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JulietteGF

JulietteGF

Joined October 2016

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Mehso-so

The subject of this book is not for everyone, it talks about pedophilia and the murder of a six-year-old boy.
I really appreciated the author's testimony of her own abuse, and her want to understand what push some people to commit such a crime.
However, this book can be quite frustrating to read because it doesn't give any answers, probably because there is no real answer. But I also found it repetitive and lingering at times.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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Today's reading plan!
Yesterday night, I finished a huge project for work that kept me busy most of February...
So today, it's reading day for me!!!
I would like to finish two books I started, and to read And Then There Were None.
I deserved my quiet reading day ;)

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The Corpse Reader | Antonio Garrido
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It was exciting to follow the story of Ci Song, the "corpse reader", in the thirteenth century Imperial China.
The author based this story on a real character, one of the father of forensic science, and he made a lot of research about this time period: lifestyle, society's rules, judiciary system...
This read was compelling for me, it made me travel to another country, but also through time.

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Femmes ; Hombres | Paul Verlaine
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Yesterday, I've read this poetry collection by Paul Verlaine.
In the French poems, I was in awe of all this rich vocabulary used to describe the female/male genitals (mostly lost nowadays).
It was overall an interesting read, but I preferred the first part, Femmes. The introduction was very helpful to put things into context, and the illustrations by Michael Ayrton were a nice addition to this collection of poems. Between a pick and a so-so ;)

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Infused | Henrietta Lovell
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Mehso-so

Also in January, I've traveled with Henrietta Lovell, discovering tea farmers from all around the world.
While I enjoyed her passion for tea, it was sometimes overwhelming with information, and I wish it was organized chronologically or thematically.
I really liked the little recipes she gives along the book to prepare some of the teas, or to prepare tea cocktails ;)

LoverOfLearning Gorgeous cover! 2w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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In January, I've read this interesting graphic memoir in which George Takei recounts his memories about his time spent in American camps for Japanese-American people during WWII.
I was already familiar with this subject, but this book taught me more about the loyalty questionnaires they were asked to fill in.
It was an interesting and enlightening read in a format that I particularly like for this type of subjects.

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Interesting read, with interesting points. Do I agree with everything? No. But it's a perfect book to read for a book club for then discussing the different points he's making.

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Joyeux suicide et bonne anne ! | Sophie de Villenoisy
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Quick read that me laugh a lot (some in public).
This is a feel good book that pretty much makes you want to try new things, care less about what people may think, be yourself, take care of yourself first...
Unfortunately, I don't think it has been translated into English... I absolutely love the title (Merry Suicide & Happy New Year).

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This architecture book about lavoirs (washhouses) is so interesting and beautiful.
It explains the origins of the lavoirs, their evolution, and why they should be protected. It contains also beautiful black and white pictures.
At each time I visit a town or a village in France, I go see the lavoir if there is one. I find these remnants of the past so worth it.
I don't remember having ever seen one in the US... Have any of you?

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I really enjoyed the description of the marsh. Nature is perfectly depicted through the eyes of this girl, left alone to grow up by herself.
The crime, described at the beginning, kept me interested, but also watching that girl grow up.
I however regretted the manichean way of presenting the characters. The victim and his family are presented in such a way that no empathy is possible. It would have been great if that part was more nuanced...

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Skim | Mariko Tamaki
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Here is the last book I read in 2019.
I absolutely loved the illustrations, they are really excellent; however, the story by itself didn't do much for me... I didn't connect at all with the story, I found some characters to be very annoying/superficial. Just not a story for me.

LiteraryinLititz On the other hand, what a beautiful chair for reading (or for your cat to sit in while you read somewhere else?)! 2mo
JulietteGF @LiteraryinLititz Thanks, yes it's a lovely chair to read in, and yes my cat lives it too. Often I have to move him to use it. 2mo
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Here is a nice little story from South Korea about Sprout, a hen, with big dreams.
It's lovely written with an enticing and moving storyline. The illustrations are also bringing this book to another level.

