A month of favorites – My Reading Year


All December,
Estella’s Revenge, Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing their fave bookish
experiences from throughout the year.
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and join the fun

I enjoyed this event last year, so I am back. I will not be able to post every day of the month, but I’ll try as often as I can.


Dec 1 is for
#AMonthofFaves {My Reading Year} – eg. Number of books read so far, genre you read the most from, picture of favorite (or most often used) reading location, most read author, % eBooks, hardcovers, paperbacks and/or audiobooks, hint at what your favorite read of the year is (let us guess), types of books you wish you read more of, month you read the most and least)

As I plan to read possibly 8 more books before the end of December, with a total of about 110 books, and as I do a massive statistics post with charts and pies at the beginning of January, I cannot tally everything yet.
BUT I can already tell you that this year brought me lots of joy on the reading front.

Number of books

So far, I have read 98 books, my goal was 100


I often say my favorite genre is historical fiction, but if I look at my stats so far this year, numbers tell another story more my biggest categories:

  • general/literary fiction = 28
  • mysteries = 26
  • historical fiction = 15
  • nonfiction = 12

Out of 98 books, 19 are audio and 35 are ebooks (18 ebooks last year!)

Fun timeline

And here is a fun timeline:

JANUARY= when I finally discovered Elizabeth Peters!
FEBRUARY= when I finally got to listen to Gone Girl!
MARCH= when I read the most pages = 3218, that is an average of 103/day. That day, I also read 4 historical novels
when I read and translated in French my first novel by author Tanya Anne Crosby, Speak No Evil
MAY= when I read my highest number of books = 11. And read 3 nonfiction
JUNE= when I devoured 2 audiobooks by Louise Penny in a same month
JULY= when I finally read The Woman in White
AUGUST= when I listened to my highest number of audiobooks = 6, and read/listened to 5 mysteries
SEPTEMBER= when I eagerly read the latest book by Selznick: The Marvels. Awesome!
OCTOBER= when I read my lowest number of books = 4
NOVEMBER= when I did not manage to finish 1 audiobook!
DECEMBER= when I need to start reading books already scheduled for review in 2016!!


I usually don’t think about THE favorite book of the year
– though looking back now, my favorite in 2014 was probably the one from the Historical fiction – audio category:

All The Light We Cannot See

Instead I choose a favorite in 4 categories: Fiction, Historical fiction, Nonfiction, Mystery,
respectively in print, ebooks, audio, so I end up with 12 favorites, plus a favorite one in the category Religion.

Can you guess
what my 12 favorites will be this year?

Do YOU already know
what your favorite book of the year was?




2014 Audio book challenge



I managed to listen to 16 audiobooks in 2013.
I’m afraid 25 may be too much, so in 2014 I’ll stick to 12 audiobooks. That’s the Going Steady level.

  1. Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, by David Downie
  2. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black
  3. All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  4. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst
  5. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
  6. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Dorothy Gilman
  7. Mrs. Pollifax Pursued, by Dorothy Gilman
  8. Mrs. Pollifax and the Lion Killer, by Dorothy Gilman
  9. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson
  10. Still Life, by Louise Penny
  11. The Monogram Murders, by Sophie Hannah
  12. The Crown, by Nancy Bilyeau
  13. City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist
  14. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce



showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list…

whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever!
(they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!
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Today, I’m presenting the last 5 titles added to my Goodreads TBR, with the synopsis copied from Goodreads as well.


Crocodile on the SandbankAmelia Peabody,
indomitable Victorian,
embarks for Egypt armed with confidence, journal, and umbrella.
Enroute to Cairo,
she rescues dainty Evelyn, abandoned by her lover.
They sail up the Nile to the archeological dig of the Emerson brothers
– irascible but dashing Radcliffe and amiable Walter.
A lively mummy, visitations, accidents, kidnap attempt
– evil is afoot.


Ocean At The End of the LaneSussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
I am going to listen to this one, read by the author himself!


These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

Prepared to accept that Edward’s death was due to a long-standing physical infirmity, Julia is outraged when Brisbane visits and suggests that Sir Edward has been murdered. It is a reaction she comes to regret when she discovers the damning paper for herself, and realizes the truth.

Determined to bring her husband’s murderer to justice, Julia engages the enigmatic Brisbane to help her investigate Edward’s demise. Dismissing his warnings that the investigation will be difficult, if not impossible, Julia presses forward, following a trail of clues that lead her to even more unpleasant truths, and ever closer to a killer who waits expectantly for her arrival.



Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes

From December 1811 to February 1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley, collapsing homes, snapping large trees midtrunk, and briefly but dramatically reversing the flow of the continent’s mightiest river. For decades, people puzzled over the causes of the quakes, but by the time the nation began to recover from the Civil War, the New Madrid earthquakes had been essentially forgotten.           In The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes, Conevery Bolton Valencius remembers this major environmental disaster, demonstrating how events that have been long forgotten, even denied and ridiculed as tall tales, were in fact enormously important at the time of their occurrence, and continue to affect us today. Valencius weaves together scientific and historical evidence to demonstrate the vast role the New Madrid earthquakes played in the United States in the early nineteenth century, shaping the settlement patterns of early western Cherokees and other Indians, heightening the credibility of Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa for their Indian League in the War of 1812, giving force to frontier religious revival, and spreading scientific inquiry. Moving into the present, Valencius explores the intertwined reasons—environmental, scientific, social, and economic—why something as consequential as major earthquakes can be lost from public knowledge, offering a cautionary tale in a world struggling to respond to global climate change amid widespread willful denial.                Engagingly written and ambitiously researched—both in the scientific literature and the writings of the time—The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes will be an important resource in environmental history, geology, and seismology, as well as history of science and medicine and early American and Native American history.


What Westerners Have For Breakfast

In the mid-eighties John McBeath and his partner Sue left Australia for India with the dream to open a European-style pensione in an old Portuguese villa in Goa. After several visits to India they had realised that Goa with its European influences, pristine beaches, and laid-back tropical lifestyle was at the start of a tourism boom.

Now told for the first time, this is the alluring true story of what happened: of the locals, expatriates and visitors they befriended, of the colourful, hilarious and sometimes confounding experiences that both enriched and threatened their relationship. Goa rises up from these pages as a seductive and richly rewarding place to live, but jazz writer McBeath isn’t afraid to lay bare the realities.



Book BeginningsPlease click on the logo to join Rose City Reader every Friday
to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading,
along with your initial thoughts about the sentence,
impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.
Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Mistress of the RevolutionClick on the cover to read the synopsis

“London, this 25th of January 1815.
I read this morning in the papers that the corpses of the late King and Queen of France, by order of their brother, the restored Louis the Eighteenth, were exhumed from their graves in the former graveyard of La Madeleine, which has since become a private garden,. The remains were removed with royal honours to the Basilica of Saint-Denis, the resting place of the Kings and Queens of France for twelve centuries.”

This is my 2nd book bu Catherine Delors. I enjoyed very much her For The King, on Napoleon. This one is on the French Revolution. It starts slow, but I like the way its crescendo wit the events of 1789 and its consequences.