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8
Jul

#TBR Plan of Action – Paris in July 2019

TBR:

  1. This is what I look like when I think of my TBR.
  2. When will I ever manage to read all these books?
  3. My first plan of action:
  4. List: books bought 2019 (e-book, paper, audio)
  5. Goal: READ these books in 2019. (no new books!)
  6. Reviews: Goodreads.com
  7. …with link on my ‘monthly planning’ list.
  8. Reviews will be short and to-the-point
  9. I don’t have the time to write ‘essays’ and
  10. …you don’t have the time to read them!
  11. Updates: weekly updates on this blogpost
  12. …to track my progress
  13. …and motivation. (did life get in the way?)
  14. 43 books –> 28 weeks = 1,5 book a week!

 

UPDATE: 08 July 2019

  1. I have 25 FRENCH books on my TBR
  2. I will start today and read as many as possible
  3. …this month for  #ParisInJuly

 

  1. Et Soudain, La Liberté – E. Pisier, C. Laurent – Prix Marguerite Duras 2017 – READ

 

  1. Fouché – E. de Waresquiel – READ

 

  1. Le Jour d’avant – Sorj Chalandon – READ
  2. The book relates the story of  Michel Flavent, …wanting revenge for his
  3. brother Jojo, a miner who died during the Liévin mining disaster in 1974.

 

 

 

  1. Retour à Killybegs – S. Chalandon – READ

2019 Killybegs index

 

  1. Je suis fou de toi – D. Bona – READING
  2. The start of a beautiful love story….
  3. ‘…le grand amour de poet Paul Valéry…Jeanne Pouchard’.
  4. UPDATE  18.07.2019  –  read 12/21 chapters
  5. Nine more chapters to read “Je suis fou de toi” (D. Bona)
  6. I didn’t know this love affair would take so long!
  7. Note: Paul Valéry was NOT Jeanne’s only lover….!

 

List:

 

  1. Comment aptiste est mort – A. Blottière
  2. Ladivine – Marie NDiaye
  3. Le Dernier Violon de Menuhin – X.M. Bonnot
  4. Maudit Printemps – A. Manzini
  5. Tu Tueras L’Ange – S. Dazieri
  6. Tu Tueras Le Père – S. Dazieri
  7. Quand Les Lumières s’ éteignent – E. Mann
  8. Elle Emonde – J. Liayt
  9. Je vous écris dans le noir – J. Seigle
  10. Loin d’où – E. Cozarinsky
  11. Il n’y a pas d’amour parfait – F. Wolff
  12. La mésange et l’ogresse – H. Cobert
  13. Écoutez nos défaites – L. Gaudé
  14. L’Autre qu’on adorait – C. Cusset
  15. Le colonel et l’appât 455 – F. Hachtroudi
  16. Le nom de père – S. Meier
  17. Après la guerre – H. le Corré
  18. Les mots des femmes – M. Ozouf
  19. L’Oeuvre au noir – M. Yourcenar
  20. Les belles images – S. de Beauvoir
  21. Dialogues de bêtes – Colette

 

 

Here is my list of purchases 2019 that are yet unread:    11/43

 

  1. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips READ
  2. Ghosts of the Tsunami – R. L. ParryREAD
  3. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry – READ
  4. The Coddling of the American Mind G. Lukianoff, J. HaidtREAD
  5. Offshore – Madeline Gleeson (NOT reading….Boochani’s book (read) was enough!)
  6. The First Casualty – Peter Greste – READ
  7. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write – S. Ruhl – READ

 

  1. Indecent (play) – Paula Vogel – READ
  2. Astonished Dice – G. Cochrane (short stories) – READ
  3. Show Them a Good Time (short stories) – Nicole Flattery

 

Fiction: 

  • After wasting my time reading nr 1
  • I’m going to scan reviews in GR first
  1. From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan- READ
  2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne – READ
  3. he Barracks – J. McGhern
  4. Milkman – Anna Burns
  5. Wake in  Fright – Kenneth Cook
  6. The Hate U Give – A. Thomas, J. Mutsaers
  7. Tin Man – Sarah Winman
  8. Driving Into the Sun – Marcella Polain –
  9. Exit West – M. Hamid –
  10. Pahinko – Min Jin Lee –
  11. Brother – David Chariandy –
  12. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  – G. Honeyman (Costa Prize First Novel 2017)
  13. The Western Wind – Samantha Harvey – 
  14. The Shepherd’s Hut – Tim Winton
  15. Aquarium – David Vann –
  16. My Name is Revenge – Ashley K. Blunt –
  17. The Twelve – S.Neville – 
  18. The Gun: The Tadhg Sullivean Series #1 – D. Kavanagh – CF
  19. Red Ribbons – L. Phillips – CF
  20. Crocodile Tears – M. O’ Sullivan – CF

 

  1. Seeing Yellow (poetry) – E. Bourke – READ  shortlist Irish Times Poetry Award 2019
  2. Insistence (poetry) – Ailbhe Darcy
  3. Harbour Lights  (poetry) – D. Mahon (winner Irish Times Poetry Award 2006)
  4. Poetry: The Ultimate Guide – R. Bradford
  5. The Boys of Bluehill (poetry) – E. Ni Chuilleanáin
  6. The Sun-fish (poetry) – E. Ni Chuilleanáin
  7. The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets – G. Dawe
  8. The Radio (poetry) – L. Flynn (shortlist 2107 T.S. Eliot Prize)
  9. Now We Can Openly Talk About Men – M. Evans (shortlist 2019 Irish Times Poetry)
  10. Parang (poetry) – Omar Musa
  11. Tightrope (poetry) – Selina Tusitala Marsh  ( NZ Poet Laureate for 2017–2019)
  12. Fast Talking PI  (poetry) – Selina Tusitala Marsh
  13. Lemons in the Chicken Wire (poetry) – Alison Whittaker

 

 

 

 

28
Jun

#Cocktail Negroni

It is NEGRONI  WEEK 24-30 June

  1. One of the world’s most iconic classic cocktails…
  2. the Negroni was invented at Caffè Casoni in Florence, Italy.
  3. Count Camillo asked for a bolder retelling of the Americano
  4. …with gin replacing soda water.
  5. With equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth…

 

Ingredients:

1 oz. gin – (2 TBS)
1 oz. Campari – (2 TBS)
1 oz. sweet vermouth – (2 TBS)
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: cocktail or double rocks
Garnish: orange twist

Salut!

 

20
May

#20BooksOfSummer 2019

  • I just love this photo from last years’s post #20BooksOfSummer 2018.
  • I’m using it again because it always makes me smile and
  • …I have the urge to make a  Gin & Tonic !

 

Read:

  1. Glengarry Glen RossD. Mamet READ
  2. The Glass MenagerieTennessee WilliamsREAD
  3. Waiting for GodotS. BeckettREAD
  4. Twenty-First Century American PlaywrightsC. BigsbyREAD
  5. The Mueller Report READ
  6. Frederick Douglass: Prophet of FreedomD. Blight – READ
  7. Stamped From the Beginning I.X. Kendi – READ
  8. The New Negro: The Life of Alain LockeJ.C. Stewart  – READ
  9. The ArsonistC. Hooper – READ
  10. HimselfJess Kidd – READ
  11. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle (13 essays) – editor S. Shannon #20BoS – READ
  12. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  – E. Ablee – READ  (play
  13. Noises OffM. Frayn – READ  (play)
  14. FencesA. Wilson – READ  (play)
  15. Streetcar Named DesireT. Williams – READ
  16. Blakwork – A. Whittaker – READ
  17. James Tiptree, jr. The Double Life Alice Sheldon – J. Phillips – READ 
  18. Ghosts of the Tsunami R. L. Parry READ
  19. Indecent (play) – Paula Vogel READ
  20. The Heart’s Invisible Furies – J. Boyne – READ
  21. The Coddling of the American MInd G. Lukianoff, J. Haidt – READ
  22. Astonished Dice – G. Cochrane (short stories) – READ
  23. We Can Make a Life – C. Henry – READ
  24. Seeing Yellow (poetry) – E. Bourke – READ  shortlist Irish Times Poetry Award 2019
  25. The Weir (1997) by Conor McPherson – READ
  26. The First CasualtyPeter Greste – READ
  27. Max HavelaarMultatuli – READ
  28. 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to WriteS. Ruhl – READ
  29. These TruthsJill Lepore – READ

 

Using this list for #20BooksOfSummer….

