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I’m baaaaack! Last time I wrote for The Sunday Post was in January 2016!
One of my 2020 resolution is to post short reviews of books I have just finished (and keeping long review formats only for books received for review).
Plus, I’d like to start a type of book journaling, we’ll see how this goes.
So I think the Sunday Post will work well for that – though I may not be able to link it until late afternoon, because of Church commitments.
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by Katherine Applegate
Feiwel and Friends
I really like Applegate’s style: it’s very simple, though at the same time beautiful and very real. She always tackles important themes. In this one, we meet young Jackson.
He understands much more than his parents tell him, and he knows they are major financial problems. Because of that, they will probably have to go back and live in their van, as they did some time ago. When things get too tough, Jackson suddenly meet Crenshaw, a very special giant cat.
These are difficult issues, homelessness, how kids cope with adversity, poverty, and hunger, for instance by living in their head with imaginary friends. But Applegate, as usual, does it in a delicate way, with lots of tenderness and wisdom.
Perfect Little Children
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date February 4
A woman goes to have a peek at the place where her former friends are now leaving. She sees their kids, but they have not aged, whereas they should be 12 years older.
Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date April 15
It is so unusual to find Orthodox theology on Edelweiss or Netgalley. Plus I have read an enjoyed another book by this author, so of course I had to request it.
The Book of Tea
Am listening for The Classics Club
“That a nation should construct one of its most resonant national ceremonies round a cup of tea will surely strike a chord of sympathy with at least some readers of this review. To many foreigners, nothing is so quintessentially Japanese as the tea ceremony–more properly, “the way of tea”–with its austerity, its extravagantly minimalist stylization, and its concentration of extreme subtleties of meaning into the simplest of actions.”
BOOK UP NEXT
📚 I managed to finish my first book of the year, Crenshaw (see above) = 1/110
📚 I also started listening (35 minutes) to the Book of Genesis. Indeed it recently dawned on me (finally!), that I could listen to the whole Bible, a nice way to revisit it. So I plan to do this. I found a good recording of it on YouTube – I chose The King James, which is close to the Orthodox translation.
📚 I also figured out a way of reading 2 ebooks at the same time, without having to switch back and forth between 2 books on my kindle. Actually, I didn’t realize I could read books sent by Edelweiss Plus on the kindle app!! So I’m now reading a theological book on my kindle, and a mystery on my phone (see titles above), through the kindle app. Works great!
📚 Perfect Little Children: What’s going on? I have some ideas, but I may be wrong. In the mean time, I enjoy the flow of the writing and the suspense. Sophie Hannah is masterful.
📚 Perfect Little Children: It’s getting really weird, and now there are many more issues about the reliability of the narrator. I enjoy how her teenagers, especially her daughter, is trying to help explain what’s going on.
📚 Theological Territories: I have read the introduction, that basically presents each of the 26 essays. Some of them may totally be over my had, as they refer to authors I have not read.
📚 Listened to the book of Genesis for about 15 minutes. I really enjoy the experience, it’s like rediscovering the text.
📚 Theological Territories: Read the 1st chapter on Rowan Williams’s The Tragic Imagination. I don’t really agree, as I will explain in my review, for instance with this statement: “As aesthetic experiences go, tragedy is probably among the least intellectual.”
RECENTLY ON WORDS AND PEACE/FRANCE BOOK TOURS
- 12/30: December recap
- 12/31: January titles
- 1/1: My top reads for 2019
- 1/2: My 2019 stats
- 1/3: My fun with 2019 book titles
- 1/4: 7 degrees of separation, from Daisy Jones to Japan
- Book of the month giveaway
LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR
Everything is Illuminated
Recommended by my niece
“With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.”
A reviewer wrote: “a very complicated narrative structure”. I am intrigued!
The Salt Path
Recommended by Booker Talk
“Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home and livelihood is taken away. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall.”
BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK
Downloaded for free
Classic recommended by my niece.
Colette write about her Mum and her childhood
COMING UP ON WORDS AND PEACE
January 6-12: Bout of Books 27
It starts on Monday, but I’ll probably won’t be able to read much the first two days!
1/6: Book review: Lady Clementine
1/7: Top Ten Tuesday, if I have time, about Most anticipated 2020 titles
1/8: Book review: Dreamland
1/9: My top 12 favorites of the decade!
1/10: Book review: Figure Drawing for Kids
January-March: Japanese Literature Challenge 13
You are going to read a lot about Japanese Literature here for three months!!
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?
Booker Talk made me want to read The Salt Paths too!
well, we are keeping great company, lol
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Looks like you have some great blogging and reading goals. I hope you achieve them all!
Thanks. Happy New Year of reading to you!
I like short reviews and especially on Sunday Posts, it’s nice to see those along with all the other weekly happenings. 🙂 I’ve thought occasionally about doing something along those lines also.
The bible on audio sounds awesome!
It seems to me more manageable this way, so far (the short reviews in the Sunday Post)
It’s been a while, welcome back 🙂 Good luck with your 2020 goals.
Wishing you a great reading week
Thanks, you too!
Applegate has been one of my favorite authors since I was little! I thought Crenshaw was such a cute read. Perfect Little Children sounds interesting. Happy reading!
Here’s my WWW post.
so thrilled for you that you read her when you were a child
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Happy reading. Good luck on your challenges
Thanks, happy reading year to you too
Perfect Little Children sounds confusing, especially with an unreliable narrator… Hope it has a more concise ending! Happy New Year 🙂
My review is coming up on the 15th. The book is actually not confusing, just lots of red herrings. And the thing is, you wonder a long time IF the narrator is reliable or not, and you won’t know for a while, which adds a nice dimension. This is a good book!
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