Novellas in November 2022: recap

Novellas in November 2022

Picking from my 4th list of books for The Classic Club, my plan was to read 8 novellas this month for the Novellas in November event.

I managed to read them all, but have been bad at posting reviews recently.
I did post a short review for these three (click on the cover), the three reviews are on the same post:

  The Lady Macbeth of MtsenskThe Lifted Veil  The Snow Goose 2

The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Nikolai Leskov (1865)
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859)
The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico (1951)

And here are now a few words on the 5 other novellas I have read.
I may end up writing more and more super short “reviews” of that type. Would you still be interested in this blog if I did?
Click to continue reading

2022: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2022 WRAP-UP

What? Already at the door of November? Can we slow down please?
Well, the good thing with November, is there are lots of fun book blogging events. I’ll talk to you more about this tomorrow.

For now, let’s focus on October. Talking about blogging events, I joined the team of coordinators for the weekly meme Mailbox Monday, as Velvet of Vvb32reads decided to step down.
So the dynamic trio is now Martha of Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit, and myself.
In case you don’t know yet, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.” For sure it can be dangerous for your TBR, but it’s also a great chance to discover blogs you may not have heard about, and have your own blog discovered by others!

I took some time of silent retreat at the beginning of October, and somehow, it got heard to go back to lots of blogging after that. Plus my teaching schedule is more dense these weeks. So I haven’t posted much, BUT I have kept up the reading, with some fabulous discoveries.

I read and listened to a satisfying number of books this month.
And I am only 6 books away form reaching my 2022 goal of 120 books.
It was fun participating in The 1929 Club – I read three books for that.

📚 Here is what I read in October:

13 books:
8 in print 
with 1,606 pages, a daily average of 51 pages/day
5 in audio
= 38H32
, a daily average of 1H14/ day

6 in mystery:

  1. The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen Detective #1), by Ellery Queen – audio
  2. Maigret (Maigret #19), by Georges Simenon
  3. The 39 Steps, by John Buchan – audio
  4. NOA (9 #3), by Marc Levy – French audio
  5. The Piccadilly Murder, by Anthony Berkeley
  6. The Leathenworth Case (Mr Gryce #1), by Anna Katharine Green – audio

4 in  nonfiction:

  1. Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom
  2. Absolutely on Music, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Osawa
  3. Cliffs Notes on The Sound and the Fury, by James Roberts
  4. Revenge of the Librarians, by Tom Gauld – cartoons

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Paris-Briançon, by Philippe Besson – French audio
  2. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner

1 in poetry:

  1. Selected Poems, by Rainer Maria Rilke

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Sound and the Fury The Leavenworth Case

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 14/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 14
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 10/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 24/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 114/120 (95%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 8

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

  NOA   Paris-Briançon  

through Netgalley.fr

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Sound and the Fury

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 7 books to read in October 2022

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Stuck in a Book
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Karen at Booker Talk
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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in November
How was YOUR month of October?

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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!

The top 7 books to read in October 2022

Here are
The top 7 books
I plan to read in October 2022

One special event I’ll be participating in this month (October 24-30):

The 1929 Club

Click on the image to check what this is about

Click on the covers to know more

📚 CURRENTLY READING 📚

Absolutely on Music Maigret

📚 Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
Nonfiction
小澤征爾さんと、音楽について話をする in 2011
Translated by Jay Rubin in 2016

Murakami is my favorite contemporary Japanese author.
This book is doubly special, as I bought it in a bookstore in “Three Pines” in Quebec, several years ago. I am finally taking time to read it and am really enjoying all the insights on classical music.

“A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood to Franz Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage, the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros. It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere.”

📚 Maigret (Inspecteur Maigret #19), by Georges Simenon
Mystery
Published in 1934
Reading it with one of my French students

At the end of #18, we read that Maigret is going to retire.
At the beginning of this one, he has just retired, but goes back to work to help his nephew, accused of a crime.
It was indeed supposed to be the last book of the series.
The series ended up having 75 books!

I’m just 10% in the story, but I like the personal details, like the Maigrets woken up around 4am by their nephew, then Maigret half asleep bumping his head as he goes down the stairs. Very down to earth.

“Maigret’s peaceful retirement in the countryside is disrupted when a relative, his nephew, unwittingly embroils himself in a crime he did not commit. The Inspector returns to Police Headquarters in Paris once again.”

📚 READING NEXT 📚

Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

The Picadilly Murder   The Sound and the Fury  

📚 Selected Poems, by Rainer Maria Rilke
Poems
Written between 1899-1926.
Collection published in 1948, translated by Robert Bly
It counts for The Classics Club.

This is the book I got for The Classics Club Spin #31.
It’s a bilingual edition, it will be fun going back to German.

📚  The Picadilly Murder (Ambrose Chitterwick #1), by Anthony Berkeley
Mystery
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

“Has Mr Ambrose Chitterwick witnessed suicide or murder at the Piccadilly Palace Hotel? Chief Inspector Moresby of Scotland Yard believes Major Sinclair, her nephew and heir, poisoned the old lady, and he has Chitterwick down as chief witness for the prosecution. Chitterwick finds himself drawn ever deeper into the case following a succession of unexpected twists and turns of the plot…”

📚  The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
Literary fiction
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

I think I have only read As I Lay Dying by Faulkner, and I enjoyed it a lot. But I have heard this one is very challenging. We’ll see.

The tragedy of the Compson family features some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character’s voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century. ”

🎧 CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS 🎧

  The Roman Hat Mystery      The 39 Steps

🎧  The Roman Hat Mystery (Ellery Queen Detective #1), by Ellery Queen
Mystery
Published in 1929
It counts for The Classics Club
Will be reading for the 1929 Club

This is my first book by this author, and so far I really like the characters and the details.

“A fine silk custom top-hat is missing from a crooked lawyer who was poisoned by lead alcohol in the Roman theater at the close of the second act, 9:55 pm. Inspector Richard Q, sneezing snuff; a thin, multi-faced, small “Old Man”; and the Inspector’s large writer son Ellery, puffing cigarettes, investigate. They start with maps of theater, the victim’s bedroom, and a list of names appended with flavorful commentary: the finder of the body is “cranially a brachycephalic”, and Dolly “a lady of reputation”. The flavor of 1929 costume and culture, with evening attire de rigueur, and hip flasks full of bootleg liquor.”

🎧  The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay #1), by John Buchan
Mystery
Published in 1915
It counts for The Classics Club

I am really looking forward to this one. I watched the movie such a long time ago that I have no memory of it, which is a good thing, it will be a total rediscovery.

“Adventurer Richard Hannay, just returned from South Africa, is thoroughly bored with London life—until he is accosted by a mysterious American, who warns him of an assassination plot that could completely destabalise the fragile political balance of Europe. Initially sceptical, Hannay nonetheless harbours the man—but one day returns home to find him murdered… An obvious suspect, Hannay flees to his native Scotland, pursued by both the police and a cunning, ruthless enemy. His life and the security of Britain are in grave peril, and everything rests on the solution to a baffling enigma: what are the ‘thirty nine steps?'”

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR OCTOBER?

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