2020: November wrap-up

November 2020 WRAP-UP

Phew, that was actually a busy month, reading-wise and otherwise, for instance with 3 new French students. In a way, I’m glad we are back in confinement, so less opportunity for distractions! And obviously, less chances to catch the virus.

I have FINALLY restarted a Newsletter. It has a small fee, but each month 11 subscribers will receive a book based on their favorite genres!
10 will receive an ecopy and 1 a print copy (as long as Bookdepositery ships to their country). If you haven’t signed up yet, here is the November Newsletter as a sample, with the form to subscribe near the end.

November is the month about Nonfiction, and I had a great time with this event.

I also finished my 2nd list of 50 classics, and launched into my 3rd list, with 137 titles this time.

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Actually more audiobooks (with record time this month!) than printed books, I guess this has become a trend for me in 2020, maybe due to Covid-19?

11 books:
4 in print 
=  with 1,288 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
7 in audio
= 33H54
, a daily average of 1H07

4 in mystery:

  1. Black Coffee, A Mystery Play in Three Acts, #7 by Agatha Christie – for The Classics Club
  2. Lord Edgware Dies, #9 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. √Čcouter le noir, by various authors –¬†French audio
  4. Murder on the Orient Express, #10 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tobit Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Judith Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Book of Esther Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  4. Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, by Kazuto Tatsuta – graphic “novel”

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & la France, by Nancy Burkhalter Рfor France Book Tours 

1 in science fiction:

  1. To Hold Up the Sky, by Liu Cixin Рebook for review, received through Netgalley  

1 in YA:

  1. La Chute du soleil de fer, by Michel Bussi –¬†French audio

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  La Chute du soleil de fer

Actually this month both my favorites are French, and not yet translated.
√Čcouter le noir is a fascinating collection of thriller short stories, some actually almost horror, mostly based on the theme of deafness. A neat twist to these stories, by some authors I had never heard of. Very enjoyable collection!
As for La Chute du soleil de fer, this was really neat surprise: a YA fantasy (both genres I rarely read), by one of my favorite French authors. There was no way I was going to pass his latest novel, even if it was not in his usual mystery genre. And I am sure glad I took the plunge.
It’s set in Paris in a post-apocalyptic world, with two groups of teenagers and younger children. The adults are all gone. I loved these kids, and the settings, and how they try to make sense of what as survived form our world.
I can’t wait for next volume in the series!

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 2/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 7 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 106/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 20

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

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How was YOUR month of November?

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Book review and giveaway: The Education of Delhomme

The Education of Delhomme

The Education Of Delhomme:
Chopin, Sand, & La France
by Nancy Burkhalter
History Through Fiction
November 17, 2020
280 pages
Historical fiction

Goodreads

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My last review made you travel from Provence to Jerusalem in the 12th century. With The Education of Delhomme, we’ll mostly remain in Paris in the mid-19th century, in the company of famous artists.

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Book review and giveaway: Alina: A Song for the Telling

Alina_A Song For the Telling

Alina: A Song for the Telling
by Malve von Hassell
BHC Press
8/27/2020
232 pages
Middle Grade historical fiction
Goodreads

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A few years ago, historical fiction was the genre I read most. My reading taste has evolved, and now I need to find a unique historical novel to grab my interest. I definitely found it in Alina: A Song for the Telling. Click to continue reading