May Wrap-Up

Not many books on my list for May – that may have something to do with the fact that I spent ten of the last eleven days of the month on something I haven’t even finished yet (more of that next month!).  However, there were still plenty of good books around 🙂

Total Books Read: 9
Year-to-date: 57

New: 9
Rereads: 0
From the Shelves: 3
From the Library: 5
On the Kindle: 1
Novels: 7
Novellas/Short Stories: 2
Non-English Language: 4 (1 Japanese, 1 German, 1 Turkish, 1 Dutch)
5) Unwiederbringlich by Theodor Fontane
6) Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen
7) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8) Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor
9) Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Murakami Challenge: 0 (2/3)
Aussie Author Challenge: 3 (10/12)
Victorian Literature Challenge: 1 (12/15)


Tony’s Recommendation for May is: Steven Carroll’s The Time We Have Taken

Many worthy contenders this month: my continuing project to read more classic German literature paid off with my first (and far from last ) Fontane novel; Peirene Press have picked another gem with Jan van Mersbergen’s macho road novel(la); and I loved the two American classics I finally got around to reading (thanks, as always, to the lovely people at Narre Warren library!).  However, both for the book itself, and the trilogy it caps off, Carroll’s The Time We Have Taken was probably the easiest choice I’ve made this year.  I attempted to explain why in my review, but you really should take the time to find out for yourself – these books are wonderful 🙂

That was May – I’m sure June will be just as fun 😉

9 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up

  1. Tony, that is a great list of books! Lots of quality as far as I can see – I haven't read them all. Capote is so many years ago for me, brings back good memories – must read him again.

    Steven Carroll I haven't heard of but I checked your review and it's going on my wishlist!

    Hope you have a good month in June, too!

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  2. I read Breakfast at Tiffany's this month also. I'm curious to see what you thought of it. I watched the movie afterward and was really surprised by the difference in tone.

    I don't think I've ever read a book set in Australia, and I really should. I'll have to find a copy of The Time We Were Taken since it comes so highly recommended.

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  3. I've only read BAT, which I love to pieces. Capote was such a brilliant writer. Hope your brain is coping with the big German classic. 🙂

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  4. I've only read Breakfast at Tiffany's from your list although there are several that are calling out to me. As usual, you've done us proud, Tony:) I've just finished reading BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara which reminded me a little of Capote's book.

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  5. Leeswammes – I'd never read Capote before, but I loved his style – and as for Carroll, well, I've talked enough about him 😉

    Kristi – I read the review of the film on Wikipedia, and I think the book is much better than the film would be!

    If you're going to read Steven Carroll's book, start with the first of the trilogy 'The Art of the Engine Driver'.

    Stu – It was a slog though… and, by all acounts, I'm not alone in thinking that 🙂

    Violet – It was wonderful, as was Benjamin Button & the other stories, the first Fitzgerald I've read which made me understand why people like him (The Great Gatsby didn't really do it for me).

    As for Goethe, back to the grindstone tomorrow (2-3 days to go!)…

    Sakura – More Capote would be good (maybe 'In Cold Blood'?). Still, now it's time to concentrate on J-Lit again 🙂

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  6. The book was much better than the film. They changed quite a bit–even the ending. It left me a little disappointed. The movie is still good, but it doesn't fairly represent the book.

    I added The Art of the Engine Driver to my goodreads “to read” list. Thanks for letting me know where to begin. 🙂

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  7. The only book I read from your list is the Benjamin Button one. Quite unusual and I like the other short stories as well. I have Capote In Cold Blood but you are right this part of the year Japanese Lit always take over the precedence.

    Good luck for June!

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  8. Kristi – No worries 🙂

    JoV – I actually preferred some of the other stories to BB (esp. 'May Day'), only the last one disappointed me a little in comparison.

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