Paris in July 2022: Day 6

Paris in July 2022 (Bigger Sunset)

Paris in July 2022
#ParisinJuly
Co-hosted by Readerbuzz and Thyme For Tea

Day 6

Sharing more on the 26 French books I have read so far this year.
Actually a lot of these I have listened to.

Click on the covers to read my full review,
or get more details on the books

Read in April-May:

Code Lupin Vanda

Code Lupin
The very first by Bussi. Not too good back then.

Vanda
VERDICT: Another powerful and very touching portrait of precariousness by Marion Brunet. She won’t let you be indifferent, and might even change your view of contemporary France.

Code 612 Nouvelle Babel

Code 612 : Qui a tué le Petit Prince ?
This one is a fun enigma trying to decipher a possible code hidden in The Little Prince, that would reveal what happened ultimately to its author – his body was never found.
I liked how Bussi managed to come up with so many ideas, based on true events, places, and texts.

Nouvelle Babel
Wow, another fantastic novel by Bussi, this time a mix of scifi, dystopia, and thriller. And a majestic reflection on totalitarianism, freedom, and globalization.
Plus a fantastic sample of the most amazing places on earth – not surprising from a geography teacher!
Technology now allows people to teleport wherever they want – almost. But at what cost?

L'Axe du loup La Nuit des temps

L’Axe du loup
Another brilliant book by Tesson. This time, he wants to walk in the footsteps of the 7 prisoners who escaped (maybe?) from the gulag, as retold in the fascinating book, The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, by Slavomir Rawicz.

La Nuit des temps
I loved how this scifi book worked on the tension between the very old and the new (some of the inventions described in that book exist now, but not when he wrote the book I believe).

  Les Dieux voyagent toujours incognito Le Pays où l'on n'arrive jamais

Les dieux voyagent toujours incognito
Like in Intuitio, Gounelle seems to enjoy focusing on some psychological dimension. At the beginning, this novel even sounds like a self-help book about self-confidence.
But it becomes much more than that, and goes from twists to more twists!

Le Pays où l’on n’arrive jamais
I adored it as a teen.
Just as sublime. Loved it so much, and I’m sure I appreciated even more the amazing descriptions of nature, of forests.

  Le voyage d'Octavio The Mystery of Henri Pick

Le Voyage d’Octavio
This is the delightful portrait of a both simple (illiterate even at first) and sophisticated man (a real artist) in Venezuela.

Le Mystère Henri Pick
Wow, how come I had never read anything by Foenkinos?
Really enjoyed this mystery/literary fiction focused on the world of books, libraries, authors, and publication.
I loved the characters, their stories, and how one plot leads to the next.

HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS?
OR BOOKS BY THESE AUTHORS?

Paris in July 2022: Day 4

Paris in July 2022 (Bigger Sunset)

Paris in July 2022
#ParisinJuly
Co-hosted by Readerbuzz and Thyme For Tea

Day 4

So far this year, I have read 24 books in French, plus two translated from the French.
So I’m going to take a few posts to talk to you about them, by chronological order.

Click on the covers to read my full review, or get more details on the book.

Read in January:

  Red is my Heart Gravé dans le sable

Red is My Heart was actually my very first read of the year!
VERDICT: If you want to begin 2022 with love and beauty, heart and art, run right away under the glow of Red is My Heart.

Gravé dans le sable :
I loved it all: all the historical and geographical details (from Normandie to several states in the US), the power of politics and money, daily life in a French village.
Great characters, more complex than at first site.
Also, how some very powerful women take fate in their own hands, and others end up victims.
And obviously an incredible suspense.

  Les Fourmis Entre deux mondes

Les Fourmis :
Wow, impressive scifi by a new to me French author.
When we think scifi, we often think extra-terrestrial creatures.
But what about “infra-terrestrial” ones?
When Jonathan inherits a house form an uncle, he gets a letter from him, telling him never to go down to the cellar! Of course, one day, he does go down, I don’t think that’s a surprising spoiler. And then his wife does as well. When they don’t come back up, their young son finally calls the police…

Entre deux mondes :
Phew, what a punch in the stomach. Can I listen to a more powerful historical mystery in 2022? I doubt it.
This is about the terrible situation of migrants in our world today, from Syria to the awful Jungle, the Calais refugee camp in France, just before it was dismantled. With their dreams of crossing to the UK.
I read this in January and it is still very present to me.

  L'inconnue de la Seine L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre

L’Inconnue de la Seine :
It was ok. There were some interesting elements, especially related to the theater and to Dionysus, but some aspects I didn’t like too much, like three different variations on mental health.

L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre :
The first half of the book was excellent, with great atmospheric details, as Simenon knows how to do. It was also involving Maigret more personally, and painfully so, as the crime sends him back to where he lived as child.
An old countess is found dead at church shortly after Mass. But no one seemed to have come around her to kill her, so how was is done? By whom? Why?
Unfortunately, the plot got really muddled

Les Chemins du cœur

Les Chemins du cœur :
The book is a collection of 15 articles on various topics. I shared lots of notes and translated them into English.

HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS?
OR BOOKS BY THESE AUTHORS?

2022: April wrap-up

APRIL 2022 WRAP-UP

April was a super busy month, tons of teaching hours and a lot of time in Church (Great Lent, Great Week, Pascha), which often would leave me very tired for my usual evening reading hours.
So this is the most pathetic month. I can’t even recall a month where I would have read so few pages… Though at least I have almost reviewed them all!
But my first three months were full of books, so I’m still 8 books ahead of schedule (39% done) to read 120 books this year.

I note that of the 7 books I read 3 are in French and 3 were translated from other languages. Quite characteristic.

I wasn’t able to participate in memes, but I hope to be restarting this coming week.

📚 Here is what I read in April:

7 books:
4 in print 
with 823 pages, a daily average of 27 pages/day
3 in audio
= 24H30
, a daily average of 49 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Death Going Down, by Maria Angelica Bosco – For the #1954Club
  2. Code Lupin, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook
  3. Vanda, by Marion Brunet – received for review
  4. Code 612: Qui a tué le Petit Prince ?, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook
  5. The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey – my Spin for The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Nouvelle Babel, by Michel Bussi – French audiobook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Moshi Moshi, by Banana Yoshimoto

Yes, you read that right, 3 audiobooks by Michel Bussi!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Vanda The Man in the Queue

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 115/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 10
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 16/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 47/120 (39%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 3

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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

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