My May Book Wrap-Up 2019

Late as usual, here’s my May Book Wrap-Up. I’ve been busy reading A LOT of books since I was on vacation in Rhodes, Greece. Lying on the beach with basically no Internet is doing wonders to your TBR pile.

Here are my read books:

Awaken the Giant Within

Author: Anthony Robbins
Genre: Self-Help, Nonfiction
Pages: 534 (Paperback)
Stars: 4 out of 5

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What is this book about?

Life coach Anthony Robbins gives guidance on how to expose the energy within yourself to become your full potential self.

My opinion

A lot of repetition was happening, but overall Tony sends the right message and gives the reader exercises and lists for a further improving mindset. Even if I just read through the book, without doing the exercises, I picked up some techniques. Although it took me some time to get through “Awaken the Giant Within”, I’m glad that I pulled through.


Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)

Author: Kevin Kwan
Genre: Romance, Drama, Fiction
Pages: 416 (ePub)
Stars: 5 out of 5

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What is this book about?

Nicholas Young’s grandmother Su Yi is at her deathbed and there’s one question left open: who will get Tyersall Park, the huge sixty-four prime acres property?

My Opinion

Completing the Crazy Rich series, this book offers closure with the same humor and quality the previous two books had. We still read about our favorite characters – and there are still some surprises left! I enjoyed the series a lot altogether.


Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Author: Giulia Enders
Genre: Nonfiction, Science, Health
Pages: 288 (ePub)
Stars: 4 out of 5

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What is this book about?

A humorous non-fiction book that tells you all the necessary information you need – in an understandable way.

My Opinion

Until one point I found “Gut” really enjoyable to read. It is sectioned into smaller themes and supported by fun illustrations. After a while, the book started to drag and got too detailed for my liking.


The Sun is also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fiction
Pages: 384 (ePub)
Stars: 3 out of 5

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What is this book about?

Natasha and Daniel meet under difficult circumstances: she tries to not getting deported to Jamaica while Daniel has a life-changing college interview on that day. Both meet on the street and slowly start falling in love, although considering the circumstances, it isn’t the greatest idea.

My Opinion

I’ve read this book within a day, which is fitting, considering the plot of The Sun Is Also A Star, which happens within a day as well. I wanted to get my reading done before watching the adaptation of it. It was okay-ish, I personally preferred it to Everything, Everything because this plot was way more realistic. The characters were okay, I liked Natasha way more than Daniel, because she felt more grounded and fleshed out.

Also him falling in love instantly with Natasha was like: “Woah, calm down, you love-struck puppy.” At some point I even forgot that the plot was happening within a whole day because of that. I mean it’s nice to find someone so fast you just click with, and who you see years later and still be in awe, but this insta-love was just way too insta. Also – what about THAT ending?!

Worthy to mention is that I read this book at the beach, so for those people who are looking for airy, yet not too airy, beach summer reads –here you have it!


Dschungel

Author: Friedemann Karig
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fiction
Pages: 383 (ePub)
Stars: 5 out of 5

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What is this book about?

He has to find his best friend Felix, who got lost in Asia. Only with a small clue, the friend takes off to a journey with an uncertain outcome.

My Opinion

What an experience. I devoured the book in a day on the beach and could not have had a better place for to do so. It was very emotional and I still can not decide if I should find the end good or bad or the protagonist sympathetic or unsympathetic.

I really liked the writing style, it was pleasant to read without being too easy. I constantly was thinking about how this book might end and even got some shockers on the way – or at least I was hoping to get a good shocker, which I did and did not in some way. Suddenly information came up that I did not see coming at all and wasn’t really able to connect it in the beginning because there were barely references there to make them. Or I did not catch the clues, in which case it’s my fault. In retrospect, there were certain signs that I did not interpret as such.

Altogether, I liked “Dschungel” very much. I can recommend it as a summer beach book, even if the content is not that light.


Big Magic

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Genre: Self-Help, Nonfiction
Pages: 240 (ePub)
Stars: 3 out of 5

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What is this book about?

Elizabeth Gilbert, author from the bestseller book “Eat, Pray, Love”, gives advice on how to lead a more creative life and how she deals with her daily business.

My Opinion

It felt like I haven’t read something new. It just made the points stronger that I’ve heard before and made me feel more motivated, but that’s it. I can recommend it because that book is easily readable within a day and makes you feel better about yourself after you’ve finished it. Elizabeth Gilbert strongly writes about the creative part as of being a writer, which makes her more relatable to me, but for some other people it might be off-throwing.


After (After #1)

Author: Anna Todd
Genre: New Adult, Drama, Fiction
Pages: 582 (ePub)
Stars: 1 out of 5

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What is this book about?

Tessa moves away from home to go to college. In her new dorm room she meets her roommate’s friend Hardin, who’s either super nice or super awful to her. Considering everything, Tessa is drawn to him and thinks that there is more about Hardin than he presents to her.

My opinion

I refuse to call this book a romance novel, because for me it was nothing but abusive. There’s this “love” claim in the blurb which makes the whole book even worse, considering that this thing between Tessa and Hardin is nothing similar to love but emotional abuse. Hardin is always between being nice and hateful towards Tessa. He’s either totally ignoring her or being possessive to a level where she’s can’t do activities without him needing to know where she’s at. The worst of all is that Tessa lets him be that way, maybe sometimes screams at him, but most of the time lets his behavior pass. Least to say that this book was torture to read and it’s really concerning that it got that popular after all.


So, these are my read books in May! Thanks to my beach vacation and basically no internet, I had a lot of time to focus on reading – and reading so much in one flow is something I haven’t done in a while. It was refreshing and in hindsight it was a good thing that I didn’t have internet.

Until next time,
Annina

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