2016: March-April wrap-up

March-April 2016 wrap-up

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March has been quite eventful and full of cold showers, in the weather and in life. Celebrating half a century one day, experiencing my father-in-law’s passing, at almost 102, the next!
Even though it happened in great peace, with no pain, no struggle, and in a prayerful way, still it was exhausting emotionally and physically, and it took us a while to get back to our routine.
April has been busy too with Lent and we just celebrated Holy Week and our Pascha on May 1st (so many wonderful and long services in church)! Yes, this year we Orthodox Christians had a very late date for it. Next year, we will all celebrate Easter on the same day.
But I did read!
Hence this recap for both March and April.

Here is what I read in March:

6  books
with 1,534 pages, that is: 49.4 pages/day

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, by Olga Lossky
  2. How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel, by Pierre Bayard
  3. In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Sword of the Maiden, by Kathleen C. Perrin

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Mon amie américaine, by Michèle Halberstadt

1 in mystery:

  1. Too Close to the Edge, by Pascal Garnier – ebook

And what I read in April:

8  books
with 2,449 pages, that is: 81.6 pages/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Le temps retrouvé, by Marcel Proust – ebook
  2. L’étranger, by Albert Camus – ebook
  3. Meursault, contre-enquête, by Kamel Daoud – ebook

3 in historical fiction:

  1. The Rivals of Versailles, by Sally Christie
  2. Sent to the devil, by Laura Lebow
  3. Le collier rouge, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

2 in mystery:

  1. Pars vite et reviens tard, by Fred Vargas
  2. The Girl Who Stayed, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

A few notes:

  1. With Le temps retrouvé read this month, it means that after 3 years, I finally finished reading the 7 books of In Search of Lost Time. More about my impressions on that work later
  2. I reread another French classic, L’étranger, because I wanted to read Daoud’s recent spin on it, and I read the book by Camus about 35 years ago! I needed a refresher!
  3. I read 2 other books in French, as I experimented with the equivalent of Netflix for books in print and in French!
  4. Do you notice the big absent from these recaps? No audiobooks!! I don’t have much time for audiobooks right now, and the one I’m listening is dragging. Great topic, but not the most exciting audio rendition! Looking forward to going back to Louise Penny!

My favorites in March

     The Sword of the Maiden  Toward the endless day

My favorites in April

  sent to the devil   Pars vite

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 16/25
Audiobook: 3/15
Classics Club: 3/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 11/30
Ebook challenge: 14/25
Historical fiction: 6/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 14/50
New Release (2016): 10/30
Nonfiction challenge: 4/15
Books in Translation: 7/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 27/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March and April = 53

Blog recap

  • I hosted 6 guest-posts or interview these past 2 months, and was myself interviewed, as a literary translator
  • 6 of the 14 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews!

  • I organized 7 giveaways in February. The one for May at France Book Tours is here. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the weekly ones.

Most popular book review in April

The Rivals of Versailles

click on the cover to access my review,
written in 2012!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Spotlight on Pigeon-Blood Red

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Italy Book Tours

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 😉

4: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice
3: Karen at Booker Talk
2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,347 posts
over 3,690 subscribers
over 111,500 hits

Plans for May

Well, the BIG plan is of course BEA! For once, I will not be participating in the Armchair version, as I’ll be able to go to it in person, being basically organized in my backyard. Looking forward to seeing many of you, especially on the first day focused on bloggers.

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

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How was YOUR month of  April?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

2016: February wrap-up

February 2016 wrap-up

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Already in March, yeah, Spring around the corner!
This past month has seen ups and downs both in temperature and in books read, from boring to fantastic

Here is what I read in February:

6  books.
5 books, with 1,623 pages, that is: 55.9 pages/day.
1 audiobooks, with 12:43 hours, that is: 26 min/day

3 in mystery :

  1. Messandrierre, by Angela Wren – ebook
  2. Greenwash, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
  3. Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny – audio

2 in historical fiction :

  1. The Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee – ebook
  2. The Vatican Princess, by CW Gortner – ebook

1 literary fiction

  1. Oblivion, by Sergei Lebedev – ebook

Sounds like it’s the first time I can’t list any books in print! Though I’m in the process of reading 3 at the same time…
For the favorites, this is REALLY tough!

 

My favorites in February

    Oblivion   Bury Your Dead

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 5/25
Audiobook: 3/15
Classics Club: 1/50
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 7/30
Ebook challenge: 9/25
Historical fiction: 2/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 7/50
New Release (2016): 3/30
Nonfiction challenge: 1/15
Books in Translation: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 13/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 40

Blog recap

Most popular book review in February

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review,
written in 2012!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

#BBAW#1

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Books on the Table

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 😉

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice
2: Karen at Booker Talk
1: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,320 posts
over 3,620 subscribers
over 108,000 hits

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

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How was YOUR month of  February?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

2016: January wrap-up

January 2016 wrap-up

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January is starting slow in reading, with no big ah ah moments. Hopefully, it will get better soon.

Here is what I read in January:

7  books.
5 books, with 1,126 pages, that is: 36.3 pages/day.
2 audiobooks, with 16:31 hours, that is: 31 min/day

4 in mystery :

  1. The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson – audio
  2. Red Handed, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
  3. Blue Moon, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
  4. The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny – audio

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Couple Mechanics, by Nelly Alard
  2. Albertine disparue, by Marcel Proust – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. La cache, by Christophe Boltanski – ebook

 

 

My favorite in January

   The Brutal Telling

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 3/25
Audiobook: 2/15
Classics Club: 1/50
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 4/30
Ebook challenge: 4/25
Historical fiction: 0/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 4/50
New Release (2016): 1/30
Nonfiction challenge: 1/15
Books in Translation: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 7/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 29

Blog recap

  • At the beginning of January, I published my 2015 reading stats, always fun
  • I’ve FINALLY joined The Classics Club and pledged to read 50 classics in 5 years
  • I participated in Bout of Books, though it ended up in total disaster with a major computer crash
  • I participated in Blogging 101, where I learned a lot. I still need to work on a few items.
  • I have reviewed a few books read last year and which I had not reviewed yet! Getting better at reviewing as soon as I’ve finished reading.
    As I say that, you may wonder then why 4 books listed above have no review!
    – I will review Colleen Cross’s books when I have finished  translated the third, as it’s a trilogy
    – I plan to review a bunch of books by Louise Penny when I am done with the series (of the books published so far)
    – And I will talk about Proust when I’m done with the LAST volume, which I just started! Phew!
  • Apart from reviews, I have more often posted for several memes
  • 2 of the 7 books I read were received for review, plus two for work, to translate into French
  • French Bingo 2016 has 14 participants. Why not add some fun to your reading life and join?

  • I organized 4 giveaways in January. The one for February at France Book Tours is here. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the weekly ones.

Most popular book review in January

Couple Mechanicsclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

French Bingo 2016

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Broke and the Bookish

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
2: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

Blog milestones

1,300 posts
over 3,550 subscribers
over 105,760 hits

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

  • Publish 2 last reviews due in 2015!
  • Write a few short reviews posts for 2015
  • Do a couple of videos, also for books read last year!
  • Keep at reviewing a book as soon as I’m done!

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How was YOUR month of  January?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!