Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday:
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases
for the Second Half of 2020

TTT for June30, 2020


Somewhat, as on top is actually a book that will be released in 2021, and really, I can’t limit myself to 10!!

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op ten tuesday expected titles for 2020

Plus these:

Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy
= actually, I have already read it, it’s FABULOUS!
No Wood So Dark as These, by Randall Silvis, a favorite author of mine 8/4/2020
Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor
= I even have a few more review copies for you, check here:
FBT 7/30/2020
The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo 8/18/2020
Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury 8/18/2020
The French widow, by Mark Pryor 9/15/2020

Sorry I didn’t have time to put more about what these books are about, crazy busy with French classes.

Are any of these on your list?
Any other recommendation
that you think I would enjoy?


Six degrees of separation: From trouble to wedding


Six degrees of separation:
From trouble to wedding

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with somebody in trouble and ended up with a wedding, which could be a wonderful journey – that wedding is rather gruesome – but, what an amazing book!
Will you dare follow me on this journey?

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

Fleishman in is Trouble  The Word is Murder

 In Other Words unseen-city

 Venetian Blood Blood Wedding

1. Fleishman is in Trouble
I haven’t read this book and have no intention to do so.

2. The Word is Murder
VERDICT: Brilliant take on the whodunit formula, where the author is himself a character of the book. Or is he?

3. In Other Words
VERDICT:¬†Fascinating ‚Äúlinguistic autobiography‚ÄĚ or self-portrait of an author in love with the Italian language, and how it is changing her mind and her life.

4. Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness
VERDICT:¬† THE book to read by all nature lovers and city dwellers. Also a great example of ‘edutainment’.

5. Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City
VERDICT: Very atmospheric. Beautiful descriptions and suspenseful scenes in the enchanting and dangerous Venice.

6. Blood Wedding
The link goes to my vlog about it, so you’ll have to watch, it’s just 6 minutes, and really, if you want to read an amazing psychological thriller/crime fiction, you HAVE to watch this and read the book!


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2020: January wrap-up


ūüďö Wow, 2020 has been starting crazy on the reading scene. I have been reading a lot, according to my standards.

ūüďö Besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my¬†#Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.
Oh and of course at the beginning of January was Bout of Books. It was a busy week, so I didn’t read as much as I wanted, but still it worked fine.

ūüďö The biggest news for me is that so far, I have managed to review all the books I have been reading this month, and even started catching up on books read last year.
Posting again for the Sunday Post has been very helpful for that, as I post there small reviews when a much longer review is really unnecessary.
I also enjoy doing a Book Journal section in this weekly Sunday Post: I update it every day, recapitulating what I read the night before. Looks like more and more of you have been enjoying this section of my post as well. This helps me keep track and be more consistent.

ūüďö There were lots of posts in the blogosphere related to the previous decade. In case you missed them, I have a post on my favorite books and one on my favorite book covers of the past decade.

ūüďö Also, as I am reading a difficult Orthodox theology book, I have been again reposting book notes after a couple of chapters or so on my Orthodox blog.
I suddenly remembered I had lots of Orthodox notes and quotations on a very old book blog, so I’m going to republish these on my new Orthodox blog the coming months.

So here are the titles I read in January:

11 books:
8 in print 
=  with 1,862 pages, an average of 60 pages/day
3 in audio
= 11H37
, an average of 22 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Book of Genesis –¬†audio
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki –¬†ebook
  3. Goddess Power, by Yung In Chae –¬†for review
  4. And Then, by Natsume Soseki¬†–¬†ebook
  5. The Gate, by Natsume Soseki¬†–¬†ebook, review will be live on 2/4

What a wonderful experience to read Soseki’s whole trilogy in the same month

4 in mystery:

  1. Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah –¬†ebook, for review
  2. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz
  3. Pietr-le-Letton, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  4. The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley – audio

1 in children:

  1. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura¬†–¬†ebook

It feels so good to see all these links under the books I read THIS month!


And Then  The Book of Tea


Classics Club: 15/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 4 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 11/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 9 (less than 10, I deserve some applaud, lol)


Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

Lady Clementine  Dreamland   Treachery

Figure Drawing for Kids Dogs Logic Puzzles The Fascinating Animal Book fort Kids

Essential Keto Bread The Healthy Breakfast Cookbook   Minimalism



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The Ten Most Recent Additions to my 2020 bookshelf


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

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How was YOUR month of January?


Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!