- The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn, translated by Rosie Hedger ★★★★★ | review
- But You Did Not Come Back by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, translated by Sandra Smith (audiobook) ★★★★☆ | mini review
- The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang ★★★☆☆ | review
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder ★★★★★ | review
- Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, translated by Bonnie Huie ★★★☆☆ | review | buddy read with Claire Reads Books
- Purge by Sofi Oksanen, translated by Lola Rogers ★★★★☆ | review
- We, The Survivors by Tash Aw ★★★★☆ | review to come mid-September for BookBrowse
- Isolde by Irina Odoevtseva, translated by Brian Karetnyk and Irina Steinberg ★★★★☆ | review
Favorite: The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn
Honorable mention: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Least favorite: Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin, I guess?
AUGUST TOTAL: 8
YEARLY TOTAL: 80
80 was my incredibly arbitrary Goodreads goal, so yay! Also, 6/8 of these were by women in translation. I did want to read more for #WITmonth but I think I did okay.
Other posts from this month:
So, like I said, I didn’t read as much in August as I had planned, but I ended up being kind of busy so I guess I’ll forgive myself. For the first half of August I was cat-sitting and I ended up having a lot to do that week, and then this past weekend (technically the beginning of September, but whatever, it’s the reason this wrap up is late so I’ll talk about it now) I went to New York for the long weekend.
It included many highlights: I went to the US Open and saw Naomi Osaka play Coco Gauff (which was wonderful); I saw the current production of Oklahoma which positively blew me away (I am not an Oklahoma fan so I did not have very high expectations, but seriously, if you have a chance to see this production, DO IT); I saw Sleep No More for the fourth time (I’m obsessed); and I met Matthew Sciarappa for brunch, after which we went to The Strand and he picked out books for me and my friends to buy. I ended up with a copy of Compass by Mathias Énard, which I recently mentioned on here that I’m dying to read. It was such fun. Matthew was lovely and it was great to see my NYC friends again (New York is where my main irl friend squad lives, hence the fact that I return there so frequently).
I’m failing miserably at my and Hannah’s readathon, but the Women in Translation show must go on! I still need to finish these three books before I can pick up anything else: Cassandra by Christa Wolf (loving it), The Door by Magda Szabo (loving it), and Valerie by Sara Stridsberg (not loving it – sorry – though it is technically an ARC, so, win for me).
What was the best book you read in August? Comment and let me know!