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September 2011 wrap up

Joyfully on my way to be devouring over 100 books in 2011, here is my recap for this past month.

Sounds great, EXCEPT that I have so many reviews behind. Which is a shame, as many books I read were terrific, and my September favorite could well be my 2011 favorite!

I read 10 books, with a total of 3342 pages, which is an average of 111.40 pages/day = that’s my best this year, but some pages were drawings actually, that explains it

and listened to 1 audiobook, 11 hours long, which is an average of 22 mn/day = my worst this year!

FICTION
Du côté de chez Swann, by Marcel Proust – 400 pages
       read on Dailylit.com, with daily installments sent to my Google REader, really neat!
An Accident in August, by Laurence Cossé – 192 p.
       read for The Europa Challenge
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – 308 p.
The Woman in the Dunes, by Kobo Abe – 241 p.
The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto – 188 p.
         these last 2 read for the Japanese Literature Challenge

GRAPHIC NOVEL
Wonderstruck, by Brian Selznick  – 634 p.
         by the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

HISTORICAL NOVEL – I consider it both fiction and non-fiction
Becoming Marie Antoinette, by Juliet Grey – 453 p.
         ebook on Netgalley

NON-FICTION
French Milk, by Lucy Knisley – 194 p.
Tolstoy and The Purple Chair, by Nina Sankovitch – 236 p.
Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain – 496 p.
this ebook on my ipod touch was over 7000 screens!!

AUDIOBOOK
The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown – 11 hours

As you can see, quite a few books listed here are in bad need of a link to my review….

And now to my favorite for fiction and non-fiction:

Reading Challenges

2011 Audio Book Challenge – Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books: 9/12
My Dewey Decimal Challenge – Master Level =4.  25/4!
2011 Non-Fiction Challenge – 7-9 books from different categories: Future Jeopardy Champion. 21/9!
Europa Challenge – Ami Level =4. 2/4
Japanese Literature Challenge – 1 book between June 1, 2011 and January 30, 2012: 2/1

September had the big BBAW event, which brought many readers to my blog. The most exciting was probably my interview of Tif at Tif Talk Books, and her interviewing me.

I was fun also to give away 2 books.

And and it was great to celebrate my first blogiversary – sometimes I find “blogoversary”, but the urban dictionary only seems to accept blogIversary.

Now coming in October is another tour, on 

Road from the West (Chronicles of Tancred, #1) by Rosanne E. Lortz

I will be posting on Oct 13, but if you are curious about this new book on the Crusades, see here the schedule, several bloggers have already posted on it.

HOW WAS YOUR SEPTEMBER READING MONTH?
ANY SPECIAL GOAL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

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I love France #7: #70 Review: An Accident in August

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An Accident in August

by

Laurence Cossé

192 p.

Translated by Alison Anderson

Published by Europa Editions on Aug 30, 2011

This book counts for

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

If you were in France or at least in Europe on August 31, 1997, you probably remember how all the news focused for weeks on the event leading to Lay Diana’s death.

In this book, Laurence Cossé uses the accident but with a very smart and original twist. Not sure this ever showed up in the news back then, but her basic theory for the plot of the book is that the fast driving drunken chauffeur crashed into the bridge because he tried to avoid a car which was unfortunately too well respecting the speed limit in that area – which is extremely rare, as you know if you have ever driven in those Parisian areas and in the périphériques. (If you are looking for a sense of danger and adventure, try it!)

So the book is about Lou the driver of that slow car. Seeing that she had involuntarily caused an accident, fearful about the consequences, she fled. And from then on, her life was totally changed, with all the consequences from trying to hide, to lie, and to escape, and all the while entagnling herself into dramatic events.

If was a delightful short read, as for all books published by Europa Editions I have read so far. I enjoyed very much the suspense in it, and its message: whatever you do may have some long lasting consequences.

So how are you living your life? Do you take time to reflect and measure before doing this or that? Of course, you often don’t know where an action is first going to lead you, but once the machine is rolling, and you see the road it takes, what do you do: do you let it go until it eventually crashes? or do you try to stir it in another direction?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

In An Accident in August, Laurence Cossé takes one of the most famous news events of recent world history as the starting point for a novel as intelligent as it is gripping. On the now infamous night of August 31, 1997, a young woman’s life is thrown into turmoil when fortune places her at the scene of the fatal car crash in which Lady Diana Frances Spencer, then Princess of Wales, lost her life.

Scared and alone, she flees the scene of the accident. While there are no immediate repercussions resulting from her flight, as news of the tragic event spreads and TV stations, papers and radio talk of nothing else for days, she is assailed by a growing sense of guilt. Terrified of being found out, questioned, arrested, and thrown headfirst into a media whirlwind, she finds herself paralyzed by fear, paranoia, and a growing sense of remorse.

Wonderfully paced, suspenseful and dramatic, An Accident in August is the story of an ordinary person radically changed by her chance involvement in an extraordinary event. She unwittingly becomes a part of history. Yet history itself, not to mention the police and the media, ultimately fails to identify her, and she remains a figure cloaked in mystery. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

She was first a journalist in the French newspaper Le Quotidien de Paris and then at the French public radio France Culture. Most of her novels have been published by the French publishing house Gallimard. [Goodreads]. She aslo published A Novel Bookstore, which I highly recommend.

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GOOD BOOKS FOR YOUR WEEK-END 08/6-7

GOOD BOOKS FOR YOUR WEEK-END 

08/06-07/2011

Is there anything comparable to beginning a new book? It would be hard to find, and that may be why I begin so many at the same time, LOL!

This past week, I was thrilled to receive my first book from Net Galley, though it will have to wait, as I have so many books going on at the same time. I have also decided to limit myself to 4 novellas, for the Art of The Novella Reading Challenge, as I seem not to enjoy novellas as much as novels or  non-fiction works. The last reviewed was Bartleby the Scrivener.  I’ll post The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tolstoy, and The Touchstone by Wharton next week, and up to other projects.

So, what are YOU going to begin this week-end? There are so many goodies out there, old and new, I hope this list may be of help:

FICTION:

The Curfew, by Jesse Ball

An Accident in August, by Laurence Cossé
by the author if A Novel Bookstore, which I enjoyed very much. If you are doing the Europa Challenge, that sounds a good one. 

The Fat Years, by Chan Koonchung
based on China and its evolution

The City of Dreaming Books, by Walter Moers
imagine a world that values books…

Map of Time, by Felix J. Palma

NON-FICTION:

Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train, by Ina Caro
a very interesting book, taking you by train to various destinations around Paris and telling you about the importance of this place in the history of France. I started to read the chapter on Vaux-le-Vicomte, as I was mesmerized by this castle when I read Before Versailles. Very interestingly done

The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States, by by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager

Shakespeare, by Bill Bryson

Milk: A Local and Global History, by Deborah Valenze

Becoming Odyssa, by Jennifer Pharr Davis
a woman following the Appalachian trail. I read one on the same topic by Bill Bryson (mentioned above for his book on Shakespeare), called A Walk in the Woods

SO WILL YOU PREFER A NOVEL THIS WEEK-END,
OR A BOOK ON LITERATURE?
ON HISTORY? ON NATURE?

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