December 2018 Wrap-Up

December saw me trying to get to a few neglected review copies before the year ended, a futile endeavour seeing as the books kept dropping through my letter box.  However, I already have plans for January (more on that another time), so I needed to get to a few books that couldn’t wait until February.  They were all ones I wanted to read, though, so it was a nice way to end 2018 🙂

Here, then, is my final wrap-up for the year – one last time with the stats…

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Total Books Read: 10
Year-to-Date: 127

New: 6
Rereads: 4

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 6
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 9
(3 Korean, 2 German, Serbian, Icelandic, French, Hungarian)
In Original Language: 2 (2 German)

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Books Reviewed in December were:
1) The Private Life of Plants by Lee Seung-u
2) Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Énard
3) Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf
4) Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
5) Compartments by Zoran Živković
6) Little Mouse by Riikka Jäntti
7) And the Wind Sees All by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson
8) The Tale of Cho Ung, translated by Sookja Cho
9) Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
10) Disoriental by Négar Djavadi
11) The Underground Village by Kang Kyeong-ae
12) Katalin Street by Magda Szabó

Tony’s Turkey for December is:
Haruki Murakami’s Killing Commendatore

It might seem a little strange to slate a book I’ll probably end up buying and rereading, but as was the case for several of my choices this year, this month’s turkey gets the nod more for disappointed expectations than real failure.  My review focused on the negatives, and there were a good few to discuss, so I’m afraid that Murakami’s latest novel in English will be plucked and served up for dinner 😉

Tony’s Recommendation for December is:
Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental

There were several good books among my choices this month.  I enjoyed both my Korean reads, and my first (belated) taste of Zoran Živković’s work was great fun.  The last reviewed book of the year, Magda Szabó’s Katalin Street, also impressed after a slow start.  In the end, though, I had a straight choice between Djavadi’s family epic and Énard’s short historical work, and in a toss-up, I went with the greater scope of Disoriental (but it was very close…).

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That’s it for another year, but don’t go too far.  Tomorrow sees me welcoming in the new blogging year by wrapping up the old one.  That’s right – it’s almost time for the 2018 Tony’s Reading List Awards!  What was the best book of my reading year?  And the biggest turkey?  You’ll find out very soon 😉

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