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

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Reading Life Review - September 2020


 September Authors 

Column One

1. Roxane Gay - USA - highly regarded novelist, Short story writer and cultural observer
2. Chibunda Onuzo - Nigeria to UK - author Welcome to Lagos-I look Forward to following her work for a long time
3. Michael Chabon - USA - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction- most recently read The Yiddish Policemen’s Union

Column Two

1. Elizabeth Taylor - UK - exquiste novels and Short stories - i hope to read her in full
2. Francine Prose - USA - Reading Like a Writer, Nine Muses and Their Artists- Blue Angel.  
3. Namwall Serpe - Zambia to USA - The Old Drift- Winner of The 2020 Arthur C. Clarke Award which i Will read soon

Column Three

1. James Longo - USA - historian - read this Month his Hitler and The Hapsburgs 
2. Billy O’Callaghan - Ireland - i have been following his work since March 2013.  I Will continue to  read anything he writes
3. Hanya Yanaghara - USA - author A Little Life which is a masterpiece .  I Will read her People in The Trees Soon

I also read but could find no image of her, Nadia Cohen’s Biography of A. A. Milne.  She is from England.

Home Lands of Authors

1. USA - 5
2. Uk - 2
3. Zambia - 1
4. Nigeria - 1
5. Ireland - 1

All but one author, Elizabeth  Taylor, are living.  Three are men, seven women.  Five writers were featured for the first time, I hope to read more of their work.  Five are old friends of The Reading Life.

Blog Stats 

As of today we have received 6,120,830 page views 

Among the five most viewed posts for the month are three short stories by authors from the Philippines as well as short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Irene Nemirovsky.  All top ten posts for September were on short stories.

Home Countries of Visitors 

1. USA
2. The Philippines 
3. India
4. Germany 
5. Canada
6. Romania
7. The Dominican Republic 
8. UK
9. Japan

This is the first time Romania and the Dominican Republic have been in this list. I welcome them.

There are currently 3805 posts on The Reading Life.

Future Plans

I really want to begin to read the now near overwhelming to me amount of Yiddish literature I have accumulated.  

I hope to post on several very exciting review books I have been kindly given.

On review books, I look carefully at everything I am sent.  

In November I will participate in Margaret Atwood Month hosted by Buried in Print and Consumed by Ink

I also hope to once again participate in German Literature Month 

I offer my thanks to Max u for his kind provision of Amazon Gift Cards.

To those who take the trouble to leave comments, you help keep me going

As always I appreciate the support from the Bousweau family.

To American book bloggers, I know these are dark times for many of you, keep reading and blogging.  You are valued highly and needed.

Mel u


Buried In Print said...

What a great reading month, and how interesting that there are so many active writers in this assortment. And you've already finished A Little Life! Wow, look at you turning pages. I haven't even taken down my copy from the shelf yet. How will I catch up. :)

Buried In Print said...

P.S. Will look forward to seeing what you choose to read for Margaret Atwood Reading Month: so happy you would like to join!