Year of blogging 2013

After my year of reading recaps
charts, graphs and stats for 2013,
then the fun wrap-up with book titles,
a few things on the blogging part:

Here are the 3 book reviews most often read this year – click on the book covers to access the reviews:


The Dervish


Great Cholesterol Myth


The Bones of Paris

And the most viewed not-book-related post: on The Basilica of Saint Denis – with my own pictures

My best 3 book bloggers referrers in 2013 were – please go visit them!:

  1. Literary Escapism
  2. Devourer of Books
  3. Should Be Reading

The book blogger who commented most:

Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews


Year of reading 2013 part 2

And after the charts, graphs and stats for 2013,
now to a very fun wrap up!

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 2013.

Because of time limit, I won’t insert the links this year, sorry, so if you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review.

– When I was younger I was : Botchan (it does mean the kid in Japanese
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: Vader’s Little Pincess
– I will never be: The Cleaner of Chartres
– At the end of a long day I need: The Consolations of the Forest
– Right now I’m feeling: Degrees of Courage
– Someday I want to: Taking Root in Provence
– At a party you’d find me: Désirée
– I’ve never: Unravelled
– I really don’t enjoy: The Chalice
– In my next life I want to be: (a) Meadowlark

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: (to) The Library at Night
– Your favorite form of transportation: The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
– Your best friend is: The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax
– You and your friends are: Writing The Icon of the Heart
– What’s the weather like: A Tainted Dawn
– Favorite time of day: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
– If your life was: An Enchantment
– What is life to you: Seduction
– Your fear: Blindness
– What is the best advice you have to give: Press Here
– Thought for the Day: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
– How I would like to die: Leaving Everything Most Loved
– My soul’s present condition: Nine Fold Heaven

I began the day with Mozart’s Last Aria.
On my way to work I saw a Tiny Book
and walked by The House of Rocamora
to avoid the Badluck Way,
but I made sure to stop at The Lavender Garden.
In the office, my boss said : You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack!
and sent me to research A Caribbean Mystery.
At lunch with The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax,
I noticed The Cross and the Dragon
under The Dead Man’s Mirror,
then went back to my desk Becoming Josephine.
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Chronicle of the Mount Builders
because I have Grape Expectations;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Bones of Paris
and studied The Lovers’ Dictionary
before saying goodnight to The Dervish.

Now don’t tell me this is not fun! Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2014?

In 2013, I participated in  13 Reading Challenges, and God knows how many virtual book Tours. I finished the reading challenge Around the World in 52 countries, started in 2012, and I started one on all the States in the US.

2013 was big with the launching of France Book Tours. We presented 23 books, and already have many good ones lined up until Spring 2014. New book bloggers are welcome, just fill in this quick questionnaire, and I will send you possible titles to review according to your reading tastes. And of course you can always say no to a book.
Each time you agree to review a book you get 3 automatic entries to win the book of the month or a $15 gift card of your choice!


And now to 2014:

I have signed up to only 8  Reading Challenges, will probably also read more books in Japanese literature and maybe the Australian month literature as well. I also plan to finish reading Marcel’s Proust work: I’m in volume 4, and there are 7.
The key word for many book bloggers this year sounds like TBR!
So like many of you, I hope to work more on at least my physical TBR, that is, print books that I do ave at home right now.
This means I have to practice more self-discipline and discernment to say NO more often to some virtual book Tours; already 13 lined up, between now and end of April…

2013 was such an exciting year of reading for me, thanks to you other book bloggers, and all my readers who subscribed to this blog through email, google reader, wordpress, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, etc, and to all your comments! Thanks again for following this blog!

And happy year of reading 2014 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you do some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2013

Year of reading 2013 part 1

Here is my first thrill of the year, with my reading statistics for 2013!

2013 was another fantastic reading year, with 86 books reads, and 18 listened to = 104, just 2 below last year.
2 books less, but actually over 4,000 pages more and 717 mn more:

Books read in 2013:
[89 in 2012]. That’s an average of 7.1/month
Total of 25,038 pages (20,907 pages last year), which is an average of 68.5 pages/day.
Not counting the 6 books I translated.

That’s an average of 291 pages/book.

Books listened to in 2013:
[17 in 2012]. This is an average of 1.5/month.
Total of 12,253 mn (11,536 mn last year)  with an average of 33 mn/day.

That’s an average of over 11 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:


2013 av pages per day


2013 av minutes per day

My Favorites:

click on the covers to get to my reviews

Print copies

             Fiction                     Historical fiction                    Nonfiction               Mystery

The Tree of Man       How Angels Die       The Library At Night         The Bones of Paris


              Fiction                     Historical fiction                        Nonfiction               Mystery

   Three Lives Tomomi         Lavender Garden         Consolations of the Forest      The Mona Lisa Speaks

Audio Books

                Fiction                     Historical fiction                 Nonfiction               Mystery

  Ready Player One        Painted Girls        Eighty Days Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland      Mrs Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha

Favorite graphic book:

Shakespeare's Star wars

Favorite spiritual book:

Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses

Favorite book cover:

Consolations of the Forest


2013 genre


2013 format


2013 authors


2013 nationality

Books by the same author: 18 [30 in 2012]:
– 7 by Dorothy Gilman, 3 by Agatha Christie, 2 by Maurice Druon, 2 by Marcel Proust, 2 by Sam Thomas, 2 by Jean-Claude Larchet.

Re-Reads: Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses.

Oldest: From Absinthe to Zest 1873

Newest: The Harlot’s Tale – 1/7/2014


2013 publication year

In translation: 16 [16 in 2012]:

  • 11 from the French
  • 2 from the Japanese
  • 1 from the German, Portuguese, Hungarian

2 in original language:  French

American States these books led me to: Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota

Other countries these books led me to:  Australia, Austria, Barbados, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Caribbean Sea, China, England, France, Germany, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia,  Sicily, Sweden, Switzerland,  Thailand, Turkey, Wales, Zambia, far away galaxy

Shortest: Chu’s Day – 32 pages

Longest: Le côté de Guermantes – 765 pages.

Longest audio: Désirée, by Salenko – 25:58 hours

Funniest: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

Favorite characters of the year: Constance (in The Lavender Garden), and Claire (in How Angels Die)

Which authors new to you in 2012 that you now want to read the entire works of?
CJ Sansom, Clara Black, Lucinda Riley, Kent Haruf, Patrick White,Alberto Manguel

Best title: The Ocean At The End of The Lane

Longest book title: Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

Shortest book title: Botchan


2013 source