Title: Echoes from the Dead
Author: Johan Theorin
Number of Pages: 400 pages
Book Number/Goal: 2/30
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review )
Title: The Risk of Darkness
Author: Susan Hill
Number of Pages: 480 pages
Book Number/Goal: 1/30
My Rating: 2/5

Review )
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([personal profile] marny_h96 Jan. 5th, 2011 08:43 am)
Name: [personal profile] marny_h96
Goal: 30 books read from January 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011
Definition of book: 50 pages or more; graphic novels and e-books count (no audio books, though, because I don't like them)
Books read so far: 1
I still can't write book reviews but I wanted to at least mention the last four books I've read. I won't be able to reach my goal of reading 40 books this year.

Booklist )
Title: A Pale Horse
Author: Charles Todd
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Book Number/Goal: 19/40
My Rating: 3/5

Title: Monster
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 512 pages
Book Number/Goal: 20/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson
Number of Pages: 704 pages
Book Number/Goal: 21/40
My Rating: 4.5/5

Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire
Author: Stieg Larsson
Number of Pages: 768 pages
Book Number/Goal: 22/40
My Rating: 5/5

Title: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest
Author: Stieg Larsson
Number of Pages: 864 pages
Book Number/Goal: 23/40
My Rating: 4.5/5

Title: The Wine Of Angels
Author: Phil Rickman
Number of Pages: 630 pages
Book Number/Goal: 24/40
My Rating: 3/5
Title: More Twisted
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 18/40
My Rating: 3.75/5

Review )
Title: A Thief of Time
Author: Tony Hillerman
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Book Number/Goal: 11/40
My Rating: 4/5

Title: Compulsion
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 416 pages
Book Number/Goal: 12/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Vanished Man
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 560 pages
Book Number/Goal: 13/40
My Rating: 4/5

Title: Triptych
Author: Karin Slaughter
Number of Pages: 512 pages
Book Number/Goal: 14/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: Bones
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 15/40
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Maidenstone Lighthouse
Author: Sally O'Rourke
Number of Pages: 296 pages
Book Number/Goal: 16/40
My Rating: 2.5/5

Title: The Blackstone Chronicles
Author: John Saul
Number of Pages: 562 pages
Book Number/Goal: 17/40
My Rating: 3.5/5
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([personal profile] marny_h96 May. 4th, 2010 09:20 am)
Name: [personal profile] marny_h96
Goal: 40 books read from January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010
Definition of book: No e-books, no audiobooks
Books read so far: 10

A little about my goal and my reading habits: After failing last year's goal of reading 75 books, this year I'm trying for 40. I've already read 10 books so far so I hope I'm going to make it to 40 by the end of the year. I read almost everything but my favorites are non-fiction (mostly history), historical fiction and murder mysteries/thrillers.
Title: Die Roemer in Germanien (The Romans in Germania)
Author: Reinhard Wolters
Number of Pages: 127 pages
Book Number/Goal: 54/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review )

Title: Der Limes (The Limes Germanicus)
Author: Egon Schallmayer
Number of Pages: 136 pages
Book Number/Goal: 55/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review )

Title: Written in Bone
Author: Simon Beckett
Number of Pages: 496 pages
Book Number/Goal: 56/75
My Rating: 4/5

Review )

Title: The Source
Author: Michael Cordy
Number of Pages: 364 pages
Book Number/Goal: 57/75
My Rating: 2.75/5

Review )
Title: Founding Mothers – The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Author: Cokie Roberts
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Book Number/Goal: 53/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: My review can be found here
Title: Cabinet of Curiosities
Author: Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child
Number of Pages: 574 pages
Book Number/Goal: 52/75
My Rating: 4/5

Review: My review can be found here
Title: Crossroads of Freedom
Author: James M. McPherson
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Book Number/Goal: 39/75
My Rating: 4/5

My Review: Read more... )
Title: Rage
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Book Number/Goal: 37/75
My Rating: 3/5

Read more... )

Title: Lincoln – A Very Short Introduction
Author: Alan Guelzo
Number of Pages: 160 pages
Book Number/Goal: 38/75
My Rating: 4.5/5

Read more... )
Title: Gone
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Number of Pages:
Book Number/Goal: 36/75
My Rating: 4/5

Review: here
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([personal profile] marny_h96 Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:05 am)
Title: Kisscut
Author: Karin Slaughter
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 30/75
My Rating: 3.75/5

