Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017 Reading Challenges - Wrap-Up

I took part in five reading challenges (Emma's Book Club, Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2017, The "Piggybank" Challenge 2017, TBR Pile Reading Challenge 2017, and Travel the World with Books), and added books to several other lists.

100 Books by the BBC
This is an old challenge, I added just one more book to the list.
Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" (Die Glasglocke) - 1963

101 Best Selling Books of All Time
Cao, Xueqin "Dream of the Red Chamber/The Story of the Stone" (CHN: 红楼梦/Hung lou meng)- ca. 1717-1763 (18th century)

20 Classic And Important Books
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Americanah" (Americanah) - 2013

A Century of Books 
Grimm, Hans Herbert aka Emil Schulz "Schlump. The Story of an unknown soldier" (Schlump. Geschichten und Abenteuer des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz, genannt 'Schlump', von ihm selbst erzählt) - 1928
Mahfouz, Naguib "Sugar Street" (السكرية/Al-Sukkariyya) - 1957

Bildungsroman
Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" (Die Glasglocke) - 1963
Şafak, Elif "Three Daughters of Eve" (Turkish: Havva'nın Üç Kızı) - 2016

Children's Books
Munsch, Robert "Love You Forever" (Ich liebe Dich für immer) - 1986
Woodruff, Elvira "Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad" - 1998

Dutch and French Books
Word cloud made with WordItOut
Only two French and one Dutch book this year.

Bâ, Mariama "So Long a Letter" (French: Une si longue lettre) - 1979
Camus, Albert "The First Man" (French: Le premier homme) - 1994
Koch, Herman "The Dinner" (Dutch: Het Diner/Angerichtet) - 2009

Emma's Book Club
An ever growing list of books about and for women, a group started by Emma Watson (better known as Hermione Granger), UN Woman Goodwill Ambassador. I added three more books to that list.

Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" (Die Glasglocke) - 1963
Pinkola Estés, Clarissa "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype" (Die Wolfsfrau: Die Kraft der weiblichen Urinstinkte) - 1992
Wolf, Naomi "The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women" - 1990

German Books

Since German is my mother tongue and I can easily obtain books in that language, I read 27.

Arntz, Jochen; Schmale, Holger "Die Kanzler und ihre Familien: Wie das Privatleben die deutsche Politik prägt" [The Chancellors and their Families] - 2017
Emcke, Carolin "Gegen den Hass" [Against Hate] - 2016
- "Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freunde" (Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter) - 2004
Grass, Günter "Die Box. Dunkelkammergeschichten" (The Box: Tales from the Darkroom) - 2008
Grimm, Hans Herbert aka Emil Schulz "Schlump. Geschichten und Abenteuer des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz, genannt 'Schlump', von ihm selbst erzählt" (Schlump. The Story of an unknown soldier) - 1928
Hahn, Ulla "Spiel der Zeit" [Game of Time] - 2014
Hamann, Brigitte "Elisabeth, Kaiserin wider Willen" (The Reluctant Empress) - 1981
Hansen, Dörte "Altes Land" (This House is Mine) - 2015
Heidenreich, Elke "Wörter aus 30 Jahren" [Words from 30 years] - 2003
Lenz, Siegfried "Deutschstunde" (The German Lesson) - 1968
Lippe, Jürgen von der "Der König der Tiere. Geschichten und Glossen" [The King of the Animals] - 2017
Lüpkes, Sandra "Die Inselvogtin" [The Island Mayoress] - 2009
Mercier, Pascal "Lea" (Lea) - 2007
Modick, Klaus "Konzert ohne Dichter" [Concert without poets] - 2015
Nöstlinger, Christine "Best of Mama" [Best of Mum] - 2001
Oelker, Petra "Zwei Schwestern. Eine Geschichte aus unruhiger Zeit" [Two Sisters] - 2017
Preisendörfer, Bruno "Als Deutschland noch nicht Deutschland war. Reise in die Goethezeit" [When Germany wasn't Germany, yet. A travel to Goethe's Time] - 2015
Schrobsdorff, Angelika "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter" (You Are Not Like Other Mothers) - 1992
Schulte-Loh, Christian "Zum Lachen auf die Insel" [Onto the island to laugh] - 2017
Schweizer, Gerhard "Islam verstehen. Geschichte, Kultur und Politik" (Understanding Islam. History, Culture and Politics) - 2016  
Tau, Max "Das Land, das ich verlassen mußte" [The Country I Had to Leave] - 1961
Weigand, Sabine "Ich, Eleonore, Königin zweier Reiche" [I, Eleonore, Queen of two Kingdoms] - 2015
Witzel, Frank "Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen manisch-depressiven Teenager im Sommer 1969" [The Invention of the Red Army Faction by a Manic Depressive Teenager in the Summer of 1969] - 2015
Wulf, Britta "Das Rentier in der Küche. Eine deutsch-sibirische Liebe" [The Reindeer in the kitchen. A German-Siberian love] - 2016
Zaimoglu, Feridun "Siebentürmeviertel" [Seven Towers Quarter] - 2015
Zweig, Stefanie "Heimkehr in die Rothschildallee" (Familie Sternberg #3) [Homecoming to Rothschild Avenue] -2010
- "Neubeginn in die Rothschildallee" [A New Beginning on Rothschild Avenue] - 2010

