Year of reading 2017 part 3

And after my list of 2017 favorites,
as well as my 2017 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2017 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2017.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review.

– When I was younger I was : Born a Crime
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: The Woman in Cabin 10
– I will never be: Moriarty
– At the end of a long day I need: A Taste of Paris
– Right now I’m feeling: Emma in the Night
– Someday I want to: (be) The Muralist
– At a party you’d find me: One Sip at a Time
– I’ve never: (been) Under the Channel
– I really don’t enjoy: Everything I Never Told You
– In my next life I want to be: Icon

 

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Beyond the Wild River
– Your favorite form of transportation: Un avion sans elle [a plane without her/wings]
– Your best friend is: My Cousin Rachel
– You and your friends are: The Great and the Good
– What’s the weather like: Highland Storm
– Favorite time of day: La nuit sacrée [the sacred night]
– If your life was: A Forger’s Life
– What is life to you: The World Between Two Covers
– Your fear: The Hound of the Baskervilles
– What is the best advice you have to give: Amour Sans Limites [love without limits]
– Thought for the Day: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
– How I would like to die: (in) The Shadow of the Cross
– My soul’s present condition: Ordinary Victories


I began the day with Men Without Women.
On my way to work I saw Remnants
and walked by Hell’s Gate
to avoid The Enemies of Versailles,
but I made sure to stop at The Little Paris Bookshop.
In the office, my boss said : Bonjour Kale!
and sent me to research The Sun King Conspiracy.
At lunch with Arsene Lupin, The Gentleman-Burglar,
I noticed The Hidden Keys
under Charlotte’s Web
then went back to my desk, Un lieu incertain [an uncertain place].
Later, on the journey home, I bought Sourdough
because I have Venetian Blood;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Golden Key
and studied The Screwtape Letters
before saying goodnight to The Obituary Writer

 

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2017?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2017, I participated in 4 Reading Challenges, and a few virtual book tours.
Classics Club: 21/50 (until end of 2018) or 30/59!
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12 – finished
Mount TBR: 22/48 – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

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AND NOW TO 2018

To simplify and focus on priorities, I will only continue The Classics Club and The Official Mount TBR Challenge.
My dream is to be able to review all the books I’ll read in 2018, with much shorter reviews for books not received for review. It will require discipline, not to jump into a new book the minute I finished one. So possibly less books read in total. We’ll see…

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with great reading recommendations!
Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2018 to each of you!

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Year of reading 2017 statistics

After the list of my 2017 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then tomorrow you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2017.

Year of reading 2017
Part 2: Statistics

2017 was an amazing reading year.
I read more books than last year, though apparently shorter ones, so less pages! But the big difference is in audiobooks.
88 books reads (81 in 2016), and 25 listened to (14 in 2016) = 113, which is an average of 9.4/month (7.9 in 2016).

Books read in 2017:
88
. That’s an average of 7.3/month
Total of 23,037 pages (24,993 in 2016), which is an average of 63 pages/day.
Not counting the 3 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 203 pages/book, (308 in 2016!)!

Books listened to in 2017:
25
[14 in 2016]. This is an average of 2.08/month.
Total of 11,654 mn (9,205 min in 2016) with an average of 31 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 8 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

av page 2017

The lowest average in October is due to vacation time

av min 2017

Nice that no average was under 15 mn/day

Genre 2017

Nonfiction and mystery increased since last year

Format 2017

7% more audio than last year!
And so for the first time, less than 50% in print

Authors 2017

= far from the almost perfect balance of last year…

Authors Nationality 2017

4 more countries represented than last year,
and 8 more than 2 years ago!

Languages 2017

less diversity than last year

In translation: 21 [32 in 2016]:

  • 14 from the French
  • 2 from the Italian
  • 1 from the Russian, the German, Japanese, Greek, and Swedish

19 in original language: in French
3 translated by me from English-French

Out of a Total of 85 authors,
48 were new to me (56.04 %. It was 70.5% in 2016)

Books by the same author: 35 [27 in 2016]:
9 by Conan Doyle
7 by Vargas
3 by Louise Penny,  Delahaye, Martinson
and 2 by Crosby, Milton, McClendon, Horowitz, C. S. Lewis

Re-Reads:
Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
Martine fête son anniversaire, by Gilbert Delahaye
Paradise Lost, by John Milton

Oldest: Paradise Lost, by John Milton (1667)
Newest: Artemis, by Andy Weir (11/14/2017)

Publication year 2017

13% less of brand new books.
More picky, and working on my TBR!

Source 2017

Now almost as many books from my library than books received for review.
More picky at accepting titles.
More bought bought – due to EStories audio subscription

20 countries these books led me to (22 last year) : France (35), US (20), England (18), Canada (6), Scotland (4), Japan (4), India (2), Italy (2), Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Iceland, Iraq, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, on the Moon

Shortest book: Martina en bateau, by Gilbert Delahaye – 19 pages (beautiful children book read with a French student)

Longest book: The Secret of the Abbey, by Kathleen C. Perrin563 pages.

