The top 7 books to read in June 2021

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The top 7 books
I plan to read in June 2021

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  FutureofBuildingsBookCover    Dictionnaire amoureux du polar

  The Code Breaker   Languages of Truth

📚 The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, 
by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
Published in July 2020
I stopped reading it for a while, but am back to it.
Fascinating to read about what new models are popping up for transportation and power. Some details sound like pertaining to scifi, though they already exist in some cities, like gondolas in La Paz, Bolivia. I am learning a lot!

📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020
Same thing, I had to read several other ebooks recently, so I stopped a bit on this one. So much so that I just restarted it from scratch.
Great passages on other thrillers, and a lot of humor, which I didn’t realize Lemaitre had, among so many other talents.

📚 The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson
Published on March 9, 2021 – won through Goodreads
This is so good, like anything by this author.
So neat to be reading this now as vaccines are developed using the technique she discovered.

📚 Languages of Truth: Essays, 2003-2020, by Salman Rushdie
Published on May 25, 2021 – received for review through Netgalley
I was very impressed by Rushdie’s writing in Quichotte.
Just read the first essay so far, so great writing, so many references. Loving it!

I am also buddy-reading two French novels with French students:

  • La Disparition, by George Perec, published in 1969.
    The author never uses the letter e. Was translated as A Void in English, same thing, letter e never used throughout the whole book!
  • Compartiment tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot, a thriller published in 1962.
    Looks like there are 2 English translations: The Sleeping Car Murders, and The 10:30 from Marseille.


History in English Words

📚 History in English Words, by Owen Barfield
Published in 1926
Will be reading for The Classics Club – this was my latest spin, I am one month late

“This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words—whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning—record and unlock the larger history.”


   Nature humaine  Evil Under the Sun

📚 Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour
Published on Aug 19, 2020
I have really enjoyed a lot Joncour’s writing in Wild Dog, and have heard a lot about this one, so am listening to it in the original French.
Like in Wild Dog, the relationships between nature and humans is at the center of the novel.

📚 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24) by Agatha Christie
Published in 1941
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club

“It seems that no matter how hard he tries, Poirot never quite gets a holiday. This story sees him in Devon, Agatha Christie’s home county, and, of course, among the scantily clad sunbathers, a murdered woman is found.

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?”

📚 I will probably also listen to Hercule Poirot #25 and #26; plus at least 4 Biblical books (Baruch, Lamentations, Epistle of Jeremiah, Ezekiel).


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2021: May wrap-up

May 2021 WRAP-UP

Another busy month, that didn’t leave me much time for blogging.
Besides books waiting for reviews, I miss not having time to do Sunday Posts and/or Top Ten Tuesday posts.
Hopefully, life will quiet down a bit.
Weeks go by so quickly. It feels like we had snow yesterday, yet we are already eating produce from our garden (lettuce, spinach, and kale and rhubarb that grow back every year).

In May, I took part in #BoutofBooks and did two buddy-reads, on The Andromeda Strain and on The Archipelago of Another Life (our last English-French Q&A will be posted on June 4). Lots of fun!

I was also super busy with an international webinar I organized for France Book Tours“French artists in fiction: four lives, four authors”. About 70 people signed up, from 7 countries. If you missed it, you can watch the video I made from it, with excerpts read by the authors added. It was fascinating, but a lot of work before and after.

In June-July-August, I will be working on my #20BooksofSummer21.

I am also in the process of streamlining all my Categories and Tags.
And of transitioning France Book Tours to another theme, and other forms of marketing!

As  I said above, not much happening on the blog this past month, but I did read a good deal.

📚 Here is what I read in May:

13 books:
6 in print 
with 1,685 pages, a daily average of 54 pages/day
7 in audio
= 24H17
, a daily average of 47 minutes

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Zechariah
  2. The Book of Malachi
  3. The Book of Isaiah
  4. The Book of Jeremiah – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge

4 in mystery:

  1. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #21), by Agatha Christie
  2. Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #22), by Agatha Christie
  3. One, Two, Buckle my Shoe (Hercule Poirot #23), by Agatha Christie – these first 3 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. People Like Them, by Samira Sedira – received for review for Criminal Element

3 in historical fiction:

  1. Monet & Oscar, by Joe Byrd – received for review for France Book Tours
  2. The Archipelago of Another Life / L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
  3. Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat – graphic novel

2 in science-fiction:

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton – for The Classics Club
  2. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir – received for review through Netgalley


    The Archipelago of Another Life   The Andromeda Strain


Classics Club: 55/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 73/120 (60%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22



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Bout of Books 31: Day 5 recap

Day 5 recap

Bout of Books 31

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The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, May 10
and runs through Sunday, May 16 in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges,
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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 2 Hours 4 minutes = 114 pages
  2. People Like them = 28 pages

Total for Day 5:  142 pages
TOTAL so far: 537/525 pages


Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Project Hail Mary = 23 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 2 hours = 29 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 50 minutes = 43 pages

Total for Day 4:  95 pages
TOTAL so far:  395/525 pages


Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. La Disparition = 14 pages
  2. Cinq cartes brûlées = 49 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 19 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 29 minutes  = 7 pages

Total for Day 3:  89 pages
TOTAL so far:  300/525 pages


Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 85 pages
  2. La Disparition = 9 pages

Total for Day 2:  94 pages
TOTAL so far:  211/525 pages


Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 52 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
    = 52 minutes  = 32 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah = 33 minutes  = 13 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = 10 minutes  = 4 pages = FINISHED
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 1H05  = 16 pages

Total for Day 1:  117 pages
TOTAL so far:  117/525 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge


Like for Bout of Books 31, I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.
A whole bunch, as 3 of them are buddy-reads, so I only read a set number of pages per week.

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec
  3. People Like them, by Samira Sedira
  4. Cinq cartes brûlées, by Sophie Loubière
  5. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  6.  Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
  7. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah (Bible) = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = FINISHED
  10. Audiobook: Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie


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