The top 7 books to read in July 2021

Here are

The top 7 books
I plan to read in July 2021

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La Disparition    Dictionnaire amoureux du polar

  The Code Breaker   Languages of Truth

📚 Les Revenentes, by Georges Perec
Published in 1972 – reading with a French student
I recently finished La Disparition, by the same author. Translated as A Void in English. It was a fascinating mystery, where the letter e was never used once! And the English translator managed that feat as well!
Now in Les Revenentes, as you can guess from the French title, the only vowel used is the e!! Translated as The Exeter Text.

📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020
Great passages on other thrillers, some rather dark, 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.
This is so fascinating. Great technical details, clearly explained for all. There’s a lot also about patents and legal fights.

📚 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.
I love this author’s smart brain!
And I’m going to add so many books to my TBR, mentioned in these essays.


History in English Words

📚 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.”


     Evil Under the Sun   Impact

📚 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?”

📚 Impact, by Olivier Norek
Published in October 2020

I have listened to another thriller by this author, which I enjoyed a lot. This book is also a thriller, related to what we are doing to our planet, I think I’m going to enjoy t as well.

📚 I will probably also listen to Hercule Poirot #25 and #26
📚 And now that I’m done listening to the whole Old Testament, I’ll be listening to the New Testament. More slowly, because in parallel, I plan to read a very recent translation by David Bentley Hart. 


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I haven’t done yet the following two points I was intending to do in 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!

Reading wise, working on my #20booksofsummer21

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21 thoughts on “The top 7 books to read in July 2021

  1. I’d forgotten I used to collect stamps as a kid! The local post office used to have stamp exhibitions, and I used to wait to buy them in a long, long queue. I never got hold of the Georges Perec stamp, that’s for sure!


    • Yes, another great Hercule Poirot, though I thought the denouement was a bit too dragging.
      Yes, if you are intimidated, start by these essays. If you have read Don Quijote though, you absolutely need to read his Quichotte

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  2. I think I’m going to try another Christie while on vacation. I did not love And Then There Were None, but Poirot might suit me better. I also am still working my way through L’étranger (getting more into it) and I definitely want to read The Meursault Investigation! Thanks for calling my attention to that one.


    • It was nice, except the very little sleep (4 hours Saturday night and 4 Sunday night), because of all the tons of horrible fireworks all around us. They went up to 3 am!! I’m still hearing some, we are Monday at 10:30pm, but apparently coming from less backyards


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