2020: October wrap-up

October 2020 WRAP-UP

Not much has been happening recently here, apart from a few book reviews, not as many as I would want of course, I have read so many great books waiting for their review!

I did start something new, Throwback Thursday, to highlight posts written 10 years ago, as my book blog turned 10 in September.

Well at least, I have done some serious reading, reaching in fact almost my highest average per month this year.

ūüďö¬†Here is what I read in October.

11 books:
6 in print 
=  with 2,193 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H49
, a daily average of 44 minutes

4 in mystery:

  1. The Mystery of the Blue Train, #6 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Peril at End House, #8 by Agatha Christie Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. The Girl Behind the Wall: Edgar Allan Poe, the Girl, and the Mysterious Raven Murders, by Bruce Wetterau – for review
  4. L‚Äô√Čnigme de la chambre 622, by Jo√ęl Dicker –¬†French ebook with my Discord French Book Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Esdras (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Book of Nehemiah Рaudio, for The Classics Club
  3. L’Humanit√© en p√©ril, by Fred Vargas¬†–¬†French ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami –¬†ebook with my Discord Murakami Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Alina: A Song for the Telling, by Malve von Hassell –¬†book for review for France Book Tours (review to be posted on November 4

1 in science fiction:

  1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov –¬†readalong with Lory @ Emerald City Book Reviews

1 in manga/YA:

  1. Silver Spoon #1, by Hiromu Arakawa

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  The Girl Behind the Wall  L'humanité en péril

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 46/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read during the challenge + 6 since.

Total of books read in 2020 = 95/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 16

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Vesper Flights

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Girl Behind the Wall

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime readalong

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Japanese Literature Challenge
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Deb at Readerbuzz
Karen at Booker Talk

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

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over 5,370 followers
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to see the books I plan to read in November,
and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of October?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

2020: September wrap-up

September 2020 WRAP-UP

Not too sure where September went!
We have had some absolutely ideal weather, and I have used the opportunity to do some binge reading in the garden, in the sun.
The big excitement this past month was my 10th blogiversary on the 29th. I did a special post for it, and gave the name of the 2 winners.
So now, I’m going to try to do a monthly throwback Thursday post.
I’m also planning on doing a Newsletter, with special content.

ūüďö¬†For now, here is what I read in September.
Only 7 books, but a few more pages and minutes than last month.

7 books:
4 in print 
=  with 1,212 pages, a daily average of 40 pages/day
3 in audio
= 31H25
, a daily average of 1H02 

3 in mystery:

  1. Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez Рaudio
  2. The French Widow, by Mark Pryor –¬†ebook, for review
  3. All the Devils Are Here, by Louise Penny

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The 1st & 2nd Book of Chronicles (yes, I have actually decided to count these as 1) – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Vesper Flights, by Helen McDonald – audio, for review

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Readers’ Room, by Antoine Laurain – for review

1 in fantasy/YA/hstfic:

  1. Le Livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

  All the Devils Are Here  The Readers' Room

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 41/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 84/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22

OTHER BOOK I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Don't Look for Me

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a middle grade/ historical novel.
The other is a mystery/women’s fiction set in Provence and Dordogne.

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Readers' Room

click on the cover to access my review
And go visit France Book Tours,
as it is one of the books offered as giveaway!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 8 books to read in September

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Feed Your Fiction Addiction
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Deb at Readerbuzz
Karen at Booker Talk

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,230 posts
over 5,350 followers
over 204,100 hits

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in October,
and some major milestone!!


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How was YOUR month of September?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

Recap: 20 Books of Summer 2020

20 books of summer

Once again, 746books.com organized a special challenge:

20 Books of Summer
June 1-August 31

Summer is already over so it’s time to see how it went for this challenge.

I’m happy with the amount of books I read:
I reached 20 books on July 28, and ended up reading 28 books.
These were not necessarily the 20 I had lined up, I had to adjust to urgent books coming my way for review.
Unfortunately, I only reviewed 6 of these.

And I was planning to connect with participants of this challenge, which I didn’t do much at all, by lack of time.

Out of these 28, 15 books were in print, and 13 in audio (6 of these were Bible books)
12 were mysteries/thrillers

Books I especially liked?:
scratch that, there are too many!!

I will just highlight four books that were different, types of revelations:

  Or What You Will If You Cross the River

Or What You Will:
An amazing author, totally new to me.
Great structure, so many references
VERDICT: Unique fantasy love letter to the Renaissance. Luscious!
See my review, with excerpts

If You Cross The River:
I got this in 2019, why did I wait so long to read it?
Incredible writing. I devoured it in no time

  Migrations Killer Come Back to Me

Migrations:
wow, certainly one of my favorites of the year so far.
VERDICT: Both beautiful and heart-wrenching. And of course, a must for all birders.
See my review, with pictures and data

Killer, Come Back to Me
BIG revelation, I didn’t even know he had written crime fiction. Did you?
And he is so so good at it!

So here is the file with my 28 books.

Did you participate?
What was your favorite book this Summer?