Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

  • Nonfiction, Holocaust, Psychology
  • 14+ for complex ideas and theories
  • Published 1945

     "Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

     At the time of Frankl's death in 1997, Man's Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found Man's Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America." - Goodreads


     Now this was a summer reading book, and I hate being required to read books. It's one of my biggest struggles with school as well as reading, if I'm told to read a book I typically end up not liking the book. When I chose Man's Search for Meaning from my list of options, I thought I would like it. I don't want to say I typically enjoy Holocaust books, because enjoy is a very bad adjective for how I feel about the topic. However, I am fascinated by the topic and normally have good opinions about books on the topic (at least accurate ones, so not Boy in the Striped Pajamas). I think this was my first mistake, going into the book assuming I'd like it, as this gave me high expectations that are almost impossible to meet. There was also the classic instance of my inability to focus, which allows me to get distracted by anything and everything and avoid reading. (If you have this problem I recommend trying out Soundrown, it really helps.)

     Now, the second I saw the book I was upset. My copy is one of those small awkward sizes that is near impossible to hold open without using both hands and it has like size 10 font, so as someone who is obsessed with organization and details, I was annoyed. However, I pushed that aside and began reading. And I don't want to sugarcoat this, so I won't. Quite frankly, I was bored. The book discusses the inner workings of a concentration camp's mind. But it's highly redundant and doesn't give many examples that connect logically in my mind.


     This is my second two star rating in a row, and I think that the fact that both were required reads plays a big role in that. Also, I'm not such a fan of nonfiction and very few nonfiction books have ever caught my attention. Overall, this book really didn't stand a chance fro the beginning with me. However, if you're a fan of psychology, this book may prove to be interesting. The same applies to fans of nonfiction and autobiographies, as the book details the author's experience in the concentration camp. If you're expecting a book similar to other Holocaust books, don't because this novel has a unique take on the situation rarely seen in literature. Frankl not only details the impact on prisoners, but also the inner workings of a concentration camp, mainly the smaller ones rather than the well known ones such as Aushwitz. The novel may provide insight for people wondering how the prisoners were affected by their devastating circumstances, and if this is you, I strongly recommend reading Man's Search for Meaning.

About The Author

     "Viktor E. Frankl was professor of neurology and psychiatry at the University of Vienna Medical School until his death in 1997. He was the founder of what has come to be called the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy (after Freud's psychoanalysis and Adler's individual psychology)—the school of logotherapy.

     Born in 1905, Dr. Frankl received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna. During World War II he spent three years at Auschwitz, Dachau and other concentration camps.

     Dr. Frankl first published in 1924 in the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and has since published twenty-six books, which have been translated into nineteen languages, including Japanese and Chinese. He was a visiting professor at Harvard, Duquesne, and Southern Methodist Universities. Honorary Degrees have been conferred upon him by Loyola University in Chicago, Edgecliff College, Rockford College, and Mount Mary College, as well as by universities in Brazil and Venezuela. He was a guest lecturer at universities throughout the world and made fifty-one lecture tours throughout the United States alone. He was President of the Austrian Medical Society of Psychotherapy.
" - Amazon 

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A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

     So, seeing as I start school in about a month and I still have tons of summer work to do, my creativity is currently down in the dumps. However, I realized that I needed a post and decided to google some fun book blog tags. From there I clicked the first one I saw (laziness at it's finest!) which lead me to Brin's Book Blog, and now we're here! So enjoy my post and be warned, I happen to be very weird, so the answers reflect that. 

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
by Roger Lancelyn Green

  • Classic, Fiction, Fantasy, YA
  • 13+ for violence and complex plots
  • Published March 1st, 1995 by Puffin

5 Ways to Procrastinate Productively: Pro Tips From a Lazy Overacheiver

     Everybody knows that feeling. You have something you really need to do but you don't feel like it at the moment so you'll do literally ANYTHING else to avoid it.
 "Go do your homework!"
"Sorry mom I can't I'm cleaning my room!" 
Does this sound familiar to you? Of course it does because we've all done it at one point or another. But the true question is, are we being productive or wasting our time procrastinating what we'll inevitably have to do anyway? Well, I'm going to give you tips on how to successfully procrastinate while also doing productive things to improve your blog.

  • Mess around on Twitter
  •      This is what I do instead of work, and it's actually helped a lot. I've increased my following by about 150%, found some amazing bloggers, and also got an invitation to connect with an author with 37 books, 1 of which is being filmed! Honestly, I'm so happy that I decided to mess with Twitter, and found the amazing blogs I did. If you're going to go on social media anyway, at least go pretend to be productive on Twitter, it actually works!

