Hello March!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t say enough how much I look forward to Spring this year. The first winter in our new house has been (still is) pretty cold and I have the (false) impression to have spent the last two months going from home to work and not much else.

Yet there has been many, many books during these commutes and at the edge of these busy days! If I haven’t posted about them much, it’s because I have started them all simultaneously (up to 8 at the same times on Goodreads, yes, it’s that bad!) and so progress on each of them has been slow and not decisive.

Here’s a little recap of books that I will be talking about soon (hopefully):

First, the finished books:

  • The Skies of Tokyo, by Takizawa Seihô: a historical manga in 2 volumes
  • Ma vie à la baguette, by Chloé Cattelain, a YA novel about Chinese-French second generation teenagers stuck between two countries and two cultures, with family secrets galore. Loved it!
  • Mercy, Mary, Patty, by Lola Lafon, obliquely talking about the Patty Hearst abduction in the 1970s. I finished it this morning, nearly abandoned it, and I remain unconvinced.
  • The prince of Cochinchine (Nicolas Le FLoch, #14), by Jean-François Parot. I’m a fan and will read whatever he writes in this series. You’re warned.
  • America, by Joan Didion: a collection of essays (actually a mismatch from several of her best-known essay collections, because she’s not that well-known in France). Finished it early January, but I want to couple it with The Girls, so it’s gonna wait a while more.
  •  The Dreadful Hollow, a 1950s British mystery by Nicholas Blake, featuring detective Nigel Strangeways: it’s a Netgalley book chosen quite randomly, I wasn’t really into it.
  • Jo Witek, Daughter of a…, a YA novella about being the daughter of a prostitute and owning it. Yes, YA can do tough stuff, in case you doubted it.

Second, the books in (slow) progress:

  • Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry, by R. Reid Wilson. It’s a self-help ARC, and it took me ages to get to 80%. The technique is good (as far as I can judge) but it’s overwritten.
  • Dragonfly in Amber, Outlander #2, by Diana Gabaldon: because a girl loves some comfort reading, and I can’t seem to resist a certain handsome Highlander (don’t tell Mr. Smithereens, he will roll his eyes!)
  • The Girls, by Emma Cline: started great, but got interrupted because it was due back at the library and I had to wait for another person to finish reading it before getting it back.
  • Based on a true story by Delphine de Vigan. My latest book crush, I have to recommend it to anyone I meet. So meta, so clever, so… good. I actually slow down so that I don’t finish too soon.
  • To the Edge of the Sky, by Gao Anhua: a Netgalley ARC because I wanted to read some Chinese book, but it’s such a tear-jerker…
  • Tale of a Boon’s Wife, by Fartumo Kusow: another Netgalley ARC by a Somali writer (who lives in Britain), just because I’ve never read anything about Somalia. It did sound intriguing and it’s starting well (for me), but dark things are surely coming for the main character and I am bracing for impact.

Well, that’s more than enough, right?

By the way, do you know the Pomodoro method? I’m trying it to be more focused in my writing and to finish posts quicker (instead of letting them gather dust for weeks on end, half-finished but for a conclusion and the editing / formatting). So far it’s working great, and I don’t think you’ll complain if it makes me post here more often, won’t you? Let me know if you have tried it and what you think about it!

 

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2 thoughts on “Hello March!

  1. I’ve never tried or heard of the Pomodoro method! It seems like a great idea, though — I’ve tried the thing of promising I’ll do five minutes on a given task, and then once I do it for the five minutes, I’m in the groove and it seems more doable.

  2. I have tried Pomodoro but once I sink into a task I tend to stay under for more than 25 minutes so it wasn’t quite for me. Lately I’ve been using a timer that counts up, with the goal of doing x amount of studying before I can read/goof off/what have you. It helps keep my breaks short, especially when I’m in the middle of a great book! 😉

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