Reading

These are most of the books that I have read since March of 2019 when I got my Kindle. This page is supposed to be a backup/replacement of my Goodreads profile.

For some books, I decided not to review & rate them publicly here but I still add them manually without a review so the book count is still correct.

Reading stats

Total books: 61
Average rating: 3.82

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2021

Schachnovelle
Stefan Zweig (1942)
★★★☆☆

I read this novella pretty spontaneously because I had just really been in a “chess mood” for the last couple of days.

Overall it was surprising how much of a page turner it actually was and it was a nice to read a Austrian book for a change.

Then again - from an emotional point of view this book hardly touched me so I’m giving it 3.5 stars I think. Worth a read but nothing exceptional in my opinion.

Finished: 14 December 2021



The Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time, #2)
Robert Jordan (1990)
★★★★☆

Really liked this one. I did take a break of a week or two while I read some different books but overall I like that I got to know the characters even more now and the story is really starting to pick up. I especially enjoyed some of the new friendships that were formed in this one.

I don’t have any big criticism when it comes to the pacing, I think it was definitely better than the first one.

Super curious about the next book because I heard that it’s one of the best in the series!

Finished: 7 November 2021



When Breath Becomes Air
Paul Kalanithi (2016)
★★★★★

This book describes the experiences of a neurosurgeon during his time in medical school to residency and then in the second part how he dealt with his lung cancer diagnosis all the way up until his eventual death.

Loved the writing, obviously an incredibly heavy topic but the descriptions of his time as resident in the hospital and his motivations & reasons to become a doctor in the first place were very insightful. It is also remarkable how realistic and brave he stayed during his illness and the book also shows how the diagnosis changed the lives of not only him but also his wife.

I would absolutely recommend this book, I loved it.

Finished: 24 October 2021



Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
★★★☆☆

My first book by Nabokov. My main thoughts: super pretty and flowery writing style - sometimes hard to read for me as a non native English speaker (then again neither was Nabokov).

My main problem with the book wasn’t even the obviously problematic/disturbing relationship between the two main characters but mostly that I just didn’t really care for the story at some point. I actually took a break of several months before finally finishing this book. There are definitely some quite fucked up scenes & situations in the book; I also didn’t think that this book is in any way romanticizing the relationship of the two characters. Humbert knows what he’s doing and that what he is doing isn’t right, it’s just the fact that he’s an unreliable narrator that might make this a bit less clear I guess.

Overall, I found it okay. Very pretty writing style, didn’t love the story & probably won’t reread it.

Finished: 1 October 2021



Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor E. Frankl (1946)
★★★★★

The first part of the book describes the experiences of the author during his imprisonment in several concentration camps and talks about dealing with the situation there and finding a reason to accept & continue enduring his suffering there. Obviously some very disturbing & tragic description of events there.

The second part was about his general philosophy called Logotherapy. This was definitely more dry, but I liked that for every statement or idea he usually gave several examples of actual cases that prove and explain that idea in a more practical sense.

Overall I found it super interesting & it definitely changes one’s outlook on life’s meaning to a certain extent. Great book!

Finished: 21 September 2021