Book review: Second Sister

Second Sister

Second Sister
by Chan Ho-Kei
網內人
was first published in 2017
Translated by Jeremy Tiang
Grove Atlantic/Black Cat
2/18/2020
Thriller/Chinese Literature
512 pages

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Chan Ho-Kei is a renowned Chinese author of thrillers. He’s famous for The Borrowed, which I haven’t read yet. So I seized the opportunity to read his upcoming Second Sister. It will certainly not be the last book by him I read. Read further to know why. Click to continue reading

Top Ten Books on my 2019 Winter TBR

Top Ten Books
on my 2019 Winter TBR

TTT for December 17, 2019
#TopTenTuesday

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TBRs are a great source of both treasures and anxiety for book bloggers. I constantly purge and organize, and lament as it keeps growing anyway. I bet many of you reading this post feel the same way. So, what are my top ten books on my Winter TBR?

Please click on the covers to access more information on each

2020 releases

   Dreamland Perfect Little Children Second Sister

1.
I got Dreamland directly from the publisher,
because I’m a big fan of Nancy Bilyeau
and her historical novels
as you can see in my review of The Blue

2.
I got Perfect Little Children.
I do enjoy mysteries by Sophie Hannah,
with her new official Hercule Poirot stories

3.
and Second Sister
through Edelweiss Plus,
as I enjoy books in translation – here from the Chinese

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Received through Netgalley in 2019

If You Cross the River

4.
not yet read!

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Gifts from other bloggers!

The One And Only Ivan Some Prefer Nettles

5.
was won at Feed Your Fiction Addiction

6. 
was generously sent by Lucy at The Fictional 100.
By the way, do you know about her amazing reference book
on the most influential characters in world literature?
A must read!
I plan to read Some Prefer Nettles
during the Japanese Literature Challenge 13,
with the 4 following books

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Japanese titles

 The Ten loves of Mr Nishino Inhabitation

7. and 8. 
were received in 2019 through Edelweiss Plus

 The sound of waves NP

9. and 10.
have been on my physical TBR for a while

Have you read any of these?
Show me your list!

2019: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 Another great month of reading, with a lot of nonfiction. Of course, November is nonfiction month, not October. Oh well…

So here is what I read in October:

14 books:
11 in print 
with 2,204 pages, an average of 71 pages/day
3 in audio
= 20H34
, an average of 39 minutes

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To!: A Parody, by Dr Suits – graphic “novel”
  2. Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr Clement Sederholm – Eastern Orthodoxy
  3. Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay – ebook, for review
  4. Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance
    by Elena Perekrestov – Eastern Orthodoxy
  5. Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson – audio, for The Classics Club
  6. The Parables: Biblical, Patristic, and Liturgical Interpretation, by Dmitri Royster – Eastern Orthodoxy
  7. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind, by Shoukei Matsumoto

2 in mystery:

  1. Solving Cadence Moore, by Gregory Sterner, for review
  2. Avalanche hôtel, by Niko Tackian- French audiobook

2 in manga:

  1. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  2. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – audio, for The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Supernova Era, by Liu Cixin – for review

1 in historical fiction:

  1. On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov – ebook, for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITES IN OCTOBER

  Supernova Era  Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 4/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 98/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 20

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

one pot cooking  Keto in 30 minutes

Supernova Era The Man That Got Away Civilizations

Solving Cadence Moore WeSolarisChildhoods End

 

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