#Challenge read 50 Best Plays in the Past 100 Years:     13/50

  1.  Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller (Pulitzer 1949) – READ 
  2.  Streetcar Named Desire – T. Williams – READ
  3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? E. Albee (Pulitzer 1963 READ
  4.  Long Day’s Journey into Night (1956) by Eugene O’Neill  – READ
  5. Fences – A. Wilson – READ 
  6. Angels in America: T. Kushner
  7. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett – READ 
  8.  Pygmalion (1913) by George Bernard Shaw
  9.  A Raisin in the Sun (1959) by Lorraine Hansberry READ 
  10.  Our Town (1938) by Thornton Wilder
  11.  Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921) by Luigi Pirandello
  12. The Glass Menagerie (1944) by Tennessee Williams – READ
  13. Glengarry Glen RossD. Mamet – READ
  14. August: Osage County (2007) by Tracy Letts
  15.  True West (1980) by Sam Shepard READ 
  16.  The Iceman Cometh (1946) by Eugene O’Neill
  17.  Look Back in Anger (1956) by John Osborne
  18.  A View from the Bridge (1955) by Arthur Miller – READ
  19.  The Little Foxes. (1939) by Lillian Hellman
  20.  The Real Thing (1982) by Tom Stoppard
  21.  Master Harold and the Boys (1982) by Athol Fugard
  22.  The Homecoming (1965) by Harold Pinter
  23.  Ruined (2008) by Lynn Nottage (2009)
  24.  Mother Courage and Her Children (1941) by Bertolt Brecht
  25.  Six Degrees of Separation (1990) by John Guare
  26.  Doubt (2004) by John Patrick Shanley
  27.  Top Girls (1982) by Caryl Churchill
  28.  Present Laughter (1942) by Noel Coward
  29. Noises Off – M. Frayn – READ 
  30. Marat/Sade (1964) by Peter Weiss
  31.  The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) by Martin McDonagh
  32.  Machinal (1928) by Sophie Treadwell
  33.  The Norman Conquests(1973) trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn
  34.  The Bald Soprano (1950) by Eugene Ionesco
  35.  M. Butterfly (1988) by David Henry Hwang
  36.  The Dybbuk (1920) by S Ansky
  37.  Saved (1965) by Edward Bond
  38. Topdog/Underdog (2002) by Suzan-Lori Parks 
  39. The Front Page (1928) by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
  40. Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970) by Dario Fo.
  41. Picnic (1953) by William Inge
  42. Journey’s End (1928) by R.C. Sherriff
  43. The Odd Couple (1965) by Neil Simon
  44. The Orphans Home cycle – 3 one act plays by Horton Foote (masterpieces!)
  45. The Women. (1936) by Clare Boothe Luce
  46. What The Butler Saw (1969) by Joe Orton
  47. Awake and Sing! (1935) by Clifford Odets
  48. The Piano Lesson (1987) by A. Wilson
  49. Uncommon Women and Others (1977) by Wendy Wasserstein
  50. The Weir (1997) by Conor McPherson- READ

 

1
May

#Australian Literary Leftovers

  1. Since award season has drawn to a close
  2. I still have lots of reading to do!
  3. Australian Literary Leftovers
  4. ….and I mean this in a good way...
  5. …books I did not  have the time to read.
  6. I’m working to reduce my Aussie TBR in 2019.
  7. I find making a shortlist
  8. …keeps me motivated to read and
  9. …I don’t waste time searching for my next book.

 

Poetry:   2/13

  1. Lemons in the Chicken Wire – A. Whittaker
  2. Interval – Judith Bishop
  3. Things I thought to tell you since I saw you last – P. Layland
  4. Little Bit Long Time – A. Eckermann
  5. Tilt – Kate Lilley – READ  38/38 poems  #AWW2019
  6. The Radio Room – Cilla McQueen (NZ) –    READ poems 34/34   #AWW2019
  7. Carrying The WorldMaxine Beneba Clarke
  8. Waiting For the Past – Les Murray   RIP 29.04.2019
  9. Poūkahangatus – Tayi Tibble (NZ)
  10. There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime – E. Kennedy (NZ)
  11. Novelties – Fiona Hile
  12. Blakwork – Allison Whittaker
  13. The Lost Arabs – Omar Sakr

 

Plays:   1/10

  1. Black is the New White – N. Lui – READ  #AWW2019
  2. The Almighty Sometimes – K. Feaver – READ  #AWW2019
  3. Highway of Lost Hearts – M.A. Butler
  4. The Torrents – Oriel Gray
  5. Transparency – Suzie Miller
  6. The Call – Patricia Cornelius
  7. Jump For Jordan – Donna Abela
  8. The Secret River – Andrew Bovell
  9. Broken – Mary Anne Butler – READING
  10. When the Rain Stops Falling – Andrew Bovell

 

Fiction:   1/13

  1. The Mortal Boy – Fiona Kidman  (historical fiction) (NZ) – READ  #AWW2019
  2. Flames – R. Arnott – READ  (..not my kind of book)
  3. The Lebs – M.M. Ahmad – READ
  4. Astonished Dice – Geoff Cochrane (NZ)
  5. The New Ships – Kate Duignan (NZ)
  6. To the Islands – R. Stow
  7. Wake in Fright – K. Cook
  8. The High Places – Fiona McFarlane
  9. The Commandant – Jessica Anderson
  10. The Choke – Sofie Laguna
  11. The Biographer’s Lover – Ruby J Murray
  12. Coach FitzTom Lee
  13. Paris dreaming – Anita Heiss

 

Non-Fiction:  2/9

  1. Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook – J. Kent – READ  #AWW2019
  2. A Life Underwater – Charlie Venon
  3. No Friend But the Mountains – B. Boochani  NSW  Award 2019 – READ  (…review soon)
  4. Not Just Black and White – L. Williams, T. Williams – READ  (…review soon)
  5. Cadence: Travels with musicEmma (now Eddie) Ayres
  6. Bearing Witness – P. Rees
  7. True Stories: The Collected Short Non-Fiction – Helen Garner
  8. The First Casualty – Peter Greste
  9. Maybe tomorrow – Boori Monty Pryor

 

 

Australia has much to offer!

  1. National Biography Award
  2. Queensland Literary Awards
  3. Queensland Premier’s Award for Drama
  4. Queensland Literary Award shortlist 2018
  5. Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards
  6. Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
  7. Australian Book Industry Awards
  8. National Biography Awards Australia
  9. Christina Stead Awards
  10. Stella Prize
  11. ALS Gold Medal
  12. Kibble and Dobbie Awards
  13. Miles Franklin Literary Award
  14. New Zealand Book Awards
  15. Aurealis Awards Prize announcement 04 May 2019
  16. Steele Rudd Awards
  17. Indie Book Awards
  18. Patrick White Award
  19. The Walkley Awards
  20. Pascall Prize
  21. Calibre Essay Prize
  22. Viva La Novella Prize
  23. Kathleen Mitchell Prize (bi-annual for young authors)
  24. #ABIA2018 Longlist
  25. #ABIA2017 Longlist  ( great books!)
  26. Waverly Library Awards
  27. Anne Elder Award (poetry)
  28. Barbara Jefferis Award:
  29. NSW Premier’s Literary Award
  30. NSW Premier’s Literary Award shortlist 2019
  31. Western Australian Premier’s Book Award

 

 

 

 

17
Mar

#Ireland Happy St Patrick’s Day!

 

  • Today …everybody is Irish!
  • So get out your green sweater
  • make your coffee and whipped cream
  • and  add “a little bit of heaven”
  • ..Irish Whiskey!
  • It warms the cockles of one’s heart!
  • Erin Go Bragh!

 

 

LISTEN  to my favorite Irish Song…..

