The top 8 books to read in April 2019

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in April 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

     If you love me

Mouthful of birds Valerie

Don Quixote
For the 2nd part, I’m doing a read-along with Lory at The Emerald City. If you want to join us, keep an eye on her site and mine, we’ll alternate for recaps and questions. It will be a slow read, join us if you never finished the book!

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
Wonderful book for all Christians.

Mouthful of Birds
I’m just starting this collection of short stories, part of the Man Booker International Prize longlist (#MBI2019). As you know by now, I’m part of the Shadow Panel this year.

Valerie / The Faculty of Dreams
Possibly the most awful book I have ever read in my entire life. I’m serious. This is also for #MBI2019

READING NEXT

Drive your plow  Talk to mev

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
This is also for #MBI2019.
“One of Poland’s most imaginative and lyrical writers, Olga Tokarczuk presents us with a detective story with a twist in DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD”
I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the remaining three. But I will if they show up in the longlist.

Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think
I requested this book, the content sounds really good.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

       Walden  Sang famille

Walden
For The Classics Club
The audio format is working well for me. I’m actually listening to a Librivox recording (volunteer readers – and YOU can become one!).
Wow, we think we invented minimalism, but this guy is absolutely the father of minimalism. “Thoreau-ly” (couldn’t resist) enjoying its ideas. Plus awesome descriptions on his natural environment.

Sang Famille
Ah ah! Estories now has this book published last year! The very latest by Bussi is not there yet, but hopefully it will eventually be.

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

We have 1 giveaway listed on the homepage

PLANS FOR APRIL

Finish reading and reviewing for #MBI2019, and then be more active with the Don Quixote readalong.

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

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2019: March wrap-up

MARCH WRAP-UP

I could start this recap with the exact same line as the last 3 or 4 months: it is still too cold around Chicago, and believe or not, we had a bit of snow Saturday evening and night!
But who cares when you have lots of books waiting for you to read? That has definitely been the case for me, as I’m part of the Shadow Panel for the Man Booker International 2019. The shortlist will be revealed on April 9, and I still have quite a few to read to get closer to the 1 titles…

Also, slowly but surely, I’m still reading Don Quixote, now with Lory at The Emerald City. We will take turn to post our reflections/questions on the second part of the work.

Everyday, I also read a chapter of Les Misérables in French, a read-along with one my students. We are now in volume 2.

So here is what I finished in March:

11 books:
1 in print 
with 2,964 pages, an average of 95 pages/day
None in audio
I have been listening to Walden, by Thoreau, but have not finished yet.

5 in literary fiction:

  1. At Dusk, by Hwang Sok-Yong – ebook, for MBI2019
  2. Four Soldiers, by Hubert Mingarelli – for MBI2019
  3. The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann – ebook, for MBI2019
  4. Love in the New Millennium, by Can Xue – for MBI2019
  5. The Remainder, by Alia Trabucco Zeran – for MBI2019

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Poustinia, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty
  2. The Years, by Annie Ernaux – for MBI2019

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shape of the Ruins, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez – for MBI2019

2 in graphic novels

  1. Orange, volume 2, by Ichigo Takano – manga
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by Scott Fitzgerald

1 in mystery:

  1. The Woman in the Window, by AJ Finn – ebook

MY FAVORITES IN MARCH

The Years The Pine Islands

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 2/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 26/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 22

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

At Dusk

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Tony’s Reading List
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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Be sure to check the giveaway posted on my homepage!

Also, we still have one spot available
to review this wonderful book by Blondel!

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in April


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How was YOUR month of March?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

Book review: The Years

The Years

The Years
by Annie Ernaux
Translated by
Alison L. Strayer
Seven Stories Press

11/21/2017
Originally published as Les années
in 2008!
Genre: Nonfiction. Autobiography
237 pages

Goodreads

I already mentioned that The Man Booker International 2019 Shadow Panel made me discover a French author unknown to me. I’m very happy to present another one today. I had heard about Annie Ernaux, but had never read The Years, nor anything by her. It’s sad that in all my studies in France, I was not exposed to contemporary authors like her (she was born in 1940), even though she won a lot of literary awards.
And this is so good! Hang on, this is going to be a long review, but hopefully, you will jump on the book right after reading my prose!

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