Book review: The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris BookshopThe Little Paris Bookshop

Not sure why, but I requested The Little Paris Bookshop two years ago and it was still collecting digital dust on my Netgalley shelf.

Determined to deal with my TBR, I finally got to it, quite timely actually, as the author just published her second novel.

The book started really well, with all kinds of really cool ideas and reflections on books and reading.

Click to continue reading

2017: June wrap-up

June 2017 wrap-up

Another ouch to start this recap!
I did take one week off hiking and birding (so not much reading that week), and total internet disconnect, but it does not explain why nothing has been happening on this blog for two weeks. It’s getting hard these days to take time to write reviews at the end of a full day of teaching and translating. Then I want to be away from the computer, and just dive into a book. Conclusion: reviews do not get written…

Here is what I read this past month:

6  books:
4 in print
with 1,486 pages, that is: 49.5 pages/day – the lowest month this year
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H06, that is: 26 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  3. The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
  4. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny – ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha

My favorites in June

     The Travelers  The Nature of the Beast

A few notes:

  1. Just a few stories left in the very last book of Sherlock Holmes in audio!

  2. The Travelers: finally read. Loved it, great spy novel. I had not read in that genre for a while

  3. The Nature of the Beast: finishing the last 2 I had not read yet by Louise Penny, to be ready for her latest, coming out in August

  4. The Little Paris Bookshop: a few nice lines on books and reading, but overall very disappointing

  5. The Typikon Decoded: about Orthodox liturgy

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 13/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 54/100 – so 4 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in June= 11

Blog recap in June

  • I participated in Armchair Book Expo! I won the major prize, but as I already won a few years ago, with similar themes, like banners, etc., for the site, I let it for another blogger. I’m very happy with the France Book Tours banners I got then

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is now available. An awesome Paris memoir, quite unique!

  • I hosted a guest-post

  • and I managed to do 2 videos, on 3 great books!

Most popular book review in June

Emma in the Nightclick on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Armchair Book Expo giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Armchair Book Expo

please go visit
alas, 2017 was the last year for Armchair Book Expo,
the event is discontinued

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 😉

6: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

6: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,632 posts
over 4,170 subscribers
over 136,800 hits

Plans for July

  • Write reviews and post videos

  • Read some wonderful books for upcoming events, come back on Monday to see what books I have in store

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

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How was YOUR month of  June?

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!













My top 10 Books to read in January 2016

Here are

My top 10 books I plan to read in January!

Click on the covers to know more


Toward the endless day  Albertine disparue

Couple Mechanics

Toward The Endless Day
= My first Orthodox book of the year.
A biography of the most famous French woman theologian,
who herself write the stunning biography of Lev Gillet
Albertine disparue
= one but last volume of Proust’s opus!
Got over the shock when I realized the full meaning of the title
Couple Mechanics
= received for review, translated from the French.


 A wizard of Earthsea  La cache

Oswald   The Little Paris Bookshop 


   A Wizard of Earthsea
= working on The Classics Club!

La cache
= got in French on

The Little Paris Bookshop
= will it finally be this month??

= a reread to prepare to read a recent book based on it


The Brutal Telling    Bury Your Dead

The Brutal Telling
= Louise Penny as good as ever,
though I think I guessed what happened. We’ll see…

Bury Your Dead
= intent on catching up with the series!