Mailbox Monday November 5

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BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

little culinary triumphs  Hear our Defeats

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

Hear our Defeats:
release date Jan 22
Another French author, who totally dazzled me with Hell’s Gate.
Thanks to Europa for making their titles available through Edelweiss! (click on the covers to get the link)

BOOKS JUST READ

click on the covers to know more about them

FICTION

Love in lowercase

HISTFIC

The Clockmaker's Daughter

NONFICTION

The Ship the Saint and the Sailor

Love in lowercase:
This was a cute quirky novel, highlighting how one apparently small event can lead to dramatic changes in your life. Samuel had no idea that offering milk to a stray cat coming at his door would change his solitary days into a new year of discovery.
It felt a bit Japanese, which is interesting, as the author has actually co-authored a book on Ikigai.
At a deeper level, I’m not sure I agree with some metaphysical conclusions.
Samuel is a linguistics lecturer, so there are tons of references to all kinds of novels by authors from different countries. A quick, charming, and fascinating read.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:
Quite confusing to begin with, but overall enjoyable. I plan to write a long review for this one

The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor:
Fascinating story of a boat wreck and its recovery. Review planned for Nov 9

CURRENTLY READING

FICTION

Harry Potter

HISTFIC

The Blue

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal: 
brushing up my Spanish

The Blue:
Upcoming book by Bilyeau, author of The Tapestry.
Very satisfying beginning, like in a thriller, with a kick-ass young female artist in her twenties. The book starts in 1758 in England. At a time when women are not supposed to be in the world of the arts.

Ne lâche pas ma main:
OMG, this promised to be another fascinating thriller by Bussi. A couple is in a resort. The woman goes back to her room. Later one, the husband goes up. His wife is gone, but no one has seen her leave the room…
I like the alternation between the different voices, especially with the first person narration of their six year old daughter.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

BOOKS UP NEXT

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

FICTION

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

N'oublier jamais

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

UNTIL NOV 30

The Song Peddler

More giveaways on November 15!

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

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Mailbox Monday October 29

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Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

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

click on the covers to know more about them

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?

Mailbox Monday October 8

 

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About time to come back to these memes, and as you can see below, I’m going to use it sometimes to insert some much needed short reviews, two today!

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Book Artist
The Book Artist
is the upcoming mystery by Mark Pryor.
SO, I already have a review scheduled for January 2019!!
Like several in the series, the book is set in Paris.
I really enjoy this author.
The last book by him I reviewed was The Sorbonne Affair.

BOOKS JUST READ 

click on the covers to know more about them

The Song Peddler

The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

I just finished this fascinating historical novel set in Paris just before the French Revolution.
My review will be published on October 12

 

 

On la trouvait plutot jolie

On la trouvait plutôt jolie

I have been recently really enjoying this French author of mysteries in audiobooks.
This one is very moving, as it is about the situation of emigrants from Africa,
as they try to arrive to France.

As you may know, hundreds die every year in the Mediterranean sea.
This is about Leyli, a mother of 3, who works really hard for the sake of her children.
Her life started really tough, but she went over some hurdles and is almost there!
But sometimes, the past catches up with you…
Add to this some corruption where you would not expect to find it,
and you have an amazing novel, with great twists as Bussi knows so well how to do.

He named his heroine Leyli, based on the song by Pierre Perret called Lily (1977),
I just relistened to it, very moving song on immigrants. Here is a good translation

The book was written in 2017, I’m afraid it has not been translated into English yet.
But some other books by Bussi are available in English such as the amazing After The Crash

Unsheltered

Unsheltered

My review is here

Point Blank

Point Blank

I really enjoy thrillers by Horowitz. The last I reviews was The Word is Murder. So smartly done!

Then I realized that it’s only recently he’s been writing mysteries for adults.
Before that, he was famous for his mysteries for Young Adults, with his hero Alex Rider.

I was curious, and I tried, they are so good as well! They have the same quality of suspense and smart plots.
In volume 1, Stormbreaker,Alex Rider was living with his uncle, until a car accident. Or so was he told.
But Alex is smart, and he knows his uncle would never have forgotten to put on his seatbelt.
He discovers that his uncle was actually working as a spy for the government.
When they realize he knows a lot, they hire him and send him to dangerous missions.

In volume  2, Point Blank, Alex is sent to investigate a special school in the French Alps,
after the fathers of 2 students there have been killed. But this is a very dangerous place…

There’s a lot of suspense, some cool geeky things, to help Alex in his mission, and  man with very original ideas.
I’ll definitely keep reading this series.

CURRENTLY READING

currently reading oct 8

oops, in the text, it should read Higashino!

BOOKS UP NEXT

up next oct 8

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

  2 books for grab for the October books of the month giveaway
And this children book giveaway open until Nov 3

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?