Top Ten Books with adjectives in the title

Top Ten Books with adjectives in the title

TTT for March 22, 2022
#TopTenTuesday
 

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For this list, I started from my latest reads. I also only considered the presence of an adjective in the title -not in the subtitle- and only selected books I liked.

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My reviews:
📚 The Clairvoyant Countess
📚 The Final Days of Abbot Montrose
VERDICT:  A clever plot symbolizing different layers of the Norwegian society of early 20th century. A nice glimpse into the impressive work of Sven Elvestad, aka Stein Riverton.
📚 Red is my Heart
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.
📚 Une Rose seule (A Single Rose)
📚 L’Ombre chinoise [the Chinese shadow] – published as The Shadow Puppet

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My reviews:
📚 The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess
📚 The Satanic Verses
📚 Double Indemnity
VERDICT: You like feisty heroines and a lot of action and suspense? Buy the book and meet Mel today!
📚 The Thirteenth Tale
📚 The Hands on French Cookbook
VERDICT: The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time!

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

Friday Face Off: Lips

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “lips, or the impression left by a kiss

I’m totally thrilled by this prompt, which allows me to highlight what’s probably my most favorite book read in 2021:

Une Rose seule

Click on the cover to read my review
The book is available in English translation – see the cover below

As you can see, very few publishers kept the lips, few featured roses, but the color rose/pink does come back more often than not.

Click on the picture if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and open image in new tab to zoom in

WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?

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My favorite is the Actes Sud (French) edition.
NB: the red frame is mine, it’s not part of the cover.
I love the artistic background, totally evocative of Japan (where the book is set),
the focus on the face, though only showing half of it, which can refer to a certain mystery or change in identity,
the color rose/pink referring to the woman’s name,
and the lips, because of her experience in Japan.
And I think the last cover is totally off.

Please, read this book. Only 160 pages, and so so gorgeous.
Totally different style (and definitely length) from The Elegance of the Hedgehog, which was also a fascinating book.

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Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
Next Friday: Hate to Love,
not sure I’ll participate

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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