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March 28, 2022

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#UPDATE April reading list

by N@ncy

Dawn in The Netherlands

UPDATE: 31 March 2022

  1. I’ve completed 3 months  reading from my MountTBR2022
  2. There are 42 book reviews from  JAN-FEB-MRT 2022 
  3. ….available on my link  MONTHLY PLANNING.
  4. Now it is time to concentrate on the news.
  5. …on several non-fiction books that can help me understand
  6. what we are all witnessing on TV.

 

  1. It is difficult to describe how the Ukraine war has affected me.
  2. I wake up, shower, check Zelenskiy and then make my morning coffee.
  3. The chaos, destruction and the cruelty of war is numbing.
  4. Hardly anyone in Ukraine wants to live inside Putin’s despotic
  5. dysfunctional kleptocracy, and its people would seem to be willing
  6. to endure apocalyptic sacrifice to resist that possibility.
  7. The best news coverage is on German TV channels.
  8. Best: German TV/live blog:  ZDF.de
  9. Best: German analysis  DerWelt.de
  10. Best: APP German news/short video clips  “Tagesschau-Nachrichten”.

 

  1. I can throw my original April reading list in the bin
  2. ….plays, novels or memoirs
  3. ….just don’t cut it for me  during these historic times.
  4. I have to read more about reality, history, geopolitics.
  5. How does a country prepare itself for the threats
  6. literally on its borders?
  7. To be, or not to be….
  8. Join NATO….or not join NATO?

 

  1. Finland’s border with Russia is 1334 km.
  2. Finland was invaded by Russia  on 30 November 1939.
  3. Three months after the outbreak of World War II.
  4. The invasion ended 3,5  months later  with
  5. the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940.
  6. Let us hope that this UKR-RUS war
  7. …will be as short-lived (…ending in  June?)

 

Reading LIST  APRIL 2022:    10/20  

 

  1. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission – Y. Katz – READ
  2. Update: Excellent
  3. Major events with massive geopolitical impact are
  4. …often ‘Shadow Strikes’.
  5. We hear the news but there is SO much we don’t know.
  6. Yaakov Katz tells us how it all played out:
  7. Operation Outside the Box
  8. …was an Israeli airstrike on a suspected nuclear reactor
  9. …in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria,
  10. …which occurred just after midnight (local time) on 6 September 2007.
  11. This book was an eye-opener! 
  12. Finished: 24.04.2022
  13. ———————–

 

  1. Les délaissés   (2020)- Thomas Porcher (non-fiction) – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but well worth the effort!
  4. Polishing my French reading skills this morning  @PorcherThomas
  5. Chapter 2 “La France de Banlieusards” is impressive
  6. …love Pocher’s insights.
  7. The man knows what he’s talking about…and it shows!
  8. He grew up in a “banlieu”…and through hard work and study
  9. …was able to become one of the best writers in France!
  10. Finished: 18.04.2022
  11. ———————–

 

  1. La Guerre des idées (2021)Eugenie Bastié (French journalist for Le Figaro) READ
  2. Update: another book that was a difficult read…in chapter 2  I had to look up
  3. 20 names, mostly French philosophers and historians.
  4. I hope all this hard work pays off as I continue my reading.
  5. Can you name 3 French philosophers?  I can.
  6. Finished: 06.04.2022
  7. ———————–

 

  1. The Age of The Strongman (2022) – G. Rachman – READ
  2. Update: Huge disappointment!
  3. Mr Rachman is an excellent writer (correspondent Financial Times
  4. but his profiles of world leaders…the “Strongmen”
  5. are just a re-hash of what we already know!
  6. #MovingOn…nothing new to see here!
  7. Finished: 12.04.2022
  8. ————————

 

  1. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018) – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – READ 
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment…waste of time!
  3. I had high hopes for this book.
  4. Rising novelist in Poland…I’m sure he had
  5. new things to tell us.
  6. Unfortunately I was wrong.
  7. It is just dirty, pre-war Warsaw…
  8. filled with cheap and exaggerated erotic and violence.
  9. There are so many good books to read
  10. …don’t waste your time with this rubbish.
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ————————

 

  1. Tiger Girl (2020)  – P. Pascale – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. I tried to snatch some reading by catching up on my poetry collections.
  4. Love the cover…but that is where the love ended.
  5. Deep mother-daughter issues..and an obsession with “leopard-gran”.
  6. Glancing back a few comments I made on the margins:
  7. “God, awful” – “This girl needs a therapist” – “Again with the grandmother….”
  8. “Who told this girl she could write”….and last but not least:
  9. “What is this girl smoking?”
  10. Believe me…there are better poets in bookend!!
  11. Finished: 23.04.2022
  12. ———————–

