I can’t believe I have not posted a summary for 3 months. End of June I was just back from vacation and had a zillion other things to do. Then end of July was my husband’s open-heart surgery, so no time for blogging either. Thanks for everyone who expressed their support through social media. It’s amazing to feel help from so many people we have not even met. He’s now on the road to full recovery.
So here are the books I read these past 3 months. Not tons. I’m far behind my usual numbers. One reason being I started and DNFed quite a few books that had been on my shelves for far too long. They may have been good, but I was not in the mood for these.
But I have done many more translations – I’m mostly the one translating posting in English here(yes, it’s nonfiction, so I translate from French-English for a change): when I have to face some ordeals, I’m in better mental health if I make my brain work actively; reading is not enough. I have always noticed that in my life, and studies have always been a great safety net.
Not sure if this is related, but these days, I also spend more time learning languages – hence less time for reading. You may have noticed here how much I enjoy Calvino. One of my dreams would be to read him in Italian. So after starting-abandoning-restarting so many times, I’m finally doing it a bit everyday. I use Duolingo and enjoy it a lot. I’m currently studying prepositions, which is the most challenging for me. Otherwise, Italian is close enough to French, Spanish, and Latin, so not really a big deal.
While I was at it, I thought it might be good to review my Spanish. I can still read and listen to it pretty easily, but I’d like to be more comfortable again to speak it.
AND, jamais deux sans trois, three is a charm, I have restarted learning Russian – lots of members of my Orthodox Church speak Russian. NOW, that’s a bit more challenging, and I can actually FEEL physically my head is working when I study it. I love working with other alphabets (I taught myself Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek), it’s like a game. Now it’s super easy to turn your American keyboard into any alphabet, so I just clicked on each key to figure out where each Russian letter was on my keyboard. I just need to keep the eyes on that list, et voilà ! Duoligo does a great job to teach you progressively each letter of the alphabet, starting with words that sound the same in English, such as radio, motor, sweater, Mama, Papa, taxi, circus, or funny things such as: том – тим там ? = Tom, is Tim there?
So, is this wrap-up coming or not? ok ok, here it is! The above might actually be a sign of a slight change in the format of this blog, we’ll see.
What I read in June-July-August:
13 books: 9 in print and 4 in audio = with 2,850 pages, an average of 30 pages/day
4 in audio
= with 34H14, an average of 22 mn/day
7 in mystery
Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas – audio in French
Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers – audio, for Classic Club
Coffin Road, by Peter May
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz
Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent, by Fred Vargas – audio in French
At your blog, before next Friday, March 9, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.
This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the year. Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)
On Friday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by April 30. We’ll check in here in May to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!
So here are my 20 books:
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe
The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino
Solaris, by Stanislas Lem
Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
Fantômas, by Marcel Allain
A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov
Confusion, by Stefan Zweig
Gaspard, Melchior & Balthazar, by Michel Tournier
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Kusamakura, by Natsume Soseki
The Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin
Confusion, by Stefan Zweig
COME BACK ON MARCH 9 TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?