2022: September wrap-up


I have only read 6 books this month, but I also listened to 6 audiobooks, so that’s a decent result.
And I just finished book 101 of the year!
I’m currently 12 books ahead of schedule (84% done) to read 120 books this year.
This past month, I also started a 4th list of Classics for The Classics Club.
And yesterday, I celebrated my 12th blogiversary!

📚 Here is what I read in September:

12 books:
6 in print 
with 1,459 pages, a daily average of 48 pages/day
6 in audio
= 39H51
, a daily average of 1H19/ day

6 in children’s fiction:

  1. The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King #1), by T. H. White
  2. The Witch in the Wood (The Once and Future King #2), by T. H. White
  3. The Ill-Made Knight (The Once and Future King #3), by T. H. White
  4. The Candle in the Wind (The Once and Future King #4), by T. H. White
  5. The Book of Merlyn (The Once and Future King #5), by T. H. White – these 5 books were audiobooks, and counted for The Classics Club
  6. All From a Walnut, by Ammi-Joan Paquette & Harry N.Abrams

3 in  literary fiction:

  1. Eventide, by Kent Haruf
  2. Le Chant du monde, by Jean Giono – read with a French student, counts for The Classics Club
  3. Un Chien à ma table, by Claudie Hunzinger

2 in mystery:

  1. Epitaph for a Spy, by Eric Ambler – counts for The Classics Club
  2. Malice (Detective Kaga #1), by Keigo Higashino – read with the Virtual Crime Book Club

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Autour de la Lune, by Jules Verne – read with a French student, counts for The Classics Club

This month, it was again very hard to pick 2 winners.


The Ill-Made Knight   Eventide


Classics Club: 7/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 13
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 9/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 22/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 101/120 (84%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 24


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Bout of Books 30: Day 7 and final recap


Final recap

Bout of Books 30
This is my 17th participation in #boutofbooks

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, January 4th
and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
. – From the Bout of Books team



This was a good reading week, within the circumstances. I have to remember that the January Bout of Books is not as easy as in August for instance, as it’s the week (of January 7)  my Christian Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of Christ, so I’m more busy at church.

So instead of 525 pages, I read only 447 pages.
Instead of an average of 75, my average is 63 pages/day.
I’m actually very happy with this: according to my 2020 stats, my daily average for 2020 was 55 pages/day, so reading 63 pages/day over a week is good for me.

I finished 1 audiobook and a short story, and did a good job on The Romanov Sisters, with now less than 100 pages to finish.
Most days, I forgot to participate in the Instagram Challenges, and did the reading-in-place only once, as I actually find it disrupting – see my comment here below under Day 6 recap.

See you on May 10 for Bout of Books 31!
Hopefully, it won’t be too busy and I can aim at an even higher level


Here is what I read on DAY 7:
Sundays are not easy for reading time for me, but I still managed to read a decent number of pages:

  1. The Romanov Sisters = 42 pages
  2. Les grands cerfs = 13 pages

Total for Day 7:  55 pages
TOTAL so far:  447/525


Here is what I read on DAY 6:
Finally a very good reading day. though I totally forgot the Instagram challenge. As for the reading-in-place, I actually find rather disrupting: if I’m really into a book, I don’t look at the time. And why bother put an alarm to stop in 30 minutes?
I won’t have much time to read today.

  1. The Romanov Sisters = 102 pages
  2. Les grands cerfs = 19 pages
  3. Audiobook: C’est arrivé la nuit = 23 minutes = 20

Total for Day 6:  141 pages
TOTAL so far:  392/525


Here is what I read on DAY 5:
This week wasn’t as planned, lol, I guess that’s life. I read a bit more today, just barely above the average I had as daily goal

  1. The Romanov Sisters = 38 pages
  2. Les grands cerfs = 11 pages
  3. Audiobook: C’est arrivé la nuit = 30 minutes = 29

Total for Day 5:  78 pages
TOTAL so far:  251/525


Here is what I read on DAY 4:
I forgot that the first Bout of Books of the year is always difficult, because it’s the week I celebrate my own Christmas (Christian Orthodox Nativity, on January 7), so more Church time, and less reading.

  1. The Romanov Sisters = 29 pages

Total for Day 4:  29 pages
TOTAL so far:  173 /525


Here is what I read on DAY 3:
Another unusual day, so little reading done

  1. Audiobook: The Book of Psalms = 1H16  = 27 pages – FINISHED
  2. The Romanov Sisters = 18 pages

Total for Day 3:  45 pages
TOTAL so far:  164 /525


Here is what I read on DAY 2:
Well, unexpected eye doctor visit, so afterwards I couldn’t really read. So instead I only listened to my current audiobook for an hour.

  1. Audiobook: The Book of Psalms = 1H  = 23  pages

Total for Day 2:  23 pages
TOTAL so far:  119/525


Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Gaspard =  23 pages – FINISHED
  2. The Romanov Sisters:= 22 pages
  3. Les grands cerfs = 15 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Psalms = 1H54  = 36  pages

Total for Day 1:  96 pages
TOTAL so far:  96/525

📚 I did the 9:30 p.m. reading-in-place
And the Instagram challenge


I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

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

  1. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra (The Romanov Sisters #2), by Helen Rappaport
  2. Gaspard, a short story sent by a friend for review – FINISHED
  3. Les Grands Cerfs, by Claudie Hunzinger
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Psalms (Bible) FINISHED
  5. Audiobook: C’est arrivé la nuit, by Marc Levy


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