  • Write a stupid/funny post (like I'm doing right now)

  •      I mean, you had to post anyway, why not make a post that you can schedule for a day. That's one less post to write later, and you'll have fun doing it. Like honestly doing this right now takes almost no thinking and is actually pretty relaxing. Who doesn't like to read a funny post every once in a while on a blog that's always serious? (who am I kidding, I'm almost never serious) Anyways, these are the perfect types of posts to draw attention to your blog, as they're easy and typically unique. How many posts do you know of detailing how to be productive while procrastinating? I don't think I've ever heard of one, much less read one.

  • Read
  •      Now, if you're like me, you're possibly avoiding reading at this very minute. Honestly, while I'm writing this the book I'm supposed to read for school is sitting next to me on the coach. But, sometimes you're supposed to write a review or read that ARC and you Just. Can't. Do. It. I understand that, which is why I prefer to put that book down and read a random story for a little while, preferably Harry Potter, to get my mind off the stress that's weighing me down. This way, when you go back to what you're actually supposed to be doing your mind will be a lot clearer than before. Also, bonus if it's a story you've never read you have a book to write a book review on, or even if it's an old one you can update an old review.

  • Make a to-do list
  •     This may not be the most entertaining task on this list, but it's definitely helpful. Whether you write down the tasks on your phone or make a full fledged color-coded calendar, it's all the same. Once you've written down everything you need to do, you'll be a lot more motivated to actually work. It could also inspire you, allowing you to work faster and possibly write a blog post.

  • Read other blogs
  •      I love looking through other blogs, not only to make new friends or find new books, but also for inspiration. I confess that I steal ideas from other blogs, but I typically put my own spin on them. Sometimes while I'm looking through them I'll notice a really tiny detail and write my own post about that detail. Overall, stalking blogs is as a great way to find inspiration and friends (not that I have much experience with those).

    Press Kits 101

         Now, while I've never written a book, and most definitely never published one, I have had quite the experience with press kits. Throughout my years of blogging (it's been 5 years, I can't believe it!) I've worked with authors, publicity agents and even publishers of various backgrounds, all of which had a different approach to pitching a book. However, one of the best things I've seen across the board is those who pitch a book and include a press kit. Now, if you don't know what a press kit is, it's basically a compilation of all basic information and materials a reviewer, publisher, etc. might need when dealing with your book. While the items vary there are a couple basic items that I wish all authors would include when requesting a review. So, without further ado, let's get started on what goes inside a press kit and how to go about making one.

    The Stereotypical Romance

         So, as you probably know, I hate romance plots in literature, television, movies, pretty much everywhere. I believe it's totally overused and tends to overshadow more important things, as well as making at least one character look like a total idiot fawning over the other. However, as I have no way to express this idea through words, I've decided to show you the typical romance plot as I see it, which is featured in everything from Disney movies, to books about serial killers (yes this is said from recent experience).

    Dragonsoul by Kayl Karadjian

    *This book was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects or influences my opinion of the book.*
    by Kayl Karadjian

    • Fiction, Fantasy, YA
    • 11+ for minimal violence and language
    • Published October 19th, 2016 by Kayl Karadjian

    Required Reading

    via GIPHY
         Obviously, I love reading. I run a book blog for goodness sake, I'm not exactly hiding it. However, there are circumstances in life that can make even the biggest bookworm refuse to read. For me, that circumstance is required reading. Whether it's for a class or my mom making me read it, required reading always puts me in a book slump, and it can be hard to come out of.

    Escape From Asylum by Madeleine Roux

    Escape From Asylum
    by Madeleine Roux

    • Fiction, Horror, YA
    • 13+ for mild violence
    • Trigger Warning: violence, homophobia, transphobia
    • Published June 14th, 2016 by Harper Collins

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

     13 Reasons Why
    by Jay Asher

    • Fiction, Realistic Fiction, YA
    • 13+ for complex themes and mature content
    • Trigger Warning: suicide, sexual assault, rape, self-harm, bullying, adult content 
    • Published October 18th, 2007 by Razorbill

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

    Wuthering Heights
    by Emily Brontë

    • Classic, Fiction, Gothic, Romantic
    • 16+ for complex themes and vocabulary
    • Published September 5th, 1847 by Thomas Cautley Newby