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A Talent for Murder | Andrew Wilson
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In the winter of 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for one week... In this historical fiction/mystery, Andrew Wilson builds a very entertaining story from the few elements known.
This book is very well written, and offers a peek into Agatha Christie's intimacy. It's the first book of a series that I look forward to reading ;)

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If you're still looking for a Christmas gift for a child, I highly recommend this book. The illustrations complete perfectly the story.
The story is about Hugo, an orphan clock keeper, and his quest to rebuild something that was dear to him and his late father.
It's an historical fiction set in Paris in the 1930s.
The story is compelling, the illustrations are mind-blowing, it's a book that would interest both children and adults!

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Hi everyone, I just learned that there would be an Alsacian Christmas market in Bowling Green with French products starting tomorrow!!!! So please share this news with all your friends living in or around New York (you can tag them in the comments). Thought that some people might be interested ;)

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Fables | Jean de La Fontaine
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Recently I bought a lot of books from different places. Here are the books I bought on frenchbooksonline.com ;) I often use this website when I want to buy books in French in the US. They have a wide selection (novels, classics, non fiction, children's books, etc.).

Lcsmcat How did I not know about this website?!? Thanks for sharing! 3mo
JulietteGF @Lcsmcat You're welcome ;) I really like this site, I generally buy the books on sale or the paperback versions, sometimes they have very good deals. 3mo
Chrissyreadit So glad you shared this info! 3mo
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I find it hard to review autobiographical works since the content is so personal, just as the interpretation of the events.
Did the content of this autobiography interest me? To a certain degree, but I feel like I didn't gain anything from this read.
Usually reading a book gives me some emotions, or gives me a new perspective on things; even a book I don't like can give me insights, but here nothing: I'm left indifferent...

Reviewsbylola As far as graphic novels go, I liked this one. 3mo
LibrarianRyan I couldn't get though this. I tied and NOPE. 3mo
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A fun little book to browse.

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A dear friend of mine sent me these great gifts, it was worth waiting ;) I can't wait to try the chai, since I still have to find one that I really like 🤞As usual she chose very well: books, drinks, a notebook, a mug = a happy me!

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La cage aux folles: the Broadway musical | Jerry Herman, Jean Poiret
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You certainly know the American movie, Birdcage, starring Robin Williams, but did you know it's an adaptation of a French-Italian movie based on a French play written by Jean Poiret?
I grew up watching the French movie, I'll probably never watch the American adaptation, but reading the play, I want to find a video of the original play...
I found it interesting to read the play to see how the movie was adapted ;) It's a very light read!

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The paintings presented in this book are breathtaking. Mary Whyte manages to paint perfectly portraits, still life, nature, light, everything! I really enjoyed the written part as well, it's so interesting to get to know what inspired an artist, and in this case to get to know the community who welcomed the artist with open arms.

Kimzey I recognized Bohicket Road because I have family on John‘s Island. Happy to know about this book! 3mo
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Very entertaining stories about an elderly murderess.
It's a short read, perfect for relaxing with a hot drink ;)

LoverOfLearning Okay LOVE this cover! 3mo
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The Strange Library | Haruki Murakami
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It's been a while that I wanted to read this book, and it didn't disappoint. From the first few pages I was taken into the story of this strange and scary library... I also really liked the illustrations (the big dog eye watching you read is a little bit disturbing though, haha). It's a short and entertaining read, perfect to escape a hard day at work...

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What a deception! This essay about how technology is shaping and revolutionizing the world is so superficial... It's really a shame, because it could have been soooo interesting. I found it also too positive, not stating the obvious dangers of technology, and of its effects on the world.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Here is a very addictive and entertaining book about the love story between a commoner and a duke... As I began reading it, I just needed to know how it would end... If you want a light read, go for it.

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It was a real pleasure to read this book again. It's a book about French grammar, and about the beauty of words. If you're learning French, it's an easy read ;) It's also a perfect book for making children and teens love reading.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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In this true crime nonfiction, Truman Capote recounts the Clutter case: four members of a family shot dead with no apparent motive, and few clues...
We follow the investigation, the arrest, and the trial. Psychology is very present in this book; Truman Capote tries to understand what led to this tragedy.
Despite a quite difficult beginning, I found this book very interesting, and I would recommend reading it while watching Mindhunter ;)

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I really enjoyed this book in which Orhan Pamuk integrates marvellously some myths. It's impossible to sum up this book without giving any spoiler. My advice would be to dive right in.
The first part about the construction of a well is very interesting; it's also interesting to see the evolution of Istanbul through the book. It's a short book, and I wish the end would have been longer, with more developed characters.

