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BerlinBibliophile reads lots of books in 2015 :)

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1BerlinBibliophile
gen. 1, 2015, 10:01am

I'm really looking forward to reading lots (hopefully) this year! Last year I read 104 books, but II'm hoping to top that this year. :)

2drneutron
gen. 1, 2015, 11:09am

Welcome back!

3BerlinBibliophile
gen. 4, 2015, 6:31pm

1. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light, Derek Landy

On second reading, I liked this book a lot more than when I first read it. This time I knew where the story was going and could enjoy it as it is without being distracted by my disagreement with certain plot choices. One thing still distracted me though: a few chapters are set in the future of the rest of the action and those chapters are told in the present tense. It makes sense from a writing standpoint, but I was just jarred out of the story every time it was suddenly in a different tense.
But overall it was great and I will definitely read (and have a meltdown about) the next series.

4BerlinBibliophile
gen. 7, 2015, 11:30am

2. Die Apothekerin, Ingrid Noll

This book was crazy. My mum gave it to me and I was expecting something funny but ... tame? And it was not. Every time you think the protagonist cannot possibly make worse life-decisions, she does! No character in this book was someone you fould like or identify with, but it was extremely well-written.

5ronincats
gen. 7, 2015, 12:23pm

Welcome to the group, Miriam. I'm another fantasy reader, so I'm starring your thread so I can keep track of what you are reading.

6BerlinBibliophile
gen. 7, 2015, 8:17pm

Ronincats, do you also have a list of what you're reading? I'm always looking for good book recommendations :)

7ronincats
gen. 7, 2015, 9:13pm

Here's my thread: http://www.librarything.com/topic/185178

A link to my last year's thread is in message one, where everything I read last year is in message 3. Also, message 2 in this year's thread gives my "Best of" reads for last year.

We share 166 books of the small portion you have catalogued so far, so I'm sure we have some similar tastes.

8BerlinBibliophile
gen. 8, 2015, 6:45pm

Wow, you read lots! And we do seem to share a lot of books :D that picture of where you're from us gorgeous

9BerlinBibliophile
gen. 14, 2015, 7:52am

3. Dragons at Crumbling Castle, Terry Pratchett

This was a book for kids, but as Terry Pratchett is my favourite author, I read it anyway. It was really funny and cute, so I think I will read it for the kids the next time I babysit.
I especially liked the story in which a bus time-travels to the past and the staff have all sorts of adventures.

10BerlinBibliophile
Editat: gen. 20, 2015, 4:48pm

4. Emma, Jane Austen
I read this book several times before, but this time it was for uni and I had to look for parallels to the ideas and theses of Mary Wollstonecraft. It was really interesting.
One thing disturbs me every time though: Knightley saying that he had loved Emma ever since she was thirteen. At which point he was twenty-nine. Ick.

11BerlinBibliophile
gen. 22, 2015, 1:55pm

5. Wachen! Wachen!, Terry Pratchett
I love this book, but I hadn't reread it in quite a while. Mark Reads is currently covering it, so I took that as an occasion to read the book again. One of my favourite passages in Discworld is the one in which Vimes is introduced, when he drunkenly compares the city of Ankh-Morpork to a woman. It gives a great sense of his character at that stage and coveys his resigned drunkenness really well.

12ronincats
gen. 22, 2015, 7:02pm

Guards! Guards! was my first Pratchett and I fell in love--with Pratchett, with Carrot, and most of all with Sam Vines!

13BerlinBibliophile
gen. 23, 2015, 7:39pm

I first read Pyramids, and was not quite convinced. A couple of months later, I tried again with Wyrd Sisters, called MacBest in German. I instantly fell in love, being a complete Shakespeare-fan. But now, the City Watch books are my favourites, especially Vimes himself. Although Cheery is also a particular favourite of mine. :)

14BerlinBibliophile
feb. 7, 2015, 9:01am

6. Persuasion, Jane Austen
7. The Magicians, Lev Grossman

Persuasion is not my favourite Austen by far, but it is still always fun to reread. I like Anne

The Magicians I got as one of my SantaThing presents last year and now I finally got around to reading it. All in all I rather liked it, but I felt that it lacked a certain central focus or tightness of narration. Sometimes the story just felt all over the place. But I really enjoyed Grossman's magic. It felt appropriately complex and hard to learn magic, it seemed realistic, as far as anything can be realistic when it comes to magic.

15ronincats
feb. 7, 2015, 11:07am

The City Watch books are my favorite strand as well, although the Death books run a close second!

I like Anne too. I always feel that Persuasion would have been a stronger book if Jane had been able to finish it properly.

I got so turned off by the alcohol and drug-fueled pity parties of those adolescents that it was hard to focus on the magic. The ending did redeem The Magicians for me, though, although I haven't gone on to the other two books yet.

16BerlinBibliophile
feb. 8, 2015, 5:32am

I'm not sure I'll read the other Magicians books either. It was very infuriating constantly mentally shouting at the characters to stop drinking andget on with their lives. I can understand a little disillusionment and ennui after finishing magic school, but come on, that was really excessive.

