Read or skip #12

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

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I’ll keep 143,145, 147, 148, 149, and 150
I’ll Skip: 146
And I’ll put maybe for 144

READ OR SKIP #12

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147) The Museum of Literary Souls

  • It’s Fantasy, that I don’t often read
  • BUT it’s about books, and how fiction can enter real life,
    and it’s a short story
    READ

148) Vies minuscules

  • I still haven’t read anything by Michon.
  • BUT the synopsis no longer grab me. Funny, I added so many French books at one point, and now I’m not sure why
    SKIP

149) L’héritage de tata Lucie

  • Another French title that illustrates my last point
  • Plus, this is humor, not my cup of tea
    SKIP

150) The Map Thief

  • I rarely read true crime
  • BUT this topic sounds fascinating, with history and geography
    READ

151) Lost For Words

  • A book about books
  • BUT a satire. Not sure it’s worth it
    SKIP

152) I Remember

  • Biography/Memoir of an author who fascinates me more and more
  • And it’s short
    READ

153) The Bilingual Brain

  • Ben évidemment que j’veux lire ce livre !!
  • Well, of course I want to read this one !!
    READ

154) The Poisoning Angel

  • I have read and enjoyed several books by this quirky author
    READ

What do YOU think? Thanks for helping

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

2019: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP

It’s still insanely cold around Chicago, so what better to do than curl up with a good book? I did read some interesting ones this month.
And I also DNFed two:

  • A Deadly Affection, by Cuyler Overholt. I explain why here
  • I tried briefly the upcoming In the Blink of an Eye, but found it super confusing and stopped quickly. So I have this brand new ARC, if anyone is interested in some swap

Let’s talk about good things now.
I’m still reading Don Quixote, basically by myself, as the people who organized the read-along seem to have stopped. I’m also late in the schedule, but slowly but surely, I’ll manage.
Everyday, I also read a chapter of Les Misérables in French, a read-along with one my students. It’s kind of neat to see her reactions, as she hasn’t read it yet, and doesn’t know what’s coming. Even though I read it decades ago, I no longer have the effect of surprise. We are almost done with volume 1.

So here is what I finished in February:

8 books:
7 in print 
with 2,391 pages, an average of 85 pages/day
(wow! I’m impressed: 2 were long books, one of them a manga!)
1 in audio
with 11H06, an average of 23 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Perec – in French
  2. The Goose Fritz, by Sergei Lebedev – ebook, for review
  3. Trace, by Pat Cummings – book won, middle grade
  4. The Library of Lost and Found, by Phaedra Patrick – ebook, for review

1 in poetry:

  1. Cocktails with a Dead Man, by Joe Albanese

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Earthern Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition, by Gabriel Bunge

1 in manga:

  1. Orange, volume 1, by Ichigo Takano

1 in between nonfiction and historical fiction!!

  1. HHhH, by Laurent Binet – audio, in French

So yes, I finally found a manga that I really loved and devoured! It’s YA and romancy, two genres that I usually don’t like, but it’s a very interesting story actually, and the art is beautiful. I’m saving volume 2 for March, and I found the latest one by the same author as well!

MY FAVORITES IN FEBRUARY

HHhH Earthen Vessels

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 15/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 30, BUT I did manage to delete a lot of old ones.

Blog wise, you may have noticed a few posts for Thursday Travels. I’ll try to do this on a regular basis.

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Are We French Yet

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Modern Mrs Darcy
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in March
and my exciting plan!

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How was YOUR month of February?

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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!

 

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest

Top Ten Books
That Have Been On My TBR
the Longest

TTT for February 6, 2018

I’m simply putting here the 10 oldest books on my Goodreads TBR, we are going back here to June 2011!
Right now, by the way, my TBR is at 1,205 titles…
A nice mix of fiction and nonfiction,
and some are on the list of books I plan to read this year!
Click on the pictures to access details.
If needed, click on DATE ADDED to get to this exact list

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Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
Which book has been the longest on your own TBR?