Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Reading Life Review - March 2019 - hopes for next few months

March Authors

Row 1. Left to Right

  1. David Mitchel - UK - read three of his novels in March
  2. Hersh Norberg - Poland - Yiddish writer
  3. Jacob Dinezon - Lithuania - very prolific Yiddish writer
  4. Roberta Newman - USA - co-author of Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl - Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russia and America 
  5. S. A. Ansky - Belarus - author of most important Yiddish drama, Tbe Dybbuk, The Pioneers, and many other works
  6. Danielle McLaughlin - Ireland - short stories - I have been following her since 2012

Row 2

  1. Arundhati Roy - India - Booker Prize Winner for The God of Small Things
  2. Akiyuki Nosaka - Japan. I have featured four of his WW Two Short Stories
  3. Orla McAlinden - Ireland - author of The Fkight of the Wren
  4. Colm Toibin - Ireland - highly regarded multi genre writer, featured many times
  5. Shakti Bhatt - India - short stories

Row 3

  1. Leonora Carrington - UK  to Mexico- renown surrealist writer and artist
  2. Mavis Gallant - Canada to France - featured many times
  3. Amanthi Harris - Sri Lanka - multi genre writer and artist, I hope to follow her work for many years
  4. Chaya Bhuvaneswer - USA - her debut short story collection White Dancing  Elephants is an amazing work.  I hope to follow her for years

Row 4

  1. Selma Carvalho - UK - historian of the Goan Disporsa, short story writer
  2. Alice Nakhimovsky USA - co-author of Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl - Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russia and America
  3. Louise Nealon - Ireland - short stories
  4. A. S. Byatt- UK -Booker Prize Winner

In March I posted on the work of 13 women and six men, six deceased authors and 13 living. Six writers were featured for the first time and 13 are old friends of The Reading Life.

Blog Stats

My posts have been viewed 5,631,760 times

Of the five most viewed posts in March, four are on short stories by writers from     The Philippines.  One was on “A Piece of Bread” by Francois Coppee.  I featured this story for Paris in July 2015.

Top visitor countries

  1. USA
  2. The Philippines
  3. India
  4. Russia - world spam head quarters
  5. Ukraine
  6. UK
  7. Germany
  8. Canada
  9. Indonesia

Plans for next few months

I will continue reading along on The Mavis Gallant Project of Buried Print

Feel free to join in on this long term project

I started a new permanent Reading Life Project, Short Stories by South Asian Women.  

I hope to finally finish my read through of The Comedie Humane by Honore de Balzac.

I will continue my readings in Yiddish literature and culture.  

I will keep on with Holocaust related works.

I hope to complete my reread of 2666 by Roberto Bolano.

I am always looking for new to me writers

Oleander Bousweau has agreed to lend her expertise to The Reading Life, on loan from the Bousweau Foundation.  Ambrosia Bousweau remains as European Director.  

To my fellow book bloggers, keep blogging.  The world needs you. 

My great thanks to those who leave comments

Oleander Bousweau
Ambrosia Bousweau
Mel u


Suko said...

Very impressive, Mel. You're a very prolific reader and blogger! March was a great reading month for you.

Buried In Print said...

Finishing the French cycle: wow. That's taken some real doing!

I'm so glad you're continuing to enjoy the Mavis Gallant short stories: I love the company, knowing that you're in the world of Mavis Gallant on the other side of the world.

And three Mitchell novels finished: March has been an awesome month with more good stuff to come.

I've got to sit and think about your new story project, see what collections I can come up with!