Cathy at 746 Books has been hosting this annual event for several years now: a very simple idea – to burn through your TBR pile by selecting the 20 books you plan to read over June/July/August. Summer in some parts of the world, winter in others. I usually get close to the fateful number twenty, but am easily distracted on my journey.
I have already announced that I will dedicate June to French language literature, July to Spanish language and August to Women in Translation more widely, so I have a huge pile of books to choose from. Since I never know what mood I will be in when the time comes, I am giving myself a large selection of at least ten or twelve every month in each category, so that I can choose the ones I feel most attracted to at the time.
So here goes:
I’ve picked writers I know and love for my birthday month, or else books I’ve been looking forward to reading for a long, long time.
- Maylis de Kerangal: Painting Time
- Delphine de Vigan: No et moi
- Sophie Divry: La condition pavillonnaire
- Lola Lafon: Reeling
- Dany Laferriere: Je suis un ecrivain japonais
- Jean Claude Izzo: L’aride des jours
- Romain Gary: L’Homme a la Colombe
- Gael Faye: Petit Pays
- Pascal Garnier: Nul n’est a l’abri du succes
- Janis Otsiemi: La vie est un sale boulot
I am far less well-read in Spanish language literature (or Portuguese – other than Brazilian), although I seem to enjoy it a lot when I do get around to reading it.
- Claudia Pineiro: Elena Knows
- Gabriela Cabezon Camara: Slum Virgin
- Maria Judite de Carvalho: Empty Wardrobes
- Rosa Maria Arquimbau: Forty Lost Years (I am including Catalan in the Spanish/Portuguese language challenge)
- Juan Pablo Villalobos: I don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me
- Enrique Vila-Matas: The Illogic of Kassel
- Javier Marias: Your Face Tomorrow (Vol. 1 at least)
- Roberto Bolano: The Skating Rink
- Javier Cercas: Even the Darkest Night
- Rafael Bernal: The Mongolian Conspiracy
I am being clever here, or so I think, because I can leave any unread women authors from June and July for this month. In addition to that, I m also taking a look at the rather chunky ones below:
- Olga Tokarczuk: The Books of Jacob
- Svetlana Alexievich: Second-Hand Time
- Esmahan Aykol: Divorce Turkish Style
- Magda Szabo: Iza’s Ballad
- Anke Stelling: Schäfchen im Trockenen (Higher Ground – because you can never get too many stories of Berlin)
Additional Random Choices:
All by and about women and all of them quite chunky:
- Tirzah Garwood: Long Live Great Bardfield
- Tessa Hadley: The Past
- The Letters of Shirley Jackson
- Stela Brinzeanu: Set in Stone
- Yvonne Bailey-Smith: The Day I Fell Off My Island
Which of these have you read or do you look forward to reading? Also: am I mad to choose quite a few looooooong books?