• Books,  Languages

    Reading books in a foreign language

    When you are learning a new language, the moment when you start actually reading books in this language is both exciting and a little scary. It is important to prepare yourself well and choose carefully which book you want to read The benefits of reading books in a foreign language When you are learning a new language, reading a book is one of the best way to both increase your vocabulary and give you a better feeling of how the language works grammatically. If you are fond of a foreign writer, reading his or her books in their native language is a great way to understand the author’s work better:…

  • Books,  Uncategorized

    Disney Book Tag!

    I have been looking lately for a light, book related idea for a blog post. When I found the Disney Book Tag on the blog Reading Reading Reading, I thought this was exactly what I was looking for. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. #1. The Little Mermaid – A character that is out of their element, a “Fish out of Water”. I would say Mowgli in The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling). There is a moment in the book when Bagheera explains to him that she grew up by human people before she escaped and came to the jungle. Then she was the…

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    Favorite female characters in children books series

    Although I am an adult,I still love reading children and young adult fiction. I like the engaging plots and the likable characters. Especially female characters are often well written and inspiring. It makes me happy to see such strong female characters because they are good role models for little girls today. Here are some of my favorite female characters in children and young adult books series. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) Hermione is smart, courageous and a great friend. I like the fact that she has such an important role in the Harry Potter series. And I like the fact that she is a bookworm. Bookworms are great. Hermione’s evolution in…

  • Books,  STEM

    Data science reading list

    As I have completed some courses about data science in the last year, I would like to read some books on the subject. I checked on websites such as LinkedIn, Medium or towardsdatascience and I did a list of books I am interested in. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Data science reading list Python for Data Analysis (Wes McKinney): as I took a course about data analysis with python, this would be a good way to extend my knowledge on the topic. Ethics of Big Data (Kord Davis and Doug Patterson): this is a topic that is becoming more important everyday. Too…

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    The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

    I do not really celebrate Halloween. I grew up in France, where it is not a major event and I now live in Germany where it is not very important either. However, when I read about the Halloween Creatures Book Tag, I thought it could be a lot of fun.  This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Rules: Answer all prompts.Answer honestly.Tag 1-13 people.Link back to this post. ( For me it was the blog Lioness at Large)Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)<Have fun! WitchA Magical Character or Book. Circe by Madeline Miller. This is an excellent novel based on…

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    Classic books that French students read in high school (part two)

    As already evoked in an earlier post, I grew up in France and read therefore many French books at school. In an earlier post, I presented books that are particularly often studied in school and that were written by 17th and 18th century authors. For this post, I am going to evoke 19th century authors. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Classic Books that French students read in high school (part one): 19th century authors Father Goriot (Balzac) it is difficult to pick a book by Balzac because his collection of novels, The Human Comedy, is composed of more than 90 interlinked novels.…

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    Classic books that French students read in high school (part one)

    I grew up and went to school in France. Therefore, I read many classic French authors at school. Some of them are definitely hard to miss if you are attending a French high school. I set up a list of classic books that most French students read in high school. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Classic Books that French students read in high school (part one): 17th and 18th century authors The Princess of Cleves (Madame de La Fayette) The Princess of Cleves is often seen as one of the very first psychological novels. This is the story of a young and…

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    Three books to read if you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    My daughter is currently reading all the books of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. She has not yet decided what to read after. I have been thinking about it too and found 3 books that should appeal to a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Three books to read if you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid Nicholas (by Sempé and Goscinny) : The books are told from the point of view of Nicholas, a little boy living in France in the 50s. Nicholas does, like Greg, tend to put himself in difficult situations. The…

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    Book review: The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (H.G. Parry)

    Today, I finished The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry. This is a long book but I still wished it was a bit longer because I liked the characters so much and I did want to keep reading about them. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What is the book about? The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a fantasy book. The main character of the book, Charles Sutherland, is a literature professor with a very special gift. He can bring books characters to life. Charley grew up in New Zealand with his parents and his brother Rob and he showed…

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    Book review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)

    I have not read all the books of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, only a few ones. My daughter was the one who discovered the series. During the lockdown, she began reading a lot. First, she read many books of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men and Little Miss series. Then, she discovered the first book of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and she loved it. After that, she wanted to read all the books of the series. She is currently reading the book 9. Diary of a wimpy kid is written under the form of a diary. This is the life of Greg, a young teenager with a…