2021: July wrap-up

JULY 2021 WRAP-UP

My #20BooksofSummer21 is doing well. In fact, I have already read 21 books, but only 5 from my original list (and I had to DNF one from that list). Hopefully, I can read from this list by the end of August.
And actually, most important for me, I have managed to catch up with a few reviews (see links below), on books I received for review in 2019-2021, that I read and even enjoyed a lot, but never took time to review!! I still have 5 books to review that I read last year, and I hope I can catch up with those during this last month of Summer.

July has my best statistics for 2021 so far, as for number of pages read per day.

📚 Here is what I read in July:

14 books:
10 in print 
with 2,634 pages, a daily average of 84 pages/day
4 in audio
= 24H54
, a daily average of 52 minutes

5 in mystery:

  1. Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24), by Agatha Christie
  2. Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot #25), by Agatha Christie
  3. The Hollow, (Hercule Poirot #26), by Agatha Christie – these first 3 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. Impact, by Olivier Norek – French audiobook
  5. When All Light Fails, by Randall Silvis – ebook received for review

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Code Breaker, by Walter Isaacson – won through Goodreads
  2. Languages of Truth, by Salman Rushdie – ebook received for review
  3. Living With a Dead Language, by Ann Patty
  4. Sur la lecture [On Reading], by Marcel Proust – for The Classics Club

2 in poetry:

  1. The Lost Spells, by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris
  2. Alphabet, by Paul Valéry – French poetry in prose for The Classics Club

2 as graphic novels:

  1. The Apothecary Diaries, vol.2, by Natsu Hyuuga – manga, historical novel, for the Books in Translation Challenge
  2. Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto – fantasy, for the Books in Translation Challenge

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Les Revenentes et autres lipogrammes, by Georges Perec – French ebook

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    The Code Breaker  The Lost Spells

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 65/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 21/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 97/120 (80%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 21

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  People Like Them Project Hail Mary

If You Cross the River

GIVEAWAYS

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Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

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MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

People Like Them

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MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
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The top 7 books to read in July 2021

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

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2021: June wrap-up

JUNE 2021 WRAP-UP

Already one month of Summer gone…
And I managed to post an amazing number of posts all this past month: only five!!
I finally took one week away, which hadn’t happen for two years, like for many of us. One week in the woods, no phone, no internet, just hiking and birding, total bliss.
So I didn’t do much reading either, hence the most pathetic number this month.

So far, for my #20BooksofSummer21, I have managed to read 9 books. So it sounds like I am on track. Except only 1 of these 9 were on my original list for the challenge, lol.

One of the five posts of this month was the conclusion of a fascinating buddy-read/readalong with Carol @ Cas d’intérêt on The Archipelago of Another Life (L’Archipel d’une atre vie) by Andreï Makine.

📚 Here is what I read in June:

10 books:
5 in print 
with 1,275 pages, a daily average of 42 pages/day
5 in audio
= 14H03
, a daily average of 28 minutes

5 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Baruch
  2. The Book of Lamentations
  3. The Book of Ezekiel
  4. The Book of Daniel – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge
  5. The Future of Buildings, Transportation, and Power, by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber

2 in mystery:

  1. Compartiments tueurs, by Sébastien Japrisot – readalong with a French student, read for The Classics Club
  2. The Grid, by Philip Kerr

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Nature humaine, by Serge Joncour – audiobook
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec – readalong with a French student

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Apothecary Diaries, vol.1, by Natsu Hyuuga – manga

A few notes about these books:

  • Totally by chance, I read two books about smart architecture: one was the nonfiction by Roger Duncan & Michael E. Webber, which actually won the 1st prize in IndieReader Discovery Award for the Environment Category.
    And the other one by Kerr, as a techno-thriller. Fascinating theme!
  • With these four Bible books, I finished listening to the whole Old Testament. Listening to them all as a whole, without studying them this time nor focusing on their spiritual meaning, was a bit challenging and actually quite depressing in content. And now to the New Testament!

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    Nature humaine    La Disparition 2

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 60/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books
#20BooksofSummer21: 8/20 books
Total of books read in 2021 = 82/120 (68%)

Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 9

NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Arsene Lupin

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 7 books to read in June 2021

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Julie Anna’s Books
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TOP COMMENTERS 

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Bout of Books 31: Day 3 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 31
Day 3 recap

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by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, May 10
and runs through Sunday, May 16 in YOUR time zone.
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There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
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From the Bout of Books team

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. La Disparition = 14 pages
  2. Cinq cartes brûlées = 49 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 19 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 29 minutes  = 7 pages

Total for Day 3:  89 pages
TOTAL so far:  300/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 85 pages
  2. La Disparition = 9 pages

Total for Day 2:  94 pages
TOTAL so far:  211/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 52 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
    = 52 minutes  = 32 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah = 33 minutes  = 13 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = 10 minutes  = 4 pages = FINISHED
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 1H05  = 16 pages

Total for Day 1:  117 pages
TOTAL so far:  117/525 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge

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Like for Bout of Books 31, 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. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec
  3. People Like them, by Samira Sedira
  4. Cinq cartes brûlées, by Sophie Loubière
  5. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  6.  Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
    = FINISHED
  7. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah (Bible) = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah

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