2019: April wrap-up

APRIL WRAP-UP

I’m super late for my monthly recap. As Christian Orthodox, we had our Great Week and Holy Pascha a week after the other Christians. It’s basically a marathon week, with lots of hours in church. It’s the most amazing week of the year, but I easily need one week to recover after! And I’m so exhausted that even reading gets challenging, if you can imagine!
So after all the books I read for the Man Booker International Shadow Panel, these past weeks have been quite anti-climatic on the reading level.

So here is what I finished in April:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,539 pages, an average of 51 pages/day
1 in audio
= 14H18
, an average of 28 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin – for MBI2019
  2. The Death of Murat Idrissi, by Tommy Weiringa – ebook for MBI2019
  3. Valerie, by Sara Stridsberg – ebook for MBI2019
  4. Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi – ebook for MBI2019
  5. The Republic, by Joost de Vries – ebook for MBI2019

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – audio, for Classics Club

1 in mystery:

  1. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk – ebook for MBI2019

MY FAVORITES IN APRIL

Walden  The Death of Murat Idrissi

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 43/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 3/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 33/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 10

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The Death of Murat Idrissi

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The top 8 books to read in April 2019

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in April 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

     If you love me

Mouthful of birds Valerie

Don Quixote
For the 2nd part, I’m doing a read-along with Lory at The Emerald City. If you want to join us, keep an eye on her site and mine, we’ll alternate for recaps and questions. It will be a slow read, join us if you never finished the book!

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
Wonderful book for all Christians.

Mouthful of Birds
I’m just starting this collection of short stories, part of the Man Booker International Prize longlist (#MBI2019). As you know by now, I’m part of the Shadow Panel this year.

Valerie / The Faculty of Dreams
Possibly the most awful book I have ever read in my entire life. I’m serious. This is also for #MBI2019

READING NEXT

Drive your plow  Talk to mev

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
This is also for #MBI2019.
“One of Poland’s most imaginative and lyrical writers, Olga Tokarczuk presents us with a detective story with a twist in DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD”
I’m not sure I’ll be able to read the remaining three. But I will if they show up in the longlist.

Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think
I requested this book, the content sounds really good.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

       Walden  Sang famille

Walden
For The Classics Club
The audio format is working well for me. I’m actually listening to a Librivox recording (volunteer readers – and YOU can become one!).
Wow, we think we invented minimalism, but this guy is absolutely the father of minimalism. “Thoreau-ly” (couldn’t resist) enjoying its ideas. Plus awesome descriptions on his natural environment.

Sang Famille
Ah ah! Estories now has this book published last year! The very latest by Bussi is not there yet, but hopefully it will eventually be.

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PLANS FOR APRIL

Finish reading and reviewing for #MBI2019, and then be more active with the Don Quixote readalong.

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The top 7 books to read in March 2019

Here are

The top 7 books
I plan to read in March 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

     The Woman in the window

Poustinia

Don Quixote is a read-along with Nick (see his read-alongs for the whole year)
and Silvia Cachia (great input and resources). Still working slowly on it, basically on my own.

The Woman in the Window
I hadn’t read it yet, so I thought it would be good to do it with a readalong for #MarchMysteryMadness
Talk about unreliable narrator! And possibly also unreliable author, who seems to have too closely followed a couple of movies for his plot, but it seems to be well written so far, and that’s what ultimately counts for me.

Poustina is a classic of spirituality on silence, solitude, and prayer. I actually think I read it some thirty years ago in French, but it’s good to revisit it. Excellent passages.

I’m actually not counting here another read-along: with one of my French students, I read a couple of chapters of Les Misérables in French per day.

READING NEXT

Now, this part is tricky, let me explain.
In 2015, I joined the IFFP Shadow Panel. It’s basically a bunch of book bloggers who started this because one year, they thought the award should have gone to another book. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and discovered amazing authors in the process. So I have decided to do it again this year.
In the meantime, the prize has been renamed the ManBooker International Prize (#MBIP2019) (and looks like next year it will still have another name, has Man is no longer the sponsor).
Tony has just posted who is part of the Shadow Panel this year, we are 11! A great reading team, I feel so honored to be part of it.
The long list will be released on March 13, so I don’t know yet which titles I’l need to read. I hope it will contain two or three titles I have already read, for instance Hear Our Defeats and Killing Commendatore.

If I have time before March 13, I may read

The Republic If you love me  

 The Republic
US release: April 30, 2019
Received for review
“A gripping academic novel about deception and self-deception, ambition, the love of history as entertainment, and the hunt for the perfect enemy.”

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
My husband has been raving about this book, so I think that will be my next spiritual book. Plus I have really enjoyed other books by the same author, Father Matthew the Poor (Coptic Christian)

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

       Walden  Petit pays

Walden
For The Classics Club
The audio format is working well for me. I’m actually listening to a Librivox recording (volunteer readers – and YOU can become one!).
Wow, we think we invented minimalism, but this guy is absolutely the father of minimalism. “Thoreau-ly” (couldn’t resist) enjoying its ideas, though a few passages are long and preachy.

Petit Pays
The book was published in 2016 in French. It won major awards and was nominated for several others. I have a very good feeling it will be on the longlist and possibly shortlist of the ManBooker international Prize.
I have studied passages with some of my students, I think it’s high time to listen to it all.
French-Rwandan Gaël Faye is an author, composer and hip hop artist. He was born in 1982 in Burundi, and has a Rwandan mother and French father.

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PLANS FOR MARCH

As mentioned above, mostly the Man Booker International Shadow Panel.
And a bit of March Mystery Madness.

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