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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Joined October 2016

Book lover in San Antonio, TX / Like: 4/5 stars, So-so: 3 stars, Pan: 1/2 stars
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Panpan

A young Inuit leaves his community to serve as ambassador in France, having to adapt to the cultural differences, especially in the relationships between men and women.
I kept rolling my eyes, it was so so bad... Full of stupid clichés, superficial, simplistic, with pseudo-psychological thoughts. Just terrible.

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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this illustrated edition!

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Panpan

When people visit a different country, or in this case live a few months a year in said country, they tend to take whatever happens to them, and generalize it to the whole country/population... This book is the perfect example. As a native French woman, I kept on rolling my eyes at the generalisation, which actually led the author to write a lot of wrong information.

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Pickpick

Overall interesting read about the use of comics by the US government for recrutement, for prevention, for education, etc.
This book includes extracts with notes to put them back into their context.

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Pickpick

True crime meets author's biography.
I really enjoyed the true crime part, and Casey Cep's insights on the life of Harper Lee were quite interesting. The title is quite misleading though, luckily I didn't read this book with any expectations. In the end, Harper Lee's involvement in the Reverend's case is rather anecdotal.

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The Age of Phillis | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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Panpan

While I found the story of Phillis and Jeffers' essay at the end of the book interesting, I cannot say the same about Jeffers' poetry. Most of the book is composed of poems, but for me, it just doesn't work to narrate the story of Phillis. Jeffers' poetry style is also not my cup of tea...

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Pickpick

Late night relaxing read ;)
Liked the message, really enjoyed the illustrations of the different parks. Overall an excellent book for little kids!

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Did you know Dr Seuss worked for the military? In this extract, his style is very recognizable... These drawings were to inform soldiers about malaria, and how to protect themselves.
So far quite an interesting book overall about the use of comics by the US government.

mandarchy I think mosts artists were involved in the war effort. Many instructional films for soldiers were produced by Disney and Warner Brothers using the same animators and voice characters that you are probably familiar with. 3w
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mandarchy Yes, but it wasn't only during war times. It's interesting to see how they evolve through time. 2w
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Long Range | C. J. Box
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Panpan

2.5/5 Quite disappointed... The plot in itself is okay, but it felt quite cheesy and unrealistic to me.

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Pickpick

3.5/5 Interesting non-fiction about Annie Wilkins' journey across America in the 1950s. Elizabeth Letts sprinkles this book with trivia about the roads, the towns, and the American society.
A great achievement for a 60-year old woman to travel across America; Letts did a good job retracing her steps.
It felt repetitive sometimes though.

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Mehso-so

Written for kids, this book is an experience in itself in nonsensical stories.
Reading some out loud is probably fun, but reading the whole book in one sitting led me close to the overdose.
Would be curious about how kids would respond to being read this book... A lot of people say it's actually not for kids, but I don't see why not.
Glad I experienced this book, definitely has to be read out loud.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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I finally read this classic testimony of the horrors Elie Wiesel had experienced in the camps. Brutally honest, it's a very moving account that should be on everyone's reading list. He describes first the denial of his Jewish community when told about the dangers they would soon face, then he describes with a candid honesty how people did their best to survive.

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Papaya Salad | Elisa Macellari
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4/5
Based on true events told to the author, then found in a diary, this graphic novel recounts the childhood, and young life experiences of uncle Sompong up to him meeting his wife.
Through the life of an individual, we discover more about History, with his experience in the Thai army during World War II. I liked the author sharing the recipe for papaya salad, sprinkled along the book.
Really enjoyed the illustrations too.

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The Newcomer: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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Mehso-so

3.5/5
Nice beach read, quite predictable, but somewhat entertaining. Not a book crush though.
Letty flees to Florida with her four-year-old niece after discovering her sister's body. In Florida, she stays in a motel, which address she found in her sister's "escape bag." There, she'll discover some of her sister's secrets.

