5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

5 out of 100 notable books of 2017

The New York Times has recently released their list of 100 Notable Books of 2017
I was curious to compare it with my lists.

(100 books so far this year)

Out of 100, I only read 1!:




  A Separation    Six Four



  The Future is History    Looking for The Stranger


What about you?
Have you read any of these 5 books?
How many of the 100 Notable Books
have you read?
Which one do you think
I should ABSOLUTELY read?


Nonfiction November: My Year 2017 in Nonfiction



Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

As every year, a bunch of really cool bloggers are co-hosting Nonfiction November.
Here is the topic for week 1:

Your Year in Nonfiction:

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions:
What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

First of all, here is the recap of the nonfiction I have read (the links will send you to my review when it’s posted):


  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  3. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  4. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  5. The Madeleine Project, by Clara Beaudoux
  6. Bonjour Kale, by Kristen Beddard
  7. Audubon, on the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau
  8. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstadt and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko

About books:

  1. The World Between Two Covers, by Ann Morgan
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

About nature:

Unseen City, by Nathanael Johnson

Orthodox spirituality:

  1. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet
  2. To Open One’s Heart, by Michel Evdokimov
  3. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha
  4. The River of Fire, by Alexandre Kalomiros
  5. Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel

16 books so far.
By the end of the year, I also plan to read or finish reading:

  1. A Taste of Paris, by David Downie
  2. Man of God: Saint John of Shanghai & San Francisco, by Peter Prekrestov
  3. The Sherlock Holmes Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained), by DK Publishing
  4. A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn, Jaime N. Mahoney
  5. Chronicles of a Liquid Society, by Umberto Eco

    What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

The World Between Two Covers    The Novel of the Century

Click on the covers to read my detailed reviews
I had to pick 2 titles!

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?


Plus of course the top 2

What is one topic or type of nonfiction
you haven’t read enough of yet?

As usual, current issues!

What are you hoping to get out
of participating in Nonfiction November?

Get acquainted with more nonfiction readers and good titles unknown to me.



2017: February wrap-up

February 2017 wrap-up

Huh, the month of February is already over!
Hurray, Spring is closer, actually Summer is even here some days in Chicago, and then next day we are back to Winter. The poor summer birds that decided to come back so early must be totally confused.

It was another very good month of reading, but I’m already getting late on several reviews… nothing new under the sun!

Here is what I read in February:

10  books:
7 in print
with 1,928 pages, that is: 68 pages/day
+ 3 audiobooks
with 16H43, that is: 35 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. Le Principe, by Jérôme Ferrari – ebook
  2. Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination, by Guiseppe Cafiero
  3. Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

3 in mystery:

  1. A Study in Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Trois jours et une vie, by Pierre Lemaitre – audiobook
  3. The Sign of Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

2 in nonfiction:

  1. A Forger’s Life, by Sarah Kaminsky
  2. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Muralist, by B. A. Shapiro – ebook
  2. Highland Storm, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook that I translated into French


My favorites in February

          a-forgers-life   trois-jours et une vie audio

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 18/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 10/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 22/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 15

Blog recap

Most popular book review in February

The Tree of Man

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 11 books to read in February

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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 😉

2: Karen at Booker Talk

2: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

2: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,576 posts
over 4,090 subscribers
over 130,00 hits

Plans for March

  • Humming along with The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio.
    I’m reading them in chronological order of publication, and planning to watch a movie of each as well.
    I’m counting as separate books the novels, but the short stories as a collection.
    So I listened so far to the first two novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, and I have started the first collection of short stories: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I chose Simon Prebble as the narrator for all of these, he is so good
  • I may do something for Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge, this time it’s on North Africa


Come back on Friday
to see what I plan to read in March!

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How was YOUR month of  February?

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!