February 2013 Wrap-Up

February has been a good reading month, with a variety of great books (which I took my time over!).  I got one from the shelves, but the rest were all review copies.  Let’s see how the stats went during the shortest month of the year…

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Total Books Read: 7

Year-to-Date: 14

New: 6

Rereads: 1

From the Shelves: 2
Review Copies: 5

From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0

Novels: 3
Novellas: 1

Short Stories: 3 (1 with poetry)

Non-English Language: 6 (2 Russian, Japanese, Arabic, Czech, Catalan)
In Original Language: 0
Aussie Author Challenge: 0 (0/3)


Tony’s Turkey for February is:
Jiří Hájíček’s Rustic Baroque

Apologies to the writer, but I’m reviewing the English-language version, and (unfortunately) an interesting story was marred by a sub-par translation.  The first turkey for 2013…

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace


This month it was a four-way race between some great books: a slender German novella, an excellent old Austrian novel and two big Russian books
, one classic and one modern.   In the end, I had to give it to Tolstoy’s classic epic, but it was a very close race – The Mussel Feast, Maidenhair and Radetzkymarsch are all very good books 🙂

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On we go to March then, and it is a month I have been looking forward to for a long time.  The longlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is released later today (UK time), and as I’m planning to read the whole list, I’m going to be very busy – wish me luck 😉

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4 thoughts on “February 2013 Wrap-Up

  1. Stu – I've been reading fewer books this year, but I've been intentionally choosing some longer ones (and rereading a few of the shorter ones). Of course, with IFFP, that has gone out of the window – March will be a *lot* busier 😉

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