Sunday Post #32 – 12/6/2020

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I haven’t done a Sunday Post since June, trying to come back.
But things are busy here, with more new French students, and more virtual book tours. I already posted one for January 2021, and will post two more next week!
I also FINALLY created a Patreon page, so you can more easily support Words And Peace and France Book Tours, and receive goodies for it (books for now, merch down the line).

But my reading schedule is going well.

JUST READ

  Ichi-F  To Hold Up the Sky

Murder on the Orient Express   

📚 Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, by Kazuto Tatsuta
Published in 2017

I particularly enjoy nonfiction graphic “novels”.
This one by written (text and illustrations) by a manga artist who has also worked at Fukushima. This is not about the 2011 disaster, but about the huge efforts of cleaning up the area.
Ichi-F means 1-F, in other words the Fukushima first nuclear reactor.
The author was amazed by all the wrong rumors about the place, so he set up to show what’s really going on there, with tons of security measures and very careful work.
This is fascinating, with lots of details on the complicated work conditions. For instance, you may need one hour to put on all your protective gear, but if you work in a particularly heavy radiation zone, (some are more or less on the site), you may end up working only thirty minutes a day. Each worker wears a device counting the radiation. They cannot go over a certain limit per day, per month, and per year. So sometimes, you can only work for three months. Hence the slowness of the work and the need for so many workers. Still, the author shows how much has been done within the four years or so he has worked there.
The author only talks about the workers daily life, where they live, what they eat, and talk about.
The book was absolutely fascinating. This is a big book, 561 pages, with a lot to read on each page.

📚 To Hold Up the Sky, by Cixin Liu
Published on October, 20.
Ebook received through Netgalley

I haven’t written my review yet. I’ll just say it’s written by the author of Supernova Era, which I so enjoyed.
So we are staying in Asia, with an awesome collection of Chinese scifi short stories. Great author!

📚 Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10), by Agatha Christie
Published in 1934. Audiobook.
For my project to listen to all of Hercule Poirot. Counts for The Classics Club

According to Goodreads, I had read it in 2012. Then I watched the three movie/TV versions (the BBC one is bar far the best, according to me – who can surpass David Suchet??). So I had actually forgotten I had read it.
The narrator of this one was actually also David Suchet. I realized that even though I knew so many details about the story, I still very much enjoyed it, especially by noticing the little clues here and there. Masterful.

CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO

The Vexations Atom[ka]

📚 The Vexations, by Caitlin Horrocks
Published in 2019
Lent by a friend

I know Judy at Keep the Wisdom has really liked it, but I have to say I’m a bit disappointed. I was expecting much more about Erik Satie himself, but it seems the book actually focuses more on his sister. I have other issues with the book, which I will talk to you about next Sunday hopefully.
Bu there ARE some neat passages on Satie’s music and the ambiance of the time.

📚 And in audiobook, Atom[ka], by  Franck Thilliez
Published in 2012
French audiobook

As mentioned above, I just read this book on Fukushima, so staying somewhat in the same field with this amazing thriller around Chernobyl (I think one of the three threads is about that). There are riveting descriptions in a mental hospital, and tons of suspense as usual with Thilliez.
The narrator is spectacular, Michel Raimbault, like for most of the books in this series.

BOOK UP NEXT

The Letter Killers Club

📚The Letter Killers Club (1926), by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
Published in 1926.
This is the book I got for Classics Spin #25.
I presented it in my December titles post.

LAST 2 BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR

  Dojoji Knots and Crosses

📚 Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima
Japanese play, published in 1957
I’m planning to read it in January, for the Japanese Literature Challenge, and for The Classics Club

“Mishima’s play is called Dojoji, and takes place in a secondhand furniture shop. The Dealer has organized a private auction for some very rich customers. He is selling a giant wardrobe, big enough to fit a double bed in. The Dealer explains that the wardrobe is up for auction because it belonged to one of the rich families who “has gone down a bit in the world” since the end of WWII, so they must sell their furniture. The wardrobe is very impressive, and soon the bidding hits three million Yen.
However, just as the bidding reaches a climax, a woman enters the scene, bidding only three thousand Yen for the wardrobe.”

📚 Knos and Crosses, by Ian Rankin
Published in 1987
I have heard about this author twice this past week, so that’s a good sign!

“Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he’s tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain’s elite SAS. Now he’s an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn’t just one cop trying to catch a killer, he’s the man who’s got all the pieces to the puzzle…
Knots and Crosses introduces a gifted mystery novelist, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today..”

