Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve had this book for at least three years in my bookshelf, but for some reason I kept putting reading it off. Well, actually, I started reading it right when I bought it, but Eat, Pray, Love didn’t really feel good to me back then. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it, it just felt as if I or something inside me wasn’t yet ready for this book. Does that make sense?

Anyway, now that I eventually managed to read it, I can tell you, I liked it, although I see why a lot of people don’t have that good an opinion on Gilbert’s most known piece. But, I guess that’s just part of the risk you take when you write and publish a book that features mostly personal experience, since there probably are tons of people who would have reacted differently than the author in certain situations, but that shouldn’t matter, really. Gilbert tells her story and how she felt during that period of her life and she deserves some respect for putting it so bravley out into the world.

But, let’s focus on the content of the book. Eat, Pray, Love is a non-fictional, motivational book that tells the story of the author and how she lost her husband, her house and herself, but found the path to her innerself or awakening (as Rebecca Campbell calls it) through traveling from Italy, to India to Indonesia. It’s a story about healing, learning and finding back on track. Very motivational and be warned, after reading this you are going to want to jump onto the next plane and travel the world, just like Gilbert.

I found Elizabeth Gilbert’s sense of humor rather refreshing, although her style of writing and her world-view take some time to get used to, but apart from that Eat, Pray, Love is a highly inspiring, motivational and also very interesting book to read, since it features three, well actually four entirely different cultures with Italy, India, Indonesia and the USA.

So, in case you are looking for a book you want to read outside in the warm sunlight of early-summer, you may very well have just found it. I highly advise you to give Eat, Pray, Love a go.

I Did It! – Conquering My First Spartan Race

A few weeks ago I posted a blog-post about how I started training for the Spartan Race in Vienna on May 12th. And yes, I did it, I actually made it through.

But let me tell you the whole story. First of all, I didn’t race alone, but with a friend of my boyfriends who had done some races before.

Our start time was 13:45 and after warming up properly and watching the race for a bit we lined up for starting. The atmosphere and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect and we were even lucky enough to get a few raindrops during the race.

Anyway, let’s talk about the real stuff. Before signing up for the race I had watched numerous youtube videos about Spartan Races around the world, just to get a little insight of which obstacles were to expect. And honestly, I was pretty confident that I would at least be able to tackle a few of those. But, yes here comes the but, that made this whole experience REALLY challenging. So, you need to know I’m not a huge fan of heights, never was so having to somehow get over an 8 feet wall certainly is not as easy-cheesy for me as for some other people. Besides from that, my arms are definitely my weakest point. Long story short I had some huge respect for those walls.

Well, that being said let’s get back to race. As some of you may know before you even get into the “venue” if you can call it that, you have to get over a wall. It’s not a super high wall, but it’s a wall nevertheless, soooo there we or more I had the first problem. I couldn’t get over that wall. I just couldn’t. Whether that was because I was afraid, or simply don’t have the strength necessary, I don’t know but fact is, that I couldn’t even have started the race if my boyfriend’s friend hadn’t been kind enough to give me a lift. We are not going to talk about what that did to my pride and honour, but I guess you can imagine anyway.

Well, after that incident the race commenced and off we went. During the first couple of kilometres we didn’t come across many obstacles and if we did they were definitely on the easier side. But then the famous Barbed Wire came and since we were in the Military Academy we did not only have to crawl under the barbed wire, but also under an enormous tank. I don’t know why, but I found that actually pretty exciting. Then we went on to the rope-climb where we had to make the first of many, many burpees. 🙂

With the next obstacles, neither of has had that much of a problem, except of course for those goddamn walls. Somehow we tackled them though and came to the area where the obstacles were placed more frequently. There have been the Tyrolean Traverse, Inserted Wall (Burpees for me) and a container filled with ice-water, which was surprisingly very refreshing. Naturally, we had to conquer more than that but they went by rather unspectacularly.