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The Community: A Memoir | N. Jamiyla Chisholm
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4/5 In this memoir, N. Jamiyla Chisholm tries to make sense of the time she spent inside the Community, a conservative Muslim sect. This book isn't about the sect itself, it's actually about the personal experience of Jamiyla and her mother inside the community: what led them there, the process of indoctrination, what made the mother stay in, what decided the mother to leave, life afterwards, etc.
Very interesting read overall.

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Chien de printemps: roman | Patrick Modiano
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4/5 I was a little anxious before beginning this novella, because, generally I'm not a fan of Modiano's books. But I happened to really enjoyed this one.
The narrator recounts his time spent with the photographer Francis Jansen 30 years earlier.
This book is about what we witness, what we remember, about time passing by, and how with time passing, what we witnessed and remember can be reassessed, interpreted differently through a different lense.

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Mehso-so

While I liked discovering the life and work of Graciela Iturbide, this graphic biography left me wanting for more...

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Pickpick

Interesting graphic memoir about Robin Ha's move from South Korea to The United States when she was 14. From missing her Korean friends to trying to fit in her new environment, Robin Ha recounts her experience with honesty.

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The Community: A Memoir | N. Jamiyla Chisholm
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Some sweetly decadent breakfast to accompany me in my reading this morning. Just began this book yesterday, read only 20 pages, but from them, I know it won't be a joyful ride, more like a hard-to-swallow testimony about how screwed-up our world can be...

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Pickpick

Yesterday, I read the four volumes of Stumptown, I just dived into them. All are 4 stars for me, except the last one at 3/5. Great mystery in the graphic format with an interesting female PI. Perfect to relax and unwind.

DogEaredBooks I miss this show! I read the first one, now I guess I need to read the rest! 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @DogEaredBooks The good thing is they are quick reads ;) 2mo
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Loved this children's book! I really enjoyed the text, as well as the illustrations. If you have a little one at home, get it at your local library ;) It's really a cute read.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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3.75/5 - second time reading it
Quite entertaining, you want to know who did it, what happened, etc.
Are the characters likeable? Most of them are not. Are they superficial? Several definitely are.
It's a well constructed book. I liked the gothic atmosphere with the island seeming so alive, being a character in itself.
Great book to unwind and relax

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4/5
Number 6 in the Vera series, it's actually the first book of the series I read, and it can definitely be read as a standalone.
I liked the atmosphere of this mystery book, even if I would have liked the end to be longer, perhaps it would have seemed less rushed...
Overall, a solid plot which kept me guessing until the end.

kspenmoll Great series! 2mo
Texreader ❤️🐈‍⬛ 2mo
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5/5 Excellent! Hinton shares how he spent 30 years of his life in death row in Alabama for a crime he didn't commit, showing how weak the case against him was, and how he was set up. He also shares how he managed to keep hope, and survive, but also how this dreadful experience keeps on shaping his daily life. It is a must read!

mcctrish This case was referenced in an audio book I listened to, in fact more than one I think. Thx for the post, I need to check this out 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish It must be Just Mercy? I want to read this book, but I like spacing books out, reading several books about the same theme/subject in a short period of time is not my cup of tea. And sometimes, if I do so, I feel that I tend to compare them, being sometimes harsher on a book than I normally would... 2mo
mcctrish No, I don‘t think I‘ve read that one. It‘s either The Skin We‘re in, Caste or Between the World and me ( or possibly all 3 or another that I just can‘t remember) 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @mcctrish Other books to look up ;) Thanks! 2mo
paulfrankspencer This guy spoke at my church once. Good stuff. 2mo
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Ulysse from Bagdad | Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
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Mehso-so

3/5 Some parts I enjoyed, some parts I found too sanctimonious. To be honest, I was far much more interested by the 40-page diary at the end, in which Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt wrote his thoughts before, during, and after the writing of this book. I liked the references to Ulysse, I liked the father as a character, adding a humorous note to the heavy and sad subject of illegal immigration.
In pic: my cat, not happy because of the flash, haha

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The Perfect Wife | JP Delaney
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A widower, a big name of the tech world, brings his late wife back to life as an AI able to learn and to feel emotions.
It's a very interesting psychological thriller that offers a lot of food for thought about technology and so-called progress. The plot is intelligently built and very well written. And of course, it's quite entertaining.

