The Top 10 Books I Must Finally Read in 2015

The Top 10 Books
I Must Finally Read in 2015

Do you still try to make some resolutions in January? Even if you are pretty sure you won’t be able to keep them, that gives you a good feeling right?

And I have the feeling lots of us book bloggers and avid bookivores want to tackle once for all this insanely crammed TBR shelf.  Recently, David at The Quivering Pen even came up with a 200 book list to read in 5 years.

One year at a time for me. So sorting through the +/- 900 books currently on my TBR Goodreads shelf, here is my list of 10 books I must finally read in 2015. They are books I have repeatedly said I was going to read!

 

a la Recherche Du Temps Perdu - Vol.1/7: Du Cote de Chez Swann The Divine Comedy Stoner

1. A la recherche du temps perdu, by Marcel Proust – finish it finally, as I still have a book and a half to go out of the 7 books

2. The Divine Comedy, by Dante

3. Stoner, by John Edward Williams

Love in the Time of Cholera The Woman in White Cosmicomics

4. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

5. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins

6. Something by Ursula K. Le Guin

7. Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino

The Art Forger Wanderlust: A History of Walking The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War

8. The Art Forger, by B. A. Shapiro

9. Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit

10. The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War, by Graham Robb

 

Have you read any of these?
Which one would was your favorite?
For #6, which one would you recommend,
and why?
Have you prepared your list of the top 10 books
you must finally read this year?

Armchair BEA 2013: Literary fiction

Armchair BEA

Day 3:  Literary Fiction

Day 1 was a total blast for me with Introductions.
Day 2 was about Blog Development
Day 3 is also giveaway day – don’t miss my post, I have 4 books for grab!

What books have you read this year that would fit into this category? Is there anything coming up that you’re particularly excited about? What authors/novels would you recommend to someone new to the genre? Are there any misconceptions or things that you’d like to clear up for people unfamiliar with literary fiction? What got you started into this kind of book? Name a novel that hasn’t received a lot of buzz that definitely deserves it.”

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I love literature and have studied it for many years, both in French and in English. I have a passion for words, and a book can highly satisfy me even if there’s basically no plot, only great use of words, great descriptions, you know like a very slow contemplative movie where nothing really happens but you are grabbed to live in that world.

Here are some of my favorites reviewed in this blog, by alphabetical order of titles.
Click on the book covers to access my reviews:

1q84 all is forgotten

1. Murakami: simply one of my favorite authors

2. beautifully crafted by an author who went through the Iowa workshop, you can feel it

Bel Canto elegance of the hedgehog

3. great ambiance!

4. cool reflections of a young “philosopher”, and the movie is awesome!

ella minnow pea everything beautiful began after

5. so clever book with pangrams!

6. hauntingly beautiful!

evolution_of_bruno_littlemore  if on a winter's night

7. enter the mind of a monkey, really cool!

8. ah the great Calvino, like an exercise here in all kinds of literary forms

Three Lives Tomomi Tree of man

9. You love Murakami and Calvino? you have to try Benjamin Constable, book coming out June 4th, read my ecstatic review!

10. well maybe it’s a classic, but I enjoyed so much the writing as the author made me live in Australia in the bush for a lifetime

ANY OF YOUR FAVORITE IN HERE?
IF NOT, WHAT ARE YOURS?

I love France #52: Book review: Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

I LOVE FRANCE!

I plan to publish this meme every Thursday.

You can share here about any book

or anything cultural you just discovered related to France, Paris, etc.

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Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa

by

Benjamin CONSTABLE

Paperback, 352 pages

Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Gallery Books

Three Lives Tomomi

Received from Gallery Books
via NetGalley

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

     Books on France  New Authors 2013
2013 Ebook Challenge

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

Rating system

I may not often judge a book by its cover, but more often than not by its title. When I saw this title on Netgalley, I had to open and see what Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa was all about. A Japanese name AND the mention of Paris in the synopsis? I was sold!

