2018: June-July-August wrap-up

June-July-August 2018 wrap-up

I can’t believe I have not posted a summary for 3 months. End of June I was just back from vacation and had a zillion other things to do. Then end of July was my husband’s open-heart surgery, so no time for blogging either. Thanks for everyone who expressed their support through social media. It’s amazing to feel help from so many people we have not even met. He’s now on the road to full recovery.

So here are the books I read these past 3 months.
Not tons. I’m far behind my usual numbers. One reason being I started and DNFed quite a few books that had been on my shelves for far too long. They may have been good, but I was not in the mood for these.

But I have done many more translations – I’m mostly the one translating posting in English here (yes, it’s nonfiction, so I translate from French-English for a change): when I have to face some ordeals, I’m in better mental health if I make my brain work actively; reading is not enough. I have always noticed that in my life, and studies have always been a great safety net.

Not sure if this is related, but these days, I also spend more time learning languages – hence less time for reading.
You may have noticed here how much I enjoy Calvino. One of my dreams would be to read him in Italian. So after starting-abandoning-restarting so many times, I’m finally doing it a bit everyday. I use Duolingo and enjoy it a lot. I’m currently studying prepositions, which is the most challenging for me. Otherwise, Italian is close enough to French, Spanish, and Latin, so not really a big deal.

While I was at it, I thought it might be good to review my Spanish. I can still read and listen to it pretty easily, but I’d like to be more comfortable again to speak it.

AND, jamais deux sans trois, three is a charm, I have restarted learning Russian – lots of members of my Orthodox Church speak Russian. NOW, that’s a bit more challenging, and I can actually FEEL physically my head is working when I study it. I love working with other alphabets (I taught myself Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek), it’s like a game. Now it’s super easy to turn your American keyboard into any alphabet, so I just clicked on each key to figure out where each Russian letter was on my keyboard. I just need to keep the eyes on that list, et voilà ! Duoligo does a great job to teach you progressively each letter of the alphabet, starting with words that sound the same in English, such as radio, motor, sweater, Mama, Papa, taxi, circus, or funny things such as: том – тим там ? = Tom, is Tim there?

So, is this wrap-up coming or not? ok ok, here it is! The above might actually be a sign of a slight change in the format of this blog, we’ll see.

What I read in June-July-August:

13 books:
9 in print and 4 in audio 
with 2,850 pages, an average of 30 pages/day
4 in audio
with 34H14, an average of 22 mn/day

7 in mystery

  1. Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  2. Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers – audio, for Classic Club

  3. Coffin Road, by Peter May

  4. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz

  5. Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  6. The Mystery of Three Quarters, by Sophie Hannah – ebook, for review

  7. Le temps est assassin, by Michel Bussi  – audio in French

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox – ebook, for review

  2. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

  3. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe – in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Romanov Empress, by CW Gortner  – ebook, for review

  2. Defy the Night, by Heather and Lydian Munn

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Smoking Kills, by Antoine Laurain – for review


My favorites in June – July – August

  Coffin Road Conan Doyle for the Defense

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but not none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 40/100

Number of books added to my TBR these last 3 months= 24

Most popular book review these last 3 months

Something in the water

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post these last 3 months
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 1-3 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic these past 3 months

Edith’s Miscellany

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,814 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 158,400 hits

Plans for September

Catch up with reviewing, ah!! By the way, we have a great giveaway on France Book Tours!


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

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How was YOUR month of  August?

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!

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Books
on my Spring TBR

TTT for March 20, 2018


Happy Spring time!
For today at Top Ten Tuesday, I have selected the top 10 books I plan to read this Spring.
These three are upcoming:

Gallic Noir 1  
Romanov Empress  Ankaran Immersion  

Then I have to read this one for my Classics Spin:

The Face of Another

The rest are on my TBR Challenge


Have you read any of these?
Which one is your favorite?
What’s the book you are most
looking forward to reading this Spring?


Top 9 Books to read in October 2017

Here are

The top 9 books I plan to read
in October!

 Click on the covers to know more


paradise-lost     Concerto pour quatre mains 

Blackbird Fly      Regard du Ressuscité

Concerto pour quatre mains
= reading 5 or 6 chapters every week with a French student
Paradise Lost

= half done!!!
Regard du Ressuscité
= unique Orthodox book in French on icons
Blackbird Fly
= translating it into French!


Taste of Paris   Artemis

Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Taste of Paris:
received for review.
I requested it, because I really enjoy the author
same thing, I requested because I really enjoyed The Martian

Chronicles of a Liquid Society:
I have loved so many books by this author.
Only one book reviewed here though


     Sous les vents de Neptune Dans les bois éternels

Sous les vents de Neptune
= persevering in the Fred Vargas series
The narrator of this one is un-be-lie-va-ble!
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