Book review: The Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light,
by Hilary Mantel
Thomas Cromwell #3
Henry Holt and Co/Macmillan
3/10/2020
784 pages
Historical fiction

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Eight years have gone by since the publication of Bring Up the Bodies, the second book in the Thomas Cromwell series by Hilary Mantel. So I was a bit nervous, thinking I would be lost jumping in The Mirror and the Light, book three, so many years later. I was also a bit intimidated by the size of the book (784 pages. These days, I tend to avoid huge books, unless they are written by really excellent authors). As often, my fears were not justified.
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2020: May wrap-up

MAY 2020 WRAP-UP

One of my online French students is done with her AP. With one of these big burdens away, I have been able to go back to reading more (double books from last month!) as well as blogging. I plan to do that even more in June, for instance with going back to my reading journaling sections and Sunday Posts.

This past month, it was nice taking part in Bout of Books. On June 1st, I’ll be participating in 20 Books of Summer for the first time.

Thanks to Zoom sessions, I watched a few events of Book Expo America (if you haven’t, you can watch the recordings on their Facebook page), which is pretty cool, as anyway, I can never go to New York for that.
I also took part in a book event sponsored by City Lit Books from Chicago. Every week in the Chicago Tribune, @biblioracle recommends a book when you send him the list of the last 5 books you have read. This time, he did it live on Zoom. We were 100 participants. I ended up of 23 titles I have to look closely at!
Once again, I really enjoy these online events, as I would never be able to go there in person.

“We still haven’t been able to go back to Church. I dare hope it will be possible in June, but who knows at this point?”:
I wrote this last month. Well, our Church space is very small, making social distancing simply impossible, so God knows when we’ll convene again. Last time was March 11… And the Orthodox Divine Liturgy is not really possible outdoors either.

📚 So here are the titles I read in May :

12 books:
7 in print 
with 2,049 pages, an average of 66 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H15
, an average of 43 minutes

6 in nonfiction:

  1. La Panthère des neiges, by Sylvain Tesson – audio
  2. On The Ecclesiastical Mystagogy, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  3. The Church, the Litany, and the Soul of Man, by Saint Maximus the Confessor – same book than #2, but different translation, and I wanted to read both to better study this book
  4. The Book of Deuteronomy – audio, for my Bible personal project, and for The Classics Club
  5. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor – ebook, received for review
  6. The Book of Joshua – audio, for my Bible personal project, and for The Classics Club

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptist Andrea – received for review, it will be live on June 12
  2. Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, for the online Murakami Book Club

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Three Hours in Paris, by Cara Black – audio, received for review
  2. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel

2 in mystery:

  1. Au soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi – I listened to it last month, and this time I read it, readalong with one of my French students
  2. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie  – audio, for my Hercule Poirot project, and for The Classics Club

 

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN MAY

La Panthère des neiges The Mirror and the Light

A Hundred Million Years and a Day

 

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 29/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 49/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 31

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN MAY

This month I reviewed:

Sight Words Storybook Phonics storybook Solar System for Kids The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5

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Bout of Books 28: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 28
Day 6 recap

Bout of Books 28

#boutofbooks
NB: This is my 15th participation in #boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th
and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 28 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel = 27 pages – FINISHED
  2. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor = 12 pages
  3. A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptiste Andrea = 5 pages
  4. Psalm 118: A Commentary by Saint Theophan the Recluse = 13 pages

Total for Day 6:  57 pages
TOTAL so far:  425/525

I only did 1 challenge:

– on Instagram, Highly Anticipated release. Can you guess which?
– the other challenge consisted in reviewing a book we have read this week. So far, I have only finished the Book of Deuteronomy in audio.
I can only say that I hadn’t read from verse 1 to last for a while. And this time I was struck that it was a very harsh book. When you have discovered the source of life and decide to go away from it, obviously things cannot go well.
Not necessarily as a punishment, but as a natural consequence, like if you are hiking in the desert, and you know exactly whereto find water, but you decide to go the other way. You see what I mean. Well, I guess it is some type of reviw after all, lol

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel = 24 pages
  2. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor = 12 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie = 24 pages

Total for Day 5:  60 pages
TOTAL so far:  368/525

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Share Your Favorites
– on Instagram, Blown Away
I featured the same book on both. Can you guess which?

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel = 36 pages
  2. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor = 5 pages

Total for Day 4:  41 pages
TOTAL so far:  308/525

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Bookish Matchmaking. If you don’t use Twitter, maybe you can help.
I’m looking for cyber thrillers. Please only your favorite novels. Thanks!
– on Instagram, Color Me Happy – in brown!

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. Au Soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi = 82 pages
  2. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor = 4 pages

Total for Day 3:  86 pages
TOTAL so far:  267/525

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Book to Movie
– on Instagram, Diverse Books

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami = 39 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie = 65 pages

Total for Day 2:  104 pages
TOTAL so far:  181/525

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, If This, Then That
– on Instagram, Seasonal Readings

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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor= 7 pages
  2. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel = 41 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Deuteronomy = 29 pages FINISHED

Total for Day 1:  77 pages
TOTAL so far:  77/525

Phew, 2 pages above my goal! Although I didn’t have the feeling of reading  a lot.

I also did 2 challenges:

– on Twitter, Introduce yourself #insixwords
– on Instagram, currently reading

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I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

I will try to organize a giveaway!

Here are the books I plan to read (from).

  1. Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami
  2. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor
  3. Au Soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi
  4. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel – FINISHED
  5. A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptiste Andrea
  6. Psalm 118: A Commentary by Saint Theophan the Recluse
  7. Audiobook: The Book of Deuteronomy FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie

REST OF THE SCHEDULE

Challenges
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 28. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Wednesday 5/13
Book to Movie

Thursday 5/14
Bookish Matchmaking

Friday 5/15
Share Your Favorites

Saturday 5/16
Leave a Review

Sunday 5/17
Stretch Goal

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

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