2019: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2019 WRAP-UP

Another super busy reading/book month!
There was the awesome Bout of Books week, which was my 14th participation, and probably my best ever, as far as reading is concerned, with an average of 137 pages/day over a week.

I also FINALLY took time to go through all my reviews and check which ones I had forgotten to list on my Authors’ page recap. I haven’t entered the corrections yet, so be prepared to see one day that number of total reviews actually go much higher, about 70 more!! I usually add a title to that page each time I review a book, but there were some weeks when I totally forgot!

My biggest achievement was to FINALLY finish reading Don Quixote!
I realize I had forgotten to count Book 1 when I finished it in March, so I counted both books here, which makes my average slightly higher than what it should be.
I guess earlier on, I was planning on counting the 2 volumes of Don Quixote as 1 book, and wait for the end to list it. But now that I have read it all, I realize it makes much more sense to count it as 2 different books, as there were 11 years before the publication of volume 2.

I have also caught up a bit with reviews to write,
and I’m slowly but surely cleaning my Goodreads TBR shelf.

I was thrilled to have my review of Louise Penny’s latest book, A Better Man, be a featured review on Criminal Element.

So here is what I read in August:

13 books:
7 in print 
with 2,179 pages, an average of 70 pages/day
6 in audio
= 41H17
, an average of 1H19
= this has to be my best audio time ever. I’m back to painting, that explains, as I like listening to audiobooks as I paint.
The total of books is also my highest of the year so far, even if I counted only 1 for Don Quixote.

7 in mystery:

  1. Central Park, by Guillaume Musso – French audio
  2. Goodbye Paris, by Mike Bond – for France Book Tours
  3. Un appartement à Paris, by Guillaume Musso French audio
  4. Diary of a Murderer, by Young-Ha Kim – ebook for review
  5. Le Mystère de la chambre jaune, by Gaston Leroux – audio, for Classics Club
  6. The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey
  7. Surface, by Olivier Norek – French audio

4 in literary fiction:

  1. Tales of Old Russia, by Paul Shukin – unpublished short stories by a friend of mine
  2. The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole – audio, for Classics Club
  3. and 4. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, ebooks  for Classics Club

1 in manga/Film comic adaptation:

  1. The Secret World of Arrietty, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Dictionnaire des idées reçues, by Gustave Flaubert, French audio for Classics Club

MY FAVORITES IN AUGUST

Surface  Central Park

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 49/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 65/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 18

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

I saw another book blogger including here reviews she wrote. As I often review books read months earlier, I think I’ll try.

A Better Man DonQuixote Diary of a Murderer The Sentence is Death  The Republic crimson lake Redemption Point Gomorrah Gambit

What do you think? Do you enjoy my list of recent reviews here?

GIVEAWAYS

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with a very special announcement,
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How was YOUR month of August?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

Book review: A Better Man

A Better ManA Better Man
by  Louise Penny
Macmillan/Minotaur Books
08/27/2019

Mystery/Thriller
448 pages

Goodreads

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A Better Man by Louise Penny is the latest addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling series starring Armand Gamache.

She has done it again. With a vengeance. Take the same backwater in Québec, the same core of main characters, and write fifteen crime stories with that. You will probably end up with predictable plots. But Louise Penny doesn’t. Not ever. A Better Man is here to prove it. Once more.

VERDICT: Louise Penny is a mystery in herself. Once again, for this #15 i the series, she managed to deliver a unique book, with an original plot. And red herrings. And many twists and layers. 

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Six degrees of separation: From Versailles to hacking

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Six degrees of separation:
From Versailles to hacking!

I’m glad to be back for this fun exercise! And this month is a wild card, we are supposed to start with the last book of our last chain!
Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started in the past at Versailles and ended up in the modern world of hackers!
I love this adventure, always full of surprises.

Here are my own quirky rules:

1. Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word, or you are stuck

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

  Before Versailles the night before  

  if on a winter's night Light to Enlighten My Darkness

     How the Light Gets In The Innovators

1. Before Versailles
A historical novel about Louis XIV.
My verdict:
“The characters sounded true to life, the topic was well researched, the descriptions beautiful.”

2. The Night Before
I find Wendy Walker to be a strong author, and I’m looking forward to reading more books by her. I have read three so far.
VERDICT for this one: Strong psychological thriller, with nice twists and complex characters.

3. If on a Winter‘s Night a Traveler
If you want to read something original, this one is for you: totally different, unique, and superb writing.

4. A Light to Enlighten the Darkness: Daily Readings for Meditation during the Winter Season
Well, I can’t resist the temptation to feature my own book! This is an anthology, with a short text on the theme of light, for those dark days of the winter season. I have selected texts by Medieval authors, men and women. The introduction is mine.

5. How the Light Gets In
With two of its books containing the word light, I have to feature one of my most favorite series of all times: the Gamache series by Louise Penny.
If you don’t know it though, I highly recommend you start with volume 1, Still Life, as the evolution of the characters and their relationships is so important throughout the 15 volumes so far.
Well, 14 to be exact, but I have already read and reviewed book 15, that will come out end of August. My review will then be featured in Criminal Element.

6. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
This was so fascinating!
VERDICTSuperb audiobook, the best nonfiction I have listened to this year [that was in 2014]. A brilliant author and a just as brilliant narrator combine their kills to present the roots of our current digital world, and the men and women who worked together to give us what we have today.

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