You can almost always find a positive side to anything. What about storms and power outage? You cannot work from home, you don’t have internet, you cannot go to your work place, they don’t have power either, and it’s so crazy hot outside you can’t even garden. So what to do for 60 hours? READ!!

That’s what happened, and that’s why my reading average is really good for July.

I read 12 books, 5 being non-fiction works. Total of 2606 pages, that is 84 pages/day.

And I listened to 2 audiobooks, representing 15:29 hours, so an average of 29 mn/day! I have actually listened to much more than that, but my current audiobook is very long and I’m only half through.

A total of 14 books is my best this year, though I read more pages in January.

The books I read were:

Fiction:
The Lovers of Algeria, by Anouar Benmalek
The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker
The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Ogawa – upcoming review

 

Historical fiction:
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow, by Juliet Grey
The Second Empress, by Michelle Moran – upcoming review: very soon!

Non-fiction:
Cliffs Notes on The Taming of The Shrew, by Linda Hillegass – upcoming review
Cliffs Notes on Shakespeare’s As You Like It, by Tom Smith – upcoming review
Little Princes, by Conor Grennan – upcoming review
Le Road Trip, by Vivian Swift – upcoming review: very soon!
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle, by Slavoj Zizek

Plays:
The Taming of The Shrew, by Shakespeare – upcoming review
As You Like It, by Shakespeare – upcoming review

And the books I listened to, both non-fiction:

In The Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson
Running In The Family, by Michale Ondaatje – upcoming review

My favorites this month:

I also enjoyed a lot Le Road Trip, by Vivian Swift
and In The Garden of Beasts.

Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 52 books:  24/52
Around the world in 12 books: 7/12
European reading challenge: 8/5 – COMPLETED
I love Italy: 3/3 – COMPLETED
Dewey Decimal: 21/20 – COMPLETED
We want you to read French authors: 6/5 or 10 (ends in August)
Books in translation: 8/10-12
South Asia: 3/7
Middle East: 4/18
My own reading challenge: 1/5
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Ebook challenge: 7/10
Audiobook: 8/12
Support your library: 30/37
Finishing the series: 1/1 – COMPLETED
2nds challenge: 4/3 – COMPLETED
Foodies: 1/3
Japanese literature: 1/8??
Historical novels: 7/7-10
New authors challenge: 24/15 -COMPLETED
A Shakespeare play a month: 7 /12
SHAKESPEARE READING MONTH: 1/1   –  COMPLETED
AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE MONTH: 1/1 – COMPLETED
DICKENS READING MONTH: 1/1  – COMPLETED
Graham Green Challenge: 0/1

Special events in July:

– I joined a great read-along of Rebecca and even won a DVD!
– I also participated in Paris in July 2012, with 9 posts.
– I finally introduced a rating system for my reviews, with a fun design I came up with. In case you forget what the logo is for, each time you click on it, it will send you to the rating explanation page.
– While downloading an egalley, the BlueFire Reader app crashed on my ipod touch. It had never happened before, usually it was smooth sailing. I uninstalled and reinstalled the app several times, with no luck. So I gave up, and finally bought a real ereader! I chose the Nook Color, because I receive egalleys in epub and pdf format that the Kindle does not support!! Really!
I enjoy very very much my Nook color: it is finally so easy to read pdfs with nice size, and the browser is actually fast! Of course, I also use it to play Words With Friends, follow your owns posts on my Google Reader, and keep updates on Goodreads, among other things! For less than $200!

Plans for August

– I still need to write a post on 3 amazing Christian Orthodox books recently published, as announced last month!
– I will join another read-along, on The End of The Affair, by Graham Greene

Currently reading

– The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov, finally!
– Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, on my Nook Color!