2022: June wrap-up

JUNE 2022 WRAP-UP

Reading many books (8 right now) at the same time is fun, but then while you are in the middle of them, the statistics don’t reflect the effort, lol. They will eventually.
I was expecting bigger numbers this month, but I have so many books in process right now…

The good news is I’m currently 9 books ahead of schedule (57% done) to read 120 books this year.

📚 Here is what I read in June:

9 books:
6 in print 
with 1,386 pages, a daily average of 46 pages/day
3 in audio
= 25H03
, a daily average of 50 minutes/ day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Red House Mystery, by A. A. Milne – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  2. Liberty bar (Maigret #17), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student,
    counts for The Classics Club
  3. The Bride Wore Black, by Cornell Woolrich – counts for The Classics Club
  4. Le Crépuscule des fauves, by Marc Levy – French audiobook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell
  2. Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom – Orthodox spirituality

2 in fiction:

  1. Le Horla et autres nouvelles, by Guy de Maupassant  – a reread, read with a French student, counts for The Classics Club
  2. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin – received for review

1 in historical fiction:

  1. So Big, by Edna Ferber – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club

This month, absolutely no hesitation to pick 2 winners:

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Bride Wore Black So Big

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 124/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 10
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 4/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 16/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 68/120 (57%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 11

 OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  Le voyage d'Octavio A Raisin in the Sun Stuart Little  

BOOK RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

Human Nature

Human Nature, by Serge Joncour
US publication date: 8th September 2022
by Gallic/Belgravia Books

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

In Praise of Shadows

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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The top 8 books to read in June 2022

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in July

How was YOUR month of June?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

Book review: The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black,
by Cornell Woolrich
First published in 1940.
Read in this edition:
January 5, 2021
American Mystery Classics,
Penzler Publishers
Crime fiction / Noir fiction
288 pages
Goodreads

My tastes in literature are evolving, and right now I am really enjoying discovering old timers in mystery.
The Bride Wore Black had been on my Classics list for a while, and it turned out to be the latest Classic Spin.
I was planning to read it in July, but then I walked to the library, and the book called me from the shelf. I devoured it in a couple of days. It’s probably the very first time I tackle my classic spin so quickly!
Read on to know why. Click to continue reading

The Classics Club: what I got for The Classics Spin #30

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MY FULL CLASSICS CLUB LIST IS HERE

The Classics Spin #30

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

For this Classics spin #30, I got #5 which on my list was

The Bride Wore Black

The Bride Wore Black was published in 1940.
A classic noir mystery? Perfect for the summer!
I plan on reading it in July.

“When the wealthy ladies’ man fell from his balcony in the midst of his engagement party, the police dismissed the death as the result of a freak accident. There was nothing to connect it with the poisoning of a lonely man in his squalid apartment, or with the married business-man killed after him, sealed into a closet and left to suffocate. No connection, that is, aside from the appearance of a beautiful woman in each case, just before the victims met their untimely ends.
Nobody knows her identity, where she comes from or whither she goes. Nor do they know why anyone would be targeting this series of seemingly-unrelated persons. But one police detective is convinced that the answers to these questions can save the lives of men who might be next on the list, men who will continue to die at a rapid rate unless he can solve the puzzle and intervene.
Cornell Woolrich’s first crime novel, The Bride Wore Black is the stylish, tense thriller that launched the career of “the supreme master of suspense” (New York Times). It was filmed by Francois Truffaut under the same title, and went on to inspire Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies.”

About the Author:

Cornell WoolrichCornell Woolrich (1903-1968)
is widely regarded as the twentieth century’s finest writer of pure suspense fiction.
The author of numerous classic novels and short stories (many of which were turned into classic films) such as Rear Window, The Bride Wore Black, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Waltz Into Darkness, and I Married a Dead Man, Woolrich began his career in the 1920s writing mainstream novels that won him comparisons to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The bulk of his best-known work, however, was written in the field of crime fiction, often appearing serialized in pulp magazines or as paperback novels.
Because he was prolific, he found it necessary to publish under multiple pseudonyms, including “
William Irish” and “George Hopley“.
Woolrich lived a life as dark and emotionally tortured as any of his unfortunate characters and died, alone, in a seedy Manhattan hotel room following the amputation of a gangrenous leg. Upon his death, he left a bequest of one million dollars to Columbia University, to fund a scholarship for young writers.

Have you read it, or any other novel by Cornell Woolrich?
What did you think?

It’s never too late to challenge yourself to (re)discover the classics and connect and have fun with other Classics lovers. See here what this is all about.

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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:

A wizard of Earthsea Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Arsene Lupin

For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

The Face of Another A Moveable Feast The Dream of the Red Chamber

For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)

For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin

On the Edge of the World  Sanshiro The Sleepwalkers

For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov

For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki

For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!

The Letter Killers Club History in English Words A Man Lay Dead

For Classics Spin, #25, I got # 14: The Letter Killers Club – which was way over my head.

For Classics Spin, #26, I got # 11: History in English Words, by Owen Barfield, a fascinating book, which I haven’t reviewed yet!!

For Classics Spin, #28, I got # 12: A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh, alas a disappointing one.

The Man in the Queue

For Classics Spin, #29, I got # 11: The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey.
Not yet reviewed, but it was a very impressive title, and I now want to read the whole series.

 

 

 

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?

IF YOU ARE MEMBER OF THE CLASSICS CLUB,
WHAT BOOK DID YOU GET FOR THIS SPIN?

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