July 2017 wrap-up
I seriously do not believe July is over. There must be a trick somewhere! However, I did manage to read a fair amount of books, so that must be true.
Hopefully, we’ll have many more nice and hot days, to better enjoy the garden: this year, we’ve had zillions of flowers on some vegetables, like zucchini and green beans, but giving a very small yield. Have you been experiencing the same? What’s going on? Not enough bees, not enough pollination? This is the first year I’m experiencing this, and I’m curious to know what’s going on.
Here is what I read this past month:
8 in print
= with 1,893 pages, that is: 61 pages/day
+ 3 audiobooks
= with 26H20, that is: 50 mn/day, my best audio time so far this year
5 in mystery:
- The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
- Murder in the Forbidden City, by Amanda Roberts – ebook
- L’homme aux cercles bleus, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
- Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
- A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny – ebook
3 in graphic novel:
- Tonoharu, part 1, by Lars Martinson
- Tonoharu, part 2, by Lars Martinson
- Tonoharu, part 3, by Lars Martinson
2 in nonfiction:
- The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux – ebook
- The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros
1 in literary fiction:
- Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman – audiobook
My favorites in July
A few notes:
My Sherlock Holmes project in audio is over! I listened to all the novels and short stories on him by Conan Doyle! Terrific experience, am going to try to do a video on it
L’homme aux cercles bleus: and so I’m starting another audio project. I plan to listen to Fred Vargas’s Adamsberg series. I have read a few of the series only, so catching up in audio. I discovered eStories, which is cheaper than Audible, and offers books in several languages as well, so I listen to it in its original language, French
Magpie Murders: another terrific mystery by Horowitz, this time a pastiche of Agatha Christie
A Great Reckoning: yes! I managed to catch up with all the books in the series, so now waiting for latest release by Louise Penny, coming out in August, as usual.
Reading Challenges recap
Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 16/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2017 = 65/100 – so 7 books ahead so far
Number of books added to my TBR in July= 36
Blog recap in July
I organized 2 giveaways. The one for August at France Book Tours is now available. A great historical novel.
Most popular book review in July
click on the cover to access my review,
Most popular post last month
– non book review –
The top 11 books to read in July
Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month
Top commenters of the month
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Plans for August
Lots of reviews to catch up with!
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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!
This has to be your best reading month this year! Well done!
actually January was much better, with 12 books and nearly 500 more pages total. Happy August to you too. What was your best read in August?
ive read The Great Reckoning which I loved but there are some title in middle of the series I have yet to read. Do you have a favourite?
I like very much The Beautiful Mystery, #8, the only one so far not set in Three Pines, but it’s only for personal reasons – the monastery setting. They are ALL so well done. you really get more out of them if you read them in the order, you see better the evolution in characters and relationships
It’s interesting that you especially liked the Agatha Christie-style mystery by Anthony Horowitz, since he has also written two Sherlock Holmes novels, The House of Silk and Moriarty, officially sanctioned by the Conan Doyle estate. I have read The House of Silk, and I reviewed it; I haven’t read Moriarty.
ah ah, I can see you didn’t click on the link on the name Horowitz in my “notes” section: it was precisely sending you to my vlog on House of Silk! By the way, he also did a pastiche on James Bond!! My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u40nVkzEBEo
It looks like you had a great July!! That is awesome you got through so many audiobooks! I hope you have a great August although it is halfway over.
the trick is to listen each time you have your hands busy with cooking or the like