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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How was YOUR month of April?

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Book review: The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi

The Death of Murat Idrissi
by Tommy Wieringa
Translated from the Dutch by
Sam Garrett
Scribe UK
1/10/2019
Originally published as
De dood van Murat Idrissi
in 2017
Genre: Literary Fiction
112 pages

Goodreads

Of the last three books of the Man Booker International 2019 longlist I plan to present here, today is the last one I found good enough to be on my own personal shortlist. The Death of Murat Idrissi offers a powerful look at the very dramatic issues of immigration in France.

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Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist

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#MBI2019

The Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist was just announced a few minutes ago!
As announced at the beginning of March, I’m part of the Shadow Panel Judges (with these amazing people!) this year, and you can see I have reviewed most of the longlist titles!

The official longlist was:

Author (Original Language –Country/territory), translator, title (publisher/imprint)

  1. Jokha Alharthi (Arabic / Omani),  Marilyn Booth, Celestial Bodies (Sandstone Press Ltd) – READ
  2. Can Xue (Chinese / Chinese), Annelise Finegan Wasmoen, Love In The New Millennium (Yale University Press)
  3. Annie Ernaux (French / French), Alison L. Strayer, The Years (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  4. Hwang Sok-yong (Korean / Korean), Sora Kim-Russell, At Dusk (Scribe, UK)
  5. Mazen Maarouf (Arabic / Icelandic and Palestinian), Jonathan Wright, Jokes For The Gunmen (Granta, Portobello Books)
  6. Hubert Mingarelli (French / French), Sam Taylor, Four Soldiers (Granta, Portobello Books)
  7. Marion Poschmann (German / German), Jen Calleja, The Pine Islands (Profile Books, Serpent’s Tail)
  8. Samanta Schweblin (Spanish / Argentine and Italian), Megan McDowell, Mouthful Of Birds (Oneworld)
  9. Sara Stridsberg (Swedish / Swedish), Deborah Bragan-Turner, The Faculty Of Dreams (Quercus, MacLehose Press) – READ
  10. Olga Tokarczuk (Polish / Polish), Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  11. Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Spanish / Colombian), Anne McLean, The Shape Of The Ruins (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
  12. Tommy Wieringa (Dutch / Dutch), Sam Garrett, The Death Of Murat Idrissi (Scribe, UK) – READ
  13. Alia Trabucco Zeran (Spanish / Chilean and Italian), Sophie Hughes, The Remainder (And Other Stories)

The links send you to my reviews.
The titles in bold are the ones I haven’t reviewed yet.

Here is the official shortlist:

  1. Jokha Alharthi (Arabic / Omani),  Marilyn Booth, Celestial Bodies (Sandstone Press Ltd)
  2. Annie Ernaux (French / French), Alison L. Strayer, The Years (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  3. Marion Poschmann (German / German), Jen Calleja, The Pine Islands (Profile Books, Serpent’s Tail)
  4. Olga Tokarczuk (Polish / Polish), Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  5. Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Spanish / Colombian), Anne McLean, The Shape Of The Ruins (Quercus, MacLehose Press)
  6. Alia Trabucco Zeran (Spanish / Chilean and Italian), Sophie Hughes, The Remainder (And Other Stories)

Our shadow panel shortlist will be revealed next week.

Here is my own personal shortlist, with actually 5 out of 6 of the official shortlist.
So glad they didn’t keep any of the horrible ones!

  1. The Years
  2. The Remainder
  3. The Pine Islands
  4. The Death of Murat Idrissi
  5. The Shape of the Ruins
  6. Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead

The top two were really gems for me.
Three titles of the longlist were absolutely horrible, and I didn’t read Jokes For The Gunmen.

WHAT DOES YOUR SHORTLIST LOOK LIKE?