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1MarthaJeanne
jan 1, 2012, 2:46am

I'll keep the categories in the separate threads for the challenges, but do a combined reading log here.

2MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 4, 2012, 7:43am

Wer liegt da unter meinem Bett

I enjoyed this. Unlike many such memoirs, it doesn't depend on knowing the background to enjoy the stories. The German is fairly straightforward.

3MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 5, 2012, 3:21pm

Die Analphabetin

In this house of Brede
One of my very favourite books.

Eco colour
Australian natural dyes. Not really very useful for me. Reviewed.

4MarthaJeanne
jan 8, 2012, 12:58pm

5MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 26, 2012, 11:42am

Literacy Learning in the early years
Not terribly useful for me, but an interesting read. Reviewed.

Döner, Machos und Migranten: mein zartbitteres Lehrerleben
Interesting. Luckily also not anything I will use. The contrast between these two books was enormous.
(I help with reading at a local school, and although some of the children really need that help, they don't have anywhere near the problems this special education teacher deals with.)

6MarthaJeanne
jan 12, 2012, 3:48am

Prayer and worship
One of the books I got from my father. Some of my older books are very dated and not good to read today, so I suspect this made it onto the pile of books to work through as a possible discard. Not this one! It is a real treasure. Reviewed.

7MarthaJeanne
jan 14, 2012, 6:25am

Golden moments
May have beeen an early attempt at one of her more serious books. Didn't quite make it.

8MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 16, 2012, 11:35am

Zwischen Licht und Dunkel
Iceland is a very nice place to visit, but I don't think I'd like to live there. I really enjoyed the book, and just wish I could get one of those wonderful Icelandic hot dogs.

The Nonesuch

9MarthaJeanne
jan 19, 2012, 6:14am

Mein Leben für eine Kirche, die den Menschen dient
At 80, Krätzl feels free to speak openly about the issues facing the Roman Catholic church.

11MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 26, 2012, 6:24am

Caribbean

Read once.

12MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 29, 2012, 3:38am

David und Salomo
I like Finkelstein and Silberman's books, and this one was well enough translated that it didn't irritate me too much.

13MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jan 30, 2012, 10:21am

14MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 4, 2012, 4:03pm

Granny Dan

I didn't think it was one of her best.

Quasi Herr Karl

April lady

15MarthaJeanne
feb 5, 2012, 3:35am

16MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 15, 2012, 2:30pm

The Welsh girl
Fairly good, and the various strands are all pulled together, but it somehow stops instead of ends.

Nature : Simple healthy and good
I'm not sure now why I was excited about this when I bought it. A few recipes look interesting, but most of it doesn't seem very inspiring. I do want to try to chestnut crepes, though.

Edited to add: Now cooked from. Not a keeper. Reviewed.

Hadschi Halef Omar und der Frauenräuber von Serdascht
I'm glad that I have now read one book by Karl May. I think choosing this one rather than Winetou was also a good idea. But one was enough.

17MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 12, 2012, 7:27am

The unknown Ajax
I'm glad I have a copy of this one again.

Die Red-Bull-Story

Lies my teacher told me

18MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 15, 2012, 8:27am

The world to come
I really enjoyed this one, although it is a bit complicated. I categorized it as fiction / religion. That is a bit far fetched, but so would any other category I think.

The talisman ring

The idle parent
A lot of kids would be better off if their parents had read this book.

19MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 19, 2012, 4:15pm

Von lachenden Zebras und verliebten Löwen
Actually a good light introduction to as much Austrian history as is likely to come up in conversation - with animal stories. Reviewed.

Under the Vale
Rather lackluster, but still good if you follow the series. Reviewed.

Walking on water
If you can't be on the cut, the next best thing is reading about it. But there are better books on the subject.

20MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 22, 2012, 3:03am

21MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 26, 2012, 11:37am

Die Beutefrau
Very interesting. Novel about Charlemagne.

The dress lodger
Not so good. a very weird narrator who really got on my nerves. It would be interesting to see what a good writer could do with the matter.

The Jewish Annotated New Testament
I found the boxes and the articles in the back very useful. The notes were often not that different from those in other NT editions, so I often skipped them. But every now and again they were very interesting. Review. I'll give myself a bit of a break, and then go on to the Tanakh. Yes, I'll I have the JPS Study Bible, so will stay in Jewish interpretation.

