March reading list


Note: This is only a statistics post, maybe I will post reviews of the books later.

March has been a slow reading month for me,since I've only read 4 books.


 Books:  Where I was from by Joan Didion

              Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

              Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman

              Swamplandia by Karen Russell


Pages read: 784

Percentage of female wirters: 50%

Percentage of English books: 50%

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary - David Sedaris, Ian Falconer I usually love Sedaris' books, but this one just wasn't my cup of tea.

Garage Band

Garage Band - Gipi This was the first graphic novel I read. Having had high expectations, I was a bit disappointed. I liked the illustrations, especially the landscape ones. However, the plot felt unfinished. Everything was touched on a bit, but never fully executed.

Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men

Kings of Madison Avenue: The Unofficial Guide to Mad Men - Jesse McLean Having been obsessed with Mad Men for a while, I looked forward to read this. All in all it was an interesting read, but I would have preferred the summaries of the episode to be shorter and instead the political and social context to be further elaborated.

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne This is one of the few books I really loathe. I know that this is fiction ,but the plot was just too implausible and historically inaccurate. Firstly,there is just no way that a 9-year old German child in the 1940s would not know what a jew is or who Hitler is! Nazi propaganda was ubiquitous at that time and children were indoctrinated from a very young age.Secondly,it would not have been possible for Bruno to talk to Shumel at the fence for a year. I doubt that there were places where no guards were present.Thirdly,I, as a native German speaker, was really bothered by the ridiculous pun "The Fury" and the fact that Bruno did not understand "Heil Hitler", which is not believable. It would only be if he was mentally disabled. This impression is basically backed by everything he does.I could continue this list ,but I do not want to invist more time on this awful book.I would only recommend this book for people, who want to get enraged.

Currently reading

Sylvia Plath: Eine Biographie
Anne Stevenson
Shifter Cowboy
Jan Irving
The Grand Design
Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
Siegfried Lenz
Das Museum der Unschuld
Orhan Pamuk, Gerhard Meier
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Hilary Mantel
Beat the Reaper
Josh Bazell
Jack Kerouac
Zum Leuchtturm
Virginia Woolf
Die Brandmauer (Wallander, #8)
Henning Mankell, Wolfgang Butt