“A Little Bit of Heaven”

It gives me a skin shiver….goosebumps!

 

 

 

21
Dec

#Xmas Kitchen 2018 Pâte Brisée

 

Introduction:

  1. I have tried to find the perfect recipe for a pie crust
  2. to use making a Quiche Lorraine
  3. My mistakes in the past:
  4. I did not roll the dough between 2 pieces of baking paper (…this is a #MustDo)
  5. I did not roll the dough thin enough. (…must be 2-3 mm thick)
  6. I did not leave enough dough around edges (…pastry shrinks)
  7. I did not use a ring as baking form. (see FOTO).
  8. This lets dough rest on cooking sheet instead of bottom of a form.
  9. The heat from the cooking sheet assures a crisp bottom on the crust.

Utensils:

  • rolling pin
  • 2 sheets baking paper
  • ideal is a pastry cutter but you can use a fork
  • 1 culinary ring form  25 cm

Oven:  Fan/180 C

Ingredients:

  • 90 gr butter
  • 180 gr flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbs cold water
  • sugar  (5 gr)
  • 2 egg yolks

Instructions:

  1. Mix flour, butter, salt, sugar …add egg yolks…mix…add water….mix.
  2. Wrap dough in kitchen foil and let it rest in fridge 1 hour or overnight
  3. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of baking paper
  4. Place dough in form on cookie sheet in fridge 30 min
  5. Using baking paper with ‘bean weights’…
  6. Bake the crust ‘blind’.
  7. Bake 25-30 min (check to see if it is golden brown)
  8. Take out of oven and let cool

Quiche filling:

  1. 1 cup milk
  2. 1/2 cup shredded (Swiss) cheese
  3. snippets of cooked bacon or ham ( optional for vegan quiche)
  4. 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  5. Salt and pepper
  6. Sprinkle cheese and bacon on warm crust.
  7. Place cookie sheet in oven…
  8. This is important so you don’t spill filling while
  9. wrestling with the oven door or rack.
  10. …pour mixture eggs and milk into crust.
  11. Bake:  Fan/180 30-35 min 

 

27
Nov

#NonFicNov wk 5 Thanks for sharing your books!

 

Week 5: (Nov. 26 to 30) – New to My TBR (Katie @ Doing Dewey): It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

 

  1. Here is my list of YOUR books….that I want to read (TBR).
  2. It’s important to read outside of your experience,
  3. outside of your time,
  4. outside of your comfort zones.
  5. That is the most important take-away  #NonFicNov!

 

  1. I’ve sifted through 73 posts and
  2. always found 2 books I’d like...
  3. …be it about:
  4. theatre, mental health, race, parenting and play, politics
  5. …memoir, foodie, travel, basic income, health issues, women’s rights
  6. …US First ladies, true crime (…not my comfort zone!)
  7. …essayism, perfect storms, tsunami’s, or inspirational books
  8. …like Educated, Tools of the Titans, In praise of Slow,
  9. …Daring Greatly
  10. …Living alone and Liking it and
  11. …C. Strayed’s Wild.

 

  • Thanks  to the readers for sharing your best non-fiction!
  • Thanks to hosts…
  1. Sarah at Sarah’s Book Shelves, 
  2. Katie at Doing Dewey
  3. Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness,
  4. Julz at Julz Reads,
  5. Rennie at What’s Nonfiction
  6. #NonFicNov

 

Jade@ReadingWithJade

  1. Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  2. One Woman Walks Wales by Ursula Martin

Kazan @AlwaysDoing

  1. Command and Contorl – E. Schlosser
  2. The Clothing of Books – J. Lahiri

Angela @LiteraryWanderer

  1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – N. deGrasse Tyson
  2. In Harms Way – D. Stanton

Kate @BooksAreMyFavoriteAndBest

  1. Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee
  2. My Salinger Year – J. Rakhoff

Julie @JulzReads

  1. Hell is S Green – Lt. W. Diebold
  2. The Unexpected Truth About Animals – L. Cooke

Allison @MindJoggle

  1. Prairie Fires – C. Fraser
  2. Unbroken – L. Hillenbrand

Rachel @Hibernator’sLibrary

  1. Killers of the Moon Flower – D. Grann
  2. Them – B. Sasse

Sue @WhisperingGums

  1. House of Grief – H. Garner
  2. Isaac’s Storm – E. Larson

Cathy @746Books

  1. The Empty Space – P.  Brook
  2. What is Theatre? – E. Bentley

Helen @SheReadsNovels

  1. A Tudor Christmas – A. Weir
  2. The Plantagenets – D. Jones

Debbie Rogers@ExUrbanis

  1. In Pursuit of  Memory – J. Jebelli
  2. The Paper Garden – M. Peacock

Emma @WordsAndPeace

  1. Democracy in Chains – N. MacLean
  2. Fear – B. Woodward

Tina @ TbrEtc

  1. Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi Coates
  2. I‘d Rather Be Reading – A. Bogel

Katherine @TheWriterlyReader

  1. NeuroTribes – S. Silberman
  2. Thunderstruck – E. Larson

Deb Nance @Readerbuzz

  1. Leonardo da Vinci – W. Isaacson
  2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of The Supreme Court – J. Toobin

Ellie @CuriosityKilledTheBookworm

  1. The Idiot Brain – D. Burnett
  2. Born a Crime – T. Noah

Raidergirl3 @AnAdventureInReading

  1. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – M. McNamara
  2. The Ghost Map – S. Johnson

Reese @Typings

  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – F. Douglass
  2. Essayism – B. Dillon

Rory @LiteraryMixtape

  1. Fire Season – P. Connors
  2. John Muir and the Ice That Started a fire

Margaret @BooksPlease

  1. Painting as a Pastime – W. Churchill
  2. Why We Sleep – M. Walker

Tara @Running ‘n’ Reading

  1. The Line Becomes a River – F. Cantú
  2. Educated – T. Westover

Brona @Brona’sBooks

  1. Ghosts of the Tsunami – R. Parry
  2. The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire – C. Hooper

Iliana @Bookgirl’s Nightstand

  1. How to Travel Without Seeing:  Dispatches New Latin America – A. Neuman/J.Lawrence
  2. Code Girls – L. Mundy

Sarah @Sarah’s Bookshelves

  1. I Am. I Am, I Am – M. O’Farrell
  2. Red Notice – B. Browder

Tina says @BooksAreMyThing

  1. The Newcomers – H. Thorpe
  2. Shoe Dog – P. Knight

Louise @AStrongBeliefInWicker

  1. The Art of Frugal Hedonism – A. Raser-Rowland
  2. The Art of Living Alone and Loving It – J. Mathews

Susie @NovelVisits

  1. From the Corner of the Oval – B. Dorey-Stein
  2. Forty Autumns – N. Willner

Rennie @What’sNonfiction?

  1. The Library Book – S. Orlean
  2. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen – L. Colwin

Andi @Estellasrevenge

  1. We Were Eight Years in Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  2. Eloquent Rage – B. Cooper

Paula @BookJotter

  1. Why Do  Birds Suddenly Disappear – L. Parikian
  2. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality – D. Roberts

Michael @InexhaustibleInvitations

  1. Hunger – R. Gay
  2. Hope in the Dark – R. Solnit

Nikimags @SecretLibraryBlog

  1. The Light in the Dark – H. Clare
  2. If They Only Didn’t Speak English – J. Sopel

Valorie Grace Hailinan @BooksCanSaveALife

  1. Great Tide Rising – K. Moore
  2. The Wilderness Warrior – D. Brinkley

Stacey @UnrulyReader

  1. Heating Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs – B. Fennelly
  2. We’re Going to Need More Wine – G. Union

Maphead @Maphead’sBookblog

  1. Playing With Fire – L. O’ Donnell
  2. When They Come for Us We’ll be Gone – G. Beckerman

Melissa @I’dRatherBeAtPemberley

  1. War on Peace – Ronan Farrow
  2. So You Want to Talk About Race – I. Olou

B.I.P @BuriedInPrint

  1. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus – C. Mann
  2. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet – C Off

