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Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 4:45 AM

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JFF: What are the last three books you read?

Just started Different Seasons by Stephen King
Before that read You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories by Alan Cumming
Before that read Isabella Blow by Martina Rink

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11 months ago

Les marins ne savent pas nager  by Dominique Scali (4/5)

Now, I have read all the books that I need to read as a member of the jury of the Prix littéraire des collégiens.

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11 months ago

AUDIOBOOK:

Monday Starts on Saturday by Arkady Strugatsky and Boris Strugatsky. 4/5.

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk. Reread. 4/5. I guess it would be the same score. Never rated it before.

Slip Runner (Slip Runner #1) by J.N. Chatney. 1/5.

Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan. 3/5.

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. 5/5.

The Tatami Galaxy by Tomihiko Morimi. 5/5. Supposedly The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (my favorite film from 2018) is based on the sequel novel to this. I own the hardcover to that. So will read someday. And the author apparently wrote most of the episodes to The Eccentric Family (2013– ). One of my personal favorite anime series.

MANGA/GRAPHIC NOVEL:

A First Time for Everything by Dan Santant. 4/5.

Laid-Back Camp, Vol. 5, 6, and 7: All 5/5.

Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 18, 19, 14, and 20. 3/5; 4/5; 5/5 respectively.

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1) and 2: 3/5 and 5/5 respectively.

Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou 6] (Girls' Last Tour, #6), 5/5. Manga series complete.

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10 months ago

Updates

Read: 

La place by Annie Ernaux (5/5)

Chocolaté by Samy Manga (3/5)

J'ai montré toutes mes pattes blanches je n'en ai plus by Sylvie Laliberté (4/5)

Currently reading:

Le livre des soeurs by Amélie Nothomb (66% read)

I met Amélie Nothomb in Quebec. I bought two books, this one and Premier Sang. I gave away my autographed copy of Le livre des soeurs to my crush. My copy of Premier Sang is also autographed to my crush's name, but I decided to kept it. 

Picture of me (grey shirt) and Amélie Nothomb: 

My autographed copy of Premier Sang:

Now anyone able to read French knows my crush's first name (not that it matters to me that much).

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (52% read)

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (31% read)

À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust (14% read)

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10 months ago

Hiroshima, Mon Amour by Marguerite Duras (5/5)

La vie devant soi by Romain Gary (3/5)

Currently reading:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 55%

Rendez-vous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke 31%

À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust 24%

Analytic of the Beautiful by Emmanuel Kant 63%

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9 months ago

AUDIOBOOKS:
The Doomed City by the Strugatsky Brothers. 2/5.
MANGA:
Komi Can't Communicate, Vol. 21, 22, 23, and 24: 4/5; 5/5; 4/5; 4/5. 
I'm not caught up to the most current English translated volume. HAd to buy the last volume as it doesn't look like the public library was going to get it anytime soon.
Laid-Back Camp, Vol. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. All 5/5. 
Looks like three two more English volumes. One out in April (not available at the library). The next in October. 
Farming Life in Another World Manga, Volume 1. 2/5.
What's Michael?: Fatcat Collection Volume 1. 3./5.
One Punch Man Vol.1 and 2. 3/5. Not sure how far I'll read into this. Loved the anime. This manga is supposedly one of the best shonen manga out there.
GRAPHIC MEMOIR
It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth BY Zoe Thorogood. 5/5.
Himawari House by Harmony Becker. 4/5.
GRAPHIC NOVEL
This Is How I Disappear by Mirion Malle. 3/5.
The Vertical Sea by Brian Freschi. 2/5.
Unfamiliar (Volume 1) by Haley Newsome. 4/5.
I finished reading some graphic novels I've been sitting on since buying them during the beginning of COVID. Boy were they all let downs. Especially since they're supposed to be popular.
Folklords by Matt Kindt. 2/5.
Strangelands Vol. 1. 1/5.
Saga, Volume 1. 2/5.
Rat Queens, Vol. 2. 2/5. Vol. 1 was a 4/5. 

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8 months ago

Finished:

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky 5/5

Analytic of the Beautiful by Emmanuel Kant 5/5

Primeval and Other Times by Olga Tokarczuk 4/5

Hamlet by William Shakespeare 5/5

24 Hours of a Woman's Life by Stefan Zweig 5/5

Currently reading:

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

À la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust (it feels like I am always reading it 😊)

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8 months ago

Our Masters the Rebels: A Speculation on Union Military failures in the East 1861-1865 by Michael C C Adams

Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War by Michael C C Adams

The American Civil War: The Emergence of Total Warfare by Robert A Doughty, et. al.

