2019: September wrap-up

SEPTEMBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 September was a special month: I totally binged on manga, or to be more specific, on a subgenre of manga I guess: Film Comic Adaptation. I forgot now how, but I finally discovered Hayao Miyazaki, and I checked out from my library all the adaptations of his animes I could find – I still have one series to finish.
So don’t be impressed by the number of books and pages I read this month, as 14 were actually manga and graphic novels – I know, that’s ridculous.

📚 More impressive is actually that I finished n 4 years (instead of 5) my first list of 50 classics, and started my 2nd list.

📚 Also, I have started phase 2 of my Goodreads TBR shelf cleaning. And I can use your help! Click on the link for your input.

📚 And if you haven’t seen it yet, come and read the awesome interview with Silvia on Don Quixote!

So here is what I read in September:

19 books:
17 in print 
with 3,267 pages, an average of 108 pages/day
2 in audio
= 15H24
, an average of 30 minutes

14 in manga and graphic nonfiction:

  1. The Secret World of Arrietty, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  2. Spirited Away,vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  3. Spirited Away,vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  4. Spirited Away,vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  5. Spirited Away, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki
  6. Spirited Away, vol. 5 by Hayao Miyazaki
  7. Castle in the Sky, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  8. Castle in the Sky, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  9. Castle in the Sky, vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  10. Castle in the Sky, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki
  11. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  12. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  13. Book Love, by Debbie Tung
  14. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, by Shing Yin Khor

2 in science fiction:

  1. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke – audio, for The Classics Club

2 in literary fiction:

  1. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrik Backman
  2. Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie – ebook, for review

1 in mystery:

  1. Into the Night, by Sarah Bailey

MY FAVORITES IN SEPTEMBER

Quichotte Book Love

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 1/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 84/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 43

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

The Dark Lake Into The Night Quichotte Goodbye Paris

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Book review: Quichotte

Quichotte

Quichotte
by Salman Rushdie
Penguin/RandomHouse
9/3/2019
Literary Fiction
416 pages

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As you may know, I recently finished reading the whole of Don Quixote – yes even book 2! Phew!
As I was slowly slowly reaching the end, I heard about Salman Rushdie’s new book: Quichotte. I thought this was the perfect coincidence to discover this new to me author, I know I know, it’s about time.
I have listened to some conferences by him, I especially remember one where he talks about the books that were important in his life. I was awed by his vast culture, and he reminded me in that respect, and with his humor as well, of Umberto Eco, who used to be a close friend of his.
I’m really glad I went into new territory and read Quichotte, here is why:

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WWW Wednesday September 18, 2019

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Wow, I haven’t done this for a while. I plan to do it again, at least mid-month

BOOKS JUST READ

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FICTION

Quichotte

MANGA

Spirited Away 3

CLASSIC/AUDIO

Childhoods End

Quichotte: superb, come back tomorrow to read my review!

Spirited Away: I just fell in love with the work of Hayao Miyazaki. I recently read:
– The Secret World of Arrietty ( 2 volumes), sad, but gorgeous art, so detailed, so good with nature, colors. Totally my cup of tea!
Spirited Away (3 volumes so far) – not sure I like the way the story is evolving, we’ll see
– My Neighbor Totoro (1 volume so far). I am curious to see where this is going!
This artist knows how to draw/paint, it’s really gorgeous. Technically, these are more film comic adaptations than manga, and they are all in color.

Childhood’s End:
I listened to it – found on youtube! Fascinating, though I want to read more about it, to get more to the message. And I definitely want to read more by this author!
Incidentally, this is my first classic towards my 2nd list of 50 classics!

CURRENTLY READING

FICTION

Civilizations

MYSTERY

Into The Night

CLASSIC/AUDIO

Tender is the Night

Civilizations: 
I usually really enjoy this French author. I am at 20% so far, and it’s dragging, but sounds like things are soon going to make more sense. I hope.

Into the Night:
I recently discovered Sarah Bailey and her Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock. I like her style, so I decided to jump right away in book 2. And book 3 is coming soon!

Tender is the Night:
Another audio classic I found on youtube.
So far, I really like Fitzgerald’s style. I hate The Great Gatsby, but this is very good, so far, about 1 hour into the book.

BOOKS UP NEXT

FICTION

La grande escapade

HISTFIC

The Vexations

MYST/AUDIO

Avalanche hotel

La grande escapade
The latest novel by a French author I like a lot.

The Vexations
Recent historical novel on Erik Satie! Lent to me by a friend. It sounds really good.

Avalanche hôtel
I’m curious to try this big name of French thrillers, that will be my first book by him.

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