Friday Face Off: Lips

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “lips, or the impression left by a kiss

I’m totally thrilled by this prompt, which allows me to highlight what’s probably my most favorite book read in 2021:

Une Rose seule

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The book is available in English translation – see the cover below

As you can see, very few publishers kept the lips, few featured roses, but the color rose/pink does come back more often than not.

Click on the picture if you want to identify the various editions
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WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?

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My favorite is the Actes Sud (French) edition.
NB: the red frame is mine, it’s not part of the cover.
I love the artistic background, totally evocative of Japan (where the book is set),
the focus on the face, though only showing half of it, which can refer to a certain mystery or change in identity,
the color rose/pink referring to the woman’s name,
and the lips, because of her experience in Japan.
And I think the last cover is totally off.

Please, read this book. Only 160 pages, and so so gorgeous.
Totally different style (and definitely length) from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which was also a fascinating book.

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Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
Next Friday: Hate to Love,
not sure I’ll participate

Nonfiction November 2020: New on my TBR

 

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#NonficNov

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Here is the topic for week 5:

NEW TO MY TBR

Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

This month, I have read about all kinds of fascinating nonfiction books I didn’t know about.
But as I’m trying to limit my TBR to books I absolutely want to read, I just added 10 titles to my TBR, all related to Japan, that were recommended by awesome readers who answered my Ask the expert post.

Thanks to each of you:

Brona at Brona’s Books

Deb at Readerbuzz

Diana at Thoughts on Papyrus

Heather at Based on a True Story

Karen at BookerTalk

Katie at Doing Dewey

Liz at Adventures in reading, running and working from home

Melissa Firman

Shelleyrae at Book’d Out

Silver Button Books

What’s Nonfiction?

Here are the books I really want to read.
I plan to read several of these in Jan-March, as part of the Japanese Literature Challenge:

Japan TBR

If you want to see who recommended what, just look through the comments of this post.

I did add a nonfiction book on another topic:
World War I: The Rest of the Story & How It Affects You Today, (Uncle Eric #10), by Richard J. Maybury. He has a similar one on WWII and Ancient Rome.
This title was found on Carol’s blog: Journey-and-Destination

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WHAT GREAT NONFICTION BOOK
HAVE YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR?

 

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Book review: Nagasaki. I love France #127

I LOVE FRANCE
And maybe you do too!
If you have recently read a good book in connection with France,
please mention it in the comment section
and add a link to your review if you have one.
I will regularly post a recap of all the books mentioned.
And why not enter your review in the 2015 French Bingo?

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 Nagasaki

Nagasaki
In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Nagasaki
By
Éric Faye
Translated by Emily Boyce
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Pub. Date: Jan 13, 2015
Originally published in French in 2010

ISBN978-1908313652

PagesPB, 112
also available as ebook
Genre:
Literary fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher

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This new book received from Gallic Books is set in Japan, but it has been written originally in French by a French author. Nagasaki is a literary novella based on a true story, reported in Japanese newspapers in 2008. But the author adds to it a very interesting twist.
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