Mittwoch, 31. Dezember 2014

Top Books of 2014

It's time for my Top Books of 2014!
Let us start right away!


The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
This book made my appreciate Historical Fiction again. It combines so many things that I expect from a good book. Excitement, love, adventure, tears, joy. I could not put this book down, I had to read more and more! I can not wait to read the second part!
http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Palace-Novel-Catherine-Great/dp/0553386891/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420024749&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Winter+Palace


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I think this book appeared on many lists and this is really deserved! Liesel is one of my favorite protagonists! But also all the other characters and the story itself were amazing! The narrative perspective is unique and The Book Thief has moved me deeply!
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Thief-Markus-Zusak/dp/0375842209/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420024873&sr=8-1&keywords=the+book+thief


Die Dienstagsfrauen zwischen Kraut und Rüben by Monika Peets
As you probably noticed this is a German book. I think you could translate it into: The Tuesday women between herb and turnip
This book is a part of a series about these five women who are friends over many years now. This book is about Kiki, who wants to open a Bed-and-Breakfast with her man and all the troubles surrounding it!
I just love this series so much, so no surprise this book is on the list!
http://www.amazon.com/Die-Dienstagsfrauen-zwischen-Kraut-R%C3%BCben/dp/3462045652/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420025093&sr=8-1&keywords=die+dienstagsfrauen+zwischen+kraut+und+r%C3%BCben


Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
This book is just awesome. The issues in this book, are packaged in such a wonderful writing style and Francesca is a really great main protagonist! I am really grateful for this book!
http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Francesca-Melina-Marchetta/dp/0375829830/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420025373&sr=8-1&keywords=saving+francesca


The Fault in our Stars by John Green
This book probably made a lot of us cry. The story of Hazel and Gus got a special place in my heart! I was able to spend so many beautiful, sad but also funny moments with these two! Thank you John  Green that you let us be a part of it!
http://www.amazon.com/Fault-Our-Stars-John-Green/dp/014242417X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420025623&sr=8-2&keywords=the+fault+in+our+stars


The Second Coming by John Niven
When I picked up this book and started to read it, I never thought that it is going to be one of my favorite books.
But it has become one. It is so funny and so typical rock'n'roll, but it also catches some serious issues of society in it. And when Bruce Springsteen has found a place in this book, it became defintely a top book!
http://www.amazon.com/Second-Coming-John-J-Niven/dp/0099592134/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420025837&sr=8-2&keywords=the+second+coming


Blue is the warmest color by Julie Maroh
I am so glad I read this book. Because at first I was unsure whether I should really read it or not
But now I'm just grateful for this because it gave me so many beautiful and sad moments, so many awareness!
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Warmest-Color-Julie-Maroh/dp/1551525143/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420025951&sr=8-2&keywords=blue+is+the+warmest+color


Every Day by David Levithan
This book is truly unique. I've never read a book similar to this one. The story and atmosphere of this book have really surprised meAll this beautiful scences in this book make it worth reading!
http://www.amazon.com/Every-Day-David-Levithan/dp/0307931897/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420026042&sr=8-1&keywords=every+day

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
I cannot really say what makes this book a favorite of mine but it simply warmed my heart and made me smile. I think it is the imagination and uniqueness that make this book so special!
http://www.amazon.com/Fortunately-Milk-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0062224085/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420026136&sr=1-1&keywords=fortunately+the+milk


My Book of Life by Angel  by Martine Leavitt
The writing style of this book is unique and makes the story even more haunting. The topic of this book is incredibly important and because of that everyone should read this book. Even if it's just to be aware of the topic
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Life-Angel-Martine-Leavitt/dp/1250040035/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027222&sr=1-1&keywords=my+book+of+life+by+angel


We were liars by E. Lockhart
I think I dont have to say much. This book is unique. Fantastic. Beautiful. Read it to know how I feel about it!
http://www.amazon.com/We-Were-Liars-E-Lockhart/dp/038574126X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027299&sr=1-1&keywords=we+were+liars

Grace by Thilo Wydra:
This is a biography of Grace Kelly and it's definitely the best biography I've read by now! It's very informative but also written in such a personal way! It does justice to beautiful Grace!
http://www.amazon.com/Grace-Biography-Thilo-Wydra/dp/1629145416/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027497&sr=1-1&keywords=Thilo+Wydra

One hundred names by Cecilia Ahern
Another book which I did not expect that I would love it so much. I think it is mainly the message of this book, which made it to be one of my favorites!
http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Names-Cecelia-Ahern/dp/0062248634/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027577&sr=1-1&keywords=One+hundred+names

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Not much words needed. This is magical. Im enchanted and extremely happy the Harrys world is now a part of my own world!




