Hello, I’m Conny, aka Literati Girl.
Books are an integral part of my life, and I’ve been a story-lover and avid reader for as long as I can remember.
It all started with Grimm’s Fairytales, and eventually progressed to Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and a whole host of big names inbetween. I read those in German, and loved them.
But then I read The Hobbit; the first book I read in English cover to cover. And it changed my bookish life. Very quickly, English became my go-to language to read in. It was J.R.R. Tolkien and his way with words, who really turned my reading life into a fully blown love affair with literature, and then, when I thought it started to flag a bit, I re-read The Lord of the Rings and soon after discovered the literary genius of Neil Gaiman.
To this day, English remains my favourite language to read in, although I do still read in German and very occasionally try my hand at simple stories in French or Spanish.
I hold a M.A. in Cross-Cultural Communication and my emphasis is on cultural differences within literature – my thesis was on how an author’s culture influences their work and variations within Australian Literature. Now I am getting away from cold hard news and moving more towards publishing and literature, but my background is in journalism (and tourism management – or “travel journalism” as my university called it). The thought behind studying a writing profession in English was just that: getting to read and write in English every day. Since 2006 I have been published as a writer and/or photographer online as well as in newspapers and magazines in Germany, UK, NZ, Australia, Ecuador, Ghana, South Africa and the US. You can say I’m a printed word kind of girl.
That’s where this blog comes in. With the amount of books I read, it’s only logical to dedicate a whole blog to them, as my other blog Study.Read.Write. is a bit too student-oriented for my book reviews by now. So check out what I think about the written word!