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JulietteGF

JulietteGF

Joined October 2016

Je cultive mon jardin de livres / bookish.juju on Instagram
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Here are the new books I've received from The Wordy Traveler :) Have you read any of these???

Megabooks I enjoyed Little Princes! 1d
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As a Man Thinketh | James Allen
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First published in 1903, this self-help book pretty much says that the way we think shapes our destiny...
Yes, positive thinking can be useful, but I don't agree with James Allen's extreme view on the subject.
I honestly didn't enjoy this read. Truth be told I hate self-help books... Then it's quite a repetitive book, luckily a short one. To sum it up, it's not my cup of tea.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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What an excellent memoir!
Tara Westover recounts her isolated childhood in an extremely religious and abusive environment, and how she managed to escape through education.
Some pages are hard to read, because the violence of her experience comes to life. Her writing brings her story to life. While reading this book, I got angry, hopeful, and sad. It's a book that won't leave you indifferent.

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As a Man Thinketh | James Allen
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It's reading and relaxing time!
Au menu: tea, delicious chocolates, and of course some food for thoughts ;)

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Mehso-so

This book was a little disappointing for me... Despite her wonderful writing, I found it hard to enter into the story at the beginning, and to relate to the characters. I wish they had been more developed. The story by itself is interesting, and I kept reading to know what happened. What I will retain from this book is her beautiful prose, which brought the scenery to life. I'll most definitely read other books by her.

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It's a perfect summer read: fast, entertaining, light. I really enjoyed this book. I've spent a great time with these two sisters!

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Mehso-so

It's a book I would have never read if it hadn't been chosen by my book club, mostly because I'm not interested in the numbers, neither in the story of a woman running them.
Because of this lack of interest, I found some parts of the book dull and boring. However, it's a well-written book with interesting facts about the numbers, Detroit and of course about Fannie Davis, the author's mother.

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The Count of Monte Cristo | Alexander Dumas
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Today, I visited le Château de Monte-Cristo, and here is le Château d'If, where Alexandre Dumas wrote.
It's a very beautiful place, I also would like to have such a nice writing studio (more reading studio for me...)

TheSpineView I would love to have a retreat like that! 💝 1mo
LeePeckover Now that is a book nook! 1mo
BarbaraBB This is the small island where the Count was imprisoned, isn‘t it? I‘d love to visit that place. Thanks for the picture! 1mo
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Redwritinghood That looks perfect! 😍😍 1mo
JulietteGF @BarbaraBB No it's not, it's actually where Alexandre Dumas used to write, his residence being nearby, it was his writing nook. 1mo
BarbaraBB Fascinating. The prison island has the same name, he must have named it after that, cool. Where is this? (edited) 1mo
JulietteGF @BarbaraBB It's near Paris (west suburb) in Le Port-Marly. 1mo
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The Anarchist Who Shared My Name | Pablo Martín Sánchez
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Pablo Martín Sánchez recounts the life of an anarchist who shares his name in this interesting book.
I liked how it was constructed, going back and forth to get a better understanding of his life, and of the political situation of the time.
It's easy to read; even if I know close to nothing about Spanish history I never felt lost.
It's easy to get attached to the characters; they are well developed so that we can understand them well.

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The Anarchist Who Shared My Name | Pablo Martín Sánchez
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It's a little after 5 am in Nanterre, France. As I'm jetlagged, and unable to sleep, I decided to just get up, make a cup of tea, and read while waiting for other people to get up. For breakfast, I have something to look forward to: the raspberry tart will be mine 😍😍😍😍
The whole house is quiet, isn't it a perfect time to read? Sometimes being jetlagged has its perks ;)

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We follow the young Pei into the world of the silk factories in China prior to World War II, where she'll find friendships, but also hardships.
I loved how easy it was to enter into this story despite the culture gap. I think it's very hard as a writer to bring your readers into another world, and Gail Tsukiyama makes it look easy. The story is also quite moving, I'll definitily read The Language of Threads to know what happens next!

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A documentary which dates back from 2012 on women's conditions in Libya under Gaddafi. Annick Cojean, a French journalist, managed to rassemble heart-rending testimonies which are hard to read because of their violence, but necessary in order to lift the veil on the atrocities perpetrated by Gaddafi.

