The top 8 books
I plan to read in May 2020
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Reading with the Murakami online book club
I tried this one five years ago and DNFed it, highly unusual for Murakami’s novels with me. It’s been chosen for our current read with the online book club, so I’m giving it a second chance.
📚 Lessons from Walden
Published on March 30th 2020 by Pepperman Taylor
Received for review through Edelweiss Plus
The introduction a bit too long, but the rest is very good so far.
📚 Au Soleil Redouté
Readalong with one of my French students.
The latest mystery by Michel Bussi. I listened to it, so so good, and now I’m reading it. So 2 rereads in one month, another weird unusual fact in my reading life.
📚 On the Ecclesiastical Mystagogy, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
Not easy, nothing is easy with Saint Maximus, commentary on the Orthodox Divine Liturgy. In fact, I’m reading the same book in parallel in two translations. The older one is easier, but the new edition has the Greek text and a good introduction.
📚 The Mirror and the Light
Finally, volume 3!
Slowly, but surely. Not light reading, but so well written!
📚 A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Sam Taylor To be published on 6/16, by Gallic Books
Received for review
“‘On the mountain, the only monsters are the ones you take with you.’
Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.
Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.”
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
📚 La Panthère des neiges
The latest nonfiction by Sylvain Tesson
Fascinating, as usual, and so so well written.
“Sylvain Tesson’s THE SNOW LEOPARD, the Renaudot Prize-winning story of a journey to the mountains of Tibet in search of the snow leopard, to Christopher Richards at Penguin Press.”
I discovered Tesson through this book, highly recommended as well. Then a French reader I met through social media made me understand I really had to read this one as well. Thanks Nina!
📚 The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
Will be listening for The Classics Club
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hercule Poirot’s first appearance, I plan on listening to the whole canon, at least start this year. I have already read some, but it will be interesting to listen to all of them in order.
PLANS FOR MAY
📚 Take part in Bout of Books, May 11-17. See here
📚 Review several books received through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I am 8 books behind!
📚 I have a few reviews to catch up with, and mostly, I’d like to post more notes from the last theological book I read.
📚 Update my Links page!
HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MAY?