2023: January wrap-up


I can’t believe January is already over. It’s been full to the brim. BUT one of my major projects was repainting the outdoor sign of our church, so that gave me an insane amount of audio time. With a daily average of over 2 hours!
I actually usually listen with 1.25 speed.

January gave me some terrific books (all written by male authors, lol, and all reviewed) in a variety of genres, even though I didn’t have time to read much for the Japanese Literature Challenge (but it goes on in February), and I haven’t yet started a book in Italian this year – focusing instead a lot on books read with my French students.

At the beginning of January, I published my usual three posts of stats and the like, on my 2022 reads.
I also highlighted ten authors I discovered in 2022.

đź“š Here is what I read in January:

12 books 
7 in print 
=  with 1,790 pages, a daily average of 57 pages/day.
5 in audio
= 65H48
, a daily average of 2H07/day!

4 in mysteries:

  1. The Red Thumb Mark (Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries #1), by R. Austin Freeman
  2. L’Os de Lebowski, by Vincent Maillard – with French student S.
  3. Les Nouvelles enquĂŞtes de Maigret, by Georges Simenon
    with French student E.
  4. Death of a Red Heroine (Inspector Chen Cao #1), by Qiu Xiaolong
    – public library winter challenge

3 in children/YA:

  1. L’Empire de la mort (N.E.O. #3), by Michel Bussi – French audio
  2. Shuna’s Journey, by Hayao Miyazaki
  3. What do you do with a chance?, by Kobi Yamada

2 in science-fiction:

  1. Le Jour des fourmis (La Saga des fourmis #2), by Bernard Werber – French audio
  2. La RĂ©volution des fourmis (La Saga des fourmis #3), by Bernard Werber – French audio

1 in literary fiction

  1. Hell Screen, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Week-end Ă  Zuydcoote, by Robert Merle – read with French student F.

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Éloge de l’Ă©nergie vagabonde, by Sylvain Tesson – French audio


Death of a Red Heroine Éloge de l'énergie vagabonde


Classics Club: 34/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 2/7 books
Total of books read in 2022 = 12/120 (10%, 2 books ahead)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 29




Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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The Top 9 books to read in January 2023


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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in February!
How was YOUR month of January?


Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
is hosting a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
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Year of reading 2022 part 3

And after my list of 2022 favorites,
as well as my 2022 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2022 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites.
The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions
exclusively with titles I read in 2022.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was Stuart Little
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m L’Inconnue de la Seine
– I will never be The Witch in the Wood
– At the end of a long day I need Crimson Sails
– Right now I’m feeling Intuitio
– Someday I want to Love in the Library
– At a party you’d find me Beginning to Pray
– I’ve never (been) Autour de la Lune
– I really don’t enjoy The Sound and the Fury
– In my next life I want Tmorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: At the Mountains of Madness
– Your favorite form of transportation: Paris-Briançon
– Your best friend is Le Grand Meaulnes
– You and your friends are The First Men in the Moon
– What’s the weather like: Le CrĂ©puscule des fauves
– Favorite time of day: Eventide
– If your life was: Absolutely on Music
– What is life to you: A World of Curiosities
– Your fear: Les Fourmis
– What is the best advice you have to give: Lean on Me
– Thought for the Day: How do you live?
– How I would like to die: The Lifted Veil
– My soul’s present condition: Entre deux mondes

I began the day with The Martins.
On my way to work, I saw The Ill-Made Knight,
and walked by The Last House on Neddless Street
to avoid The 39 Steps,
but I made sure to stop at Jamaica Inn.
In the office, my boss said, Respire,
and sent me to research Unbeaten Tracks in Japan.
At lunch with The Daughter of Time,
I noticed (a) Beast in the Shadows
under The Grid,
then went back to my desk, So Big.
Later, on the journey home, I bought (a) Fer-de-Lance
because I have Un Chien Ă  ma table.
Then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Snow Goose
and studied The Three-Body Problem
before saying goodnight to The Night Gardener.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2022?


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Happy year of reading 2023 to each of you!

