It’s Monday! What are you reading? November 12

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BOOKS JUST READ

HISTFIC

The Blue

FICTION

Love in lowercase

HISTFIC

The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Blue:
OMG, this was a-ma-zing, about an important moment in the history of porcelain making, in England and France, in the 1750s. My most favorite histfic of the year so far.
Review scheduled for Nov 27

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 (see below).
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

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

Ikigai

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

Ikigai: 
Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness.

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

Ne lâche pas ma main:
OMG, what suspense! I’m almost done. This is another great success by Bussi.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

FICTION

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

The Moonstone

Skeleton Key:
Next on my Alex Rider binge. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder

The Shadow Land:
“an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria

The Moonstone:
I’ve been listening so fast to my current audiobook by Bussi, that I’ll need to listen to an audiobook from my library before I can get a new credit on EStories.
So I decided to go with this classic for The Classics Club.
I actually started listening to it during a trip last June, but the trip was not long enough and I never finished it. I’ll be restarting from the beginning.
And on Hoopla, I found a version with several narrators, might be better for this long audiobook (22H28)

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

UNTIL NOV 30

The Song Peddler

More giveaways on November 15!

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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!

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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

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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?