October 2015 Wrap-Up

October saw me return to full-time work, which really should also have seen a reduction in my 373cb-img_3623reading and reviewing.  Of course, life never quite works out the way you plan, and instead I’ve found myself doing more than ever (with a few reviews elsewhere on the side).  If that wasn’t enough, next month is going to be even busier, as many of you will no doubt already be aware…

Still, let’s not get too carried away with self-pity – here are the usual stats to round off the month instead😉

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Total Books Read: 13
Year-to-Date: 136

New: 10
Rereads: 3

From the Shelves: 7
Review Copies: 5
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 3 (3 review copies)

Novels: 7
Novellas: 4
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 13 (4 German, 3 Indonesian, 2 Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian, French, Korean)
In Original Language: 4 (4 German)

 

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Books reviewed in October were:

Emily’s vote would have been for her fairy-tale collection, but I’m overruling her as it’s a lovely little collection.  Maybe we’ll get another turkey next month…

Tony’s Recommendation for October is:
László Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance

There were several excellent reads this month, with Modiano finally impressing (twice!), a trio of entertaining Indonesian works (of which Eka Kurniawan’s novel was the pick) and the final part of Miklós Bánffy’s wonderful Transylvanian Trilogy.  October’s pick of the month was an easy choice to make, though, with Krasznahorkai showing yet again why his name is beginning to creep higher and higher up the annual Nobel Prize betting lists🙂

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November will, of course, be about one thing, and one thing only – German-language literature.  It’s time for German Literature Month, and I’ll have a whole month of reviews on books originally written in the German language.  I hope you’ll be joining us on our Teutonic travels😉

5 thoughts on “October 2015 Wrap-Up

    1. Stu – About ten this year, I think (busy with work and a few external reviews) – should come up with a few good books still, though🙂

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