Powder and patch

Secret weapons
Bugs. Bugs with poisons, smells, irritants, and all sorts of different ways of delivering same. Luckily the authors decided to stop after only a few dozen.

22MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: feb 29, 2012, 1:51am

Wie Kinder lesen und schreiben lernen
Immensly useful. It will change how I read with the children I help at school. (And also make writing German easier for me.). I plan to buy a copy. Reviewed.

The weaver's idea book

23MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 4, 2012, 2:26am

Masala Farm
Wonderful book, now to make some wonderful food.

The other Boleyn girl

The Corinthian

Across the spectrum
Useful, clear writing.

24MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 8, 2012, 8:28am

Es werde Licht
A waste of time. Reviewed.

New Europe

Science fiction hall of fame
I knew several of these stories. Yes, if you are going to pick the best they are going to end up on the heavy side, but the book ended up very heavy. I guess I like my science fiction a bit lighter.

Backen mit Topfen
Was it unreasonable to hope that there would be a few savoury recipes? The sweet ones look very interesting, though. Reviewed.

The World in your Kitchen

25MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 13, 2012, 5:48pm

The masqueraders

Veggiestan
Wonderful! Reviewed.

A canticle for Leibowitz
Very 1950s. Very pessimistic. Review.

Creativity : from potential to realization
It must have been very difficult to find this many boring articles about creativity.

Dragonflight

26MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 15, 2012, 12:32pm

Switch bitch
Not for children. I can't help suspecting that the wives in The Great Switcheroo found out in advance and agreed on how to best pay their men back.

The Alden Amos Big Book of HandSpinning
I was warned, and the warnings were right, but also just as useful as I was told. Reviewed.

27MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 19, 2012, 1:38pm

Wien ABC
A good starting point for learning about much of what makes Vienna interesting.

Dragonquest

From Mumbai to Mecca
Very good.

Kim
Why didn't I ever read this before? Think of all the enjoyment I have missed!

28MarthaJeanne
mar 20, 2012, 7:07am

Die Seidenweberin
This was good. Now to read the next in the series.

Dragonsong

29MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 25, 2012, 6:57am

Als die Religion noch nicht langweilig war
This wasn't particularly well written, but I learned a lot form it.

Funny in Farsi
With nonfiction like this, who needs fiction? Very funny, but a lot of insights into cross cultural issues. Review.

Dragonsinger

Bands from Hans Hofer's New Formbuch'len Augsberg 1545 Lotz 18

Wie Kinder mehrsprachig aufwachsen
Very Good. Reviewed.

30MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: mar 28, 2012, 2:28am

Engel weinen höchstens heimlich (Wilde Wahnsinnsengel)
The Angels are a suitable alternative for teenage girls who run out of sparkly vampires. Reviewed.

The visit of the royal physician
Rather longwinded and heavy. I did manage to finish it, though.

Frauen im Vatikan: Begegnungen, Porträts, Bilder
Interesting. Quite heavy on the German-speaking women, but that is understandable. The choices are otherwise a wide selection.

Dragondrums

Auf den Spuren von 1809

Balti Britain
This was very good.

Plain and Fancy Knitting
Can't say I'll be knitting any of these sweaters soon, but it was fun to loook through these old patterns.
I do appreciate the fact that modern patterns give a LOT more information. These are missing gauge, changes for other sizes, information on measurements... Yes, I could knit from it if I wanted, but having spent a lot of time both adjusting patterns up or down from the sizes given and/or for yarns that give a different gauge, I really prefer it when someone else has done the maths for me. Review.

31MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 1, 2012, 3:16am

Big Girl

Die archäologische Hintertreppe
Nothing particularly new and exciting here.

God is not great
Disappointing. I didn't expect to agree with Hitchens, but I did expect that he would make me think. This is one long rant against religion. In fact anything bad that has ever been done is the fault of religion - 20 and 21 century atheistic governments are really also religions in his opinion. Review.

Lexikon der religiösen Kuriositäten
Fun.

32MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 1, 2012, 8:49am

34MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 6, 2012, 1:36pm

Know the truth
There hasn't been a problem - I have just been reading too many long books at the same time.

The land of painted caves
As I said, long book. I think longer than the others in the series. Not as good as the earlier ones, either.

20th Century Sampler Motifs (The Jenny Brooks Co.)

