books of the month: may 2018

A very interesting bunch of books. So much in German which is such a rarity for me!

Of the eight books I read in May five were in German in four were re-reads. I’m trying to both re-read more books (because money and also it’s quite nice to revisit stuff I haven’t read in forever and see what I still like or what I haven’t noticed before) and to read more in German because why wouldn’t I? It’s definitely good for my language skills.

Anyway, so there’s a lot of German in this post but one review is actually missing because I’m not feeling well and I really can’t be bothered to keep up with anything. Oh well.

the best

QualityLandQualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MAI 2018:

This book is, kind of, you know, AMAZING!

Nein, mal im Ernst, ich liebe dieses Buch immer noch total und bin etwas blown-away davon wie witzig und genial ich es auch beim zweiten Mal finde. Ich glaube ich habe aber noch mehr Zukunftsängste bekommen.

OKTOBER 2017:

Uhm, wie schreibt man Reviews auf Deutsch? Das ist das erste Deutsche Buch, das auch noch von einem Deutschen Autor ist, das ich in einer ganzen Weile lese. Und ich merke ich kann keine Deutschen Sätze mehr formulieren. Cool.

In meinem Freundeskreis sind die Känguru Chroniken mehr als nur bekannt. Sie sind eher eine Bibel. Jeder kennt und zitiert sie und da liegt es nahe, dass ich mich wirklich sehr auf etwas Neues von Marc-Uwe Kling gefreut habe. Die Idee klang interessant und ich wusste, dass es witzig werden würde.

Erstmal möchte ich anmerken wie schön dieses Buch aussieht! Ich liebe Buchcover und schwarz + gold und dann auch noch innen immer wieder schwarze Seiten – ich bin begeistert. Allein dafür würde das Buch schon fünf Sterne bekommen.

Aber ehrlich, QualityLand ist so gut und so… böse! Es ist so anders als die Känguru Bücher und das ist natürlich verständlich und auch etwas, das ich erwartet habe. Es ist weniger witzig, was wohl auch stark am Thema liegt und da wir schließlich kein kommunistisches Känguru (nur indirekt, ich liebe es) mehr haben, aber dennoch unglaublich erheiternd.
Und so kritisch gegenüber der Digitalisierung (das ist das Offensichtlichste), aber auch gegenüber der Politik, dem Kapitalismus, der Gesellschaft, Ausländerfeindlichkeiten und Rassismus, Politiker, mit den wir in letzter Zeit leider handeln müssen, und so viel mehr! Und dabei lernt man sogar noch wirklich was (besonders, wenn der Alte etwas erzählt!). Ich habe wirklich keine Ahnung von Superintelligenzen.
Wirklich, manche Dialoge oder Erklärungen waren so genial, und das Buch bringt mich zum Nachdenken und zum Lachen. Das ist für mich die beste Kombination.

Für mich schafft es dieses Buch, so viele Dinge zu vereinen, die mir wichtig sind oder die ich super finde: Humor, Anspielungen auf das Känguru, Politik und Kritik an der Menschheit, interessante Wege ein Buch aufzubauen (da es “Werbeunterbrechnungen” zwischen den Kapiteln gibt, was so unglaublich gut zum Thema passt) und mehr.

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The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo, #3)The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this deserves like 4.5 stars here and about 20 stars on the heartbreak scale.

I’m not sure what to say about this book. Just like every other Rick Riordan book EVER I really, really enjoyed reading The Burning Maze. I love his style and his characters and I’m such a huge fan of all kinds of mythologies, I don’t think I will ever get tired of his stuff, especially because he always finds new stories and gods and creatures to introduce.
And I feel like his characters are getting better and more diverse with every series/book and I really love that. For example, I think Meg’s abuse storyline is really important and I’m so happy Piper is trying to find out more about her Cherokee heritage.

Just… why does he have to put them through so much all the time. This one definitely upped… everything? I don’t remember when I last felt so thoroughly devastated reading a Riordan book. And not just for a moment but, like, constantly.

There’s a lot of grief in this story but it’s also kind of hopeful. And hilarious. I just cannot get over that Arrow of Dodona and its speeches. The haikus are so on point as always as well.

All characters grew so much during this book/series. Especially Meg but also Piper and Apollo and everyone, basically. I really want to wrap those three in a blanket and give them a hug. Damn.

For some reason, I thought this one was the last of the series and just before starting it I found out it’s only the third of five. I really hope the next one won’t be so sad but I don’t trust dear Rick anymore.

Selbstporträt mit BienenschwarmSelbstporträt mit Bienenschwarm by Jan Wagner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So eine schöne Sammlung! Ich möchte nur noch Gedichte von Leuten lesen, die über Eulen und störrische Esel und Essen schreiben.

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Rubinrot (Edelstein-Trilogie, #1)Rubinrot by Kerstin Gier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Es sind mindestens vier Jahre vergangen seit ich diese Bücher zuletzt gelesen habe und wow, ich hätte wirklich nicht erwartet, dass ich Rubinrot immer noch so gerne mag.
Ich würde dem Buch heute zwar keine fünf Sterne mehr geben – wenn ich es jetzt zum ersten Mal gelesen hätte vermutlich eher drei, aber ich möchte nicht ignorieren wie sehr ich diese Trilogie früher geliebt habe – aber ich hatte trotzdem so viel Spaß beim lesen! Natürlich habe ich auch einige Probleme entdeckt, die mir vor einigen Jahren nicht bewusst gewesen waren oder die ich nicht wirklich schlimm fand (hi Sexismus und Gwendolyns Unfähigkeit, den Mund aufzumachen, etc.)
Ich bin immer noch ein Fan der Idee und ich hab total was für Zeitreisen und die komplizierten Timelines, die dadurch entstehen. Und Kerstin Gier schreibt definitiv gut, und sehr detalliert, nur auch mit sehr, sehr vielen Klischees.

