Year of reading 2020: Part 1 – My top 18

Year of reading 2020
Part 1
 My top 18

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:

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

2020 was a difficult year for many book bloggers, due to problems to focus on anything beside Covid-19. It actually ended up being my best year of reading ever, since I started keeping  track. With a total of 123 books.
BUT I did experience something very different this year in my reading trends. I’ll talk more about this tomorrow when I present my year stats.

The final choice here below is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
The Readers' Room The Girl Behind the Wall Upstream All the Devils Are Here

EBOOKS​​​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
If You Cross the River L'humanité en péril Killer Come Back to Me

AUDIOBOOKS​​​

Fiction              Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
                                          Three Hours in Paris La Panthère des neiges Pandemia

 

SCIENCE-FICTION

  Migrations Flood

POETRY

A Thousand Mornings

CHILDREN BOOKS

The One and Only Bob

GRAPHIC “NOVEL”

MANGA

Silver Spoon 2

SPIRITUAL BOOK

Theological Territories

BOOK COVER

Crenshaw

Out of the 18, my favorite of all might be The Girl Behind the Wall.
I also notice that 7 are either in French (3), translated from the French (2), or set in France (2). That’s 38%.

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Six degrees of separation: from God to Christmas

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Six degrees of separation:
from God to Christmas

Starting with God, and ending with Christmas, AND for this December chain, obviously I’m very happy how it turned out.

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month).

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

  Are You There God   All the Devils Are Here

  The Devil's Door   The Doors of the Sea     atlantic   Very French Christmas Cover

1. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
A Children classic, which I don’t think I have ever read.
“Margaret was a bit confused about religion. When she moved from the city to her new home, she didn’t know whether to join the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What made matters worse was that, going on twelve, she had plenty to talk over with God. She had a bra but needed to grow a bit to put something in it. Nancy and Gretchen had already had their period. What was taking her so long? Sometimes she got so frustrated she ignored Him-until the next time she really needed someone to listen.”

2. All the Devils Are Here
This is the latest book by Louise Penny. I love this series. This could be the best of the series, it is set in Paris. Alas, I have not written a review for it!
“On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident, but a deliberate attempt on the elderly man’s life.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.”

3. The Devil’s Door
I haven’t reviewed it, but loved this Medieval historical novel. You can check my review of the previous book in the series.
“A wealthy countess lies dying at the Convent of the Paraclete, brutally beaten by unknown assailants. Despite entreaties, she is unwilling to name her killer. Beautiful Catherine LeVendeur, the Paraclete’s most learned young novice-scholar, vows to find out the identity of the woman’s attacker.”

4. The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami?
Great Orthodox and philosophical reflection on the tsunami:
“As news reports of the horrific tsunami in Asia reached the rest of the world, commentators were quick to seize upon the disaster as proof of either God’s power or God’s nonexistence. Expanding on his Wall Street Journal piece, Tremors of Doubt, published the last day of 2004, David Bentley Hart here returns to this pressing question: How can the existence of a good and loving God be reconciled with such suffering? Hart clarifies the biblical account of God’s goodness, the nature of evil, and the shape of redemption, incisively revealing where both Christianity’s champions and its critics misrepresent what is most essential to Christian belief. Though he responds to those skeptical of Christian faith, Hart is at his most perceptive and provocative as he examines Christian attempts to rationalize the tsunami disaster. Many people want a divine plan that will make sense of evil. Hart contends, however, that the history of suffering and death is not willed by God. Rather than appealing to a divine calculus that can account for every instance of suffering, Christians must recognize the ongoing struggle between the rebellious powers that enslave the world and the God who loves it. This meditation by a brilliant young theologian will deeply challenge serious readers grappling with God’s ways in a suffering world.”

 

5. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
VERDICT (in 2011): This is the most thorough “biography” I have ever read, and the most entertaining as well.
“Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester tells the breathtaking saga of the Atlantic Ocean. A gifted storyteller and consummate historian, Winchester sets the great blue sea’s epic narrative against the backdrop of mankind’s intellectual evolution, telling not only the story of an ocean, but the story of civilization.”

6. A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time
VERDICT: Experience Christmas as you have never before, with this unique, very French short story collection.

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HAVE YOU READ AND ENJOYED ANY OF THESE BOOKS?

 

2020: October wrap-up

October 2020 WRAP-UP

Not much has been happening recently here, apart from a few book reviews, not as many as I would want of course, I have read so many great books waiting for their review!

I did start something new, Throwback Thursday, to highlight posts written 10 years ago, as my book blog turned 10 in September.

Well at least, I have done some serious reading, reaching in fact almost my highest average per month this year.

📚 Here is what I read in October.

11 books:
6 in print 
with 2,193 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H49
, a daily average of 44 minutes

4 in mystery:

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train, #6 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Peril at End House, #8 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Girl Behind the Wall: Edgar Allan Poe, the Girl, and the Mysterious Raven Murders, by Bruce Wetterau – for review
  4. L’Énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker – French ebook with my Discord French Book Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Esdras (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Nehemiah – audio, for The Classics Club
  3. L’Humanité en péril, by Fred Vargas – French ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami – ebook with my Discord Murakami Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Alina: A Song for the Telling, by Malve von Hassell – book for review for France Book Tours (review to be posted on November 4

1 in science fiction:

  1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov – readalong with Lory @ Emerald City Book Reviews

1 in manga/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #1, by Hiromu Arakawa

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  The Girl Behind the Wall  L'humanité en péril

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 46/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 6 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 95/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 16

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Vesper Flights

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Girl Behind the Wall

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime readalong

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Japanese Literature Challenge
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
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please go and visit them,
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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in November,
and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of October?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!