Dana @LittleLovelyBooks

  1. Sons and Soldiers – B. Henderson
  2. Never Caught – E. Dunbar

Lou @LouLouReads

  1. The Vaccine Race – M. Wadman
  2. The Radium Girls – K. Moore

JoAnn @LakesideMusing

  1. Waking Up White – D. Irving
  2. White Fragility – R. DiAngelo

Kelly @StackedBooks

  1. All You Can Ever Know – N. Chung
  2. A Dream Called Home – R. Grande

Eva @ThePaperbackPrincess

  1. The Blood of Emmett Till – T. Tyson
  2. Shrewed – E. Renzetti

Kay @WhatMeRead

  1. The Last White Rose – D. Seward
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Karen @BookerTalk

  1. Do No Harm – H. Marsh
  2. The Wicked Boy – K. Summerscale

Carrie @Other WomensStories

  1. Betty Ford – L. McCubbin
  2. Upstairs at the White House – J.B. West

Jean @HowlingFrog

  1. Danubia – S. Winder
  2. Meeting the Remarkable Manuscripts – C. de Hamel

Brandy @ReadingBeyond

  1. Factfulness – Hans Rosling
  2. Destiny of the Republic – C. Millard

Melissa @MelissaFirman

  1. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – D. Pink
  2. On Writing: A. Memoir of the Craft – S. King

Heather @BasedOnATrueStory

  1. Have Dog Will Travel – S. Kuusisto
  2. The New Farm – B. Preston

Amanda @GunInActOne

  1. A Higher Loyalty – James Comey
  2. Killing Pablo – M. Bowden

O @QuaintAndCuriousVolumes

  1. Virginia Woolf – M. Whitworth
  2. The Letters of Vriginia Woolf vol 1

Rita @BookishRita

  1. Eating Animals – J. Foer
  2. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Y. Harari

Katie @DoingDewey

  1. Black Ink – S. Stokes
  2. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicone Valley Startup – J. Carreyrou

Sue @BookByBook

  1. H is for Hawk – H. MacDonald
  2. Happiness is a Choice You Make – J. LeLand

Dee @Dee’sBookblog

  1. The Sun Does Shine – A. Hinton
  2. Bloodsworth – T. Junkin

Lisa @ANZLitLovers

  1. Letting Go – C. Corke
  2. 1947: When Now Begins – E. Åsbrink

Lance @SportsBookGuy

  1. I could not find a #NonFicNov post
  2. ….just a few of his sportbook reviews (..ho…hum)

Jaymi @OrangeCountyReaders

  1. Behind Enemy Lines – M. Cohn
  2. Ghost in the Wires – K. Mitnick

Sharlene @RealLifeReading

  1. The Diary of a Bookseller – S. Bythell
  2. (I read her other books!)

Beth @Bibliobeth

  1. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – M. Roach
  2. Mapping the Mind – R. Carter

MaryR @BibliographicManifestations

  1. Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell – D. Yaffe
  2. Soul Food: The Suprising Story of Ameican Cuisine – A. Miller

Cathy @WhatCathyReadNext

  1. Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink – A. McCarten
  2. Memory-Hold-The-Door – J. Buchan

Heather @Gofita’sPages

  1. These Truths: A History of the US (chunkster!) – Jill Lepore
  2. The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote – E. Weiss

Juliana @The[Blank]Garden

  1. A Secret Sisterhood – E. Midorikawa
  2. These Ghostly Archives: The Unearthing of Sylvia Plath – G. Crowther

Molly @SilverButtonBooks

  1. Grit – A. Duckworth
  2. 1000 Books to read Before You Die (2018) – J. Mustich

Lynn @Smoke&Mirrors

  1. The New Jim Crow – M. Alexander
  2. The Boys in the Boat – D.J. Brown

Hannah @TheCozyReadingNook

  1. Bringing Up Bébé – P. Druckerman
  2. Play: how it shapes the Brain – S. Brown jr.

Rebecca @BookishBeck

  1. The Book of Separation – T. Mirvis
  2. Memories of a Catholic Childhood – M. McCarthy

Katheleen @SMS NonfictionBookReviews

  1. There’s a Boy in Here – J. Barron
  2. Making Peace with Autism – S. Senator

Lory @TheEmeraldCity

  1. I Don’t Want to Talk About It – T. Real
  2. Shadow and Evil in Fairy Tales – M. von Franz

Joli @LiteraryQuicksand

  1. Educated – T. Westover
  2. (posted only 1 book)

Kim @SophisticatedDorkiness

  1. Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama – D. Pfeiffer
  2. West Wingers – G. Raghavan

Vera @UnfilteredTales

  1. Tools of Titans – T. Ferris
  2. Daring Greatly – B. Brown

 

Reserve list:

  1. Just Mercy
  2. The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brain
  3. American Radical
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Monthly Planning

December 2018

  1. The History of the Church – Eusebius – READING  #ClassicMasterList

 

November 2018

  1. The Aeneid – Vrigil – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  2. Mythos – Stephen Fry (audio book) – READ
  3. A Raisin in the Sun – L. Hansberry (play) – READ  Best Play 1959 NY Drama Critic’s Circle
  4. David Copperfield – C. Dickens – READ #ClassicMasterList (audio and paperback)
  5. Poets Corner – editor J. Lithgow – READ (audio book)
  6. Great Expectations – C. Dickens – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Pulitzer – J. McGrath Morris ( biography) – READ
  8. Rosmersholm – Henk Ibsen (play) – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  9. The Lusiads – L. Vaz de Camões – READ (epic poem)  #ClassicMasterList
  10. Electra – Sophocles – READ #ClassicMasterList
  11. The Knights Tale – Chaucer – READ #ClassicMasterList
  12. Mrs. Dalloway – V. Woolf – READ #ClassicMasterList
  13. Evicted: Poverty and Profit – M. Desmond – READ  #NonFicNov
  14. Kilonova (poem) – A. Sometimes – READ  #AWW2018
  15. To Our Miscarried One, Age Fifty Now (poem) – S. Olds –  READ #PulitzerPrize 2013
  16. The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 – editor J. Pickrell – READ  #NonFicNov
  17. Death of a Salesman – A. Miller – READ- Pulitzer Prize Drama 1949 – #ClassicMasterList

 

 

October 2018

  1. Our Mutual Friend – C. Dickens – READ   #ClassicMasterList
  2. Je reste ici  – M. Balzano (longlist Prix Fémina 2018) – READ
  3. Mãn – K. Thuy – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  4. An Ordinary Day (NF) – Leigh Sales – READ  #AWW2018
  5. The Keys of My Prison – F. Wees – READ  #CanBookChallenge
  6. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Ann Brontë – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Zolitude – Paige Cooper (14 short stories) – READ #CanBookChallenge
  8. An Ocean of Minutes – T. Lim – READ #CanBookChallenge
  9. French Exit P. deWittREAD #CanBookChallenge
  10. Wives and Lovers – M. Millar – READ #CanBookChallenge
  11. March Violets – P. Kerr (CF) – READ
  12. Looking for Lorraine – I. Perry – READ (NF)
  13. Nobel Streven  – F. van Oostrom – READ  shortlist  #LibrisPrijs2018  Dutch history
  14. Thorbecke Wil Het – R. Aerts – READwinner Prinsjesboekenprijs  (best political book)
  15. De sigarenfabriek van Isay Rottenberg – H. and S Rottenberg – READ-
  16. ….shortlist  #LibrisPrijs2018  Dutch history
  17. Audieu Montaigne – J. Delacomptée – READ  ( 50%…gave up, read why!)
  18. Frankenstein – M. Shelley – READ  #RIPXIII  and #CCdare
  19. The Halloween Tree – R. Bradbury – READING #RIPXIII

 

