2022: April wrap-up

APRIL 2022 WRAP-UP

April was a super busy month, tons of teaching hours and a lot of time in Church (Great Lent, Great Week, Pascha), which often would leave me very tired for my usual evening reading hours.
So this is the most pathetic month. I can’t even recall a month where I would have read so few pages… Though at least I have almost reviewed them all!
But my first three months were full of books, so I’m still 8 books ahead of schedule (39% done) to read 120 books this year.

I note that of the 7 books I read 3 are in French and 3 were translated from other languages. Quite characteristic.

I wasn’t able to participate in memes, but I hope to be restarting this coming week.

đź“š Here is what I read in April:

7 books:
4 in print 
=  with 823 pages, a daily average of 27 pages/day
3 in audio
= 24H30
, a daily average of 49 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Death Going Down, by Maria Angelica Bosco – For the #1954Club
  2. Code Lupin, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook
  3. Vanda, by Marion Brunet – received for review
  4. Code 612: Qui a tuĂ© le Petit Prince ?, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook
  5. The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey – my Spin for The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Nouvelle Babel, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Moshi Moshi, by Banana Yoshimoto

Yes, you read that right, 3 audiobooks by Michel Bussi!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Vanda The Man in the Queue

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 115/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 10
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 16/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 47/120 (39%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 3

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

NO GIVEAWAYS

NO REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

BUT we offer a Book Box!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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My top 8 books for the 1954 Club

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in May

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My top 8 books for the 1954 Club

The 1954 Club

The #1954Club

For several years, Simon at Stuck in a Book, has been organizing club years, in which he encourages everybody to read books published in the same year.

This time, he chose 1954. 

I think the main idea is to draw a literary portrait of that year.
If you are curious, you can check which books were published during that year, on this Goodreads list or on this one (less complete, but you can compare with the books you have read), or on this wikipedia page.

Before focusing on The 1954 club, it seems I had read 7 books published that year:

  1. The Bridge over the River Kwai, by Pierre Boulle
  2. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  3. The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5), by C.S. Lewis
  4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan

And more recently, with a review:

The sound of wavesThe Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima

For the #1954club, I read the following:

Death Going Down

 

Death Going Down,
by María Angélica Bosco
Published in 1954
as La muerte baja en el ascensor
Translated from the Spanish
by Lucy Greaves
November 24, 2016 by Pushkin Vertigo
160 pages
Mystery
Goodreads

As I currently try to focus on my TBR, I looked on my Goodreads TBR shelf, and there was only one book published in 1954.
It’s a mystery, a genre of classics I usually enjoy. And this book also qualifies for my Books in Translation Challenge.

I had never read anything by Argentinean author María Angélica Bosco (1917–2006).
She won the “EmecĂ© Literary Prize” (Premio EmecĂ© Argentina) in 1954 (the year of its creation) thanks to this novel.

First, I have to say I really enjoyed the title, even though we quickly realize its meaning. Still, I found it more attractive than the original in Spanish, which I found too explanatory: La muerte baja en el ascensor.

Though it is indeed what happens.
Pancho Soler comes home in Buenos Aires completely drunk one August night at 2am. He calls the elevator. He opens the door and finds a dead woman in it. Who is she? Who killed her? How? Why?

Definitely the type of discovery that might help you sober up quickly:

“He felt a desperate need to shout in protest. Why did this have to happen to him?”

I really liked the opening of the book a lot, with its neat descriptions of Soler and his discovery. Obviously, he is the first suspect. Did he do it?
The officers then focus on each person living in the apartment building. So it is a type of variation on the locked room mystery genre.
Each of these inhabitants could really be the guilty party, as they all have something to hide, in their past (many immigrants made their way to Argentina after WWII), their activity, or their relationships.

Bosco has  some interesting turns of phrases or images, such as this one about Superintendent Ericourt:

“He had nothing of the prowling predator, but all the fearsome patience of an elephant scanning the ground with its trunk for the piece of food it has dropped”.

Or

“Lahore squirmed gently in his seat, like a cat that feels someone is tying a dog to its tail.”

I also liked the clever ending, which I realize I should have guessed much earlier on.

My year 1954 recap:
Beside MarĂ­a AngĂ©lica Bosco, I didn’t have time to read any other book for this event. Still, 1954 has an impressive list of biggies, world wide.

HERE IS THE LINK TO ALL THE BOOKS REVIEWED
FOR THE #1954CLUB

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
CLICK ON THE 1954 CLUB LOGO TO DISCOVER MANY MORE REVIEWS
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK PUBLISHED IN 1954?

2022: March wrap-up

MARCH 2022 WRAP-UP

March was a very hard month, with the situation in Ukraine. It was harder to take time to read – plus very busy work (lots of new French students!) and Church schedule.
I managed to read as many books as in February, but much shorter books.
I actually listened to one extra book, as I took time to listen to audiobooks while coloring books, to try to get stress relief.
I didn’t visit as many blogs as usual, and I have been very late in reading your comments, even though I so much appreciate you taking time to leave meaningful comments.

đź“š Here is what I read in March:

13 books:
9 in print 
=  with 14,439 pages, a daily average of 46 pages/day
4 in audio
= 36H53
, a daily average of 1H11

5 in mystery:

  1. The Postman Always Rings Twice, by James M. Cain – read with the Goodreads Mystery, Crime, and Thriller group 
  2. Le Fou de Bergerac (Maigret #16), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student
  3. The Clairvoyant Countess, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  4. A Nun in the Closet, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  5. L’Aiguille creuse (Arsène Lupin #3), by Maurice Leblanc – audiobook

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Box Man, by Kobo Abe
  2. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez

2 in poetry:

  1. River of Stars, by Yosano Akiko
  2. The Year of my Life, by Issa Kobayashi

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, by Kate Moore – audiobook
  2. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War – received for review through Netgalley

2 in picture book:

  1. Love in the Library, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura
  2. The Night Gardener, by the Fan Brothers

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Love in the Time of Cholera  The Year of My Life

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 113/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 13/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 40/120 (33%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 7

 OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

The Final Days of Abbot Montrose

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Books available for swapping

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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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How was YOUR month of MARCH?

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