Migraine Books and Links 2011, 2014, 2016
Word cloud made with WordItOut
I started a new list in 2016. You can find all the links here.

My Favourite Books Ever
Every year I find some more books I can add to my list of favourite books. 20 this year.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Americanah" (Americanah) - 2013
- "Half of a Yellow Sun" (Die Hälfte der Sonne) - 2006
Atwood, Margaret "The Blind Assassin" (Der blinde Mörder) - 2000
Dickens, Charles "Bleak House" (Bleak House) - 1852/53
Emcke, Carolin "Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter" (German: Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freunde) - 2004
Falcones, Ildefonso "The Barefoot Queen" (Spanish: La Reina Descalza/Das Lied der Freiheit) - 2013
Hansen, Dörte "This House is Mine" (German: Altes Land) - 2015
Hislop, Victoria "Cartes Postales from Greece" - 2016
Ivey, Eowyn "To The Bright Edge of the World" (Das Leuchten am Rand der Welt) - 2016
Lenz, Siegfried "The German Lesson" (German: Deutschstunde) - 1968
Mahfouz, Naguib "Palace Walk" (Arabic: بين القصرين/Bayn al-qasrayn) (Zwischen den Palästen) - 1957
- "Palace of Desire" ((Arabic:قصر الشوق/Qasr el-Shōq) (Palast der Sehnsucht) - 1957
- "Sugar Street" ((Arabic:السكرية/Al-Sukkariyya) (Zuckergässchen) - 1957
Mercier, Pascal "Lea" (German: Lea) - 2007
Pamuk, Orhan "A Strangeness in my Mind" (Turkish: Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık) - 2014
Rosner, Elizabeth "The Speed of Light" - 2001
Taylor, Andrew "The Ashes of London" - 2016
Turner, Nancy E. "The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine" - 2007
Weir, Alison "Six Tudor Queens. Katherine of Aragon. The True Queen" - 2015
Weir Alison "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" - 1991

Nobel Prize Winners and Their Books
Word cloud made with WordItOut  
This is another list to which I could add seven more books.

Camus, Albert "The First Man" (Le premier homme) - 1994
Grass, Günter "The Box: Tales from the Darkroom" (Die Box. Dunkelkammergeschichten) - 2008
Hemingway, Ernest "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - 1940
Mahfouz, Naguib - Cairo Trilogy: "Palace Walk" (بين القصرين/Bayn al-qasrayn) - 1957
- "Palace of Desire" (قصر الشوق/Qasr el-Shōq) - 1957
- "Sugar Street" (السكرية/Al-Sukkariyya) - 1957
Dylan, Bob "Chronicles. Volume One" - 2004
Pamuk, Orhan "A Strangeness in my Mind" (Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık) - 2014
Lagerlöf, Selma "Sancta Lucia. Weihnachtliche Geschichten" (Kristuslegender) [Christmas Stories] - 1893-1917

Oprah’s Book Club
So many old challenges, here is one where I added three more books.

