2018: May wrap-up

May 2018 wrap-up

Wow, thank God there was Bout of Books in May, with one great week of reading, to redeem the whole, as the rest was quite pathetic. And 3 days with another crazy bout, this one of allergy, left me with NO energy, not even enough to read, which is really a bad sign…
Hence another low average month…

So here are the few books I read in May, BUT 2 were amazingly good!:

5  books:
4 in print 
with 1,278 pages, an average of 41 pages/day
1 in audio
with 7H32, an average of 14mn/day

4 in mystery

  1. Resurrection Bay, by Emma Viskic – ebook, for review (to be posted on 6/4)

  2. Un peu plus loin sur la droite, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  3. Something in the Water, by Catherine Steadman – ebook, for review (coming soon)

  4. The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook, for review (coming soon)

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe – for Classic Club

 

My favorites in May

  The Word is Murder  Something in the water

Blog recap for May

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 23/50 (until end of 2020) or 34/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 1/12!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 27/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 19

Most popular book review in May

The Tree of Man

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

Books are my favourite and best

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,803 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 155,100 hits

Plans for June

No real plan this month, and I know that unfortunately, I won’t have much time to read during 2 weeks and a half…

 

Come back tomorrow
to see the books I plan to read in June!

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Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
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2017: February wrap-up

February 2017 wrap-up

Huh, the month of February is already over!
Hurray, Spring is closer, actually Summer is even here some days in Chicago, and then next day we are back to Winter. The poor summer birds that decided to come back so early must be totally confused.

It was another very good month of reading, but I’m already getting late on several reviews… nothing new under the sun!

Here is what I read in February:

10  books:
7 in print
with 1,928 pages, that is: 68 pages/day
+ 3 audiobooks
with 16H43, that is: 35 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Le Principe, by Jérôme Ferrari – ebook
  2. Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination, by Guiseppe Cafiero
  3. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

3 in mystery:

  1. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Trois jours et une vie, by Pierre Lemaitre – audiobook
  3. The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Muralist, by B. A. Shapiro – ebook
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook that I translated into French

 

My favorites in February

          a-forgers-life   trois-jours et une vie audio

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 18/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 10/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 22/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 15

Blog recap

Most popular book review in February

The Tree of Man

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 11 books to read in February

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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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 😉

2: Karen at Booker Talk

2: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

2: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

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Plans for March

  • Humming along with The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio.
    I’m reading them in chronological order of publication, and planning to watch a movie of each as well.
    I’m counting as separate books the novels, but the short stories as a collection.
    So I listened so far to the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, and I have started the first collection of short stories: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I chose Simon Prebble as the narrator for all of these, he is so good
  • I may do something for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, this time it’s on North Africa

 

Come back on Friday
to see what I plan to read in March!

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2016: November wrap-up

November 2016 wrap-up

“Man proposes, God disposes.”

Well, all my beautiful reading plans went totally off in November.

Early on November 13, we received a phone call informing us that my husband would be ordained an Orthodox deacon on November 20 and an Orthodox priest on Thanksgiving!
So these last two weeks have flown in a blur, with more inner preparation and lots of things to set up, announcements to send, etc. Then living the powerful events, and many more prayer services in church before and after.

SO, I didn’t read much at all this month.
From now on, I will be more busy at the Church level.
Plus as the wife of the priest, I feel like I need to seriously revise the contents of my reading. So there’s going to be a lot of changes toward simplification for instance. I will probably no longer take part in reading challenges, apart form the Classics Club. And probably less crime fiction…
For now, I plan to really focus on the physical books I have at home as for fiction, and of course read even more of Orthodox books.

My review formats will also be simplified. Anyway, I had already announced that at the beginning of November.

So here is what I read in November:

5  books:
4 in print
with 1,021 pages, that is: 34 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 18H, that is: 36 mn/day

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon – ebook
  2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith – audiobook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Only Street in Paris, by Elaine Sciolino

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Martin of Gfenn, by Martha Kennedy

1 in graphic novel

  1. The White Cat and the Monk, by Jo Ellen Bogart

 

To recap in charts, inspired by The Book Date:
Book Formats:
Some books fall into a couple of categories
Print 3
E-Book 1
Audiobook 1
Published in 2016 3
Books for review 3

Genres Read

Nonfiction 1
Literary fiction 3
Historical fiction 1
Mystery
Scifi
Fantasy

My favorite in November

        a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn

 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 38/25 – FINISHED
Audiobook: 11/10-15 – FINISHED
Classics Club: 9/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 26/21-30 – FINISHED
Ebook challenge: 29/25 – FINISHED
Historical fiction: 17/15 – FINISHED
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 47/50
New Release (2016): 40/16-30 – FINISHED
Nonfiction challenge: 14/11-15 – FINISHED
Books in Translation: 26/12 – FINISHED
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 20/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 88/100

Number of books added to my TBR in November= 12

Blog recap

Most popular book review in November

The Tree of Man
click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Top 10 books recently added to my TBR

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Doing Dewey

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 😉

11: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

10: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

4: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

Blog milestones

1,497 posts
over 3,950 subscribers
over 124,00 hits

Plans for December

  • Writing reviews!!
  • Do a surprise book box video!
  • God only knows…

 

Come back on Saturday
to see what I plan to read in December!

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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
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!