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.
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:
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:
- The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon
- The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – audio
- Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – audio
- Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras
4 in mystery:
- Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis
- The Rare Earth Exchange, by Bernard Besson – ebook
- The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
- Under the Channel, by Gilles Pétel – ebook
2 in nonfiction:
- The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
- Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson
2 in historical fiction:
- The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – ebook, graphic novel
- Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – ebook
My favorites in January
Reading Challenges recap
Total of books read in 2017 = 12/100
- I participated in Bout of Books
- I organized 5 giveaways. The one for February at France Book Tours is now available.
Most popular book review in January
Most popular post last month
– non book review –
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 😉
1: Karen at Booker Talk
1: Lucy at The Fictional 100
1: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind
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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!
How was YOUR month of January?
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!