2019: May-June-July wrap-up

MAY-JUNE-JULY WRAP-UP

A lot has been going on these last three months, and I haven’t done much blogging. I plan to be more active again, so I’ll start with this mega three months recap, as last one was for April!!

On another level, after 14 months or work, I have finally decided to stop translating for Orthodoxie.com/en. It was fascinating work, and gave me the opportunity to keep up with Orthodox news throughout the world, but they have no fund, and I was getting only a few dollars per hour. As I needed many hours to translate every day, I also had less time to teach French, so even less income coming!

Until next major translation project, I plan to do more marketing for France Book Tours – if you know new bloggers who are looking to review books, tell them about it. I’m going to have new titles, with even more incentive! The general sign up page is here.

I would also like to dedicate more time to preparing my next book. A third of it is ready. The book was commissioned by a publisher, it will be another anthology (I published my first one eleven years ago!), but this time from Orthodox authors, and for each day of the year.

Before going into books, I’d like to share this awesome service I found through @EmAndHerBooks. You can post all your links in one place. See my result. Really cool!

Enough chatting, let’s go back to my reading.
I’ll give the numbers per month, for my year stats, and then the list by genre for the all this period.

So here is what I read in May:

5 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
= 12H29
, an average of 24 minutes

In June: 

8 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, (yes! the exact same number of pages as in May!),
an average of 41 pages/day
4 in audio!
= 38H50
, an average of 1H17!

And in July:

6 books:
5 in print 
with 1,521 pages, an average of 49 pages/day
1 in audio
= 6H49
, an average of 13 minutes

So that’s a total of 19 books, in the following genres:

12 in mystery:

  1. Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox
  2. Redemption Point, by Candice Fox
  3. The Night Before, by Wendy Walker
  4. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis – for Criminal Element
  5. A Better Man, by Louise Penny – for Criminal Element
  6. The Gomorrah Gambit, by Tom Chatfield – for Criminal Element
  7. The Sentence is Death, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook
  8. The Reunion, by Guillaume Musso – for Criminal Element
  9. La fille de Brooklyn, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  10. La vie secrète des écrivains, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  11. Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi – in audio
  12. J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi – in audio

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos – ebook
  2. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck – audio, for Classics Club
  3. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Exposed, by Jean-Philippe Blondel – for France Book Tours
  2. Vintage 1954, by Antoine Laurain

1 in science fiction:

  1. We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin- audio, for Classics Club

1 in dystopia:

  1. The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa – ebook

I have a few reviews almost ready to go, so I should be able to post them these coming weeks.

Obviously, with so many great titles, it’s really hard to pick a couple of favorites, so I’ll focus on great books by new to me authors.

MY FAVORITES IN MAY-JUNE-JULY

Talk to me

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 45/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 52/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 11

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Reunion

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in August


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How was YOUR month of July?

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

 

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The top 8 books to read in May 2019

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in May 2019

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

     If you love me

the night before Talk to me

Don Quixote
For the 2nd part, I’m doing a read-along with Lory at The Emerald City. I’m sup[er super slow on this, the problem being, I read the book on the computer, as I have other books already going on 3 devices… and print of course. And all my work is already on the computer, so at the end of the day, either I’m tired of it, or I forget I need to spend more time there for Don Quixote!

If You Love Me: Serving Christ and the Church in Spirit and Truth
Wonderful book for all Christians.

The Night Before
I thoroughly enjoy this author. I have read All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night.
In this one, it is so twisted, in a very good way, that so far, I don’t know if the main character is the culprit or the victim, or neither, or both!!

Talk To me
The subtitle tells you all this is about. So far, an excellent overview of the recent evolution in the field, and what’s coming.

READING NEXT

ExposedThe Sentence is Death

Exposed
This is for France Book Tours.
I have really enjoyed the author’s previous book, The 6:41 to Paris.

The Sentence is Death
This is the sequel to The Word is Murder. It should be good, just by judging by the clever titles. And this author is so amazing!

I should also be reading The Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin, which is my Classics Spin #20, but I still don’t know which edition I should choose!! Help please!

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

         Sang famille

Sang Famille
Ah ah! Estories now has this book published last year!
I thoroughly like the suspense and twists, well as always in Bussi’s books.

J’ai dû rêver trop fort
So cool! I had to wait for a year to get the previous one on EStories, but his latest is already available! You should check EStories for your audiobook subscription – this is the only way I can listen to contemporary French novels. Cheaper than competitive companies, great app.

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

We have several giveaways listed on the homepage

PLANS FOR MAY

Participate in Bout of Books 25 and try to catch up with late reviews – usual refrain…
And of course, our Shadow Panel will soon vote for our Man Booker International winner.

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

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