October 2020 Wrap-Up

The sun is shining, we’re almost out of lockdown (thanks, Dan!), and it looks like I’ll be able to spend a little more time outside the house soon.  However, my reading is hardly likely to be neglected, so there’ll be plenty more reviews coming up soon on the blog.

Speaking of reviews, October was another excellent month at my site.  I’ve started to get a few more books arriving after a period of very patchy postal service, and I also managed to finish some great reads over the month.  More of that soon – first, as always, the boring stuff 😉

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Total Books Read: 13
Year-to-Date: 125

New: 7
Rereads: 6

From the Shelves: 9
Review Copies: 4
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 6
Novellas: 4
Short Stories: 2
Mixed: 1

Non-English Language: 12
(5 Japanese, 4 French, 2 German, Norwegian)
In Original Language: 3 (2 German, French)

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Books Reviewed in October were:

1) Honeybee by Craig Silvey
2) Fate by Jorge Consiglio
3) One Love Chigusa by Soji Shimada
4) Sachiko by Shūsaku Endō
5) Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
6) An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
7) Okamoto Kidō: Master of the Uncanny
8) I is Another: Septology III-V by Jon Fosse
9) Quidditch through the Ages by J.K. Rowling (illustrated by Emily Gravett)

Tony’s Turkey for October is:
Soji Shimada’s One Love Chigusa

I really admire what Red Circle have been doing with their Minis series, but this is a bit of a misstep.  The longest of their books so far proved to be a rather predictable affair, further marred by poor writing and more than a little misogyny.  I’d give this one a miss, but do try some of their other excellent short slices of J-Lit 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for October is:
Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

I always feel a little apologetic in months where I finish one of the big guns of world literature.  October saw reviews of excellent books by Fosse, Endō, Ishiguro and Okamoto, and even the illustrated Harry Potter tie-in would have been in with a chance of best-in-show most months, largely due to Gravett’s wonderful illustrations.

Alas, a classic is a classic for a reason, and Les Misérables is definitely up there with the most impressive books I’ve read.  Tedious at times?  Definitely.  Repetitive?  Of course.  A work of genius?  Yeah, that too.  Read it 🙂

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November is always a month I look forward to, and as usual I’ll be doing my best to help celebrate German Literature Month.  The event is now in its tenth year, and there’ll be a lot to look forward to, courtesy of our hosts, Lizzy and Caroline.  What will I be up to?  Well, there’ll be a few reviews, and more besides, but I suspect (the postal gods permitting) that this year will see a more feminine slant to my contribution.  That’s all I’m telling you for now, but come back very soon to see just how my GLM will unfold 🙂

5 thoughts on “October 2020 Wrap-Up

  1. It literally took me about three months to finish Les Misérables

    This October read maybe four books- His Dark Materials series and Mayor of Casterbridge

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    1. Meg – It’s not a short book, that’s for sure 🙂

      Of yours, I’ve only read the Hardy book, a long time ago now (maybe time for a reread at some point).

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      1. I know- Les Misérables is really long. When I was at Gardner Webb, I took up the challenge of reading a classic and finishing it during Christmas and Summer Break.

        Les Mis did have some advantage- the knowledge I had of the musical. That really helped with understanding what was going on

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