Throwback Thursday: May 2011

Throwback Thursday


Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago,
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.

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Today, I’ll be revisiting May 2011.

I published 17 posts, 11 of these were reviews.
Here is the one which received most views:

the worst hard time


I really enjoyed this book,
as well as two others that have stayed with me ever since.
The first for being such an amazing “biography” of the Atlantic, with a very clever plan à la Shakespeare,
and the other for being such a clever book on words and language:

  atlantic   ella minnow pea

Click on the covers to know more

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Next post will be on July 8




10 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: May 2011

  1. I also read The Atlantic by Simon Winchester. I agree that it was memorable, a very well done ocean “biography.” In a similar vein, I have read parts of The Baltic Sea by Michael North, which spans Viking times to modern Finland, and The Middle Sea by John Julius Norwich,which tells the rich history of the Mediterranean and the peoples who used it as a staging ground. The Middle Sea is probably my favorite, but hats off to Winchester for taking on the history of an entire ocean!


    • wow, thanks, I didn’t know about these two other books. Since then, Winchester has actually written one on the Pacific which has an even higher rate on Goodreads, but I haven’t read it


  2. Nice idea, Emma! I love the sound of that Dust Bowl book. The Grapes of Wrath made a great impression on me when I read it years ago, so I’d like to read a non-fiction account of that world.

    I also enjoyed looking back into my own May 2011 archives. My favourite review from that month was of Death at Intervals by Jose Saramago, a wonderful novel about a country where people suddenly stop dying.


    • And on this theme, this is definitely THE nonfiction book to read.
      Thanks for reminding me to read this one by Saramago. It’s been on my TBR for too long. I was so so impressed by Blindness, and it’s almost the reverse theme, so should be fascinating

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  3. That does seem a very clever structure for Atlantic. I read another book by Winchester- The Surgeon of Crowthorne – about the strange character who was instrumental in developing the Oxford English Dictionary. Have you read that one?


    • Oh yes, loved it! I read it with its American title: The Professor and the Madman. I recently heard it was actually made into a movie, it’s on my list to watch. And there are at least 4 books by him I want to read


  4. Epistolary books really don’t work for me, maybe because I find them too passive? So I’m probably going to pass on Ella, even though that’s a really cute cover+title. But I’m interested in the documentary you recced for Worst Hard Time — Our Daily Bread. Thank you!


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