My Reading Year (Part 1): Four Lessons I Learnt About Reading

Last year was the first time ever my annual book count reached one hundred, and over the last two years my total book count has reached one hundred and fifty-five (thank you Goodreads for the reading challenge and tracking tool). Throughout the process, I’ve always felt that the act of reading teaches me great lessons about how and what to read, and I’ve chosen to share four of these lessons here. You might consider this article a few tips on reading that I’ve already tested extensively on myself.

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Two books on wars

I have long been a casual student of history, and one of the subjects that fascinates me the most is the history of military conflicts. A few years ago, Antony Beevor, author of a book on the battle of Stalingrad that I had read a long time ago, published a doorstopper of a book called simply “The Second World War.” As the name suggests, it is simply a narrative history of all of World War II in both time and space, an enormous task in itself. Having been a fan of his narrative style which combined broad strokes about troops movements and vivid details of the battlefield, I moved the book to my to-read list.

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[Book review] Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Author: McKenzie Funk

Year: 2014

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18079772-windfall

My rating: Five out of five stars.

Synopsis: This book is about how various people, companies and countries around the world are already feeling the impact of climate change. In this book, this impact is focused on business, or, in less lofty terms, about making money in a time of crisis. In this book you will find out how climate change is creating a whole new country, why “economic migrant” might be too restrictive a term and, finally, why the United Arab Emirates is sending sheep to Vietnam.

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Ma toute première critique de livre

Si vous le souvenez bien, cher lecteur, deux de mes résolutions pour l’année 2016 est d’une part d’écrire sur ce blog et d’autre part de partager la joie de la lecture avec le monde entier.

Vous auriez pu (et avez probablement pu) donc vous en douter que j’écrirerais des critiques de livres sur cette page. (*)

Me connaissant, vous êtes probablement au courant que j’ai déjà écrit une première longue critique d’un livre sur ma page LinkedIn. Si vous n’êtes pas au courant, eh bien la voici.

Lecteur perspicace que vous êtes, vous avez probablement remarqué que LinkedIn n’était pas vraiment le milieu pour ce genre d’article. J’entends cette critique. C’est justement pour cette raison que je voulais le ramener ici. Cependant, ce faisant, j’ai été frappé par une révélation, ou plutôt par un resurgissement d’une mémoire lointaine.

Ce n’était pas la première longue critique de livre que j’avais écrite. Non, loin de là.

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