The OF Blog: August 2014 reads

Friday, September 05, 2014

August 2014 reads

August was a much busier reading month for me, due in part to being laid up for much of the second half of the month with a work-related back injury.  I finished 39 books in August, most of them first-time reads.  Also reviewed the majority of the books read then as well, with again around twenty reviews written during the month.  Here are the updated totals, including my 2014 reading goals progress:

190 Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World (Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

191  Cara Hoffman, Be Safe I Love You (already reviewed)

192  Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls (already reviewed)

193  Lorrie Moore, Bark (short story collection; already reviewed)

194  Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo Song (YA; already reviewed)

195  Ian Cameron Esslemont, Assail (already reviewed)

196  Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year (memoirs; already reviewed)

197  Mary Szybist, Incarnadine (re-read; poetry; excellent)

198  Katherine Addison, The Goblin Emperor (already reviewed)

199  Corrine Duyvis, Otherbound (YA; already reviewed)

200  Muriel Barbery, L'Élégance du hérisson (French; excellent)

201  Mary Rickert, The Memory Garden (already reviewed)

202  William T. Vollmann, Last Stories and Other Stories (short story collection; already reviewed)

203  Jeff VanderMeer, Aniquilação (Portuguese; already reviewed)

204  Terry Goodkind, Severed Souls (already reviewed)

205  Richard Powers, Orfeo (Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

206  Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

207  Dave Hutchinson, Europe in Autumn (review forthcoming)

208  Rachel Pollack, The Child Eater (already reviewed)

209  Felix Gilman, The Revolutions (already reviewed)

210  Richard Thomas, The New Black:  A Neo-Noir Anthology (anthology; review forthcoming)

211  Niall Williams, History of the Rain (Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

212  Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (re-read; Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

213  Richard Flanagan, A Narrow Road to the Deep North (Booker-longlisted title; already reviewed)

214  Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist (essays; already reviewed)

215  Kameron Hurley, The Mirror Empire (already reviewed)

216  Ludmila Ulitskaya, Daniel Stein, Interpreter (already reviewed)

217  Bryan Lee O'Malley, Seconds (graphic novel; already reviewed)

218  Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (review forthcoming)

219  Elsa Morante, History (already reviewed)

220  Richard House, The Kills (2013 Booker-longlisted title; review forthcoming)

221  Louise Labé, Œuvres complètes (poetry; French; very good)

222  Soumya Amnar Khodja, Rien ne me manque (French; very good)

223  Stanislao Nievo, Le isole del Paradiso (Italian; Premio Strega winner; very good)

224  Laurent Gaudé, Le soleil des Scorta (French; Prix Goncourt winner; excellent)

225  Tomasi di Lampedusa, Il Gattopardo (Italian; Premio Strega winner; good)

226  Brontops Baruq, O grito do sol sobre a cabeça (re-read; Portuguese; very good)

227  Elsa Morante, L'isola di Arturo (re-read; Italian; Premio Strega winner; already reviewed)

228  Elsa Morante, Arturo's Island (re-read; already reviewed)

Updated Yearly Goals:

Spanish:  37/50 (ahead of pace by 4; 0 read this month)

Portuguese:  22/50 (behind pace by 11; 2 read this month)

French:  28/50 (behind pace by 5; 4 read this month)

Italian:  29/50 (behind pace by 4; 3 read this month)

Women writers:  82/228 (ahead of 35% pace by .9%; 53.8% for month, or 21/39 read this month)

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