June 2017 Wrap-Up

June’s reading was supposed to be a little more balanced than was the case in May, but the Japanese and Korean readathon just kept going, and I’ve got news for you – it’s not over yet.  I’ve received some excellent review copies recently, with a couple more on the way, so apologies to anyone expecting a more varied literary diet 🙂

Last month also (finally!) saw the culmination of this year’s Man Booker International Prize, and I managed to knock up several posts to finish the event off.  Firstly, I took a second look at the six books on the Shadow Shortlist, before announcing our Shadow Winner.  Then, a couple of days after the official announcement, I had a few choice words about the foolish interesting decision the judges made…

Please have a look at those posts if they appeal, but not before checking out the latest stats (that would be *very* rude…).

Total Books Read: 10
Year-to-Date: 61

New: 10
Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 0
Review Copies: 9
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 1 (1 review copy)

Novels: 4
Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 5
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 9 (4 Japanese, 3 Korean, Spanish, Arabic)
In Original Language: 1 (Spanish)

Books Reviewed in June were:
1) Little Mouse Helps Out by Riikka Jäntti
2) Listening for Jupiter by Pierre-Luc Landry
3) El invierno en Lisboa (Winter in Lisbon) by Antonio Muñoz Molina
4) Spring Sleepers by Kyoko Yoshida
5) mariko / mariquita by Natsuki Ikezawa
6) Evening Proposal by Pyun Hye Young
7) Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa
8) The World’s Most Expensive Novel by Kim Min-jung
9) Danny by Yun I-hyeong
10) The Book of the Dead by Orikuchi Shinobu

Tony’s Turkey for June is: Nothing

Another month with nary a turkey in sight – maybe next time?

Tony’s Recommendation for June is:
Orikuchi Shinobu’s The Book of the Dead

There were a few contenders this month, but there were two definite (Japanese) frontrunners, and I was tempted to go for Hideo Furukawa’s excellent literary remix.  However, for the work that went into not only the main text but also the surrounding supplementary pieces, this month’s best in class has to be Orikuchi’s wonderful blend of history and myth 🙂

July promises to be a rather cold month here in Melbourne, and with a few weeks off work on the horizon, I suppose there won’t be much to do except stay inside and read (which suits me…).  It’s a good job, really, as the review copies I mentioned earlier have come at the same time as a few library requests.  Even if work is on hold, I suspect this will be a rather busy little period for me…


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