I've always liked Anne because of all Austen's heroines I think she is the most like me. I'm not vivacious like Lizzie or beautiful like Emma, but I do like to think I'm generally nice to people and try to help them. And in general I'm really happy with my life but there was one decision which I was persuaded into by my parents which I really regret. Nothing to do with love, but in my choice of highschool, I went to the one my parents wanted instead of the one my friends went to and was absolutely miserable there. I got out after four years and went to a much better and nicer school, but I still regret not having gone there right away. So I overidentify with Anne a little :)

17BerlinBibliophile
feb. 8, 2015, 6:10pm

8. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

I also reread this book for uni. I really like it, but always seem to forget the weird bits, like Mr. Rochester dressing up as an old fortune teller to mess with the woman everyone thinks he will marry. What even is that about.

Fun fact: I went to Lowood Institute for a year. The real girls' boarding school that inspired it, anyway. The school was absurdly proud of being the school that the Brontës went to, which surprised me, as after all they are consequently also the school two of the Brontës died at. Helen Burns is actually based on Charlotte's older sister Maria, who died there of tuberculosis. These days the students there no longer die of malnutrition and over-exposure, but my first call home from the new school started "Mama, I'm hungry and cold". It took me a while to get used to eating dinner at 5:30! :D

I first read this book the summer before going to school there, and have loved it ever since. And unlike Jane or Charlotte, my year there was actually the happiest of my school career.

18BerlinBibliophile
feb. 9, 2015, 4:28pm

9. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

I just binge-watched the entire LBD with my new roommate, who had never seen them before, and could of course not resist rereading the companion book as well. What I like is that it is abeolutely consistent with the series while still adding new layers and character dimensions to the story.

19BerlinBibliophile
feb. 11, 2015, 2:23pm

10. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

This is one of my favourite books ever, and it is incredibly meta. In this universe there are riots between adherents of Renaissance paintings and surrealists, a literature-police dealing with forged Shakespeare and a bad guy who kidnaps Jane Eyre from the manuscript in Haworth House. It's extremely funny and I love and and would strongly recommend it to everyone ever. Although it gets progressively funnier the more classics you have read, it can be thorougly enjoyed even if you don't know all the books referenced by the author. :)

20charl08
feb. 11, 2015, 2:25pm

>17 BerlinBibliophile: I can't believe that school is PROUD of that history?!! That's even more bizarre than the Tom Brown's Schooldays (is it Rugby? I forget). Hope they treated you nicely.
>19 BerlinBibliophile: Loved this! Tempted to reread now...

21ronincats
feb. 11, 2015, 2:55pm

>19 BerlinBibliophile: SouthernBluestocking just finished a reread (a re-listen in her case) of The Eyre Affair too. I do love this series.

22BerlinBibliophile
feb. 15, 2015, 5:09pm

11. Lost in a Good Book, Jasper Fforde
Just as amazing as the first book, and crazier. I think from here on out is when I really love the series, once we are introduced to the world inside the books it just becomes infinitely more awesome.

23BerlinBibliophile
feb. 26, 2015, 7:44am

12. The Long Mars, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
This book was once again amazing and I am waiting impatiently for the next one. It's great to see the Long Earth have more and more complex consequences as the story goes on, and the characters exploring it have such interesting different perspectives on those changes.
At first I thought this was meant to be a trilogy, but after the endingd of this, the third book, it can't be. A huge new storyline was introduced in this book and has barely begun, plus ended on a cliffhanger, so the next installment really can't come soon enough for me.

24BerlinBibliophile
feb. 28, 2015, 6:22pm

13. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie

I read this book because I saw it recommended in ronincats' book lost of 2014. I enjoyed it immensely, and thought that the narrative style was very interesting. The experience of going from an AI controlling thousands of bodies to just one body with no extra senses was shown very convincingly, making the reader really feel for a non-human character who could have easily been made into the usual boring, completely emotionless machiene but wasn't. I also found it to be a refreshing change to see, in a language which does not distinguish between genders, that female pronouns were used instead of male ones as default. I've never seen that done before, in classic fantasy they're usually referred to as all male, like with Dwarves in popular mythology. I am definitely going to read the next book.

25BerlinBibliophile
març 13, 2015, 6:00am

14. Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett

I finished this book yesterday and immediately afterwards found out that Terry Pratchett had just died. I spent the rest of the day intermittently crying at work and at home. The man and his books influenced my life profoundly, inspiring me to become a librarian. I could always escape to the Discworld whenever I was bored or needed a shoulder to cry on or simply a good laugh. Now that he has gone to meet Death, there will be a little less joy and silliness in my life and the lives of all his readers.

26BerlinBibliophile
març 15, 2015, 7:29pm

15. A Slip of the Keyboard, Terry Pratchett

This book contains the collected non-fiction of Terry Pratchett and I would strongly recommend it. Many of the pieces are funny, like his chronicle of an Australian book-signing tour, but the serious pieces are incredible as well. The last part deals with rage, against all sorts of unfairnesses in the world, but especially against the healthcare system in the UK that does not adequately care for elderly patients yet refuses to let them choose the manner of their own death. This part was very moving, and gives one a comprehensive look into the subject.
These concerns may seem irrelevant now that Terry is dead, but they are far from it. He may have died peacefully at home, but countless others still cannot.

27BerlinBibliophile
març 17, 2015, 8:10am

16. The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day, Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen

This book is a really enjoyable mix of a humourous Discworld story and fun, understandable science. I preferred the second and third books, but this one was great too.

