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The top 11 Books to read in April 2017

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in April!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

   paradise-lost  the-sun-king-conspiracy

To Open One's Heart  Beyond the Wild River

Paradise Lost
= enjoying it, a few pages at a time
The Sun King Conspiracy
= great historical mystery set in 17th century France
To Open’s One Heart
= by famous French Orthodox theologian
Beyond The Wild River
= upcoming by Sarah Maine,
whose previous novel I really enjoyed

READING NEXT

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  My Cousin Rachel

Tender is the Night  Charlotte's Web

Waking Gods

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
= for Classics Spin #15
My Cousin Rachel
= with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs
Tender is the Night
= with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club
Charlotte’s Web
=
for the Classics Children’s Lit Event 5
Waking Gods
= sequel of Sleeping Giants,
which I really enjoyed

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes  The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
= for my audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
Eiffel Tower Orange

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OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR APRIL?

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The top 10 Books to read in March 2017

Here are

The top 10 books I plan to read
in March!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

a-prodigal-saint    paradise-lost

marie-antoinettes-darkest-days  enemies-of-versailles

A Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People

= scholarly biography of the most well known 19th century Russian saint,
quite an eye-opener!
Paradise Lost
= enjoying it even more than I did decades ago,
because now I can see the connections/differences with the Divine Comedy.
Marie-Antoinette’s Darkest Days
= for a book tour organized by France Book Tours
The Enemies of Versailles
= awesome historical novel, for a tour organized by France Book Tours.
We still have a few ebooks available,
go right away if you want to reserve your spot!

READING NEXT

remnants  the-sun-king-conspiracy

the-lottery   la-nuit-sacree

Remnants
= received for review.
I can’t remember why I said yes,
it’s better be good!
The Sun King Conspiracy
= I couldn’t pass this offer!
The Lottery
= Classic on my TBR and
read with Catching up on Classics
La nuit sacrée

= TBR,
and to read with Travel the world with books (Morocco)


CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

  adventures-of-sherlock-holmes  memoirs-of-sherlock-holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
= my awesome audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MARCH?

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Born a Crime 9-14: read-along at Book Bloggers International

born-a-crime

Born a Crime:
chapters 9-14
read-along at
Book Bloggers International

This book is so good, I’m surprised not more bloggers have joined the read-along

So here are the questions proposed today on the chapters 9-14 of the book, with my answers:

1. This past week was Valentine’s Day, and appropriately Part II features not one, not two, but three stories from Noah’s tragic misadventures in romance. Which one of these was your favorite? Which the saddest? Did they remind you of any of your own teenage heartbreaks? Juicy details pls

Sorry I didn’t take too many notes on that, I found all these stories rather sad. And I’m not your best candidate for that type of story. I spent my teenage years in studies and books, no time for dating.

2. In Chapter 9, “The Mulberry Tree,” Noah says that’s it’s easier to be an outsider trying to fit in than an insider who doesn’t. Do you think this is true? How do you think that experience shaped how Noah related to the world going forward? How did you react to the actions of Abel?

I actually had a hard time understanding really what he meant by that sentence, I reread it in the context several times, in vain. I would appreciate if you could tell me how you understand this passage.

3. Trevor Noah: entrepreneur or hustler?

Aren’t the two words synonyms, lol? I think he was probably a bit of both, which made sense for a smart kid who had finally found a way to survive and makes the best of a tough situation. And anyway, he was racketing anyone, he was using the greed of the other kids for his own interest, using the only strengths he had, his speed and his idea to come up with that idea.

4. One of the most tragi-comic stories in the section, I think, is Chapter 13, “Colorblind.” What were some of your reactions to the story? Noah never tells us what happens to his friend–why do you think that is??

It actually did not surprise me on the side of the justice: we often only see what we want to see, and we automatically block what we do not want to see.
And on Noah’s part, he may have shut up about it for the sake of his mother.
Why he never tells us about his friend: maybe because deep down he still feels guilty about it?

5. Anything else you found interesting or want to discuss?

– What amazed me in chapter 9 was how arbitrary the apartheid classifications could be, how for instance, for a reason or another, you could be reclassified as white, or vice versa! And how the system built enmity between the groups:

That’s what apartheid did: it convinced every group that it was because of the other race that they didn’t get into the club.
p.120

– Behind Trevor’s humor and sharpness, it’s very sad to feel deeper his inner solitude in these chapters.
I wonder if the fact of never having felt by any group white, black, colored, was the ultimate reason why he left his country.

Eiffel Tower Orange

If you want to see my comments on the other chapters, please check:

 

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