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My reading list for July and June recap

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In June I

I also

This month I am planning to

  • read a couple of book that I got on Netgalley
  • continue Hunting and gathering by Anna Gavalda

I think I am giving up on the Caitlin Moran book for now. I can’t find the right mood to continue it now. Maybe in winter.

How was YOUR reading month?

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My June reading list and May recap

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In May I

Also I

This month I am planning to

  • finish a couple of Amish cook books
  • continue with How to be a woman by Caitlin Moran, a book I was looking forward to but am not thrilled about.
    I am at chapter 2 and don’t find it very appealing, neither the topics she covers nor the writing style.

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for May and April recap

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Wow, April went by so quickly. I only noticed it was time for another recap when I saw another one pop up in my RSS feed.

In April I

Also I

This month I am planning to

  • finish The Borgias by G. J. Meyer which is a great non-fiction read
  • read a couple more books on ancient Rome that I got from the library
  • watch another movie for my Baskerville marathon

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for April and March recap

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I didn’t realize it was such a busy month until I started writing this post. In March I

Also I

 

This month I am planning to

  • go ahead with the new Non-fiction giveaway blog hop that will take place the last weekend in April. You can sign up for it here.
  • read a biography of Sulla by Jörg Fündling

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for March and February recap

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In February I

Also I

This month I am planning to

  • continue “The Grass Crown” by Colleen McCullough. I got back into it again, I just wish it wasn’t so bloody heavy in weight.
  • finish “August is a wicked month” by Edna O’Brien

 

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for February and January recap

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In January I

This month I am planning to

  • oh, well, continue The Grass Crown which is so so excellent, but at the same time so heavy (weight wise) that I can’t take it anywhere or even read it in bed comfortably.
  • continue Started early, took my dog by Kate Atkinson
  • MAYBE continue to listen This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz – I realized audio books are not for me. I don’t enjoy being read to. At all.

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My reading list for January and December / 2012 recap

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In December I

  • read and reviewed The lost art of gratitude by Alexander McCall Smith  My review * Goodreads
  • read and reviewed Just one night: The stranger by Kyra Davis  My review * Goodreads
  • Read and reviewed Murder is binding by Lorna Barrett  My review * Goodreads
  • DNF’ed Murder Unleashed by Elaine Viets  Goodreads
  • read and reviewed Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett  My review * Goodreads 
  • read Fix-it and Forget-it Holiday Main Dishes and Sides by Phyllis Pellman Good  Goodreads


Additionally I

This month I am planning to

  • try to finish the Grass Crown which I hope to enter in Birgit’s 2013 chunkster challenge (in reality the challenge has a nicer name than that)
  • finish all my other “currently reading” books which would be really great. I’d love to start the new year all clean and tidy.

As for the challenges I participated in

Mount TBR Challenge:
I didn’t read all of the ten books that I first planned to read (in fact I read two), but nevertheless I reduced my TBR pile considerably. So I call it a success.

Narnia Reading Project:
FAIL! My own project, too. But, after the first book I gave up. I suppose you have to read Narnia for the first time as a kid and not as an adult.

2012 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge:
My goal was 56 book minimum and I read 62. Success.

Books read in 2012

Venice in February Reading Challenge:
Started one book and DNF’ed it. Fail.

Tea & Books Reading Challenge:
Planned to read two books and finished one. Fail.

If you would like to see what challenges I joined for 2013, go here.

My TBR pile and the book buying ban:
When I started the ban in June I had 65 books waiting to be read that I owned already. Today that number is 43. I haven’t read all of those in the meantime, but I purged the pile a bit more and got rid of some books that I know I won’t read. Apart from some gifted books and a few swapped ones I haven’t acquired a single book since June. I am proud of myself.

I additionally created a “read maybe” shelf on Goodreads which is exclusive, where I put books I might read in the future and don’t want to forget about, but I don’t consider seriously just yet. The to-read books include 22 books on my wishlist.

Goodreads status now:

Goodreads 31.12.12

I am pretty happy with this.

How about you? How did your challenges / buying bans go?

