September 2019 Wrap-Up

September started off as a nice, relaxing month of reading, with little pressure on what to read and when, but as it drew to a close, thoughts of what lies ahead had me stepping on the gas a little, hoping to get a little further advanced with completed posts than has been the case recently.  The reason for that is a story for next month (although regular readers might be able to hazard a guess as to why I’m getting my house in order), so I’ll just get straight into the main event for today’s post, the usual numbers game.  It’s been another good month, in terms of both quality and quantity, so let’s take a look at how it went 🙂

Total Books Read: 14
Year-to-Date: 128

New: 11
Rereads: 3

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas: 1
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 0
Poetry: 1

Non-English Language: 14
(4 Korean, 3 Japanese, 3 German, 3 French, Greek)
In Original Language: 4 (3 German, French)

Books Reviewed in September were:
1) Dry Milk by Huo Yan
2) Blood Sisters by Kim Yideum
3) Five Preludes & A Fugue by Cheon Heerahn
4) Divorce by Kim Soom
5) Das Kalkwerk (The Lime Works) by Thomas Bernhard
6) Poena Damni – The First Death by Dimitris Lyacos
7) The Little Fox of Mayerville by Éric Mathieu
8) Nirliit by Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
9) Running on Fumes by Christian Guay-Poliquin

Tony’s Turkey for September is: Nothing

A good month of interesting reads – no turkeys here 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for September is:
Thomas Bernhard’s Das Kalkwerk (The Lime Works)

I enjoyed everything I reviewed in September, and in another month Juliana Léveillé-Trudel’s fascinating novel(?) on life in Quebec’s frozen north might just have taken out the prize.  However, any time I get to read another of Thomas Bernhard’s slices of grumpiness, there’s a fair chance that he’ll be my pick of the month, and that’s the case again this time around, with his early work on old age, madness and despair comfortably winning out.

As hinted above, I have big plans for the future, so October will be spent making sure I have everything off the table before November begins.  Yes, as you probably realised, it has something to do with German Literature Month, but this year I’ll be doing things a little differently.  Come back in a month’s time to find out exactly how I’ve decided to make life difficult for myself this time around 😉

6 thoughts on “September 2019 Wrap-Up

  1. Should the title be ‘September 2019 Wrap-Up’? So it was a fight between the grumpy Austrian and the frozen north this month – sounds like my kind of fight. I’ll have a ringside seat, please.


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