It’s been a while since I’ve done a weekly tag, but I’ve been super excited to share my current reading situation all day and so I’ve finally found the time: here we go!
#1 What are you currently reading?
I am currently halfway through Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – and I am truly obsessed. I have the urge to keep and keep on reading and never do anything else, not be on TikTok, not continue my Netflix series or talk to anyone – just to keep on reading. I usually don’t have that strong desire to ONLY read and so it’s been super special for me, only my favorite books feel the same way and so I think it’s safe to say this will turn out to become one of my favorites!
Almost 400 pages in, and I am IN LOVE with Hunt and Bryce’s relationship (or them getting into one, haha, their relationship started super rocky, but we’re slowly and steadily getting there – I love that slow burn, tho, it’s the best part haha). I love the story, there are so many dimensions to the plot and the world building is so fantastically done, I love the different kinds of magical people and their hierarchy and the way their world works. The vampires, werwolves, angels, demons, witches and everything give off a certain Shadowhunters vibe but I LOVE THAT and am so here for it – everything else, however, is super unique.
#2 What was the last book you read?
The last book I read dates back to November due to my long and exhausting exam season – but it was a great one, review to come! It’s German and called Ostbewusstsein (which could be translated into East awareness), written by a good friend of my politics teacher and has been super interesting. For a German, I believe this is a subject everyone has heard of a lot, has a certain opinion about and may or might not have a very strong opinion: the former division of Germany into East and West after the Second World War. Then, when the Berlin Wall fell in 1990, Germany was united again. But there is still a difference between East and West Germany, a different mind set, some people would call it: one thing for sure, the subject of the division and how the unification was handled is still a hot topic here and therefore the book was written.
It deals with the Nachwendekinder (the generation of people born after the wall fell, but who still grew up in the former East part of Germany and can therefore recall how things went down and how they were treated): their feeling how the division of Germany feels like today, their opinion on the different mind sets, the differences in economy and work and the prejudice concerning racism, xenophobia and right extremism.
I feel like this is a book that every German person should have read, and if not this particular one, than another of the many covering this sensible topic. And here’s because: the division between East and West Germany has been debated every since the unification, and now we’ve celebrated 30 years of a united Germany and nothing has changed and there is still so much prejudice and uncertainty and the feeling of inequality – it has really changed my mind on the matter, since I’m born in the South (so West) part of Germany and have only ever known the view of a Western German and not how the young and old Eastern generations feel. – kind of long, could be a review haha!
#3 What book do you think you’ll read next?
I actually already started this two weeks ago, but decided to first read Crescent City: I’ve always been a fan of Zoe Sugg, as an influencer (I love her instagram stories and youtube videos haha), but also as a writer. I loved Girl Online when I was like 13 years old and now also loved the start of The Magpie Society. She had talked about the release on her Instagram and when I found out it had the dark academia vibe in a BRITISH PRIVATE BOARDING SCHOOL covering a murder – guess who immediately ordered the book? Me. And I can’t wait to read it.
That’s it for today – I hope everyone’s been having a great day and is excited for Christmas tomorrow (in Germany we open our presents on the evening of the 24th), I can’t believe it’s almost 2021 – the year flew by…