The top 8 books to read in May 2020

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in May 2020

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    Wind / Pinball   Lessons From Walden

Au soleil redouté

On the Ecclesiastical Mystagogy  The Mirror and the Light 

📚 Wind/Pinball
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

📚 A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Sam Taylor (Translator)
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


La Panthère des neiges  The Mysterious Affair at Styles

📚 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.


Listed on the homepage 

List of books I can swap with yours


📚 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!

Eiffel Tower Orange



10 thoughts on “The top 8 books to read in May 2020

  1. For online book clubs this month, I am reading: The Sagas of the Icelanders; and Gods, Graves, and Scholars, the “sagas” of some famous archaeologists and their finds. Other personal reading includes a reread of The Brothers Karamazov in a new translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky, and The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the spiritual diary of Hungarian laywoman Elizabeth Kindelmann.
    Wishing you a good month of May, and fruitful reading!


  2. You’re reading a good variety of books! It’s been years since I read a French novel, although I read and write in French all the time for work since I work in the French sector of Quebec. Yeah, I feel the same way after a day of work. It’s hard to get back on the computer to blog. Take care!


    • well, a lot of my plans is determined by books for reviews, or other things going on: readalong with a student, online book club, etc. My dream is to have more time to pick whatever is waiting on my shelf. I’m not allowing myself to see what new copies are available on Edelweiss these weeks, to catch up wih what I have. I know I’m probably missing a lot of awesome upcoming novels, but I have so many here on my shelves to read! I’ll do an exception for the next one by Louise Penny though!


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