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I enjoyed this. Unlike many such memoirs, it doesn't depend on knowing the background to enjoy the stories. The German is fairly straightforward.
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.)
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.
May have beeen an early attempt at one of her more serious books. Didn't quite make it.
At 80, Krätzl feels free to speak openly about the issues facing the Roman Catholic church.
A really fun book. Reviewed.
I like Finkelstein and Silberman's books, and this one was well enough translated that it didn't irritate me too much.
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.
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.
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
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.
A waste of time. Reviewed.
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
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.
Bands from Hans Hofer's New Formbuch'len Augsberg 1545 Lotz 18
Wie Kinder mehrsprachig aufwachsen
Very Good. Reviewed.
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.
Auf den Spuren von 1809
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.
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
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
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?
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?
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.
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
This was a really good collection, and as an added bonus, I only knew two of them.
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.
I wish I had the space and the time for such a lovely machine.
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
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.
Very, very funny. Reviewed.
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.
Not sure I'll try this, but still interesting to know about.
Kleidung des Mittelalters selbst anfertigen: Grundausstattung für die Frau
Not very useful. Review.
Why baptize infants? : a study of the biblical, traditional and…
The floating book
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
This one went into the recycling bin. Reviewed.
Tagebuch der arabischen Revolution
The Christian art of dying
Reserved for the cat
Darf man Juden Ezzes geben?
The English harem
Sarah : mother of nations
I have always felt that Sarah was underappreciated.
Called or collared?
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.
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
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.
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.
Not what I was expecting, but very good.
The patchwork girl
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.
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.