Saphirblau (Edelstein-Trilogie, #2)Saphirblau by Kerstin Gier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ich hetze etwas durch diese Bücher aber hey, was solls, sie sind ja nicht schlecht. Ich hatte mal wieder unglaublich viel Spaß beim Lesen und es hilft, dass ich mich an vielleicht noch 40% der plot twists erinnern kann und versuche zu erraten, wie denn jetzt alles ausgeht.
Gerade in Saphirblau fällt mir aber auf, wie ungut manche dieser klischeehaften Eigenschaften sind, die Gwendolyn oder Leslie haben und dafür Charlotte nicht (oder anders herum).
Einerseits finde ich es schön, dass Gwendolyn zwar oft nicht sonderlich schlau rüberkommt und z.B. schulisch lange nicht so gut ist wie Charlotte aber trotzdem viel gutes leistet und ja schließlich die Heldin dieser ganzen Trilogie ist aber dieser Fokus auf “hah Gwendolyn ist so doof und Charlotte so schlau und würgt ihr das immer rein” ist schon zum kotzen. Warum müssen alle Mädchen in solchen Büchern einander immer hassen? Selbst Leute wie Cynthia sind so drauf, auch wenn diese kaum vorkommt. Und die Mütter (Grace und Glenda) sind da nicht viel besser.
Interessant finde ich ja auch, dass Leslie selbst sagt wie nervig es doch ist wenn Leute in Filmen alle Probleme in einem Gespräch klären könnten (was sie aber nicht tun) und trotzdem kriegen Gwenny und Gideon das auch nie auf die Reihe. Super.
Anyway, ich liebe Xemerius, er gibt so viele der Kommentare ab, die ich mir beim Lesen auch denke.

A Tolkien BestiaryA Tolkien Bestiary by David Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book includes such beautiful illustrations, ahh! I really enjoyed reading about Tolkien’s creations and this is a very comprehensive and thorough compilation of a lot of races, places and plants. If you read all of it, you get a short history of everything that happens in the Undying Lands and Middle-Earth from the creation to what happens after the destruction of the One Ring. But if you only read about certain creatures it still tells you what is most important about them and where in Tolkien’s stories they appeared.
A more detailed map of Middle-Earth would have been better but the one provided included ALL of the lands and that is pretty cool.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kind of a 3 – 3.5 book for me but I’m sticking with 3.

Hmmm. I’m still not quite sure what I think about this book. There are a bunch of things I really liked, some I definitely didn’t but I actually enjoyed reading it more than I initially anticipated.

I love the multiverse theory and this is like the second book I’ve ever read that deals with it so YES, MORE OF IT PLEASE! I really liked reading about the different kinds of universes even though I think it could have been more detailed. And more universes.

Marguerite is a character that seems to struggle with very little to put it nicely. So many things fall into place so perfectly for her benefit and especially when she’s in all those different dimensions I got quite annoyed by that. Nobody’s life involves so few people that notice so little… but okay.

I’m also not a fan of love triangles. This one actually got quite interesting and original towards the end but it’s still a trope I don’t find very interesting. I also only like Paul, and Theo is very boring so that doesn’t help.
And the plot was rather predictable at times.

It got quite emotional though and I really loved the Russia part!

Generally, this isn’t a bad book and I do want to read on because I want to know where the story goes and I want more travel between dimensions. But I do feel like something was missing when it comes to the worldbuilding and to some of the characters.

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books of the month: april 2018

I read quite a lot this month (5 books and I’m now 5 books ahead of my reading challenge yay!) and all of these books were incredibly good. Two of them were rereads (which is why these reviews are so damn long) and the rest were books I had anticipated or that killed me. Or both. I feel like I cried a lot about this month’s books but whatever, it was worth it.

the best

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)Obsidio by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This whole series has so much going for it and Obsidio is no different. There are so many small and big things I love about this book and the whole trilogy and I’ll never be able to bring it all (slightly concisely) into one review, but I’ll try.

First of all, I was hooked right from the first page on (again). I was very interested in how the would combine the characters from Illuminae and Gemina, have them dealing with all their trouble and also include new characters who have their own adventure. Especially because it’s a boy + girl + in some way romance in that adventure it could easily have been repetitive or too similar to what they did before, but it wasn’t! And I’m so glad about it!

I think one of the most original things this series does with the characters and their romantic stories is that none of these characters have found each other only through the plot and have fallen in love while they are also trying not to die. That seems always highly unlikely for me and in these three books all the protagonists have known each other before. Some have even been in a romantic relationship before. And now they are thrown into all this trouble and have to deal with that AND their personal lives because yes, they exist too, and it makes things more complicated for sure but they still have non-adventure lives and people.

I think this series really acknowledges the deaths and destruction and trauma basically everyone has witnessed and it shows how differently everyone deals with this stuff. Some hide, some get angry, some just cry, and some just don’t know what to do at all.

This, and many other tiny and bigger things, humanise all of the characters more than sci-fi usually does. In Obsidio – but also in the other two parts – we see what the “enemy” thinks and how they lead their lives and what relationships they have and the jokes they make, etc. It’s not *just* people dying by the thousands (it’s also that, though), it is actually shown who these people are and it’s made clear that most are just there because they are doing their job.
That’s also why I absolutely love the ending (no spoilers, though!). It’s incredibly sad for different reasons but it’s also hopeful and shows the good and bad sides of people (and not-really-people if you get what I mean).

Generally, I think this lives up to book 1 and 2 brilliantly and brings closure to basically all the main characters. Sure, I’d love to see more of basically all of them and now that everyone is either dead or alive for sure it would be great to actually explore their relationships but everyone got a proper ending. And one that makes sense for them and for the story itself.

I also noticed how very little of the book is actually focused on romance even though there are three couples/could be couples. It feels very appropriate and not “omg, we need more kisses and shit or it’s not YA enough” (or whatever). As I said above, yes, there are romantic stories, but there is so much more and the romance is thrown into a bit everywhere, but that’s it.

That said, I think the emotions of all the protagonists are so well-written even though this trilogy is mainly composed of transcripts, chats and logs. I said this in the reviews of the other two books but that surprised me AGAIN because that must be hard to achieve and I love how complex and different and original every single person is.
In retrospect, I’d actually love to also have a version written like a normal YA book because all of the characters (especially the teens) are so interesting and I’m sure that would be great to read.

Also, can I again please say how beautiful the layout is??? It’s still so stunning and cool and I want to read many more books like that.

