Saturday, 29 June 2013

June 2013 Wrap-Up

June has been a busy month on the reading month.  I've read more this month than in any other month so far this year, and (surprisingly) I've been keeping up with the reviews too - so expect a lot of posts over the next month or so.  For now though, just enjoy the usual monthly round-up of what's been going on :)

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Total Books Read: 16

Year-to-Date: 62

New: 16

Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 2
Review Copies: 10
From the Library:4
On the Kindle: 2 (both review copies)

Novels: 8
Novellas:4
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 2

Non-English Language: 15 (4 Spanish, 3 Japanese, 2 Dutch, 2 French, Polish, Italian, Croatian, Hungarian)
In Original Language: 1 (French)

Aussie Author Challenge: 1 (3/3)

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Books reviewed in June were:
1) American Stories by Nagai Kafu
2) The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
3) Sixty-Nine by Ryu Murakami
4) Blindness by José Saramago
5) Stone upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski
6) We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino
7) The Infatuations by Javier Marías
8) The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker
9) Milky Way Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa
10) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Tony's Turkey for June is: Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat

More because of thwarted expectations than the fact that it's a bad book, but still...  I was expecting quality literature from a Nobel Prize winner - instead, what I got was a fairly standard piece of historical fiction.  I'll be giving Vargas Llosa's work another try, but this one is being plucked and prepared for Christmas dinner ;)

Tony's Recommendation for June is:

Wiesław Myśliwski's Stone upon Stone

For the second month in a row, this was a very tough decision.  While I didn't have quite as many to choose from as was the case last month, there were three very strong contenders, and it took me far too long to make the decision.  In the end though, Myśliwski's long, rambling monologue just inched out Saramago's tale of a world gone blind and Hoshino's magical stories.  Only just though ;)

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Time to look forward to July then.  I don't really have major plans for next month, but that pile of review copies on my shelves just keeps getting higher and higher...  There'll be a few more Spanish-language reads, courtesy of my wonderful local library, and you never know - I might even get around to reading a few of my own books too :)

12 comments:

  1. You've almost tripled my reading output so far this year--sure to have quadrupled me by the end of July! Happy to hear you had such an exciting reading month that you had trouble picking a winner, though. That's a good kind of problem.

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    1. Richard - Last month was even worse (better) - I had about half-a-dozen books jostling for the award ;)

      After a few months, I was heading towards 100 for the year - suddenly, it's back to 120 or so. If only translated fiction didn't tend to be so short...

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  2. Great list,and amazing amount read, Stone upon Stone has been on my radar for a while, just need to action it & get a copy.

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    1. Gary - To be fair, the last two were virtually extended short stories in length. I'm so far ahead in scheduled reviews that I now need to read a couple of *very* long books to give myself a bit of time...

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  3. Well done you. I have only read 3 books in June. A slump in reading for some reason. But glad you are forging on!

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    1. Jo - I don't have time for slumps ;) Sadly though, I don't have enough time for my own books either, something I need to rectify...

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  4. You are amazing - both in terms of quantity and quality of reads! I don't know how you do it, but well done, especially for keeping up with the reviews as well. I tend to read and forget to review...

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    1. Marina Sofia - It can be a struggle, but it's a labour of love (usually!).

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  5. I think my record is 15, so congratulations!

    I'm sad you didn't pick Saramago's as the best of the month. You were wrong. Wrong!

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    1. Miguel - I'm not sure I've ever got to sixteen either (slaps self on back) :)

      As for Saramago, I suspect you may be a *little* biased, no? ;)

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  6. A brilliant month Tony I think we on similar totals for then year except I fallen behind on my reviews ,all the best stu

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    1. Stu - I was up on reviews, but I've lost a bit of enthusiasm this week - time to get back to it...

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