May is a month full of excitement for book bloggers, which explains the high statistics here.

Here is what I read in May:

10 books =
8
books, with 2,763 pages, that is:  89.1 pages/day, highest average of the year so far
And I listened to 2 audiobooks, with 19.5 hours of audio, that is: 36.9 mn/day, also my highest monthly average this year so far

5 mysteries:

  1. The Man With The Lead Stomach, by Jean-François Parot
  2. The Girl in the Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon –ebook, review scheduled for this Tuesday!
  3. Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven – review scheduled for June 12
  4. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black – audiobook
  5. Murder in Montmartre, by Cara Black

2 historical novels:

  1. Timbuctoo, by Tahir Shah
  2. Au revoir là-haut, by Pierre Lemaitre – in French, review scheduled for August!

2 nonfiction:

  1. City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist –audio
  2. From Here to Paris, by Cris Hammond – ebook, review scheduled for July 2

1  literary fiction:

  1. Tokyo Fiancée, by Amélie Nothomb

My favorites this month:

Tokyo Fiancée  Au revoir là-haut

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Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 6/12
Books on France: 27/24
Ebook challenge: 11/25
Historical fiction: 17/25
Japanese literature: 0/6 – starts in June
New authors challenge: 33/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 10/20
TBR challenge: 1/12
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 = 41

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 34.

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Blog recap

  1. 7  of the 10 books read this month were received for review

  2. Already 39 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours, be sure to check the June Giveaway!

  4. For the first time, I took part in Bout of Books, which explains the higher number of pages I read this month.
  5. And then we just finished ArmchairBEA. See here my wrap-up post for this wonderful yearly event for book bloggers unable to attend BEA.

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Most popular book review last month

St Bartholomew's Man

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

ArmchairBEA: Giveaways and Beyond Borders

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Vauquer Boarding House

please go visit

Blog milestones

over 1,700 subscribers
over 61,500 hits

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Blog plans for June

  1. Begin the Japanese Literature Challenge. My ideal goal would be to read one Japanese novel per month, but I’ll be happy if I read 6 between June and end of January.
  2. Otherwise, the book blogging world should be a bit more quiet this month, so I plan to post several reviews that are really due.
  3. I’ll be hosting a giveaway as part of Judith’s amazing Literary Giveaway Blog Hop (June 21-25)
  4. I am excited about a few books scheduled for me to read and review this month:

Apart from those, I plan to work more actively on my TBR Reading Challenge.

 

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How was YOUR month of  May?

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