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text 2019-02-22 15:00
Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors: Master Update Post

[World map created with Mapchart.net]

 

The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author's nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).

 

On the map I'm only tracking new reads, not also rereads.

 

The Books:

Africa

Nigeria

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)

 

Egypt

Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Americas

USA

Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)

 

Canada

Stef Penney: The Tenderness of Wolves (new)

 

Brazil

Clarice Lispector: The Hour of the Star (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Asia

China

Xinran: The Good Women of China (new)

 

Japan

Shizuko Natsuki: Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)

 

North Korea

Hyeonseo Lee: The Girl with Seven Names (new)

 

Sri Lanka

Michael Ondaatje: Anil's Ghost (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Australia / Oceania

Australia

Joan Lindsay: Picnic at Hanging Rock (new)

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

United Kingdom

Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)

Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (new)

P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)

Agatha Christie: The Big Four (revisited on audio)

Elizabeth Ferrars: Murder Among Friends (new)

Barbara Pym: Excellent Women (new)

Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites (revisited on audio)

Georgette Heyer: Why Shoot a Butler? (new)

Nicholas Blake: A Question of Proof (new)

Joy Ellis: The Murderer's Son (new)

 

Ireland

Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)

 

Greece

Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)

Madeline Miller: Circe (new)

 

Sweden

Astrid Lindgren: Die Menschheit hat den Verstand verloren: Tagebücher 1939-1945 (A World Gone Mad: Diaries, 1939-45) (new)

 

France

Emmuska Orczy: The Elusive Pimpernel (new)

 

 

 

 

 

The "Gender Wars" Stats:

Read to date, in 2019:

Books by female authors: 20

- new: 18

- rereads: 2

 

Books by male authors: 5

- new: 4

- rereads: 1

 

Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies:

- new:

- rereads:

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review 2019-02-22 14:54
Not So Clever, After All
The Elusive Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy,Joanna Ward

Ye gods! the irony of it all! Had she not been called the cleverest woman in Europe at one time? Chauvelin himself had thus acclaimed her, in those olden days, before she and he became such mortal enemies, and when he was one of the many satellites that revolved round brilliant Marguerite St. Just. And to-night, when a sergeant of the town guards brought him news of her capture, he smiled grimly to himself; the cleverest woman in Europe had failed to perceive the trap laid temptingly open for her."

Totally with you there, M. Chauvelin, I'm afraid -- Marguerite is behaving like the worst of literary history's headless TSTL chickens here.  This is one of the books that really should have captured me, because it is from this book (not from the first one) that the creators of virtually all screen adaptations of The Scarlet Pimpernel (and its sequels) have drawn a plethora of the screen "Pimpernel's" signature attributes and plot highlights, or almost all of the things, anyway, that go beyond the central features of his dual identity and his league's activities: The "demmed elusive Pimpernel" ditty, the attempt to draw Sir Percy into a duel by creating a scandalous scene at a social gathering involving Marguerite, the explicit entrapment of Marguerite (and / or her brother) in order to entice Percy to travel to France (where a trap will be laid for him in turn -- and where he will have to save one or both of the St. Justs in addition to completing the venture that is actually taking him there), the use of a treacherous French actress, and the suggestion of a fencing duel between Sir Percy and Chauvelin in a fortress on the Channel coast, with Blakeney's yacht Daydream waiting in the waters off shore, ready to take him and Marguerite back to England at the end.

 

Unfortunately, however, this book only worked for me up to about the halfway point (or actually, only a little before that even); i.e., as long as Marguerite was displaying at least a modicum of wit.  The moment she basically allowed her brain to shut down and decided to heedlessly run after her husband, with no idea (nor really any way) how to help him on his mission to France and every probability of making his life about a million times harder, the whole thing turned into a pretty consistent groan fest.  It also didn't exactly help that there is a whole lot of telling instead of showing going on in the second part of the book, as well as scenes and dialogue that don't exactly advance the plot -- this is not an exceptionally long book, but the final (or, well, next to final) part still dragged interminably.  All of which is a shame, as the book starts with a lot of wit and panache, and Sir Percy himself is, once again, in great form.  So, three stars for the beginning, for the Pimpernel himself, and for the odd scene here and there in the second part.  Others might give even a less favorable rating, but I just can't bring myself to go any lower than this for one of my all-time literary heroes (though I do seriously hope Marguerite will recover her wits in the next book).

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text 2019-02-22 07:01
Ok, I lied - THIS is the last batch for today...

