2020: September wrap-up

September 2020 WRAP-UP

Not too sure where September went!
We have had some absolutely ideal weather, and I have used the opportunity to do some binge reading in the garden, in the sun.
The big excitement this past month was my 10th blogiversary on the 29th. I did a special post for it, and gave the name of the 2 winners.
So now, I’m going to try to do a monthly throwback Thursday post.
I’m also planning on doing a Newsletter, with special content.

ūüďö¬†For now, here is what I read in September.
Only 7 books, but a few more pages and minutes than last month.

7 books:
4 in print 
=  with 1,212 pages, a daily average of 40 pages/day
3 in audio
= 31H25
, a daily average of 1H02 

3 in mystery:

  1. Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez Рaudio
  2. The French Widow, by Mark Pryor –¬†ebook, for review
  3. All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Chronicles (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Vesper Flights, by Helen McDonald – audio, for review

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Readers’ Room, by Antoine Laurain – for review

1 in fantasy/YA/hstfic:

  1. Le Livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  All the Devils Are Here  The Readers' Room

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 41/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 84/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Don't Look for Me

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a middle grade/ historical novel.
The other is a mystery/women’s fiction set in Provence and Dordogne.

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Readers' Room

click on the cover to access my review
And go visit France Book Tours,
as it is one of the books offered as giveaway!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 8 books to read in September

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Feed Your Fiction Addiction
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

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and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of September?

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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
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2020: August wrap-up

August 2020 WRAP-UP

I can’t believe it’s already the end of Summer. I’m already dreading winter…
But it also means lots of other great upcoming books to read. More about that tomorrow.
Let’s focus today on what I just read.
I managed to read 28 books for 20 books of Summer. I hope to have time to post a recap on that on September 3rd.

ūüďö¬†For now, here is what I read in August.
It’s actually a pathetic 7 books. I thought I had read a lot. So the only explanation is that I’m actually in the process of reading lots of books – for readalongs. So only a few pages a day.
Oh also, I have spent some evening time obsessed by foreign language learning (Italian and Russian)!

I’m glad I participated in Bout of Books and had a great reading week, that helped a bit with the monthly stats.

7 books:
3 in print 
=  with 1,005 pages, a daily average of 32 pages/day
4 in audio
= 23H29
, a daily average of 45 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Il √©tait deux fois, by Franck Thilliez –¬†French audio
  2. The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo – ebook, received or review
  3. The Big Four, #5 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  4. Don’t Look For Me, by Wendy Walker¬†– ¬†for Criminal Element. Review live mid September
  5. Killer Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury Рebook, received or review. Counts for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The First Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Second Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Killer Come Back to Me Don't Look for Me

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 79/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 5

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Marie Antoinette's World No Woods So Dark As These The English Grammar Workbook for Adult

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a historical novel with a famous musician in Paris.
The other is a horror novel based on a super famous French classic!
And I’m going to post a third one very soon: a Middle Grade historical novel!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Marie Antoinette's World

click on the cover to access my review
Which shows that negative reviews can bring you lots of readers!!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Classic Spin #24
A book I haven’t even started!!

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

The Classics Club
please go visit, and why not join if you are not a member yet?

TOP COMMENTERS 

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Karen at The Simply Blog

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How was YOUR month of August?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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where you can link your monthly recap posts
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2020: July wrap-up

JULY 2020 WRAP-UP

Exceptionally, like many of you I suspect, no vacation this year. Apart from a short semi staycation week with just a quarter of my regular tutoring hours, so that I could clean the house… and so listen to more audiobooks, as I never do the one without the other!
I usually don’t read much if I go on vacation somewhere. So having no distraction at home, the reading schedule has remained steady.
So much so that I have already read 21/20 books of Summer. I’ll probably reach 32 or more by the end of August.

ūüďö¬†So here are the titles I read in July:

12 books:
7 in print 
=  with 2,122 pages, a daily average of 68 pages/day
5 in audio
= 23H43
, a daily average of 45 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. The Murder on the Links, #2 by Agatha Christie –¬†audio, for The Classics Club
  2. No Woods so Dark as These, by Randall Silvis –¬†ebook, for review for Criminal Element. Review live on 8/3
  3. Poirot Investigates #3 by Agatha Christie¬†–¬†audio, for The Classics Club
  4. Celle qui pleurait sous l’eau, by Niko Tackian – ebook, readalong with a French student
  5. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd #4 by Agatha Christie¬†–¬†audio, for The Classics Club

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The First Book of Samuel¬†–¬†audio, for The Classics Club
  2. I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider
  3. The Second Book of Samuel¬†–¬†audio, for The Classics Club
  4. Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor-¬†ebook for review for France Book Tours Review live on 8/14

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Wild Sheep Chase, by Haruki Murakami –¬†ebook, readalong with the Online Murakami Book Club (meeting on Discord)
  2. Complètement cramé, by Gilles Legardinier- ebook, readalong with the French Book Club (meeting on Discord)

1 in children book:

  1. The One and Only Bob, by Katherine Applegate

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Lots of great books, but I’ll go with the less heavy ones, to fit a Summer mood.

I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf  The One and Only Bob  

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 38/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 72/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 33

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  Migrations Inhabitation And the Earth Will Sit on the Moon

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a historical novel with a famous musician in Paris.
The other is a horror novel based on a super famous French classic!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Civilizations

click on the cover to access my review
Which shows that negative reviews can bring you lots of readers!!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Top Ten Book Titles with Numbers in Them

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Feed Your Fiction Addiction
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS 

Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
Karen at The Simply Blog
Karen at Booker Talk
Deb at Readerbuzz

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

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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!