The venue in Vienna was so set up that if you went to the start you had to pass the finish, therefore I had already seen the last obstacle even before we started. And what could that have been? You guessed it. A f*ing 8 feet wall. I seriously had no idea how I should ever get over that thing and I still hadn’t figured out a way when we approached it, tired and dirty as we were. Honestly, there hadn’t been any other obstacle I was afraid of, but that wall drove me nuts for like the entire race. Nevertheless, we got closer to the wall and then I realised just how high 8 feet are from close up. Admittedly, the thought of quitting didn’t occur me once, but if I had waited just a moment longer I’m sure I would have given up at some point. But, I’m not that kind of person who runs 9k just to throw the towel, because things might get a bit challenging.

8 feet wall

Sorry, I haven’t got a better picture, but that was that last wall we had to get over.

My racing buddy helped me up and things were going rather well until I could see over the wall and with that suddenly found out, how much I disliked being up in the air. I tell you, the ground was just so far, far away and that was the exact moment I panicked. I remember saying I can’t do this. I just can’t. And I think I would have had a serious problem, if not another racer simply put my leg over the wall so that I could at least sit up there. And then I had to make a simple decision because I had to get down there somehow, so I chose that side that would get me farther and with whatever power, I all of a sudden had in me, leaned forward, pulled my other leg over and let myself as awkwardly as humanly possible down. And that’s how I got over that thing. My boyfriend and his brother were watching the whole scenario and cheered us on as we tackled the last few metres including the fire-jump. Truth to be told, I was very glad seeing those two standing there, so close to the finishing line because it’s just a good feeling knowing that someone is supporting you, so that kind of restored my scared mind a bit and in the end, things weren’t even that bad.

In the finish-area, all racers get some drinks and protein-bars to restore their energy and you also get to pick up a medal and a Finisher-T-Shirt. And then it’s on to showering and picking up your stuff before you grab a beer and talk about your experience on the run.

That concludes my very first Spartan Race. It’s been an awesome experience and I’m already looking forward to the next one in September. Also, I want to point out the great community on the trail. Everybody is so incredibly helpful and supportive and just stands up for each other and that alone has made the experience unforgettable. Apart from that, there’s hardly a better way to gain self-confidence and trust in yourself than participating in a race like that. Sure, it’s challenging and exhausting but once you’ve made it, it’s highly rewarding and I have to admit to actually sometimes tell myself that I’m Spartan now, and therefore I can achieve anything. It’s pretty helpful and makes me push myself further out of my comfort zone.

After The Race

That are my Spartan-Buddy and me after the race. Also, please note that I managed to run the entire race with my headband upside down!

As you can tell, I’ve enjoyed racing very much and would recommend doing the same to you. It’s so worth all the dirt and bruises.

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Having been published in 1817 Frankenstein is now the epitome of gothic books. Mary Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote this dark tale of monstrosity, the rules of science and death.

Victor Frankenstein is a highly intelligent striving young man from Switzerland with an enthusiasm for alchemy. When he sets out to attend a rewarded Universtiy, it soon becomes clear that great things are to be expected from him. And doesn’t take long that he commences a project that will last far longer than he could have ever imagined. After endless hours in his labour he succeeds in the middle of the night when the creature he put together from lifeless limbs suddenly opens its eyes. But his creation is a wretch, a Monster and Frankenstein flies from his labour in fear. To his Desperation that’s not the end to the tale, in fact it’s only the beginning. For some time, Frankenstein doesn’t see or hear anything from the wretch, but when he murders Victors younger brother, it becomes clear to him that he made a huge mistake in bringing that miserable creature to life. The monster hunts him and takes revenge for giving him this pleasureless and miserable life by tormenting him with the murders of Frankensteins beloved ones.

