2014: July wrap-up

July was a great reading month, not a record as number of pages, but I did devour quite a few books, and some great ones!

Here is what I read in July:

11 books, my highest monthly average, as for number of books, but anot as number of pages actually.
= 10 books
with 1,976 pages, that is:  63.7 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook16:02 hours, that is an average of  31 mn/day

 4 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Summer House With Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch
  2. Oscar et la dame rose, by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt – upcoming review
  3. La femme sans peur, by Jean-Philippe Touzeau – ebook, upcoming review
  4. My Antonia, by Willa Cather – upcoming review

3 children books:

  1. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale, by Carmen Agra Deedy – upcoming review
  2. Lilu and Dudu: Adventures in Bora Bora, by Fabienne Bratschi – book I translated from English to French
  3. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear – upcoming review

2 mysteries:

  1. Death in Pont-Aven, by Jean-Luc Bannalec
  2. Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier – review scheduled for August 7

1 historical fiction:

  1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr – audio, upcoming review

1 nonfiction:

  1. The French House, by Don Wallace – read for France Book Tours

My favorites this month:

All The Light We Cannot See My Antonia


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 7/12
Books on France: 35/24
Ebook challenge: 14/25
Historical fiction: 18/25
Japanese literature: 1/6
New authors challenge: 43/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 13/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014
Australian Literature Month: 0/1

Total of books read in 2014 = 56/105

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 68, yes, you are allowed to laugh, this is totally ridiculous and insane.


Blog recap

  1. 5 of the 11 books read this month were received for review

  2. Already 58 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours, be sure to check the August Giveaway! a great historical fiction focused around wine in the Bordeaux region! Who could resist that?

  4. I took part in Paris in July, even though as you know I post about French things every week, sometimes several times a week, all year long. I did a special post on how we celebrated Bastille Day in Chicago!
  5. And I did reach my I Love France 100th post!
  6. I did some more vlogs. Be sure to follow my YouTube channel not to miss any new episode. I usually do a vlog to present the books I received during the past week (Mailbox Monday)
  7. And I did try to catch up with a few reviews…



Most popular book review last month

Summer House With Swimming Poolclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Bastille Day 2014 in Chicago

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Thyme For Tea

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Blog milestones

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Blog plans for August

My last Bout of Books was really fun, so I’m doing it again from August 18-24.
Though I should probably do a review-athon instead of a read-athon!
My goal is to try to take time to review a book as soon as I have finished reading it, instead of compulsively jumping into reading another book right away! Does this ring a bell??
till trying to find  a balance between reading, reviewing, and reading other book blogs! If anyone has a soluton ,let me know. Thank God I don’t have TV!



How was YOUR month of  July?

Book review: Summer House With Swimming Pool

Summer House With Swimming Pool

Summer House With Swimming Pool

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Summer House With Swimming Pool
Herman Koch
Translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Publisher: Crown/Hogarth
Release Date: June 3, 2014

ISBN:  978-0804138819
Pages: 3877


Source: Received
from Blogging For Books


This book counts for this Reading Challenge:

       New author challenge  


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I decided not to read The Dinner by the same author last year, because it sounded much too similar to Le dieu du carnage, a play by Yasmina Reza I had read a few years before.  So when Summer House With Swimming Pool was available on Blogging For Books, I thought I would finally try this Dutch author.

The book is really nauseating.
It is controversial in its topic: suspecting one of his patients of having done something terrible, Marc, a general practitioner, decides to take justice in his own hands.
Gross in his main protagonist: from the very first page, Marc sounded too sarcastic and totally dishonest to me. He has and is a detestable character, very manipulative, jealous, revengeful, with awful mentality and behavior, and always feeling inferior. And other minor characters are far from being better than him.
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