January 2018 Wrap-Up

January has been a busy month for me, but I’ve still managed to read and review some good books to get the literary year off to a flying start.  Of course, before moving on to 2018, there was a little unfinished 2017 business to take care off, and that came in the form of my traditional awards post and a look at the posts you found most interesting last year.

Having done that, though, it’s time to soldier on with the first monthly review of the year – I wonder how many of these books will still be fresh in the mind come December…

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

New: 9
Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 2
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 2 (2 review copies)

Novels: 3
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 2

Non-English Language: 9
(6 Japanese, Georgian, Spanish, Hungarian)
In Original Language: 0

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Books Reviewed in January were:
1) Devils in Daylight by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
2) Companions by Christina Hesselholdt
3) In Black and White by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
4) The Wild Book by Juan Villoro
5) The Book of Tbilisi, Becca Parkinson & Gvantsa Jobava (eds.)
6) Childhood Years: A Memoir by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
7) Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina
8) Red Roofs & Other Stories by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
9) The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai

Tony’s Turkey for January is: Nothing

Lots to enjoy this month means a turkeyless start to 2018 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for January is:
Antonio Muñoz Molina’s Like a Fading Shadow

Despite the glut of Tanizaki reviews, there was nothing there that really stood out, but several of my other reads had claims on being best in class this month.  Although Companions was an enjoyable, engrossing read, the final decision was between Krasznahorkai and Muñoz Molina, with the Spanish writer taking the prize in a photo finish 😉

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February will see more of the same – several Tanizaki reviews with some more quality fiction in translation jammed in between.  However, it’s also time to start making plans for the months to come.  You see, it’s not too long until the Man Booker International Prize longlist is announced.  I’d better start making some reading room for the next crop of contenders…

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