The creature is feared and rejected by every human being because his appearance is hideous and he never meets a genuine hand. Tough, he longs for companionship, for a fellow creature, with whom he could share his lonely life with. Therefore, he sets out and seeks Frankenstein in person to demand from him to produce another wretch, just like him. If he, Frankenstein, would fulfil this task the monster and his partner would forever leave him and all humans in peace. But Frankenstein dares not to put another monster in the world and refuses the demand. Filled with rage and hatred for his creator the daemon thus makes his purpose of life to put Frankenstein into as much misery as possible. Innocent people have to give their lives in order to torment the troubled and despairing Frankenstein, who then vows to destroy the monster and sets out on a journey that will eventually cost him his life. The monster, after Frankenstein is dead, dies from his own hand, and the claims to not be the only devil in this tale. He says all he wanted was the be happy and to be content. He wanted to interact with other people, but he was left alone by his master, who feared him solely for his appearance. He claims to have emotions just like a person has and he felt the injustice and he wanted, in his misery, Frankenstein to feel the same pain he had to endure. The death of Frankenstein can also not satisfy him, because now his life is robbed of its only purpose of life, which was to torment his creator. Thus, he sets out and takes his own life.

This is how the Story of Frankenstein and his Monster Ends and I believe that book is an astonishing read. It’s about how pushing too far never equals a good outcome and how revenge and hatred lead only to more misery and that sometimes forgiveness and admitting one’s own mistakes and giving a helping hand to those who need it, may go a very long way.

I do not really believe that Frankenstein’s monster was evil from the beginning, nothing ever is evil on its day of birth. But being abandoned by his creator and rejected by everyone made him take the actions of a Monster. If he really was evil, I don’t know, but I think he could have come out alright if someone had taken proper care of him. This might be very naive, but I just have trouble believing that something is entirely evil or entirely good.

Anway, Frankenstein, though brilliant, could not see the line where science may be too much. His pushing too far over the edge kind of reminds me of Moria in Lord Of The Rings. The dwarves, just like Victor, stepped over a line and woke a monster that was far out of their league. The same happened to Frankenstein and I think no one can blame him for running away, that night when his Monster first opened its eyes. Nevertheless, he had to spend the rest of his life trying to destroy what his very own hands brought to life, but in the end, he only lost everything that was dear to him and of course his own life.

Frankenstein is an astonishing read. Shelley fills the head of her reader with the most grotesque images, that are so dreadful, I would not advise reading this book at night when you are alone at home. But I would certainly recommend reading it. Frankenstein may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is definitely worth your time.

The Pleasure Of The Mountains

“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.” – Victoria Erikson

Every mountaineer will probably be able to relate to this quote. There’s something so unique and fulfilling in the tranquillity and silent majesty of the mountains, that once you’ve been lucky enough to taste it, you only want more.

Growing up in a small village in Upper Austria, surrounded by mountains and hills, I’ve come to take mountains for granted when I was a teenager. Although I loved hiking as a child, over the years I lost the pleasure in conquering a mountain and couldn’t understand why people would voluntarily sweat like sh*t in the blazing sun just to be able to say they have climbed an enormous pile of rocks.

Hiking for me was an activity you do with other people, never alone. God knows where I got that idea from, but so it was. The idea of going on a hike on my own never even occurred to me since I was like 18 years old. And there actually lies the reason of why I quit hiking as a teenager –> I didn’t want to spend more time than absolutely necessary in the company of other people. Also, I didn’t want to be seen with a sweaty, tomato-red head and a pumping chest. In case, you are wondering, yes I did suffer from social anxiety, though I believe it was a very low form of that illness, nevertheless, it got in my way. Anyway, I simply couldn’t bring myself to go on a hike with my family and rejected them so long they eventually stopped asking me to accompany them. Years went by and I started my therapy and after a few months in I started to read “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. ( In case you are interested in my Review click here). And in the midst of reading, I thought I want to have that feeling as well. I want to be in the mountains, completely by myself and only surrounded by trees, without any permission to interact with my fellow human beings. So, I bought myself a pair of proper hiking-shoes and went on my first ever solo-hike. I conquered the “Kleinen Sonnstein” in the middle of Salzkammergut, where after an hour of a rather steep ascent the hiker gets rewarded with a breathtaking view of lake Traunsee, the mountain Traunstein and Gmunden.

Kleiner Sonnstein

That’s a small portion of the view you get on the top of Kleiner Sonnstein.

