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 BOOKS JUST READ

   just-readclick on the covers to know more about them

CURRENTLY READING

reading now

BOOKS UP NEXT

up-next

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

  February book of the month giveaway
available on France Book Tours

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?

In case you would enjoy a free book, we have a few available:

The top 11 Books to read in February 2017

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in Febuary!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

a-prodigal-saint   a-curious-collection-of-dates

a-forgers-life  The Muralist

A Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People

= scholarly biography of the most well known 19th century Russian saint
A Curious Collection of Dates
= a fun book I won
= for every day of the year, I event related to Sherlock Holmes
A Forger’s Life
= a biography seen at the library
The Muralist
= finally!

READING NEXT

paradise-lost  born-a-crime

till-we-have-faces   flaubert

marie-antoinettes-darkest-days

Paradise Lost
= so excited to reread this for The Classics Club.
I totally fell in love with this book decades ago
Born a Crime
= a couple was so excited about this book,
and I realized BBI was organizing a readalong!
Till We Have Faces
= for my Church book club
Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination
= for a book tour
Marie-Antoinette’s Darkest Days
= for a book tour organized by France Book Tours
= there are still some print copies available!

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

a-study-in-scarlet  trois-jours-et-une-vie

A Study in Scarlet
= for The Classics Club.
I have actually decided to listen to all of Sherlock Holmes.
I have chosen Simon Prebble as narrator.
Except for next audiobook,
I plan to listen to all SH stories,
as they were chronologically released
Trois jours et une vie
= responding to a promotional audiobook offer,
I was totally thrilled to see that for once,
some books were available in French.
The latest by Lemaitre!

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR FEBRUARY?

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2017: January wrap-up

January 2017 wrap-up

Wow, I’m experimenting new ways of reading and reviewing, and it worked marvels for me this past month!

New ways of reading?

  • I said goodbye to a multiplicity of reading challenges, mostly for the sake of wasting less time connecting my reviews to many other web pages

  • Like many other book bloggers, I decided to focus on my TBR

  • I’m thrilled to be in my 2nd year of  The Classics Club

  • Even more strict with review requests, book tours and egalleys, I try to leave room for “wild range reading“, meaning being able to grab a book that catches my eye at the library, instead of saying, Oh, I would love to read this book now, but I have so many scheduled to review for 3 months, I have to wait

New ways of reviewing?

  • Focusing on what I enjoy finding in the reviews by other book bloggers, and what I pay attention to, I have streamlined my reviews

  • No more official synopsis, mine is enough

  • No more details and picture of the author, unless the review is for a book tour

  • Minimum details on publisher, date, etc at the end of my review, with social media links only if the book was received from the publisher/author

  • When reading ebooks, I’m experimenting leaving my ereader wifi on and taking notes and copying and pasting notes on my Evernote, ans then write my review from that.
    Instead of highlighting, then copying most of that on paper, then summarizing it in a review!
    An accident propelled me to try that new formula: for some reason, all the passages I had highlighted in an ebook I had just finished reading disappeared on my kindle. With a bit of research, I realized the memory for highlights is limited, so as I was starting to make highlights in a new book, looks like highlights in the one I had just finished reading disappeared. Sounds like it was a happy fault.

End result:

  • a very very enjoyable month, with A LOT read (compared to my usual stats)

  • it feels so so good to check off books that have been on my physical or digital shelves FOR EVER

  • at the same time, I was thrilled to be able to read books that caught my eye on the moment

  • and A LOT reviewed, so much more than usual. I do plan to keep it this way

So here is what I read in January:

12  books:
10 in print
with 2,386 pages, that is: 76.9 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H31, that is: 26 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon
  2. The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – audio
  3. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – audio
  4. Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras

4 in mystery:

  1. Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis
  2. The Rare Earth Exchange, by Bernard Besson – ebook
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  4. Under the Channel, by Gilles Pétel – ebook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – ebook, graphic novel
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – ebook

 

My favorites in January

        screwtape-letters

The World Between Two Covers  unseen-city

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 15/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 3/12
Mount TBR: 9/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 12/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 27

Blog recap

Most popular book review in January

The World Between Two Coversclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

back-to-the-classics-2017

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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

1: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

1: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,560 posts
over 4,000 subscribers
over 129,00 hits

Plans for February

  • Readalong with Book Bloggers International: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  • Excited to be starting another major classic
  • Just started a major audiobook program!
  • And reading a book for a 2nd book club I joined – this time with my Church
  • More reviews!

 

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

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How was YOUR month of  January?

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!

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