2018 | Short September Wrap Up

Books

A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara | 2015 | ★★★★★
The Princess Saves Herself in this One | Amanda Lovelace | 2016 | ★★★★☆
Vampire Academy | Richelle Mead | 2007 | ★★★★☆
Carrie | Stephen King | 1974 | ★★★☆☆
Skin | Veit Etzold | 2016 | ★★☆☆☆
Absolute Fear | Lisa Jackson | 2007 | ★★☆☆☆

What else happened in August

Posts

None it seems. I’ll try my best to write some once I get back to university and my days are more structured again. I’ll be looking forward to October!

TV Shows

During September, I watched

season 1 of Dynasty and loved it,
and some more episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 4.


Thanks for taking your time and reading this post! ♡

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2018 | August Wrap Up

I feel like August was a good month. This time I wanted to do a more elaborate post, as August was the month I got back into blogging more (which adds to my happiness), also sharing some other things I’ve enjoyed as well! I hope you’re all doing very well and having a great (reading) month of September!

 

Books

Dare Me | Megan Abbott | 2012 | ★★★★★
Nimona | Noelle Stevenson | 2015 | ★★★★★
Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson | 1999 | ★★★★★
The Breakdown | B.A. Paris | 2017 | ★★★★☆
Not That Kind of Girl | Lena Dunham | 2014 | ★★★★☆
Assassination Classroom 1 | Yūsei Matsui | 2012 | ★★★★☆
Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata | 2016 | ★★★☆☆
International Guy | Audrey Carlan | 2018 | ★★☆☆☆

Due to the Bout of Books readathon I’ve gotten quite a lot of books done this month. Eight books is more than I usually read in a month, I think.  Which also means I’m doing quite good concerning my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge.

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I started A Little Life

Which is an honorable mention. I am listening to the audiobook, which is around 35 hours long. I cannot do much of it at a time because it is just too intense, but I don’t know how I lived without this book in my life until now. It has changed me already. I’m eating it all right up. I’m not even done and I would give it all the stars in the world, not just the five it will certainly get once I’m done with it. Don’t read it though, if you aren’t 110% certain you can get over it.

What else happened in August

Posts

Bout of Books 23

Sign Up + Goals
Update #1
Update #2
Update #3
Update #4
Update #5
Update #6
Final Update

Reviews

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Die Ladenhüterin by Sayaka Murata ɢ

Top 5 Wednesday

Favorites I’d Like to Revisit

Other

2018 | Another Book Haul #3

Movies

Although it’s not too many, I watched four movies in August. Highly recommended: Raw and Stoker. Fact on the side: Stoker was directed by Park Chan-wook, who also directed another one of my favorite movies, The Handmaiden.

If you also use Letterboxd, let’s be friends there.

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TV Shows

During August, I watched

season 7 of American Horror Story,
the first few episodes of season 5 of Modern Family,
the first third of season 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as
the first three episodes of season 1 of Dark Tourist.


Thanks for taking your time and reading this post! ♡

Die Ladenhüterin – Sayaka Murata

Die Ladenhüterin – Sayaka Murata

Die Ladenhüterin ist anders. Keiko Furukura ist anders. Keine Wohlfühlgeschichte, jedoch tiefgründig und lesenswert!

★★★★☆

Ich habe Die Ladenhüterin von Sayaka Murata auf NetGalley vom Aufbau Verlag erhalten im Gegenzug für eine Rezension. Die Ladenhüterin ist am 13.04.2018 auf Deutsch erschienen und ist circa 140 Seiten lang.

