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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!

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I’ll start this second day by thanking Ajoobacats again for the nomination, I am having a lot of fun picking those quotes!

The Rules:
Post for three consecutive days
Pick three quotes per day
Challenge three different bloggers per day

Quote n°1

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

Oscar Wilde

Quote n°2

“It was like a whole separate life; the paler his waking life grew, the more colorful his sleeping life.”

From Digging into Life, Anne Tyler

Quote n°3

“Locking up the booze doesn’t come under etiquette. It comes under tyranny.”

From Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout

My nominees:

Claire from Art and Soul
Clare from A Book And Tea
Scifi & Scary

 

Book Quote Challenge: Day 2

Posted in This week in books

This Week In Books (February 10th 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 ∧ Too Many Cooks / Champagne For One, Rex Stout
I am glad I came back to mystery with this book. It’s not just about murders, hints, and culprits. The setting, the writing, and well-written characters make those stories different from what I expected. I will definitely be reading more of Stout’s novels in the near future.

≈ Now ≈ 2084, Boualem Sansal
This week is all about my love for Valentine chocolate 1984. That’s why I picked 2084. The blurb describes it as Orwell’s descendant and I’m curious to see how far the author went to draw parallels. I was a bit irritated by the title because while the book was acclaimed by French media, and everyone talked about it, no one mentioned the obvious link between the two novels. I thought it was unfair to one of my favorite books of all time.

∨ Next ∨ Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
As 1984 is this week’s theme, I thought it was time to read the books often quoted with it. The library didn’t have a copy of Huxley’s Brave New World available so it’ll have to wait till next week.

Now, what’s on your reading list this week? 🙂