The OF Blog: August 2013 Reads

Sunday, September 22, 2013

August 2013 Reads

A bit late in writing this one, due in part to August being such a slow month for reading that at one point I contemplated just combining it with the September reads in case this month was slow as well (it's not, as will be seen in 9-10 days).  Only 14 books read this month, my lowest number in a long time.  Fallen behind on three of my four reading goals (but have since caught up in September), but there's still hope for meeting all of them by December 31st.  Here's the list:

197  NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Booker Prize finalist; will review in early October)

198  Jim Crace, Harvest (another Booker Prize finalist to review in early October)

199  Colum McCann, TransAtlantic (longlisted for the Booker Prize; very good but not his best work)

200  Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary (yet another Booker Prize finalist to review in early October)

201  Matt Bell, In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (already reviewed)

202  Carolyn Dalgliesh, The Sensory Child Gets Organized:  Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids (review forthcoming; non-fiction)

203  Thomas Ligotti, Death Poems (poetry; disturbing – in a way fitting for Ligotti – yet good)

204  Martín Arias and Martin Hadis (eds.), Professor Borges:  A Course on English Literature (already reviewed)

205  Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (very good)

206  Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump (non-fiction; review forthcoming)

207  Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North (very good)

208  David Foster Wallace, Both Flesh and Not (non-fiction; excellent collection of reviews and essays)

209  Fainna Solasko, Kutkha the Raven (re-read; very good)

210  Philipp Meyer, The Son (already reviewed)

Reading Goal Updates:

Overall:  210/366 (behind 32 books for the goal of reading 1 book/day + one)

Women writers:  73/210 (3 above 33% goal, but only 4/14 this month)

Foreign language:  64/100 (unchanged from last month; behind goal by 3)

Spanish:  31/50 (unchanged from last month; behind goal by 2)

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