Happy Monday, everybody! Anybody else out there who is looking for more good books to read in 2014 instead of spending hours on Pinterest? This year I have pledged to try and read at least one classic, one biography and one work of contemporary fiction every month. I’m pretty excited to start! Here’s what’s on my list this month.
I’m not Stiller |I’m not Stiller is a novel by Swiss author Max Frisch published in 1954. My mother has urged me to read it for years, but since I’ve had to read another of Frisch’s works in school and did not enjoy it at all, I’ve never listened to her. Well, I’ve just started this book yesterday and I must admit, she was right! The narrator travels to Switzerland with an American passport and gets arrested at the border. The officials believe him to be the missing sculptor Ludwig Stiller. He keeps denying that assumption but nobody believes him, not even his friends and aquaintances. It’s been long since I’ve read a novel that’s so well-written (I hope the English translation is too) and I honestly can’t imagine how it’s going to end.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore | Okay, I’m not actually reading this one at the moment, but all contemporary books currently on my list are German and haven’t been translated yet. I wanted to read this one for ages and I read so many great things about it! It’s about a guy who starts working at a bookstore. It’s not a normal bookstore, curious things happen there. Slowly, he discovers the surprising secrets of this strange place…
Thomas Hardy | I’ve really enjoyed reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles last year (as in almost stayed up all night to finish it) and I always love learning about great and inspiring authors, so I’m really looking forward to this biography by Claire Tomalin. All I know about Hardy is that he was a British novelist and one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. There’s much to learn I guess!
What about you? Do you have any tips of good books to read for me? And did you set yourself any ‚reading resolutions‘ for the new year? If you are looking for even more books to read, I’ve got you covered!