Now I want to recommend you some books, which didnt make it in the Top but which I really liked!


The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
http://www.amazon.com/Uncommon-Reader-Novella-Alan-Bennett/dp/0312427646/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027772&sr=1-1&keywords=the+uncommon+Reader


Hello Kitty must die by Angela S. Choi
http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Kitty-Must-Angela-Choi/dp/B00BJXZEOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027806&sr=1-1&keywords=hello+kitty+must+die


The Carrie Diaries and Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell
http://www.amazon.com/Carrie-Diaries-Candace-Bushnell/dp/B0057D8S2C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027857&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Carrie+diaries
http://www.amazon.com/Summer-City-Carrie-Diaries-Novel/dp/0061729000/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=12K5M6CY5DF8PG5A4167


Anyas Ghost by Vera Brosgol
http://www.amazon.com/Anyas-Ghost-Vera-Brosgol/dp/1250040019/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027903&sr=1-1&keywords=anyas+ghost


Why we broke up by Daniel Handler
http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Broke-Daniel-Handler/dp/0316127264/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420027941&sr=1-1&keywords=why+we+broke+up



Dienstag, 30. Dezember 2014

#TopicAThon Wrap up!

#TopicAThon was the first readathon I've hosted! And it was an awesome experience, also thanks to these wonderful people who also participated:


Brock from Let's read https://www.youtube.com/user/brocksbookbag
Helene https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClylic7-t5Pn-7Ferhoc2Hg
Jenny from The Literal Everday of Jenny https://www.youtube.com/user/knasentjej/feed
Joe from FinalBlowJoe https://www.youtube.com/user/FinalBlowJoe
Erika from Snogging on sunday books https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19
Kayla https://twitter.com/kaylajenkins760


Thanks again guys! It was so amazing that you participated!


I've chosen the topic: re-reading books!
And I'm really glad I've made that choice because it brought me some wonderful reading moments and I appreciated the books way more than I did before.


I've read:


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which was of course an awesome wonderful book and I appreciated all the awesome scences and moments in it even more than in the first read!


The second book I've read was Nothing by Janne Teller. I remembered quite a lot out of this book but neithertheless it still left me shocked! On twitter I've described it as a "thought provoking, dark book about nihilsm, despair and meaning" It's easily one of my most influental books!


The third book I've read was the Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan. I remember really liking it the first time I've read it. But now... It became one of my absolute favorite books! It so amazing and unique. The language is so pure and beautiful! Please, please read it!
The last book I've read was Life On The Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers

This was my #TopicAthon 2014 and Im sure I will do an other readathon!
Until then thanks to everyone who was a part of!



Donnerstag, 25. Dezember 2014

My Christmas Presents to BookTube (YouTube)!

Today is the 25th of December,Christmas!
So I want to give something back!
YouTube, but especially BookTube has become a big part of my life, even though I dont have a

channel!
So with this blogpost I want to say thang you for enriching my life!


1book1review is Wiebkes channel. Originally Wiebke made videos in German, but now she became part of the English speaking BookTube! Her videos are incredibly diverse, I think on her channel everyone can find something! I really  like her discussion videos
https://www.youtube.com/user/1book1review

I have subscribed to abookutopia mainly because of her incredible pleasant nature, I could really spend hours listening to her! She really has a very unique personality with a great book taste!
https://www.youtube.com/user/abookutopia

Alita Joy also known as abookaffair is an incredibly heartwarming person! I like her hauls the most,because there she introduces me always to incredibly exciting books! Recently she has also organized a readingalong
https://www.youtube.com/user/abookaffair


April Books brings a wonderful pleasant atmosphere with her fresh and cheerful nature into her videos! Especially I like here hauls and monthly wrap-ups
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsaI0SG82I59jibp1eO-qg



Ariel is one of rhe biggest BookTuber. Nevertheless, she is always down to earth and her videos have this very special, Ariel-own-style
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArielBissett


Estelle from the channel Audham EnTha is in my opinion a wonderful addition to BookTube, she brings a lot of variety, especially through her reading tastes!
https://www.youtube.com/user/Goatbed13


