2019: January wrap-up

JANUARY WRAP-UP

2019 is starting very interestingly, with a bunch of readalongs:

So I actually read much more than it looks right now, as I only count a book when it’s finished. I have listened to another long classic, see below, and otherwise read an interesting variety of books.
Apart from that, I’m very happy for all the reviews I have recently posted, catching up quite a bit.
And of course, at the beginning of the month, I took part in the wonderful Boutofbooks event
And I launched a new meme! Did you check it out?
Now, I’m considering launching a French Book Box. Does this sound interesting to you? Any thought on that?

So here is what I read in January:

7 books:
6 in print 
with 1,248 pages, an average of 40 pages/day
1 in audio
with 22H28, an average of 43 mn/day

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Are We French Yet? by Keith Van Sickle – for review, on 2/6
  2. Prayers by the Lake, by Nikolai Velimirovich

2 in mystery:

  1. The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim – ebook, for review
  2. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins – audio

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Hear Our Defeats, by Laurent Gaudé – ebook, for review

2 in children books:

  1. The Trumpet of the Swan, by E. B. White
  2. Bear and Wolf, by Daniel Salmieri – picture book

MY FAVORITES IN JANUARY

   Hear our Defeats   prayers by the lake

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (until end of 2020) or 41/65!
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 1/12
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019= 7/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= an insane 54…

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The only woman in the room

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Modern Mrs Darcy
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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How was YOUR month of January?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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2018: December wrap-up

DECEMBER WRAP-UP

You may have seen in my stats of the year, that there was a peak for December. Seeing how few books I had read compared to my usual average (about 30 less books than usual), I tried to read more in December!!
It worked, and December was by far my best month in 2018. Best in reading, and also very good in audio time.

Here is what I read in December:

14 books:
12 in print 
with 3,276 pages, an average of 105.6 pages/day
2 in audio
with 25H12, an average of 48 mn/day

7 in nonfiction:

  1. Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Day, by Andrew Louth
  2. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway – for Classics Club
  3. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger – biography, “graphic novel”
  4. Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace
    by Michael Perry – for my Winter LIbrary Challenge, book picked by the staff for me 
  5. Che: A Revolutionary Life, by Jon Lee Anderson – biography, “graphic novel”
  6. Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, by William Roy – biography, “graphic novel”. I chose to read this to compare with Marie Benedict’s historical novel on Hedy Lamarr, see below
  7. Letters to Saint Olympia, by Saint John Chrysostom

4 in mystery:

  1. Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
  2. Maman a tort, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French
  3. The Book Artist, by Mark Pryor – 2019 release, for review
  4. N’oublier jamais, by Michel Bussi – audio, in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict – 2019 release, ebook for review

1 in Fiction:

  1. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, by Sun-Mi Hwang

MY FAVORITES IN DECEMBER

 The Shadow Land  Maman a tort

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2018= 77/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 26

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Rebecca

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
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BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Fire Quill Book Blog
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TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Angela at Musings of a Literary Wanderer

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How was YOUR month of December?

Month in Review

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where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Year of reading 2018 part 3

And after my list of 2018 favorites,
as well as my 2018 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2018 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 2017.

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 : Carnegie’s Maid
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m:  The Clockmaker’s Daughter
– I will never be: The Lady Killer
– At the end of a long day I need: Little Culinary Triumphs
– Right now I’m feeling: Framed
– Someday I want to: Look For Her
– At a party you’d find me: Unsheltered
– I’ve never: (been) Minced, Marinated, and Murdered
– I really don’t enjoy: Walking the Bones
– In my next life I want to be: The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Shadow Land
– Your favorite form of transportation: Armada
– Your best friend is: The Book Artist
– You and your friends are: Modern Orthodox Thinkers
– What’s the weather like: Temps glaciaires
[Glacial weather
– though the book was published in English as: A Climate of Fear]
– Favorite time of day: While Beauty Slept
– If your life was: Fear
– What is life to you: A Moveable Feast
– Your fear: Democracy in Chains
– What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the NIght
– Thought for the Day: La nuit n’est jamais complète
[The night is never complete – no English publication as far as I know]
– How I would like to die: Visiting Tom
– My soul’s present condition: The Face of Another

I began the day with Alex Rider.
On my way to work I saw Nymphéas Noirs [Black Water Lilies]
and walked by The Bridge on the Drina,
to avoid L’armée furieuse [The Ghost Riders of Ordebec]
but I made sure to stop at The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.
In the office, my boss said : Go
and sent me to research 99 Ways to Tell a Story.
At lunch with Monet, Itinerant of Light,
I noticed (a) Skeleton Key
under (the) Portrait of a Murderer,
then went back to my desk, Un peu plus loin sur la droite
[A Little Further on the Right – though the book was published in English as:
Dog Will Have His Day].
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Master Key
because I have The Body in the Casket;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Provocative Colette
and studied The Letters to Saint Olympia
before saying goodnight to The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2018?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2018, I participated in 3 Reading Challenges, and a few virtual book tours.
Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
Mount TBR: 3/12 + 2 DNFed – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

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Happy year of reading 2019 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2018