Sonntag, 31. Mai 2015

May Wrap-up!

Today, I would like to share with you the books I've read in the month of May.
In total, I've read 16 books.

First, I've finished Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho.It's a literary fiction novel with spiritual aspects, like every book by Paulo Coelho. I've read this book ages ago, so it was practically my first read. It's definitely one of my favorite of his works, although it had some flaws and I think it isn't for everyone. But it really made me feel all the emotions and really made me think.
I gave it 4.75 Stars

Then I've read the first 10 books out of the Penguin Little Black Classic books. These were all small books around 55 pages each:
Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio a collection of short stories, which were really funny and entertaining, except the last story, which I didn't like at all. I gave it 4 Stars.

As kingfishers catch fire by Gerard Manley Hopkins a collection of poems and some journal entries. I enjoyed it, loved the use of language, some were a bit hard to understand and the journal entries were felt a little bit slow sometimes. 4.25 Stars

The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue a easy read, but didn't enjoyed it much. 3 Stars

On Murder considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, still left me a bit uncomfortable. 4 Stars

Aphorism on Love and Hate by Friedrich Nietzsche some parts I adored and some parts I didn't liked at all! 3.5 Stars

Traffic by John Ruskin really, really enjoyed it a lot and made me interested in Ruskin's other work.
4.75 Stars

Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling cute quick and easy read! 4.25 Stars

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift a Satire and you need to read it as such, otherwise you won't enjoy it. 4.5 Stars

Three Tang Dynasty Poets definitely my favorite out of these 10! Completely feel in love with the magic of these poems! 5 Stars

On the Beach at Night alone by Walt Whitman hoped I would enjoy these poems more, they were too long and they didn't touch me. 3 Stars

Then I've Buddy read with my dear friend Erika over Snogging on Sunday Books Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho. It felt a little weird sometimes, but again, it gave me all the feels and it deals with an important topic! 4.75 Stars

Then I've finally read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and to be honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed. I still really, really enjoyed it a lot because of the amazing world building and the wonderful quotes, but it had its length and it was a bit too much nonsense sometimes. I prefer the Tim Burton movie.
4.5 Stars

After that I've read a German book and, unfortunately my least favorite book this month. Fragen an das Leben by Rolf Dobelli It's bascially a book filled with thought-provoking questions, loved the concept! But! It felt really cynical and insulting sometimes. 2.75 Stars

Then I've started a series by Michelle Zink.  The first book The Prophecy of the Sisters was a perfect start to the series, suspense from the beginning, 5 Stars
The second book Guardian of the Gate felt a little slow at some parts and the love story was a little bit cheesy at the beginning, but I still loved it a lot and I'm excited to read the last book! 4.5 Stars

I added to my favorites shelf:
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho
Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho
And when the last book is as good as the other two, I'm gonna add The Prophecy of the Sisters series too.

Samstag, 30. Mai 2015

Big Announcement!! TopicAThon 8.- 14. June

I would like to share with you some news!

December 2014 I hosted my first TopicAThon, which was really, really cool!!

And as you can read in the title, there will be another, longer one from the 8th to the 14th June!

The rules are quite simple:

You pick books which are all around the same theme.
For example:

You read only Fantasy books.
You read only Fairytale retellings.
You read only books by one author.
You read only books with a blue cover.
You only re-read books.
Or any other theme you would like!

We will be using the Hashtag #JuneTopicAThon !

If you like to paricipate, please let me know!


There are going to be 2 other TopicAThons this year:
From the 27th until the 30th of September
From the 27th until the 30th of December!

Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2015

Recommending books to Jen

Hey Jen!
And all the others who may read this post!
(For anyone who doesn't know who Jen is, Jen is a bookseller, Author of: "Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops", "More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and "The Bookshop Book", a Poet, a BookTuber and most important, a wonderful, lovely human being!

Actually, I'm pretty obsessed with your videos at the moment and I thought what's better than to recommend you some books, so you can keep on doing great videos about books and I can watch them!
I hope you like my recommendations, I split it up in two parts, one with all the books I've already read and the ones on my TBR, I'm sorry, if you already read some of them. And I just linked you the Amazon link for the description, otherwise this post is way too long.

So, enjoy the post Jen, this is all for you!

Ones I've already read:
The Solitude of Prime Number by Paolo Giordano

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Nothing by Janne Teller

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling

Starting from Happy by Patricia Marx

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

The Museum of intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

The unread ones: (if you're up for a Buddy Read just let me know!)

I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill

Alice and the Fly by James Rice

Educating Rita by Willy Russell

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

This is Shyness by Leanne Hall

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Set this House in Order by Matt Ruff

Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer

Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan

Donnerstag, 21. Mai 2015

Why I read - A readers story with books

Due to a great conversation I had today with a dear, dear friend of mine, where we talked about things we do which make us feel unique or more alive, I asked myself the question "Why do I read?" Which has been followed by "When did everything start?" "How did I become the reader I am today?" "How much does reading influences me?"

I think this picture is really symbolic for the start of my reading life. Of course I couldn't read back then, but all these letters put together where always quite fascinating.
My parents read a lot to me and I was able to read pretty soon. As soon as I could read on my own, I read a lot of books.
I still read a lot of books, but, of course, my reading experience changed.
I had this one particular moment, when books became really, really important to me. It wasn't a good time in my life and I needed something to escape to. Books.
And still books are a great way to escape from reality.
But they became way more than that. Books became a mirror for me. They became part of my life. They shape me.
With every book I start, I start a new story, which soon becomes part of my own story.
Even if I don't like a book that much, as soon as I finished the last page and closed the book, the story is my story.
Without books I would be black and white, books are coloring me. I can be someone else, I can travel around the world, travel to places I never was and to places I will never go to, because they are these wonderful creations of an authors imagination.
I wouldn't be the person I am today without books and the great thing is that I grow and grow again and again as a person, because every books adds something new to my personality.
I think a very famous quote from George R. R. Martin sums up my reading life pretty well “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

What about you? Why do you read? What an impact reading has in your life?

Dienstag, 12. Mai 2015

Veronika decides to die by Paulo Coelho - A review in questions / Buddy Reading

With my lovely friend Erika over Snogging on Sunday Books (  I've buddy-read "Veronika decides to die" by Paulo Coelho.

This is a story about losing yourself, finding yourself again, being crazy, being lost, being loved. It's about the questions what's normal, what's madness? Who are we?

Erika and I decided to do our review in 5 non-spoiler questions!
So, here they are!

Do you view mental health differently after reading this book?
Because I have my own experience with mental health issues, I didn't really find some new informations around that.
But, I definitely loved the aspect how the book discusses that we are "all a little crazy". Also, that it may be difficult in the beginnig but the first thing we should learn is that we do have to care about our mental health!
I was quite shocked about how the patients were treated and made me think a lot.

What was your favorite line from the book?
Definitely: “What is I? It's what you are, not what others make of you.”   !!

Did you have a character that you particularly liked or disliked?
First, I would like to say that at the beginning I didn't really liked Veronika, but throughout the book I started to like her.
The character I liked the most was definitely Eduard.
The one I didn't liked at all was Dr. Igor.

How did you feel about the book overall?
For me it was a typical Paulo Coelho book. Philosophical/spiritual but definitely weird sometimes. Not perfect, but totally makes you feel something and makes you think.

How does this measure up to other Paulo books that you have read?
As I said, a typical Coelho book with all the elements he includes. With "The Warrior of the Light" and "Eleven Minutes" definitely a favorite.