This is already getting rather long, but just let me say once more how much I love Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella and now Asha and Rhy. They are all great and especially the chat logs with all or some of them (apart from Asha and Rhy) together are hilarious.
I also really appreciate how diverse this bunch of teenagers is (different backgrounds, classes, skin colours, one disabled person). This also goes for everyone else. A lot of people have PTSD and there are some explicit “no hetero” moments and I loved. Really cool.

So, all in all, this was a brilliant end to a trilogy I thoroughly enjoyed and I wish there was more of it but I’m also glad there isn’t because each of these books ripped my heart out 100 times. So intense.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND REVIEW APRIL 2018:

Yes, this is definitely worth five stars to me now. Everything I said below came true. I love this series a lot, all the characters are brilliant and THE PAIN OH THE PAIN. It definitely gets worse when you remember what’s going to happen next. I’m falling more and more in love with Kell and Lila. Their beginning of a relationship is just so good and brilliant and funny and ugh, I need more of that immediately.

I also again noticed how much I adore the world-building and the world V. E. Schwab created as a whole. She’s so good at weaving loads of information into the plot without making it feel like actual exposition at all. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s great. And I just love how the magic in this world functions.

I’m also beginning to understand more why people find Holland so tragic. During my first read I didn’t really care about him but now I definitely feel sad and angry and like 6 more emotions about him. That’s a lot.

APRIL 2017 / 4 STARS:

This was a great read! I’m struggling a bit because I do feel like giving it 5 stars but then again I wasn’t as captivated or moved by everything. And the beginning wasn’t sooo amazing and it was a bit predictable. I think I have to stick with 4 stars. I have the feeling this might change with a re-read so let’s see. IT’S STILL A GREAT BOOK!

V. E. Schwab’s writing is incredible! I heard this before and damn, I just really love it. It feels brisk and close to the action but you still get to learn so much about the world we’re in. Or the several worlds.
The idea of several Londons that are all similar but definitely not the same and that there are these parallel universes and you can only cross them with loads of magic is so cool??? I need more of that! Every time Lila or Kell describe the differences, no matter if they are huge or subtle, I was going “!!!! need to experience”. It was so well described.

The plot is so full of darkness and magic and stabbing people. I totally love dark things and characters that aren’t 100% good, I totally have a soft spot for thieves and murderers, and this book has such great characters that fit into that category!
Lila is amazing. I love her. I want to marry her apart from the fact that I’m way too romantic and soft for her. She’s badass. She should totally conquer the world.
Kell is amazing too! He is so special and kinda soft but has to do so many hard and bad things and he loves his brother so much and he wants to belong. Aww. After all the things that happened in this book, someone should really sit him down, wrap him in a blanket and hand him some tea. He doesn’t deserve all this horribleness.

The comebacks and sassy comments Lila and Kell (and Rhys sometimes) make are so great and on point!
And the relationship and trust Lila and Kell are slowly forming ❤

Really, I love the darkness and the magic and the plot is really interesting and I just generally liked the story quite a lot. I have no idea how you get two more books from that plot but I’ll see.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIRD READ MARCH/APRIL 2018

Such brilliance, I just can’t. I went through these books at such a quick speed, I can’t believe I’m already finished with all of them (again). This last book of the cycle makes me even more emotional than the others did. I got so invested in everyone’s lives, I feel with them and I want them to be happy and now so many important things are happening and it hurts my poor heart.

I often find the romance bits in books or movies the most unbelievable parts of them, but not with this series. There is something about the way these small moments of closeness lead to a kiss or a hug or none of that but something that makes me want to rip my heart out because it makes me feel so much.

And the friendships… that’s certainly the most extraordinary part of the cycle for me. Blue once said that they are all in love with each other and that’s such a true and good and brilliant thing and I love reading about close friendships that are emotional and full of banter and complex and important. Give me more of that, please.

SECOND READ APRIL 2017

To be honest, I have nothing to add to my review below. I still love this book as much as I did last year and it still moves me deeply. I wish I could read more about all of them RIGHT NOW. Such an amazing book. I’m still a bit in shock maybe.

FIRST READ APRIL 2016

If I were able to give this book six stars, I would. I loved Raven Boys, Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue very much, but seriously, Raven King is even better than those three books. I can’t really pinpoint in which way I liked it more, but I think it has mostly to do with the writing.

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is amazing in general and I enjoy reading her books so much but in this book, she used even more repetitive sentences and ways to begin a chapter and I find that incredibly intriguing. And her descriptions of dreams/other weird sequences I don’t want to spoil here are just so great. I could reread them all day.

And how casually but incredibly deeply people fall in love in her books… damn. In one moment they are just sitting there, then they are kissing, then they are sitting there again and I’m losing my mind. It’s so perfect.

I have no idea how to talk about this book without spoiling anything so I won’t say much about the plot, or rather, nothing.

From the beginning, I hoped it would do justice to ALL the characters and of course I wanted them to be happy and was scared some of the things I hoped for wouldn’t happen and in the end, I’m so so happy with it. The Raven King exceeded ALL my expectations, for sure.

I wish I could read more about all those not so big characters, the ones we don’t have in the epilogue (otherwise that epilogue would be endless) but I guess we can’t have all the things.

I was surprised to see new characters being introduced that played crucial parts even though it’s the last book and I definitely didn’t expect Henry Cheng playing such a big role. I like Henry a lot and I’m glad he became friends with the boys and Blue. All the scenes with him are hilarious.

There were quite a few hilarious scenes and jokes in this book but don’t worry, I did cry.

Okay, no I have to stop before I either want to reread the whole book right way (ain’t nobody got time for that) or tell you the whole plot.

(It’s just SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK)

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They Both Die at the EndThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Uhm, how dare this be so heartbreakingly sad? I think I’m still crying. After We Are Okay this is the second book this month that deals with loss and grief and makes me cry and is very nearly five stars but not quite yet. How rude.
And again a rather profound and makes-me-rethink-my-whole-life story.

They Both Die at the End is a beautiful book. It’s about two teenagers who know they are going to die and they are trying to live their last day in a good way but loads of things go wrong and also lots of stuff happens that they never expected and that turns out so wonderfully.
The whole premise of this book is so…. weird. It’s heartbreaking and mysterious and no one understands WHY people even get to know why they’re dying and Adam Silvera explores what people are doing with this knowledge. It’s so interesting and sounds like straight out of a tumblr post (but better!) and I kind of love that.
Because of the title and the premise you are of course constantly wondering IF they are actually dying and are hoping they don’t and damn, that was intense.