September 2018

  1. The Raven – E.A. Poe – READ  #RIPXIII
  2. Dark Entries – R. Aickman (6 short stories) – READ #RIPXIII
  3. A Vindication of the Rights of Women – M. Wollstonecraft – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  4. Our Man in Charleston – C. Dickey (NF) – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  5. The Pillow Book – Sei Shonagon –  READ  #ClassicMasterList
  6. The Life of Johnson – J. Boswell – READ  #ClassicMasterList
  7. Hawthorne – Henry James – READ  #RIPXII
  8. A  Kim Jong-IL Production – Fischer, P. – READ  #20BooksOfAutumn
  9. The Bed-Making Competition – A. Jackson – READ #AWW2018
  10. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan  – READ #AWW2018
  11. The Enigmatic Mr. Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018  Nat Biography Award 2018
  12. Patrick Kavanagh – Irish poet poem  – READ
  13. Audition – S. Sayarfiezadeh – READ (short story) #DealMeIn2018
  14. The River in the Sky – Clive  James ( epic poem…reading it line for line) – READ
  15. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling (NF) – READ
  16. Washington Black – Esi  Edugyan – READ #CanBookChallenge (shortlist Man Booker)
  17. Don’t Call Us Dead – D. Smith – READ (collection of poems)
  18. Nooit Meer Slapen – W.F. Hermans- READ  Dutch – in translation Beyond Sleep
  19. James Wright: A Life in Poetry (NF) – J. Blunk – READ
  20. Pensées – B. Pascal – READ

 

August 2018

  1. Pride and Prejudice – J. Austen – Re-READ
  2. Letters From a Stoic – Seneca – READ
  3. The Angel of the Odd – E.A. Poe – READ  (short story)
  4. The Birthday of the Infanta – O. Wilde – READ (short story)
  5. The Masnavi Book vol 1 –  Rūmī (poet of Sufism Islamic mysticism) – READ
  6. Myths from Mesopotamia – (Anonymous)  trans. S. Dalley – READ
  7. Nation – T. Pratchett – READ
  8. Means of Ascent – R. Caro – READ (non-fiction)
  9. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal – READ  (french edition)
  10. Chateaubriand – Jean-Claude Berchet READ  (french edition)
  11. Trois femmes puissantes – M. NDiaye – READ (french edition) Prix Goncourt 2009
  12. Le Roman de la Rose – De Lorris, G. et De Meun, J. – READ (french edition)
  13. The Revolutionary Road – L. Pryce – READ (Iran)
  14. Une Vie – G. de Maupassant – READ  (french edition)
  15. Maupassant – F. Martinez – READ  (french edition) (biography)
  16. Darkness Visible – W. Styron – READ (essay/memoir)
  17. Between Riverside and Crazy – S. Guirgis – (Pulitzer Prize 2015) (play – READ
  18. The OutrunA. Liptrot – READ
  19. L’Éspoir – A. Malraux – READ/ DNF …here’s why!

 

July 2018

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich – W. Shirer – READ ….chunkster!
  2. Berthe Morisot  –  D. Bona – READ  (french editon)
  3. Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence – READ – …intense book!
  4. The Dispossessed – U. Le Guin – READ
  5. The Sun Also Rises – E. Hemingway – READ
  6. View From the Cheap Seats – N. Gaiman – READ (essays)
  7. The Deerslayer – James Fenimore Cooper – RE–READ – classic  Fini
  8. Like a House on Fire – C. Kennedy – READ (15 short stories)
  9. Victor Hugo: Romancier de l’abîme editor J. Hiddleston – READ (11 essays)

 

June 2018

  1. Brit(ish) – A. Hirsch – READ
  2. Jenna’s Truth – N.L. King – READ
  3. A Spy Named Orphan – R. Philipps – READ
  4. The End of Seeing – C. Collins – READ
  5. Australian A. Kissane ‘Flannel Flowers’ – READ (poem)
  6. Essays: The Australian Face (editor C. Menzies-Pike) – READ (17 essays)
  7. Pipeline – D. Morisseau – READ (play)
  8. Americanah – C.N. Adichie – READ
  9. Saga Land – R. Fidler, K. Gislason – READ
  10. How to Get There – M. Mackellar – READ
  11. Very Expensive Poison – L. Harding – READ
  12. Deep South – P. Theroux – READ
  13. Islander: Journey Around Our Archipelago – P. Barkham – READ
  14. Why Horror Seduces – M. Clasen – READ
  15. Rice – Michele Lee – READ (play)
  16. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories – M. McKenna (NF) – READ
  17. The Redemption of Galen Pike – C. Davies (short stories) – READ
  18. Flowers For Algernon – D. Keyes – READ
  19. The Serious Game – H. Söderberg – READ
  20. Judge and His Hangman – F. Dürrenmatt – READ
  21. Hunting the Wild Pineapple – T. Astley – READ (8 short stories)
  22. Down These Green Streets – D. Burke – READ

 

May 2018

  1. Her Father’s Daughter – A. Pung – READ
  2. Who’s Afraid? – M. Lewis – READ
  3. Cardinal – L. Milligan – READ (non-fiction)
  4. The Drover’s Wife – L. Purcell – READ (play)
  5. Broken – M.A. Butler – READ (play)
  6. Psynode – M.J. Ward – READ (YA)
  7. Do Not Go Gentle – P. Cornelius – READ (play)
  8. The Golden Bowl – H. James – READ (classic)
  9. Closing Down – S. Abbott – READ (SF)
  10. Too Easy – J.M. Green – READ (CF)
  11. This Mortal Coil – E. Suvada – READ (YA)
  12. Aletheia – J.S. Breukelaar – READ (Horror)
  13. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:StoriesG. Paley – READ
  14. Wounds – F. Keane – READ  winner Best Irish Non-fiction 2017
  15. Kitchen Sink Realisms – D. Chansky – READ
  16. Memories of Youghal – W. Trevor – READ (short story)

 

April 2018 

  1. The Museum of Modern Love – H. Rose – READ – Stella Prize 2017
  2. Extinctions – J. Wilson – READ – Miles Franklin Award 2017
  3. Thea Astley’s Writing: Magnetic North Kerryn GoldsworthyREAD
  4. Feeling the HeatJ. ChandlerREAD  – Chandler Best Freelanc Journalist 2017
  5. The Acolyte  – T. Astley – READ – Miles Franklin Award 1972
  6. From the Wreck – J. Rawson – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novel
  7. Girl Reporter – T. Roberts – READ – Aurealis Award 2018 Best SF novella
  8. The Green Road – A. Enright – READ
  9. Feel Free – Z. Smith (31 essays) – READ
  10. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin – READ – Hugo Award 2016
  11. Autumn – A. Smith – READ
  12. Dying in the First Person – N. Sulway – READ
  13. The Third Policeman – F. O’ Brian – READ
  14. The Trauma Cleaner – S. Krasnostein – READ – Victorian Premier’s Award 2018
  15. Locking Up Our Own   –  J. Forman jr.  – READ Pulitzer Prize 2018
  16. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor –  S. Fenwick – READ
  17. Fahrenheit 451 – R. Bradbury – READ
  18. The Butchering Art – L. Fitzharris – READ
  19. 1984 – G. Orwell – READ
  20. Winesburg, Ohio – S. Anderson – READ
  21. The Hate Race – M. B. Clarke – READ
  22. Dark Lies the Island – K. Barry (13 short stories) – READ
  23. Rubik – E. Tan (15 short stories) – READ
  24. Ironweed – W. Kennedy – READ
  25. Soon – L. Murphy – READ

 

March 2018:

  1. Seamus Heaney – H. VendlerREAD
  2. Simon Leys: Navigator Between Worlds – P. Paquet – READ
  3. Without America  – Quarterly Essay, vol. 68;  White, H. 16.11.2017 – READ
  4. Short story: Deer Season – K. Barry – READ  (The New Yorker)
  5. Short story: You Know How It Is – A. Spargo-Ryan – READ
  6. Short story: The Island and the Calves – Dermot Healy – READ
  7. Midwinter  Break – B. MacLaverty – READ
  8. The Weir – C. McPherson – READ
  9. Mapping Irish Theatre – C. Morash and S. Richards – READ
  10. A Long Long Way – S. Barry – READ
  11. Tracker – A. Wright – READ  abandoned…read why!
  12. Poem: Inniskeen Road: July Evening – P. KavanaghREAD
  13. Quicksilver – N. Rothwell – READ    (6 essays)
  14. Flame Tip – K. Thompson – READ (short fictions, Tasmania)
  15. The Divine Comedy – Dante – READ 
  16. The Nightingale – K. Hannh – READ  abandoned…read why!
  17. Best Words, Best Order: Essays of Poetry – S.  Dobyns – READ
  18. Play: Two Pints – Roddy Doyle – READ
  19. Play: Alice Trilogy – T. Murphy – READ
  20. Essay:  Aussie Albert – Julian Bull – READ
  21. Essay: Dancing Lessons for Writers – Z. Smith – READ
  22. A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work – B. Brennan – READ
  23. Blood in the Water – H. Thompson – READ