28BerlinBibliophile
març 22, 2015, 6:56am

17. Schwäbische Pfarrhäuser, Ottilie Wildermuth

I read this book because the autor is my great-great-great-grandmother. I was surprised by how very sarcasically and satirically she discribed the Ländle. I can see why so many people were affronted by this book and protested against it. It was really well written and I laighed a lot.

29BerlinBibliophile
març 22, 2015, 6:59am

18. Going Postal, Terry Pratchett

I've always liked this book. It shows Ankh-Morpork from a crook's perspective instead of the usual policeman's point of view. I enjoy the varied cast of the Royal Post and the fact that Moist pretends to be a good man for so long he actually sort of becomes one.

30ronincats
març 22, 2015, 3:12pm

Thief of Time is one of his best, isn't it? We will miss him.

31BerlinBibliophile
març 23, 2015, 7:03pm

19. Shotgun Lovesongs, Nickolas Butler

This book was totally unlike anything that I would usually pick out in a bookshop, but it had a really good cover and when I started in on the first few pages, the prose really impressed me. Everything in that book just seems incredibly REAL somehow, even when the events narrated are wildly improbable and imaginative. In the end I think it really comes down to the characters being treated as and shown to be real people, who contradict themselves and have messy emotions and don't really understand what they want from life or how to get there but muddle through anyhow.

32BerlinBibliophile
març 24, 2015, 10:10am

20. Arrows of the Queen, Mercedes Lackey

33charl08
març 24, 2015, 10:14am

>28 BerlinBibliophile: I've not heard of this - is it translated at all? Roughly what was it about? How cool to have a writer in the family.

34BerlinBibliophile
març 25, 2015, 3:58pm

It's called Rectories of Swabia (that's a region in Germany). It tells stories about different Rectories, one with many many daughters, one that always has many guests, one where the rector hoards hazelnuts and eats them all alone in his study every night (seriously. These are true stories with the names changed). And lots of people got really offended thinking she was poking fun at them, even when they weren't the ones the stories were about. I don't think it was ever translated.

21. Side Jobs, Jim Butcher
I was so excited to find out there was a book of short stories for this series. I had read all of the novels in basically one sitting last year and now I'm going crazy waiting for the next one. My favourite story was Day Off, in which Dresden gets into as many crazy shenanigans as during one of his real cases, except they're only extremely embarassing instead of life-threatening. Even days off aren't peaceful for poor Harry...

35BerlinBibliophile
març 25, 2015, 5:07pm

22. Cinder, Marissa Meyer

I read this book on the recommendation of my dad, who usually has just about the same taste in books as I do. In general I enjoyed it, it was a good fun read, even though I figured out the big twist after about 20 pages. Seriously.

36charl08
març 25, 2015, 5:15pm

>34 BerlinBibliophile: Thanks. That sounds a bit like Cranford - small towns and respectability!

37BerlinBibliophile
març 25, 2015, 6:35pm

It does look similar! And it's on my recommended list on library thing. I should give it a try sometime.

38BerlinBibliophile
març 27, 2015, 3:55am

23. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

To be honest, I mostly read this book because Miss Havisham is an awesome character in a mash-up series I love and I was kind of embarrassed at never having read her source material. I spent most of my time while reading this internally berating Pip for never following through on his good intentions and never getting off his ass and working for something he wants. Props to Mr. Dickens for creating an engaging character who is still a totally irritating loser.

39charl08
març 27, 2015, 3:59am

>38 BerlinBibliophile: Read this for school - thought the ending was a complete cop out. I do like Miss Havisham in Jasper Fforde.

40BerlinBibliophile
març 27, 2015, 9:14am

24. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I love, love, love this book. The homour is amazing.

Yeah, I also felt that Pip suddenly settling down to be a hard worker with no apparent impetus was a complete cop-out.

41BerlinBibliophile
març 27, 2015, 1:22pm

25. Berlin Gothic, Jonas Winner

This book was straight-up terrible. Do not read it, it sucks.

42BerlinBibliophile
març 28, 2015, 10:20am

26. So zärtlich war Suleyken, Siegfried Lenz

I read this book because I was organizing the author's estate at the archive I was interning at and wanted to read something by him instead of just the letters from his publishers.
I really rather liked it. It took me a while to really get into it because it is written in the Masurian dialect, which has some specialised words and some rather different grammar. But the stories were all pretty funny. I like stories about the foibles of human nature. :)

43BerlinBibliophile
març 28, 2015, 10:29am

27. Rivers of London, Ben Aaronovitch

This is one of my favourite comfort books. I usually read it whenever I'm sick or even simply bored.

44BerlinBibliophile
març 30, 2015, 5:59am

28. Emma, Alexander McCall Smith

This is a modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic. I think it does pretty well in thinking up analogous situations to the one in the first Emma. The only thing I didn't really like was Emma's thoughts about Harriet Smith. In Austen's version she acknowledges that Harriet is not the smartest person in the world, but she is genuinely fond of her. In this one Emma is seriously annoyed with Harriet most of the time they are together, mentally calling her stupid, an airhead, etc.
Emma and George's relationship is also much less fleshed out. It was still a good read though.

45BerlinBibliophile
març 31, 2015, 6:37am

29. Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch

46BerlinBibliophile
març 31, 2015, 7:50pm

30. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel

I really loved this book. I started reading it at the same time I had a seminar on English history at Uni and it was quite accurate to everything we learned there. It is also well-written, sadly not always a given in these sorts of novels. Despite the huge cast of characters, I never felt unsure about who was who, and all characters were individualised and engaging. A really terrific read.

