2023: April wrap-up

APRIL 2023 WRAP-UP

The month of April has been crazy busy, especially with Church related activities,
and my reading stats are not the best.
Still with 10 books, I’m happy, especially as I finished two long books,
and I read/listened to some fascinating works.
I only posted four times this past month, and am a bit late on reviews,
but hoping to catch up soon.

ūüďö Here is what I read in April:

10 books 
6 in print 
=  with 1,467 pages, a daily average of 48 pages/day.
4 in audio
= 42H04
, a daily average of 1H24 minutes/day

5 in mystery:

  1. Hag’s Nook (Dr Gideon Fell #1), by John Dickson Carr
  2. Hide and Geek (Hide and Geek #1), by T.P. Jagger
  3. The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiel Hammett –¬†audio
  4. Skin Deep, by Antonia Lassa – for book tour, review live on May 22
  5. The Light of Day, by Eric Ambler –¬†audio

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of The Oxford Translators’ Revolution, by R. F. Kuang (histfic and fantasy) –¬†audio
  2. Homecoming, by Kate Morton –¬†audio

1 in scifi:

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams –¬†audio

1 in adventure/middlegrade:

  1. Les R√©cr√©s du petit Nicolas (Le petit Nicolas #2), by Ren√© Goscinny –¬†read with French student I.

1 in nonfiction:

  1. L’Arabe du futur #2 : Une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient, 1984-1985, by Riad Sattouf –¬†read with French student F.

 MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Babel Homecoming

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club 4th list: 47/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 15 books
Total of books read in 2023 = 56/120 (47%, 17 books ahead)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 26

 OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Kallocain

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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2023: March wrap-up

MARCH 2023 WRAP-UP

Even though March had 31 days, I think it went even faster than February.
The good news is, we are getting closer to warmer days.
I read a lot of books this past month (19 is probably my best ever actually), though a lot of them were manga, graphic novels, or comics!
My audio number is not impressive, due to the fact that I finished a long one, and I am not quite done with another long one!

ūüďö Here is what I read in March:

19 books 
18 in print 
=  with 3,643 pages, a daily average of 117 pages/day.
1 in audio
= 21H50
, a daily average of 42 minutes/day

8 in nonfiction:

  1. The Song of Tears: An Essay on Repentance based on the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, by Oliver Clément
  2. Psalm 118: A Commentary, by St Theophan the Recluse
  3. Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence, by Peter C. Bouteneff
  4. L’Arabe du futur #1 : Une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient, 1978‚Äď1984, by Riad Sattouf –¬†graphic “novel” autobiography, read with French student F.
  5. Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey #1, by Akiko Higashimura –¬†manga autobiography
  6. Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey #2, by Akiko Higashimura – manga autobiography
  7. Department of Mind Blowing Theories, by Tom Gauld –¬†comics
  8. Baking With Kafka,¬†by Tom Gauld –¬†comics

4 in science fiction:

  1. Astra Lost in Space #3, by Kenta Shinohara
  2. Astra Lost in Space #4, by Kenta Shinohara
  3. Astra Lost in Space #5, by Kenta Shinohara –¬†these 3 are manga
  4. Kallocain, by Karin Boye –¬†read for The 1940 Club

3 in historical fiction:

  1. Goliath, by Tom Gauld – graphic novel
  2. √Čclipses japonaises, by √Čric Faye
  3. Breaking Stalin’s Nose, by Eugene Velchin

3 in literary fiction:

  1. I am a Cat, by Natsume Soseki –¬†audio
  2. Fable Comics, by Chris Duffy (ed.) – comics
  3. What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection 1, by Makoto Kobayashi – manga/graphic novel

1 in mystery:

  1. Maze: Solve the World’s Most Challenging Puzzle, by Christopher Manson –¬†graphic novel

 MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Psalm 118 Astra lost in Space 5

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club 4th list: 42/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 15 books
Total of books read in 2023 = 46/120 (38%, 17 books ahead)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 34

 OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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The Classic Spin #33

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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TOP COMMENTERS 

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2023: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY 2023 WRAP-UP

February has been quite full, but I managed to do a good deal of reading – from a bunch of graphic novels, picture books, and manga to a very scholarly Orthodox book!

I knew my audio time was going to be way lower than my 2H/day January average, as my painting project is over (you can see pictures of the outdoor signs I posted at the end of this post – one sign faces East, the other one faces West), but it shows very low because I am not quite done with my current 20 hours audiobook!

I also passed the 1,000 mark as for number of reviews posted here. I know I missed some, but most of them are linked on my very helpful Authors List.
Tip for newer book bloggers: start that type of page as soon as possible, you will enjoy having it down the line.

ūüďö Here is what I read in February:

15 books 
13 in print 
=  with 2,151 pages, a daily average of 76 pages/day.
2 in audio
= 11H50
, a daily average of 25 minutes/day

5 in nonfiction:

  1. Blanc, by Sylvain Tesson – French audio
  2. What do you do with an idea?, by Kobi Yamada – picture book
  3. What do you do with a problem?, by Kobi Yamada – picture book
  4. Rouvrir le roman, by Sophie Divry¬†–¬†read with French student F.
  5. The Image of the Virgin Mary in the Akathistos Hymn, by Leena Mari Peltomaa

4 in literary fiction:

  1. Master of the Uncanny, by Kido Okamoto
  2. Cat + Gamer #1, by Watru Nadatani – manga
  3. Cat + Gamer #2, by Watru Nadatani Рmanga
  4. The Hunting Gun, by Yasushi Inoue¬† –¬†short story.
    These 4 titles (and the next 2) count for The Japanese Literature Challenge 16

3 in science-fiction:

  1. Astra Lost in Space #1, by Kenta Shinohara –¬†manga
  2. Astra Lost in Space #2, by Kenta Shinohara – manga
  3. Mooncop, by Tom Gauld – graphic novel

2 in mystery:

  1. 120, rue de la gare (Nestor Burma #1), by L√©o Malet¬†–¬†read with French student E.
  2. Arsène Lupin contre Herlock Sholmès (Arsène Lupin #2), by Maurice Leblanc Рread with French student E.

1 in children’s lit:

  1. The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame – audio

 MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Blanc  The Wind in the Willows

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 39/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books
Total of books read in 2022 = 27/120 (23%, 8 books ahead)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 43

 OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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The Top 7 books to read in February 2023

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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