October 2016 Wrap-Up

373cb-img_3623While few readers will have noticed, there were a few themes running through my posts for October.  The first week was all about Korean women, the second was spent in Latin America, and the third took us to Japan (ending up in the fourteenth century!).  Unfortunately, that run was spoiled in the final week – although I suppose the Netherlands, Iceland and Canada can all be rather cold at times…😉

Of course, this month’s reading also involves variations on a theme – but let’s leave that to the end of the post.  First, let’s look at what was going on last month🙂

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Total Books Read: 15
Year-to-Date: 156

New: 10
Rereads: 5

From the Shelves: 5
Review Copies: 8
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 1 (0 review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 2

Non-English Language: 14
(4 Japanese, 3 German, 2 French, 2 Spanish, 2 Korean, Icelandic)
In Original Language: 3 (3 German)

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Books Reviewed in October were:
1) One Hundred Shadows by Hwang Jungeun
2) Anxiety of Words – Contemporary Poetry by Korean Women, Don Mee Choi (ed.)
3) A Greater Music by Bae Suah
4) Colonel Lágrimas by Carlos Fonseca
5) Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra
6) Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
7) Long Belts and Thin Men: The Post-War stories of Kojima Nobuo
8) The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity by Royall Tyler
9) Tow Truck Pluck by Annie M.G. Schmidt & Fiep Westendorp
10) Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón
11) The Unknown Huntsman by Jean-Michel Fortier

Tony’s Turkey for October is: Nothing

The closest this month was Eduardo Galeano’s slightly over-rated collection of football anecdotes, but there’s enough there (particularly some nice writing) to save it from getting stuffed😉

Tony’s Recommendation for October is:
Bae Suah’s A Greater Music

Once again, nothing really jumped out at me this month, and I was left tossing up between a few contenders of equal merit.  One Hundred Shadows was an excellent read, but perhaps a little lightweight, and while I enjoyed Sjón’s latest novel, it didn’t quite grab me as much as I’d expected.  A Greater Music, then, comes out on top, with the excellent writing overriding the slight sluggishness I felt in the first half of the novel.

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November is all about German Literature Month (as you may already have noticed from this week’s posts), and my whole month will be spent reading in German and reviewing in English.  If that sounds like something for you, why not find a German-language book and dive in?  Or you can just come back next month and see how my November panned out – the choice is yours🙂

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