CarlyD's 2024 German Reading Challenge--15,000 pages

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Re: CarlyD's 2024 German Reading Challenge--10,000 pages

Postby CarlyD » Mon Feb 12, 2024 7:56 pm

jeffers wrote: You mentioned a couple of Andre Klein books, but I don't think any are on your initial list of books. He's got at least 12 books in the Dino Lernt Deutsch series, and at least another 5 beginner books in his Baumgartner and Mortimer series, so there are quite a few decent beginner's books available if you want to keep it easy for now. Another author who has a lot of easy German readers is Brian Smith. His "German Easy Reader" series has 3 easy, 1 pre-intermediate, and 3 intermediate books, all with audio you can download for free. The books are quality, and use a carefully restricted vocabulary. I've read the 3 easy readers, and they're unfortunately rather boring. But sometimes the feeling of "Wow, I understand all this!!" trumps a dull story. Since then he's churned out a set of 23 graded readers (mostly A1-A2, a couple B1 and one B2 volume). I have no idea of the quality, but I'll probably try a few of them later this year. The problem for your preferences is all of these books are quite reasonably priced on Kindle, but the paperbacks are a little pricey, although still better value than the traditional little readers like "Elvis in Koln" and "Oh Maria".


I have all of Andre Klein's Dino books (maybe not the last one) and need to start them. I tried the first one way too early, got frustrated and haven't gone back. I could do them now. And I really want to get into his Baumgartner and Mortimer series, but I've look at the preview on Amazon, and still too far beyond me. For now.

Brian Smith. Yes, I have several of his books, and yes the early ones are boring. The one I was reading was a really long story about a family that went to the woods for a picnic and I was honestly hoping for a bear to appear. He's lately come out with a new big series of targeted books--Horror stories, mystery stories, sci-fi stories, etc.. My Sexy and Romantic Stories is one of his. His writing may be great for language learning, but the stories just don't pull me in. But I plan to read all the ones that I have.

I do buy all of my books as paperbacks. I like being able to lightly underline words, or put post-it notes in the book. I do have a few German books on my Kindle and I've yet to be able to figure out how to count pages with them. Most of them I went back to Amazon to see how many pages were in the same book in paperback and then used that number. If I can work that out, there are actually quite a few books available through Kindle Unlimited.
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Re: CarlyD's 2024 German Reading Challenge--10,000 pages

Postby CarlyD » Sat Feb 17, 2024 6:47 pm

Ok, my list of books to be read in my 2nd post was apparently a suggestion, and not a plan. I've now read 5 books and only 2 were on the list. Wer verlor das Geld? actually turned out to be a really good story--I don't know why I was thinking it was going to be boring. Lots of words got underlined, so I'll see how it goes when I look at it again in 6 months or so. I'm hoping that I'll wonder why I underlined them in the first place.

I remember buying Café in Berlin (Andre Klein) when I was barely starting German as everyone said it was the perfect way to start. It took me days to get through the first chapter (2 1/2 pages?), even with all the vocab help. I set it aside in frustration, but dutifully picked up the later books in the series for "someday". Then when I should have later started it, I put it off because Andre had released a workbook to go with the book as a free PDF, and I kept thinking I should do both at the same time. I just picked up the book a couple of days ago and have read the first 5 chapters with barely any problem at all. I don't think I checked the vocab help for more than 1 or 2 words each page. I'll look at the workbook again now too.
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Re: CarlyD's 2024 German Reading Challenge--10,000 pages

Postby CarlyD » Mon Feb 26, 2024 5:59 am

I started this challenge around Jan. 20th--I didn't write down the exact date. I believe I'll hit 1000 pages by March 1st. Yes, most of these books have been at or only a tiny bit above my level, but I plan to reread everything three times during the challenge with the hopes that I can read much quicker and easier, and with very high comprehension without stopping to look up words.

I kept thinking books would get harder as I go on--and they will--but with the rereading, I now think 15,000 pages should be doable. I hope.
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Re: CarlyD's 2024 German Reading Challenge--15,000 pages

Postby CarlyD » Wed Feb 28, 2024 8:00 pm

So I'm finally seeing something that everyone has already seen before, and posted about, and Ollie Richards has designed his whole business about.

Lots of reading improves comprehension better than vocabulary study or textbook study. I'm at 868 pages and suddenly I'm seeing words that instead of "oh, I saw that on Memrise" is now "oh, that's ___". And it's magical.

I did (most of) Ollie Richards Story Learning course and this didn't happen. I think the problem was that each of his chapters was like 1 1/2 pages long--10 chapters and you haven't read a lot. Obviously, I need lots of pages for it to work. And I'm looking forward to when I start rereading the books I've finished to see how that reinforces it. I had planned on doing that about 6 months in, but now I'm wondering if I should reread some books maybe once a month or something? Maybe selected books that I had a bit of a struggle with.

Now I'm wondering that if instead of going back to Spanish and pulling out the old textbooks and verb books, I should just pull out all the fictions books I collected and finally read all of them? Hmmm.....maybe after I hit 25,000 pages in German.
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