The videos from the channel bethjune327 give me always so much pleasure, she has an incredibly refreshing way and especially I liked her Vlogmas videos lately!
https://www.youtube.com/user/bethjune327


The channel bookables provides us with an enormous range of different videos and her channel is definitely worth a visit!
https://www.youtube.com/user/Bookables


The channel bookishandnerdy is another channel that I have subscribed mainly because of her attitude! I really enjoy her Mini-Reviews!
https://www.youtube.com/user/openasthesky


Franzi is also a BookTuber from Germany, who films her videos in Englisch ! I especially appreciate her reviews but also her tags are always refreshing!
https://www.youtube.com/user/abookparty


booksandquills is definitely one of my absolute favorite BookTuberHer videos always offer something new and are never boring to watch!
https://www.youtube.com/user/booksandquills


The lovely Beatrice from the channel booksoverlooks has also caught my attention with her attitude in her videos! She makes a lot of great reading month!
https://www.youtube.com/user/booksoverlooks



Lovely Bunny not only makes videos about books, but about all sorts of other things, and, especially on very important issues in the society! Moreover, she is a very wonderful and unique person!
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBookishBunny



Aaron from the channel Cedar Sun reinforces the Men's Group on BookTube! His reading taste is very special and once not only mainstreamHe also makes insanely interesting discussion videos! Definitely one of my favorite BookTuber!
https://www.youtube.com/user/CedarSun


On the channel of lovely Tam it's all about the food! She makes really great food tests and is incredibly funny!
https://www.youtube.com/user/cheekychickenhead


The channel Crumpets and Marmalade stands out above all by the reviews insanely well-made, which are very, very worth seeing!
https://www.youtube.com/user/CrumpetsAndMarmalade


Like the channel of lovely Tam, also on emmymadeinjapans channel it's all about Food! And packaged in a totally charming style!
https://www.youtube.com/user/emmymadeinjapan


The channel from the love Emily, I just recently discovered but I already appreciate it a lot! Her tags are always incredibly funny and her videos have a charm of its own!
https://www.youtube.com/user/EmilyJeanLives


When it comes to lovely Page I have to be honest ... I mainly clicked subscribe because she somehow reminds me of Wednesday Addams! Please take it as a compliment, dear Page! Your videos have prompted me to stay and I do not regret a second I spent on your channel!
https://www.youtube.com/user/enchantology



Dear Joe has brought me closer to the genre of science fiction and therefore I may owe him the desire that I increasingly want to read sci-fi in the future! Thank you Joe!
https://www.youtube.com/user/FinalBlowJoe


From the lovely Lainey comes the idea of the "Top Five Wednesdays" and these videos I like the most!
https://www.youtube.com/user/gingerreadslainey


The channel of lovely Helene is definitely also one of my favorites! Her attitude is so unique and fascinates me over and over again!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClylic7-t5Pn-7Ferhoc2Hg


The channel Jean Bookishthoughts I have only recently discovered, but she already has a place in my heart! It is definitely worth a visit!
https://www.youtube.com/user/BookishThoughts



The channel Jellafy is bursting with creativity and really enriches BookTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/Jellafy


Jesse is also one of the bigger BookTuber and has become with his craziness a part of my BookTube-routine
https://www.youtube.com/user/jessethereader


And again a BookTuber from Germany, who makes videos in English! Karina has also her individual style in videos, which I enjoy very much! Especially her hauls and tags!
https://www.youtube.com/user/buyreadreview


Kylie has a very special way! Each of her videos inspire me and for that I am very grateful!
https://www.youtube.com/user/watchmelivemylifekk


Brock from the channel Let's Read is a huge addtion for BookTube. His videos are never boring and every time something special!
https://www.youtube.com/user/brocksbookbag


Holly's channel I have also recently discovered but I know now, her discussions and tags are pure awesomeness!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOXoEOhbO_dKWkZ948rCww


The lovely Lindsey is also one of my favorite BookTuber. To her I owe it that I want to read more

fantasy!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1VyYW1dxsY6z9j-dCWLEwA


Her hauls are always great to look at and she always brings a lot of variety into the BookTube scene!
https://www.youtube.com/user/LittleBookOwl


The lovely Liz has made me read more graphic novels and her style is just adorable!
https://www.youtube.com/user/lizlovesliterature


Also one of my favorite channels, very, very worth seeing!
https://www.youtube.com/user/marlinelina


Megans channel is for me a pure place  to relax that you all have to visit  too!
https://www.youtube.com/user/MegIsInWonderland


