2013: July wrap-up

I can’t believe we are already August 12, and here is finally my August recap, the culprit being a 53,000 words book to translate in French.

But sounds like many book bloggers are very late also for this month.

My July was booktastic, even the best month of 2013 so far as for pages numbers, and only 2 mn less than my best audiobook month this year.

And I have already finished 2 books in August.

My July total is 9 books, with a total of 2713 pages, that is,  87.5 pages/day.
And I listened to 2 audiobooks of 24:51 hours, which gives 48  mn/day.

4 fiction:

  1. The Promise of Provence, by Patricia Sands. And if you want to read more reviews, hop here on the virtual book tour!

  2. The Cuckoos of Batch Magna, by Peter Maughan – upcoming review

  3. The Marseille Caper, by Peter Mayle – audiobook, upcoming review

  4. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, by Ian Doescher

2 historical fiction:

  1. The Cross And The Dragon, by Kim Rendfeld
  2. How Angels Die, by David-Michael Harding

3 mysteries:

  1. Treachery in Bordeaux, by Jean-Pierre Alaux. And if you want to read more reviews, hop here on the virtual book tour!
    You can even win it as an ebook – giveaway open until the end of August!
  2. The Second Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks
  3. The Bones of Paris, by Laurie R. King- review scheduled for September

1 non-fiction:

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World, by Matthew Goodman – audiobook – upcoming review

1 comic book:

You’Re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, by Tom Gauld

My favorites this month:

Promise of Provence   Eighty Days Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland


Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  3/12
Audiobook: 8/12
Books on France: 22/12 – COMPLETED
Cozy Mysteries: 4/10
Ebook challenge: 18/10 – COMPLETED
European reading challenge: 8/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 23/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 0/1
New authors challenge: 45/25 – COMPLETED
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 7/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 61

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 41!!!


Blog recap

  1. 7 of the 11 books mentioned here were received for reviews by author/publisher
  2. 32 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 81 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 August giveaway? There are even 2 books to win!
  4. France Book Tours already completed 10 book tours, and there are 9 more already scheduled! If you are interested in reviewing books on your blog for France Book Tours, just fill in this short questionnaire. You can find all kinds of genre: romance, mystery, LGBT, nonfiction, etc.
  5. I participated in Paris In July

Most popular recent book review

From Absinthe to Zest
click on the cover to access my review

Most popular recent post – non book review

Books on France Reading Challenge

Plans for August

Not much, apart from catching up with lots of book reviews to write!!

I need also to create some interesting poss for France Book Tours, when there’s no tour going on.

And I would like to activate my “Eiffel rocks” – surprise surprise!

I’d like to finally focus more on my reading challenges to finish. Hence, here is the list of books I would like to read before the end of the year. With my monthly average, that should be very easy to do, if I don’t get derailed by too many other review requests!!

Sputnik Sweetheart, by Murakami or any other Japanese
cleaner of chartres audio
becoming Josephine
party or celebration in the title??
Bulgaria: The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax audio
Chile: My invented country 853 AL53
Portugal: Blindness, by Nobel Prize winning author José Saramago  currently reading
Hungary: Skylark – Dezső Kosztolányi
Finland: New Finnish Grammar
Zambia: Mrs. Pollifax on Safari (1976) audio
Thailand: Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle (1988) audio
Sicily: Mrs. Pollifax and the Second Thief audio
Botswana: The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
Tibet: Across Many Moutains: Three Daughters of Tibet
Afghanistan: The Bookseller of kabul
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, by John Baxter
The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
The Madonnas of Leningrad, by Debra Dean
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Mistress of the Revolution, by Catherine Delors
Azincourt, by Bernard Cornwell
The Friar of Carcassonne, by Stephen O’Shea
Mozart’s Last Aria, by Matt Rees
The Library At Night, by Alberto Manguel

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


6 thoughts on “2013: July wrap-up

  1. Thanks for all of your enthusiastic support of The Promise of Provence! As usual, your reading list impresses as you continue to increase the ‘tip factor’ on my TBR tower. I have only read one of your choices, The Bookseller of Kabul. I love McCall Smith’s Botswana detective series as true light-hearted, relaxing escapes. I hope your translation is complete and you will have time to tackle your list! Enjoy these last lazy, hazy days … and read on!


    • thanks Patricia. Never read any McCall Smith yet, and there are not that many books in Botswana, so, I thought I would give it a shot.
      hopefully I’ll have time to write a few reviews before the next translation assignment comes, though without those there would never be any other trip to France, lol!


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