2014: July wrap-up

July was a great reading month, not a record as number of pages, but I did devour quite a few books, and some great ones!

Here is what I read in July:

11 books, my highest monthly average, as for number of books, but anot as number of pages actually.
= 10 books
with 1,976 pages, that is:  63.7 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook16:02 hours, that is an average of  31 mn/day

 4 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Summer House With Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch
  2. Oscar et la dame rose, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – upcoming review
  3. La femme sans peur, by Jean-Philippe Touzeau – ebook, upcoming review
  4. My Antonia, by Willa Cather – upcoming review

3 children books:

  1. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, by Carmen Agra Deedy – upcoming review
  2. Lilu and Dudu: Adventures in Bora Bora, by Fabienne Bratschi – book I translated from English to French
  3. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear – upcoming review

2 mysteries:

  1. Death in Pont-Aven, by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  2. Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier – review scheduled for August 7

1 historical fiction:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr – audio, upcoming review

1 nonfiction:

  1. The French House, by Don Wallace – read for France Book Tours

My favorites this month:

All The Light We Cannot See My Antonia


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 7/12
Books on France: 35/24
Ebook challenge: 14/25
Historical fiction: 18/25
Japanese literature: 1/6
New authors challenge: 43/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 13/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014
Australian Literature Month: 0/1

Total of books read in 2014 = 56/105

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 68, yes, you are allowed to laugh, this is totally ridiculous and insane.


Blog recap

  1. 5 of the 11 books read this month were received for review

  2. Already 58 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 August Giveaway! a great historical fiction focused around wine in the Bordeaux region! Who could resist that?

  4. I took part in Paris in July, even though as you know I post about French things every week, sometimes several times a week, all year long. I did a special post on how we celebrated Bastille Day in Chicago!
  5. And I did reach my I Love France 100th post!
  6. I did some more vlogs. Be sure to follow my YouTube channel not to miss any new episode. I usually do a vlog to present the books I received during the past week (Mailbox Monday)
  7. And I did try to catch up with a few reviews…



Most popular book review last month

Summer House With Swimming Poolclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Bastille Day 2014 in Chicago

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Thyme For Tea

please go visit

Blog milestones

912 posts
over 1,790 subscribers
over 64,700 hits


Blog plans for August

My last Bout of Books was really fun, so I’m doing it again from August 18-24.
Though I should probably do a review-athon instead of a read-athon!
My goal is to try to take time to review a book as soon as I have finished reading it, instead of compulsively jumping into reading another book right away! Does this ring a bell??
till trying to find  a balance between reading, reviewing, and reading other book blogs! If anyone has a soluton ,let me know. Thank God I don’t have TV!



How was YOUR month of  July?


11 thoughts on “2014: July wrap-up

  1. Great update! I loved My Ántonia so I can’t wait to read your review! I hope my August reading month can be like your July. I have so many books to catch up on!

    I’ll be joining you for the Bout of Books read-a-thon. It’s probably the last stretch of free reading time that I’ll have before autumn arrives. Happy reading!

    ~ Cleo ~


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  3. Thanks for participating in Paris in July and sharing your amazing love of France with others in the event. Your month of activity is undeniably awesome! How do you do it? I actually like some of the stats you report here – 68 new books on the TBR list! Good luck….


    • actually, my French theme is going on all year long, so nothing special here. I am so behind my reviews, and lots of them on French books, that actually it should be more active than that! Don’t hesitate to add your links if you do anything French outside of July here [https://wordsandpeace.com/category/i-love-france-2/] you can get to the latest through the Category, or simply by clicking on the I Love France icon.
      Also, it’s not too late to join the Books on France challenge and link your reviews of books related to France you read in 2014: https://wordsandpeace.com/2013/12/08/books-on-france-2014-reading-challenge/
      My secret for booking 5 or 6 hours a day is not to have TV!


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