April 2021 Wrap-Up

As predicted in last month’s wrap-up, much of April has been spent on matters relating to the International Booker Prize longlist.  We kicked off with the customary Shadow Panel response to the longlist, and in addition to reading almost all of the longlisted titles, I got around to new reviews on five of them (see below for details).  With the shortlist announcement coming just a matter of weeks after the longlist was made public, and in lieu of a shadowy response, I also knocked up a much more personal take on it all 😉

It wasn’t all about the IBP in April, though.  I bookended the longlist reviews with some more posts on some excellent new (and old) books, and I finally got to the end of my rehoming project, bringing the last of my scattered posts, an old take on a Bae Suah novella, back to its spiritual home.

Another big month on the blog, then – which (as always) should be reflected in the numbers.  Shall we?

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Total Books Read: 16
Year-to-Date: 55

New: 11
Rereads: 5

From the Shelves: 6
Review Copies: 8
From the Library: 2
On the Kindle: 4 (4 review copies)

Novels: 10
Novellas: 2
Short Stories: 4
Non-Fiction: 0

Non-English Language: 15
(3 French, 2 German, 2 Japanese, 2 Icelandic, 2 Spanish, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Mandarin)
In Original Language: 2 (Spanish, French)

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Books Reviewed in April were:

1) The Woman in Valencia by Annie Perreault
2) Swallowed by Réjean Ducharme
3) Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
4) The Employees by Olga Ravn
5) Wretchedness by Andrzej Tichý
6) At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop
7) Summer Brother by Jaap Robben
8) Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf
9) Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien

Tony’s Turkey for April is: Nothing

No real stand-out stinkers again this month.  Maybe next month?  Well, you never know…

Tony’s Recommendation for April is:
Réjean Ducharme’s Swallowed

Despite reviewing five of this year’s IBP longlisters in April, among which Wretchedness and At Night All Blood is Black stood out, I’ve gone elsewhere for my monthly pick.  I enjoyed both of the trips to Quebec that kicked the month off, and for me Ducharme’s classic, a larger-than-life story of a girl who just wants to have fun, is a deserving winner this time around.

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May will, of course, see me continuing with my IBP longlist posts, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll get through them all before the announcement of the winner at the start of June.  However, there are far more books out there than those the prize judges decide to honour, and I’ll be looking at a good few of those next month, with some fascinating new releases already calling out to me.  What are they?  Come back soon and see for yourselves 😉

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