2021: June wrap-up

JUNE 2021 WRAP-UP

Already one month of Summer gone…
And I managed to post an amazing number of posts all this past month: only five!!
I finally took one week away, which hadn’t happen for two years, like for many of us. One week in the woods, no phone, no internet, just hiking and birding, total bliss.
So I didn’t do much reading either, hence the most pathetic number this month.

So far, for my #20BooksofSummer21, I have managed to read 9 books. So it sounds like I am on track. Except only 1 of these 9 were on my original list for the challenge, lol.

One of the five posts of this month was the conclusion of a fascinating buddy-read/readalong with Carol @ Cas d’intérêt on The Archipelago of Another Life (L’Archipel d’une atre vie) by Andreï Makine.

📚 Here is what I read in June:

10 books:
5 in print 
with 1,275 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
5 in audio
= 14H03
, a daily average of 28 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Baruch
  2. The Book of Lamentations
  3. The Book of Ezekiel
  4. The Book of Daniel – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge
  5. The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber

2 in mystery:

  1. Compartiments tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot – readalong with a French student, read for The Classics Club
  2. The Grid, by Philip Kerr

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour – audiobook
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec – readalong with a French student

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Apothecary Diaries, vol.1, by Natsu Hyuuga – manga

A few notes about these books:

  • Totally by chance, I read two books about smart architecture: one was the nonfiction by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber, which actually won the 1st prize in IndieReader Discovery Award for the Environment Category.
    And the other one by Kerr, as a techno-thriller. Fascinating theme!
  • With these four Bible books, I finished listening to the whole Old Testament. Listening to them all as a whole, without studying them this time nor focusing on their spiritual meaning, was a bit challenging and actually quite depressing in content. And now to the New Testament!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    Nature humaine    La Disparition 2

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 60/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 8/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 82/120 (68%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 9

NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Arsene Lupin

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 7 books to read in June 2021

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Julie Anna’s Books
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TOP COMMENTERS 

Iza at Books & Livres
Greg at Book Haven
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2021: May wrap-up

May 2021 WRAP-UP

Another busy month, that didn’t leave me much time for blogging.
Besides books waiting for reviews, I miss not having time to do Sunday Posts and/or Top Ten Tuesday posts.
Hopefully, life will quiet down a bit.
Weeks go by so quickly. It feels like we had snow yesterday, yet we are already eating produce from our garden (lettuce, spinach, and kale and rhubarb that grow back every year).

In May, I took part in #BoutofBooks and did two buddy-reads, on The Andromeda Strain and on The Archipelago of Another Life (our last English-French Q&A will be posted on June 4). Lots of fun!

I was also super busy with an international webinar I organized for France Book Tours“French artists in fiction: four lives, four authors”. About 70 people signed up, from 7 countries. If you missed it, you can watch the video I made from it, with excerpts read by the authors added. It was fascinating, but a lot of work before and after.

In June-July-August, I will be working on my #20BooksofSummer21.

I am also in the process of streamlining all my Categories and Tags.
And of transitioning France Book Tours to another theme, and other forms of marketing!

As  I said above, not much happening on the blog this past month, but I did read a good deal.

📚 Here is what I read in May:

13 books:
6 in print 
with 1,685 pages, a daily average of 54 pages/day
7 in audio
= 24H17
, a daily average of 47 minutes

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Zechariah
  2. The Book of Malachi
  3. The Book of Isaiah
  4. The Book of Jeremiah – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge

4 in mystery:

  1. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #21), by Agatha Christie
  2. Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #22), by Agatha Christie
  3. One, Two, Buckle my Shoe (Hercule Poirot #23), by Agatha Christie – these first 3 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. People Like Them, by Samira Sedira – received for review for Criminal Element

3 in historical fiction:

  1. Monet & Oscar, by Joe Byrd – received for review for France Book Tours
  2. The Archipelago of Another Life / L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
  3. Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat – graphic novel

2 in science-fiction:

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton – for The Classics Club
  2. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir – received for review through Netgalley

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    The Archipelago of Another Life   The Andromeda Strain

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 55/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 73/120 (60%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22

NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Arsene Lupin

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

20 books of summer

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Julie Anna’s Books
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Marianne at Let’s Read
Iza at Books & Livres
Greg at Book Haven
please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

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How was YOUR month of May?

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2021: April wrap-up

April 2021 WRAP-UP

Phew, this was a busy month, ending with a liturgical marathon, as we finally had our Great Week (Orthodox services are so deep and powerful, and also quite long, especially during this very special week) and Pascha (aka Easter), almost a month after everyone else.

I have been also reading a lot, as much needed time off at the end of the day, but as I’m in the middle of so many books, my stats are actually not very impressive.
The big news was my first participation ever in the Club organized by Simon at Stuck in a Book. This time, in was the #1936Club.

Two other big highlights were
my buddy read of Before the Coffee Gets Cold,
and the beginning of another buddy read: The Archipelago of Another Life

📚 Here is what I read in April:

18 books:
6 in print 
with 1,377 pages, a daily average of 45 pages/day
12 in audio
= 24H39
, a daily average of 49 minutes

9 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Micah
  2. The Book of Joel
  3. The Book of Obadiah
  4. The Book of Jonah
  5. The Book of Nahum
  6. The Book of Habakkuk
  7. The Book of Zephaniah
  8. The Book of Haggai – these first 8 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge
  9. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders

5 in mystery:

  1. Murder in the Mews (Hercule Poirot #18), by Agatha Christie
  2. Appointment With Death (Hercule Poirot #19), by Agatha Christie
  3. Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot #20), by Agatha Christie – these first three were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain – ebook for the #1936Club and The Classics Club
  5. Piège pour Cendrillon, by Sébastien Japrisot – French ebook for the The Classics Club

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Old Capital, by Yasunari Kawabata –  ebook for  The Classics Club
  2. First Person Singular, by Haruki Murakami

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Swedish Cavalier, by Leo Perutz – ebook for the #1936Club and The Classics Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. How to Mars, by David Ebenbach – ebook received for review

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain    The Swedish Cavalier

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 47/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 60/120 (yes, already at 50%!)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 11

OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

The Black Lizard

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Arsene Lupin

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

My top 10 books for the 1936 Club

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Stuck in a Book
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Marianne at Let’s Read
Iza at Books & Livres
Judy at Keep the Wisdom
please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

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Come back tomorrow
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How was YOUR month of April?

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Thanks Nicole!