BBAW 2012 Day 3: Book blogging in 10 points

 Day 3 topic is:

What does book blogging mean to you?


1) First, I’m still a novice, just ready to celebrate my 2nd blogiversary only, so I don’t have that much experience yet. See my very first review on Words And Peace!

I did write a bit about my readings on a previous blogs, but even more shortly, and with several books per page.

2) It definitely means that I’m remembering so much better what I read. Before that, I kept track of the titles of books I read, and I admit for some books I read 5 years ago, just seeing the title doesn’t ring any bell at all.

3) I love reading, surprise huh?, and I love talking about the books I read. So this is the perfect venue, though I have many others, such as a reading husband, I know it’s  a treat  not shared by all book bloggers; reading neighbors, and the book club I created for my block; reading colleagues, yes I work in a library; and advanced online French students, who are often eager to share about books. See for instance the books we shared at one of our last Book Club (trading titles format.)

4) It makes me try to be more articulate about the books I read, why I liked them or not. It’s a bit like way back when I had to write pages and pages on a topic or a book.
My goal would be actually to write longer reviews, but often the problem is the time constriction, as I have lots of other things going on apart from blogging: part-time job, French tutoring, English-French translations, and rockpainting. Have you seen my rocks yet??


5) Blogging works both ways: I post, but then I receive comments. This means community building, plus sometimes really fascinating conversation on a book or a topic. See for instance some comments received recently for The Second Empress.

6) And I get to know other book bloggers. In case you missed some I discovered recently, you can see my post here.

7) Which means I get to hear about books I would never discover or read by myself. The only problem here is that my Goodreads TBR increases dangerously every week. I’m at over 200 titles.

8) And I get challenged to read outside my regular comfort zone through Reading Challenges. I love those!

9) I also get to be connected with some authors. I had  for instance a few exchanges with Helen Grant, whom I follow on Facebook.
And an email interview is in the making with Debra Dean, author of The Mirrored World!

10) Finally, and this is high on my list actually, I receive free books, some I win at giveaways organized by other book bloggers, sometimes directly from authors, but mostly from publishers through Netgalley and Edelweiss.


July 2011 Wrap Up

Looks like the reading index is in harmony with the heat index: this month of July has been my best of the year so far, with 10 books read, a total of 2524 pages, that is an average of 81.41 pages/day.

On the other hand, I have not finished any audiobook in July, I’m still listening to Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, it is excellent, but very long.

The neat thing also this month is the diversity of what I read, as for content and format:

State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
The Glass Demon, by Helen Grant
French Leave, by Anna Gavalda

Historical novel:
Before Versailles: a Novel of Louis XIV,  by Karleen Koen

Graphic novel:
The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick upcoming review

Novellas: upcoming reviews
Bartleby the Scrivener, by Herman Melville (ebook – starting really to enjoy how convenient ereading is, especially through and using my stanza app  for ipodtouch)
The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy (ebook)

The Pun Also Rises, by John Pollack
Settled in the Wild, by Susan Hand Shetterly

Religious content:
Being As Communion, by John Zizioulas

It is extremely difficult to pick my July favorite, each being fantastic in its category.

In the non-fiction, one about words, one about nature, one about Orthodox theology, all 3 are must reads!

If I really need to pick my favorite in fiction, I’ll choose this one, but I loved very much the others as well:

Blogging wise, this past month:

  • I organized a giveaway to celebrate my upcoming 1st blogiversary. Here is the post, in case you missed it.
  • I have had more subscriptions, and visits are going up in number.
  • have begun reorganizing my Reading Challenges pages.
  • have started to post on Wordless Wednesday, with pictures of my hand painted rocks
  • started reading for The Art of the Novella Reading Challenge, going on right now, and for the Europa Challenge. I will go on with those in August and begin more actively to work on the Japanese Literature Challenge.
  • have also won an interesting historical novel: For the King, by Catherine Delors, and have received a few books by publishers and authors. The big event for August will be my post on Of Mice and Men on Aug 22, for the Steinbeck Classics Circuit Tour!

I  am still hesitating on changing the template, to go to a 3 columns site. Any preference?

Stay tune, keep cool, and keep reading!


2011 Audio Book Challenge

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Addicted- Listen to 12 Audio Books


1. The Canterbury Tales , by Chaucer
2. The Invisible Man, by HG Wells
3. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant
4. Atlantic, by Simon Winchester
5. Cutting For Stone, by A. Verghese
6. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
7. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
8. Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America, by Jim Murphy
9. The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown
10. Three Sisters, by Anton Chekhov
11. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
12. Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson
13. Lilith, by George MacDonald
14. There But For The, by Ali Smith
15. Heresy, by SJ Parris
16. Prophecy, by SJ Parris