February 2018 Wrap-Up

February has flown by, and I don’t seem to have done very much at all.  Work’s been pretty busy, and I’ve been struggling to squeeze out a couple of reviews a week (although one of the upsides has been time to revisit some old literary friends).  Still, I’ve managed to put out eight reviews and read a few new books, too – let’s see exactly what went on last month 🙂

Total Books Read: 9
Year-to-Date: 18

New: 5
Rereads: 4

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 3
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 6
Novellas: 2
Short Stories: 1
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 9
(4 Japanese, 2 German, French, Russian, Various)
In Original Language: 3 (2 German, French)

Books Reviewed in February were:
1) Naomi by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
2) About the Size of the Universe by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
3) A Cat, A Man, and Two Women by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
4) City Folk and Country Folk by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya
5) In Praise of Shadows by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
6) Albertine disparue (The Fugitive) by Marcel Proust
7) The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi & Arrowroot by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
8) Banthology: Stories from Unwanted Nations, Sarah Cleave (ed.)

Tony’s Turkey for February is: Nothing

All good reads again this month, so the hunt for the year’s first turkey continues…

Tony’s Recommendation for February is:
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi & Arrowroot

While I was tempted to go for my latest bout of Proustian contemplation, Tanizaki was due a win after all my recent reads, and this one was pretty much a case of saving the best for last.  Two historical novellas that hit the spot make for a worthy monthly winner 🙂

March sees my life becoming rather hectic with the imminent announcement of the Man Booker International Prize longlist.  The new shadow panel’s been introduced, and I’ve also had a stab in the dark at what we might be reading this year – now I’m just waiting for the fun to begin when the official announcement (on the 12th) is made.  Interesting times are just around the corner… 😉


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