Book review: Civilizations

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by Laurent Binet
Grasset
08/14/2019
The book is not yet available in English
Literary fiction/Historical fiction
370 pages

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As Civilizations is not yet available in English, and I got it through Netgalley.fr, I will do a bilingual review here, with the French first.

J’ai beaucoup apprécié deux livres de Laurent Binet: La septième fonction du langage et HHhH, pas encore recensé. J’ai donc saisi l’occasion lorsque j’ai découvert qu’il venait de publier Civilizations. On dit Jamais deux sans trois, mais en fait ce n’est pas toujours vrai, et j’ai été très déçue par celui-ci.

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The top 8 books to read in September 2019

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The top 8 books
I plan to read in September 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

    Quichotte

Into The Night

Elder Leonid of Optina
I have a devotion to the Optina Fathers. This is book 1 in the series, as Father Leonid is the one who revived the practice of eldership in that monastery and made it blossom again.

Quichotte
Having just finished reading Don Quixote, I couldn’t resist but jump on the opportunity to read this one, especially as I hadn’t yet read any book by Salman Rushdie.

Into The Night
I just discovered Sarah Bailey, thanks to a blogger’s recommendation. Having read and joyed The Dark Lake, I want to read next one in the series.

READING NEXT

Secret Agent Brainteasers Civilizations

La grande escapade

Secret Agent Brainteasers
I requested several books in the Spring, but never got a chance to read them because of all my readings for MBI2019. So I’m trying to catch up. This one sounds really fun, and I should be able to finally read it this month.

Civilizations
I just realized Laurent Binet has a new book out. I enjoyed so much The Seventh Function of Language and HHhH!

La grande escapade
Bondel is another author I have recently enjoyed, with The 6:41 to Paris, and Exposed.

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

        Solaris Childhoods End

Solaris
I recently watched the movie, and then realized it was on my classic list.
I found an excellent audiobook recording on youtube. Did you know there are more and more audiobooks there? The narrator is so good at doing Snaut, just as maniac as the actor in the movie.

Now, this is the big announcement: Solaris is my 50th classic, to be done with my first list of 50 titles for Classics Club! I actually read them not in 5 years as requested, but in 4!
I can’t wait to show you my new list of 50 titles. Yes, of course I’m going to start a second list!

Childhood’s End
Another classic scifi. It’s actually on my list of alternates for my 2nd list of 50 classics for Classics Club.

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

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And the upcoming treat: you may have noticed yesterday, that I now have 4,894 subscribers. There will be a surprise sent to my 5,000th subscriber and a giveaway for all of you who have been following me before today!

PLANS FOR SEPTEMBER

  • Reveal my 2nd list of 50 titles for Classics Club!
  • Reveal an award I recently received!
  • Post an interview with Silvia on Don Quixote!
  • Finish editing my Authors’ page

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2019: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP

It’s still insanely cold around Chicago, so what better to do than curl up with a good book? I did read some interesting ones this month.
And I also DNFed two:

  • A Deadly Affection, by Cuyler Overholt. I explain why here
  • I tried briefly the upcoming In the Blink of an Eye, but found it super confusing and stopped quickly. So I have this brand new ARC, if anyone is interested in some swap

Let’s talk about good things now.
I’m still reading Don Quixote, basically by myself, as the people who organized the read-along seem to have stopped. I’m also late in the schedule, but slowly but surely, I’ll manage.
Everyday, I also read a chapter of Les Misérables in French, a read-along with one my students. It’s kind of neat to see her reactions, as she hasn’t read it yet, and doesn’t know what’s coming. Even though I read it decades ago, I no longer have the effect of surprise. We are almost done with volume 1.

So here is what I finished in February:

8 books:
7 in print 
with 2,391 pages, an average of 85 pages/day
(wow! I’m impressed: 2 were long books, one of them a manga!)
1 in audio
with 11H06, an average of 23 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Perec – in French
  2. The Goose Fritz, by Sergei Lebedev – ebook, for review
  3. Trace, by Pat Cummings – book won, middle grade
  4. The Library of Lost and Found, by Phaedra Patrick – ebook, for review

1 in poetry:

  1. Cocktails with a Dead Man, by Joe Albanese

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Earthern Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition, by Gabriel Bunge

1 in manga:

  1. Orange, volume 1, by Ichigo Takano

1 in between nonfiction and historical fiction!!

  1. HHhH, by Laurent Binet – audio, in French

So yes, I finally found a manga that I really loved and devoured! It’s YA and romancy, two genres that I usually don’t like, but it’s a very interesting story actually, and the art is beautiful. I’m saving volume 2 for March, and I found the latest one by the same author as well!

MY FAVORITES IN FEBRUARY

HHhH Earthen Vessels

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 15/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 30, BUT I did manage to delete a lot of old ones.

Blog wise, you may have noticed a few posts for Thursday Travels. I’ll try to do this on a regular basis.

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to see the books I plan to read in March
and my exciting plan!

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How was YOUR month of February?

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has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!