I love France #34: Books on France

I LOVE FRANCE!

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I keep adding books related to France one way or another on my Goodreads TBR list, so I thought I would share the last 5 of them with you this week.

I purposely choose titles available in English, if you feel like checking them out at your local library for instance. In France, this is the literary season, with many literary awards, such as le Goncourt et le Renaudot, just awarded yesterday. Unfortunately, few books by these authors have been translated in English, and it’s hard to find a library having them in the US. Maybe easier in the UK and Canada. That’s why I focus on more accessible books.

Fiction:

The Cleaner of Chartres  A Place of Greater Safety The Summer of France

Nonfiction:

How the French Invented Love The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
DO THEY ATTRACT YOU? WHY?
AREN’T THE COVERS GORGEOUS?

WOULD YOU HAVE ANY FRENCH RECOMMENDATIONS?

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If you link your own post on France,
please if possible
include the title of the book or topic in your link:
name of your blog (name of the book title or topic):
example : me @ myblog  (Camus)
Thanks!

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June Wrap-up

Already one nice summer month gone, and 6 months of the year gone. I will probably not make it for many of my current reading challenges, but it does not matter, I had a very interesting reading month in June.

I read 7 books, only one being non-fiction. Total of 1732 pages, that is 57.7 pages/day. Good, especially as I listened to 2 audiobooks, representing 33:57 hours, so an average of 1:07 hour/day! How did I do this? I listened to many CDs of one on a long trip, and the other audiobook I had actually started last month!

The books I read were:

  1. Spartacus, by Ben Kane – click on the link and enter before July 3rd to get it a free hardcover from the publisher!
  2. The Harp And The Shadow, by Alejo Carpentier –to be reviewed
  3. The Devotion of Suspect X, by Keigo Higashino
  4. Antony And Cleopatra, by Shakespeare. –to be reviewed The only non-fiction book I finished this month was its companion:
  5. Cliffs Notes on Antony and Cleopatra, by James Bellman
  6. Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino –to be reviewed
  7. Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier – reviewwill be posted around July 17, for the Read-a-long event.
    I just want to tell you I really found this book awesome, as for the quality of its writing – I kept wanting to read over and over again chapter one and paint the property!, and of its plot. Wow, how Gothic, for a book written in 1938! Watch for my review!

The 2 audiobooks  were:

  1. Bring Up The Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  2. The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

 

My 2 favorites were

Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 52 books:  19/52
Around the world in 12 books: 6/12
European reading challenge: 7/5 – COMPLETED
I love Italy: 3/3 – COMPLETED
Dewey Decimal: 21/20 – COMPLETED
We want you to read French authors: 6/5 or 10 (ends in August)
Books in translation: 8/10-12
South Asia: 3/7
Middle East: 2/18
My own reading challenge: 1/5
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Ebook challenge: 5/10
Audiobook: 7/12
Support your library: 30/37
Finishing the series: 1/1 – COMPLETED
2nds challenge: 4/3 – COMPLETED
Foodies: 1/3
Japanese literature: 1/8??
Historical novels: 6/7-10
New authors challenge: 16/15 -COMPLETED
A Shakespeare play a month: 5 /12 – 1 BEHIND!
SHAKESPEARE READING MONTH: 1/1   –  COMPLETED
AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE MONTH: 1/1 – COMPLETED
DICKENS READING MONTH: 1/1  – COMPLETED
Graham Green Challenge: 0/1

Special events in June:

– It was great to be part of the  Virtual Author Book Tour on Spartacus: The Gladiator, by Ben Kane. And the giveaway of a brand new hardcover directly from the opublisher is opened until July 2nd midnight!
Audiobook Week was excellent! See my recap and resolutions.
– I discovered another French blogger, having the same first name, who blogs also in English!! You should go and visit her at Book Around The Corner

In July so far only this:
Rebecca read-along
– I plan soon to write a post on 3 amazing Christian Orthodox books recently published

I am currently reading:
– The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac The Syrian
– Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle, by Slavoj Zizek
– The Lovers of Algeria, by Anouar Benmalek
– The Taming of The Shrew, by Shakespeare
– Days of Splendor, Days of Glory, by Juliet Grey – ebook
– In The Garden Of Beasts, by Erik larson – audiobook

HOW WAS YOUR JUNE READING MONTH?
ANY SPECIAL READING PLAN FOR JULY?

2011-2012: My Audiobook Year

This is so much fun to have Audiobook Week back, thanks Devourer of Books!

Today’s discussion is:

Are you new to audiobooks in the last year?
No, I am not, and it is actually interesting to compare this post with the one I wrote last year.

Have you been listening to them forever but discovered something new this year?
Not forever, but for a few years.
I am more and more appreciating audiobooks and their amazing narrators. Jen has taught me to be careful taking note of and mentioning the name of the narrator, and inserting in my reviews things about the narration itself. I have thus learned to enjoy very much some narrators, I even have my favorite ones now – more about this later in the week!
So maybe we can say I have discovered the narrators and their extraordinary skills.

You probably all know about it if you read this post, but there’s a great Audiobook Challenge going on at Teresa’s Reading Corner, a great place to invite you to listen to more!

Favorite titles?|
Since last Audiobook Week, I have listened to 16 titles (compared to 14 last year):
9  between the end of June and Dec 30, 2011
and 7 so far in 2012, which means my yearly average is definitely going to be much higher.
I am currently listening to a non-fiction audiobook, that will actually be my first one this one, so far, they were all fiction.

Favorite titles:


Please click on the covers to read my reviews


New times/places to listen?
Nothing has really changed here. My usual times and places to listen to audiobooks are when I do house chores, such as the dishes (this is one of the great advantage NOT to have a dishwasher!), ironing, etc.
And when I paint my rocks.
I think I’m going though to add something new: listening to audiobooks when I weed my garden! I just need to figure out some pouch where I can put my ipod touch in a secure way, where it does not mess up with the tracks when I bend! Any idea is most welcome.

Oh wait! I did finish several CDs of Bring Up The Bodies in the car, on my way to a rockpainting meeting near Arkansas – 10 hours of driving, that was great for audiobooks!

Come back this week, as I will be posting the review of a great audiobook I finished recently, and will also be offering an audiobook to one of my followers!

HAS THIS AUDIOBOOK YEAR
BEEN RADICALLY DIFFERENT FOR YOU?

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OF THIS AUDIOBOOK WEEK,
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