2020: August wrap-up

August 2020 WRAP-UP

I can’t believe it’s already the end of Summer. I’m already dreading winter…
But it also means lots of other great upcoming books to read. More about that tomorrow.
Let’s focus today on what I just read.
I managed to read 28 books for 20 books of Summer. I hope to have time to post a recap on that on September 3rd.

📚 For now, here is what I read in August.
It’s actually a pathetic 7 books. I thought I had read a lot. So the only explanation is that I’m actually in the process of reading lots of books – for readalongs. So only a few pages a day.
Oh also, I have spent some evening time obsessed by foreign language learning (Italian and Russian)!

I’m glad I participated in Bout of Books and had a great reading week, that helped a bit with the monthly stats.

7 books:
3 in print 
with 1,005 pages, a daily average of 32 pages/day
4 in audio
= 23H29
, a daily average of 45 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Il était deux fois, by Franck Thilliez – French audio
  2. The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo – ebook, received or review
  3. The Big Four, #5 by Agatha Christie – audio, for The Classics Club
  4. Don’t Look For Me, by Wendy Walker –  for Criminal Element. Review live mid September
  5. Killer Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury – ebook, received or review. Counts for The Classics Club

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The First Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club
  2. The Second Book of Kings – audio, for The Classics Club

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Killer Come Back to Me Don't Look for Me

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 42/50 (from October 2019-until September 2024)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9 books read

Total of books read in 2020 = 79/110
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 5

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Marie Antoinette's World No Woods So Dark As These The English Grammar Workbook for Adult

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

We have 2 books available for reviews on France Book Tours
One is a historical novel with a famous musician in Paris.
The other is a horror novel based on a super famous French classic!
And I’m going to post a third one very soon: a Middle Grade historical novel!

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Marie Antoinette's World

click on the cover to access my review
Which shows that negative reviews can bring you lots of readers!!

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Classic Spin #24
A book I haven’t even started!!

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

The Classics Club
please go visit, and why not join if you are not a member yet?

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Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in September,
and some major milestone!!


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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!

Bout of Books 29: Day 7 and final recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 29
FINAL RECAP

Boutofbooks 29

#boutofbooks
This is my 16th participation in #boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th
and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges a
re completely optional.
For Bout of Books 29 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
. – From the Bout of Books team

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FINAL RECAP

This was a good reading week, I ended up having more time than expected, especially on Saturday

So instead of 525 pages, I read 774 pages.
Instead of an average of 75, my average is 110 pages/day, thanks to the audio time.
I only finished one book, which was to be expected, as most of my books to read are for read-alongs, so I have to space them out every week.
But I’m glad I read more than half of Don’t Look For Me, another excellent psychological thriller by Wendy Walker (upcoming).

See you on January 4 for Bout of Books 30!
Hopefully, it won’t be too busy and I can aim at an even higher level

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Here is what I read on DAY 7:

  1. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 61 pages

Total for Day 7:  61 pages
TOTAL:    774/525

Sundays are busy days for me, so 61 pages is actually a good number for me

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I didn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, doing a shelfie-video of my main bookshelf!

 

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury = 36 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 48 pages
  3. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 98 pages
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse = 12 pages
  5. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 12 pages

Total for Day 6:  206 pages
TOTAL so far:    713/525

Wow, that was a great day!
If you are curious about the number of books I have been reading from, during this week, three are for read-alongs, so I have to stop when I have read the allotted number of pages for the week. And the spiritual book, I only read a bit at a time, as it’s really meaty.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I read 21 pages. I never do too well for this, as I take notes.
I posted a short video as I was preparing for this.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring an under-rated 2020 book.

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 24 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 51 pages

Total for Day 5:  75 pages
TOTAL so far:  507/525

Wooh, just made it to 75 pages!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I forgot again, even though I was reading. Definitely not my type of things.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring one of my Auto-buy authors.

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 10 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 18 pages
  3. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 58 pages

Total for Day 4:  86 pages
TOTAL so far:  432 /525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I totally forgot to participate! I was so engrossed in reviewing my Russian. A sure sign I’m getting totally obsessed by languages right now. Learning Russian with a tutor and doing practice with 8 different sources, plus teaching myself Italian for reading

And I forgot the Instagram challenge of the day!!