Mama, jetzt nicht!
One page newspaper columns. Some include Viennese dialect, and others refer to local politics that already are no longer clear in my mind, but many would be quite good for those who want to learn both German language and Austrian culture. Review.

The Magician's Nephew

35MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 9, 2012, 6:41pm

An ABC of science fiction
Not very good.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Politik der Angst : 9/11 und die Folgen

Dreaming in Hindi
Reviewed. I seem to be developing a crosscultural emphasis this year.

The Sari Shop Widow
Did I say something about crosscultural?

Knit tricks!
Really for beginners, which will be useful for my group, but less so for myself. Review.

The Horse and his Boy

Wie gut ist Ihr Deutsch?

37MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 13, 2012, 4:22pm

Prince Caspian

Deutsch als Zweitsprache
Don't read this one. The language is just too difficult to follow. Reviewed.

A kind and just parent

39MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 17, 2012, 3:38pm

The ghost
A Good one. Reviewed.

Learning to Weave
Designed for using with a 4-shaft loom, which makes it not very helpful right now, but because if it's clear expanations I have still learned a lot from it.

The Silver Chair

The weaver's companion

42MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: apr 29, 2012, 3:08am

The Last Battle

Wie, wer, das?: Neue Abenteuer eines Amerikaners im Sprachlabyrinth

The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower
The Hornblower series retold as a biography. I enjoyed this, but it is high time I reread the series itself. Reviewed.

44MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 3, 2012, 4:13pm

Der talentierte Schüler und seine Feinde
A polemic against the way schools are currently run in Austria (and Germany). A favourite theme lately. 'The schools are bad, they need to be changed immediatly. ...' But noone really seems to have any idea of what they want to see instead of the current system. This author is part of the chorus. Review

First flight
This was a really good collection, and as an added bonus, I only knew two of them.

Nerilka's Story

45MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 6, 2012, 2:38pm

I Remember, Daddy
Reviewed

Socks à la carte
Assumes you already know how to knit socks. Review.

Atonement
Very good.

... und ein Tropfen Ewigkeit

47pammab
maj 8, 2012, 7:00pm

What did you think of Pern? It has been ages since I have read one of those books, but I quite enjoyed them at the time.

48MarthaJeanne
maj 9, 2012, 3:16am

I reread the Pern books every year or two. Not great literature, but I enjoy them, and they are nice and relaxing. Actually that's why there are no comments on them here.

I generally keep a book in German and a nonfiction book going, alternating 'chapters' (Usually 20-30 pages depending on the particular book). But some of the fiction is fairly heavy, too, so every other fiction book is a reread from one of my favourite series. That makes sure that at least some of my reading is light and easy.

BTW I'll add here that I have just given up on The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling Wilson obviously knows the life and works of Kipling backwards and forwards, and has no problem keeping the whole in his mind as he skips around. But I don't and I can't.

49MarthaJeanne
maj 9, 2012, 4:49pm

Hands on rigid heddle weaving
Wonderful. Reviewed.

50mamzel
maj 10, 2012, 11:31am

I just said "rigid heddle" five times in my head and cracked myself up.

I wish I had the space and the time for such a lovely machine.

51MarthaJeanne
maj 10, 2012, 1:00pm

A rigid heddle loom is really very small, and I am amazed at how fast the weaving goes. Dressing the loom takes time, but once that is done, it just flies. I need one, I need one, I need one. But I just bought a spinning wheel so I need to save up for a few months. In the meantime I can also start saving up the yarn to weave with.

52MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 15, 2012, 8:46am

The time of singing

50 great myths of popular psychology

Deryni Rising

Die Minnesängerin
Don't bother. Reviewed.

The villa
Reviewed. Would be a lousy book if it weren't so well written.

54MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 23, 2012, 3:52pm

Die Farben meines Lebens
Fantatic realism as an autobiography. Reviewed.

The fire rose

A fistful of rice
Exciting!

High Deryni

Der kleine Detektiv auf heißer Spur
I read this with a 7-year-old. The story was fun and kept him interested in trying to read. Review.

Handbuch Weben

55MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 27, 2012, 12:48pm

Prophecy and Discernment
Hard but good. Reviewed.

