The OF Blog: January 2013 Reads

Friday, February 01, 2013

January 2013 Reads

Read 32 books this month, right about where I thought I'd be, since I've spent more time working on learning languages than on reading so far this year.  Many of the goals I outlined in my "resolutions" are roughly on par as well.  12/32, or 37.5% of the books read were written, co-written, edited, or co-edited by women (and 14/32, if I count stories in two other anthologies that were edited by men).  13/32 books were read in a language other than English (5 Spanish, 3 Portuguese, 2 Serbian, 1 Latin, 1 Italian, 1 French).  7/32 more were translated into English (2 Serbian, 2 Japanese, 1 Turkish, 1 French, 1 Portuguese).  11/32 have a 2013 copyright date.  3/32 were re-reads.  11/32 were single-author collections and 5/32 were anthologies. Only 1/32 were poetry collections; same number for graphic novels.  And now for the titles themselves:

1.  Leah Stewart, The History of Us (review forthcoming; good)

2.  Tomas Dobozy, Siege 13 (collection; review forthcoming)

3.  George MacDonald, Phantasies (re-read; very good)

4.  George Saunders, Tenth of December (collection; already reviewed)

5.  Adelaida García Morales, El Sur/Bene (Spanish; collection of two novellas; excellent)

6.  Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, A Memory of Light (already reviewed)

7.  Grozdana Olujić, Tataga's Children (translation; fairy tale collection; excellent)

8.  Ann VanderMeer (ed.), Steampunk III:  Steampunk Revolution (already reviewed)

9.  Hiromi Kawakami, The Briefcase (translation; review forthcoming)

10.  Lydia Millet, Magnificence (review forthcoming)

11.  Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (ed.), Solarpunk (Portuguese; anthology; already reviewed)

12.  Laurent Binet, HHhH (translation; review forthcoming)

13.  Gonçalo M. Tavares, The Neighborhood (selection of related stories; translation; very good)

14.  Jim Harrison, The River Swimmer (collection of two novellas; excellent)

15.  Mariano Villarreal and Luís Pestarini (eds.), Terra Nova (Spanish; anthology; good)

16.  Orhan Pamuk, Silent House (translation; review forthcoming)

17.  Lucius Annæus Seneca, Octavia Prætexa (poetry; Latin; very good)

18.  Jorge Luís Borges, El Aleph (Spanish; collection; already reviewed)

19.  Zoran Živković, Vremenski darov (Serbian; collection; already reviewed)

20.  Thomas Maltman, Little Wolves (excellent)

21.  Silvina Ocampo, Cornelia frente al espejo (Spanish; collection; very good)

22.  Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe, Peanut (graphic novel; good)

23.  Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Between Clay and Dust (already reviewed)

24.  Nisi Shawl (ed.), Bloodchildren (anthology; very good)

25.  Goran Petrović, An Atlas Traced by the Sky (already reviewed)

26.  João Barreiros, Lisboa no Ano 2000 (Portuguese; anthology; already reviewed)

27.  Ángela Hernández Núñez, El peso del rocío (Spanish; collection; excellent)

28.  Zoran Živković, Nemogući Susreti (Serbian; collection; review forthcoming)

29.  Joca Reiners Terron, Não Há Nada Lá (Portuguese; review forthcoming)

30.  Yoko Ogawa, Revenge (translation; collection; review forthcoming)

31.  Anonymous, Il Codice dell'Amore (Italian; good-to-very good)

32.  Annie Ernaux, Une femme (French; very good)


Anonymous said...

No review of Bloodchildren? Yours would be the first (and only!)

Larry Nolen said...

Very drained right now, so it might be a bit, but I suppose I could try writing one soon.

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