December 2019 Wrap-Up

I don’t usually publish my monthly wrap-up posts until the start of the following month, but with the year drawing to a close (and a bit of blogging admin to get to…), the December version is out today, with links to the last few posts I published in 2019.  Never fear, though – while there’s still some time before the New Year countdown, the numbers shouldn’t change as I’m spending the last few days rereading some books I tried earlier in the year.  And speaking of the stats… 😉

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Total Books Read: 9
Year-to-Date: 160

New: 4
Rereads: 5

From the Shelves: 5
Review Copies: 4
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

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

Non-English Language: (2 Hungarian, 2 Japanese, German, French, Spanish)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

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Books Reviewed in December were:
1) Auf der Universität (At University) by Theodor Storm
2) Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
3) House of Day, House of Night by Olga Tokarczuk
4) Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk
5) Nobel Lecture: The Tender Narrator by Olga Tokarczuk
6) Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas
7) Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman
8) Dr Wortle’s School by Anthony Trollope
9) Marcia aus Vermont (Marcia from Vermont) by Peter Stamm
10) Abigail by Magda Szabó

Tony’s Turkey for December is: Nothing

While I wasn’t overly impressed with Elliot Perlman’s latest novel, finding it a little too much of an easy read, it was still enjoyable, and that’s as weak as it got this month (it’s a good job I had a few turkeys in the deep freeze from earlier in the year!).

Tony’s Recommendation for December is:
Olga Tokarczuk’s Primeval and Other Times

With Les Misérables being Emily’s read, not mine, Victor Hugo’s novel was out of the running, and apart from a respectful nod in the direction of Christos Tsiolkas’ Damascus, the December choice was all about the new Nobel laureate, Olga Tokarczuk.  I actually enjoyed both of this month’s selections more than Flights or Drive Your Plow…, and in the end I opted for Primeval and Other Times in a photo finish 🙂

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That’s the monthly wrap-up taken care of, but the year’s not quite finished yet.  Watch out for a couple of posts very soon looking at my books of the year, and then, of course, there’s the customary annual awards ceremony, with my usual rating and slating of the year’s literature.  Don’t go too far – it’s going to be a busy few days here on the blog 🙂

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