Sunday Post #61 – 7/10/2022

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Here is what I posted this past week.
I usually post only once a week, but I have been trying to do a daily post for #ParisinJuly, so that’s a lot of posts.

And I finished 1 book:


Cyrano de Bergerac

📚 Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand
Published in 1897

I had a lot of fun re-listening to this play – and also watching the play/movie with Depardieu.
The rhymes are both clever and hilarious most of the time, though there are some very romantic passages.
The plot is ultimately romantic, both funny and extremely sad.
It’s also about the power of language, about honor and faithfulness.
A great classic, probably actually very hard to translate with the rhymes, and if you don’t have the rhymes, you miss so much of it, I would think.


I am reading quite a few books at the same time right now, insane really, I’ll focus on only three here for today:

The Martins  The First Men in the Moon

📚  The Martins, by David Foenkinos
Literary fiction
US Expected publication: July 22, 2022, by Gallic Books
Received for review

I recently discovered Foenkinos, with The Mystery of Henri Pick. Very enjoyable!
I’m almost done with The Martins, it’s so good too. Also about an author, and his struggle and ways of writing a book.

‘Go out into the street and the first person you see will be the subject of your next book.’
This is the challenge a struggling Parisian writer sets himself, imagining his next heroine might be the mysterious young woman who often stands smoking near his apartment … instead it’s octogenarian Madeleine. She’s happy to become the subject of his book – but first she needs to put away her shopping.
Is it really true, the writer wonders, that every life is the stuff of novels, or is his story doomed to be hopelessly banal? As he gets to know Madeleine and her family, he’ll be privy to their secrets: lost loves, marital problems and workplace worries. And he’ll soon realise he is not the impartial bystander he intended to be, but a catalyst for major changes in the lives of his characters.
Told with Foenkinos’s characteristic irony and self-deprecating humour, yet filled with warmth, The Martins is a compelling tale of the family next door which raises questions about what it means to be ‘ordinary’, and about the blurred lines between truth and fiction.

📚  The First Men on the Moon, by H. G. Wells
Science-fiction / classic
Published in 1901

It counts for The Classics Club

I bought this in a library book sale years ago. I had totally forgotten that H. G. Wells could be so hilarious. I really have fun with this one. Great satire, on Jules Verne’s book for instance.
It’s also fun to see how we could depict and imagine the moon terrain in 1901!

“His “first men in the moon” prove to be the eccentric Mr. Cavor and his traveling companion, Mr. Bedford, who navigate a gravity-defying sphere through space before executing a rough landing on the moon. As castaways from earth, they practice lunar locomotion, get lost in the wilds of a moon jungle, and confront intelligent life forms living in lunar caverns. Through the adventures of these two earthlings, the author is able to look at mankind from a distance and, in his words, “burlesque the effects of specialization.” The result is a delightful tale filled with adventure, romance, and fantasy that is still capable of stirring the imagination of readers in the 21st century.”

🎧 A is For Alibi, by Sue Grafton
Published in 1982

I had this one on a dusty bookshelf, and ended up listening to it (great narrator). About time.
It’s good, I enjoy her description of characters, California a few decades ago, and her humor, but I’ll probably not go on with the series.
I’m no longer in that type of mood right now.

“A IS FOR AVENGER. A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective agency in a quiet corner of Santa Teresa, California. She’s a twice-divorced loner with few personal possessions and fewer personal attachments but with a soft spot for underdogs and lost causes.
A IS FOR ACCUSED. That’s why she draws desperate clients like Nikki Fife. Eight years ago, she was convicted of killing her philandering husband. Now she’s out on parole and needs Kinsey’s help to find the real killer. But after all this time, clearing Nikki’s bad name won’t be easy.
A IS FOR ALIBI. If there’s one thing that makes Kinsey Millhone feel alive, it’s playing on the edge. When her investigation turns up a second corpse, more suspects, and a new reason to kill, Kinsey discovers that the edge is closer–and sharper–than she imagined.



