The top 8 books to read in December 2019

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The top 8 books
I plan to read in December 2019

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CURRENTLY READING

   Treachery  

Elder Anthony

Treachery
I have deeply enjoyed the 3 previous books historical mysteries in this series on Giordano Bruno. This volume 4 was said to have been published in 2014, but I was never able to find it. Finally now available.
“Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip’s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake’s departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission – and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake’s young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry.”
I like the historical background so far. And there’s an esoteric book in the plot!
Received for review through Netgalley

Olga’s Egg
So far, very enjoyable. About the world of Fabergé’s eggs! Luscious descriptions.
Received for review through the publisher

Elder Anthony of Optina
I have a devotion to the Optina Fathers. This is book 2 in the series. Elder Anthony is incredible. In connection with this book blog, I discovered he loved reading A LOT, and he took lots of notes while reading.
I’m almost done, in the interesting excerpt of his diary.

READING NEXT

  Lady Clementine   Dreamland

Hyperbole and a half

The first two are books that will come out early January, by two authors I really enjoy a lot.

Lady Clementine
“In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill saves her husband.
Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.”
Received for review through Netgalley

Dreamland
“The year is 1911 when twenty-year-old heiress Peggy Batternberg is invited to spend the summer in America’s Playground.
The invitation to the luxurious Oriental Hotel a mile from Coney Island is unwelcome. Despite hailing from one of America’s richest families, Peggy would much rather spend the summer working at the Moonrise Bookstore than keeping up appearances with New York City socialites and her snobbish, controlling family.
But soon it transpires that the hedonism of nearby Coney Island affords Peggy the freedom she has been yearning for, and it’s not long before she finds herself in love with a troubled pier-side artist of humble means, whom the Batternberg patriarchs would surely disapprove of.
Disapprove they may, but hidden behind their pomposity lurks a web of deceit, betrayal and deadly secrets. And as bodies begin to mount up amidst the sweltering clamour of Coney Island, it seems the powerful Batternbergs can get away with anything…even murder.
Extravagant, intoxicating and thumping with suspense, bestselling Nancy Bilyeau’s magnificent Dreamland is a story of corruption, class and dangerous obsession.”
Received for review through the publisher

Hyperbole and a Half
For the third year, I’m participating in the Winter Challenge organized by my library: the staff picks a book for you to read. Looks like they thought I was not reading many graphic books, though I read so many mangas this year! So should be an easy challenge

If I have time, I have 3 books I received this past year I would like to read finally:
If You Cross The River, by Geneviève Damas
La grande escapade, by Jean-Philippe Blondel
Les grands cerfs, by Claudie Hunzinger

 

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

  Sur les chemins noirs The Lodger

Sur les chemins noirs
Recovering from a major accident, this author walks all over France through hidden ways. Also about escaping the radar of Big Brother and all the hyper connected society. I really enjoy it a lot.

The Lodger
“Somewhere in London a madman was at large. And then one night there came a knock at the door of a quiet lodging house in the Marylebone Road. . . . This novel, based on the Jack the Ripper murders, was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.”
Will be listening for The Classics Club

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PLANS FOR DECEMBER

  • Review the book I read for Classics Spin #13, and other recently finished books
  • Prepare what I plan to read for The Japanese Literature Challenge 13 in January-March at Dolce Bellezza
  • Start preparing my fun end of the year stats!

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WWW Wednesday November 13, 2019

  WWW Wednesdays 2

 WWW Wednesdays

I prepared a whole video, and then, for whatever reason, I discovered that the audio and visual were not in sync, so here is a traditional post!

BOOKS JUST READ

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MYSTERY

Scare Me

NONFICTION

The Parables

NONFICTION

A Monks guide

Scare Me:
Probably one of the most scary books I have ever read, with some horrific scenes. Endeavour Media, where I got it for free for signing up to their newsletter, presents it as psychological mystery, It’s that too, but I would first classify it as horror.
I have to admit it was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, though I guessed early who was behind it all.
I only would give it 3 stars, just because horror is really not my thing, and I think some overdone details could have been avoided.

““When did you last google yourself, Mr Frost?”
Will Frost, successful businessman and happy family man, is woken to a disturbing midnight caller who asks him just that question.
Unnerved, but hoping that he was simply a victim of a twisted prank caller, he goes back to sleep in readiness for his pregnant daughter, Libby, and her boyfriend’s arrival at Gatwick the next morning.
When Will goes online, he finds a website has been set up in his name, showing photographs of the inside of his home, along with photographs of six houses he’s never seen before.
In the first of these strange houses, a gruesome murder has already taken place.
Will is then told that his own family is in mortal danger.
The only way he can keep them safe is to visit each of the houses on the website in person – before the police discover what has happened there.
Seven houses.
Seven gruesome homicides.
Seven chances to save his daughter’s life…”

To counterbalance, I read two very deep and thoughtful books:
The Parables
I will soon review it on my Orthodox blog. I hadn’t read any book by this author, and it’s really excellent, easy yet deep commentary on Scripture. The author wrote several volumes.

A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind
I’m not Buddhist, but I found this little book so good. It’s written by a Buddhist monk, and gives practical and easy ideas to clean things. I really enjoyed all the parallels between cleaning things where you live, and the impact on your inner life, as long as you do things in awareness, living in the present moment – definitely Christian concepts as well, alas often forgotten in the way many Christians live in our Western world.
The richness of Orthodoxy is that it kept this early Christian wisdom alive today.

