I have managed to collect quite a few books over the past months, which is perhaps not ideal when one moves around quite frequently. But, as they say, "a room without books, is like a body without a soul"- and who am I to diagree! Here they are in all their glory, my reads of the past year, some second hand bargains and some brand new.
Let's have a look:
- 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
Murakami is a wizard of words, without doubt. I always get drawn into his worlds + get the strongest desire to travel around Japan.
- Not That Kind of Girl - Lena Dunham
When I picked this up at the airport, the woman behind the counter just woo'ed and praised it.
- Eat Pray Love - Elisabeth Gilbert
2nd time around. Call me a middle aged woman, but I simply adore Gilbert and her way of writing.
- La Place ("A Man's Place") - Annie Ernaux
We read this as part of French. It is not really a novel, but a fragments of the relationship between a daughter + father; thoughts and memories moving between social classes. Very interesting!
- Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
A German girl staying at the same hostel as me in Melbourne had a mission to get through all the HP's in English whilst away. I was inspired to do the same. If I remember correctly, my intention was to finish them all in one year. That was early 2014... I'm on book 4.
A conclusion we can make - I have quite the range of self-help books for a mere 22 year old. (I mean, the latter 3 are all recommended by Oprah.) Some say it is pure mumbo-jumbo but for my melancholic tendencies I always find it useful. Pick the right book up at the right time, and it can turn out to be a game changer.
- Den Självläkande Människan ("The Self-Healing Human") - Sanna Ehdin
About alternative medicine, a recommendation from my homeopath.
- You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay
About the power of thought + their connection with dis-eases in our bodies.
- The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
+ A New Earth -||-
I have yet to start these two, but am well excited about it.
Audiobooks were my way to receive literary doses while I worked in Bath during the summer. I used the app Storytel. The problem with audiobooks is unfortunately that I tend to loose focus as my mind drifts off elsewhere... But this summer I "listened" to the following:
- Låt den rätte komma in ('Let the Right One In') - John Ajvide Lindquist
Yes, just a decade after the rest of Sweden...
- Bitterfittan ('Bitterbitch') - Maria Sveland
Which was also read by the author! About inequalities in hetero-normative couples in particular.
- Just Kids - Patti Smith
This upcoming year I look forward to read the new books of Elizabeth Gilbert (Big Magic) & Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Allt Jag Inte Minns) and of course get into those books by Eckhart Tolle. All is of course subject to change, considering how well I did with the Harry Potter series in English the previous year ;)