Book review: The Black Notebook – I love France 205

The Black Notebook



Author: Patrick Modiano
Translator: Mark Polizzotti
Publisher: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
US Release date: 9/27/2016
L’herbe des nuits
was first released in French in 2012
Pages: 144
ISBN: 978-0544779822
also available as ebook


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You read the first paragraph, and you know right away who wrote The Black Notebook:

And yet, it was no dream. Sometimes I catch myself saying those words in the street, as if hearing someone else’s voice. A toneless voice. Names come back to me, certain faces, certain details. No one left to talk with about it. One or two witnesses must still be alive. But they’ve probably forgotten the whole thing. And in the end, I wonder if there really were any witnesses.

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2016: September wrap-up

September 2016 wrap-up

Wow, not too sure what happened, but September was an awesome reading month, actually my best so far this year as for number of books and pages read!
I have thus finished several reading challenges – though I still need to post my reviews of those!

Here is what I read in September:

13  books:
12 in print
with 2,851 pages, that is: 95 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 11H11, that is: 22 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. The Madonna of Notre Dame, by Alexis Ragougneau
  2. Exit Strategy, by Colleen Cross – ebook that I translated into French
  3. Blood Wedding, by Pierre Lemaitre

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Black Notebook, by Patrick Modiano – ebook
  2. Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
  3. French Rhapsody, by Antoine Laurain

3 in nonfiction:

  1. James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner, by Alfonso Zapico – graphic “novel”
  2. Patristic Theology, by John Romanides
  3. Saint Innocent, Apostle to America, by Paul D. Garrett

4 in historical fiction:

  1. Katharina Luther, by Anne Boileau
  2. Café Budapest, by Alfonso Zapico – graphic novel
  3. The Empty Throne, by Bernard Cornwell – audiobook
  4. Historical mystery: Death at the Paris Exposition, by Frances McNamara
To recap in charts, inspired by The Book Date:
Book Formats:
Some books fall into a couple of categories
Print 10
E-Book 1
Audiobook 1
Published in 2016 6
Books for review 6

Genres Read

Nonfiction 3
Literary fiction 3
Historical fiction 4
Mystery 3

My favorites in September

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 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 35/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 9/10-15
Classics Club: 5/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 25/21-30
Ebook challenge: 25/25 – FINISHED
Historical fiction: 15/15 – FINISHED
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 37/50
New Release (2016): 32/16-30 – FINISHED
Nonfiction challenge: 11/11-15
Books in Translation: 23/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 3/6
Where Are You Reading?: 20/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 74/100

Number of books added to my TBR in September= 14

Blog recap

  • I celebrated my 6th blogiversary last Thursday! For the occasion, there’s a great giveaway, open until Oct 5!
  • I posted my list for Classic Spins #14, that will be my first Classics Spin! I can’t wait Monday to know which book I need to read soon from that list. It’s neat to connect with new to me book bloggers through this spin
  • I hosted 1 guest-post
  • French Bingo 2016 has 34 reviews posted so far. Don’t forget to link your reviews!

  • I organized 3 giveaways. The one for October at France Book Tours is now available.
  • One big thing: I have decided to be even more picky at the books I accept to review, to have more time to read the books on my shelves and the ones I absolutely want to read. Along the same idea, I have started purging my Goodreads TBR. I’m down to 1,121, don’t laugh, I thing I have already deleted close to 200
  • And, not totally blog related, I have started working on my next book, it will be in the line of my first, but much bigger

Most popular book review in September

The Paris Librarian
click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Blogiversary #6: giveaway and stats

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Flashlight Commentary

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

9: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

8: Karen at Booker Talk

5: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,453 posts
over 3,870 subscribers
over 121,00 hits

Plans for October

  • Keep purging my Goodreads TBR shelf
  • Spend time looking at blogs recommended by you, to choose a nicer look, and from there go to self-hosting, one day…


Come back on Monday
to see what I plan to read in October!

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How was YOUR month of  September?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!