Posts from the ‘Read in’ Category

2017: July wrap-up

July 2017 wrap-up

I seriously do not believe July is over. There must be a trick somewhere! However, I did manage to read a fair amount of books, so that must be true.

Hopefully, we’ll have many more nice and hot days, to better enjoy the garden: this year, we’ve had zillions of flowers on some vegetables, like zucchini and green beans, but giving a very small yield. Have you been experiencing the same? What’s going on? Not enough bees, not enough pollination? This is the first year I’m experiencing this, and I’m curious to know what’s going on.

Here is what I read this past month:

11  books:
8 in print
with 1,893 pages, that is: 61 pages/day
+ 3 audiobooks
with 26H20, that is: 50 mn/day
, my best audio time so far this year

5 in mystery:

  1. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Murder in the Forbidden City, by Amanda Roberts – ebook
  3. L’homme aux cercles bleus, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  4. Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz
  5. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny – ebook

3 in graphic novel:

  1. Tonoharu, part 1, by Lars Martinson
  2. Tonoharu, part 2, by Lars Martinson
  3. Tonoharu, part 3, by Lars Martinson

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux – ebook
  2. The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Britt-Marie Was Here, by Fredrik Backman – audiobook

 

My favorites in July

     Magpie Murders  Madeleine Project

A few notes:

  1. My Sherlock Holmes project in audio is over! I listened to all the novels and short stories on him by Conan Doyle! Terrific experience, am going to try to do a video on it

  2. L’homme aux cercles bleus: and so I’m starting another audio project. I plan to listen to Fred Vargas’s Adamsberg series. I have read a few of the series only, so catching up in audio. I discovered eStories, which is cheaper than Audible, and offers books in several languages as well, so I listen to it in its original language, French

  3. Magpie Murders: another terrific mystery by Horowitz, this time a pastiche of Agatha Christie

  4. A Great Reckoning: yes! I managed to catch up with all the books in the series, so now waiting for latest release by Louise Penny, coming out in August, as usual.

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 16/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 65/100 – so 7 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in July= 36

Blog recap in July

Most popular book review in July

The Little Paris Bookshopclick on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 11 books to read in July

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Flashlight Commentary

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

7: Karen at Booker Talk

7: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

7: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,643 posts
over 4,180 subscribers
over 138,200 hits

Plans for August

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in August!

Eiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower Orange

How was YOUR month of  June?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

2017: June wrap-up

June 2017 wrap-up

Another ouch to start this recap!
I did take one week off hiking and birding (so not much reading that week), and total internet disconnect, but it does not explain why nothing has been happening on this blog for two weeks. It’s getting hard these days to take time to write reviews at the end of a full day of teaching and translating. Then I want to be away from the computer, and just dive into a book. Conclusion: reviews do not get written…

Here is what I read this past month:

6  books:
4 in print
with 1,486 pages, that is: 49.5 pages/day – the lowest month this year
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H06, that is: 26 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  3. The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
  4. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny – ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha

My favorites in June

     The Travelers  The Nature of the Beast

A few notes:

  1. Just a few stories left in the very last book of Sherlock Holmes in audio!

  2. The Travelers: finally read. Loved it, great spy novel. I had not read in that genre for a while

  3. The Nature of the Beast: finishing the last 2 I had not read yet by Louise Penny, to be ready for her latest, coming out in August

  4. The Little Paris Bookshop: a few nice lines on books and reading, but overall very disappointing

  5. The Typikon Decoded: about Orthodox liturgy

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 13/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 54/100 – so 4 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in June= 11

Blog recap in June

  • I participated in Armchair Book Expo! I won the major prize, but as I already won a few years ago, with similar themes, like banners, etc., for the site, I let it for another blogger. I’m very happy with the France Book Tours banners I got then

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is now available. An awesome Paris memoir, quite unique!

  • I hosted a guest-post

  • and I managed to do 2 videos, on 3 great books!

Most popular book review in June

Emma in the Nightclick on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Armchair Book Expo giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Armchair Book Expo

please go visit
alas, 2017 was the last year for Armchair Book Expo,
the event is discontinued

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

6: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

6: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,632 posts
over 4,170 subscribers
over 136,800 hits

Plans for July

  • Write reviews and post videos

  • Read some wonderful books for upcoming events, come back on Monday to see what books I have in store

Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in July!

Eiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower Orange

How was YOUR month of  June?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

2017: May wrap-up

May 2017 wrap-up

Ouch, May is already gone, seriously!
I ended up reading a good amount of books and pages, though I switched plans and read books I had not planned at the beginning of the month, and dropping some I meant to read!

Here is what I read this past month:

9  books:
7 in print
with 2,222 pages, (funny!) that is: 71 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 18H08, that is: 35 mn/day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Un avion sans elle, by Michel Bussi – ebook
  3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  4. Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker

3 in literary fiction:

  1. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
  2. Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay – ebook
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

My favorites in May

     Un avion sans elle
After The Crash in English

  Manderley  The Novel of the Century

Before I review these books, a few notes:

  1. Humming along with my complete works of Sherlock Holmes in audio, with Simon Prebble as the amazing narrator. I only have 2 and a half to go

  2. Un avion sans elle: amazing amazing French thriller! I actually read it along with one of my French students, 5 chapters every week, except we read more at the end, because we could not wait another week to know what had really happened!!

    Michel Bussi is one of the top 3 selling authors in France right now, for good reason.

  3. Emma in the Night. The latest by Wendy Walker. I had really enjoyed All is Not Forgotten, so I accepted to review this one

  4. Daphné du Maurier: I finally read My Cousin Rachel. It was so neat to find some similarities with Rebecca. And so cool I ended up reading Manderley Forever, Daphné’s biography, at the same time! Bravo to Tatiana de Rosnay (you know, she wrote Sarah’s Key)

  5. Men Without Women: thanks for my awesome library, I read Murakami’s latest book. Loved it, though I usually don’t like short stories. But Murakami is Murakami, so…

  6. Story of Your Life. I loved so much the movie Arrival that I was curious to read the story it was based on. Apparently the author is a BIG name in scifi, with 4 Nebula Wards, but I had never heard of him before!

  7. The Novel of the Century. Oh wow, I thought I knew Les Misérables quite well, the book, but I discovered so much in this remarkable book! I had enjoyed a lot David Bellos‘s previous book on translation, so seeing the author and the title, I grabbed it when I saw it in my library.

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 48/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 15

Blog recap in May

  • Bout of Books 19 and beginning of Armchair Book Expo!

  • I was planning to do Read-along on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with Book Addict – on Goodreads, but I had to give up that plan for the other books which came my way

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for June at France Book Tours is now available. And be sure to come back on Saturday, I will post one in connection with Armchair Book Expo

Most popular book review in May

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?click on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 19 giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

5: Karen at Booker Talk

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

5: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,622 posts
over 4,150 subscribers
over 135,500 hits

Plans for June

  • End of Armchair Book Expo

  • Half a novel and 2 collection of short-stories left to finish The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • Loads of reviews to write!! But I’ll also take a few days off, hiking and birding, so not sure how much reading and writing I’ll manage to do

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in June!

Eiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower Orange

How was YOUR month of  May?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

%d bloggers like this: