German Lit Month, Library Loot & Dewey’s Readathon

Hi, folks,

Summer is definitely gone, Victober has just started, and I have here a new stack of books freshly borrowed from my local library. Here is my

LIBRARY LOOT: september 26 to october 2

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief, encouraging bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. I seem to be on a non-fiction kick lately, so here is what I got this week:

  • The Poets’ Daughters: Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge, by Katie Waldegrave (2013) –  As you may remember from my last Library Loot, I’ve been reading about the Romantic Age, and this book sounds promising: it is a dual biography of the daughters of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge;
  • After Certainty: A History of Our Epistemic Ideals and Illusions, by Robert Pasnau (2017) – I’ve been in the mood for some history of philosophy lately, and this book centres on the development of epistemology from antiquity to today;
  • Nada, by Carmen Laforet (1944) – This will be for The 1944 Club.
German Literature Month…

…ist wieder da! Just like in previous years, Lizzy and Caroline will host the 8th GLM (#germanlitmonth) this coming November. During the month, their blogs will be dedicated to literature originally written in German. This year, they have devised the following reading plan:

Week 1: Children and Young Adult Fiction (November 1-7)
November 7 – Readalong with Lizzy: The Book Jumper – Mechthild Gläser

Week 2: Crime Week (November 8-14)
November 14 Readalong with Caroline: Blue Night – Simone Buchholz

Week 3: 1918 Week (November 15-21)
November 21 – Readalong with Lizzy: The Emperor’s Tomb – Joseph Roth

Week 4: Swiss Literature Week (November 22-28)
November 28 – Readalong with Caroline: A Long Blue Monday – Erhard von Büren

Week 5: Read as you please (November 29-30)

There is no obligation to participate in the readalongs: the only rule for German Literature Month is to simply enjoy reading something originally written in German: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, comics, graphic novels. We can read as we please throughout the month.

I participate in GLM since 2014, and it already belongs to my annual literary calendar. Here you can find some of the books reviewed in the past GLM events. Here and here you find a list of German women writers; here and here a list of Austrian women writers; here a list of Swiss women writers. And, finally, here a list of German language authors!

It’s still a month to go, but I’m joining in! Below is my list of potential reads for the event:

  • Nothing But Ghosts, by Judith Hermann, tr. Margaret Bettauer Dembo (HarperCollins, 2005. Original: Nichts als Gespenster: Erzählungen, 2003)
  • Berlin Stories, by Robert Walser, tr. Susan Bernofsky (NYRB Classics, 2012. Original: Bedenkliche Geschichten. Prosa aus der Berliner Zeit 1906–1912)
  • Effi Briest, by Theodor Fontane, tr. Walter Wallich (Persephone Books, 2017. Original: Effi Briest, 1894)
    • Other translations:
      • Hugh Rorrison and Helen Chambers (Penguin Classics, 2000, Goodreads);
      • Mike Mitchell (Oxford University Press, 2015, Goodreads)
  • Überseezungen: Literarische Essays, by Yoko Tawada, not translated (2002)
  • The Mussel Feast, by Birgit Vanderbeke, tr. Jamie Bulloch (Pereine Press, 2013. Original: Das Muschelessen, 1990)
  • Die Kieferninselnby Marion Poschmann, not translated (2017)
  • The Marquise of O— and Other Storiesby Heinrich von Kleist, tr David Luke and Nigel Reeves (Penguin Classics, 1978. Original: Erzählungen, 1808) 
  • The Wild Muse: The Poetry of Annette Von Droste-Hülshoff, by Marion Tymms (2013)


Dewey’s Readathon…

… is just around the corner! The reading event was created by the beloved Dewey from the blog The Hidden Side of a Leafand held for the first time in October 2007. After Dewey died in late 2008, the readathon is being hosted by Heather of My Capricious Life and Andi of Estella’s Revenge. The idea is to devote 24 hours to reading (here you can read more about it). The event will take place on October 20th, and I am joining in! I will try to read as much of my RIP & Victober books as possible 🙂

That’s all for now, I guess. What will you be reading in October and November? 😊

Yours truly.


Ramon Casas i Carbó, ‘Jove decadent’, 1899.

6 thoughts on “German Lit Month, Library Loot & Dewey’s Readathon

  1. Thanks a lot for this post and mentioning us. What wonderful reading plans you have. Die Kieferninsel is on my wish list. The other books I have mostly read and liked a lot.


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