Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop 2017


Midwinter’s Eve
Giveaway Hop

Here are 5 books you can choose from.
Just open to US residents

  all day at the movies Salt Creek

  the hidden keys  A Kim Jong-Il Production

The Pilgrim’s Progress:
brand new condition:
I won it on another blog,
but I actually decided to listen to the audiobook instead

All Day at the Movies:
brand new. Unread

Salt Creek:
ARC, in like new condition

The Hidden Keys:
ARC, brand new. Unread
(I actually listened to it instead)

A Kim Jong-IL production:
ARC, good condition


And come this way to hop to other blogs
and get other chances to win awesome books!




Book review: Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Salt Creek

Do you need a change of landscape? Salt Creek is for you. It is set in 19th century England and mostly South Australia, in a rough area baked by the sun, where not much grows and even sheep have a  hard time.


Click to continue reading

2017: August wrap-up

August 2017 wrap-up

Not sure what really happened this month. Yes, we had Bout of Books, but that does explain completely the insane (compared to my usual averages) amount of pages I devoured. Definitely the best so far this year.

Here is what I read this past month:

14  books:
11 in print
with 3,585 pages, that is: 115 pages/day!
+ 3 audiobooks
with 20H49, that is: 40 mn/day

 5 in mystery:

  1. Quand sort la recluse, by Fred Vargas – ebook
  2. L’homme à l’envers, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  3. The Sorbonne Affair, by Mark Pryor
  4. Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas – audiobook
  5. Enigma, by Catherine Coulter – ebook

4 in historical fiction:

  1. Oswald, the Return of the King, by Edoardo Albert – ebook
  2. Maiden from the Mist, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook
  3. The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin
  4. Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

2 in literary fiction:

  1. A Very French Christmasebook
  2. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick – audiobook

2 in graphic “novel”:

  1. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  2. Ordinary Victories, by Manu Larcenet

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard


My favorites in August

  Quand-sort-la-recluse  coule la Seine

A few notes:

  1. I’m really enjoying this series by Fred Vargas. Two in audio this month, and her latest in print, that I read a bit every week with one of my French students. They are available in English as well. They are exceptional mysteries, with in depth characters and very refined work on vocabulary and mix of styles

  2. With Oswald, I finally finished books that had been for ever on my Netgalley shelf. Now room for some newer ones.

  3. Maiden from the Mist: this is the last book in this series by Tanya Anne Crosby that I translated into French. I will talk more about it when it comes out in October, it was my favorite in the series

  4. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper: received at BEA2016!! I ended up listening to it, and it was actually quite good!

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 16/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 79/100 – so 12 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in August= 17

Blog recap in August

  • I took part in Bout of Books 20. It was a success for me, with lots of pages read, and tons of bloggers visited, as I decided to volunteer as an Expert this year, which consists basically in encouraging and congratulating the participants as they go along

  • I organized 8 giveaways. The one for September at France Book Tours is now available.

Most popular book review in August


click on the cover to access my review.
Posted 5 years ago.
I guess lots of students have to read it!!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 20: Schedule, Goals, and giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Flashlight Commentary

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

8: Karen at Booker Talk

8: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

8: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,671 posts
over 4,250 subscribers
over 140,000 hits

Plans for September

  • Celebrate my 7th blogiversary on September 29!!

Come back on Monday 4
to see all the books I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!