The top 8 books to read in November

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in November

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

currently readingOther books I liked by
Kate Morton
Michel Bussi
Nancy Bilyeau

READING NEXT

books up next

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

ne lache pas ma main  N'oublier jamais

My only problem with Bussi, is that after these 2,
there will be only 1 audiobook by him I have not devoured!!

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

The Song Peddler  ALYCAT

The Song Peddler: open until November 30
Alycat: open until Nov 3

Eiffel Tower Orange

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

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2018: October wrap-up

October wrap-up

Ah, it’s about time! Here is finally a rather decent month of reading. With really nice titles as well!

Here is what I read in October:

9 books:
7 in print 
with 2,373 pages, an average of 76.5 pages/day
2 in audio
with 27H27, an average of 53 mn/day

4 in fiction:

  1. Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver – ebook, for review
  2. Killing Commendatore, by Murakami
  3. Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski
  4. While Beauty Slept, by Elizabeth Blackwell – audio

2 in mystery:

  1. On la trouvait plutôt jolie, de Michel Bussi- audio
  2. Newcomer, by Keigo Higashino – for review. My book review is supposed to be soon published on Criminal Element. 

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf, by Laura Lebow – ebook, for review

1 in Nonfiction:

  1. The Ship, the Saint, and the Sailor: The Long Search for the Legendary Kad’yak, by Bardley G. Stevens – ebook, for review, review coming soon

1 in graphic novel:

  1. 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style, by Matt Madden

MY FAVORITES IN OCTOBER

Killing Commendatore  Newcomer

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 55/100

Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 35

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Killing Commendatore

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Judy at Keep the Wisdom

BLOG MILESTONES

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PLANS FOR NOVEMBER

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

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How was YOUR month of October?

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!

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?