What’s in a Name I & II

I guess it’s time for me to wrap up the What’s in a Name reading challenge. There’s still a bit of time left but I don’t think I’ll be able to read the rest of the books I was supposed to. Ah well, I enjoyed participating and knocking off a few books from my TBR stacks. And, hey, there’s always next year’s challenge. I’ll get to that in a minute but first let me tell you more about the last book I finished.

glimmerpalace.jpg“Berlin, a word that chimes in your chest like a bell. Berlin, a place so bright it pulls down the stars and wears them around its neck. Berlin, a city built on the scattered sand of circuses and the scuffed floorboards of theater spectaculars.”

Doesn’t that just make the city sound exciting? I am sure that part of my enjoyment of The Glimmer Palace by Beatrice Colin came from reading about one of my favorite cities but that’s not all. The story, grand in scope, is about an orphan girl who becomes of Germany’s most celebrated film stars.

Each part of the novel starts with a vignette about Germany’s film history and I just found it captivating to read about a young girl who manages to thrive amidst all the turmoil. You can read more of my review here and if you are a fan of German films check out the website of the Deutsche Kinemathek, the fantastic museum of film history in Berlin. I happened to go to the museum by pure chance on one of my trips to Germany and just really enjoyed it.

whats+in+a+name+1.gifNow it’s time to show you what books have made it onto my list for next year’s What’s in a Name reading challenge. First, a big thank you to Debi for hosting this and coming up with such great categories.

The object is to read six books that fit the given categories from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. I’ve gone through my stacks and have come up with my choices but I reserve the right to make changes as I go along because you just know I’ll do that. Here’s my list:

I can’t wait to dig into all of these books. Good luck to everyone that’s doing this one.

  1. December 15, 2008
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  7. December 15, 2008
  8. December 16, 2008
  9. December 16, 2008
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  14. December 17, 2008