Friday, August 24, 2018

75 Books Challenge for 2018 - current status

I joined the "75 Books Challenge for 2018" on LibraryThing. I can say with some certainty that I won't make it, but I guess 50 will be fine ;-) So here is today's status.

1/75: The first book I read this year was The George Bernard Shaw vegetarian cook book in six acts : based on George Bernard Shaw's favorite recipes which I got via SantaThing :-) George Bernard Shaw was a vegetarian from the age of 25, first because vegetarian cuisine was cheaper and he had not much money, but soon because of profound conviction. These are recipes by his housekeeper and cook, Alice Laden.

2/75: The second one was Of books and bagpipes by Paige Shelton. I collect books featuring librarians (many of those are cozy mysteries), and the father of the main character's boyfriend is a librarian ;-)

3/75: The cracked spine by Paige Shelton. After having read the second volume of the Scottish Bookshop Mysteries, I wanted to read the first one. I preferred Of books and bagpipes, but The cracked spine was a nice read while commuting.

4/75: Better Late Than Never by Jenn McKinlay. Volume 7 of the Library Lover's Mysteries - I read them all. Enjoyed it.

5/75: Kater Friedrich fährt zur Kur. A really charming children's book about a cat named Friedrich who goes on a "Kur" (difficult to translate - it's a several-week-long stay in a specialised institution to restore or maintain one's health, usually paid for by your health insurance). Friedrich has accidentally swallowed something he shouldn't have and needs to recover.

6/75: Attention All Shipping : A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast. The "Shipping Forecast" is a traditional BBC radio broadcast where the nautic weather in the waters round the British isles is forecasted. Wikipedia says about this: "The unique and distinctive sound of these broadcasts has led to their attracting an audience much wider than that directly interested in maritime weather conditions". It took me really long to read as there are a lot of words I don't know but I enjoyed the style.

7/75: Crime & Poetry (Magical Bookshop Mystery) by Amanda Flower - a bookshop mystery featuring magic and a cat and a librarian.

8/75: Agatha Christie: Lord Edgware dies

9/75: EU-Datenschutz-Grundverordnung (EU-DSGVO). Praxiseinführung in 7 Schritten - a useful book about the GDPR I read for my work as a data protection officer.

10/75: The glass room by Simon Mawer - finished. Enjoyed it.

11/75: Lukas Feiler, Bernhard Horn: Umsetzung der DSGVO in der Praxis - another book about the GDPR

12/75: Prose and cons by Amanda Flower.

13/75: Browsing for Trouble by Amy E. Lilly - volume 4 of the Phee Jefferson Bibliomysteries. Do you see a certain trend in my reading choices? ;-)

14/75: The road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell, his documentary account of mine workers' work and life conditions in Yorkshire and Lancashire of the 1930s and musings about socialism and communism. Very interesting and sometimes surprisingly current.

15/75: Lewis Carroll: The hunting of the snark - inspired by an episode of "Inspector Lewis" ;-)

16/75: Anekdoten über Adalbert Stifter - a very short collection of anecdotes about the Austrian writer whom I appreciate a lot

17/75: Christian Pfitzer: Abgewrackt - Die Anekdoten eines Arbeitslosen - a critical and also funny account of a 25 year old German having lost his job and avoiding to get another one for a quite long time. Very good descriptions of the bureaucracy at the job centre and of the many ways poor people try to get round the month.

18/75: Jeromy Bessler / Norbert Opgenoorth: Anekdoten aus der Musikwelt - a nice collection of anecdotes about composers, conductors, pianists, singers...

19/75: Harm von Seggern: Sex und Geld - a mystery about an Italian misplaced in a dreary countryside of Northern Germany after having fled the Mafia and the local police officer, also featuring a librarian (this is why I bought the book). The title (sex and money) is quite accurate as the novel contains some lengthy descriptions of the porn films the anti-hero watches ;-) It is actually quite funny but the end is quite abrupt - the story lines (of the mystery as well as of the developing relationships) don't really find an conclusion. Maybe the author plans a second part...

20/75: J. J. Slattery: Perhaps she'll die - another librarian mystery. I liked the description of "small college politics and scholarly intrigue in the groves of academe" (blurb) among the very good mystery plot. It also has a classics background (Sappho & Co.) which I especially like. I really read a lot of bibliomysteries, and this was special. I would like it to be continued, but the author has already died.

21/75: A. J. Jacobs: The know-it-all. I remembered that I have read a book from a man trying to observe ALL rules in the bible. As I searched the book I realised that Jacobs has written a lot of books with self-experiments. So I read The Know-it-all.

22/75: M. Amos Clifford: Your guide to Forest Bathing

23/75: Ephraim Kishon: Alle Satiren (all satires in one volume) - a really pleasant and funny read, but in some of the stories you see their age (I don't speak of technical developments, but of the man/woman relationship).

24/75: Meg Perry: Cloistered to Death - librarian mystery

25/75: Meg Perry: Dirty Laundry. The Jamie Brodie short stories - background stories about the librarian mystery series :-)

26/75: another GDPR book: jusIT Spezial: DS-GVO. ExpertInnenwissen zur Datenschutz-Grundverordnung

I have missed several volumes of the Jamie Brodie Mysteries by Meg Perry, and as I had to procrastinate (I would have had to write an article) I read one of them after the other (I sometimes feel like I cheat when I read the books on the ebook reader, but I read them...):

In addition, I discovered the Very English Mystery Series by Elizabeth Edmondson. I have finished

I started Tin Man by Sarah Winman (reading it for the first meeting of the Girly Book Club's new Vienna chapter - does anyone know that club?). On the first pages, I had difficulties to find into the story but I did it. And imagine, I discovered that one of the main characters opens her own bookshop after having worked in a library - so another volume for my collection of fictional librarians :-)

I started Death at the Netherfield Park Ball by Amelia Littlewood on the Kindle.

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