Paris in July 2022: Day 4

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Day 4

So far this year, I have read 24 books in French, plus two translated from the French.
So I’m going to take a few posts to talk to you about them, by chronological order.

Click on the covers to read my full review, or get more details on the book.

Read in January:

  Red is my Heart Gravé dans le sable

Red is My Heart was actually my very first read of the year!
VERDICT: If you want to begin 2022 with love and beauty, heart and art, run right away under the glow of Red is My Heart.

Gravé dans le sable :
I loved it all: all the historical and geographical details (from Normandie to several states in the US), the power of politics and money, daily life in a French village.
Great characters, more complex than at first site.
Also, how some very powerful women take fate in their own hands, and others end up victims.
And obviously an incredible suspense.

  Les Fourmis Entre deux mondes

Les Fourmis :
Wow, impressive scifi by a new to me French author.
When we think scifi, we often think extra-terrestrial creatures.
But what about “infra-terrestrial” ones?
When Jonathan inherits a house form an uncle, he gets a letter from him, telling him never to go down to the cellar! Of course, one day, he does go down, I don’t think that’s a surprising spoiler. And then his wife does as well. When they don’t come back up, their young son finally calls the police…

Entre deux mondes :
Phew, what a punch in the stomach. Can I listen to a more powerful historical mystery in 2022? I doubt it.
This is about the terrible situation of migrants in our world today, from Syria to the awful Jungle, the Calais refugee camp in France, just before it was dismantled. With their dreams of crossing to the UK.
I read this in January and it is still very present to me.

  L'inconnue de la Seine L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre

L’Inconnue de la Seine :
It was ok. There were some interesting elements, especially related to the theater and to Dionysus, but some aspects I didn’t like too much, like three different variations on mental health.

L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre :
The first half of the book was excellent, with great atmospheric details, as Simenon knows how to do. It was also involving Maigret more personally, and painfully so, as the crime sends him back to where he lived as child.
An old countess is found dead at church shortly after Mass. But no one seemed to have come around her to kill her, so how was is done? By whom? Why?
Unfortunately, the plot got really muddled

Les Chemins du cœur

Les Chemins du cœur :
The book is a collection of 15 articles on various topics. I shared lots of notes and translated them into English.

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Sunday Post #49 – 1/16/2022

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Not sure how long it will last, but this past week was quite productive.
Besides work and house chores, I managed to:

I do plan to slow down a bit the reading this year, to take time to read at least a short review for each book. Keeping fingers crossed to continue doing it as long as possible.

📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

The Three Body Problem  Passport

Les Fourmis

📚  The Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), by Cixin Liu
Published in 2006
Chinese science-fiction
Read for my public library Winter Challenge
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge

VERDICT: Can physics and astrophysics be used to ask help to resolve our social problems on Earth? Definitely a must read by THE Chinese master of science-fiction.
Click on the cover to access my full review.

📚  Passport, by Sophia Glock
Published in 2021
Graphic nonfiction / memoir

This was an interesting memoir of a girl growing up in different countries, because of the special occupation of her parents.
It was many years before they finally told are what they were doing.
Before that, she had to wrestle with the fact of never belonging anywhere and feeling always different.
This, plus the usual turmoil of teenage years didn’t make her life easy.
I liked this down-to-earth easy to relate coming-of-age story –the author’s herself.
Plus the illustration style is good: simple but very expressive.
It could be a good entry into nonfiction, if it’s a genre you don’t often read

🎧  Les Fourmis, by Berbard Werber
Translated as Empire of the Ants
Published in 1991
Scifi

Wow, impressive scifi by a new to me French author.
When we think scifi, we often think extra-terrestrial creatures.
But what about “infra-terrestrial” ones?
When Jonathan inherits a house form an uncle, he gets a letter from him, telling him never to go down to the cellar! Of course, one day, he does go down, I don’t think that’s a surprising spoiler. And then his wife does as well. When they don’t come back up, their young son finally calls the police…

I love how the chapters alternate between the world of humans, and the world of ants.
These are not monsters, those are real ants, with tons of amazing scientific data about the organization of their society and their modes of communication.
Totally fascinating.
And of course, there’s some major drama and suspense.

As a complement, yesterday morning I watched Ant Mountain, a fascinating documentary by Attenborough on a huge ant colony in Switzerland.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

The Wild Geese  Entre deux mondes

📚 The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori
Published in 1911
Literary fiction
Am reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

Loving the simple and very evocative style so far. And the character development, especially Otama’s. The synopsis is intriguing in that respect.

“In The Wild Geese, prominent Japanese novelist Ogai Mori offers a poignant story of unfulfilled love. The young heroine, Otama, is forced by poverty to become a moneylender’s mistress. Her dawning consciousness of her predicament brings the novel to a touching climax”.

🎧 Entre deux mondes, by Olivier Norek
Not available in English
Published in 2017
Thriller

On the hardship migrants face in the world, and most especially on the terrible Jungle, the migrant camp in Calais, France.
I knew about it, but didn’t know many details about it.
Wow, unbelievable!
I love how many French thrillers focus on some big issues.

📚  BOOK UP NEXT 📚 

How Do You Live

📚 How Do You Live, by Genzaburo Yoshino
Published in 1937
Middle grade historical fiction
Will be reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

I want to read it first, to be ready when Miyazaki‘s movie comes out!

