2014: May wrap-up

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 =
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


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.


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.


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


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.



How was YOUR month of  May?


6 thoughts on “2014: May wrap-up

    • I find them good, though as any series I assume, some are better than others. I really liked a lot the last one, Murder in Pigalle, with amazing narrator for the audio. but keep in mind the detective is a woman, with lots of feminine things going on , especially as she is pregnant in that one. Murder Below Montparnasse was very good too, I think. I find the characters very well defined, involved in major issues, like Corsican separatists in Murder in Montmartre, and usually the plots gets more complicated and complex than they seem to be at the opening of the book


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