Book review: two short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Two short stories
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

In a Grove  Rashoumon

These books count for the following Reading Challenges:       

  2015 ebook  Japanese Lit Challenge 9 

 New Authors 2015    2015 Translation


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I’m still not to sure why, but there is something in Japanese Literature that I find very attractive. I’m glad to participate every year in the Japanese Literature Challenge to read a few books. Time has come to look more closely at Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, regarded as the Father of the Japanese short story.
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2015: June wrap-up

June 2015 wrap-up

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Not sure what happened, and how I spent my evenings, apart from a time of vacation, where nature is my focus, but the stats are down this month.
Vacation though does explain the surge in audiobook time, especially the super long drive back, 12 hours, with downpours and many accidents. We were able to finish a whole audiobook at least!

Here is what I read in June:

8 books.
= 6 books
with 1,129 pages, that is: 37.6 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 24:06 hours, that is an average of  48 mn/day

4 in  mystery:

  1. A Fatal Grace, by Louise Penny – audio
  2. The Tightrope Walker, by Dorothy Gilman
  3. The Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny – audio
  4. The Third Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks – ebook

3 in literary fiction:

  1. In a Grove, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – short story, ebook
  2. Rashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – short story, ebook
  3. The Travels of Daniel Ascher, by Déborah Lévy-Bertherat

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Race to Tibet, by Sophie Schiller

My favorite in June

    The Beautiful Mystery

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 19/25
Audiobook: 9/15
Ebook challenge: 30/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 12/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
My Kind of Mysteries: 16/21-30
New authors challenge: 33/50
New Release (2015): 32/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 6/16-20
TBR challenge: 1/12
Books in Translation: 16/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 5/6
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2015?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 60/100

Number of books added to my TBR in June = 26

Blog recap

  • 2 of the 8 books read were received for review — I’m working a bit on my TBR, finally!

  • Other Press has started sending me books in translation to review, thanks!
  • 38 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 2 giveaways in June. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the July Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • I’m starting to accept more guest-posts, 3 in June. The big news was that having won the super prize at Bout of Books, I got super gorgeous logos for France Book Tours. If you missed it, here is my post about it. You have to see what Shirley can design so cute!

Most popular book review in June

How to Blog a Book

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review

Sunday Post #16

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Carole’s Chatter

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 😉

5: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
4: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
3: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,174 posts
over 3,250 subscribers
over 92,300 hits

Blog plans for July

  • Mostly tackling my TBR!
  • Come back tomorrow to see what books I’ll be reading in July.
  • June was audiobook month. I know, that would have been perfect to do my video recap on the audiobooks I have listened to so far this year. I missed the boat, but still plan to do it!!

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How was YOUR month of  June?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!