Summer reading recap | 2018

Hi, folks!

I can’t believe it is September already! Tempus fugitAs promised, I will wrap up my Summer reading below:

20 Books of Summer

Hosted by Cathy over at the 746 Books blog, the challenge consisted in listing 20 books to read between June, 1st and September, 3rd this year.  I usually do a poor job in sticking to TBRs, and this time it was no different: I managed to read only 10  out of the 20 books on my original list. Here they are (my reviews will be linked below):

  1. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon (2015)
  2. The Home-Maker, Dorothy Canfield-Fischer (1924)
  3. Mathilda, by Mary Shelley (written between 1819 and 1820, and published posthumously in 1959)
  4. Valentine, by George Sand (1832)
  5. Artemisia, by Anna Banti, tr. Shirley D’Ardia Caracciol (2003. Original: Artemisia, 1947)
  6. A View of the Harbour, by Elizabeth Taylor (1947)
  7. Vera, by Elizabeth von Arnim (1921)
  8. The Matriarch, by G. B. Stern (1924)
  9. Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Jennifer Croft (2017. Original: Bieguni, 2007)
  10. Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain (1933)

My favourite fiction books from this bunch were Vera & Flights. As for nonfiction, I loved both books I read: Testament of Youth & Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Finally, my least favourite book was, alas, Valentine. From my original list, I am currently reading Sight by Jessie Greengrass (2018), but I don’t quite know what my thoughts are at the moment. I guess I was expecting more from it, and I shall write about it soon.

 Spanish and Portuguese Reading Months

Stuart and Richard hosted the Spanish and Portuguese Reading Months in July & August, and I took the opportunity to showcase some of my favourite Brazilian poets. You can click on the links below to read their poems in translation:

I loved doing this reasearch on Portuguese-speaking poetry in translation, so you may expect more post like these in the future. Hope you enjoy 🙂

I also wrote about four books for this event, and have two more reviews on the go:

 Women in Translation Month

Hosted by Meytal over at the Biblibio blog, Women in Translation Month  aims to encourage readers, reviewers, publishers, and translators to explore more books written by women writers in translation. Here is my original list, and here are the books I ended up reading (all my reviews will be linked below):

  • Artemisia, by Anna Banti, tr. Shirley D’Ardia Caracciol (2003. Original: Artemisia, 1947)
  • The Piano Teacherby Elfriede Jelinek tr. Joachim Neugroschel (1988. Die Klavierspielerin, 1983)
  • Nueva Correspondencia Pizarniked.  Ivonne Bordelois and Cristina Pina (2014. Selected Letters by Alejandra Pizarnik, not translated yet)
  • A Kingdom of Souls, by Daniela Hodrová, tr. Véronique Firkusny and Elena Sokol (2015. Original: Podobojí, 1991)
  • Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, tr. Jennifer Croft (2017. Original: Bieguni, 2007)
  • Invisible Links, by Selma Lagerlöf, tr. Pauline Bancroft Flach (1899. Original: Osynliga länkar,1894)

My favourite books from this list were Flights and Nueva Correspondencia Pizarnik.

 All Virago/All August

At the Librarything Virago Readers Group, August is a month dedicated to reading through our beloved green spines. This is what my original TBR looked like. Here are the Virago books I read:

Paris in July

Hosted by Thyme for Tea, Paris In July aims to celebrate our French experiences through reading, watching, listening, observing, cooking, and eating all things French. Here are the books I read for the event (my reviews will be linked below):

  • Based on a True Story, by Delphine de Vigan, tr. George Miller (2017. Original: D’après une histoire vraie, 2015)
  • The God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza, tr. Christopher Hampton (2008. Original: Le dieu du carnage, 2007)

and, finally,

 Backpack Through Europe Summer Reading Challenge

Hosted by The Reader’s Room, Backpack Through Europe Summer Reading Challenge aims to promote a literary travel through Europe. I am somewhat in the middle of my reading travels, and you can find my partial wrap-up here.

Here are the countries I’ve visited so far (my reviews will be linked to their respective countries): England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, and Lithuania.

That’s all for the Summer, folks. As for my future plans & TBR, you can find them here.

Victober changes

I’ve slightly changed my plans for Victober, as the challenges were announced yesterday. Here is how my TBR for this event looks like now:

  • Ange’s challenge: Read a book by one of the hosts’ favourite Victorian authors (Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell or Thomas Hardy)
    • Lois the Witch, by Elizabeth Gaskell (1861)
  • Kate’s challenge: Read a Victorian book with a proper noun (i.e., a place name or person’s name) in the title
    • Jill, by Amy Dillwyn  (1884)
    • The Beth Book, by Sarah Grand (1897)
  • Katie’s challenge: Read a book from the first ten years of the Victorian period and/or a book from the last ten years of the Victorian period (i.e., 1837-1847 or 1891-1901)
    • Zoe, by Geraldine Jewsbury (1845)
    • Red Pottage, by Mary Cholmondeley (1899)
  • Lucy’s challenge: Read a Victorian book written by a woman anonymously or under a pseudonym
    • Moths, by Ouida (Maria Louise Ramé, 1880)
    • Middlemarch, by George Eliot (1872)
  • General challenge: Read a Victorian book and watch a screen adaptation of it
    • No idea! I do not normaly watch movie adaptations. What do you suggest? 🙂
  • Bonus: Group readalong: Wives and Daughters, by Elizabeth Gaskell
    • I’m in! 🙂

What have you been reading this Summer, folks? Tell me about it.

Yours truly,


Frederick Carl Frieseke, ‘The Blue Gown’, 1917

6 thoughts on “Summer reading recap | 2018

  1. Holy Smokes, Juliana, I am amazed at all you read; all the challenges you participated in! I only read one for Spanish Lit Month, and none at all for Paris in July (the first time I’ve failed that in ever). And, you read Flights! Hooray! That remains my favorite translated work of the year, and probably it will be so until we embrace 2019. I loved looking at your stacks, the list of all the titles you have under your belt from August.

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    1. Thank you, Bellezza! I love book blogging for its community and the events that are always going on – so I try to participate as much as I can. And the Summer events & challenges are my favourite 🙂 I looooved Flights, Bellezza! I completely agree with you: it might be my favourite translated book this year, too 🙂

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