It’s Friday, October 3rd and did you know it is a holiday today in Germany? German Unification Day. Do you know what happens on this holiday? Absolutely nothing. If this was America, there’d be fireworks at least. But not here, ho-hum, nevermind, let’s get back to talking about books.
Look! Look at the pretty books I am currently reading! A little in medias res update. Also because I would really like to know: What are you reading right now? Please, don’t even read about what I’m reading, I’d rather hear about you. And wouldn’t it be funny if we were reading the same books? Which would be strange because: whoa random.
Finding Your Feet in Berlin by Giulia Pines. This is a non-fiction diddy about exactly what the title says it is about. I am reading it in order to review it on Young Germany, alongside which there will be a giveaway of two copies. In case Berlin is a subject of interest to anyone here, I’ll let you know when the giveaway gets started so you can enter. It’s a smooth read, and informative, not just on the subject of Berlin, but of moving to Germany in general. So far I’d recommend it to bodies wanting to move just about anywhere in Germany because there is a lot of good information about applying to universities and getting apartments that applies across the country. As editor of Young Germany, I get a fuck ton of emails asking me questions about these things. Maybe I will start shaking this book at people in answer.
Apocalypse: A History of the End of Time by John Michael Greer. I have been “reading” this book for a couple of months now, at least. It is interesting—non fiction about stories of the apocalypse from history and geezus we’ve (as in we, humans) been telling ourselves stories about the end of the world for a long time, possibly forever—but for some reason I hit a rut I haven’t been able to get over. Well pod damn it, I am finishing it this month. I am intent on becoming an expert on apocalyptic stories and their history and here they all are, conveniently stacked together in one book. If I ever lose my mind and decide to go to grad school, this is the sort of thing I would write my Master’s thesis on.
The End Is Nigh edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey. I am so excited about this anthology, and its two sequels The End Is Now and The End Has Come. Each looks at a different part of the end of the world, and many of the stories connect across all three books. Fuck yeah. Unfortunately, I let myself get hung up by one story, the only one in 200 pages that I haven’t liked, and I have only gotten back to reading it after finally giving myself permission to just skip that fucker already. I would really like to finish this book this month too because 1. It is awesome and 2. I have just received a review copy of The End Is Now that I can’t wait to start reading and raving about.
And now I repeat: what are you reading? Do tell.