The OF Blog: November 2014 Reads

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

November 2014 Reads

A bit better this month, with 37 books completed.  Slow but steady progress on most, if not all, of my reading goals.

300 Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (YA, poetry, 2014 National Book Award winner, already reviewed)

301  Will Self, Shark (already reviewed)

302  Ismail Kadare, Twilight of the Eastern Gods (already reviewed)

303  Paul Theroux, Mr. Bones (short fiction collection; review forthcoming)

304  Frankétienne, Ready to Burst (already reviewed)

305  Marilynne Robinson, Lila (2014 National Book Award finalist; review forthcoming)

306  Cristovão Tezza, Ensaio da Paixão (Portuguese; good)

307  Robert Darnton, Censors at Work:  How States Shaped Literature (history; already reviewed)

308  Blake Butler, 300,000,000 (already reviewed)

309  Michael Pitre, Fives and Twenty-Fives (review forthcoming)

310  Keith Donohue, The Boy Who Drew Monsters (review forthcoming)

311  Joseph O'Neill, The Dog (2014 Booker Prize longlist; review forthcoming)

312  Ben Lerner, 10:04 (review forthcoming)

313  Davis Soares and André Coelho, Sepulturas dos Pais (Portuguese; graphic novel; already reviewed)

314  José Maria Eça de Queirós, O Mandarim (re-read; Portuguese; good)

315  Matthew Thomas, We Are Not Ourselves (review forthcoming)

316  Julia Elliot, The Wilds (short fiction collection; review forthcoming)

317  Lucius Shepard, Beautiful Blood (already reviewed)

318  Niccolò Machiavelli, Il principe (Italian; very good)

319  Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince (re-read; very good)

320  Phil Klay, Redeployment (2014 National Book Award winner; short fiction collection; already reviewed)

321  Adam Roberts, Sibilant Fricative (non-fiction; reviews; review forthcoming)

322  J.R.R. Tolkien, Las Dos Torres (Spanish; already reviewed)

323  J.R.R. Tolkien, Dve Kule (Serbo-Croatian; already reviewed)

324  Marie Nimier, La Reine du silence (French; very good)

325  Brian Francis Slattery, The Family Hightower (review forthcoming)

326  Lin Enger, The High Divide (review forthcoming)

327  Johanna Sinisalo, The Blood of Angels (already reviewed)

328  Josh Weil, The Great Glass Sea (already reviewed)

329  Neil Clarke (ed.), Upgraded:  A Cyborg Anthology (review forthcoming)

330  Stefano Benni, Saltatempo (Italian; good)

331  Marilène Clement, La nuit de l'Alléluia (French; very good)

332  Jane Smiley, Some Luck (2014 National Book Award longlist; review forthcoming)

333  J.M. McDermott, Maze (already reviewed)

334  Jac Jemc, A Different Bed Every Time (short fiction collection; review forthcoming)

335  David Nicholls, Us (2014 Booker Prize finalist; review forthcoming)

336  Italo Calvino, Le cosmicomiche (Italian; very good)

Updated Yearly Goals:

Spanish:  47/50 (ahead of pace by 1; 1 read this month)

Portuguese:  32/50 (behind pace by 14; 3 read this month)

French:  43/50 (behind pace by 3; 2 read this month)

Italian:  37/50 (behind pace by 9; 3 read this month)

Women writers:  116/336 (behind 35% pace by .48%; 7 read this month)

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