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if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2022

Year of reading 2022 Part 2: Statistics

After the list of my 2022 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2022.

Year of reading 2022
Part 2: Statistics

I have used Book Roast’s CAWPILE, so I have even more graphs to share with you!
But she counts some things differently, so I’ll include my own graphs as needed.

With 140 books, that is, 20 more than my original goal, 2022 was a very good year of reading for me.
Let’s look at it more closely.

My total numbers of books read/listened to is actually the highest ever since I have started tracking it seriously through Goodreads and Google sheets:
92 books reads (92 in 2021!), and 48 listened to (73 in 2021) = 140 (165 in 2021), which is an average of 11.6/month (165 books in 2021, with a monthly average of 13.75).

Books read in 2022:
. That’s an average of 7.6/month
Total of 20,399 pages (21,654 in 2021), which is an average of 55 pages/day (59 in 2021).
That’s an average of 221 pages/book (235 in 2021).

So I tend to read shorter books.

Books listened to in 2022:
[73 in 2021]. This is an average of 4/month (6 in 2021)
Total of 24,600 minutes (22,153 min in 2021) with an average of 67 min/day (60 in 2021)
That’s an average of about 8.5 hours/audiobook. (5 hours/audiobook in 2021).

So, much longer audiobooks than in 2021, which makes sense,
as in 2021, I listened to a lot of Biblical books, which tend to be shorter.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2022 Books read per month

Total books, print and audio

2022 Pages read per month

2022 Average pages per day

With only 6 months above an average of 50 pages/day, not as impressive as 2021.

2022 Hours listened per month

2022 average minutes per day

Definitely happy here, with 8 months having an average of over 60 minutes per day – it means the house should be rather clean, as I only listen to audio books while doing house chores and gardening.

2022 genre

Nice diversity, getting more balanced.
With a major increase in scifi (double)
and children’s lit (five times more, mostly classics)

2022 format

Here again, things get more balanced.
Less audio, more ebooks.

2022 authors

11% more female authors than last year.
Male/female doesn’t matter for me,
as long as they know how to write well!
The diversity that counts for me is country of origin
and languages, as you can see below

2022 nationality

Exact same number of nationalities as last year,
but with different countries.

2022 languages

English books are less than 50%. See details below.
One more language than last year, as I read my first book in Italian.

In translation: 31 [52 in 2021 – due to Biblical books] 22% of all books read

  • 16 from the Japanese
  • 4 from the French
  • 4 from the Russian
  • 23 from the Spanish
  • 1 from the Chinese
  • 1 from the German
  • 1 from the Norwegian
  • 1 from the Swedish

In original language other than English: 41 – 29% of all books read
40 in French
1 in Italian


Out of a Total of 115 authors (105 in 2021)
59 were new to me (51%. It was 50% in 2021)

Books by the same author: 41 [69 in 2021]:
6 by Georges Simenon
5 by T.H. White
4 by Michel bussi
2 by Haruki Murakami, Yukio Mishima, Keigo Higashino,
Guy de Maupassant, Marc Levy, Jules Verne, Serge Joncour, René Barjavel,
David Foenkinos, Laurent Gounelle,
Diane Setterfield, Dorothy Gilman, Josephine Tey

8 Re-Reads: [28 in 2021, because of my Biblical project] 5%
Mostly read with French students
Le Pays oĂą l’on n’arrive jamais, by AndrĂ© DhĂ´tel
Le Horla et autres nouvelles, by Maupassant
Cyrano de Bergerac, by Rostand
Le Grand Meaulnes, by Alain-Fournier
De la Terre Ă  la Lune, by Jules Verne
Le Petit Prince, by Saint-Exupéry
Human Nature, by Serge Joncour (read before in French)
Beginning to Pray, by Anthony Bloom, read twice in 2022

2022 publication year

Only 22% of very recent books, less and less every year.
Many more from the 19th century than before.

Oldest: The Year of My Life, by Issa Kobayashi (1852)
Newest: Progress Report, by Roman Lando, December 9, 2022

2022 source

Most books bought are part of my EStories audio subscription,
and books that have been on my TBR for a while.

