2022 Books

For 2022 I’ve kept my target back at 24 books, in spite of failing to make it last year. This does mean I’m already one book behind by the time I post this, but I should be able to catch up…

  • The new cover image is a crop of this interesting photograph by Eugenio Mazzone.
January 2022
Meine russischen Nachbarn by Wladimir Kaminen

The first book I finished this year was a German one! Although it was but a paltry 221 pages, it now holds the record for longest German novel I’ve read. The longest German book that I’ve mostly read, would probably be the B1 textbook at around 300 pages, but I also didn’t exactly read that cover-to-cover in a month or two.

As to the actual book, it’s a collection of short stories about his interactions with his russian neighbour (the author himself is a Russian that emmigrated to Germany). The stories are usually funny and very random - in Afrikaans we would call them “staaltjies” - I see the English word for that is anecdotes. It was fun to read, even if I did struggle with the German at times…

I see his books are generally rated around 3.5 stars on Goodreads - from some light scrolling through the reviews, I suspect this is due to a large part of the audience being humorless Germans (by nature of the language the author chose to write in). I suspect the same stories would probably have fared a little bit better with a non-German audience.


Matt Van Der Westhuizen

Back-end service developer at Ubisoft Blue Byte by day - wannabe game designer & developer by night.