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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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Bout of Books 20: Day 6 recap

Bout of Books 20#boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 21st
and runs through Sunday, August 27th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 20:
Day 6 recap

BoB-Expert06

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Salt Creek:  69 pages – finished the book

  2. Enigma: 84 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 6 = 153 pages
Busy day, am actually surprised I was able to read that much.
I didn’t do the challenge, lack of time and inspiration.
Will probably have even less reading time tomorrow.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR:  620 /525

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • Discovered only 1 participant where I had not yet left a comment

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Salt Creek:  76 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 2 pages, well it should count as 4, as 2 in English and 2 by me in French

  3. Concerto pour quatre mains: 25 pages

  4. Enigma: 20 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 5 = 123 pages
The best so far, and I probably won’t be able to read much today, with a meeting with friends and Church today and tomorrow.
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn, and finished it.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is really delightful and the narrator awesome.
I didn’t do the challenge. No time for reviewing this week, apart from the one I posted on Monday.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 467/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • The first days, I checked in order people who had signed up for Bout of Books 20. But it was frustrating to discover that several were actually not participating.
    Then I followed a couple of day Sarah‘s advice (thanks Sarah! Be sure to look at her yummy recipes!!), and used a random number generators to check dozens of blog every day.
    Finally yesterday, I decided to focus on those of you who posted the latest recap, and I managed to visit and leave a message at all the participants I had not yet visited. So 30 new boutofbloggers I had not yet met before!
    So looks like one day or another I visited each of the boutofbookers who posted their recap yesterday

  • I followed 11 new people on Twitter

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. Salt Creek: 82 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 24 pages – am actually translating it into French, yes, that’s one of my jobs

TOTAL pages in DAY 4 = 106
One more page than yesterday!!
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 344/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:
    If you like this, try that . . .
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 4 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 2 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Salt Creek: 93 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 3 = 105
Finally, a decent day! I also listened to my audiobook for 30 mn.
But I didn’t do the rainbow spine challenge, as it would have looked too much like the one I did a few months ago.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 238 /525

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 6 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 40 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. Salt Creek: 50 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 2 = 62
Pathetic. I had to write a book review, and it took me longer than I expected.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 133/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Synopsis rewrite
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 8 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 11 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. Salt Creek: 67 pages

  2. Enigma: 4 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 1 = 71
Not bad, as we had this crazy Twitter Party for an hour – crazy because of the speed of the tweets, though I have seen worse, lol!
+ 40 mn of audio time:  The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 71/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

  • I posted a book giveaway

  • I took part in the Twitter chat, it was not as crazy as last year.

  • 13 new Twitter followers (@wordsandpeace), 1 new Instagram follower (@wordsandpeace1)

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 28 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 5 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 8 blogs

 SCHEDULE

Challenges/Giveaways
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 20.
Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions
and details on how to complete the daily challenges**


Monday 8/21
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 8/22
Synopsis rewrite

Wednesday 8/23
Book spine rainbow

Thursday 8/24
If you like this, try that . . .

Friday 8/25
Leave a book review

Saturday 8/26
Love to hate

Sunday 8/27
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

GOALS

What books will I be reading?

 

  • Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel – a French book on Orthodox icons, received for review

  • A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn

  • Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

  • Enigma, by Catherine Coulter (Netgalley)

  • Blackbird Fly, by Lise McClendon – translating it into French

  • Concerto pour quatre mains, by Paul Colize – a French thriller, that I’m reading with one of my French online students

  • Merle, by Angela Wren

What books will I be listening?

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick

  • Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas

As my daily average so far this year seems to be 69 pages/day, my challenge will be to read 525 pages (average of 75 pages/day).
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

And as I’m an expert this year, I plan on visiting and cheering 25 bloggers every day

 

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