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16 January 2011 @ 12:46 am
I took some pictures of the book by Jonathan Safran Foer I talked about in my last entry. It's entitled Tree of Codes.

Taking those pictures was the only fun thing I did today as I've been trying to study hard for my upcoming exams. Have a great Sunday !

Ps : A huge thank you to the Lovely gauloise  for the LJ gift (a paid account) !
08 January 2011 @ 10:05 pm

Today was a nice relaxing day spent under the grey Parisian sky. I met up with Julien for lunch and then we went film (found some cheap film for Julien who started using it right away) and book shopping. Have you heard about Jonathan Safran Foer's new book Tree of Code ? Because I hadn't until Julien told me about it. I found it at Shakespeare and Co today and couldn't resist. I will probably take some pictures. It looks like a fascinating object. Later on we met up with two of my friends from the University. We went to Le Bon Marché and sat up in a bar to finish the day.

I might watch an episode of Fringe (I got the first season for Christmas and I love it) before reading some of my notes in bed. I hope you're having a great weekend too !
08 January 2011 @ 12:11 am
I know it's a bit late but I really wanted to write about the books I read in 2010 and loved the most. I really love reading other people's lists ! I picked 9 books out of my total of 63 books read.

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys :
I found really fascinating the way the Carribean was described. I can still feel the sweating and the hotness. Jean Rhys is really talented.

The View from Castle Rock
by Alice Munro : 
My friend Emily is a fan and after a long time I finally had the opportunity to read one of her books. This collection of short stories is part fiction, part autobiographical. Deciding to tell that kind of story in a short-stories form was brilliant. You get various glimpses at her life and her ancestors' life through anecdotes. Some passages still haunt me today (in a good way I mean !).

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller :
My new favourite playwright with Tennessee williams (that's a lot to say !). The words are beautiful. I have a secret obsessions for puritanism. Also, I'd read anything taking place or concerning New England.

The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner :
I can't say I got it all after the first time but I will read it again. I'm grateful to Wikipedia for brightening everything up as soon as I was finished ! In short, this is a masterpiece.

Finding Time Again
by Marcel Proust :
I really do miss him. When I finished it, I had a dark sensation whenever I was thinking of the future book-wise !

One Day
by David Nicholls :
I didn't expect it to make the Top but I really cannot help mentioning it. Great story. Great characters. I have a wave of emotions every time it comes to mind. I'm making this spoiler-free so I'm not saying more ! I recently found out that David Nicholls was visiting WHSmith in Paris for a book signing ! I must go. It's too bad it's during my exams. I think I'm still going to go !

Great House
by Nicole Krauss :
It has its weaknesses but some of the characters are really memorable to me. Her use of language is simply brilliant. I could never dislike anything she writes !

The Go-Between
by L-P Hartley :
I think it's probably my favourite book in this list. I can't believe it had been in my pile of books to read for months before I finally picked it up ! It looks a lot like Waugh and E.M. Foster only now that I think of it, it might have a bit of Jane Austen as well for the romance. What else could one ask ?

A Gate at the Stairs
by Lorrie Moore :
Such a great book ! I suggested this book to my Mom and she didn't like it (and she usually loves the book I recommend !) so I don't know if it spoke to me personally in a very magical way. I thought it was so well written. It is so deeply sad and melancholy.

I'm currently reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl for the second time. I love that book so dearly ! Are you reading anything good ?

Have a great weekend ! I'm meeting up with friends on Saturday and studying on Sunday.
current music: sigh no more by mumford and sons
01 January 2011 @ 07:10 pm
Hello ! Happy new year ! It's been months since I last wrote here but I'm still visiting my friends' journals every week and I really want to try to write here regularly because I miss this. It's been at the back of my mind for quite some time now so I decided the first day of the year would be the best moment to write an entry ! I'm not even sure anyone will read this to be honest but I'll still try.

Maybe I could fill this cool New Year Meme I've seen around to catch up a little bit ? 

