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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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2018: October wrap-up

October wrap-up

Ah, it’s about time! Here is finally a rather decent month of reading. With really nice titles as well!

Here is what I read in October:

9 books:
7 in print 
with 2,373 pages, an average of 76.5 pages/day
2 in audio
with 27H27, an average of 53 mn/day

4 in fiction:

  1. Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver – ebook, for review
  2. Killing Commendatore, by Murakami
  3. Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski
  4. While Beauty Slept, by Elizabeth Blackwell – audio

2 in mystery:

  1. On la trouvait plutôt jolie, de Michel Bussi- audio
  2. Newcomer, by Keigo Higashino – for review. My book review is supposed to be soon published on Criminal Element. 

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf, by Laura Lebow – ebook, for review

1 in Nonfiction:

  1. The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor: The Long Search for the Legendary Kad’yak, by Bardley G. Stevens – ebook, for review, review coming soon

1 in graphic novel:

  1. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style, by Matt Madden

MY FAVORITES IN OCTOBER

Killing Commendatore  Newcomer

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 55/100

Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 35

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Killing Commendatore

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Judy at Keep the Wisdom

BLOG MILESTONES

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PLANS FOR NOVEMBER

Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in November!

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How was YOUR month of October?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Mailbox Monday October 29

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BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The only woman in the room
The Only Woman the Room

The upcoming (January 15)  historical novel
on Hedy Lamarr, by Marie Benedict.
I know nothing about Lamarr, but I admire the author.
See for instance my review of Carnegie’s Maid.
I received the book through Netgalley

BOOKS JUST READ

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FICTION

Being There

MYSTERY

Newcomer

FICTION

Killing Commendatore

CURRENTLY READING

FICTION

The Clockmaker's Daughter

NONFICTION

The Ship the Saint and the Sailor

AUDIO

While Beauty Slept

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:
I’m about half done, and a bit disappointed compared to her previous books. The problem is, I am a bit confused between the many characters, who’s who? I rushed into it without taking notes, that didn’t help! Hopefully, things will nicely come together.

The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor:
There’s actually not much on the saint, which was my main reason for picking the book. However, all the details about finding this boat wreck are fascinating.

While Beauty Slept:
I’m almost done listening to this great twist on Sleeping Beauty.

BOOKS UP NEXT

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Blue

FICTION

Love in lowercase

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

The Blue:
intrigued by the upcoming book by Bilyeau, author of The Tapestry

Love in lowercase:
This is unbelievable how you get drawn to a book – how one thing leads to the next, which is incidentally a main theme of that book!
It sounds like a saga:

  • I finished Newcomer by Higashino, and was so raving about it, my husband asked me if he should read it. I actually encouraged him to read first The Devotion of Suspect X
  • He devoured it in no time, but was disappointed by the ending, and asked if there were Japanese novels with happy endings
  • So I googled “Japanese novels with happy endings”, and found an article highlighting this book: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.
  • We went to the library and picked it up. It was written by 2 authors. I was curious to see what else they had written.
  • I ended up requesting a book by the first author: A Geek in Japan
  • A book by the second author was at my library: Love in lowercase. I read the synopsis and sounded really good.
  • I opened my Goodreads and realized it was on my TBR! So I picked it up!!

Ne lâche pas ma main:
Next in my Michel Bussi‘s audiobooks binge

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL OCT 31

Smoking Kills

UNTIL NOV 3

ALYCAT

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?