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2017: March wrap-up

March 2017 wrap-up

March has been dragging on, teasing us with some days in the 70s, or even a couple of hours, to plummet back in the 30s and 40s. And lately a lot of run. So if you can’t go hiking because it’s too wet, what else can you do? Read!

Here is what I read in March.
A low total of pages, mostly due to the fact
that actually everyday I’m reading a few pages of 4 books. Two of them are based on the calendar, so I won’t be down with them until end of 2017. So I will only count them next December.

9  books:
8 in print
with 1,738 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 10H09, that is: 19 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson – ebook
  2. La nuit sacrée, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  3. Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  2. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstads and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko
  3. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Remnants, by Carolyn Arnold – ebook
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Enemies of Versailles, by Sally Christie

 

My favorites in March

la-nuit-sacree   Hell's Gate

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 19/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 31/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March= 15

Blog recap in March

Most popular book review in March

the-lotteryclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 10 books to read in March

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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 😉

3: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

3: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,595 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 132,600 hits

Plans for March

  • Still persevering with and enjoying thoroughly The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • With my current plan of focusing on my TBR and being more strict at accepting books for reviews, I am discovering an advantage I had not thought about originally at the beginning of the year. I can combine flexibility with other events going on in the blogosphere. That’s how I ended up reading La nuit sacrée in March: it had been on my TBR for a while, and a great opportunity came up to read it in March, as Travel The World In Books was focusing on North African authors.

  • So along these lines, in April, besides the book I need to read for The Classics Spin, I will try to read other books on my TBR and on my list for The Classics Club: My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs; Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club;  and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5. And other books of course

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

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How was YOUR month of  March?

Month in Review

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2017: February wrap-up

February 2017 wrap-up

Huh, the month of February is already over!
Hurray, Spring is closer, actually Summer is even here some days in Chicago, and then next day we are back to Winter. The poor summer birds that decided to come back so early must be totally confused.

It was another very good month of reading, but I’m already getting late on several reviews… nothing new under the sun!

Here is what I read in February:

10  books:
7 in print
with 1,928 pages, that is: 68 pages/day
+ 3 audiobooks
with 16H43, that is: 35 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Le Principe, by Jérôme Ferrari – ebook
  2. Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination, by Guiseppe Cafiero
  3. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

3 in mystery:

  1. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Trois jours et une vie, by Pierre Lemaitre – audiobook
  3. The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Muralist, by B. A. Shapiro – ebook
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook that I translated into French

 

My favorites in February

          a-forgers-life   trois-jours et une vie audio

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 18/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 10/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 22/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 15

Blog recap

Most popular book review in February

The Tree of Man

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 11 books to read in February

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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 😉

2: Karen at Booker Talk

2: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

2: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,576 posts
over 4,090 subscribers
over 130,00 hits

Plans for March

  • Humming along with The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio.
    I’m reading them in chronological order of publication, and planning to watch a movie of each as well.
    I’m counting as separate books the novels, but the short stories as a collection.
    So I listened so far to the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, and I have started the first collection of short stories: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I chose Simon Prebble as the narrator for all of these, he is so good
  • I may do something for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, this time it’s on North Africa

 

Come back on Friday
to see what I plan to read in March!

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How was YOUR month of  February?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
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2017: January wrap-up

January 2017 wrap-up

Wow, I’m experimenting new ways of reading and reviewing, and it worked marvels for me this past month!

New ways of reading?

  • I said goodbye to a multiplicity of reading challenges, mostly for the sake of wasting less time connecting my reviews to many other web pages

  • Like many other book bloggers, I decided to focus on my TBR

  • I’m thrilled to be in my 2nd year of  The Classics Club

  • Even more strict with review requests, book tours and egalleys, I try to leave room for “wild range reading“, meaning being able to grab a book that catches my eye at the library, instead of saying, Oh, I would love to read this book now, but I have so many scheduled to review for 3 months, I have to wait

New ways of reviewing?

  • Focusing on what I enjoy finding in the reviews by other book bloggers, and what I pay attention to, I have streamlined my reviews

  • No more official synopsis, mine is enough

  • No more details and picture of the author, unless the review is for a book tour

  • Minimum details on publisher, date, etc at the end of my review, with social media links only if the book was received from the publisher/author

  • When reading ebooks, I’m experimenting leaving my ereader wifi on and taking notes and copying and pasting notes on my Evernote, ans then write my review from that.
    Instead of highlighting, then copying most of that on paper, then summarizing it in a review!
    An accident propelled me to try that new formula: for some reason, all the passages I had highlighted in an ebook I had just finished reading disappeared on my kindle. With a bit of research, I realized the memory for highlights is limited, so as I was starting to make highlights in a new book, looks like highlights in the one I had just finished reading disappeared. Sounds like it was a happy fault.

End result:

  • a very very enjoyable month, with A LOT read (compared to my usual stats)

  • it feels so so good to check off books that have been on my physical or digital shelves FOR EVER

  • at the same time, I was thrilled to be able to read books that caught my eye on the moment

  • and A LOT reviewed, so much more than usual. I do plan to keep it this way

So here is what I read in January:

12  books:
10 in print
with 2,386 pages, that is: 76.9 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H31, that is: 26 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon
  2. The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – audio
  3. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – audio
  4. Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras

4 in mystery:

  1. Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis
  2. The Rare Earth Exchange, by Bernard Besson – ebook
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  4. Under the Channel, by Gilles Pétel – ebook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – ebook, graphic novel
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – ebook

 

My favorites in January

        screwtape-letters

The World Between Two Covers  unseen-city

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 15/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 3/12
Mount TBR: 9/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 12/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 27

Blog recap

Most popular book review in January

The World Between Two Coversclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

back-to-the-classics-2017

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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 😉

1: Karen at Booker Talk

1: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

1: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,560 posts
over 4,000 subscribers
over 129,00 hits

Plans for February

  • Readalong with Book Bloggers International: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  • Excited to be starting another major classic
  • Just started a major audiobook program!
  • And reading a book for a 2nd book club I joined – this time with my Church
  • More reviews!

 

Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in February!

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How was YOUR month of  January?

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!

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