Result 23-in-23

Have I become a bookfluencer? Nope, not at all. I gave up quite quickly and just resumed it in December. I’m not good at producing nice content frequently. Neither in the blog, nor at instagram. I’m not good at creating cute pictures and since I read most of the stuff digitally, it’s even harder to make nice pics with an old Kindle 😉 I still want to participate, but I probably never will be more than an occasional commenter and I think I have to accept that.

Early this year, I made a list with 23 books I wanted to read in 2023. Most of them were ancient and on my TBR shelf for maaaany years. I managed to finish 13 out of those 23. Not great, but considering that I don’t care for quite a few of them, not a bad result.

Eine BĂŒcherĂŒbersicht mit 23 Titeln, die ich dieses Jahr lesen wollte.

  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko 5/5 really loved it. It’s the sequel to Raybearer and an exciting YA fantasy adventure, based on West African culture and lore.
  • Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn 4.5/5 A cute novella about a trans Cinderella, who can be herself with everything it includes. I continued immerdiately with the two other novellas “Mer Made“, and “Beauty’s Beast“. The series is called Black Trans Fairy Tales and they are very good.
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 5/5 I loved the series and found a full cast audio production on Spotify, so I listened to it rather than reading it. And knowing the story certainly helps with audiobooks. I tune out easily and if I don’t know the story, I’m missing a lot of details, but this book is so close to the show, it was always easy to get back into the story.
  • Vom großen und kleinen Winderstand by Heribert Prantl 4/5 A collection of newspaper columns, speeches and other short stories about politics and society. Not my regular genre, but interesting.
  • Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren by Astrid Lindgren 4/5 A diary by a regular woman in the neutral sweden during WW2. So mundane entries, discussing the terrors of war from the position of someone who is not involved, other than suffering from food rationing and other household items. Always humble at how lucky her family is to have a warm house, usually enough food and a quiet nice life.
  • Die Frau des Zeitreisenden (The Time Traveller’s Wife) by Aidrey Niffenegger 4/5 and that was kinde generous. It was ok, but I didn’t love it.
  • Was weiße Menschen nicht ĂŒber Rassismus hören wollen by Alice Hesters and Hört auf zu fragen. Ich bin von hier! by Ferda Ataman 4/5 are both booky by foreign looking women in Germany, telling their stories with the day-to-day racismm and stupidity.
  • Muh! by David Safier 3.5/5 A group of cows are escaping the slaughterhouse. A cheating bull, relationship drama and a happy end. Quite funny and silly
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 4/5 The Gods are quite some assholes, to be honest! Not Gaiman’s fault, but I was quite pissed about the stories 😉
  • Die 1% Methode (Atomic Habits) by James Clear 4/5 Did not impress me much. Apparently, I liked it, but to be honest, I don’t remember a thing, so certainly not life-changing
  • You’re never weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day 4.5/5 I like her a lot and her story is quite impressive.
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams 3/5 To be fair, I think the book is not bad. Again, the day-to-day racism from the perspective of a Jamaican-British woman. But this is a novel and not a memoir kind of thing. And I absolutely hate contemporary fiction / romances, so I fought to finish this book. If you’re into that kind of genre, this is a pretty nice and honest book.

I‘m probably keeping that list and try to finish it in ‘24. I have a bit less than two shelves with unread physical books, but a few 100 collected free books on my Kindle. I‘m not reading all of them, because my taste has changed over the years, but I‘ve joined a „tackle your unread Kindle freebies“ challenge on Instagram 😉 Additionally, I‘ve got a library card this year and have a looooong TBR there as well. Too many books and not enough time

But I‘m quite happy with my progress overall. I‘ve read quite a few old books, listened to 4 audiobooks and didn‘t collect too many new freebies.

How are you with your different TBRs?

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23 in 23

I’m not a hoarder of physical books. My shelf is pretty tame and I switched to ebooks years ago. Plus, I don’t treat my books like treasures but as commodities. I might break a spine and I prefer paperbacks because they are easier to handle.
Thanks to different sources that point out the free books on Amazon, I do have quite an extensive digital shelve though. Plus even my paid or gifted books are just waiting to be read. And don’t get me started on Audible… I have quite a collection, but I despise audiobooks. I cannot focus on them and get either frustrated, because my mind is wandering, or I’m getting annoyed, because I usually hate having any noises around me – and guess what, someone constantly talking into your ears, is a noise. So why do I have audiobooks, you ask? Good question. Because I love the concept and there is one situation in which I appreciate them: while doing sports, like walking or spending time in the gym. This is so annoying and stupid, that I enjoy listening to books.

Last year, almost all I read was Kindle Unlimited stuff, recommended to me by the algorithm. And I had basically only two genres: cozy mysteries, very wholesome, preferably with supernatural elements, or Reverse Harem Smut with a badass heroine, who was secretly the impossible daughter of an angel and a demon, the most powerful being of the universe, or something along those lines. I finished the year with 104 books, which is a record number and mainly achieved by two weeks of Covid and because the algorithm forced some lengthy series on me, like The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren, Manners and Monsters by Tilly Wallace, or Magic Market Mysteries by Erin Johnson. I recommend all of them.

Towards the end of the year, I discovered Booktok and Booktube, which is why I decided to give this a try, repurposed my dormant blog, and created a Bookstagram account.

This year, I decided, I want to go through my existing TBR and read most of the books. I’m pretty sure, I won’t read all of them. Some were gifts and just not anything I’m interested in, others are so old that I’m just not into that topic anymore. But there are quite a few that I want to tackle, so I created a 23-by-23 list, which is a mix of physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. This list only contains books that I already own.