Bohjalian, Chris "Midwives" 1997
Whitehead, Colson "The Underground Railroad"
Jones, Edward P. "The Known World" (Die bekannte Welt) - 2004 

Oscar Winning Books
I added one more book in this category.

1968N Dickens, Charles "Oliver" (Best Film)

Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (German: Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)
Five books from authors in this category.

Lenz, Siegfried "Deutschstunde" (The German Lesson) - 1968
Emcke, Carolin "Von den Kriegen. Briefe an Freunde" (Echoes of Violence: Letters from a War Reporter) - 2004
Emcke, Carolin "Gegen den Hass" [Against Hate] - 2004
Atwood, Margaret "The Blind Assassin" (Der blinde Mörder) - 2000
Tau, Max "Das Land, das ich verlassen mußte" [The Country I Had to Leave] - 1961
Pamuk, Orhan "A Strangeness in my Mind" (Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık) - 2014

The "Piggybank" Challenge 2016

This challenge goes officially from 1 March 2016 to 1 March 2017 but it's easier to wrap this up now with the rest of the challenges. This year, I read 108 books which resulted in €216 to spend on something I'd really like. You can find the whole list with links here.

Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2016
I read 35 books with more than 450 pages, 6 of them were more than 750 pages, the reading challenge calls them "chunksters". You can find the whole list with links here.

Suggestions from Friends
Coates, Ta-Nehisi "Between the World and Me" (Zwischen mir und der Welt) - 2015
Hochschild, Arlie Russell "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right" - 2016
Lenz, Siegfried "The German Lesson" (German: Die Deutschstunde) - 1968
Mahfouz, Naguib "The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street" - 2001

TBR Pile Challenge 2016
Another old challenge where the participants try to read as many books from their To Be Read Pile as possible. I managed 30 books that had been on that stack for a while. This doesn't mean that my TBR pile got any smaller since I also bought more new books. You can find the whole list with links here.

Top Ten Tuesday
I didn't participate much in this challenge this year, however, I managed to read 11 new books that I mentioned on those lists.

Aaronovitch, Ben "Broken Homes" (Rivers of London 4) - 2013
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Half of a Yellow Sun" - 2006
Bohjalian, Chris "Midwives" - 1997
Dylan, Bob "Chronicles. Volume One" - 2004
Ephron, Nora "The Most of Nora Ephron" - 2014
Falcones, Ildefonso "The Barefoot Queen" (Spanish: La Reina Descalza) - 2013
Hemingway, Ernest "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - 1940
Konar, Affinity "Mischling" - 2016
Oates, Joyce Carol "Carthage" - 2014
Plath, Sylvia "The Bell Jar" (Die Glasglocke) - 1963
Turner, Nancy E. "The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine"- 2007

Travel the World with Books
After reading the book "Die Ländersammlerin" [The collector of Countries] by Nina Sedano, I thought it would be great to read a book from every country in the world. I managed 81 until now, added two more this year, Senegal and Nigeria. It's quite tough to find good books from the countries I haven't "visited", yet, so if you have any good suggestions, please let me know.

Senegal
Bâ, Mariama "So Long a Letter" (French: Une si longue lettre) - 1979
Nigeria
Adichie, Chimamanda Nogzi "Half of a Yellow Sun" (Die Hälfte der Sonne) - 2006

What's in a Name Reading Challenge
Even though this is an older challenge, I always think it's interesting to read an eponymous book, it's always something special.

