Book review: The Travelers

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I’m always weary of the hype. So last year, when everyone was talking about The Travelers, I ignored it. But as the hype has been going on, and I had a new opportunity to try it, I dared. And I’m glad I did. I had not read a spy novel for a while, and it was worth the time.

 

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2017: June wrap-up

June 2017 wrap-up

Another ouch to start this recap!
I did take one week off hiking and birding (so not much reading that week), and total internet disconnect, but it does not explain why nothing has been happening on this blog for two weeks. It’s getting hard these days to take time to write reviews at the end of a full day of teaching and translating. Then I want to be away from the computer, and just dive into a book. Conclusion: reviews do not get written…

Here is what I read this past month:

6  books:
4 in print
with 1,486 pages, that is: 49.5 pages/day – the lowest month this year
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H06, that is: 26 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  3. The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
  4. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny – ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha

My favorites in June

     The Travelers  The Nature of the Beast

A few notes:

  1. Just a few stories left in the very last book of Sherlock Holmes in audio!

  2. The Travelers: finally read. Loved it, great spy novel. I had not read in that genre for a while

  3. The Nature of the Beast: finishing the last 2 I had not read yet by Louise Penny, to be ready for her latest, coming out in August

  4. The Little Paris Bookshop: a few nice lines on books and reading, but overall very disappointing

  5. The Typikon Decoded: about Orthodox liturgy

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 13/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 54/100 – so 4 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in June= 11

Blog recap in June

  • I participated in Armchair Book Expo! I won the major prize, but as I already won a few years ago, with similar themes, like banners, etc., for the site, I let it for another blogger. I’m very happy with the France Book Tours banners I got then

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is now available. An awesome Paris memoir, quite unique!

  • I hosted a guest-post

  • and I managed to do 2 videos, on 3 great books!

Most popular book review in June

Emma in the Nightclick on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Armchair Book Expo giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Armchair Book Expo

please go visit
alas, 2017 was the last year for Armchair Book Expo,
the event is discontinued

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 😉

6: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

6: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,632 posts
over 4,170 subscribers
over 136,800 hits

Plans for July

  • Write reviews and post videos

  • Read some wonderful books for upcoming events, come back on Monday to see what books I have in store

Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in July!

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How was YOUR month of  June?

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!

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The top 9 Books to read in June 2017

Here are

The top 9 books I plan to read
in June!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

   paradise-lost  Regard du Ressuscité

The Little Paris Bookshop  The Travelers
 

Paradise Lost
= still enjoying it, a few pages at a time,
half done
Regard du Ressuscité
= Orthodox book in French on icons
The Little Paris Bookshop
= finally, after years on my Netgalley TBR!
The Travelers
= it’s about time…

 

READING NEXT

Oswald   The Shadow Land

Coffin Road

Oswald
= that will be the last of books
“taking the dust” on my Netgalley shelf!
The Shadow Land
= maybe.
I have enjoyed several books by Kostova,
but hesitating on this one.
What do you think?
Coffin Road
= didn’t I get it at Book Expo 2016??
I did, I know, I know…

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

 The Valley of Fear  His Last Bow

The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
= for my audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
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HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?

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