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The top 11 Books to read in February 2017

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in Febuary!

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CURRENTLY READING

a-prodigal-saint   a-curious-collection-of-dates

a-forgers-life  The Muralist

A Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People

= scholarly biography of the most well known 19th century Russian saint
A Curious Collection of Dates
= a fun book I won
= for every day of the year, I event related to Sherlock Holmes
A Forger’s Life
= a biography seen at the library
The Muralist
= finally!

READING NEXT

paradise-lost  born-a-crime

till-we-have-faces   flaubert

marie-antoinettes-darkest-days

Paradise Lost
= so excited to reread this for The Classics Club.
I totally fell in love with this book decades ago
Born a Crime
= a couple was so excited about this book,
and I realized BBI was organizing a readalong!
Till We Have Faces
= for my Church book club
Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination
= for a book tour
Marie-Antoinette’s Darkest Days
= for a book tour organized by France Book Tours
= there are still some print copies available!

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

a-study-in-scarlet  trois-jours-et-une-vie

A Study in Scarlet
= for The Classics Club.
I have actually decided to listen to all of Sherlock Holmes.
I have chosen Simon Prebble as narrator.
Except for next audiobook,
I plan to listen to all SH stories,
as they were chronologically released
Trois jours et une vie
= responding to a promotional audiobook offer,
I was totally thrilled to see that for once,
some books were available in French.
The latest by Lemaitre!

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR FEBRUARY?

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Back to the Classics 2017 Reading Challenge

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In combination with my 2nd year in the Classics Club, I’m going to try to Back to the Classics Challenge in 2017.

The Challenge consists in covering between 6 to 12 of these categories, and the books must have been written by 1967, or posthumously published.
Right now I’m aiming at 9 titles, because there are others I plan to read this year for the Classics Club, but they can’t count here because they were published after 1967!

And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge.
I inserted in italics the book I plan to read for that category

1.  A 19th Century Classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899.
Walden (1854)

2.  A 20th Century Classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967.
The Screwtape Letters (1942), by C. S. Lewis

3.  A classic by a woman author.
Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), by Willa Cather

4.  A classic in translation,  or in its original language or the original language.
Moderato Cantabile (in French)

5.  A classic published before 1800.
The Castle of Otranto

6.  A romance classic. I’m pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads.
My Cousin Rachel

8.  A classic with a number in the title.

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.
The Hound of the Baskervilles

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary.
The Bridge on the Drina
(Bosnia)

11. An award-winning classic. Just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.

12. A Russian Classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.
Oblomov

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Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

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After 6 years of book blogging and heavy participating in reading challenges, I plan to simplify things in 2017 and participate in very few reading challenges.

To reduce the number of books that have been for too long collecting dust on my shelves or clogging my Kindle and Nook, I will try to climb up a high mountain this year, and I chose Mt. Ararat, that is, 48 books from my TBR.

I don’t know yet exactly which books I will read, but they will be from this list.
Plus from religious titles, I have a whole bunch of them on my shelves as well, but I’m not going to count them for the challenge, as I plan to keep those; whereas all the following titles, I plan to give away once they are read and reviewed.

CODES:
titles in bold: reading now or starting very soon
written in orange: read
written in blue with link: read and reviewed

PHYSICAL TBR

A) Received at BEA

1. Two Days Gone
2. Britt-Marie Was Here
3. Coffin Road
4. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
5. Deadly Affection
6. Looking for The Stranger
7. The Golden Key
8. The Hidden Keys

B) ON FRANCE/BY FRENCH AUTHORS

9.            The Discovery of France
10.          Brodeck
11.          Chourmo
12.          Eiffel’s Tower
13.          The Emperor of Paris
14.          Fatale
15.          I Always Loved You
16.          The Investigation
17.          Joie de vivre
18.          Labyrinth
19.          Lovers at the Chameleon Club
20.          The Most Beautiful Book in the World
21.          On Rue Tatin
22.          The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
23.          The Queen’s Lover
24.          Seven Houses in France
25.          Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong
26.          Solea
27.          They Eat Horses, Don’t They?
28.          Three Women in a Mirror
29.          Total Chaos
30.          Vie Française
31.          The Woman with the Bouquet

C) CLASSICS

32.          The Bridge on the Drina
33.          The Screwtape Letters – audio
34.          The Complete Sherlock Holmes

D) OTHER

35.          Wanderlust
36.          Eventide
37.          The Brothers of Gwynedd
38.          Defy The Night
39.          Everything I Never Told You – audio
40.          The Miniaturist
41.          The Obituary Writer
42.          The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
43.          While Beauty Slept
44.          The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
45.          The Bastard of Istanbul
46.          The Birds of Heaven
47.          Born on a Mountain
48.          Crazy Mountain Kiss
49.          Fame
50.          Fear in the Sunlight
51.          The Instructions
52.          The Lighthouse Road
53.          The Master
54.          The Meagre Tarmac

E) IN FRENCH

55a.         Ensemble, c’est tout
55b.        Le voyage d’Octavio
56.          Moderato Cantabile – CClub
57.          La Nuit sacrée
58.          Qumran
59.          Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique
60.          La Vie mode d’emploi – CClub
61.          Gaspard, Melchior & Balthazar – CClub

DIGITAL TBR

F) ON NETGALLEY

62.          The Great and The Good
63.          The Little Paris Bookshop
64.          The Muralist
65.          Oswald
66.          The Rare Earth Exchange
67.          Under the Channel

G) ON KINDLE/NOOK – ENGLISH

68.          The Shadow of the Cross
69.          Death Comes for the Archbishop – CClub
70.          The Great Themes of Scripture
71.          The Silence of Bonaventure
72.          The Blessing Way
73.          The Lottery
74.          The Immortal Rules
75.          One Ordinary Day with Peanuts
76.          Walden – CClub

H) ON KINDLE/NOOK – IN FRENCH

77.          L’archipel d’une autre vie
78.          Petit pays
79.          Concerto pour quatre mains
80.          Un trou dans la toile
81.          L’homme aux cercles bleus
82.          La fille de Brooklyn
83.          L’énigme des blancs manteaux
84.          Hhhh
85.          La petite femelle
86.          Xenia
87.          Vers la sobriété heureuse
88.          Arthur
89.          La bicyclette bleue
90.          Consuelo
91.          Dans l’oeil du cyclône
92.          La délicatesse
93.          Demain
94.          Désert
95.          Le détour
96.          Dictionnaire des idées reçues
97.          Fantômas – CClub
98.          Les heures du soir
99.          La horde du contrevent
100.       L’hôtel des deux mondes
101.       La louve de France
102.       La modification
103.       La prisonnière
104.       La quête bleue
105.       SAS contre CIA
106.       La vie en mieux

GOAL of 48

Read in January =  9/48
Read in February =      = 9/48
Read in March =   +  /48
Read in April= + /48
Read in May = + /48
Read in June = + /48
Read in July = + /48
Read in August = + /48
Read in September = + /48
Read in October = + /48
Read in November = + /48
Read in December = + /48

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