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2017: May wrap-up

May 2017 wrap-up

Ouch, May is already gone, seriously!
I ended up reading a good amount of books and pages, though I switched plans and read books I had not planned at the beginning of the month, and dropping some I meant to read!

Here is what I read this past month:

9  books:
7 in print
with 2,222 pages, (funny!) that is: 71 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 18H08, that is: 35 mn/day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Un avion sans elle, by Michel Bussi – ebook
  3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  4. Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker

3 in literary fiction:

  1. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
  2. Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay – ebook
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

My favorites in May

     Un avion sans elle
After The Crash in English

  Manderley  The Novel of the Century

Before I review these books, a few notes:

  1. Humming along with my complete works of Sherlock Holmes in audio, with Simon Prebble as the amazing narrator. I only have 2 and a half to go

  2. Un avion sans elle: amazing amazing French thriller! I actually read it along with one of my French students, 5 chapters every week, except we read more at the end, because we could not wait another week to know what had really happened!!

    Michel Bussi is one of the top 3 selling authors in France right now, for good reason.

  3. Emma in the Night. The latest by Wendy Walker. I had really enjoyed All is Not Forgotten, so I accepted to review this one

  4. Daphné du Maurier: I finally read My Cousin Rachel. It was so neat to find some similarities with Rebecca. And so cool I ended up reading Manderley Forever, Daphné’s biography, at the same time! Bravo to Tatiana de Rosnay (you know, she wrote Sarah’s Key)

  5. Men Without Women: thanks for my awesome library, I read Murakami’s latest book. Loved it, though I usually don’t like short stories. But Murakami is Murakami, so…

  6. Story of Your Life. I loved so much the movie Arrival that I was curious to read the story it was based on. Apparently the author is a BIG name in scifi, with 4 Nebula Wards, but I had never heard of him before!

  7. The Novel of the Century. Oh wow, I thought I knew Les Misérables quite well, the book, but I discovered so much in this remarkable book! I had enjoyed a lot David Bellos‘s previous book on translation, so seeing the author and the title, I grabbed it when I saw it in my library.

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 48/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 15

Blog recap in May

  • Bout of Books 19 and beginning of Armchair Book Expo!

  • I was planning to do Read-along on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with Book Addict – on Goodreads, but I had to give up that plan for the other books which came my way

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for June at France Book Tours is now available. And be sure to come back on Saturday, I will post one in connection with Armchair Book Expo

Most popular book review in May

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?click on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 19 giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

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 😉

5: Karen at Booker Talk

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

5: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,622 posts
over 4,150 subscribers
over 135,500 hits

Plans for June

  • End of Armchair Book Expo

  • Half a novel and 2 collection of short-stories left to finish The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • Loads of reviews to write!! But I’ll also take a few days off, hiking and birding, so not sure how much reading and writing I’ll manage to do

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

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: April wrap-up

April 2017 wrap-up

April was a very busy month, especially at Church, with Great Lent and Great Week. I also managed to be knocked out for 3 days by a nasty cold when even my reading energy was very low. So I didn’t read as much as I expected and this is my lowest month so far in 2017. Still, I read 8 books total, so that could have been worse. But I have not been very active on the blog recently.
I read some books to be in connection with some reading events on Goodreads or other blogs this month, but I didn’t manage to participate in the events themselves!

Here is what I read in April, actually a lot of diversity:

8  books:
7 in print
with 1,706 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 8H27, that is: 16 mn/day

1 in nonfiction:

  1. To Open One’s Heart, by Michel Evdokimov

1 in mystery:

  1. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in graphice-novel:

  1. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman

1 in children’s book:

  1. Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Sun King Conspiracy, by Yves Jégo
  2. Beyond the Wild River, by Sarah Maine – ebook

2 in science-fiction:

  1. Waking Gods, by Sylvain Neuvel – ebook
  2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

My favorites in April

   Charlotte's Web  the-sun-king-conspiracy

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 22/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 5/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 39/100

Number of books added to my TBR in April= 12

Blog recap in April

  • For those part of The Classics Club: Classics Spin #15 was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for me. I read it and will post my review on May 3

  • With for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, I read a novel by a famous Moroccan author. They have a Twitter party coming up on April 6 (#TTWIB). Alas the twitter party was postponed and the new date ended up when I was too sick to have even the energy to open my computer.

  • I was planning to read My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs = started, not finished.
    Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club = didn’t have time
    and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5.= LOVED IT SO SO MUCH, the only book I had energy to read when I was sick, but I have not yet posted my review, so was not able to join the event.

  • I organized 1 giveaway. The one for May at France Book Tours is now available.

  • About books, though outside the blog, I went to a local independent books store this past Saturday on Independent Bookstore Day. It was not bad, but I was shocked to find a category labelled as Renaissnace [sic], and to find 2 shelves of ARCs, priced $3 each. I remember how bloggers got so furious against a fellow blogger who did that after BEA last year, so I was really quite enraged to see that even an independent book store would do that! Seriously?! But I managed to actually keep my mouth shut. Have you ever found a bookstore doing that?? I had seen some ARCs for sale in some type of second hand shops, but never before in an indie store!

Most popular book review in April

Rebeccaclick on the cover to access my review,
back in 2012

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 11 books to read in April

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

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 😉

4: Karen at Booker Talk

4: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

4: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,602 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 133,900 hits

Plans for May

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in May!

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How was YOUR month of  April?

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: March wrap-up

March 2017 wrap-up

March has been dragging on, teasing us with some days in the 70s, or even a couple of hours, to plummet back in the 30s and 40s. And lately a lot of run. So if you can’t go hiking because it’s too wet, what else can you do? Read!

Here is what I read in March.
A low total of pages, mostly due to the fact
that actually everyday I’m reading a few pages of 4 books. Two of them are based on the calendar, so I won’t be down with them until end of 2017. So I will only count them next December.

9  books:
8 in print
with 1,738 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 10H09, that is: 19 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson – ebook
  2. La nuit sacrée, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  3. Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  2. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstads and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko
  3. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Remnants, by Carolyn Arnold – ebook
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Enemies of Versailles, by Sally Christie

 

My favorites in March

la-nuit-sacree   Hell's Gate

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 19/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 31/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March= 15

Blog recap in March

Most popular book review in March

the-lotteryclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 10 books to read in March

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 😉

3: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

3: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,595 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 132,600 hits

Plans for March

  • Still persevering with and enjoying thoroughly The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • With my current plan of focusing on my TBR and being more strict at accepting books for reviews, I am discovering an advantage I had not thought about originally at the beginning of the year. I can combine flexibility with other events going on in the blogosphere. That’s how I ended up reading La nuit sacrée in March: it had been on my TBR for a while, and a great opportunity came up to read it in March, as Travel The World In Books was focusing on North African authors.

  • So along these lines, in April, besides the book I need to read for The Classics Spin, I will try to read other books on my TBR and on my list for The Classics Club: My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs; Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club;  and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5. And other books of course

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

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How was YOUR month of  March?

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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