Title: The Ghostway
Author: Tony Hillerman
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Book Number/Goal: 31/75
My Rating: 4/5

Title: Der Fluch der Maorifrau (literally translated: The Curse of the Maori Woman)
Author: Laura Walden
Number of Pages: 560 pages
Book Number/Goal: 32/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City)
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Number of Pages: 304 pages
Book Number/Goal: 33/75
My Rating: 3.75/5

Title: Still Life with Crows
Author: Preston/Child
Number of Pages: 592 pages
Book Number/Goal: 34/75
My Rating: 3/5

Title: The Wailing Wind
Author: Tony Hillerman
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Book Number/Goal: 35/75
My Rating: 4/5
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([personal profile] marny_h96 Jul. 2nd, 2009 10:35 am)
(I haven't written reviews for these books, sorry)

Title: Projekt Babylon (German title)
Author: Andreas Wilhelm
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Book Number/Goal: 24/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: One False Move
Author: Alex Kava
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Book Number/Goal: 25/75
My Rating: 3/5

Title: Der Seelenbrecher (literally translated The Soulbreaker)
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
Number of Pages: 368 pages
Book Number/Goal: 26/75
My Rating: 3/5

Title: My Soul to Take
Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Number of Pages: 464 pages
Book Number/Goal: 27/75
My Rating: 4/5

Title: The Murders of Richard III
Author: Elizabeth Peters
Number of Pages: 325 pages
Book Number/Goal: 28/75
My Rating: 3.5/5

Title: Silence of the Grave
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Number of Pages: 224 pages
Book Number/Goal: 29/75
My Rating: 4/5
Title: The Savage Altar (previously published as Sun Storm)
Author: Asa Larsson
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Book Number/Goal: 23/75
My Rating: 2.5/5

A man is murdered in the church he founded in Northern Sweden and Sanna Strandgard is charged with her brother's murder. She turns to Rebecka Martinson, her childhood friend who is now a tax lawyer in Stockholm, for support. Apart from dealing with the murder case, Rebecka has to confront her own past as well.

So far, so good. It all sounded really interesting and I was looking forward to reading the book. It's the first in a series of six but I'm not sure I'll be reading the other books. Maybe a lot got lost in the translation but I have no idea why this book won an award. The characters are bland (and there are too many of them anyway) and the writing style is stilted.

If you'd like to read thrillers by Scandinavian authors, try Hakan Nesser, Arnaldur Indridason, Ake Edwardson or Henning Mankell.
Title: The Stone Monkey
Author: Jeffery Deaver
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Book Number/Goal: 22/75 for 2009
My Rating: 3/5

In the fourth book of the Lincoln Rhyme/Amelia Sachs series, Lincoln and Amelia are recruited by the FBI and INS to help capture a notorious Chinese killer and people smuggler known as the Ghost. They discover that he's aboard a cargo ship heading for New York with two dozen illegal Chinese immigrants. But before they can stop the ship, the Ghost blows it up. Only the Ghost and two families survive. Lincoln and Amelia now have to find the Ghost before he can track down the survivors and kill them.

The Stone Monkey is a solid thriller, nothing more and nothing less. It's not as great as other Lincoln Rhyme books I've read because there were too many characters which were not fully developed and it sometimes felt that they were unnecessary for the plot. And – which is unusual for Deaver's books – the plot was too predictable this time.

Nevertheless I enjoyed reading the book but if you're not familiar with Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, I'd recommend reading The Bone Collector or The Cold Moon first.
Title: Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Fall of Prussia 1600-1947
Author: Christopher Clark
Number of Pages: 800 pages
Book Number/Goal: 21/75 for 2009
My Rating: 4.5/5

Christopher Clark's book offers a very in-depth look into the history of a state that is mostly known as being reactionary and militaristic. What is often forgotten is that Prussia was the most progressive of the German states – e. g. religious tolerance and freedom of press already existed during the reign of Frederick the Great (later followed such reforms as a nationalized health insurance program and a state pension system).

The structure of the book is thematic rather than linear and it can sometimes be a bit difficult to follow. The author's writing style is fluid, though, and very detailed. At 800 pages it might be a bit too long for readers who only want an overview of the Prussian history. For everyone interested in history, this is a must read. Very much recommended.
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