Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A month in books - August 2016

As it is now the end of August it is time for another month's reading roundup and I have a wonderfully varied selection of books to present to you. There are thirteen book suggestions in all which include memoir and poetry, fantasy fiction and experimental writing, indie authors and established masters. There's audiobooks, ebooks and books actually printed on paper, plus three giveaways to enter (you'll have to be quick for one of them!).


Ali And Ramazan by Perihan Magden

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The first of two Turkish books this month, I bought Ali And Ramazan as an ebook from Amazon. The novella is based on a true story and follows the attempts of two orphan boys to overcome their lowly start in life.


Mooreeffoc by Tetiana Aleksina and Tony Single

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Another Amazon purchase, I discovered this quirky short story through Goodreads - if you're a Goodreader too, add me as a friend! Mooreeffoc was coined by Charles Dickens to describe seemingly ordinary situations seen from unusual angles and this story achieves that beautifully.


The Peculiar Life Of A Lonely Postman by Denis Theriault 

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I was unexpectedly impressed with this French-Canadian novel that explores themes of loneliness and obsessive. Theriault focuses on Japanese haiku poetry whicb he had to teach himself to write in order for his protagonist, Bilodo, to convincingly compose haiku too.


The Roar Of The Tiger by Annie Ayre

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This book had been on my Kindle for ages before I got around to reading it this month. It's a humorous novel set in British Raj India and I enjoyed the set up, but the latter stages of the story didn't work for me.


Book Blogger Survey by Barb Drozdowich

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I received a copy of this informative book from the author as thanks for participating in the survey which I had completely forgotten about so my reward came as a pleasant surprise! I would recommend this presentation and analysis of the survey results to authors wanting to tap into the publicity of bloggers, and to book bloggers wanting insights into the experience of others.


From The Blue by James Cole 

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This OXFAM find is a lovely collection of poetry about South Devon and Dartmoor. A a newcomer to this area, I am interested to find local literature and From The Blue fitted the bill perfectly.


Mandela: An Audio History produced by Joe Richman

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This AudioSYNC offering is more of a radio programme than a full audiobook. It comprises over an hour of original recordings of news reports and interview segments edited to tell the story of Nelson Mandela's life from his imprisonment to his eventual leadership of South Africa.


Pierced By The Sun by Laura Esquivel

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I enjoyed this Mexican take on the dysfunctional detective crime novel. Policewoman Lupita wants to find out who murdered a politician right in front of her and, as she delves deeper into the corrupt world, we learn more about both Lupita's hard life and Mexico's.


Kings Or Pawns by J J Sherwood

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I was thrilled to take part in the blog tour for Kings Or Pawns - my first ever blog tour - and this kind of community effort for a book is definitely something I will contribute to again (and pretty soon too!). If you haven't entered to win copies of Kings Or Pawns and its sequel, the rafflecopter link is on my LitFlits post and the giveaway is open for another nine days.


There Were Many Horses by Luiz Ruffato

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It's back to Latin America for what is undoubtedly my book of the month. I absolutely loved There Were Many Horses! Ruffato presents prose snapshots of dozens of lives across Sao Paolo in Brazil, all happening on a single day.


An Amsterdam Affair by Amanda Addison

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Very much a novel about art and artists, An Amsterdam Affair does have far too much alliteration on its cover, but is a warm and ultimately uplifting read. The giveaway associated with this book is still open too - but only until midnight tonight. Don't miss out!


Istanbul: Memories Of A City by Orhan Pamuk

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I didn't realise when listening to this audiobook, but I actually know someone who also lived in 1960s Istanbul (Hi Mike!). Pamuk's reminiscences of his childhood are interspersed with his thoughts on Western writers who visited his city and with lengthy muses on the nature of 'huzun' - a kind of national melancholy.


Angel Of Oblivion by Maja Haderlap

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This thought-provoking novel is set in a Slovenian community in Austria and examines the mental health after effects of Second World War persecution on people who survived and also upon children who were born to the survivors after the war ended.


That's it for my books for this month. I hope you have found at least a couple of suggestions for books you might like to read? Please remember the book buying links are affiliate links so I get a small percentage of the sale price when you click through to buy. Thanks to everyone who bought books and other items this month it is appreciated! And to whoever bought the bandage, I hope your finger gets better soon.

My WorldReads blog series will be looking at Nigerian books on the 5th of September and I already know next month's book reviews will include Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and Rosshalde by Hermann Hesse. I am hoping to also have read books from Indonesia, Syria and a Pascal Garnier noir from France. You can keep up with my daily book review posts on Literary Flits or I will post another roundup on Stephanie Jane at the end of September.

And for those of you who have been counting, yes, there's still one giveaway to mention! I am giving away baking tools on Literary Flits this week and the giveaway post also reviews my favourite cookery book. If you want to take a look, it will publish at noon today!

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