2017: January wrap-up

January 2017 wrap-up

Wow, I’m experimenting new ways of reading and reviewing, and it worked marvels for me this past month!

New ways of reading?

  • I said goodbye to a multiplicity of reading challenges, mostly for the sake of wasting less time connecting my reviews to many other web pages

  • Like many other book bloggers, I decided to focus on my TBR

  • I’m thrilled to be in my 2nd year of  The Classics Club

  • Even more strict with review requests, book tours and egalleys, I try to leave room for “wild range reading“, meaning being able to grab a book that catches my eye at the library, instead of saying, Oh, I would love to read this book now, but I have so many scheduled to review for 3 months, I have to wait

New ways of reviewing?

  • Focusing on what I enjoy finding in the reviews by other book bloggers, and what I pay attention to, I have streamlined my reviews

  • No more official synopsis, mine is enough

  • No more details and picture of the author, unless the review is for a book tour

  • Minimum details on publisher, date, etc at the end of my review, with social media links only if the book was received from the publisher/author

  • When reading ebooks, I’m experimenting leaving my ereader wifi on and taking notes and copying and pasting notes on my Evernote, ans then write my review from that.
    Instead of highlighting, then copying most of that on paper, then summarizing it in a review!
    An accident propelled me to try that new formula: for some reason, all the passages I had highlighted in an ebook I had just finished reading disappeared on my kindle. With a bit of research, I realized the memory for highlights is limited, so as I was starting to make highlights in a new book, looks like highlights in the one I had just finished reading disappeared. Sounds like it was a happy fault.

End result:

  • a very very enjoyable month, with A LOT read (compared to my usual stats)

  • it feels so so good to check off books that have been on my physical or digital shelves FOR EVER

  • at the same time, I was thrilled to be able to read books that caught my eye on the moment

  • and A LOT reviewed, so much more than usual. I do plan to keep it this way

So here is what I read in January:

12  books:
10 in print
with 2,386 pages, that is: 76.9 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H31, that is: 26 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon
  2. The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – audio
  3. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – audio
  4. Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras

4 in mystery:

  1. Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis
  2. The Rare Earth Exchange, by Bernard Besson – ebook
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  4. Under the Channel, by Gilles Pétel – ebook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – ebook, graphic novel
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – ebook

 

My favorites in January

        screwtape-letters

The World Between Two Covers  unseen-city

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 15/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 3/12
Mount TBR: 9/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 12/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 27

Blog recap

Most popular book review in January

The World Between Two Coversclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

back-to-the-classics-2017

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

please go visit

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

1: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

1: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,560 posts
over 4,000 subscribers
over 129,00 hits

Plans for February

  • Readalong with Book Bloggers International: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  • Excited to be starting another major classic
  • Just started a major audiobook program!
  • And reading a book for a 2nd book club I joined – this time with my Church
  • More reviews!

 

Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in February!

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How was YOUR month of  January?

Month in Review

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!

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10 thoughts on “2017: January wrap-up

  1. Sounds like a good plan – I’m in my fourth year of book blogging and, while I used to take requests for reviews, I found that I had a list of books I had to read, and there was no time to just pull a book off the shelf, as you say. (Many of these books were excellent, however, and I’m glad to have read them.) So now, except for my social book club and a book club that I run at my library job, I only read what catches my eye. Of course, I often pick a book that has been mentioned to me by authors that seems interesting to me, but I work it into my own reading schedule. Looking forward to your new format!

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    • thanks, and bravo to your wisdom. It took me 6 years to get there, though I did enjoy most of the books I got for tours and the like. I’m not totally refusing them, just being much more drastic in the choice

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  2. I love the idea of wild range reading! I too have tried to cut back on review books but it is going to be a couple of months before I get reasonably clear. Like you I see books at the library I’d love to pick up and read but know there are books booked into my reading calendar!

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