2013: October wrap-up

Finally a day free of reviews or interviews, so this wrap-up can have your full attention!

October was quite a month on the reading and blogging fronts, as you may have noticed if you follow me.

Here is what happened…

My October reading totaled 10 books, with 2269 pages, that is,  73.1 pages/day.
Among those 10 were 3 audiobooks, [thanks to a lot of painting for an exhibit]: 40:35 hours as a whole, that is, an average of 1:18 hour/day.

I’m working hard on my reviews, and my blog as a whole, thanks to a new work schedule.

I read:

1 fiction:

  1. Paris Was The Place, by Susan Conley

3 historical fiction:

  1. Mozart’s Last Aria, by Matt Rees –upcoming review on Sunday
  2. Unravelled, by M.K. Tod
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador

1 non-fiction:

  1. Grape Expectations, by Caro Feely – ebook

5 mysteries:

  1. The Mona Lisa Speaks, by Christopher Angel – ebook
  2. The Cleaner of Chartres, by Salley Vickers – audiobook
  3. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  4. Mrs Pollifax on Safari, by Dorothy Gilman – audiobook
  5. The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

My favorites this month:

  Unravelled The Mona Lisa Speaks


Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  10/12
Audiobook: 13/12 – – COMPLETED
Books on France: 31/12 – COMPLETED
Cozy Mysteries: 7/10
Ebook challenge: 24/10 – COMPLETED
European reading challenge: 12/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 30/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED
New authors challenge: 59/25 – COMPLETED
TBR challenge: 7/12
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – COMPLETED
Where Are You Reading?: 9/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 85

Number of books added to my TBR in October = 41


Blog recap

  1. 5 of the 10 books mentioned here were received for review by the publisher/author
  2. 33 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 107 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews, and it is almost time to post your recap, with a giveaway coming!
  3. Every month, France Book Tours has a giveaway for the book(s) of the month. Have you checked yet the November giveaway? There are 3 books to win!
  4. France Book Tours already completed 16 book tours, and there are 8 already scheduled! If you are interested in reviewing books on your blog for France Book Tours, just fill in this short questionnaire. 65 book bloggers have already done so! You can find all kinds of genre: historical fiction, romance, mystery, LGBT, nonfiction, etc.
  5. Speaking of France Book Tour, I introduced a new feature on it for authors, called The French Hop.
  6. October marked a big change in my job schedule, which allows me to organize better my time. That’s why you have started finding me more regularly posting for Mailbox Monday, Teaser Tuesday, First Chapter First Paragraph (on France Book Tours), WWW Wednesday, I Love France, and Friday Finds.
  7. Apart from several other giveaways, I organized one for the Historical Fiction Giveaway Hop
  8. I was thrilled to be interviewed by Bloggers International, by Booker Talk on French literature, and by another book blogger: Wildmoo Books
  9. I was able to take part in a Bloggiesta twitter party, which is always fun!
  10. And did you notice? I’m trying to structure a bit more my reviews, talking about context, plot, characters, style, and include an excerpt and/or a trailer when available.
  11. And Words And Peace passed the 50,000 hits mark!  We are close to 2,000 followers. Thanks to all of you!

Most popular recent book review

Madonnas of Leningradclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular recent post – non book review

Friday Finds (Nov. 1)

Plans for November

  • I plan to finish a few more reading challenges and update a few lists. Already 3 books finished since November started!
  • I’m finally almost done with Proust‘s 3rd volume, and will start the 4th.
  • I started last Sunday posting a review on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, and I am scheduled to do it every Sunday.
  • And and  and: I am preparing to launch a special feature to swap books exclusively between book bloggers! You’d better think of your list, it’s coming soooooon.

How was YOUR month of October?
And what are your reading plans for November?


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