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Just Another Book Diary (2023)

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31.12.

The last book this year. Demons is a heavy, long deep story and that's why it's so difficult and takes time to read. It's also the most ideological of all Dostoyevsky's novels. I think it's my least favourite of his great masterpieces.
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Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl
26.12.

I didn't eve know this book existed until today. It's just the kind of heavy dose of Existentialism I needed right now, I just read Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche and some others, so this takes off just where those ones ended.
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25.12.
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25.12.
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The Sumerian World - Harriet Crawford
25.12.

A scientific synthesis merging all the material knowledge we have about the Sumerian civilization. This book focuses heavily on archeological and anthropological data, so don't expect a good entertaining stories.
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Kansojen historia - Carl Grimberg
23.12.

A classic and must-own. This world history in 25 parts is one of the best all around series of its kind I've ever read. The text is well written and easy to digest and goes well in-depth in subject matters such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient world, Medieval times, etc. And get this: these books were written decades before anyone even knew about the cancer called political correctness.
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18.12.
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16.12.

Who said there weren't any taboo breaking novels released these days?

"Before My Husband Vanishes" is an honest autobiographical story about a woman whose husband comes out as a transgender. It's not a funny or happy story, but a surreal, tragic and traumatic one: the person in question doesn't technically die, but in her mind stops existing entirely. She starts feeling like there is this alien impostor in her house, some stranger that is wearing her husbands hands and is looking at her with his eyes, but it isn't him. And this alien woman is constantly trying to seduce her.

The author feels her whole happy life was just a lie, and even her happy memories are ruined by this event. The person formerly man might be happy with his new life, but the people around him, even his children, ended up paying the price. The ex-wife became a "trans widow".
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Happy! - Grant Morrison
10.12.

Hard boiled ex-cop gets an imaginary friend who helps him to catch a predator. The very first page involves someone vomiting while being pissed on, so you know it's not supposed to be that serious.
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Coraline - Neil Gaiman
9.12.
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Epic of Gilgamesh - Anonymous
9.12.
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Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
9.12.

That was... underwhelming. I expected more from Gaiman.
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28.11.
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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 3 - Ryan Ottley,Robert Kirkman
23.11.

One of the best superhero comics I have ever read. Only gets better the further story goes, and this volume is the final one, so expect awesomeness.
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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2 - Bill Crabtree,Ryan Ottley,Robert Kirkman
22.11.
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Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1: v. 1... - Ryan Ottley,Cory Walker,Robert Kirkman
20.11.
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Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
19.11.
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Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
19.11.

A classic story about a double murderer and his moral superiority complex.
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Ecce homo - Friedrich Nietzsche
18.11.
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche
12.11.

This, I think, is the best book Nietzsche ever wrote. It's more of a mystical philosophical novel than just boring and dry philosophy. There's most of his favourite themes included.
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The House of the Dead - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
11.11.

The lightest of classic Dostoyevsky novels. This is a memoir about is his exile years in Siberia where he found God.
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6.11.

Notes from Underground is a story of a loser or incel type person of Dostoyevsky's era. He is an invisible nihilistic man who live in his own head with his great ideas without taking any action. He views himself smarter and better than anyone else, but he's also afraid of people. He is so out of touch that he sees insults in places other people don't ever bother noticing.

This is genius.
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5.11.
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5.11.

A classic collection of film essays/review by the legendary professor Peter von Bagh. My only complaint here is that some of the most interesting one's are missing, like Napoleon from 1928. I think they messed up by picking all the obvious and popular ones.
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23.10.

Surprisingly boring book. Maybe Rommel didn't have that interesting life story, so what can you do. I think the writer really wanted to emphasize, how Rommel wasn't a Nazi and didn't take part in the atrocities. All the additional details were more interesting than the main subject.
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Infantry Attacks - Erwin Rommel
22.10.
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15.10.

It's your practical guide to modern warfare. Nothing deep, but covers the basics.
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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation - Frank Thomas,Ollie Johnston
12.10.

A must read if you're into animation.
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Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
8.10.

A story of an Afro-American family through the years. Not one of her best.
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24.9.
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Castle to Castle - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
18.9.

Classic Celine, this time even more cynical and evil than ever before.

At the end of the war Celine was caught up in a German castle with the cream of Vichy France and eventually had to go to exile because of his involvement in some nasty things. The way he sees it, it's all as ugly and brutal as it gets, and everyone's an idiot.

Such poetry.
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18.9.

This is essential if you want to develop more productive work flow.
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17.9.

A brief and precise guide to successful time management and motivation.
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16.9.

Another quasi-philosophical self help book. I've been reading so much about psychology and controlling your own mind that half baked garbage like this pisses me off.
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The Art of Seduction - Robert Greene
15.9.

Similar to 48 Laws of Power in style, but there's way too much storytelling to my taste.
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9.9.

The same issues with the last one: the obvious point is said straight up and the rest is just boring repetition.
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8.9.

Another bullshit self help book. This one is all about telling you how getting "growing" instead of "fixed" mindset is where it's at. The problem here is that in order to say this exact thing I just wrote here she decided to write a book were the same thing is said way too vaguely and repeated over and over again until you're finally full of it and throw the book to the nearest garbage bin.
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8.9.

Brilliant, brilliant book. Tightly written, no fancy storytelling.
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5.9.

Just a bunch of big names attached to a book with close to zero value. Utter waste of time and money.
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MASTERY - Robert Greene
5.9.
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4.9.

An autistic boy seeks to find out who killed his neighbor's dog, but ends up solving his parents' marital problems. This one's a modern youth classic for a reason.
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The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
3.9.

A practical guide to power games.
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The Old Capital - Yasunari Kawabata
2.9.
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The Sound of the Mountain - Yasunari Kawabata
1.9.
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Terre des Hommes - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
30.8.
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Night Flight (Harbrace Paperbound Library, Hpl63)... - Stuart Gilbert,Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
30.8.
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28.8

A must read book about optimization. This one is very very essential stuff.
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26.8.

Classic Celine, nightmarish atmosphere with macabre humorous edge. Not quite as good as his debut, but it's still highly intriguing.
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Thousand Cranes - Yasunari Kawabata
25.8.
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