Wie das Kind sprechen lernt
I read this in German. In general I found the arguments hard to follow. They either seemed to be so obvious that they could hardly be called a theory or so vague as to be unuseful. Unfortunately, most of the children's speech was translated, making some of the data unhelpful. As Brunner is considered to be an important expert, I might be willing to try the original (It's a short book), with the thought that some of the shortcomings might be due to translation.
I would be a lot more convinced if his data included children from different backgrounds. Review

Magical materials to weave

The Renegades of Pern

56MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 28, 2012, 11:25am

The Oxford guide to the Book of Common Prayer
A very interesting selection of essays.

Alles über Körpersprache
I was disappointed. Reviewed.

The unexpected son
But Shobhan Bantwal never disappoints.

57MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: maj 31, 2012, 4:12pm

The girl who heard dragons
Reviewed

Healthy bread in five minutes a day
It really seems to work, and makes good home-made bread so easy. On the other hand, I rather enjoy kneading and such. Reviewed.

Weaving in the Peruvian highlands

58MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 3, 2012, 7:03am

Pompeii
I really liked this one.

From "anbandeln" to "Zwetschkenknödel"
I did not finish this one, and haven't counted it. A weird collection of Austrian idioms paired to idioms in English. Many of them have only been partly understood by the author, and certainly should not be used without checking them out somewhere else.

Der Da-Linzi-Code
Very, very funny. Reviewed.

59MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 7, 2012, 6:13am

Frau am Herd
Boring.

Medieval costume and how to recreate it
I am going to make one of the dresses. Why, oh why is today a holiday? I need cloth. Reviewed.

Beauty and the werewolf
Typical of the 500 kingdoms series. Fun.

60mamzel
jun 7, 2012, 12:26pm

I liked Pompeii too. I thought he chose a very interesting character to create the story around. Part engineer, part scientist.

61MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 12, 2012, 6:37am

Eine Frau sein ist kein Sport
Another one that I can recommend to those learning German. Reviewed.

Camber of Culdi

Wie Kinder Sprachen lernen
Very good study of learning German as a young child in both mono- and multilingual environments. Reviewed.

Women talk
Rather a waste of time. Reviewed.

62MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 14, 2012, 5:06am

Saint Camber

Das weiß ich über die Polizei
Maybe I should point out that I help at the local elementary school as a 'Lesepatin' and read this with a child in the first grade. I think he enjoyed it more than I did. But then, it wasn't written for me.

The Ashford book of rigid heddle weaving
Waste of time and money. Reviewed.

64MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 24, 2012, 3:24am

Camber the heretic

Slightly Tempted

Die Hebamme und der Gaukler

History of the Jews
Very good!

A civil contract

I seem to have missed getting These old shades onto the list in February. Heyer is now a full 12.

Ditto for The Skies of Pern a few weeks ago. Pern is also a full 12.

65MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jun 26, 2012, 3:47am

67MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jul 3, 2012, 2:15am

68MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 26, 2012, 5:28am

The Universe in a Handkerchief

Ewige Orte

Spin control
Just what I need. Reviewed.

The king's justice

Die Textilemustersammlung Emilie Flöge
The date finished on this is the day I finished the first draft of the translation. Reviewed.

70MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jul 12, 2012, 11:22am

Die schönsten Kirchen Wiens
I read this in German, and also skimmed through the English. A good introduction. Reviewed.

Multiple voices : an introduction to bilingualism
I'm not convinced that the author really believes that bilingualism is normal. Reviewed.

Sissy - einfach höllisch
This author read at the school I help at. I didn't expect it to be marvellous, but I didn't expect it to this boring either.

71MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jul 18, 2012, 3:11am

Feine Kuchenpralinen
This woman does not know how to write a recipe. Unusable. Reviewed, Discarded.

Lady of Avalon
Fills in a gap or two, but not one of her better works.

Jekka's herb cookbook
I saw this first in German, and knew I had to have it. They got it for me in English, and I am really glad. This is the best herb cookbook I own. Reviewed.

In the King's Service

Are universes thicker than blackberries?

72MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jul 23, 2012, 3:53am

Eleven minutes
Boring and no feel for Geneva. The 5th Mountain was OK, but have been very unimpressed with the other books of his I've tried. Reviewed.

Celebrating the Anglican Way
Reviewed.

Childe Morgan
I guess that's the end of this series until I can get my hands on the others I don't have yet.

73MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: jul 26, 2012, 5:18am

A pocket guide to the superstitions of the British Isles

Die Lautenspielerin
Another one of these German novels that would be better if it were shorter.

The dowry bride
Not her best. Reviewed.

