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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.

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The top 10 books to read in February 2019

Here are

The top 10 books
I plan to read in February 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

As usual, I have a bunch of books in process.
Don Quixote is a read-along with Nick (see his read-alongs for the whole year)
and Silvia Cachia (great input and resources).
I’m actually not counting here another read-along: with one of my French students, I read a couple of chapters of Les Misérables in French per day.

    The Goose Fritz

  La vie mode demploi  cocktails with a dead man

   Earthen Vessels

The Goose Fritz is about national history and personal identity. I enjoyed a lot Oblivion by the same author.
For review. Release day 3/19

La Vie mode d’emploi is a major book in the Oulipo movement. Take a Parisian apartment building, tear off the front façade, and describe all you see in details. It’s a bit more than that, but that’s basically what it is. Actually captivating.

Cocktails With a Dead Man: a collection of poems.
For review. Release day 1/15

Earthen Vessels: on how to pray, based on the writings of the Fathers of the Church. Since the Benedict monk wrote this book, he became Orthodox Christian. Like many scholars deep into Patristics.

READING NEXT

  The Library of Lost and Found  Secret Agent Brainteasers

  a deadly affection

The Library of Lost and Found:
“A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” – which I enjoyed a lot.
For review. Release day 3/26

Secret Agent Brainteasers:
“Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the British Secret Intelligence Service from over the years with a wide range of mind-twisting puzzles, Secret Agent Brainteasers will test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy?”
Sounded too much fun to resist!
For review. Release day 5/7

Deadly Affection: In 1907 New York, a psychiatrist must prove her patient’s innocence…or risk being implicated in a shocking murder
Has been on my TBR for far too long.

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However, this list may change, as I’m going this year to be again part of the Shadow Panel for the Man Booker International. I did it in 2015, when it was under another name, and really enjoyed all the great international books I discovered though this. I should be able to tell you more about this in a couple of weeks.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

    HHhH   Walden

HHhH:
I really enjoy Laurent Binet‘s writing, but I have not read this one yet.
Walden:
Not sure it’s a good idea, but I’m going to try this one in audio. What do you think? For The Classics Club

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

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PLANS FOR FEBRUARY

As mentioned above, I’m going to have to prepare for the Man Booker International Shadow Panel. I have recently read 5 titles that could be eligible, so I think they are on the long list.
There’s also March Mystery Madness soon. If it’s not too much, I’d like to participate a bit this year. The announcements should be posted soon.

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

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2019: January wrap-up

JANUARY WRAP-UP

2019 is starting very interestingly, with a bunch of readalongs:

So I actually read much more than it looks right now, as I only count a book when it’s finished. I have listened to another long classic, see below, and otherwise read an interesting variety of books.
Apart from that, I’m very happy for all the reviews I have recently posted, catching up quite a bit.
And of course, at the beginning of the month, I took part in the wonderful Boutofbooks event
And I launched a new meme! Did you check it out?
Now, I’m considering launching a French Book Box. Does this sound interesting to you? Any thought on that?

So here is what I read in January:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,248 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
with 22H28, an average of 43 mn/day

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Are We French Yet? by Keith Van Sickle – for review, on 2/6
  2. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolai Velimirovich

2 in mystery:

  1. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim – ebook, for review
  2. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins – audio

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé – ebook, for review

2 in children books:

  1. The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White
  2. Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri – picture book

MY FAVORITES IN JANUARY

   Hear our Defeats   prayers by the lake

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (until end of 2020) or 41/65!
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019= 7/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= an insane 54…

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Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!