Bout of Books 17 giveaway winner

Bout of Books Aug 2016#boutofbooks

we have a winner!

bout of books winnerSONIA


Mon amie américaine   Couple Mechanics 



Bout of Books 17 giveaway

Bout of Books Aug 2016#boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 22nd
and runs through Sunday, August 28th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
 From the Bout of Books team


Mon amie américaine   Couple Mechanics 

Click on the covers to know more

To win this bundle
enter here

NB: These are 2 ARCS,
in brand new condition.
Giveaway open to US residents only


Monday 8/22
Writing My Own Fairy Tale — Book to Movie Adaptation

Tuesday 8/23
Bout of Books — Mix ‘n Match

Wednesday 8/24
Bout of Books — Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge

Thursday 8/25
The Book Junkie — Titles in the Tabloids

Friday 8/26
Janey Canuck — Book in a Song

Saturday 8/27

Sunday 8/28

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)


Now, what will I be reading from?

My daily reading average for 2015 was 63 pages a day.
So my challenge this week will be to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.



2016: January wrap-up

January 2016 wrap-up

Eiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower Orange

January is starting slow in reading, with no big ah ah moments. Hopefully, it will get better soon.

Here is what I read in January:

7  books.
5 books, with 1,126 pages, that is: 36.3 pages/day.
2 audiobooks, with 16:31 hours, that is: 31 min/day

4 in mystery :

  1. The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene/Mildred Benson – audio
  2. Red Handed, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
  3. Blue Moon, by Colleen Cross – ebook, read and translated into French
  4. The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny – audio

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Couple Mechanics, by Nelly Alard
  2. Albertine disparue, by Marcel Proust – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. La cache, by Christophe Boltanski – ebook



My favorite in January

   The Brutal Telling

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 3/25
Audiobook: 2/15
Classics Club: 1/50
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 4/30
Ebook challenge: 4/25
Historical fiction: 0/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 4/50
New Release (2016): 1/30
Nonfiction challenge: 1/15
Books in Translation: 1/12
What’s in a Name: 1/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in 2016??

Total of books read in 2016 = 7/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 29

Blog recap

  • At the beginning of January, I published my 2015 reading stats, always fun
  • I’ve FINALLY joined The Classics Club and pledged to read 50 classics in 5 years
  • I participated in Bout of Books, though it ended up in total disaster with a major computer crash
  • I participated in Blogging 101, where I learned a lot. I still need to work on a few items.
  • I have reviewed a few books read last year and which I had not reviewed yet! Getting better at reviewing as soon as I’ve finished reading.
    As I say that, you may wonder then why 4 books listed above have no review!
    – I will review Colleen Cross’s books when I have finished  translated the third, as it’s a trilogy
    – I plan to review a bunch of books by Louise Penny when I am done with the series (of the books published so far)
    – And I will talk about Proust when I’m done with the LAST volume, which I just started! Phew!
  • Apart from reviews, I have more often posted for several memes
  • 2 of the 7 books I read were received for review, plus two for work, to translate into French
  • French Bingo 2016 has 14 participants. Why not add some fun to your reading life and join?

  • I organized 4 giveaways in January. The one for February at France Book Tours is here. Be sure to follow through email not to miss the weekly ones.

Most popular book review in January

Couple Mechanicsclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

French Bingo 2016

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Broke and the Bookish

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 😉

1: Karen at Booker Talk
2: Lucy at The Fictional 100
3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

Blog milestones

1,300 posts
over 3,550 subscribers
over 105,760 hits

Blog plans for February
Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in February!

  • Publish 2 last reviews due in 2015!
  • Write a few short reviews posts for 2015
  • Do a couple of videos, also for books read last year!
  • Keep at reviewing a book as soon as I’m done!

Eiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower OrangeEiffel Tower Orange

How was YOUR month of  January?
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!