Ephron, Nora "The Most of Nora Ephron" - 2014
Dickens, Charles "Oliver Twist" (Oliver Twist) - 1838
Fredriksson, Marianne "Simon and The Oaks" (aka Simon's Family/Simon och ekarna/) - 1985
Grimm, Hans Herbert aka Emil Schulz "Schlump. The Story of an unknown soldier" (Schlump. Geschichten und Abenteuer des unbekannten Musketiers Emil Schulz, genannt 'Schlump', von ihm selbst erzählt) - 1928
Hamann, Brigitte "Elisabeth, Kaiserin wider Willen" (The Reluctant Empress) - 1981
Mercier, Pascal "Lea" (German: Lea) - 2007
Murakami, Haruki "Kafka am Strand" (Kafka on the Shore) (海辺のカフカ Umibe no Kafuka) - 2004
Pamuk, Orhan "Cevdet und seine Söhne" (Turkish: Cevdet Bey ve Oğulları/Cevdet Bey and His Sons) - 1982
Şafak, Elif "Three Daughters of Eve" (Turkish: Havva'nın Üç Kızı) - 2016
Turner, Nancy E. "The Star Garden: A Novel of Sarah Agnes Prine" - 2007
Weigand, Sabine "Ich, Eleonore, Königin zweier Reiche" [I, Eleonore, Queen of two Kingdoms] - 2015
Weir, Alison "Six Tudor Queens. Katherine of Aragon. The True Queen" - 2015
Weir Alison "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" - 1991
Williams, John "Augustus" (Augustus) - 1972
Woodruff, Elvira "Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad" - 1998
Wroblewski, David "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" - 2008

No new books in:
"13 Ways of Looking at the Novel" by Jane Smiley
7 Books That Will Radically Shift Your Perspectives
Best European Literature
Esperanto Links 
Interesting Links
Le Monde - The 100 Books of the Century 
Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century
The 10 Greatest Books Ever
The Top 10 Most Difficult Books
Top 10 Most Read Books in the World 
The 100 Greatest Fiction Books as Chosen by The Guardian

For my German friends, I have added the German titles in () brackets if the book is available in German. For my English friends, I have added the English titles in () brackets if the book is available in English and in [] brackets if the book is NOT available in English.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Statistics 2017


My statistics for the last years are here:
Going back to 2009-12, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016   

And these are the results of my reading lists for 2017:

* Statistics 2017 *
 
I read books that contributed to the following challenges:

Challenges
100 Books by the BBC
This is an old challenge, I added just one more book to the list.
2017 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Another old challenge where the participants try to read as many books from their To Be Read Pile as possible. I managed 30 books that had been on that stack for a while.
Dutch and French Books
4 French books, 1 Dutch book this year.
Emma's Book Club - Our shared shelf
An ever growing list of books about and for women, a group started by Emma Watson (better known as Hermione Granger), UN Woman Goodwill Ambassador. I added three more books to that list.
German Books
Since German is my mother tongue and I can easily obtain books in that language, I read 27.
My Favourite Books Ever
Every year I find some more books I can add to my list of favourite books. 20 this year.
Nobel Prize Winners and Their Books
This is another list to which I could add seven more books.
Oprah’s Book Club
So many old challenges, here is one where I added three more books.
Oscar Winning Books
I added one more book in this category.
Peace Prize of the German Book Trade (German: Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels)
Five books from authors in this category.
Reading Challenge - Chunky Books 2017
I read 35 chunky books in 2017 of which 6 are considered a chunkster.
The "Piggybank" Challenge 2017
The 108 books I read this year resulted in €216 to spend on something nice.
Top Ten Tuesday
I didn't participate much in this challenge this year, however, I managed to read 11 new books that I mentioned on those lists.
Travel the World with Books
After reading the book "Die Ländersammlerin" [The collector of Countries] by Nina Sedano, I thought it would be great to read a book from every country in the world. I managed 81 until now, added two more this year, Senegal and Nigeria. If you have a good suggestion for those countries I haven't "visited, yet, please let me know.

