2021: May wrap-up

May 2021 WRAP-UP

Another busy month, that didn’t leave me much time for blogging.
Besides books waiting for reviews, I miss not having time to do Sunday Posts and/or Top Ten Tuesday posts.
Hopefully, life will quiet down a bit.
Weeks go by so quickly. It feels like we had snow yesterday, yet we are already eating produce from our garden (lettuce, spinach, and kale and rhubarb that grow back every year).

In May, I took part in #BoutofBooks and did two buddy-reads, on The Andromeda Strain and on The Archipelago of Another Life (our last English-French Q&A will be posted on June 4). Lots of fun!

I was also super busy with an international webinar I organized for France Book Tours“French artists in fiction: four lives, four authors”. About 70 people signed up, from 7 countries. If you missed it, you can watch the video I made from it, with excerpts read by the authors added. It was fascinating, but a lot of work before and after.

In June-July-August, I will be working on my #20BooksofSummer21.

I am also in the process of streamlining all my Categories and Tags.
And of transitioning France Book Tours to another theme, and other forms of marketing!

As  I said above, not much happening on the blog this past month, but I did read a good deal.

📚 Here is what I read in May:

13 books:
6 in print 
with 1,685 pages, a daily average of 54 pages/day
7 in audio
= 24H17
, a daily average of 47 minutes

4 in nonfiction:

  1. The Book of Zechariah
  2. The Book of Malachi
  3. The Book of Isaiah
  4. The Book of Jeremiah – these 4 books were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club and the Books in Translation Challenge

4 in mystery:

  1. The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories (Hercule Poirot #21), by Agatha Christie
  2. Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot #22), by Agatha Christie
  3. One, Two, Buckle my Shoe (Hercule Poirot #23), by Agatha Christie – these first 3 were as audiobooks, for The Classics Club
  4. People Like Them, by Samira Sedira – received for review for Criminal Element

3 in historical fiction:

  1. Monet & Oscar, by Joe Byrd – received for review for France Book Tours
  2. The Archipelago of Another Life / L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine
  3. Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat – graphic novel

2 in science-fiction:

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton – for The Classics Club
  2. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir – received for review through Netgalley

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

    The Archipelago of Another Life   The Andromeda Strain

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 55/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 12 books 

Total of books read in 2021 = 73/120 (60%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 22

NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

GIVEAWAYS

The open giveaways are on my homepage

Books available for swapping

REVIEW COPIES AVAILABLE

Posted on my homepage

And we offer a Book Box!
And monthly raffle with a Newsletter
(see sample with link to sign up)

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Arsene Lupin

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

20 books of summer

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Julie Anna’s Books
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Marianne at Let’s Read
Iza at Books & Livres
Greg at Book Haven
please go and visit them,
they have great book blogs

BLOG MILESTONES 

2,345 posts
over 5,470 followers
over 221,800 hits

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

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How was YOUR month of May?

Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

 

Bout of Books 31: Day 7 and final recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 31
Finale recap
and Day 7 recap

Bout of Books 31
#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, May 10
and runs through Sunday, May 16 in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges,
but they’re all completely optional
For Bout of Books 31 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
.
From the Bout of Books team

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FINAL RECAP

This past week didn’t have great surprises, so I was able to take good chunks of reading time every evening after dinner, including during the weekend, which is unusual for me.
I ended up reading 827 pages (I include here the equivalent in pages from books I listened to, and I had cleaning projects and various house chores around the house, so I had a lot of listening time), which is an average of 118 pages/day (my goal was 75 pages/day).
That’s more 302 more pages than my goal.
So obviously, I will raise my goal next time for Bout of Books 32 (August 16-22).

Plus I finished 6 books (1 print, 1 ebook, and 4 audiobooks), so I am very happy with that.

I didn’t participate in the reading-in-place, which distract me too much.
And I only did one Instagram challenge, not being very inspired by the others.

