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Planning to publish my review on 2/4.
CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO
📚 Theological Territories: A David Bentley Hart Digest
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date April 15
A collection of 26 essays related to Orthodoxy.
I’m publishing notes on it as I read it.
📚 Norwegian Wood
Reading for Japanese Literature Challenge 13 and with the Murakami online book club – see explanation in my Book Journal here below.
I really enjoyed book 1 in this series.
A mysterious plot involving the Norwegian Prime Minister.
BOOK UP NEXT
📚 Second Sister
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: February 18
“An up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top.
A schoolgirl—Siu-Man—has committed suicide, leaping from her twenty-second floor window to the pavement below. Siu-Man is an orphan and the librarian older sister who’s been raising her refuses to believe there was no foul play—nothing seemed amiss. She contacts a man known only as N.—a hacker, and an expert in cybersecurity and manipulating human behavior. But can Nga-Yee interest him sufficiently to take her case, and can she afford it if he says yes?
LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR
📚 The Godwulf Manuscript
Published in 1973
This sounds like an intriguing mystery.
“The first in the series featuring private detective Spenser, sees Spenser hired to return a rare stolen fourteenth-century manuscript to its rightful owners, a Boston university who has hired him.
Spenser earned his degree in the school of hard knocks so he is hardly surprised that his only clue is a radical student with four bullets in his chest. The investigation soon leads him into a complex web of murder, radical politics, adultery, drugs and organised crime.
The cops are ready to throw the book at the pretty blond coed whose prints are all over the murder weapon but Spenser knows there are no easy answers. He tackles some very heavy homework and knows that if he doesn’t finish his assignment soon, he could end up marked “D” — for dead.”
📚 The Scarlet Pimpernel
A classic set in France I had not heard about!
“Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.”
BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK
I actually haven’t received anything this week, at least at the time I’m preparing this post, but here are 2 books I checked out at my library:
📚 Selected Poems, by Masaoka Shiki
Translation by Burton Watson
As you know, I’m into a Japanese mood. I found reference to this book in Natsume Soseki’s books.
Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) is credited with modernizing Japan’s two traditional verse forms, haiku and tanka.
📚 The Book of Ichigo Ichie: The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, the Japanese Way
Release day 12/31/2019
Another Japanese book, by the author of the great Ikigai
📚 Ok, looks like 2020 is going to be Japanese madness. As you know by now, I’m doing the Japanese Literature Challenge from January-March. And I have already read 3 books by Natsume Soseki for this.
Now, Bryan from Still An Unfinished Person, had the good idea to leave a comment today on my Sunday Salon #22, and he mentioned he was in an online book club on Murakami! How do you want me to resist this?
Plus this book club is using Discord, that I just joined to participate in the #Pondathon. So now I have 7 chapters of Norwegian Wood to read before next Sunday to catch up.
So I’ll be reading this before continuing with The Gate. Did I write madness?
I am not sure, but I don’t think I ever read Norwegian Wood. Anyway, even if I did, that would have been over 10 years ago, so it won’t hurt.
So tonight, I have read already 28% of the book, that is chapters 1-4 that were discussed on Sunday in the book club.
I think I will integrate my notes in my final review review of the book.
My plan is to try to finish The Gate, then read Norwegian Wood chapters 5-7 before Sunday, as these will be discussed on 2/2.
📚 I I listened to a bit over an our of Complot, the sequel of Le Cri, by Nicolas Beuglet. This French author is fantastic. I feel I’m there on this super cold Norwegian island. I love the characters, and I wonder the impact this new case (the gruesome and mysterious murder of the Prime Minister!) will have on Inspector Sarah.
📚 The Gate: So far, I don’t enjoy as much as the 2 previous books. There’s actually more happening that I expected or wanted!
📚 Complot: getting totally strange, as the police keeps repeating. There was this crazy suspenseful scene when Sarah was getting over the icy water to recover something. And now, the whole question is, who was really this Norwegian Prime Minister? Was she leading a double life? What was going on in her secret lab??
📚 The Gate: Ah! Tonight, I read beautiful passages on the life of this quiet couple. I will have lots of quotations to share in my review!!
📚 Complot: this is getting crazy now, as this could involve some international forces. Plus looks like Sarah’s family will be in danger as well!!
📚 The Gate: Now there’s this long flashback, where we see how the two main characters met in the first place. Though what happened then remains a bit blurred. It puts the quietness of this couple’s life in a very different light!
📚 Norwegian Wood: I have now read chapters 5-7, to be ready for our Sunday online discussion. I plan to post all my notes by chapter along with my review, so I won’t give any more details here.
📚 This was our monthly book club, so I came home late and didn’t read.
This was our 8th anniversary. So for the occasion, we do a full potluck meal, everyone bringing something. Plus I organize a Jeopardy game (questions related to literature only), with 3 bags of books and goodies for the top 3 winners.
And as usual, each member presents the book he/she has enjoyed reading this past month. This is our usual format, we love it, we would never all read the same book. So much more interesting, you discover all kinds of books in many genres, but obviously, this is super dangerous for your TBRs!
THIS PAST WEEK ON
WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOURS
- Sunday Post #22
- Book review: Dogs!
- Top Ten Covers of the Decade
- Book review: Treachery
- I posted my notes on Chapters 2-3 of Theological Territories
- January recap
- Six degrees of separation: from trouble to wedding
📚 Book of the month giveaway
COMING UP ON WORDS AND PEACE
January-March: Japanese Literature Challenge 13
- 2/3 February titles
- 2/4 Book review: The Gate
- 2/5 Notes on Chapters 4-5 of Theological Territories
- And will be catching up on 2019 book reviews
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?