Read or skip #12

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

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I’ll keep 143,145, 147, 148, 149, and 150
I’ll Skip: 146
And I’ll put maybe for 144

READ OR SKIP #12

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147) The Museum of Literary Souls

  • It’s Fantasy, that I don’t often read
  • BUT it’s about books, and how fiction can enter real life,
    and it’s a short story
    READ

148) Vies minuscules

  • I still haven’t read anything by Michon.
  • BUT the synopsis no longer grab me. Funny, I added so many French books at one point, and now I’m not sure why
    SKIP

149) L’héritage de tata Lucie

  • Another French title that illustrates my last point
  • Plus, this is humor, not my cup of tea
    SKIP

150) The Map Thief

  • I rarely read true crime
  • BUT this topic sounds fascinating, with history and geography
    READ

151) Lost For Words

  • A book about books
  • BUT a satire. Not sure it’s worth it
    SKIP

152) I Remember

  • Biography/Memoir of an author who fascinates me more and more
  • And it’s short
    READ

153) The Bilingual Brain

  • Ben évidemment que j’veux lire ce livre !!
  • Well, of course I want to read this one !!
    READ

154) The Poisoning Angel

  • I have read and enjoyed several books by this quirky author
    READ

What do YOU think? Thanks for helping

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

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The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #21

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The Classics Club
2019-2024

The Classics Spin #21

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before next Monday, Monday 23, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year. Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Monday September 23, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by October 21, 2019.

I have just started my 2nd list of 50 classics, so I’m just picking the 20 oldest books on my list.
Some are quite long, like #1, some short:

1 Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767)
2 Xavier de Maistre Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
3 Edgar Allan Poe The Masque of the Red Death (1842)
4 Henry David Thoreau Civil Disobedience (1849)
5 Nikolai Leskov On the Edge of the World (1875)
6 Robert Louis Stevenson Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes (1879)
7 Fergus Hume The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886)
8 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
9 Machado de Assi Dom Casmurro (1899)
10 Marcel Proust Days of Reading (1905)
11 Natsume Soseki Kusamakura (1906)
12 Kakuzo Okakura The Book of Tea (1906)
13 Natsume Soseki Sanshirō (1908)
14 Natsume Soseki The Miner (1908)
15 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
16 Natsume Soseki To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910)
17 Natsume Soseki The Gate (1910)
18 Marie Belloc Lowndes The Lodger (1913)
19 Christopher Morley Parnassus on Wheels (1917)
20 Jun’ichiro Tanizaki Devils in Daylight (1918)

COME BACK ON SEPTEMBER 23
TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ?
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?

MY FULL LIST IS HERE

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Book review: Quichotte

Quichotte

Quichotte
by Salman Rushdie
Penguin/RandomHouse
9/3/2019
Literary Fiction
416 pages

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As you may know, I recently finished reading the whole of Don Quixote – yes even book 2! Phew!
As I was slowly slowly reaching the end, I heard about Salman Rushdie’s new book: Quichotte. I thought this was the perfect coincidence to discover this new to me author, I know I know, it’s about time.
I have listened to some conferences by him, I especially remember one where he talks about the books that were important in his life. I was awed by his vast culture, and he reminded me in that respect, and with his humor as well, of Umberto Eco, who used to be a close friend of his.
I’m really glad I went into new territory and read Quichotte, here is why:

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