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My reading list for December and November recap

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In November I only read

I decided to join two reading challenges in 2013

This month I am planning to

Other than that, no idea, it is going to be a busy month with Christmas coming. I’ll read when and what I feel like.

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for November and October recap

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I thought October was another slow reading month for me, but when I look at my compiled list it wasn’t so bad after all.

  • October also was the month of the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop where I gave away a set of bookmarks.
  • I visited our new library.
  • I gave my blog a new look and got a couple of new features: 
  • My new template has various post types so that I can just slot in a little quote post without a title, which I find rather cool. I haven’t tried out other post types as I find the WordPress interface for writing posts rather clumsy – frankly, I hate it. 
  • At the top menu there is an item called Archives now which lists all blog posts arranged by date. So with one click you can find all posts from, let’s say, a specific month in list format. I quite like that.

In November I really would like to get on with The Grass Crown, especially because I want to have it finished by the end of the year for Birgit’s Tea & Books Reading Challenge.
I want to finish “What matters in Jane Austen” by John Mullan and “All the money in the world” by Laura Vanderkam. I am not sure whether I actually will finish the latter, I think I am not in this book’s target group.

Did you have a good reading month and what is on your reading list now? 

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My reading list for October and September recap

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In September I

This month I am planning to:

oh, I have no idea. September was so busy with various projects that I had hardly any time for reading, so I will just see where October will take me. 

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for September and August recap

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In August I

This month I have so much stuff planned that I don’t know when I am going to read (except for Harry Potter)…

I am going to be busy!

How was YOUR reading month? And what are your plans for September?

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My reading list for August and July recap

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In July I

This month I am planning to read a bit more as I will be off for a few weeks. I want to

  • continue The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough. Be prepared to see that book on my list for the next few months.
  • finish Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle

and read

    The rest is up to my mood.

 

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My reading list for July and June recap

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In June I

This month I am planning to

  • celebrate my four year blogoversary on July 15 and the following week. Watch out for different giveaways , they are a very eclectic mix!
  • finish “Girl Reading”
  • finish “The Love Object”
  • start with The Grass Crown, the second book in the Masters of Rome series. Can’t wait!

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for June and May recap

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In May

  • I DNF’ed “The Get Yourself Organized Project” by Kathi Lipp
  • I read and reviewed The Accusers by Lindsey Davis
  • I reviewed It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, an e-book/audio book for kids for iPhone
  • I read and reviewed in a nutshell Death of a Glutton by M. C. Beaton
  • I read and reviewed in a nutshell Death of a Travelling Man by M. C. Beaton
  • I read and reviewed in a nutshell Death of a charming man by M. C. Beaton
  • I read “Death of a nag” by M. C. Beaton
  • I continued “The first man in Rome” (its book beginning is here) by Colleen McCullough. I have reached the 30% mark!
  • I started “Beyond Snapshots” by Rachel Devine, a book about taking your camera off auto mode.

This month I am planning to

  • guess what! Continue my Rome chunkster
  • read "Girl Reading” by Katie Ward together with Caroline. Join us for our readalong!
  • read The Love Object by Edna o’Brien
  • possibly continue the coffeehouse mystery series of which I have read the second book Murder most frothy already. Not very likely though…
  • finish the photography book
  • participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop hosted by Judith from Leeswammes’ Blog

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My reading list for May and April recap

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In April I

For this month I am planning to:

  • continue “The first man in Rome”. How long does it take me to finish a 900 page book, for Christ’s sake?
  • finish “The Accusers” by Lindsey Davis. I only have one more week to finish it.
  • finish the Get yourself organized project by Kathi Lipp (again, this was on my list last month already). I only have it for another week. I need to get going.

How was YOUR reading month?

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My reading list for April & March recap

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In March:

I participated in the Lunar Love Giveaway Hop

Bloggiesta and the Charity hopping around the world giveaway are still going on.

For this month I am planning to read:

  • The first man in Rome by Colleen McCullough. It’s almost 900 pages, I don’t think I will read much more. Except for hopefully:
  • Finishing “The Get Yourself Organized Project” by Kathi Lipp.

