July 2015 Wrap-Up

a409c-julyJuly has been a busy month for me in terms of reading and reviewing, not all of which has ben reflected here on the blog.  I’ve contributed a few pieces to Shiny New Books, for example, and I’m hoping to have a couple of things appear elsewhere at some point over the next month or so.  Still, as exciting as it is to venture into pastures new, the focus is still on this blog (and my reading!), so let’s see what was happening here last month 🙂

Total Books Read: 14
Year-to-Date: 94

New: 14
Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 1
Review Copies: 9
From the Library: 3
On the Kindle:4 (3 review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 2
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 2
Poetry: 1

Non-English Language: 14 (3 Spanish, 2 Japanese, 2 French, Danish, German, Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish, Korean, Norwegian)
In Original Language: 2 (German, Spanish)


Books reviewed in July were:

1) The Art of Flight by Sergio Pitol
2) The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
3) One Million Cows by Manuel Rivas
4) Three Generations by Yom Sang-seop
5) La lectrice (Reader for Hire) by Raymond Jean
6) Woman in Darkness by Luisgé Martín
7) June by Gerbrand Bakker
8) All Souls by Javier Marías
9) From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
10) The Book of Tokyo, eds. Michael Emmerich, Jim Hinks & Masashi Matsuie
11) Una vez Argentina (Once upon a Time in Argentina) by Andrés Neuman
12) Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano

Tony’s Turkey for July is: Nothing

Nothing to see here – another turkey-free month of reading 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for July is: Javier Marías’s All Souls

This has been a strange month in that I’ve enjoyed all the books I’ve reviewed without really loving any of them – most of them were good, but not great.  In a field of enjoyable reads, then, Marías, as a genuine thoroughbred, eases through to take the line first, even if All Souls isn’t exactly his best book.  Still, them’s the rules… 😉

August is, as many of you will know, Women in Translation Month over at the biblibio blog, and I’m certainly planning to do my part.  Next month, providing the moons align, all of my review posts will be focused on female writers – come back soon to find out what I ended up reading to celebrate the event 🙂

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