2020: November wrap-up

November 2020 WRAP-UP

Phew, that was actually a busy month, reading-wise and otherwise, for instance with 3 new French students. In a way, I’m glad we are back in confinement, so less opportunity for distractions! And obviously, less chances to catch the virus.

I have FINALLY restarted a Newsletter. It has a small fee, but each month 11 subscribers will receive a book based on their favorite genres!
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November is the month about Nonfiction, and I had a great time with this event.

I also finished my 2nd list of 50 classics, and launched into my 3rd list, with 137 titles this time.

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Actually more audiobooks (with record time this month!) than printed books, I guess this has become a trend for me in 2020, maybe due to Covid-19?

11 books:
4 in print 
=  with 1,288 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
7 in audio
= 33H54
, a daily average of 1H07

4 in mystery:

  1. Black Coffee, A Mystery Play in Three Acts, #7 by Agatha Christie – for The Classics Club
  2. Lord Edgware Dies, #9 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. √Čcouter le noir, by various authors –¬†French audio
  4. Murder on the Orient Express, #10 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tobit Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Judith Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Book of Esther Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  4. Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, by Kazuto Tatsuta – graphic “novel”

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & la France, by Nancy Burkhalter Рfor France Book Tours 

1 in science fiction:

  1. To Hold Up the Sky, by Liu Cixin Рebook for review, received through Netgalley  

1 in YA:

  1. La Chute du soleil de fer, by Michel Bussi –¬†French audio

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  La Chute du soleil de fer

Actually this month both my favorites are French, and not yet translated.
√Čcouter le noir is a fascinating collection of thriller short stories, some actually almost horror, mostly based on the theme of deafness. A neat twist to these stories, by some authors I had never heard of. Very enjoyable collection!
As for La Chute du soleil de fer, this was really neat surprise: a YA fantasy (both genres I rarely read), by one of my favorite French authors. There was no way I was going to pass his latest novel, even if it was not in his usual mystery genre. And I am sure glad I took the plunge.
It’s set in Paris in a post-apocalyptic world, with two groups of teenagers and younger children. The adults are all gone. I loved these kids, and the settings, and how they try to make sense of what as survived form our world.
I can’t wait for next volume in the series!

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 2/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 7 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 106/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 20

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Year of reading 2019 Part 2: Statistics

After the list of my 2019 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2019.

Year of reading 2019
Part 2: Statistics

As I wrote yesterday, if 2018 was my most pathetic year in the last decade, with only 77 books read, 2019 is my best year, with 118 books!
I read and listened to many more books than last year, though apparently shorter ones.
90 books reads (61 in 2018), and 28 listened to (16 in 2018) = 118, which is an average of 9.8/month (77 books in 2018, with a monthly average of 6.4).

Books read in 2019:
90
. That’s an average of 7.5/month
Total of 23,033 pages (17,761 in 2018), which is an average of 63 pages/day (48 in 2018).
That’s an average of 255 pages/book (291 in 2018). So I actually read shorter books this year. It makes sense with all the mangas I read!

Books listened to in 2019:
28
[16 in 2018]. This is an average of 2.3/month (1.3 in 2018)
Total of 14,323 mn (10,405 min in 2018) with an average of 39 mn/day (28 in 2018)
That’s an average of over 8 hours/audiobook. (10 hours/audiobook in 2018, so I also listened to shorter audiobooks)

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

 

2019 Average number of pages

So many months with average over 60, compared to 2018!

 

2019 Average number of minutes

Those 2 peaks over an hour are impressive!

 

2019 Genre

Nonfiction actually same percentage 3 years in a row!
And I like this better balance.

 

2019 Format

I decided to include here a Graphic Novel section,
as I read 20 this year.
Otherwise, about the same,
though less ebooks and more audiobooks

 

2019 authors

Some of you are may be appalled,
but honestly, as long as a book is well written,
I really don’t care if a man or a woman wrote it

 

2019 nationality

9 more countries represented than last year,
mostly due to the fact that I was part of
the Man Booker International Prize Shadow Panel

 

2019 languages

6 more languages than last year!
Neat that less than half of the books I read
were not originally published in English.
Also due to the Shadow Pan
el.
I actually read exactly as many books translated into English
as published originally in English (51)!