This book is incredibly depressing in a way – of course, two teenagers are dying and there’s actually a lot more death and sadness in this book as well – but it’s still somehow so uplifting and charming to read about Rufus and Mateo trying to live a great last day and getting to know each other. Their relationship was so incredibly short but getting to know them and their friendship was wonderful. Both characters are so complex and vivid and I love them so much.

Mateo is shy and anxious and very relatable but he does want to go out and be braver. Rufus is a bit of a bad boy but he’s been through a lot and he just wants to be himself. And somehow these two work so perfectly together.
It was really interesting to see them and their friends (who are all SO great, I need a Lidia in my life) react to this terrible news and try to live with… death.

I’m not sure how much I like the chapters from other people’s POV. Some were just not interesting and even though they all relate to the story in a way and show how life is connected and all that I kind of wanted to read more from the characters we didn’t hear so much from and wanted more of Rufus and Mateo.

Also, one character is explicitly bisexual and that made my day.

We Are OkayWe Are Okay by Nina LaCour

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished this on Thursday and it took me until today to be okay again, I think.

I did not expect this book to be so damn emotional and sad. We Are Okay but I’m not okay, just saying.

This is a book about grief, about love, about family. It’s about running away and leaving everything behind and about those left behind not being okay with that. It’s about Marin, who has been through a lot and whose life changed so completely and who doesn’t know how to deal with that.
But it’s also about her realising that she’s not alone and that people care about her and want her to be a part of their life again.

And it’s about two girls and their relationship, which wasn’t just platonic. But it’s complicated.

We Are Okay is incredibly emotional and that makes it hard to read sometimes. I honestly did not expect to feel so attacked by everything and in some chapters every single sentence made me cry more. I cried more than I usually would for such a short book. And all of that happened on public transport… yay

Nina LaCour writes so beautifully. I felt so sucked into Marin’s story and her emotional state. I wanted to know what happened before but I also dreaded finding out and I hoped for her and I feared her decisions.

It did take me a long time to get into this novel, though. The beginning felt confusing and dragging for me and I didn’t really feel invested in the story. I’m glad that changed dramatically later, but still.

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bastille & berlin

bastille & berlin

Another week, another concert! This time by my absolute faves, Bastille, and in one of my absolute fave cities, Berlin.

Bastille announced a concert in Berlin sometime last autumn and it was on my best friend’s birthday so what better way is there to combine two of my favourite things than to go visit them and see the band?? I was really excited for this whole trip even though I was quite anxious about skipping two days of school because there’s honestly so much going on right now (or was, it’s basically all over now).

I was also worried about flying there and my flight being delayed which would cause problems with the concerts but in the end, everything went perfectly and I landed on Thursday at like 5pm, had dinner with my friend and went to the Tempodrom (what a stunning building??) to see Bastille.


Their Reorchestrated tour sounded like a perfect idea from the beginning. I love all of Bastille’s music and I saw a few clips from this gig they did last year which also included strings and singers and all that and that was SO GOOD. And this concert was too. I loved every single of the new versions and especially Fake It, Glory and Two Evils were something special. I love that they played old and new songs and stuff they don’t usually play at concerts, like Get Home or Weight of Living, Pt. 1.

I went there alone (a first for me) and it was actually really fine because I still had a great time and at some point started talking to two women next to me who were really nice! And during Glory we had this fan action that some people on twitter planned and we put up coloured lights (with post its or screens in the appropriate colours) and it worked perfectly, it was so epic. I’m sure it was a lot of work to plan and make sure everyone has the info but it was so worth it. Such a beautiful moment.

I don’t really know what else to say, I loved every single moment of the concert and I’m so, so glad To Kill A King and Charlie Barnes were the pre-acts! They are great and deserve such a huge audience and I’m quite sad I can’t see them live on their tours (it just doesn’t work out) because their music is great.

The version of Choices together might have made me cry. And I’m so glad Ralph and Dan brought Annie Oakley Hanging back, Cut Her Down is a great song and I’m gonna be so mad if we don’t hear anything for the next 5 years.

Also, can I quickly mention the amazing aesthetic of this tour? The tickets, the stage background and all the merch looked so nice, I love it a lot.


About the rest of the trip… Berlin is honestly such a nice city because I can finally do the things I would have to take way longer train journeys for at home.

Me and my friend went to three or four bookstores in one day and they were independent bookstores (maybe not all, I don’t know) and were focused on different topics (one was more about art and music, another one was quite political) and I had a great time checking all the books out but a very hard time choosing what to buy because I had to be mindful of my small suitcase… the struggle is real…

On Saturday, I went to the Berlinische Gallerie which is a modern art museum that depicts art (mostly from artists based in Berlin) of the last 150 years. The core exhibition is basically a journey from 1880 to 1980 and it is quite focused on artists that struggled with the political climate of those times. The smaller changing exhibitions were really interesting too and ranged from sculptures and collages to photography. I really enjoyed this trip!

Unfortunately, this little trip had to end on Sunday (after a long but very fun house party with really cool people) and I went back home. I was quite sad about leaving my friend but I hope I’ll be back soon.

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fall out boy & imagine dragons concerts

fall out boy & imagine dragons concerts

I went to two concerts in the last week, Fall Out Boy on Sunday and Imagine Dragons on Thursday – both in Munich. I have a few comments and I kind of want to assemble some of my favourite pictures from these events sooooo… here we go.

Fall Out Boy

I’ve wanted to see Fall Out Boy since they were in Munich in late 2015 and we missed out on getting tickets but one (1) of my friends could go and the rest of us got very jealous.

I was quite excited for the concert, especially when I found out about the setlist and noticed how incredibly good the mixture is. Sure, there are songs from the most recent album – obviously – but there are also loads from every other album and they played basically all the old iconic ones (like Dance, Dance or Thanks For The Memories or Sugar, We’re Going Down). So that was great!

They also had a really nice show. I loved that they had a clip of Big Hero 6 during Immortals and the mini-stage for Pete was kinda cool. In retrospect I’m not such a huge fan of the Young And Menace piano version, I want to dance to that song, come on.

