I love reading books …
I love it to hold a book in my hands...
Usually I do read more than one book at a time and have one on my nightstand, another one in my handbag and usually even one in the living room...
Reading to me means escaping into another world, dreaming … learning ….
I'm thrilled to share my opinion on books with you and I invented my own 6 stars rating system, which is obviously purely based on my personal appreciation of the book, so have a look below to see what the six stars mean :
✭✭✭✭✭✭ awesome ! absolutely loved it !
✭✭✭✭✭✩ great book !
✭✭✭✭✩✩ good reading !
✭✭✭✩✩✩ ok . . . but not capivating !
✭✭✩✩✩✩ didn't like it that much
✭✩✩✩✩✩ what shall I say !
✩✩✩✩✩✩ no words for such a waste of time !
Below you will find lists and links of all my reviews split into three categories:
non fiction / fiction / children's
I love reading books in English, but I only know very few British, Scottish, Irish a.s.o. tv stars, comedians, or other personalities, thus Billy Connolly was a total stranger to me before reading this book, even though he has had a longer career than I had birthdays.
It was a great pleasure though to get to know this great and versatile personality and an utter joy to read about past times, people, places..... about Scotland.
The reader also rapidly learns about Connolly's love for books, reading and libraries, which of course made me appreciate the author and his book even more.
Connolly shares vividly his perspective about his life, childhood, youth and how his career took of and isn't afraid of speaking of less comfortable topics as catholics and protestants, beatings in school or living with Parkinson disease and death.
Despite some less enjoyable aspects of life, it's an funny read literally till the very end, which would be the inscription on his gravestone.
'Made in Scotland' is absolutely recommendable!
Oh my gosh !
I started reading this book right after I had finished Philip Judge's memoir. As you might remember, I found Judge quite secretive about his life and even wondered at one point, why he even had bothered writing a memoir if he was not sharing any details or even names of people appearing in the book.
Well, Graham Norton's life as well as this book is another pair of shoes. Norton loves to share secrets, details and all about himself.
I had chosen this book because I recognised the author: Graham Norton, the presenter of The Graham Norton Show, but that was about all I knew about him.
What pleasant surprise thus when I learned about Graham Norton's passions which he was about to reveal in this book: dogs, booze, men, divas, Ireland, New York and work.
He concludes the introduction with the words: "In an ideal world you'd like dogs, booze, men, divas, Ireland, New York and work as much as I do but, most of all, I really hop you like this book." So, after only four pages, and assenting to six of the seven stated passions, I was excited to discover more.
,In sight of Yellow Mountain. A year in the Irish Countryside.' is kind of a 'memoir' by irish-born actor Philip Judge.
Judge, who had moved to England when he was 9, returned to the land of his fathers and mothers after 25 years, and finally swaps his life in Dublin for a quiet place in rural Wicklow.
The front cover of this book by Aidan Comerford actually says:
EXPECTATIONS, MEET REALITY . . .
CORNFLAKES FOR DINNER
A heartbreaking comedy about family life.
So when I saw these words, they made me grab the book immediately and when I found out that it was actually an Irish author, this made me wanna read the book even more.
I was curious to see how this family manages all hurdles and demands that parenting puts on them, how they cope when again and again reality strikes and expectations become suddenly completely insignificant.
While searching online for interesting biographies, I found this book, read the short back cover reviews and ordered it instantly.
Thus again a book I bought without having a clue about who or what the author is, in this case: Trevor Noah.
Only when the book arrived I realised this was the comedian from 'The daily show with Trevor Noah'.
Even though not everybody might like Trevor Noah as a comedian, nor his show, the story of his childhood and youth is certainly
worth being told and read.
'A life in parts' is definitely a good read!
Written by the actor, producer, screenwriter and director Bryan Cranston, the book gives an insight into his private life as well as into his career and of course his leading roles as actor in 'Malcom in the middle' and 'Breaking bad'.
Honestly this have been exactly the only two roles which I connected him to: Malcom's' goofy Dad, and Walter White aka Heisenberg.
The book was a real 'get to know' and I was amazed to learn that many details about his life an career.
'The girl from station X' is actually written by the main character's daughter, Elisa Segrave, and thus to be considered as non fiction or historical rather than a memoir.
It's actually two stories in one book: the story of the estranged relationship between mother and daughter and their lives, as well as the narrations of the mother's life as a young girl and young mother.
I started reading this book some months ago, and it took some time to finish. Partly, because at some moments I disliked the main character that much, that I didn't wanna go on reading, an secondly, because I had a heavy workload with the training and portfolio report to write for my new job.
'Of mice and men' is a controversed book and though it's been on school lists for decades it also has been banned and censored in many schools, libraries and US States.
The book, actually a novella, written by John Steinbeck, was published in 1937 and adapted several times for the screen.
It's the tale of George and Lennie, two migrant workers moving around California to earn their living as farmhands during the Great Depression in the USA.
Lennie is a tall and strong person but a simple mind, totally devoted to George, getting in trouble due to his fondness for touching anything being soft and smooth. George is small and the one trying to keep Lennie out of trouble, taking care of him and taking responsibilities. They both travel together to escape isolation and loneliness and have a vision of getting a farm with a plot of land and some rabbits, but Lennie's getting into trouble again and George is taking an ultimate decision.
I had a great week . . . not only that I had been on a short trip to Paris with my friend Yasmin, but I also spent my week in company of Patrick, Justin, Terry, Mike, Ted, Christie and many many other characters from the book 'I'll push you'.
The book is exactly as it promised to be . . . amazing and awesome, especially in combination with the inside you get by social media posts & pictures and the trailer of the documentary which I watched when starting to read the book.