Year of reading 2020: Part 1 – My top 18

Year of reading 2020
Part 1
 My top 18

To follow my tradition, here is part 1 of my yearly recap.
There is a total of 3 parts:

  1. my favorites, with my usual categories, see here below
  2. my stats
  3. my fun list with titles

2020 was a difficult year for many book bloggers, due to problems to focus on anything beside Covid-19. It actually ended up being my best year of reading ever, since I started keeping  track. With a total of 123 books.
BUT I did experience something very different this year in my reading trends. I’ll talk more about this tomorrow when I present my year stats.

The final choice here below is based on the quality of the book, on how it resonated with me and my own experience, and on how it stayed with me. Some of these books may actually have got only 4 out 5 Eiffel Towers at the time I read them.

MY FAVORITES

click on the covers to access either my review,
or the Goodreads page for the titles I have not reviewed yet

PRINT COPIES​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
The Readers' Room The Girl Behind the Wall Upstream All the Devils Are Here

EBOOKS​​​​

Fiction Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
If You Cross the River L'humanité en péril Killer Come Back to Me

AUDIOBOOKS​​​

Fiction              Historical Fiction NonFiction Mystery
                                          Three Hours in Paris La Panthère des neiges Pandemia

 

SCIENCE-FICTION

  Migrations Flood

POETRY

A Thousand Mornings

CHILDREN BOOKS

The One and Only Bob

GRAPHIC “NOVEL”

MANGA

Silver Spoon 2

SPIRITUAL BOOK

Theological Territories

BOOK COVER

Crenshaw

Out of the 18, my favorite of all might be The Girl Behind the Wall.
I also notice that 7 are either in French (3), translated from the French (2), or set in France (2). That’s 38%.

DO YOU HAVE SOME FAVORITES
IN COMMON WITH MINE?

MORE FUN RECAP TOMORROW!

HAPPY NEW YEAR OF READING TO YOU!

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Book review: Three Hours in Paris

Three Hours in Paris

Three Hours in Paris
by Cara Black
Narrated by
Elisabeth Rodgers
Recorded Books
Soho Press
US release date 5/7/2020
360 pages
Audio 5/23/20

10H21
Historical mystery
Spy mystery/WWII

Goodreads

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When the new to me audiobook service Libro.fm contacted me (have a look, they have some great offers, especially if you already review audiobooks on your blog; and you can support your independent bookseller too), and when I saw they had a new release by Cara Black, I thought it would be a good way of testing their service. But Three Hours in Paris went far beyond my expectations.

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2020: May wrap-up

MAY 2020 WRAP-UP

One of my online French students is done with her AP. With one of these big burdens away, I have been able to go back to reading more (double books from last month!) as well as blogging. I plan to do that even more in June, for instance with going back to my reading journaling sections and Sunday Posts.

This past month, it was nice taking part in Bout of Books. On June 1st, I’ll be participating in 20 Books of Summer for the first time.

Thanks to Zoom sessions, I watched a few events of Book Expo America (if you haven’t, you can watch the recordings on their Facebook page), which is pretty cool, as anyway, I can never go to New York for that.
I also took part in a book event sponsored by City Lit Books from Chicago. Every week in the Chicago Tribune, @biblioracle recommends a book when you send him the list of the last 5 books you have read. This time, he did it live on Zoom. We were 100 participants. I ended up of 23 titles I have to look closely at!
Once again, I really enjoy these online events, as I would never be able to go there in person.

“We still haven’t been able to go back to Church. I dare hope it will be possible in June, but who knows at this point?”:
I wrote this last month. Well, our Church space is very small, making social distancing simply impossible, so God knows when we’ll convene again. Last time was March 11… And the Orthodox Divine Liturgy is not really possible outdoors either.

📚 So here are the titles I read in May :

12 books:
7 in print 
with 2,049 pages, an average of 66 pages/day
5 in audio
= 22H15
, an average of 43 minutes

6 in nonfiction:

  1. La Panthère des neiges, by Sylvain Tesson – audio
  2. On The Ecclesiastical Mystagogy, by Saint Maximus the Confessor
  3. The Church, the Litany, and the Soul of Man, by Saint Maximus the Confessor – same book than #2, but different translation, and I wanted to read both to better study this book
  4. The Book of Deuteronomy – audio, for my Bible personal project, and for The Classics Club
  5. Lessons from Walden, by Bob Pepperman Taylor – ebook, received for review
  6. The Book of Joshua – audio, for my Bible personal project, and for The Classics Club

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Hundred Million Years and a Day, by Jean-Baptist Andrea – received for review, it will be live on June 12
  2. Wind/Pinball, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, for the online Murakami Book Club

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Three Hours in Paris, by Cara Black – audio, received for review
  2. The Mirror and the Light, by Hilary Mantel

2 in mystery:

  1. Au soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi – I listened to it last month, and this time I read it, readalong with one of my French students
  2. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie  – audio, for my Hercule Poirot project, and for The Classics Club

 

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN MAY

La Panthère des neiges The Mirror and the Light

A Hundred Million Years and a Day

 

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 29/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 49/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 31

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN MAY

This month I reviewed:

Sight Words Storybook Phonics storybook Solar System for Kids The English Grammar Workbook for Grades 3, 4, and 5

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Civilizations

click on the cover to access my review 

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20 Books of Summer 2020

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


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How was YOUR month of May?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!