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I've got several problems with this book... It seemed quite superficial for me, not going enough into details. It's a very difficult subject, and I feel it has been simplified far too much here. I also think that some other subjects like the price of information would have been worth developing.
The tone bothered me, I found it too infantilizing... I think it could have been better if it was longer.

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Interesting book that very well conveys the difficulties of being an undercover agent. It reads very easily, Tamer Elnoury speaks openly of his work, his life, and his religion. Despite moments I found a bit too long, I'm glad I read it, because I got to learn things (always something positive for me).

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I'm glad I got to read this book. Despite a difficult beginning (quite fuzzy), I was able to really enter into the story. It reads well, I liked the use of magical realism which here looks more like tales & legends. It was a very interesting book to read, I just wished it had been more detailed so the characters would have been more developed. It's between so-so and pick...

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A great book, which I highly recommend! We follow a young mother on her journey to raising her autistic child in Japan when this disorder was not well-known.

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The Scarlet Letter | Hawthorne
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I'm happy to have finally read this classic! Did I like it? While I really enjoyed the writing style, the 40 first pages were very boring, and honestly not very useful for the plot. The story by itself was fine, but it's not a classic that will leave a mark for me... My favorite character is no doubt Pearl.

monalyisha I read this in high school. I remember really feeling like I was being beaten over the head with the symbolism...like Hawthorne didn‘t quite trust his readers enough to get it on their own. I don‘t know if I‘d still feel that way today. Oh, well. I do like his short stories! 3mo
JulietteGF @monalyisha I read it for pleasure, it's probably different when you read it for school... I've read only one of his short stories, the one about the water pump (by the way referenced in the Scarlet Letter), and I remember that I really enjoyed it. Reading his short stories would be a great idea ;) 3mo
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Octavio Solis shares in this book stories about his childhood and growing up in El Paso. It's a very well written collection, but as usual with such a collection, some stories are more memorable than others. I enjoyed reading about someone else's childhood in a city that I now live in.

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The Misanthrope | Molière
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This play was a real pleasure to read! I absolutely loved the dialogues. An edition with notes and explanations is highly recommended.

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In this very interesting graphic memoir, Thi Bui recounts her family's journey from war-torn Vietnam to their current life in the US. She evokes her childhood, the difficulties of writing this story, especially to make her parents open up to her about them fleeing Vietnam. I absolutely loved the style of the illustrations. Overall, it was a great read!

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This book was a little disappointing for me... While I liked hearing about her experience as an adoptee in a white family, and about her search for her biological family, I was already aware of the difficulties that can emanate from such adoptions, so I didn't learn anything new. I also had difficulty connecting emotionally with the book: the overthinking and the repetitions made it kind of dry for me.

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Guy Delisle collected Christophe André's account of his 111-day captivity. The graphic format is perfect for that kind of account: it allows us to feel the confinement, the anger, the fear, and all the emotions which that kind of situation can generate.
Once again, Guy Delisle doesn't disappoint: the tone was perfect, just as the illustrations.

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This is a very well written book about the first wife of Hemingway, and the time they have spent together in Paris. It's a fast, enjoyable read with frustrating "characters". It's a great book for a book club ;)

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In this book, Margarita Engle wrote small biographical poems about famous and less remembered Hispanics. I absolutely loved the illustrations; however, I have been disappointed in the poems. A few years ago, I read The Poet Slave of Cuba, a biography in poems of Juan Francisco Manzano by Engle, which I very much enjoyed. Here, I couldn't really connect with the poems (perhaps too short for a connection...).

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If you're looking for an enjoyable read to help you with your finance, look up this book. It's a quick read, written with humor and with absolutely no judgement. I really liked the uplifting spirit of Kate Nixon Anania, the "don't worry, you will make it" vibe.

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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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I really enjoyed this coming of age graphic novel. I really liked the drawings and the color used. The story was nice. Overall it was an enjoyable light read.

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Very interesting graphic novel that recounts the experience of several New Orleanians during and after Katrina. I highly recommend it!

