July 2021 Wrap-Up

While those of you up north have been enjoying the start of summer, here in Melbourne July marks the middle of winter, and even if it’s relatively mild by most people’s standards, it’s still been miserable and wet at times – not to mention a tad dull during our recent lockdown.

Still, spring isn’t all that far away, and with better weather on the horizon, and the Olympics on the telly, the month drew to a decent enough close, with a few good books helping improve the mood.  You’ll no doubt be keen to find out what I have planned for next month (and a certain blogging event..), but patience, please – as always, the numbers come first 😉

Total Books Read: 11
Year-to-Date: 87

New: 8
Rereads: 3

From the Shelves: 4
Review Copies: 7
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 3
Novellas: 0
Short Stories: 3
Non-Fiction: 5

Non-English Language: 11
(5 Japanese, 3 Spanish, German, Korean, Portuguese)
In Original Language: 1 (German)

Books Reviewed in July were:

1) Wolf Girl 5 by Anh Do
2) Winter in Sokcho by Elisa Shua Dusapin
3) Terminal Boredom by Izumi Suszuki
4) Meine Preise (My Prizes) by Thomas Bernhard
5) Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung
6) Rise of the Mythix by Anh Do
7) Ramifications by Daniel Saldaña París
8) Granta 155: The Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists 2
9) Dead Girls by Selva Almada
10) Violeta among the Stars by Dulce Maria Cardoso

Tony’s Turkey for July is: Nothing

A nice reading month means no stinkers this time around 🙂

Tony’s Recommendation for July is:
Elisa Shua Dusapin’s Winter in Sokcho

Special mentions go here to Chung’s menacing collection of eerie tales and Almada’s account of travelling in search of a rather distasteful truth, while I’d also like to highlight the fifth instalment in Do’s Wolf Girl series, if only for the clever hidden chapter and the crossover potential!  However, Dusapin’s slice of French cinema on the icy Korean coast was a stand-out in July, a superb, thought-provoking read and another book the International Booker Prize judges must have somehow mislaid…

Well, August is just about upon us, and we all know what that means – yes, it’s almost Women in Translation Month again!  I’ve participated in #WITMonth since Meytal Radzinski first came up with the idea, and it’s always great fun putting together a series of posts.  This year, my contribution will all be Japanese, and even within that area, I’ll be spending a lot of time on a certain theme.  Come back soon to find out just what’s in store – all I’ll say is to expect something a little different 😉

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