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2017: September wrap-up

September 2017 wrap-up

Not too many books read this month, but a good average for my usual standard.

Here is what I read this past month:

8  books:
6 in print
with 1,559 pages, that is: 51 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 8H54, that is: 17 mn/day
.

5 in mystery:

  1. Merle, by Angela Wren – ebook
  2. The Frenchman, by Lise McClendon – ebook
  3. Glass Houses, by Louise Penny
  4. The Hidden Keys, by André Alexis – audiobook
  5. Requiem in Yquem, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noel Balen – ebook

Fantasy/classic:

  1. The Golden Key, by George MacDonald – audiobook

Magical realism:

  1. Sourdough, by Robin Sloan – ebook

Orthodox dystopia/YA:

  1. Icon, by Georgia Briggs

 

My favorites in September

    Glass Houses  Icon

A few notes:

  1. It was really hard to pick up 2 favorites this month. I also enjoyed a lot The Hidden Keys, and the much expected Sourdough, by the author of Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

  2. As you know, I rarely read dystopia or YA, but Icon is UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE: it was highly recommended by several people at Church. It is very unique, as it is is a REAL dystopia and YA novel, but with Christian Orthodox themes! So so well done!!

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 = 87/100 – so 13 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in September= 17

Blog recap in September

  • I took part in Bout of Books 20. It was a success for me, with lots of pages read, and tons of bloggers visited, as I decided to volunteer as an Expert this year, which consists basically in encouraging and congratulating the participants as they go along

  • I organized 5 giveaways. The one for October at France Book Tours is now available.

  •  I celebrated my 7th blogiversary on September 29. The winner will be posted on Wednesday

Most popular book review in September

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
Yes, again the most viewed this month!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime: Chap 9-14 read-along

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 😉

9: Karen at Booker Talk

9: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

9: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,690 posts
over 4,260 subscribers
over 141,500 hits

Plans for October

  • Catch up with tons of things. For instance, go back and finish The Divine Comedy!!

  • Implement recommendations received through the blogiversary survey

Come back on Monday 2
to see all the books I plan to read in October!

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How was YOUR month of  September?

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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2017: August wrap-up

August 2017 wrap-up

Not sure what really happened this month. Yes, we had Bout of Books, but that does explain completely the insane (compared to my usual averages) amount of pages I devoured. Definitely the best so far this year.

Here is what I read this past month:

14  books:
11 in print
with 3,585 pages, that is: 115 pages/day!
+ 3 audiobooks
with 20H49, that is: 40 mn/day
.

 5 in mystery:

  1. Quand sort la recluse, by Fred Vargas – ebook
  2. L’homme à l’envers, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  3. The Sorbonne Affair, by Mark Pryor
  4. Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  5. Enigma, by Catherine Coulter – ebook

4 in historical fiction:

  1. Oswald, the Return of the King, by Edoardo Albert – ebook
  2. Maiden from the Mist, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook
  3. The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin
  4. Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Very French Christmasebook
  2. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick – audiobook

2 in graphic “novel”:

  1. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  2. Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard

 

My favorites in August

  Quand-sort-la-recluse  coule la Seine

A few notes:

  1. I’m really enjoying this series by Fred Vargas. Two in audio this month, and her latest in print, that I read a bit every week with one of my French students. They are available in English as well. They are exceptional mysteries, with in depth characters and very refined work on vocabulary and mix of styles

  2. With Oswald, I finally finished books that had been for ever on my Netgalley shelf. Now room for some newer ones.

  3. Maiden from the Mist: this is the last book in this series by Tanya Anne Crosby that I translated into French. I will talk more about it when it comes out in October, it was my favorite in the series

  4. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper: received at BEA2016!! I ended up listening to it, and it was actually quite good!

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 = 79/100 – so 12 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in August= 17

Blog recap in August

  • I took part in Bout of Books 20. It was a success for me, with lots of pages read, and tons of bloggers visited, as I decided to volunteer as an Expert this year, which consists basically in encouraging and congratulating the participants as they go along

  • I organized 8 giveaways. The one for September at France Book Tours is now available.

Most popular book review in August

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
I guess lots of students have to read it!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 20: Schedule, Goals, and giveaway

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 😉

8: Karen at Booker Talk

8: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

8: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,671 posts
over 4,250 subscribers
over 140,000 hits

Plans for September

  • Celebrate my 7th blogiversary on September 29!!

Come back on Monday 4
to see all the books I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

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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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!

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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!

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