In translation: 51 [21 in 2018]:

  • 19 from the Japanese (mostly mangas)
  • 6 from the French
  • 5 from the Russian
  • 4 from the Spanish
  • 3 from he Korean
  • 2 from the Chinese, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Dutch, German
  • 1 from the Serbian and from the Aleut!
    I’m super happy about this one from the Aleut. It’s a short Orthodox spiritual book written by Bishop Innocent when he was working with missions in Alaska.
    I originally thought it was translated from the Russian, but then I realized Saint Innocent of Moscow actually wrote it directly in Aleut! (he taught himself several local languages in Alaska)

16 in original language: in French

Out of a Total of 90 authors (60 in 2018)
53 were new to me (58%. It was 55% in 2018)

Books by the same author: 32 [22 in 2018]:
15 by Hayao Miyazaki (Mangas)
4 by Guillaume Musso
3 by Katherine Applegate
and 2 by Michel Bussi, Sarah Bailey, Candice Fox, Ichigo Takano, Clement Sederholm

Re-Reads:
Le Horla, by Guy de Maupassant (first time read, this time: listened to)

Oldest: Don Quixote, 1st part, by Cervantes (1604)
Newest: Lady Clementine, by Marie Benedict, and Dreamland, by Nancy Bilyeau, to be released at the beginning of January 2020.

 

2019 year

A bit less books published after 2010 than last year.
I do try to go through classics and old TBRs

 

2019 source

NB: Most books bought are part of my EStories audio subscription.
11% less books received for review than last year!
Indeed, I try to exercise more discernment on what I request or not

21 countries these books led me to (19 last year):
US (22), France (21),
Japan (18), England (12),
Russia (7), Australia (5),
3 were set in Spain, South Korea, and space,
2 were set in Germany, China, and Canada.
1 was set in Morocco, Norway, Malaysia, Switzerland, Austria, Oman, Poland, Columbia, and Czechoslovakia.

Shortest book: Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri –¬† 44 pages (picture book)

Longest book: La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges P√©rec ‚Äď 580 pages.

Longest audio: The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins – 22:28 hours

Funniest: Are We French Yet? by Keith Van Sickle = nonfiction on life of expats 

Most Unique Book: Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay

Most tearjerker: The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Most disappointing (and totally unbearable): Valerie, by Sara Stridsberg

Creepy: Scare Me, by Richard Jay Parker

Eye-opener: Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos

Best reading companion: Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie (as a spin off on Don Quixote, by Cervantes, that I also read this year)

Beautiful illustrations: The Secret World of Arrietty, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

Biggest discovery: Hayao Miyazaki (several books), and Liu Cixin

Favorite characters of the year: Louis and Sam (The Trumpet of the Swan), Trace (Trace), Naho & Kakeru (Orange), Colin (Sang Famille), Jayme (A Long Way Down), Azi (The Gomorrah Gambit), Arrietty (The Secret World of Arrietty), Joshua (Avalanche h√ītel), Alexander (Alexander Schmorell), Satsuki and Mei (My Neighbor Totoro), Giordano Bruno (Treachery), Mrs Bunting (The Lodger), Ivan (The One and Only Ivan), Sarah & Christopher (le cri).

Classics I finally got to read:
Don Quixote, by Cervantes
On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov
The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole
Tender is the Night, by Fitzgerald
Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley
Walden, by Thoreau,
Travels with Charley, by Steinbeck
Dictionnaire des idées reçues, by Flaubert
Travels with a Donkey, by Stevenson
The Lodger, by Marie Belloc Lowndes
The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
Le mystère de la chambre jaune, by Gaston Leroux
The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgard Allan Poe
The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, by Fergus Hume
We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Solaris, by Lem
Childhood’s End, by Clarke
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. E. White

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolai Velimirovich
La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges P√©rec
Earthern Vessels, by Gabriel Bunge
Poustinia, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty
If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor
Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr Clement Sederholm
Elder Anthony of Optina, by Fr. Clement Sederholm
Indication of the Way into the Kingdom of Heaven, by Saint Innocent of Moscow

Which authors new to me in 2019 that I now want to keep reading?
Un-Su Kim, Pat Cummings, Poschmann, Tom Chatfield, Candice Fox, Sarah Bailey, Olivier Norek, Salman Rushdie, Arthur C. Clarke, Liu Cixin, Marie Belloc Lowndes, Nicolas Beuglet

New Series I want to pursue:
Crimson Lake, Gemma Woodstock,¬†Sarah Gering√ęn

Best title: HHhH, by Laurent Binet

Longest book title:
Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay

Shortest book title: We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

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Book review: Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth

Guide to Healing the EarthTom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth
by Tom Brown Jr.
and Randy Walker, Jr.
Berkley/Penguin Random House
11/26/2019
Nonfiction/Science
240 pages

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With the alarming situation of our planet, I always wonder what I can do to help at my little level. I thought Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth would provide me with answers. So I entered the giveaway, and I won!
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