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Roman de Rabelais | Michel Ragon
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*Not translated into English*
This short book is the perfect introduction to Rabelais: his time, his character, his ideas/positions, even his style of writing.
I probably won't read a book by Rabelais any time soon, but this book definitely gave me keys to better understand his work when I decide to dive in ;)

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This book is between a so-so and a pick.
Interesting, light read, sometimes humourous, about the death industry in the US.
It was an informative and entertaining read, however a lot of what was said in this book wasn't a discovery for me, and there are some points she makes that I actually don't agree with (but that will be a perfect topic to talk with by book club buddies...)

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Guy Delisle shares in this book his experience in North Korea. It's from 2003, but I think it's still a relevant book, which is very interesting to read.
To which extent are North Koreans isolated and cut from the rest of the world? To which extent does their brainwashing work? These are the questions now in my mind... Now I want to read more about North Korea, particularly about its inhabitants!

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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This book offers a powerful narration composed solely of poems. It's a very well constructed story; the poems are powerful, they translate very well the mood of a female adolescent. It's an addictive book that will make you feel all sorts of emotions: anger, sadness, hope, desire...

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Here's another book I bailed on. The narration kind of put me off. The lack of chronology, going from one subject to the other, all that made it harder for me to relate to the book.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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This book wasn't for me. I've read 70 pages, and I honestly couldn't care about the story or about the characters...

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But You Did Not Come Back | Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Judith Perrignon
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This is a letter written by the author to her father, who died in Auschwitz. In this letter, she tells him how she survived in Birkenau, how was her return from the camps, and how was her life after all that. She writes with a disarming sincerity about the horrible reality in the camps, about the difficulty of coming back from the camps, and also about the difficulty of living afterwards.
I highly recommend it!

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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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What an interesting graphic novel!
The most interesting subject in this book for me was the conspiracy theorists, and how they harass people who are experiencing a tragedy. How they use social media, and how they work to find "their truths".
I liked the flow of the storytelling, the illustrations, pretty much everything.

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This book reminded me of the poems by Noureddine Aba (one featured on the picture).
This list by Assia Djebar of all the Algerian writers who died, for the most part assassinated, is long and moving. She talks about their deaths, but also about their lives, their ideals. Her writing can be sometimes confusing, but I liked it nonetheless. Thanks to this book, I want to read more books by the writers she mentioned... So much more to discover!!!

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Unfortunately, this book is not available in English, like most of this French author's books, and it is a SHAME!!! Usually, I'm not a fan of science-fiction, but Bernard Werber writes philosophical science-fiction. The two books I have read by him (not translated) really had me thinking, and look at the world in a all different way.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I really enjoyed this historical fiction, more than I would have expected...
I liked the development of the different characters, the writing style, and the plot. I'm glad my book club chose this book, otherwise I doubt I would have picked it for myself.
What book did a book club choose that you ended up liking, and that you wouldn't have picked on your own?

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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! 7mo
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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.

Howard_L I agree about self help books. They can generally be reduced to their title or at least a sentence or two. 6mo
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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.

rather_be_reading very hard! 4mo
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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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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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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! 💝 9mo
LeePeckover Now that is a book nook! 9mo
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! 9mo
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Redwritinghood That looks perfect! 😍😍 9mo
JulietteGF @BarbaraBB No it's not, it's actually where Alexandre Dumas used to write, his residence being nearby, it was his writing nook. 8mo
BarbaraBB Fascinating. The prison island has the same name, he must have named it after that, cool. Where is this? (edited) 8mo
JulietteGF @BarbaraBB It's near Paris (west suburb) in Le Port-Marly. 8mo
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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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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 ;)

Howard_L They are beautiful 6mo
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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!