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

L'Origine

📚 L’Origine, by Lilianne Milgrom
Published on July 28
Historical novel set in France. Received for France Book Tours

We still have a couple of spots on the tour!!

L’Origine‘ traces the extraordinary, clandestine odyssey of an iconic 19th century painting that shook up the author’s world and continues to scandalize all who set eyes upon it.
Gustave Courbet’s portrait of a woman’s exposed torso and sex – audaciously entitled ‘L’Origine du monde’ (The Origin of the World) – was so shocking it was kept hidden for a century and a half, surviving revolution, Nazi plunder and the foibles of its eccentric owners.
Today it draws millions of visitors to Paris’ Orsay Museum. Lilianne Milgrom brings a fresh, feminine perspective to an iconic work of art created specifically for the male gaze.
L’Origine‘ offers readers more than a riveting romp through history–it also reflects society’s complex attitude towards female nudity.

NB: this is a historical novel, no explicit scenes

BOOK JOURNAL

📚 Wow, I forgot I has been doing this! Will try to restart this. Maybe for my exclusive Newsletter!

THIS PAST WEEK ON
WORDS AND PEACE
MYRTLE SKETE
and FRANCE BOOK TOURS

📚 Book of the month giveaway

COMING UP ON
WORDS AND PEACE
MYRTLE SKETE
FRANCE BOOK TOURS

  • Late reviews?
  • More Orthodox book notes?
  • Two new tours will be posted on Monday and Tuesday

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

 

2020: October wrap-up

October 2020 WRAP-UP

Not much has been happening recently here, apart from a few book reviews, not as many as I would want of course, I have read so many great books waiting for their review!

I did start something new, Throwback Thursday, to highlight posts written 10 years ago, as my book blog turned 10 in September.

Well at least, I have done some serious reading, reaching in fact almost my highest average per month this year.

📚 Here is what I read in October.

11 books:
6 in print 
with 2,193 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H49
, a daily average of 44 minutes

4 in mystery:

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train, #6 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Peril at End House, #8 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Girl Behind the Wall: Edgar Allan Poe, the Girl, and the Mysterious Raven Murders, by Bruce Wetterau – for review
  4. L’Énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker – French ebook with my Discord French Book Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Esdras (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Nehemiah – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. L’Humanité en péril, by Fred Vargas – French ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami – ebook with my Discord Murakami Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Alina: A Song for the Telling, by Malve von Hassell – book for review for France Book Tours (review to be posted on November 4

1 in science fiction:

  1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov – readalong with Lory @ Emerald City Book Reviews

1 in manga/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #1, by Hiromu Arakawa

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  The Girl Behind the Wall  L'humanité en péril

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 46/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 6 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 95/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 16

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Vesper Flights

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Girl Behind the Wall

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime readalong

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Deb at Readerbuzz
Karen at Booker Talk

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

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over 5,370 followers
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How was YOUR month of October?

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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!

2020: September wrap-up

September 2020 WRAP-UP

Not too sure where September went!
We have had some absolutely ideal weather, and I have used the opportunity to do some binge reading in the garden, in the sun.
The big excitement this past month was my 10th blogiversary on the 29th. I did a special post for it, and gave the name of the 2 winners.
So now, I’m going to try to do a monthly throwback Thursday post.
I’m also planning on doing a Newsletter, with special content.

📚 For now, here is what I read in September.
Only 7 books, but a few more pages and minutes than last month.

7 books:
4 in print 
with 1,212 pages, a daily average of 40 pages/day
3 in audio
= 31H25
, a daily average of 1H02 

3 in mystery:

  1. Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez – audio
  2. The French Widow, by Mark Pryor – ebook, for review
  3. All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Chronicles (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Vesper Flights, by Helen McDonald – audio, for review

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Readers’ Room, by Antoine Laurain – for review

1 in fantasy/YA/hstfic:

  1. Le Livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  All the Devils Are Here  The Readers' Room

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 41/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 84/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Don't Look for Me

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a middle grade/ historical novel.
The other is a mystery/women’s fiction set in Provence and Dordogne.

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Readers' Room

click on the cover to access my review
And go visit France Book Tours,
as it is one of the books offered as giveaway!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 8 books to read in September

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Feed Your Fiction Addiction
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Deb at Readerbuzz
Karen at Booker Talk

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,230 posts
over 5,350 followers
over 204,100 hits

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in October,
and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of September?

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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!