Year of reading 2021: Part 1 – My top 18

Year of reading 2021
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

Last year, I wrote that 2020 was my best year of reading ever, with a total of 123 books. Well, this record totally exploded with 165 books read/listened to in 2021!
Not too sure what happened. We may find some elements of answers with my stats post on Wednesday.

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.
And choosing from 163 books was not an easy exercise!

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
Midaq Alley The Samurai's Garden The Code Breaker Rider on the Rain

EBOOKS​​​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
L'Anomalie The Archipelago of Another Life Days of Reading The Black Lizard

AUDIOBOOKS​​​

Fiction              Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
      A Single Rose Rien ne t'efface

 

SCIENCE-FICTION
Klara and the Sun

POETRY
Haiku This Other World

PICTURE BOOKS
The Little Wooden Robot

CHILDREN BOOKS
The Beatryce Prophecy

YA
Les deux châteaux

MANGA
The Apothecary Diaries vol 1

SPIRITUAL BOOK
The Kingdom of God

BOOK COVER
The Lost Spells

Out of the 18, my favorite is A Single Rose.
I notice that 6 are in French (33%), and Michel Bussi manages to win in two categories!

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP ON WEDNESDAY!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Six degrees of separation: from lottery to tides

#6Degrees

Six degrees of separation:
from lottery to tides

Time for another quirky variation on this meme.

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 (or in the subtitle) offered and find another title with that word in it – see the titles below the images to fully understand, as often the word could be in the second part of the title
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

Click on the covers 
links will send you to my review or to the relevant Goodreads page

  the-lottery  dining with proust

  Joie de vivre  The Secret World of Arrietty

  The World Between Two Covers  The House Between Tides

 

1.  The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson

For once, I have read the first book we are supposed to start with.

VERDICT from my review:
Tense writing, most efficient for a totally unexpected outcome.

(You can read my full review by clicking on the book cover)

2. Dining with Marcel Proust: A Practical Guide to French Cuisine of the Belle Epoque, by Shirley King

As I haven’t read any other book with the word “lottery” in it, I couldn’t follow my usual quirky rules. I debated and finally decided to go with another Shirley for the author of the second book.

This book is so cool! It’s about all the food and dishes mentioned in Proust, in In Search of Lost Time of course, but other books as well.

3. Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French, by Harriet Welty Rochefort

I haven’t yet read this one, it has been collecting dust for a while on my French shelf. Not sure why, as it does look so good.

“An engaging exploration of the style that permeates all things French—perfect for anyone looking to achieve that classic French flair”

4. The Secret World of Arrietty, by Hayao Miyazaki

Sad, but gorgeous art, so detailed, so good with nature, colors. Actually a Film Comic Adaptation of the amazing Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli)

“Arrietty isn’t your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl—she small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family needs from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrietty and Sho must work together to save her family.”

5. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

VERDICT from my review:
Superb fresco on world literature today. A must have reference for all interested in literature and cultural diversity. Leave the familiar, open yourself to new horizons through books.

6. The House Between Tides, by Sarah Maine

VERDICT from my review:
A very enjoyable atmospheric novel, spanning over a few generations, rich in landscape descriptions and suspense, that will delight lovers of Kate Morton’s books.

 

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HAVE YOU READ AND ENJOYED ANY OF THESE BOOKS?

2021: July wrap-up

JULY 2021 WRAP-UP

My #20BooksofSummer21 is doing well. In fact, I have already read 21 books, but only 5 from my original list (and I had to DNF one from that list). Hopefully, I can read from this list by the end of August.
And actually, most important for me, I have managed to catch up with a few reviews (see links below), on books I received for review in 2019-2021, that I read and even enjoyed a lot, but never took time to review!! I still have 5 books to review that I read last year, and I hope I can catch up with those during this last month of Summer.

July has my best statistics for 2021 so far, as for number of pages read per day.

📚 Here is what I read in July:

14 books:
10 in print 
with 2,634 pages, a daily average of 84 pages/day
4 in audio
= 24H54
, a daily average of 52 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24), by Agatha Christie
  2. Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25), by Agatha Christie
  3. The Hollow, (Hercule Poirot #26), by Agatha Christie – these first 3 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. Impact, by Olivier Norek – French audiobook
  5. When All Light Fails, by Randall Silvis – ebook received for review

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson – won through Goodreads
  2. Languages of Truth, by Salman Rushdie – ebook received for review
  3. Living With a Dead Language, by Ann Patty
  4. Sur la lecture [On Reading], by Marcel Proust – for The Classics Club

2 in poetry:

  1. The Lost Spells, by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris
  2. Alphabet, by Paul Valéry – French poetry in prose for The Classics Club

2 as graphic novels:

  1. The Apothecary Diaries, vol.2, by Natsu Hyuuga – manga, historical novel, for the Books in Translation Challenge
  2. Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto – fantasy, for the Books in Translation Challenge

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Les Revenentes et autres lipogrammes, by Georges Perec – French ebook

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    The Code Breaker  The Lost Spells

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 65/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 21/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 97/120 (80%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 21

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  People Like Them Project Hail Mary

If You Cross the River

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

People Like Them

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 7 books to read in July 2021

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in August

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How was YOUR month of July?

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