2019: November wrap-up

NOVEMBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 It’s really unusual for me, but I had a rather meh reading month, as for quantity and content. Actually, I tend to read more slowly when the books are not that great.
But I listened to a lot of audiobook content!

📚 AND I have so far already read more books than my yearly goal of 100 books. So it’s not all that bad.

📚 PLUS, November saw my 5,000th follower! As promised, I sent a book to the lucky new follower (Shalini at Shalini’s Books & Reviews – please go and visit her). That ended up being quite an adventure. I talked about it here.
I promised another giveaway for all my current followers, I will post it in a few days.

📚 I actually did read/browse some gorgeous books published by Rockridge Press and received through The Callisto Publisher’s Club, but as they are mostly cookbooks and children activity books, I do not count them in my statistics.
Some bloggers disagree with that. I don’t mind what other bloggers do, I personally only count books what I really read from A to Z, no word skipped.

📚 Thankfully, it was #Nonficnov, so I visited lots of blogs featuring fascinating nonfiction titles.

📚 And I’m currently reading 2 great books – come back tomorrow to know more about them!

So here are the few titles I read in November:

6 books:
3 in print 
with 862 pages, an average of 28 pages/day
3 in audio
= 25H10
, an average of 50 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Scare Me, by Richard Jay Parker – free ebook won in a giveaway
  2. Sharko, by Franck Thilliez – French audiobook
  3. The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe – audio, for The Classics Club
  4. A Noël Killing, by M.L. Longworth – received for review for Criminal Element
  5. The Mystery of the Hansom Cab, by Fergus Hume – audio, for The Classics Club

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Tom Brown’s Guide to Healing the Earth, by Tom Brown – free book won in a giveaway

MY FAVORITE BOOK IN NOVEMBER

  My Preschool WorkbookSad, but none of the books I completely read is worth being featured as a favorite. Let me tell you a few words about the ones I have not reviewed.

The Masque of the Red Death
I listened to this short story by Edgar Allan Poe for The Classics Club.
I was actually rather disappointed by it. I didn’t think there was much to it, probably because of the short story format. I even listened to an analysis of it, that was actually longer than the book itself, to be sure I had not missed something major. I didn’t even find suspense in it, as the end was obvious from the get go.

The Mystery of the Hansom Cab
And I listened to this one also for The Classics Club. I was really curious, as the author lived for a long time in New Zealand.
I was also rather disappointed. Even though it’s only 260 pages, I felt it was dragging for the resolution of the mystery. However, it was interesting to read about Melbourne in the 1880s. “A man is found dead in a hansom cab, and one of Melbourne’s leading citizens is accused of the murder. He pleads his innocence, yet refuses to give an alibi.” The reason why was also quite clear from the beginning.
I wanted to try this author, who supposedly really influenced Conan Doyle, but I don’t think I’ll read more by him.

A Noël Killing
If you want to try a Christmas mystery with a Provence setting, you may find A Noël Killing enjoyable. It was too slow for me, and as I notice the same criticism applied by other readers to the first book in this series, I don’t think I’ll stay in the company of Verlaque and Bonnet. It also contained inexact details about the region.
This is an excerpt of my review that will be published on Criminal Element mid December.

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 6/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 20/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 104/100 – FINISHED
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 26

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

Guide to Healing the Earth  My Preschool Workbook Healing with Apple Cider Vinegar Feng Shui

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

click on the cover to access my review (2013!)

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Nonfiction 2019 Book Pairings

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

The Mommy Island
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Silvia at Silvia Cachia

BLOG MILESTONES 

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How was YOUR month of November?

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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!

 

2019: October wrap-up

OCTOBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 Another great month of reading, with a lot of nonfiction. Of course, November is nonfiction month, not October. Oh well…

So here is what I read in October:

14 books:
11 in print 
with 2,204 pages, an average of 71 pages/day
3 in audio
= 20H34
, an average of 39 minutes

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Oh, the Meetings You’ll Go To!: A Parody, by Dr Suits – graphic “novel”
  2. Elder Leonid of Optina, by Fr Clement Sederholm – Eastern Orthodoxy
  3. Secret Agent Brainteasers: More Than 100 Codebreaking Puzzles Inspired by Britain’s Espionage Masterminds, by Sinclair McKay – ebook, for review
  4. Alexander Schmorell: Saint of the German Resistance
    by Elena Perekrestov – Eastern Orthodoxy
  5. Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes, by Robert Louis Stevenson – audio, for The Classics Club
  6. The Parables: Biblical, Patristic, and Liturgical Interpretation, by Dmitri Royster – Eastern Orthodoxy
  7. A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind, by Shoukei Matsumoto

2 in mystery:

  1. Solving Cadence Moore, by Gregory Sterner, for review
  2. Avalanche hôtel, by Niko Tackian- French audiobook

2 in manga:

  1. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  2. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – audio, for The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Supernova Era, by Liu Cixin – for review

1 in historical fiction:

  1. On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov – ebook, for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITES IN OCTOBER

  Supernova Era  Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 4/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 98/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 20

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

one pot cooking  Keto in 30 minutes

Supernova Era The Man That Got Away Civilizations

Solving Cadence Moore WeSolarisChildhoods End

 

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

My Year 2019 in Nonfiction

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Semicolon
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Silvia at Silvia Cachia

BLOG MILESTONES 

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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!

 

2019: September wrap-up

SEPTEMBER 2019 WRAP-UP

📚 September was a special month: I totally binged on manga, or to be more specific, on a subgenre of manga I guess: Film Comic Adaptation. I forgot now how, but I finally discovered Hayao Miyazaki, and I checked out from my library all the adaptations of his animes I could find – I still have one series to finish.
So don’t be impressed by the number of books and pages I read this month, as 14 were actually manga and graphic novels – I know, that’s ridculous.

📚 More impressive is actually that I finished n 4 years (instead of 5) my first list of 50 classics, and started my 2nd list.

📚 Also, I have started phase 2 of my Goodreads TBR shelf cleaning. And I can use your help! Click on the link for your input.

📚 And if you haven’t seen it yet, come and read the awesome interview with Silvia on Don Quixote!

So here is what I read in September:

19 books:
17 in print 
with 3,267 pages, an average of 108 pages/day
2 in audio
= 15H24
, an average of 30 minutes

14 in manga and graphic nonfiction:

  1. The Secret World of Arrietty, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  2. Spirited Away,vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  3. Spirited Away,vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  4. Spirited Away,vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  5. Spirited Away, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki
  6. Spirited Away, vol. 5 by Hayao Miyazaki
  7. Castle in the Sky, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  8. Castle in the Sky, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  9. Castle in the Sky, vol. 3 by Hayao Miyazaki
  10. Castle in the Sky, vol. 4 by Hayao Miyazaki
  11. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki
  12. My Neighbor Totoro, vol. 2 by Hayao Miyazaki
  13. Book Love, by Debbie Tung
  14. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, by Shing Yin Khor

2 in science fiction:

  1. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke – audio, for The Classics Club

2 in literary fiction:

  1. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer, by Fredrik Backman
  2. Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie – ebook, for review

1 in mystery:

  1. Into the Night, by Sarah Bailey

MY FAVORITES IN SEPTEMBER

Quichotte Book Love

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 1/50 (until September 2024)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 84/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 43

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

The Dark Lake Into The Night Quichotte Goodbye Paris

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Quichotte

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime Read-along

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

That Artsy Reader Girl
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Silvia at Silvia Cachia

BLOG MILESTONES 

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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!