March was a rollercoaster when it comes to reading time haha. On the one hand, I travelled to Munich by train and had two flights (to and from Edinburgh). On top of that, I also commuted to work three days a week via train. On the other hand, I commuted to work “only“ three days a week and spent most of my free time at home doing anything but reading (which I really want to improve next month).
Moreover, I think March is the first month this year where I read more German books (by German native speakers as well!) than English ones, which is interesting.
I managed to read three books in March and here’s what I thought about each of them.
- Das Paket (The Package) by Sebastian Fitzek
When I was still interning at the theatre, I often had a lot of spare time at the train station before I could catch a train home or head out to rehearsal, so I often wandered through the Book store there, reading the blurbs of different books. When I read the one to this novel, I was immediately captivated and just had to get the book (I actually ended up ordering a used version online haha). This story deals with a victim of a crime (I don’t want to spoil anything) and her confusion and possible hallucinations in the aftermath of the incident, which entails anxiety, paranoia and medicine. It’s super captivating and constantly kept me on the edge of my seat as I was struggling (just like the protagonist) to differentiate between what really happened and what she is just imagining. Plus, the end features a huge plot twist that actually made me gasp out loud. Das Paket is definitely one of my all time favorite thrillers I have ever read and it’s not crazily gory or anything, like a lot of these kinds of books. If you’re looking for a suspenseful story full of crazy twists, this is the book for you!
- Thalamus by Ursula Poznanski
In March, another book I was reading was Felix the railway cat (which can be found right below this text haha) but I misplaced it for a couple of days after returning from Edinburgh, so my mum gave me Thalamus, which she had just recently read, in order to have some entertainment while looking for the other book. This story is about Timo, a teenage boy who gets into an accident and then spends some time at a rehabilitation clinic in the middle of nowhere. He makes great progress, just like most people at the clinic, but at night, there are dubious things going on and the worst part is that he cannot tell anyone about it, because the part of his brain responsible for speech is still not functioning properly. This is another super suspenseful book, but not as scary as Das Paket. It also deals with a bit of science fiction and the use of technology in the medicine world, so if you’re into that, I highly recommend this book!
- Felix the railway cat by Kate Moore
After falling in love with a Street Cat named Bob, I freaked out when I saw another real-life cat story book at a store. My boyfriend actually got this for me as a present and I was so excited to learn more about Felix. Now, this is a really adorable and nice story that’s suitable for all ages, but the book (in my personal opinion) is just not that well written. I was determined to finish it, and I did, but it took me a really long time because I often couldn’t read more than one chapter at a time because the writing was just really dull to me personally. If you’re as obsessed with cats as me, you might still want to check it out, but maybe try to find a little extract online or read a few pages at the book store first, to find out if it’s your style or not.
So those were all the books I read in March of 2019. Let me know if you’ve read any of these already and how you liked them!