Monday, February 28, 2011

February Reading Roundup

February meant Chinese literature, and coincidentally, the Chinese Literature Challenge which I discovered this month as well.  I'll continue to work on the Chinese lit. books each month and post them on the sidebar as I continue on.  I also got back to work on the crime fiction series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö featuring Martin Beck and the Stockholm homicide squad.  I'm currently beginning book 6, Murder at the Savoy, and luckily still have 4 more to go before the series is finished. That will be a sad day; these books are some of the finest crime fiction novels ever written. Anyway, here's my month:

Chinese literature:
War Trash, by Ha Jin
To Live, by Yu Hua
The Vagrants, by Li Yiyun
Dream of Ding Village, by Yan Lianke
Three Sisters, by Bi Feiyu

Scandinavian crime fiction
The Laughing Policeman, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
The Fire Engine that Disappeared, by  Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (review in progress)

Dutch crime fiction
Back to the Coast, by Saskia Noort

Historical crime fiction
Lumen, by Ben Pastor 

other book-related stuff:
1) My book group read and liked The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer 

2)Added to the Amazon wishlist:
Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman
The Free World, by David Bezmozgis
A Posthumous Confession, by Marcellus Emants
The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences, by Peter D. McDonald 
Panorama, by Hans G. Adler
Murder in East Anglia, by Robert Church

3) From LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Program: The Anatomy of a Moment, by Javier Cercas; various ARCs came through the door as well from several publishers.

4) Books bought this month: 
Farewell My Concubine, by Lilian Lee
Scream Black Murder, by Philip McLaren
Riders in the Chariot, by Patrick White
The Last Draw, by Elisabet Peterzen
The Death of Donna Whalen, by Michael Winter
An Exclusive Love: A Memoir, by Johanna Adorjan
Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
Pedro Paramo, by Juan Rulfo
Occupied City, by David Peace
The Poison Tree, by Erin Kelly

5) Major book purge; 5 boxes of giveaways to various thrift stores; 11 books otherwise left home through BookMooch & Paperback Swap. 

that's about it.  
have a happy reading March; I'm focusing on the Aussie Author Challenge from Booklover Book Reviews for the month. 



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