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message 1: by Ariane (last edited Sep 09, 2015 07:05AM) (new)

Ariane | 16 comments So, I was a bit shy about publishing my challenge but here I am!
My goals were to read books I already own and books from my public Library. I am not reading them in this order but eventually I will read them all, so I guess it's even.
Also, I adapted some of the topics to match books to be read.

1. a book with more than 500 pages: Dentelle et nécromancie ****

2. a romance:Persuasion ****
My favorite Jane Austen book so far

3. a book that became a movie: The Hunger Games ****
First time I read a book after I have seen the movie... well, not bad at all.

4. a book published this year: Que ta volonté soit faite *****
This was awesome. I love his books, this one is very different from the previous ones, more dark, but I loved it so much

5. a book with a number in the title: Cinquante nuances plus claires
Aweful. I definitely should have stocked to the first one.

6. a book written by someone under 30: Opération Cendrillon **
A good distraction, not a great one

7. a book with nonhuman characters: La ferme des animaux ****

8. a funny book: Joséphine ****

9. a book by a female author: Les anges mordent aussi ***
It's not that good, but I want to know what happens to the main character.

10. a mystery or thriller: Tokyo *****
Disturbing, dark, awkward, obsessive... this book is so difficult to categorize but at the same time it is almost impossible to put it down and even when it is finished, this story doesn't leave you. Brilliant.

11. a book with a one-word title: Venin ****
Great story, well written. I definitely will read more books from her

12. a book of short stories: Les Sœurs Rondoli et autres nouvelles ****

13. a book set in a different country: Les brumes d'Avallach ***
It's a twilightish story with another myth which could be great, but the writing wasn't that good.

14. a nonfiction book: adolescence perdue dans la nuit des camps ****
A beautiful and strong story by a Jewish boy who was kept in camps during WWII. A shattering testimony.

15. a popular author's first book: Enquête dans le brouillard ****
Great investigation story, well written.

16. a book from your favorite author that you haven't read yet: La conjuration primitive *****

17. a book a friend recommended: Inferno ***
I love Dan Brown, but this one was too long, too many descriptions and explanations. But a great story.

18. a Pulitzer-prize winning book: Ne tirez pas sur l'oiseau moqueur

19. a book based on a true story: L'a-t-elle empoisonné ? ****

20. a book at the bottom of your to read list: L'ange de Whitechapel *****
A great and rich story, such a beautiful writing...

21. a book your mom loves: Cinquante nuances plus sombres
No, no stars for this one either.

22. a book that scares you: Ça ****
Stephen King at his best, maybe a bit long.

23. a book more than 100 years old: Eugénie Grandet

24. a book based entirely on its cover: Ruby Red ***

25. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't: Kamo: l'idée du siècle ***
I read all the books I had to in school, so I asked my niece what she had to read for school.
Not the best Pennac I read...

26. a memoir: La brève histoire de ma vie ****
Brilliant, even if reading a genius' book is not that easy.

27. a book you can finish in a day: Call me Bitch - volume 1 ***
Good, not great

28. a book with antonyms in the title: Pour le meilleur, pour le pire.. et pour l'éternité **
I had great expectations about this one, maybe (probably) because of the good memories I have about Little Women, but it was a deception... the story became quickly annoying

29. a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit: Les anges sont de mauvais poil ****
Good story

30. a book that came out the year you were born (1977): Retour en terre **

31. a book with bad reviews: Dangereuse tentation ***
I loved it, but I probably won't finish the serie.

32. a trilogy (the first): Entropia ****
I definitely love his books.

33. a trilogy (the second): Autre-monde - tome 5:Oz (LITT.GENERALE)

34. a trilogy (the third): Neverland

35. a book from your childhood: Le Petit Prince *****
I can read it a thousand times, it is still such a beautiful story

36. a book with a love triangle: Le tumulte des vagues ****
Actually, I love romance books although I thought I wouldn't. Who knew?

37. a book set in the future: Solaris***
The long monologues nearly killed me... this is one of the less visual novels I have ever read... I am curious to see the movie they made from it.

38. a book set in high school: Native - Le Berceau Des Elus, Tome 1 ***
The idea is great, but the writing is not.

39. a book with a color in the title: Sapphire Blue ****

40. a book that made/makes you cry: La mère


41. a book with magic: Native - Le couronnement de la reine, Tome 2 ***
Still not well written, even worse than the first one.

42. a graphic novel:La Quête de l'oiseau du temps: Intégrale Cycle Principal ****

43. a book by an author you've never read before: La Nuit tombée ****
This is a small book with a great story of homesickness an friendship.

