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2016: May wrap-up

May 2016 wrap-up

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This is not fair! Why are Spring and Summer months going faster than Winter months??
Well, I got my revenge anyway, because I managed to read a few good books:

Here is what I read in May:

8  books
with 2,146 pages, that is: 69.2 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 13H03, that is: 25 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Sacred Combe, by Thomas Maloney – ebook
  2. Villa Triste, by Patrick Modiano
  3. The Vegetarian, by Han Kang
  4. The Inferno, by Dante

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Thirsty Dragon: China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, by Suzanne Mustacich – audio
  2. Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time: A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past, by Patrick Alexander

1 in play:

  1. Lacombe Lucien, by Patrick Modiano

1 in poetry:

  1. The Collected Poems, by Marcel Proust

1 in mystery:

  1. Tainted Tokay, by Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen – ebook

A few notes:

  1. With Le temps retrouvé finshed last month, I wanted to revisit the 7 volumes without rereading them all. Alexander’s book was perfect for that. And then I thought it was high time to read this book of Proust’s poems, purchased several years ago. Not impressive at all. I think this time, I am Prousted out for a while.
  2. I can’t believe I waited for Han Kang to receive the Man Booker Prize International to finally open her book that I had received months ago!

My favorites in May

The Sacred Combe  The Vegetarian

 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 22/25
Audiobook: 4/15
Classics Club: 4/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 12/30
Ebook challenge: 16/25
Historical fiction: 6/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 19/50
New Release (2016): 15/30
Nonfiction challenge: 6/15
Books in Translation: 11/12
What’s in a Name: 2/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 36/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May = 10

Blog recap

  • I hosted 3 guest-posts
  • 5 of the 9 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants and 21 reviews posted so far. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews! And in case you are stuck, we have plenty of choices regularly updated.

  • I organized 5 giveaways in February. The one for June at France Book Tours is here. This is the perfect book to spend your summer in France, without the current annoyance of too much rain, flooding, and insane strikes and demonstrations. Be sure to follow through email not to miss weekly giveaways.

  • But of course the most important event in my blogging life was participating for the first time in BEA live, not just from my armchair, because for once it was taking place in Chicago. It was a fantastic experience, I brought back friends, books, and multiple ideas. Look here if you have not had a chance yet to read my recap posts about it.

Most popular book review in May

The Sacred Combe

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

After BEA16: Haul of books and goodies

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Mom’s Small Victories

please go visit

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 😉

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

4: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

1: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

Blog milestones

1,368 posts
over 3,750 subscribers
over 113,650 hits

Plans for June

Another local book event is on the horizon, much smaller than BEA, but still, I met there some interesting authors last year. I’m talking about the Printers Row Li Fest in Chicago. I also love its street ambiance.

And courtesy of BEA and all the generous authors and presses, I have zillions of books to read.

 

Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

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!

The top 11 Books to read in May 2016

Here are

The top 11 books I plan to read
in May!

 Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

 Tainted Tokay Orthodox Spirituality

INferno Proust's Search

  Tainted Tokay
= latest installment in the winemaker detective series, this time partly in France and in Hungary!
Orthodox Spirituality
= finally first book I read by Staniloae, with some surprises (many quotations by Blondel!).
The Inferno
= having finished In Search of Lost Time, time to begin another good size challenge.
Reading now The Divine Comedy in bilingual edition and tons of notes by the Hollanders
A Reader’s Guide to The Remembrance of Things Past
= now that I read the whole thing, it would make sense to start all over again, to see more the connections.
But too many other books to read, so reading this is a good way to revisit the entire work

READING NEXT

The Sacred Combe    The World Between Two Covers

Villa Triste   Lacombe Lucien

The Vegetarian 

The Sacred Combe = a mysterious library…
The World Between Two Covers
= by the blogger who read one book
for each country represented at the Olympics
Villa Triste and Lacombe Lucien=
winning the Nobel Prize in literature has finally helped Modiano be translated into English!
These are the 2 latest translations
The Vegetarian
= intrigued by this South Korean novel,
probably outside my comfort zone, which is always a good thing

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

    Thirsty Dragon  How the Light Gets In

Thirsty Dragon:
China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines
= the subtitle is clear enough.
Quite enlightening, but boring audio rendition
How the Light Gets in =
just a few left in the series!

