The Paris Agent was inspired by real events surrounding WWII and SOE agents in France. It is told in two different timelines and from three points of view: Charlotte, Josie, and Eloise. Ultimately it is a story of bravery and family.
Wrap up #20in4 #Readathon
Successful readathon with three books finished-and the covers are all color coordinated with lovely shades of orange and yellow! 💛🧡
Not quite my planned TBR but these were all quick reads and the other two books I had planned just weren‘t catching my attention. Thanks @Andrew65
Finished two books so far #20in4 #Readathon
✅ Finance for the People - I had heard the author on a podcast. It has fun illustrations and checklists so it‘s easy to understand.
✅ She and Her Cat: Stories - I wasn‘t expecting parts of the stories to be from the cats‘ pov!
Tomorrow I‘d like to read a mystery
This year‘s reading is off to a great start! #BookReport
Sweet Bean Paste and Diary of a Void #JanuaryInJapan
In the Winter Woods #DiverseCozy
A Botanist‘s Guide to Parties and Poisons - The audiobook was great and I‘m looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out later this year
It is almost summer vacation! Looking forward to having more time to read! #BookReport
🎧 Velvet was the Night
📚 The Widow, The Priest and the Octopus Hunter
📚 Linea Nigra
🎧 The Black Jersey
The highlight of this week‘s reading has been listening to this book! I didn‘t know I‘d be so interested in all the details about cycling! #DiverseCozy
📚 Miss Aldridge Regrets
Finally feel like I‘m able to concentrate on reading again after a busy semester! And yesterday was my SIX year Litsyversary!
The Kimono Tattoo is my favorite recent read, and I highly recommend it! It‘s set in Kyoto and I listened to the audiobook as I commuted by bus through the city.
The Kimono Tattoo
Tokyo Ever After
Meet Me in the Margins
They Wish They Were Us
I‘m still reading The Widow, The Priest, and The Octopus Hunter.
Hi all! It‘s been a while since I‘ve been here! It has been hard to concentrate on reading since going back to in person classes last month. I‘m on a train for the next three hours so will take this opportunity to jump back in and get started on the readathon! What to start with, an audiobook or arc?
Thanks @Andrew65 #MarvellousMay
I‘m a little late with this week‘s #BookReport
Intimacies was so good and i was interested in the main character‘s work as an interpreter at The Hague.
✅ Mimi Lee Cracks the Code
✅ There‘s No Such Thing as an Easy Job
🎧 Patron Saints of Nothing #Roll100
This week the plum blossoms are finally blooming and I‘m looking forward to exploring the titles on the Booker Longlist!!
A bit of a slow reading week! Just finished one book: Daughters of the Samurai which is about the first Japanese women to study in the United States. This was really interesting for me!
Currently reading There‘s No Such Thing as an Easy Job and Mimi Lee Cracks the Code!
🧡 Current reads: Daughters of the Samurai
🧡 Book you wish more people knew about: Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth
🧡 Last book you added to your TBR: Mrs Pinto Drives to Happiness
This is actually my book report for the month of February! I didn‘t read much this month, but these six books were interesting. I liked all of them, and I want to recommend The Tenth Muse, Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth, and Fault Lines. Hoping to finish up Daughters of the Samurai this weekend.
I‘m really looking forward to getting some reading done during #20in4 Readathon! I‘ve only read 4 books so far in February which means that I definitely have a few ARCs and books I‘d like to make progress on. I‘ll start with these:
Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth
Daughters of the Samurai
Thanks for hosting @Andrew65
March 2022 #Roll100
This month‘s books are 5: Patron Saints of Nothing and 28: Confessions. I‘m going to start with the audiobook of Patron Saints of Nothing because it‘s available now from the library! Thanks @PuddleJumper
🍊 Current reads: Two books in translation—Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth (Morocco) and Tales from the Cafe (Japan)
🍊 Last book you couldn‘t put down: The Roughest Draft
Not my usual genre but I liked the dynamic between the main characters who were book cowriters, and I read it in a day!
🍊 Bake cookies!
Surfacing was my favorite this week! I also finished The Pages and Several People Are Typing.
After reading The Power of Fun last month, I wanted to read more fun, humorous, comedic books. (Any recommendations?) Several People Are Typing did make me laugh! Lots of wfh antics! And same time, I found myself thinking about it after I finished reading.
I have two books in progress: Straight from the Horse‘s Mouth and Tales from the Cafe.
The Pages by Hugo Hamilton is narrated by the most unlikely of candidates—Rebellion by Joseph Roth, which escaped a Nazi book burning during World War II and is now in the hands of Lena in the present day US. From its place on the bookshelf to the inside of a shoulder bag, the book tells the story, but it has secrets of its own, including a hand drawn map among its pages. #NetGalley #ThePages
This month I plan to read The Tenth Muse. It looks really good and I‘ve already downloaded the audiobook!
