Read or skip #4

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

READ: 8-11
SKIP: 12
Not good, I only managed to ditch 1 out of 5 last week!

 

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READ OR SKIP #4

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Yeah, finally getting into 2012!!

12) Leave Me Alone: I’m  Reading

  • Book about books
  • A good friend of mine loved it
  • BUT the general Goodreads rating is low
  • And some readers mention all the autobiographical elements, which don’t interest me
    SKIP

13) Running the books

  • One day, I watched a fascinating documentary about having inmates play The Tempest, so the topic is of great interest
  • BUT several readers mention the book needs serious editing. I hate books that are not well written
    SKIP

14) Poustinia

  • How come I haven’t read this one yet??
    READ – asap

15) Time Was Soft There

  • I visited the charming Shakespeare & Company Parisian bookstore, and definitely want to know more about it
    READ

16) Paris to the Moon

  • I usually love that type of books
  • BUT I have read a lot of these, maybe too many?
  • The general rating is low, but several of my friends have read and loved it
    SKIP?

What do YOU think? Should I really skip 12 and 13? What would you do for 16?

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

Nonfiction November 2018: Expert on books on books

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#NonficNov

Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert
/Become the Expert

hosted by Julie @ JulzReads

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

This year, I would love to become the expert, on reading these nonfiction books-on-books that have been on my TBR for a while

Click on the covers to know more about them

books on books expert 1

books on books expert 2

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHICH ONE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND MOST?
WHAT’S YOUR AREA OF NONFICTION EXPERTISE?

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I love France #18: Shakespeare And Company

I LOVE FRANCE!

I plan to publish this meme every Thursday.
You can share here about any book
or anything cultural you just discovered related to France, Paris, etc.

Please spread the news on Twitter, Facebook, etc !
Feel free to grab my button,
and link your own post through Mister Linky,
at the bottom of this post.

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Last week, I promised you more things from Le Quartier Latin in Paris.

There are of course several gorgeous gardens, such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg:

The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, is the second largest public park in Paris[1] (224,500 m² (22.5 hectares) located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. The park is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace.

It holds lots of fountains and statues.

And Le Quartier Latin is the neighborhood where famous writers came, wrote, and drank!

I enjoyed reading about the history of different places thanks to plaques; there are many of them now, not only in Paris, but in many cities. Click on the picture to read the text – in French.

And and of course, we had to go and see the famous bookstore Shakespeare And Company, quite a place – and crowded as well.

you can sit…

…or sleep!

If you do not know anything about this bookstore, I recommend these videos: the first one is on George Whitman, the owner for decades, who died last year at age 98.

The second video is on the current owner, Sylvia Beach, George’s own daughter.

The introduction written under each video is worth while reading.

And I can only recommend this website, Open Culture, which published fascinating daily posts.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY?
WHAT DID YOU LIKE ABOUT THE PLACE?

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Please if possible
include the title of the book or topic in your link:
name of your blog (name of the book title or topic).
Thanks