2018: November wrap-up

November wrap-up

It’s been now over a month that I have changed the theme of my blog and have chosen a static clean homepage. I really love it. I manually change the icons for last reviews, etc, so it’s a good incentive to have more things going on, review and meme wise.
And November has definitely been a busy month on the blog!
See for instance below under Blog Milestones and events.

Here is what I read in November:

8 books:
6 in print 
with 1,872 pages, an average of 62.4 pages/day
2 in audio
with 21H35, an average of 43 mn/day

2 in fiction:

  1. Love in lowercase, by Francesc Miralles
  2. Little Culinary Triumphs, by Pascale Pujol – ebook for review

2 in mystery:

  1. Ne lâche pas ma main, by Michel Bussi – audio
  2. Skeleton Key, by Anthony Horowitz

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Clockmaker’s Daughter, by Kate Morton
  2. The Blue, by Nancy Bilyeau – ebook for review

1 in Nonfiction:

  1. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Armada, by Ernest Cline – audio
    I already read this book in 2015. The note my the audiobook I just listened is at the end of my review, just before the “verdict”

MY FAVORITES IN NOVEMBER

The Blue ne lache pas ma main

READING CHALLENGES RECAP

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2018= 63/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 33

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Romanov Empress

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

Born a Crime chapter 9-14:
read along at Book Bloggers International

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Sophisticated Dorkiness
please go visit

TOP COMMENTERS OF THE MONTH

Judy at Keep the Wisdom
Karen at Booker Talk
Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

BLOG MILESTONES AND EVENTS

1,862 posts
over 4,590 subscribers
over 165,980 hits

Be sure to check the giveaways posted on my homepage!

November was busy with Nonfiction November
The Classics Spin #19 draw
I managed to do a video on a great French author of thrillers
I got my very first review posted on Criminal Element!
And regular participation in several memes, as you can see on my homepage. I have been enjoying more traffic and comments. It’s really fun to interact with all of you!

Plus, did you notice that ALL the book titles posted this month have already been reviewed? This is almost the first time ever, because I’m getting into the habit of posting short reviews when possible, finally!!

On the other hand, I gave up on weekly NaNoWriMo, where I was planning to list all the articles I translate everyday for Orthodoxie.com/en. I realized I was spending way too much time with those listings, so I only did it once. Maybe next year, I will write a real book??

PLANS FOR DECEMBER

  • Read the Classic I got with Classics Spin #19
  • Read the surprise book a staff of my library is picking for me – it’s the 2nd year they’ve been doing this winter challenge, I love it!
  • Start reading some 2019 releases
  • Post the couple of Reading Challenges I plan to do in 2019
  • Do more short reviews for books read this year
  • Post a couple more giveaways around Christmas

Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in November!

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How was YOUR month of November?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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Book review: The Blue

The BlueThe Blue
by  Nancy Bilyeau
Endeavour Media Quill
12/03/2018

Genre: Historical Fiction / Historical Mystery
Pages: 430

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Website: http://nancybilyeau.com/
Twitter: @tudorscribe,
@Endeavour_Media, @EndeavourQuill

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Ok guys, I’m not going to beat around the bush about The Blue: this is simply the best historical novel I have read this year. I had already devoured and  enjoyed three books by Nancy Bilyeau set under the Tudors, the last one being The TapestryThe Blue surpasses them all.

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BOOKS JUST READ

HISTFIC

The Blue

FICTION

Love in lowercase

HISTFIC

The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Blue:
OMG, this was a-ma-zing, about an important moment in the history of porcelain making, in England and France, in the 1750s. My most favorite histfic of the year so far.
Review scheduled for Nov 27

Love in lowercase:
This was a cute quirky novel, highlighting how one apparently small event can lead to dramatic changes in your life. Samuel had no idea that offering milk to a stray cat coming at his door would change his solitary days into a new year of discovery.
It felt a bit Japanese, which is interesting, as the author has actually co-authored a book on Ikigai (see below).
At a deeper level, I’m not sure I agree with some metaphysical conclusions.
Samuel is a linguistics lecturer, so there are tons of references to all kinds of novels by authors from different countries. A quick, charming, and fascinating read.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter:
Quite confusing to begin with, but overall enjoyable. I plan to write a long review for this one

CURRENTLY READING

NONFICTION

Ikigai

FICTION

little culinary triumphs

AUDIO

Ne lache pas ma main

Ikigai: 
Fascinating, about the Japanese concept of ikigai – a reason for living, as the root of happiness.

Little Culinary Triumphs:
release date Dec 4
This French author is quite popular, but I haven’t read anything by her yet,
so I’m seizing the opportunity to find it on Edelweiss, even if it’s in translation

Ne lâche pas ma main:
OMG, what suspense! I’m almost done. This is another great success by Bussi.
The book cover sends you to the English version: Don’t Let Go.

BOOKS UP NEXT

MYSTERY

Skeleton Key

FICTION

The Shadow Land

AUDIO

The Moonstone

Skeleton Key:
Next on my Alex Rider binge. In these YA mysteries, Horowitz displays the same cleverness and great writing as in his latest books for adults, for instance The Word is Murder

The Shadow Land:
“an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria

The Moonstone:
I’ve been listening so fast to my current audiobook by Bussi, that I’ll need to listen to an audiobook from my library before I can get a new credit on EStories.
So I decided to go with this classic for The Classics Club.
I actually started listening to it during a trip last June, but the trip was not long enough and I never finished it. I’ll be restarting from the beginning.
And on Hoopla, I found a version with several narrators, might be better for this long audiobook (22H28)

CURRENT GIVEAWAY

UNTIL NOV 30

The Song Peddler

More giveaways on November 15!

WHAT ABOUT YOUR READING?