German Read-along!

Alright, so when I posted on Monday I said that I’d be back later this week to announce something else I’ve been planning to do for a little while.

Basically, what I have in mind is a mash-up of what Lindsay at lindsaydoeslanguages is doing with her Spanish posts and what Mark at markreads does all the time – which is, that I am going to take a book (in German) and read it and write (in German) about that book. It’s not really going to be a book review so much as a chapter-by-chapter analysis of my thoughts and feelings about the story, characters, etc. and probably some language related stuff too.

I know not everyone is learning German (and these posts are going to be pretty regular so that we can get through the book), but if you are and you feel like joining in, then do so. Plus, the first book I’ve picked is originally in English, so if you’ve read it in English, just google translate my posts and comment on them in English – I don’t mind! This is about me practicing, but it’s also about enjoying a book and getting back into reading regularly.

Now, as this first one is kind of a trial run (to see if I can keep it up and to see if anyone is interested), I’ve picked the book already. It’s going to be Die Bestimmung (or, in English, Divergent) by Veronica Roth. I have also read the book already (in fact, I read the whole trilogy in English in September), but I’m still really excited to talk about it with other people.


Also, the book is entirely first-person present tense (like The Hunger Games), so the language isn’t too bad – but I’m also creating a memrise course with all the words I look up that you can use if you want to.

So, how is this going to go?

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I’m going to put up a post about three chapters of the book. I’ve chosen three chapters because there are thirty-nine chapters in total, so chapter-by-chapter would take forever, and also because the chapters themselves are not that long. (For a frame of reference: the paperback version of the book is 480 pages long, which equals out to about 12 pages per chapter – not too long!) I’m going to do my best to not give away anything that happens later in the book, but there will definitely be massive spoilers for what I have already read. Therefore, if you are planning on reading this book at some point and you don’t want to know what’s happening, don’t read the posts (I’ll put the main body under a read more tag, so you can’t stumble onto spoilers on the main page). If you are reading the book along with me, or you’ve read it already and you’re reading, or you just have opinions about it, then let me know! 🙂 It’s going to be a boring few weeks if I’m just talking to myself. 😉

And if you have any book suggestions for me in the future, let me know those too! Looking at the schedule, this should run until the end of March – then April is the A to Z Challenge, so I won’t be reading then – so I’ll be looking for a book for May. I could move onto the second Divergent book, but I am also amenable to any and all suggestions.

So, leave a comment if you’re planning on joining me – or if you’ve already read the book, or if you’re just going to maybe drop by and read these posts. I’m looking forward to this! 😀


  1. I am learning German as well and I’ve just bought ‘Die Bestimmung’ on Kindle so I can read along with you :D. I haven’t read it in English so this should be interesting. I will try to leave a few comments on some of your posts in German.

      • My German still needs a lot of work so I thought reading a YA novel would be a bit easier than reading a classic in German. I have seen the film, but I am sure that the book has more detail to it and that there could be differences in the plot.

        • Ahh, I see. Yeah, I definitely agree that reading YA books is a lot easier – especially if you know something about the story. I actually haven’t watched the film because when it came out it didn’t seem like something I’d be into, but I reconsidered that statement about a chapter into the first book haha. So if there are differences between the book and the film, you’ll have to let me know! 🙂

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