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7 months ago

Booktubers are a f### joke. As anyone with the slightest interest in literature knows, Milan Kundera passed away on July 11. As soon as I heard the news, I started getting interested in Kundera, and this weekend I started reading Immortality. Tonight, I said to myself that I was watching what the booktubers thought of Milan Kundera. I went to Jack Edwards' channel, scrolled through his most recent videos. Do I see a R.I.P. in Kundera? No, I see a video about Drake's poetry. It's so depressing. When Kundera died, Europe cried, the earth shook, but clearly the United States did not shudder (except I reckon among the intellectuals).

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Not necessarily, because some people only even pay attention to the works of authors who have been long dead.

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A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer (10/10) - very interesting detective book, and it's the first one in the series about Zoe Bentley.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (7/10) - classical novel, a good one, but the story was a little bit too long for me.
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (9/10) - not the easiest reading, but still an amazing book on history, anthropology, and general understanding of the human past.
And I also almost finished Orientalism by Edward W. Said, which is also a great book. I need it for my historical course, and I can say that it's not the easiest reading for me, but it is very interesting. I also need to write a review of it, and I'm a little bit worried. When I have such problems with writing, I use https://edubirdie.com/essay-writers-for-hire, and it always helps me out. Maybe this time, I'm going to do the same, but I'll try my best to write that review myself. Or a part of it because I have some ideas, and I need to transfer them on paper.

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@Maxence_G​ FYI, no one is literally stopping you from making your own YouTube channel and providing the world with these book reviews.

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True, Tsarstepan, but there is always somebody who is always wishing that something in the world was less of a farce, or that at the very least, the quality content and insightful connoisseurs had a better chance of being more popular. As it stands, most entertainment is geared toward spectacle and primal instincts (sex and violence), if not plainly designed for consumption by people under the age of twenty years old. With science fiction and convoluted social commentary dystopia thrillers, these may be popular too to a degree, but new ground isn't broken every single year, and so it takes time for a peculiar synthesis of technical ideas to become right at home in the world of cliché and the "hottest" buzz. I don't entirely blame Maxence for being judgmental, but the impression I've little gathered over the years is that he is indeed rather judgmental, yet I could be mistaken too, since most likely a man is more than the sum of his remarks expressed on the Web or in Chat.

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5 months ago

Finished: 

Immortality by Milan Kundera (4/5)

Ignorance by Milan Kundera (3/5)

The Sufferings of the Young Werther by Goethe (5/5)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2/5)

Chess Story by Stefan Zweig (4/5)

Mystère à Shawinigan Falls (3/5)

Currently Reading: 

À la recherche du temps perdu. Marcel Proust

Maybe War and Peace by Tolstoy.

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4 months ago

The Memoirs of the Prince DeJoinville I was hoping he had written of his time serving on General McClellan's staff during the Civil War before he was dismissed for geopolitical reasons, but not a word.

The Diary of Gideon Welles, Vols. 1&2 of 3 Behind the scenes as the Secretary of the Navy in the Lincoln and A. Johnson administrations. Too much about local State politics tho'.

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4 months ago

Manga:

Finished the 10 volume set of Nichijou. Mostly 4 or 5/5s with one 3/5.

Tomo-chan is a Girl!, Vol. 1 to vol. 8: Vol. 1, 4/5. The rest 5/5.

[Oshi No Ko], Vol. 1 (Oshi no Ko, #1) and Vol. 2: Both 4/5

Tombs: Junji Ito Story Collection: 3/5.

Chainsaw Man, Vol. 7, 8 and 9: 4/5s and 5/5 respectively.

Wave, Listen to Me!, Vol. 4, 5 and 6: 4/5s and 3/5 respectively.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1: 5/5.

Graphic Novels:

Hell Phone, Book 1 by Nate Benji. 5/5.

Catboy by Nate Benji. 4/5.

The Con Artists by Luke Healy: 2/5.

Lorna by Nate Benji: 5/5.

Castaways by Pablo Montforte: 5/5.

Audiobooks:

Iced in Paradise (Leilani Santiago Hawai'i Mystery, #1): 5/5.

Election by Tom Peralta: 4/5.

Providence by Max Barry: 1/5.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: 3/5.

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2 months ago

Finished

Sula by Toni Morrison (5/5)

The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russel (4/5)

Armenian Odes by Sayat-Nova (3/5) (very hard to find_

Currently:

War and Peace (485/2078)

In Search of Lost Time (I know).