 

February 2018:

  1. Tartuffe – Molière – READ
  2. Girls and Boys – D. Kelly – READ
  3. The Path to Power – R. Caro – READ
  4. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze – P.  Hessler – READ
  5. Couleurs de l’incendie – P. Lemaître – READ
  6. La Prophétie de Langley – P. Pouchairet – READ
  7. Psychanalyse de Victor Hugo – C. Baudouin – READ
  8. Art Chrétien / Art Sacré – Isabelle Saint-Martin) – READ (difficult…score 1/5)
  9. Victor Hugo: 1802-1851 – J.M. Hovasse – READ – FINI !! (1159 pg) = 4 books!
  10. Border – K.  Kassabova – READ

 

January  2018:              

  1. Là-bas, août est un mois d’automne – B. Pellegrino – READ
  2. Wild Kingdom – S. Moss – READ
  3. St. Joan – G.B. Shaw (play) – READ
  4. Feather Your Nest A. O’Brien (short story) – READ
  5. In With A Chance – K. Murray (short story) – READ
  6. Bottle Party – J. Collier (short story) – READ
  7. The New Yorker  dd 01.01.2018 – READ
  8. Enemy Within – Quarterly Essay, vol. 63;  Watson, Don,  16.09.2016 – READ
  9. The Hidden Life of Trees –  P. Wohlleben – READ
  10. The Left Hand of Darkness – U. Le Guin – READ
  11. The Rule of the Land: Walking Ireland’s Border – G. Carr – READ
  12. Towards Mellbreak – M. Bragg – READ
  13. The Glass Canoe – D. Ireland – READ

 

December 2017:

  1. The Best Australian Essays 2016 – (editor)  G. Williamson
  2. On Elizabeth Bishop – C. Tóibin
  3. Female Bodies on the American Stage – J. Scott-Mobley
  4. The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
  5. The Mysterious Affair at Styles – A. Christie
  6. Their Brilliant Careers – R. O’Neill
  7. Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell  – L. Milligan  2017 Walkley Award
  8. Power Without Glory – F. Hardy   
  9. Why Poetry? – M. Zapruder    
  10. The Supreme Court  – R. Mac Cormaic
  11. Essay: The Poetry of  Systems by A. Levy
  12. Poem: Emotional Astronomer by B. Lovell           
  13. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall – G. King
  14. The New Yorker Magazine – 18-25 December
  15. XMAS  Readings week 50
  16. XMAS  Readings week 51
  17. XMAS  Readings week 52
  18. 31 December 2017
  19. Goodbye….2017

November 2017:

  1. L’ orde du jour – E. Vuillard ( winner Prix Goncourt 2017)
  2. L’Art de perdre – A. Zeniter – READ
  3. My Place – S. Morgan
  4. Cloudstreet – T. Winton                                      
  5. True History of the Kelly Gang – P. Carey
  6. The Old Wives Tale – A. Bennett
  7. Cast of Characters – T. Vinciguerra
  8. Silk Road – E. Ormsby –
  9. The Grief Hole – K. Warren                             
  10. Lord of the Flies – W. Golding
  11. L’ami – G. Xingjian
  12. The Hands – S. Orr
  13. The Life and Work of C.J. Dennis – P. Butterss
  14. A Boat Load of Home Folk – T. Astley                           
  15. A Town Like Alice – N. Shute
  16. Love and Summer – W. Trevor
  17. L’Art de perdre – A. Zeniter (winner Prix Goncourt des lycéens 2017)
  18. Essay:  Why She Broke – H. Garner
  19. Position Doubtful – K. Mahood
  20. Into the Heart of Tasmania – R. Taylor
  21. Portable Curiosities – J. Koh          

 

October 2017:

  1. Salt Water – C. McLennan – READ                      
  2. A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman and Birth of Modern China – K. Peraino   –  READ
  3. Whose Body? (1923)  D. Sayers – READ
  4. The Anatomy of Fascism – R. Paxton – READ
  5. A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh – READ
  6. Jan Maelwael Dutch medieval painter (1370-1415) – P. Roelofs – READ
  7. Essays Collection by E.B.White     READ
  8. Tsubaki – A. Shimazaki  –  READ (French)
  9. The Celery Stalks at Midnight – J. Howe – READ
  10. Portable Curiosities – J. Koh – READ
  11. The Dry – J. Harper – READ
  12. Famine – T. Murphy (play) – READ

 

September 2017:

  1. Seul dans Berlin  –  H. Fallada – READ (French)
  2. La Serpe – P. Jaenada – READ (French)
  3. The Persians – Aeschylus – READ
  4. Plutarch’s Lives Vol 1 – Plutarch – READ
  5. Oepidus Rex – Sophocles – READ
  6. The Union Buries Its Dead – H. Lawson – Short Story – READ
  7. Common Sense – T. Paine – READ
  8. The Slow Natives  – T. Astley (Australian writer) – READ
  9. Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life  – Ruth Franklin  (biography) – READ
  10. The General vs. The President – H.W. Brands – READ
  11. Spaceman – M. Massimino – READ
  12. Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? – M. Meade (biography) – READ
  13. Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change – E. Pao – READ
  14. East  West Street – P. Sands – READ
  15. The Sheltering Sky – P. Bowles – READ

 

August 2017:     Hug Your Dog Start Reading!

  1. Ghettoside by J. Levoy – READ
  2. Scoop – E. Waugh – READ
  3. Loving – H. Green – READ
  4. I, Claudius – R. Graves – READ
  5. The African Queen – C. S. Forester – READ
  6. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon – L. Tye – READ
  7. The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien – READ
  8. Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence – READ
  9. Une femme à Berlin – M. Hillers (anonymous) – READ (French)
  10. The Way of All  Flesh – S. Butler  – READ
  11. Lincoln in the Bardo – G. Saunders – READ
  12. Une Vie – S. Veil – READ  (French)
  13. Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien  – READ
  14. Retour à Killybegs – Sorj Chalandon – READ  (French)
  15. Seven Plays ‘True West’ – Sam Shepard – READ
  16. Principles of Angels – Jaine Fenn – READ….stopped after 25%….bah!
  17. Shatterday and Other Stories – H. Ellison  11/11  – READ
  18. Short Story – W. Trevor  The Piano Teacher’s Pupil – READ
  19. The New Yorker Magazine – 24 July 2017

 

July 2017:     #6Degrees of Separation Meme

  1.  An American Tragedy – T. Dreiser  – READ
  2. Dear Ijeawele – C.N. Adichie – READ
  3.  The Martian – A. Weir – READ
  4.  Open and Shut – D. Rosenfelt – READ
  5.  First Degree – D. Rosenfelt – READ
  6.  Doomsday Book – C. Willis – READ
  7.  The Bloody Mary Book – E. Brown  – READ
  8.  Kennedy and King – S. Levingston – READ
  9. Coming Up Trumps:  Memoir – J. Trumpington  – READ
  10. The New Yorker Magazine  26 June 2017
  11. The New Yorker Magazine   03 July 2017
  12. The New Yorker Magazine – July 10 – 17 2017
  13. French composer Darius Milhaud…who?
  14. Les ChouansBalzac – READ
  15. Rue des Boutiques Obscures  – P. Modiano
  16. Vaster Than Empires and More Slow – U. Le Guin  – READ
  17. The Alligators – J. Updike – READ
  18. You’ll Never Know, Dear, How Much I Love You – READ – J. Updike

 

Juni 2017:     New Reading Strategy   ‘Slow Down….’

