The Books I’m Listening To: Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed!

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Another book I am listening to instead of reading it: Wild – A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed, the wonderful presenter of my favorite podcast Dear Sugar Radio. Wild is her second book and actually a memoir about her trip on the Pacific Crest Trail when she was 26 years old.

After her mother’s rapid death from cancer, Cheryl’s life and marriage crumbled apart. When she got her hands on a guide about the Pacific Crest Trail she made the impulsive decision to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America – alone. Without any hiking experience the journey was mentally and physically extremely demanding, but nothing but incredible. The book gives insights into her thoughts on the trip and her adventures on the trail, but it also narrates the story that led to it. A fantastic and inspiring memoir!

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have an adventurous one :)!

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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert!

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The Signature of All Things is a book I wanted to read for quite some time. First, because it is written by the wonderful Elizabeth Gilbert, whose name is reoccurring regularly on this blog (read my reviews about her book Eat, Pray, Love or about her podcast Magic Lessons, if you like). Then – as a Biologist myself – I was intrigued by the novel’s story:

The life of Alma Whittaker, the daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer, who studies the world of plants and science in the 19th century.

Finally, the novel was the last book I bought for my Grandma before she passed away. She loved reading and I thought she would like the plot of a woman’s life more than a century ago. I don’t know if she ever had the time to read it – but I hope she did because it’s a wonderful book that gives insights into the history of science, the U.S., Europe, the Tropics and a lot more.

I actually listened to the audio book version in German – read by one of my favorite actors, Suzanne von Borsody, who made a great job! Conclusion: A must-read (or -listen to)!

I wish you a wonderful late-summer weekend! Have a remarkable time :)!

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An Audio-Novela: Be My Match!

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The German audio drama series Be My Match tells the story of the way to live and love as a single in Berlin. There’s online dating, the pressure to finish a PhD, shared apartments – and the sound of the big city. The unique feature of this audio experience is that all background sounds are real: The story was not produced in a studio but at the original scenes – in the streets of Berlin or in one its many cafés.

The topic of the drama series is simple: A radio presenter (Jan) is forced by his boss to do an online dating experiment where he only dates girls that doesn’t fit to him at all. That’s how he meets Sophie. In the beginning both can’t stand each other but then thy start to date on a weekly basis nonetheless…

It may be a simple story line but I listened to the first episode and was hooked. There are lots of moments where I am reminded on my (former) self or my palls in Berlin. Hilarious! …And then there’s one more thing that resonates with me: My own online dating experiment resulted actually in a relationship.

I wish you a fun weekend – have an entertaining one :)!

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Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari!

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Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance is all about love and relationships in a time of tinder dates, breaking up via WhatsApp or snooping into the mobile history of your partner.

Together with the sociologist and New York University professor Eric Klinenberg he explores the change in romantic behaviour that has occurred in the past decade. His main focus lays onto the paradox of the idea that having more options of possible partners seems to be better, but ultimately makes it a lot harder to settle for anyone.

I listened to the audio version of the book.  Aziz Ansari is narrating it himself – and makes fun of his listeners because they are too lazy to read it :). His ideas were easy to follow and I recognized many of the described behaviours. …Either from my own experiences or from those of my friends. An entertaining read/listening that stimulates lots of further discussions.

I wish you a fun weekend – have a lovely one :)!

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A New Passion: French Crime by Jean-Luc Bannalec!

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Jean-Luc Bannalec’s crime series around commissar Dupin – a policeman from Paris, who is coffee-addicted and reassigned to serve in Brittany – is a new passion of mine. Lately I have to travel a lot by bus. Unfortunately I am not able to read in cars or busses since I feel sick after only a few minutes. So, I downloaded some audio books. I already listened to two of the four books of the commissar Dupin series (around 20 hours of listening ;)) and can only recommend it highly! The books are available in French and German.

I wish you a wonderful weekend – with lots of thrilling adventures :)!

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