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The top 11 Books to read in April 2017

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in April!

 Click on the covers to know more


   paradise-lost  the-sun-king-conspiracy

To Open One's Heart  Beyond the Wild River

Paradise Lost
= enjoying it, a few pages at a time
The Sun King Conspiracy
= great historical mystery set in 17th century France
To Open’s One Heart
= by famous French Orthodox theologian
Beyond The Wild River
= upcoming by Sarah Maine,
whose previous novel I really enjoyed


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  My Cousin Rachel

Tender is the Night  Charlotte's Web

Waking Gods

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
= for Classics Spin #15
My Cousin Rachel
= with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs
Tender is the Night
= with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club
Charlotte’s Web
for the Classics Children’s Lit Event 5
Waking Gods
= sequel of Sleeping Giants,
which I really enjoyed


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes  The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles
= for my audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
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2017: March wrap-up

March 2017 wrap-up

March has been dragging on, teasing us with some days in the 70s, or even a couple of hours, to plummet back in the 30s and 40s. And lately a lot of run. So if you can’t go hiking because it’s too wet, what else can you do? Read!

Here is what I read in March.
A low total of pages, mostly due to the fact
that actually everyday I’m reading a few pages of 4 books. Two of them are based on the calendar, so I won’t be down with them until end of 2017. So I will only count them next December.

9  books:
8 in print
with 1,738 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 10H09, that is: 19 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson – ebook
  2. La nuit sacrée, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  3. Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  2. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstads and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko
  3. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Remnants, by Carolyn Arnold – ebook
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Enemies of Versailles, by Sally Christie


My favorites in March

la-nuit-sacree   Hell's Gate

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 19/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 31/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March= 15

Blog recap in March

Most popular book review in March

the-lotteryclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 10 books to read in March

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 😉

3: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

3: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,595 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 132,600 hits

Plans for March

  • Still persevering with and enjoying thoroughly The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • With my current plan of focusing on my TBR and being more strict at accepting books for reviews, I am discovering an advantage I had not thought about originally at the beginning of the year. I can combine flexibility with other events going on in the blogosphere. That’s how I ended up reading La nuit sacrée in March: it had been on my TBR for a while, and a great opportunity came up to read it in March, as Travel The World In Books was focusing on North African authors.

  • So along these lines, in April, besides the book I need to read for The Classics Spin, I will try to read other books on my TBR and on my list for The Classics Club: My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs; Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club;  and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5. And other books of course

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

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How was YOUR month of  March?

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!







Book review: A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt

prodigal-saintA Prodigal Saint:
Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People

by Nadieszda Kizenko


A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People is a very thorough presentation. This is not a hagiography, but a scholarly biography, as unbiased as possible, based on many contemporary documents, including letters received by the saint. Each chapter is nicely summarized in the last paragraphs of each section.

The strength of the book is how it situates John (1829-1908) in the context of his time, his country and his people, as is highlighted in the title itself.


Some of you may have noticed that I started another blog a few months ago. On Myrtle Skete, I will exclusively post book reviews, reading notes, conferences, and pictures related to Orthodoxy.

If you are intrigued and want to read my full review of this book, please come this way.


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