2013: June wrap-up

I took a week off last month, in the middle of nowhere, and surprised myself not reading 1 line, just enjoying bird songs and nature in all its beauty. Hence the poor monthly statistics:

My June total is only 4 books, with a total of only 1148 pages, that is, a pathetic 38.2 pages/day.
And I listened to 1 audiobook of 15:46 hours, which gives a 30  mn/day.
I have been listening to another very long audiobook, but I am not done yet!

I’m still trying to go on reading Proust, In Search of Lost Time. I am in Le côté de Guermantes; I am very far behind the weekly schedule, so not sure I will be able to cover all of Proust in 2013.

Here are the books I read/listened to:

2 historical fiction:

  1. Studio Saint-Ex, by Ania Szado – with giveaway
  2. The Nine Fold Heaven, by Mingmei Yip – with giveaway, will be posted tomorrow!

3 non-fiction:

  1. Taking Root in Provence, by Anne-Marie Simons. This book will be on Tour in November, we still have a few spots available if you would like to receive a free copy and review it.
  2. Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil, by John Berendt- audiobook
  3. Paris, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down, by Rosecrans Baldwin

My favorites this month:

Taking Root in Provence Midnight in the Garden of Good And Evil


Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  2/12
Audiobook: 6/12
Books on France: 16/12 – COMPLETED
Cozy Mysteries: 3/10
Ebook challenge: 12/10 – COMPLETED
European reading challenge: 6/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 21/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)
New authors challenge: 35/25 – COMPLETED
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 4/6
Where Are You Reading?: 4/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 50

Number of books added to my TBR in June = 14


Blog recap

  1. 4 of the 5 books mentioned here were received for reviews by author/publisher
  2. 31 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 71 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews, and it is never too late to join!
  3. Every month, France Book Tours has a giveaway for the book of the month. Have you checked yet the July giveaway? 91 entries were received for the June giveaway.
  4. France Book Tours already completed 2 book tours, and there are many more already scheduled! If you are interested in reviewing books on your blog for France Book Tours, just fill in this short questionnaire.
  5. As we are talking about giveaways, you can see now current giveaways prominently displayed on the right side bar, to make your life easier as a reader.
  6. I participated in Audiobook Week.
  7. I visited The Cahokia Mounds, near Saint Louis, as featured in this terrific historical novel.

Most popular recent book review

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Most popular recent post – non book review

202-2013: My Audiobook Year

Plans for July

  1. Nothing much, except read something for Japanese Literature Reading Challenge 7.
  2. TRY to get less involved in reviews for book tours, and work more on some of my reading challenges
  3. read more of Proust!

How was YOUR month of June?
And what are your reading plans for July?


12 thoughts on “2013: June wrap-up

  1. Nice month, whoo hoo! 😉 I enjoyed Cascade and I’ve been in love with the cover since I first saw it.

    Here’s to an amazing July!


    • well, great titles, but few.
      yes Cascade’s cover is awesome.
      by the way, how do you get the animation you used for the word June? so very cool! though i assume it’s Java and I probably couldn’t use something like that in a wordpress.com blog


  2. Wow…you are doing pretty good with your challenges. I’ve only completed 1 so far and have 2 I haven’t even started yet! I think I need to take a break from blog tours and focus on my reading challenges otherwise I’m not going to finish some of them!

    Good luck with your reading in July!


    • wow, how cool! yes I have been in Savannah and loved the square plazas reminding me so much of France, my native country. and we even had a very spooky time in that famous St Boniface cemetery: there was a sudden mega thunderstorm,and it was getting very late, I was afraid we would end up trapped in the cemetery as we were so close to closing time.


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