Looking Back on German Literature Month IV 2014

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Every year Lizzy and I think that German Literature Month can’t get any better and every year we are wrong. It keeps on getting better and better. More people take part – 43 this year – more blog post are being written – 174 (!) -, and the quality of the posts is surprising too. I’m so pleased and want to thank you all for participating and showing so much enthusiasm.

I tried to read all the posts, but I still have some catching up to do before next Sunday. Next Sunday Lizzy and I are giving away two books. One for the winner of the “pick and mix”- category and one for our “favourite post”. It’s not easy because there have been so many great posts.

I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to comment on some blogs, but unfortunately there are always a few with a commenting system I can’t use.

My personal month went great as well. I’ve read some outstanding books, discovered a new favourite crime writer, and managed to read most of the books on my list.

Thanks once more to everyone. And a very special thank you to my wonderful co-host Lizzy.

30 thoughts on “Looking Back on German Literature Month IV 2014

  1. Though I was unable to participate this month, I really enjoyed reading both your, and other participants’ posts.

    O also became aware of several new for me, authors and books.

    It was a great event!

  2. Many thanks to you and Lizzy for hosting such a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it and reading others’ reviews. I’ve discovered some new writers and books for my wishlist. Hope we can do it again next year!

  3. Thanks a lot for hosting GLM with Lizzy, Caroline. It is my favourite reading event of the year, and though I started slowly, I was able to catch up in the end. I enjoyed exploring new writers this year, and I loved the fact that I read a few classics towards the end. I also discovered many new bloggers and new writers through others’ reviews. It was wonderful to see Tony’s daughter post a review.

    It is a bittersweet moment for me as GLM has ended this year. Now I have to wait in anticipation for GLM next year.

    • It’s out pleasure, Vishy. And we’re so glad that you joined us. I saw that you picked up speed towards the end.🙂 It’s always a bit sad when the month ends, I agree. Yeah well.
      I too have discovered new books and blogs. It’s amazing how many great things are still to be discovered.
      Tony’s daughter’s a darling. So cute.

  4. This was my first time I participated in such an event. It’s a wonderful experience, reading books, reviews, discovering new authors together with a group of people who share the same love and interest (in this case for German literature). Reading and reviewing are usually solitary experiences but this time I felt like I am in the same room with people who like exactly the same things like I do. It was perfectly organized by Caroline and Lizzy – hats off!

    • Thank you for your kind words. It was wonderful to have you with us. There are a few events like this but for some reasons GLM is a real group experience – in the best possible sense. People don’t only read and review but really go and visit others and discuss books and authors. I enjoy it every year. And the link pages are something to go back to.

  5. I had a good time discovering new authors, so thanks to you and Lizzy for hosting the event. It’s nice that the event is ‘no pressure and no rules’; I’m sure that’s one reason so many people joined in.

  6. While I didn’t get to three (three! When I didn’t have one on my radar before November), I am most eager to continue reading German literature. Most notably, I bought both my mother and I Deitrich Bonhoffer’s Christian essays (A Testament to Freedom) which we will read in our devotion time during 2015. But, I was also fortunate to receive two books from Pushkin Press that I can’t wait to open: Letter From an Unknown Woman by Stefan Zweig and Red Love, The Story of an East German Family by Maxim Leo. Who knew that reading Buddenbrooks would take most of my time?😉

    Thank you to you, and Lizzy, for the opportunity to read and share in this wonderful literature.

    • Thank you for joining us, Bellezza. It was great having you. That’s why I didn’t tackle any of te really hefty books. I knew I wouldn’t be able to read much else.
      Pushkin Press offers wonderful books. I hope you will like them and I’m looking forward to your posts on Bonhoffer. How wonderful that you will read him with your mother.

  7. Many Thanks to you and Lizzy for hosting this event !

    I had a wonderful time exploring German Literature ( and many bottles of German beer ! ) while following along with the thought-provoking posts and book suggestions.

    My reading accomplishments for this project were :

    In Times of Fading Light – Ruge
    The Sorrows of Young Werther – Goethe
    A Princess in Berlin – Solmssen
    How German is it – Abish
    Flight Without End – Roth
    The Magic Mountain – Mann ( 1/2 way through )

    Looking forward to next year !

    Jody

    • I’m so pleased to hear this. German beer is a nice thing.🙂
      There were a lot of great posts this year. It’s hard to pick a favourite.
      You read a lot. I hope you liked your books. I haven’t read Solmssen but looked it up. It sounds quite good.
      It’s always a bit sad when the month is over.

  8. I love German literature and will have to keep this in mind for next year’s German literature month. My favorite German novels are Wittgenstein’s Nephew by Thomas Bernhard (who is Austrian, but the book was published in German) and Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser (who was a German-speaking Swiss). Do those count as German literature? If so I highly, highly recommend, they are amazing books!

    • I hope you will join us next year.
      When we say “German Literature” we actually mean written in German, so, yes of course Walser and Bernhard do count. Thanks so much for suggesting them.
      I’ve read both authors but not these books.

  9. It’s snowing! It always takes me by surprise.🙂
    I’ve been so busy with NaNo, I rarely had time to do anything else. Maybe next year I’ll be more organized and sneak in a book for German Literature Month. That means I’ll have to plan way in advance.

  10. I’m so glad this went so well – makes me feel a bit less guilty for not getting the book read in time. I do still plan on reading The Glory of Life, though, so we WILL get to discuss it eventually!

  11. It was a great even, I’m impressed by the number of participants and of posts.
    Thanks to Lizzy and you for organising it and prompting us to read more German-speaking literature.

  12. Sounds quite successful so kudos to you and Lizzy! I managed to read a few short stories and one little novella, which I finally got around to writing about over the weekend and will be showing up tonight. It’s nice when these readalongs are annual as they do grow as word spreads. It’s always fun to read along with a group!

    • It’s rather impressive, isn’t it? I never thought it would be this successful. I’m also really pleassed to see how many people contributed a whole range of posts.

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