Top Ten Books with Purple, Yellow, or Green Covers

Top Ten Tuesday:
Top Ten Books with Purple, Yellow, and/or Green Book Covers
(in honor of Mardi Gras, which is today)

TTT for February 16, 2021
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Today, the prompt is related to Mardi Gras. We don’t have Mardi Gras in my Church tradition. Our Lent always starts on a Monday (with Clean Monday – March 15 this year), and the Sunday before we usually use all our eggs and milk, etc, making blini. It’s actually called Forgiveness Sunday, as on that day, we all ask forgiveness from each other, before launching into the Lenten period.
Anyway, here is my choice for this meme.

The only recent ones with a yellow cover were in French, so I skipped them. And I chose only among books I really enjoyed a lot.

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BOOK READ THIS YEAR

NP

BOOKS READ IN 2020

Top ten books with green or purple

BOOKS READ IN 2019

  The Lodger Supernova Era

 Have you read any of these?
Any other good book with a green or purple cover?

2021: January wrap-up

January 2021 WRAP-UP

I can’t believe it’s already time for the first wrap up of the year!
End of January and beginning of February usually mean more snow in Chicagoland, and this is definitely happening, with 8 inches in 24 hours at my place.
So let’s go back under the covers and read!
I have been starting slow as for number of pages, but I am happy with these stats, and also with the fact that I have almost reviewed all the titles I meant to review. Doing short reviews for the Sunday Post has been helping a lot.

📚 So here is what I read in January:

13 books:
8 in print 
with 1,728 pages, a daily average of 55 pages/day
5 in audio
= 26H22
, a daily average of 51 minutes

4 in literary fiction:

  1. Les grands cerfs, by Claudie Hunzinger – French ebook for review
  2. The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima – for The Classics Club,  the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and the Books in Translation Challenge
  3. Some Prefer Nettles, by Junichiro Tanizaki – for The Classics Club,  the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and the Books in Translation Challenge
  4. NP, by Banana Yoshimoto – for the Japanese Reading Challenge 14, and the Books in Translation Challenge

4 in mystery:

  1. Death in the Clouds (Hercule Poirot #12), by Agatha Christie – audiobook, for The Classics Club
  2. The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #13), by Agatha Christie – audiobook, for The Classics Club
  3. C’est arrivé la nuit, by Marc Levy – French audiobook
  4. Stone Killer, by Dennis M. Day

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Psalms – audiobook, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Job – audiobook, for The Classics Club
  3. The Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport

1 in science-fiction:

  1. The Night Masquerade, by Nnedi Okorafor

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Gaspard, by Dennis M. Day – short story project by a friend

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  The sound of waves Stone Killer

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 13/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 3 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 12/120
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 17

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

My First Animal Activity Book  All About Weather Vocabulary Workbook for 6th Grade

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How was YOUR month of January?

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Thanks Nicole!

Sunday Post #36 – 1/31/2021

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Snow on Monday, and more snow this weekend, so the best is to focus on books, isn’t it?

JUST READ/LISTENED TO

NP  The ABC Murders

📚 NP, by Banana Yoshimoto
Published in 1990, English translation in 1995 by Ann Sherif
Read for Japanese Reading Challenge 14 and for Books in Translation Challenge
Purchased at a library book sale

This is my third Japanese novel, as planned. I didn’t like NP as much as The Lake.
Japanese author Sarao Takase has committed suicide after writing a collection of 98 short stories in English (NP stands for North Point). It doesn’t exist yet in Japanese, because the three translators died while translating the last story in Japanese. Is the book cursed?
Narrator Kazami feels strangely attracted to three people closely connected with this book or its author. During one summer, Kazami discovers many secrets behind the man and his work.
Remembering The Lake and reading this book, I realized that Yoshimoto has actually a lot in common in her writing style with Haruki Murakami, with lots of weird feelings, like impressions of déjà vu in what characters experience, or connection between their dreams and their actual life. So this dimension I really liked.

I felt weird, like the sensations from that dream had intruded on reality.
page 11
Even though she can’t actually remember what the dream was about.

A character also feels like a new universe is entering her body (page 23).
Like Murakami, Yoshimoto also uses unexpected images:

She smelled of a syrup made of boiled-down despair.
Page 147

I also appreciated passages about translation work (cf. pages 117-118 for instance).
And this passage page 179:

NP page 179

Doesn’t all this sound straight from Murakami?

What I didn’t like was more the content: suicide, and weird and sickly relationships, like incest. I know lots of victims go through this, but this is not what I enjoy finding in the books I read.
And all along there was this heavy sense of dread floating around these troubled people. Even though there was some sense of beauty sometimes, like in the excerpt shared above.

