2011 Audio Book Challenge

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Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books


1. The Canterbury Tales , by Chaucer
2. The Invisible Man, by HG Wells
3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant
4. Atlantic, by Simon Winchester
5. Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese
6. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
7. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
8. Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America, by Jim Murphy
9. The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown
10. Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov
11. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
12. Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson
13. Lilith, by George MacDonald
14. There But For The, by Ali Smith
15. Heresy, by SJ Parris
16. Prophecy, by SJ Parris


June 2011 Wrap-up

June was a very good month for books, for really good books.


  • I read 8 books, with a total of 1988 pages, that is 66.26 pages/day. Not too bad compare to my previous months.
  • I listened to 2 audiobooks, with a total of 35:24 hours, that is 1:17 hour/day, which is my best this year!

6 books were fiction, and 4  were non-fiction, I am happy for this balance. I always try to have both kinds going on at the same time.

The fiction titles read this past month were:

My favorite fiction book this month was:
tough choice

Fiction titles listened to:

My favorite fiction audiobook:
I can’t do choose, both were so excellent!

And the non-fiction titles read :

My favorite non-fiction
now without hesitation:

Blog wise, June was my most exciting month ever, with several events:

Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen @ Devourer of Books. She posted a question every day, and I managed to participate every day.
She organized some giveaways and I won my first audiobooks:
The Greater Journey by McCullough (Simon & Schuster) and One Summer, by Baldacci (Hachette Audio).
Through Jen, I got to discover the Audiobook Community, which I joined, as well as the Audiobook Jukebox, where I link my audiobook reviews – 2 great places to discover more audiobooks!

-Devourer of Books, you guessed it, she’s one of my favorite book bloggers, organizes also this summer some Cool Down With Agatha Christie Readalongs. I got a free book, Endless Night (HarperCollins), to participate in the Readalong on June 27. It was fun, answering questions and comparing with other bloggers  who had read the same book, though I would have liked more participants. It is not too late to participate, there are 2 more coming, one in late July, one in August, click on the link to sign up.

-One day, I also received a message from Coffee House Press, proposing to send me a book of my choice in their Fall catalogue for review! And I didn’t even know about that publisher! I chose Leaving the Attocha Station, by Ben Lerner. I will post it late August or early September.

-And Amy @ Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours just asked me if I would like to post a review along the tour on Road from the West: Book I of the Chronicles of Tancred, by Rosanne Lortz. This will happen here on Oct 13.

-I also discovered there was a Friday meme very close to my “Good Books for your week-end.” It is called Friday Finds. So now I link my Friday post to this meme.

-Jen also introduced another good meme, called Sound Bites, where you can link your audiobook reviews of the week.

– I finally took time to enter in Goodreads all the books I read since 2001 at least. I have more and more Goodreads friends, and I enjoy discovering what they think about this or that book.

What about my Reading Challenges?

Thanks to Cutting for Stone, I completed my 3rd Reading Challenge for 2011:

What’s in a name –     COMPLETED!
6 books
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– Number: The Crying Of Lot 49, by T. Pynchon
– Movement: The Spy Who came in from the cold, by J. Le Carré
– Life Stage: The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, by W. Mosley
– Gem: Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese
– Size: The Great Railway Bazaar, by P. Theroux
– Evil: Strong As Death, by S. Newman

I have reached the Fascinated level for this one and will work on  next level:

2011 Audio Book Challenge
Fascinated: 6 Audio books.
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1. The Canterbury Tales , by Chaucer +
2. The Invisible Man, by HG Wells +
3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant +
4. Atlantic, by Simon Winchester +
5. Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese +
6. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett +

I have read already 17 titles counting for My Dewey Decimal Challenge. The highest level is Master level: 4, so I guess I already reached it 4 times
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And I already reached 14 titles for the 2011 Non-Fiction Challenge. 7-9 books from different categories  being the Future Jeopardy Champion, I have reached it twice already, and we still have 6 months ahead of us!
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I joined 2 other Reading Challenges this month:

Japanese Literature Challenge
Read one book from June 1, 2011 until January 30, 2012. If you want to read more than one, wonderful. Hosted by Dolce Bellezza.
I have not read anything yet for that, but I plan to read a few Murakami, and can’t wait for his 1Q84 planned to come out next October.
I would love to read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa for this challenge.

I also plan to do this one:
Art of the Novella Reading Challenge
Fascinated — Read 3 novellas, during the month of August 2011
Hosted by MelvilleHouse Publishing. So far I only read in June The Dead, by James Joyce, and I have about already forgotten what it was about, so I am not sure I’ll pursue this experience. We’ll see.

I’m feeling really tempted by the Europa Challenge…

And now to the 2nd half of the year, I really hope to reach my 100 books this year.