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Birgit Horvath-Muck is an Austrian author who feels most at home in the realms of speculative fiction. When she's not writing, Birgit is trying to avoid getting off at the wrong bus stop (plotting in your mind while being out and about does that to you) and developing a talent for navigating past the towering book stacks in her apartment without constantly bumping into them.
Her first novel "Josephine" was published in 2010 in her native language German. "The Attic in My Yard" is her first book in the English language.
on Dec. 31, 2011 :
This is a sweet little book that I really enjoyed. It really is inspiring and lets you know that no matter where you are in life or how old you are you can still have your dreams. Don’t give up and remember to look at things positively.
One line in the book that I really liked was this “Just remember that running along with blinders will neither make you reach your goal faster nor will it make the journey enjoyable.”
A lot of things in this book are very profound and have a lot of meaningful words.
The pictures were really neat, even though I have a Kindle the pictures were interesting and lovely. I really love the cover to this book. It was just priceless.
I was uplifted and inspired to keep working on my dreams and don’t give up.
If you read this book you will be encouraged and really glad you read it. It won’t take you long to read at all. I was probably done in an hour or two.
I highly recommend this book for your reading encouragement and to inspire you.
Thank you to the author for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
Stella Ex Libris
on Dec. 02, 2011 :
Birgit is one of my good blogger friends, so when her book got released and she asked me to review it I was worried and sceptic: what if I don't like it? Can I be honest and tell her? And if I do how will it change our friendship? Will she never speak to me again? I was doubtful I would enjoy an "inspirational book", not because I have a problem with religion, inspiration, or spirituality, but because I only review fiction and had no idea how an inspirational book wold fare.
Well it seems all my worries were for naught. Because I truly, honestly fell under the spell of The Attic in My Yard, and kept on reading until the very last page. I loved how easy and engaging Birgit's fluent narrative read, and especially the fact that despite her writing about simple things, which were easy to see and comprehend, the ideas she presented were thoughtprovoking and made me ponder my life, my choices, my memories.
But let me try to give you a proper, usual review, showing you what I loved about this book:
First of all I loved the introduction! The style was like reading a childhood story but at the same time engaged the reader instantly. I felt it was the perfect way to introduce the story.
Birgit managed to put into words and easily comprehensible and imaginable pictures deep and true thoughts. Just to give you a first taste of the book here are a few of my favourite ones:
It's not always the path that's the problem. You just might lack the right footwear for your journey.
When the waiting gets too long you have two choices.
You can either stay right where you are, because you really don't want to miss the train, even if it ends up being a decade late.
Or you move your butt and follow the tracks.
And is your dream really more important than the road that gets you there?
Alright, it probably is, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy the trip.
Just make sure you don't get too distracted.
Enjoying the scenery is one thing.
Settling down just because it looked like a nice place to pitch a tent is quite another.
Besides making me think, The Attic in My Yard also made me smile a lot. Birgit's dream-resurrection tips and ideas were all fun and achievable ones, and they made me remember childhood fun times.
The book has a wonderful, uplifting ending. Left me feeling optimistic and smiling, which was exactly this book's goal: to make you think about your life and the direction it is going as well as to make you feel upbeat and optimistic and give you some extra boost to really get what you want and achieve your most secret and most cherished dreams.
Verdict: The Attic in My Yard is a lovely book I can in all honesty recommend to everyone. You deserve to stop the flow of your life, all the hurrying and lock out the outside buzz of the world for a few minutes and spend time on yourself. On asking yourself what makes you happy. And this book made me do that. And it also made me happy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 20, 2011 :
"The Attic in my Yard: by Birgit Horvath-Much
Is a wonderful short story about your dreams. Making sure you know what dreams are, having dreams, teaching you what dreams are, reminding you what dreams are, and the encouragement for your dreams to be attainable.
This is a great book for people of all ages as it reminds you what dreams really are as they are compared to this and that. Even for people who have dreams and aspirations, it it a great reminder to make sure you can reach those dreams.
I highly suggest this short story to everyone, young and old alike, as a reminder and inspiration as to just what exactly your dreams are and can be.
I purchased this book on my own for my own personal enjoyment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)