2018: March-April wrap-up

March-April 2018 wrap-up

Sometimes, life goes too fast…
Reading time is getting scarce these days, and let’s not talk about blogging time…

So here are the few books I read these past 2 months: 

11  books:
8 in print 
with 2,230 pages, an average of 36 pages/day
3 in audio
with 34H36, an average of 33mn/day

So more audio time than usual, but about half less reading time!

7 in mystery

  1. Look For Her, by Emily Winslow – for review
  2. Temps glaciaires, by Fred Vargas – audio in French
  3. I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh
  4. Portrait of a Murderer: A Christmas Crime story, by Anne Meredith – ebook, for review
  5. Nymphéas noirs, by Michel Bussi – audio in French
  6. Gallic Noir, vol 1, by Pascal Garnier – for review
  7. Debout les morts, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

2 in “graphic novels”:

  1. Baby Monkey, Private Eye, by Brian Selznick = actually a picture book
  2. Monet, Itinerant of Light, by Salva Rubio (and EFA) = actually a biography

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric – for Classic Club

1 in science-fiction/dystopia/fantasy:

  1. Ankaran Immersion, by Will Weisser

My favorites in March-April

  Les nymphéas noirs   Portrait of a Murderer

Blog recap for March-April

  • I did manage to post a short video where I read a poem both in French and English, for National Poetry Month. Thanks to the Book Cougars for inviting me! See details about them under my youtube video

  • I hosted 4 spotlights with giveaway – be sure you enter the May book of the month giveaway at France Book Tours

  • I participated in a few memes, which I had not done for a while: Top 10 Tuesday, WWW Wednesdays, Mailbox Monday, and a more recent for me: Six Degrees of Separation

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 22/50 (until end of 2020) or 33/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 1/12!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 22/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March-April= 45

Most popular book review in April

Rebecca

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

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

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Bloggers International

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,783 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 153,850 hits

Plans for May

Finish the Classic book I was supposed to read before end of April!!
Catch up with reviews, ah ah.
Do a few reviews, ah ah

 

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

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How was YOUR month of  April?

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!

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Mailbox Monday March 12

 

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BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

Gallic Noir 1

Wow, I haven’t done a Mailbox Monday for ages!
This past week, thanks to the generosity of Belgravia Books / Gallic Books, I received the first volume of what it seems to be a new collection.
The first 2 volumes contain works by Pascal Garnier.

Volume 1 includes The A26, in which a new Picardy motorway brings modernity close to a flat in which a brother and sister live together, haunted by terminal illness and the events of 1945; 
How’s the Pain?, the tale of an ageing ‘pest exterminator’ taking on one last job on the French Riviera;
and The Panda Theory, in which a stranger, Gabriel, arrives in a Breton town and befriends the locals … but is he as angelic as he seems?

I really enjoy Pascal Garnier’s writing. I have reviewed Moon in a Dead Eye, The Islanders, Too Close to the Edge, and The Eskimo Solution.
So I’m thrilled to discover these three I have not read yet.

Gallic Books’ logo is “The best of French in English”. That’s right.

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WHAT GOOD BOOK
HAVE YOU RECEIVED?

Book review: The Eskimo Solution – I love France 196

The Eskimo Solution

 

The Eskimo Solution

Author: Pascal Garnier
Translator:
Emily Boyce & Jane Aitken
Publisher: Gallic Books
US Release date: September 13, 2016
La Solution Eskimau
was first released in French in 2006
Pages: 160
ISBN: 978-1910477229
also available as ebook
Genre: crime fiction / thriller/ noir

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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“Une fois n’est pas coutume”, the latest translation of a book by Garnier, The Eskimo Solution, left me disappointed, though it did contain some of his usual strong points.

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