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 5 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 38 pages

Total for Day 3:  43 pages
TOTAL so far:  346/525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place: I couldn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring a recent 5 star read

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 60 pages
  2. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 17 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 18 pages – FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 4 pages

Total for Day 2:  99 pages
TOTAL so far:  303/525

I caught up with the pages I needed to read for my read along with a student on Le Livre de Perle, so I started reading L’énigme de la chambre 622, for a French read-along on Discord – we read and comment in French. Let me know if you are interested.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 30 pages.

I also did the Instagram challenge, featuring a beautiful book cover.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 63 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 141 pages

Total for Day 1:  204 pages
TOTAL so far:  204/525

I had a lot of house chores to do today: wash, gardening, cooking, dishes, so ended up with almost 3 hours of audiobook listening!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 27 pages.
Not many, because I take notes to help for reviews.
I didn’t participate in the Twitter Chat, but I already met interesting readers through the #boutofbooks hashtag

I also did the Instagram challenge

📚📚📚

I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
  2. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle
  3. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker
  4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  5. Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
  6. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker
  7. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  8. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 29, no daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!

Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

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Bout of Books 29: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 29
Day 6 recap

Boutofbooks 29

#boutofbooks
This is my 16th participation in #boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th
and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
All reading-in-place times, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges a
re completely optional.
For Bout of Books 29 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
. – From the Bout of Books team

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury = 36 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 48 pages
  3. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker = 98 pages
  4. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse = 12 pages
  5. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 12 pages

Total for Day 6:  206 pages
TOTAL so far:    713/525

Wow, that was a great day!
If you are curious about the number of books I have been reading from, during this week, three are for read-alongs, so I have to stop when I have read the allotted number of pages for the week. And the spiritual book, I only read a bit at a time, as it’s really meaty.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m Central reading-in-place:
I read 21 pages. I never do too well for this, as I take notes.
I posted a short video as I was preparing for this.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring an under-rated 2020 book.
I also

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 24 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 51 pages

Total for Day 5:  75 pages
TOTAL so far:  507/525

Wooh, just made it to 75 pages!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I forgot again, even though I was reading. Definitely not my type of things.

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring one of my Auto-buy authors.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 10 pages
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami = 18 pages
  3. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 58 pages

Total for Day 4:  86 pages
TOTAL so far:  432 /525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place:
I totally forgot to participate! I was so engrossed in reviewing my Russian. A sure sign I’m getting totally obsessed by languages right now. Learning Russian with a tutor and doing practice with 8 different sources, plus teaching myself Italian for reading

And I forgot the Instagram challenge of the day!!

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 5 pages
  2. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 38 pages

Total for Day 3:  43 pages
TOTAL so far:  346/525

A pathetic 43 pages, as I had something else going on yesterday night, the only time I can really read.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place: I couldn’t participate

I did the Instagram challenge, featuring a recent 5 star read

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 60 pages
  2. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker = 17 pages
  3. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 18 pages – FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez = 4 pages

Total for Day 2:  99 pages
TOTAL so far:  303/525

I caught up with the pages I needed to read for my read along with a student on Le Livre de Perle, so I started reading L’énigme de la chambre 622, for a French read-along on Discord – we read and comment in French. Let me know if you are interested.

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 30 pages.

I also did the Instagram challenge, featuring a beautiful book cover.

📚📚📚

Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle = 63 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie = 141 pages

Total for Day 1:  204 pages
TOTAL so far:  204/525

I had a lot of house chores to do today: wash, gardening, cooking, dishes, so ended up with almost 3 hours of audiobook listening!

📚 For the 9:30 p.m. Central reading-in-place, I read 27 pages.
Not many, because I take notes to help for reviews.
I didn’t participate in the Twitter Chat, but I already met interesting readers through the #boutofbooks hashtag

I also did the Instagram challenge

📚📚📚

I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.

  1. Killer, Come Back to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury
  2. Le livre de Perle, by Timothée de Fombelle
  3. L’énigme de la chambre 622, by Joël Dicker
  4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
  5. Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald
  6. Don’t Look for Me, by Wendy Walker
  7. Psalm 118: Commentary by Theophan the Recluse
  8. Audiobook: The Big Four, by Agatha Christie FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: Pandemia, by Franck Thilliez

SCHEDULE

For Bout of Books 29, no daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!

Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.

Daily Reading-in-Place Times

📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats

(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

Click on the logo to sign up

Save