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I feel like it could have been so much better.
This was far from an emotional read for me, whereas it had the potential to be... And trust me, I'm not a heartless or blasé person.
Some parts I also found repetitive and superficial. The end was for me a little bit hurried: from I'm mad at my dad, and don't understand him a bit to all of a sudden I understand him.
So to sum up, it's a nice read if you don't expect much from it.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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This book is about friendship, loss, suicide, love, and a dog. While I enjoyed the first half of the book, and also all the trivia about writers, suicide, dogs... I didn't much care for the second part, which I found too long (or perhaps I actually didn't care much about the actual story). Another thing that annoyed me was the narrator's criticism of writers, younger writers... However, it's still an interesting, and well-written book.

Reviewsbylola This definitely sounds different and I like the cover! 5mo
JulietteGF @Reviewsbylola It is definitely different. I read it for a book club: some people liked it, some people didn't. I would recommend you to try it, it's quite a short read ;) 5mo
MrBook Great review! 5mo
JulietteGF @MrBook Thanks 5mo
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This book contains five interviews of Martin Luther King, one never published before. It's an interesting read, but I would have liked perhaps more interviews, and also more context for each interview.

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Out of Sorts | Aurelie Valognes
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Here is a light and fun read to relax and have a nice time. I've read it in French, and I hope they kept all the cultural references in the English version. I love Bourvil, and the part with La tactique du gendarme really made me laugh (here is a video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSMVDK56Nt8)

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This book offers a wonderful journey through Tibet. Peter Sís recounts his father's journey there through some excerpts taken from his diary. Between memories, dreams, and local tales, this book will make you travel.

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Roald Dahl is a writer that I particularly like, so it was a pleasure to get to know him better through these childhood memories.

Connster This was my favourite RD book when I was young! So many cool stories that he tells so well. 👍 5mo
JulietteGF @Connster I agree, my favorite was probably the one with the goat tobacco, haha. 5mo
Connster @JulietteGF Haha, yesss! I‘d forgotten that one! 😂 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Through the history of the Los Angeles central library, it's the story of all the US libraries that Susan Orlean shares in this very well written book. I've learned a lot of things by reading this book, but most importantly it gave me the envy to go to my local library to take advantage of what they have to offer: for me it's free Zumba classes, and books of course ;)

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It's a short play about immigration and identity. I think the play's aim was being funny, but it was a big fail for me, as I found the characters quite unlikable, and actually too stupid and self-centered to be funny.

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Flowers of Evil | Charles Baudelaire
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If you want to read French poetry, Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil is a classic that is quite easy to read, but still will leave you in awe; Baudelaire's poems are beautiful even when he's describing the most disgusting scenes. Some of his poems made me smile, some made me sad, some were so beautiful that no words would do them justice. Reading tip: you'll need to be alone in a cosy and quiet environment. Please read them out loud.

zezeki I love this collection too. 😊 5mo
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When a Woman Rises | Christine Eber
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Last Sunday, I had the chance to meet Christine Eber with my book club. In When A Woman Rises, a woman tells her daughter the life story of her best friend who disappeared a long time ago. This is a beautifully written book about transmission, love and friendship. The story takes place in the Maya township of Chenalhó in Chiapas. The beautiful items on the picture are from Weaving for Justice, a non-profit organization working with Maya women.

Reviewsbylola Gorgeous picture and that cover is striking! 5mo
JulietteGF @Reviewsbylola Thanks! Yes, that's something we talked about with the author, how this wonderful cover was created. Here the cover is as good as the book ;) 5mo
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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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It's a book I'm glad I read, but the story by itself didn't really talk to me. The character of Walter really angered me: screwing up your own life is one thing, but jeopardizing selfishly the future of another person is unforgivable for me. I would recommend the pictured edition of the play because of the related readings added at the end, which give different perspectives and enrich the play.

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The characters in this novel are far from being likable. The writing style is very detached, which in this case goes well with the main character's personality. Did I like the book? Yes, but only to a certain extent. I didn't feel close to any of the characters, I didn't get passionate by the setting of the story, or by the story itself. It's only my second book by Didion, but for now I haven't been seduced by her writing...