Thus commenced my love for hiking and the mountains. After Sonnstein, I tackled “Grünberg” and a few others, at this time already in the company of my beloved Australian Shepherd Hercules.

Hercules

Meet Hercules. He loves hiking, playing in the snow and cuddles. Lots and lots of cuddles.

Anyway, that’s the Story of how I got into hiking and spending time in the mountains.

But, doing it more frequently now than ever before, I started to ask myself why exactly so many people are drawn to the beauty of the mountains and want to stand on top of one. Of course, there’s always the glorious view, but could that be the only reason hundreds of people in the world set out every day to climb a mountain? I believe not. Hence, you’ll find a list of some of the advantages of hiking below.

  1. Freedom –> There’s hardly anything that makes you feel so free than standing on top of a mountain
  2. A challenge completed and the sense of achievement that comes with it –> the feeling of success and having made it is quite unbeatable and something everybody needs to experience every now and then
  3. According to Health Positive hiking has helped provide so many new benefits to mental health that experts now prescribe it as a supplementary for ADHD and chronic depression. How astonishing is that? And how wonderful?
  4. There’s no better way to get away from the every-day stress and to unwind. All you gotta do is put your phone in your Rucksack and try to take not too many Pictures. Hiking provides you one of the best opportunities for escaping your stress and the constant pressure of today’s Society.
  5. You get a nice workout in. It may be a bit more time-consuming, but therefore there’s hardly an exercise you could do at home or in the gym that works your core, your cardio and your strength at the same time.

To put it all in a nutshell, spending time in nature and seeing the beauty of your home country is worth, sweating (and peeling yourself out of your sports-bra afterwards ;)) and getting dirty. Those five benefits are only the peak of the iceberg if you will when it comes to hiking.

Leah On The Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

After binge-listening to Simon Vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda on Audible, it came in handy that the Sequel Leah On The Offbeat was soon to be released. Of course, I preordered it and was very happy when it finally got delivered and just as I binge-listened its prequel I read Leah On The Offbeat in one sitting, which is a sign for a very fluent, easy-to-read style of writing.

But before we discuss Albertalli’s structure and style, let me give you a quick summary of both books.

Simon Vs. The Homo-Sapiens Agenda

Simon is your typical student with the same problems we all face in some sort in high-school.  Also, Simon is gay and he knows that for sure, so he starts mailing with an unknown other guy, who happens to be gay too. The two of them chat for approximately two-thirds of the book and it’s only in the end that they find out each other’s identities. It’s one of the cutest and sweetest books I’ve ever read, that I can tell you for sure. There’s a lot of relatable everyday High-School “Drama” going on and that’s pretty much about it. Nobody suffers from a terminal illness or a severe mental health condition, as we find it in most Y/A-books. The characters are literally just your average students with unique talents, attributes and fears. It’s a great read, really and one of the best things about it is, that Albertalli managed to transfer the characters to

Leah On The Offbeat

This time it’s all about bisexuality and not being super-skinny and the problems that come with falling in love with one of your friends, who has a super-cute boyfriend and seems to be super-duper hetero. And all of that whilst being in senior-year and on the edge of graduation. So, finding out what you want to do after High-School and making the most out of those last days, is definitely a huge topic in this particular book. But there’s also prom, break-ups and the cutest couple ever (Simon & Bram). And a hell lot of nice people being mostly nice, but sometimes not so nice to each other.

I don’t want to spoil you too much, so if you are looking for an easy read over the summer or sort of want to relive your own last year of High-School, go ahead an grab a copy of Leah On The Offbeat. It’s certainly one of the best Y/A-Books of 2018. In my opinion, Becky Albertalli belongs right up there to the masters of Y/A-Fiction like John Green and Jandy Nelson.

You keep running away.

You keep finding me.

I mean, Jesus Christ, how freaking cute is that? Cheesy, yes but that’s just the risk you take whenever you go buy a Y/A-Book.

