Throwback Thursday: July 2011

Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday

Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago,
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.

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Today, I’ll be revisiting July 2011.

I published 23 posts, 8 of these were reviews (actually I reviewed two books from the same author in one post – see below).
A lot of the other posts are about the challenges I managed to finish by July, and every week, I used to do a post about book recommendations for your weekend.

Here are the reviews which received most views:

Being As Communion

I’m  surprised that of all the posts published that month, an Orthodox theology book would be the one receiving most views!
Let me rephrase this: I just went to reread my review, and I realize it’s actually not bad at all, and gives a really good idea of this essential book. If you are interested in deepening your Christian faith, whether you are Orthodox or not, you might find some good things for you there.

    Bel CantoState of Wonder

I ended up at the same time listening to Bel Canto, and reading State of Wonder, two books by the same author. I’m not sure I have done this again. It actually worked out nicely to write a combined review.
I just added an important note to my review, as Bel Canto was made into an opera a few years later.

These three books are still my favorite of that month.
Since then, I have tried another book by Patchett, which left me very disappointed, so I haven’t dared tried another one. Though I admire her for opening a bookshop in Nashville!

    Click on the covers to know more

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HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS?
ANY OTHER BOOK BY PATCHETT I SHOULD REALLY TRY?
PLEASE SHARE YOUR THROWBACK THURSDAY POST
Next post will be on September 2

 

 

Read or skip #10

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 33, 34, 36, 38 (following Tony’s advice), 39 and 40
I’ll Skip: 35 and 37
And put 32 on my to-read-maybe list

READ OR SKIP #10

#readorskip

Slowly but surely, this is already my 10th Read or Slip, and my Goodreads TBR list IS going down. I have done some cleaning since last Sunday, going through obvious titles I knew for sure I wanted to read or skip.
But I need your help on these:

read-or-skip 10

 

44) New Finnish Grammar

  • I love fiction with the importance of language
  • BUT it’s a post-war book, and I sometimes get tired of these
    SKIP?

46) The Magician’s Assistant

  • I have enjoyed books by Patchett…
  • and I have hated at least one
    SKIP?

48) Granny D.

  • A walk across the US
  • BUT by a political activist?
    SKIP?

53) The Old Ways

  • “Told in Macfarlane’s distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology and literature”.
    READ?

55) Quartet in Autumn

  • I have never read Barbara Pym. Is it a good one to start with?
  • If not, which one would you recommend?
    READ?

58) A Tale for the Time Being

  • This is very popular. Tell me why you think I should really read it.
    READ?

61) Memento Mori

  • Same as for Barbara Pym: having never read Muriel Spark, is it THE book you recommend me to read by her?
  • If not, which one would you recommend?
    READ?

82) Hey, Mom, can I ride my bike across America?

  • 3rd travel book for today’s selection. Is this one worth it?
    SKIP?

146) Exley

  • It seems to be quirky and imaginative.
    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

 

Nonfiction November 2018: Book Pairings

 

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Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule
#nonficnov

Book Pairings

hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

Click on the covers to get more details

BOOK PAIRING #1

Claude MONET

Monet  Black Water Lilies

The nonfiction book, a graphic biography of Claude Monet, was extremely well done, and gorgeous. 
I listened to this amazing thriller by Michel Bussi. I listened to the original in French, but I assume the English translation is just as good. It’s all set in Giverny, Monet’s village. If you have not read Bussi yet, it’s time to start!

BOOK PAIRING #2

CONAN DOYLE

 Conan Doyle for the Defense  a-study-in-scarlet

Conan Doyle for the Defense is an excellent presentation of how the author did real life investigation, using Sherlock Holmes‘s techniques. It’s also a great social study.
So obviously to go with it, I highlight the very first story with Holmes. I read all his books with Sherlock Holmes in 2017, short stories and novels. 

BOOK PAIRING #3

MUSIC

 The Piano shop  Bel Canto

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a beautiful journey of (re)discovery of music in one’s life, with tons of fascinating details on piano making and tuning. 
Even though it’s not exactly the same type of music, if you are a music lover, you will enjoy Bel Canto, as music and singing help people communicate in a tragedy.   

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
BOOK PAIRING RELATED TO PAINTING OR MUSIC?