Casper Reiff

The mind of Casper Reiff

One of my new year resolutions were, to read more in 2017 - so far I did pretty well I think!

What I read in January 2017

Published 30.01.2017

Since I was quite young, I've loved books, and I still do. The latest years, it's been hard for me, to take the time to read. That's why I made it my new year resolution of 2017 to read more. Another new year resolution I made, was to loose 30 kg of bodyweight. Though I'm heading in the right direction, the reading is going better.

My Struggle, volume 1 and 2 by Karl Ove Knausgård

I allready made a review on this page of My Struggle 1, but I took it down again. I was affraid it got too personal.

The first book really spoke to me, as if Karl Ove had written this autobiography about my life (with a few changes). The second one however, I only learned something from - which is of course also valuable.

The book serie consists of 6 volumes, which all are pretty thick and heavy to read through. But as I was very amused, it was play to get through the first two books. I decided, however, after volume 2, to take a break from Karl Ove Knausgård. The reason for this, being his books are slightly depressing. Now, I do like depressing readings facing the brutal reality, but I need some pink unicorns once in a while too.

All in all, great books, if you enjoy other peoples misery.

The danish title: "Min Kamp, bind 1 og 2".

Goya and Toulouse-Lautrec, miniature art guides

I got my hands on these 100 pages mini art guides of four artists - each artist a separate book about 100 pages.

In December 2016 I read the other two books about Picasso and Salvador Dali. I bought them of a previous art student, that had picked these artists for a purpose.

I did find a connection between these 4 artists, how they'd affected each others art.

Fine books with a lot of art, takes a long time to read because of all the details desribed in the art.

Buying and selling stocks and options by Jens Christiansen

Recently I started interesting me for stocks and options, so I decided to read some books about it - and so I did.

This is a relatively short book (160 pages) summerizing the most important aspects of stock trading.

I'd deffinately recommend it to those, who wants to involve with stock trading and has no prior experience.

Danish title: "Køb og salg af aktier og obligationer"

Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami

I belive this to be a modern classic. I'm nothing less than intrigued by Murakamis writing. He's so metaphysic and so is this book.

The book stays close to reality all the time and yet it moves so far from it - it's really hard to explain, but it's a great experience.

It's a very philosophical story, that asks a lot of questions about life and reality - although it has very few mentions of the actual Franz Kafka. I'd always recommend this.

Danish title: "Kafka på stranden"

Seducer's Diary by Søren Kierkegaard

I always had a thing for Søren Kierkegaard, since I read some biographies on him. He's a silent thinker and a true wordsmith.

This book seems to be one of his many classics and therefore I thought it to be a must read.

What goes on in a mans mind when he seduces a woman, is really different from man to man - but this man is so very romantic and the colorful descriptions used is very poetic.

This book is quite hard to read, but if that doesn't scare you, I'd also recommend it.

Danish title: "Forførerens dagbog"