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 

2,237 posts
over 5,370 followers
over 205,770 hits

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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!

10th Blogiversary today! Stats, answers, and winners

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It’s really hard to believe, but indeed today is my 10th blogiversary!
I have been book blogging here for 10 years, after a few posts on a previous site.

It’s been a wonderful experience, thanks to you, all my readers, thanks to your reading suggestions, your own reading challenges and activities, and your comments.

Along these years, I have experienced great moments, especially reading books from over 50 different countries; or participating in Book Expo in America when it took place in Chicago. The ArmchairBea was also great, too bad it no longer exists.

Thank you so much for being here and for reading these pages!

I have been organizing some games to reward you.
At the end of this post, I will reveal 2 winners.

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But first of all, based on suggestions you gave me, here are a few numbers and stats.

As of today, Words And Peace has:

  • 2,228 posts
  • 822 book reviews
  • over 20,000 comments
  • over 5,360 followers
  • over 203,900 hits

Here is a series of TOP TEN:

10th blogiversary top ten reviews

= Interesting that Classics come first!

10th blogiversary toen ten posts

= Book reviews are not the type of posts generating most views!

10th blogiversary tOP TEN COMMENTED

= And not 1 review among the top 10 commented! Taking part in blog events does bring a lot of comments (especially The Sunday Post, and other memes or challenges).

Thanks to my top commenters! :

10th blogiversary top commenters

And to my top referrers:

10th blogiversary top TEN REFERRERS

= alas several of these actually no longer exist!

And now a nice chart:
NB: the total is in dark purple (from 61 books in 2010 to 118 in 2019)
Only 4 years have under 100 books.
The 2 other colors don’t add books, but show the proportion between read/listened to
(from 13 audiobooks in 2010 to 28 in 2019)

10th blogiversary number of books read

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Now is he time to reveal my top 10 favorite books. It was really hard to pick one from each yearly recap.
Here they are, as presented in Game 1:

puzzle 10th blogiversary

Congratulations to the players who identified the 10 covers!

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Looks like Game 2 was more challenging.
I asked you to find out what these 8 authors have in common.
I specified that the answer was quirky, and I gave you a clue:
looking at my recap by Authors should help you.

So next to each author, I added one of the titles of these authors:

  1. Thad Carhart  The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier 
  2. Lan Samantha Chang  All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost 
  3. Gay Hendricks  The First Rule Of Ten
  4. Anthony Horowitz  The Sentence is Death
  5. Hiromi Kawakami  The Ten Loves of Nishino
  6. Patrick Modiano Suspended Sentences
  7. Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
  8. Wendy Walker  All Is Not Forgotten

Now, do you see it?
If not, here is the answer:

  1. Thad Carhart  The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier 
  2. Lan Samantha Chang  All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost 
  3. Gay Hendricks  The First Rule Of Ten
  4. Anthony Horowitz  The Sentence is Death
  5. Hiromi Kawakami  The Ten Loves of Nishino
  6. Patrick Modiano Suspended Sentences
  7. Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
  8. Wendy Walker  All Is Not Forgotten

So each of these authors have a title containing the letters T E N.
Like my TENth blogiversary ūüėČ

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And now for the winners!
Two players have a total of 21 points

ELLEN
lives in the US, so she’ll receive a surprise package with 10 items
(a surprise book + 9 other surprise items!)

LORY 
lives in Switzerland,
so she can pick 1 book among my 10 favorite books of these past 10 years
(see list above),
and she will receive it through bookdepositery!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR PLAYING, 
FOR READING, AND COMMENTING ON THIS BLOG.
It wouldn’t exist without you.

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