February 2016 Wrap-Up

FebFebruary was a busy month as I had a lot of books I wanted to get to.  Luckily, I also had a bit more free time than usual, so I was able to do a lot of reading and reviewing – which is just as well.  You see, before too long, I’m going to have a little more on my plate (more about that later…).  Anyway, first things first – names and numbers😉

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Total Books Read: 17
Year-to-Date: 33

New: 9
Rereads: 8

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 11
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 1 (1 review copy)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 3
Short Stories: 6
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 15 (5 Korean, 4 Japanese, Spanish, French, Catalan, Hungarian, Romanian, German)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

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Books Reviewed in February were:
1) Your Face Tomorrow 3 : Poison, Shadow and Farewell by Javier Marías
2) Tokyo Decadence by Ryū Murakami
3) August, October by Andrés Barba
4) The Same City by Lusigé Martín
5) Human Acts by Han Kang
6) The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
7) The Night Watch by Patrick Modiano
8) The Heredity of Taste by Natsume Sōseki
9) Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
10) For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution – An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature
Heather Bowen-Struyk & Norma Field (eds.)
11) Destruction and Sorrow beneath the Heavens by László Krasznahorkai

Tony’s Turkey for February is: Natsume Sōseki’s The Heredity of Taste

A little unfair, perhaps, but this definitely isn’t the Japanese master’s best work, a slight novella which never quite gets where it’s going.

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Javier Marías’ Your Face Tomorrow 3: Poison, Shadow and Farewell

A good effort from Han Kang – a late run from Krasznahorkai.  Let’s face it, though, with Marías having missed out for the first two parts of the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, Poison, Shadow and Farewell was always likely to take get the nod this time around, and deservedly so.  A wonderful set of books, with Marías saving the best for last – read them all🙂

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On to March, then, and that means just one thing – it’s IFFP Man Booker International Prize time, of course!  With less than a week to go until the longlist is announced, I have no fingernails left, and the Shadow Panel members are climbing the walls waiting for the announcement to be made.  Who’ll be on the list?  You’ll find out very soon – and I’ll be reading them😉

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