Why do people make seasonal reading lists
Book tip: 5 books on my reading list
Autumn is the time of books, just like summer, winter and spring, by the way. So I decided to bake lemon cake this week. What you don't know is that I never bake lemon cake, so basically I don't bake, so that's a big deal for me. Baking is a symbol of domesticity that creeps in and that in turn depends on the season for me. So autumn. I want to eat the lemon cake on Sunday morning with freshly brewed coffee and read a good book while it's raining outside.
I've already done that in the past, for example with What you can see from here by Mariana Leky, the German answer to Murakami, if you will. Or about ten years ago, when I fell in love with Judith Hermann at the tender age of 17 and breathed in her short story book Sommerhaus, Later like the air in the then still smoky cafés. Today you don't smoke in coffee houses anymore, I'm older but probably no less dreamy than before. I'm happy about that, because to eat a homemade lemon cake on a Sunday morning and read a good book, you need melancholy, calm and the courage to dream.
I am prepared for the coming Sunday. With a surprisingly long list of books that I want to share with you today. There are 5 book tips on my list of books that I still want to read and who knows, maybe you would like to take part.
Book tips: 5 books on my reading list
Johanna Adorján - Men
The journalist and writer Johanna Adorján describes in short chapters men she met. It was recommended to me by my friend Teresa, and since then I've seen the book cover in my Instagram feed every 10 minutes. Everyone who has read it so far has been delighted. So I have to answer too.
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* German reco * // A book // I recently discovered the Instagram account of the journalist and writer Johanna Adorján. Yesterday I bought some new books, including Adorján's novel: “Men”. In 67 short chapters Johanna describes different types of men she has met in her life. My favorite chapter is the story of Rolf: "Rolf turned on foot into the quiet little side street in Berlin, which I was walking down and where someone was parking what I hadn't noticed, my God, cars, but Rolf looked, looked right into the vehicle, and while he slowed his pace, a small smile played around the corners of his mouth. And then he said, all to himself and clearly audible: "Yes, yes." Unfortunately, I read this book through in less than twenty-four hours because it is so good, and to be honest, I am almost sad that it is over now. I can only advise you to buy it as soon as possible because, as Matthias Brandt says, it is really "funny" and at the same time it is written intelligently and astutely. Thank you, Johanna!
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Jörg Fauser - raw material
I have already read Jörg Fauser's Snowman. I liked it, so why not dare to try his most famous work, “Rohstoff”? My friend Ferdinand recommended it to me when we were talking about book tips over too many glasses of wine. He said it was kind of like Kracht just fiber land from the 1980s. Sounds good.
Jia Tolentino - Trick Mirror
Here is another tip from Teresa. And yet another popular book that I've somehow been seeing everywhere since then (not entirely surprising because it is a bestseller). The journalist's collection of essays at The New Yorker revolves around self-reflection. To put it in the words of a person who has already read the book: “It's easy to write about things as you wish they were — or as others tell you they must be. It's much harder to think for yourself, with the minimum of self-delusion. It's even harder to achieve at a moment like this, when our thoughts are subject to unprecedented manipulation, monetization, and surveillance. Yet Tolentino has managed to tell many inconvenient truths in Trick Mirror — and in enviable style. This is a whip-smart, challenging book that will prompt many of us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It filled me with hope. ”-Zadie Smith
David Sedaris - Calypso
Okay, first of all, Calypso from Sedaris won in the category “Best Book Cover of All Time”. The book cover is at least as funny as David Sedaris himself, the king of short stories. His book Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls has already convinced me. Calypso will definitely manage that too.
Halle Butler - The New Me
What Pandora Sykes can do better than looking good is writing. And reading! The New Me by Halle Butler is a recommendation of Pandora's favorite books. I like to assume that The New Me is a coming of age story and who wouldn't love it? Anyway, I do. To put it in the words of Book Gal: “A millennial existential crisis has never been described so accurately than here in these pages. Halle Butler is brilliant. She’s insightful and her prose is razor-sharp. And then there's her humor; dark, sarcastic, slightly inappropriate - aka my kind of humor. "
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A millennial existential crisis has never been described so accurately than here in these pages. Halle Butler is brilliant. She’s insightful and her prose is razor-sharp. And then there's her humor; dark, sarcastic, slightly inappropriate - aka my kind of humor. I laughed out loud at Butler's descriptions of women interacting in the work place, her take on that atrocious show, Once Upon a Time (I'm sry if you're a fan of it, if it makes you feel any better I watch The Bachelor and Real Housewives), the random spurts of motivation to get your life the F together, amongst other things. The book isn't just funny though; there were also times I wanted to burst into tears while reading it because of how relatable Millie’s despair felt. What am I doing? Does any of this matter? Should I be further along in life? What does further along even mean? Should I clean my apartment and meditate for 5 hours and than go to Whole Foods? Seeing a character reckon with these questions made me feel less alone in what can sometimes feel like a daily ride on the struggle bus. I love getting lost in made-up, obscure, literary worlds when I'm reading, but it's also refreshing to see a world you recognize and inhabit to be reflected upon. I was literally reading this book after I’d been working in the Merchandise Mart (where Millie’s temp job is) for a fashion trade show so I was laughing at Butler’s descriptions of the pretentious design showrooms there. All my fellow twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings going through the motions every day, trying to figure everything out, this book is for you?
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