47BerlinBibliophile
abr. 6, 2015, 6:09am

31. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel

I liked this book even more than Wolf Hall, it seemed to have less superfluous names, or maybe I just got used to them so they were no longer quite so confusing. This period of English history is incredibly inreresting to me, there was this enormous social change that everyone suddenly had to deal with and try to shape.ToTo think that the course of English history was changed because the king fell in love with another woman...

48BerlinBibliophile
abr. 6, 2015, 6:38pm

32. Prudence, Gail Carriger

This book is pure fluff. Fun, but not much substance, which is nice every once in a while, even though I liked the previous series better. However, I had a problem with the editing. I got the feeling that the author was using very large words the meanings of which she did not precisely understand for not quite the right purpose. There was also the issue that rather often, the wrong homophone was used, for example "break" when the heroine was meant to be applying the "brake" to stop a runaway vehicle.
Despite these minor quibbles, it was a fun read.

49BerlinBibliophile
abr. 13, 2015, 6:25pm

33. The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Antonia Fraser

This book is very readable and conveys the facts of these remarkable women's lives well without cluttering the text with unnecessary detail, for example she calls Henry VIII's sister Mary the Duchess of Suffolk throughout instead of changing her title whenever she made a new marriage. But what I liked most about this book was that Fraser focused of the women themselves, not only on them in relation to the king. All that is knows about their private and early lives is carefully examined.
These Queens of England emerge from the text, a lively vision of womanhood in the 16th century.

50BerlinBibliophile
abr. 14, 2015, 1:54pm

34. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

We're going ro be reading this graphic novel in my American Literary History seminar. I got it from the bookstore today and started reading it immediately. I really liked it, the pictures are quite unadorned but very evocative, and I liked how personal the narrative voice was.
Highly recommended.

51BerlinBibliophile
abr. 18, 2015, 3:55pm

35. A Feast for Crows, George RR Martin

I started rereading this book after seeing the first four episodes of the new season of the show and being VERY confused by the enormous changes they made, changing some storylines, throwing out others and even inventing some from whole cloth. I wasn't quite certain on some points because it had been a while since I'd last read it, so I reread it to clear up my confusion.
And I am SO FRUSTRATED WITH ALL THE CLIFFHANGERS!!!

52BerlinBibliophile
maig 1, 2015, 1:43pm

36. A Dance With Dragons, George R R Martin

Man, the tension is killing me. I NEED to know what happens next. Too many cliffhangers by half.

53BerlinBibliophile
maig 1, 2015, 1:49pm

37. Richard II, William Shakespeare

I read this play for uni and I must say it's my least favourite play of his so far. I just couldn't connect with the characters.

54BerlinBibliophile
maig 1, 2015, 3:46pm

38. Beauty Queens, Libba Bray

I really liked this book. It was a fun, easy read in which I did not constantly have to think "this is a gross stereotype... and this is such a harmful message..." I really liked all the ingenious solutions the girls found for their problems and the sense of camaraderie they displayed. Lord of the Flies if the people stabbed hadn't been privileged boys.

55BerlinBibliophile
maig 5, 2015, 5:17pm

39. A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle

I read this for a seminar on Sherlock Holmes and detective fiction in general and I hadn't read it in a while.
Generally I really hate it when the narration is paused so that a character can tell you their entire backstory. It breaks the tension and flow of the story.
But if you DO decide to have storytime, you at least owe it to the reader to make it as absolutely batshit crazy and entertaining as possible. And Doyle certainly manages that here...

56BerlinBibliophile
Editat: maig 10, 2015, 5:57pm

Marvel 1602, Neil Gaiman
Deadpool: Dead Presidents
Black Widow: Deadly Origin
Black Widow: The Finely Woven Thread

I really really liked Marvel 1602. I bought it on holiday in Prague and it is my favourite so far.
Deadpool's fun too, especially the meta-aspects.
Deadly Origin was the absolute worst, the artwork was inconsistent and the plot incredibly contrived and ludicrous. She has to go visit everyone she had been intimate with in the past to go save them from some sort of poison she inadvertently transmitted to them. The plot is garbage and the villain is a crybaby fuckboy.
The Finely Woven Thread was really good though. It had beautiful artwork and a plot in which all the characters stayed true to themselves instead of going OOC.

57BerlinBibliophile
maig 12, 2015, 2:22pm

40. The White Gryphon, Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon

A complete change of pace from the first book, but I really liked the mystery and political intrigue.

58BerlinBibliophile
maig 30, 2015, 8:57pm

41. I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you, Ally Carter

59BerlinBibliophile
Editat: juny 1, 2015, 8:24am

Aquest missatge ha estat suprimit pel seu autor.

60BerlinBibliophile
juny 1, 2015, 8:26am

42. Troilus and Cressida, William Shakespeare

61BerlinBibliophile
Editat: juny 10, 2015, 7:07am

43. The Sign of Four, Arthur Conan Doyle

I reread this book for Uni. I had apparently forgotten just how incredibly racist it is.

