June 2017 wrap-up
Another ouch to start this recap!
I did take one week off hiking and birding (so not much reading that week), and total internet disconnect, but it does not explain why nothing has been happening on this blog for two weeks. It’s getting hard these days to take time to write reviews at the end of a full day of teaching and translating. Then I want to be away from the computer, and just dive into a book. Conclusion: reviews do not get written…
Here is what I read this past month:
4 in print
= with 1,486 pages, that is: 49.5 pages/day – the lowest month this year
+ 2 audiobooks
= with 13H06, that is: 26 mn/day
3 in mystery:
- The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
- His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
- The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
- The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny – ebook
1 in literary fiction:
- The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George – ebook
1 in nonfiction:
- The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha
My favorites in June
A few notes:
Just a few stories left in the very last book of Sherlock Holmes in audio!
The Travelers: finally read. Loved it, great spy novel. I had not read in that genre for a while
The Nature of the Beast: finishing the last 2 I had not read yet by Louise Penny, to be ready for her latest, coming out in August
The Little Paris Bookshop: a few nice lines on books and reading, but overall very disappointing
The Typikon Decoded: about Orthodox liturgy
Reading Challenges recap
Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 13/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2017 = 54/100 – so 4 books ahead so far
Number of books added to my TBR in June= 11
Blog recap in June
I participated in Armchair Book Expo! I won the major prize, but as I already won a few years ago, with similar themes, like banners, etc., for the site, I let it for another blogger. I’m very happy with the France Book Tours banners I got then
I organized 2 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is now available. An awesome Paris memoir, quite unique!
I hosted a guest-post
and I managed to do 2 videos, on 3 great books!
Most popular book review in June
click on the cover to access my review,
Most popular post last month
– non book review –
Armchair Book Expo giveaway
Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month
Armchair Book Expo
please go visit
alas, 2017 was the last year for Armchair Book Expo,
the event is discontinued
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 😉
6: Karen at Booker Talk
6: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind
6: Lucy at The Fictional 100
over 4,170 subscribers
over 136,800 hits
Plans for July
Write reviews and post videos
Read some wonderful books for upcoming events, come back on Monday to see what books I have in store
Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in July!
How was YOUR month of June?
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!
Congratulations on winning the Armchair Book Expo big prize, but letting it go to another blogger. That was so nice of you! I’m glad I took part this year since they decided to discontinue the event. Had so much fun! Hope you have a great July!
welll, it didn’t make sense to have sb redo my banners. I know, what a shock to see the event gone!
Haven’t read any of your books, but they do sound great. Have a great day!
3 are classics, and 2 were very popular last year. thanks for stopping by
I can empathise with your difficulties on keeping up with reviews. i find they take a lot of time to produce so even though I dont have the challenges of working full time any longer I still have a backlog……. Maybe you could do some short reviews in one post just to get them off your list?
that’s what I usually end up doing at the end of the year. I have already considerably simplified the format to post faster
I might have to follow my own advice since I’m running behind too 🙂
lol, isn’t that the perpetual blogger problem?
I have Emma in the Night and really looking forward to reading it.
yes, totally worth it!
I’ve enjoyed a couple by Louise Penney in the past but I haven’t read the latest. I should remedy that!
I highly recommend you to keep up with Penny’s series – much better if you read them in order, as characters and their relationships evolve
I still think you did well. 🙂 Happy July!
you are sweet. what was your favorite book in June?
Its great to get out in the fresh air and off the internet. You sound like work is taking up a lot of time so I can understand why you’d just want to read at the end of the day rather than write reviews.
yeah, I spent lots of hours in front of my computer, as my job is teaching French online and translating novels (from English into French)
6 books sounds like a good month! Although a week off to hike and bird watch sounds fun!! I hope you have a great July.
thank you, you too!