The top 7 books
I plan to read in June 2021
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📚 The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power,
by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
Published in July 2020
I stopped reading it for a while, but am back to it.
Fascinating to read about what new models are popping up for transportation and power. Some details sound like pertaining to scifi, though they already exist in some cities, like gondolas in La Paz, Bolivia. I am learning a lot!
📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020
Same thing, I had to read several other ebooks recently, so I stopped a bit on this one. So much so that I just restarted it from scratch.
Great passages on other thrillers, and a lot of humor, which I didn’t realize Lemaitre had, among so many other talents.
📚 The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson
Published on March 9, 2021 – won through Goodreads
This is so good, like anything by this author.
So neat to be reading this now as vaccines are developed using the technique she discovered.
📚 Languages of Truth: Essays, 2003-2020, by Salman Rushdie
Published on May 25, 2021 – received for review through Netgalley
I was very impressed by Rushdie’s writing in Quichotte.
Just read the first essay so far, so great writing, so many references. Loving it!
I am also buddy-reading two French novels with French students:
- La Disparition, by George Perec, published in 1969.
The author never uses the letter e. Was translated as A Void in English, same thing, letter e never used throughout the whole book!
- Compartiment tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot, a thriller published in 1962.
Looks like there are 2 English translations: The Sleeping Car Murders, and The 10:30 from Marseille.
📚 History in English Words, by Owen Barfield
Published in 1926
Will be reading for The Classics Club – this was my latest spin, I am one month late
“This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words—whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning—record and unlock the larger history.”
CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS
📚 Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour
Published on Aug 19, 2020
I have really enjoyed a lot Joncour’s writing in Wild Dog, and have heard a lot about this one, so am listening to it in the original French.
Like in Wild Dog, the relationships between nature and humans is at the center of the novel.
📚 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24) by Agatha Christie
Published in 1941
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club
“It seems that no matter how hard he tries, Poirot never quite gets a holiday. This story sees him in Devon, Agatha Christie’s home county, and, of course, among the scantily clad sunbathers, a murdered woman is found.
It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?”
📚 I will probably also listen to Hercule Poirot #25 and #26; plus at least 4 Biblical books (Baruch, Lamentations, Epistle of Jeremiah, Ezekiel).
PLANS FOR JUNE
I am also in the process of streamlining all my Categories and Tags.
And of transitioning France Book Tours to another theme, and other forms of marketing!
HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?