62BerlinBibliophile
juny 11, 2015, 6:10pm

44. Cross my heart and hope to spy, Ally Carter

Fun beach reading :)

63BerlinBibliophile
juny 12, 2015, 10:06am

45. Die Nachtwache, Terry Pratchett
46. The Heir, Kiera Cass

I love, love, love Night Watch. It has always been one of my favourite books and the death of Terry Pratchett has Only made it more poignant. Today I read the passage in which Dickins suggests using the lilac to recognise wach other and I just sat there, crying my eyes out in public transport.

64BerlinBibliophile
juny 18, 2015, 5:52pm

47. The Long Utopia, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
This book was pretty amazing, but I really wonder whether there will be any more of them now that Terry Pratchett has passed away. I sort of hope Stephen Baxter continues on his own so there will be more of these amazing books, but on the other hand what if they're no good anymore? I'm really conflicted.

65BerlinBibliophile
juny 21, 2015, 10:07am

48. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Oh, I simply love this book more and more every time I read it.

66BerlinBibliophile
jul. 1, 2015, 11:51am

49. Der Killer im Lorbeer, Arthur Escroyne

This book was quite charming and I really enjoyed it. One thing was weird though: it was clearly first written in English, but I couldn't find any English-language edition if the book. There were some (few) really basic translation errors as well. Like translating hotpants literally when they're actually called the same thing in German.
Good mystery though.

67BerlinBibliophile
Editat: jul. 2, 2015, 9:40am

50. Longbourn, Jo Baker

This book looks at the lives of the servants that are mentioned only in passing in Pride and Prejudice. I really admired the writing style, which was beautiful and quite lyrical.
One thing I thought entirely superfluous, though, was a quarter of the book in the middle in which the action grinds to a halt and we are shown the backstory of a character in flashback even though these things were always shown through the filter of the characters' present thoughts before that. This sequence was way too long to be interesting and not as well-written as the rest.
But after I had slogged through that, the rest was absolutely wonderful again.

68BerlinBibliophile
jul. 7, 2015, 2:51pm

51. Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett

69charl08
jul. 8, 2015, 11:55am

>67 BerlinBibliophile: Oh, I loved this (and can't even remember the flashback section). Just thought she was so clever to revisit such a well known story from a different perspective, and bring such richness to it. Can't say I would have liked to be around back then - have a horrible feeling I'd be one of the ones washing the muddy petticoats....

70BerlinBibliophile
Editat: jul. 12, 2015, 9:51am

52. The Red House, Mark Haddon

I read The Curious Incident in school and really loved it,so when I saw this book in a bookshop on holiday, I had to get it. Recently, I've been appreciating stories like this more, which don't have a world-saving plot but rather look at human lives, which I don't believe have a higher meaning or destiny, as they are. Aimless, a bit petty, without neat resolutions. The writing in this book is simply spectacular.

>69 charl08:
Yeah, that time was no fun for anyone from our modern perspective. I would not have liked to have Sarah's job, but I suspect I wouldn't have been happy being a Bennett sister either.

71BerlinBibliophile
jul. 15, 2015, 8:35am

53. Warum Nabokov Harry Potter gemocht hätte, Michael Maar

This author knows basically nothing about Harry Potter but still tries to sound intelligent and ~deep~

72BerlinBibliophile
jul. 16, 2015, 12:44pm

54. Uprooted, Naomi Novik

I really loved this book, the story is really good and the protagonist is just so nice and awesome. The only thing I found unnecessary was the shoved-in romance. Realising that the evil wizard isn't really evil but actually good does not necessarily have to be followed by falling in love with said wizard, couldn't they simply have become best friends and confidantes? There was enough going on in the book as it was.

73BerlinBibliophile
jul. 24, 2015, 6:42am

55. Carmilla, J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I read it because I watched the web series of that name and found it very cute. It's rather different, but both versions are good stories I would recommend.

74BerlinBibliophile
jul. 25, 2015, 6:00am

56. Women Wartime Spies, Ann Kramer

I was incredibly impressed by this book and the women who are represented within it. It is a shame that they are not more well-known.

75BerlinBibliophile
jul. 29, 2015, 8:10pm

57. Go Set A Watchman, Harper Lee

I bought this book before I found out about the controversy surrounding it, but then I thought I might as well read it since I had it there . If it really was published against her will, that is really terrible and I am sorry to have contributed to that.

The book is definitely something to swallow. The writing is really good, the feeling of going home after a long absence is evoked really vividly, but there is that whopper of a character twist. I absolutely loved Mockingbird, and I guess the theme of things being not as good as we thought they were is very relevant in this day and age, but it simply hurt my heart to hear Atticus Finch spouting racist bullshit. If you can live with that though I really recommend the book.

76BerlinBibliophile
ag. 3, 2015, 10:10am

58. Déja Dead, Kathy Reichs

A friend of mine has been watching the series Bones with me and is a huge fan. I decided to give the book the series is based on a try. It is a good book, quite suspenseful. The only thing I might criticise is the protagonist's tendency to recklessly charge off into danger and then pretend like it was a perfectly reasonable step to take.
But the book has zero connection to the series beside the premise of forensic anthropology solving murders and the protagonist's name. Not even their personalities or backstories are at all similar.
So, a good book on its own merits but nothing to do with the TV series.

77BerlinBibliophile
Editat: ag. 23, 2015, 7:47pm

59. Pride and Prescience, Carrie Bebris

This book takes place after Elizabeth and Darcy have married and features them solving a supernatural mystery. The plot is no revelation, but the book is fun and Lizzie, Darcy and the others are kept in character. I read this book lying in the sun on holiday and for that it's perfect.

