Posts tagged ‘Anthony Horowitz’

Mailbox Monday October 8

 

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

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

About time to come back to these memes, and as you can see below, I’m going to use it sometimes to insert some much needed short reviews, two today!

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Book Artist
The Book Artist
is the upcoming mystery by Mark Pryor.
SO, I already have a review scheduled for January 2019!!
Like several in the series, the book is set in Paris.
I really enjoy this author.
The last book by him I reviewed was The Sorbonne Affair.

BOOKS JUST READ 

click on the covers to know more about them

The Song Peddler

The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

I just finished this fascinating historical novel set in Paris just before the French Revolution.
My review will be published on October 12

 

 

On la trouvait plutot jolie

On la trouvait plutôt jolie

I have been recently really enjoying this French author of mysteries in audiobooks.
This one is very moving, as it is about the situation of emigrants from Africa,
as they try to arrive to France.

As you may know, hundreds die every year in the Mediterranean sea.
This is about Leyli, a mother of 3, who works really hard for the sake of her children.
Her life started really tough, but she went over some hurdles and is almost there!
But sometimes, the past catches up with you…
Add to this some corruption where you would not expect to find it,
and you have an amazing novel, with great twists as Bussi knows so well how to do.

He named his heroine Leyli, based on the song by Pierre Perret called Lily (1977),
I just relistened to it, very moving song on immigrants. Here is a good translation

The book was written in 2017, I’m afraid it has not been translated into English yet.
But some other books by Bussi are available in English such as the amazing After The Crash

Unsheltered

Unsheltered

My review is here

Point Blank

Point Blank

I really enjoy thrillers by Horowitz. The last I reviews was The Word is Murder. So smartly done!

Then I realized that it’s only recently he’s been writing mysteries for adults.
Before that, he was famous for his mysteries for Young Adults, with his hero Alex Rider.

I was curious, and I tried, they are so good as well! They have the same quality of suspense and smart plots.
In volume 1, Stormbreaker,Alex Rider was living with his uncle, until a car accident. Or so was he told.
But Alex is smart, and he knows his uncle would never have forgotten to put on his seatbelt.
He discovers that his uncle was actually working as a spy for the government.
When they realize he knows a lot, they hire him and send him to dangerous missions.

In volume  2, Point Blank, Alex is sent to investigate a special school in the French Alps,
after the fathers of 2 students there have been killed. But this is a very dangerous place…

There’s a lot of suspense, some cool geeky things, to help Alex in his mission, and  man with very original ideas.
I’ll definitely keep reading this series.

CURRENTLY READING

currently reading oct 8

oops, in the text, it should read Higashino!

BOOKS UP NEXT

up next oct 8

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

  2 books for grab for the October books of the month giveaway
And this children book giveaway open until Nov 3

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

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2018: September wrap-up

September wrap-up

Seriously, September already over?!
I just celebrated my 8th blogiversary this past Saturday, September 29. I knew it was coming, but it came too fast and I didn’t have time to do anything special for it!
It was not a stellar month for reading, though better than the summer.

Here is what I read in September:

6 books:
5 in print and 1 in audio 
with 1,441 pages, an average of 48 pages/day
1 in audio
with 10H54, an average of 21 mn/day

3 in nonfiction

  1. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thad Carhart

  2. Democracy in Chains, by Nancy MacLean – audio

  3. Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward

2 in mystery:

  1. The Lady Killer, by Masako Togawa – ebook, for review

  2. Point Blank, by Anthony Horowitz

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Love and Invention, by Benjamin Constable – for review

 

My favorites in September

Love and invention Point Blank

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but not none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 46/100

Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 31

Most popular book review this past month

Love and invention

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post this past month
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 1-3 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

That Artsy Reader Girl

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Judy K.

Blog milestones

8th blogiversary on September 29!
1,823 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 160,350 hits

Plans for October

  • Catch up with a few long reviews, and start doing short reviews posts!! Possibly experiment with weekly wrap up.
  • I have tons of quotations from books I read this past year, I would like to start scheduling some of that.
  • Possibly also a meme based on top Google search queries and my Goodreads shelves! 

Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in October!

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How was YOUR month of September?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

2018: June-July-August wrap-up

June-July-August 2018 wrap-up

I can’t believe I have not posted a summary for 3 months. End of June I was just back from vacation and had a zillion other things to do. Then end of July was my husband’s open-heart surgery, so no time for blogging either. Thanks for everyone who expressed their support through social media. It’s amazing to feel help from so many people we have not even met. He’s now on the road to full recovery.

So here are the books I read these past 3 months.
Not tons. I’m far behind my usual numbers. One reason being I started and DNFed quite a few books that had been on my shelves for far too long. They may have been good, but I was not in the mood for these.

But I have done many more translations – I’m mostly the one translating posting in English here (yes, it’s nonfiction, so I translate from French-English for a change): when I have to face some ordeals, I’m in better mental health if I make my brain work actively; reading is not enough. I have always noticed that in my life, and studies have always been a great safety net.

Not sure if this is related, but these days, I also spend more time learning languages – hence less time for reading.
You may have noticed here how much I enjoy Calvino. One of my dreams would be to read him in Italian. So after starting-abandoning-restarting so many times, I’m finally doing it a bit everyday. I use Duolingo and enjoy it a lot. I’m currently studying prepositions, which is the most challenging for me. Otherwise, Italian is close enough to French, Spanish, and Latin, so not really a big deal.

While I was at it, I thought it might be good to review my Spanish. I can still read and listen to it pretty easily, but I’d like to be more comfortable again to speak it.

AND, jamais deux sans trois, three is a charm, I have restarted learning Russian – lots of members of my Orthodox Church speak Russian. NOW, that’s a bit more challenging, and I can actually FEEL physically my head is working when I study it. I love working with other alphabets (I taught myself Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek), it’s like a game. Now it’s super easy to turn your American keyboard into any alphabet, so I just clicked on each key to figure out where each Russian letter was on my keyboard. I just need to keep the eyes on that list, et voilà ! Duoligo does a great job to teach you progressively each letter of the alphabet, starting with words that sound the same in English, such as radio, motor, sweater, Mama, Papa, taxi, circus, or funny things such as: том – тим там ? = Tom, is Tim there?

So, is this wrap-up coming or not? ok ok, here it is! The above might actually be a sign of a slight change in the format of this blog, we’ll see.

What I read in June-July-August:

13 books:
9 in print and 4 in audio 
with 2,850 pages, an average of 30 pages/day
4 in audio
with 34H14, an average of 22 mn/day

7 in mystery

  1. Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  2. Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers – audio, for Classic Club

  3. Coffin Road, by Peter May

  4. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz

  5. Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  6. The Mystery of Three Quarters, by Sophie Hannah – ebook, for review

  7. Le temps est assassin, by Michel Bussi  – audio in French

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox – ebook, for review

  2. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

  3. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe – in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Romanov Empress, by CW Gortner  – ebook, for review

  2. Defy the Night, by Heather and Lydian Munn

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Smoking Kills, by Antoine Laurain – for review

 

My favorites in June – July – August

  Coffin Road Conan Doyle for the Defense

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but not none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 40/100

Number of books added to my TBR these last 3 months= 24

Most popular book review these last 3 months

Something in the water

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post these last 3 months
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 1-3 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic these past 3 months

Edith’s Miscellany

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,814 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 158,400 hits

Plans for September

Catch up with reviewing, ah!! By the way, we have a great giveaway on France Book Tours!

 

Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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