Announcing German Literature Month VIII – November 2018

German Literature Month is eight years old this year, and part of the literary calendar. Lizzy and I know that because of the chatter that continues throughout the year about books purchased and set aside for the event. And that makes us very happy.  We’re even happier when you read them during November.

For those though who are wondering what this is all about, and may wish to join us for the first time, November is the month for reading works originally written in German: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, comics, graphic novels.  Anything you fancy really, in any language you fancy, as long as the original language was German. Then tell the world about it: on your blog, facebook, twitter, instagram, goodreads, amazon, wherever. It all adds up to one great banquet of Austrian, German and Swiss literary goodness. This, for example, was last year’s menu.

The last couple of years have been entirely read as you please, but this year Lizzy and I wanted to introduce new themes and add in more social reading opportunities. So we’ve devised the following plan.

Week 1: Children and Young Adult Fiction (November 1-7)

November 7 – Readalong with Lizzy: The Book Jumper – Mechthild Glaser

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)

As always, you may read as you please for the month, or you may choose to join in any (or all) of the specific themes and readalongs.  It’s entirely up to you.  The main thing is to enjoy yourself!  Will you join us?

48 thoughts on “Announcing German Literature Month VIII – November 2018

  1. Lovely plans, Caroline. I hope to be able to read something that tie in with GLM, but I’ll just have to see how it goes nearer the time. Thanks for organising this again – it’s always nice to see so many posts flying around the web.

  2. It had been a few years since I last jointed you. I will try to sneak in an entry, probably during read as you please week. Either way, I look forward to reading everyone’s contributions.

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  4. This always takes me by surprise somehow, but I will have a look through my shelves and see what I can find. Looking forward to hearing about everyone’s reading along the way!

  5. Count me in.
    I have The Emperor’s Tomb on the shelf, it’ll be the opportunity to read it.
    And I have Le tabac Tresniek.

    Thanks for organizing this event again.

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  8. Hi Caroline, It’s been a while, but I’d love to participate this year. I just tried to buy The Emperor’s Tomb, but got an error message saying it’s not available for Kindle. If I can track down an ebook copy somewhere else, I’ll join in with the readalong (I’m in Bulgaria right now, so it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to find a print copy). Otherwise, I’ll plan to read as I please 🙂

  9. Yes! Whoohoo! My favourite reading event of the year is back! Can’t wait for November to arrive. I think I will be able to get the Mechtild Glaser and Erhard Van Büren books. So hoping to join those two readalongs. Will keep trying for the other two books. Hoping to make my GLM reading list soon. So excited! Thanks so much for hosting GLM with Lizzy and making us all happy, Caroline!

    • You are very welcome and I’m so happy you will join again. I’m enjoying both Gläser and von Büren. I will obviously also read the crime novel I chose and hopefully Roth’s novel too. It will be a lot of readalongs for me. 🙂

  10. Hi Caroline, I’ll be there (isn’t that a song), as usual more books than time, I’ll join in the week 2 read along with the Simone Buchholz. I’ll see you all there

  11. I will look for something to read–I am sure I have a number of books on my shelves–not sure what I am in the mood for. Do you think the Roth really should be read after reading The Radetzky March first? A Long Blue Monday looks very appealing–I might get the Kindle book–though I am not the best ereader person–I don’t think I can get the paper edition in time as it has not been published here. Of course I just started reading a crime novel by Alex Beer who is Austrian, so maybe I am all set?! 😉

    • You do sound set. You could read crime only, if you wanted. It’s been ages since I e read The Radetzky March and was wondering the same. Or maybe it’s a good warm up? I’m not sure I will manage to read it. I’m enjoying the kid’s book and A Long Blue Monday. I will do a giveaway of it soon. It would be too late for GLM, but maybe you’d like to enter anyway? I’m looking forward to the crime novel I chose. It sounds very different. Again, lovely to see you here. I hope all is well. Did I tell you I opened a small vintage and antiques shop?

      • No, I didn’t know about your shop! That is great–have you posted photos anywhere or is it online also? I would love to see it. That sounds like a great idea. I didn’t realize A Long Blue Monday is a kid’s book–it sounds interesting. I can’t believe the year is almost over-time is going too quickly it seems. And there is not enough time to get the things I want done. And, I might end up reading a couple of crime novels–maybe also the book that the Netflix show Babylon Berlin is based on, too.

        • I haven’t posted anything. We’re not online either. I take pictures regularly, so maybe I’ll write about it some day. Until last week we didn’t even have a name. I’m doing it with a friend. It’s his house, so we don’t pay rent. People like it very much. We’ve got nice things. Also clothes and shoes. Second hand, not vintage. Since we have a name now, Sur la Lune, we might be online soon. I haven’t even watched Babylon Berlin yet.

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