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR MAY?

2016: March-April wrap-up

March-April 2016 wrap-up

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March has been quite eventful and full of cold showers, in the weather and in life. Celebrating half a century one day, experiencing my father-in-law’s passing, at almost 102, the next!
Even though it happened in great peace, with no pain, no struggle, and in a prayerful way, still it was exhausting emotionally and physically, and it took us a while to get back to our routine.
April has been busy too with Lent and we just celebrated Holy Week and our Pascha on May 1st (so many wonderful and long services in church)! Yes, this year we Orthodox Christians had a very late date for it. Next year, we will all celebrate Easter on the same day.
But I did read!
Hence this recap for both March and April.

Here is what I read in March:

6  books
with 1,534 pages, that is: 49.4 pages/day

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Toward the Endless Day: The Life of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, by Olga Lossky
  2. How to Talk About Places You’ve Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel, by Pierre Bayard
  3. In Other Words, by Jhumpa Lahiri

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Sword of the Maiden, by Kathleen C. Perrin

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Mon amie américaine, by Michèle Halberstadt

1 in mystery:

  1. Too Close to the Edge, by Pascal Garnier – ebook

And what I read in April:

8  books
with 2,449 pages, that is: 81.6 pages/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Le temps retrouvé, by Marcel Proust – ebook
  2. L’étranger, by Albert Camus – ebook
  3. Meursault, contre-enquête, by Kamel Daoud – ebook

3 in historical fiction:

  1. The Rivals of Versailles, by Sally Christie
  2. Sent to the devil, by Laura Lebow
  3. Le collier rouge, by Jean-Christophe Rufin

2 in mystery:

  1. Pars vite et reviens tard, by Fred Vargas
  2. The Girl Who Stayed, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

A few notes:

  1. With Le temps retrouvé read this month, it means that after 3 years, I finally finished reading the 7 books of In Search of Lost Time. More about my impressions on that work later
  2. I reread another French classic, L’étranger, because I wanted to read Daoud’s recent spin on it, and I read the book by Camus about 35 years ago! I needed a refresher!
  3. I read 2 other books in French, as I experimented with the equivalent of Netflix for books in print and in French!
  4. Do you notice the big absent from these recaps? No audiobooks!! I don’t have much time for audiobooks right now, and the one I’m listening is dragging. Great topic, but not the most exciting audio rendition! Looking forward to going back to Louise Penny!

My favorites in March

     The Sword of the Maiden  Toward the endless day

My favorites in April

  sent to the devil   Pars vite

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 16/25
Audiobook: 3/15
Classics Club: 3/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 11/30
Ebook challenge: 14/25
Historical fiction: 6/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 14/50
New Release (2016): 10/30
Nonfiction challenge: 4/15
Books in Translation: 7/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 27/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March and April = 53

Blog recap

  • I hosted 6 guest-posts or interview these past 2 months, and was myself interviewed, as a literary translator
  • 6 of the 14 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews!

  • I organized 7 giveaways in February. The one for May at France Book Tours is here. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the weekly ones.

Most popular book review in April

The Rivals of Versailles

click on the cover to access my review,
written in 2012!

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Spotlight on Pigeon-Blood Red

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Italy Book Tours

please go visit

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 😉

4: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice
3: Karen at Booker Talk
2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,347 posts
over 3,690 subscribers
over 111,500 hits

Plans for May

Well, the BIG plan is of course BEA! For once, I will not be participating in the Armchair version, as I’ll be able to go to it in person, being basically organized in my backyard. Looking forward to seeing many of you, especially on the first day focused on bloggers.

Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in May!

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How was YOUR month of  April?
And to a wonderful reading year to you!

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

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