This channel is soooo worth seeing! One of my favorite channels, with a very wonderful person in front of the camera!
https://www.youtube.com/user/MercysBookishMusings


The lovely Regan can cheer me up with her great videos and super kind attitude is perfect and so enjoyable!
https://www.youtube.com/user/PeruseProject


Susie's videos have everything I want from a BookTube video! Her discussions are unique and worth seeing! Moreover, Susie is one of the people on BookTube who have enriched my life incredibly! Thank you Susie!
https://www.youtube.com/user/readsusieread


And the lovely Claire is such an incredible person! I could not imagine BookTube without her. Her videos are just insanely great and enriching and she is such a unique person!
https://www.youtube.com/user/ReadingBukowski


The channel of Sarah I have only recently discovered, but I know already that she is something special and worth seeing!
https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahActuallyReads


Sarah is definitely in the circle of my favorite BookTuberHer videos are always something special and the way their made is incredible! An incredibly enriching personality!
https://www.youtube.com/user/ClumsinessisaCurse


Erika has a wonderful channel and her videos are always so varied and creative! I could not think of BookTube without her!
https://www.youtube.com/user/erikabee19



These two are part of BookTube for me like pages are parts of books! Especially their hauls and reading months are always great fun!
https://www.youtube.com/user/stephandtimread


Steve's lovely nature make his videos into something special and his reading tastes I admire over and over!
https://www.youtube.com/user/SteveReadsBooks


Tessa's videos are so, so, so funny! And especially her Harry Potter videos I really love!
https://www.youtube.com/user/tessaROXX


Priscilla was, I believe, the first English BookTuber I have subscribed and I'm still very excited about her channel!
https://www.youtube.com/user/thereadables


I discoverd Sophia through her discussion on We were liars and since then I totally love her!
https://www.youtube.com/user/thebookbasement


Chris is a huge addition to BookTube and become a huge part of my own BookTube! I think I know every single one of his videos and he was the one who infected me with Stephen King! He not only reads Stephen King, but a lot more, so his videos are very diverse!
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheReadingRhodes



Jens videos are wonderful and her attitude fits perfectly into the world  of BookTube
https://www.youtube.com/user/TodayinJensLibrary


These two I have recently discovered, but I already cant imagine BookTube without them! A very great channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpRWqQCnU-xHC5gd8jcn0Q



Everyone needs to know Whitney. Everyone. If you don't know Whitney, you totally miss out something
https://www.youtube.com/user/WhittyNovels


Lesley is also one of my favorite BookTuber! Her videos are so beautiful and unique! And I really appreciate Lesley as a person!
https://www.youtube.com/user/WordsofaReader




Dienstag, 23. Dezember 2014

Salvador Dali - Introducing Art

Within this new topic "Introducing Art"  I want to introduce you especially artists who impress me with their work deeply and inspire me.  First, I say something briefly about the artist and then I'll tell you why the artist impresses me so much
I start with Salvador Dali (1904-1989)



Dali was a Spanish artist. He is known primarily as a painter, but he was also a graphic designer, writer, sculptor and stage designer. Salvador Dali was one of the main representatives of surrealism, but for me he got his own, very personal style . His works often dealt with the dreams and the unconscious.


What I like about Dali is of course his crazy, eccentric style, which is also translated into his paintings. He was a special, special human being.

Now, I would like to introduce you to my favorite pictures of him!


Dali
This image is called Figure at a Window I like the simplicity of the picture and that it still captures your attention. I think he made a very good choice with the perspective of the Picture.





The Persistence of Memory is one of his most famous work and one of the works that fascinates me the most. In particular, the design of the deliquescent clock records this for me.



In the imageThe Burning Giraffe fascinated me the most that the "main subject" of the painting, the burning giraffe,who gives the picture its name, rather stands in the background and still catches your attention.







If I had to choose a single favorite picture of Dali, it would be Metamorphosis of Narcissus. This image combines all the things that make Dali for me. The surreal, his own style, love for details, the dreamy, deep-anchored.



Another all time favorite picture is Swans Reflecting Elephants. The illusion that Dali has created is really unique!



Another typical Dali works, Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon. Yet the name alone is worth a mention!


Salvador Dali Meditative Rose 1958 picture
And last but definitely not least, The Meditative Rose. A beautiful work of Dali that deserves much more attention!

