The top 8 books to read in December 2019

Here are

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

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

We have several giveaways listed on the homepage

List of books I can swap with yours

Upcoming treat: come back tomorrow to enter my giveaway for my over 5,000 followers!

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!

Eiffel Tower Orange

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

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A month of favorites – Introduction

a month of favorites#amonthoffaves

All December-long,
Estella’s Revenge,  Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing our fave bookish
(and sometimes non-bookish)
experiences from throughout the year
AND we want YOU to join us!

Attracted by Estella’s fun invitation, I have decided to join. I will not be able to post every day of the 23 days scheduled, but I’ll try as often as I can to post for

A MONTH OF FAVORITES

Dec 1 is for
Faves Month Introduction – About YOU and Your Reading this year (e.g. fave genre, fave author, how you read (percentage (%) physical, eReader, audiobooks), when you read, what genre did you read the most from this year, which author was most prolific on your reading list, how many books did you read, give us a clue about what your fave book read this year is – but don’t tell us – let us guess!) – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

As I plan to read possibly 10 more books in December, and as I do a massive statistics post with charts and pies at the beginning of January, I cannot tally everything yet.
BUT I can already tell you that this year of reading has been really amazing. One reason could well be that I am getting more and more picky at what I choose to read, so I end up with gem after gem.

So far, I have read 92 books, and I may be able to reach my goal of 105!

My favorite genre is definitely historical fiction – 29 so far.

Out of 92 books, 12 are audio and 18 are ebooks.

I usually don’t think about THE favorite book of the year
– though looking back now, my favorite in 2013 was probably the one from the Nonfiction-Ebook category:

Consolations of the Forest
Instead I choose a favorite in 4 categories: Fiction, Historical fiction, Nonfiction, Mystery,
respectively in print, ebooks, audio, so I end up with 12 favorites, plus a favorite one in the category Religion.
Last year I also had one in Graphic Novel.

Can you guess
what my 12 favorites will be this year?

Do YOU already know
what your favorite book of the year was?

 

 

Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions and Literature

ArmchairBEA 2014Design byAmber of Shelf Notes

Excited in taking part in my 3rd, I think, Armchair BEA!

Today, it’s about Introductions. We can choose 5 out of 10 questions, so here you go:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Emma from Illinois, I’m French and have been living in the US for over 13 years. I’m a French tutor, an English-French translator, and a rock painter

I have been seriously blogging at Words And Peace for almost 4 years, since September 2010.

Since last year, I also organize virtual book tours for books set in France at France Book Tours

I started blogging because I realized I was forgetting too quickly about books, so I have to write about what I read to remember better, plus I wanted to share my love of books, and thanks to Devourer of Books [not as active now], I discovered the awesome community of book bloggers!

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. 

A place to share my book reviews and discover great books to read, often with a French touch!

I am on Twitter [@wordsandpeace], Facebook, Goodreads, Google +, Pinterest.

You can also follow me through Bloglovin and RSS.

3.What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

The genre I read most right now is historical fiction.

I love to read because I love learning new things and discovering new places.

4.What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

Wow, that’s a tough one: I use 14 categories for best of every year. I’m going to say The Consolations of the Forest, by Sylvain Tesson as my favorite book read in 2013.

In 2014, I have read 37 books so far. My favorite is probably Citadel, by Kate Mosse.

5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 

Right now, I enjoy a lot:

Typographical Era

Bay State Reader’s Advisory

Behold The Stars

Doing Dewey

and Bibliophile by The Sea

I’m limiting myself here to 5 book blogs, but if you can see here the whole list of the blogs I follow.

NOW YOUR TURN:
What’s your favorite book so far this year?

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And the theme of the day is:

Literature 

What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general.

Right now, when I think literature, I think classics [I am in the process of reading the whole In Search of Lost Time by Proust, in French] and literary fiction. Recently those I have read are mostly books in translation or even read in a foreign language.

Here are a few recent favorites – click on the book covers to see what it’s about:

My Wish List cover Paris Rue des Martyrs

Botchan Inch-Allah-dimanche

Skylark blindness

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THOSE?
IS LITERARY FICTION YOUR FAVORITE GENRE?
HOW DO YOU DEFINE LITERATURE?