2020/03/22

my spring / quarantine reading list


coffee. book. repeat.




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Hey, hello and welcome to my spring / quarantine reading list.
I did a poll over on Instagram and most of you voted to see the current books on my nightstand, so here we are. I've decided to share 9 books from 3 different categories, in both english and german, with you. I hope you'll find some inspiration to read a little more now that we have the time to.

Sidenote: Most of these books are obviously unread, so I can't give you my personal opinion just yet.

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Novels:



DE: Vom Ende der Einsamkeit - Benedict Wells


"Jules und seine beiden Geschwister wachsen behütet auf, bis ihre Eltern bei einem Unfall ums Leben kommen. Als Erwachsene glauben sie, diesen Schicksalsschlag überwunden zu haben. Doch dann holt sie die Vergangenheit wieder ein.
Ein berührender Roman über das Überwinden von Verlust und Einsamkeit und über die Frage, was in einem Menschen unveränderlich ist. Und vor allem: eine große Liebesgeschichte."

This was the first book I read this year and by far the most emotional one. It has a quite slow starting story, so I took me a while to get stuck into it. But honestly, I loved it! It's a story about loneliness and love, but not only. Benedict Wells takes us on an heartbreaking, emotional journey.
If you get the chance to read it, I would highly recommend to give it a go.  

Rating: 4.5/5



EN: How do you like me now? - Holly Bourne


"Turning thirty is like playing musical chairs. The music stops, and everyone just marries whoever they happen to be sitting on.

Everyone wants to be Tori Bailey. A straight-talking, bestselling author, she's inspired millions of women around the world with her self-help memoir and uplifting posts online. What's more, her perfect relationship with her long-term boyfriend is the envy of all their friends.
But Tori isn't being honest."

I finished How do you like me now? last weekend and even tough I quite enjoyed the story, I couldn't really associate with the main characters. I don't know if I like or dislike the book. I guess, it just wasn't for me. But I do really admire Holly Bourne for writing such a honest and raw story. 

Rating: 3/5



DE: Dream Again - Mona Kasten 


"Jude Livingston hat alles verloren: ihr Erspartes, ihre Würde und ihren Traum, eine erfolgreiche Schauspielerin zu werden. Am Boden zerstört zieht sie zu ihrem Bruder nach Woodshill und trifft dort ausgerechnet auf Blake Andrews. Jude und Blake waren einst ein Paar, bis sie entschied nach L.A. zu gehen und Blake zurückzulassen - was dieser ihr nie verziehen konnte. Schnell lernt Jude, dass aus dem humorvollen Jungen von damals ein gebrochener Mann geworden ist. Und auch wenn die Anziehungskraft zwischen den beiden so heftig ist wie früher, müssen sie sich fragen, ob sie bereit sind, ihre Herzen erneut zur riskieren ..."

If you have read some of my older reading list you might know that I've read quite a few books by Mona Kasten. Her books are very quick and easy to read and for sure a good distraction. 
Dream Again is the fifth book in her Again-Series and got released in March 2020. 


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Books about love:




EN: everything I know about parties, dates, friends, jobs, life, love - Dolly Alderton


"The wildly funny, occasionally heartbreaking internationally bestselling memoir about growing up, growing older, and learning to navigate friendships, jobs, loss, and love along the ride."

Everything I know about parties, dates, friends, jobs, life, love is my latest book purchase. I picked this one up in the bookstore a few weeks ago mainly because I liked the cover and it had good reviews. 



DE: Ein Jahr voller Dates - Marie Luise Ritter


"Marie Luise Ritter, 28 Jahre, ist Single und will es auch bleiben. Trotzdem möchte sie nicht auf Männer und Begegnungen mit ihnen verzichten. Also meldet sie sich bei Tinder an und stürzt sich ins Abenteuer Dating. Dabei erlebt sie komische, traurige aber überwiegend erfüllende und bereichernde Situationen. Und aus jeder einzelnen nimmt sie etwas für sich mit. Sie erlebt vorsichtige Dating-Versuche, innige Freundschaften und die immer wiederkehrende Frage, was man in Dating Apps wie Tinder eigentlich sucht - und ob man überhaupt etwas suchen sollte. Ein Buch übers Erwachsen Werden uns sich selbst Finden in der Großstadt - und vor allem eine Liebeserklärung an das Leben und die Liebe!"

This book by Marie Luise Ritter is a very special one. I first stumbled up on Luise about 4 years ago. Her blog luiseliebt.de has been one of my favs for years and so naturally I couldn't wait for her first book to be published. I always loved her writing style and this book didn't disappoint me at all. Despite the fact that the cover kinda set me off at first, her words and thoughts really spoke to me. It's a beautiful book.

Rating: 4/5



DE: schnell. liebig - Lina Mallon


"Lina Mallon schreibt über das Datingverhalten einer Generation, die kein Problem damit hat, Single zu sein, aber trotzdem sehnsüchtig nach Liebe ist. Auch wenn sie erst wieder lernen muss, das zuzugeben. Sie erzählt vom Leben als Single in Hamburg, irgendwo in den Zwanzigern, zwischen den Stühlen und gar nicht mehr so weit weg von der eigentlichen Lektion: Am Ende ist er wichtig, bei sich selbst anzukommen. "Schnell. liebig" ist ein Plädoyer dafür, dass Liebe nicht gesucht, sondern riskiert werden will."

Lina Mallon is the host of one of favourite podcasts #twentysomething. And just like her podcast, this book is about love. It's not yet released, so I can't give you my opinion but I feel like this is gonna be a good one. 


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Self-help / Poetry / Moonology:



EN: The subtle art of not giving a f*ck - Mark Manson


"In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being stronger, happier people is to handle adversity better and stop trying to be "positive" all the time."

Got recommended this book by various people before finally purchasing it, but still haven't had the time to give it a go. But from what I've heard it's supposed to be a very good self-help guide.


EN: the witch doesn't burn in this one - Amanda Lovelace


"The witch: supernaturally powerful, inscrutably independent, and now - indestructible. These moving, relatable poems encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalise her, but the witch doesn't burn in this one."

After reading Amandas first book the princess saves herself in this one, I couldn't wait for her second poetry collection. And here it is. To be honest, I must have got this a few months ago and at this point can't wait to read it.


EN: Moonology: Working with the Magic of Lunar Cycles - Yasmin Boland


"Did you know the cycles of the moon have a huge effect on our health, our mood, our relationship and, our work? By understanding these phases, we can work with them to improve and empower every aspect of our lives."

I don't know much about the moon or astrology in general but really want to expand my knowledge in that area, so I got myself this book. I don't know if it's a good one but if you want I can keep you updated.


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Which books are on your reading list? Let me know down below or on Instagram @starsandmagic.

Love, S.

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