It’s Monday! What are you reading? Nov 19

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

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

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BOOKS JUST READ

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

NONFICTION

Ikigai

MYSTERY

Ne lache pas ma main

Skeleton Key:
#3 in the Alex Rider series. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder.
I really enjoyed this one too. Great plot, super suspense. Plus looks like Alex is sent each time to a different country, this time that was in Cuba.
It’s also interesting that Alex goes to his missions dragging his feet, he would prefer just to be a regular kid. I’m curious to see him grow along the series.

Ikigai: 
Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness. This little book is packed with goodness, lots of great tips on health. According to the book, and to many centenarians living in “Blue Zones“, the key word is movement.
Since then, I have started doing the daily Radio Taiso Exercise Routine – you can find videos of it on Youtube.
So simple, and it feels good.

Ne lâche pas ma main:
This is another great success by Bussi.
This couple is spending vacation at a sea resort on the island of La Réunion, with their 6 year old daughter. One day when they are at the swimming pool, the wife says she’s going up to her bedroom for a minute. An hour later, as she’s not back, the husband goes up. The bedroom is empty, but no one has seen her leave. Where is she?
The suspense was crazy! And there were lots of great details on the island and nature – the author is a history/geography teacher.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

A Geek in Japan

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

AUDIO

Armada

A Geek in Japan: 
By the author of Ikigai (see above).
As you can see, I’m in a Japanese mood these days. This book is a wonderful presentation of the history and culture of Japan. My only regret is that it’s written very small. The cover is deceiving, this is not like that at all inside, though there are lots of illustrations – bit not manga style (except the chapter on manga of course).

Little Culinary Triumphs:
release date Dec 4
This French author is quite popular, but I haven’t read anything by her yet,
so I’m seizing the opportunity to find it on Edelweiss, even if it’s in translation. It starts in a bizarre way, but then little by little, you see how the characters are connected. Hilarious and shocking at times.

Armada:
Yes, if you click on the cover, you land on my review, so I already read it.
So here it what happened:
As you know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, Ready Player One is my most favorite audiobook EVER, mostly thanks to its narrator, the amazing Wil Wheaton.
I loved the book so much, I didn’t want to watch the movie, fearing to be disappointed. Eventually, I read about it, and it seemed good. So I did watch it, and yes, the movie is very good!
After watching it, I thought about Cline’s next book: Armada. And I realized Wheaton was also its narrator. I must have totally missed that! So I decided to revisit the book, this time by listening to it. I remember the plot, but listening to Wheaton is pure delight.

BOOKS UP NEXT

FICTION

The Shadow Land

 

FICTION

Hikikomori

 

AUDIO

Maman a tort

The Shadow Land:
“an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria“. I hope can finally get to it this month!!

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister:
To stay in the Japanese mood, I may read this one next. On the hikikomori phenomenon, common in Japan, and many other places now too.

Maman a tort:
(English translation: The Wrong Mother – March 7, 2019)
For my audiobooks, I go back and forth between EStories – when I get my monthly credit I order a French audiobook. When I’m out, I use my public library, focusing on classics and books on my TBR.
So, with my monthly credit, I’ll listen to this one by Bussi: a 3 year old tells his school psychologist his mum is actually not his mum…

GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL NOV 30 

The Song Peddler

NOV 15-30 

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? November 12

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

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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BOOKS JUST READ

HISTFIC

The Blue

FICTION

Love in lowercase

HISTFIC

The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Blue:
OMG, this was a-ma-zing, about an important moment in the history of porcelain making, in England and France, in the 1750s. My most favorite histfic of the year so far.
Review scheduled for Nov 27

Love in lowercase:
This was a cute quirky novel, highlighting how one apparently small event can lead to dramatic changes in your life. Samuel had no idea that offering milk to a stray cat coming at his door would change his solitary days into a new year of discovery.
It felt a bit Japanese, which is interesting, as the author has actually co-authored a book on Ikigai (see below).
At a deeper level, I’m not sure I agree with some metaphysical conclusions.
Samuel is a linguistics lecturer, so there are tons of references to all kinds of novels by authors from different countries. A quick, charming, and fascinating read.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:
Quite confusing to begin with, but overall enjoyable. I plan to write a long review for this one

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

Ikigai

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

Ikigai: 
Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness.

Little Culinary Triumphs:
release date Dec 4
This French author is quite popular, but I haven’t read anything by her yet,
so I’m seizing the opportunity to find it on Edelweiss, even if it’s in translation

Ne lâche pas ma main:
OMG, what suspense! I’m almost done. This is another great success by Bussi.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

FICTION

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

The Moonstone

Skeleton Key:
Next on my Alex Rider binge. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder

The Shadow Land:
“an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria

The Moonstone:
I’ve been listening so fast to my current audiobook by Bussi, that I’ll need to listen to an audiobook from my library before I can get a new credit on EStories.
So I decided to go with this classic for The Classics Club.
I actually started listening to it during a trip last June, but the trip was not long enough and I never finished it. I’ll be restarting from the beginning.
And on Hoopla, I found a version with several narrators, might be better for this long audiobook (22H28)

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

UNTIL NOV 30

The Song Peddler

More giveaways on November 15!

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Nonfiction November 2018: Book Pairings

 

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Book Pairings

hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

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BOOK PAIRING #1

Claude MONET

Monet  Black Water Lilies

The nonfiction book, a graphic biography of Claude Monet, was extremely well done, and gorgeous. 
I listened to this amazing thriller by Michel Bussi. I listened to the original in French, but I assume the English translation is just as good. It’s all set in Giverny, Monet’s village. If you have not read Bussi yet, it’s time to start!

BOOK PAIRING #2

CONAN DOYLE

 Conan Doyle for the Defense  a-study-in-scarlet

Conan Doyle for the Defense is an excellent presentation of how the author did real life investigation, using Sherlock Holmes‘s techniques. It’s also a great social study.
So obviously to go with it, I highlight the very first story with Holmes. I read all his books with Sherlock Holmes in 2017, short stories and novels. 

BOOK PAIRING #3

MUSIC

 The Piano shop  Bel Canto

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a beautiful journey of (re)discovery of music in one’s life, with tons of fascinating on piano making and tuning. 
Even though it’s not exactly the same type of music, if you are a music lover, you will enjoy Bel Canto, as music and singing help people communicate in a tragedy.   

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
BOOK PAIRING RELATED TO PAINTING OR MUSIC?