JANUARY 2022 WRAP-UP
2022 is starting fantastically on the reading front, as well as on the blogging front, with lots of posts, and my highest number ever of visitors and visits, thanks!
One big thing is that so far, with 15 books read, I have managed a review for each. Some longer reviews and some shorter ones, mostly posted in the Sunday Post. This format seems to be working so far.
Besides several memes,
I posted my traditional three posts on the previous year stats.
I also participated in Bout of Books 33.
📚 Here is what I read in January:
11 in print
= with 2,172 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
4 in audio
= 40H12, a daily average of 1H17 (exactly same average as in December 2021!!)
4 in mystery:
- Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi – French audio
- Entre deux mondes, by Olivier Norek – French audio
- L’Inconnue de la Seine, by Guillaume Musso – French audio
- L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre (Maigret #14), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student – counts for The Classics Club
3 in nonfiction:
- Passport, by Sophia Glock – graphic “novel”
- Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom For a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton
- Les Chemins du cœur : L’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église, by Placide Deseille – Orthodox spirituality
3 in children books:
- How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo – Middle Grade, counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club
- Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein – picture book
- Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo – Middle Grade
2 in science fiction:
- The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu – counts for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
- Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber – French audio
2 in literary fiction:
- Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain – received for review, counts for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
- The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori – counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club
1 in play:
- Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima – counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club
MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 102/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 3/12 books
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge: 5/10+
Total of books read in 2022 = 15/120 (13%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 38
OTHER BOOKS REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH
Click on the covers to access the reviews
The open giveaways are on my homepage = will be updated on February 1st
REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE
Posted on my homepage = will be updated on February 1st
And we offer a Book Box!
MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH
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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH
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Marianne at Let’s Read
Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy
Greg at Book Haven
please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs
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And here are the books
I plan to read in February
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How was YOUR month of JANUARY?
Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Great reading month! I’m intrigued by Before the Coffee Gets Cold – it’s a great title and a cute cover
It’s really good. Worthy of the hype
Congrats on the successful reading and blogging month! I hope February is good to you.
Thanks! To you too
It’s my dream to be able to read 15 books in a month, lol. Maybe if I quit working! So glad you had a great month😁
My solution is no TV, and listen to audiobooks while doing any house chores. I only read in the evening after supper and dishes. I’m also quite busy with work by day and don’t have time for reading
I’m always amazed by your productivity, Emma! I had a good reading month as well, with a couple of books for Japanese Literary Challenge as well, plus some paperbacks I bought recently. A good start to the reading year!
Awesome! On my way to your blog
I love how varied your reads are. I should learn a lesson here!
That may come with old age, lol
Glad January has been so productive. hope the trend continues for the rest of the year too.
Let’s hope so
My January was good, thank you – I had my birthday so a lovely pile of books came in with that and I had good reading, too. Favourites were Wahala by Nikki May and River Kings by Cat Jarman.
Happy belated birthday! Nice gifts
You did well in January for reading! Very impressed with my wide range of genres you covered too.
Thanks. Yes, I try to put diversity in my reading
Very impressive reading month, with such variety of genres. Bussi and Simenon are favourites of mine as well.
And Bussi has a new one out today! Nouvelle Babel: https://youtu.be/hZnHzzOeffs
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I guess I have to wait for the translation. I see he also came out with one in 2021, Rien ne t’efface. I can’t see that it has been translated yet either.
I don’t understand why they don’t publish them in English faster. Rien ne t’efface is available in Russian!
He has also published recently 2 amazing YA. But if you haven’t yet his older ones, please do: After The Crash, and Black Water Lilies are both excellent
Seems to be the same in Swedish. The last translated is Nymphás noirs. As regards the English (not thinking of the US, since they make their own translations I think?) it might have something to do with Brexit? A pity though. I presume they will come with time. I have read Time is a Killer, After the Crash and Black Water Lilies. All excellent.
No, usually only the cover is different between English and American version of French books. Actually, lots of translators are British, and they use the British spelling and vocabulary.
Two others I love and are available in English: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34095099-don-t-let-go and https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42792727-the-double-mother
Let me know if you want an ecopy of either or both
Well done for keeping up with the reviews – I read just half the number you did and am already behind with the reviews. There are also some from last year that I still need to get to
Choosing short format for some does help a lot. Also, I try to be more disciplined: writing a few lines right after I finish a book, before launching right away into the next one… Hard exercise!
That’s a good tip. I shall have a go at that because it has to be easier than trying to remember the book weeks later.
Exactly! I’m horrified to see I have a hard time remembering some books I read 3 months ago – without taking notes.
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I’m so glad your year has gotten off to a good start. My reading year has as well, with more goodies in store this month. Always nice to see what you are up to.
That’s one of the joys of blogging, to see what others are reading and finding great new titles
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Sounds like January was a great month for you. Hope February is working out as well.
Thanks, so far so good. And for you too!
What a good reading month for you – a great start to the new year! And you’re doing well on your challenges.
Hope that February is just as good!
Book By Book
Thanks, February is doing good s far as well. I hope it’s going well for you as well
Congrats on your highest number of visitors!!
some great stats. keep up the good work
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