January 2016 wrap-up
January is starting slow in reading, with no big ah ah moments. Hopefully, it will get better soon.
Here is what I read in January:
= 5 books, with 1,126 pages, that is: 36.3 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks, with 16:31 hours, that is: 31 min/day
4 in mystery :
- The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson – audio
- Red Handed, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
- Blue Moon, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
- The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny – audio
2 in literary fiction:
- Couple Mechanics, by Nelly Alard
- Albertine disparue, by Marcel Proust – ebook
1 in nonfiction:
- La cache, by Christophe Boltanski – ebook
My favorite in January
Reading Challenges recap
French Bingo: 3/25
Classics Club: 1/50
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 4/30
Ebook challenge: 4/25
Historical fiction: 0/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 4/50
New Release (2016): 1/30
Nonfiction challenge: 1/15
Books in Translation: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??
Total of books read in 2016 = 7/100
Number of books added to my TBR in January = 29
- At the beginning of January, I published my 2015 reading stats, always fun
- I’ve FINALLY joined The Classics Club and pledged to read 50 classics in 5 years
- I participated in Bout of Books, though it ended up in total disaster with a major computer crash
- I participated in Blogging 101, where I learned a lot. I still need to work on a few items.
- I have reviewed a few books read last year and which I had not reviewed yet! Getting better at reviewing as soon as I’ve finished reading.
As I say that, you may wonder then why 4 books listed above have no review!
– I will review Colleen Cross’s books when I have finished translated the third, as it’s a trilogy
– I plan to review a bunch of books by Louise Penny when I am done with the series (of the books published so far)
– And I will talk about Proust when I’m done with the LAST volume, which I just started! Phew!
- Apart from reviews, I have more often posted for several memes
- 2 of the 7 books I read were received for review, plus two for work, to translate into French
French Bingo 2016 has 14 participants. Why not add some fun to your reading life and join?
I organized 4 giveaways in January. The one for February at France Book Tours is here. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the weekly ones.
Most popular book review in January
click on the cover to access my review.
Most popular post last month
– non book review –
French Bingo 2016
Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month
The Broke and the Bookish
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Top commenters of the month
Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature
= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉
1: Karen at Booker Talk
2: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice
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Blog plans for February
Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in February!
- Publish 2 last reviews due in 2015!
- Write a few short reviews posts for 2015
- Do a couple of videos, also for books read last year!
- Keep at reviewing a book as soon as I’m done!
How was YOUR month of January?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!
Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!
I love Nancy Drew, and I have often thought of listening to the audiobooks of these. What did you think of the narration?
if you click on the title, you arrive at my review, and I do talk about the narration: https://wordsandpeace.com/2016/01/18/book-review-the-secret-of-the-old-clock/
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Love your recap of the month and while you are a little disappointed with your only seven reads they look like there was variety. Video plans sound interesting!
Variety is common around here for sure. Videos, let’s be sure they don’t remain plans, lol! Thanks for stopping by
You did good in January! Nice to see I made the top 3! 🙂
yes, congrats! Keep it up, only the 1st will get a prize at the end of the year!
Fun to see I’m not the only adult occasionally enjoying a trip down memory lane with Nancy, the Hardys, or Trixie Belden. (I’ve done all three in the past few months, the latest Hardy Boys review to come.)
they are definitely good old classics. Are you familiar with The Famous Five? they were my favorites. But you are in the US, right? Sounds like Enid Blyton was better known in Europe.
By the way, the link that comes with your comment is a site on wordpress that no longer exists, I suggest you edit it to your current site, better for people who want to visit your blog when you comment on theirs 😉
It has been years since I’ve read my Nancy Drew books. I believe that my daughter may have taken them when she moved out. Hope you have a great February.
thanks, you too. Thanks for stopping by