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A Train to Moscow | Elena Gorokhova
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Mehso-so

3.5 - between a so-so and a pick
Well-written novel about the childhood and early adult life of Sasha, an aspiring actress, under Stalin and Khrushchev. As a child, she witnesses arrests, then she discovers the diary of her uncle, still missing in action, depicting the war differently from what she has been taught, from then she starts to question the system.
Some interesting parts, some parts/characters were less interesting/not developed enough.

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Sepulveda brings us in the heart of the Amazonian forest in this very well written novella. In a little over 100 pages, we grow attached to this old man, Antonio José Bolivar, and we follow with attention his hunt for a feline, made mad by the reckless killing of her litter. Sepulveda denounces human stupidity, human hubris, while describing an untameable wilderness. 4.5 stars.

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Interesting memoir about a teenager's journey from Ghana to Spain. Ousmane Umar explains his reasons for wanting to reach "paradise," how he imagined Europe, the different steps of his journey with the horrors he witnessed, but also the friendship and generosity he met on the way. He also shares how he's now trying to help young people in Ghana have a better future through his NGO, NASCO Feeding Minds.

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Excellent book every one should read about the street children in Lusaka, Zambia. This book shows that even in dire situations, some people "walk the bowl," spreading a little bit of hope. The subject matter is obviously very sad, describing the terrible living conditions of these children, but I feel like it's a necessary read.

Simona I just started listening to it today … 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @Simona I hope you will find it as interesting as I did. And I hope the audiobook is of quality. Some parts are quite rough to read, so I cannot really tell you to enjoy your reading... Finishing this book, I just felt like wanting to "walk the bowl." 2mo
Simona Yes it is a good audiobook and heartbreaking stories. I‘m participating in challenge #ReadingAfrica2022 and I love the concept of community and principle of good deeds through all African countries, no matter how poor or bad their circumstances are. In this book is ‘walk the bowl‘, in my recent read … it was Ubuntu - ‘I am because we are‘. 2mo
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The Plague | Albert Camus
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Second reading ;) Very relevant read. Love the philosophical content of this book. With this book, Camus shows how much he knew about human nature. A classic, to read and reread!

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Cat on the Edge: A Joe Grey Mystery | Shirley Rousseau Murphy
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Panpan

Two cats, who happen to have the ability to speak, witness a murder, and have to solve the case if they don't want to get killed first.

First of a long series, it just wasn't my cup of tea... Won't go on with this series.

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Locked up in an asylum by her husband in 1860, Elizabeth Packard witnesses firsthand the wrongful imprisonment of sane married women, but also the mistreatments of the mentally ill. As soon as she managed to get released, she put all her efforts towards having protective laws passed. Excellent biography by Kate Moore on an extraordinary woman.

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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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4 🌟 It's hard for a book lover not to fall under this book's charms... It's a cute story, brushing nonetheless on very hard topics (mental health, suicide, etc.), about the power of books. Quick read, well-written, this friendship story will make you want to read more, and why not spread a list of books...

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Excellent book with plenty of information about the living conditions of women during the Victorian age. Hallie Rubenhold tries her best to reconstruct the lives of the five women killed by Jack the Ripper, from their childhood to the day of their violent death. The focus is really on these women's lives, Jack the Ripper is barely mentioned, which I find refreshing.

MicrobeMom Love this book! 3mo
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Don't Cry for Me | Daniel Black
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Pickpick

Such an excellent and insightful story! A dying black man writes to his estranged gay son, telling him about his childhood, how it influenced him as a father, telling him how he feels as a dad, what he wishes he had done, his regrets, etc. Very well written, definitely a book worth reading.

NeorahGarcia I loved this book. So thought provoking. It will stay with me for a long time. 2mo
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Panpan

Quite disappointed... After reading this book, I don't feel like I know much about the role the author's parents played in the Iranian revolution against the shah, or their actual views about the Islamic republic that was put in place afterwards, or even about the type of regime/system they wanted in place instead of the shah... This book focuses more on the daughter trying to understand her parents' past, but as a reader it's all quite a blur.

