September 2018 Wrap-Up

After August’s burst of activity, September was a far slower month, on the review side at least.  My write-ups of the events I attended at the Melbourne Writers Festival meant I only had room for six review posts this month, well below my average total.  Rest assured, though, that I am still working away behind the scenes and that there’s plenty coming up on the blog to enjoy.  And while you’re waiting…

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Total Books Read: 12
Year-to-Date: 100

New: 12
Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 1
From the Library: 8
On the Kindle: 5 (5 review copies)

Novels: 7
Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 12 (7 Korean, 2 German, 2 French, Polish)
In Original Language: 3 (2 German, French)

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Books Reviewed in September were:
1) Endless Blue Sky by Lee Hyoseok
2) Le Temps retrouvé (Time Regained) by Marcel Proust
3) Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania by Adam Mickiewicz
4) Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
5) L’orangeraie (The Orange Grove) by Larry Tremblay
6) In Every Wave by Charles Quimper

Tony’s Turkey for September is: nothing

September was low on quantity, but high on quality – no turkeys here 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for September is:
Marcel Proust’s Le Temps retrouvé

As noted above, a small, but top-class field of runners.  There were several books here which might have smeaked a win in another month, with Mickiewicz’s epic poem probably the standout, but when you consider the context of the whole novel, it’s really impossible to go beyond the last part of Proust’s incredible work 🙂

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October should see another good month of reviews with four books from Korea to kick us off.  However, I’m already looking further ahead to November, with German Literature Month almost upon us once more.  I’m not giving anything away just yet, but I will say that I’ll be approaching the event a little differently this year.  What exactly do I have in store for you?  Well, that would be telling – I’m afraid you’re just going to have to wait and see 😉

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