Samstag, 20. Dezember 2014

Readathon! The Big Topic Read from the 27.12 to the 29.12 / The rules

From 27.12 to 29.12 my first reading marathon will take place!


If you would like to participate, you must note the following rules:



The reading marathon starts on December 27 at midnight and ends on December 29 at midnight


On my reading marathon it comes to read as many books with a common theme.
Here are some suggestions:



Only books with a female / male main protagonist
Only Graphic Novels

Only books set in the First or Second World War
Only books set in England.
Only books with a blue cover
Only Christmas Books
Only YA books



And much more! Creat your own topic and read as much as possible!


If you would like to participate, please use the Hashtag #TopicAThon on Twitter!






Samstag, 13. Dezember 2014

Your brainless violence sucks! How violence destroys true activism

When I opened my news feeds this morning, there were some incredible images and headlines. Images and headlines of "The Riot Night of Zurich". It looked like there was war. No. I'm not overreacting . I would like to refer you to the articles I link at the end of this post. They are in German but please take a look at the pictures!


But let me start from the beginning.


I stand up for my rights and the rights of others. To me it is important to create equality in all areas. We have to stick together as human beings and not fight against each other. Commercialism and greed are my enemies. Societal pressure is the biggest poison of mankind. Ignorance, homophobia and racism are the worst things that a person can carry with them.
Everyone who stands up for things is my friend

But not like that!


On 12.12.2014 there was a "demonstration" carried with the slogan "Reclaim the streets" . But what was going on there was no longer a demonstration.


"Reclaim the streets" is a form of activism which deals with the community appropriation of public space. It is against globalization and is committed to sensible urban planning and the use of public space. The Wikipedia article I link also at the end of the post.


What was going on in Zurich yesterday, not even close earned the name "Reclaim the streets". "Reclaim the streets" is generally regarded as a peaceful form of activism and not as a platform for brainless idiots who want pointless let out their frustrations.

Violence and vandalism have no place in demonstrations. A demonstration is a PEACEFUL rally!

Wasn't it Gandhi who had spoken of nonviolent protest, wasn't it Mandela who was for over 27 years political prisoner because he use his influence for his rights and those of his fellow men, did Rosa Parks beat wildly? No, she was simply sitting, causing a wave of solidarity!
These are the real activists! Not these idiots, which have nothing better come to  their minds, as destroy the personal belongings of other people and take away their safety!


Why do you disguise yourself? Do not you have enough courage to present you, to show your face and to be there for your actions! What a heroic deeds, to hide from the things you want to achieve and the only way you can get it is with violence!

You want freedom and lose your city because of money? Do you really feel with violence, you will do it?

Let words be your weapon, and not your fists, then you are allowed to call yourself Activists!


Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reclaim_the_Streets


The News articles
http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/zuerich/story/-Wir-nehmen-uns--was-uns-gehoert--11539554
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/stadt/Zuerich-soll-mal-wieder-richtig-leben/story/19914428
http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/zuerich/brennende-autos-und-zertruemmerte-schaufenster-gewalttaetige-chaoten-ziehen-durch-zuerich-id3345261.html
http://www.watson.ch/!798545372







I want to open another door...

I hope you're not too confused about the change of the name..


After a long journey of searching what I really wanted to do, I decided to create a completely new concept.


Of course this blog is going to be about books. I mean, books are a huge part of my life!


But there are some more things in my life as:


Feminism


Social commitment


Art


Films


Music


Writing


and maany, maany other things!




I hope you will be all a part of it and you will enjoy my blogposts!

Sonntag, 7. Dezember 2014

Why we broke up by Daniel Handler - My thoughts

Let's talk about:


Why we broke up by Daniel Handler


What catches your attention first are of course the beautiful illustrations. They make the story much more real.
But let us not forget the other things!
"Why we broke up" is the story of Min and Ed. Well, it's much more of a letter from Min to Ed, the reasons why their relationship is over.
And isn't that quite extraordinary? Because basically you know already how the story is going to end.
However, you're still really interested in the story. Well yes,  I have to admit it had some slow parts when Min told us about the old movies, but as a whole it was very fluently to read.
But now the most important thing.
Because I want to point out that it's not just the illustrations who make the story so beautiful and real. The writing style of Daniel Handler is artistic, almost virtuosic. The way he plays with the language is incredibly fascinating.
And that's why I think that this book has to be valued for what it is. Not just a simple YA story with a heartwarming plot, but also an artistically made book, not only because of the pictures, but also because of the language.