Posts tagged ‘Umberto Eco’

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest

Top Ten Books
That Have Been On My TBR
the Longest

TTT for February 6, 2018

I’m simply putting here the 10 oldest books on my Goodreads TBR, we are going back here to June 2011!
Right now, by the way, my TBR is at 1,205 titles…
A nice mix of fiction and nonfiction,
and some are on the list of books I plan to read this year!
Click on the pictures to access details.
If needed, click on DATE ADDED to get to this exact list

oldest TBR1

oldest TBR2

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
Which book has been the longest on your own TBR?

 

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2017: December wrap-up

December 2017 wrap-up

December was the last chance for me to wrap up a few readings that had been going on for a few months.
And I am happy with my final count of 113 books, my highest since I have joined the Goodreads reading challenge.

Here is what I read this past month:

12  books:
10 in print
with 1,834 pages, that is: 59 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 18H54, that is: 36 mn/day
.

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Chronicles of a Liquid Society, by Umberto Eco – ebook
  2. Man of God: Saint John of Shangai and San Francisco, by Peter Prekrestov
  3. A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes
    by Leah Guinn

3 in children book:

  1. Martine à la montagne, by Gilbert Delahaye – ebook
  2. Martine en bateau, by Gilbert Delahaye – ebook
  3. Martine fête son anniversaire, by Gilbert Delahaye – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Un lieu incertain, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  2. Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc – ebook

2 in poetry:

  1. Paradise Lost, by John Milton
  2. Paradise Regained, by John Milton

1 in fiction:

  1. The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Obituary Writer, by Ann Hood – audiobook

My favorites in December

paradise-lost   Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 21/50 (until end of 2018) or 30/59!
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12 – unfinished
Mount TBR: 22/48 – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 113/100!

Number of books added to my TBR in December= 21

Blog recap in December

Most popular book review in December

Taste of Parisclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop 2017

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Stuck in Books

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

12: Karen at Booker Talk

12: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

10: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

AS KAREN AND KRISTYN BOTH GOT 12 POINTS,
THE FIRST OF THE TWO TO POST A COMMENT
WILL BE THE WINNER!

Blog milestones

1,732 posts
over 4,410 subscribers
over 147,100 hits

Plans for January

  • Post all my 2017 recaps. Actually, exceptionally, I’m ready with my stats, so they will published these 3 coming days

  • Participate in Bout of Books 21

  • Read and review the 2nd book picked by my library staff

  • Maybe read less books, but review them all… We can dream, right?

Come back on Monday 1st
to see all the books I plan to read in January!

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How was YOUR month of  December?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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Book review: Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

by Umberto Eco
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 11/14/2017
Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
Pages: 320
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If I say Umberto Eco, I believe most of you will automatically think The Name of the Rose. Eco wrote many more smart and captivating novels, Foucault’s Pendulum for instance, or his latest Numero Zero. He also wrote many essays, for instance on language (see Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language for example).
And for several decades, he wrote a weekly column in the Italian weekly magazine L’Espresso. This posthumous collection, Chronicles of a Liquid Society, gathers together over 110 of these columns, on a large variety of topics. Eco prefaces his work by presenting these vignettes as “reflections on aspects of this ‘liquid society’ of ours”.

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