“First published in 1937, Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live? has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers. Academy Award–winning animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroHowl’s Moving Castle) has called it his favorite childhood book and announced plans to emerge from retirement to make it the basis of a final film.
How Do You Live? is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.”

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

Three Apples Fell From the Sky

📚  Three Apples Fell From the Sky, by Narine Abgaryan
Published in 2015

In an isolated village high in the Armenian mountains, a close-knit community bickers, gossips and laughs. Their only connection to the outside world is an ancient telegraph wire and a perilous mountain road that even goats struggle to navigate.
As they go about their daily lives – harvesting crops, making baklava, tidying houses – the villagers sustain one another through good times and bad. But sometimes all it takes is a spark of romance to turn life on its head, and a plot to bring two of Maran’s most stubbornly single residents together soon gives the village something new to gossip about…
Three Apples Fell from the Sky is an enchanting fable that brilliantly captures the idiosyncrasy of a small community. Sparkling with sumptuous imagery and warm humour, this is a vibrant tale of resilience, bravery and the miracle of everyday friendship.

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Constellation   The Queen's Lover

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Bout of Books 33: Day 6 Recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 33

Day 6 Recap

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Wow, I was able to read or listen to my audiobook most of this afternoon and evening, hence a crazy amount of pages today!

Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 153 pages = FINISHED
  2. Wabi Sabi, by Beth Kempton = 12 pages
  3. Agatha Christie’s Poirot, by Mark Aldridge = 16 pages
  4. A Brush With Birds, by Richard Weatherly = 10 pages
  5. Œuvres complètes de Paul Valéry, volume 1 = 12 pages
  6. Les Chemins du cœur, by Placide Deseille = 13 pages
  7. Audiobook: Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber = 2H04 = 70 pages

Total for Day 6:  286 pages
TOTAL so far:  856/455 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: book am looking forward to reading after #boutofbooks is over

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 70 pages
  2. Audiobook: Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber = 35 minutes = 20 pages

Total for Day 5:  90 pages
TOTAL so far:  570/455 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: winter

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 29 pages
  2. Audiobook: Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi = 44 minutes = 33 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber = 50 minutes = 28 pages

Total for Day 4:  90 pages
TOTAL so far:  480/455 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: diversity reading

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 12 pages
  2. Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain = 40 pages = FINISHED
  3. Wabi Sabi, by Beth Kempton = 12 pages
  4. Agatha Christie’s Poirot, by Mark Aldridge = 14 pages
  5. A Brush With Birds, by Richard Weatherly = 13 pages
  6. Œuvres complètes de Paul Valéry, volume 1 = 11 pages
  7. Les Chemins du cœur, by Placide Deseille = 12 pages
  8. Audiobook: Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi = 1H16 hour = 47 pages

Total for Day 3:  161 pages
TOTAL so far:  390/455 pages

Done with Red is my Heart, a unique book, with as much art as heart. My review is scheduled for January 17
📚 I did the Instagram challenge: favorite bookcover (of 2021)

When I calculated my audio time today, something didn’t seem right, and I realized I had miscalculated on Day 1. So I edited my page number for day 1 here below and total.

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 33 pages
  2. Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain = 26 pages
  3. Wabi Sabi, by Beth Kempton = 17 pages
  4. Agatha Christie’s Poirot, by Mark Aldridge = 17 pages
  5. A Brush With Birds, by Richard Weatherly = 10 pages
  6. Œuvres complètes de Paul Valéry, volume 1 = 11 pages
  7. Les Chemins du cœur, by Placide Deseille = 6 pages

Total for Day 2:   120 pages
TOTAL so far:  239/455 pages

Quite happy with the second day, even though I didn’t have any audio time!
I started Red is my Heart, a delightful book based on a heart break.
📚 I did the Instagram challenge: favorite book (of 2021)

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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = 23 pages
  2. Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre = 8 pages
  3. Wabi Sabi, by Beth Kempton = 11 pages
  4. Agatha Christie’s Poirot, by Mark Aldridge = 9 pages
  5. A Brush With Birds, by Richard Weatherly = 10 pages
  6. Œuvres complètes de Paul Valéry, volume 1 = 12 pages
  7. Les Chemins du cœur, by Placide Deseille = 8 pages
  8. Audiobook: Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi = 1 hour = 59 38 pages

Total for Day 1:  140 119 pages
TOTAL so far:  140 119 /455 pages

Very happy with this first day. I will probably not be able to read much on Thursday, so it’s good to start the week strong.
📚 I did the Instagram challenge: what I am reading

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The January Bout of Books is definitely a challenge for me, as I’m having my Orthodox Christmas right in it (on January 7), so with more time spent in Church, so less time for evening reads.
So I’ll set my goal as 65 pages/day, that is, a total of 455 pages only.

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I am currently reading

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (library winter challenge) = FINISHED
  2. Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain = FINISHED
  3. Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
  4. Wabi Sabi, by Beth Kempton
  5. Agatha Christie’s Poirot, by Mark Aldridge
  6. A Brush With Birds, by Richard Weatherly
  7. Œuvres complètes de Paul Valéry, volume 1
  8. Les Chemins du cœur, by Placide Deseille
  9. Audiobook: Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi = FINISHED
  10. Audiobook: Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber

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