Top Ten Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

Top Ten Books on My Fall 2021 To-read List

TTT for September 21, 2021


Here are ten books I’m planning to read this Fall.

Please click on the picture to access my special Fall2021 Goodreads page
and discover more about each book

Top Ten Fall 2021 TBR

Have you read any of these?
Show me your list!

20 Books of Summer 2021

20 books of summer


Once again, organizes a special challenge:

20 Books of Summer
June 1-August 31

I loved it last year, so this will be my 2nd participation.
To be honest, this is not really a challenge, as I have already read 70 books this year, that is, an average of 14 books per month. So I shouldn’t have any problem reading 20 books. Anyway, this is a great opportunity to challenge myself to read from my TBRs (mostly physical shelf).

And it is a nice way of connecting with other book bloggers, and possibly hearing about great books I have not heard about.

So here is the file with my 20 books.
Feel free to copy the format if it’s of any help for you.

I will update it as I go along:

How many of these have you read?
Which one is your favorite?

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 voil√† ! 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: —ā–ĺ–ľ – —ā–ł–ľ —ā–į–ľ ? = 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’Am√©rique, 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!