31 August 2014

The year in books: August

The year really is just flying by! And I knew that reading might start to catch up with, and even roll past me a little bit. Especially blogging about it.


Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da) - Timur Vermes (2014)

date finished: Unfinished  |   ASIN: B00ELIF0Z2   |   pages: 352 (Kindle)

So it's 2011 in Berlin and Hitler is back. Somewhat shocked to discover that people either don't recognise him or think he's an impersonator, and that the Nazi movement is no longer in full swing.

The concept, I was very much intrigued by and was definitely curious to see how Vermes progressed the storyline. But it just fell completely flat for me! Of course, Hitler's resurrection is completely fictional, the rest still had to be rooted in reality. However, some parts just seemed ridiculous: the way people reacted to him and how the situation progressed just didn't ring true. But above all that, it was really rather boring. I only read a third of the book but a) I fell asleep trying to read it on three separate occasions and b) I don't think I would've even read that much if it weren't a book club book. The remaining parts of the plot mentioned in the synopsis did not fill me with excitement or curiosity so I just decided to write it off. Not bad for my first book in six months; one of 12. And life is too short to keep reading a book that anaesthetises you! Amiright?

Really, to give the book a rating would be unfair as I didn't read it all so I shall refrain. Maybe I will pick this up again one day and it will turn out to be 4 or 5 stars... but I'm not holding my breath. If anyone else has read this, I'd be very interested in your thoughts.


To make up for my diabolical performance in July, I was hoping to regain some ground by reading a few books in August. Well, that didn't happen. So September is my month of redemption then! I am currently 1 book behind schedule in my 20 books in 2014 challenge.

August's book (which will, in all likelihood, be finished in September now) is a recommendation, but also one that piqued my interest because of the striking black, white and bright yellow cover. We'll ignore the fact that I am reading it on the Kindle though.

August's book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
Meet the Cooke family. Our narrator is Rosemary Cooke. As a child, she never stopped talking; as a young woman, she has wrapped herself in silence: the silence of intentional forgetting, of protective cover. Something happened, something so awful she has buried it in the recesses of her mind.

Now her adored older brother is a fugitive, wanted by the FBI for domestic terrorism. And her once lively mother is a shell of her former self, her clever and imperious father now a distant, brooding man.

And Fern, Rosemary’s beloved sister, her accomplice in all their childhood mischief? Fern’s is a fate the family, in all their innocence, could never have imagined.
I didn't get the chance to take the stock photo of it on my Kindle (although I much prefer the yellow cover) but will hopefully update at some point. What I've read so far (about 20%), I'm thoroughly enjoying so here's hoping I have more success than in July.

August announcement...

Amazon are currently running a 'Three for £10' offer on hundreds of paperbacks, from 27 August — 23 September. Find out more.

What are you reading?


p.s. there's been a little bit of back-dating here as, strictly-speaking, I only wrote and published the post at the beginning of September. Sssh!

Want to take part in The Year in Books project?
Visit Laura's July link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?

11 August 2014

August Playlist

Despite how much I dislike to be mainstream, this month's playlist potentially features a fair bit of mainstream music. That's how I do sometimes.

p.s. A little late but... better than never?