November 2016 wrap-up
“Man proposes, God disposes.”
Well, all my beautiful reading plans went totally off in November.
Early on November 13, we received a phone call informing us that my husband would be ordained an Orthodox deacon on November 20 and an Orthodox priest on Thanksgiving!
So these last two weeks have flown in a blur, with more inner preparation and lots of things to set up, announcements to send, etc. Then living the powerful events, and many more prayer services in church before and after.
SO, I didn’t read much at all this month.
From now on, I will be more busy at the Church level.
Plus as the wife of the priest, I feel like I need to seriously revise the contents of my reading. So there’s going to be a lot of changes toward simplification for instance. I will probably no longer take part in reading challenges, apart form the Classics Club. And probably less crime fiction…
For now, I plan to really focus on the physical books I have at home as for fiction, and of course read even more of Orthodox books.
My review formats will also be simplified. Anyway, I had already announced that at the beginning of November.
So here is what I read in November:
4 in print
= with 1,021 pages, that is: 34 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
= with 18H, that is: 36 mn/day
2 in literary fiction:
- The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon – ebook
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – audiobook
1 in nonfiction:
- The Only Street in Paris, by Elaine Sciolino
1 in historical fiction:
- Martin of Gfenn, by Martha Kennedy
1 in graphic novel
- The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart
Some books fall into a couple of categories
|Published in 2016||3|
|Books for review||3|
My favorite in November
Reading Challenges recap
French Bingo: 38/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 11/10-15 – FINISHED
Classics Club: 9/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 26/21-30 – FINISHED
Ebook challenge: 29/25 – FINISHED
Historical fiction: 17/15 – FINISHED
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 47/50
New Release (2016): 40/16-30 – FINISHED
Nonfiction challenge: 14/11-15 – FINISHED
Books in Translation: 26/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 20/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2016 = 88/100
Number of books added to my TBR in November= 12
- I started a meme called Frenglish gleanings.
- I was tagged and did a fun post on my dream library
- I participated a bit in November Nonfiction
French Bingo 2016 has 41 reviews posted so far. Don’t forget to link your reviews! The winner will receive a gift!
- I organized 2 giveaways. The one for December at France Book Tours is now available.
Most popular book review in November
click on the cover to access my review.
Most popular post last month
– non book review –
Top 10 books recently added to my TBR
Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month
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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 😉
11: Lucy at The Fictional 100
10: Karen at Booker Talk
6: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews
4: Freda at Freda’s Voice
2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library
over 3,950 subscribers
over 124,00 hits
Plans for December
- Writing reviews!!
- Do a surprise book box video!
- God only knows…
Come back on Saturday
to see what I plan to read in December!
How was YOUR month of November?
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!
Congrats to your husband, many years of study gone into it no doubt. And all the best to yourself for your new life as a wife of a priest. Challenging I would imagine. Oh yes do do a video of the book box and post here!!
thanks for your very nice comment Kathryn.
I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! Have a great December!
you too! Yes, what an amazing book