Sunday Post #47 – 1/2/2022

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📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

A Single Rose Les Mystères de Paris3

📚  A Single Rose, by Muriel Barbery
Published in 2020
Literary fiction

You may have read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which I found fantastic.
This one is very different, and each word is there to enjoy!
I’m starting my 2022 plans, that is, reading more from my TBRs. I wanted to read this one by Barbery for a while and ended up listening to it.
Oh the writing!
I have never been to Japan, but listening to this book, I feel so nostalgic of a country I have never been to and would so much love to discover, that it hurts.
Each word seems chiseled. The result is an amazing gem.

🎧  Les Mystères de Paris, volume 3, by Eugène Sue
Published between 1842-1843
Literary fiction
Read it for the Classics Club 

A huge book that inspired Victor Hugo to write Les Misérables.
The audiobook is being published in many parts. It is fabulously narrated by Loïc Richard.
It is great fun discovering what elements Hugo took and transformed. You have the same sample of population, a man trying to spread social justice, bad and good people, poor and rich, but with different combinations and evolution than in Les Misérables. And an interesting story about a man and his daughter!
It’s also a more popular book, with no real historical background, but the focus definitely on the social circumstances.
Sue is here the first author to describe the injustices and miserable situation of the people, and to openly criticize the institutions. He thus became the spokesman for the humanitarian and socialist ideals in vogue in the 1840s, with the ultimate result in the 1848 Revolution.
And his portraits of his characters are excellent.
The style may sound overly romantic to some. I actually do enjoy it a lot.
If you love Les Misérables, I highly recommend you to try it. It’s available in English as The Mysteries of Paris.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

The Three Body Problem  Gravé dans le sable

📚  The Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), by Cixin Liu
Published in 2006
Chinese science-fiction

Every winter, my awesome public library organizes a Winter Challenge: you answer a few questions, and the staff picks a book for you to read and review.
Lucky me, this is actually not a challenge! I have so much loved Supernova Era, that I meant to read this one.
This is so far very different in setting and themes. Curious to see where this is going.

“Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.”

🎧  Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi
First published in 2007
Historical thriller
Sorry, not available in English

So far, excellent historical thriller. I can’t believe this was his very first novel, so good already. It’s about what happened on D Day: a group of soldiers draw lots to know which ones will go first – as the first twenty or so won’t have much chance to survive.
One of them gets number 4, but then…
Hopefully, it will soon be translated into English, so I’m not going to reveal any spoiler.
I did a video some years ago to present Michel Bussi to my English speaking freinds – lots of his books are available in English translation.

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Red is my Heart📚 Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain
Expected publication: January 18th 2022 by Gallic Books
Literary fiction –  received for review

Click on the cover to access my video, where I speak about it, show you a few cool pages, and present all my January TBR!

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

The Aleph

📚   The Aleph and Other Stories, by Jorge Luis Borges
Published in 1949
Short stories – magical realism

I recently read Ficciones and posted notes on each of the stories of the collection, and now want to reread The Aleph collection.

“Full of philosophical puzzles and supernatural surprises, these stories contain some of Borges’s most fully realized human characters. With uncanny insight, he takes us inside the minds of an unrepentant Nazi, an imprisoned Mayan priest, fanatical Christian theologians, a woman plotting vengeance on her father’s “killer,” and a man awaiting his assassin in a Buenos Aires guest house.  This volume also contains the hauntingly brief vignettes about literary imagination and personal identity collected in The Maker, which Borges wrote as failing eyesight and public fame began to undermine his sense of self.”

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A Brush With Birds

It is so gorgeous, I decided to use a bigger picture format.
This one was under the Christmas tree!! I show you a few pages of it in my video.

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2021: December wrap-up

DECEMBER 2021 WRAP-UP

Another great reading month to end the year!
In 2022, I plan to focus almost exclusively on my TBRs, and I started to do that a bit in December, with some very enjoyable titles.

Lots of things on the blog as well:

And I have tried writing at least a few words after most of the books I read – definitely a trend I want to follow in 2022!

📚 Here is what I read in December:

15 books:
8 in print 
with 1,217 pages, a daily average of 39 pages/day
7 in audio
= 40H13
, a daily average of 1H17

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Oscar et la dame rose, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt – reread to prepare a French student for the IB exam
  2. Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges – for The Classics Club
  3. Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 2, by Eugène Sue – audio for The Classics Club
  4. Les Mystères de Paris, Tome 3, by Eugène Sue – audio for The Classics Club
  5. Une Rose seule, by Muriel Barbery – audio

4 in mystery:

  1. L’Ombre chinoise (Inspecteur Maigret #13), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student – for The Classics Club
  2. Regarder le Noir, by various authors – audio
  3. Sauve-la, by Sylvain Forge – audio
  4. The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie – video/text for The Classics Club

3 in children books:

  1. The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess, by Tom Gauld
  2. Watercress, by Andrea Wang
  3. The Beatryce Prophecy, by Kate DiCamillo

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Katherine’s Wish, by Linda Lappin – for review for France Book Tours
    You can request this book until tonight!
  2. The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama

1 in scifi:

  1. Noor, by Nnedi Okorafor

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  Une Rose seule  The Samurai's Garden

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 97/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 37/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 165/120 (137.5%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 33

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Ficciones

I posted notes on each story of this collection.
Just click on the cover and scroll down to access all the posts

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Katherine's Wishclick on the cover to access my review

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Sunday Post #46 – 12/19/2021

Sunday Post

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A post to recap the past week on your blog,
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📚 JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧

Ficciones Les Mystères de Paris 2

📚 Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
Published in 1944
Read it for the Classics Club and the Books in Translation Reading Challenge

If you click on the cover, you will access my posts on it. I decided to take time to share notes on each stories. My last post with a conclusion will be posted on December 29, but here is part of it:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with its various ways of considering time, history, and the universe, through for instance the images of mirrors and labyrinths. And the use of metafiction (with real and fictional books and authors) as a tool for that as well, through a diversity of possible interpretations.

