Challenge 1#2 : My tailor is rich

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Hello! Après une première année du challenge My tailor is rich, qui consiste à lire un livre en anglais par mois, je renouvelle cette expérience pour l’année à venir !

L’année dernière a vu trois coups de cœur en VO : The Genius, un thriller psychologique, The Light between Oceans, un très beau texte sur la maternité et le mensonge, et Wild Strawberries, une comédie british délicieusement rétro.

Je repars donc avec douze nouveaux titres, en espérant d’aussi jolies découvertes que durant la première session !

Octobre 2015

Pour le dernier mois de cette deuxième année du Challenge My tailor is rich, j’ai choisi un nouveau titre d’Angela Thirkell (j’avais adoré son Wild Strawberries, à paraître aux éditions Charleston en 2016), High Rising, paru chez Virago en 2012.

High RisingSuccessful novelist Laura Morland and her boisterous son Tony set off to spend Christmas at her country home in the sleepy surrounds of High Rising. But Laura’s wealthy friend and neighbour George Know has taken on a scheming secretary whose designs on marriage to her employer threaten the delicate social fabric of the village. Can clever, practical Laura rescue George from Miss Grey’s clutches and, what’s more, help his daughter Miss Sibyl Knox to secure her longed-for-engagement?

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Septembre 2015

Pour ce mois-ci, je choisis un titre de Marian Keyes, The Mystery of Mercy Close, publié chez Viking en 2013.

The Mystery of Mercy CloseAs the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

Retrouvez la critique de ce titre ici.


Août 2015

Pour une fois, ce n’est pas un roman mais une autobiographie, celle de la géniale Amy Poehler, Yes Please, paru chez Picador en 2014.

Yes pleaseIn a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy Poehler. Unfortunately, she’s busy beind a Golden-Globe-winning actress, a producer, a director, frequent acting double for Meryl Streep and mother to two young sons, so isn’t available for movie nights.

Muckily, we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book, offering her thoughts on everything from her childhood to Hollywood, and from the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror to her joy at being told she has ‘a face for wigs’. A delight on every page, Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.

Retrouvez la critique de ce titre ici.


Juillet 2015

Nouveau titre, nouvel auteur : Sarah Harrison avec The Flowers of the Field, paru chez Orion en 2013.

The Flowers of the FieldThea Tennant, eldest daughter of a wealthy industrialist father and beautiful aristocratic mother, yearns to do more than follow the traditional path laid out for her. When her beautiful but flighty sister Dulcie brings trouble to the family, both Thea and Dulcie are sent to relatives in Austria. But with the onset of War, their lives change beyond recognition.
It isn’t just the Tennants whose lives have changed: for their parlourmaid, Primmy, the War brings opportunities she is determined to take.
From the Kent countryside to the suffragette movement in London and the horrors of the Western Front, The Flowers of the field is an epic novel of the dreams and aspirations of a generation who found a voice above history’s most horrifying conflict.

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Juin 2015

Après avoir adoré Les Sept Sœurs, j’ai décidé de me replonger juste avant mes vacances dans un nouveau titre de Lucinda Riley, The Girl on the Cliff, paru en 2011 chez Penguin.

The Girl on the CliffTroubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. And it is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora, who will profoundly change her life.
Mysteriously drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that her histories of ther families are strangely and deeply entwined…
From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New Yorl, from devotion to a foundling child to forgotten memories of a lost brother, the Ryans and the Lisles, pas and present, have been entangled for a century. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and remarkable spirit help break the spell and unlock the chains of the past.
Haunting, uplifting and deeply moving, Aurora’s story tells of the triumph of hope over loss.

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Mai 2015

Pour faire suite à l’excellent Italienne d’Adriana Trigiani, je me plonge dans Lucia, Lucia, paru en 2003 chez Ballantine Books.

Lucia, LuciaIt is 1950 in glittering, vibrant New York City. Lucia Sartori is a beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a prosperous Italian grocer in Greenwich Village. The postwar boom is rife with opportunities for talented girls with ambition, and Lucia becomes an apprentice to an up-and-coming designer at chic B. Altman department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, the steadfast Dante DeMartino, Lucia is torn when she meets a handsome stranger who promises a life of uptown luxury that career girls like her only read about in the society pages. Forces to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal in which secrets are revealed, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris’ honor is tested.

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Avril 2015

Un joli titre ce mois-ci, a priori pour les amateurs de Downton Abbey, Habits of the House, The Love and Inheritance Trilogy tome 1, de Fay Weldon, paru chez Head of Zeus en 2012.