The Weeder's Digest
Very glad to have this. It should be useful. Reviewed

75MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 3, 2012, 10:53am

76MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 7, 2012, 3:01am

Auswärtslesen
Interesting.

Hornblower and the Hotspur

Willkommen im Theater
Cute.

Dolphins of Pern

The bread bible
If you have access to US supermarkets and don't like whole wheat, you might find this useful. I don't. Review.

Hornblower and the crisis

Thanksgiving

77MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 10, 2012, 5:23am

Hornblower and the 'Atropos'

Nicht ganz koscher
Good stories, most translated out of English. (One or two left largely in English.) Deliberately stories of people who stand between Judaism and total secularity. Reviewed.

78MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 13, 2012, 3:26pm

Rightfully mine
Good enough but tried to include every issue the author knew anything at all about - or at least thought she did.

Sex & Lachs & Kabeljau : Das Buch vom Fisch
Anecdotes about fish. Anything except how to cook it.

Needlepoint : Techniques & Projects
Seem to have missed entering this a week ago.

Hallstatt Farben
Reviewed.

79MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 15, 2012, 4:28am

80MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 19, 2012, 5:21am

Unveiling India
Dated. Discarded, reviewed.

Blackwork, Hogg
Somehow I had expected more from the RSN, but still a nice little book. Reviewed, recommendations made.

A ship of the line

The Fairy Godmother

81MarthaJeanne
aug 19, 2012, 6:51am

82MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 24, 2012, 2:23am

Flying colours

Commodore Hornblower

Das Rätsel der grünen Rose
Wonderful book of how nature changes around us and because of us. Reviewed.

The food of Spain
By Claudia Roden. Need I say more?

Pathfinders : The Golden Age of Arabic Science
To much propaganda for my taste, but an interesting subject.

Old love

83MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 25, 2012, 4:00am

Losing My Voice and Finding Another
ER book. Very good. Reviewed. (Well, of course.)

Singen Sie wienerisch?
Fun if you know lots of Wienerlieder and can read Weanerisch.

Lord Hornblower

Botanical wreaths

85MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: aug 30, 2012, 6:26am

88MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: sep 24, 2012, 3:55pm

Books I read on vacation will be in the order entered rather than read.

Windlass in my belt
Reviewed

Avebury

The snow queen

The Nightingale Girls

Katherine Swynford
Reviewed

Thinking, fast and slow

92MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 3, 2012, 4:31pm

Dornbirn : Herr Anton
Note to the tourism people in Dornbirn. Tourist usually want to know a bit about the city and the sights, not just about the shops that want them to spend money.

Mozart

Fox in Socks

The courier's tale

The New Number One

The sewing room

Cattle and Sheep and Boats

93MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 8, 2012, 2:56pm

Sorry, wir haben uns verfahren
More anecdotes. This time about trains.

Lexikon der christlichen Klöster
I can't believe I read the whooole thing! Lots of good facts tumbled in a heap. Reviewed.

The narrowboat girl

Human croquet
Not my sort of book.

1421
Fascinating.

Dorthin kann ich nicht zurück

94MarthaJeanne
okt 10, 2012, 3:58am

95MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 18, 2012, 11:56am

People of heaven

Jorgo's Taverne

Counted cross-stitch designs for all seasons

Sun in glory

Alte Gewebe und ihre Geschichte
I found this on a used book stall in Geneva. I got it for very little (and could have added another book for even less if I had found anything else worth carrying away). A real treasure! Reviewed.

Needlework Patterns from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Very nice patterns.

Happy birthday
This one is really stupid. If a man is really determined never to have kids, why is he running around depending on the women to provide the birth control?

96MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 21, 2012, 6:09am

Jerusalem : the biography
My goodness, I've heard most of this before, but this time most of it almost makes sense! Reviewed.

By the Sword

Goethes letztes Geheimnis

Anderton for Orders

97MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: okt 26, 2012, 5:29pm

The Lady's Maid

Österreich Vegetarisch
Finally! I've wanted a book of Austrian recipes for vegetarians for a long time.

Beyond a misty shore

How language works
Too much a beginners book for me. Reviewed.

Foundation

Tom Wright for everyone
Interesting, but limited.

99MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 1, 2012, 11:31am

The worst-case scenario almanac: History
Trivial, but fun.

Ideal Husband
I don't think Oscar Wilde had a very high opinion of women.