I devoured very quickly this very smart novel. I loved the quality of the writing, of descriptions and inner feelings. I loved the quirkiness of it all, as you never really know if you are in truth or fiction, and of course I loved the treasure hunt especially in Paris, with the mention of lots of famous or not so famous places. I really felt I was accompanying Ben in his quest. The novel may feel gloomy at times with murders, real or not, I will not tell you, and the setting of the last part of the book. But it won’t prevent you from being stunned by its purity

As I read this book, I felt in the company of 3 other great writers I enjoy very much:  Simon VAN BOOY (you HAVE to read Everything Beautiful Began After), for the quality and precision of the craft, Italo CALVINO (If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler) for the creativity and reflection on the act of writing, for a book within a book (within another book?), and definitely Haruki MURAKAMI “the great” (1Q84 of course), for all the above, plus a very special cat, and scenes in the subway.

If you enjoy any of these 3 authors, you definitely need to read Benjamin Constable. So you can get it right now on NetGalley, or try to win it on the Goodreads giveaway!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

“A new and enticing voice in fiction draws readers through the streets of Paris and New York on an intricate adventure. It’s twisting, contemplative, playful and darkly entertaining.”

A suicide note. Hidden clues. A deadly game of wits. An imaginary cat. A paean to a strange and addictive friendship. Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa is a compelling invitation to indulge in simple delights and explore a shadowy world where the boundaries between truth and invention are blurred.

Ben Constable and his friend Tomomi “Butterfly” Ishikawa live in Paris. They drink in late-night bars, smoking and laughing, caught up in a seemingly endless conversation—until Butterfly sends a letter saying she’s killed herself. Haunted by the loss, Ben follows her final instructions on a mysterious treasure hunt, revealing unexpected joys and obscure faces of the cities she has lived in. But the deeper he digs, the darker the past he uncovers. Butterfly’s life was less innocent than he could have imagined. In a game he thought had been devised for his amusement Ben starts to suspect he is in fact the plaything. And the real and surreal overlap, making it difficult to judge what comes from the heart and what could be dangerous. [from the publisher]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Benjamin Constable

“I was born in 1968 in Bristol in the UK. On my fourth birthday we moved to North Devon and I played in woods and on beaches. I hated school and these early games were the first narratives of aworld of stories that I could make up, adapt and develop. In 1977 my family moved to Derby where inner-city decline and multi-culturalism gave me a sense of belongingin a world where everybody was different and provided the backdrop for a very happy childhood.

My secondary schooling was remarkable only for my lack of attendance. I left at 16, semi-literate and with ideas of becoming a rock star. For the next few years I worked in bars and clubs, drove lorries, played in bands, drew pictures, and recorded music by myself.

In 1992 I moved to Toulouse in France where I worked as an apprentice engineer in a recording studio and learned to speak French. It was around this time that I started to try and read books, although I found this very difficult. A year and a half later I moved back to Derby and built and ran a project studio for friends who had a small record label. We were better at organising club nights than making records and my next ten years revolved around partying.

In 1998 I moved to London to better concentrate on music and in 1999 signed a couple of records. During this time I wrote my first short stories. In 2000 I was invited to work producing music with a friend Rob Webster who was signed to a major label. The music industry was quite frankly a disappointment but not the partnership. Rob and I went on to make some beautiful recordings out side of his record contract that were never released but that we were very proud of. Rob carried on making music but I was spending increasing amounts of time reading and writing.

In 2002 I learned that I was dyslexic and went to the local university who had a program of encouraging people with learning disabilities into education. I studied creative writing. One of my lecturers, the writer Moy McCrory, gave me exceptional help and encouragement particularly in the development of my short stories and I had two of them published. A series of significant events led me to shy away from nightlife and music, and I decided that the album I recorded in 2004 would be my last.

In 2005 I moved to Paris where, as well as teaching English and translating films and books, I have written copy for an advertising agency and three novels. One of my favourite things in life is early evening drinks.”

This is copied from his website. Please go visit, there’s tons of great material on the book and Paris, among lots of others things: maths, music, etc.

REVIEWS BY OTHER BLOGGERS

Reading 2011(and beyond)
River City Reading
Caffeinatedlife.net
Goodreads Readers

WOULD YOU LIKE TO THIS BOOK?
WHY? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE
BETWEEN THE 3 AUTHORS I MENTIONED?

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