  1. Medea – Euripides – READ
  2. Brideshead RevisitedE. Waugh  – READ
  3. Pale Fire – V. Nabokov – READ
  4. As I Lay Dying – W. Faulkner – READ
  5. The Sympathizer –  V.T. Nguyen  – READ
  6. Dear Life – Alice Munro  – READ
  7. Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow – READ
  8. Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh – J. Lahr – READ
  9. American Ulysses – R. White jr. – READ
  10. Walking the Nile – L. Wood  – READ
  11. The Death of the Heart – E. Bowen  – READ
  12. The Running Hare – J. Lewis-Stempel – READ
  13. Under the Net – I. Murdoch – READ

 

May 2017:    Book Tag

  1. Breitner’s Amsterdam (G. Breitner, Dutch artist) – K. Keijer – READ (Dutch)
  2. MondriaanH. Janssen READ (Dutch)
  3.  L’ Aventure des Cathédrales G. Denizeau – READ (French)
  4. Passagère du silence – F. Verdier – READ (French)
  5. Go Tell It on the Mountain James BaldwinREAD
  6. The RepublicPlatoREAD
  7. Les Chouans – H. Balzac – READ (French)
  8. Fellowship of the Ring – (Tolkien) – READ
  9. Angle of ReposeW. Stegner – READ
  10. Ça ira (1) Fin de Louis (play) – J. Pommerat – READ

 

April 2017    My reading was going nowhere….Mindy

  1. Essays: Michael Sweerts: Another Dimension  S. Schama (art critic) – READ
  2. Non- fiction: Medieval Christianity: A New History ( K. Madigan) READ
  3. La baronne meurt à cinq heures (2011) – READ   (French)
  4. #CrimeFiction: The Dying Detective  L. Persson – READ
  5. The Wednesday Club  – K. Westö – READ
  6. French: Outside: Papiers d’un jour (M. Duras) – READ   (French)
  7. Monet (G. Goeffroy) – READ   (French)
  8. Immortelle randonnée (J.C. Rufin) READ   (French)
  9.  Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia (M. Duras) – READ   (French)
  10. Les fous de GuerneseyF. Lenormand – READ   (French)
  11. Eugène Boudin L’atelier de la lumièreA. Haudiquet – READ   (French)
  12. Van Gogh, Maître de la couleurG. Denizeau – READ  (French)
  13. MonetG. Denizeau – READ   (French)
  14. Claude Monet, sa vie, son temps, son oeuvreG. Geffory – READ   (French)

 

March 2017:      Starting over….  new blog

  1. The Fellowship of the RingREAD  ch 1-6 READ
  2. Eight Months on Ghazzah Street (H. Mantel) – READ
  3.  Bleak House (C. Dickens) – READ
  4.  Catherine the Great (R. Massie) – READ
  5. Dans la tête de Marine Le Pen (M. Eltchanihoff) – READ
  6. Chez Soi (M. Chollet) – READ
  7. En Attendant Bojangles (O. Bourdeaut) – READ
  8. Ça Ira (1) Fin de Louis -play ( J. Pommerat) – READ
  9. Progaganda and Counter Terroism (E. Briant) – READ
  10. The Well Dressed Explorer  (Thea Astley) – READ
  11. Israel   (D. Gordis) – READ
  12. Life and Fate (V. Grossman) – READ
  13. Escape Hatch (V. Makanin) – READ
  14. Essays: (4)
  15. What Neil Gaiman Teaches Us About Survival –  (M. Miller) – READ
  16. Remembering the Dead – (R. Long) – READ
  17. Remapping history, Reclaming memory A. Wilson play (J. H. Scott) – READ
  18. Bleak House: Dead Mother’s Property (H. Schor) – READ

 

 


Extra: poems, short stories and essays…..in progress

  1. Poem: Someone Asks Me to Consider Time – C. Panciera – READING
  2. John Collier – Fancies and Goodnights Vol 1 (32 stories) – READING
  3. Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-1978 – S. HeaneyREADING (1/20)
  4. Short story: Memories of Youghal – W. Trevor – READING
  5. Short story: Home – C. Finn – READING  (The Dublin Review)
  6. Poem: The Bluebells have Withered – P. KavanaghREADING
  7. Poem: The Lost Limb – Dermot Healy – READING
  8. Poem: Flannel Flowers – A. Kissane – READING

 

30
Aug

#20BooksofAutumn 2018

 

  • If we fail to plan …we plan to fail.
  • I had a #20BooksOfSummer list that helped me stay focused.
  • Here is my  list for September – October – November.
  • I selected books that
  • …I REALLY REALLY want to get off my TBR list
  • List of Challenges 2018
  • Monthly plan
  • #20BooksOfAutumn

 

  1. The Outrun (A. Liptrot) (Biography/Memoir) – READ
  2. Darkness Visible – W. Styron (Biography/Memoir) – READ
  3. Between Riverside and CrazyS. Guirgis (Pulitzer Prize 2015)  (play) – READ
  4. Our Man in Charleston C. Dickey (NF) – READ
  5. Kim Jong-Il Production – P. Fischer (NF) – READ
  6. Atomic Thunder – E. Tynan (Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2017 History) – READ #AWW2018
  7. The Enigmatic Mr Deakin – J. Brett – READ #AWW2018
  8. The Bed-Making Competition – A. Jackson – READ #AWW2018
  9. Short story:  Audition – S. Sayarfiwezadeh – READ (The New Yorker 10.09.2018)
  10. An Ordinary Day – L. Sales – READ  #AWW2018
  11. Nooit Meer Slapen (Beyond Sleep) – W. F. Hermans – READ
  12. Don’t Call Us Dead – D. Smith – READ
  13. The River in the Sky – Clive James – READ
  14. Just Enough Liebling – J. Liebling (NF) – READ
  15. James Wright: A Life in Poetry (NF) – J. Blunk – READ
  16. Washington Black – E. Edugyan – READ #CanBookChallenge
  17. The Raven – E.A. Poe – READ  #RIPXIII
  18. Christ Stopped at Eboli – C. Levi – READ
  19. Mãn – Kim Thuy – READ #CanBookChallenge
  20. Je reste ici – M. Balzano – READ

 

 

26
Aug

The Classics Club: 50 questions

  1. This is the largest library in Ireland.
  2. It was founded alongside Trinity College in 1592.
  3. The 200-foot main chamber shelves 200,000 books and
  4. …is lined with marble busts like the one above.
  5. So  while I dream of being in a library like this one…
  6. …it is time to complete this list of  50 questions about classic books
  7. …for The Classics Club,
  8. I will keep my answers short. (booktags)
  9. #cclubgames

 

50 Club Questions: 

  1. Share a link to your club list.  Book LIST 1 –  Book LIST 2
  2. When did you join The Classics Club? 2012
  3. How many titles have you read for the club? completed 1 list of 50 +  11 in 2018
  4. What are you currently reading? Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  5. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it? Un Vie (de Maupassant) review
  6. What are you reading next?  East of Eden b/c I need an audio book for train commuting

 

  1. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
  2. Mme Bovary (G. Flaubert) – Mme Bovary  was my first French classic for my “read French for a year’ challenge. It took me three months to finish the book.. Some days I could just read 6 pages! At times I would take a deep breath and as myself …is it worth the effort? I did not give up and have kept on reading French.

 

  1. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?Sentimental Education. I’ve never rad another book by Flaubert since 2012 Mme Bovary. That book was my nemesis.  I can still see the cover on Goodreads….it sends chills down my spine. Oh. how I struggled with that book. Now after many years of reading French I want to see if I can manage Flaubert ‘s vocabulary without the feeling of exasperation. Can I master his language….ever?

 

  1. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding,  Why?
  2. Any book by Virginia Woolf.
  3. I have no rational reason for this aversion.
  4. I hope to discover why so many people love her books.
  5. To the Lighthouse is on my  classics list 2.
  6. First classic you ever read? The Tale of Two Cities, C. Dickens
  7. Toughest classic you ever read? Don Quixote
  8. …this was a challenge to read… very long one.

