September 2012 wrap-up

BBAW and Bloggiesta are over, which means it’s already time to read monthly wrap-ups and consider what to read for the remaining 3 months of 2012!

I read 6 books, 1 being non-fiction works. Total of 1721 pages, that is 57.3 pages/day, that is, slightly more than in August.

I listened to 2 audiobooks, 1 historical fiction, 1 non-fiction; I started one the month before, and it was very long (25 hours!), so that makes for a high average: 64 mn/day, with a total of 32:37 hours!

I READ

Mystery:
The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman

Historical fiction:
The Mirrored World, by Debra Dean
The Secret Keeper, by Kate Morton (ebook)
Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani

Non-fiction:
Beauty For Ashes, by Stephen Lloyd-Moffett

Plays:
The Merry Wives of Windsor, by Shakespeare

I LISTENED TO

Historical fiction:
To The End of The Land, by David Grossman

Non-fiction:
The Aleppo Codex, by Matti Friedman

BEST BOOKS THIS MONTH

 

READING CHALLENGES

  1. Around the World in 52 books:  27/52
  2. Around the world in 12 books: 8/12
  3. European reading challenge: 10/5 – COMPLETED
  4. I love Italy: 3/3 – COMPLETED
  5. Dewey Decimal: 26/20 – COMPLETED
  6. We want you to read French authors: 6/5  – COMPLETED (ends in August)
  7. Books in translation: 11/10-12 – COMPLETED
  8. South Asia: 5/7
  9. Middle East: 6/18
  10. My own reading challenge: 1/5
  11. What’s in a Name: 5/6
  12. Ebook challenge: 9/10
  13. Audiobook: 10/12
  14. Support your library: 38/37 – COMPLETED
  15. Finishing the series: 1/1 – COMPLETED
  16. 2nds challenge: 7/3 – COMPLETED
  17. Foodies: 1/3
  18. Japanese literature: 1/1+
  19. Historical novels: 13/7-10 – COMPLETED
  20. New authors challenge: 35/15 -COMPLETED
  21. A Shakespeare play a month: 9/12
  22. SHAKESPEARE READING MONTH: 1/1   –  COMPLETED
  23. AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE MONTH: 1/1 – COMPLETED
  24. DICKENS READING MONTH: 1/1  – COMPLETED
  25. Graham Green Challenge: 1/1 – COMPLETED

 

With still 3 months to go, it looks like I may actually be able to fulfill all my reading challenges!

BLOGGING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

BBAW
Bloggiesta: terrific experience! I managed to accomplish 10 things, one of which being the change of my blog theme, as you can see.
– On the 2nd day of Bloggiesta, I celebrated my 2nd blogiversary, with a giveaway
– I had my first author interview: Debra Dean, author of The Mirrored World.
– I just realized that the book blogger Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree is living very close to me, AND she is also an avid birder!!

MOST POPULAR LATEST REVIEW
Le Road Trip, by Vivian Swift

UPCOMING BLOGGING EVENTS

  • A conference where I will meet Debra Dean in person
  • A bird outing where I will finally meet Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
  • Launching my first read-along with The House At Riverton, by Kate Morton. The first post will be in November, but I will send the questions for the first part in October, to help those who have signed up to read with me. It’s not too late to do sign-up.
  • On Oct 29, I will post my review of Barbara Kingsolver’s terrific novel: Flight Behavior

CURRENTLY READING

– The Black Count, by Tom Reiss (ebook)
– The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura
– Itinerary: An Intellectual Journey, by Octavio Paz
– A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, by Suzanne Joinson (audiobook)
– Twelfth Night, by Shakespeare

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS POST?

HOW WAS YOUR READING MONTH OF SEPTEMBER?
DO YOU HAVE SOME SPECIAL READING PLANS
BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

12 thoughts on “September 2012 wrap-up

  1. Thank you for stopping over at my blog. You have been busy. I must read the new Kate Morton, I like her books so far. You have a lot of challenges, that is something I should think about getting into, but I feel I don’t have the time with the reviews I have scheduled.

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    • Yes, go get Morton’s book as soon as possible. Well, almost 2 more weeks until official release day.
      many books I read fit in several challenges. apart from self-challenge, which I like, it opens to new horizon, like this 52 countries challenge!, I’m reading books I would never have thought of, and also it brings more traffic to your blog, because of the connection with the other participants

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  2. Yes! I read and reviewed Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior for Library Journal. I love almost all of her books and this one was no exception but I still think that The Poisonwood Bible was my favorite.
    You read an amazing, eclectic selection of books. Are you familiar with the blog Read All Day? I don’t know how you do it.

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    • The Poisonwood Bible is such a masterpiece, I agree with you.
      Doing reading challenges invites me to open my reading horizons. I actually only read between 7:00-11:00 or so by night [solution: no TV in the house, yeah! – by deliberate choice]. used to go to bed later, but things have changed a bit.
      I sure know the blog Read all Day, written by Nina Sankovitch, who wrote Tolstoy And The Purple Chair. A must read if you have not yet. But there’s no way I would do a book/day for 365 days as she did!

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