📚 Eventide, by Kent Haruf
Literary fiction
Published in 2004

I read Plainsong, the first book in this series in 2013, and really enjoyed the writing. So it’s high time to tackle this one that’s been collecting dust on my shelf.
This is part of my effort for the TBR Challenge.

“Kent Haruf, award-winning, bestselling author of Plainsong returns to the high-plains town of Holt, Colorado, with a novel of masterful authority. The aging McPheron brothers are learning to live without Victoria Roubideaux, the single mother they took in and who has now left their ranch to start college. A lonely young boy stoically cares for his grandfather while a disabled couple tries to protect their violent relative. As these lives unfold and intersect, Eventide unveils the immemorial truths about human beings: their fragility and resilience, their selfishness and goodness, and their ability to find family in one another.”



📚  Holes, by Louis Sachar
Young Adult? Middle grade?
Published in 1998

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.”





34 thoughts on “Sunday Post #61 – 7/10/2022

  1. Holes was one of our favorites when my youngest was growing up. It was a great readaloud book. Adam was probably 4th grade at the time we read it (at least 15 minutes every night before bed.)


  2. I really like Kent Haruf’s writing, and haven’t read Eventide. So that’ll go on the list. I remember reading Holes alongside my children when they were in Middle School years ago. I have no memory of whether I enjoyed it or not! The HG Wells ditto. You have crammed a lot into your month so far!


  3. It’s hard to post every day, congrats on all your Paris posts! I just checked and I have a copy of Plainsong on my shelves. I cannot remember if I’ve read it though, lol.


  4. Wow I feel like I’ve missed a lot of posts! I’ve never read First Men either, although I’ve seen some concept art/ tribute art that made me curious! and PAris in July sounds great!


  5. Hi there Emma! You have a huge advantage for Paris in July as you read so many French books. Clever you!!!

    I haven’t read Holes yet, but in our school library it’s between the Middle Grade and Young Adult sections.

    Debbie also recently read The Martins, both of you are positive about it. Perhaps I’ll take a look!

    Have a good week and happy reading.

    Elza Reads


    • well being French, it kind of makes sense that I would try to keep up a bit with French lit.
      Interesting about Holes in your library!
      YES, The Martins is really good. Enjoy your week!


  6. I had a really good week, but I had to spend more time than I would like moving heavy furniture from room to room so they could begin to install our new floors.

    I loved The Martins, and now I’m trying to squeeze in one non-PiJ book before I have to return it to the library. I’m very curious about Plainsong and Eventide.


  7. Good books! I can’t remember if I have read Cyrano or just seen various stage or screen versions.
    best… mae at


  8. Watch out if you continue the audio for the Kinsey Millhone series as the narrator changes at…O? P? and she is terrible. lol. I ended up reading as many as I could after that. I picked them up at yard sales and library sales. Oh Holes is so good! I’d say it’s middle grade, I think he’s 12? I don’t remember though.


    • Thanks for letting me know for Grafton’s books.
      I experienced exactly the same thing with the Gamache series by Louise penny. So very sad.
      Anyway, I may even stop the series after this one book. It’s good, but not so good that I want to devour them all.
      Thanks for encouraging me to read Holes

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  9. I read Holes when I was eight years old. So it could be MG. Then again a lot of older Newbury books are classified as YA. Like A wrinkle in Time or The Hero and the Crown.
    Have a great week.


  10. Posting every day and more than once a day is quite an achievement. I’ve read Holes and A is for Alibi – both many years ago. I hope you enjoy Holes. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  11. I have read several of Sue Grafton’s books on the alphabet. Always good. I just checked up where she is in the alphabet, and it turns out her last book was Y. She died in 2017 so that would be her last book. Many books to enjoy though and good work.


  12. I remember Holes from my years of teaching. Wasn’t it made into a movie or something? I read The First Men on the Moon and A Is for Alibi so long ago I can’t remember what they were about. I do know I went on to read more of Sue Grafton’s series.


    • I didn’t grow up in an English speaking country, so wasn’t aware of the book nor a movie on it.
      I’m probably not going to make friends here on this one, but Grafton is now getting on my nerves, I still have an hour or so to finish the book


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