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My 2018 Goodreads year in books

Goodreads 2018 year

For each user, Goodreads just published their “My Year in Books” post.
please click on the logo to read mine.

I never understand why they do this so early: yes, I will not reach my 100 books goal, but I should be able to read 10 more before the end of the year.

Three books that stand out:

  Killing Commendatore  Love and invention

Killing Commendatore
is highlighted as the longest book I read this year. And I enjoyed each of its 688 pages.

Love and Invention
is listed as the Highest rated on Goodreads: 4.86! Congrats to Benjamin Constable

I Let you go

I Let You Go
is the most popular of my 2018 reads: 96,330 other people read it as well.
I gave it 4 stars, but didn’t take time to review it!

At the beginning of 2019, I will be publishing my detailed statistics for 2018.

ANY SURPRISE IN YOUR YEAR IN BOOKS?

 

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Mailbox Monday December 10

Mailbox Monday2 It's Monday! What Are You Reading2 WWW Wednesdays 2

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Sentence is Death  The Library of Lost and Found

The Sentence is Death:
US release date June 4
Thanks Edelweiss for this book (and the next). I’m so much looking forward to reading it. By the brilliant author of The Word is Murder, among many others. And I can’t wait to see what next book title it will be in the series!! So smart!

The Library of Lost and Found:
release date March 26
I enjoyed a lot The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, so I thought I would try the latest by the same author.

BOOKS JUST READ

click on the covers to know more about them

MYSTERY

Kingdom of the Blind

HISTFIC

The Shadow Land

NONFICTION

Modern Orthodox Thinkers

Kingdom of the Blind:
I was looking forward to Armand Gamache #14 in the series!
And I was so lucky to get it so quickly: I was like number 25 on the waiting list at the library, because I had forgotten to reserve my spot as soon as I had heard it would be published in November.
Then one day, I went to the library to pick up the book the staff had chosen for me for the Winter Reading Challenge (see below). It was supposed to be at the first floor desk, but the staff there had no idea. So I went upstairs. At the second floor desk, there was a pile of books, with Kingdom of the Blind in it. I asked if the pile was prepared for somebody, and they said, oh no, it’s just that our Hot Copy display is full right now, feel free to pick what you want!!!
We are still in the delightful Three Pines, with the same great character, but also with some horrible element of life in Montreal.
I would actually only give 3.5 Eiffel Tower (my personal ranking system) to this one.
The beginning and ending were great!
But in between, I found it too choppy: choppy in content, as there were too many quick back and forths between the different threads going on. I understand the purpose, I think, but it didn’t really work for me, it was too much.
And choppy in the writing. I like short sentences, with one word sentences as well, but again, this technique was used too much and too often for me to fully enjoy it.
BUT, let’s not despair, it was still acceptable enough to make me hope the 2019 volume will be better.

The Shadow Land:
This was so good (review to come very soon), by the author of the amazing The Historian (I talked briefly about it on my older blog).

Modern Orthodox Thinkers:
It took me almost a year to read this fascinating book, so rich it is!
The author, an excellent writer (and speaker – you can find him on youtube) whom I have enjoyed in previous books, presents about 25 modern Orthodox thinkers, theologians, and spiritual mothers and sisters.
The book is divided in 21 chapters. It’s actually a revised version of public lectures, so sometimes the style is almost conversational. So for the most part, it’s fairly easy to read, but the content is very dense, depending on the author he’s talking about of course.
Each chapter focuses first on the life of the person, and then on their writings and teachings.
There are tons of references. So much so that I have taken notes, not only of great passages, but of the books I would like to (re) read.
You can find my general presentation of the book on my Orthodox blog. And at the bottom of the page, in the pingback section, you have the list of all the other posts, with my personal notes for each chapter. All my notes will be published by the end of December, they are scheduled once per week.

CURRENTLY READING

MYSTERY

The Book Artist

NONFICTION

A Moveable Feast

NONFICTION

Visiting Tom

The Book Artist: 
Already reading a 2019 release! I really enjoy a lot the author. I have read 5 of his books, set in Paris. The last one was The Sorbonne Affair.
The beginning is very promising.

A Moveable Feast:
This is my pick for Classics Club Spin #19. I think it will be ok, thanks to the content, but so far, I’m not too impressed by the writing.

Visiting Tom:
Picked for me by my public library staff, for the Winter Reading Challenge. I like it so far, it’s about rural Wisconsin, my type of element.

I’m also actually reading 3 other books:

The Only Woman in the Room:
So far, I have read and enjoyed all the books by Marie Benedict, see for instance my review for the last one: Carnegie’s Maid.
This one is on Hedy Lamarr. I’m a quarter done, still slow, but I have the feeling things are going to move quickly from here, as she just married.

I also started another Orthodox book, this time Saint John Chrysostom’s Letters to Saint Olympia, an amazing 4th century woman. I have only read the introduction so far. It seems the content of the letters will be a lot how not to despair, which is quite à propos with all that’s going on in our world, from Ukraine-Russia to the events in France…

And my current audiobook is Maman a tort, by Bussi: a 3 year old keeps telling his mom is NOT his mom! Great suspense, as usual. It will be published in English (The Wrong Mother) on March 7.

BOOKS UP NEXT

NONFICTION

The Joy of Forest Bathing

NONFICTION

Hedy Lamarr

AUDIO

N'oublier jamais

The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku
After Ikigai, I thought I would try this other interesting Japanese concept, plus I love so much hiking.

Hedy Lamarr:
When I visit my public library, I like to go to the Graphic “Novels” section, and see what new biography they have. There was one on Hedy Lamarr, who is the topic of The Only Woman in the room ! (see above). So I thought it would be fun to compare the two books.

N’oublier jamais:
The last audiobook by Bussi available so far!

GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL
DEC 31

Love and invention

UNTIL
DEC 25

$50 gift card/paypalSaint Innocent

UNTIL
DEC 22 

$50 Amazon
Gift Card

Crimes Past

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

The Best: biography of Napoleon

Friends and students (I teach French online through Skype), often ask me advice about books. Suddenly I thought that I might as well share with all of you, so this may become some type of memes.

Yesterday, I was asked what would be the best biography of Napoleon.

After a bit of research, it seems the best biography so far is

Napoleon

It is 926 pages long and was published in November 2014.
It received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography (2014).

Then I realized it was already on my TBR shelf!

I also found 2 fascinating lists, with a short summary for each book, here and here.
And I read a good historical novel set in Napoleon’s court:
Second Empress
Click on the cover to access  my review
Other good novels related to Napoleon:
The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour
and
For The King
HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHICH BIOGRAPHY OR NOVEL 
ON NAPOLEON
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?