Mailbox Monday December 10

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Sentence is Death  The Library of Lost and Found

The Sentence is Death:
US release date June 4
Thanks Edelweiss for this book (and the next). I’m so much looking forward to reading it. By the brilliant author of The Word is Murder, among many others. And I can’t wait to see what next book title it will be in the series!! So smart!

The Library of Lost and Found:
release date March 26
I enjoyed a lot The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, so I thought I would try the latest by the same author.

BOOKS JUST READ

click on the covers to know more about them

MYSTERY

Kingdom of the Blind

HISTFIC

The Shadow Land

NONFICTION

Modern Orthodox Thinkers

Kingdom of the Blind:
I was looking forward to Armand Gamache #14 in the series!
And I was so lucky to get it so quickly: I was like number 25 on the waiting list at the library, because I had forgotten to reserve my spot as soon as I had heard it would be published in November.
Then one day, I went to the library to pick up the book the staff had chosen for me for the Winter Reading Challenge (see below). It was supposed to be at the first floor desk, but the staff there had no idea. So I went upstairs. At the second floor desk, there was a pile of books, with Kingdom of the Blind in it. I asked if the pile was prepared for somebody, and they said, oh no, it’s just that our Hot Copy display is full right now, feel free to pick what you want!!!
We are still in the delightful Three Pines, with the same great character, but also with some horrible element of life in Montreal.
I would actually only give 3.5 Eiffel Tower (my personal ranking system) to this one.
The beginning and ending were great!
But in between, I found it too choppy: choppy in content, as there were too many quick back and forths between the different threads going on. I understand the purpose, I think, but it didn’t really work for me, it was too much.
And choppy in the writing. I like short sentences, with one word sentences as well, but again, this technique was used too much and too often for me to fully enjoy it.
BUT, let’s not despair, it was still acceptable enough to make me hope the 2019 volume will be better.

The Shadow Land:
This was so good (review to come very soon), by the author of the amazing The Historian (I talked briefly about it on my older blog).

Modern Orthodox Thinkers:
It took me almost a year to read this fascinating book, so rich it is!
The author, an excellent writer (and speaker – you can find him on youtube) whom I have enjoyed in previous books, presents about 25 modern Orthodox thinkers, theologians, and spiritual mothers and sisters.
The book is divided in 21 chapters. It’s actually a revised version of public lectures, so sometimes the style is almost conversational. So for the most part, it’s fairly easy to read, but the content is very dense, depending on the author he’s talking about of course.
Each chapter focuses first on the life of the person, and then on their writings and teachings.
There are tons of references. So much so that I have taken notes, not only of great passages, but of the books I would like to (re) read.
You can find my general presentation of the book on my Orthodox blog. And at the bottom of the page, in the pingback section, you have the list of all the other posts, with my personal notes for each chapter. All my notes will be published by the end of December, they are scheduled once per week.

CURRENTLY READING

MYSTERY

The Book Artist

NONFICTION

A Moveable Feast

NONFICTION

Visiting Tom

The Book Artist: 
Already reading a 2019 release! I really enjoy a lot the author. I have read 5 of his books, set in Paris. The last one was The Sorbonne Affair.
The beginning is very promising.

A Moveable Feast:
This is my pick for Classics Club Spin #19. I think it will be ok, thanks to the content, but so far, I’m not too impressed by the writing.

Visiting Tom:
Picked for me by my public library staff, for the Winter Reading Challenge. I like it so far, it’s about rural Wisconsin, my type of element.

I’m also actually reading 3 other books:

The Only Woman in the Room:
So far, I have read and enjoyed all the books by Marie Benedict, see for instance my review for the last one: Carnegie’s Maid.
This one is on Hedy Lamarr. I’m a quarter done, still slow, but I have the feeling things are going to move quickly from here, as she just married.

I also started another Orthodox book, this time Saint John Chrysostom’s Letters to Saint Olympia, an amazing 4th century woman. I have only read the introduction so far. It seems the content of the letters will be a lot how not to despair, which is quite à propos with all that’s going on in our world, from Ukraine-Russia to the events in France…

And my current audiobook is Maman a tort, by Bussi: a 3 year old keeps telling his mom is NOT his mom! Great suspense, as usual. It will be published in English (The Wrong Mother) on March 7.

BOOKS UP NEXT

NONFICTION

The Joy of Forest Bathing

NONFICTION

Hedy Lamarr

AUDIO

N'oublier jamais

The Joy of Forest Bathing: The Mysterious Japanese Art of Shinrin-Yoku
After Ikigai, I thought I would try this other interesting Japanese concept, plus I love so much hiking.

Hedy Lamarr:
When I visit my public library, I like to go to the Graphic “Novels” section, and see what new biography they have. There was one on Hedy Lamarr, who is the topic of The Only Woman in the room ! (see above). So I thought it would be fun to compare the two books.

N’oublier jamais:
The last audiobook by Bussi available so far!

GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL
DEC 31

Love and invention

UNTIL
DEC 25

$50 gift card/paypalSaint Innocent

UNTIL
DEC 22 

$50 Amazon
Gift Card

Crimes Past

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

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

 It's Monday! What Are You Reading2 WWW Wednesdays 2

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

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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!

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

Mailbox Monday November 5

Mailbox Monday2 It's Monday! What Are You Reading2 WWW Wednesdays 2

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

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!

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?