I managed to read four out of five books from my January Reading List. I was a bit annoyed that I didn’t get to the last one, but then I realized that I am still on track with my 2015 book challenge. I plan on reading 40 books by the end of the year. This goal is quite low, but I wanted something achievable as my travel plans might interfere a bit.
This month I am aiming to read three books. I thought about reading four, and might make it, but as I am in the middle of packing up two years of my life in Korea to travel home via a one month stopover in South Africa, I wanted to take it easy. No pressure this month.
Take a look at what February has in store in the world of literature!
This book is geared towards the independent language learner who might need some advice or inspiration. If you are anything like me, you love languages but can’t quite seem to get organized enough to put in quality study time. Organization and planning are not my strong points. Kerstin Hammes is a native German speaker and this book is her collated advice for anyone that wants to study language in a more holistic way.
This book is the next one on the list for my book club. It was chosen by a good friend of mine who lives in Germany. I am extremely delighted she added this to the pool of choices.
I am a huge fan and avid reader of children’s and young adult fiction. There is something, a magic maybe, that is lost in much of adult fiction. This is partially why I am excited to read this adventurous tale, but also the story line revolves around a BOOK COMING TO LIFE. The idea of having a magical ability to “read people into books” sounds like an utter dream come true!
“There is a belief in our country that tragedy is a test for people that are supposed to be strong.”
This book was originally a part of my January Reading List, but as I didn’t quite get to it, I decided to bump it to February. No worries, I am still on track with my reading challenge!
Another one of my Christmas gifts this year was this snowy beauty (my family knows me well, buy me books and I’m happy). I have been contemplating a trip across Russia for a long while, and I am hoping this book will encourage me to make the dream a reality. In this book I will travel along with David Greene on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and gather ideas and inspiration for my own railway journey. Midnight in Siberia recently received a mention in the NY Times Sunday Book Review.
David Greene takes his readers on a sweeping journey across the changing landscape of this vast country. From Russian cities to the countryside he meets with citizens that have benefited from Putin’s government, to the people struggling to survive the ambiguous political and social scenes.
I must confess to only a rudimentary knowledge of Russian history and culture. I was therefore grateful to read Greene’s accounts of Russian life from inside the country. He refrains from explaining societal structures in black and white, or western, terms. “It’s a different culture and a different philosophy here,” and Greene seeks to depict Russia as it is seen through the eyes of its own citizens, not through the telescope of western society.
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What book are you reading right now? Any recommendations for next month?