I must say though, that this concert was probably one of the most exhausting ones I’ve ever been too. They had two pre-acts which is honestly a bit much (MAX alone would have been enough, he was cool and you could sing along! nothing against Against the Current, I actually listened to some of their covers in like 2012, but they aren’t quite my jam) but it felt like it would never properly start and sitting on the floor was uncomfortable and then they appeared with freaking flamethrowers. Which is cool and very dramatic but not nice in a hall like the Zenith where everything gets so hot and there’s no air. I was so sweaty and done basically from 9pm on.

Also, BOOOO to the Zenith because they didn’t have any more water at 11pm when my friend was trying not to faint, wtf???

Still, I’m glad I could finally see them live, I just wish the whole evening had been more chill.

Imagine Dragons

I had seen Imagine Dragons live twice before. First in November 2013 (my first concert ever! how long it’s been!) and again in October 2015. So I guess it makes sense that they are quite important to me. For the longest time, I called them my favourite band (now it’s Bastille but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them anymore) and I was definitely thrilled to see them again. Their new album isn’t my favourite (Night Visions for the win, always) but some of the songs on it are absolutely amazing (like Believer) and some definitely grew on me since I first heard them (Whatever it takes, Yesterday, Mouth of the River).

I know they are a great live band but I was again surprised by how good they actually are. The whole gig was brilliant, from start to finish. The staging was beautiful and so colourful and I love what they did with the Evolve colours. The live versions for Believer and some of the other songs were absolutely amazing. Demons and the acoustic version of Bleeding Out made me cry and generally the idea of an acoustic stage in the back where the other people can get closer to the band too was so good and it shows that they care about their fans. (setlist)

And the live version of Radioactive with that super long instrumental bit still gives me life.

Can we talk about how epic this show was? I already found Fall Out Boy using their confetti in the second or so song a huge mood but ID had confetti four times during the concert AND they had these huge balls coming down from the roof during On Top Of The World. That’s fun.

Also, shoutout to Dan Reynolds for making speeches about LGBTQ people and mental health and his own struggle with it. He was so open about it and you could genuinely feel how much he cares about these topics and I was so happy he talked about this stuff in front of thousands of people. I’m always happy when celebrities use the influence they have for important causes and it’s especially touching to me when these are causes I care about as well.


Also shoutout to the 7 (FOB) slash 8 (ID) friends of mine who share my taste in music and went there with me. These evenings were exhausting but great and I’m glad I have people to share these experiences with. And to wear the same band shirt with cause we’re cool.

See you soon ❤

Barcelona

Barcelona

Wow, is this actually a blog post that isn’t about the books I read last month? Incredible. But for once I actually did something cool and have the time to write about it!

So, I went to Barcelona last week, with the same four friends I also travelled to London in 2015 and Italy last September. We saw a lot and I had such a great time, even though it was of course slightly chaotic and not everything went right.

Please scroll down for probably way too many pictures for a single blog post but whatever. I love taking pictures and so do my friends; you don’t want to know how huge my Barcelona folder is…

Tuesday, 27th March

My alarm went off at 4:25am… that was the not so fun part of this holiday, I had to get up incredibly early (twice!) but everything went well with going to the airport and finding each other and flying so yay!

We then somehow found our way to our hostel (Bird House – pretty nice location I’d say) really easily, left our bags, had a fun moment of not agreeing in which direction to go and then walked to the university, past Pl. Catalunya and over La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter. All of those places, especially the larger buildings, were so pretty and huge and wonderfully decorated. The quarter was full of narrow streets and cute buildings and we spent a lot of time in a very artsy souvenir shop.

I also definitely missed seeing palms. The Cathedral was quite impressive but the most important thing about that day was definitely the beach. Generally, everything around Barceloneta is nice to look at but walking up to the beach and spending some hours there was just so nice. The water was relatively cold and the wind was annoying but we had so much sun and such a lovely sandy beach, ugh, I need something like that more often.

Later that day we had a lot of sangria (I’m loving this drink more with every single time I have it??) and great food. Fun fact, I’m pretty sure we started singing the chorus of Vamos a la playa as soon as we arrived and no worries, the song stayed with us until the end. And I now constantly sing it at home too… why???

Wednesday, 28th March

I don’t think I will ever get out of bed/the hostel at the previously intended time when I’m somewhere with friends. It just doesn’t work.

Anyway, after a slow start, we went to see the Arc de Triomf and the surrounding area. A day later this place was ten times as crowded, we were probably quite lucky about that. We then went to this market (kind of like a flea market mixed with random shops? reminded me of Camden but cheaper) under a huge mirrored roof. I don’t remember the name at all but it’s apparently well known.

We then (after a surprisingly amazing stop at Taco Bell) had our time slot at la Sagrada Familia and realised it’s not helpful when four of you are on one side of that huge church and the other one is on the other. But seriously, what a beautiful building. I’m not religious or anything but I like churches because I love beautiful and huge buildings. I just often feel that many churches look exactly the same. Not this one though. From the towers over the impressive door and that roof over the altar or whatever it is to the incredibly stunning glass windows… everything was so pretty and interesting and original. I loved it.

The rest of the day was basically spent on or around the beach. Once with two people actually going for a swim and once with pizza, sunset and sangria (again, I know).

Thursday, 29th March

And again, getting up early wasn’t exactly happening but I felt like we were better than the day before.

The first and also main thing of the day was visiting Park Güell. I had been quite excited for it ever since people told me about it and I saw some pictures of what Gaudi did there (and the view!). Both the architectural and the natural parts were so pretty! I hate walking up hills though. Even when they have escalators for part of the way up (I wonder though, who thought that building a park for the public on a hill you need escalators for is a good idea? I know the answer, but still…).

We walked through both the free and the ticketed part of the park and both were so nice. I definitely have a thing for parks and I feel like we ran through every single corner and took hundreds of pictures of the flowers, trees, paths, buildings, ourselves, each other, etc. It was fun and pretty and we also had perfect weather – the view was so good! Seriously though, I really love Gaudi’s architecture. It’s colourful and extravagant but also simple in parts (look at the candy houses and those white walls with the mosaic) and I find mosaic stuff so pretty and cool. I could look at his stuff all day.

