A notable feature of this third edition is an attempt by the host(esse)s to even up the gender imbalance of the past two years. The month has been divided up as follows in an attempt to get more people to review books by female writers:
Week 1 (1-7/11): Ladies Week
Week 2 (8-14/11): Gents Week
Week 3 (15-21/11): Ladies Week
Week 4 (22-28/11): Gents Week
Weekend (29-30/11): Read as you please
I'm not sure my reading will be a fifty-fifty split, but I have no doubt that a few female writers will be featured on the blog over the course of the month.
So what will I be reading and reviewing in November? Well, the first port of call is my German bookshelf, where I have a few neglected works itching to be read. I have a couple from Peter Stamm (Agnes and Wir Fliegen/We're Flying) to choose from, and there's more contemporary fiction in the form of Alois Hotschnig's Leonardos Hände (Leonardo's Hands) and Judith Hermann's collection Nichts als Gespenster (Nothing but Ghosts). Rounding off this selection is Sebald's Austerlitz (a book I've just finished reading and reviewing).
There are also several older books up there, including Eduard von Keyserling's Wellen (Waves), one of Caroline's recommendations from a couple of years back, Robert Walser's novel Jakob von Gunten, Hans Keilson's Das Leben geht weiter (Life Goes On) and Peter Handke's Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter (The Goalkeeper's Fear of the Penalty) - a book I've been meaning to get to for quite some time now...
The fun doesn't end there. Thanks to my Kindle and the
Well, there are definitely a lot of ideas amongst that lot, but there's only one thing I can promise about my choices - there's absolutely no way I'll get through all of them in one month. Now, about December...