Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday:
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases
for the Second Half of 2020

TTT for June30, 2020
#TopTenTuesday

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Somewhat, as on top is actually a book that will be released in 2021, and really, I can’t limit myself to 10!!

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op ten tuesday expected titles for 2020

Plus these:

Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy
= actually, I have already read it, it’s FABULOUS!
8/4/2020
No Wood So Dark as These, by Randall Silvis, a favorite author of mine 8/4/2020
Marie Antoinette’s World, by Will Bashor
= I even have a few more review copies for you, check here:
https://francebooktours.com/2020/06/03/will-bashor-on-tour-marie-antoinettes-world/
FBT 7/30/2020
The Inugami Curse, by Seishi Yokomizo 8/18/2020
Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury by Ray Bradbury 8/18/2020
The French widow, by Mark Pryor 9/15/2020

Sorry I didn’t have time to put more about what these books are about, crazy busy with French classes.

Are any of these on your list?
Any other recommendation
that you think I would enjoy?

 

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 Рaudio, for Classics Club
  6. The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey
  7. Surface, by Olivier Norek РFrench 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 Рaudio, 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

The open giveaways are on my homepage

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Six Degrees of Separation:
from Versailles to Hacking

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

iRead Book Tours
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Silvia at Silvia Cachia

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Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in September,
with a very special announcement,
and a treat coming!


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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. 

Please go to Criminal Element to read my full featured review

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