The OF Blog: May-June 2013 Reads

Monday, July 01, 2013

May-June 2013 Reads

Been a bit of a slacker these past couple of months, both in updating this blog and in listing my monthly reads, so here are the May and June 2013 books read.


133  Ildefonso Falcones, La reina descalza (Spanish; good)

134  James Kelman, Mo Said She Was Quirky (good)

135  Zoran Živković, Nađi Me (Serbian; review in the near future)

136  Zoran Živković, Find Me (review forthcoming)

137  Nathalie Sarraute, Tropismes (French; very good)

138  F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (already reviewed; re-read)

139  Juan Carlos Onetti, Cuando entonces (Spanish; very good)

140  Sjón, The Whispering Muse (very good)

141  Tommy Wieringa, Little Caesar (IMPAC Award finalist, but I liked this one the least out of the ten)

142  Javier Marías, Los enamoramientos (Spanish; re-read; excellent)

143  F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night (already reviewed)

144  Amparo Dávila, Cuentos reunidos (Spanish; collection; very good)

145  Mike Allen (ed.), Clockwork Phoenix 1 (anthology; very good)

146  Mike Allen (ed.), Clockwork Phoenix 2 (re-read; anthology; excellent)

147  Mike Allen (ed.), Clockwork Phoenix 3 (anthology; very good)

148  Mike Allen (ed.), Clockwork Phoenix 4 (anthology; very good)

149  Bradford Morrow (ed.), Conjunctions 60:  In Absentia (anthology; very good)

150  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah (review in near future)

151  Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni (excellent; listed it in my mid-year notable list)

152  W.S. Merwin, Collected Poems 1952-1993 (Library of America edition; very good)

153  Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (uneven in places, but mostly very good)

154  John Williams, Stoner (very good)

155  Karen Joy Fowler, We are all Completely Beside Ourselves (might write a review later, but just in case I don't, it too is one of my mid-year list inclusions)


156  Sjón, From the Mouth of the Whale (re-read; already reviewed)

157  Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (re-read; already reviewed)

158  Brooks D. Simpson (ed.), The Civil War:  The Third Year Told by Those Who Lived It (non-fiction; excellent; Library of America edition)

159  Marguerite Duras, Four Novels (ranges from very good to excellent)

160  William L. Shea and Terrence J. Winschel, Vicksburg is the Key:  The Struggle for the Mississippi River (non-fiction; very good)

161  Voltaire, Romans de Voltaire (French; almost all the novels were very good, a few excellent)

162  Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane (review in near future)

163  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur (already reviewed)

164  Jean-Marie Blas de Robles, Là où les tigres sont chez aux (French; review of this and the English translation should be in the near future)

165  Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer (outstanding; review in near future)

166  José Ovejero, La invención del amor (2013 Premio Alfaguara winner; made my mid-year list; excellent)

167  Luigi Pirandello, Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore (Italian; very good)

168 Leonardo Sciascia, Il mare colore del vino (Italian; re-read; very good)

169  Manuel Abreu Adorno, Llegaron los hippies/And the Hippies Came (bilingual Spanish-English edition; excellent; might review in future)

170  J.M.G. Le Clézio, Désert (French; very good)

171  J.M.G. Le Clézio, Desert (very good)

172  José Donoso, El lugar sin límites (Spanish; good)

173  Gloria Fuertes, Obras incompletas (Spanish; poetry; very good)

174  Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, The Answer/La respuesta (bilingual; non-fiction; very good)

175  Tahar Ben Jelloun, Corruption (very good)

176  Rosario Ferré, Las puertas del placer (Spanish; non-fiction; re-read; very good)

177  Laura Restrepo, Demasiados héroes (Spanish; re-read; good)

178  Steven Erikson, This River Awakens (likely review in near future)

179  Milorad Pavić, Sedam smrtnih grehova (Serbian; re-read; very good)

180  Milorad Pavić, Siete pecados capitales (Spanish; re-read; very good)

181  [redacted] (enjoyed it quite a bit, but book hasn't yet been published in galley form)

So, with six months passed, I have made this amount of progress on my year goals:

181/366 books read (exactly 1 book/day pace so far; right on target)

64/181 books (co-)written by women (goal is at least 1/3; 35% so far, so slightly above pace)

Foreign language:  57/100 (above pace by 7)

Spanish:  27/50 (above pace by 2)

Hopefully, July will be a better reading month, as I seem to have found a bit more energy for reading the past week or so.  Won't make promises regarding activity here, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few more posts than there were in June.  As usual, feel free to ask questions regarding listed books or comment on the ones you've already read yourself.

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