Book review: The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 2 – I love France #175

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The Lady Agnès Mystery vol 2:
Book 3. The Divine Blood
Book 4. Combat of Shadows


Lady Agnes vol 2

Author: Andrea Japp
Translator: Lorenza García and Katherine Gregor
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Release date: Jan 12, 2016
The series La dame sans terre
was first released in French in 2006-2007
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9781910477175
also available as ebook
Genre: Historical Mystery


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I presented to you the first volume of The Lady Agnès Mystery in my November review. Here is now volume 2, comprised of Books 3 and 4. If I thought Book 1 felt more like a historical novel than a mystery, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat, and your patience at reading over 1,200 pages (total of the 2 volumes) will be well rewarded!
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year of reading 2015 part 2

After the list of my 2015 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2015

Year of reading 2015
Part 2

2015 was another fantastic reading year, with 88 books reads (93 in 2014), and 21 listened to (14 in 2014) = 109, which is an average of 9.08/month
2 more than last year

Books read in 2015:
[93 in 2014; 86 in 2013]. That’s an average of 7.3/month
Total of 23,075 pages (27,073 in 2014; 25,038 pages in 2013), which is an average of 63.2 pages/day.
Not counting the 4 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 262 pages/book, (291 in 2014 and 2013)

Books listened to in 2015:
[14 in 2014; 18 in 2013]. This is an average of 1.75/month.
Total of 12,899 mn (8,522 min in 2014; 12,253 min in 2013) with an average of 35 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 10 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2015 AVERAGE pages per DAY

The spike in March is due to being one of the IFFP shadow panel judges

2015 av min per day

The huge difference in August is due to a long road trip!

2015 genre

hmm, historical fiction is no longer the majority here!!

2015 format

wow, my ebook percentage doubled from last year!

2015 authors

= nice balance!

2015 authors natless diversity than last year, but still happy

And introducing a new chart this year:2015 languages

neat that I ended up translating and publishing 3% of what I read!

In translation: 28 [25 in 2013]:

  • 16 from the French
  • 3 from the German
  • 2 from the Swedish
  • 2 from the Italian
  • 2 from the Japanese
  • 1 from the Spanish, Greek, and Russian

4 in original language: French
4 translated by me from English-French

Books by the same author: 31 [16 in 2014]:
= 5 by Louise Penny;
4 by Alaux & Balen, Tanya Anne Crosby, Brent Levasseur;
and 2 each by R. Akutagawa, Adria J. Cimino,  Ian Doescher, Gay Hendricks, Andrea Japp, Patrick Modiano, Mark Pryor

Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan
Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton (originally read in French)
The Homilies, by Saint Gregory Palamas

Oldest: The Showings, by Julian of Norwich (1393).
Technically, Gregory Palamas is about 50 years before her, but I don’t think the whole group of his homilies were published together at the time, so I counted them under the English translation and publication!

Newest: The Lady Agnes Mystery vol 2, by Andrea Japp (01/12/2016)

2015 pub year

2015 sourcethanks publishers and authors!!


3 new American States these books led me to: South Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio

24 other countries these books led me to (14 last year) : Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, England, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Syria, Tibet, Turkey, on Mars, and somewhere in other galaxies

Shortest bookRashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – 10 pages (Japanese short story)

Longest book: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins672 pages.

Longest audio: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn – 19:11 hours

Funniest: Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes

Most depressing: Stoner, by John Williams

Disappointing: Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters

Creepy: Floats the Dark Shadow, by Yves Fey

Eye-opener: The Dead Lake, by Hamid Ismailov

Best reading companion: The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott

Very useful: How to Blog a Book, by Nina Amir

Gorgeous pictures: Bridges of Paris, by James St Michael

Favorite characters of the year: Alice (The Lake House), Katie (The Keys of the Watchmen), Klas (The Ravens), Etta (Etta and Otto and Russell and James), Agnès (Lady Agnès Mystery)

Classics I finally got to read:
The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald
In a Grove, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
Stoner, by John Williams
La prisonnière, by Marcel Proust
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters
The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro

Which authors new to me in 2015 that I now want to read the entire works of?
Kathleen C. Perrin, Hamid Ismailov, Tomas Bannerhed, Andrea Japp

New Series I want to pursue:
by Andrea Japp

Best title: Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Longest book title:
So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, by Patrick Modiano
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs

Shortest book title: F, by Daniel Kehlmann


2015: December wrap-up

December 2015 wrap-up

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Even though I didn’t stick to my reading plans for December, and end up with a list very different from the books I had planned to read, I have read a lot, according to my own standards!

Here is what I read in December:

11  books.
9 books, with 2,649 pages, that is: 85.4 pages/day.
2 audiobooks, with 16:06 hours, that is: 31 min/day

5 in mystery :

  1. A Rule Against Murder, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton
  3. Late Harvest Havoc, by Alaux and Balen – ebook
  4. The Lady Agnes Mystery vol 2, by Andrea Japp
  5. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Chergui’s Child, by Jane Riddell – ebook
  2. The Islanders, by Pascal Garnier – ebook
  3. Numero Zero, by Umberto Eco – audio

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough – ebook
  2. The Homilies, by Saint Gregory Palamas

1 in historical mystery:

  1. Highland Fire, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook


My favorites in December

   Lady Agnes vol 2  The Wright Brothers

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 40/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 21/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 45/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 20/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 34/21-30 – DONE
New authors challenge: 56/50 – DONE
New Release (2015): 54/31-45 – DONE
Nonfiction challenge: 14/16-20
TBR challenge: 5/12
Books in Translation: 29/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 109/100

Number of books added to my TBR in December = 32

Blog recap

  • I’ve been participating in #amonthoffaves
  • I’ve been interviewed by The Book Trail
  • I’m finally joining again some memes, such as Teaser Tuesdays, Sunday Sentence, n
  • 6 of the 11 books read were received for review, plus one for work, to translate it into French

  • French Bingo 2016 is open for sign up. Let me know if you find the explanations not clear enough. Time to recap your 2015 BINGO if you want to win a book!

  • I organized 4 giveaways in November. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the nest giveaway there!

Most popular book review in December

The Tree of Manclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

French Bingo 2016

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

A Little Reading

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

11: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
10: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
9: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write


Blog milestones

1,253 posts
over 3,450 subscribers
over 102,500 hits

Blog plans for January

  • I’m participating in #amonthoffaves. One last post scheduled for tomorrow
  • I will be part of Bout of Books 15. Don’t forget to join!
  • Come back soon to see my mega stats and what I plan to read in January, as well as the reading challenges I will attempt in 2016!

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How was YOUR month of  December?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!