April 2018 Wrap-Up

April saw me knock off (most of) the rest of the Man Booker International Prize longlist as part of my shadowing duties.  We ended up selecting six excellent books for our shortlist while the official judges…  well, they had a slightly different take on matters.  Whichever half-dozen you prefer, the end is in sight, with the winner(s) to be announced on the 22nd of May.  Before that, though, I’d better let you all know how my reading and reviewing month went – this way, please 🙂

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Total Books Read: 11
Year-to-Date: 40

New: 9
Rereads: 2

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 1 (1 review copy)

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

Non-English Language: 11
(3 German, 3 Spanish, Mandarin, French, Korean, Polish, Russian)
In Original Language: 3 (3 German)

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Books Reviewed in April were:
1) The Stolen Bicycle by Wu Ming-Yi
2) Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes
3) Der fliegende Berg (The Flying Mountain) by Christoph Ransmayr
4) The Impostor by Javier Cercas
5) Remains of Life by Wu He
6) QWERTY Invectives by Éric Chevillard
7) Four Russian Short Stories (Various)
8) The Three Electroknights and Other Stories by Stanisław Lem

Tony’s Turkey for April is: Nothing

Another excellent reading month, so no turkeys to be seen.  Spoiler alert – that won’t be the case in May…

Tony’s Recommendation for April is:
Christoph Ransmayr’s Der fliegende Berg

There were a number of contenders this month, with all four MBIP longlisters impressing.  In addition, Wu He’s excellent insight into Taiwanese native culture in modern times came very close to getting my vote.  However, while it didn’t make the official shortlist, Ransmayr’s novel of brotherly love at low and high altitudes was my favourite for April, and I’ll be flicking through it again soon to see if it deserves to take out our Shadow Prize, too 🙂

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May will be dominated by MBIP rereading, discussion and speculation, but I already have one eye on the large collection of books that has piled up over the past month or so.  As winter draws ever closer (yes, winter…), the weather is taking a turn, and sad as I am to see the warmer days coming to an end, there is one consolation.  What can you do when it’s cold and wet outside but read?  Any excuse 😉

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