December 2020 Wrap-Up

December has been a fairly relaxing month round my parts, what with an early start to the holidays, some decent weather and (fingers crossed) a relatively COVID-free end to the year.  With 2021 almost upon us, it’ll soon be time for me to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to the new year, but before all that, there’s one last thing to do to wrap up proceedings for this twelve months.

That’s right – the numbers 🙂

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Total Books Read: 18
Year-to-Date: 153

New: 8
Rereads: 10

From the Shelves: 11
Review Copies: 4
From the Library: 1
On the Kindle: 2 (0 review copies)

Novels: 10
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 8
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 16
(6 Korean, 4 Japanese, 2 German, 2 French, Dutch, Mandarin)
In Original Language: 2 (2 German)

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Books Reviewed in December were:

1) The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili
2) Wolf Girl 4: The Traitor by Anh Do
3) One Left by Kim Soom
4) Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-joo
5) The Revolt by Clara Dupont-Monod
6) Freetown by Otto de Kat
7) The King’s Fool by Mahi Binebine
8) Gehen (Walking) by Thomas Bernhard
9) Mary Gresley, and An Editor’s Tales by Anthony Trollope

Tony’s Turkey for December is: Nothing

A nice end to the year thanks to a month devoid of any stinkers 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for December is:
Kim Soom’s One Left

I enjoyed all of this month’s selections, and when considering what to pick as this month’s stand-out, I thought about Bernhard’s intense and exhausting novella as well as de Kat’s subtle take on an old relationship.  However, my choice is a Korean book on an important topic, a novel that I enjoyed more than its more famous compatriot.  I’d definitely recommend both, but Kim Soom wins out easily over Kim Jiyoung… for me.

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That’s a wrap for this year’s reading and reviewing, but the next few days will be busy here at the blog as we look back at the year that was.  Over the next two days, I’ll be providing everyone with a gentle reminder of the twelve books I selected as best in class each month (as well as handing out a few other highly commended rosettes), before kicking off the new year with my traditional awards post, in which the best (and worst…) books of the year will be revealed.  Please join me for all that as we see out a pretty dismal year and hope that the one to come will be somewhat better 😉

2 thoughts on “December 2020 Wrap-Up

    1. Kaggsy – Well, it’s a condition I set myself long back for accumulating books. If you don’t really do any rereading, then what’s the point in having a home library? 😉 Watch out for my annual awards post to see just how many books I reread this year…

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