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

 

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Nonfiction November 2018: Book Pairings

 

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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?

The top 11 Books to read in October 2016

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in October!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

   Commonwealth   pancakes-in-paris

the-blessed-surgeon highland-storm

Commonwealth
= I have thoroughly enjoyed 2 books by Patchett,
so I can’t wait!
I got it at BEA
Pancakes in Paris
= fun memory of the author’s dream
of opening an American diner in Paris!
The Blessed Surgeon
= having just read the life of Saint Innocent of Moscow,
I feel like reading the life of another remarkable Orthodox
Highland Storm
= this is the first book in the series I’m currently translating into French 

READING NEXT

michaelangelos-ghost   the-other-einstein

The Invoice  the-suicide-shop

A wizard of Earthsea

Michelangelo’s Ghost
= I have organized tours for Gigi Pandian,
but this will finally my first read by her!
NB: there are a few openings for her upcoming book tour
in January,
for her latest book!
The Other Einstein
= the book that most intrigues me at BEA
The Invoice
= I know, I already listed this, but this time for sure!
The Suicide Shop
= by a French author I enjoy
A Wizard of Earthsea
= that’s the title I got for Classics Spin #14!

 

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

          the-martian-chronicles   a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn

The Martian Chronicles
= after reading/listening to Bernard Cornwell’s 8 books
in his Saxon Chronicle Series, I have decided it was time to stop.
So here we go with classics
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
= both books are on my Classics Club Challenge

 

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR OCTOBER?