2013: April wrap-up

Again, the past month was quite eventful, reading wise and blogging wise.

On the reading front, I managed to read 8 books, same as last month, with a total of 2266 pages, that is, 75.5 pages/day.
And I listened to 1 audiobook, a very long one of 24:45 hours, which gives a 49 mn/day.

Here are the books I read:

3 non-fiction:

  1. Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, by David Sedaris
  2. From Absinthe to Zest, by Alexandre Dumas
  3. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson –audio

2 historical fiction

  1. The Scent of Triumph, by Jan Moran –ebook
  2. Syncopation, by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt

2 fiction

  1. The Tree of Man, by Patrick White
  2. A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs, by Marcel Proust –ebook

2 picture book/graphic novels:

  1. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  2. An Enchantment, by Christian Durieux

My favorites this month:

   Benjamin Franklin Syncopation

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Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  2/12
Audiobook: 4/12
Books on France: 11/12
Cozy Mysteries: 3/10
Ebook challenge: 11/10
European reading challenge: 6/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 16/15 – COMPLETED
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)
New authors challenge: 24/25
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 4/6
Where Are You Reading?: 4/50
Australian Literature: 1/1 – COMPLETED

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 38

Number of books added to my TBR in April = 40

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Blog recap

  1. I have started participating in another meme, WWW Wednesdays. Not sure I will do this every week, but so far so good.
  2. I participated in Treasure Chest Giveaway Hop
  3. and in Australian Literature Month
  4. 30 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 46 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews, and it is never too late to join!
  5. AND AND THE BIG thing of the month is the launch of France Book Tours. This blog has been little by little focusing more on France. So I decided to organize Virtual Book Tours for books about/set in France, or with any type of connection with France. It is only 2 weeks old, and 3 book tours are being booked, with a nice number of bloggers already involved. It is really fun getting to know more book bloggers. Launching prices are very affordable right now for authors, and there are great perks for bloggers who sign up to post a review/interview: you of course receive for free the book you choose to review, but you also get an automatic triple entry in the giveaway of the month, which is either a book or a $15 gift card of your choice, plus your blog is featured during the whole month.
  6. Come over to see what book you can win this month – anyone can enter the giveaway!

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Plans for May

  1. Reading a couple of paperbacks received for virtual book tours
  2. Hopefully sign up more virtual book tours for the summer
  3. May 27-June 2: Participating in Armchair BEA

How was YOUR month of April?
And what are your reading plans for May?

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2013: March wrap-up

March was quite eventful, even though the biggest event I was looking for, the REAL arrival of Spring, is still delayed around Chicago. Yes there are crocuses on my lawn, yes the red-wing black birds are back, yes I saw a couple of flocks of cranes, BUT the juncos are still around, and it is really still too cold to read a book on the porch…

On the reading front, I managed to read 8 books, with a total of 2527 pages, that is, 81 pages/day.
And I listened to 1 audiobook, a long one of 12:15 hours, which gives a 23 mn/day. I also started another very long one, the biography of Benjamin Franklin, by Walter Isaacson, excellent.

Here are the books I read, and oh miracle, they all have their reviews!!:

1 non-fiction:
Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses, vol 1, by Jean-Claude Larchet

5 historical fiction:

  1. The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan – audio
  2. House of Rocamora, by Donald Michael Platt – part of Virtual
  3. The Iron King, by Maurice Druon – ebook
  4. The Lavender Garden, by Lucinda Riley –ebookreview scheduled for June 5. You can read the first lines of my review though!
  5. The Chalice, by Nancy Bilyeau with giveaway between 4/2-4/10

1 fiction
Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

1 science-fiction:
The Best Of All Possible Worlds, by Karen Lord – ebook

1 picture book:
Flotsam, by David Wiesner

My favorites this month:

  Painted Girls Lavender Garden

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Reading Challenges recap

Around the World in 12 books:  2/12
Audiobook: 3/12
Books on France: 8/12
Cozy Mysteries: 3/10
Ebook challenge: 9/10
European reading challenge: 6/5 – COMPLETED
Historical fiction: 14/15
Japanese literature: 0/? (starts in June)
New authors challenge: 19/25
TBR challenge: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 4/6
Where Are You Reading?: 3/50

Total of books read so far in 2013 = 29

Number of books added to my TBR in March = 47
You notice this is a new feature in my wrap-up. I stole this genius idea from Allison at The Book Wheel. Please go visit her nice fancy March wrap-up.

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Blog recap

2 big events have rocked the bloggosphere/twittersphere this month.

  1. I was part of the twitter madness the night we discovered Google Reader had been sent to death. Seeing the number of tweets that night (surpassing by far the tweets related to the election of the new Pope of the Roman Catholics)  and after that all the blog posts, you could write your own Chronicle of a Death Foretold!
    After some panic and many tries, I ended up choosing Taptu, the only real RSS feed aggregate that works really well on a Nook Color. See what I have to say.
  2. The other event is the recent announcement that Amazon bought Goodreads. Right now, I’m staying put, hoping against all hope that things will remain ok, even though I kind of know it won’t… I really enjoy a lot the Goodreads community, and I may stay there until the end of The Year of Reading Proust, to enjoy all the discussions on the year read-along to cover all of  In Search of Lost Time. But if some major changes bother me, I’ll pay my $25 and go to LibraryThing.

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  1. I reviewed 2 books for Virtual Book Tours; and hosted 1 giveaway, which is open from 4/2-10.
  2. Bloggiesta 2013 was very good for this blog: my two biggest achievements were finishing the archive list by author of all the books reviewed so far on this blog, and listing all the book blogs I follow. Go have a look, and if you see yourself on the list, would you mind returning the favor? Thanks
  3. I participated in Book Blogger Hop: March 8th-14th
  4. I participated in Colorado Book Month
  5. 28 readers signed up for my Books on France Challenge, and 32 reviews have already been posted. Don’t forget to post your reviews!

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Plans for April

  1. Reading a couple of netgalleys and a couple of paperbacks received by the authors
  2. Starting April 14, until the end of the year:  Catching up where I am at in the reading of In Search of Lost Time, by Proust, following the weekly schedule on Goodreads
  3. Read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, for my US state challenge (Georgia), and many other goodies!

How was YOUR month of March?
And what are your reading plans for April?