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Mailbox Monday February 11

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

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

click on the covers to know more about them

BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

Trace  The Republic

Trace:
US release date: April 2
“Haunted by flashbacks of the accident that killed his parents, the best he can do is try to distract himself from memories of the past. But the past isn’t done with him. When Trace takes a wrong turn in the New York Public Library, he finds someone else lost in the stacks with him: a crying little boy, wearing old, tattered clothes.”.
Not sure why I received this. I may have entered and won the contest, for a woman in my book club who has several grandchildren who devour books. No note was with the book. That’s Middle Grade fiction, but the story could be interesting. I’ll give it a try before giving it to her.

The Republic:
Received for review. US release date: April 30
“With a playful mix of literary and pop culture references, this novel immerses us in the world of the global intelligentsia, where the truth counts for less than what is said about it. Joost de Vries has written a biting academic satire, an absurd and exceptionally intelligent tale.”
Sounds like my cup of tea, especially as this was presented as similar to The Seventh Function of Language, by Binet, which I enjoyed a lot.
And Other Press often offers great books.

BOOKS JUST READ

FICTION

La vie mode demploi

POETRY

cocktails with a dead man

CLASSIC

The Moonstone

La vie mode d’emploi:
For classics club.
Just finished this fascinating work pertaining to the Oulipo movement.
Available in English as Life: A User’s Manual.
I’ll try to write my review soon.

Cocktails for a Dead Man:
Poetry, for review.
It was ok.

The Moonstone:
For classics club, audio.
Interesting structure. Good, but I preferred The Woman in White.

CURRENTLY READING

FICTION

The Goose Fritz

CLASSIC

don quijote

AUDIO

HHhH

The Goose Fritz: 
For review.
Russian literature. Interesting novel on the themes of personal and national history and identity.

Don Quixote:
For classics club – read-along
Thoroughly enjoying it, a chapter a day

HHhH
OMG, I’m so much enjoying Binet’s book! It’s related to Reinhard Heydrich, “the most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet”, but it’s also a book about writing, about writing historical fiction. The author inserts his reflections in the midst of the book, which is structured in very little chapters. So well done!
“A seemingly effortlessly blend of historical truth, personal memory, and Laurent Binet’s remarkable imagination, HHhH—an international bestseller and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman—is a work at once thrilling and intellectually engrossing, a fast-paced novel of the Second World War that is also a profound meditation on the nature of writing and the debt we owe to history.”

BOOKS UP NEXT

FICTION

The Library of Lost and Found

MIDDLE GRADE

Trace

AUDIO

Walden

Library of Lost and Found
Really looking forward to this, because of the author.

Trace:
Won.
“In a debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Erin Entrada Kelly, award-winning author/illustrator and educator Pat Cummings tells a poignant story about grief, love, and the untold stories that echo across time.”
I’m going to give it a try. See more above.

Walden:
For classics club.

GIVEAWAYS

2 giveaways listed on the Homepage

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

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Read or skip #2

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

READ: 1, 2, 3
MAYBE: 4 (I created a new Goodreads shelf for this – To read, maybe)
SKIP: 5

read or skip #1

READ OR SKIP #2

#readorskip

Today’s batch has a lot of books about books.

read-or-skip-2

1) Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World

  • “Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir” – the part love story bothers me here.
  • Less than 4.00 rating
  • BUT can I skip a book about books?
    SKIP

2) The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

3) Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

  • “This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language… Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.”
  • The highest ranking here for the 3 books about books in this batch
    READ

4) The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

  • “In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Buzbee, a former bookseller and sales representative, celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore… Interwoven throughout is an historical account of the bookseller’s trade”. This second element sounds attracting.
  • BUT a blogger I trust wrote “excruciatingly boring”
    Probably READ

5) Howards End is on the Landing

  • “‘Howards End is on the Landing’ charts the journey of one of the nation’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing:.
  • Is it really worth it?
    Probably SKIP

So now, what do YOU think? Am I right for 1, 2, and 3?
And I need your input for 4 and 5 to finalize my decision.
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.
Here is an easy way to vote.
Please feel free to also comment.

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

First Lines Story #1

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FIRST LINES STORY
#1
With books read in January 2019

#firstlinesstory

Throughout the years, I have seen book bloggers having fun with the first sentence of books. At the end of 2018, I tried to write a text combining all the first sentences of the books I had read. Well, with over 70 books, that was a bit too much for my little grey cells.
So I decided to do it for each month.

The rules are simple:
Reorganize the first line [meaning, first grammatical sentence] of each of the books you read during the previous month, in such a way as to create a story. Adjust pronouns etc, as needed.

I read 7 books in January, but one book started with a super long sentence. Even cutting it, I could not fit it in.
So here is my January First Lines Story.
The words in italics have been added to fit. The words in brackets are the original ones n the books.

I address these lines – written in India – to my relatives in England.
It was a windless night and glowing snowflakes fell through the trees deep in the forest.
The old man came out to the garden.
But who was [is] that staring at him [me] through all the stars in heaven and all the creatures on earth?
Walking back to camp through the swamp, he [Sam] wondered whether to tell his father what he had seen.
And he [Val and I] couldn’t wait to get back to France.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY ANY OF THESE 6 FIRST LINES?
I will post the answers on Twitter,
one per day starting tomorrow
#firstlinesstory

FEEL FREE TO JOIN ME IN THIS FUN
and post your link in the comments here below
And join me on 3/6 for your
February #firstlinesstory