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text 2016-01-23 10:30
Around the world recommendations #1

I always try to read as diversely as possible. This means I've read quite a lot about stories that don't take place in the US and/or UK. The Passenger challenge is going around on Booktube right now and I thought it would be a great idea to start a new series on my blog. Every once in a while I want to recommend some books that don't take place in the US and/or UK.

This time I've decided to recommend six books. Three of them take place in Europe (and only one for a part in the UK) and three outside of Europe, so from Africa and/or Asia.

1. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Keywords: India, coloniasm, unique main character, misformed face, heartbreaking, love story.

 

2. Sold by Patricia McCormick

Keywords: Nepal, young girl, prostitution, unique writing style, heartbreaking.

 

3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Keywords: Nigeria, 1960's, religion culture, abusive father, girls who get punished for stupid reasons, want to throw book to the other side of room, makes you angry it still excists today.

4. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Keywords: Sweden, unrealistic, children's novel, funny, adventurous.

 

5. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Keywords: Germany (Berlin), World War II, children's story, concentration camp, heartbreaking, wtf ending.

 

6. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Keywords: part in UK and parts in France (Paris) and  the Netherlands, awesome Dutch culture/words, reastic, cute ya, lighthearthed, finding about who you are.

 

I could have recommended maybe six more, but that will I leave for the next time. All of these books that I just recommended are ''realistic''. I'm not sure if I will do a fantasy/science fiction one, but oh well.

 

What books that don't take place in the US/UK would you recommend?

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review 2015-03-20 09:44
Eine jugendliche Stimme gegen den Terror
Malala: Meine Geschichte (MP3) - Malala Yousafzai,Patricia McCormick

Wer nicht gänzlich die Augen und Ohren vor der Welt verschlossen hat, weiß, wer sie ist, diese intelligente, tapfere junge Frau: Malala Yousafzai, die jüngste Friedensnobelpreisträgerin der Geschichte.

 

Schon als Kind aktivierte sie sich für die Bildungsrechte der Frauen. Im zarten Alter von 11 Jahren führte sie für den BBC ein Internettagebuch, in dem sie über das Terror-Regime der Taliban im SWAT-Tal berichtete.

 

Im Oktober 2011 richteten sich dann endgültig die Augen der Welt auf die damals 15-jährige, als sie auf dem Weg zur Schule von Taliban-Kämpfern in den Kopf geschossen wurde. Es sollte eine öffentliche Exekution sein, eine gnadenlose Bestrafung, eine abschreckende Demonstration der Macht des Terrors. Malalas "Verbrechen" bestand alleine darin, dass sie als Mädchen auf ihrem Recht auf Bildung bestand und dieses Recht öffentlich für alle Mädchen einforderte, und diese Hinrichtung sollte der Welt zeigen, dass der Taliban das niemals dulden würde.

 

Doch Malala überlebte, und mehr noch, sie versteckte sich nicht verängstigt, sondern führte ihren Kampf für Bildung weiter. Was der Taliban als Vernichtungsschlag geplant hatte, führte nur dazu, dass Malalas Stimme umso lauter auf der ganzen Welt gehört wurde.

 

Nun aber zum Hörbuch:

 

Die Sprecherin ist sehr gut gewählt - ihre Stimme ist eindringlich, vermittelt wunderbar Malalas jugendlichen Elan, ihren Humor und ihre für ein junges Mädchen so beeindruckende Weisheit.

 

Und Malalas Geschichte verdient es, gehört zu werden, in ihren eigenen Worten. Man hört in den Nachrichten so viel über den Terror, das Schreckensregime des Taliban... Das hat mich schon immer betroffen, wütend und ratlos gemacht, aber erst durch Malalas Erzählungen habe ich wirklich einen lebendigen Eindruck vom tagtäglichen Leben der Menschen gewonnen, die unter dem Schatten dieses Terrors leben müssen.

