March 2015 Wrap-Up

March was a month of frantic reading and posting with the IFFP longlist dominatinMarchg proceedings.  Ever since the announcement on the 12th of March, I’ve been frantically trying to get through as many of the titles as possible – with the shortlist announcement on the 9th of April, we haven’t exactly been given much time…

Anyway, I’ll keep reading – you can look at the stats yourself 😉

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Total Books Read: 15
Year-to-Date: 37

New: 13
Rereads: 2

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 8
From the Library: 3
On the Kindle: 2 (2 review copies)

Novels: 11
Novellas: 3
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 15 (4 German, 3 Japanese, 2 Spanish, Finnish, Dutch, Korean, Swedish, Chinese, Russian)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

 

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Books reviewed in March were:

1) Eyrie by Tim Winton
2) The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
3) Highway with Green Apples & Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah
4) The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
5) The Long Road by Kim In-suk
6) Nacht ist der Tag (All Days Are Night) by Peter Stamm
7) By Night the Mountain Burns by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
8) The Investigation by Jung-Myung Lee
9) White Hunger by Aki Ollikainen
10) Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
11) The Ravens by Tomas Bannerhed
12) These Are the Names by Tommy Wieringa

Tony’s Turkey for March is: Peter Stamm’s Nacht ist der Tag

OK, so it wasn’t absolutely terrible, but I’d been waiting for this for a long time, and it was a bit of a disappointment, to be honest.  Stamm can do much better than this, and for that reason, it’s straight into turkey storage for this book.

Tony’s Recommendation for March is: Tomas Bannerhed’s The Ravens

I was actually struggling a little here.  While Wieringa, Ishiguro, Winton and Ollikainen all produced excellent books, none of them really stood out above the pack.  Luckily, then, The Ravens came along, and the decision was made for me – Bannerhed’s debut novel is a wonderful book which I’m tipping to progress to the IFFP shortlist 🙂

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April should see me quickly polish off the remainder of the IFFP longlist, allowing me to turn my attention to some other interesting books which have already started to accumulate on my shelves.  Rest assured, though, that matters IFFP will continue to attract my attention – that Shadow winner isn’t going to choose itself, you know 😉
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