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Book review: Colored Pencil Painting Portraits

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Painting Portraits:
Master a Revolutionary Method

for Rendering Depth
and Imitating Life

by Alyona Nickelsen
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications in 2017
Genres: Art, Colored Pencils, Portraits, Nonfiction
Pages: 184

Colored Pencil Painting Portraits is presented as a revolutionary method, and it is, as it explains how to paint with colored pencils, with examples of portraits that look so true to life, as you can see already on the book cover.

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2017: October wrap-up

October 2017 wrap-up

I took some time off this past month, so for me, it means less books read: if I’m on vacation, I walk a lot, in nature or else, and then I’m totally spent and sleep. So this month is my lowest stat for the year so far.
BUT we did listen to 2 audiobooks, as it was a long drive

Here is what I read this past month:

5  books:
3 in print
with 1,112 pages, that is: 35 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 20H20, that is: 39 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz – audiobook
  2. The Resistance Man, by Martin Walker – audiobook
  3. Concerto pour quatre mains, by Paul Colize

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Artemis, by Andy Weir – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel


My favorite in October

Concerto pour quatre mains

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 = 92/100 – so 8 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in October= 20

Blog recap in October

  • As part of my vacation, I went to Three Pines/Knowlton, in Quebec. It was so neat, we decided to stay and spend a night there. I hope to have soon some time to tell you all about it, with pictures!

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for November at France Book Tours is now available.

Most popular book review in October


click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
Yes, again the most viewed this month!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime: Chap 9-14 read-along

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Freda’s Voice

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 😉

10: Karen at Booker Talk

10: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

10: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,701 posts
over 4,270 subscribers
over 142,900 hits

Plans for November

  • Participate in Nonfiction November #NonficNov

  • Catch up with tons of things. For instance, go back and finish The Divine Comedy!!

  • Implement recommendations received through the blogiversary survey

Come back on Saturday
to see all the books I plan to read in November!

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How was YOUR month of  October?

Month in Review

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!






















Sunday Sentence: Drawing Lessons

Sunday Sentence Drawing Lessons

Drawing Lessons

(women’s fiction)

 Release date: October 1, 2017
at Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 978-1542045872
352 pages

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Sunday Sentence
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The Quivering Pen




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