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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Blurb:
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
Review:
This is not a book that will offer motivation. I don't have any powerful insight into what it takes to overcome an unruly body and unruly appetites. Mine is not a success story. Mine is, simply, a true story.
This is the first book by Roxane G…

Into Thin Air

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Blurb:
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. A storm which claimed five lives and left countless more – including Krakauer's – in guilt-ridden disarray.
Review:
"With enough determination, any bloody idiot can get up this hill," Hall observed. "The trick is to get back down alive."
At some point during this book Krakauer states that people who climb Everest usually are very aware of the risk they take but they want to do it anyway because that's, basically, how climbers work: always searching for a new thrill. As a climber myself I can only affirm the truth of this observation because never before have I wanted to climb Everest so badly as I do now, that is after I've read this book about all the unexpected ways how the ascent/descen…

The Memory of Light

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The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
Blurb:
16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital's mental ward after a failed suicide attempt. Now she must find a path to recovery - and perhaps rescue some others along the way.
Review:
But right now we have at least one thing in common: We are both here at Lakeview, failures at the thing called living.
This book is a little bit like being punched in the diaphragm in the beginning - especially if you've already experienced any kind of mental illness-thingy - and then slowly learning how to breath again. Which is to say that it was hard to not cry right at the beginning (approximately five seconds after I had started reading this book I already regretted it because I was waiting at the train-station and, while laughing because of books in public is something I've done so often I can't really feel embarrassed about it anymore, crying in public is new to me and I want it to be new to me forever) and impossible not to cry at the e…

Throwback October - January

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Oh, God, it has been a while, hasn't it? Well, I'm really sorry about that but, frankly, I've been so busy with university that it wouldn't have even warranted doing on of these each month because I didn't get round to reading all that much. Moreover, writing these takes up quite a bit of time and, let me tell you, time hasn't been something I could just hand out whenever I wanted recently (I'm exaggerating but also not really). Sooo... what did I read/listen to between October and January? Let me tell you:
What I read: October:Choke by Chuck Palahniuk - 292 pages - 3 starsRobinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - 320 pages - 1.5 starsTokyo Ghoul 6, 7, 8 by Sui Ishida - 208 pages - 2, 2.5, 3 stars (respectively)
I can't say that much about this series other than: it's just not my thing. They have gotten better (obviously) but I have, by now, given up on reading the rest (I read volume 9 but the 10th one was lying around in my room for weeks and I never felt…

New Books: The Christmas and Upcoming Semester Edition

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I'm trying a new thing! A book haul, obviously, of the books I acquired/received within the last months. Honestly, these are a lot of books, especially for my standards. I usually get 2-3 new books every couple of months (unless I find some on the street/go to a secondhand bookstore but then again those aren't "new" books A bracket presented to you by: me justifying excessive book-buying) but my family is awesome and likes to give me lots and lots of books as presents. Also this haul includes the books I knew I'd need to get for the next semester. (Plus three more books I purchased for various other reasons.) So, yeah, I don't know whether people are actually interested in this but I thought I'd give it a shot, it's not like I could do this often.  Christmas Presents Fun fact: These are all books I'm suuuper excited about. My family made me create a list of books I really want to read so they could have a reference for presents (though there is o…

The Distance Between Us

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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she's pretty sure they're only good for one thing – spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother's shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

Review:
"Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm."
"If you're recording notes for an official record, I'd like th…

Fight Club

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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Blurb:
Sie sind jung, sie sind stark – und sie sind gelangweilt: Normale, berufstätige Männer und Familienväter auf der Suche nach einem Mittel gegen die Leere in ihrem Leben. Sie treffen sich auf Parkplätzen und in Kellern von Bars, um mit nackten Fäusten gegeneinander zu kämpfen. Der Anführer dieser "Fight Clubs" ist Tyler Durden, und er ist besessen von dem Plan, furchtbare Rache an der Welt zu nehmen, in der es keine menschliche Wärme mehr gibt.
Rezension:
Ich weiss das, weil Tyler es weiss.
Jetzt habe ich auch mal ein Chuck Palahniuk Buch auf deutsch gelesen, was für eine Wendung der Dinge! Nuna ja, ich muss zugeben, dass mir sein Stil auf English besser gefallen hat, wobei ich auch einfach grundsätzlich lieber das Original als Übersetzungen lese, also muss das nicht viel sagen. Was tatsächlich von wenig Vorteil für meinen Genuss dieses Buches war, dass ich den Film schon kannte.
Der Film ist eine grossartige Umsetzung des Buches, kann ich jetzt …

2017 Recommendations: A List of Books I Read in 2017 That You Might Like

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Welp, 2017 is already over. Honestly, so much happened last year yet it felt like it just flew by at an incredible speed. I feel totally out of the loop BUT that doesn't keep me from recommending to you some of the books I read last year. I created a similar list last year (Auch dir könnten diese Bücher gefallen) but I do want to re-establish some of the rules I adhered to in my 2016-Recommendations-List: This isn't a list of all my favorites. Some of the best books I read last year won't be on this list because I don't find them as accessible (or other reasons) but I'll include some books I personally didn't enjoy as much as I could have because I see some inherent value in them which might make them very accessible for someone else.I try to split these books into different categories to make more sense of the list. Last year I recommended 44 books, this year it's going to be 41 so I really think categories are warranted. But I hope you won't be constr…