I find this selection very surprizing. But I find all such selections very surprizing so it’s not really a surprize. I started learning German four years ago, and after 4 months, I started reading my first book: Glennkill, by Leonie Swann (a German author with an English penname). Since then I have read Die Schachnovelle, Das Parfüm und Die Verwandlung (among others which are not in this list). I would certainly not recommend a single one of them as a first book or an ‘early’ book. Die Schachnovelle is written in a very intricate style, with lots of Schachtelsätze (sehr intricate periods). It is very hard to read and nobody writes in that way nowadays. So ok, you acquire a certain dexterity when it comes to analyzing sentences forwards, backwards, sometimes you have to read the same sentence 4 or 5 times to figure out how it works, but as like as not you will give up and loose much of your motivation. Das Parfüm is full of antiquated words which hardly anybody knows, let alone uses. I have a notebook with more than a thousand words from that book, most of them totally useless for me. I don’t want to express myself like a parody of 18th century novel. Die Verwandlung is very beautifully written, but it is not very easy to read, and it is very hard to appreciate the style if you’re a beginner. I don’t think such lists help at all. In the beginning, you need to read books which are beautifully written, but in a German which you can actually assimilate and use in everyday life. Beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean virtuosic or erudite. When you start to acquire a good feeling for the language, and lean to appreciate the rhythm, the beauty of a sentence… then you can start reading whatever you feel like. I started to read Die Blechtrommel, but I stopped when I realized that, although I could decipher it and understand more or less the content, I was not yet ready to fully appreciate it. I’ll come back to it later. I think the best criterion is: choose a book you’ve already read in your mother tongue, and which you love. I recommend Herman Hesse, his style is rather simple, his language elevated indeed, but without pyrotechnics, and the content is deep and motivating. Many german friends tell me that he is or has been at one point their favorite author. But as a first book, I’d pick a book by a contemporary author who writes beautifully, such as Cornelia Funke. Or Leonie Swann: Glennkill was for me the perfect starting point.
Hi Mary, I’m sorry to hear that you are having these issues :( Try not to get too disheartened! If what you have been doing isn’t working, just sounds like you might need to change it up. First of all with your diet, I would try to reduce your carbs (to around 20-30%) and increase your fat (to around 20-30%). If you feel like your legs are mostly muscle I would avoid any exercises such as squats etc for now until you reduce some muscle. You can still do exercises for your legs but try to do more that focus on your glutes such as donkey kicks, single leg deadlifts, back extensions, leg raises, hip bridges etc. They are less intense but they still work to help tone up. Pilates is actually great to help give you ideas on exercises to tone up without bulking up your quads. I also recommend walking 5-6 times per day, preferably first thing in the morning. Try to start most of your days off with a walk. I hope that helps hun! All the best xx
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