National Poetry Month April 2018

A blogger friend of mine asked me to do a video for

National Poetry Month

Here it is:

NB: click on YOUTUBE at the bottom right corner of the video to see the links I mention in the video



Top Ten Books with love in the title

Top Ten Books
with LOVE in the title

TTT for February 13, 2018

Today at Top Ten Tuesday, it’s a freebie about LOVE.
So I have selected my top 10 books containing the word LOVE on my Goodreads READ-Shelf.

Next time, I’ll do something easier to read…

But click on the picture, and you’ll be able to access details, and the links to my reviews.

top 10 love a

top 10 love b

Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What was the last book you read
with the word LOVE in the title?


Year of reading 2017 statistics

After the list of my 2017 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2017.

Year of reading 2017
Part 2: Statistics

2017 was an amazing reading year.
I read more books than last year, though apparently shorter ones, so less pages! But the big difference is in audiobooks.
88 books reads (81 in 2016), and 25 listened to (14 in 2016) = 113, which is an average of 9.4/month (7.9 in 2016).

Books read in 2017:
. That’s an average of 7.3/month
Total of 23,037 pages (24,993 in 2016), which is an average of 63 pages/day.
Not counting the 3 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 203 pages/book, (308 in 2016!)!

Books listened to in 2017:
[14 in 2016]. This is an average of 2.08/month.
Total of 11,654 mn (9,205 min in 2016) with an average of 31 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 8 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

av page 2017

The lowest average in October is due to vacation time

av min 2017

Nice that no average was under 15 mn/day

Genre 2017

Nonfiction and mystery increased since last year

Format 2017

7% more audio than last year!
And so for the first time, less than 50% in print

Authors 2017

= far from the almost perfect balance of last year…

Authors Nationality 2017

4 more countries represented than last year,
and 8 more than 2 years ago!

Languages 2017

less diversity than last year

In translation: 21 [32 in 2016]:

  • 14 from the French
  • 2 from the Italian
  • 1 from the Russian, the German, Japanese, Greek, and Swedish

19 in original language: in French
3 translated by me from English-French

Out of a Total of 85 authors,
48 were new to me (56.04 %. It was 70.5% in 2016)

Books by the same author: 35 [27 in 2016]:
9 by Conan Doyle
7 by Vargas
3 by Louise Penny,  Delahaye, Martinson
and 2 by Crosby, Milton, McClendon, Horowitz, C. S. Lewis

Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
Martine fête son anniversaire, by Gilbert Delahaye
Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Oldest: Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)
Newest: Artemis, by Andy Weir (11/14/2017)

Publication year 2017

13% less of brand new books.
More picky, and working on my TBR!

Source 2017

Now almost as many books from my library than books received for review.
More picky at accepting titles.
More bought bought – due to EStories audio subscription

20 countries these books led me to (22 last year) : France (35), US (20), England (18), Canada (6), Scotland (4), Japan (4), India (2), Italy (2), Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Iceland, Iraq, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, on the Moon

Shortest book: Martina en bateau, by Gilbert Delahaye – 19 pages (beautiful children book read with a French student)

Longest book: The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin563 pages.

Longest audio: Dans les bois éternels, by Fred Vargas – 12:31 hours

Funniest: One Sip at a Time, by Keith Van Sickle

Most Unique Book: The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux

Most tear-jerker: Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Most disappointing: Artemis, by Andy Weir

Creepy: Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis

Eye-opener: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

Best reading companion: The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

Beautiful illustrations: The Sherlock Holmes Book (DK)

Biggest discovery: Icon, by Georgia Briggs (Dystopian YA, with Orthodox themes!)

Favorite characters of the year: Armand Gamache (Louise Penny’s series), Adamsberg (Fred Vargas’s series), Alizée (The Muralist), Matteo (Hell’s Gate), Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web), Sorcha (Maiden from the Mist), Arthur (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper), Tancred (The Hidden Keys), Euphrosyne (Icon), Clémentine (Sous les vents de Neptune)

Classics I finally got to read:
All of Sherlock Holmes
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras
Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson
Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
The Golden Key, by George MacDonald
Paradise Lost, by John Milton
Paradise Regained, by John Milton
Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Two Days Gone
Britt-Marie Was Here
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
The Golden Key
The Hidden Keys
Everything I Never Told You
The Obituary Writer
The Great and The Good
The Little Paris Bookshop
The Muralist
The Rare Earth Exchange
Under the Channel
Concerto pour quatre mains
L’homme aux cercles bleus

Which authors new to me in 2017 that I now want to keep reading?
Randall Silvis, Gilles Pétel, Georgia Briggs

New Series I want to pursue:
No exciting new series, but keep working on the one by Fred Vargas

Best title: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman
Un avion sans elle,
by Michel Bussi

Longest book title:
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

Shortest book title: Icon, by Georgia Briggs