🎧  Les Mystères de Paris, volume 2, by Eugène Sue
Published between 1842-1843
Read it for the Classics Club 

I have the feeling that most of my English speaking followers have never heard of this book nor of its author. And yet, it was so popular at all levels of society at a time, that it was even the inspiration behind Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
The audiobook has been published in three parts. It is fabulously narrated by Loïc Richard.
It is great fun discovering what elements Hugo took and transformed. You have the same sample of population, a man trying to spread social justice, bad and good people, poor and rich, but with different combinations and evolution than in Les Misérables. And an interesting story about a man and his daughter!
It’s also a more popular book, with no real historical background, but the focus definitely on the social circumstances.
Sue is here the first author to describe the injustices and miserable situation of the people, and to openly criticize the institutions. He thus became the spokesman for the humanitarian and socialist ideals in vogue in the 1840s, with the ultimate result in the 1848 Revolution.
And his portraits of his characters are excellent.
The style may sound overly romantic to some. I actually do enjoy it a lot.
If you love Les Misérables, I highly recommend you to try it. It’s available in English as The Mysteries of Paris.

📚 CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧

The Samurai's Garden  Les Mystères de Paris3

📚 The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama
Published in 1994

I bought this book at a library sale a few years ago. I chose it for my Summer reading, but am finally reading it. It is so good!
Stephen, a 20-year-old Chinese painter, is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. There, he meets fascinating and rather secretive people, especially the leper Sachi.
I love the descriptions of the place and of the characters, and the ambiance. The author was born to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, and she’s doing a great job here using both cultures, especially as the book is set in the 1930s, during the conflict between China and Japan.

🎧Les Mystères de Paris, volume 3, by Eugène Sue
Published between 1842-1843
Read it for the Classics Club 

See presentation above.

📚 BOOK UP NEXT 📚

The Three Body Problem

📚  The Three Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1), by Cixin Liu
Published in 2006

Every winter, my awesome public library organizes a Winter Challenge: you answer a few questions, and the staff picks a book for you to read and review.
Lucky me, this is actually not a challenge! I have so much loved Supernova Era, that I meant to read this one. I’m glad I am urged to do it now! And I have the feeling I may tart 2022 with the rest of this trilogy.
I was reflecting recently that after enjoying a lot historical novels, then historical mysteries, then crime fiction, I’m now attracted more by classical mysteries, scifi and nonfiction. So this is a nice way of going on with this personal trend.

“Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.”

📚 LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚

Till Death Do Us Part Murder Included

Did I just mentioned classical mysteries? These are the last two books I added to my Goodreads TBR shelf, just a couple of hours before preparing this post!
Have you read them? What did you think?

📚  Till Death Do Us Part (Dr. Gideon Fell #15), by John Dickson Carr
Published in 1944

“Crime author Dick Markham is in love again; his fiancée the mysterious newcomer to the village, Lesley Grant. When Grant accidentally shoots the fortune teller through the side of his tent at the local fair – following a very strange reaction to his predictions – Markham is reluctantly brought into a scheme to expose his betrothed as a suspected serial husband-poisoner.
That night the enigmatic fortune teller – and chief accuser – is found dead in an impossible locked-room setup, casting suspicion onto Grant and striking doubt into the heart of her lover. Lured by the scent of the impossible case, Dr Gideon Fell arrives from London to examine the perplexing evidence and match wits with a meticulous killer at large.
First published in 1944, Till Death Do Us Part remains a pacey and deeply satisfying impossible crime story, championed by Carr connoisseurs as one of the very best examples of his mystery writing talents.”

📚  Murder Included, by Joanna Cannan
Published in 1950

“In the prospectus for the Aston Park Guest House and stables, murder is not mentioned among the many attractions.
But when a sudden death arrives to upset the family and guests, it seems to become a full-time occupation . . .
Impoverished squire Sir Charles d’Estray brings home his second wife, Bunny, from the French Riviera.
A free-spirited and determined bohemian, Bunny commits herself to converting Sir Charles’ estate into a paying guesthouse and dragging his family out of their financial woes.
Despite the success of the guesthouse, however, the new Lady d’Estray never quite seems to fit in with the old aristocratic family.
When one of the guests, an elderly cousin of the Estrays, is found in her bed dead one morning, suspicion is concentrated on the household alone.
But while servants’ gossip, personal feuds and large sums of inheritance crop up in investigations, nothing seems to shine light on an adequate motive for murder.
It is up to Detective Inspector Price – a bourgeois townsman with a pure loathing for the effete English aristocracy — to solve the mystery. But will his prejudices and suspicions cloud his judgement?
Murder Included is an intriguing and gripping mystery tale, with superb character sketches of the Aston Park household.”

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