Anyway, after the park, we walked past Casa Battlo and Casa Mila and then went back to the Parc de la Ciutadella which was open this time! And then we searched for the mammoth and had a very fun and very wet half hour in a small boat on the pond.

After a quick stop at Sephora (where half of us greatly enjoyed the slide into the shop – what a brilliant idea) we walked home, made food and got drunk on vodka in our room because we thought it’s useless to go to bed if we have to leave for the airport at 3:30am (what on earth, really).

It was terrible and great and funny and most of us regretted things the next day but everyone made it home somehow and we saw the beautiful sunrise on the plane!


I hope you had a lovely time too and hopefully had/are currently having a nice Easter holiday or something of that sort.

See you soon ❤

books of the month: march 2018

Another month, another few weeks of me screaming “why is there so much going on???” and doing nothing but going to school, sleeping and reading.

Well, that’s not quite true but it felt like it at times. School got pretty intense and because of that, I felt like re-reading books that make me really happy, in this case, The Raven Cycle. As of today, I’m halfway through the last book and then this re-read is done, again. I love these books so very much and they made me so happy, again.

I’m actually really glad I’m re-reading so much this year because a) coming back to happy things is important and good for me and b) it’s so much cheaper than constantly buying new books!

With these five books of March, I’m now 16 books into my Goodreads reading challenge (of 50 books) aka much further than I anticipated, I’m loving it!

the best

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Gemina by Amie Kaufman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

SECOND READ MARCH 2018:

This book still has me shook. The good thing about having a terrible memory is that I forgot nearly all the plot twists and was still really shocked and surprised when some things happened. And I remembered the “wrong” ending basically so I got really scared halfway through the book. I’m a bit stupid sometimes.

I like all the characters way more this time. I don’t exactly know why but I’m glad because they are so good. I mean, they are annoying and idiots and evil (in some cases) but they are interesting and I fell more in love with ALL the main characters.
And now I can’t wait for Obsidio which is out soon!

FIRST READ OCTOBER 2016:

I think this book broke me. I’m sure I was screaming constantly when I read the last ~50 pages.

Illuminae is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. I swallowed it, I found it amazing and fascinating and so new (for me) and just special. And this is almost as good.
When I read Illuminae I didn’t know yet what to expect so, of course, this time it’s a bit different. I knew roughly how the book would look like, that there would be chaos and destruction and death and plot twists and humour and what kind of files would be used and so on. That took a bit of the excitement out of the book itself, but not the plot (if that makes sense at all).

For me, Gemina is almost as good as Illuminae. The plot is amazing, you again have those plot twists and it’s written so fascinating and beautiful and you again really get into those amazing characters even though you barely have descriptions of their feelings and so on.

I didn’t like Hanna at all at first. That changed in the second half of the book but still, she is really annoying in the beginning. But I think I would probably be really annoying too and she gets nicer and more interesting later on so I’m okay with it.
I love Nik. Oh my, I totally have a thing for bad boys and also Russian people (shut up, don’t say anything) so yayay! I’d totally crush on him. Of course, he has a tragic backstory so be prepared to want to hug him and cuddle him tightly.
Ella is so great and I would have loved to have a conversation between her and Kady about computer stuff and everyone else around is just going ???

Of course, there are super horrific and cruel things going on in this book as well. But thankfully there is NO plague making people mad, I’m SO GLAD. Illuminae really scared me with that, actually. It reminded me a lot of Maze Runner and, huh, it’s just a horrible thought.

The plot twists, especially near the end of the book, had me jumping up from my couch and today I almost let the book fall in the middle of the train because of one but hey, I love stuff like that. I love being surprised and not knowing what happens in the end.
I have to say, my guesses about the ending changed like five times and in the end, I wasn’t right anyway.
Amie and Jay make me question EVERYTHING.

It was such an enjoyable read, so fascinating and so well written (I talked more about the writing in my Illuminae review!).
Now I wish I hadn’t read this book immediately and so fast (two days??? even though I also studied and slept loads??? wow) because I don’t want to wait for ages for the third one. Ahhh.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIRD READ MARCH 2018:

And again I managed to read this book almost exactly a year after the last time. I love my timing.
And again I fell in love with this series more than before, I have no idea how that’s even possible.

SECOND READ 2017:

As you can read below it took me a while to get into Raven Boys when I first read it almost exactly a year ago. This time, though, I could finally appreciate this book’s beauty from the start. Honestly, I loved re-reading this book so much, it made me so happy and I really fell in love again with both the incredible writing and the protagonists.
I also want to continue with Dream Thieves immediately! (I won’t though, I already started another book I should finish first.)

FIRST READ 2016:

Okay, my best friend urged me to read this book when they first did and I bought it shortly (I think) afterwards. It took me a while to get to read it because my TBR pile is rather huge.
I had quite high expectations for the book because people on my Tumblr dashboard and my best friend and people I follow on Goodreads talked about it loads and they all seemed to be obsessed with it.

At first, I wasn’t. But it changed.

The first few chapters or maybe even the first hundred pages of the book were rather slow in my opinion. Or not even slow, but I found it difficult to actually get into the story and to like the characters and connect with them.

Blue Sargent lives with her mother and a few other women who are all psychic. There has always been this prophecy about her true love dying when she kisses him. Gansey, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch and Noah are all Raven Boys which means they go to Aglionby, this school for super-rich boys. Gansey is on a search for a long-dead king, Adam and Ronan and Noah are with him and Blue is somehow stumbling upon them and suddenly things get a lot more exciting.

In the beginning, I didn’t know what to think about all those psychics and their powers, their readings, their predictions. I didn’t feel touched by it or got sucked into the plot or something like that (and I love when books manage to do that).
I also wasn’t convinced by the Raven Boys. Gansey seemed kind of boring, Ronan like an asshole and Adam like a bit of an idiot and their search seemed pointless and unnecessary.

It wasn’t until their paths crossed and I as a reader knew more about their stories, their feelings and their complex-ness that I finally fell in love with all of them.

And oh, there’s so much about all of them to love. Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah all had a shit load of stuff happen to them and they definitely don’t deserve that.

For me, all of a sudden everything got exciting and horrible and interesting and complex. Readings, bad feelings, murders, killings, ravens, family dramas, so many things!

