2020: April wrap-up

APRIL 2020 WRAP-UP

My introductory paragraph could be a simple copy and paste from last month. We know by now that life will never again be like BEFORE Covid-19.
However I try to go back to my usual blogging, but my teaching and lots of homework preparation and corrections keep me very busy. I have been teaching online for 12 years, so nothing new for me. It’s just that this year I’m preparing students to two different and very demanding exams, that on top of everything, have a new revamping – and one has nothing to do with the virus.
So lots of new classes to prepare. And one book is very fat, so it will take a while…
And suddenly I have four new students.

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?

The one good thing is that finally Spring is coming more consistently in Illinois, and the garden is already growing!

I have read less books than last month, but more pages. And I’m in the middle of The Mirror and the Light. After listening to Au Soleil Redout√©, I’m also reading it, with one of my students. It’s also fairly big. So when I count them in May, that will raise the stats, lol.

ūüďö¬†So here are the titles I read in April :

Exclusively international, and mostly French!
And 3 books are actually a mix of different genres!!

6 books:
5 in print 
=  with 1,348 pages, an average of 44 pages/day
1 in audio
= 10H57
, an average of 21 minutes

3 in mystery:

  1. Le chien jaune, by Georges Simenon –¬†ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  2. La nuit du carrefour, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook, in French, read with one of my students
  3. Au soleil redouté, by Michel Bussi Рaudiobook, in French

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Summer of Reckoning, by Marion Brunet –¬†received for review
  2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami – ebook, read with the Murakami Online Book Club

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Wild Dog, by Serge Joncour¬†–¬†received for review

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN APRIL

  Wild Dog Au soleil redouté

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 26/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 37/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 15

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN APRIL

Besides the books above listed, this month I also reviewed:

  Simple Superfood Soups  100 Large-Print Crossword Puzzles

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review 

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Top 10 books to read in April 2020

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Caffeinated Reviewer
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS 

Davida at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
Judy at Keep the Wisdom

Karen at The Simply Blog

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,168 posts
over 5,240 followers
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Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in May


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How was YOUR month of March?

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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!

 

Top Ten Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven‚Äôt Read

Top Ten Books
By My Favorite Authors
That I Still Haven’t Read

TTT for September 25, 2018
#TopTenTuesday

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So glad to be back for this Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What’s the book you are most
looking forward to finally reading?

 

2017: November wrap-up

November 2017 wrap-up

Another interesting month of reading, with quite a bit of diversity!
And I have reached 101 books, out of my goal of 100, so this year should be quite a record!

Here is what I read this past month:

9  books:
7 in print
=  with 1,588 pages, that is: 52 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
=  with 23H20, that is: 46 mn/day
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4 in mystery:

  1. Venetian Blood, by Christine Evelyn Volker – ebook
  2. Sous les vents de Neptune, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  3. Blackbird Fly, by Lise McClendon – ebook
  4. Dans les bois éternels, by Fred Vargas Рaudiobook

4 in nonfiction:

  1. One Sip at a Time, by Keith Van Sickle
  2. The Sherlock Holmes Book
  3. A Taste of Paris, by David Downie
  4. Poppies of Iraq, by Brigitte Findakly – graphic “novel”

1 graphic novel

  1. Peppy in the Wild West, by Hergé

 

My favorites in November

Taste of Paris   Sous les vents de Neptune

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 16/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 101/100!

Number of books added to my TBR in November= 33

Blog recap in November

  • I participated in Nonfiction November, which made me of course add quite a few nonfiction books to my TBR!

  • I organized 2 giveaways. It was fun to be part of the Gratitude Giveaway Hop. There will be something similar in December!
    The giveaway for December at France Book Tours is very special and now available.

  • As part of the Classics Club, we got our new spin – see here what I got!

  • My public library is organizing a winter challenge: we had to mention our favorite genres and list our last 4 books read, and they pick a book for us to read and review in December. Isn’t that fun? I’m totally thrilled and will tell you on Monday what they picked for me.

Most popular book review in November

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
Yes, again the most viewed this month!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Born a Crime: Chap 9-14 read-along

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Stuck in Books

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 ūüėČ

11: Karen at Booker Talk

11: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

10: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,716 posts
over 4,360 subscribers
over 145,400 hits

Plans for December

  • Post a surprise tomorrow, with my first participation in a special kind of exercise

  • Participate in December Giveaway Hop

  • Write a bunch of mini reviews, do a few videos – we can always dream, right?

  • Read the book I got for Classics Spin, and the book picked by the library staff

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

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How was YOUR month of  November?

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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