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WWW Wednesdays February 15

 

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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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Bout of Books 18: Day 7 recap

boutofbooks-18#boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, January 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

 Woohoo, I managed:

  • to read 52 pages more than my goal,

  • plus to listen to 4H43 minutes of audiobooks,

  • plus to post 2 reviews,

    and this the week of long Nativity Eve and Day services, and company!!

    Very happy.

So my average this week ended up being:

77.4 pages /day (my goal was 70) plus 40 mn of audiobooks/day

And I finished 4 books:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – BOOK FINISHED

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – BOOK FINISHED

 

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 101  pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 23 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 7 = 101  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 542/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H43

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 67  pages
  2. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 20 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 6 = 67  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 441/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H20

NOTES:

  • Today my Church celebrated the Nativity, so it was really like a Sunday, which means I come back late from Church (so same schedule tomorrow), plus we had some company. Happy I still managed to read, and listen to 20 mn of audiobook, thanks to doing the dishes and preparing the evening meal! Any little thing counts, lol!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 11  pages
  3. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 1H25 mn – FINISHED
  4. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – Audiobook = 30 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 5 = 15  pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 374/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 4H

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my tweet here
    If You Like This, Try This
    Since we all love recommending books, here’s your chance to share the love.
    Example: If you like paranormal romance with bloodthirsty vikings, try Shelly Laurenston’s Call of Crows series.
    Make sure you use the hashtags #BoBIfYouLikeThis and #boutofbooks on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, so we can see your recs.
  2. I wrote the review of the first book I finished for Bout of Books

 NOTES:

  • As predicted with our Nativity Eve prayer service, I was not able to read much today, but cleaning and preparing food allowed me a good time for audiobooks!
  • Today is the Nativity, with another long time in Church, just like a Sunday, plus tonight we have company, so I actually may not be able to reach my goal

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 51 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 3 pages (3 read and 3 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 3 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 8 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 1H14 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 4 =  65 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 359/490
TOTAL AUDIO = 2H05 mn

 NOTES:

  • I didn’t think my titles were working well for Spine Poetry, so I didn’t do the challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 50 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 2 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 20 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 51 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 3 =  76 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 294 /490
AUDIO = 51 mn

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    Book to Movie
    Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

NOTES:

  • And I managed to write my review of The Great and the Good, scheduled for 1/6
  • The Screwtape Letters: OMG, the first pages feel like written a few weeks ago. So so relevant!
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop: why on earth was I thinking it was a play??!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

NOTES:

  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!

NOTES:

  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review – reading

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED AND REVIEWED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – BOOK FINISHED

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy – reading

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – BOOK FINISHED

  •  Audio: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR- listening

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Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 19 – 5/8/2017 — 5/14/2017
Bout of Books 20 – 8/21/2017 — 8/27/2017
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018

 

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