Angelika Bohn 2021 Book Reviews & Giveaway

If you have been watching my YouTube channel for a while you are probably aware that I am a huge fan of Angelika Bohn’s books for German learners. They aren’t just good readers for German learners, but they are genuinely good books on their own. Once you add in the German learning part, her books are like the perfect pairing of language learning and entertainment, giving us the best of both worlds. In this video I will be reviewing one of her most recent novels, Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste and a book for advanced learners called Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch!

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Books by Angelika Bohn

If you want to buy any of Angelika Bohn’s books, you can click the links listed below and buy them on Amazon. Keep in mind these are affiliate links, so I will get a small kickback from Amazon if you end up buying from that link. This doesn’t cost you extra, it just helps support my work financially. 

A1 – Nachbar Nr. 5
A1/A2 – der silberne Kugelschreiber
A1/A2 – Immer wieder Sascha
A2 – Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste
A2 – Nie wieder Merle?
A2/B1 – Falsche Adresse
B1 – Für S.
B1/B2 – Foto ohne Namen
B2 – Café Leo
Bock auf echtes Deutsch?
Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch!

I’ve also got some good news for anyone who would like to win one of the books from Angelika Bohn that I keep raving about. This video isn’t just a book review, it is also a giveaway. Stick around until the end of this post and I’ll tell you how you can enter to win one of her most recent 4 novels. Those would be one of the two I’m reviewing today, Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste along with Café Leo, Nachbar Nr. 5 and Für S. This means there is a chance to win a book for your level no matter how advanced your German learning is, because these four books represent the first 4 levels of German learning, from A1 to B2.

Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste Book Review

The first book I will be reviewing today is Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste. This book is targeted at the A2 level of German learning. It follows a young college student named Annika as she tries to make some extra cash to pay for all of the things in her life that just seem to be falling apart. The price of rent went up, she needs to repair her scooter, and her laptop is in serious need of an upgrade. In order to make this money, her friend sends her to a man who wants to have someone write “his story”, but when she starts meeting with this guy, the story starts twisting and turning through a bunch of strange situations. 

Extra Materials for Angelika Bohn Books

One of my favorite things about Angelika Bohn’s books is that they aren’t just books. You can get practice exercises to go with each book by going to the link at the beginning of the book, https://www.deutsch-lesen.de/buecher/. These exercises range from reading comprehension questions to grammar questions based on the things you see in the reading. They are an absolutely phenomenal addition to her books and this is not unique to the books I am reviewing today. These kinds of exercises are available for every book in her “Einfach Deutsch lesen” series

I’ve said it before about other books Angelika Bohn has written, but she has a way of taking seemingly unrelated bits of information and laying them all out in front of you. Then just as you think you are starting to understand what is going on, there is a plot twist that messes up your whole process. This happens again in Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste. I got about half way through and I was like “oh, I see what’s happening here.” Then a couple of chapters later, I was like “oh, I was wrong, the characters in the book were wrong, everything makes sense and yet isn’t’ how I saw that going at all.” 

One of the best things about Angelika Bohn’s books is that the cover never tells you what you are about to get into. The cover of this book has an ice cream with kiwi and bananas and a llama. These two things are in the book and they are relevant to the story, but there is no way you will guess why they are relevant based on what is written on the back of the book. Unlike a trailer for a Marvel film, the description on the back of the book barely scratches the surface of this story and all of its twists and turns. 

Simply a Good Book

Another thing I have often said about Angelika Bohn’s books is that I would read them even if they weren’t meant for German learners. She has proved this once again with this book. The language used is simple enough for A2 learners to understand and advance their German skills, but it is also simply a good read, too. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you are at the A2 level or even at the A1 level and want to advance your German, this book would be a great choice for you. If you want to read it too, click this link and buy your own copy today. 

Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch Book Review

The second book I am reviewing is Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch. This is a follow up to her similarly formatted book Bock auf echtes Deutsch. Both of these books are designed to teach German learners slang and everyday phrases, verbs and vocabulary that you generally don’t find in a textbook. It says on the cover of both books that they are targeted at the B2-C2 levels and I definitely understand why that is. 

Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch is broken down into five parts: verbs, adjectives and adverbs, nouns, nouns plus verbs and a dialogue using the things you learned in the book. Every few pages there is a short sample dialogue using the next few phrases and some comprehension questions to check your understanding. The dialogue at the end goes on for 10 whole pages and includes something from the book in almost every line. Every phrase used includes a page number, so you can go back and read about that phrase again, if you didn’t understand it or you forgot what it meant. 

Why Herr Antrim Loves This Book

Since I’m a huge grammar nerd, I love this kind of book. It shows you so much more than you would get out of a textbook and then ties it all together with a nice little dialogue in conversational German. The best part is that since it is targeted between the B2 and C2 levels, there is something in there for everyone. I’ve been teaching German for 12 years and still learned some phrases I hadn’t heard before from this book. 

If you are one of those people who have thought to yourself “I have been learning German forever, but I still have trouble understanding real German conversations while I am in Germany.” these two books will help you make giant strides in understanding how Germans really talk outside of a textbook. 

If you want to learn more about Angelika Bohn’s books, you can find links to all of my other book reviews in the description below. In 2016 I reviewed the books der silberne Kugelschreiber and falsche Adresse. I reviewed the book Foto ohne Namen in 2017. In 2018 I did a video about Immer wieder Sascha. Last year around this time I made a video about the book Nachbar Nr. 5 with my daughter, in which we read the first few pages of the book and work on her ability to translate from German to English.

Angelika Bohn Book Giveaway!

Now for the part you actually care about, the giveaway. With the help of Angelika Bohn herself, we are giving away 2 copies of each of her 4 most recent novels: Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste, Café Leo, Nachbar Nr. 5 and Für S. In order to win one of these books, all you have to do is go to www.germanwithantrim.com/giveaway/ and fill out the short survey. On December 20th I will upload a video announcing the winners and shortly after that you will receive your gift in the mail. You have until December 18th to fill out the survey, so go to www.germanwithantrim.com/giveaway/ now. 

Buy More Books by Angelika Bohn

A1 – Nachbar Nr. 5
A1/A2 – der silberne Kugelschreiber
A1/A2 – Immer wieder Sascha
A2 – Herr Quintus und die geheime Liste
A2 – Nie wieder Merle?
A2/B1 – Falsche Adresse
B1 – Für S.
B1/B2 – Foto ohne Namen
B2 – Café Leo
Bock auf echtes Deutsch?
Jetzt sei doch kein Frosch!

More Book Reviews by Herr Antrim

Fantastic Books for German Learners
Immer wieder Sascha by Angelika Bohn
Foto ohne Namen by Angelika Bohn
der silberne Kugelschreiber by Angelika Bohn
German Book Vocabulary & What’s on Herr Antrim’s Bookshelf
Nachbar Nr. 5 by Angelika Bohn Sample Reading featuring Sophia Antrim

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Herr Antrim
Herr Antrim is a German teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he started his successful YouTube Channel "Learn German with Herr Antrim". In 2015 he created this website to enhance the German language lessons he was providing on YouTube. He is now the author of his own e-book, "Beginner German with Herr Antrim". He has also been featured on numerous blogs and other sites. *This site uses a variety of affiliate links. If there is a link that leads to an outside site from which you could potentially make a purchase, it is very likely an affiliate link for which Herr Antrim will receive a small portion of your purchase. This does not cost you any extra, but it does help keep this website going. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you would like more information about the affiliate programs this site uses, click here.
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