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5 Bücher Für 2014

Ich habe Ende letzten Jahres mal wieder angefangen zu lesen und in diesem Jahr bisher immerhin so viele Bücher gelesen, wie in den letzten 5 Jahren zusammen. Passend zum neu gewonnenen Enthusiasmus kam ein Stöckchen geflogen und obwohl diese etwas aus der Mode gekommen sind, interessiert mich das Thema ausreichend.

Meine Leseliste hat keine besondere Priorität und ändert sich am laufenden Band, je nach Empfehlungen und Tagesform. Also hier meine aktuellen Buchpläne für dieses Jahr.

5 for 2014

Dennis Lehane – Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4)

Die ersten zwei Bücher dieser pulpigen Detektivreihe waren schon verdammt unterhaltsam und düster und eigentlich habe ich mit denen nur begonnen, weil ich Gone, Baby, Gone lesen wollte. Dies wird entweder über den Umweg des dritten Buchs – Sacred – oder ohne geschehen.


The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don’t want the case. But after pleas from the child’s aunt, they open an investigation that will ultimately risk everything—their relationship, their sanity, and even their lives—to find a little girl-lost.

Goodreads | Gone, Baby, Gone (Kenzie & Gennaro, #4) by Dennis Lehane

Chuck Klosterman – Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Etwas clever beobachtende Litertur über Pop- und Musikkultur kann nicht schaden.


Countless writers and artists have spoken for a generation, but no one has done it quite like Chuck Klosterman. With an exhaustive knowledge of popular culture and an almost effortless ability to spin brilliant prose out of unlikely subject matter, Klosterman attacks the entire spectrum of postmodern America: reality TV, Internet porn, Pamela Anderson, literary Jesus freaks, and the real difference between apples and oranges (of which there is none). And don’t even get him started on his love life and the whole Harry-Met-Sally situation.

Whether deconstructing Saved by the Bell episodes or the artistic legacy of Billy Joel, the symbolic importance of The Empire Strikes Back or the Celtics/Lakers rivalry, Chuck will make you think, he’ll make you laugh, and he’ll drive you insane — usually all at once. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is ostensibly about art, entertainment, infotainment, sports, politics, and kittens, but — really — it’s about us. All of us. As Klosterman realizes late at night, in the moment before he falls asleep, “In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever ‘in and of itself.’” Read to believe.

Goodreads | Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman

John Green – Paper Towns

Vor Kurzem habe ich The Fault in our Stars gelesen und war ganz hin und weg. Mal sehen, was der Mann sonst noch so drauf hat.


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

Goodreads | Paper Towns by John Green

Evan Wright – Generation Kill

Die Serie habe ich bereits zweimal gesehen und das Buch liegt hier auch schon ewig rum. Da muss ich nur mal die Muße zu finden. Ich hoffe, das klappt dieses Jahr.


Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ed combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.

Goodreads | Generation Kill by Evan Wright

Andy Weir – The Martian

Ein bei einem Sturm verletzter und totgeglaubter Astronaut wird von seiner Crew auf dem Mars zurückgelassen und muss sich nun alleine durchschlagen.
Ich habe gerade damit begonnen und bin begeistert. Der umgangssprachliche Stil, das Format und die cleveren Problemlösungsstrategien sind unheimlich unterhaltsam.


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Goodreads | The Martian by Andy Weir