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

Guide to Healing the Earth

HISTFIC/MYSTERY

Treachery

MYSTERY/AUDIO

Sharko

Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth:
Won in a giveaway organized by Penguin Random House
It’s good, inspired by Native American spirituality. I’m about half done, but so far I’m a bit disappointed, because I was expecting some more practical ideas to help me do more than I already do – based on the title of the book.

Treachery:
Received for review through Netgalley
I had thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 books in this series on Giordano Bruno, a fascinating figure. Then this volume 4 was announced several years ago, but didn’t seem available. So glad it’s finally coming out in December, and I have been enjoying its first chapters.

Sharko:
Another scary one, by a French author I had yet to discover.
The main idea of the plot is great: Lucie privately wants to investigate a case her dead uncle had been working on. She goes to the house of a guy, without telling her colleague cops, and ends up killing him (Ramirez) in self-defense. So Franck, Lucie’s husband and also a cop, goes to mask the crime scene to make it look worse and to send his police department on another track.
I’ve really been enjoying the suspense, and I am learning a lot (on all kinds of scientific, historical, and legendary details related to blood!), but what that horrible Ramirez was into is really horrific and chilling.
Not available in English

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

A Noel Killling

FICTION

If You Cross the River

CLASSIC/AUDIO

The Masque of the red death

A Noël Killing
Received for review 
“Christmastime in the south of France is as beautiful as ever, but when a shady local businessman drops dead in the middle of the festivities, Verlaque and Bonnet must solve the case while keeping the holiday spirit alive.
Antoine Verlaque, examining magistrate for the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, doesn’t like Christmas. The decorations appear in the shops far too early, festive tourists swarm the streets, and his beloved Cours Mirabeau is lined with chalets selling what he regards as tacky trinkets. But his wife and partner Marine Bonnet is determined to make this a Christmas they can both enjoy, beginning with the carol sing at the Cathedral Saint Sauveur, a beautiful service in a packed church.
Just as the holiday cheer is in full swing, a man is poisoned, sending the community into a tailspin. The list of suspects, Verlaque and Bonnet quickly discover, almost fills the church itself, from the visiting vendors at the Christmas fair to the victim’s unhappy wife and his disgruntled business partner. In A Noël Killing, with the help of an ever-watchful young woman named France, the pair must solve the murder while the spirit of the season attempts to warm Verlaque’s stubborn heart.”

If You Cross the River
Received for review through Edelweiss
From celebrated Belgian author Geneviève Damas, a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of words.
Illiterate, isolated, and held at arm’s length by a bitter father, François Sorrente has spent his seventeen years within narrow confines. By day he tends the family farm’s pigs; by night he manages the household chores. Still, François can’t help but wonder about the wider world and his place in it. Who was his mother, who he remembers not at all? And why is the opposite shore of the river, where his beloved older sister disappeared many years ago, forbidden to him?

The Masque of the Red Death
Short story, For The Classics Club
“The story follows Prince Prospero’s attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color.
In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms.
The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the titular disease.”

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The top 7 books to read in November 2019

Here are

The top 7 books
I plan to read in November 2019

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

 Elder Anthony The Vexations

Elder Anthony of Optina
I have a devotion to the Optina Fathers. This is book 2 in the series. Elder Anthony is incredible. In connection with this book blog, I discovered he loved reading A LOT, and he took lots of notes while reading.

The Vexations
Cool historical novel on Erik Satie!

READING NEXT

 Guide to Healing the Earth Treachery

If You Cross the River

Guide to Healing
“Tom Brown, Jr., is America’s most acclaimed outdoorsman, tracker, and teacher. When he was eight he met Stalking Wolf, an Apache elder who taught the young man how to survive in the wild, and more importantly, how to value our place in the natural order.”

Treachery
I have deeply enjoyed the 3 previous books historical mysteries in this series on Giordano Bruno. This volume 4 was said to have been published in 2014, but I was never able to find it. Finally now available. It’s over 500 pages, I hope it’s as good as the previous ones.
“Summer, 1585: As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an Invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Sir Francis Drake prepares to embark on an expedition by royal commission to cross the Atlantic and seize major Spanish ports, diverting Philip’s American treasure supplies to Queen Elizabeth. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Drake’s departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission – and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake’s life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins. Bruno and Sidney hunt for the killer, but are they being lured into a trap? And when Drake’s young wife and her cousin arrive, Bruno and Sidney find themselves thrown into an unexpected rivalry.”

If You Cross the River
On my Edelweiss shelf since May… Presented as “a modern fable about friendship, self-determination, and the power of words.”

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

        The Masque of the red death

Sharko
I was curious to try this popular French author. This is an edge of your seat story. A woman cop finds herself having to kill a man in self-defense – the guy was definitely not an angel. BUT she was investigating something on her own. So her husband, also a cop, does all he can to make it look like a crime scene.
They both work on the team to investigate what happened there, and are afraid all along they will be caught for what they did, as there are really super smart investigators on their team.
Great story, but horrific details.

The Masque of the Red Death
I hope this classic horror story won’t be as tough. I’ll be listening to it for The Classics Club.

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PLANS FOR NOVEMBER

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