78BerlinBibliophile
ag. 5, 2015, 4:20pm

60. Suspense and Sensibility, Carrie Bebris
Good second part, if rather predictable. Still fun.

79BerlinBibliophile
ag. 7, 2015, 9:48am

61. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

I love this book and was inspired to read it by the previous one. It was a joy as always, but apparently I had forgotten a few of the more problematic points. I really hadn't remembered Willoughby showing up in Cleveland to justify himself. Though Elinor was somewhat mollified, the whole account made me hate him even more. And finally : Marianne is described several times as a reward for Colonel Brandon. That is so unneccessary, but the book really contains passages that in essence say That Marianne was to be the reward for his good character and actions, all their friends had determined. And then she actually marries him, but doesn't love him. She learns to love him during their marriage, but this really seems to show that her family pressured her into marrying him. That left a bad taste in my mouth, but overall I still love the book .

80BerlinBibliophile
ag. 23, 2015, 7:41pm

62. North by Northanger, Carrie Bebris

I liked this one better than the second part, which relied too much on supernatural events and retcons for my taste. I especially liked the quotes from Jane Austen's letters that were among the quotes at the beginning of the chapters.

81BerlinBibliophile
ag. 23, 2015, 7:47pm

63. The Windermere Witness, Rebecca Tope
64. The Ambleside Alibi, Rebecca Tope

I was just on holiday in the Lake District and there I found this nice series of murder mysteries set there. It was particularly exciting to recognise more and more settings in the book as places we'd been as we explored more and more of our surroundings.
My only criticism is that I think sometimes the protagonist decides rather stupidly not to involve the police when she basically has the lead detective on speed dial. I really think he should be told when his prime suspect starts assaulting random people on a busy street.
Generally, though, the main cast are all very sympathetic and well-rounded and the mysteries are fun. These books' greatest strength is their beautiful description of the Lake District.

82BerlinBibliophile
ag. 24, 2015, 7:32pm

65. The Coniston Case, Rebecca Tope
The third book in the series disappointed me, because the plot was weaker and the author used it to go on a filibuster arguing that man-made climate change doesn't exist.

83BerlinBibliophile
set. 2, 2015, 2:47pm

66. Ein Hut voller Sterne, Terry Pratchett

84BerlinBibliophile
set. 4, 2015, 4:05pm

67. Demon Road, Derek Landy

I really liked this book. It was a bit slow to get going, but I really enjoyed the friendship between Amber and Milo. Glen was kinda gross, he was meant to be the comic relief, but everything about him was kind of grubbily sexist. I was actually quite glad when he died and Amber and Milo were no longer burdened with his constant bad decisions. I'm looking forward to the next book.

68. Lunte, Dick Francis

A good mystery, though the middle-aged protagonist's sexual fixation on an 18-year old girl is quite disgusting, as is the fact that his marriage is implied to be rejuvenated at the end of the book by marital rape. Absolute values dissonance.

85BerlinBibliophile
set. 4, 2015, 4:12pm

67. Demon Road, Derek Landy

I really liked this book and I really enjoyed the friendship between Amber and Milo. Glen was incredibly annoying though. He was meant to be comic relief, but everything about him is grubbily sexist and I was glad when he died and no longer weighed Milo and Amber down with his constant bad decisions. I look forward to the next book.

68. Lunte, Dick Francis

It was a good mystery, but the dehumanising sexual fixation of the middle-aged protagonist on an 18-year-old girl is disgusting, as is the fact that at the end of the book the protagonist's marriage is applied to be rejuvenated by marital rape.

86BerlinBibliophile
set. 7, 2015, 7:04pm

69. Wintersmith, Terry Pratchett

This book is among my favourite Pratchetts. I love its cyclical nature and its theme of balance, as well as the humour.
I listened to Steeleye Span's album of the same name while reading it and it is amazing how much fitting music ads to the experience.

87ronincats
set. 7, 2015, 11:43pm

Just finished a reread of Wintersmith myself, a few hours ago! I'm rereading all of the Tiffany Aching books after reading The Shepherd's Crown.

88BerlinBibliophile
set. 9, 2015, 8:30am

>87 ronincats:
I haven't gotten my copy of The Shepherd's Crown yet! I pre-ordered it and there were some problems with the shipping so I am still eagerly awaiting it...

89BerlinBibliophile
set. 11, 2015, 7:09pm

70. I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett

I simply love the ending. The climax just seems incredibly powerful somehow, with the speed and the fire and the reference back to ancient rituals. In this book we see that Tiffany really is a great witch, not just st the powerful, dangerous stuff, but at the everyday tasks of witchery.

In other news, I am still waiting for my copy of The Shepherd's Crown...

90BerlinBibliophile
set. 12, 2015, 5:20am

71. The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

I think this has been my year for reading Austen-adjacent books in a way. I first read this one five years ago after I picked it up when my school library was selling some old and damaged books. I fell in love immediately. How could I not love a book in which all the characters loved and discussed Austen? I am also very impressed with thr way Fowler showed parallels between the books her characters were discussing and their own lives. All in all a wonderful book.

91charl08
Editat: oct. 4, 2015, 4:31am

>90 BerlinBibliophile: I enjoyed this one too, a fun read. She's become a go to author for me.