I can’t wait to read what is happening after that “showdown” at the end of the book and how their search continues. And, as the year progresses, someone is getting closer to his death and I have no idea how he could be saved… but I’ll have to see.

It’s “just” the first book of a series of four so I guess I have to be satisfied with not knowing many answers and not knowing everything about all those characters I really really like now. I HATE not knowing though.

I don’t think this review is rather helpful as I’m not really able to focus my thoughts on what I love and what I don’t love about this book.

But in short:

The Raven Boys is an amazing book despite the (in my opinion) not so great start. The characters get incredibly interesting after a while and I liked it to get to know a lot about their thoughts and fears. The plot is thickening soon and with the help of a few really creepy readings, it’s getting very exciting. I loved the rather subtle switching between POVs and how differently everyone seems to talk (Gansey compared to Blue for example). Also, almost everyone has an extraordinary name which I LOVE. That’s so cool. I love unusual names.

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIRD READ MARCH 2018:

How does one even review one of the best series ever? These books are so brilliant. This is my third read but still, I find moments I didn’t really notice or appreciate before and they make me love this book and every single character even more.

SECOND READ MARCH 2017:

What can I even say here? I love all the characters even more and I want them all to be happy. I have so many feelings for all of them and I just wish Ronan and Adam and Gansey would talk more and get along better and BE HAPPY. Argh.

I think I now like Mr Gray more than I did before! I’m also so happy Maura and the women in 300 Fox Way have more plot.
But generally I really, really love this book and I appreciate the writing so much more now for some reason. It’s just incredible.

FIRST READ MARCH 2016:

The Dream Thieves is absolutely amazing. Definitely as great as Raven Boys. I have the feeling I’m slowly (actually, fast I think, I’m basically swallowing these books) getting sucked into this world of psychics and mysteries and so on.

And I love the mysteries. The story is getting more and more complex and there are so many clues and riddles and paths to follow and I love it.

In Dream Thieves, we learn so much about the characters, especially Ronan, but not only him. We learn about his background, his family, the whole dream thing, about what he is feeling right now and how he is changing.
We also learn about Adam and how he’s getting used to his new situation, how he changed a lot and is confused and… lost?

We also meet some new characters and/or get to know others, that have been mentioned before but not in a big way, a lot more.
I think in Dream Thieves are more scenes in 300 Fox Way with all the women living there and I love to read about them. All of them, Maura, Calla, Persephone and all the others. It’s so interesting to read how they all are getting along with each other and sometimes not and how they work and in what ways being psychic shapes their lives.

Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is full of metaphors and colourful speech and so many things that really make you see the differences between the characters and that make you understand in what way they are feeling. I enjoy that a lot.

I think I got to like Ronan a lot more than I thought I would and I’m so interested to see how the relationships between the Raven Boys and Blue are evolving in the next two books. There’s definitely a lot of tension, in many different ways.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIRD READ MARCH 2018

I started and finished Blue Lily, Lily Blue on the exact same dates as last year! This is incredibly satisfying. And so is this book!

I’m so in love with the whole group around the Raven Boys and Blue. The dynamics and conversations and jokes are just so GOOD and interesting and I love to see all the little and big hints for what’s going to happen.

SECOND READ MARCH 2017

Is there anything to add? I love this book to pieces, I love all the characters, I love the writing and I can definitely appreciate some bits way more now that I know what’s going to happen and can concentrate on other things.

I’m incredibly fascinated by the dynamics and relationships between the characters, especially in groups like the women in 300 Fox Way and the Raven Boys + Blue and Blue + Mr Gray and so on. It’s so interesting for me to see how they interact and how important they all are to each other!

READ MARCH/APRIL 2016

So, I didn’t know I could love this series of books more than I already did but seriously, with every new book I love the characters even more.

I mostly read Blue Lily, Lily Blue on the train to my best friend and back and at some point this morning I really had to take the book down and whisper “oh god” because a plot twist I did not expect happened.

I definitely can’t wait to read The Raven King which will be released in April and now I get why everyone is so incredibly excited for it.

I’m not sure if there’s anything else to say about this book that I haven’t already said about Raven Boys or Dream Thieves as I love all of these books a lot.

Blue got more badass which I love, Adam got more unknowable but also very interesting, Ronan got more lovable actually, Gansey got… well, I am even more scared for him, Mr Gray got a lot of sympathies and Greenmantle the opposite. His wife is also really weird.

I did not expect this book to get sad at some point and I’m very unhappy this… thing… happened. I do hope Maggie Stiefvater doesn’t kill (that many) characters in the last book, I love them all (well, most of them) way too much.

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Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)Golden Son by Pierce Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I still don’t know how exactly I feel about this book but let’s just say I give it a solid 3.5 stars.

I love sci-fi and I love complicated sci-fi with lots of technical stuff and planets and spaceships and gravity problems and wars but dear god, they can be so complicated and confusing. This one was too. I didn’t mind it that much unless there was a battle because I struggled to understand what was actually going on. It doesn’t help that there are about 500 houses and families in this series and they all constantly change alliances. I need a spreadsheet, please.

I rated Red Rising 4 stars and I think I said at the time that the second half would probably get a 5-star rating from me if it were on its own. That part of the book was so gripping and intense and I really hoped that there would be something similar in Golden Son.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t.

Nothing about the book was bad but I just missed being captivated by the story and loving every page I read. I still really loved the writing and I think the characters are so wonderfully complex and bad (but also sometimes a bit too bad and unrelatable and in Darrow’s case kind of unbelievably good at what he’s doing), I just was a bit disappointed by… everything.

The book ended with a huge cliffhanger that I actually really enjoyed though so I’m quite excited to see how it goes on. Maybe Morning Star will be more my thing again.


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books of the month: february 2018

February went by so quickly, I can’t believe it. I had a lot of school stuff and a week of holidays and got my half year grade report and I’m fully into the Eurovision National Final season. So yeah, lots is going on! And I still read quite a bit!

I read six books this months, two of them were actually in German! One of them a re-read and the other one I had to read for school. This means I’m definitely keeping up with my goal of not only reading in English anymore, yay!

The best

Dear MartinDear Martin by Nic Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’d say this is a solid 4.5 stars.