Where did you ring in the New Year ?
Quietly at home with Don Draper (with a Mad Men marathon that it !)

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions ?
I didn't make any real resolution I think. Still, at this time of year, one year ago I had been a vegetarian for almost two weeks and it was still very new so I suppose my secret wish was that it would be all right. Also, I wanted to finally visit the United-States and I didn't. I remember wanting to read Anna Karenina and Ulysses but I did not either. But there is still 2011 for all this so it's ok !

What was your favourite moment of the year ?
Visiting Amsterdam and passing my first Law year were significant but I also met a few very, very cool people at the University in October when I started my second year (much better than the 1st year bt the way !) and of course I met Julien for real ! The Bobby Long and Marcus Foster concerts were fantastic, a bit surreal too. I got my picture taken with Marcus and it's been my Facebook profile picture for quite some months now ! Finally, christmas was a very nice moment too. Read more...Collapse )

banana, almond and chocolate cake from the Café Suédois in Paris
27 August 2010 @ 11:31 pm

I was really excited about this book. I always love it when the release of a book turns into a worldwide event. Of course The Hunger Games is not as big as Harry Potter or Twilight yet but I know a lot of people were expecting this.
Long story short, I woke up at 7am on the 24th (date for the American release of the book), jumped on the train and went to the bookstore only to learn that they had the book but would only sell it on the following day which was the British national date for the release of the book ! I felt so ridiculous that I could have cried. I had checked with two different sellers beforehand to be sure and to avoid such a mistake but apparently things were not clear. Anyway ! I went back on the following day and got my book. I started it at 2pm and finished it at 1.30 am.  Read more (SPOILERS!)Collapse )

Other than Mokingjay, I've been reading The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton and I'm currently reading Runaway by Alice Munro. I've been listening to Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan (a lot) and I've been watching Psycho (a.k.a Psycho The Masterpiece) and Little Women (1949) with my mother.

Ah !! The Joy of procrastination !
21 August 2010 @ 10:09 pm


Marcel Proust's childhood house in Illiers-Combray

Today was filled with Proust, The Beach Boys and pies. I hope your day was really nice too !
21 August 2010 @ 12:38 am
I know I've been away for a while (almost two months) and even though I still read my friends page very frequently I really miss writing here. For example, everytime I finish a good book I think "I'd like to share this with people who haven't read it yet". I realised that most books I read are books that were recommended by friends or fellow bloggers. This brings me to the last two books I read and which I would like to recommend.

sullypants  is a huge fan of Alice Munro and had often told me how good her books were so I finally decided to follow her advice by reading The View from Castle Rock and as usually she didn't fail me. The book combines biographical elements and fiction. In fact it reads like short stories. Alice Munro goes back very far in the history of her family before they even settled in Canada. The book starts in Scotland, in the 18th century and finishes in contemporary Canada. She picked a few moments from her past and decided to turn them into short stories. What really impressed me was the writing ! This is what makes this book so interesting and captivating. I could felt  why people say she's an amazing short-story writer. I've already bought Runaway.

I noticed Someday this Pain will be useful to you by Peter Cameron a few weeks ago at the bookstore. I thought the title was quite appealing. I finally bought it and really liked it. I have my doubts about the ending but it didn't spoil the entire book. It deals with a life crisis which can sometimes be boring if not original but I thought the author was always so right.

Covers (I wish I had that edition of The View From Castle Rock because I find it so pretty !) :

 In a few words :
- My friend recently converted me to the Beach Boys and I've been listening to Pet Sound in repeat ever since 
- I've been reading a lot about Donna Tartt since I found this amazing website : I came across this by chance while searching for a specific quote from The Secret History for my sister's birthday (she loves anything related to ancien greek). I didn't find the quote I was looking for, though !
- Tomorrow we're driving to Illiers-Combray which is the small town where Marcel Proust spent his childhood : I'm excited !
22 June 2010 @ 04:07 pm
I wrote a few words about the last episode of True Blood which I loved !
Season 2 Episode 2 : Beautifully BrokenCollapse )