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review 2018-05-11 14:36
Der erste Blick, der letzte Kuss und alles dazwischen // Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between!!!
Der erste Blick, der letzte Kuss und alles dazwischen - Jennifer E. Smith

german and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Ich muss unbedingt anfangen mehr Bücher der Autorin zu lesen, denn was ich hier gelesen habe, hat mir unheimlich gut gefallen.

 

Inhalt: Ab morgen wird Clare an der Ostküste studieren und Aidan auf ein College in Kalifornien gehen. Clare ist skeptisch, ob ihre Beziehung trotz der Entfernung zwischen ihnen bestehen kann. Dennoch lässt sie sich darauf ein, gemeinsam mit Aidan all die Orte aufzusuchen, die für ihre Liebe eine Rolle gespielt haben. Können zwölf Stunden Clares Entschluss beeinflussen? Im Morgengrauen ist der Moment der Wahrheit gekommen: Ist es eine Trennung auf Zeit oder ein Abschied für immer?

Fangen wir mit den Charakteren an. Ich liebe Clare und Aiden, getrennt von einander und auch zusammen. Sie sind manchmal Beide unheimlich frustrierend aber wer ist das schließlich nicht. Ich mochte sie Beide jedenfalls von Anfang an und sie sind mir im Laufe der Geschichte immer mehr ans Herz gewachsen.
Ich mochte auch die Nebencharaktere richtig gerne. Wir hatten Riley, Aidens Schwester. Wir hatten außerdem Clares beste Freundin Stella und Aidens besten Freund Scotty. Ich mochte die Beiden wirklich richtig gerne, genau wie Clare und Aiden, waren sie manchmal ein bisschen frustrierend aber sie waren trotzallem wirklich klasse (so als Randnotiz, ich würde gerne ein Buch über die Beiden lesen.)

 

Was ich auch total mochte, waren die Familiendynamiken in dem Buch. Die super Beziehung zwischen Clare und ihren Eltern, im krassen Gegenteil zu Aiden und seinen Eltern (hier mochte ich die Entwicklung im Laufe des Buches aber wirklich sehr).

 

Alles im Allen, ja die Bewertung ist kurz, weil ich nichts verraten will, mochte ich den Schreibstil richtig gerne und mochte auch die Geschichte an sich, genauso wie jeden einzelnen Charakter in dem Buch. Ich werde es auf jeden fall nochmal lesen.

 

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I really have to read more books from the author, cause I truly enjoyed what I have seen of her writing in this book.

 

Summary: On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

 

Lets start with the characters. I love Clare and Aiden, separate from each other and together. They are both really frustrating from time to time but who isn't. I really liked them both right from the start and they grew more and more on me throughout this whole story.
I also really liked the side characters. We had Riley, Aiden's sister. We also had Clare's best friend Stella and Aiden's best friend Scotty. I loved these two a lot, they were also frustrating a few times but they were just amazing (sidenote, I would totally read a book about these two.)

 

I also loved the family dynamics in this book. The great relationship Clare had with her parents, and then the complete opposite with Aiden and his parents (I loved how this developed throughout the book, though.)

 

Overall, yes, I'm already done with the review cause I don't want to give anything away, I truly loved the writing and just really enjoyed the story and loved every single one of the characters. I will totally read this again.

 

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review 2018-05-01 01:35
Hello Forever (Hello Goodbye, #2) by Sarina Bowen 4 Star Review!
Hello Forever (Hello Goodbye) (Volume 2) - Sarina Bowen

A basketball game changed both their lives.

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.
Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it's Hello Forever.

 

Review!

 

Sabrina Bowen writes another amazing New Adult romance. I am not a fan of reunited tropes but Axel and Cax made me so happy they found each other. Renunited after being torn apart works. 

This book has angst and laughter and just really good writing, plot and character development. The conflict is powerful and the pace toward happily ever after is just right.

Sexy and sweet. So good!

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text 2018-04-15 10:28
Besser wie erwartet
Goodbye Beziehungsstress: Eine Anleitung... Goodbye Beziehungsstress: Eine Anleitung zum gl├╝cklichen Zusammensein - Elena-Katharina Sohn

Der erste Eindruck von dem Buch war "noch so ein typischer Ratgeber" - da dieses Buch nur eine eher geringere Seitenanzahl hat und eine kompakte Größe, habe ich mir eigentlich inhaltlich nicht wirklich viel "neues" erwartet.

