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    The month of reading aloud (a lot) to the children

    As April is coming, I decided to start a new monthly project: the month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. Lately, I have not consequently read to the children. When I come back from work in the evening, I do not have so much energy to do something meaningful with the children, This has to change and I hope this monthly project will motivate me to read more to the children. Advantages of the project: Enables to spend quality time with the children Improve the language skills of the children Improve reading skills for the first grader Inspiration as I would like to write a children book one day…

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    Book review: The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

    I read lately The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Australian author Graeme Simsion. Both books enable you to follow the life of Australian genetician Don Tillman. The books are both funny and very sweet. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. The Rosie Project In the first book, The Rosie Project, Don is single. He has had bad experiences by dates with women, mostly because he has asperger and his social skills are not very good. Don is very intelligent and a successful genetician but he has problems interacting with other people. His two (and only) friends, Gene and Claudia, are supporting…

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    Great books that will help you to live healthier

    Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Therefore, I though that the month of living healthier had to include a list of books that will help you to live healthier. The books in the list will cover several aspects of a healthy lifestyle. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Books that will help you to live healthier Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ (Giulia Enders) I read this book in German when it became a best-seller in Germany. I can perfectly understand why the book was so successful. The author, the young German doctor Giulia Enders is fascinated…

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    Book review: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

    Fantasy is one of my favorite genre. I discovered Tolkien when I was 11 and I was enthusiastic. When I was 15, I discovered the Harry Potter series and I read the books again and again. I even began to read the books in English because I could not wait for them to be translated. Still today, I love reading Fantasy. Reading a good Fantasy book in the train before going to work is a great way to start the day. Currently, one of my favorite Fantasy series is Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. My…

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    Book review: Jean-Luc Bannalec’s Brittany mystery series

    The Brittany mystery series are now one of the most popular mystery series in Germany. The author, in spite of his very French sounding pseudonym, is actually a German writer named Jörg Bong. He is however a real lover of Brittany and you can feel it in each of his books. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. Unfortunately, only the first books are translated in English. If you want to discover the books, you can read: Death in Brittany Murder on Brittany Shores The Fleur de Sel Murders The Missing Corpse The Brittany mystery series let us follow the cases of Parisian…

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    Book review: The Sacrifice (Indrajit Garai)

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. The Sacrifice is the first work of fiction of Indrajit Garai. However, he already published non-fiction books about ayurveda. I discovered this book through Estelle who is his most devoted reader. If you want to know more about the author, you can check her website. She made me curious about the book and I decided to buy and read it The Sacrifice  The book is composed of three short stories: The Move, The Listener and the Sacrifice. The Move is about Guillaume, a farmer facing financial difficulties. Guillaume lives alone with his son Hugo as the…

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    How to build your reading list

    I am now sharing my reading list on the blog. Actually, I love reading lists. Checking reading lists of other people is interesting and inspiring. You can get lots of ideas if you are looking for books to read. However, choosing which books you want to include in your list can be difficult. Are you including any book that you think could be interesting? Are you on the contrary only listing books that match some previously defined criteria? Do you have a deadline? Here are some ideas to help you build your reading list.  Which categories of books do appeal to you?  A good way to start your list is…

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    Book review: Madame Yang by Zhang Yihe

    Zhang Yihe is a Chinese writer and historian. During the cultural revolution, her father was seen by the Chinese authorities as a rightist. As a young woman, she was sentenced to 20 years for criticizing the wife of Mao Zedong in her diary. She spent 10 years in a re-education camp before she could be rehabilitated.  I wanted to insert a link to the English version of the book but then I saw that it was only translated from Chinese to French. So I will have to wait for the book to be translated in English… As Zhao Yonghai, vice secretary for the popular commune of Shibi, asks Yang Wanfang,…

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    Book review: 168 hours (Laura Vanderkam)

    This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure page for more information. This is one of my favorite books about time management. Laura Vanderkam, who also has a blog, is a mother of 4 children and has written several books about time management. Her book 168 hours is aimed to show you that you have more time than you think. The myth of the time crunch For this book, Laura Vanderkam used time diaries filled by voluntary participants but also the results of national surveys. While analyzing the data, she found out that  people are actually working much less than they think. Many people who claim to work…

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    Great books to read if you are learning German

    Do you often read books in foreign languages? I can still remember the first time I read a book in another language. The book was Mathilda by Roald Dahl. I was 15 then and I was so proud I could read an entire book in English. To be honest, though, I had already read it in French a few years ago, which made it easier to understand the story. Reading books in a foreign language is a major step in learning a language. However, it is not always easy to choose books that are adopted to your language skills. I decided to write a few post with advice for language…