📚 The ABC Murders (Hercule Poirot #13), by Agatha Christie
Published in 1936
Listened to for The Classics Club

This is #13 in my project to listen to all of Hercule Poirot.
I really loved this one, with a smart plot built around the alphabet. A serial killer chooses his victims and place of his crimes based on the alphabet, and he is challenging Hercule Poirot to figure out what’s going on.
Though my listening was a bit challenged at one point, because the story kept making me think of the other awesome classic The Lodger (1913) –which I highly recommend if you have never read it– and I kept comparing them in my mind.
The plot is ultimately different, but there are definitely elements in common.
Audiobook performance:
Hugh Fraser is really fabulous. Obviously he has the voice his character has in the BBC series, BUT he is also just as good at doing Poirot’s and Japp’s voice, and really all the characters, adding a little something special for each, including for women characters.

CURRENTLY READING

Stone Killer  L'Anomalie

📚Stone Killer (2017), by Dennis M. Day
Published by a friend! Purchased.

There are a lot of characters, historical and fictional, and I think the structure could do with some editing, but the style is fabulous to recreate the ambiance and places, and the way characters speak.

“It’s 1931 and Mike Peeters, a hitman for the mob, has a contract to murder Al Capone’s traitorous accountant and a talkative stoolie. When a young couple witness the crime, Mike coerces them into becoming his protégés. As Mike prepares for his next contract—the murder of Al Capone—he introduces Gus and Hannah to the seamy underworld of the mob. But someone is on to his plans. As Mike eludes attempts on his own life, Gus and Hannah are drawn deeper and deeper into a dangerous world of snitches, dirty cops, labor rackets, and vicious warfare between mobster gangs. Just below the surface is the taut attraction between Mike and the woman he has taken under his wing. As he races to identify the snitch who hounds his every step, Mike hopes it’s not Hannah he’ll have to murder in the end.”

📚 L’Anomalie, by Hervé Le Tellier
Published in 2020, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt
Ebook

I need to speed up the reading to see more the unity of the book and where this is going.

BOOK UP NEXT

In Praise of Shadows

📚 In Praise of Shadows, by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
Published in 1933
Will read for Japanese Reading Challenge 14, Books in Translation Challenge, and for The Classics Club

Funny how this work:
in an email from a French Newsletter, I saw an interesting book on wabi sabiwhich I had never heard of.
So I started looking around about good books on that. I found this awesome post on the topic (by the way, the author Mark Robinson has published a gorgeous free ebook on “Japanese design heavily and explores topics surrounding craft, design, art, and architecture”).
And guess what, the first seminal work he lists to understand wabi sabi is In Praise of Shadows, which was on my TBR list for the Japanese Literature Challenge. So that will be my second book by Tanizaki, as I recently read Some Prefer Nettles.

“An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight, and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure.”

LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR

A Good Old Fashioned Christmas The Figure in the Carpet

📚 A Good Old-Fashioned Christmas, by Robert Benchley
Published in 1981

“Presents the author’s humorous look at Christmas and winter in Vermont.”

During a talk with my niece from France, I was horrified to discover I never read any Benchley! She highly recommended this one. What do you think?

📚 The Figure in the Carpet, by Henry James
Published in 1896

Short story also recommended by my niece.

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Unwilling

📚 The Unwilling, by John Hart
Expected publication: February 2nd 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

I actually won this copy as audio in CDs while listening to an episode of Bookaccino Live, organized by Book Reporter. I didn’t realize this was going to be the format, which is sad, because I really no longer have a way to listen to books on CDs.
So if you are interested in this book, and maybe have a print book you could swap with me, let me know in a comment.

Set in the South at the height of the Vietnam War, The Unwilling combines crime, suspense and searing glimpses into the human mind and soul in New York Times bestselling author John Hart’s singular style.
Gibby’s older brothers have already been to war. One died there. The other came back misunderstood and hard, a decorated killer now freshly released from a three-year stint in prison.
Jason won’t speak of the war or of his time behind bars, but he wants a relationship with the younger brother he hasn’t known for years. Determined to make that connection, he coaxes Gibby into a day at the lake: long hours of sunshine and whisky and older women.
But the day turns ugly when the four encounter a prison transfer bus on a stretch of empty road. Beautiful but drunk, one of the women taunts the prisoners, leading to a riot on the bus. The woman finds it funny in the moment, but is savagely murdered soon after.
Given his violent history, suspicion turns first to Jason; but when the second woman is kidnapped, the police suspect Gibby, too. Determined to prove Jason innocent, Gibby must avoid the cops and dive deep into his brother’s hidden life, a dark world of heroin, guns and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
What he discovers there is a truth more bleak than he could have imagined: not just the identity of the killer and the reasons for Tyra’s murder, but the forces that shaped his brother in Vietnam, the reason he was framed, and why the most dangerous man alive wants him back in prison.
This is crime fiction at its most raw, an exploration of family and the past, of prison and war and the indelible marks they leave.
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  • 2/1: January recap
  • 2/1: Book of the month giveaway
  • 2/1: new books available for review
  • 2/2: Top Ten Tuesday
  • 2/2: Book tour quotations: L’Origine
  • 2/3: February titles
  • 2/4: Throwback Thursday
  • 2/6: Six Degrees of Separation
  • More reviews of Rockridge Press books
  • More memes participation for Loving Modigliani
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HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?