I don‘t plan to read The Silvered Serpent because I just realized it‘s the second in the series, so I‘ll save it for later!
⭐️ Current Reads: Meet Isabel Puddles by M. V. Byrne and Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
⭐️ Fav book of January: Heaven (tagged)
⭐️ Most recent library checkout: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
I really enjoyed my reading time this week!! #BookReport
This week I finished four excellent books in translation: Love in the Big City (Korea), An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good (Sweden), The Woman in the Purple Skirt (Japan), and The King of the Copper Mountain (Netherlands).
I also read a new release, The Roughest Draft which is about writing partners. It‘s a romance novel but with lots of details about the writing process.
#JoyousJanuary wrap up post!
I didn‘t set any specific goals, but I had a great readathon!
Finished 6 books, wrote 3 reviews for NetGalley, watched two books to movies! I liked all of these books, and my favorite was Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.
Thank you @Andrew65 #readathon
Can‘t believe it‘s the weekend already—this week went by so fast! I read a lot this week and finished:
The Power of Fun
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
Strange Weather in Tokyo
The Windsor Knot
Thank you, Mr. Nixon
Thank you, Mr. Nixon is my first Gish Jen and it is a short story collection! So I‘ve read 3 short story books this year! I‘m looking forward to reading a couple of her other books, especially The Resisters and Tiger Writing.
I‘m glad to have read Ida B. the Queen for #SheSaid This was a good introduction to her life, but I definitely wanted more information about her and the people she‘s inspired, so in the future, I plan to read Crusade for Justice and The Echoing Ida Collection.
Today I just happened to see an article that there will be an Ida B. Wells Barbie doll.
The Power of Fun has some practical ideas for having more fun: the state of playfulness, connection, and flow. However, there was quite a bit of repetition both within the book and from her other book, How To Break Up With Your Phone. The author introduced the term “collective effervescence” from Dirkheim which I found fascinating though! I listened to the audiobook and would recommend it as a borrow, not a buy. #JoyousJanuary
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking was recently recommended by Mayukh Sen in Lit Hub‘s Craft of Writing Newsletter. It sounded so interesting that I immediately downloaded the audiobook. The author cleverly mixes Soviet history, memoir and food writing.
#JoyousJanuary #Readathon update!
✅ Wrote 2 reviews and earned my 25 Reviews badge on Net Galley
✅ Watched The Lost Daughter and Passing on Netflix. Both of these books are favorites of mine and the films didn‘t disappoint!
✅ Finished The Windsor Knot
🎧 Still listening to Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking and Strange Weather in Tokyo. Not sure what I‘ll pick next, maybe The Woman in the Purple Skirt
Finished four books this week!
📚 The Inugami Curse #JanuaryinJapan
📚 The Beadworkers
📚 Ida B. the Queen
📚 Avidly Reads Poetry #NetGalley #arc
I like short story collections lately—I‘ve already read two this year: Terminal Boredom and The Beadworkers. Every story in The Beadworkers was great, and I especially liked Beading Lesson.
I haven‘t finished any books in the New Year, so these are the last four books of 2021! Whereabouts was so good and I‘d definitely put it on my best of 2021 list! #BookReport
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Happy New Year!! I read so many good books in 2021! But I didn‘t read much in the autumn, so I didn‘t finish Reading Asia. Looking forward to more reading and reading challenges in 2022!!
Day two reading for #NewYearSpecial #20in4
Today I finished listening to the audiobook of The Mercies, and this is my last book of 2021! Although long, I really enjoyed it because of the characters and setting, not to mention a great narration!
Day one reading for #NewYearSpecial #20in4 🥂
Listening to The Mercies on audio and my goal is to finish listening before the new year! At about 40% in Bull Shit Jobs which was recommended to me by a student, and started reading The Last Rose of Shanghai which I downloaded from NetGalley
#BookReport holiday edition! Five books finished!
This week I perused #NetGalley for the first time in ages, and hit the jackpot with two translated titles and a book about writing! I‘ll say more about these when their pub days are closer: The Equestrienne, Refuse to Be Done, & Kamusari Tales Told at Night.
I got Air Pods for Xmas and listened to a short audiobook on them already—Small Things Like These. Also finished reading Sorrow and Bliss.
Out of the 115 books I read so far this year, here are my #top21of21 @Cinfhen
I already raved about most of these earlier this year, but my favorite from the second half of the year was Island by Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen!
Chatter has interesting info from stories and research about how to work with your inner voice, and how to support others too. A list of the specific tools mentioned throughout the book is included at the end. I imagine a lot of the authors ideas can be found online in posts or podcast interviews related to the book.
Wow wish I would have read @DGRachel post about Ghost Month before reading it because that review really sums up the story well! This is by far my least favorite book of the year. #ReadingAsia #Taiwan
Finished two books this week—
Arsenic and Adobo
The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida
I still feel like I‘m in a bit of a reading slump. #BookReport