2020: December wrap-up

December 2020 WRAP-UP

I have read tons this month (the highest month, as for number of books), so for once, I’m posting before the end of the month.
Of course I will be reading some more today, but not enough to finish a book. And I’ll be spending most of my reading time actually working on my 2020 stats!

ūüďö So here is what I read in December.
Note, 7 different genres!

17 books:
11 in print 
=  with 2,396 pages, a daily average of 77 pages/day
6 in audio
= 44H29
, a daily average of 1H26!

5 in literary fiction:

  1. La grande escapade, by Jean-Philippe Bondel –¬†ebook for review
  2. A Very Russian Christmas –¬†collection of classics Christmas tales, for The Classics Club
  3. The Letter Killers Club, by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky –¬†ebook for The Classics Club spin
  4. La Femme au carnet rouge, by Antoine Laurain –¬†ebook with the French Books online book club
  5. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens –¬†audio, for The Classics Club

4 in science-fiction:

  1. Flood, by Stephen Baxter
  2. Ready Player Two, by Ernest Cline –¬†audio
  3. Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  4. Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor

2 in children/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #2, by Hiromu Arakawa –¬†manga
  2. A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas – audio, for The Classics Club

2 in mystery:

  1. Atomka, by Franck Thilliez –¬†French audiobook
  2. Three Act Tragedy, (Hercule Poirot) #11 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Upstream, by Mary Oliver –¬†a collection of essays
  2. 1st and 2nd Books of the Maccabees – audio, for The Classics Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Vexations, by Caitlin Horrocks

1 in poetry:

  1. A Thousand Mornings, by Mary Oliver

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  Flood   Ready Player Two

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 7/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 7 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 123/110 (that’s 112%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 23

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

None, though I have 3 in preparation

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

How To Talk About Places You've Never Been

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Sunday Post #32

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Caffeinated Reviewer
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

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Deb at Readerbuzz
Iza at Books & Livres

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How was YOUR month of December?

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where you can link your monthly recap posts
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2020: November wrap-up

November 2020 WRAP-UP

Phew, that was actually a busy month, reading-wise and otherwise, for instance with 3 new French students. In a way, I’m glad we are back in confinement, so less opportunity for distractions! And obviously, less chances to catch the virus.

I have FINALLY restarted a Newsletter. It has a small fee, but each month 11 subscribers will receive a book based on their favorite genres!
10 will receive an ecopy and 1 a print copy (as long as Bookdepositery ships to their country). If you haven’t signed up yet, here is the November Newsletter as a sample, with the form to subscribe near the end.

November is the month about Nonfiction, and I had a great time with this event.

I also finished my 2nd list of 50 classics, and launched into my 3rd list, with 137 titles this time.

ūüďö¬†Here is what I read in November.
Actually more audiobooks (with record time this month!) than printed books, I guess this has become a trend for me in 2020, maybe due to Covid-19?

11 books:
4 in print 
=  with 1,288 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
7 in audio
= 33H54
, a daily average of 1H07

4 in mystery:

  1. Black Coffee, A Mystery Play in Three Acts, #7 by Agatha Christie – for The Classics Club
  2. Lord Edgware Dies, #9 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. √Čcouter le noir, by various authors –¬†French audio
  4. Murder on the Orient Express, #10 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tobit Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Judith Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Book of Esther Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  4. Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, by Kazuto Tatsuta – graphic “novel”

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Education of Delhomme: Chopin, Sand, & la France, by Nancy Burkhalter Рfor France Book Tours 

1 in science fiction:

  1. To Hold Up the Sky, by Liu Cixin Рebook for review, received through Netgalley  

1 in YA:

  1. La Chute du soleil de fer, by Michel Bussi –¬†French audio

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  La Chute du soleil de fer

Actually this month both my favorites are French, and not yet translated.
√Čcouter le noir is a fascinating collection of thriller short stories, some actually almost horror, mostly based on the theme of deafness. A neat twist to these stories, by some authors I had never heard of. Very enjoyable collection!
As for La Chute du soleil de fer, this was really neat surprise: a YA fantasy (both genres I rarely read), by one of my favorite French authors. There was no way I was going to pass his latest novel, even if it was not in his usual mystery genre. And I am sure glad I took the plunge.
It’s set in Paris in a post-apocalyptic world, with two groups of teenagers and younger children. The adults are all gone. I loved these kids, and the settings, and how they try to make sense of what as survived form our world.
I can’t wait for next volume in the series!

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 2/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 7 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 106/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 20

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Alina_A Song For the Telling

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Alina_A Song For the Telling

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime readalong

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Shelf Aware
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

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Karen at Booker Talk

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and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of November?

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2020: October wrap-up

October 2020 WRAP-UP

Not much has been happening recently here, apart from a few book reviews, not as many as I would want of course, I have read so many great books waiting for their review!

I did start something new, Throwback Thursday, to highlight posts written 10 years ago, as my book blog turned 10 in September.

Well at least, I have done some serious reading, reaching in fact almost my highest average per month this year.

ūüďö¬†Here is what I read in October.

11 books:
6 in print 
=  with 2,193 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H49
, a daily average of 44 minutes

4 in mystery:

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train, #6 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Peril at End House, #8 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Girl Behind the Wall: Edgar Allan Poe, the Girl, and the Mysterious Raven Murders, by Bruce Wetterau – for review
  4. L‚Äô√Čnigme de la chambre 622, by Jo√ęl Dicker –¬†French ebook with my Discord French Book Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Esdras (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Nehemiah Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. L’Humanit√© en p√©ril, by Fred Vargas¬†–¬†French ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami –¬†ebook with my Discord Murakami Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Alina: A Song for the Telling, by Malve von Hassell –¬†book for review for France Book Tours (review to be posted on November 4

1 in science fiction:

  1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov –¬†readalong with Lory @ Emerald City Book Reviews

1 in manga/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #1, by Hiromu Arakawa

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  The Girl Behind the Wall  L'humanité en péril

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 46/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 6 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 95/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 16

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Vesper Flights

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Girl Behind the Wall

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime readalong

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Japanese Literature Challenge
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

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Karen at Booker Talk

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they have great book blogs

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How was YOUR month of October?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!