Literary blogs and websites.
It might be due to her ancient Greek background, but Peirene struggles with a lot of websites and blogs: too loud, too much information or indeed too little relevant information, too chaotic. Here are some blogs/websites she enjoys.
A Common Reader
Tom Cunliffe is a blogger who enjoys reading books in translation and specializes in European literature (although not exclusively). The perfect match for Peirene. His reviews are detailed and well structured and give great insight into the books discussed.
A young Canadian bibliophile. Peirene loves her honesty. And she covers lots of foreign fiction too, including the Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz.
Author and Wall Street reporter, Andrew blogs about the books he's always wanted to read, he had on his bookshelf for a long time and some new ones too. Fantastic eclectic mix, incl. Salinger, Borges, Kundra and many more.
John Self, the Dublin book blogger that is, has become a bit of an institution. And rightly so. His blog features brilliant reviews - insightful and thoughtful and extremely well written - a wonderful range of books and some fab authors' interviews too. The Greek nymph is impressed.
Anyone who likes the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, one of Meike's favourite authors, gets Peirene's attention. Steward McAbney has a wonderful eye for good books and his reviews are a joy to read.
Rachel is a young Londoner who writes beautifully long, eloquent reviews. When she wrote about Stone in a Landslide she initiated a great discussion about the art of translation.
Verity loves books and baking. Delightful book reviews and delicious pictures of her home-made cakes. Indulge.
A book and dog lover from California. A blogger who takes pride in supporting new, up-coming authors.
Half Japanese, half Sri Lankan, culturally mixed Londoner who studied astrophysics and loves books. The blog presents a fascinating choice of authors of various ethnical and religious backgrounds, such as Ameena Hussein and Tahmina Anan. Beautifully written, enticing reviews.
If you want to give a present - and hopefully you're thinking of a book - but lack ideas, then you really should visit Karen Howlett's lit blog. Reviews and beautiful photos of cooking books (tried and tested), knitting books (tried and tested), literature (tried and tested). Better than any magazine you can buy.
Desperate Reader adores books from the 19th and early 20th century. But she made an exception for Peirene's "Stone in a Landslide". The nymph was delighted.
A fantastic lit blog on all sorts of literature - new and old, indigenous and foreign. The German Irmgard Keun und the Brasilian Clarice Lispector among them! Witty, intelligent and honest. Peirene is in awe.
Five young bibliophile women who met at St Andrew's University write detailed, eloquent reviews that read better than many books out there.
Farm Lane Books Blog
Opinionated, enthusiastic book lover who loves completing lists of books (such as all winners of Booker, Pulitzer, Orange Prize). But best of all, she gives stars for the books she's read, and not all come out top.
Follow the Thread
A book blog about predominantly new, contemporary English writing. However, it doesn't shy away from the odd classic and literature in translation review.
Annabel Gaskell subtitles her blog with a wonderful Latin quote - Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes - Never leave home without a book. Meike studied Latin for seven gorgeous years. So when she saw this quote, she knew Annabell's reviews would be well worth a read.
Simon Quicke, technology business journalist in London, does most of his readings while commuting. And he then sits down and writes beautifully tidy, clear reviews.
Iris on Books
A young blogger from Holland. Fantastically enthusiastic, outspoken and pro-active in the lit blogger scene. Moreover, her reading list is great, including Dante, IanMcEwan and the Swedish children author Astrid Lindgren.
Just William's Luck
London based actor William Rycroft blogs about books, films and plays. Eloquent, detailed reviews. A very good read.
Laura lives in Pennsylvania and loves books by and about women. Short, sharp, focused, to-the-point book blog entries.
Lizzy's Literary Life
Lizzy is the first - and so far only blogger (March '10) who contacted Peirene because she was intrigued by Title No 3 "Portrait of the Mother." For this alone she deserves a special place. But not only that. Her reviews - not least on translated German fiction - are astute and Meike often finds herself in agreement, such as on Laura's view on Julia Franck's The Blind Sight of the Heart.
Love German Books
The translator Katy Derbyshire has single-handedly taken it upon herself to blog in English about German books, translation issues and Berlin. Wonderfully informative, delightfully opinionated and very admirable!
Me and My Big Mouth
Scott Pack's great talent is to write wonderfully short, simple reviews without missing anything or being shallow. Entertaining, quick reads.
New Books in German
The bi-annual English review magazine of new German, Austrian and Swiss books was originally intended for English publishers only. However, their revamped online version with detailed reports on each recommended book has turned into a veritable informative read.
no man's land
no man's land features first-ever translations of fiction and poetry by some of the finest writers working in German today. And under it's link page there is a fabulous extensive list of lit magazines specializing in translation (from all languages).
This young, London based book lover adores dark fiction and the Classics. Infectiously enthusiastic.
Kirsty blogs about books, feminism, and Victorianism. Needless to say that the blog features a beautiful long list of women authors, from Charlotte Bronte to Angela Carter to Hilary Mantel.
Her tagline: Just a girl who lives on books. Thoughtful, enthusiastic reviews by a blogger who also embraces young adult fiction.
Brilliant. The nymph bows to Max Cairnduff's blog. Fab choice of books, fab thoughts about them, fably written.
Elaine is a retired PA, book and opera lover, and a grandmother. Her blog is a lovely personal mixture of chat about all that matters in her life.
Kim wrote book blogs before the blog era. She published her first reviews on a personal website. The Norwegian Per Petterson is among her favourite authors.
Ready Steady Book
The premier British literary website deserves every single world of praise it has ever received. "Serious writing about serious writing." Peirene is in seventh literary and philosophical heaven.
A beautiful blogsite - both to look at and in regard to content - Foreign Fiction, Foreign Fiction, Foreign Fiction. Five stars from Peirene!
Sasha & The Silverfish
Sacha is another blogger from the Philippines. She writes fiction herself and thus engages with the texts as a reader AND a writer. Great, strong voice.
Simon Savidge, London magazine editor, is a ferocious reader, who covers a lot of the must/should-read ones, from Stieg Larsson to Will Self, from Salman Rushdie to Herta Mueller.
Simon Thomas is a young, English doctorate student who writes witty, extremely perseptive reviews. And if he feels inpired enough, he delights you with great sketches of his own too. Fab!
The Book Whisperer
Boof is a self-proclaimed bookaholic, with a serious book-buying habit. Music to the ears of any publisher! Meike spotted "Before I Die" by Jenny Downham among Boof's many reads. "It reminds us to live" -she can't agree more.
The Literary Stew
Mrs B blogs from the Philippines. Her reviews posses a lovely light and easy touch. She is a huge fan of women writers.
The Mookse and Gripes
Meike came across this litblog because it has a brilliant review of a wonderful contemporary German novella, Kevin Vennemann's Close to Jedenew. A beautifully clear website with extensive quotes from the reviewed titles.
This Book and I could be Friends
Eileen lives in New York. She writes very articulate, insightful reviews. And she loves foreing lit. Fantastic.
Litblog might be a too flimsy word for this very classy review website of the University of Rochester. Thorough academic reviews of international literature by various authors, about 8 each month.
The Book Foxes are a group of writers, journalists, libarians, actors, wildlife painters and doglovers. They write insightful, interesting, daily reviews on a huge and fantastic range of books, from Brockes - a 17th century romantic German poet - to Cherie Blair's "Speaking about myself."
In Peirene's world this blog is another five-star winner. Because it's foreign lit, foreign lit, foreign lit. Moreover, it's a fantastically strong, very personal voice. Just great.
Words without Borders
This monthly online magazine, featuring regularly new selections of contemporary world literature, is beautifully organised and provides many interesting articles.