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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:
- keep exercising everyday,
- write a review so far for every book read in 2022:
Termination Shock, The Three-Body Problem
- and publish a few other posts:
Top Ten Tuesday on my TBR, Throwback Thursday on December 2011,
and Friday Face Off on white covers.
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 (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), by Cixin Liu
Published in 2006
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.
Click on the cover to access my full review.
📚 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
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.
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
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
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.
I love how many French thrillers focus on some big issues.
BOOK UP NEXT
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 Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’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, 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. ”
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