2019: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 Another great month of reading, with a lot of nonfiction. Of course, November is nonfiction month, not October. Oh well…

So here is what I read in October:

14 books:
11 in print 
=  with 2,204 pages, an average of 71 pages/day
3 in audio
= 20H34
, an average of 39 minutes

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To!: A Parody, by Dr Suits – graphic “novel”
  2. Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr Clement Sederholm – Eastern Orthodoxy
  3. Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay – ebook, for review
  4. Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance
    by Elena Perekrestov – Eastern Orthodoxy
  5. Travels with a Donkey in the CĂ©vennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson – audio, for The Classics Club
  6. The Parables: Biblical, Patristic, and Liturgical Interpretation, by Dmitri Royster – Eastern Orthodoxy
  7. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind, by Shoukei Matsumoto

2 in mystery:

  1. Solving Cadence Moore, by Gregory Sterner, for review
  2. Avalanche hÎtel, by Niko Tackian- French audiobook

2 in manga:

  1. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  2. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – audio, for The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Supernova Era, by Liu Cixin – for review

1 in historical fiction:

  1. On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov – ebook, for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITES IN OCTOBER

  Supernova Era  Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 4/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 98/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 20

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

one pot cooking  Keto in 30 minutes

Supernova Era The Man That Got Away Civilizations

Solving Cadence Moore WeSolarisChildhoods End

 

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Book review: Supernova Era

Supernova EraSupernova Era
by Liu Cixin,
translated by Joel Martinsen
超新星çșȘ慃 was published in 2003
Macmillan/Tor/Forge Books
10/22/2019
Science-fiction/Chinese literature
336 pages

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Wow, after three meh books, I hit the jackpot with this stunning work of science-fiction/sociology/foreign affairs. Yes, Supernova Era is all that, and so well orchestrated. Plus, it’s written by THE Chinese master of science-fiction, Liu Cixin, a nine-time winner of the Galaxy Award (China’s most prestigious literary science fiction award), among many other Chinese and international awards. Click to continue reading

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I prepared a whole video, and then, for whatever reason, I discovered that the audio and visual were not in sync, so here is a traditional post!

BOOKS JUST READ

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MYSTERY

Solving Cadence Moore

NONFICTION

Fr Leonid

MYSTERY/AUDIO

Avalanche hotel

I have reviewed the first two:
Solving Cadence Moore
Elder Leonid of Optina

Avalanche HĂŽtel:
In 1980, Joshua wakes up in a hotel where he works as a security guard. He is interviewed by a cop about the disappearance of a girl. But he has a hard time remembering what he does there, where he is, and what really happened.
Then we jump to 2018. Joshua wakes up in the hospital after a period of coma due to an accident in an avalanche. During this coma, Joshua had vivid dreams, and he strongly believes his subconscious is trying to tell him something. His first step is to find that hotel, which has actually been abandoned for years. So what is really going on?
Who is he really? What was he doing in this dangerous place?
The book is set in Switzerland. I loved the atmosphere, with the abandoned hotel, and the way the author described the cold, the snow, and the spooky silence around.  I hate snow and cold, but I have to say, it was so well done, I really could feel there!
I especially liked the constant shift between dream and reality. In Joshua’s mind, and for the reader.
There’s a lot in this book about memory, how it builds up on our past, and defines who we are.
The narrator was great for the suspense and atmosphere.

CURRENTLY READING

CHINESE SCIFI

Supernova Era

NONFICTION

Secret Agent Brainteasers

CLASSIC/AUDIO

Travels with a Donkey in the CĂ©vennes

Supernova Era:
Received for review on BOOKishFirst
After 3 meh books, finally a great one!
A supernova exploded, and because of the heat and radiation, people’s chromosomes are damaged. Only kids 13 and under will heal and survive. So the adults have only 12 months at most to train the children how to do everything and run the world.
And what happens after is sociologically quite fascinating!
UPDATE: loved it, see my happy review!

Secret Agent Brainteasers:
Received for review
Interesting book: it’s indeed a collection of brainteasers – actually quite difficult, I don’t think I’ll manage to solve one.
But the book is much more than that. Each chapter starts by explaining the historical background of spies, highlighting one theme per chapter, and then the teasers of that chapter focus on that theme.

Travels with a Donkey in the CĂ©vennes:
I had no idea this book was so hilarious, about the people’s reactions to this Scottish foreigner travelling with a donkey in the middle of nowhere in France.
Fascinating overview of the time.

BOOKS UP NEXT

CLASSIC

On the Edge of the World

FICTION

If You Cross the River

MYST/AUDIO

Archipel dune autre vie

The synopses below are from Goodreads

On the Edge of the World
For Classics Spin #21.
“Based on a true story of an early Russian missionary bishop’s trip to Eastern Siberia. During his journey he learns through example and suffering that in indigenous peoples of all cultures there is dignity that must be recognized and built upon as a foundation for Christian conversion.”

If You Cross the River
Received for review
From celebrated Belgian author GeneviĂšve Damas, a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of words.
Illiterate, isolated, and held at arm’s length by a bitter father, François Sorrente has spent his seventeen years within narrow confines. By day he tends the family farm’s pigs; by night he manages the household chores. Still, François can’t help but wonder about the wider world and his place in it. Who was his mother, who he remembers not at all? And why is the opposite shore of the river, where his beloved older sister disappeared many years ago, forbidden to him?

The Archipelago of Another Life
I’ll listen to it in French, but it’s now available in English. I’ve been curious about this author.
“A tense “Siberian Western” set in the inhospitable, boundless Russia taiga at the height of the Cold War.
On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin’s reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own destruction.
Among them is Pavel Gartsev, a reservist. Orphaned, scarred by the last great war and unlucky in love, he is an instant victim for the apparatchiks and ambitious careerists who thrive within the Red Army’s ranks.
Assigned to a search party composed of regulars and reservists, charged with the recapture of an escaped prisoner from a nearby gulag, Gartsev finds himself one of an unlikely quintet of cynics, sadists and heroes, embarked on a challenging manhunt through the Siberian taiga.
But the fugitive, capable, cunning and evidently at home in the depths of these vast forests, proves no easy prey. As the pursuit goes on, and the pursuers are struck by a shattering discovery, Gartsev confronts both the worst within himself and the tantalising prospect of another, totally different life.”

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