A year in first lines | 2017

Hey, you, Yes, you. Do you feel like playing a game? This is an idea that started with The Indextrious Reader, and I first saw it on Beyond Eden Rock. “Take the first line of each month’s post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year.” Here is what…

The Classics Spin #16

Hello, lovely readers! It’s time for another Classics Club Spin! Participants post a list of 20 books on their Classics Club list. On Friday morning (November, 17th), a random number will be selected by the Club. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by December 31st, 2017. Here is my…

German Literature Month VII

Hello, bookish people, German Literature Month ist wieder da! Just like in previous years, Lizzy and Caroline will host the 7th GLM (#germanlitmonth) this coming November. During the month, their blogs will be dedicated to literature written in German. On 15th November, Lizzy will be discussing Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of A Polar Bear. On 29th…

In the mood for some Victober

Hello, lovely readers, Victober is a challenge hosted by Kate Howe, Katie from Books and Things, Ange from Beyond the Pages, and Lucy the Reader. Their goal is to read as much Victorian literature as they can in the month of October – by that they understand any book published from 1837-1901 in the UK. There are five ‘challenges,’ which can be mixed,…

20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up & R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII

Hello, lovely readers, I am back from a three-week trip to Portugal and Brazil, and I can safely report that Summer has swiftly gone away here in Germany. I seem to be stepping in dry leaves everywhere. Meanwhile, I managed to read  25 fictional books this season (of which, alas, only 13 belong to my…

Women in Translation Month 2017

Hello, lovely readers! Meytal over at the Biblibio blog is hosting the Women in Translation Month (#WITMonth) in August. The event aims to encourage readers, reviewers, publishers, and translators to explore more books written by female writers in translation. Here you can find a FAQ on the event. And here Meytal compiled a list of books. My list for WITMonth will overlap with some…

Japanese Literature Challenge 11

Hello, lovely readers, Japanese Literature Challenge is hosted by Dolce Bellezza since 2006. The event traditionally runs from June through January, and there is only one requirement: to read at least one work of Japanese literature in this six month period. Here you can find a suggested reading list. After failing badly to complete my challenge last year –…

20 Books of Summer | 2017

Hello, lovely readers, I have recently come back from a bike trip along the river Main, and I am full of the ecstasy of Spring. Summer is well on its way around here, and, in my inner literary calender, that means one thing: it’s time for another 20 Books of Summer! The challenge is hosted by…

The Classics Spin #15!

Hello, lovely readers! It’s time for another Classics Club Spin! Participants post a list of 20 books on their Classics Club list. On Friday morning (March, 10th), a random number will be selected by the Club. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by May 1st, 2017. Here…

Reading Ireland Month

Hello, lovely readers! In March, Cathy and Niall are hosting Reading Ireland Month (#Begorrathon17, #readireland17), to celebrate  all things Irish: “It won’t be any fun without you, so grab our pin and add the link to your blog posts at the linky below. If you need any inspiration, you can check out my list of 100 Irish Novels,…

My year of Pilgrimage

Hello, lovely bookish friends! How are you? Right now, I am surrounded by blue skies and the thin buttery sunlight of late Winter. I have four tomes and a window in front of me. Inspired by Liz , Sarah, Kaggsy and Jane, who have undertaken this journey before, I’ve been toying with the idea of reading through all thirteen novels…