I wanted to share with you two things instead of a book review:
I was asked what kind of books a young girl of 12-13y old would like. I recommend The Selection from Kiera Cass. This is a trilogy that is easy to read, with a compelling story in the "Cinderella" style. Following a war and some natural catastrophe the United States have been split. A country emerges in the ruins, Illea. This country is governed by a king, who has a son Maxon. And in Illea, when the prince turns eighteen, he needs to choose a bride among the population. Thirty four girls are selected, America included, and are sent to the Palace. The atmosphere is tense as girls do not hesitate to use low blows to eliminate rivals, Illea politics tie the hands of the Prince and America is torn between her childhood friend, Aspen, and her attraction for Maxon. Only one girl will be Queen...
- If you wonder what you should read, you the parents, have a look at the different French literary prizes that were awarded recently. LeMonde put together some excellent videos on the topic. Le Royaume from Emmanuel Carrere looks fantastic and does not appear in the Wikipedia list below though it received Le prix du Monde.
- Prix du Livre Inter : Faillir être flingué de Céline Minard
- Prix du roman Fnac : Le Complexe d'Eden Bellwether de Benjamin Wood
- Prix Femina : Bain de lune de Yanick Lahens
- Prix Goncourt : Pas pleurer de Lydie Salvayre
- Prix Médicis : Terminus radieux d'Antoine Volodine
- Prix Merlin
- Prix Merlin de la nouvelle : Le Monstre de Shaerten d'Olivier Peru
- Prix Merlin du roman : Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk : A l'Aventure, Compagnons de John Lang
- Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française : Constellation d'Adrien Bosc
- Prix des libraires : Kinderzimmer de Valentine Goby
- Prix France Culture-Télérama : nouveau nom du Prix : Le Roman des étudiants France Culture-Télérama : Réparer les vivants de Maylis de Kerangal
- Grand prix Palatine du roman historique : Bison de Patrick Grainville
- Prix Boccace : Jean-Pierre Cannet pour Le Grand Labeur (éditions Rhubarbe)
- Grand Prix de Poésie de la SGDL : Robert Nedelec, Quatre-vingt entames en nu
- Prix René-Fallet : La Silencieuse d'Ariane Schréder
I hope I will have more time tomorrow to read. It should be the case as I am going to New York to meet a publisher; the two hours of travel by bus are always a great opportunity to progress on a book. I have met a lot of authors and publishers recently to learn more about the publishing market and the writing process and it has been very instructive so far, tomorrow should not be different.
Have a good night or a good morning for the rest of the world!