But in defence of the author, so far she managed the amount of cheesiness very well in her books. Like, Simon was cute, yes, but not so cheesy you get major eye-roll-dizziness and luckily it’s the same with Creekwood #2.

To wrap this up, I think Leah On The Offbeat is a great summer-read or an easy to read book you pick up whenever you want to forget about your own life for a bit and only care about the guys in the book.

Light Is The New Black – Rebecca Campbell

I’ve stumbled upon this book coincidentally.  It was amongst my recommendations on GoodReads and for some reason, it just spoke to me. I got through Light Is The New Black in one sitting, because especially Campbell’s personal story at the beginning is very gripping.

Basically, the author describes her own awakening, as she calls it, and all the changes she had to apply to her life in order to live up to those new circumstances. I won’t go into too much detail about her story, because I genuinely believe, it’d be best if you read the original. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that Rebecca Campbell is very courageous, since she simply turned her life upside-down, and pursued everything her inner-self told her to do. I loved the way she talks about that period of her life. It’s so honest, relatable and most of all encouraging.

Obviously, it’s not necessary for everyone who has an awakening experience to make such drastic changes in their lives. It’s not crucial to divorce your partner or to go on a three-month hike (like Cheryl Strayed). You can have your awakening whilst you do the dishes or the laundry, you name it, really. It can, of course, involve a lot of change, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way.

Anyways, from Campbell’s point of view “Awakening” is more or less to let the feminine-part of you take the lead. Now, being a woman myself I find it hard to criticize feminism and I am indeed very glad on how much the social position of women has changed over the past years, nevertheless, I believe it to be a bit sad that some things have to be so categorized. I mean, why can’t awakening just be neutral? Why does it have to be feminine? Any person, regardless of gender, age, religion, income can find their inner-self and I just think it shouldn’t be mostly for women. Please, don’t get me wrong, I know that the author means, that awakening involves letting attributes, that are mostly known as female properties, on the front and to try to shift the focus from trying so hard to be successful to being happy and at ease, (to sum it up in a nutshell).

That being said, let’s move on to how this book is an utter enlightenment for this world. Campbell’s style of writing has some so truthful vibes to it, it’s hard to not get sucked into her story, therefore it’s easy to picture your own awakening and how it could feel like. Hence, I believe that Light Is The New Black could help a lot of people discover their own inner-self. Of course, it’s, just as Campbell says, very hard to enlight somebody else, nevertheless, I guess this book here has at least the potential to trigger a reader enough to go on a journey that will eventually lead them to their core. Does that make sense? In my opinion, things like spirituality are pretty hard to describe because it’s so very personal that each experience is quite different and therefore hard to apply to other people. Like, the story of how you came to find your awakening may very well be completely different to Campbell’s experience, but just as same, it’s very important that people who have already experienced that, talk openly about it, so that other people are informed that there is such a thing as an inner-self for example.

Now, to conclude this review, I very much enjoyed reading Light Is The New Black and am definitely recommending reading it to you as well. You may find some very interesting and perhaps even life-changing parts in there.

 

Take care

Project Spartan Race 2018

Alright, since I’ve been enjoying blogging a lot so far, I thought it was about time to add some new topics to JourneyThroughTheMind. Therefore I’m now announcing the new Lifestyle-section, which will mostly cover topics such as Health, Fitness, the occasional recipe, general Life-Advice, etc. Those blog-posts will go live every Thursday, 6pm CET.

To kick this off, I’d like to tell you about my participation in the Spartan Race Vienna on May 12th.  I hadn’t heard of this race until my boyfriend mentioned that he had taken part in various races before we met. His description of an Obstacle Race where you get dirty and challenge yourself made me curious so I decided to come along to watch him and his brother run the Spartan Race in Munich on April 14th.

