November 2020 WRAP-UP
Phew, that was actually a busy month, reading-wise and otherwise, for instance with 3 new French students. In a way, I’m glad we are back in confinement, so less opportunity for distractions! And obviously, less chances to catch the virus.
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November is the month about Nonfiction, and I had a great time with this event.
I also finished my 2nd list of 50 classics, and launched into my 3rd list, with 137 titles this time.
📚 Here is what I read in November.
Actually more audiobooks (with record time this month!) than printed books, I guess this has become a trend for me in 2020, maybe due to Covid-19?
4 in print
= with 1,288 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
7 in audio
= 33H54, a daily average of 1H07
4 in mystery:
- Black Coffee, A Mystery Play in Three Acts, #7 by Agatha Christie – for The Classics Club
- Lord Edgware Dies, #9 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
- Écouter le noir, by various authors – French audio
- Murder on the Orient Express, #10 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
4 in nonfiction:
- The Book of Tobit – audio, for The Classics Club
- The Book of Judith – audio, for The Classics Club
- The Book of Esther – audio, for The Classics Club
- Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, by Kazuto Tatsuta – graphic “novel”
1 in historical fiction:
- The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & la France, by Nancy Burkhalter – for France Book Tours
1 in science fiction:
- To Hold Up the Sky, by Liu Cixin – ebook for review, received through Netgalley
1 in YA:
- La Chute du soleil de fer, by Michel Bussi – French audio
MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH
Actually this month both my favorites are French, and not yet translated.
Écouter le noir is a fascinating collection of thriller short stories, some actually almost horror, mostly based on the theme of deafness. A neat twist to these stories, by some authors I had never heard of. Very enjoyable collection!
As for La Chute du soleil de fer, this was really neat surprise: a YA fantasy (both genres I rarely read), by one of my favorite French authors. There was no way I was going to pass his latest novel, even if it was not in his usual mystery genre. And I am sure glad I took the plunge.
It’s set in Paris in a post-apocalyptic world, with two groups of teenagers and younger children. The adults are all gone. I loved these kids, and the settings, and how they try to make sense of what as survived form our world.
I can’t wait for next volume in the series!
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 2/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 7 since.
Total of books read in 2020 = 106/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 20
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How was YOUR month of November?
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Merci, to you too! Any good titles lined up for you?
These both sound good, I’ve bought a French easy short stories to practice with, it’s amazing what you can pick up.
Definitely! I teach French online through skype/Zoom/Google Meet, let me know if you need help
Some interesting books, you must have had a good reading month.
It was good indeed, what about your reading month?
Not too bad, either. I read “Capital” by Karl Marx which is quite a large one, so I didn’t finish that many. My highlights were probably “Peyton Place” by Grace Metalious “Fly Away Peter” by David Malouf.
Yes, a fat one!
I haven’t read the classic Peyton Place, neither this one by Malouf, though I really enjoyed this other book by him: https://wordsandpeace.com/2012/01/28/review-3-2012-remembering-babylon/
Thanks for that, I’ll have a look.
You had a rollicking good time with books in November! I am happy for you.
Congratulations on your achievements ! I just went to take a look at your new list, it looks very good. I’ve just read one book by Michel Bussi, Ne lâche pas ma main, that I liked, I’ll need to try more by him.
Oh you absolutely need to read Nymphéas noirs et Un Avion sans elle – j’en parle ici: https://wordsandpeace.com/2018/11/22/discover-michel-bussi/
Même chose que pour Thilliez, je les écoute. J’ai un abonnement à EStories, qui est moins cher qu’Audible. Le genre policier marche très bien en audio.
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Another excellent month for you! I too am very happy my state is taking this virus seriously and keeping certain businesses either closed or limited to capacity. I am feeling very blessed to have a warm home and my family here for the holidays. Not gathering with extended family feels very strange, but hopefully only temporary. Happy Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by Danielle. Blessed Christmas to you too!