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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Bout of Books 32: Day 7 and final recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 32

DAY 7 and final RECAP

Bout of Books 32
#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, August 16th
and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges,
but they’re all completely optional
For Bout of Books 32 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
.
From the Bout of Books team

📚📚📚

This has to be my best bout of books ever, with a total of 1329 pages, that’s an average of 189 pages/day.
My original goal was 840 pages, that is, 120 pages/day, which I thought was pretty decent for me. So I actually read 158% more than planned.
I managed to finish 5 books (2 were audiobooks), most of them that had been on my TBR for a while.

My favorite read this week was this one (click on the cover to access my short review):

Midaq Alley

Here is what I read on DAY 7:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 50  pages = FINISHED
  2. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge =   106 pages

Total for Day 7: 156  pages
TOTAL so far:  1329/840

📚 I didn’t do the Instagram challenge!

See you for Bout of Books 33: 1/3/2022–1/9/2022

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 125 pages
  2. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 19  pages
  3. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 30 minutes =  18 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie =  2H50 =   118 pages

Total for Day 6:   280 pages
TOTAL so far:  1173/840

Wow, I thought Tuesday was great with 229 pages, and 280 today!
The audio time helped a lot. I did some cooking, and 5 pounds of harvesting green beans from the garden, plus cutting, blanching, and bagging. Hence all the audio time.

📚 I forgot to do the Instagram challenge!

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 48 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 1H29  =  55 pages

Total for Day 5:  103 pages
TOTAL so far:  893/840

I read even less than yesterday, but I have already reached my goal, and have two more days to go!

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: genre love

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 78 pages
  2. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 19  pages
  3. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 30 minutes  =  17 pages

Total for Day 4:  114 pages
TOTAL so far:  790/840

I read 6 pages less than my daily goal, but I read much more on the previous days, so doing good still.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: color me happy

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo = 126 pages
  2. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 8 pages
  3. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 15 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 1H25 minutes  =  53 pages

Total for Day 3:   202 pages
TOTAL so far:  676/840

I seem to be on a roll here. I even managed to publish a review on The Inugami Curse, by the same Seishi Yokomizo I’m reading this week.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: celebrating diversity

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = 72 pages = FINISHED
  2. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = 113 pages = FINISHED
  3.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =1H58 minutes  =  72 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =2H minutes  =  72 pages

Total for Day 2:  329 pages
TOTAL so far:  474/840

No teaching today, so did a lot of work around the house, hence lots of audio time!
Weird that I read the exact same number of pages in three different books, but that’s really it. And this is probably my biggest number of pages in a day, as far as I can remember.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: feel good books

   📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = 80 pages
  2. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = 18 pages
  3.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =1H18 minutes  =  47 pages

Total for Day 1:  145 pages
TOTAL so far:  145/840

Very happy with this first day
📚 I did the Instagram challenge: what I am reading

   📚📚📚

Based on my results for Bout of Books 31, I’m raising the bar to much higher than usual, setting my goal at 840 pages, that is, 120 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I am currently reading

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = FINISHED
  2. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo
    (to be published in English as The Village of Eight Graves in December 2021)
  3. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = FINISHED
  4. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = FINISHED
  5. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge
  6.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #29), by Agatha Christie = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie

I’m planning on doing some Instagram daily challenges.
No reading-in-place, which disrupts my reading. Nor Twitter chats: I have done it many times, and it’s mostly the same questions.

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 32, no daily challenges will be hosted on the official blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!
Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter*. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.
All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m. Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 2 p.m. Eastern | 11 a.m. Pacific
📚 6 p.m. Eastern | 3 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

*Please note that these are the activities run through the Bout of Books account on Twitter. More reading sprints, Twitter chats, and other events may be hosted by experts, either on Twitter or on the Bout of Books Discord.

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Bout of Books 32: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 32

DAY 6 RECAP

Bout of Books 32
#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, August 16th
and runs through Sunday, August 22nd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges,
but they’re all completely optional
For Bout of Books 32 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
.
From the Bout of Books team

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 125 pages
  2. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 19  pages
  3. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 30 minutes =  18 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie =  2H50 =   118 pages

Total for Day 6:   280 pages
TOTAL so far:  1173/840

Wow, I thought Tuesday was great with 229 pages, and 280 today!
The audio time helped a lot. I did some cooking, and 5 pounds of harvesting green beans from the garden, plus cutting, blanching, and bagging. Hence all the audio time.

📚 I forgot to do the Instagram challenge!

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 48 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 1H29  =  55 pages

Total for Day 5:  103 pages
TOTAL so far:  893/840

I read even less than yesterday, but I have already reached my goal, and have two more days to go!

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: genre love

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 78 pages
  2. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 19  pages
  3. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 30 minutes  =  17 pages

Total for Day 4:  114 pages
TOTAL so far:  790/840

I read 6 pages less than my daily goal, but I read much more on the previous days, so doing good still.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: color me happy

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo = 126 pages
  2. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor = 8 pages
  3. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge = 15 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = 1H25 minutes  =  53 pages

Total for Day 3:   202 pages
TOTAL so far:  676/840

I seem to be on a roll here. I even managed to publish a review on The Inugami Curse, by the same Seishi Yokomizo I’m reading this week.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: celebrating diversity

   📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = 72 pages = FINISHED
  2. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = 113 pages = FINISHED
  3.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =1H58 minutes  =  72 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =2H minutes  =  72 pages

Total for Day 2:  329 pages
TOTAL so far:  474/840

No teaching today, so did a lot of work around the house, hence lots of audio time!
Weird that I read the exact same number of pages in three different books, but that’s really it. And this is probably my biggest number of pages in a day, as far as I can remember.

📚 I did the Instagram challenge: feel good books

   📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = 80 pages
  2. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = 18 pages
  3.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie =1H18 minutes  =  47 pages

Total for Day 1:  145 pages
TOTAL so far:  145/840

Very happy with this first day
📚 I did the Instagram challenge: what I am reading

   📚📚📚

Based on my results for Bout of Books 31, I’m raising the bar to much higher than usual, setting my goal at 840 pages, that is, 120 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I am currently reading

  1. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz = FINISHED
  2. Le Village aux huit tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo
    (to be published in English as The Village of Eight Graves in December 2021)
  3. Bomber’s Moon (Joe Gunther #30), by Archer Mayor
  4. Un trou dans la toile, by Luc Chomarat = FINISHED
  5. Tension extrême, by Sylvain Forge
  6.  Audiobook: Three Blind Mice and Other Stories, by Agatha Christie = FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: The Under Dog and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #29), by Agatha Christie = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (Hercule Poirot #32), by Agatha Christie

I’m planning on doing some Instagram daily challenges.
No reading-in-place, which disrupts my reading. Nor Twitter chats: I have done it many times, and it’s mostly the same questions.

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 32, no daily challenges will be hosted on the official blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!
Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter*. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.
All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m. Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 2 p.m. Eastern | 11 a.m. Pacific
📚 6 p.m. Eastern | 3 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

*Please note that these are the activities run through the Bout of Books account on Twitter. More reading sprints, Twitter chats, and other events may be hosted by experts, either on Twitter or on the Bout of Books Discord.

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