Lovelybooks Leserpreis Awards – The Winners

You didn’t have to wait long 🙂

Here they are, the winners of Lovelybooks Leserpreis awards 2013. If you click on the picture below, you can see them all with pictures of the book covers and you can scroll through the whole ranking not just those who won 1st, 2nd and 3rd. I used the English titles where there is one to make it easier for you, even though the voters voted for the German translations.

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Romane / Novels

1st. Jojo Moyes Me Before You

2nd. Matthew Quick Silver Linings

3rd. Jonas Jonasson The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden

Krimis und Thriller / Crime Novels & Thrillers

1st. Stephen King Doctor Sleep

2nd. Dan Brown Inferno

3rd. Sebastian Fitzek Der Nachtwandler

Fantasy

1st. Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Boys

2nd. Ben Aaronovitch Whispers Under Ground

3rd. George R. R. Martin Hedge Knight/The Sworn Sword/The Mystery Knight

Science Fiction

1st. Jennifer Benkau Dark Destiny

2nd. Dan Wells Partials

3rd. Terry Pratchett The Long Earth

JugendbĂŒcher / Young Adult

1st. Kerstin Gier Silber

2nd. R. J. Palacio Wonder

3rd. Ursula Poznanski Die Verschworenen

KinderbĂŒcher / Children’s Books

1st. Sven Nordqvist Findus Moves Out

2nd. Frauke Scheunemann Winston – Ein Kater in Geheimer Mission

3rd. Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8 – Hard Luck

Liebesromane / Romance

1st. Kristin Harmel The Sweetness of Forgetting

2nd. Jamie McGuire Beautiful Disaster

3rd. Cecilia Ahern How to Fall in Love

Erotik / Erotic Novels

1st. Sylvia Day Crossfire – Bared to You

2nd. Abbi Glines Fallen Too Far

3rd. Samantha Young On Dublin Street

Historische Romane / Historical Fiction

1st. Rebecca Gablé Das Haupt der Welt

2nd. Daniel Wolf Das Salz der Erde

3rd. Elisabeth BĂŒchle Sturmwolken am Horizont

Humor

1st. Loriot SpÀtlese

2nd. Michael Frey Dodillet HerrchenglĂŒck

3rd. Bastian Sick Wir braten gern!

Sachbuch und Ratgeber / Nonfiction

1st. Barbara StĂ€cker Nana – …der Tod trĂ€gt Pink

2nd. Attila Hildmann Vegan for Youth

3rd. James Bowen A Street Cat Named Bob

Bestes Hörbuch / Best Audio Book

1st. Jojo Moyes Me Before You

2nd. Rita Falk Sauerkrautkoma

3rd. Cornelia Funke Inkheart

Bester Buchtitel / Best Book Title

The voters voted for the German book title, thats why I’ll put that one first. Then I’ll give you the original English title and after that a translation of the German title.

1st. Ali Shaw Der Mann, der den Regen trÀumt (The Man Who Rained though the German title translates to The Man Who Dreams the Rain)

2nd. Jonas Jonasson Die Analphabetin, die rechnen konnte (The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden the German title translates to The Illiterate (Girl/Woman) Who Could Calculate.

3rd. Marina Lewycka Die Werte der modernen Welt unter BerĂŒcksichtigung diverser Kleintiere (Various Pets Alive and Dead the German title translates to The Values of the Modern World Considering Various Pets)

Bestes Buchcover / Best Book Cover

1st. M. L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans (German Cover as depicted on Lovelybooks)

2nd. Noelia Blanco Im Garten der Pusteblumen

3rd. Kiera Cass The Selection

Beliebtester LovelyBooks Autor / Most Popular LovelyBooks Author

1st. Kerstin Gier

2nd. Ursula Poznanski

3rd. Kai Meyer

I noticed that there is a lot of young adult fiction and series in these categories. So both are still quite popular. I don’t seem to be quite mainstream, as my personal favorites didn’t make it to the top three in their categories. Me Before You is the winner of the Novel category though 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this one, next post will be promised interview!

Review – Inferno

Thanks to Lovelybooks and Random House UK (Bantam Press), I won a copy of Dan Brown’s Inferno.

Inferno
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Summary quoted from Random House UKÂč:

Seek and ye shall find.”

With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.

A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

My thoughts:

– This review might contain light spoilers –

I cannot write too much about where Inferno is set because that would give away too much of the plot. Inferno’s plot starts in Florence and Mr. Brown made the Florentine atmosphere believable for me. I have been to Florence and one other city he describes in greater detail before, so I don’t know if that could also play a role.

Robert Langdon is a very nice character. I could easily relate to him. I also had no problems with Sienna, who is his companion for most of the book. After about three-quarters of the book there were some problems with the characters that also had to do with the plot. There was a plot twist and, in my opinion, that plot twist made a lot of characters lose all credibility.

Overall, the plot is full of suspense and the first 200-300 pages are so full of action that I always thought I needed some breathing space. Nevertheless, these first 300 pages also seemed somehow lengthy. Unfortunately, I can’t really grasp what made me think that. I can only say that the remaining ~200 pages went by much quicker and were a more relaxing read with a lower heart rate involved.

This was my first book by Dan Brown and it was definitely not boring. (Although there were some lengthy parts that were less interesting.) Still, Inferno has its weaknesses. I had many issues with character credibility. (It’s also embarrassing when readers find the answer to a letter riddle much faster than Langdon and a very intelligent person) Overall, Inferno is a book for people who are already fans of the series, or who are interested in a thrill ride that involves art, literature, history and a secret I’m not going to tell.

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Âč http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/inferno/9780593072493

Reading – Inferno

As I’ve already promised, I’ll tell you about the other book I’m reading right now. The best seller 🙂 It’s Inferno by Dan Brown and I won it at Lovelybooks. It is the English version of the book and it was sponsored by Random House UK. I am so happy about this cooperation between Lovelybooks and Random House UK and I hope it wasn’t the last one.

This is the first book by Dan Brown that I’m reading and I’m enjoying it. I only knew the movie The DaVinci Code, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book. So far, Inferno is a smooth read and quite exciting. We’ll see if it stays like that.

Image linked from Random House UKÂč
Summary quoted from Random House UKÂč:

‘Seek and ye shall find.’
With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.
A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of Florence. Only Langdon’s knowledge of hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

Âč http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/inferno/9780593072493