Book Round Up – April 2021

April was a strange reading month. It started out on a high note, then everything went wonky with me DNFing a lot of books then midway in the month I read a ton of great ones. Anyway here’s what I read:

I’m glad that in April, I finally read a book in Maltese, something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. I’m also happy that I managed to read the majority of the International Booker Longlist, thanks to the many supportive publishers.

The ‘book of the month’ was the first one I read in April and may be the best thing I read all year:

When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamín Labatut , translated by Adrian Nathan

Saying that there were other 10/10 books:

The Sound Mirror by Heidi James

The Actual Whole of Music by Haydn Middleton

Absorbed by Kylie Whitehead

Then I read some very good ones. These are

Minor Detail by Adania Shibli, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette

Fittixni by Antoinette Borg

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder

At Night, All Blood is Black by David Diop, translated by Anna Moschovakis

Summer Brother – Jaap Robben, translated by David Doherty

As you can see I’m rereading Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet. I’ll be writing an individual review of Summer then a collective review of all 4 books.

What’s next.

At the moment I have 13 review copies to read. I will also be reading more books in Maltese for May. So the month will be spent juggling between those. I am hoping to squeeze in some Women’s Prize shortlist books (I doubt it) and I received Rónán Hession’s Panenka, which is a top priority read.

How was your reading month? comment below!

2 thoughts on “Book Round Up – April 2021

  1. lauratfrey May 2, 2021 / 5:09 pm

    Not nearly as good as yours! Getting a bit of FOMO due to not following the International Booker this year. I’m interested in Wretchedness, and that Labatut book, I’ve seen some love and some hate for it!

    • The Bobosphere May 2, 2021 / 6:11 pm

      I would just go for the Labatut – it’s a stunner

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