Ebooks and Audiobooks coming out on March 19th:

 

9780525530930
9780525595779
9780525636397
9780525641568
9780525642213
9780593106921
9780593147283
9780593150221
9780593150245
9780593153314
9781984829375
9781984832238
9781984833181
9781984839060
9781984839657
9781984839749
9781984839954
9781984840042
9781984841094
9781984841827
9781984842800
9781984846273
9781984846860
9781984847294
9781984884503
9781984887023
9781984889034
9780385544047
9780385544795
9780399555671
9780399582547
9780399589294
9780451481184
9780451492173
9780525505587
9780525511885
9780525511960
9780525519904
9780525521136
9780525533696
9780525535553
9780525553526
9780525553601
9780525560388
9780525572657
9780525572800
9780525573357
9780525655312
9780525655480
9780525655664
9780525656210
9780593095539
9780593098219
9780698409804
9780735219007
9780735219571
9780735223660
9780735228795
9781101904435
9781101936139
9781101969441
9781426333064
9781465486936
9781465486943
9781506709055
9781524743277
9781524791360
9781524797003
9781594749247
9781612197845
9781623173210
9781632171580
9781632171658
9781633885295
9781635652895
9781635653441
9781682558409
9781683691143
9781782274490
9781786635778
9781786782359
9781788734066
9781848993716
9781848993723
9781848993730
9781912248353
9781984800480
9781984851734
9781984897640

(spoiler show)

https://reststop.randomhouse.com/resources/titles?start=0&max=50&expandLevel=1&onsaleStart=02/18/2019&onsaleEnd=03/19/2019&format=HC%2CMM%2CTR/

 

Aaannnddd now I'm done for today.  

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text 2019-02-22 06:00
And one more batch for today...

 

 

9780525644200
9780525655305
9780525655473
9780525655657
9780735218994
9780735219564
9780735223646
9780735228771
9780823439324
9780823440207
9780823441068
9780823441488
9780823441587
9780823441679
9781101904428
9781101936115
9781426332951
9781426333040
9781426333057
9781426333729
9781465479631
9781506708041
9781506708829
9781506711980
9781506712512
9781524733575
9781524743253
9781524788223
9781524790851
9781524790875
9781524796990
9781536205237
9781536205541
9781536206104
9781536207071
9781536207088
9781580935067
9781592408672
9781594749230
9781603094429
9781612197838
9781633885288
9781635652888
9781635653434
9781683691136
9781684054527
9781786782052
9781788734035
9781949061383
9781949061598
9783791358598
9783791373782
9783791373799
9783791373836
9788401021374
9788402421999
9788416588787
9788416895847
9788417424176
9788417424251
9788417460044
9788417460358
9788420433615
9788420434704
9788448850180
9788448850654
9788448850661
9788448851408
9788466664417
9788466664455

 

(spoiler show)

 

https://reststop.randomhouse.com/resources/images/ISBN-299x450.jpg/

 REPLACE the "ISBN" in that link with the actual ISBN number of the cover you want.

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text 2019-02-22 05:27
Today's New Books

I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of this, so conversely, I'm expecting something to break anytime now.  

 

I figured out how to improve the code so it reads the format and applies it correctly to BL (I was having to do this manually before and trying to remember to change it when the import data changed.  I sucked at remembering.)

 

 

 

9780515156058
9780735215559
9780735215948
9780756411565
9780756411794
9780143132080
9780241355060
9780385542609
9780385542654
9780399181559
9780399556630
9780399559457
9780399559464
9780399581427
9780399582738
9780425284650
9780451480712
9780451490711
9780451494047
9780451497697
9780525508861
9780525511229
9780525538196
9780525538943
9780525557968
9780525560883
9780525574859
9780525576440
9780525581161
9780553539790
9780670012107
9780735221048
9780756414863
9780763642617
9780763674847
9780763675387
9780763681135
9780763681685
9780763689155
9780763690472
9780763693565
9780763696955
9780823438372
9781101887127
9781101908129
9781101965047
9781426220036
9781426332760
9781426333118
9781465480293
9781524720049
9781524720414
9781524737436
9781524743314
9781524743536
9781524760465
9781524786021
9781524786489
9781536201666
9781536201789
9781536202991
9781536205442
9781536205763
9781536205794
9781536206166
9781559394802
9781580898300
9781580898942
9781620915202
9781620916308
9781629792118
9781629798516
9781632172099
9781635652901
9781641290005
9781641290494
9781681373119
9781682558393
9781782274582
9781910620342
9781984803498
9781984823434
9781984855428
9783791384863
9780385544030
9780385544788
9780394585826
9780399539121
9780399555657
9780399555664
9780399582530
9780399589287
9780425287132
9780451481177
9780451492159
9780525427841
9780525511878
9780525511953
9780525521129
9780525533672
9780525535539
9780525560371
9780525572794
9780525573340

 

(spoiler show)

 

https://reststop.randomhouse.com/resources/images/ISBN-299x450.jpg/  OR

https://reststop.randomhouse.com/resources/images/ISBN.jpg/   (for unsized images)

 REPLACE the "ISBN" in either link with the actual ISBN number of the cover you want.

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