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The top 10 books to read in April 2020

Here are

The top 10 books
I plan to read in April 2020

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CURRENTLY READING

    Hard-boiled wonderland   Lessons From Walden

  The Mirror and the Light Le Chien jaune

  Summer of Reckoning The Kingdom of God

I know, reading 6 books at the same time is insane. But 2 are readalongs, and one is spiritual, that I read only a bit every day, as slow meditation.

📚 Hard-Boiled Womderland and the End of the World
Reading with the Murakami online book club
Very weird, as usual, otherwise it wouldn’t be by Murakami, but also very enjoyable, because well, that’s by Murakami!

📚 Lessons from Walden
Published on March 30th 2020 by Pepperman Taylor
Received for review through Edelweiss Plus
I’m late on this one. I read Walden last year, but I decided to read also Civil Disobedience, because this work is on both. Very good so far

📚 The Mirror and the Light
Finally, volume 3!
And it turns out I got it a day or two before my library closed, so I can take my time with it. It’s so good, from page 1!

📚 Le Chien jaune
Maigret #6, by Georges Simenon.
Readalong with one of my French students.
Counts for for The Classics Club
I enjoy more and more Simenon’s style, with great details on everyday life.

📚 Summer of Reckoningby Marion Brunet, translated from the French
Expected publication: April 15, 2020 by Bitter Lemon
Received for review

📚 The KIngdom of God, by Archbishop Dmitri Royster
I really enjoyed his style in The Parables, so now we have several by him.
Deep and very accessible at the same time.

READING NEXT

Wild Dog   Inhabitation

📚 Wild Dog
Received for review
Release date: April 2! by Gallic Books.
Another one I’ll be late with.

“Franck and Lise, a French couple in the film industry, rent a cottage in the quiet hills of the French Lot to get away from the stresses of modern life.
In this remote corner of the world, there is no phone signal. A mysterious dog emerges, looking for a new master. Ghosts of a dark past run wild in these hills, where a German lion tamer took refuge in the First World War…
Franck and Lise are confronted with nature at its most brutal. And they are about to discover that man and beast have more in common than they think.”

📚 Inhabitation
Received for review through Edelweiss
Release date: July 2019!

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

  Au soleil redouté The Mysterious Affair at Styles

📚 Au Soleil redouté
The latest French thriller by Michel Bussi
Fascinating, I am almost done!

📚 The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
Will be listening for The Classics Club
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Hercule Poirot’s first appearance, I plan on listening to the whole canon, at least start this year. I have already read some, but it will be interested to listen to all of them in order.

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

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PLANS FOR APRIL

📚 Take part in Bout of Books is reading-in-place April 6-12. See here
The reading-in-place times are:
11 a.m ET | 8 a.m. PT
4 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. PT
9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT
See more on Twitter @boutofbooks and #boutofbooks

📚 Review several books received throughThe Callisto Publisher’s Club

📚 Respond to several comments left on my blog these past weeks, and restart visiting other blogs.

📚 I have a few reviews to catch up with, and mostly, I’d like to post more notes from the last theological book I read.

📚 Update my Links page!

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HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR APRIL?

 

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2020: March wrap-up

MARCH 2020 WRAP-UP

Amazing how the world has changed since my February wrap-up!
I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe.

Actually, life is still about the same for me, as I work from home, teaching French, and this keeps me really busy these days, with among others, two of my students preparing two different and very demanding exams.

The only major change is Church. We closed our Church on March 14, so besides our usual home prayers, we are watching services from a monastery through livestreaming videos. We have also organized some Skype Conferences for our parishioners, and also social hour, just to chat together.
Last time we left home was basically on March 11, so we are doing good so far.

The above and many phone calls, skype sessions, and emails with many people, parishioners, friends, and family members, have kept me super busy.
Hence so little activity on this blog for a while. I apologize for those who have left comments, and that I haven’t approved yet. I haven’t visited many other blogs recently either. And now I am a few reviews behind.
Some days, I’m too exhausted to read in the evening. So my pace has slowed down a bit.

📚 So here are the titles I read in March:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,139 pages, an average of 36 pages/day
1 in audio
= 2H44
, an average of 5 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. Theological Territories: a David Bentley Hart Digest, by David Bentley Hart – ebook, for review. See notes (to be continued, upcoming review)
  2. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  3. The Book of Numbers – audiobook
  4. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau – ebook
  5. Le petit livre de la vie réussie, by Anselm Grün – for review

2 in mystery:

  1. Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien, by Georges Simenon – ebook
  2. La tête d’un homme, by Georges Simenon – ebook

MY FAVORITE BOOK IN MARCH

Theological Territories

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 31/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 12

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN MARCH

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

  The Missing Sister   Creativity for Kids

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to see the books I plan to read in April


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How was YOUR month of March?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

Book review: The Missing Sister

The Missing Sister

The Missing Sister,
by  Elle Marr
Thomas & Mercer
4/1/2020

Mystery/Thriller
300 pages

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You can follow the author on Twitter @ellemarr_

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The Missing Sister by Elle Marr is a thrilling debut, set in Paris, where one twin sister has seemingly vanished, and the other must scramble to solve the mystery and find her sister before the danger turns deadly.

Elle Marr is far from being the first author to choose the Catacombs of Paris as her setting. And yet, in her debut, The Missing Sister, she manages to create a very atmospheric thriller with gripping scenes that will cause shivers.

VERDICT: The Missing Sister is a very promising debut—atmospheric, gripping, and set in Paris. In other words, the perfect ingredients for a satisfying result.

Please go to Criminal Element to read my full review

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