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2017: January wrap-up

January 2017 wrap-up

Wow, I’m experimenting new ways of reading and reviewing, and it worked marvels for me this past month!

New ways of reading?

  • I said goodbye to a multiplicity of reading challenges, mostly for the sake of wasting less time connecting my reviews to many other web pages

  • Like many other book bloggers, I decided to focus on my TBR

  • I’m thrilled to be in my 2nd year of  The Classics Club

  • Even more strict with review requests, book tours and egalleys, I try to leave room for “wild range reading“, meaning being able to grab a book that catches my eye at the library, instead of saying, Oh, I would love to read this book now, but I have so many scheduled to review for 3 months, I have to wait

New ways of reviewing?

  • Focusing on what I enjoy finding in the reviews by other book bloggers, and what I pay attention to, I have streamlined my reviews

  • No more official synopsis, mine is enough

  • No more details and picture of the author, unless the review is for a book tour

  • Minimum details on publisher, date, etc at the end of my review, with social media links only if the book was received from the publisher/author

  • When reading ebooks, I’m experimenting leaving my ereader wifi on and taking notes and copying and pasting notes on my Evernote, ans then write my review from that.
    Instead of highlighting, then copying most of that on paper, then summarizing it in a review!
    An accident propelled me to try that new formula: for some reason, all the passages I had highlighted in an ebook I had just finished reading disappeared on my kindle. With a bit of research, I realized the memory for highlights is limited, so as I was starting to make highlights in a new book, looks like highlights in the one I had just finished reading disappeared. Sounds like it was a happy fault.

End result:

  • a very very enjoyable month, with A LOT read (compared to my usual stats)

  • it feels so so good to check off books that have been on my physical or digital shelves FOR EVER

  • at the same time, I was thrilled to be able to read books that caught my eye on the moment

  • and A LOT reviewed, so much more than usual. I do plan to keep it this way

So here is what I read in January:

12  books:
10 in print
with 2,386 pages, that is: 76.9 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H31, that is: 26 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon
  2. The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – audio
  3. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – audio
  4. Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras

4 in mystery:

  1. Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis
  2. The Rare Earth Exchange, by Bernard Besson – ebook
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware
  4. Under the Channel, by Gilles Pétel – ebook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – ebook, graphic novel
  2. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – ebook

 

My favorites in January

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The World Between Two Covers  unseen-city

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 15/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 3/12
Mount TBR: 9/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 12/100

Number of books added to my TBR in January = 27

Blog recap

Most popular book review in January

The World Between Two Coversclick on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

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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 😉

1: Karen at Booker Talk

1: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

1: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,560 posts
over 4,000 subscribers
over 129,00 hits

Plans for February

  • Readalong with Book Bloggers International: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  • Excited to be starting another major classic
  • Just started a major audiobook program!
  • And reading a book for a 2nd book club I joined – this time with my Church
  • More reviews!

 

Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in February!

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How was YOUR month of  January?

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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Book review: Two Days Gone

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Two Days Gone

It’s cold at this time of the year around Lake Wilhelm, northern Pennsylvania. Yet Tom Huston, a famous and popular local novelist is hiding in the woods nearby. Until that day, his family seemed to be perfectly happy. His wife and his three children murdered, Tom was spotted in the street, totally confused, a bloody knife in his hand. Thus begins Tho Days Gone.

 

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Bout of Books 18: Day 4 recap

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, January 2nd
and runs through Sunday, January 8th
in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 51 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 3 pages (3 read and 3 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 3 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 8 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 1H14 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 3 =  65 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 359/490
AUDIO = 2H5 mn

 NOTES:

  • I didn’t think my titles were working well for Spine Poetry, so I didn’t do the challenge

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan = 50 pages
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 2 pages
  4. Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather = 20 pages
  5. The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis – Audiobook = 51 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 3 =  76 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 294 /490
AUDIO = 51 mn

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    Book to Movie
    Have a book you think would make an excellent movie? Now’s your chance to share it! Go as big or as simple as you want. Share fanart, casting choices, or just a book or series you think would be OUTSTANDING on the big screen. Use the hashtags #BoBBookToMovie and #boutofbooks to share your picks!

NOTES:

  • And I managed to write my review of The Great and the Good, scheduled for 1/6
  • The Screwtape Letters: OMG, the first pages feel like written a few weeks ago. So so relevant!
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop: why on earth was I thinking it was a play??!

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 99 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 7 pages
  4. The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky = 5 pages – BOOK FINISHED
  5. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 2 = 115 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 218 /490

 ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge – see my picture here
    2017 in a Picture
    Share your goals/plans/etc. for 2017 with your fellow #boutofbooks-ers. These could be book goals, life goals, or goals for ANYTHING you’re looking to tackle in 2017. Take a picture of the books you plan on reading this year! Share a vision board of what you’re trying to accomplish! Use the hashtags #BoB2017Goals and #boutofbooks and let us cheer you on!

NOTES:

  • The Shadow of the Cross is a graphic historical novel, with gorgeous illustrations. It has a total of 34 pages, but I only counted the ones with text, 5.

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon = 86 pages
  2. Highland Storm = 4 pages (4 read and 4 translated into French)
  3. The Typikon Decoded = 14 pages
  4. Audiobook = 0 mn

TOTAL PAGES IN DAY 1 = 103 pages
PAGES READ SO FAR = 103 /490

ALSO:

  1. I did the challenge:
    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way
  2. I posted a book giveaway
  3. I took part in the crazy chat. There were some new questions. I enjoyed the question about some 2017 goals we had not shared with anyone else before, and was amazed by the honesty of the participants. It was also sad to see that many people are struggling against depression. Book blogging is closer to my prayer life than you would imagine!

NOTES:

  • Considering I spent 1 hour in the chat, plus an extra 25 mn to go through Twitter notifications received during the chat, to follow other bloggers and share spreadsheets with them, I am super happy with this result of 103 pages for day 1!

My challenge is to read 490 pages (average of 70 pages/day).
According to my  2016 stats, I read an average of 68 pages per day throughout 2016, so I would like to challenge myself to do a tiny bit more that first week of 2017!
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

It’s going to be tough, as I actually celebrate the Nativity with my Church Friday night and Saturday – I’m Russian Orthodox, and we follow the Julian Calendar, so Christmas in on January 7.

What will I be reading from:

  • The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon – French literature in translation, for review BOOK FINISHED

  •  The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan – nonfiction, for review – reading

  •  The Shadow of the Cross, by Dmitry Yakhovsky – historical fiction, ebook for review – BOOK FINISHED

  • Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis – mystery, received at BEA 16, for review

  • Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather – Classic Club, ebook – reading

  • Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – historical romance, ebook, currently translating into French

  • The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha – nonfiction, Orthodoxy – reading

  • Audio: The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis – Classic Club – listening

    and: Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng – TBR

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Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 1/2
Introduce Yourself #insixwords
And I posted a giveaway!

Tuesday 1/3
2017 in a Picture

Wednesday 1/4
Book to Movie

Thursday 1/5
Book Spine Poetry

Friday 1/6
If you like this, try this…

Saturday 1/7
FREE DAY!

Sunday 1/8
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

Next Read-a-Thon
Bout of Books 18 – 1/2/2017 — 1/8/2017

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 19 – 5/8/2017 — 5/14/2017
Bout of Books 20 – 8/21/2017 — 8/27/2017
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018

 

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