Throwback Thursday: September 2011

Throwback Thursday


Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago,
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

On the first Thursday of the month available on my site,
I’m planning to post about the previous month, 10 years before.

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Today, I’ll be revisiting September 2011.

I published 22 posts, 6 of these were reviews.
A bunch of posts were about the BBAW, a week of events related to book blogging. Alas, this no longer exists.

Here are the two posts which received most views:

of mice and men

Yes, again Of Mice and Men.
But also my Onion and Leek Quiche recipe, my personal combo of two recipes by Julia Child.
Note to self: take a picture next time I do it and add the picture to the post.

My favorite reads from that month are:
  An Accident in August  Becoming Marie Antoinette

I am surprised not more people have read An Accident in August, as it’s actually based on Lady Diana‘s fatal car accident. Short and well done.

I also enjoyed a lot a spiritual book, which seems to be so essential for todays’ world:

our thoughts determine our lives

Click on the covers to know more

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My next post on this meme will be on November 4


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

please go visit

Blog milestones

912 posts
over 1,790 subscribers
over 64,700 hits


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?

Mailbox Monday ~ July 28

Boite aux lettresClick on the logo to link your own post

I edited this picture
found on Pinterest.
I was not able to find it on its original site


I got 5 books this past week!

Watch my short video to know all about them and discover how I acquired them.

As a game, I’m going to give you 3 words here for each. Try to guess what the books are before watching the video!

Book #1: Paris/ Recipes / Stories

Book #2: French / Recipes/ Zucchini

Book #3: France / Cookbook/ Child

Book #4: Cat / Cheese / Dickens

Boos #5: French / Morocco / Night




Have you read any of these?
Did you receive any exciting books this past week?