Longest audio: Dans les bois éternels, by Fred Vargas – 12:31 hours

Funniest: One Sip at a Time, by Keith Van Sickle

Most Unique Book: The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux

Most tear-jerker: Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

Most disappointing: Artemis, by Andy Weir

Creepy: Two Days Gone, by Randall Silvis

Eye-opener: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

Best reading companion: The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan

Beautiful illustrations: The Sherlock Holmes Book (DK)

Biggest discovery: Icon, by Georgia Briggs (Dystopian YA, with Orthodox themes!)

Favorite characters of the year: Armand Gamache (Louise Penny’s series), Adamsberg (Fred Vargas’s series), Alizée (The Muralist), Matteo (Hell’s Gate), Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web), Sorcha (Maiden from the Mist), Arthur (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper), Tancred (The Hidden Keys), Euphrosyne (Icon), Clémentine (Sous les vents de Neptune)

Classics I finally got to read:
All of Sherlock Holmes
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras
Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson
Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
The Golden Key, by George MacDonald
Paradise Lost, by John Milton
Paradise Regained, by John Milton
Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Two Days Gone
Britt-Marie Was Here
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
The Golden Key
The Hidden Keys
Everything I Never Told You
The Obituary Writer
The Great and The Good
The Little Paris Bookshop
The Muralist
Oswald
The Rare Earth Exchange
Under the Channel
Concerto pour quatre mains
L’homme aux cercles bleus

Which authors new to me in 2017 that I now want to keep reading?
Randall Silvis, Gilles Pétel, Georgia Briggs

New Series I want to pursue:
No exciting new series, but keep working on the one by Fred Vargas

Best title: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, by Neil Gaiman
Un avion sans elle,
by Michel Bussi

Longest book title:
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

Shortest book title: Icon, by Georgia Briggs

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Year of reading 2016 part 3

And after my list of 2016 favorites,
as well as my 2016 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2016 part 3

There are a lot of those online, but these are my favorites. The idea is to finish the sentences and answer the questions exclusively with titles I read in 2016.

If you are intrigued by a title, just copy and paste it in the search button, and you will access the review.

– When I was younger I was : The Vatican Princess
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: Michelangelo’s Ghost
– I will never be: The Queen of the Night
– At the end of a long day I need: French Rhapsody
– Right now I’m feeling: Too Close to the Edge
– Someday I want to: (be) The Madonna of Notre Dame
– At a party you’d find me: The Vegetarian
– I’ve never: (been) Red Handed
– I really don’t enjoy: Tainted Tokay
– In my next life I want to be: The Paris Librarian

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Café Budapest
– Your favorite form of transportation: Trip Through Your Wires
– Your best friend is: The Girl who Stayed
– You and your friends are: The Rivals of Versailles
– What’s the weather like: Blue Moon
– Favorite time of day: Le temps retrouvé
– If your life was: The House Between Tides
– What is life to you: The Pilgrim’s Progress
– Your fear: Oblivion
– What is the best advice you have to give: Bury Your Dead
– Thought for the Day: All is not Forgotten
– How I would like to die: Toward the Endless Day
– My soul’s present condition: The Long Way Home

I began the day with The White Cat and the Monk.
On my way to work I saw a Murder on the Quai
and walked by The Sacred Combe
to avoid (the) Thirsty Dragon,
but I made sure to stop at Max Gate.
In the office, my boss said : Too Dark to Sleep !
and sent me to research The Secret of the Old Clock.
At lunch with The Other Einstein,
I noticed The Black Notebook
under The Sword of the Maiden,
then went back to my desk, The Empty Throne.
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Collected Poems
because I have The President’s Hat;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up (the) Highland Steel
and studied Couple Mechanics
before saying goodnight to (the) Sleeping Giants.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2016?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2016, I participated in 12 Reading Challenges, and many virtual book tours.

I finished the following challenges. (Unfortunately, I’m far behind in my reviews. But you can see the titles I read for each challenge here.

  1. Audiobook Challenge: 13/10-15
  2. Books on France: 42/25
  3. Ebook Challenge: 31/25
  4. Cloak & Dagger: 29/21-30
  5. Historical fiction: 17/15
  6. New authors: 53/50
  7. New Release: 42/30
  8. Nonfiction: 15/15
  9. Books in Translation: 29/12
  10. I am very happy with my first year of The Classics Club, with 12/50 (I have until 2020 to reach 50)

I did not manage to finish the following challenges:

  1. What’s in a Name: 5/6
  2. Japanese Literature Reading Challenge: have not read anything!
  3. Still working on Where are you reading? (on all the States in the US) = currently 20/50
  4. I am very happy with my first year of The Classics Club, with 12/50

 

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AND NOW TO 2017

Here are the very few reading challenges I signed up for 2017

The emphasis will be on my TBR.
And my 2nd year in the Classics Club. Having done Dante this year, I may go back to Milton, among many other titles.

A big Thank You to all of you,
book bloggers
and other readers who subscribed to this blog
through email, bloglovin, wordpress, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, instagram, youtube,
thanks for stopping by and leaving comments!
There’s been some woonderful conversations going on here, plus great reading recommendations!
Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2017 to each of you!

Please leave the link of your post in a comment
if you did some of that fun stuff
with the titles you read yourself in 2016