Year of reading 2014 part 1

This is the exciting time to post my stats about my

Year of reading 2014
Part 1

This year, there will be 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun lists

So drum roll, here are my favorites!
This has been awfully difficult to choose: I have read so many amazing books this year. For instance, in the category Print – fiction, I hesitated between 4 books, and in the category print-historical fiction, between 10!
My final choice is based both on the quality of the book and also on how it resonated with me and my own experience.

 

My Favorites:

click on the covers to get to my reviews
The Oblate’s Confession review is scheduled for 1/5

PRINT COPIES

    Fiction                        Historical fiction            Nonfiction                   Mystery

  The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair  The Oblate's Confession   100 Places cover  Irene

EBOOKS

 Fiction                            Historical fiction               Nonfiction               Mystery

  Mr Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore  The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar    Confessions of a Paris Party Girl - cover     Crossing the Line

AUDIO BOOKS

  Fiction                          Historical fiction                      Nonfiction                 Mystery

  Unlikely Pilgrimage  All The Light We Cannot See  The Innovators  Still Life

PLAY/POETRY BOOK:

Brown Girl Dreaming

CHILDREN BOOK:

The Cheshire Cheese Cat

PICTURE BOOK:

The Right Word

SPIRITUAL BOOK:

Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses

BOOK COVER:

Star For Mrs Blake

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TO COME!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

TBR pile challenge 2014CLICK ON THE BANNER TO JOIN THIS CHALLENGE

I have so so many books on my TBR and TBL, 622 as of today, that I really need to do this challenge, though 12 books seem too low for me.

Here are the 12 titles I plan on reading. They need to have been published before 2013:

  1. The Light Between Oceans
  2. My Antonia
  3. Murder in Montmartre, by Cara Black
  4. Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse
  5. Vendredi ou les limbes du pacifique, by Michel Tournier
  6. Gaspard, Melchior & Balthazar, by Michel Tournier
  7. La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Pérec
  8. Eventide, by Kent Haruf
  9. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce
  10. The Queen’s Lover
  11. The Crown, by Nancy Bilyeau
  12. The Bridge on the Drina

Alternates:

  1. Stoner
  2. The Shadow of the Wind = DNFed!

= only 4/12!


Review #58: The Dead (Art of the Novella Review #1)

The Dead

by

James JOYCE

80 pages

Published in 1914 / 2004, by Melville House

Read for

Excited to be part of this Reading Challenge, and to be able to post 1 review on Day1! I’m shooting for either 6 or 9 novels, we’ll see how things go.

Not too late to join the Challenge – click on the banner to do so.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

I read parts of Ulysses decades ago, and seeing this novella on the list for this Reading Challenge, I thought that would be a great way of getting reconnected with James Joyce. I read a lot of positive things about this work, but alas, I have to say my mind must be too obtuse to evaluate what’s great about it. Actually, I read it in June, and instead of writing my review right away and save it as draft to publish it during the Challenge period, which would have been the smartest way of doing it, I waited. End of July, I had absolutely NO memory what this was about, so I reread it a second time! – so ashamed I will only count it for 1 book though!

After my second reading, I read some literary analysis of the work, to see what I missed, but nothing actually proved me that it was indeed such a great novella.

I did not like the characters at all, and didn’t find their description astounding either.

Well, that’s not a good start for this Challenge, but more and better is coming! Stay tune

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Here is the description found in Goodreads; no need to say that it is extremely overstated, according to my opinion. I found it neither evocative nor beautiful, I did not feel any emotion nor experienced any epiphany:

Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce’s elegant story details a New Year’s Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist’s wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband, closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Do we still need to present James Joyce? If yes, the link should give you some good background information.


I HOPE YOU READ THIS BOOK
AND YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT YOU GOT OUT OF IT,
I AM HONESTLY CURIOUS TO KNOW
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