2021: June wrap-up

JUNE 2021 WRAP-UP

Already one month of Summer gone…
And I managed to post an amazing number of posts all this past month: only five!!
I finally took one week away, which hadn’t happen for two years, like for many of us. One week in the woods, no phone, no internet, just hiking and birding, total bliss.
So I didn’t do much reading either, hence the most pathetic number this month.

So far, for my #20BooksofSummer21, I have managed to read 9 books. So it sounds like I am on track. Except only 1 of these 9 were on my original list for the challenge, lol.

One of the five posts of this month was the conclusion of a fascinating buddy-read/readalong with Carol @ Cas d’intérêt on The Archipelago of Another Life (L’Archipel d’une atre vie) by Andreï Makine.

📚 Here is what I read in June:

10 books:
5 in print 
with 1,275 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
5 in audio
= 14H03
, a daily average of 28 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Baruch
  2. The Book of Lamentations
  3. The Book of Ezekiel
  4. The Book of Daniel – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge
  5. The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber

2 in mystery:

  1. Compartiments tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot – readalong with a French student, read for The Classics Club
  2. The Grid, by Philip Kerr

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour – audiobook
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec – readalong with a French student

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Apothecary Diaries, vol.1, by Natsu Hyuuga – manga

A few notes about these books:

  • Totally by chance, I read two books about smart architecture: one was the nonfiction by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber, which actually won the 1st prize in IndieReader Discovery Award for the Environment Category.
    And the other one by Kerr, as a techno-thriller. Fascinating theme!
  • With these four Bible books, I finished listening to the whole Old Testament. Listening to them all as a whole, without studying them this time nor focusing on their spiritual meaning, was a bit challenging and actually quite depressing in content. And now to the New Testament!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    Nature humaine    La Disparition 2

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 60/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 8/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 82/120 (68%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 9

NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

GIVEAWAYS

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Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

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The top 7 books to read in June 2021

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The top 7 books to read in June 2021

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The top 7 books
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CURRENTLY READING

  FutureofBuildingsBookCover    Dictionnaire amoureux du polar

  The Code Breaker   Languages of Truth

📚 The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, 
by Roger Duncan and Michael E. Webber
Published in July 2020
I stopped reading it for a while, but am back to it.
Fascinating to read about what new models are popping up for transportation and power. Some details sound like pertaining to scifi, though they already exist in some cities, like gondolas in La Paz, Bolivia. I am learning a lot!

📚 Dictionnaire amoureux du polar, by Pierre Lemaitre
Published on October 22, 2020
Same thing, I had to read several other ebooks recently, so I stopped a bit on this one. So much so that I just restarted it from scratch.
Great passages on other thrillers, and a lot of humor, which I didn’t realize Lemaitre had, among so many other talents.

📚 The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson
Published on March 9, 2021 – won through Goodreads
This is so good, like anything by this author.
So neat to be reading this now as vaccines are developed using the technique she discovered.

📚 Languages of Truth: Essays, 2003-2020, by Salman Rushdie
Published on May 25, 2021 – received for review through Netgalley
I was very impressed by Rushdie’s writing in Quichotte.
Just read the first essay so far, so great writing, so many references. Loving it!

I am also buddy-reading two French novels with French students:

  • La Disparition, by George Perec, published in 1969.
    The author never uses the letter e. Was translated as A Void in English, same thing, letter e never used throughout the whole book!
  • Compartiment tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot, a thriller published in 1962.
    Looks like there are 2 English translations: The Sleeping Car Murders, and The 10:30 from Marseille.

READING NEXT

History in English Words

📚 History in English Words, by Owen Barfield
Published in 1926
Will be reading for The Classics Club – this was my latest spin, I am one month late

“This popular book provides a brief, brilliant history of those who have spoken the Indo-European tongues. It is illustrated throughout by current English words—whose derivation from other languages, whose history in use and changes of meaning—record and unlock the larger history.”

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

   Nature humaine  Evil Under the Sun

📚 Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour
Published on Aug 19, 2020
I have really enjoyed a lot Joncour’s writing in Wild Dog, and have heard a lot about this one, so am listening to it in the original French.
Like in Wild Dog, the relationships between nature and humans is at the center of the novel.

📚 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24) by Agatha Christie
Published in 1941
Part of my project to listen to all of HP, for The Classics Club

“It seems that no matter how hard he tries, Poirot never quite gets a holiday. This story sees him in Devon, Agatha Christie’s home county, and, of course, among the scantily clad sunbathers, a murdered woman is found.

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?”

📚 I will probably also listen to Hercule Poirot #25 and #26; plus at least 4 Biblical books (Baruch, Lamentations, Epistle of Jeremiah, Ezekiel).

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

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PLANS FOR JUNE

📚 #20booksofSummer21

I am also in the process of streamlining all my Categories and Tags.
And of transitioning France Book Tours to another theme, and other forms of marketing!

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WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?

2020: April wrap-up

APRIL 2020 WRAP-UP

My introductory paragraph could be a simple copy and paste from last month. We know by now that life will never again be like BEFORE Covid-19.
However I try to go back to my usual blogging, but my teaching and lots of homework preparation and corrections keep me very busy. I have been teaching online for 12 years, so nothing new for me. It’s just that this year I’m preparing students to two different and very demanding exams, that on top of everything, have a new revamping – and one has nothing to do with the virus.
So lots of new classes to prepare. And one book is very fat, so it will take a while…
And suddenly I have four new students.

We still haven’t been able to go back to Church. I dare hope it will be possible in June, but who knows at this point?

The one good thing is that finally Spring is coming more consistently in Illinois, and the garden is already growing!

I have read less books than last month, but more pages. And I’m in the middle of The Mirror and the Light. After listening to Au Soleil Redouté, I’m also reading it, with one of my students. It’s also fairly big. So when I count them in May, that will raise the stats, lol.

📚 So here are the titles I read in April :

Exclusively international, and mostly French!
And 3 books are actually a mix of different genres!!

6 books:
5 in print 
with 1,348 pages, an average of 44 pages/day
1 in audio
= 10H57
, an average of 21 minutes

3 in mystery:

  1. Le chien jaune, by Georges Simenon – ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  2. La nuit du carrefour, by Georges Simenon – ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  3. Au soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi – audiobook, in French

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Summer of Reckoning, by Marion Brunet – received for review
  2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, read with the Murakami Online Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Wild Dog, by Serge Joncour – received for review

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN APRIL

  Wild Dog Au soleil redouté

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 37/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 15

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN APRIL

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

  Simple Superfood Soups  100 Large-Print Crossword Puzzles

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