Read or skip #5

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

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12, 13: skip
14: I’m actually reading it right now!
15 and 16: keep. I was not going to keep 16, but you convinced me to keep it

READ OR SKIP #5

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As there may not be many to skip here, I am considering 8 titles today.

14) Desert Solitaire

  • “Written while Abbey was working as a ranger at Arches National Park outside of Moab, Utah, Desert Solitaire is a rare view of one man’s quest to experience nature in its purest form.
    Through prose that is by turns passionate and poetic, Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality.”
  • I think I started this years ago, and I think I should get back to it
  • What do YOU think?
    READ

15) We

  • Classic scifi and dystopia
    READ

16) An Artist of the Floating World

  • I like Ishiguro
  • BUT: “In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.” Is there a lot about WWII? (I have read way too many on the topic) Would it be better to read another book by him and skip this one?
    SKIP?

17) Manazuru

  • I really enjoy Japanese fiction, but I need to acknowledge that I cannot read all Japanese novels available in English or French translation…
  • Have any one of you read this one? There seems to be a lot about relationships, not sure that’s my thing.
    SKIP

18) Understanding Cultures Through Their Key Words

  • Same as above, I need to acknowledge that I cannot read all books about language…
  • BUT this one does sound good, right? “Wierzbicka seeks to demonstrate that every language has “key concepts,” expressed in “key words,” which reflect the core values of a given culture. She shows that cultures can be revealingly studied, compared, and explained to outsiders through their key concepts, and that the analytical framework necessary for this purpose is provided by the “natural semantic metalanguage,” based on lexical universals, that the author and colleagues have developed on the basis of wide-ranging cross-linguistic investigations”.
    READ

19) Travels with Charley

  • Steinbeck!
    READ!

20) The Book on Fire

  • About the Alexandria library
  • BUT the synopsis seems to point to too much romance.
  • Also some readers consider it as a Fantasy. What fantasy element does it contain?? I often don’t do too well with romance nor fantasy
    SKIP

21) Physics of the Future

  • This author has been intriguing me
  • The topic sounds fascinating
    READ?

What do YOU think? Please help me with 16 and 21. Am I doing the right choice for the others?

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

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Year of reading 2018 part 3

And after my list of 2018 favorites,
as well as my 2018 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2018 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2017.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was : Carnegie’s Maid
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m:  The Clockmaker’s Daughter
– I will never be: The Lady Killer
– At the end of a long day I need: Little Culinary Triumphs
– Right now I’m feeling: Framed
– Someday I want to: Look For Her
– At a party you’d find me: Unsheltered
– I’ve never: (been) Minced, Marinated, and Murdered
– I really don’t enjoy: Walking the Bones
– In my next life I want to be: The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Shadow Land
– Your favorite form of transportation: Armada
– Your best friend is: The Book Artist
– You and your friends are: Modern Orthodox Thinkers
– What’s the weather like: Temps glaciaires
[Glacial weather
– though the book was published in English as: A Climate of Fear]
– Favorite time of day: While Beauty Slept
– If your life was: Fear
– What is life to you: A Moveable Feast
– Your fear: Democracy in Chains
– What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the NIght
– Thought for the Day: La nuit n’est jamais complète
[The night is never complete – no English publication as far as I know]
– How I would like to die: Visiting Tom
– My soul’s present condition: The Face of Another

I began the day with Alex Rider.
On my way to work I saw Nymphéas Noirs [Black Water Lilies]
and walked by The Bridge on the Drina,
to avoid L’armée furieuse [The Ghost Riders of Ordebec]
but I made sure to stop at The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.
In the office, my boss said : Go
and sent me to research 99 Ways to Tell a Story.
At lunch with Monet, Itinerant of Light,
I noticed (a) Skeleton Key
under (the) Portrait of a Murderer,
then went back to my desk, Un peu plus loin sur la droite
[A Little Further on the Right – though the book was published in English as:
Dog Will Have His Day].
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Master Key
because I have The Body in the Casket;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Provocative Colette
and studied The Letters to Saint Olympia
before saying goodnight to The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2018?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2018, I participated in 3 Reading Challenges, and a few virtual book tours.
Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
Mount TBR: 3/12 + 2 DNFed – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

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A big Thank You to all of you,
book bloggers
and other readers who subscribed to this blog
through email, bloglovin, wordpress, facebook, twitter,
linkedin, pinterest, instagram, youtube,
thanks for stopping by and leaving comments,
with great reading recommendations!
Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2019 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2018

Year of reading 2018: Part 1 – My top 14

Year of reading 2018
Part 1
 My top 14

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun list with titles

With only 77 books read, this is my most pathetic year in the last decade.
My final choice is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the couple of titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
Killing Commendatore  The Shadow Land  The Piano shop  Only the Rain

EBOOKS​​​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
 The Face of Another  The Blue  Conan Doyle for the Defense  The Word is Murder

AUDIOBOOKS​​

Fiction NonFiction Mystery
 Armada Democracy in Chains  Les nymphéas noirs

 

OTHER

GRAPHIC “NOVEL”

Monet

SPIRITUAL BOOK

Modern Orthodox Thinkers

BOOK COVER

On la trouvait plutot jolie

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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