The top 10 books to read in February 2019

Here are

The top 10 books
I plan to read in February 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

As usual, I have a bunch of books in process.
Don Quixote is a read-along with Nick (see his read-alongs for the whole year)
and Silvia Cachia (great input and resources).
I’m actually not counting here another read-along: with one of my French students, I read a couple of chapters of Les Misérables in French per day.

    The Goose Fritz

  La vie mode demploi  cocktails with a dead man

   Earthen Vessels

The Goose Fritz is about national history and personal identity. I enjoyed a lot Oblivion by the same author.
For review. Release day 3/19

La Vie mode d’emploi is a major book in the Oulipo movement. Take a Parisian apartment building, tear off the front façade, and describe all you see in details. It’s a bit more than that, but that’s basically what it is. Actually captivating.

Cocktails With a Dead Man: a collection of poems.
For review. Release day 1/15

Earthen Vessels: on how to pray, based on the writings of the Fathers of the Church. Since the Benedict monk wrote this book, he became Orthodox Christian. Like many scholars deep into Patristics.

READING NEXT

  The Library of Lost and Found  Secret Agent Brainteasers

  a deadly affection

The Library of Lost and Found:
“A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” – which I enjoyed a lot.
For review. Release day 3/26

Secret Agent Brainteasers:
“Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the British Secret Intelligence Service from over the years with a wide range of mind-twisting puzzles, Secret Agent Brainteasers will test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy?”
Sounded too much fun to resist!
For review. Release day 5/7

Deadly Affection: In 1907 New York, a psychiatrist must prove her patient’s innocence…or risk being implicated in a shocking murder
Has been on my TBR for far too long.

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However, this list may change, as I’m going this year to be again part of the Shadow Panel for the Man Booker International. I did it in 2015, when it was under another name, and really enjoyed all the great international books I discovered though this. I should be able to tell you more about this in a couple of weeks.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

    HHhH   Walden

HHhH:
I really enjoy Laurent Binet‘s writing, but I have not read this one yet.
Walden:
Not sure it’s a good idea, but I’m going to try this one in audio. What do you think? For The Classics Club

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PLANS FOR FEBRUARY

As mentioned above, I’m going to have to prepare for the Man Booker International Shadow Panel. I have recently read 5 titles that could be eligible, so I think they are on the long list.
There’s also March Mystery Madness soon. If it’s not too much, I’d like to participate a bit this year. The announcements should be posted soon.

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

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2019: January wrap-up

JANUARY WRAP-UP

2019 is starting very interestingly, with a bunch of readalongs:

So I actually read much more than it looks right now, as I only count a book when it’s finished. I have listened to another long classic, see below, and otherwise read an interesting variety of books.
Apart from that, I’m very happy for all the reviews I have recently posted, catching up quite a bit.
And of course, at the beginning of the month, I took part in the wonderful Boutofbooks event
And I launched a new meme! Did you check it out?
Now, I’m considering launching a French Book Box. Does this sound interesting to you? Any thought on that?

So here is what I read in January:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,248 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
with 22H28, an average of 43 mn/day

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Are We French Yet? by Keith Van Sickle – for review, on 2/6
  2. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolai Velimirovich

2 in mystery:

  1. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim – ebook, for review
  2. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins – audio

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé – ebook, for review

2 in children books:

  1. The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White
  2. Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri – picture book

MY FAVORITES IN JANUARY

   Hear our Defeats   prayers by the lake

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (until end of 2020) or 41/65!
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019= 7/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= an insane 54…

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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Month in Review

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has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Bout of Books 24: Day 5 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 5 RECAP

Not sure why, but this was another rather slow day.

Here is what I read on Day 5:

  1. Don Quixote, by Cervantes = 48 pages
  2. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim = 1 page!
  3. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolaj Velimirovic = 12 pages
  4. Audiobook [15 minutes]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 6 pages

Total for Day 5:  67
TOTAL so far: 503/805

And I participated in the Instagram challenge of the day, and the like this/try that challenge

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Challenges

**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 24. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 1/7
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 1/8
Character dinner party

Wednesday 1/9
Six degrees of separation – based on an idea I submitted

Thursday 1/10
Synopsis rewrite

Friday 1/11
If this, then that

Saturday 1/12
Dream cast

Sunday 1/13
Stretch goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 4 RECAP

Yesterday was an exhausting day, with a very long and difficult article to translate, among other things. Plus, I had a conference call I absolutely needed to attend for my Church, and that was in the evening on my usual reading time.
Yes, one of my jobs is now to translate daily articles related to worldwide Orthodox news. And now, I’m thrilled to be translating from French to English, instead of the usual way round. Which means, you can now read my work, if you are interested in what’s going on in the world. Obviously, my English is not perfect, but I hope it is getting more and more acceptable.
So the reading result for the day is quite pathetic, and it’s putting my total below my expected average for this week.

Here is what I read on Day 4:

  1. Berlin AlexanderPlatz, by Alfred Döblin = 20 pages
  2. Don Quixote, by Cervantes = 11 pages
  3. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim = 13 pages
  4. Audiobook [23 minutes]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 7 pages

Total for Day 4:  51
TOTAL so far: 436/805

And I participated in the Instagram challenge of the day

 

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 3 RECAP

Here is what I read on Day 3:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle = 74 pages – FINISHED
  2. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé = 5 pages – FINISHED
  3. Berlin AlexanderPlatz, by Alfred Döblin = 7 pages
  4. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolaj Velimirovic = 12 pages
  5. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim = 6 pages
  6. Audiobook [24 minutes]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 11 pages

Total for Day 3: 115
TOTAL so far: 385/805

The challenge was based on an idea I submitted, so here is what I did. I’ll be visiting blogs today to see what YOU did with it.
And I participated in the Instagram challenge of the day

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 2 RECAP

Here is what I read on Day 2:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle = 43 pages
  2. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé = 55 pages
  3. Berlin AlexanderPlatz, by Alfred Döblin = 14 pages
  4. Don Quixote, by Cervantes = 6 pages
  5. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolaj Velimirovic = 11 pages
  6. Audiobook [36 minutes]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 12 pages

Total for Day 2: 141
TOTAL so far: 270/805

And I participated in the Instagram challenge of the day

BOUT OF BOOKS 24
DAY 1 RECAP

Yesterday, January 7, was the big day to celebrate Christ’s Nativity for me. I’m an Orthodox Christian, and my Church follows the Julian calendar, which runs 13 late compare to the Gregorian (civil) calendar. So December 25 + 13 days = January 7.
It’s actually nice to be far from the crazy commercial stuff surrounding the Christmas frenzy and be able to focus only on the essential.
After the Church celebration, we had a very simple meal at home and time with friends.
But in the evening, I was able to have regular reading time.

So here is what I read on Day 1:

  1. Are We French Yet?, by Keith Van Sickle = 56 pages
  2. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé = 46 pages
  3. Audiobook [1H07]: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins = equivalent to 27 pages

TOTAL so far: 129/805

Because of the very special day, as explained above, I didn’t have time to participate in the challenge of the day, nor in the Twitter chat.
But I posted a giveaway!

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