This reminds me a lot of The Hate U Give but from a bit of a different perspective. Namely the perspective of a black boy who gets sucked into so much trouble and who has to go through hell. Because the world is shit.
Aw man, maybe I shouldn’t have read this on a day on which I’m feeling pretty shit. This book really doesn’t bring out the best in humanity. More the opposite.

Dear Martin is only 200 pages long but in those pages, Nic Stone indirectly references so many events that have happened recently and puts them into a broader perspective. It’s not just about those events (the shooting of black kids) but also about the different reactions to that from all kinds of people and how people try to make sense of what is going on.

I love the approach to this topic via Dr Martin Luther King’s ideas and speeches. It’s not just a really good and original idea (for a YA book), it works perfectly and it thought me more for sure.

Large parts of the book are written in dialogue, kind of script style, and while I really like this style and for this story it was perfect, I did miss this connection to the characters. It is harder to identify with them or to understand what they’re going through when there’s not a lot of description of their emotions.

The book still made me cry though.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

RE-READ JANUARY 2018:

This is such a cute book, I’m so glad I re-read it. It may not have the most original or exciting plot but I love an adorable love story that’s also about something important and/or relatable. In this case, sexuality and coming out.

It’s a fast and fun read and even though it’s not quite my type of book anymore I just really enjoyed it.

ORIGINAL REVIEW AUGUST 2015:

This was incredibly fun to read. The only negative thing I could say is that the characters are a bit too cliche sometimes and that I can’t really relate to many of them. But in general, it’s a really great book.
It made me think a lot about how I view my sexuality in comparison to others I know. Who is open about it, who is actually out, who hides it and why? Important questions!
It’s also a great book to help one realize how homophobic this world actually is, which jokes many people make unintentionally.
The love story/stories in the end are absolutely adorable and I was sitting in my bed “awww”-in all the time. I was quite annoyed with Blue for a while but in the end, I loved him too.
Simon really needs to open his mouth in the right moments, though. He can be a bit stupid. Which makes me realize I have a bit of Simon in me too.
(Racism and feminism are also mentioned and I definitely appreciate that)
I understand Simon in so many ways. I think coming out is kind of stupid too. I don’t get why so many people make a big deal about their sexuality and I don’t want other people to make a big deal about mine.

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s been nearly five years since I last read this (can this really be the truth??? I’m getting old???) and boy, I did not expect to be punched in the feels like this. Again. Why do I even re-read John Green’s books?

This is for sure my second favourite after The Fault in Our Stars (I don’t know yet where his new book ranks) and it has always been that way. I was initially quite annoyed because I own the German version and I don’t really read translated books anymore and as I knew a lot of quotes and scenes in English this was a bit confusing and I had to get used to it. I’m still convinced I’d like the English version even more.

What a brilliant book. I’m not usually a fan of boarding school books, I often feel like the stories are all the same and there’s nothing really original to them, but John Green manages to include characters that are boring, interesting, weird, fascinating, confusing, and generally a bit fucked-up who do things that are both incredibly normal and incredibly interesting and special.
I don’t know if that makes sense to anyone but it does to me and I love it.

I love Alaska so much. Every single character is fascinating in their own way but Alaska is so great, she’s mysterious and loud and wild and smart.
I love everyone’s friendships. They aren’t even great friendships but that’s how a lot of school friendships are and I like that they also see these problems at some point.

I love how incredibly profound Looking for Alaska is. It’s inspiring and emotional, gut-punching and hilarious. I’m actually learning something from the last words of people I’ve never heard of to what Miles learns about religion and labyrinths.
It makes me feel and think so much and that’s one of my favourite things about books.

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The Black Unicorn: PoemsThe Black Unicorn: Poems by Audre Lorde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a good read. I really like Audre Lorde’s poems, they are about so many different things from lesbians over race to death and everything in between. They are so interesting and beautifully written.
I think these are the kinds of poems that I need to read more than once to actually *get* them if that makes sense but I loved it anyway. Audre is brilliant in general so I knew this would be good tbh.

Politisches Framing: Wie eine Nation sich ihr Denken einredet - und daraus Politik macht (edition medienpraxis 14)Politisches Framing: Wie eine Nation sich ihr Denken einredet – und daraus Politik macht by Elisabeth Wehling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ich habe dieses Buch für die Schule gelesen und obwohl wir zuvor schon klar war, dass ich viel Neues erfahren würde, so hab ich doch eigentlich viel mehr gelernt als ich erwartet hätte.
Ich bin überrascht davon wie gut und verständlich alles beschrieben wurde, besonders der erste Teil des Buches, der sich mit der Neuro- und Kognitionsforschung befasst und erklärt, wie wir eigentich denken und Metaphern benutzen um Abstraktes zu begreifen.
It blew my mind, basically.
Die ausgewählten Beispiele aus der Politik die dann verwendet wurden um begreifbar zu machen, wie gewisse Äußerungen unsere Meinungen beeinflussen, waren so gut gewählt (und so weit gefächert! von Steuern über Flüchtlinge und Umweltschutz alles dabei) und unglaublich interessant.
Ich habe wirklich das Gefühl mehr über uns zu verstehen und weshalb bestimmte Begriffe problematisch sind und/oder nicht das wiedergeben, was wir eigentlich sagen wollen.

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)Golden Son by Pierce Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I still don’t know how exactly I feel about this book but let’s just say I give it a solid 3.5 stars.

I love sci-fi and I love complicated sci-fi with lots of technical stuff and planets and spaceships and gravity problems and wars but dear god, they can be so complicated and confusing. This one was too. I didn’t mind it that much unless there was a battle because I struggled to understand what was actually going on. It doesn’t help that there are about 500 houses and families in this series and they all constantly change alliances. I need a spreadsheet, please.

I rated Red Rising 4 stars and I think I said at the time that the second half would probably get a 5-star rating from me if it were on its own. That part of the book was so gripping and intense and I really hoped that there would be something similar in Golden Son.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t.

Nothing about the book was bad but I just missed being captivated by the story and loving every page I read. I still really loved the writing and I think the characters are so wonderfully complex and bad (but also sometimes a bit too bad and unrelatable and in Darrow’s case kind of unbelievably good at what he’s doing), I just was a bit disappointed by… everything.

The book ended with a huge cliffhanger that I actually really enjoyed though so I’m quite excited to see how it goes on. Maybe Morning Star will be more my thing again.

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