Top Ten Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

Top Ten Books I Love
That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago

TTT for August 16, 2022

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I have read A LOT of books published over ten years ago, and I love a lot of these, so I just went by chronological order of the last books I have read and chose the ones that fit the topic.

I have added on each cover the year it was published in (it goes from 1901 to 2008).
If you right click and “open the image in a new tab”, you can see the image much bigger, and even zoom in.

If you click on the picture,
you will land on my Goodreads shelf

Top ten Tuesday before 2012

And here are some links when I wrote something about them:
Down and Out in Paris and London
The First Men in the Moon
The Bride Wore Black – probably my favorite of these ten
So Big
Death Going Down

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.


2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: June checkpoint

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It’s good Adam does regular checkpoints, great prompt to finally review the books I have read so far for this challenge.

Thomas Jefferson's Crème Brûlée Thomas Jefferson’s Crème brûlée:
How a Founding father and his slave James Hemings introduced French cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell
Nonfiction/History/Food and drink
234 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2012)

Not sure why I waited ten years to read this. I got it, then got rid of it, and another copy mysteriously showed up on my shelf.
I really enjoyed the writing, the description of what people were eating and drinking at the time, both in the US and in France. I learned a lot about the origin of some dishes.
There’s obviously mention of historical events in both countries (the French Revolution for instance).
I visited Monticello fairly recently, so it was neat to read about his amazing (vegetable) gardens.
My only problem with the book is the subtitle. Note that crème brûlée in the title is correctly written with the correct French accents!
But the book actually does not have about James Hemings’ years in Paris. There are a few things, but I was expecting many more details.
Still, there are several fascinating points about slavery, and the non existence of slavery in France at the time.
The author helps us understand that Jefferson treated his slaves so much better than most owners: good salary (for instance when James was in France with him), buying their produce, encouraging them to learn to read (a possible cause of death for slaves in many other households at the time in Southern US), and actually freeing hundreds of them.
The book included pictures of original documents, for instance French recipes written by hand by James Hemings.

Le voyage d'Octavio

Le Voyage d’Octavio,
by Miguel Bonnefoy
Literary fiction/Magical realism

137 pages
First published January 7th 2015
Translated in English as
Octavio’s Journey, by Emily Boyce
(Gallic Books)

Another book that has been for too long on my bookshelf.
This is the delightful portrait of a both simple (illiterate even at first) and sophisticated man (a real artist) in Venezuela.
I really loved discovering more of Venezuela through his eyes. It’s the story of his journey, bother inner and exterior, the people he met, and what he did to survive.
The text is very simple but almost poetic at the same time.
The very last pages are very powerful and witness to the ultimate transformation of Octavio. I had never read anything by Miguel Bonnefoy, I’ll definitely need to try another of his books.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun,
by Lorraine Hansberry
162 pages

Published in 1959

Wow, I was totally stunned by this play, which obviously I should have read years ago.
I’m amazed that a very young African-American woman would have written that in the late 1950s. That was gutsy and so well done.
Admirable portrait of life for Black families in South Side Chicago after WWII, and what may happen to your dreams when you are coming from a minority background.
I like the ambiguous ending, which could point to finally getting closer to your dream, but with the assurance that you will need to fight further to really reach them, if ever.

Stuart Little

Stuart Little,
by E. B. White
Childrens fiction

131 pages
Published in 1945

I didn’t grow up in an English speaking country, and only very recently did I read and adore Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan.
So it was fun to discover now Stuart Little, a strange tiny mouse born to humans. This is the cause for many tough situations, but also opportunities for all kinds of discoveries.
And his friendship with a bird will start him on a life journey of adventures.
This is a delightful coming of age story, full of fun and wisdom. Without ever giving you the impression of teaching you.
Really a very gifted author.
Has anyone here ever read his Essays?

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Here is my full list for this challenge:

  1. Thomas Jefferson’s Crème brûlée: How a Founding father and his slave James Hemings introduced French cuisine to America, by Thomas J. Craughwell 6/12/22
  2. Le Voyage d’Octavio, by Miguel Bonnefoy 5/22/22
  3. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry 5/21/22
  4. Stuart Little, by E.B. White 5/18
  5. The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells
  6. Eventide, by Kent Haruf
  7. The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey
  8. Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda
  9. Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit
  10. Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami
  11. Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence, by Peter C. Bouteneff
  12. A is For Alibi, by Sue Grafton

11. Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French, by Harriett Welty Rochefort
12. The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, by Graham Robb

TBR 2022


2022: May wrap-up


Another busy month, including one week of vacation in the woods, when I mostly did hiking and birding, and was too (good) tired by night to read a lot.
So I didn’t do much blogging, but am happy with the reading amount and content. One unusual aspect: this month, I read 2 books that are more or less in the horror genre, a genre I usually don’t read.

I’m currently 10 books ahead of schedule (49% done) to read 120 books this year.

I have a few book reviews late, but I hope to catch up soon and join again more blog related activities.

📚 Here is what I read in May:

12 books:
8 in print 
with 1,846 pages, a daily average of 49 pages/day
4 in audio
= 32H49
, a daily average of 1H03/ day

4 in mystery:

  1. Les dieux voyagent toujours incognito, by Laurent Gounelle – French audiobook
  2. Under Lock and Skeleton Key, by Gigi Pandian – ebook received for review
  3. Le Mystère Henri Pick, by David Foenkinos – French audiobook
  4. The Last House on Needless Street, by Catriona Ward – more or less horror, ebook received for review

2 in science-fiction:

  1. La Nuit des temps, by René Barjavel – read with a French student,
    counts for The Classics Club
  2. At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft – more or less horror,
    counts for The Classics Club

2 in children/YA:

  1. Stuart Little, by E. B. White – counts for The Classics Club
  2. Le Pays où l’on n’arrive jamais, by André Dhôtel – a reread,
    counts for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. L’Axe du loup : de la Sibérie à l’Inde, sur les pas des évadés du goulag, by Sylvain Tesson – French audiobook
  2. This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, by Gillian Crow – Orthodox biography

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Le Voyage d’Octavio, by Miguel Bonnefoy

1 in play:

  1. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry – counts for The Classics Club

It’s so hard to pick 2 favorites, I loved so many this month!


La Nuit des temps  Le Pays où l'on n'arrive jamais

La Nuit des temps has been translated into English as The Ice People.


Classics Club: 120/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 10
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 3/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 16/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 59/120 (49%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 15




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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in June

How was YOUR month of May?


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