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Summer Reading List – 29 good… and 29 *great* books

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My reading list, this summer?

Here are 29 books… that I suspect to be pretty good.

And another 29 books… that I suspect to be great.

Update, spring 2013: I managed to read a good number of the books. See the orange text for my ratings!

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Good books…

01: JAMES FREY, „Bright shiny Morning“, 501 pages, 2008.

02: ALICIA ERIAN, „Towelhead“, 336 pages, 2006.

03: LYNN COADY, „The Antagonist“, 352 pages, 2001.

04: SAPPHIRE, „Push“, 179 pages, 1996.

05: HOWARD ZINN, „You can’t be neutral on a moving Train“, 224 pages, 1994.

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‘Elegies for the Brokenhearted’, 256 pages, 2010.

08: DODIE SMITH, ‘I capture the Castle’, 352 pages, 1948. [Coming of Age]

09: JOHN B. THOMPSON, ‘Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century’, 440 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies / Nonfiction]

10: JERRY MANDER, ‘Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television’, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

11: RUSSELL BANKS, ‘Affliction’, 368 pages, 1989.

12: LAWRENCE DURRELL: ‘The Alexandria Quartet’, 884 pages, 1957.

13: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

14: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, 240 pages, 2005.

15: JOHAN HARSTAD, “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, 478 pages, 2005. [Young Adult, Norway] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: CATHERINE CHUNG, “Forgotten Country”, 304 pages, 2012.

17: CHARLOTTE ROGAN, “The Lifeboat”, 275 pages, 2012.

18: EDMUND WHITE, “Jack Holmes and his Friend”, 392 pages, 2012.

19: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, „Things the Grandchildren should know“, 256 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

20: NICK ANTOSCA, „Fires“, 194 pages, 2006.

21: AMY WALDMAN, „The Submission“, 300 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

22: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, „Tales of the City“, 296 pages, 1978.

23: MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, „Only Forward“, 310 pages, 1994.

24: KIRSTEN D. RANDLE, „The only Alien on the Planet“, 228 pages, 1995. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

25: TONY EARLEY, „The Blue Star“, 304 pages, 2008.

26: JOSE MANUEL PRIETO, „Rex“, 336 pages, 2009.

27: GARTH STEIN, „The Art of Racing in the Rain“, 321 pages, 2008.

28: DIETMAR DATH, „Für immer in Honig“, 1035 pages, 2005 [German].

28: WALTER TEVIS, „The Queen’s Gambit“, 183 pages, 1983.

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Great books…!

01: JESSE BROWNER, „Everything happens today“, 224 pages, 2011.

02: SLOAN WILSON, „The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit“, 288 pages, 1954.

03: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, „The Rules of Inheritance“, 304 pages, 2012.

04: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012. 2 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

05: EOWYN IVEY, „The Snow Child“, 352 pages, 2012.

06: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244, 2007. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

07: ADAM LEVIN, ‘The Instructions’, 1030 pages, 2010

08: JAMES SALTER, ‘Light Years’, 308 pages, 1975.

09: DAVID MARKSON, ‘The Last Novel’, 220 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

10: DOROTHY BAKER, ‘Cassandra at the Wedding’, 256 pages, 1962.

11: TIM WISE, „White like me. Reflections on Race from a privileged Son“, 250 pages, 2004.

12: JOACHIM MEYERHOFF, „Alle Toten fliegen hoch“, 319 pages, 2011.

13: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

14: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

15: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: WILLIAM MAXWELL, “The Folded Leaf”, 289 pages, 1945.

17: ERIC WALTERS, “Safe as Houses”, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended for younger readers.

18: SHARON M. DRAPER, “Out of my Mind”, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

19: ALISON BECHDEL, “Are you my Mother?”, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

20: PATRICK DeWITT, “The Sisters Brothers”, 352 pages, 2011.

21: DOROTHY CANFIELD-FISHER, “The Home-Maker”, 320 pages, 1924.

22: C.D. PAYNE, “Youth in Revolt”, 499 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

23: KAUI HART HEMMINGS, “The Descendants”, 283 pages, 2007.

