2014: July wrap-up

July was a great reading month, not a record as number of pages, but I did devour quite a few books, and some great ones!

Here is what I read in July:

11 books, my highest monthly average, as for number of books, but anot as number of pages actually.
= 10 books
with 1,976 pages, that is:  63.7 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook16:02 hours, that is an average of  31 mn/day

 4 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Summer House With Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch
  2. Oscar et la dame rose, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – upcoming review
  3. La femme sans peur, by Jean-Philippe Touzeau – ebook, upcoming review
  4. My Antonia, by Willa Cather – upcoming review

3 children books:

  1. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, by Carmen Agra Deedy – upcoming review
  2. Lilu and Dudu: Adventures in Bora Bora, by Fabienne Bratschi – book I translated from English to French
  3. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear – upcoming review

2 mysteries:

  1. Death in Pont-Aven, by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  2. Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier – review scheduled for August 7

1 historical fiction:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr – audio, upcoming review

1 nonfiction:

  1. The French House, by Don Wallace – read for France Book Tours

My favorites this month:

All The Light We Cannot See My Antonia


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 7/12
Books on France: 35/24
Ebook challenge: 14/25
Historical fiction: 18/25
Japanese literature: 1/6
New authors challenge: 43/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 13/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014
Australian Literature Month: 0/1

Total of books read in 2014 = 56/105

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 68, yes, you are allowed to laugh, this is totally ridiculous and insane.


Blog recap

  1. 5 of the 11 books read this month were received for review

  2. Already 58 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours, be sure to check the August Giveaway! a great historical fiction focused around wine in the Bordeaux region! Who could resist that?

  4. I took part in Paris in July, even though as you know I post about French things every week, sometimes several times a week, all year long. I did a special post on how we celebrated Bastille Day in Chicago!
  5. And I did reach my I Love France 100th post!
  6. I did some more vlogs. Be sure to follow my YouTube channel not to miss any new episode. I usually do a vlog to present the books I received during the past week (Mailbox Monday)
  7. And I did try to catch up with a few reviews…



Most popular book review last month

Summer House With Swimming Poolclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Bastille Day 2014 in Chicago

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Thyme For Tea

please go visit

Blog milestones

912 posts
over 1,790 subscribers
over 64,700 hits


Blog plans for August

My last Bout of Books was really fun, so I’m doing it again from August 18-24.
Though I should probably do a review-athon instead of a read-athon!
My goal is to try to take time to review a book as soon as I have finished reading it, instead of compulsively jumping into reading another book right away! Does this ring a bell??
till trying to find  a balance between reading, reviewing, and reading other book blogs! If anyone has a soluton ,let me know. Thank God I don’t have TV!



How was YOUR month of  July?

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August Book of the month giveaway


Wonderful historical fiction to win in August at France Book Tours. Come this way!

Originally posted on France Book Tours:

This month,
we have a great historical fiction for grab!

Click on the book cover
to know more about it

Wharf of Chartrons cover

Just fill in the form below to enter the giveaway.

But if you can’t wait to read it,
you can always buy it,

I will ask Random.org to draw 2 winners on September 1st

Good luck!

for each book you review or interview you post
for France Book Tours,
you automatically receive 3 entries into the monthly giveaway
to win the featured book of the month
OR a $15 gift card of your choice!


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WWW Wednesdays (July 30)

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Please click on the book covers to access the Goodreads synopsis, my review, or virtual book tours.

What are you currently reading?

France on the Brink

An excellent presentation of the economic and political situation of France right now:
why does France looks so attractive to tourists,
while the French are so pessimistic and so critical of their government
and all that’s going on in France?
That’s what the author is trying to explain.
I will review this book for France Book Tours on Aug 6


What did you recently finish reading?

The Cheshire Cheese CatI rarely read children books,
but I won this one during Armchair BEA,
and just received it!
It’s really a cute smart story about a cat
and his friends and enemies
in a very popular British inn,
where a certain Mr Dickens comes often
to try to write and find inspiration
for the 2 first lines of his novel…
Very well done!


What do you think you’ll read next?

Madame Picasso
I will probably start reading Madame Picasso,
a historical novel on
Eva Gouel,
the woman who stole Picasso‘s heart!’
My review is scheduled for Aug 28
for a book tour
on Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tour


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