The top 8 books to read in December

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in December

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CURRENTLY READING

The Shadow Land  The only woman in the room

The Shadow Land:
Fascinating historical mystery set in Bulgaria. Like in The Historian, there’s a lot of travel, but this time only in Bulgaria, with amazing descriptions of the landscape and culture.

The Only Woman in the Room:
So far, I have read and enjoyed all the books by Marie Benedict, see for instance my review for the last one: Carnegie’s Maid.
I have only read 10% of this upcoming one, it starts slow.

READING NEXT

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CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

Maman a tort  N'oublier jamais

Maman a tort:
Suspenseful mystery: a 3 year old keeps saying his Mom is not his real mom, he had another one before. Contains lots of fascinating data on child psychology.

N’oublier jamais:
The last audiobook by Bussi available so far! That’s VERY sad. He did publish another book recently, so I may end up reading it instead.

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL
DEC 31

Love and invention

UNTIL
DEC 22 

$50 Amazon Gift Card
Crimes Past

Eiffel Tower Orange

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BOOKS JUST READ

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

MYSTERY

Ne lache pas ma main

Little Culinary Triumphs:
release date Dec 4
This one was so French weird. A lot of sexy stuff, especially at the beginning, some hilarious wacky things, AND delicious food! It took me a while to realize how everything is connected.
I’ll try to publish my review on Nov 29.

Skeleton Key:
#3 in the Alex Rider series. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder.
I really enjoyed this one too. Great plot, super suspense. Plus looks like Alex is sent each time to a different country, this time that was in Cuba.
It’s also interesting that Alex goes to his missions dragging his feet, he would prefer just to be a regular kid. I’m curious to see him grow along the series.

Ne lâche pas ma main:
Another amazing book by Bussi.
Did you see? I just did a vlog to make you discover who Bussi is!
This couple is spending vacation at a sea resort on the island of La Réunion, with their 6 year old daughter. One day when they are at the swimming pool, the wife says she’s going up to her bedroom for a minute. An hour later, as she’s not back, the husband goes up. The bedroom is empty, but no one has seen her leave. Where is she?
The suspense was crazy! And there were lots of great details on the island and nature – the author is a history/geography teacher.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

A Geek in Japan

HISTFIC

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

Armada

A Geek in Japan: 
This book is a wonderful presentation of the history and culture of Japan. My only regret is that it’s written very small. The cover is deceiving, this is not like that at all inside, though there are lots of illustrations – bit not manga style (except the chapter on manga of course).

The Shadow Land:
Yes, I finally started it! There are 2 plots going on at the same time, with alternate chapters, set in two different times of the life of the main character. Very enjoyable so far.

Armada:
Yes, if you click on the cover, you land on my review, so I already read it.
So here is what happened:
As you know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, Ready Player One is my most favorite audiobook EVER, mostly thanks to its narrator, the amazing Wil Wheaton.
I loved the book so much, I didn’t want to watch the movie, fearing to be disappointed. Eventually, I read about it, and it seemed good. So I did watch it, and yes, the movie is very good!
After watching it, I thought about Cline’s next book: Armada. And I realized Wheaton was also its narrator. I must have totally missed that! So I decided to revisit the book, this time by listening to it. I remember the plot, but listening to Wheaton is pure delight.
I’m almost done, it is so so good!

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

The Book Artist

FICTION

Hikikomori

AUDIO

Maman a tort

The Book Artist:
Possibly this 2019 release. I really enjoy a lot the author. I have read 5 of his books, set in Paris. The last one was The Sorbonne Affair

Hikikomori and the Rental Sister:
I may read this one next. On the hikikomori phenomenon, common in Japan, and many other places now too.

Maman a tort:
(English translation: The Wrong Mother – March 7, 2019)
For my audiobooks, I go back and forth between EStories – when I get my monthly credit I order a French audiobook. When I’m out, I use my public library, focusing on classics and books on my TBR.
So, with my monthly credit, I’ll listen to this one by Bussi: a 3 year old tells his school psychologist his mum is actually not his mum…

GIVEAWAYS

UNTIL
NOV 30 

The Song Peddler

NOV 15-30 

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UNTIL
DEC 22 

$50 Amazon Gift Card
Crimes Past

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BOOKS JUST READ

HISTFIC

The Blue

FICTION

Love in lowercase

HISTFIC

The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Blue:
OMG, this was a-ma-zing, about an important moment in the history of porcelain making, in England and France, in the 1750s. My most favorite histfic of the year so far.
Review scheduled for Nov 27

Love in lowercase:
This was a cute quirky novel, highlighting how one apparently small event can lead to dramatic changes in your life. Samuel had no idea that offering milk to a stray cat coming at his door would change his solitary days into a new year of discovery.
It felt a bit Japanese, which is interesting, as the author has actually co-authored a book on Ikigai (see below).
At a deeper level, I’m not sure I agree with some metaphysical conclusions.
Samuel is a linguistics lecturer, so there are tons of references to all kinds of novels by authors from different countries. A quick, charming, and fascinating read.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:
Quite confusing to begin with, but overall enjoyable. I plan to write a long review for this one

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

Ikigai

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

Ikigai: 
Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness.

Little Culinary Triumphs:
release date Dec 4
This French author is quite popular, but I haven’t read anything by her yet,
so I’m seizing the opportunity to find it on Edelweiss, even if it’s in translation

Ne lâche pas ma main:
OMG, what suspense! I’m almost done. This is another great success by Bussi.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

FICTION

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

The Moonstone

Skeleton Key:
Next on my Alex Rider binge. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder

The Shadow Land:
“an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria

The Moonstone:
I’ve been listening so fast to my current audiobook by Bussi, that I’ll need to listen to an audiobook from my library before I can get a new credit on EStories.
So I decided to go with this classic for The Classics Club.
I actually started listening to it during a trip last June, but the trip was not long enough and I never finished it. I’ll be restarting from the beginning.
And on Hoopla, I found a version with several narrators, might be better for this long audiobook (22H28)

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

UNTIL NOV 30

The Song Peddler

More giveaways on November 15!

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