2020: August wrap-up

August 2020 WRAP-UP

I can’t believe it’s already the end of Summer. I’m already dreading winter…
But it also means lots of other great upcoming books to read. More about that tomorrow.
Let’s focus today on what I just read.
I managed to read 28 books for 20 books of Summer. I hope to have time to post a recap on that on September 3rd.

📚 For now, here is what I read in August.
It’s actually a pathetic 7 books. I thought I had read a lot. So the only explanation is that I’m actually in the process of reading lots of books – for readalongs. So only a few pages a day.
Oh also, I have spent some evening time obsessed by foreign language learning (Italian and Russian)!

I’m glad I participated in Bout of Books and had a great reading week, that helped a bit with the monthly stats.

7 books:
3 in print 
with 1,005 pages, a daily average of 32 pages/day
4 in audio
= 23H29
, a daily average of 45 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Il était deux fois, by Franck Thilliez – French audio
  2. The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo – ebook, received or review
  3. The Big Four, #5 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  4. Don’t Look For Me, by Wendy Walker –  for Criminal Element. Review live mid September
  5. Killer Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury – ebook, received or review. Counts for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The First Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Second Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club


Killer Come Back to Me Don't Look for Me


Classics Club: 42/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 79/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 5


Marie Antoinette's World No Woods So Dark As These The English Grammar Workbook for Adult


The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a historical novel with a famous musician in Paris.
The other is a horror novel based on a super famous French classic!
And I’m going to post a third one very soon: a Middle Grade historical novel!


Marie Antoinette's World

click on the cover to access my review
Which shows that negative reviews can bring you lots of readers!!


Classic Spin #24
A book I haven’t even started!!


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to see the books I plan to read in September,
and some major milestone!!

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How was YOUR month of August?


Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

Book review and giveaway: Marie Antoinette’s World

Marie Antoinette's World

Marie Antoinette’s World:
Intrigue, Infidelity, And Adultery
In Versailles,
by Will Bashor
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
320 pages
History/Biographical nonfiction


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Publisher  IndieBound
and other links available on the author’s page

Queen Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI’s wife, was never fully accepted by the French. Yet since her death, and mostly since the 19th century, she has received many signs of honor, bordering on the cult given to a martyr. With Marie Antoinette’s World: Intrigue, Infidelity, and Adultery in Versailles, Will Bashor dares debunk all the romantic views of the queen, thanks to his scholarly knowledge and research. Click to continue reading

The top 8 books to read in August 2020

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in August 2020

Click on the covers to know more


The Inugami Curse

 Le Livre de Perle       Psalm 118 

📚 The Inugami Curse (August 25, 2020 – first published in 1972), by Seishi Yokomizo
Received for review

A fiendish classic murder mystery, from one of Japan’s greatest crime writers.
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan’s terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer, and lift the curse wreaking its bloody revenge on the Inugamis.
The Inugami Curse is a fiendish, intricately plotted classic mystery from a giant of Japanese crime writing, starring the legendary detective Kosuke Kindaichi.

📚 Le Livre de Perle (2014), by Timothée de Tombelle
Reading with another of my French students.

I rarely read YA and fantasy, but I’ll do almost anything to adjust to the interest of my students, so here I am in a new adventure.
This author is very well know in France for these genres.
Its very beautifully written, fantasy actually combined with a historical novel.

📚 Psalm 118: A Commentary by Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)
Psalm 118 is my favorite of all psalms, with its fascinating structure. This commentary is so rich! I only read a bit every day.


Killer Come Back to Me Vesper Flights

Don't Look for Me

📚 Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
To be published on August 18th 2020 by Penguin Random House
Ebook received for review through Edelweiss”

I had no idea he wrote crime stories, so it will be fun to discover (and will count for The Classics Club). Don’t you love the cover?

“Celebrating Ray Bradbury’s centennial, a collection of his finest crime stories — tales as strange and wonderful as his signature fantasy.”

📚 Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
To be published on August 27 by Vintage
Ebook received for review through Netgalley

I rarely read essays, but I’m very much interested in the topic and I really enjoyed her previous book, H is For Hawk

“From the internationally acclaimed author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. In Vesper Flights Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved pieces, along with new essays on topics and stories ranging from nostalgia and science fiction to the true account of a refugee’s flight to the UK. Her pieces ranges from accounts of swan upping on the Thames to watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary to seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. She writes about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, what we do when we watch wildlife and why.
This is a book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make the world around us, by one of this century’s most important and insightful nature writers.”

📚 Don’t Look For Me, by Wendy Walker
To be published on September 15, by St. Martin’s Press
Book received for review for Criminal Element

I have really enjoyed the author’s three previous books, All Is Not Forgotten, Emma in the Night, and The Night Before, so this is a must.

“The greatest risk isn’t running away.
It’s running out of time.
The car abandoned miles from home.
The note found at a nearby hotel.
The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.
They called it a “walk away.”
It happens all the time.
Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.
But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke?”


Il était deux fois The Big Four

📚 Il était deux fois, by Franck Thilliez (2020)
I have already listened to two other books by this famous French author of thrillers. There are some pretty horrific details at times, but man, this guy knows how to write a thriller!!

Julie disappeared when she was 17.
Twelve years later, her dad, a cop who investigated a lot to find her, wakes up in a hotel room, not remembering anything from the past 12 years, and with ID papers bearing another person’s name. Why? What happened? Who is he? Where’s Julie?
This plot is unbelievable, so clever, with books within the book.

📚 The Big Four, by Agatha Christie (1927) Hercule Poirot #4
For my project to listen to all of Hercule Poirot’s novels and stories, in chronological order, to honor the 100th anniversary of his first appearance.

“Framed in the doorway of Poirot’s bedroom stood an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust. The man’s gaunt face stared for a moment, then he swayed and fell. Who was he? Was he suffering from shock or just exhaustion? Above all, what was the significance of the figure 4, scribbled over and over again on a sheet of paper? Poirot finds himself plunged into a world of international intrigue, risking his life to uncover the truth about ‘Number Four’.”


Listed on the homepage 

List of books I can swap with yours

Review copies (historical novel and horror) available at France Book Tours


📚 20 Books of Summer 2020
I have already read 21/20!

📚 Bout of Books
Aug 17-23.
Though it has a different format this year, with reading sprints replacing the daily challenges, so I doubt it’s going to work with me with my work schedule.

📚 Classics Club Spin #24
I will post my list on August 6, and on August 10, you will know which book I got. I will have until end of September to read it.

📚 Review several books received through The Callisto Publisher’s Club. I still have several  books behind

📚 I have a few reviews to catch up with, and mostly, I’d like to post more notes from the last theological book I read, and from the one I am currently reading.

📚 Do more Tweeter/Periscope short videos for my daily reading  journal

📚 Update my Links page!

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