June 2012 Wrap-Up

June has been extremely busy here at Tony’s Reading List.  I’ve had a few more ARCs than usual, and I’ve also been trying to fit in some books to take part in Dutch Lit Month, Indigenous Literature Week and, of course, the Japanese Literature Challenge 6.  On top of that, I had my most successful post ever (on translated fiction), and I even managed to knock off the final book from the IFFP 2012 longlist.  Now that’s what I call a big month…

Total Books Read: 11

Year-to-Date: 59

New: 11

Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 3

From the Library: 4
On the Kindle: 1 (1 Review Copy)

Novels: 5

Novellas: 5
Short Stories: 1

Non-English Language: 9 (3 Spanish, 2 Japanese, Danish, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch)
In Original Language: 0

Murakami Challenge: 0 (0/3)

Aussie Author Challenge: 1 (5/12)
Australian Women Writers Challenge: 1 (5/10)

IFFP 2012 Longlist: 1 (15/15) – COMPLETED 🙂
Japanese Literature Challenge 6: 2 (2/1) 

Books read in June were:
Tony’s Turkey for June is: Larissa Behrendt’s Legacy

Perhaps a tad harsh, but Legacy was a lot weaker than the rest of the books this month.  It was overly preachy, dull at times, and compared to my other book for Indigenous Literature Week it was fairly anodyne, despite some of the content matter.  That makes two turkeys for Christmas so far this year…

Tony’s Recommendations for June are: Alan Duff’s Once Were Warriors
and Miguel de Cervante’s Don Quixote

Even in a reputedly inferior translation, Don Quixote is a magnificent book, a must-read for anyone with any literary pretentions (or just a yearning for a rollocking read!).  However, I couldn’t overlook Alan Duff’s magnificent portrayal of Maori life, so for the first time this year, the honours are shared 🙂

Looking forward to July, I’m hoping to read more books for Spanish Lit Month.  That should be fairly simple though as I have another few ARCs of contemporary Spanish-language literature to get through – be careful what you wish for… 😉


8 thoughts on “June 2012 Wrap-Up

  1. I'm going to start rereading Don Quixote during Spanish Lit Month–at a little more leisurely pace than you seem to have done! Glad you enjoyed it as it's one of my all-time faves. Anyway, continued happy reading to you.


  2. Richard – I think I took four days for Part One, had a two- or three-day break to read other things and then got through Part 2 in five days. Probably a bit rushed, but I did enjoy it 🙂 In a few years' time, I'll be looking for a reread with a more modern translation to see how it compares.

    Michael – Very good 🙂

    Gary – The Keene book is worth reading, but I'd pick the Oxford collection first every time. There are some pretty old translations in here (I think the anthology dates from the fifties!).


  3. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Don Quixote. A few years ago, I read about a third of it before having to return it to the library. I moved and wasn't able to find the same translation again so I've been holding off reading it. I finally gave in and bought the translation I wanted so I'm hoping to get to it soon. I loved what I did read, though. I found it pretty hilarious.


  4. worsdandpeace – Not much overlap there! I am wanting to try Calvino at some point though, so I look forward to that review 🙂

    Kristi – I loved 'Don Quixote', even if it took a while to get through it. The good news is that Book 2 is much better than Book 1, so you have a lot to look forward to 🙂


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