I probably should have known that once I was there, experiencing the amazing atmosphere, I would want to do a race myself. I love to challenge myself every now and then and running a 5+k race with various obstacles to face seemed a very interesting way to do so. Hence, I announced I’d participate in next year’s race in Munich. Now, as you can tell by the title of this post, that plan somehow didn’t go too well, because my boyfriend and a friend of his persuaded me in the evening to come along to Wiener Neustadt, where the next Spartan Race in Austria is going to take place. Obviously, I had in mind coming again along to take pictures, but that’s not what the guys wanted. They planed on me running as well and since I’ve had a few beers already my resistance wasn’t at it’s highest point, so after a short discussion, I said yes.

Now, that was three weeks ago and I’ve been training hard to get my body fit for that race. Don’t get me wrong, but I feel like a Spartan Race is not something you should underestimate since it can get dangerous if you aren’t fit enough to handle it. At least, that’s my impression and also my motivation at the same time. I agreed on participating only if I felt my body and my mind were strong enough to do so, otherwise I would continue to train and participate in another race. That being said, I can get quite ambitious from time to time and once I’ve set myself a goal I’m sticking to it and I’m also working hard to get as good as I possibly can.

That’s why I started working out six times per week, doing everything from running, hiking, climbing, yoga and strength training. You can imagine how sore I was at the beginning, but I stuck with it and although it’s only been a few weeks, I can already see some changes on my body; the muscles in my arms and legs are growing, my waist and stomach are getting more defined and I can tackle longer distance whenever I go on a run. Please keep in mind though, that this is absolutely not about losing weight and getting thinner. I like my body the way it is, but I also like to be strong and healthy and those are my main motivations to roll out my yoga-matt and grab those weighs.

Anyways, in addition to having an impact on my body, working out so frequently also made some changes in my mind, which I am very happy about. First of all, I haven’t slept this good in like forever. I honestly cannot remember ever having such a good nights sleep, and this just feels like a major improvement. Secondly, I feel more energised and willing to make the best out of each day. Furthermore, my confidence in what my body is actually capable of doing has been growing non-stop and I also managed to face my fear of losing my footing and falling down somewhere, which gives me the feeling of being unstoppable. And last, but not least, I’m more tanned than ever during this time of the year, due to various hikes in the blazing sun. Overall, I’m just feeling damn great and happy in my own skin these days. 🙂

But we mustn’t forget that working out alone just doesn’t do the job, the way you fuel your body is at least as important as a regular workout session.

What I’ve been doing lately was actually eating more but a lot healthier. I cut back on sweeties, fast food and all that “good” stuff and focused instead on getting my body the protein and energy it needs. Of course, I still have that piece of chocolate or that scoop of ice cream every once in a while, but my consumption of processed food has become more moderate and I’m feeling very good because of that.

On a normal day, I have four to five meals, depending on my schedule. For breakfast, I always prepare myself some oats topped off with either some fresh and seasonal fruits or some honey and cinnamon. That keeps me going for quite a few hours and is also one of the best ways to fuel your body before a workout. If I’m working out in the morning I like to have either a banana or a chocolate smoothie afterwards to stock up in energy. For lunch, I love having scrambled eggs and a slice of wholemeal bread or some tuna with cucumber and olive oil. Dinner we try our best to cook ourselves as often as we can and since I don’t eat pork and beef, it’s mostly chicken in some variation, some fish or something altogether vegetarian like the falafel-kebaps my boyfriend and I are currently trying to perfect.

So, to wrap this up, I’ve come to the conclusion that saying “Yes” to the Spartan Race was an extremely good decision, since however it may turn out, it definitely brought me back into health and fitness and I’m sure I’ll stick to working out regularly even after the race.

In case you got any health and fitness related tips to share, please just leave a comment down below.

Thanks for reading and take care

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Swing Time – Zadie Smith

So, what I’ve seen so far Swing Time is a bit controversial, which yes, I do understand. I’ve been doing some research on this book and one sentence really stuck with me; someone said Smith should rather write less and say more. That statement pretty much sums up what I’ve been thinking whilst reading this book.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s an interesting read with a relatable protagonist and Zadie Smith’ style of writing is quite fluent, but as much as I try to comprehend what it is exactly she wants to tell the reader, I simply have no clue whatsoever.