 

  1. The Browning Version (1948) play – R. Rattigan – REVIEW
  2. Update:  Excellent!!
  3. This book is worth a LONG review…see link.
  4. Finished: 10.04.2022
  5. ———————-

 

  1. Tunnel 29 (2021)- H. Merriman – READ
  2. Update: HUGE disappointment
  3. Is it just me?
  4. I found this an average book
  5. …not worth 5 stars!
  6. It’s hard to dislike this book as it is to defend it.
  7. Finished: 21.04.2022
  8. ———————-

 

  1. Le fagot de ma mémoire –  (2021) S. B. Diagne – READ
  2. Update: book is a difficult read
  3. …but in this case NOT worth the effort!
  4. S. B. Diagne may be one of the 50 greatest thinkers of our time
  5. …but his memoire did not impress at all,
  6. Finished: 19.04.2022
  7. ———————-

 

Update: 23.04.2022

  1. Shadow Strike: Inside Israel’s Secret Mission Y. Katz – READ
  2. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018) – T. Snyder – REVIEW
  3. Tunnel 29: Love, Espionage and Betrayal (2021)H. Merriman  (British journalist) – READ
  4. Tiger Girl (2020)  – P. Pascale – READ
  5. Le fagot de ma mémoire –  (2021) S. B. Diagne  – READ
  6. Les délaissés   (2020)- Thomas Porcher (non-fiction) – READ
  7. The Browning Version (1948) play – R. Rattigan – REVIEW
  8. The King of Warsaw – T. Szczepan – READ 
  9. The Age of The Strongman (2022) – G. Rachman – READ
  10. La Guerre des idées (2021)Eugenie Bastié (French journalist for Le Figaro) READ

 

  1. Policor in de Polder – S. Valkenberg (Dutch philospher) (learn more about Dutch political correctness )
  2. De wraak (revenge) van Poetin (2015) – H. Smeets (Dutch journalist @NRC)
  3. Atoms and Ashes: Global History Nuclear Disasters (2022)S. Plokhiy (History prof Harvard)
  4. The Apogee (1992) J. J. Norwich (Medieval European history)
  5. Le maniérisme (2004) P. Falguières (…need a little art history!)
  6. Everything Flows (1970) – Vasily Grossman (novel)
  7. Le musée, histoire mondiale vol 1 (2020) K. Pomain (winner Grand Prix Gobert for historia work 2020)
  8. Im Schatten des Kreml (2019)Udo Lielischkies (former chef ARD-Studio Moscow)
  9. Deutsche Krieger (2020) Sönke Meitzel (German historian)
  10. Easternisation (2016) – G. Rachman (British chief foreign affairs Financial Times)
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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 28 2022

    Bon Courage with that reading list, I hope you schedule in a regular monthly head massage to ease the tension of the brain sport endurance. 📚💆

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    • Mar 28 2022

      I just bought a bottle of Weleda Lavender oil….for a relax moment after my morning shower!
      Do you have any books on your TBR pile for April?

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      • Mar 28 2022

        Well I’m definitely a mood reader so it could all change, but I have some books I’m reading/researching related to pre-verbal trauma, and I also want to read Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey for the same project and Nora by Nuala O’Connor and The River Capture by Mary Costello for their connection to James Joyce’s Ulysses, though I’m not planning on reading his book. I’ll be slowing down the reading as I’m in a redrafting phase on a writing project and reading can become a form of self-sabotage when I’m writing.

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  2. Mar 28 2022

    I’m keen to read the Ressa, but not due out in Australia until August. Have been meaning to read Grossman for years…maybe now is the time.
    We also have a couple of books lying around the house on Putin that Mr Books is making his way through including From Russia with Blood and Red Notice.

    Good luck with your plans. I hope they help you understand what’s happening in the world right now.

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    • Mar 28 2022

      I have “Putin’s World” (Angela Stent) here on my table. I read Heidi Blake’s book ( form Russia with Blood). But if Mr B wants a book that reads like a Le Carré thriller I’d recommend Luke Harding’s “ A Very Expensive Poison“. Just chilling how Putin gives orders to “eliminate” at least 5 people and the famous case of A. Litvinenko, all discussed in the book!
      Grossman is so good…one of the best writers of 20th C. Search my blog for review of “Life and Fate” if you are interested. Grossman calls the curse of Russia, the connectedness of progress and serfdom.
      Everything Flows
      should be a powerful read…. Thanks for you comments and how is your reading going so far….”free at last…free at last”…to read just anything!

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