Books Read: 108
Pages read: 45,109
418 pages/book, 124 pages/day, 9 books/week
The average novel contains between 140 and 320 pages, i.e. 230 = 196 books in 2016

Books dating from which year:
Pre 1800s: 3
1800s: 5
1900-1949: 3
1950-1999: 30
2000s: 63 (6 of which from 2017)

Male Authors: 54
Female Authors: 54

Nobel Prize Winners: 9

Fiction: 75
Non-Fiction: 30

Chunky Books - more than 450 pages: 35, more than 750: 6
Library: 9
Re-Read: 6
TBR Pile: 35

Oldest Book: 1678
Bunyan, John "The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come" - 1678
Newest Book: 2017
Young European Collective (Vincent-Immanuel Herr, Martin Speer, Katharina Moser, Krzysztof Ignaciuk, Liza Noteris, Zlatin Georgiev, Thomas Goujat-Gouttequillet, Stylia Kampani, Zara Kitson, Nini Tsiklauri, Giulia Zeni, Phelan Chatterjee) "Who, if not us?" (Wer, wenn nicht wir?: Vier Dinge, die wir jetzt für Europa tun können) - 2017
Longest book: 1,088 pages
Dickens, Charles "Bleak House" - 1852/53 - 1,088pp.
Shortest book: 63 pages
Bryson, Bill "Bill Bryson's African Diary. A Short Trip for a Worthy Cause" - 2002 - 63pp.
Longest book title: 76
Witzel, Frank "Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen manisch-depressiven Teenager im Sommer 1969" (The Invention of the Red Army Faction by a Manic Depressive Teenager in the Summer of 1969) - 2015
Shortest Book Title: 6
Grass, Günter "Die Box. Dunkelkammergeschichten" (The Box: Tales from the Darkroom) (Autobiographical Trilogy #2) - 2008
Funniest Book:
Bryson, Billl "Notes from a Big Country" (US: I'm a Stranger Here Myself) - 1999
Saddest Book:
Bâ, Mariama "So Long a Letter" (Une si longue lettre) - 197
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Half of a Yellow Sun" - 2006
Whitehead, Colson "Underground Railroad" - 2016
Weirdest Book:
Ballantyne, Tony "Dream London" - 2013
New authors (for me) that I would like to read more from: 14 (from 8 different countries. Germany, Sweden, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Turkey, the UK, USA
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dörte Hansen, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Eowyn Ivey, Selma Lagerlöf, Petra Oelker, Angelika Schrobsdorff, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Александр Исаевич Солженицын), Max Tau, Andrew Taylor, Hasan Ali Toptaş, Sabine Weigand, Alison Weir, Colson Whitehead

Translated Books:
3 each from Arabic. Swedish and Turkish, 2 each from Russian and Spanish, 1 each from Chinese and Japanese
Books read in another language:
29 in German, 2 in French, 1 in Dutch

Numbers in Book Titles: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 30
Place Names in Book Titles: Africa, Aragon, Broken Wheel, Capricornia, Deutsch (German), Deutschland (Germany), Greece, Europe, London, Molvanîa, Rothschildallee
Names in Book Titles: Agnes, Augustus, Austin, Edgar Sawtelle, Eleonore, Elisabeth, Eve, Henry, Kafka, Katherine, Lea, Nora Ephron, Oliver Twist, Sarah, Schlump, Simon, Prine, Rothschild
Colours in Book Titles: Grey, Red, Yellow

