Sunday Post #49 – 1/16/2022

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Not sure how long it will last, but this past week was quite productive.
Besides work and house chores, I managed to:

I do plan to slow down a bit the reading this year, to take time to read at least a short review for each book. Keeping fingers crossed to continue doing it as long as possible.

📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

The Three Body Problem  Passport

Les Fourmis

📚  The Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), by Cixin Liu
Published in 2006
Chinese science-fiction
Read for my public library Winter Challenge
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge

VERDICT: Can physics and astrophysics be used to ask help to resolve our social problems on Earth? Definitely a must read by THE Chinese master of science-fiction.
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📚  Passport, by Sophia Glock
Published in 2021
Graphic nonfiction / memoir

This was an interesting memoir of a girl growing up in different countries, because of the special occupation of her parents.
It was many years before they finally told are what they were doing.
Before that, she had to wrestle with the fact of never belonging anywhere and feeling always different.
This, plus the usual turmoil of teenage years didn’t make her life easy.
I liked this down-to-earth easy to relate coming-of-age story –the author’s herself.
Plus the illustration style is good: simple but very expressive.
It could be a good entry into nonfiction, if it’s a genre you don’t often read

🎧  Les Fourmis, by Berbard Werber
Translated as Empire of the Ants
Published in 1991
Scifi

Wow, impressive scifi by a new to me French author.
When we think scifi, we often think extra-terrestrial creatures.
But what about “infra-terrestrial” ones?
When Jonathan inherits a house form an uncle, he gets a letter from him, telling him never to go down to the cellar! Of course, one day, he does go down, I don’t think that’s a surprising spoiler. And then his wife does as well. When they don’t come back up, their young son finally calls the police…

I love how the chapters alternate between the world of humans, and the world of ants.
These are not monsters, those are real ants, with tons of amazing scientific data about the organization of their society and their modes of communication.
Totally fascinating.
And of course, there’s some major drama and suspense.

As a complement, yesterday morning I watched Ant Mountain, a fascinating documentary by Attenborough on a huge ant colony in Switzerland.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

The Wild Geese  Entre deux mondes

📚 The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori
Published in 1911
Literary fiction
Am reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

Loving the simple and very evocative style so far. And the character development, especially Otama’s. The synopsis is intriguing in that respect.

“In The Wild Geese, prominent Japanese novelist Ogai Mori offers a poignant story of unfulfilled love. The young heroine, Otama, is forced by poverty to become a moneylender’s mistress. Her dawning consciousness of her predicament brings the novel to a touching climax”.

🎧 Entre deux mondes, by Olivier Norek
Not available in English
Published in 2017
Thriller

On the hardship migrants face in the world, and most especially on the terrible Jungle, the migrant camp in Calais, France.
I knew about it, but didn’t know many details about it.
Wow, unbelievable!
I love how many French thrillers focus on some big issues.

📚  BOOK UP NEXT 📚 

How Do You Live

📚 How Do You Live, by Genzaburo Yoshino
Published in 1937
Middle grade historical fiction
Will be reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

I want to read it first, to be ready when Miyazaki‘s movie comes out!

“First published in 1937, Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live? has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers. Academy Award–winning animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroHowl’s Moving Castle) has called it his favorite childhood book and announced plans to emerge from retirement to make it the basis of a final film.
How Do You Live? is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.”

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

Three Apples Fell From the Sky

📚  Three Apples Fell From the Sky, by Narine Abgaryan
Published in 2015

In an isolated village high in the Armenian mountains, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs. Their only connection to the outside world is an ancient telegraph wire and a perilous mountain road that even goats struggle to navigate.
As they go about their daily lives – harvesting crops, making baklava, tidying houses – the villagers sustain one another through good times and bad. But sometimes all it takes is a spark of romance to turn life on its head, and a plot to bring two of Maran’s most stubbornly single residents together soon gives the village something new to gossip about…
Three Apples Fell from the Sky is an enchanting fable that brilliantly captures the idiosyncrasy of a small community. Sparkling with sumptuous imagery and warm humour, this is a vibrant tale of resilience, bravery and the miracle of everyday friendship.

📚   NO BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK  📚 

📚  GIVEAWAYS  📚 

Constellation   The Queen's Lover

📚  BOOK AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW 📚
Review in your own time!

1 copy available: first come first serve!
Alina_A Song For the Telling

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HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS?
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

48 thoughts on “Sunday Post #49 – 1/16/2022

  1. I’ve heard good things about The Empire of the Ants, but I do not like ants AT ALL so I’ll probably never read that book, lol. Good luck with writing reviews, I know it’s so much easier to just jump to the next book instead of stopping to write a review😁

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  2. I think it’s good that you are trying to read a bit less and pay more attention to writing reviews. I need to work on both of those! I am trying to get through all my review copies before I will take on new books and then really try to keep the balance.

    The three body problem catches my eye. Something different in deed!

    Have a good Emma and happy reading.

    Elza Reads

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  3. Well done on exercising every day. That’s quite a commitment. I’ve set myself a goal of walking/cycling 1,000 k this year with a donation to charity for every K I manage. On track so far though I know that it might get difficult some days because of frosty or icy surfaces

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  4. Well done on making such a productive start to 2022, Emma! 🎉 The last couple of weeks have been a cold, busy blur for me! My main focus is catching up on all my reviews! Take care and happy reading. 🙂

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  5. This is a really intriguing set of books, Emma! I’m particularly intrigued by Passport, since I’m a big fan of graphic novels. Thanks so much for the wonderful post!

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  6. I really need to add exercise back into my daily routine. I’ve been letting that slide. I like the look of Passport. Three Apples Fell From the Sky sounds interesting. I will have to check that one out. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your reading!

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  7. Always different titles for you. I think you linked last week’s post at MM but I found this one. Good for you to be exercising. I should do more. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

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  8. The Three-Body Problem has been on my shelf for a few years! I bought it as a gift for my son, who had already read it as an ebook, so I kept it, and have been meaning to read it.

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