Habits of the House« She had vowed never to trus a man again, let alone love one. But now, on the banks of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park – how she loved London! – Arhut had wound a twig around her wedding finger and said, ‘There, we are officially engaged.’ Then, they had pecked each other on the cheek.
‘Are you serious?’ she had asked.
‘I am completely serious,’ he said. It is time I got married. One has to look after the succession, you know. You will not interfere with my steam cars: I will not interfere with your little artistic sketches. Once we have achieved two sons, one for the title and one spare in case of illness and accident, we will both be free to go our own ways.’
‘I must have time to think about this,’ she said.
‘You disappoint me. You seemed a woman of quick decision.’
‘Oh very well’, she said. ‘Let’s do it. One could go further and fare worse.’

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Mars 2015

Titre paru en français en 2012 sous le titre Prisonnière de ton cœur, une romance écossaise de Mary Wine, To Conquer a Highlander (Sourcebooks, 2010).

To conquer a HighlanderA fierce highland laird ready to kill for king and country…
When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor’s plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father’s plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can’t ignore, and not just because she’s his ennemy’s daughter…
A woman who’s as much trouble as she is temptation…
Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she had lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understant her…
Even if her father will kill him – and her – when he discovers what they’ve done…

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Février 2015

Titre acheté lors du dernier passage à Londres : Northanger Abbey de Val McDermid, paru chez Harper Collins en 2014.

Northanger AbbeyCat Morland is waiting for something to happen in her life. And nothing never happens in the Piddle Valley, Dorset. So when her wealthy neighbours whisk her up to the Edinburgh Festival, Cat finally finds herself at the heart of the action. Whilst practising for the Highland Ball, Cat falls into the arms of young lawyer Henry Tilney and before she knows it she is on her way to stay at his family’s Gothic castler. Even the name Northanger Abbey sends shivers up her spine.

Turrets and creaking doors there may be, but in the depths of the Scottish Borders Cat is isolated from the oustide world, with no phone signal, no internet and with a family who are not quite as they seem. Is real life about to become more terrifying than the world of her imagination?

Retrouvez la critique de ce livre ici.


Janvier 2015

Un livre qui me fait de l’œil depuis que j’ai découvert cet auteur : Looking for Alaska de John Green, paru chez Harper Collins en 2006.

Looking for Alaska« If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane. »

Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young.
Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again.

Looking for Alaska is the award-winning debut that brilliantly captures the exquisite painful joy of living and loving. Poignant, funny and heartbreaking, this novel will stay with you forever.

Retrouvez la critique de ce titre ici.


Décembre 2014

Après une première déception pour le mois de novembre, j’espère que décembre me révélera une belle découverte ! J’ai choisi The Interestings de Meg Wolitzer, paru chez Vintage Books en 2013.

the-interestingsWhatever became of the most talented people you once knew?
On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting.
Decades later, aspiring actress Jules has resigned herself to a more practical occupation; Cathy has stopped dancing; Johan has laid down his guitar and goodman has disappeared. Only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams and have become shockingly successful too. As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendship are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.

Retrouvez la critique de ce titre ici.


Novembre 2014

Cette année, je commence par un titre australien, Tumbledown Manor d’Helen Brown, paru chez Arena (Allen & Unwin) en 2014.

Tumbledown manorLife’s going down the gurgler for romance writer Lisa Trumperton. The deadline for her next novel is looming, her daughter won’t eat but has a new tattoo each week, and now her Wall Street trader husband has run off with a woman at work.
Lisa makes a quick escape, home to Australia, where at least her girl-magnet son seems to be making hay. Determined to grow older disgracefully, she turns her back on a trim and tidy townhouse that is close to shops, aged-care providers and her bossy older sister, instead buying a grand old house in the country that once belonged to her great-grandfather.
But like its new owner, Trumperton Manor has seen better days. Crumbling, filthy and possibly haunted, the old house defies Lisa’s attempts to restore it. Add flood, fire and family secrets, plus a stray cat with attitude and an overly familiar handyman, and the cracks begin to show…

Retrouvez la critique de ce titre ici.

8 thoughts on “Challenge 1#2 : My tailor is rich

  1. Bon challenge ! Je participe aussi à un challenge en anglais : Read in English ! J’essaye de lire un livre sur deux en anglais 😉

    Le livre a l’air pas mal…la couverture est superbe !

  2. Bon challenge ! Ta lecture de février me tente beaucoup ! Pour le coup, j’ai presque acheté lol la version française mais la couverture vo est plus jolie.

  3. What a fun idea! I wish I read French well enough to do this in reverse (I can read things like blogs, but not books)!

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