books read in January

books read in January |

The year started really well for me. I managed to read five books in January. That’s more than I ever have until now. I’m a slow reader and read only in bed in the morning or evening. I wrote a little list of books I want to read this year and to not forget about the marvelous books I already read, I will try to write a small book report every month. Maybe you find a book you like. Here’s the first:

The Art of Stillness – Pico Iyer
This was a really fast read. It’s under 100 pages but really lovely to read. Pico Iyer explains what stillness means to him and others he met on his way through life. It’s not a manual to explain, what you should do to reach stillness. It’s more a lot of inspiration and a first step to finding your own kind of stillness. The Art of Stillness is a book I definitely have to read twice to really get it, but it’s wonderful to read.

Yes Please – Amy Poehler
After I heard so much about this praised book, I wanted to read it for myself. I instantly fell in love with it while reading the introduction. I loved Amy’s style of writing, so open and from the heart. Sadly I had troubles with the chapters that included a lot of names from her colleagues. Most of them I didn’t recognize, since they are not that well known in Germany. Therefore the chapters were a little boring because I hadn’t a face in front of me, when she described their characteristics and quirks. But I found it interesting to read more about a typical American girl and her life. Especially I loved the little poems, pictures and creative pages, unusual to these kind of books. They made it so special and personal, more than words only can ever be.

Handbuch des Kriegers des Lichts – Paulo Coelho
The title says it all. It’s a handbook. It’s not a story you can easily read through. It’s a manual for the good-hearted warrior of light and how he acts and reacts on situations. After I finished, I knew I have to read it again in time an make little notes at the end of every small chapter, to conclude the main statement in one sentence. The warrior of light lives on the wisdom of the wisest men on this planet, like Ghandi and the Buddha. The warrior fights for the good things, but knows when to take a step back from the fight. It’s the manual for the good man.

Für Eile fehlt mir die Zeit – Horst Evers
One of the funniest German cabaret artists I know. He lives in Berlin and tells stories of his everyday life. He has such a special style to tell his short stories. I caught myself laughing out loud so many times. Two times I even woke my boyfriend up, who was already sleeping beside me. I don’t know, if his books are translated into English. I fear not, but I really hope, they will in time.

A year of mornings – Maria Vettese & Stephanie Congdon Barnes
Such a wonderful, magical book, about two woman living 3191 miles apart. They share one photo everyday of their mornings and I don’t know, if it’s an accident, but so many photos fit so perfectly together. It seams as if they were planned that way. If you like inspiring, quiet photography, this book is definitely for you.