Year of reading 2021 part 3

And after my list of 2021 favorites,
as well as my 2021 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2021 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2021.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was The Swedish Cavalier
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m The Code Breaker
– I will never be Le Mineur
– At the end of a long day I need Une Rose seule
– Right now I’m feeling (like) Living with a Dead Language
– Someday I want to (see) Les grands cerfs
– At a party you’d find me Looking for the Stranger
– I’ve never Gone By Midnight
– I really don’t enjoy Sad Cypress
– In my next life I want The Kingdom of God

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Old Capital
– Your favorite form of transportation: Compartiments tueurs
– Your best friend is Oscar et la dame rose
– You and your friends are Cats at the Louvre
– What’s the weather like: A Swim in the Pond in the Rain
– Favorite time of day: The Night Masquerade
– If your life was: The Archipelago of Another Life
– What is life to you: To the Spring Equinox and Beyond
– Your fear: The Stone Killer
– What is the best advice you have to give: Regarder le noir
– Thought for the Day: When All Light Fails
– How I would like to die: Death in the Clouds
– My soul’s present condition: The Half-Finished Heaven

I began the day with A Cat, a Man, and Two Women.
On my way to work, I saw Klara and the Sun,
and walked by La Vallée
to avoid The Black Lizard,
but I made sure to stop at The Hallowe’en Party.
In the office, my boss said, Some Prefer Nettles,
and sent me to research The Sound of Waves.
At lunch with The Romanov Sisters,
I noticed (a) Beast in the Shadows
under The Grid,
then went back to my desk (in) The Hollow.
Later, on the journey home, I bought Encre sympathique
because I have Nature humaine.
Then settling down for the evening, I picked up Cards on the Table
and studied (a) Trap for Cinderella
before saying goodnight to Monet & Oscar.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2021?


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Happy year of reading 2022 to each of you!

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if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2021


Book review and giveaway: Monet and Oscar

Monet and Oscar

Monet & Oscar:
The Essence of Light
by Joe Byrd
Giverny Books
Published on 5/1/2021
300 pages
Historical Fiction


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France Book Tours recently hosted a webinar featuring four authors of historical fiction who focused on French artists: Art in fiction: Four artists, four authors. Monet & Oscar was one of the four books featured, and I’m happy to review it today. Click to continue reading

Nonfiction November 2018: Book Pairings



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Book Pairings

hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 3 novels paired with 3 nonfiction books I read this year

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Claude MONET

Monet  Black Water Lilies

The nonfiction book, a graphic biography of Claude Monet, was extremely well done, and gorgeous. 
I listened to this amazing thriller by Michel Bussi. I listened to the original in French, but I assume the English translation is just as good. It’s all set in Giverny, Monet’s village. If you have not read Bussi yet, it’s time to start!



 Conan Doyle for the Defense  a-study-in-scarlet

Conan Doyle for the Defense is an excellent presentation of how the author did real life investigation, using Sherlock Holmes‘s techniques. It’s also a great social study.
So obviously to go with it, I highlight the very first story with Holmes. I read all his books with Sherlock Holmes in 2017, short stories and novels. 



 The Piano shop  Bel Canto

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is a beautiful journey of (re)discovery of music in one’s life, with tons of fascinating details on piano making and tuning. 
Even though it’s not exactly the same type of music, if you are a music lover, you will enjoy Bel Canto, as music and singing help people communicate in a tragedy.