 

Denn trotz allem ist Malala doch auch einfach nur ein Mädchen, das ein Recht hatte auf eine unbeschwerte Kindheit - das mit seinen Freundinnen lieber über Bella und Edward geplaudert hätte als über den Terror. Ihre Worte haben sie mir sehr nahe gebracht, gerade weil sie so deutlich zeigen, dass Malala keine politische Gallionsfigur ist, sondern eine echte junge Frau aus Fleisch und Blut, die die gleichen Träume und Hoffnungen hat wie Mädchen auf der ganzen Welt.

 

Ihre Geschichte bringt dem Zuhörer eindringlich nahe, dass sie es nicht verdient hat, diese Träume und Hoffnungen nicht ausleben zu dürfen - und dass kein Mädchen das verdient hat, egal welcher Kultur, welcher Religion, welcher Hautfarbe, welcher Staatsangehörigkeit.

 

Fazit:
Malalas Geschichte ist es mehr als wert, gehört zu werden, und der Verlag hat sie auch wunderbar als Hörbuch umgesetzt. Das ist mehr als nur Politik oder Geschichte, das ist ein Stück Leben, erzählt von einer mutigen, intelligenten jungen Frau.

 

Source: mikkaliest.blogspot.de/2015/03/malala-meine-geschichte-horbuch-von.html
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text 2015-03-06 15:52
Bookhaul #9

Finally a bookhaul! I decided to wait for a while so I got more books to show you instead of just one or two. At the bottom are the I bought a while ago and at the top are the ones I recently bought. These are the books I got since my last bookhaul: 

I'm so excited for them (except for The Changeling maybe because I got it for really cheap and it looked beautiful) and I'm going to read them very soon. Actually I've already read Sold last month and I'm currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray!

 

What books have you bought recently?

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text 2015-03-03 16:59
February wrap-up

I didn't read that much in February, because I had to read a book for school (and make a summary and I had to write all the details down and stuff) but hey at least I read something Here are the books I've read:

            

- The New World (Chaos Walking #0.5) novella by Patrick Ness 5/5

- The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness 5/5

- Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 4/5 review series

- Der Vorleser (I read this in German and no German isn't my first language and I don't live in Germany ;'), English title is The Reader) 2/5 

- Sold by Patricia McCormick 5/5 review

- The Unbound by Victoria Schwab 5/5 review

 

Okay now I see this I think it's still a lot, so I'm really happy! I'm out of my reading slumb (see January wrap-up) and all I want to do is read. Oh and I now many people don't know about the novellas of the Chaos Walking trilogy and where to get them. You can download them legally for free! Here's the link: click

 

What books have you read in February? 

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review 2015-02-21 14:51
Review: Sold by Patricia McCormick
Sold - Patricia McCormick

Summary:

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at "Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family's debt-then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi's life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother's words-Simply to endure is to triumph-and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision-will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Written in spare and evocative vignettes, this powerful novel renders a world that is as unimaginable as it is real, and a girl who not only survives but triumphs.

 

My opinion: 

I rarely finish a book in one sitting, but I almost did. I started it yesterday evening when I was already tired, so I stopped after when I was at page 53. I knew that if I kept reading I was going to be to tired but couldn't sleep because I HAD to know what was going to happen.. and I was right! I started reading it at 10 am and I was done by 12. It was that good! 

The storyline was so captivating and I was so angry that this is still happening in the world. It's a memoir, but not a happy one. This is all about prostitution, but at an age of 13. She thinks she's going to work as a maid, to help her family out.. but then all things change. The ending was a good ending.. but I'm still thinking and angry about it (and it's already a few hours later). Prositution is never a good thing and especially not if you're forced to do it, no matter what age. 

Don't read it if you don't want to read sad, real stories. Read it if you're looking for something like that. It's really good though, but not for everybody. I never cry whenever I'm reading a book or watching a movie, but I almost cried which says something! So of course I had to give this book 5 stars. 

 

Have you read Sold?

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