24: E.L. DOCTOROW, „The Book of Daniel“, 320 pages, 1971.

25: ROBERT BOSWELL, „Century’s Son“, 320 pages, 2002.

26: ANDRE DUBUS, „Selected Stories“, 496 pages, 1988.

27: TOVE JANSSON, „Fair Play“, 179 pages, 1989. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended. But her „Summer Book“ is even better.

28: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, „Red Plenty“, 448 pages, 2007.

29: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, „The Makiota Sisters“, 544 pages, 1946.

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related posts:

…nominiert für den Oscar: Academy Awards, 2012 – die Nominierten

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Die nominierten Filme für die 84. Academy Awards [26. Februar, Link].

  • grün: gesehen und gemocht
  • blau: gutes Gefühl, will ich sehen
  • rot: schlechtes Gefühl. Nicht sehenswert?

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Bester Film

“War Horse” [imdb: 7.4]
“The Artist” [imdb: 8.5]
“Moneyball” [imdb: 7.8]
“The Descendants” [imdb: 7.9]
“The Tree of Life” [imdb: 7.1]
“The Help” [imdb: 8.1]
“Hugo” [imdb: 8.2]
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” [imdb: 6.2]

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Beste Regie:

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Terrence Malick, Tree of Life
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris [imdb: 7.8]

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Bestes Drehbuch:

“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids” [imdb: 7.0]
“Margin Call” [imdb: 7.2]
“Midnight in Paris”
“A Separation” (deutsch: „Nader und Simin: Eine Trennung“) [imdb: 8.6]

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Beste Adaption:

“The Descendants”
“Hugo”
“The Ides of March” [imdb: 7.4]
“Moneyball”
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” [imdb: 7.4]

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Bester Film, international:

“Bullhead” [imdb: 7.6]
“Footnote” [imdb: 7.5]
“In Darkness” [imdb: 7.1]
“Monsieur Lazhar” [imdb: 7.9]
“A Separation”

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Bester Animationsfilm:

“A Cat in Paris” [imdb: 7.0]
“Chico & Rita” [imdb: 7.1]
“Kung Fu Panda 2” [imdb: 7.4]
“Puss in Boots” [imdb: 6.9]
“Rango” [imdb: 7.4]

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Beste Nebendarstellerin:

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs [imdb: 6.6]
Octavia Spencer, The Help

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Bester Nebendarsteller:

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn [imdb: 7.5]
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Christopher Plummer, Beginners [imdb: 7.2]
Nick Nolte, Warrior [imdb: 8.3]
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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Beste Darstellerin:

Viola Davis, The Help
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [imdb: 8.2]
Meryl Streep, Iron Lady [imdb: 6.2]
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

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Bester Darsteller:

Damien Bichir, A Better Life [imdb: 6.7]
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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andere Filme, nur in Neben-Kategorien nominiert [vollständige Liste hier]:

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Beste Dokumentation:

„Hell and Back again“ [imdb: 6.2]
„If a Tree falls“ [imdb: 7.5]
„Undefeated“ [imdb: 6.8]
„Pina“ [imdb: 7.6]
„Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory“ [imdb: 8.3]

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Kurzfilme, die interessant scheinen:

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vielversprechende Filme 2011/2012, nicht nominiert:

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meine Favoriten also, auf einen Blick:

“The Artist”, “Moneyball”, “Hugo”, Midnight in Paris, „Nader und Simin: Eine Trennung“, “The Ides of March” , “Footnote”, “Monsieur Lazhar”, My Week with Marilyn, Beginners, The Girl with the Dragon Tatto, Drive, Rise of the Planet of the Apes , „Pina“, „Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory“,„Incident in New Baghdad“, „The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom“, „Shame“, Take Shelter“, „50/50„, „Weekend“

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verwandte Links:

  • Liste meiner Lieblingsfilme [Link]
  • vielversprechende Romane, 2012 [Link]
  • imdb, Goodreads etc.: Nutzen (und Risken) von Online-Wertungsportalen [Link]