A collage of 23 Book Covers

Fiction English
  • Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko, the sequel to Raybearer, which is a Middle grade / YA fantasy story, based on West African culture. I loved the first book and even bought both of them as physical books so I can lend them to others
  • Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn. I only read the blurb and it appears to be a trans adaptation of cinderella. I’m very curious. That was a random free book on Amazon
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I might have seen a few of these books in Libby (library app) so I might not have to listen to all of them. But I like Mythology, so I’m quite excited about this and for
  • Mythos by Stephen Fry. I assume it’s especially good to hear them from the authors themselves, but it’s still noise… but yeah, I’m looking forward to them and I really hope I find a written alternative
  • Torchwood: Exodus Code by Carol and John Barrowman might be one of the easier audiobooks. About 10 years ago, I listened to a lot of Torchwood books (while walking) and enjoyed them a lot.
  • Hollow Earth (and the sequels) by Carol and John Barrowman sound very cool, let’s hope that I find the time to listen to them
  • Infinity by Sherrily Kenyon. This is one of my oldest TBR. I had a very heavy Dark Hunter phase back in ~2009 and bought the book pretty much as soon as it came out (2010) but somehow, it collided with the end of my DH phase and I never read it. I even have the second one as well, so let’s see if I find myself back in that universe. I really loved the books back then, but the entire thing with Acheron and Nick was a bummer and I’m not sure I can handle them being enemies now.
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett. I loved the show and eventually got the original book, but never read it
Non-Fiction English
  • Well, there is only one on this list: You’re never weird on the Internet by Felicia Day. I adore that woman, so yeah, I’d love to listen to this book, but if I can find a written copy, I’ll take it. (The selection of English ebooks is pretty limited in Libby for me)
Fiction German
  • Muh! by David Safier. I’ve read a few books by him before and liked them, so I expect easy-going cozy fun.
  • Die verschwundene Frau by Sara Paretsky. I have no idea how many years that one is on my shelf (to be honest, most of the books, except for Cinder Ella and Redemptor are in my TBR for several years) I think it was a gift from a relative once. I always thought it sounded very literature-y but it’s actually part 9 of a mystery series, following a female P.I. So that shouldn’t be hard
  • Suite Francaise by IrĂšne NĂ©mirovsky is definitely less cozy and rather challenging. A WW2 novel, written in the 40s by a Ukrainian Jewish woman who got killed in Auschwitz.
  • Die Frau des Zeitreisenden by Audrey Niffenegger. The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is kind of a classic, by now.
  • Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte by Jonas Jonasson. The Girl who saved the King of Sweden is a story about an African woman, who cannot read, but is a math genius, working on nuclear bombs and discusses with the world’s elite until she flees to Sweden and falls in love.
  • Liebesgeschichten by Tschingis Aitmatow. I have no idea what to expect here. This was a gift years ago. Tschingis Aitamow is the best known figure in Kyrgyzstan literature, which makes me think that this is too literature-y for me. But again, it’s on here, so I give it at least a try and maybe I like it. If not, I can give it away without guilt.
  • Cronos Cube by Thekla Kraußeneck. This is a 4-part Dystopian, Sci-Fi series in German. I follow the Author on Twitter and people seem to love it, so I ordered the books, but wanted to wait until book 4 is out, which happened in April 21. Well, looks like I can start now.
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This is one of the books where I have no idea whether or not I’m going to like it. It was a rec by a colleague, roughly 10 years ago and I had to spend some credit on Audible. I’m very scared about the running time of >30 hours. But I want to try and if it’s not for me, I can easily forget about it and don’t feel guilty about it still being unread
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. A story about a Jamaican British woman and her struggles as a woman of color in a white patriarchy. I’m quite embarrassed how long this book (and the ones from Alice Hasters and Ferda Ataman) has been unread on my shelf by now
Non-Fiction German
  • Die 1% Methode by James Clear. Atomic Habits, translated into German.
  • Was weiße Menschen nicht ĂŒber Rassissmus hören wollen, aber wissen sollten by Alice Hasters. All the “harmless” everyday questions that white people ask and don’t understand why they are racist. The book was heavily discussed back when it came out and I wanted to read it for a while now
  • Hört auf zu fragen. Ich bin von hier by Ferda Ataman. The annoying reality of a German who grew up here with a foreign name and how migrants are part of our reality
  • Vom großen und kleinen Widerstand by Heribert Prantl. A collection of short stories about big and small resistance. Anecdotes and Thoughts.
  • Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren by Astrid Lindgren. Is she as famous in other countries as she is here in Germany? Most children know and love Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, The children of Troublemaker Street, The six Bullerby children, and one of my personal favorite books ever: The Brothers Lionheart. This book is a collection of her diaries and describes life in the years of WW2

Do you know any of the books and do you like them? Or did I pique your interest? Let me know.

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Hello and welcome to my blog. This is the only English area but if you are interested in my everyday life, feel free to check out the German areas.

This is an experiment, in which I try to use this blog more frequently and add some bookish content.

My name is Fiona/Serpina/Pina/Miss Evil. I am 43 years old and live in Bremen, Northern Germany. (you know, the Bremen Town Musicians?) I work in IT, currently as a mix of Scrum Mistress and Technical Author.
If I don’t work or read (well, to be honest, sometimes even when I work or read) I like to knit or crochet, spoil my ancient cat (you can find him in the German part of the blog), and I’m a passionate classical singer, who is in several choirs and ensembles.

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