Book Round Up: March 2018

As I expected March was a crazy month but I managed to read 20 books, which is perfect. However the quality varied and I read quite a few mediocre ones and once again the 33 1/3 volumes helped keep the tally up.

The stand out of this month is Xan Brooks’ The Clocks in this House all tell Different Times ( I’ll link the book once the review comes up next week)

The other stunner comes from Ali Smith’s Artful , a novel which challenges the idea of a novel.

I also enoyed reading Leni Zumas’ Red Clocks, which is a feminist dystopian novel.

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was a fun read

and the two experimental novels I read were Simon Okotie’s In the Absence of Absalom and Jesse Ball’s Census. If you want uniquely written books then do check these out.

As for April, book prizes will dominate. The plan is to finish the 33 1/3 books and some other books on the TBR stack (those are already chosen – they consist of 2 short story collections, one experimental novel and one conventional novel) and then I can start on the seven books I need to read for Women’s Prize longlist: The Idiot, Three Things about Elsie, Miss Burma, When I hit You, The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Manhattan Beach, See What I have done, A Boy in Winter and A Trick to Time. I also have a translated book to review. If there is enough time I may tackle the four books I have that are on the Man Booker International longlist : The White Book, Vernon Subutex 1, Die My Love and Flights. Oh and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner will be announced on April 16th.

Til next month…..

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