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Mehso-so

I'm glad I got to read this book, just for the conversation that it created at my book club.
Some parts are interesting, and offer food for thought, while I found other parts over the top (like the absurd trial).
Most of the book is written like a script, which is an interesting format.

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Angela Davis--an Autobiography | Angela Yvonne Davis
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Interesting, definitely food for thought.
Her childhood, how she became active politically, and her experience in jail, and what she drew from these experiences are all very interesting.
The only drawback for me was when she was talking in an enamored way about communism, like at the beginning of a relationship, when the other is absolutely perfect...
Easy to read, very well written.

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Chosen by my mystery book club, this book was a great discovery. I felt it was a far more realistic depiction of police work than most of the books out there. Very well written. Susan Hill sets perfectly the decor for the series, at the end of this book, we really get a clear image of the community of Lafferton.

EvieBee This sounds great! Just checked it out from the library. Hopefully I get to it soon. 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @EvieBee Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did ;) 3mo
EvieBee Had to come back to tell you that I started the audiobook and am already an hour in. It‘s great! I love slow paced mysteries like this! Thanks so much for the recommendation! 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @EvieBee I also love slow paced mysteries, as I tend to find them more realistic. With fast paced mysteries and thrillers, I tend to get annoyed, and roll my eyes a lot at the lack of realism... But I know that few people like slow paced books. 3mo
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Thomas the impostor | Jean Cocteau, Dorothy Williams
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First World War, a young man, Thomas, charms his way to the front lines. In a little over 100 pages, we follow this child wanting to play war.
Jean Cocteau keeps using vocabulary related to the theatre, setting the stage for this war drama perfectly. The accompanying caricatural characters reinforce this idea of playing a role, of pretending... Until reality comes knocking.

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Panpan

What a disappointment! If only the author had written a story about the orphanages in Ireland, focusing on the struggle of a woman looking for her stolen child, and enacting revenge on the people who wronged her. Why try and incorporate Agatha Christie? A marketing ploy? It just doesn't work... It leads to an unbelievable story, which doesn't hold much water.

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A very accessible compact book which offers a great introduction to philosophy, but more importantly to critical thinking. In a world where every media (right or left) tries to influence us either way playing on our emotional responses, this book explains the basics of critical thinking: know yourself, STOP and think. Of course, it's easier said than done, and it's a constant exercise. But the first step is to be aware...

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Mehso-so

Between a so-so and a like...
Interesting turn of events at the end to explain her disappearance, but the journey to it was quite boring and repetitive.

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A friend of mine left me this book ;) I'd already read Persepolis, but it was a pleasure to read the first book again. If you like the books, perhaps you should watch the animation film the author and Vincent Paronnaud directed. You won't be disappointed.

GondorGirl I hadn't heard about the film, so I'll have to check it out! 4mo
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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales | Michael Cunningham
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Very interesting retelling of well-known tales with a modern twist. Of course, I preferred some over others, but I've found them all well-constructed and well-written. And I can only praise the author for having surprised me with these inventive retellings.

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What a pleasure to read these absurd little plays! They are very entertaining, quite funny, all absurd, but cleverly written.

Tonight, I'm meeting other French people, so the pile of books is for them. Hopefully, they'll enjoy them ;)

Anna40 Hope you had a good meeting! Glad to hear you met some other French people 4mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @Anna40 It was a good first meeting ;) I'm glad I went, and like that my books found new homes, haha. 4mo
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Quite an interesting sci-fi novella. Well-constructed, the plot is interesting and engaging. We follow Bee, a telepath, imprisoned in a labyrinthic cave for a crime she doesn't remember having committed, actually she doesn't remember much about her life beforehand. I really liked the twist at the end. A solid 3.5/5 for me.

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Rumeurs d'Amrique | Alain Mabanckou
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I'm keen on this kind of book. Alain Mabanckou shares small parts of his life in Los Angeles with the readers: anecdotes, everyday life, writing habits, thoughts, etc. Beautifully written, I've found this book quite interesting.

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Mehso-so

I must admit I was quite disappointed in this book... Some parts were interesting, but others I didn't care much about.