Sonntag, 11. Oktober 2015

Book Challenge August & September

Hello my dear readers,

at the moment, I'm reading a lot more for university again and less for pleasure, but I still have to catch up on the challenge for the last two months!

Since I've been travelling a lot during the school break, I used my kindle more frequently, but there are also two small books that had waved at me at the book store and wouldn't let me walk away without buying them (something that happens more often than I'd like to admit (-.-) ).

Thomas Hürlimann - Nietsches Regenschirm (German, 40 p.)

Philosophy usually isn't really my thing as it's mostly just too complicated, but I still enjoy discussing philosophical issues, and this particular book is easy to read and understand, even for me. I'm even considering reading more literature that's going in that direction...

Haruki Murakami - Die unheimliche Bibliothek (German, 64 p.)

There are several books from Murakami that I still want to read, this one caught my eye because of the pretty cover (and because I can hardly go by a book with the word 'library' in the title without at least having a look at it). As I mentioned before, I enjoy his writing style, so I felt safe buying the book, and I wasn't disappointed.

David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas (English, 545 p.)

- A book at the bottom of your to-read-list

I wanted to read this book ever since the movie came out (which I haven't seen yet, since I wanted to read the book first...), but I also had my doubts whether my English was good enough to understand it. It took me indeed some time to get into it, I had to read some passages twice and I regretted reading it on my kindle instead of getting the actual book, since I had to browse forth and back. Other than that, it's a remarkable book, consisting of 6 different stories (2 of which take place in the future) that are all somehow connected. I found it most impressive how the author adapted the writing style to each epoch (which made me glad I had read it in its original language, I doubt it would have been as good translated).

Isabel Allende - Das Geisterhaus (German, 501 p.)

- A popular author's first book

I always admire Allende for writing these enormous tales that are still convenient to read, given you can keep track of all the characters, and educating the reader about history and politics at the same time... I definitively want to read Eva Luna at some point, which is still on my to-read-list.

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games Triology (English, 1187 p.)

-  A triology
- A book set in the future
- A book that made you cry

I've read the triology quite some time ago, but after seeing the second-to-last movie adaption, I wanted to re-read them, and because it also fits nicely into the challenge, now was as good a time to do it as any.

Elke Heidenreich & Bernd Schroeder - Alte Liebe (German, 192 p.)

- A book your mom loves

This is one of my mum's favourite books, and I can really see why: it's the touching story of an elderly couple, who is contemplating about their lives as they retire from work. Since I read a lot of Young Adult novels, this was a welcome diversion, too.

Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho (English, 399 p.)

Once you get over the rather disturbing content of this book, it's actually quite brilliantly written - I loved all the not-so-subtle social criticism.

Although I seem to get along not too bad with the challenge, I'm unsure whether I'll finish it before the end of the year... but we'll see (^.^)
I wish you a nice sunday evening!


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  2. Hallo Mara,
    ich habe keine Ahnung, ob du diesen Kommentar lesen wirst, aber wir waren mal Brieffreunde und ich bin heute durch den Ort gefahren, an dem du während deines Studiums gewohnt hast. Bist du denn noch in der Nähe? Ich bin inzwischen in die Gegend gezogen, vielleicht hast du ja mal Interesse auf einen Kaffee? Würde mich freuen!

    LG Jerry