Throwback Thursday: July 2012

Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday

Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago
(my blog was born on September 29, 2010)
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

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Today, I’m revisiting July 2012.
I published 19 posts, 6 of these were reviews.

Of these books, here is the one that received most views then:

Click on the covers to know more

The Age of Miracles

To tell the truth, I don’t remember much about the book, more about the feeling I had while I read it, and that I liked it.

But two books read that month have really stayed with me:

Rebecca    In The Garden Of Beasts

This was my first book by Daphne du Maurier, and a strong discovery.
Check my post: besides my review, it has lots of questions and answers (unless you have not yet read the book, because that part is obviously full of spoilers), and a fascinating analysis of the famous first sentence.
Since then, I have read My Cousin Rachel; and Jamaica Inn this past summer, which I also enjoyed a lot.
As well as Manderley Forever, a biography by Tatiana Du Rosnay.

My review on Rebecca is currently the book review that has received most views ever on my blog – for a long time, it was Of Mice and Men, but now Rebecca has over a 1,000 more views that Steinbeck’s novella.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin is an excellent nonfiction.
In my review, I mention that I was going to read more by Larson. I haven’t done it yet!
I still want to read The Devil in the White City (I live in a suburb of Chicago), and probably also Isaac’s Storm.

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20 Books of Summer 2022: it’s a wrap

20 books of summer

#20booksofsummer22
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20 Books of Summer 2022:
it’s a wrap

Thanks to 746books.com I participated in this challenge from June 1 to August 31, for the third time.

Here were my original 20 books:

20 books of summer a

I am very happy, because I stuck pretty close to this list (rather unusual for me, lol), with 16 done and 2 more started.

AND I actually read almost as many books that were NOT on that original list:

20 books of summer b

I finished 7 in June, 12 in July, and 9 in August

Statistics wise, that’s:

28 books (7 on paper, 10 ebooks, and 11 audiobooks)
That’s a total of 4,929 pages (average of 53 pages/day)

And 95H46 of audio time (average of 1H02/day).

If I convert these audiobooks into pages, that’s 3,399 pages (average of 36 pages/day).
So the total in pages is 8,328 (average of 90 pages/day).

My original goal was 5,946 pages (average of 64 pages/day), so I’m very happy with this summer reading.

Genre wise – a nice mix
And 16 of these were classics
The oldest book was published in 1865, the most recent on July 16, 2022
Mystery: 10                – favorites: The Bride Wore Black / Confessions
Literary fiction: 6        – favorite: Ensemble, c’est tout
Scifi: 4                       – favorite: Upgrade
Nonfiction: 3              – favorite: L’Enfer numérique
Historical fiction: 3    – favorite: So Big
Play: 1
Fantasy: 1

Source:
Library: 11
Web: 7
Owned: 4
Netgalley: 2
EStories (audio subscription): 2
Print review copy: 2

Languages:
English: 13
French: 10
Translated into English: 5
(2 from the Japanese, 2 from the French, 1 from the Russian)

My disappointments
I was disappointed with only #2, 11, and 19.
My conclusion: you REALLY need to read all the others!

Click here or one of the above charts to access my full chart

How many books did you read this Summer?
Which ones were your favorites or your disappointments?

2022: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2022 WRAP-UP

I only read 9 books this month, which is slow compared to other 2022 months for me, but still I’m happy, as it’s actually a good amount of pages, and I read so many awesome books!
I’m enjoying more and more focusing on my TBRs and classics.

I’m currently 10 books ahead of schedule (74% done) to read 120 books this year.
Also, I’m only 1 book away my 3rd list of classics for The Classics Club, with 136/137 books – in less than two years, instead of the five years projected.

I participated in Bout of Books #35, which gave a good boost to my reading.

📚 Here is what I read in August:

9 books:
6 in print 
with 2,113 pages, a daily average of 68 pages/day
3 in audio
= 34H33
, a daily average of 1H06/ day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  2. It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis – audiobook, counts for The Classics Club
  3. Ensemble, c’est tout, by Anna Gavalda – read with one of my French students

2 in science-fiction:

  1. Ravage, by René Barjavel – counts for The Classics Club
  2. De la Terre à la Lune, by Jules Verne, read with one of my French students, counts for The Classics Club

2 in historical fiction:

  1. Human Nature, by Serge Joncour – received for review
  2. The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey – counts for The Classics Club

1 in mystery:

  1. The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, by Soji Shimada

1 in nonfiction:

  1. L’Enfer numérique : Voyage au bout d’un Like, by Guillaume Pitron

This month, it was very very hard to pick 2 winners, I had to pick 3, and this was still very hard!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders Ensemble, c'est tout

L'Enfer numérique

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 136/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 12
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 8/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 21/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 89/120 (74%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 11

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

NO BOOK RECEIVED FOR REVIEW

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

L'Enfer numérique

click on the cover to access my review,
which gives you a good preview of the upcoming English translation

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Sunday Post #64

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

A Life in Books
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Karen at Booker Talk
Marianne at Let’s Read

Deb at ReaderBuzz
please go and visit them,
they have great blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,581 posts
over 5,190 followers
over 257,760 hits

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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in September
And on Friday, I’ll post my 20 Books of Summer recap

How was YOUR month of August?

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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!