Saturday, 1 November 2014

October 2014 Wrap-Up

My October reading was a bit of a mixed bag.  I had a couple of great books from the library, several review copies to get to and a bit of reading to do in preparation for a certain blogging event...

But more of that later - shall we? ;)

Total Books Read: 13

Year-to-Date: 108

New: 13

Rereads: 0

From the Shelves: 3
Review Copies: 6
From the Library: 2
On the Kindle: 2

Novels: 8
Novellas: 2
Short Stories: 3

Non-English Language: 13 (5 German, 4 Korean, Finnish, Hungarian, Portuguese, Norwegian)
In Original Language: 4 (4 German)
Aussie Author Challenge: 0 (1/3)
Japanese Literature Challenge 8: 0 (4/1)

Books reviewed in October were:
1) They Were Found Wanting by Miklós Bánffy
2) The Foundling Boy by Michel Déon
3) Family Heirlooms by Zulmira Ribeiro Tavares
4) Twentieth-Century Stories from LTI Korea
5) Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope
6) Mr. Darwin's Gardener by Kristina Carlson
7) The Road to Sampo by Hwang Sok-yong
8) I Refuse by Per Petterson
9) Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-gyu
10) Near to the Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector
11) Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai

Tony's Turkey for October is: Nothing

Nothing to see here - maybe next time ;)

Tony's Recommendation for October is:
László Krasznahorkai's Seiobo There Below

Some great books for this month, but it was always a one-horse race for the main prize.  I really enjoyed I Refuse, and the Trollope and Bánffy books were typically entertaining.  Déon's interwar novel was also a wonderful read.  However, Krasznahorkai is in a field of his own here, and Seiobo There Below is a very deserving winner :)
November means just one thing - yes, it's time for German Literature Month!  I'm already immersed in German-language reading, and the first of my reviews will be out in a couple of days.  Expect many more over the coming weeks :)