2020: March wrap-up

MARCH 2020 WRAP-UP

Amazing how the world has changed since my February wrap-up!
I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe.

Actually, life is still about the same for me, as I work from home, teaching French, and this keeps me really busy these days, with among others, two of my students preparing two different and very demanding exams.

The only major change is Church. We closed our Church on March 14, so besides our usual home prayers, we are watching services from a monastery through livestreaming videos. We have also organized some Skype Conferences for our parishioners, and also social hour, just to chat together.
Last time we left home was basically on March 11, so we are doing good so far.

The above and many phone calls, skype sessions, and emails with many people, parishioners, friends, and family members, have kept me super busy.
Hence so little activity on this blog for a while. I apologize for those who have left comments, and that I haven’t approved yet. I haven’t visited many other blogs recently either. And now I am a few reviews behind.
Some days, I’m too exhausted to read in the evening. So my pace has slowed down a bit.

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

7 books:
6 in print 
=  with 1,139 pages, an average of 36 pages/day
1 in audio
= 2H44
, an average of 5 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. Theological Territories: a David Bentley Hart Digest, by David Bentley Hart – ebook, for review. See notes (to be continued, upcoming review)
  2. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
  3. The Book of Numbers –¬†audiobook
  4. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau –¬†ebook
  5. Le petit livre de la vie r√©ussie, by Anselm Gr√ľn – for review

2 in mystery:

  1. Le Pendu de Saint-Pholien, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  2. La t√™te d’un homme, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook

MY FAVORITE BOOK IN MARCH

Theological Territories

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 31/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 12

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN MARCH

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

  The Missing Sister   Creativity for Kids

GIVEAWAYS

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Civilizations

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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TOP COMMENTERS 

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Judy at Keep the Wisdom

Karen at Booker Talk

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How was YOUR month of March?

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Book review: The Missing Sister

The Missing Sister

The Missing Sister,
by  Elle Marr
Thomas & Mercer
4/1/2020

Mystery/Thriller
300 pages

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You can follow the author on Twitter @ellemarr_

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The Missing Sister by Elle Marr is a thrilling debut, set in Paris, where one twin sister has seemingly vanished, and the other must scramble to solve the mystery and find her sister before the danger turns deadly.

Elle Marr is far from being the first author to choose the Catacombs of Paris as her setting. And yet, in her debut, The Missing Sister, she manages to create a very atmospheric thriller with gripping scenes that will cause shivers.

VERDICT: The Missing Sister¬†is a very promising debut‚ÄĒatmospheric, gripping, and set in Paris. In other words, the perfect ingredients for a satisfying result.

Please go to Criminal Element to read my full review

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2020: February wrap-up

FEBRUARY 2020 WRAP-UP

ūüďö Well, my January trend is still at work!
I have again read a lot this month, in fact even more than in January. But the real feat is that so far, I have reviewed everything as well, mostly thanks to my Sunday Post, where I post short reviews as needed.
My daily Book Journal is helping me too, I believe.
And I have restarted posting more often on Myrtle Skete, my Orthodox blog.

ūüďö Like in January, besides The Classics Club, I have been doing the Japanese Literature Challenge (until March), I joined the #Pondathon (a reading competition: I earn points for my¬†#Xiaolong team based on the number of pages I read and the number of books I finish), and the Murakami online Book Club.

So here are the titles I read in February:

13 books:
9 in print 
=  with 2,275 pages, an average of 78 pages/day
4 in audio
= 23H10
, an average of 47 minutes

6 in mystery:

  1. Le Charretier de la Providence, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  2. Monsieur Gallet, d√©c√©d√©, by Georges Simenon¬†–¬†ebook
  3. Second Sister, by Chan Ho-Kei¬†–¬†ebook, for review
  4. Complot, by Nicolas Beuglet Рaudio
  5. L’ile du diable, by Nicolas Beuglet¬†– audio
  6. The Missing Sister, by Elle Marr – my review will be live on Criminal Element mid March

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami  Рebook
  2. The Ten Loves of Nishino, by Hiromi Kawakami¬†–¬†ebook, for review

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Ichigo Ichie, by Héctor Garcia
  2. The Book of Exodus – audio
  3. The Book of Leviticus Рaudio

2 in poetry:

  1. Selected Poems, by Masaoka Shiki
  2. The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa, by Robert Hass

MY FAVORITE BOOKS IN FEBRUARY

Second Sister  The Essential Haiku

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 20/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 8 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 24/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 27

OTHER BOOKS I REVIEWED IN JANUARY

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

The Gate

Tricky Logic Puzzles for Adults New SAT Vocabulary Workbook Once Upon a Word

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

The Gate

click on the cover to access my review 

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Sunday Post #24

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Caffeinated Reviewer
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS 

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

please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,151 posts
over 5,200 followers
over 192,990 hits

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How was YOUR month of February?

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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!