2014: April wrap-up

Not sure what happened in April, but the reading numbers are low, even though I had to count a long book I finally finished after many months!
Also, I did listen partly to a book, but I also read it partly. So I ended up counting it as read.

Here is what I read in April:

5 books, with 2051 pages, that is,  68.3 pages/day

4 historical novels:

  1. The Shadow Queen, by Sandra Gulland. Enter here until the end of May to win this awesome histfic!
  2. The Towers of Tuscany, by Carol M. Cram. Giveaway ending soon, click on the link today!
  3. St Bartholomew’s Man, by Mary Delorme – ebook – upcoming review
  4. A Star For Mrs Blake, by April Smith – review scheduled for 5/17. Enter here until the end of May to win this awesome histfic!

1 nonfiction:

  1. Therapy of spiritual illnesses, by Jean-Claude Larchet – upcoming review

My favorites this month:

Shadow Queen cover  Star For Mrs Blake


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 4/12
Books on France: 20/24
Ebook challenge: 9/25
Historical fiction: 13/25
Japanese literature: 0/2 – starts in June
New authors challenge: 24/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 5/20
TBR challenge: 0/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 13/50 – to be finished in 2014
Australian Literature Month: 0/1

Total of books read in 2014 = 31

Number of books added to my TBR in April = 7.


Blog recap

  1. 4 of the 5 books read this month were received for review

  2. Already 31 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month.
  4. France Book Tours had a blast for its first anniversary, with a mega giveaway, 10 winners! And a very fun Twitter Party. If you missed it, there are 2 awesome historical novels to win this month.


Most popular book review last month

Nightmare in Burgundy

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Basilica of Saint-Denis

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Flashlight Commentary

please go visit

Blog milestones

almost 2,260 subscribers
over 59,600 hits


Blog plans for May

  1. I plan to finally attack my TBR for the TBR Challenge
  2. Just got contacted to read a very famous French book that won a BIG award last year and to review it for a fancy magazine, surprise!
  3. Can’t wait to take part in Armchair BEA at the end of May!


How was YOUR month of  April?


10 thoughts on “2014: April wrap-up

  1. Hi Emma
    Thanks for visiting me. I am always fascinated by your stats on pages, even down to the quantity per day. Some months aren’t as fruitful at reading, I managed to catch up a bit this month.


    • yes, funny, I always have the feeling of reading the same number of hours every day, not sure what happens in some stats results! breaking it down to number of pages/day make it more concrete to me


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