 

  1. Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
  2. Inspired: St. Augustine’s Confessions
  3. I read it and listened to an audio explanation via
  4. Audible.Com series The Great Courses.  I would recommend both!
  5. Scared:
  6. Dracula by B. Stoker – shape-shifting creatures
  7. …vampires.
  8. Horror is not a genre like a western or crime fiction
  9. ….it is pure emotion! This is a classic not to be missed!
  10. Cried:
  11. The closest I came to tears was reading
  12. …the last pages of Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.
  13. When it comes to women’s feelings….Edith nails it.
  14. Angry:
  15. The Next Time Fire by J. Baldwin
  16. …b/c nothing has changed since the 1960’s

 

  1. Longest classic you’ve read?  Herodotus The Histories .
  2. The book is bigger than the bible.
  3. I was not looking forward to this read…but I started…and got through it.
  4. This book left me physically exhausted.
  5. The version I selected on Goodreads is the best translation and includes many maps.
  6. Without the maps I never would have understood it all!
  7. Longest classic left on your club list? Dumas, Alexandre – Count of Monte Cristo
  8. Oldest classic you’ve read?  Early Bronze Age (3rd millennium B.C.)
  9. Myths of Mesopotamia. Here is my review (quickscan).
  10. Oldest classic left on your club list? Suetonius
  11. (Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus)
  12. Twelve Caesars (De vita Caesarum) – 2nd C AD
  13. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read?
  14. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgimage of the Flesh by J. Lahr.
  15. The definitive biography of America’s greatest playwright by
  16. the longtime drama critic of The New Yorker. Excellent book!

 

  1. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? The Scarlet Letter why?
  2. There is so much symbolism, irony and characterization (especially Biblical references)  in the book that one tends to miss many of  the literary puzzles. I would never have understood the impact of this book at the age of 15 years when I had to read it for high-school. This is just another example that some great books are worth re-reading after you have had more reading experiences.I would strongly recommend this book as  an example of a great American Classic.

 

  1. Favorite edition of a classic you own? A rare small format hardcover of Tale of Two Cities published by Könemann, Köln Germany.
  2. I found it in a second-hand bookstore in Groningen The Netherlands.
  3. ISBN 3829008805. (foto)
  4. It was my first classic book and I wanted to remember it with this beautiful edition.
  5. Favorite movie adaption of a classic? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by T. Williams .
  6. Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman are the stars.
  7. Their performances  just ‘jump off the screen” …so powerful
  8. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet which you wish would be adapted to film.
  9. Any book by Charles Dickens that hasn’t
  10. …already been made into a movie or  BBC series!
  11. Least favorite classic? Why?
  12. The Ginger Man by B. Donleavy.
  13. It is just vulgar, honestly…so crass filled with gutter jibes and sexual innuendos.
  14. How did this book get on Modern Library’s
  15. …TOP 100 novel list of the 20th C…is beyond me!

 

  1. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
  2. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  3. Vanity Fair  by William Makepeace Thackeray
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. The Palace Walk by  N.Mahfouz (Nobel Prize winner)
  6. Effi Briest by T. Fontane

 

  1. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  3. Due to the very popular TV series  (2017)
  4. I want to read the book about dystopian future
  5. …before I watch the series with Elisabeth Moss.

 

  1. Have you read a classic you disliked on first read
  2. …that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving?
  3. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (review 2018)
  4. Samuel Johnson is credited with saying that
  5. “A book should teach us to enjoy life or to endure it.”
  6. I think Jane Austen succeeds on both counts!
  7. I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool Jane Austen fan
  8. …but I’m going to toss aside all my preconceived  notions about her books.
  9. I have moved on. I have enjoyed life but at times had to endure it.
  10. Opinions formed beforehand in my youth) are without adequate evidence.
  11. I will read Jane Austen and let her…speak to an older and wiser Nancy.

 

  1. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
  2. The main character in the book The Knot of the Vipers (1933).
  3. François Mauriac (1885-1970) French writer,
  4. winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1952.
  5. If you are ‘Reading the Nobels’
  6. …this is an excellent book to put on your list.

 

  1. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
  2. Margret Schlegel in Howard’s End. Margaret is chatty, vociferous.
  3. Subtly Margaret changes.
  4. Margaret saw more clearly what a human being is.
  5. Margaret was silent. Something shook her life
    ….in its inmost recesses and she shivered. (pg 340)

 

  1. Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
  2. Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind.
  3. She was the kindest character I ever met!

 

  1. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
  2. Constance Baines in The Old Wives’ Tale by A. Bennett. It is strange how fate has changed the lives of the sisters Sophia and Constance. Constance’s had remained, her father had wanted, quiet and the model of consideration. She lived at St. Luke’s Square in Bursley her entire life.

 

  1. If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading?
  2. The Old Wives’ Tale.…this is truly an underappreciated classic!

 

  1. Favorite children’s classic?  E.B. White’s Stuart Little
  2. Who recommended your first classic? Freshman year English teacher

 

  1. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature?
  2. ….I always listened to my sister.
  3. I had moved to The Netherlands and in the days before internet
  4. …when I would visit home I let my sister
  5. select 10 books I MUST read from
  6. …the Barnes & Noble bookstore we always visited!

 

  1. Favorite memory with a classic?
  2. Last scene in The Tale of Two Cities with Sydney Carton:
  3. “It’s a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done
  4. … a far, far better rest than I go to than I have ever known.”

 

  1. Classic author you’ve read the most works by? Charles Dickens (7)
  2. Classic author who has the most works on your club list? Émile Zola (20+)
  3. Classic author you own the most books by? Zola and Dickens
  4. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included?
  5. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  6. If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last
  7. — meaning you have never read this author and want to
  8. explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication
  9. — who would you explore?
  10. Virginia Woolf.…I have to read her eventually!

 

  1. How many rereads are on your club list? NONE…I don’t re-read. I haven’t the time.
  2. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
  3. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. I wanted to read it for my
  4. Nobel list….but just could not finish it. Bah.
  5. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
  6. Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson (review 2018)

 

  1. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
  2. Mann, T. – The Magic Mountain
  3. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year? –
  4. Morrison, T. –  Beloved  (Nobel Prize winner)
  5. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
  6. Stevenson, R.L. – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (no interest….at all)
  7. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
  8. I enjoy the social contacts with other book lovers!

 

  1. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent.
  2. Brona’s Books (Brona)
  3. On Bookes (O)
  4. Classical Carousel (Cleo)
  5. One Catholic Life (Nick)
  6. The Once Lost Wanderer (Joseph)
  7. Favorite posts you’ve read by a fellow clubber? 
  8. One of those days..(Brona)
  9. Books to Pull Out of a Reading Slump (Cleo)
  10. Silver and Gold   (O)
  11. Nick’s Great Book List (Nick)
  12. 100 Greatest Novels of all Time Wrap-up (Joseph)

 

  1. If you’ve ever participated in a read-a-long on a classic, tell about the experience?
  2. Read-a-long with Brona’s Books The Lord of the Ring
  3. This was a struggle because I’m not a Tolkien fan.
  4. But I made an effort to join
  5. Brona’s #HLOTRreadalong 2017(wrap-up)

 

  1. I participated in five  #AusReadinMonth @Brona’s Books.
  2. Here is my 2017 Q&A Aus Reading.

 

  1. Read-a-long with  Nick’s One Catholic Life  #LesMiserablesRead-A-Long
  2. This is also a struggle to keep on schedule (chapter a day)!!
  3. I am thankfully up-to-date and reading is in progress ( reading the book in french)
  4. Conclusion:  I need to ask myself if I am a ‘read-a-long’ type of person!
  5. I keep struggling.

 

  1. How long have you been reading classic literature? – 50+ years!
  2. Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story.
  3. #AusReadingMonth 2017 – wrap-up
  4. The Classics Club book list nr 1 – completed ( 50 books)
  5. List of my French books….I keep reading #NeverGiveUp
  6. Monthly Planning ( these are the latest books…)
  7. Passègere du Silence ( this is an amazing story about a female French artist…)