Read or skip #9

READ OR SKIP

Inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

I’m finally back on this feature, after a few months away from it!

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

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I’ll keep 28, 29, 31, and 32
And Skip: 30, 33, 34, and 35

READ OR SKIP #9

 

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Let’s see what YOU think about these 9 titles today:

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32) Paris

  • I have read lots of similar books
  • BUT it’s by a great author
    SKIP?

33) Metropole

  • I enjoy Hungarian lit
  • I’m intrigued by the theme of language and words
    READ

34) Beside the Sea

  • A popular French author I haven’t read yet. And it’s short!
  • I’ll read it in French.
    READ

35) Prehistoric Times

  • I haven’t read Chevillard either
  • But today, the synopsis isn’t that attractive
    SKIP

36) Papa doit manger

  • Another famous French author yet to discover!
  • And it’s short, and an opportunity to read a play. I may even watch it, if I find it
    READ

37) Les ombres errantes

  • Not sure why I added this one to my list!
    SKIP

38) The Rings of Saturn

  • I have never read Sebald, and it seems original
  • But should I read another one by him
    SKIP?

39) Seven Days on the Roads of France

  • By an Orthodox author that I really enjoy
    READ

40) The Forest Unseen

  • About nature, from an unusual perspective
    READ

What do YOU think? What would you do for 32 and 38?

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

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Bout of Books 18: Day 3 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

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

  •  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

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

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

  • 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 – listening

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

Eiffel Tower Orange

 

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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Bout of Books 18: Day 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

Eiffel Tower Orange

 

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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