The year 2018 is soon coming to an end and so are the books I assigned myself to read this year. I have to admit though, I really do not read a lot as I am an insanely slow reader. I have ever been that way and I don’t think it’s ever going to change, but I do not necessarily view it as a bad thing. I guess I just take more time to fully process the information and I generally do not read ‘light beach’ books. As you will see, I am very much into classics and non-fiction. I always want to educate myself and I don’t think the typical ‘girly reads’ do the job well. On the other hand, when it comes to university assignments or scripts I really am quite fast at reading, which basically makes me a paradox of its own.
Too long, didn’t read: Here’s my top 5 books of 2018.
1. Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens
Sapiens – or its insanely long German title ‘Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit‘ – is an anthropological masterpiece. Harari manages to explain the development of Human society in a way that is immensely easy to follow and full of present-day examples. The relation he points out shine a light on how the world as we know it today unfolded gradually. Probably one of the best books I have ever read.
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
Being a student of English, I honestly think it’s just sad that I have not read this any sooner. The Great Gatsby perfectly mirrors a society always on the hunt for happiness and luck. The concept of The American Dream can be found throughout this marvelous novel. Shame on me for not reading it any sooner!
3. George Orwell – Animal Farm
Animal Farm is really short and quick to read, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up on quality. A story full of metaphors uses the idea of a farm overthrown by animals to criticize politics and society. Orwell originally wrote Animal Farm as a critical satire of the Russian Revolution, but all the messages of the story can still be applied to today.
4. Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time
In honor of the late Stephen Hawking, I tried to educate myself a little about physics. Even though I was never really interested in this topic in school, Hawking manages to explain physics in a way that a regular person like me can easily follow. This book really raises awareness for the fact that physics is more than just formulas.
5. Anne Frank – Diary
Again, I feel that this is a book I should have read a long time ago. I don’t think I have to say anything about the content, as everyone should know what Anne Frank’s Diary is about. Reflecting on history is something we don’t do enough these days. I honestly think this book should be mandatory literature at any school or university.