Category Archives: Book Lists 2014

Oliver Maag’s Fantastical and Fantastic Reads in 2014

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This post is part of a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

Today’s list comes to you from Oliver Maag.

Even though 2014 being a year riddled with longer stretches of non-reading, it was still one of my best ones so far. I might not have read a bazillion books (I do tend to drift towards endlessly long books…), but I can state that of those books which I did read, there was not one which I hated reading. Sure, there were a few false starts, some journeys which dwindled into boredom and were thus left to be continued at a later point in time, and as always a borderline maniacal amount of new additions to my shelves. I have been led into fantastical worlds of magic and fantasy, universes filled with exotic and dangerous planets, voyages deep into the human psyche, even onto the back of great A’Tuin, and have enjoyed each and every one of those trips. From the 42 books Goodreads tells me I have read this year, I have selected a few (10 to be precise) which have left the biggest marks on me, and have listed them below. Enjoy.

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A Book Lover’s 2014

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This post is part of a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

These are my 10 favourite books out of the 74 I read this year. Each of them became a favourite for a different reason, and often it was difficult, in hindsight now, to capture in few words why I liked them so much. But I still wanted to write this list because I love books and I love talking about them and I love the thought that maybe someone will pick one of these up and love it even more. It would be great if I achieved to make you, dear reader, interested in even just one of them. All of them, of course, are brilliant and beautiful in my opinion and deserve to be read and loved by as many readers as possible.

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Alan Mattli: My Ten Favourite Reads in 2014

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This post is part of a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

Today’s list comes to you from ZEST editor Alan Mattli.

Although I’ve become a little complacent in the second part of the year in terms of how much I have read, I am fairly happy with what I have achieved (book-wise) this year. I found the time to catch up on quite a few classics as well as some contemporary favourites, most of which I enjoyed very much. I finished 38 titles so far in 2014 and I’m still hoping to crack 40 in order to beat my Goodreads reading challenge. The following alphabetised list is a selection of those titles that made me feel and think the most, that stuck with me the most, and that I am looking forward to revisiting soon.

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Fabia Morger: What I Read (and Liked) in 2014

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This post is part of a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

Today’s list comes to you from the newly appointed ZEST contributor Fabia Morger.

2014 was stuffed with books. I took the German reading list exam for which, in contrast to the English Seminar’s version, you are required to read 52 texts, many of them several hundred pages long (however, you also get 9 credit points for that). As it (unfortunately) usually is the case when you are required to read many texts within a short span of time, most of them tend to fade from your memory as soon as the exam is done. Those in the list are the ones who stayed and, even months after passing the exam, come to haunt me from time to time. And I personally think it’s a good thing when books haunt you. I know that there is only one English book on the list. However, this might give some people the opportunity to rethink their attitude about the inferior status of German literature. An attitude that, sadly enough, can be observed quite often in the English Seminar.

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Raph al Guul: Reading Pleasures 2014

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

This post is part of a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

Today’s list comes to you from our very own Raph al Guul.

I don’t really enjoy reading for my studies. It’s not that I have a problem with the literature itself, but I absolutely despise reading on a timer. If you give me a book and tell me to read it by a certain date, I’d consider it a chore, not a joy, even if the deadline was more than generous. The following is not a list of chores. These are books I picked up to read for pure enjoyment and at my own time. And one of them I didn’t even finish.

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Raffael Hirt: My 2014 in Books

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This is the first post in a series of posts in which students of the English Seminar present their favourite books they have read in 2014. The lists are not restricted to books that were published this year. If you want to participate as well, send your list to zest.editor@gmail.com.

And now, Raffael Hirt tells us about his best reading experiences of the year.

So far, I have read an even 40 fiction books this year. Yes, I keep count, and yes, I know that’s creepy. When you read as much as I do, it can be difficult to pick out the outstanding ones for purely numerical reasons. In a way, however, it is really easy. The special books are the ones I still think about weeks or months after I finish them, even after having read others in the meantime. Thus, here are my top six from 2014 – in the order I have read them:

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