About same balance as last year

33 countries these books led me to (24 last year):
France (37), US (30)
England (23), Japan (21)
6 books set in Russia
5 in space (one of these was on the moon)
4 in Antarctica
3 in Canada, Israel, Italy
2 in Argentina
1 in Scotland, Sweden, Norway,  Lithuania, Belarus, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Venezuela, Colombia, Bolivia, China, Tibet, India, New Zealand, Australia.
Plus in Persia, on an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, in an unidentified desert, in the Amazonia region, around the Panama canal, and somehwre on Earth after some type of apocalyptic event.

I visited 10 US States:
Arkansas, California (5), Colorado, Florida, Illinois (2), Mississippi, Minnesota,
New York (2), Vermont, and Washington (2)

Shortest book: Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima –  33 pages
12 books under 100 pages – mosly novellas and children’s books

Longest book: Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda – 574 pages
7 books over 400 pages

Shortest audiobook:
The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke – 53 minutes

Longest audiobook:
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils/ The Further Adventures, by Selma Lagerlöf – 17H06

Funniest: Revenge of the Libraries, by Tom Gauld

Most Unique Books:
The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov:

“A rich, successful Moscow professor befriends a stray dog, whom he names Sharik, and attempts a scientific first by transplanting into it the testicles and pituitary gland of a recently deceased man”.
The Cloven Discount, by Italo Calvino:
This is a very weird (and hilarious too) book, about a viscount (and the narrator’s uncle), who gets split into two by a cannonball during battle. So now, we have two viscounts, a good one and a bad one. The story follows both, and makes us reflect I believe on human nature.

Most tearjerker: The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico

Most disappointing: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, by Gabrielle Zevin

Creepy: The Last House on Needless Street, by Catriona Ward

Eye-opener: Digital Hell: The Inner Workings of a “like”, by Guillaume Pitron

Best reading companions:
Agatha Christie Poirot, by Mark Aldridge
Cliffs Notes on The Sound and the Fury, by James Roberts

Beautiful illustrations:
A Brush With Birds: Paintings and Stories from the Wild, by Richard Weatherly
Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain

Biggest discovery:
Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird

Favorite characters of the year:
Bastien (Entre eux mondes), Laurus (Laurus), Mary (Jamaica Inn),
Alexandre (Human Nature), Vadassy (Epitaph for a Spy),
Raymond McPheron (Eventide), Dilsey (The Sound and the Fury),
Philip and Fritha (The Snow Goose)

Classics I finally got to read:
I read 71 classics, that is 50% of all my 2022 books.
Check my 3rd (tab “sheet 1) and 4th list (tab “sheet 4”) of the Google doc

posted in this post, for the Classics Club.
The ones with the red margins are the ones I read – with the date.

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read
(other than the classics just mentioned):
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème brûlée, by Thomas J. Craughwell
Le Voyage d’Octavio, by Miguel Bonnefoy
Eventide, by Kent Haruf
Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami
A is For Alibi, by Sue Grafton
This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, by Gillian Crow
The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin
Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin

Which authors new to me in 2021 that I now want to keep reading?
Eric Ambler, Isabella Lucy Bird, John Buchan, Blake Crouch, David Foenkinos,
Paul Gallico, Anna Katharine Green, Alexander Grin, Kanae Minato, E. Nesbit, Guillaume Pitron, Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Josephine Tey, Bernard Werber,
Cornell Woolrich

I have read more books from series than I thought:

2022 series

From the new ones started this year (18 series),
I want to keep reading books coming after:
The Three-Body Problem, Les Fourmis, The Man in the Queue, Fer-de-Lance,
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, The Roman Hat Mystery, The 39 Steps,
The Leathenworth Case, The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Best title:
It Can’t Happen Here

Longest book title:
Thomas Jefferson’s Crème BrĂ»lĂ©e: How a Founding Father and His Slave James Hemings Introduced French Cuisine to America

Shortest book title:
NOA, by Marc Levy