The OF Blog: September 2014 Reads

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

September 2014 Reads

Due in part to my back injury keeping me out of work for most of the month, I had more time available for reading.  Finished 51 books this month, my highest for the year so far.  Managed to finish above the 1 book/day pace for the first time since January and I moved closer to achieving most, if not all, of my 2014 reading goals.  Here are the books I read (and in a few cases, re-read) for the month of September:

229  Niccolò Ammaniti, Come Dio Comanda (Italian; Premio Strega winner; very good)

230  Jeff VanderMeer, Acceptance (already reviewed)

231  ANtonio Pennacchi, Canale Mussolini (Italian; Premio Strega winner; good)

232  Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others (Booker Prize finalist; already reviewed)

233  José Saramago, O Evangelho segundo Jesus Cristo (Portuguese; might review in future)

234  Marc Elder, Le Peuple de la Mer (French; Prix Goncourt winner; good)

235  J.R.R. Tolkien, El hobbit (Spanish; very good)

236  J.R.R. Tolkien, Hobbitus Ille (Latin; already reviewed)

237  J.R.R. Tolkien, Lo Hobbit (Italian; very good)

238  Jonathan Littell, Les Bienveillantes (French; already reviewed the English translation)

239  Francesco Piccolo, Il desidero di essere come tutti (Premio Strega winner; very good)

240  José Saramago, Ensaio Sobre a Cegueira (Portuguese; might review in future)

241  Jesus Torbado, Las corrupciones (re-read; Spanish; Premio Alfaguara winner; already reviewed)

242  Howard Jacobson, J (Booker Prize finalist; review forthcoming)

243  David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (Booker longlist; review forthcoming)

244  Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Bailys Women's Prize for Fiction winner; already reviewed)

245  Angélica Gorodischer, Prodigios (Spanish; very good)

246  Grozdana Olujic, Wild Seed (re-read; very good)

247  Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night (poetry; National Book Award longlist; already reviewed)

248  Clarice Lispector, Uma aprendizagem (Portuguese; very good)

249  Jeff VanderMeer, Autoridad (Spanish; already reviewed the English original)

250  Kate Zambreno, Green Girl (excellent)

251  Nathalie Kuperman, La Loi Sauvage (French; Prix Medicis longlist; review forthcoming)

252  Valérie Zinatti, Jacob, Jacob (French; Prix Medicis longlist; review forthcoming)

253  Christine Montalbetti, Plus rien que les vagues et le vent (French; Prix Medicis longlist; review forthcoming)

254  David Soares, Batalha (re-read; Portuguese; already reviewed)

255  Justin Taylor, Flings (short story collection; review forthcoming)

256  Dylan Landis, Rainey Royal (review forthcoming)

257  Ludmila Ulitskaya, Sónechka (Spanish; very good)

258  Italo Calvino, Il castello dei destini incrociati (Italian; very good)

259  Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies (re-read; very good)

260  Spencer Reece, The Road to Emmaus (poetry; National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

261  Linda Bierds, Roget's Illusion (poetry; National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

262  John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van (National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

263  Kelly Barnhill, The Witch's Boy (YA; already reviewed)

264  Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck & Other Stories (short story collection; National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

265  Gail Giles, GIrls Like Us (YA; National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

266  Donald R. Hickey (ed.), The War of 1812:  Writings from America's Second War of Independence (non-fiction; history; Library of America edition; excellent)

267  J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring:  The Late Silmarillion Part One (re-read; very good)

268  Hedwige Jeanmart, Blanès (French; Prix Medicis longlist; already reviewed)

269  Pierre Demarty, En face (French; Prix Medicis longlist; review forthcoming)

270  Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington (eds.), Phantasm Japan (anthology; already reviewed)

271  Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impssible Knife of Memory (YA; National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

272  Henry David Thoreau, Walden (re-read; non-fiction; might review shortly)

273  Ali Smith, How to be Both (Booker Prize finalist; review forthcoming)

274  Claudie Hunzinger, La langue des oiseaux (French; Prix Medicis longlist; review forthcoming)

275  J.R.R. Tolkien, The Children of Húrin (re-read; review forthcoming)

276  J.R.R. Tolkien, Los Hijos de Húrin (Spanish; review forthcoming)

277  J.R.R. Tolkien, Deca Hurinova (Serbian; review forthcoming)

278  Angélica Gorodischer, Palito de naranjo (Spanish; review forthcoming)

279  Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress (short story collection; review forthcoming)

Updated Yearly Goals:

Spanish:  44/50 (ahead of pace by 7; 7 read this month)

Portuguese:  26/50 (behind pace by 11; 4 read this month)

French:  36/50 (behind pace by 1; 8 read this month)

Italian:  34/50 (behind pace by 3; 5 read this month)

Women writers:  104/279 (ahead of 35% pace by 2.27%; 22/51 read this month, or 43.1%)

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