Mailbox Monday February 11

Mailbox Monday2 It's Monday! What Are You Reading2 WWW Wednesdays 2

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

click on the covers to know more about them


Trace  The Republic

US release date: April 2
“Haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed his parents, the best he can do is try to distract himself from memories of the past. But the past isn’t done with him. When Trace takes a wrong turn in the New York Public Library, he finds someone else lost in the stacks with him: a crying little boy, wearing old, tattered clothes.”.
Not sure why I received this. I may have entered and won the contest, for a woman in my book club who has several grandchildren who devour books. No note was with the book. That’s Middle Grade fiction, but the story could be interesting. I’ll give it a try before giving it to her.

The Republic:
Received for review. US release date: April 30
“With a playful mix of literary and pop culture references, this novel immerses us in the world of the global intelligentsia, where the truth counts for less than what is said about it. Joost de Vries has written a biting academic satire, an absurd and exceptionally intelligent tale.”
Sounds like my cup of tea, especially as this was presented as similar to The Seventh Function of Language, by Binet, which I enjoyed a lot.
And Other Press often offers great books.



La vie mode demploi


cocktails with a dead man


The Moonstone

La vie mode d’emploi:
For classics club.
Just finished this fascinating work pertaining to the Oulipo movement.
Available in English as Life: A User’s Manual.
I’ll try to write my review soon.

Cocktails for a Dead Man:
Poetry, for review.
It was ok.

The Moonstone:
For classics club, audio.
Interesting structure. Good, but I preferred The Woman in White.



The Goose Fritz


don quijote



The Goose Fritz: 
For review.
Russian literature. Interesting novel on the themes of personal and national history and identity.

Don Quixote:
For classics club – read-along
Thoroughly enjoying it, a chapter a day

OMG, I’m so much enjoying Binet’s book! It’s related to Reinhard Heydrich, “the most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet”, but it’s also a book about writing, about writing historical fiction. The author inserts his reflections in the midst of the book, which is structured in very little chapters. So well done!
“A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet’s remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.”



The Library of Lost and Found





Library of Lost and Found
Really looking forward to this, because of the author.

“In a debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Erin Entrada Kelly, award-winning author/illustrator and educator Pat Cummings tells a poignant story about grief, love, and the untold stories that echo across time.”
I’m going to give it a try. See more above.

For classics club.


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47 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday February 11

  1. I love your different group of books. Although I do know Walden and have heard of The Library of Lost and Found. I know about Don Quixote but can’t recall if I read that back in my college years. (Too long ago!)
    Enjoy your reading!


  2. Looking forward to your review of Trace. I love reviewing Middle Grade Fiction. There are some fantastic books around for young readers


  3. All of the books you mentioned look good! Glad you are enjoying HHhH! Only one book came in last week, such restraint I know. LOL. It was a used copy of a collection of poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks. I continue to read a poem a day. Currently I am reading The Old Man and Me by Elaine Dundy from my 1964 list. It is hilarious and racy! Next up is The Address by Fiona Davis for a reading group. Someday I will get to Wilkie Collins.


    • I think you should try HHhH!
      Some time ago, I visited this new museum in Chicago, of American writers, and I learned a bit about Brooks there.
      Shame on me, I had never heard of Dundy!
      Wilkie Collins is great, but start with The Woman in White. You will love it!


  4. I haven’t read or heard of most of these but it’s so cool that you read books in French as well as English! French was my chosen foreign language from middle school to high school and I loved it, I even used to conduct French classes for my fellow students in college a few years ago! I’ve forgotten some of it now but I really want to get back to it and get to a level where I can read a novel written entirely in French someday. 😍
    Also, I’ve wanted to check out The Woman In White for a while now. 🙂


    • well, I’m French, so it makes sense I would read and listen to books in French. If you are interested, I give French classes online (through skype). And we can work on French for reading specifically, from book excerpts for instance, to get you to that level. Reading French is really quite easy – listening and speaking is another story.

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      • Oh, I remember! I never felt confident when speaking in French so I stick to short phrases and simple sentences usually. Haven’t had much practice listening to it either. But, the reading comprehensions used to be my favorite part of the exams and writing letters and etc. I need to go through my notes and brush up on what I already know. I just can’t seem to make time these days. 🙈
        But it’s wonderful that you give classes and I’ll keep that in mind if I need any help in the future. 🙂


  5. I’ve been interested in picking up The Moonstone for a while (mostly to see how it compares to modern mystery novels) but maybe I’ll read The Woman in White first now… 😊


  6. I tried HHhH but didn’t get far with it. I think it was just that I wasn’t in the mood for it at that time because I was so intrigued with the premise of the novel, I’ll try again another day


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