January 7th, 2014

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I'm plowing through some of these books at real speed.

Yesterday, I finished reading Osprey Warrior #82: US Submarine Crewman 1941 – 45. Although the German U-boats got most of the press, in reality the US submariners did the most to strangle their enemy in the war, causing severe damage to the Japanese merchant and naval fleets. This book does a pretty good job in describing what it was like for the men who served in the boats. Pretty good read.
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First Books of 2014

I always start reading the next year's books on Christmas Day of the preceding year. Ergo, December 25, 2013 was the first day of 2014 reading. It never seemed right to me to end up a year's reading with Christmas-gift books, but that's just my little quirk.

So here is what I've read so far in 2014 (+ that last week of 2013).

  1. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny, 2010, 470 pages.
  2. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks, 1984, 244 pages.
  3. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, 1967, 126 pages.
  4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, 2013, 178 pages.
  5. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett, 2003, 318 pages.
  6. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett, 2004, 350 pages.
  7. The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North American: A Guide to Field Identification by Julian Montague, 2006, 176 pages.

    The quick wrap-up is that Bury Your Dead is the best crime novel I've ever read, that The Wasp Factory is as strange a book as ever I've read, but peculiarly satisfying, that I really disliked the Stoppard play, that Neil Gaiman is one of the finest writers of all time. He will still be read centuries from now. Also, I love Pratchett's Nac Mac Feegles, especially as the books with the Feegles and Tiffany Aching contain, to a greater or lesser degree, my much-loved Granny Weatherwax, and then there is the book about shopping carts....it was brilliant, strange, creative, and I wrote to the author to tell him so, having obtained his e-mail address on his website. He wrote back a letter thanking me for letting him know that I'd enjoyed his book, and he also added me as a friend on Facebook, so I am very well pleased!

1. Total Bedient

1. Total Bedient - Anna K.
Blurb: Anna K is 29. For ten years she has worked in Berlin hotels - in luxury hostels to 3-star houses. Her conclusion: those who have belonged to the staff of a hotel have experienced more than they could have ever expected. An unabashedly open account. (Translated by me)
My thoughts: I've been reading this book on and off for nearly a year, which may lead you to think I wasn't enjoying. Truth be told, I have been really lax in reading this past year but I am determined to try and finish the books I have started before beginning new ones. Anyway, I found this book really eye opening. It caused quite the scandal in Germany as it highlighted the terrible conditions which hotel workers work in and the awful pay they receive. It was scathing about way people act in hotels (let's just say, not great). Anna had a wonderful way of writing, which was heart-warming and amusing. This book is well worth a read and I am glad I read it until the end.