Aber ich wurde definitiv positiv überrascht. Schon beim Auspacken - das Buch hat ein tolles und ansprechendes Design.
Das Inhaltsverzeichnis ist sehr interessant aufgebaut und man bekommt gleich Lust, hineinzulesen.

Ich finde den Schreibstil in diesem Buch klasse - meiner Meinung nach hebt sich dieser von anderen Ratgebern ab, da er nicht so typisch "sachlich" ist, sondern er wirkt auf mich "persönlich" - man fliegt nur so über die Seiten.
Verschiedene Paarsituationen, werden geschildert - nicht selten erkennt man sich in diesen absolut wieder. Es gibt auch Tests die man selber durchführen kann.
Darauf folgen "Übungen"/Anleitungen, um an sich zu arbeiten.

Von mir gibt es eine klare Empfehlung für dieses Buch.

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review 2018-03-31 23:26
Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Say Goodbye for Now - Catherine Ryan Hyde

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I enjoyed this book. I really thought that this was going to be a book about a dog based on the cover. I obviously did not read the book's summary prior to starting this audiobook. There is a dog in the book but that dog is really not the main focus of the story. This was a story about race, love, and what really makes up a family. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this wonderful story.

This book is told from two points of view. Dr. Lucy takes care of animals and the occasional human that comes to her for help. She lives a rather isolated life on her ranch and likes it that way. Pete is a 12 year old boy that happens upon a wounded dog laying on the side of the road and feels compelled to help. Pete finds help for the dog in Dr. Lucy and so much more.

The characters in this book were wonderful and they all had their own complex story to tell. Dr. Lucy has been through a lot. The book is set in a time where people do not want to take a female doctor seriously so Lucy uses her skills to help animals. Pete has had a lot to deal with in his short life. Despite the way he is treated, he is still such a good kid and works hard to do what he feels is right. Justin and his father, Calvin, are new in town. The town has not been welcoming to them and has treated them poorly because of the fact that they are African American.

I loved the way that the relationships between these characters developed. If the rest of the world would simply go away, these four people would be very happy. Pete and Justin have so much in common and I loved watching their friendship progress. Lucy goes from being alone most of the time to have a real connection to Pete, Justin, and Calvin. Everything about their interactions seemed natural and it made me very angry that the local citizens did everything they could to not allow any of the connections to exist.

The narrators both did a great job with this story. I really do enjoy it when audiobooks utilize multiple narrators. Nick Podehl did a great job with Pete's point of view which was no small task since the character is a 12 year old boy. Teri Schnaubelt voices the parts that were told from Dr. Lucy's point of view. Both narrators were able to bring a lot of emotion into the story telling and were very pleasant to listen to for long periods of time. I would not hesitate to listen to either of these narrators again in the future.

I would recommend this book to others. This was a very well told story that really care about the characters. This was the first book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I have read but I wouldn't hesitate to read more of her work in the future.

Initial Thoughts
I thought that this was going to be a book about a dog. I obviously didn't read the blurb about the book before reading it probably because I was distracted by the pretty dog on the cover. There is a dog in the book. A wolf-dog but the dog isn't the main point of the book. This book is about race, love, and what makes a family. The narrators did a good job with the story. 

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2018-03-09 15:48
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minima... Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism - Fumio Sasaki

I thought It was a book that was about a way how to throw away material things.

It's about Minimalism and It emphasizes that Minimalism is not a purpose but just a means.

 

Since humans are social animals, they can't live if they are not recognized for usefulness in groups.

Also, It's not easy to express a person's worth and usefulness.

Many people want to let people know about their worth by possessing a lot of material things.

It's one of the easiest ways to express ourselves.

And at the moment, they delude themselves into believing that what they are are the same as what they have.

 

There are many advantages to be gained by possessing something to the minimum.

We don't need a big house to put those things, we can save money by doing that.

Also, we can save time and money by reducing a thing to take care of. having fewer things stirs it up to feel appreciated what we have.

 

The idea that was blocked by the things will begin to move lively.

We can concentrate what is more important.

 

This book speaks about the freedom coming from having fewer material things with some examples.

It explains the importance of this moment and how to concentrate.

Don't be obsessed by the past and we shouldn't neglect the present by preparing the future.

 

What is important is what would we do after reducing it.

After all, Minimalism is that we reduce something in order to do more important. It is one of the many means to be able to grow up ourselves.

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