Beschreibung von Goodreads | Keiko Furukura ist anders. Gefühle sind ihr fremd, das Verhalten ihrer Mitmenschen irritiert sie meist. Um nirgendwo anzuecken, bleibt sie für sich. Als sie jedoch auf dem Rückweg von der Uni auf einen neu eröffneten Supermarkt stößt, einen sogenannten Konbini, beschließt sie, dort als Aushilfe anzufangen. Man bringt ihr den richtigen Gesichtsausdruck, das richtige Lächeln, die richtige Art zu sprechen bei. Keikos Welt schrumpft endlich auf ein für sie erträgliches Maß zusammen, sie verschmilzt geradezu mit den Gepflogenheiten des Konbini. Doch dann fängt Shiraha dort an, ein zynischer junger Mann, der sich sämtlichen Regeln widersetzt. Keikos mühsam aufgebautes Lebenssystem gerät ins Wanken. Und ehe sie sichs versieht, hat sie ebendiesen Mann in ihrer Badewanne sitzen. Tag und Nacht.

Keiko ist sich bewusst, dass sie anders ist. Obwohl es für sie doch gar kein Problem gibt, erkennt sie, dass es einen geregelten Ablauf gibt, dem sie der Gesellschaft zufolge leben soll. Einen Einblick in ihre Gefühlswelt oder wohl eher der Abwesenheit dieser zu bekommen war aussagekräftig – eine Geschichte, die zurecht als literarische Sensation betitelt wurde.

Obwohl die Standpunkte und absoluten Meinungen von Shiraha sehr konservativ waren, sehr traditionell, waren sie nicht so unangenehm wie erwartet – es lag in jedem Argument ein Teil einer Wahrheit, die schon seine Berechtigung hat. Auch wenn es für Keiko Sinn zu machen scheint und sie durch Shiraha eine kurze Zeit ihr Leben zu einem gewöhnlicheren, besseren wenden kann, endet die Geschichte doch sehr anders, viel leidenschaftlicher.

Wie bereits erwähnt ist diese Erzählung von Keiko keine zum Wohlfühlen. Das Ende könnte man aber dennoch als Happy End bezeichnen – die Sicherheit in Keikos Wissen um ihre Leidenschaft und Loyalität ist bewundernswert und schlussendlich doch erfreulich.

Bout of Books 23 | Final Update

Day 7 Update

I’m so happy! This week was really nice and I enjoyed taking more time out of my day for reading! I hope everyone else participating had a lovely time as well!

Number of pages I’ve read today: 488

Total number of pages I’ve read: 1406

Today’s booksInternational Guy (237 pages), Speak (59 pages), Assassination Classroom 1 (192 pages)

Books I finished today: Speak (★★★★★), Assassination Classroom 1 (★★★★☆),  International Guy (★★★☆☆)

All the books I finished: 6

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

If you haven’t heard or even read Little Fires Everywhere by now, where have you been? It’s everywhere, rightfully so.

Goodreads | 338 pages | Fiction, Contemporary | September 2017

I received this eArc on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the publisher!

The following curt list might contain some spoilers.

+ What I Like

  • The aspect of motherhood was certainly so intriguing from the start. All of the relationships were unique in their own way, driving the plot forward and sometimes the characters more apart from each other, sometimes closer together.
  • The way all of their stories were entangled was quite interesting to observe, everyone had their carefully selected spot in the bigger picture.
  • I learnt how to jam a lock annoyingly effective.
  • For me I feel like it had a similar vibe to her other book, Everything I Never Told You, which I enjoyed even more.
  • There will be a series based on it!

Maybe Not For Me

  • The character’s weren’t able to communicate with each other very well, which resulted in many characters even at the end not knowing what others were going through. I usually like my stories to be closed off the way everyone is aware of mostly everything the reader is aware of, too, I think is what bothered me.

 


Thanks for taking your time reading this review! ♡

Bout of Books 23 | Update #3

Day 3 Update

I’m only 5 pages short of reaching the goal I set for this week, so I feel like I’m doing quite well! How are you all doing? 🙂

Number of pages I’ve read today: 102

Total number of pages I’ve read: 495

Today’s books: The Breakdown (102 pages)

Books I finished today: –

All the books I finished: 1

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