Book review: The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

The Word is Murder

(Hawthorne #1)

by  Anthony Horowitz
HarperCollins
6/5/2018

Genre: Mystery & Detective
Pages: 390
Goodreads

Author’s website

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It’s hard to believe: I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed five books by Anthony Horowitz, and only talked to you about The House of Silk, on this video. This summer was totally crazy, so this could partly explain why I recently read two other mysteries by him and did not write about my experience. I actually wonder if a deeper reason could be that I was so stunned by the quality of the book that I didn’t know how to start reviewing it. I’m still very much aware my two-cents sound very poor to give you an idea of the greatness of The Word is Murder, but let’s try anyway.  Click to continue reading

2018: May wrap-up

May 2018 wrap-up

Wow, thank God there was Bout of Books in May, with one great week of reading, to redeem the whole, as the rest was quite pathetic. And 3 days with another crazy bout, this one of allergy, left me with NO energy, not even enough to read, which is really a bad sign…
Hence another low average month…

So here are the few books I read in May, BUT 2 were amazingly good!:

5  books:
4 in print 
with 1,278 pages, an average of 41 pages/day
1 in audio
with 7H32, an average of 14mn/day

4 in mystery

  1. Resurrection Bay, by Emma Viskic – ebook, for review (to be posted on 6/4)

  2. Un peu plus loin sur la droite, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  3. Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman – ebook, for review (coming soon)

  4. The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook, for review (coming soon)

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe – for Classic Club

 

My favorites in May

  The Word is Murder  Something in the water

Blog recap for May

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 23/50 (until end of 2020) or 34/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 1/12!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 27/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 19

Most popular book review in May

The Tree of Man

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 9-14 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Books are my favourite and best

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,803 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 155,100 hits

Plans for June

No real plan this month, and I know that unfortunately, I won’t have much time to read during 2 weeks and a half…

 

Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

Month in Review

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

2015: August wrap-up

August 2015 wrap-up

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Wow, quite an interesting month!
I managed to read 6 books only, and the average number of pages per day is pathetically low (though I do need to add that I daily read a few pages of some big books, and when I get to the end, the numbers are going to be big for whatever month it is).
BUT I listened also to 6 audiobooks, and my average/ day is quite explosive, for me – almost 2 hours!
You may wonder why: a road trip and several painting commissions, especially a large one, and I always listen to audiobooks while painting.

Here is what I read in August:

12 books.
= 6 books
with 972 pages, that is: 31.3 pages/day.
+ 6 audiobooks = 60:15 hours, that is an average of  1H56/day!

5 in  mystery:

  1. The Collector, by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont – ebook
  2. The Cruelest Month, by Louise Penny – audiobook
  3. The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz – audiobook
  4. Montmartre Mysteries, by Alaux and Balen – ebook, will be reviewed on 9/3
  5. The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro – audiobook

2 in  literary fiction:

  1. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro – audiobook
  2. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin – audiobook

2 in children book:

  1. Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood
  2. The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn

1 in historical fiction

  1. The Sisters of Versailles, by Sally Christie, will be reviewed on 9/5

1 in play

  1. Tragedy of The Sith’s Revenge, by Ian Doescher, will be reviewed on 9/5

1 in nonfiction

  1. H is For Hawk, by Helen Macdonald – audiobook

My favorites in August

    sisters of versailles  H is for Hawk  

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 25/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 16/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 33/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 14/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 25/21-30
New authors challenge: 44/50
New Release (2015): 39/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 8/16-20
TBR challenge: 4/12
Books in Translation: 18/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 18/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 79/100

Number of books added to my TBR in August = 30

Blog recap

  • I finally announced my participation in the yearly Japanese Literature Challenge!
  • 4 only of the 12 books read were received for review, which means I’m getting much better at only requesting what I’m really dying to read, and plodding along with my TBR

  • I was a guest-post at International Book Bloggers for their Back to School feature

Most popular book review in August

Rebeccaclick on the cover to access my review

Can anyone tell me why suddenly
so many people come to read
my 3 year old review of Rebecca??

Most popular post last month
– non book review

Great kindle tip discovery

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Carole’s Chatter

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 😉

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

Blog milestones

1,195 posts
over 3,330 subscribers
over 95,610 hits

Blog plans for September

  • Like last year, I’ll be hosting an author for the #30 Authors event.
  • Really planning to do a few videos, for audiobooks and children books reviews
  • Come back tomorrow to see what I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

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!