On my social media accounts I claim to be an avid reader. For reasons unknown to me I managed to read only 12 books this year. But still, I learned a lot from them. So if you’re looking for some reading inspiration for next year or just want to glee about the fact that you read more – hop on!
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The year started philosophically. I was in Morocco at that time and found this to be a very fitting read. It’s basically a book about never giving up and pursuing your dreams and finding your true purpose in life. It also made me wanna open a tea-shop. If you’re standing at the crossroads in your life – read it!
The Ballad of the Sad Café – Carson McCullers
There are books were the words are as smooth as the sea after a storm. This book is one of them. It was an accidental read. I found it in the hostel I was staying in but so glad I did. It’s not as famous as „The heart is a lonely hunter“ but also very worth reading. If you like good prose and profound sadness – go for it!
How Life imitates Chess – Garry Gasparow
Written by world famous chess Grandmaster Garry Gasparow this non-fiction is an interesting way to spend an evening. It’s about how chess strategies apply on everyday life and ultimately how to get better at it. It really does help if you want to further your career or start a new one and I recommend it – not only for chess players.
1984 – George Orwell
It’s a classic. You probably heard all about it. Moving on.
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Okay, now I have to explain. You see, I refused to read classics as a teen because all the cool kids read them and I never was a cool kid. But now I am slowly picking up and working my way through the classics. All I have to say about this one: It’s not about censorship. It’s really not.
My Cousin Rachel – Daphne du Maurier
I saw the trailer for the movie with Rachel Weisz and had to read it! It’s a masterclass on unreliable narrators, plottwists and mystery. Read it!
Maskerade – Terry Pratchett
The depiction of witches in modern day literature. Aw! Screw it! I pretended to do research for my own book with this one but I simply love Terry Pratchett and this one was fun to read. Also Nanny Ogg publishes a book and bargains hard with the publisher. Get your tricks here!
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
This really was for research. Murder, mystery, old mansions in the countryside. Loving all of it!
Bali statt Bochum – Natascha Wegelin
Nope. This is not a spin-off Eat, Pray, Love. It’s a really good finance advice book. In the middle of the year I decided that I finally wanted to become a real adult and deal with my finances myself and in a professional way. This book is a good start for doing just that. Sadly only available in German.
The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett
Introducing: Tiffany, the witch! Pratchett’s first real young adult fiction and a wonderful at that. The story of a little girl fighting fairies and discovering her true self. One of my favorite discworld books.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat – Oliver Sachs
It’s truely amazing how much can go wrong in your brain. Written by a neurologist in the Seventies and Eighties a fascinating read on mental illnesses caused by accidents, wartime trauma, syphillis and many others. Sometimes funny, often sad and shocking. You will value your fragile sanity after this one.
And that’s it from me. How many books did you manage? Did you like all of them? Comment in the section below.