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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Reading Life Review - June, 2017

My June Featured Authors 

In June I posted on 12 fiction writers.  Nine were women, three men.  Two have been awarded McArthur Genius Grants, one won the Booker Prize in 1990.  Seven are deceased.  Movies have been made based on the works of two, a third is in the works.  Five are Americans.  One is from Italy, one 

was born in the Ukraine but moved to Brazil as a child with her family.  One was born in Nigeria, another in Kenya, three in the U.K.  One is actually more famous for her surrealistic art than her writings.  Two are at the opening stages of what I think will be very rewarding literary careers.  I have gotten back into SF/F and five write in that genre.  Three of them are giants of the Science Fiction/Fantasy World, one has already won major awards.  At least two wrote in a language not their first.  There is an academic society devoted to Octavia Butler.  

Starting from the large Top left image, Leonora Carrington.

On the bottom row from the left, Natalia Ginzburg, Frank Herbert (author of Dune, a candidate for greatest Sci Fi novel of all time), Clarice Lispector, the Olivia Butler, a Pulitzer Prize Winner.

On the row above that Alyssa Wong, Farah Ahamed, A. S. Byatt, and Jack Vance

Top left (next to large image) Dean Wolfe, Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  

Blog Stats

As of today The Reading Life has had 4,664,346 page views.

Last month the top visitors home countries were The USA, the Philippines, India, the U.K. and for the first time in history, China made the top five.

The most viewed post was on "Dr. Patel" by Farah Ahamed, followed by the usual top posts on short stories of the Philippines and one by the great R.K. Narayan.

Non Fiction 

Weimar Culture by Peter Gay

Poetry Will Save Your Life - A Memoir by Jill Bialosky

White Mughals Love and Betrayal in 18th Century India by William Dalrymple 

With Ballet in My Soul - A Globetrotting Memoir by Eva Mazda

Literary biographies - I hope to read at least two a month 

Katherine Mansfield The Early Years by Gerri Kimber. Must Reading 

A Surprise Queenhood in the New Black Sun The life and Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks by Angela Jackson 

I offer my great thanks to to all who leave comments.  

In July I anticipate posting on a number of Paris themed works and returning to Japanese literature.

To my fellow book bloggers, the world's greatest readers, keep blogging.  

Mel u

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