Friday Face Off: Cold

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy,
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “anything cold and seasonal“.
I hate the cold and the snow, so I hesitated actually starting this week with this meme.
I also had a hard time finding a cover with anything cold in my recent reads.
BUT then, I saw it:

La Panthère des Neiges, by Sylvain Tesson, that I read last May.
It’s actually perfect, as the movie/documentary on it just came out two days ago in France!

Here is the French trailer, and the English one (coming out in English on December 22). The French trailer is so much more beautiful – aesthetically speaking.

In English, the book was translated as The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet.
I prefer the original French title in the book, as it focuses really on what it is all about, whereas in English we focus on the human attitude needed to enjoy the animal.

The book is fabulous and gorgeously written. I felt like crying all along, because of the beauty of nature, and the depth of the thinking.

Here is the official synopsis:
“A journey in search of one of the most elusive creatures on the planet.
Adventurer Sylvain Tesson has led a restless life, riding across Central Asia on horseback, freeclimbing the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and traversing the Himalayas by foot. But while recovering from an accident that left him in a coma, and nursing his wounds from a lost love, he found himself domesticated, his lust for life draining with each moment spent staring at a screen. An expedition to the mountains of Tibet, in search of the famously elusive snow leopard, presented itself as a cure.
For the chance to glimpse this near mythical beast, Tesson and his companions must wait for hours without making a sound or a movement, enduring the thin air and brutal cold. Their lookout becomes an act of faith–many have pursued the snow leopard for years without seeing it–and as they keep their vigil, Tesson comes to embrace the virtues of patience and silence. His faith is rewarded when the snow leopard, the spirit of the mountain, reveals itself: an embodiment of what we have surrendered in our contemporary lives. And the simple act of waiting proves to be an antidote to the frenzy of our times.
A celebration of the power and grace of the wild, and a requiem for the world’s vanishing places, The Art of Patience is a revelatory account of the communion between nature and the human heart. Sylvain Tesson has written a new masterpiece on the relationship between man and beast in prose as sublime as the wilderness that inspired it.”

If you are looking to offer a unique book, this is it!
Before you get the chance to read it, enjoy these covers from around the world.

Which one is your favorite? Why?

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To zoom on the covers on a computer, right click and choose “Open image in new tab”,
then you can zoom as needed.

My favorite cover is #10, Snežná leopardica – the Slovak edition.
The focus of the picture is really on the animal. This Snow Leopard is beautiful, it’s in movement, and the totally white background is a good evocation of the snow.

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HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN THIS MEME?
Next week will be warmer:
“All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?”

Nonfiction November: My Year 2020 in Nonfiction

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#NonficNov

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As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.

Here is the topic for Week 1 (Nov. 2-6):

YOUR YEAR IN NONFICTION

Hosted by JLeann of Shelf Aware
Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

Here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted).
So far, I have read or listened to 28 nonfiction, which is already 9% more than last year (I read 23 nonfiction in 2019).
And I plan to read at least 4 more before the end of the year.

Here are the titles:

Bible and religious books:

  1. The Book of Genesis
  2. The Book of Exodus
  3. The Book of Leviticus
  4. The Book of Numbers
  5. The Book of Deuteronomy
  6. he Book of Joshua
  7. The Book of Judges
  8. The Book of Ruth
  9. The First & Second Book of Samuel
  10. The First & Second Book of Kings
  11. The 1st & 2nd Book of Chronicles
  12. The Book of Nehemiah all the above are audio, for The Classics Club
  13. Theological Territories: a David Bentley Hart Digest, by David Bentley Hart- ebook
  14. On The Ecclesiastical Mystagogy, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  15. The Church, the Litany, and the Soul of Man, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  16. Le petit livre de la vie réussie, by Anselm Grün

About Thoreau:

  1. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau – ebook, for The Classics Club
  2. Bob Pepperman Taylor, Lessons from Walden – ebook

About nature:

  1. La Panthère des neiges, by Sylvain Tesson – French audiobook
  2. Vesper Flights, by Helen McDonald – audiobook

About history:

  1. Berezina, by Sylvain Tesson – French audiobook
  2. Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor- ebook for France Book Tours

About Japan:

  1. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura – for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Héctor Garcia

On contemporary issues:

  1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  2. L’Humanité en péril, by Fred Vargas – French audiobook, on the urgent need to save our planet!

