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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 Semp√© 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…

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    What we are reading now – May 2020

    We are still stuck at home because of the coronavirus crisis but things are going a bit better. Germany has not been hit as hard as other countries by the virus and we are seeing some changes already in our daily life. My daughter will resume going to school next week, but only 4 hours a week. The rest of the time, we will keep doing schoolwork at home. I am working one day pro week in the office now, the rest of the week I am still in home office. The playgrounds have opened again, which makes me very very happy. I have been reading a few books but…

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    What we are reading now – April 2020

    We are still at home for a few weeks as the children won’t be able to go back to school before May. I am trying to make the best of it and make sure that my daughter is reading regularly. As for me, my reading is suffering from the fact I am not commuting any more. However, there are a few books I would like to write about. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. What we are reading now The Roger Hargreaves challenge My daughter loves challenges and loves the Mr Men and Little Miss series. Therefore, we created the Roger Hargreaves challenge.…

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    Book review: Ultralearning (Scott H Young)

    This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Ultralearning is the first book of Scott H Young but he has been writing about ultralearning for years on his blog. I love his blog and follow it pretty regularly so when he first wrote about his book project, I was very excited and when the book was finally published, I knew I had to read it. Scott H Young is famous for his MIT challenge, a project for which he followed MIT classes and took the corresponding exams during one year. The goal was to come as close as possible to a standard MIT education, but…

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    Book review: The October Man (Ben Aaronovitch)

    Ben Aaronovitch is the author of the Rivers of London series. You can see my review of the books here. I am writing a distinct review about The October Man because although the book includes references to Peter Grant and other characters of the Rivers of London books, the story takes place in Germany and the main character is Tobias Winter, who is the German Peter Grant. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. The October Man In this story, we discover the KDA, the German equivalent of the Folly. Like in the UK, this is a very small department. The Director is a…