In short Zadie Smiths book tells the story of a girl who struggles with her academic and ambitious mother, her talented yet self-absorbed best friend and her famous employer whom she dedicates her life to, as well as the difficulties of trying to “enhance” a village in Gambia. And whilst the childhood of the protagonist is very specifically written, the grown-up nameless protagonist is a bit hard to grasp, which results in quite long-winded passages.

Therefore, I’ve come to the conclusion that Swing Time is a very good example of how the journey can be the goal and as soon as I started seeing the book from that point of view I just went with the flow and did enjoy it, although I probably won’t read it again.

The Harry-Potter-Series – J.K. Rowling

I entered the world of magic when I was eleven years old, and although that was almost exactly 10 years ago, my love for the Harry-Potter-Series is still going strong. Truth to be told, I’ve read all seven books 30 times in those past ten years, which might seem a tiny bit insane, but it’s Harry Potter, after all, so I think it may be allowed.

Anyway, Harry, Ron and Hermione accompanied me throughout my adolescence and Hogwarts became kind of a second home to me. In fact, the world J.K. Rowling created was my safe shelter, whenever life became too hard for me to bear. Looking back at those rather difficult years now, I’m very grateful to have had those books to have just a little break from reality.

So, now that you know that I am quite the Potter-Head, it’s about time to figure out why people of all ages and cultures fall in love with Rowlings masterpiece. Hence, I’ve put together a short list of reasons I like the series and in case you have any more to add, just leave a comment down below 🙂

  1. The story is gripping and very well written
  2. The characters are relatable and so vivid the reader starts to believe to know them in real life
  3. The great display of the different shapes of love
    • Ron & Hermione are the best example of how friendship can turn into love
    • Lilys love for Harry shows that a mothers love never really ceases to exist
    • Snapes obsessive love for Lily makes it clear that when it comes to love, there’s hardly anything one wouldn’t do for the other
    • Dumbledores short, yet intensive relationship with Grindwald displays the powerful, fierce and somehow all-consuming feeling of first love and that sometimes falling head over toe for something can turn out to be quite destructive
    • And of course, the relationship between Harry, Ron and Hermione simply is the epidome of friendship
  4. With the Dementors Rowling managed to give one of the best literal descriptions of depression ever
  5. Harrys acceptance of his fate, that showed the reader, that sometimes it’s best to just stick things out and never ever despair whenever it gets to hard
  6. The way the characters grow from being children to adults
  7. Dumbledores firm believe that love will always win in the end, and of course every other wisdom he shares with the world
  8. Showing that it doesn’t matter what other people think about you
  9. Getting back up, whenever life knocks you down
  10. The amount of loyalty, friendship, bravery and wisdom

Obviously, there’d be a lot more to say about the greatness of Harry Potter, but I don’t want to let this get too long, so I’m gonna wrap it up.

From my point of view, Harry Potter is one of the most amazing literal accomplishment of our time and I’m sure the reasonable hype around it will be passed on to the next generation. And in case you haven’t read the series as of yet, I’d highly advise you to do so, but be warned, once you’re a Potter-Head there’s no way back.

Always

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The Lord Of The Flies – William Golding

Honestly, The Lord Of The Flies left me utterly speechless and shattered. I have not the slightest bit of idea on how I went so long without having ever read it. And even though Golding’s masterpiece is labelled as a book for children, I still was frightened to a point where I could not read the book at night but had to read it during daytime.

With The Lord Of The Flies, William Golding created a, for lack of a better word, deeply unsettling psycho-thriller that fucked up my mind, and left me constantly muttering to myself “I wouldn’t do that, or would I?”. The honest brutality that develops in the boys’ minds kind of fascinated me. It’s no secret that kids do have the ability to be immensely cruel to each other and to adults, but it still took me a few chapters from having solely a vague feeling that some of the boys might not make it off the island alive to realize that that, in fact, was going to happen.

I think I might let some time pass before reading this great book again and then I’ll update this review since I firmly believe there’s a lot more to say about this book, but I might just need another read to fully discover what else it has in stock.