I started writing this blog in February and since then I have been concentrating on building up a portfolio of reviews. There have been several read-alongs and shared reading blog events I have wanted to join, but didn’t really have the confidence. Now I feel I’m finally ready for a shared reading event and so have signed up for (yes, confirmed my commitment) to German Literature Month hosted by Lizzy at Lizzy’s Literary Life and Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat (follow the links for more info). If you’ve read any of my blog, you will know I have familial links to Germany, studied it at A Level and as part of my degree, I even spent a year at Trier University. I still try to read a German language book per year in the original, although haven’t managed it for a couple of years.
This blog event is an opportunity to explore some books I might not normally pick up and I’m looking forward to finding some gems as I follow the other participants. This is how the hosts have structured the month:
Week 1 (November 1-7) Novellas, plays and poems
Week 2 (November 8-14) Literary Novels
Week 3 (November 15-21) Genre Fiction – Crime, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Week 4 (November 22-30) Read as you please
2012 is also the bi-centennial of the birth of the Brothers Grimm. We can’t let it pass without a Brothers Grimm Readathon. So we’ve put that in the calendar from 22-26 November.
The point is, to use the weekly guidelines, read and then write a review of as many German language books as possible. At the moment my plan is to read at least 3 books (I’m not that fast, you see). I have already finished one, hurrah!
The books I have in mind are:
- Week 1 Next World Novella by Matthias Politycki (trans. Anthea Bell) DONE
- Week 2 The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek (trans. Joachim Neugroschel) Thanks to An Englishman in Berlin for the tip on this one
- Week 3 Crime & Guilt by Ferdinand von Schirach (trans. Carol Brown Janeway)
- Week 4 Not sure yet
The review for Next World Novella will come in the next few days. I hope I can keep up!