100MarthaJeanne
nov 3, 2012, 1:03pm

Oathblood

The Misadventures of Chico Chugg

Damp squid
OK, but not spectacular. Reviewed.

Gesundheit : Eine Frage des Geschlechts
There is a need for a good book on this subject. This isn't it.

101MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 9, 2012, 5:06pm

The forbidden daughter
I like Bantwal, but this one parts of the plot felt very familiar, and others were too obvious in advance. Not her best effort. Review.

Oathbreakers

Earthwreck
This one went into the recycling bin. Reviewed.

Tagebuch der arabischen Revolution

The Christian art of dying
Disappointing. reviewed.

Reserved for the cat

Darf man Juden Ezzes geben?

102MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 13, 2012, 2:39pm

More needlepoint by design

Following the Trade

Rangoon

If I pay thee not in gold
Not to my taste. Reviewed.

The emergence of monasticism
Yes, I enjoy this sort of thing anyway, but this book is particularly clearly written, and I found it much easier to follow than I expected. Reviewed.

103MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 17, 2012, 5:57pm

Die Entdeckung Österreichs in 100 Objekten
Disappointing. Reviewed.

The English harem
Reviewed.

Sarah : mother of nations
I have always felt that Sarah was underappreciated.

Called or collared?
Reviewed.

Warum gibt es alles und nicht nichts?
Introduction to philosophy aimed at preteens. Reviewed. Actually this might be a good book for those learning German. It includes a lot about Berlin, general questions about life in a simplified form, and is divided into fairly short chapters.

104MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 22, 2012, 4:29pm

The third sister
Only of interest to those who know Austen as little as the author.

Gestrandet oder gelandet?
Interesting.

Still Me

Sense and Sensibility

Topics about which I know nothing
These stories are very wierd. The last one is way over the bounds of what I consider acceptable. Review.

105MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: nov 28, 2012, 3:01am

The life of Evelyn Underhill

Das große Bücherbär-Geschichtenbuch für Erstleser

This Scepter'd Isle

Circle Line : Around London in a small boat
OK, I know it isn't really about narrowboats, but it is about canals and rivers in England, and it mentions narrowboats now and again, and if it weren't for narrowboats I probably wouldn't have bought it, so it belongs in that category. Reviewed.

The Little Prince
I read it again because I couldn't remember it at all. I'm sure that in a few weeks if not days I will have forgotten it again. I really don't know what all the fuss is about.

Gold and silver needlepoint

106MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: dec 2, 2012, 5:57am

Don Juan : der Mann, den die Frauen liebten
Another example of very long German fiction. This one is very well written, but falls apart at the end.

999 Froschgeschwister ziehen um
Very cute.

Meine schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten

Ill Met by Moonlight

Silk

107MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: dec 9, 2012, 6:42am

30 Minute Vegetarian Mexican Cookbook (abridged)

Arrows of the queen

Die gefiederte Schlange
I enjoyed this one. Told by a Spaniard whose ship went down on the coast of Yacatan 8 years before other Spaniards landed.

'Tis : a memoir
Talk about boring. If he wants to live the picture of the Irish as spending most of their time running from one pub to another, why write a book about it?

The stranger's child
Even more boring. At least in 'Tis I knew who the characters were and when and where things were happening. In this book I didn't, although it may have been beside the point as usually nothing was. Reviewed.

108MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: dec 13, 2012, 3:29am

Arrow's flight

The water road : an odyssey through England by narrowboat
Anonther good narrowboat book.

Verschwörung beim Heurigen
A krimi even I enjoyed. Wine, politics, windsurfing and ecology on Neusiedlersee.

Süße Klassiker

110MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: dec 26, 2012, 6:16am

The Borrowers

Anglican theology
Not what I was expecting, but very good.

The patchwork girl

Infidel

Finding Jesus in Dharma
Well, now I know why I couldn't remember reading this before. Not very useful. The author complains of other writers using terms as they wish, but he never explains what he means by Dharma, so it ends up beeing anything he approves of. Review.

112MarthaJeanne
Redigerat: dec 31, 2012, 5:30pm

Winds of fate

How to write really badly
This was cute.

Die Magier, die Tiere und der Mantel Mariens
I got tired of trying to follow which picture was being described. It was not clear, and some of the descriptions were not of pictures in the book. Review.

Hiding in the mirror
I keep hoping that if I keep reading about this stuff, someday it will start to make sense. Not this time.