2020: March wrap-up

MARCH 2020 WRAP-UP

Amazing how the world has changed since my February wrap-up!
I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe.

Actually, life is still about the same for me, as I work from home, teaching French, and this keeps me really busy these days, with among others, two of my students preparing two different and very demanding exams.

The only major change is Church. We closed our Church on March 14, so besides our usual home prayers, we are watching services from a monastery through livestreaming videos. We have also organized some Skype Conferences for our parishioners, and also social hour, just to chat together.
Last time we left home was basically on March 11, so we are doing good so far.

The above and many phone calls, skype sessions, and emails with many people, parishioners, friends, and family members, have kept me super busy.
Hence so little activity on this blog for a while. I apologize for those who have left comments, and that I haven’t approved yet. I haven’t visited many other blogs recently either. And now I am a few reviews behind.
Some days, I’m too exhausted to read in the evening. So my pace has slowed down a bit.

ūüďö¬†So here are the titles I read in March:

7 books:
6 in print 
=  with 1,139 pages, an average of 36 pages/day
1 in audio
= 2H44
, an average of 5 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. Theological Territories: a David Bentley Hart Digest, by David Bentley Hart – ebook, for review. See notes (to be continued, upcoming review)
  2. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  3. The Book of Numbers –¬†audiobook
  4. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau –¬†ebook
  5. Le petit livre de la vie r√©ussie, by Anselm Gr√ľn – for review

2 in mystery:

  1. Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  2. La t√™te d’un homme, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook

MY FAVORITE BOOK IN MARCH

Theological Territories

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 31/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 12

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN MARCH

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

  The Missing Sister   Creativity for Kids

GIVEAWAYS

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Civilizations

click on the cover to access my review 

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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Sunday Post #29

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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TOP COMMENTERS 

Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
Judy at Keep the Wisdom

Karen at Booker Talk

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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where you can link your monthly recap posts
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2020: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY 2020 WRAP-UP

ūüďö Well, my January trend is still at work!
I have again read a lot this month, in fact even more than in January. But the real feat is that so far, I have reviewed everything as well, mostly thanks to my Sunday Post, where I post short reviews as needed.
My daily Book Journal is helping me too, I believe.
And I have restarted posting more often on Myrtle Skete, my Orthodox blog.

ūüďö Like in January, besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my¬†#Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.

So here are the titles I read in February:

13 books:
9 in print 
=  with 2,275 pages, an average of 78 pages/day
4 in audio
= 23H10
, an average of 47 minutes

6 in mystery:

  1. Le Charretier de la Providence, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  2. Monsieur Gallet, d√©c√©d√©, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  3. Second Sister, by Chan Ho-Kei¬†–¬†ebook, for review
  4. Complot, by Nicolas Beuglet Рaudio
  5. L’ile du diable, by Nicolas Beuglet¬†– audio
  6. The Missing Sister, by Elle Marr – my review will be live on Criminal Element mid March

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami  Рebook
  2. The Ten Loves of Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami¬†–¬†ebook, for review

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Héctor Garcia
  2. The Book of Exodus – audio
  3. The Book of Leviticus Рaudio

2 in poetry:

  1. Selected Poems, by Masaoka Shiki
  2. The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, by Robert Hass

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN FEBRUARY

Second Sister  The Essential Haiku

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 20/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 24/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 27

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JANUARY

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

The Gate

Tricky Logic Puzzles for Adults New SAT Vocabulary Workbook Once Upon a Word

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Gate

click on the cover to access my review 

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Sunday Post #24

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Caffeinated Reviewer
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TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
Karen at Booker Talk

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2020: January wrap-up

JANUARY 2020 WRAP-UP

ūüďö Wow, 2020 has been starting crazy on the reading scene. I have been reading a lot, according to my standards.

ūüďö Besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my¬†#Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.
Oh and of course at the beginning of January was Bout of Books. It was a busy week, so I didn’t read as much as I wanted, but still it worked fine.

ūüďö The biggest news for me is that so far, I have managed to review all the books I have been reading this month, and even started catching up on books read last year.
Posting again for the Sunday Post has been very helpful for that, as I post there small reviews when a much longer review is really unnecessary.
I also enjoy doing a Book Journal section in this weekly Sunday Post: I update it every day, recapitulating what I read the night before. Looks like more and more of you have been enjoying this section of my post as well. This helps me keep track and be more consistent.

ūüďö There were lots of posts in the blogosphere related to the previous decade. In case you missed them, I have a post on my favorite books and one on my favorite book covers of the past decade.

ūüďö Also, as I am reading a difficult Orthodox theology book, I have been again reposting book notes after a couple of chapters or so on my Orthodox blog.
I suddenly remembered I had lots of Orthodox notes and quotations on a very old book blog, so I’m going to republish these on my new Orthodox blog the coming months.

So here are the titles I read in January:

11 books:
8 in print 
=  with 1,862 pages, an average of 60 pages/day
3 in audio
= 11H37
, an average of 22 minutes

5 in literary fiction:

  1. Book of Genesis –¬†audio
  2. Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki –¬†ebook
  3. Goddess Power, by Yung In Chae –¬†for review
  4. And Then, by Natsume Soseki¬†–¬†ebook
  5. The Gate, by Natsume Soseki¬†–¬†ebook, review will be live on 2/4

What a wonderful experience to read Soseki’s whole trilogy in the same month

4 in mystery:

  1. Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah –¬†ebook, for review
  2. Eagle Strike, by Anthony Horowitz
  3. Pietr-le-Letton, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  4. The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher Morley – audio

1 in children:

  1. Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura¬†–¬†ebook

It feels so good to see all these links under the books I read THIS month!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN JANUARY

And Then  The Book of Tea

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 15/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 4 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 11/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 9 (less than 10, I deserve some applaud, lol)

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JANUARY

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

Lady Clementine  Dreamland   Treachery

Figure Drawing for Kids Dogs Logic Puzzles The Fascinating Animal Book fort Kids

Essential Keto Bread The Healthy Breakfast Cookbook   Minimalism

 

GIVEAWAYS

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Dreamland

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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The Ten Most Recent Additions to my 2020 bookshelf

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

That Artsy Reader Girl
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TOP COMMENTERS 

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Silvia at Silvia Cachia
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer
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Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog

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How was YOUR month of January?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Thanks Nicole!