Graphic “novel” about books:

  1. I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider

I also reviewed 21 books published by Rockridge Press, but I didn’t read these books from A to Z as I would read other books, so I didn’t count them in my statistics.

So really, this was a huge nonfiction year for me.
I’m very happy for the diversity of topics as well.
Besides, I’m glad I did a good dent in my project to listen to each book of the Bible, a nice way of revisiting it all.

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What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

  La Panthère des neiges L'humanité en péril

I had to choose two.
If you click on the left cover, you can see its English edition.
The other one has not been translated

What nonfiction book
have you recommended the most?

Vesper Flights

Do you have a particular topic
you’ve been attracted to more this year?
Besides religious topics, not really

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?
As usual, to get acquainted with more nonfiction readers
and find good titles unknown to me.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE NONFICTION THIS YEAR?

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2020: June wrap-up

JUNE 2020 WRAP-UP

I had the impression I had read A LOT this past month. 11 books is not bad, but it’s actually less than last month. Less pages as well, though much more time with audiobooks!
Though actually, I have read more pages than that, as I am reading several books along with different students or groups. It should work well for my July and August stats!

Two Sundays ago, we finally were able to go back to Church (last time was March 11). Our church being physically so small, we can only receive 12 people at a time, to respect social distanciation. And obviously all with masks, including the 3 members of the choir and the priest. Still, some families are spooked. So we are even less than our maximum number. It looks a bit weird to be so few and all masked, but it’s good to receive the Sacraments again.

This past month, I have set up something I wanted to do for a while: an online book club where we will read and discuss books in French. The book was chose in tandem with Lory @ The Emerald City.  Our first book is Complètement cramé, by Gilles Legardinier. We use Discord.
So if you read and write French (we will ignore mistakes), let us know if you are interested in our Club de livres français. NB: You won’t have many pages to read per day.

Also, as many of you know, Thyme for Tea is again organizing Paris in July. If you are participating or considering doing so, I have 2 awesome books for you (or even if you don’t participate in that event!), with free review copies: one on Marie Antoinette, and one novel set in Provence.

📚 So here are the titles I read in June:

11 books:
6 in print 
with 1,428 pages, an average of 47 pages/day
5 in audio
= 31H45
, an average of 1H03 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Inhabitation, by Teru Miyamoto – ebook, received for review
  2. Or What You Will, by Jo Walton – received for review
  3. And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon, by Nikolai Gogol – ebook, received for review
  4. If You Cross the River, by Geneviève Damas – ebook, received for review
  5. Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy – audio, received for review

3 in mystery:

  1. Un crime en Hollande, by Georges Simenon – ebook, read along with a French student
  2. Au rendez-vous des Terres-Neuvas, by Georges Simenon – ebook, read along with a French student
  3. Luca, by Franck Thilliez – French audiobook

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Berezina, by Sylvain Tesson – ebook
  2. The Book of Judges (Bible) – audiobook
  3. The Book of Ruth (Bible) – audiobook

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN JUNE

Again, I cannot limit myself to two this month, it’s already hard to pick only three:

  Or What You Will If You Cross the River

Migrations

I’ll review Migrations near the end of July, as it’s going to be released on August 4. It’s an amazing book.

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 33/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 60/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 29

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JUNE

Three Hours in Paris A Hundred Million Years and a Day The Mirror and the Light

The Challenging Riddle Book for Kids Dinosaurs

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in July


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How was YOUR month of June?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!