2016: November wrap-up

November 2016 wrap-up

“Man proposes, God disposes.”

Well, all my beautiful reading plans went totally off in November.

Early on November 13, we received a phone call informing us that my husband would be ordained an Orthodox deacon on November 20 and an Orthodox priest on Thanksgiving!
So these last two weeks have flown in a blur, with more inner preparation and lots of things to set up, announcements to send, etc. Then living the powerful events, and many more prayer services in church before and after.

SO, I didn’t read much at all this month.
From now on, I will be more busy at the Church level.
Plus as the wife of the priest, I feel like I need to seriously revise the contents of my reading. So there’s going to be a lot of changes toward simplification for instance. I will probably no longer take part in reading challenges, apart form the Classics Club. And probably less crime fiction…
For now, I plan to really focus on the physical books I have at home as for fiction, and of course read even more of Orthodox books.

My review formats will also be simplified. Anyway, I had already announced that at the beginning of November.

So here is what I read in November:

5  books:
4 in print
with 1,021 pages, that is: 34 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 18H, that is: 36 mn/day

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon – ebook
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – audiobook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Only Street in Paris, by Elaine Sciolino

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Martin of Gfenn, by Martha Kennedy

1 in graphic novel

  1. The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart


To recap in charts, inspired by The Book Date:
Book Formats:
Some books fall into a couple of categories
Print 3
E-Book 1
Audiobook 1
Published in 2016 3
Books for review 3

Genres Read

Nonfiction 1
Literary fiction 3
Historical fiction 1

My favorite in November


 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 38/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 11/10-15 – FINISHED
Classics Club: 9/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 26/21-30 – FINISHED
Ebook challenge: 29/25 – FINISHED
Historical fiction: 17/15 – FINISHED
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 47/50
New Release (2016): 40/16-30 – FINISHED
Nonfiction challenge: 14/11-15 – FINISHED
Books in Translation: 26/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 20/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 88/100

Number of books added to my TBR in November= 12

Blog recap

Most popular book review in November

The Tree of Man
click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Top 10 books recently added to my TBR

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Doing Dewey

please go visit

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 😉

11: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

10: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

4: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,497 posts
over 3,950 subscribers
over 124,00 hits

Plans for December

  • Writing reviews!!
  • Do a surprise book box video!
  • God only knows…


Come back on Saturday
to see what 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!

Book review: Toward the Endless Day – I love France 183

 Toward the Endless Day:
The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel


Toward the endless day

Author: Olga Lossly
Translator: Jerry Ryan
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Release date: 2010
“Vers le jour sans déclin”
was first released in French in 2007
Pages: 344
ISBN: 9780-268-03385-9
Genre: Nonfiction/
History – Byzantine & Orthodox
Religion & Theology – Christianity


Visit the publisher’s page for Table of Contents, Reviews, and  Excerpt



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Until 1582, all Christians used to celebrate Easter  on the same date. That year, a new calendar was adopted in Western countries, leading then Catholics and others to calculate the date of Easter in a different way from the Orthodox, who kept to the original calculation.
Henceforth, some years, in 2017 for instance, Easter is celebrated by all on the same date.
This year 2016, the Orthodox Pascha will be celebrated on May 1st! Therefore, as our Catholic brothers and sisters are almost done with Lent, today is actually the very first day of Lent for Eastern Orthodox Christians.
I’d like then to wish a Blessed Great Lent to all Eastern Orthodox Christians, on this “Clean Monday“.
This is another interesting difference: whereas the beginning of Lent is on Ash Wednesday for Catholics, when they receive on the forehead a dark mark made of ashes to remind them of death, the Great Orthodox Lent starts with Clean Monday (Καθαρά Δευτέρα): along with a service of mutual forgiveness the day before in Church (Forgiveness Sunday), they are invited today, through a strict fast, to start this blessed liturgical time with a “katharsis”, a cleansing of their conscience and renewed love.

I chose this day to present to you a unique person, in fact the most important woman Orthodox theologian of the 20th century. She happens to have lived most of her life in France. Unfortunately, she is not too well known in the United States, not even among Orthodox Christians, even though Towards The Endless Day, her biography, was already translated and published in English six years ago!
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BBAW 2016: day 1

Book blogger Appreciation Week


Book Blogger
Appreciation Week


Day 1 Introduce yourself by telling us about five books that represent you as a person or your interests/lifestyle.

I love this prompt, and here is what I came up with:

sisters of versailles


The Sisters of Versailles,
by Sally Christie


  •  as a reader and reviewer,
    my favorite genre
    is historical fiction

  • the book is set in France,
    my country of origin

  • it is one of the books I organized a virtual book tour for,
    at France Book Tours, my own company

La septième fonction du langage


La Septième fonction du langage,
by Laurent Binet


  • the book is in French,
    and I still enjoy
    having access
    and reviewing books
    written in my native language

  • this novel is based on linguistics
    and semantics,
    which have always been among my favorite topics

Bird Portraits

A-Z of Bird Portraits,
by Andrew Forkner



Le Promis des Highlands


Le Promis des Highlands,
by Tanya Anne Crosby



Becoming Orthodox

Becoming Orthodox,
by Peter E. Gillquist


  • after many years
    of hesitation,
    I made the jump
    and became
    Eastern Orthodox,
    8 years ago

  • this is the best book
    to explain
    the reasons of such a move