2019: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY WRAP-UP

It’s still insanely cold around Chicago, so what better to do than curl up with a good book? I did read some interesting ones this month.
And I also DNFed two:

  • A Deadly Affection, by Cuyler Overholt. I explain why here
  • I tried briefly the upcoming In the Blink of an Eye, but found it super confusing and stopped quickly. So I have this brand new ARC, if anyone is interested in some swap

Let’s talk about good things now.
I’m still reading Don Quixote, basically by myself, as the people who organized the read-along seem to have stopped. I’m also late in the schedule, but slowly but surely, I’ll manage.
Everyday, I also read a chapter of Les Misérables in French, a read-along with one my students. It’s kind of neat to see her reactions, as she hasn’t read it yet, and doesn’t know what’s coming. Even though I read it decades ago, I no longer have the effect of surprise. We are almost done with volume 1.

So here is what I finished in February:

8 books:
7 in print 
with 2,391 pages, an average of 85 pages/day
(wow! I’m impressed: 2 were long books, one of them a manga!)
1 in audio
with 11H06, an average of 23 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. La vie mode d’emploi, by Georges Perec – in French
  2. The Goose Fritz, by Sergei Lebedev – ebook, for review
  3. Trace, by Pat Cummings – book won, middle grade
  4. The Library of Lost and Found, by Phaedra Patrick – ebook, for review

1 in poetry:

  1. Cocktails with a Dead Man, by Joe Albanese

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Earthern Vessels: The Practice of Personal Prayer According to the Patristic Tradition, by Gabriel Bunge

1 in manga:

  1. Orange, volume 1, by Ichigo Takano

1 in between nonfiction and historical fiction!!

  1. HHhH, by Laurent Binet – audio, in French

So yes, I finally found a manga that I really loved and devoured! It’s YA and romancy, two genres that I usually don’t like, but it’s a very interesting story actually, and the art is beautiful. I’m saving volume 2 for March, and I found the latest one by the same author as well!

MY FAVORITES IN FEBRUARY

HHhH Earthen Vessels

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 15/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 30, BUT I did manage to delete a lot of old ones.

Blog wise, you may have noticed a few posts for Thursday Travels. I’ll try to do this on a regular basis.

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Are We French Yet

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Modern Mrs Darcy
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

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Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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2019: January wrap-up

JANUARY WRAP-UP

2019 is starting very interestingly, with a bunch of readalongs:

So I actually read much more than it looks right now, as I only count a book when it’s finished. I have listened to another long classic, see below, and otherwise read an interesting variety of books.
Apart from that, I’m very happy for all the reviews I have recently posted, catching up quite a bit.
And of course, at the beginning of the month, I took part in the wonderful Boutofbooks event
And I launched a new meme! Did you check it out?
Now, I’m considering launching a French Book Box. Does this sound interesting to you? Any thought on that?

So here is what I read in January:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,248 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
with 22H28, an average of 43 mn/day

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Are We French Yet? by Keith Van Sickle – for review, on 2/6
  2. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolai Velimirovich

2 in mystery:

  1. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim – ebook, for review
  2. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins – audio

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé – ebook, for review

2 in children books:

  1. The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White
  2. Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri – picture book

MY FAVORITES IN JANUARY

   Hear our Defeats   prayers by the lake

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (until end of 2020) or 41/65!
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019= 7/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= an insane 54…

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The only woman in the room

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Modern Mrs Darcy
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

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Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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2018: December wrap-up

DECEMBER WRAP-UP

You may have seen in my stats of the year, that there was a peak for December. Seeing how few books I had read compared to my usual average (about 30 less books than usual), I tried to read more in December!!
It worked, and December was by far my best month in 2018. Best in reading, and also very good in audio time.

Here is what I read in December:

14 books:
12 in print 
with 3,276 pages, an average of 105.6 pages/day
2 in audio
with 25H12, an average of 48 mn/day

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth
  2. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway – for Classics Club
  3. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger – biography, “graphic novel”
  4. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace
    by Michael Perry – for my Winter LIbrary Challenge, book picked by the staff for me 
  5. Che: A Revolutionary Life, by Jon Lee Anderson – biography, “graphic novel”
  6. Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, by William Roy – biography, “graphic novel”. I chose to read this to compare with Marie Benedict’s historical novel on Hedy Lamarr, see below
  7. Letters to Saint Olympia, by Saint John Chrysostom

4 in mystery:

  1. Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
  2. Maman a tort, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French
  3. The Book Artist, by Mark Pryor – 2019 release, for review
  4. N’oublier jamais, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict – 2019 release, ebook for review

1 in Fiction:

  1. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, by Sun-Mi Hwang

MY FAVORITES IN DECEMBER

 The Shadow Land  Maman a tort

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2018= 77/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 26

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Rebecca

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Fire Quill Book Blog
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

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Month in Review

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