February 2017 Wrap-Up

February may well be the shortest month of the year, but it’s still surprising to look back at Febmy list and see that I didn’t even make it into double digits in terms of books read this month.  However, for anyone out there worrying that I’ve given up on reading, let me reassure you by explaining the reason behind the low figure.  You see, of the twenty-eight days of February, eleven were spent on just one book – about which you’ll find out more very soon…

Still, it wasn’t that shabby a reading month, and the reviews kept on coming too – so let’s take a look at what happened 🙂

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Total Books Read: 9
Year-to-Date: 20

New: 8
Rereads: 1

From the Shelves: 2
Review Copies: 6
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 2 (1 review copy)

Novels: 7
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 9
(3 Japanese, 2 French, Arabic, Greenlandic, Icelandic, Italian)
In Original Language: 2 (German, French)

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Books Reviewed in February were:
1) The Story of Hong Gildong, translated by Minsoo Kang
2) Wildwitch: Lifestealer by Lene Kaaberbøl
3) Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
4) The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson
5) Iraq +100 – Stories from a Century after the Invasion (ed. Hassam Blasim)
6) The Mother of Dreams – Portrayals of Women in Modern Japanese Fiction
(ed. Makoto Ueda)
7) Nuuk #ohneFilter (Nuuk #nofilter) by Niviaq Korneliussen
8) Wildwitch: Bloodling by Lene Kaaberbøl
9) A Contrived World by Jung Young Moon
10) Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami
11) Land of Love and Ruins by Oddný Eir

Tony’s Turkey for February is: Nothing

Not everything was from the top drawer this month (I’m looking at you, Bryson), but still no real turkeys so far this year…

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Hiromi Kawakami’s Record of a Night Too Brief

Nothing really stood up and demanded the prize this month, but my last three reviews were all of good books that I enjoyed.  Oddný Eir‘s assortment of diary entries was entertaining enough, and I’m always ready to suspend disbelief in the company of the Korean surrealist Jung Young Moon.  However, Kawakami’s collection of three novellas, dating back to the mid-nineties, proved to be worth the wait, a book I’d certainly recommend 🙂

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March is here, and that means that it’s prize time!  In the US, the good people behind the Best Translated Book Award should be clearing their collective throats very soon, but my main focus (as always) is on the other side of the Atlantic, where the longlist for the Man Booker International Prize will be announced on March the 15th.  For the sixth consecutive year, our Shadow Panel will be trying to keep the real judges honest – you’ll be able to see very soon how well we succeed 😉

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