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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Bout of Books 33: Day 6 Recap

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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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Sunday Post #48 – 1/8/2022

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This has been a busy week, with finally my Christmas celebration – I’m an Orthodox Christian, so we celebrate the Nativity of Christ at about the same time earlier Christians did, before the Gregorian (current civil) calendar was adopted. Hence 13 days later than other Christians.
We had a very prayerful Vespers service Thursday night, and the Divine Liturgy (=Orthodox Mass) on Friday.
Hence, I had set my #BoutofBooks goal rather low, but am actually ahead of the game.

📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

Red is my Heart  Gravé dans le sable

📚 Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain
Expected publication: January 18th 2022 by Gallic Books
Literary fiction –  received for review
Counted for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge

Click on the cover to access my video, where I speak about it, show you a few cool pages, and present all my January TBR!
This is an unusual book, in that Laurain partnered with Parisian artist Le Sonneur to create a beautiful heart-break story, full of heart and art. The black and red illustrations are unique and add a lot to the story and the ambiance. Come back for my review on January 17 to know more!

🎧  Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi
First published in 2007 – 477 pages / 11H37
Historical thriller
Sorry, not available in English

Wow, this was Bussi’s first novel ever, and it is already so impressive.
It’s actually a historical thriller, that begins on D Day in Normandie.
A soldier is afraid to be among the first 20 to reach the beach, sure to die, so he exchanges his place for money with another soldier.
And from then on, so many ramifications and lives changed for a few decades for several people, in France and in the US.

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.

I also liked a lot the style used with Nick the detective, where you get both the real dialog and what he thinks in his mind –the narrator Benjamin Jungers was fantastic with his tone in these parts. It adds some great humor, that does help to lighten the mood.
Great balance.
Fantastic first audio of 2022!

Hopefully, it will soon be translated into English, so I’m not going to reveal any more.
I did a video some years ago to present Michel Bussi to my English speaking friends – lots of his books are available in English translation.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

The Three Body Problem  Les Fourmis

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

Much more technical and complex than Supernova Era. Think Ready Player One + +astrophysics + metaphysics!

“Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.
Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.”

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

Nothing like this scifi novel to learn so many things on ants!
Fascinating, though Jonathan has just been back from his first trip to the cellar, and things are starting getting really scary…

“Unique, daring, and unforgettable, it tells the story of an ordinary family who accidentally threaten the security of a hidden civilization as intelligent as our own–a colony of ants determined to survive at any cost….
Jonathan Wells and his young family have come to the Paris flat at 3, rue des Sybarites through the bequest of his eccentric late uncle Edmond. Inheriting the dusty apartment, the Wells family are left with only one warning: Never go down into the cellar.
But when the family dog disappears down the basement steps, Jonathan follows–and soon his wife, his son, and various would-be rescuers vanish into its mysterious depths.”

📚  BOOK UP NEXT 📚 

The Wild Geese

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

“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.:

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

All About H. Hatterr

📚  All About H. Hatterr, by G. V. Desani
Published in 1948

Found this on another blog, sounds exactly the type of quirky writing that I might enjoy. Have you read it? What did you think?

“Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. H. Hatterr is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta. His story is of his search for enlightenment as, in the course of visiting seven Oriental cities, he consults with seven sages, each of whom specializes in a different aspect of “Living.” Each teacher delivers himself of a great “Generality,” each great Generality launches a new great “Adventure,” from each of which Hatter escapes not so much greatly edified as by the skin of his teeth. The book is a comic extravaganza, but as Anthony Burgess writes in his introduction, “it is the language that makes the book. . . . It is not pure English; it is like Shakespeare, Joyce, and Kipling, gloriously impure.””

📚   BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK  📚 

Entre deux mondes

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

Focusing on Syrian refugees in France.
I really enjoy this author (Impact for instance), and saw this one was available in audio.

📚  GIVEAWAYS  📚 

Constellation   The Queen's Lover

📚  BOOK AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW 📚
Review in your own time!

1 copy available: first come first serve!
Alina_A Song For the Telling

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