Month: October 2016

Friday Meets 28 October 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings. Hey Guys! Missed me much? I sure missed you. No, I did not turn into a mermaid in the gorgeous, clear waters of Mauritius. I’m still mostly human. Just been a bit under the sea weather the past couple of weeks and whenever I feel like surfacing, I really just want to be where the people are. Especially the ones with books.   So let’s talk books! Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. For this date, you will need the following:  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading) Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this) Post it! Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky. And don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well. I managed to read all the books listed on my previous Friday Meets (decades ago, I know – that’s why I linked the link) and I am almost […]

Posted October 28, 2016
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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Title: The Other EinsteinAuthor: Marie BenedictPublished by: Sourcebooks LandmarkPublication date: 18 October 2016 Genre: Historical FictionPages: 304ISBN:  9781492637257Mareli’s rating: 3 starsRecommend to: Lovers of historical fiction and strong female charactersDescription: A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever. Goodreads First of all, a big thank you to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and the author, Marie Benedict for presenting me with an early copy of this marvelous novel. Quite similar to Marie Benedict, I started this novel with even less than “commonplace understanding” of […]

Posted October 26, 2016
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It's Monday! (Oh gosh, really??) What are you reading? #4

It’s Monday! What are you reading? This weekly feature is hosted by Bookdate and it’s a great way to get your reading week sorted. All you need to do is:  Tell us what you are currently reading What did you finish reading last week What do you plan on reading next Add your link to the linky provided by your host Visit the other bloggers who also deal with terrible Mondays, but still find the time to prioritize their reading schedules Make sure to read really awesome books in order to increase the above mentioned bloggers’ stress levels by adding even more books to their TBR list Pop a Rescue for your own nerves or pour a glass of wine and get reading  Hello darlings, I’m back. How are you?  Yes, I’ve been back from holidays for over a week, but I struggle a bit to get back in the swing of things. But we can talk about that at a later stage. Holidays were good, but I didn’t read even half as much as planned. I have not been feeling all that well over the past couple of weeks and reading does not bring the comfort I so trust-worthily bestowed on it. […]

Posted October 24, 2016

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

“A sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance and unexpected absolution” Title: Pretty Girls Author: Karin Slaughter Publication date: July 2015 Pages: 688 Mareli’s rating: 4 Stars Goodreads Description: Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teen-aged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it. Reader discretion is advised. Some scenes will not be suitable for sensitive readers. When Claire’s husband is suddenly and violently killed at the same time a young, […]

Posted October 9, 2016
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Sirius by Jonathan Crown

A Novel about the Little Dog who almost changed history Title: SiriusAuthor: Jonathan CrownPublished by: ScribnerPublication date: 04 October 2016 Genre: Literary FictionPages: 247ISBN:  9781501144998 Mareli’s rating: 5 starsRecommend to: Animal lovers (especially for dashing fox terriers), lovers of historical novels (WWII)Description: Berlin, 1938: Sirius, a dashing fox terrier, lives a charmed life with the German Jewish Liliencrons. But, with the rise of Nazism, the Liliencrons decide to leave Berlin for Hollywood.Sirius takes his destiny into his own hands with the kind of melancholic mirth exclusive to his breed. He becomes a celebrated film star and circus performer, friend to Rita Hayworth and Cary Grant. But, when a magic trick goes wrong, Sirius ends up back in war-torn Berlin. Never one to despair, he finds himself in the Führer’s headquarters as Adolf Hitler’s lap dog… and an informant for the resistance. Goodreads What an absolute delightful book. Levi is a fox terrier and the last survivor of the Third Reich (a bit different from the one you know), the much-loved family pet for the German Jewish Liliencrons and the ever faithful companion to a tree. When all those bearing a Jewish name were threatened in 1938, the family changed Levi’s name to Sirius. This sparks the beginning of a […]

Posted October 4, 2016
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