2019: April wrap-up

APRIL WRAP-UP

I’m super late for my monthly recap. As Christian Orthodox, we had our Great Week and Holy Pascha a week after the other Christians. It’s basically a marathon week, with lots of hours in church. It’s the most amazing week of the year, but I easily need one week to recover after! And I’m so exhausted that even reading gets challenging, if you can imagine!
So after all the books I read for the Man Booker International Shadow Panel, these past weeks have been quite anti-climatic on the reading level.

So here is what I finished in April:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,539 pages, an average of 51 pages/day
1 in audio
= 14H18
, an average of 28 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin – for MBI2019
  2. The Death of Murat Idrissi, by Tommy Weiringa – ebook for MBI2019
  3. Valerie, by Sara Stridsberg – ebook for MBI2019
  4. Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi – ebook for MBI2019
  5. The Republic, by Joost de Vries – ebook for MBI2019

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – audio, for Classics Club

1 in mystery:

  1. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk – ebook for MBI2019

MY FAVORITES IN APRIL

Walden  The Death of Murat Idrissi

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 43/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 3/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 33/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 10

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Death of Murat Idrissi

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– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The Classics Spin #20
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How was YOUR month of April?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 Shadow Panel shortlist

This year, our Shadow Panel counts 11 judges. Everyone worked really hard and most judges read most of the 13 books featured on the longlist.
Here is the shortlist our Shadow Panel came up with:

2019 shortlists

As you can see, our Shadow Panel shortlist has 5 books in common with the official shortlist – just as mine also had 5 in common with the official list, but with a different 6th title.

This is all pretty similar.
This is probably due to the fact that the longlist was rather weak this year, without too many outstanding titles.
And as most the books were very fairly short, our team of judges managed to read a lot. I’m amazed I personally managed to read 12, in so few weeks.
“Every book was read by at least 8 judges, and most by at least ten (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead was the only one with everyone’s score).

What next?
Our winner will be announced on May 21, a few hours before the official winner is announced.
NB: the book I would pick as the winner is on the official shortlist and the Shadow Panel shortlist!

If you want more details, come this way to read our chairman’s post.

DID YOU READ THESE TITLES?
WHICH ONE WOULD BE YOUR WINNER?

Book review: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
by Olga Tokarczuk
Translated from the Polish by
Antonia Lloyd-Jones
Fitzcarraldo Editions
9/12/2018
Originally published as
Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych
in 2009
Genre: Crime Fiction/ Mystery
272 pages

Goodreads

By now, you know that this year, the Man Booker International 2019 longlist offered an interesting mix of books set between genres. Today, I’m presenting Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which turns out to be crime fiction, even though it first appears as literary fiction.

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