November 2022 Wrap-Up – German Literature Month

November was rather busy for me, what with work and a certain footballing event sucking away my time.  When you add in the fact that reading in German, for the annual German Literature Month event, takes me longer than doing so in English, it’s little wonder that my number of books read is so low (although there were two rereads that are included in the figures for an earlier month).  Nevertheless, I did manage to read and review a bit, and the proof of that is below – please take a look for yourselves 🙂

Total Books Read: 7
Year-to-Date: 145

New: 6
Rereads: 1

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 3
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 4
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 0
Non-Fiction: 3

Non-English Language: 7
(4 German, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish)
In Original Language: 4 (4 German)

Books Reviewed in November were:
1) My Soul Twin by Nino Haratischvili
2) Ja (Yes) by Thomas Bernhard
3) Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck
4) Im Westen nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front) by Erich Maria Remarque
5) Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami
6) Der Kopflohn (A Price on His Head) by Anna Seghers
7) Campo Santo by W.G. Sebald
8) Daheim (At Home) by Judith Hermann
9) Wenn es dunkel wird (It’s Getting Dark) by Peter Stamm

Tony’s Turkey for November is: Nothing

Luckily, GLM proved to be a turkey-free affair – I wonder if December will provide one more stuffed bird for Christmas…

Tony’s Recommendation for November is:
Jenny Erpenbeck’s Kairos

There were plenty of good books to choose from this month, and it was hard to pick a winner.  Commendations go to Remarque’s war classic and the bits and pieces found in Sebald’s drawers, but while I wouldn’t particularly use the word ‘enjoy’ about Erpenbeck’s latest novel, I think it’s probably her best one so far, and that’s enough to get her the nod for November.

Well, December sees the World Cup approaching the knock-out stages, so I suspect that it’ll be another lean month on the reading front.  However, I do have quite a few review copies I want to get to, so I’ll do my best to go without sleep to manage a few reviews…

…you can thank me later 😉


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