2014: September wrap-up

September was another awesome reading month. Interestingly, I read and listened to the same amount of books as in August, but longer books!

Here is what I read in August:

10 books.
= 8 books
with 3,007 pages, that is: 100 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 16:29 hours, that is an average of  33 mn/day

 3 historical novels:

  1. Lies Told in Silence, by MK Tod
  2. Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth – review scheduled for 10/3
  3. A Paris Apartment, by Michelle Gable – review scheduled for 10/6

3 in nonfiction:

  1. The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant – children book
  2. Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  3. Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov

2 in  literary fiction:

  1.  The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin – audio
  2. Sodome et Gomorrhe, by Marcel Proust – ebook.
    Yes, I’m now in book 5 of A la recherche du temps perdu!! = In Search of Lost Time. Slowly but surely.
    Actually book 5 is much better than 3 and 4, according to me

2 mysteries:

  1. Still Life, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. Crossing The Line, by Frédérique Molay – ebook – review scheduled for 10/5

 

My favorites this month:

A Paris Apartment cover      Bitter Greens

This is terribly hard to choose:
I enjoyed a lot ALL of the books I read this past month, except Sodome et Gomorrhe…

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Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 11/12
Books on France: 45/24 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 17/25
Historical fiction: 26/25 – DONE
Japanese literature: 2/6
New authors challenge: 57/50 – DONE
My Kind of Mysteries: 17/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014

Total of books read in 2014 = 76/105

Number of books added to my TBR in September = 40

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Blog recap

  1. 4 of the 10 books read this month were received for review.

  2. 83 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 5 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours.. Be sure to check the October Giveaway! 3 books offered!

  4. I celebrated my 4th blogiversary, with 3 special posts and a giveaway. Thanks again to all my followers.

  5. I participated in the #30Authors event.

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Most popular book review in September

Edwinclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Sunday Post #7

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

please go visit

Blog milestones

953 posts
over 1,870 subscribers
over 69,300 hits

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Blog plans for October

Lots of reviews scheduled, and lots of books to read!

I’m finally going to join some affiliates programs… Any special recommendations on tips to know??

I would like to get more active as for memes such as Teaser Tuesdays of First Chapter First Paragraph, and redo some videos, but I’m in the process of translating into French a 3rd novel this year, so with this and my insane number of French online students, there are not too many hours left in the day, lol

And I’m preparing to change the look of France Book Tours. I will switch to a white background, but definitely would love to keep 2 columns on the right… If you know of a good wordpress.COM theme with these features, please let me know, merci!
After that, I will ask your opinion, if you would like that change also on Words And Peace

 

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How was YOUR month of  September?

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Book review: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

 

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry


Storied Life
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
By
Gabrielle Zevin
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
at HighBridge Company

Duration: 7:02 hours
ISBN: 978-1616203214



Genre:
literary fiction

Source: checked out at my library

Goodreads

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

       New author challenge   2014-Audio-Book-Challenge-Button

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Last Spring, I read a lot of enthusiastic reviews about The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. When I saw it available as an audiobook at my library, I seized the occasion. Really, who would ignore a book about books and bookstores? And also in fact libraries and a book sales rep? If you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it to you. Here is briefly why.

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Sunday Post #7 – 9/14/14

Sunday Post

 

 

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news.
A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
Share news about what is coming up on your blog
for the week ahead.
See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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This post also counts for
Mailbox Monday2 it's Monday www wednesdays

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

Let’s face it: with 2 days in the forties, I experienced some brain freeze, and only managed to post one review!

BOOKS JUST READ

  1. Crossing The Line, by Frédérique Molay, for France Book Tours. Review scheduled for end of September. Wow, I could not put it down!
    By a great French female author of thrillers. If you are curious, click on the link and fill in the form, we still have some free review copies
  2. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. Listened to. Beautiful! I’m glad I tried it, even though some bloggers were not too enthusiastic about it.
  3. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,  by Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet. Neat illustrated biography for children. Very well done, now I want to read a real biography of this intriguing genius.

CURRENTLY READING

  1.  Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth. Review scheduled on 10/3 for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. So smart mix of fairy tale and histfic, loving it!
  2. Listening to: The Crown, by Nancy Bilyeau. Finally! Trying to go through my TBR…

BOOKS UP NEXT

LAST WEEK ON WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOURS

  1. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker (review)
  2. Tour Quotations of I Looked For The One My Heart Loves

COMING UP ON THE BLOG

BOOK REVIEW MOST READ THIS PAST WEEK

Summer House With Swimming Poolclick on the cover to know more about it

POST MOST VIEWED ON FRANCE BOOK TOURS

I Looked For The One - coverclick on the cover to know more about it.

 

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

I Looked For The One - cover

BOOKS ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR

 20588072   20613611  129344

and 6 more!

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

Seven Letters From ParisFor France Book Tours Oct 13-17:
interesting memoir through letters

CHECKED OUT AT THE LIBRARY

The Right Word

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?