My Favourite Books: 12
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi "Half of a Yellow Sun" (Die Hälfte der Sonne) - 2006
Bryson, Billl "Notes from a Big Country" (US: I'm a Stranger Here Myself/ Streiflichter aus Amerika: Die USA für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene) - 1999
Falcones, Ildefonso "The Barefoot Queen" (La Reina Descalza/Das Lied der Freiheit) - 2013.
Hansen, Dörte "This House is Mine" (Altes Land) - 2015
Hislop, Victoria "Cartes Postales from Greece" - 2016
Ivey, Eowyn "To The Bright Edge of the World" (Das Leuchten am Rand der Welt) - 2016
Pamuk, Orhan "A Strangeness in my Mind" (Kafamda Bir Tuhaflık/Diese Fremdheit in mir) - 2014
Scott, Mary "Days that have been" (Das waren schöne Zeiten) - 1966
Taylor, Andrew "The Ashes of London" - 2016
Weigand, Sabine "Ich, Eleonore, Königin zweier Reiche" [I, Eleonore, Queen of two Kingdoms] - 2015
Weir, Alison "Six Tudor Queens. Katherine of Aragon. The True Queen" - 2015
Whitehead, Colson "Underground Railroad" - 2016

With my books, I visited places in the following countries:
Africa (6):
Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa
Asia (6):
Afghanistan, China, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan
Europe (19):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia/USSR, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, The United Kingdom
North America (4):
Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, the USA
South America (1):
Columbia
Australia/Oceania (2):
Australia, New Zealand
Countries "visited" in total:38

You may find some even greater statistics by better bloggers than me at "Stuck in a Book" and "Ready When You are, C.B."

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy January!


Happy January to all my friends and readers

New Calendar picture with this
beautiful watercolour painting by Hanka Koebsch


"Kleiner Eiskönig"
"Small Kingfischer"



January I have always learned that January was named after the named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology, however, I also heard it's named after the Latin word for door (ianua). Both fit, we go through that door into the new year. Let's hope it will be a happy one! 

The birthstone of this month is the garnet, a brownish group of silicate minerals that can be transformed into beautiful deep red gemstones. 

Enjoy this month with the beautiful watercolour painting by Hanka Koebsch. 
Isn't the little kingfisher beautiful?.

You can find a lot more wonderful pictures on their website here.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my friends and readers

New Calendar picture with this
beautiful watercolour painting by Hanka Koebsch


"Nicht so schnell"
"Not so fast" 



I wish you all a wonderful reading year with many great books.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Book Quotes of the Week



"The most dangerous person has read only one book." (Hominem unius libri timeo. = I fear the man of a single book.) Saint Thomas Aquinas

"Man is what he reads." Joseph Brodsky

"There is much to discover that’s not on the back cover!" E.A. Bucchianeri

"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them." Arnold Lobel

Find more book quotes here.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Michaels, Anne "Fugitive Pieces"


Michaels, Anne "Fugitive Pieces"  - 1996

I really wanted to like this book. It is absolutely my genre and it was praised a lot. However, I wouldn't call this a tough read but nevertheless, I didn't find a closeness to the characters. A lot of things happened, obviously, but there seemed to be no action and no continuance.

More fleeing fragmented thoughts, bits and pieces thrown together. Someone trying to bring their thoughts in order but not being very lucky with it. Such a shame. This could have been a great book, the story is very promising.

What annoyed me most was that you hardly know who is talking if you don't read the introduction. But if you do read the introduction, you are given spoilers that can ruin the whole story. I hardly ever read the introduction but noticed halfway through the lecture that it was necessary in order to understand what this was all about.

I think a lot of people like it for it's poetic writing but then it shouldn't be classified as a novel.

Definitely not my book.

There were a few quotes I did like, though, the final sentence under "Anne Michaels' favourite books":
"When I was young I felt there was a mystery contained in the fact that the word 'read' was two words - both past and present tenses. This time travel is one way we hold our life in our hands."
and a quote, a Hebrew saying:
 "Hold a book in your hand and you're a pilgrim at the gates of a new city."

From the back cover:
"Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the muddy ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. Of his family, he is the only one who has survived. Under the guidance of the Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history.
A novel of astounding beauty and wisdom, Fugitive Pieces is a profound meditation on the resilience of the human spirit and love's ability to restore even the most damaged of hearts."

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas!


Christmas Bells

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!


And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"


Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 


☆☆ Merry Christmas to all my Friends and Readers ☆☆
and 
☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Peace on Earth! ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