44. a book you own but have never read

45. a book that takes place in your hometown: Tu ne jugeras point ****
I live in a small village so this story takes place in my region. And it was a great one.

46. a book that is written in another language: The Glass Kitchen: A Novel of Sisters ****
The first book I read in English and it was a great one.

47. a book set during Christmas (or similar holiday): Joyeux Noël, Merry Christmas ***

48. a book written by an author with your same initials: La Nostalgie heureuse ****

49. a play: Le roi Lear ****

50. a banned book: Justine *

51. a book based on OR turned into a tv show: Le Directeur de nuit *****
This is my first Le Carre novel and it won't be the last! This is such a great story, well written, I had such a great time reading it.

52. a book you started but never finished


message 2: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
Don't be shy :)
I've to try other books from Louisa May Alcott, I only read Little Women (I appreciated it at the time, I'll try to re-read it this year to see how it goes now).
I'll read Ruby Red for "written in another language". The ebook sample was interesting so I hope I'll enjoy the full book. I'm looking forward to your opinion on it!


message 3: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments Zaz wrote: "Don't be shy :)
I've to try other books from Louisa May Alcott, I only read Little Women (I appreciated it at the time, I'll try to re-read it this year to see how it goes now)."


I loved Little Women and I thought I could re-read it too.
I found it in the catalog of my Library, so I will see.


message 4: by Grace Meredith (new)

Grace Meredith (koreantrash) Louisa May Alcott is one of my favorite authors ever, and her books are really easy to read, so don't be afraid to try!


message 5: by Ella (new)

Ella | 234 comments I'm going to read The Little Prince too. Love your name by the way, we named my daughter Ariana because of Audrey Hepburn's name Ariane in Love in the Afternoon.


message 6: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments Can I say that I have just seen I've read 31 of my 52 books so far, I never thougt I could do so much!
This challenge is quite encouraging.


message 7: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
You're doing great :)
I think I need to try the Autre Monde series, just because of the titles of books 5 and 6 (I'm a fan of Peter Pan and Oz) and it's a dystopia! I'm downloading the sample for the 1st book, so I'll see if I like the writing or not. I never heard about them, I'm pretty happy when I see new ideas about french authors, even if I won't like all of them :)


message 8: by Marina H (new)

Marina H | 272 comments Ariane wrote: "Can I say that I have just seen I've read 31 of my 52 books so far, I never thougt I could do so much!
This challenge is quite encouraging."


You're way ahead of the challenge then :) I also find the challenge encouraging. I definitely makes me want to read more.


message 9: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments Zaz wrote: "You're doing great :)
I think I need to try the Autre Monde series, just because of the titles of books 5 and 6 (I'm a fan of Peter Pan and Oz) and it's a dystopia! I'm downloading the sample for t..."


I hope you'll like it as much as I do (I still have to read 5 and 6).


message 10: by Ariane (last edited May 29, 2015 02:49AM) (new)

Ariane | 16 comments Marina wrote:

You're way ahead of the challenge then :..."


And seeing the other reading lists allows you to make beautiful discoveries...


message 11: by Ariane (last edited Jun 03, 2015 01:58AM) (new)

Ariane | 16 comments May wrap-up:
Solaris
Le Directeur de nuit
Retour en terre
Tokyo
Le Petit Prince
Pour le meilleur, pour le pire.. et pour l'éternité
The Hunger Games

I also allowed myself some readings that were'nt challenge related, so I read:
Catching Fire
Les anges sont de mauvais poil

I read a lot of books that I would'nt have read if it was'nt for this challenge and I had some good surprises (Hunger Games and The Night Manager) and some not so good (Returning to Earth and A Long Fatal Love Chase)


message 12: by Tanya (new)

Tanya (tiggerrd) | 73 comments You are doing great in this challenge! I am sure you will finish way ahead of me.


message 13: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments June wrap-up:
Inferno
L'a-t-elle empoisonné ?
L'ange de Whitechapel

Outside the challenge:
Divergente
Sans âme
En ce lieu enchanté

This was a good month for me, many great books to discover!


message 14: by Ariane (new)

Ariane | 16 comments July wrap-up:

For the challenge:
Dentelle et nécromancie
Kamo: l'idée du siècle
La nostalgie heureuse
Ruby Red
Sapphire Blue
King Lear

Outside the challenge:
Dix petits nègres
Chocolat
Mockingjay
Le Joueur
Le Colonel Chabert
Un deuil dangereux

This was a good reading month, great books read, some a bit less but ok for the most part


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