2013 has been a bit tough on the health front for the family, but reading wise, it has been terrific.
I read 11 books, with a total of 2694 pages, that is, 86.9 pages/day. And I listened to 1 audiobook, a long one of 25:58 hours, which gives a 50 mn/day.
This is not counting the books I have translated from the English to the French: one of 71 pages and the current one has 100 pages.
French Illusions, by Linda Kovic-Skow (ebook)
6 historical fiction:
Shadows Walking, by Douglas R. Skopp
The Dervish, by Frances Kazan (ebook) – review to be posted around Feb 11
The Midwife’s Tale, by Sam Thomas – for Virtual Book Tour
The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton – brought by Santa!!
Dissolution, by C. J. Sansom
Désirée, by Annemarie Selinko (audiobook)
4 picture books:
Murder Below Montparnasse, by Cara Black (ebook) – review to be posted at the end of February
Lots of good reads, so it was really hard to pick 2 favorites:
My favorites this month:
Reading Challenges recap
Around the World in 12 books: 1/12
Books on France: 4/12
Cozy Mysteries: 0/10
Ebook challenge: 3/10
European reading challenge: 5/5
Historical fiction: 4/15
New authors challenge: 8/25
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 2/6
Where Are You Reading?: 0/50
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)
- WordPress tells me I have now 800 followers (thanks, faithful readers!), combining WordPress, Twitter and email followers, I would think. This is always confusing for me. If anyone knows what that stat really means, please drop a comment. Thanks!
- Thanks to my blog, I received 13 books for free (8 ebooks, 1 audiobook, and 4 on paper) in January
- I reviewed 1 book for Virtual Book Tours; and hosted a giveaway for it.
- I finally managed to post something on all the books I read in 2012, thanks to a few posts combining a few short reviews on the same genre. I plan to use this format occasionally; I actually have one in the works for all the picture books I read this month.
- 22 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 8 reviews have already been posted. It is not too late to join.
- Technically, I am finally getting more attentive at using Headers in my posts formatting.
- A bit on the side, a conference I gave a few years ago on Saint John Climacus at the Orthodox Theological Society Annual Meeting in Chicago was published this month on internet.
- And I heard that the article I wrote on Cistercian Liturgical Art is finally going to be soon published. It will be in a rather impressive volume on Cistercian art. Can’t wait to see it!
- 2 books I reviewed have been in the news recently: Bring Up The Bodies received ANOTHER award, the Costa Prize; and The Aleppo Codex the Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish Literature.
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Plans for February
- 2 reviews for Virtual Book Tours, with giveaways!
- And hopefully many more reviews, and really fascinating books lined up.