Reviewsbylola I started this but gave up after a few pages. I just wasn‘t in the right mood. 5mo
JulietteGF @Reviewsbylola Yes, I totally get it. It can be quite a depressing read... Or one that makes you feel angry. Or both, haha. On the upside, it's quite a fast read ;) 5mo
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O Pioneers! | Willa Cather
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I've read this book a little while ago, and I was totally awed by Willa Cather's writing. I really enjoyed the story of Alexandra Bergson, a pioneer, who is dedicated to make her father's land prosperous. We follow her from childhood to late adulthood, we get to know her, to understand her. I'm very glad I discovered this author. I'll definitely read other works by her.

Anna40 Looking forward to reading it! Thanks again 😘 6mo
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Here's a short read with amazing illustrations about deaths that are far from ordinary. I'm putting so-so, because I would have liked to get more information about the people in this book, here is really the bare minimum included. Moreover, the price is a factor, luckily for me I bought it used. I would advise to borrow it at the library, before buying it.

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Logicomix: An epic search for truth | Apostolos Doxiadis, Christos Papadimitriou
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Here's a quite interesting graphic novel about the philosopher Bertrand Russell and his research on the foundations of mathematics... As for the chocolates, they are from my favorite chocolate manufacturer in France. If by any chance you know someone in the US able to make delicious fine chocolate, please tell me... @Faibka I'm saving my copy for you, I think you may very well enjoy it.

Jaimelire The chocolate looks amazing! 6mo
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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Here's a book that I enjoyed reading, especially the second half. We follow the story of a black woman in the 30s. The dialogues can be challenging, especially for a non-native speaker like me, but after a while, I got used to them. It's a very well written story that I highly recommend. If you have difficulty in the beginning, it is worth it to go on.

Liatrek This is on my reread list this year. 6mo
Wife I‘ve tried this a couple times and bail early on. Did it take you awhile to engage with the story?🤔 6mo
JulietteGF @Wife Actually the beginning I found interesting when she recounts her childhood, then I got more interested towards the second part, and the end of the book is very interesting. It depends why you didn't get into the story. I know that some people are really put off by the dialogues... 6mo
Wife I‘m going to put it on the “try again” list. Thanks 🌹 6mo
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For Christmas, I read the first Harry Potter, beautifully illustrated by Jim Kay. Disclosure: I've read only this Harry Potter (yes, it's possible). I think I'll go on with the series with this illustrated edition. Am I a big fan that can't wait to read the rest? Honestly, no. But I think they offer a nice break from my more serious readings.

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Through the personal story of four friends, Alfredo Corchado talks about the Mexican immigration, linking the personal to the political. It's a very interesting book which gives keys to better understand immigration, and how it feels to have two countries. This book brings also humanity back to the current debate on immigration.

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In this graphic travelogue, the author recounts her 60-day trip Birthright trip to Israel. This book was interesting, but I honestly prefer the work by Guy Delisle and Joe Sacco on the subject of Israel, mainly because Sarah Glidden comes across as very judgemental, which actually does a disservice to her arguments...

Avidreader25 I felt the same! I‘ll have to check out the other authors you mentioned. 7mo
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A Chinese Life | Philippe Otie
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If you're looking for a graphic novel about contemporary Chinese history, more specifically from the creation of the People's Republic of China to today's China, you just found it! Li Kunwu, in collaboration with Philippe Ôtié, recounts his personal story as well as the history of his country. It's a very intimate story, I found very interesting the pages about the creation process of this book.

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Picasso | Robert Fisher
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I've read in one sitting this interesting book about Picasso. I liked browsing through the reproductions of his paintings, and reading their little descriptions.

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A Song for the River | Philip Connors
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This book is an ode to the Gila river, but also an ode to the lives of so many people who cared for this river. It's very easy to be carried away by Philip Connors' writing, it's a very intimate book, worth reading.

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Mozart's Starling | Lyanda Lynn Haupt
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This is an interesting book about starlings, two in particular: the author's one and Mozart's one. At first, I wasn't sure that the subject matter would interest me enough to keep me reading until the end, but it actually did. I really enjoyed the fluid writing, and all the information given about starlings and about Mozart's life.