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My reading list for March & February recap

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In February:

For this month I am planning to:

  • continue “The Book of Lost Fragrances” by M. J. Rose, but it doesn’t look good. I am predicting a DNF.
  • get hold of a cheap copy of “Prince Caspian”
  • read the essay “A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again” by David Foster Wallace
  • participate in the Lunar Love Giveaway Hop
  • participate in Bloggiesta

The rest depends on my mood…

What was  YOUR reading month like?

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My reading list for February & January recap

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In January:

I started to read and put back on the shelf for later:

  • Changeless by Gail Carriger. Not at all in the mood for vampires and werewolves. Book beginning can be found here.
  • A supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again by David Foster Wallace. Book beginning can be found here.
  • The Prague cemetery by Umberto Eco. Wow, the first sentences was almost a whole page. Too much to handle for me right now. Will tackle this one another time.

 

For this month I am planning to:

  • participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop
  • and read quite a bit as I will be in hospital for a while. Plenty of time for books – I hope! Alexander McCall Smith and M. C. Beaton will be the perfect bookish hospital fare.

What was  YOUR reading month like?

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My reading list for January & December recap

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In December:

I listed a few sites where you can get free e-books.

I talked about Christmas a LOT.

John  posted his second review of a graphic novel.

For this month I am planning to:

In order to succeed with my various challenges I want to read one book for each one every month. So they would be

    Together with my current McCall Smith obsession this is more than enough I would think.
    You got any plans for January?
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My reading list for December

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In November I read

For this month I am planning to read:

Everything else is up to my mood, as usual.

    What is on your reading list this month?
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My reading list for November

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October was a good reading month (thanks to the fact that I had to stay at the hospital for ten days with my son). 

I read

  • “Dead in the Water” by Carola Dunn (review coming soon)
  • “Styx and Stones” by Carola Dunn (review coming soon)
  • “Falling for me” by Anna David (review coming soon)
  • “A taste to die for” by J. G. Goodhind (review coming soon)
  • “The imperfectly perfect home” by Deborah Needleman
  • “Sweat Shop Paris” by Martena Duss & Sissi Holleis
  • “The hottest dishes of the Tartar Cuisine” by Alina Bronsky (review coming soon for German Literature Month)
  • “Catherine the Great” by Robert K. Massie
  • I decided to give up on “The mysteries of Udolpho”. So, I failed at the Gothinc Reading Challenge.
  • I started to read “Everything beautiful began after” by Simon van Booy that everybody is raving about. Somehow this must not have been the right time for me to read it, as I  never got past page 30 or so. I’ll keep that one for later. 

For this month I am planning to read:

“Maybe this time” (Die Kinder beruhigte das nicht) by Alois Hotschnig for German Literature Month

“The Winter Palace” by Eva Stachniak

“Where the God of Love hangs out” by Amy Bloom

 

    What is on your reading list this month?
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My reading list for October

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In September  I read

For this month I am planning to read:

  • I am determined to finally tackle that monster of a book “The mysteries of Udolpho”. If I can’t finish it this month I will give up and leave it a DNF. This is getting ridiculous.
  • Another cosy Daisy Dalrymple mystery which I got from the library

Unfortunately my e-reader has disappeared, so a couple of books for review are out of my reach at the moment. So annoying! I refuse to read books on the computer screen. If my Sony turns up again (and I sure hope it will). I will continue/start to read

    What is on your reading list this month?
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My reading list for September

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To wrap up August here is what I read last month:

For this month I am planning to read:

    What is on your reading list this month?

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    My reading list for August

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    This was quite a good month. In July I read

    For this month I am planning to read:

    • Starting from Happy by Patricia Marx
    • The track of sand by Andrea Camilleri

    I want to continue:

     

    What is on your reading list this month?

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    My reading list for July

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    In June  I read

    and

    I started reading

    For this month – apart from finishing or continuing the two books above – I am planning to read:

     

    What is on your reading list this month?