Six in Six 2021

I haven’t always been able to participate in this ‘halfway through the year’ round-up, but it’s one I always enjoy. Jo from The Book Jotter has been running this since 2012 and has a huge selection of categories to choose from. The idea is that you share some of the books you have read during the first six months, including perhaps those that haven’t had as much love and attention as they might have deserved. Some of the categories are bookish but not actual books, as you will see below.

Six new authors to me

I’ve been spoilt with new author discoveries this year, but here are six which really stuck in my mind (and which I therefore reviewed)

Caleb Azumah Nelson: Open Water

Raven Leilani: Luster

Hoda Barakat: Voices of the Lost

Elias Khoury: White Masks

Marian Engel: Bear – liked it so much that I then read another by her Lunatic Villas

Ioanna Karystiani: Back to Delphi

Six authors I have read before

At least three of these are among my favourite authors, so it’s no surprise that I’m always happy to have an excuse to read or reread them.

Dazai Osamu: A Shameful Life (new translation of No Longer Human)

Shirley Jackson: Hangsaman

Naguib Mahfouz: Palace Walk

Robert Seethaler: The Field

Arthur Schnitzler: Plays

Karel Capek: War with the Newts

Six books that have taken me on a journey

You know how much I love travelling through literature – this year, more than ever.

Mishima Yukio: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion – Kyoto, Japan

Alfonso Cruz: Kokoschka’s Doll – Dresden, Paris, Marrakesh

Gelu Diaconu: Sebastian – Bucharest past and present

Margie Orford: Gallow’s Hill – Cape Town

The Book of Cairo – self-explanatory

Nicola Upson: The Dead of Winter – St Michael’s Mount

Six books I have read but not reviewed

Quite a few of those have been read with a view to possible future translation for Corylus, so they are mostly Romanian crime fiction. The remaining two I enjoyed but was too busy at work to give them a full-length review:

Rodica Ojog-Brasoveanu: Cutia cu nasturi (The Box with Buttons)

Teodora Matei: Afaceri de familie (Family Affairs)

Tony Mott: Toamna se numara cadavrele (Count the Bodies in Autumn)

Lucian Dragos Bogdan: Panza de paianjen (Spiderweb)

Rebecca Bradley: Blood Stained – a new series set in Sheffield, by the author who is also the ‘instigator’ of our monthly Virtual Crime Book Club.

Allie Reynolds: Shiver – can never resist a book about skiing (or, in this case, snowboarding)

Six blogging events I enjoyed

These don’t all take place during the first six months of the year, but they are my favourite events throughout the year and I try to join them if I possibly can

6 Degrees of Separation – Kate at Books Are My Favourite and My Best monthly series of bookish links

January in Japan – Meredith at Dolce Bellezza – spending some time in Japan is always a pleasure and a privilege

#1936Club – April 2021 – the year might change, but twice a year we read books published in a particular year, and 1936 is one of my favourites in literature – the brain child of Simon from Stuck in a Book and Karen from Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings

Women in Translation Month – August – simply the best – and still much needed – initiative by Meytal Radzinski, who blogs at Bibliobio.

Spanish and Portuguese Literature Month – July – hope to still be able to read and review at least one book for it this year – launched by Stu Jallen back in

German Lit Month – November – another that I cannot bear to miss – a coproduction between Caroline from Beauty Is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy Siddal.

Six books that are great when self-isolating (escapist reads)

Escapism for me does not mean happy-clappy or romance, but simply books that will have me reading until late at night, no matter how tired I might feel. A good many of these also made me chuckle.

Isaka Kotaro: Bullet Train

John Boyne: The Echo Chamber

Stella Gibbons: The Swiss Summer

Simone Buchholz: Hotel Cartagena

Carol Shields: Mary Swan

Sergei Lebedev: Untraceable

5 thoughts on “Six in Six 2021”

  1. I’m curious about the Margie Orford because I love books set in South Africa and by local authors. I notice though that its part of a series – have you read all of the series or just this one? wondering if I need to begin at the beginning…

    1. I’ve read another one in the series, but not necessarily in order. Yes, there is some stuff you miss if you do that, in terms of characters’ development and continuity, but not too badly.

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