The top 8 books
I plan to read in August 2020
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📚 The Inugami Curse (August 25, 2020 – first published in 1972), by Seishi Yokomizo
Received for review
A fiendish classic murder mystery, from one of Japan’s greatest crime writers.
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan’s terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer, and lift the curse wreaking its bloody revenge on the Inugamis.
The Inugami Curse is a fiendish, intricately plotted classic mystery from a giant of Japanese crime writing, starring the legendary detective Kosuke Kindaichi.
📚 Le Livre de Perle (2014), by Timothée de Tombelle
Reading with another of my French students.
I rarely read YA and fantasy, but I’ll do almost anything to adjust to the interest of my students, so here I am in a new adventure.
This author is very well know in France for these genres.
Its very beautifully written, fantasy actually combined with a historical novel.
📚 Psalm 118: A Commentary by Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)
Psalm 118 is my favorite of all psalms, with its fascinating structure. This commentary is so rich! I only read a bit every day.
📚 Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
To be published on August 18th 2020 by Penguin Random House
Ebook received for review through Edelweiss”
I had no idea he wrote crime stories, so it will be fun to discover (and will count for The Classics Club). Don’t you love the cover?
“Celebrating Ray Bradbury’s centennial, a collection of his finest crime stories — tales as strange and wonderful as his signature fantasy.”
📚 Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald To be published on August 27 by Vintage
Ebook received for review through Netgalley
I rarely read essays, but I’m very much interested in the topic and I really enjoyed her previous book, H is For Hawk
“From the internationally acclaimed author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved pieces, along with new essays on topics and stories ranging from nostalgia and science fiction to the true account of a refugee’s flight to the UK. Her pieces ranges from accounts of swan upping on the Thames to watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary to seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. She writes about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, what we do when we watch wildlife and why.
This is a book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make the world around us, by one of this century’s most important and insightful nature writers.”
📚 Don’t Look For Me, by Wendy Walker To be published on September 15, by St. Martin’s Press
Book received for review for Criminal Element
“The greatest risk isn’t running away.
It’s running out of time.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?”
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
📚 Il était deux fois, by Franck Thilliez (2020)
I have already listened to two other books by this famous French author of thrillers. There are some pretty horrific details at times, but man, this guy knows how to write a thriller!!
Julie disappeared when she was 17.
Twelve years later, her dad, a cop who investigated a lot to find her, wakes up in a hotel room, not remembering anything from the past 12 years, and with ID papers bearing another person’s name. Why? What happened? Who is he? Where’s Julie?
This plot is unbelievable, so clever, with books within the book.
📚 The Big Four, by Agatha Christie (1927) Hercule Poirot #4
For my project to listen to all of Hercule Poirot’s novels and stories, in chronological order, to honor the 100th anniversary of his first appearance.
“Framed in the doorway of Poirot’s bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man’s gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about ‘Number Four’.”
Review copies (historical novel and horror) available at France Book Tours
PLANS FOR AUGUST
📚 20 Books of Summer 2020
I have already read 21/20!
📚 Bout of Books
Though it has a different format this year, with reading sprints replacing the daily challenges, so I doubt it’s going to work with me with my work schedule.
📚 Classics Club Spin #24
I will post my list on August 6, and on August 10, you will know which book I got. I will have until end of September to read it.
📚 Review several books received through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I still have several 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, and from the one I am currently reading.
📚 Do more Tweeter/Periscope short videos for my daily reading journal
📚 Update my Links page!
HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR AUGUS?