92BerlinBibliophile
set. 25, 2015, 5:53am

72. Love and Freindship, Jane Austen
73.Lady Susan, Jane Austen
74. Whispers Underground, Ben Aaronovitch

I really enjoyed Lady Susan, it's very funny and of course it doesn't hurt that out ends well for the sympathetic characters. Lady Susan herself is delightfully manipulative and it's great that she just OWNS it. She absolutely believes it's her die that every single man falls madly in love with her and does everything she says.

93BerlinBibliophile
Editat: oct. 1, 2015, 12:01pm

75. Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch
76. Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch

94drneutron
oct. 2, 2015, 8:27am

Congrats!

95ronincats
oct. 3, 2015, 1:37am

Yay for reaching the 75 book mark!

96charl08
oct. 4, 2015, 4:33am

Congrats on reaching the 75.

I'm still looking for a second hand copy of Lady Susan. One day!

97BerlinBibliophile
oct. 5, 2015, 3:42pm

77. The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, Paula Byrne

This is a wonderful biography that I enjoyed reading immensely. It shows sides to Austen other than "modest retiring spinster" and that is very refreshing. It is not chronological but rather treats seperate themes of her life, such as the Navy or her Authorship. I definitely recommend it.

98BerlinBibliophile
oct. 10, 2015, 6:29pm

78. The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett

I loved it. I thought it was a worthy ending to the bibliography of my very favourite author. I loved the feeling of coming full circle by finishing off the Elves who had attacked in the first book once and for all. There is a sense of continuity in Granny Weatherwax dying and Tiffany coming into her own and causing a new generation of witches to be trained. I loved seeing so many familiar witch-characters coming together.
I have only one question: From the cover I assumed that bees would play an important role and that Tiffany would learn to borrow a hive. Early on in the book there is a scene where much is made of the fact that Granny Weatherwax can borrow bees and I thought this foreshadowed Tiffany learning it as she came into her own but after that scene bees are barely ever mentioned again, only to tell an elf that she is wrong to compare elf society to a bee hive. I thought that was very strange.

99BerlinBibliophile
oct. 12, 2015, 12:48pm

79. The Martian, Andy Weir

I absolutely adored this book. It was incredibly suspenseful and gripping and surprising and I literally could not put it down. It's been quite a while since that has happened with a book for me. I absolutely loved it and its hero Mark Warned. He's just got such a great sense of humour and he seems really realistic in his reactions: he works hard to survive, but he also gets despondent and hopeless at times. All in all an incredibly well-rounded character. I was also very impressed with the science in this book.
I definditely recommend it to everyone ever.

100BerlinBibliophile
oct. 19, 2015, 6:38pm

80. Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe

I read this for uni. I felt it was quite disjointed, by the time I finally reached the end I could barely believe that the farce in the beginning of her having an affair with the older brother while marrying the younger was even in the same book. Also, some of the "terrible crimes" she castigated herself for are just not that bad according to current social mores, so hearing her valuing herself a whore because she's carrying on a committed monogamous relationship of several years with a man she loves and has children with but is not married to was supremely weird. The timeline is strange as well. By the end it subjectively felt like she'd had about a dozen husbands and at least twice as many children, I can't think when she found the time.

101PaulCranswick
oct. 21, 2015, 7:07pm

>100 BerlinBibliophile: Miriam I enjoyed your review of Moll Flanders' very full life! You are right that the values of today do not make much of her story other than to note that she did rather get around a bit!

102BerlinBibliophile
Editat: oct. 22, 2015, 7:34pm

81. Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith

Obviously I was going to read the new book by JK Rowling and I really enjoyed it. I have one quibble with the fact that men and women apparently can't be friends without developing romantic feelings for one another in this world, but other than that, I thought the story was good, and I have really enjoyed Robin's character development from an enthusiastic but untrained amateur to something of a professional detective. I only wish she'd have left Matthew for good, to me, cheating on someone is unforgivable, especially since he did it when she was so vulnerable.

103charl08
oct. 23, 2015, 4:33am

>102 BerlinBibliophile: I enjoyed this too. As you say, great to see Robin develop more skills as her part of the business progresses.

104BerlinBibliophile
oct. 23, 2015, 8:02am

>103 charl08:
yeah, and I like that it's gradual. It doesn't happen suddenly and we see that she works hard for it, for example by going on that counter-surveillance course. I just really like Robin as a person and as a character.
>101 PaulCranswick:
We're reading that book for university and when we were talking about our first impressions a lot of people talked about that feeling that there's so much happening in the book that they feel like it's really several plots shoved in together.

105BerlinBibliophile
oct. 27, 2015, 8:46pm

82. Driving Heat, Richard Castle

I got this book from my uncle for my birthday. Which was in July.
I was very happy to find a big scene of librarian awesomeness!

106BerlinBibliophile
Editat: nov. 3, 2015, 7:05pm

83. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

I've got quite a sense of déja vu reading the Hunger Games now. I first read them on a weekend before I had the most important maths exam of my life. Instead of actually swotting, I read the entire trilogy in two days. I still did just fine on the exam. Right now I have five days before I have to hand in my bachelor's thesis, and what do you know, I'm re-reading the Hunger Games. I can only hope it's a hopeful omen for my bachelor's degree.

84. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
85. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins

107BerlinBibliophile
nov. 15, 2015, 7:05pm

86. Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

I really loved this book. Breq is still a great protagonist and the supporting cast is very diverse and interesting as well, I especially liked Kalr Five. The ending was a bit too unresolved for my taste, but hey, there have got to be questions to be answered in the next book. I'm really looking forward to it, because I love how well-realised this 'verse is. Always more to explore, yet within the rules set up by the author.

108BerlinBibliophile
Editat: nov. 17, 2015, 8:15pm

87. Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie

The day after I finished the last book, I went to my favourite bookstore with a vague idea that it had been about a year since I had bought Sword and that I could ask when the next instalment was being published. But when I got there the next book was all over the place, it had been published that very week! I was so happy.

I really enjoyed it. Breq's further development, especially in relation to Mercy of Kalr, was very insightful and nuanced and there was a lot of humour in her interactions with Translator Zeiat and her "Cousin" Sphene. And Station was totally badass!
The ending was also satisfying, in an open-ended way. All dangling plot-threads were resolved or implied to be on the agenda very soon, but there are still gigantic problems afffecting this universe, such as the split ruler and relations with the aliens. So I was emotionally satisfied by the ending but I would like there to be more books exploring some of the further reaches or later developments of this 'verse.

109BerlinBibliophile
Editat: nov. 22, 2015, 11:19pm

88. The Matters at Mansfield, Carrie Bebris

Basically I'm game for any and all Pride and Prejudice-related stories, and I liked this one's plot, although I found out the killer relatively early on. It's rare to see a Pride and Prejudice-adjacent story focus on Anne de Bourgh and flesh out her character.

110BerlinBibliophile
nov. 23, 2015, 10:29pm

89. The Intrigue at Highbury, Carrie Bebris

While I liked the mystery and the relationship the Darcys formed with the Knightleys, I couldn't get over the role the Romani played in the book. I understand slurs being used by Austen, who was of course a product of her time, but I think it's really damaging nowadays to have the plot rely on slurs and suspicions of an entire ethnic group. The fact that these are uttered by the sympathetic protagonists and ultimately partially proved right really doesn't help.

111BerlinBibliophile
nov. 24, 2015, 11:58am

90. The Deception at Lyme, Carrie Bebris

I liked this one better than the last, no unfortunate implications here. Still, I wish things with Mrs. Smith had been resolved more clearly.
Other than that, I was happy that I didn't guess the criminals this time, I was taken in by the book, which was a welcome change.

112BerlinBibliophile
nov. 28, 2015, 9:43pm

91. Skulduggery Pleasant, Derek Landy

I've decided to re-read the entire series in one go. Why no, I am absolutely not at all procrastinating on the books I actually have to read for uni.
I just love it to the point of being not at all objective about it.

113BerlinBibliophile
Editat: des. 27, 2015, 8:25pm

92. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with fire, Derek Landy

Yes, I love it, no surprise there. I especially like the gradual way Valkyrie's powers grow and develop as she spends more time in the magical world and trains with Tanith and Skulduggery. She can't just automatically use her powers, she has to learn how through grueling hours of training.

114BerlinBibliophile
des. 7, 2015, 10:29am

93. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

I read this for uni. How cool is that? My group is giving a presentation on Hobbits and Gemütlichkeit, with tea and cookies.

115BerlinBibliophile
des. 14, 2015, 9:32am

94. Schatten an der Wand, Martin Walker

This book is set in three time periods, in the stone age, in 1944 and in the present day. The stories in the more modern settings are engaging and interesting, but I feel like the author thought it was okay to make the stone age story as misogynistic and demeaning to women as possible. In the end, I skipped almost a third of the book because I could not bear the constant attacks on women's personhoods.
The other stories were well-written and suspenseful though.

116BerlinBibliophile
des. 20, 2015, 8:56am

95. The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien

My annual Christmas re-read. I just love it so much, more every time I read it.

117ronincats
des. 23, 2015, 5:33pm



For my Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/Holiday image this year (we are so diverse!), I've chosen this photograph by local photographer Mark Lenoce of the pier at Pacific Beach to express my holiday wishes to you: Peace on Earth and Good Will toward All!

118BerlinBibliophile
Editat: des. 26, 2015, 8:28am

>117 ronincats:

Wow, that picture is really pretty!
Thanks, and I hope you have a happy holiday as well!

119BerlinBibliophile
des. 26, 2015, 8:28am

96. Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas, Stephanie Barron

I bought this book because it combined two of my favourite things: Jane Austen and Christmas.
Overall I was very happy with it, though I disliked the fact that in the end, the murderers get away unpunished. I thought the author had a talent for drawing memorable characters with just a few well-chosen words, which is always a good thing in anything connected with Jane Austen.

120BerlinBibliophile
Editat: des. 27, 2015, 8:25pm

97. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

98. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones, Derek Landy

121BerlinBibliophile
des. 30, 2015, 9:03pm

99. Hogfather, Terry Pratchett

Another eternal Christmas-and-New-Year's favourite.

122BerlinBibliophile
des. 31, 2015, 12:27pm

100. A Literary Christmas

I got this book through a secret Santa held among my friends and was very happy with it. I especially liked the story of Bertie locking his relations in a cow shed.

That's 100 books this year, a nice round number though I didn't quite reach my goal of "more books than last year".