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2018: March-April wrap-up

March-April 2018 wrap-up

Sometimes, life goes too fast…
Reading time is getting scarce these days, and let’s not talk about blogging time…

So here are the few books I read these past 2 months: 

11  books:
8 in print 
with 2,230 pages, an average of 36 pages/day
3 in audio
with 34H36, an average of 33mn/day

So more audio time than usual, but about half less reading time!

7 in mystery

  1. Look For Her, by Emily Winslow – for review
  2. Temps glaciaires, by Fred Vargas – audio in French
  3. I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh
  4. Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime story, by Anne Meredith – ebook, for review
  5. Nymphéas noirs, by Michel Bussi – audio in French
  6. Gallic Noir, vol 1, by Pascal Garnier – for review
  7. Debout les morts, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

2 in “graphic novels”:

  1. Baby Monkey, Private Eye, by Brian Selznick = actually a picture book
  2. Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) = actually a biography

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric – for Classic Club

1 in science-fiction/dystopia/fantasy:

  1. Ankaran Immersion, by Will Weisser

My favorites in March-April

  Les nymphéas noirs   Portrait of a Murderer

Blog recap for March-April

  • I did manage to post a short video where I read a poem both in French and English, for National Poetry Month. Thanks to the Book Cougars for inviting me! See details about them under my youtube video

  • I hosted 4 spotlights with giveaway – be sure you enter the May book of the month giveaway at France Book Tours

  • I participated in a few memes, which I had not done for a while: Top 10 Tuesday, WWW Wednesdays, Mailbox Monday, and a more recent for me: Six Degrees of Separation

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 22/50 (until end of 2020) or 33/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 1/12!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 22/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March-April= 45

Most popular book review in April


click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 9-14 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Bloggers International

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,783 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 153,850 hits

Plans for May

Finish the Classic book I was supposed to read before end of April!!
Catch up with reviews, ah ah.
Do a few reviews, ah ah


Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in May!

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How was YOUR month of  April?

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!























WWW Wednesdays March14


  WWW Wednesdays 2

WWW Wednesdays


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click on the covers to know more about them


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March book of the month giveaway
available on France Book Tours


Look for Her




Year of reading 2017 statistics

After the list of my 2017 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2017.

Year of reading 2017
Part 2: Statistics

2017 was an amazing reading year.
I read more books than last year, though apparently shorter ones, so less pages! But the big difference is in audiobooks.
88 books reads (81 in 2016), and 25 listened to (14 in 2016) = 113, which is an average of 9.4/month (7.9 in 2016).

Books read in 2017:
. That’s an average of 7.3/month
Total of 23,037 pages (24,993 in 2016), which is an average of 63 pages/day.
Not counting the 3 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 203 pages/book, (308 in 2016!)!

Books listened to in 2017:
[14 in 2016]. This is an average of 2.08/month.
Total of 11,654 mn (9,205 min in 2016) with an average of 31 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 8 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

av page 2017

The lowest average in October is due to vacation time

av min 2017

Nice that no average was under 15 mn/day

Genre 2017

Nonfiction and mystery increased since last year

Format 2017

7% more audio than last year!
And so for the first time, less than 50% in print

Authors 2017

= far from the almost perfect balance of last year…

Authors Nationality 2017

4 more countries represented than last year,
and 8 more than 2 years ago!

Languages 2017

less diversity than last year

In translation: 21 [32 in 2016]:

  • 14 from the French
  • 2 from the Italian
  • 1 from the Russian, the German, Japanese, Greek, and Swedish

19 in original language: in French
3 translated by me from English-French

Out of a Total of 85 authors,
48 were new to me (56.04 %. It was 70.5% in 2016)

Books by the same author: 35 [27 in 2016]:
9 by Conan Doyle
7 by Vargas
3 by Louise Penny,  Delahaye, Martinson
and 2 by Crosby, Milton, McClendon, Horowitz, C. S. Lewis

Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
Martine fête son anniversaire, by Gilbert Delahaye
Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Oldest: Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)
Newest: Artemis, by Andy Weir (11/14/2017)

Publication year 2017

13% less of brand new books.
More picky, and working on my TBR!

Source 2017

Now almost as many books from my library than books received for review.
More picky at accepting titles.
More bought bought – due to EStories audio subscription

20 countries these books led me to (22 last year) : France (35), US (20), England (18), Canada (6), Scotland (4), Japan (4), India (2), Italy (2), Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Iceland, Iraq, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, on the Moon

Shortest book: Martina en bateau, by Gilbert Delahaye – 19 pages (beautiful children book read with a French student)

Longest book: The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin563 pages.

Longest audio: Dans les bois éternels, by Fred Vargas – 12:31 hours

Funniest: One Sip at a Time, by Keith Van Sickle

Most Unique Book: The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux

Most tear-jerker: Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Most disappointing: Artemis, by Andy Weir

Creepy: Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis

Eye-opener: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

Best reading companion: The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

Beautiful illustrations: The Sherlock Holmes Book (DK)

Biggest discovery: Icon, by Georgia Briggs (Dystopian YA, with Orthodox themes!)

Favorite characters of the year: Armand Gamache (Louise Penny’s series), Adamsberg (Fred Vargas’s series), Alizée (The Muralist), Matteo (Hell’s Gate), Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web), Sorcha (Maiden from the Mist), Arthur (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper), Tancred (The Hidden Keys), Euphrosyne (Icon), Clémentine (Sous les vents de Neptune)

Classics I finally got to read:
All of Sherlock Holmes
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras
Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson
Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
The Golden Key, by George MacDonald
Paradise Lost, by John Milton
Paradise Regained, by John Milton
Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Two Days Gone
Britt-Marie Was Here
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
The Golden Key
The Hidden Keys
Everything I Never Told You
The Obituary Writer
The Great and The Good
The Little Paris Bookshop
The Muralist
The Rare Earth Exchange
Under the Channel
Concerto pour quatre mains
L’homme aux cercles bleus

Which authors new to me in 2017 that I now want to keep reading?
Randall Silvis, Gilles Pétel, Georgia Briggs

New Series I want to pursue:
No exciting new series, but keep working on the one by Fred Vargas

Best title: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman
Un avion sans elle,
by Michel Bussi

Longest book title:
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

Shortest book title: Icon, by Georgia Briggs








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