A month of favorites – Favorite Book Covers in 2015


All December,
Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing their fave bookish
experiences from throughout the year.
Click on the logo above to check the schedule
and join the fun

IN 2015

Dec 30 is for
#AMonthofFaves:  Favorite Book Covers From My Reads This Year – what did you like about each one?

Here are my 6 favorites book covers of the books I read this year


And why?

  1. Race to Tibet = gorgeous painting! With interesting idea for the calligraphy, as well as neat details all around the cover, really precious
  2. The Room = whimsy 3D Effect, and perfect for the story
  3. Floats the Dark Shadow = Gothic view of Paris that already puts you so well in the mood of this creepy book
  4. Look Who’s Back = awesome minimalist look for the best satire ever
  5. Armada = great work with letters for this fun sci-fi
  6. So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood = black and white like Modiano’s book, about communication or lack of it, with a watermarked Paris map? right on!





2015: December wrap-up

December 2015 wrap-up

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Even though I didn’t stick to my reading plans for December, and end up with a list very different from the books I had planned to read, I have read a lot, according to my own standards!

Here is what I read in December:

11  books.
9 books, with 2,649 pages, that is: 85.4 pages/day.
2 audiobooks, with 16:06 hours, that is: 31 min/day

5 in mystery :

  1. A Rule Against Murder, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton
  3. Late Harvest Havoc, by Alaux and Balen – ebook
  4. The Lady Agnes Mystery vol 2, by Andrea Japp
  5. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Chergui’s Child, by Jane Riddell – ebook
  2. The Islanders, by Pascal Garnier – ebook
  3. Numero Zero, by Umberto Eco – audio

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough – ebook
  2. The Homilies, by Saint Gregory Palamas

1 in historical mystery:

  1. Highland Fire, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook


My favorites in December

   Lady Agnes vol 2  The Wright Brothers

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 40/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 21/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 45/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 20/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 34/21-30 – DONE
New authors challenge: 56/50 – DONE
New Release (2015): 54/31-45 – DONE
Nonfiction challenge: 14/16-20
TBR challenge: 5/12
Books in Translation: 29/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 109/100

Number of books added to my TBR in December = 32

Blog recap

  • I’ve been participating in #amonthoffaves
  • I’ve been interviewed by The Book Trail
  • I’m finally joining again some memes, such as Teaser Tuesdays, Sunday Sentence, n
  • 6 of the 11 books read were received for review, plus one for work, to translate it into French

  • French Bingo 2016 is open for sign up. Let me know if you find the explanations not clear enough. Time to recap your 2015 BINGO if you want to win a book!

  • I organized 4 giveaways in November. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the nest giveaway there!

Most popular book review in December

The Tree of Manclick 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

A Little Reading

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 😉

11: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
10: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
9: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write


Blog milestones

1,253 posts
over 3,450 subscribers
over 102,500 hits

Blog plans for January

  • I’m participating in #amonthoffaves. One last post scheduled for tomorrow
  • I will be part of Bout of Books 15. Don’t forget to join!
  • Come back soon to see my mega stats and what I plan to read in January, as well as the reading challenges I will attempt in 2016!

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How was YOUR month of  December?
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!

A month of favorites – This is How I Read


All December,
Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing their fave bookish
experiences from throughout the year.
Click on the logo above to check the schedule
and join the fun


reading bug

Dec 28 is for
#AMonthofFaves: This is How I Read – how do you pick your next book; what do you do after you’re finished reading a book (do you write a blog post, update Goodreads, put reviews on Amazon etc.; immediately start another book or let the book?)

So this is how I read, whether it’s a book in print, in digital format, or an audiobook. And I usually always have at least one of each of these 3 categories going on at the same time:


  • I usually post a picture on Instagram of the book I’m starting @wordsandpeace1
  • I also move that book on my “currently reading” Goodreads shelf
  • I start a new page on my Reading Notebook, as I take notes as I read – it makes my review writing so much easier! I also copy passages that I find would be neat to insert in my review


  • I update the info on Goodreads
  • I write down the book title and author in my Alphabetical notebook – having destroyed the one I had form my youth to 2001, I now want to be sure I have records of my reading since 2001, just in case internet explodes one day…
  • I update my Reading Recap google spreadsheet
  • and my Reading Challenges google spreadsheet – these 2 spreadsheets helps me mightily for my monthly stats and my mega stats at the end of the year
  • ideally (I still dream of doing this on a regular basis, one day I will…), I would write my review right away, but I do only when I finished the just in time to post on the date I had promised to the author/publisher


  • I read the notes I took in my notebook and underline in red what I plan in insert in my review
  • I publish my review post – this goes automatically to twitter, facebook, and Google +
  • I post my recap paragraph on Goodreads and leave there a link to my full review
  • I do the same on Babelio (the French equivalent to Goodreads) if relevant to the book I read
  • if it’s on a book I got for free by the author/publisher as an exchange for a review, I also cross-post my review on Amazon and Barnes & Noble


  • I have another Google spreadsheet where I list chronologically a list of the books I absolutely need to read, if I got them for review from the author/publisher
  • If I have some time before next due schedule, then it all depends on the mood of the moment: I may choose a book on my TBR bookshelf (either the physical one or the digital one), where I have placed them in the order I feel like I absolutely want to read this book asap!
  • OR I may look at the list of Reading Challenges and see which book I should read to get closer to my goal.
  • OR I may dive into a book I saw on the shelves at the library and could not resist (I go there at least 3 times/week, it’s only 10 minutes away from my house on foot, perfect destination for a daily walk, AND it’s just an amazing place!)