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

click on the cover to access my review

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
please go visit

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!

 

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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!

Click to continue reading

Read or skip #6

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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16, 17, 20: skip
21: maybe read
Read the others for sure.

READ OR SKIP #6

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read-or-skip 6

 

Let’s try again 8 titles today. And again, I’m super grateful for your input.

19) A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • “Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.”
    Sounds like a great way of revisiting History.
    READ

20) How to Travel with a Salmon

  • Eco’s essays are fantastic!
  • BUT I’m wandering if they would be too much like in Chronicles of a Liquid Society, even possibly some essays exactly the same. The titles of the essays look different, but the content may be the same.
    READ?

21) How Proust Can Change Your Life

  • I love Proust and read the whole of In Search of Lost Time, so I thought it might be a good way of revisiting it.
  • BUT: what book is that really? Is that really literary criticism? Or too much on the light side, closer to self-help.
    READ?

22) The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee

  • Not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated by John Dee and would like to read a biography.
  • BUT is it the best biography on him??
    READ

23) The Paris Enigma

  • Another Paris World Fair mystery, I think I’ll pass. I enjoyed this one a lot.
    SKIP

24) Bird Sense

  • As an avid birder, I have lots of books about birds on my TBR, and I can’t read them all. Should I keep this one? I does sound excellent.
    Birders, I need your input!
    READ

25) The Story of English in 100 Words

  • And I have a lot of books on my TBR on the English language!!
  • A reader writes: “Entertaining and light history of the English language in a listicle format.” Is it too light??
    READ

26) 2666

  • Oh, how funny 2666 ends up being #26 here!!
  • It’s a HUGE book, but I have heard so much about Roberto Bolaño, I absolutely want to read it one day!
  • Any shorter book by him you recommend I read?
    READ

Hmm, do you notice a word SKIP shows up only once today!
What do YOU think? Should I also skip 20 and 21? Or any other? If yu had to skip one, which one would it be?

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