Top Ten Books Outside My Comfort Zone

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed
That Are Outside My Comfort Zone

TTT for September 3, 2019
#TopTenTuesday

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For this edition of #TopTenTuesday, we are talking about Books I Enjoy That Are Outside My Comfort Zone.

Please click on the covers to access my review

1. Time travel stories

I usually don’t like time travel stories, but it works here, with a nice mix of history and cultural touches.

Vintage 1954

2-3. Manga

I have tried to read Manga, but often I didn’t like them. Except these:
The Secret World of Arrietty is actually a Film Comic Adaptation, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. This story is cute, and the artwork is just stunning!
I was surprised to love Orange, because it’s basically a teenage love story, but the art is well done (essential for me), and the plot is actually intriguing and original. I quickly devoured the two thick volumes of it.

 Orange The Secret World of Arrietty

4. Ghost stories

I about never read ghost stories, but I won this book for somebody else. Before giving it to the person, I opened it, and devoured it! I was really surprised to enjoy this Middle Grade ghost story. Very rich story!

Trace

5. Hemingway

I really don’t like his books, except this one, a beautiful memoir on his time in Paris.

A Moveable Feast

6-7. Political books

Another genre I almost never read. But these were surprisingly very well done and interesting.

 Fear Democracy in Chains

8-9. WWII  and YA

Having read so much about WWII in my French curriculum and in novels, I now try to stay away form it. However, these 2 books were amazing, the first one for the quality and originality of the writing, the second for the content (WWII and YA, 2 categories I rarely read in).

 HHhH Defy the night

10. Essays

I rarely read short stories or essays collections, because I usually feel the end comes too abruptly. This one however, was fabulous, being written by an amazing author.Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Have you read any of these?
Any other good title you would recommend
in these categories?

Read or skip #6

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

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16, 17, 20: skip
21: maybe read
Read the others for sure.

READ OR SKIP #6

#readorskip

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Let’s try again 8 titles today. And again, I’m super grateful for your input.

19) A History of the World in 100 Objects

  • “Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.”
    Sounds like a great way of revisiting History.
    READ

20) How to Travel with a Salmon

  • Eco’s essays are fantastic!
  • BUT I’m wandering if they would be too much like in Chronicles of a Liquid Society, even possibly some essays exactly the same. The titles of the essays look different, but the content may be the same.
    READ?

21) How Proust Can Change Your Life

  • I love Proust and read the whole of In Search of Lost Time, so I thought it might be a good way of revisiting it.
  • BUT: what book is that really? Is that really literary criticism? Or too much on the light side, closer to self-help.
    READ?

22) The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee

  • Not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated by John Dee and would like to read a biography.
  • BUT is it the best biography on him??
    READ

23) The Paris Enigma

  • Another Paris World Fair mystery, I think I’ll pass. I enjoyed this one a lot.
    SKIP

24) Bird Sense

  • As an avid birder, I have lots of books about birds on my TBR, and I can’t read them all. Should I keep this one? I does sound excellent.
    Birders, I need your input!
    READ

25) The Story of English in 100 Words

  • And I have a lot of books on my TBR on the English language!!
  • A reader writes: “Entertaining and light history of the English language in a listicle format.” Is it too light??
    READ

26) 2666

  • Oh, how funny 2666 ends up being #26 here!!
  • It’s a HUGE book, but I have heard so much about Roberto Bolaño, I absolutely want to read it one day!
  • Any shorter book by him you recommend I read?
    READ

Hmm, do you notice a word SKIP shows up only once today!
What do YOU think? Should I also skip 20 and 21? Or any other? If yu had to skip one, which one would it be?

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

 

Read or skip #3

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: 6, 7
MAYBE: 9 (I created a new Goodreads shelf for this – To read, maybe)
SKIP: 5, 8

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READ OR SKIP #3

#readorskip

Reading, language, translation.

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8) Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

9) Days of Reading

  • “In these inspiring essays about why we read, Proust explores all the pleasures and trials that we take from books.”
  • Short book, great topic, nice opportunity to read a bit more by Proust, after having read all of his In Search of Lost Time
    READ

10) Hunting and Gathering

  • Long book
  • BUT I liked the first book I read by her, French Leave. I’m sure she has even more to offer. Lots of great ratings
    READ

11) Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation

  • “‘Translation is always a shift, not between two languages but between two cultures. A translator must take into account rules that are not strictly linguistic but, broadly speaking, cultural.’ Umberto Eco is of the world’s most brilliant and entertaining writers on literature and language. In this accessible and dazzling study, he turns his eye on the subject of translations and the problems the differences between cultures can cause. The book is full of little gems about mistranslations and misunderstandings.”
  • Great author, especially language, and topic of great interest to me, as a translator myself
    READ

12) Limits of Language

  • Great topic
  • BUT sounds more like snippets, the humor may bother me, plus apparently the author uses the pronoun ‘she’ by default, which always drives me nuts. I read, ‘she’, and am, wait, who is talking about>
    SKIP

So now, what do YOU think? Am I right to skip 8 and 12? Any other I should skip?
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.

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