2021: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2021 WRAP-UP

I published a recap post yesterday on my #20BooksofSummer21, which went really well this year.
Now is time for a shorter recap, just on the month of August. I thought this month zoomed by too quickly, but I did actually manage to read a lot.
At the beginning of the year, I was averaging almost 14 books a month (more than my usual numbers), and I thought it was just because I was listening to a lot of (short) books from the Bible (Old Testament).
Well, I didn’t listen to any Bible book in August (as a little break between Old and New Testament), and still managed to read 16 books, so I’m glad with the numbers.

August has now my best statistics for 2021 so far, as for number of pages read per day.

Another neat thing is that I finally caught up with all the reviews I needed to write for Netgalley books read in 2020! I just need now to write 3 reviews for Edelweiss Plus books read in 2020, and I will be up to date on these.

It was fun participating in #BoutofBooks.
And I announced an upcoming Read-along/ buddy-read (with Marianne at Let’s Read) on The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie.

📚 Here is what I read in August:

16 books:
10 in print 
with 3,035 pages, a daily average of 97 pages/day
6 in audio
= 41H01
, a daily average of 1H19

12 in mystery:

  1. The Labors of Hercules (Hercule Poirot #27), by Agatha Christie
  2. The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie
  3. Taken at the Flood (Hercule Poirot #28), by Agatha Christie
  4. Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie
  5. The Under Dog and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #4), by Agatha Christie
  6. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie – these first 6 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  7. Un Trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat – French ebook
  8. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge – French ebook
  9. Bomber’s Moon, by Archer Mayor
  10. A Fine Line, by Dan Burns
  11. The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny
  12. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo – Japanese classic in French translation, for the Books in Translation Challenge and for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. History in English Words, by Owen Barfield – for The Classics Club
  2. Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, by Alice Kaplan

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz – for the Books in Translation Challenge and for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    Midaq Alley The Madness of Crowds

Tension extrème

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 74/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 37/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 113/120 (94%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 18

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  The Inugami Curse To Hold Up the Sky

 

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5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

The New York Times has recently released their list of 100 Notable Books of 2017
I was curious to compare it with my lists.

ON MY READ SHELF
(100 books so far this year)

Out of 100, I only read 1!:

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ON MY TBR SHELF

FICTION

  A Separation    Six Four

 

NONFICTION

  The Future is History    Looking for The Stranger

 

What about you?
Have you read any of these 5 books?
How many of the 100 Notable Books
have you read?
Which one do you think
I should ABSOLUTELY read?

 

Review: Meursault, contre-enquête – I love France 202

Meursault, contre-enquête

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Auteur: Kamel Daoud
Éditions:
Actes Sud

Parution:
2014
Pages:
155
ISBN:
978–2-330-03372-9
Genre:
Roman

prix Goncourt du premier roman – 2015
prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie – 2014
prix François-Mauriac – 2014

Goodreads

Babelio

À MON AVIS

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To my English speaking readers:
scroll down to read a short recap and the synopsis.
It was published in an English translation in 2015, as
The Meursault Investigation (Other Press).
It has recently been longlisted for the 2016 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose Click to continue reading