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March Wrap-up Post

March has been a roller-coaster, both on a personal scale and for reading.

Personal things first: a new job brings lots of joy, even more stress and a little bit of money (yay for buying more books), but it reduces your free time by eating huge chunks of your days. Thankfully, the Kindle app for iPhone helped me to grab a few pages here and there and I managed to read more during the second half of the month. Also, suing your former boss to get what he owes you takes headaches and thousands of tea cups to calm you down.
I have had no time to improve my English pronunciation, I can barely keep up with my flash cards and tutoring is less fun when students don’t show up.

But let’s tread back on happier territory!

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Liebster Award

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I’d like to thank Nikita for nominating me for the Liebster Award 🙂 It’s always a pleasure to participate, although talking about yourself is not the easiest thing!

Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that has less than 200   followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith

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Author: Robert Galbraith (pseudonym used by J.K Rowling)
Publisher: Little Brown
Release date: April 18th, 2013
Format: eBook
Pages: 550
Started on:February 25th, 2016
Finished on: March 1st, 2016
Rating: 3,5/5

Blurb
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

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This Week In Books (March 2nd 2016)

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This Week In Books is a great meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found where you sum-up what you’ve been reading during the week.


∧ Then ∧ The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith

I had a really nice time reading it. I was relieved to see it was very different from The Casual Vacancy (still have to finish this one).

Blurb:
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .

≈ Now ≈ Lost Memory of Skin, Russel Banks

The title caught my eyes. I was surprised when I read the blurb, though! I wasn’t expecting the book to tell the story of a sex offender. It should be an interesting read.

Blurb:
After doing time for a liaison with an underage girl, the Kid is forbidden to live within 2,500 feet of anywhere children might gather. Barely beyond childhood himself, the Kid is in many ways an innocent, trapped by impulses and choices he struggles to comprehend. Enter the Professor, a man who has built his own life on secrets and lies. The two men forge a tentative partnership, but when the Professor’s past resurfaces, the balance in the two men’s relationship shifts. Suddenly, the Kid must reconsider all he has come to believe, and make a fateful choice when faced with a new kind of moral decision.

∨ Next ∨ Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

The instagram reading group @thereadingrebels has chosen this novel as their book of the month. I was planning on reading it so I joined. Better read it before the movie gets released.

Blurb:
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Have you read any of those books? What’s next on your reading list?
I wish you a good bookish week!

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February Wrap-up

📚 Bookish recap 📚

I did not keep track of my reading challenge this month so I was thrilled when I realized I had read 7 books. I mean, two months ago, I had trouble going through two books so there’s huge improvement!

Digging To America, Anne Tyler: 4/5 Reviewed here

Too Many Cooks / Champagne for One, Rex Stout: 3/5
I love mysteries. Yet, if you take a look at my shelves, it wouldn’t really show. Before reading this, I associated mysteries with the scent of old books and a certain rigidity. (Bear with me, it had been ages since I’d give this genre a try!) You won’t find rigidity in those novels. Instead, you’ll be acquainted with well-written characters and dry humor.
Bonus: I was thrilled to have discovered who was the culprit before the end of Too Many Cooks.

2084, Boualem Sansal: 2/5
I already hinted in my TWIB that I was disappointed in this book. I am still working on the review, it might take another couple of days for me to figure out how to write it.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: 4/5
I understand why everyone kept recommending it. Turning the firemen’s work into the complete opposite was a brilliant idea, but I could not stand the thought of all those books being burnt 😦 poor babies. It took me a little while to be completely hooked but once plunged into Bradbury’s world, I could not put the book away.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K Rowling: 5/5
Does it need any comment? 🙂

Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler: 3/5
Back When We Were Grownups has all the key elements I liked in Digging To America; the hustle bustle of a big family, a tendency to throw too many parties, and the general down-to-Earth tone, all of it written in a efficient way. However, something was lacking. I could not get attached to the characters the way I got attached to the families of Digging to America. The midlife crisis of a 50 year-old stepmother was an okay read but nothing memorable.

Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill: 4/5
I did not enjoy it. Who could? There is nothing enjoyable in a world where girls are bred and trained to please men. The competition to be the perfect woman was unbearable. I hoped many times for Frieda to find a way to escape her fate. I think it could have been a bit shorter, nothing much happened in certain chapters and the same issues came up many times. It was an intense and disturbing read, but so well-written I couldn’t put it down.

Goodreads reading challenge: so far, I manage to read 13books out of 30. I will probably reach my goal before summer, that’s very good news!

🎬 Screen Recap 🎬

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Is a watching slump a thing? I have neglected TV shows and movies again. The only new thing I’ve watched was the season premiere of X Files. In French. Yikes. It’s getting harder every day to watch anything dubbed. I don’t get why they change/cut so much dialogue.

📅 March to-do list 📅

  • Reviews. Reviews. Reviews. Gotta work on reviews.
    Many books were supposed to be reviewed but every time I finished one I was too excited about the next so I kept putting reviews off. It was good for my reading challenge, but not for my language progress.
    I hereby declare reviews a priority for the month to come!