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2017: August wrap-up

August 2017 wrap-up

Not sure what really happened this month. Yes, we had Bout of Books, but that does explain completely the insane (compared to my usual averages) amount of pages I devoured. Definitely the best so far this year.

Here is what I read this past month:

14  books:
11 in print
with 3,585 pages, that is: 115 pages/day!
+ 3 audiobooks
with 20H49, that is: 40 mn/day
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 5 in mystery:

  1. Quand sort la recluse, by Fred Vargas – ebook
  2. L’homme à l’envers, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  3. The Sorbonne Affair, by Mark Pryor
  4. Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  5. Enigma, by Catherine Coulter – ebook

4 in historical fiction:

  1. Oswald, the Return of the King, by Edoardo Albert – ebook
  2. Maiden from the Mist, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook
  3. The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin
  4. Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Very French Christmasebook
  2. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick – audiobook

2 in graphic “novel”:

  1. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  2. Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard

 

My favorites in August

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A few notes:

  1. I’m really enjoying this series by Fred Vargas. Two in audio this month, and her latest in print, that I read a bit every week with one of my French students. They are available in English as well. They are exceptional mysteries, with in depth characters and very refined work on vocabulary and mix of styles

  2. With Oswald, I finally finished books that had been for ever on my Netgalley shelf. Now room for some newer ones.

  3. Maiden from the Mist: this is the last book in this series by Tanya Anne Crosby that I translated into French. I will talk more about it when it comes out in October, it was my favorite in the series

  4. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper: received at BEA2016!! I ended up listening to it, and it was actually quite good!

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 = 79/100 – so 12 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in August= 17

Blog recap in August

  • I took part in Bout of Books 20. It was a success for me, with lots of pages read, and tons of bloggers visited, as I decided to volunteer as an Expert this year, which consists basically in encouraging and congratulating the participants as they go along

  • I organized 8 giveaways. The one for September at France Book Tours is now available.

Most popular book review in August

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
I guess lots of students have to read it!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 20: Schedule, Goals, and giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Flashlight Commentary

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 😉

8: Karen at Booker Talk

8: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

8: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,671 posts
over 4,250 subscribers
over 140,000 hits

Plans for September

  • Celebrate my 7th blogiversary on September 29!!

Come back on Monday 4
to see all the books I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

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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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

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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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Book Review: The Shadow of the Cross

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The Shadow of the Cross
Part 1: Imprisonment

Again and again, the Cathars attract the attention of various authors. I have reviewed several books related to them here. This time, it’s a very short graphic novel, the first part of The Shadow of the Cross.

The 34-page books is mostly illustrations. It has one page of introductory narrative and a couple of pages of short dialogs.
After the siege of Montségur in 1243, a small group of Cathars managed to escape to a nearby village, until they were finally discovered. An innocent young man does not understand why a young woman is tortured. So he…. well, you have to guess or read the book.

I was disappointed that the book was so short. Even if the book is published in parts, I think it should at least have 50 pages, as most are illustrations.
BUT, those are wonderful watercolors! The artist is really gifted with colors.
There’s a bit of everything, including illuminations style for the first pages.
There’s also a fabulous sense of movement.
From colors, to faces, to landscape, to architecture, as an artist myself, I REALLY found the art excellent. I kept reopening the book to look at them, not for the story itself.

One thing seems odd to me: the style of the speech bubbles seems too modern and too oversimplified. It does not fit the high quality and sophistication of the paintings on which they are presented. I think something as simple as the choice of font would do the trick.
Also, the cover does not give justice to the beauty of the book.

I actually did a spotlight on the book at the beginning of December. I invite you to go back to it to learn more about the gifted artist, to watch an interview he did for Words And Peace, and find links to his art, etc.

VERDICT: A super short but gorgeous graphic historical novel on an important page of the Cathars history in the south of France.

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I received this ebook free of charge from the publisher.
I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

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