2019: May-June-July wrap-up

MAY-JUNE-JULY WRAP-UP

A lot has been going on these last three months, and I haven’t done much blogging. I plan to be more active again, so I’ll start with this mega three months recap, as last one was for April!!

On another level, after 14 months or work, I have finally decided to stop translating for Orthodoxie.com/en. It was fascinating work, and gave me the opportunity to keep up with Orthodox news throughout the world, but they have no fund, and I was getting only a few dollars per hour. As I needed many hours to translate every day, I also had less time to teach French, so even less income coming!

Until next major translation project, I plan to do more marketing for France Book Tours – if you know new bloggers who are looking to review books, tell them about it. I’m going to have new titles, with even more incentive! The general sign up page is here.

I would also like to dedicate more time to preparing my next book. A third of it is ready. The book was commissioned by a publisher, it will be another anthology (I published my first one eleven years ago!), but this time from Orthodox authors, and for each day of the year.

Before going into books, I’d like to share this awesome service I found through @EmAndHerBooks. You can post all your links in one place. See my result. Really cool!

Enough chatting, let’s go back to my reading.
I’ll give the numbers per month, for my year stats, and then the list by genre for the all this period.

So here is what I read in May:

5 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
= 12H29
, an average of 24 minutes

In June: 

8 books:
4 in print 
with 1,254 pages, (yes! the exact same number of pages as in May!),
an average of 41 pages/day
4 in audio!
= 38H50
, an average of 1H17!

And in July:

6 books:
5 in print 
with 1,521 pages, an average of 49 pages/day
1 in audio
= 6H49
, an average of 13 minutes

So that’s a total of 19 books, in the following genres:

12 in mystery:

  1. Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox
  2. Redemption Point, by Candice Fox
  3. The Night Before, by Wendy Walker
  4. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis – for Criminal Element
  5. A Better Man, by Louise Penny – for Criminal Element
  6. The Gomorrah Gambit, by Tom Chatfield – for Criminal Element
  7. The Sentence is Death, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook
  8. The Reunion, by Guillaume Musso – for Criminal Element
  9. La fille de Brooklyn, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  10. La vie secrète des écrivains, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  11. Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi – in audio
  12. J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi – in audio

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think, by James Vlahos – ebook
  2. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck – audio, for Classics Club
  3. If You Love Me, by Matthew the Poor

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Exposed, by Jean-Philippe Blondel – for France Book Tours
  2. Vintage 1954, by Antoine Laurain

1 in science fiction:

  1. We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin- audio, for Classics Club

1 in dystopia:

  1. The Memory Police, by Yoko Ogawa – ebook

I have a few reviews almost ready to go, so I should be able to post them these coming weeks.

Obviously, with so many great titles, it’s really hard to pick a couple of favorites, so I’ll focus on great books by new to me authors.

MY FAVORITES IN MAY-JUNE-JULY

Talk to me

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 45/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 52/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 11

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Reunion

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The Fire of Winter
spotlight with giveaway, open until August 19

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Gamache series!
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

BLOG MILESTONES 

1,982 posts
over 4,830 subscribers
over 179,400 hits

Be sure to check all the giveaways posted on my homepage!

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2019: April wrap-up

APRIL WRAP-UP

I’m super late for my monthly recap. As Christian Orthodox, we had our Great Week and Holy Pascha a week after the other Christians. It’s basically a marathon week, with lots of hours in church. It’s the most amazing week of the year, but I easily need one week to recover after! And I’m so exhausted that even reading gets challenging, if you can imagine!
So after all the books I read for the Man Booker International Shadow Panel, these past weeks have been quite anti-climatic on the reading level.

So here is what I finished in April:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,539 pages, an average of 51 pages/day
1 in audio
= 14H18
, an average of 28 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Mouthful of Birds, by Samanta Schweblin – for MBI2019
  2. The Death of Murat Idrissi, by Tommy Weiringa – ebook for MBI2019
  3. Valerie, by Sara Stridsberg – ebook for MBI2019
  4. Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi – ebook for MBI2019
  5. The Republic, by Joost de Vries – ebook for MBI2019

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau – audio, for Classics Club

1 in mystery:

  1. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, by Olga Tokarczuk – ebook for MBI2019

MY FAVORITES IN APRIL

Walden  The Death of Murat Idrissi

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 43/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 3/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 33/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 10

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Death of Murat Idrissi

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The Classics Spin #20
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

David’s Book World
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

BLOG MILESTONES 

1,956 posts
over 4,820 subscribers
over 176,600 hits

Be sure to check the giveaway posted on my homepage!

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Thanks Nicole!

 

2019: March wrap-up

MARCH WRAP-UP

I could start this recap with the exact same line as the last 3 or 4 months: it is still too cold around Chicago, and believe or not, we had a bit of snow Saturday evening and night!
But who cares when you have lots of books waiting for you to read? That has definitely been the case for me, as I’m part of the Shadow Panel for the Man Booker International 2019. The shortlist will be revealed on April 9, and I still have quite a few to read to get closer to the 1 titles…

Also, slowly but surely, I’m still reading Don Quixote, now with Lory at The Emerald City. We will take turn to post our reflections/questions on the second part of the work.

Everyday, I also read a chapter of Les Misérables in French, a read-along with one my students. We are now in volume 2.

So here is what I finished in March:

11 books:
1 in print 
with 2,964 pages, an average of 95 pages/day
None in audio
I have been listening to Walden, by Thoreau, but have not finished yet.

5 in literary fiction:

  1. At Dusk, by Hwang Sok-Yong – ebook, for MBI2019
  2. Four Soldiers, by Hubert Mingarelli – for MBI2019
  3. The Pine Islands, by Marion Poschmann – ebook, for MBI2019
  4. Love in the New Millennium, by Can Xue – for MBI2019
  5. The Remainder, by Alia Trabucco Zeran – for MBI2019

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Poustinia, by Catherine de Hueck Doherty
  2. The Years, by Annie Ernaux – for MBI2019

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shape of the Ruins, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez – for MBI2019

2 in graphic novels

  1. Orange, volume 2, by Ichigo Takano – manga
  2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by Scott Fitzgerald

1 in mystery:

  1. The Woman in the Window, by AJ Finn – ebook

MY FAVORITES IN MARCH

The Years The Pine Islands

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 2/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 26/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 22

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

At Dusk

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Tony’s Reading List
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

BLOG MILESTONES 

1,939 posts
over 4,800 subscribers
over 174,900 hits

Be sure to check the giveaway posted on my homepage!

Also, we still have one spot available
to review this wonderful book by Blondel!

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Thanks Nicole!