2019 Reading Log
This page lists all the books I have read in 2019, along with links to where I’ve written about them¤. I’ll be updating this list throughout the year.
5. Ted Chiang, Stories of Your Life and Others (USA, 2002). A collection from the author of ‘Understand’, which I reviewed ten (ulp!) years ago; the title story was adapted into the 2016 film Arrival. I enjoyed the book: a couple of stories were a little dry for me, but most were as thought-provoking as I want science fiction to be. [****]
4. Magda Szabó, Katalin Street (Hungary, 1969 tr. 2018). A subtle, reflective account of lives changed on one Budapest Street in the mid-20th century. [***]
3. Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (England, 2011). Re-read for book group. I actually liked it less this time: it seemed quite dry. [***]
2. Nihad Sirees, States of Passion (Syria, 1998 tr. 2018). A bureaucrat listens to an old man’s tale of family secrets, in this nest of stories. [***]
1. Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Nigeria, 2018). The story of a woman who bumps off her boyfriends, and the sister who helps her clean up afterwards. [***]