February 2015 Wrap-Up

February has been an interesting month on the reading front, with a mixture of review novels, Febshort works and a reread of a slightly longer book.  All the while, I’ve had my eye on an upcoming event, trying to get through some urgent ARCs while penciling in a couple of free dates in my blogging schedule.  Why?  Well, you’ll find out soon enough…

Before that, though, lets get to the stats 😉

Total Books Read: 11
Year-to-Date: 22

New: 9
Rereads: 2

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 6
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 2 (1 review copy)

Novels: 6
Novellas: 3
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 9 (5 Korean, Italian, Icelandic, German, Japanese)
In Original Language: 1 (German)


Books reviewed in February were:

1) Feast of the Innocents by Evelio Rosero
2) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
3) The Stein Report by José Carlos Llop
4) Trees on a Slope by Hwang Sun-won
5) Troubling Love by Elena Ferrante
6) A Most Ambiguous Sunday by Jung Young Moon
7) Angry in Piraeus by Maureen Freely
8) The Heart of Man by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
9) My Clint Eastwood by Oh Han-ki

Tony’s Turkey for February is: Nothing
No real turkeys in February – a lean start to the year 😉

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Jón Kalman Stefánsson’s The Heart of Man

Apologies to all the other books reviewed this month – you were never in the hunt.  Honourable mentions go to Han Kang, Jung Young Moon and Elena Ferrante, but February was all about JKS.  The Heart of Man is a wonderful book and a fitting end to his excellent trilogy.  More please – and soon.
Looking ahead to March, I’m going to be very busy with (of course) the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize reading.  The longlist is set to be announced on the 12th of March, and while I will probably have read a few of the fifteen or so books named, there’s every chance that those I haven’t tried will be in the majority.  Here’s hoping that there are some undiscovered gems amongst the pack 🙂

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