to finish this in 2016, still.


What are the books you want to read before 2017 starts?