50 Books Challenge 2014 – … and the winner is:

This post deals with my favourite books from last year’s 50 Books Challenge.

Notwithstanding that successfully finishing the 50 Books Challenge for the third year in a row makes me a winner per se, this post points to a few good reads that might draw your attention as well.

Category “Fiction”
It’s hard to decide which novel or story was the best since I read a bunch of good stories.

For fun:
“The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” – Jonas Jonasson

Serious reads (ordered by reading date):
“C” – Tom McCarthy
“Herr aller Dinge” – Andreas Eschbach
(“The Circle” – Dave Eggers)
“Blackout” – Marc Elsberg

Category “Nonfiction”
Two life events are reflected in this years book list: “working in Shanghai” and “getting a flat”
A few of the companions were really good. The German “Stiftung Warentest” published a few companions that helped me a lot.

For Shanghai, mostly guides on culture and especially business culture were valuable reads.

Category “Classics”
“Im Westen nichts Neues” – Erich Maria Remarque
Due to the centenary of WWI, I finally read THE autobiographic (anti-)war novel. Despite the dark subject this piece of fine literature belongs to the must-read classics. Dark, sad, and realistic atmosphere, pictured with marvellous metaphors, a good portion of ironic/black humour, and first of all: underlining the uselessness of war …

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