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Here is what I read on DAY 7:

  1. People Like them = 112 pages = FINISHED
  2. Project Hail Mary = 66 pages

Total for Day 7: 178  pages
TOTAL so far:  827/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. L’Archipel d’une autre vie = 72 pages = FINISHED
  2. People Like them = 37 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 3 pages

Total for Day 6:  112 pages
TOTAL so far:  649/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 2 Hours 4 minutes = 114 pages
  2. People Like them = 28 pages

Total for Day 5:  142 pages
TOTAL so far: 537/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Project Hail Mary = 23 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 2 hours = 29 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 50 minutes = 43 pages

Total for Day 4:  95 pages
TOTAL so far:  395/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. La Disparition = 14 pages
  2. Cinq cartes brûlées = 49 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 19 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 29 minutes  = 7 pages

Total for Day 3:  89 pages
TOTAL so far:  300/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 85 pages
  2. La Disparition = 9 pages

Total for Day 2:  94 pages
TOTAL so far:  211/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 52 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
    = 52 minutes  = 32 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah = 33 minutes  = 13 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = 10 minutes  = 4 pages = FINISHED
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 1H05  = 16 pages

Total for Day 1:  117 pages
TOTAL so far:  117/525 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge

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Like for Bout of Books 31, I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.
A whole bunch, as 3 of them are buddy-reads, so I only read a set number of pages per week.

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec
  3. People Like them, by Samira Sedira = FINISHED
  4. Cinq cartes brûlées, by Sophie Loubière
  5. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  6. L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine = FINISHED
  7.  Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
    = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah (Bible) = FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = FINISHED
  10. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = FINISHED
  11. Audiobook: Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie

SCHEDULE

No daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!
Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.
There may be events also on Discord

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.
Daily Reading-in-Place Times
📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats
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Bout of Books 31: Day 6 recap

BOUT OF BOOKS 31
Day 6 recap

Bout of Books 31
#boutofbooks

Click on the logo to join the fun!

The Bout of Books readathon is organized
by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple.
It’s a weeklong readathon that begins Monday, May 10
and runs through Sunday, May 16 in YOUR time zone.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are reading sprints, Twitter chats,
and exclusive Instagram challenges,
but they’re all completely optional
For Bout of Books 31 information and updates,
visit the Bout of Books blog
.
From the Bout of Books team

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Here is what I read on DAY 6:

  1. L’Archipel d’une autre vie = 72 pages = FINISHED
  2. People Like them = 37 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 3 pages

Total for Day 6:  112 pages
TOTAL so far:  649/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 5:

  1. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 2 Hours 4 minutes = 114 pages
  2. People Like them = 28 pages

Total for Day 5:  142 pages
TOTAL so far: 537/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 4:

  1. Project Hail Mary = 23 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 2 hours = 29 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: Sad Cypress = 50 minutes = 43 pages

Total for Day 4:  95 pages
TOTAL so far:  395/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 3:

  1. La Disparition = 14 pages
  2. Cinq cartes brûlées = 49 pages
  3. Project Hail Mary = 19 pages
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 29 minutes  = 7 pages

Total for Day 3:  89 pages
TOTAL so far:  300/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 2:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 85 pages
  2. La Disparition = 9 pages

Total for Day 2:  94 pages
TOTAL so far:  211/525 pages

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Here is what I read on DAY 1:

  1. The Andromeda Strain = 52 pages
  2. Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories
    = 52 minutes  = 32 pages = FINISHED
  3. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah = 33 minutes  = 13 pages = FINISHED
  4. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = 10 minutes  = 4 pages = FINISHED
  5. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = 1H05  = 16 pages

Total for Day 1:  117 pages
TOTAL so far:  117/525 pages

📚 I did the Instagram challenge

   📚📚📚

Like for Bout of Books 31, I’m setting my goal at 525 pages, that is, 75 pages per day. 

Here are the books I plan to read from. Some I’m currently reading.
A whole bunch, as 3 of them are buddy-reads, so I only read a set number of pages per week.

  1. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
  2. La Disparition, by Georges Perec
  3. People Like them, by Samira Sedira
  4. Cinq cartes brûlées, by Sophie Loubière
  5. Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
  6. L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine = FINISHED
  7.  Audiobook: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie
    = FINISHED
  8. Audiobook: The Book of Zechariah (Bible) = FINISHED
  9. Audiobook: The Book of Malachi = FINISHED
  10. Audiobook: The Book of Isaiah = FINISHED
  11. Audiobook: Sad Cypress, by Agatha Christie

SCHEDULE

No daily challenges will be hosted on our blog. Instead, we’ll have reading-in-place times!
Reading-in-place times, or reading sprints, happen daily on Twitter. If you don’t have Twitter, make note of these times and report your reading progress on your platform of choice.
There may be events also on Discord

All reading-in-place times last 30 minutes.
Daily Reading-in-Place Times
📚 10 a.m Eastern | 7 a.m. Pacific
📚 4 p.m. Eastern | 1 p.m. Pacific
📚 10:30 p.m. Eastern | 7:30 p.m. Pacific

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion
Monday: 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific
Saturday: 11 a.m. Eastern | 8 a.m. Pacific

Click on the logo to sign up

Save