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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


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 –


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!




Year of reading 2016 part 3

And after my list of 2016 favorites,
as well as my 2016 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2016 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2016.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review.

– When I was younger I was : The Vatican Princess
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: Michelangelo’s Ghost
– I will never be: The Queen of the Night
– At the end of a long day I need: French Rhapsody
– Right now I’m feeling: Too Close to the Edge
– Someday I want to: (be) The Madonna of Notre Dame
– At a party you’d find me: The Vegetarian
– I’ve never: (been) Red Handed
– I really don’t enjoy: Tainted Tokay
– In my next life I want to be: The Paris Librarian

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Café Budapest
– Your favorite form of transportation: Trip Through Your Wires
– Your best friend is: The Girl who Stayed
– You and your friends are: The Rivals of Versailles
– What’s the weather like: Blue Moon
– Favorite time of day: Le temps retrouvé
– If your life was: The House Between Tides
– What is life to you: The Pilgrim’s Progress
– Your fear: Oblivion
– What is the best advice you have to give: Bury Your Dead
– Thought for the Day: All is not Forgotten
– How I would like to die: Toward the Endless Day
– My soul’s present condition: The Long Way Home

I began the day with The White Cat and the Monk.
On my way to work I saw a Murder on the Quai
and walked by The Sacred Combe
to avoid (the) Thirsty Dragon,
but I made sure to stop at Max Gate.
In the office, my boss said : Too Dark to Sleep !
and sent me to research The Secret of the Old Clock.
At lunch with The Other Einstein,
I noticed The Black Notebook
under The Sword of the Maiden,
then went back to my desk, The Empty Throne.
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Collected Poems
because I have The President’s Hat;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up (the) Highland Steel
and studied Couple Mechanics
before saying goodnight to (the) Sleeping Giants.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2016?


In 2016, I participated in 12 Reading Challenges, and many virtual book tours.

I finished the following challenges. (Unfortunately, I’m far behind in my reviews. But you can see the titles I read for each challenge here.

  1. Audiobook Challenge: 13/10-15
  2. Books on France: 42/25
  3. Ebook Challenge: 31/25
  4. Cloak & Dagger: 29/21-30
  5. Historical fiction: 17/15
  6. New authors: 53/50
  7. New Release: 42/30
  8. Nonfiction: 15/15
  9. Books in Translation: 29/12
  10. I am very happy with my first year of The Classics Club, with 12/50 (I have until 2020 to reach 50)

I did not manage to finish the following challenges:

  1. What’s in a Name: 5/6
  2. Japanese Literature Reading Challenge: have not read anything!
  3. Still working on Where are you reading? (on all the States in the US) = currently 20/50
  4. I am very happy with my first year of The Classics Club, with 12/50




Here are the very few reading challenges I signed up for 2017

The emphasis will be on my TBR.
And my 2nd year in the Classics Club. Having done Dante this year, I may go back to Milton, among many other titles.

A big Thank You to all of you,
book bloggers
and other readers who subscribed to this blog
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thanks for stopping by and leaving comments!
There’s been some woonderful conversations going on here, plus great reading recommendations!
Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2017 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2016

Year of reading 2016 statistics

After the list of my 2016 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2016.

Year of reading 2016
Part 2: Statistics

2016 was another very good reading year.
I read less books than last year (first time in several years I don’t hit the 100 mark), but I read bigger books, so more pages!
81 books reads (88 in 2015), and 14 listened to (21 in 2015) = 95, which is an average of 7.9/month

Books read in 2016:
. That’s an average of 6.7/month
Total of 24,993 pages (23,075 in 2015, which is an average of 68 pages/day.
Not counting the 5 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 308 pages/book, (262 in 2015) – thanks mostly to Dante’s trilogy and books by Proust!

Books listened to in 2016:
[21 in 2015]. This is an average of 1.1/month.
Total of 9,205 mn (12,899 min in 2015) with an average of 25 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 10 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:


The low average in November is due to a big event in our family life!


The difference in December is due to painting commissions!


Nonfiction and science-fiction increased since last year


7% less ebook than last year!


= almost perfect balance, without even trying to do so!


4 more countries represented than last year


cool, only 50% of what I read was originally published in English!

In translation: 32 [28 in 2015]:

  • 21 from the French
  • 4 from the Italian
  • 2 from the Russian
  • 1 from the Korean, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, and Swedish

9 in original language: 8 in French, 1 in Spanish
5 translated by me from English-French

Out of a Total of 78 authors,
55 were new to me

Books by the same author: 27 [31 in 2015]:
4 by Louise Penny and Colleen Cross
3 by Proust, Modiano, and Dante
and 2 by Crossby, Cara Black, Pascal Garnier, Alfonso Zapico, and Antoine Laurain

L’étranger, by Camus

Oldest: The Inferno, by Dante (1308).
Newest: Occult Paris, by Tobias Churton (10/30/2016)


less of brand new books


thanks publishers and authors!!


1 new American State these books led me to: Alaska

21 other countries these books led me to (24 last year) : Algeria, Austria, Azores Islands, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, on Mars, and in spiritual and imaginary lands!

Shortest bookThe White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart – 32 pages (beautiful graphic novel)

Longest book: Purgatorio, by Dante – 700 pages.

Longest audio: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – 18 hours

Funniest: The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé

Most tear-jerker: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate

Most disappointing: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Creepy: Too Dark to Sleep, by Dianne Gallagher

Eye-opener: Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich

Best reading companion: The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer

Beautiful illustrations: Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie, by Anne Martinetti

Biggest discovery: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Favorite characters of the year:  Armand Gamache (Louise Penny’s series), Katie (The Sword of the Maiden), Katarina (Katarina Luther), Kek (Home of the Brave), Ged (A Wizard of Earthsea), Martin (Martin of Gfenn), Francie (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

Classics I finally got to read:
The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson
A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso, by Dante Alighieri
The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
Le temps retrouvé, by Marcel Proust
The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux
Jerome K. Jerone, Three Men in a Boat

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander
The Collected Poems, by Marcel Proust
The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon

Which authors new to me in 2016 that I now want to keep reading?
Lebedev, Pierre Bayard, Applegate, Pandian, Ursula K. Le Guin

New Series I want to pursue:
by Fred Vargas, Sylvain Neuvel, Gigi Pandian

Best title: Thirsty Dragon (China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines), by Suzanne Mustacich

Longest book title:
The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer

Shortest book title: Inferno, by Dante








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