Mailbox Monday January 28

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Mailbox Monday


  the night before   cocktails with a dead man

The Night Before:
release date May 14
Sometimes, you enter so many giveaways, you don’t remember. Or do you keep track?
I’d like to know your practice on that.
Anyway, I was happily surprised when I got a package form St. Martin’s Press, with an ARC I had won.
I know nothing about the book, and will dive into it blindly, as I have already thoroughly enjoyed two books by Wendy Walker: All is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night.

Cocktails With a Dead Man:
released on January 15
A collection of 74 poems. I have not read poetry for a while, and the author sounds interesting, so I accepted his ebook for review



Book review: A Taste of Paris

Taste of Paris

A Taste of Paris:
A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food

David Downie is no stranger for all Paris lovers. A Parisian resident for several decades, you may have bumped into him or visited the city with him, through the custom walking tours he leads. If not, you may have read another of his books. As I enjoyed very much Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, I was thrilled to discover this one. Paris? Food? History? Could there be any better combo?



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2017: June wrap-up

June 2017 wrap-up

Another ouch to start this recap!
I did take one week off hiking and birding (so not much reading that week), and total internet disconnect, but it does not explain why nothing has been happening on this blog for two weeks. It’s getting hard these days to take time to write reviews at the end of a full day of teaching and translating. Then I want to be away from the computer, and just dive into a book. Conclusion: reviews do not get written…

Here is what I read this past month:

6  books:
4 in print
with 1,486 pages, that is: 49.5 pages/day – the lowest month this year
+ 2 audiobooks
with 13H06, that is: 26 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. The Valley of Fear, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. His Last Bow, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  3. The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
  4. The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny – ebook

1 in literary fiction:

  1. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George – ebook

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Typikon Decoded, by Job Gretcha

My favorites in June

     The Travelers  The Nature of the Beast

A few notes:

  1. Just a few stories left in the very last book of Sherlock Holmes in audio!

  2. The Travelers: finally read. Loved it, great spy novel. I had not read in that genre for a while

  3. The Nature of the Beast: finishing the last 2 I had not read yet by Louise Penny, to be ready for her latest, coming out in August

  4. The Little Paris Bookshop: a few nice lines on books and reading, but overall very disappointing

  5. The Typikon Decoded: about Orthodox liturgy

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 13/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 54/100 – so 4 books ahead so far

Number of books added to my TBR in June= 11

Blog recap in June

  • I participated in Armchair Book Expo! I won the major prize, but as I already won a few years ago, with similar themes, like banners, etc., for the site, I let it for another blogger. I’m very happy with the France Book Tours banners I got then

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is now available. An awesome Paris memoir, quite unique!

  • I hosted a guest-post

  • and I managed to do 2 videos, on 3 great books!

Most popular book review in June

Emma in the Nightclick on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Armchair Book Expo giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Armchair Book Expo

please go visit
alas, 2017 was the last year for Armchair Book Expo,
the event is discontinued

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 😉

6: Karen at Booker Talk

6: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

6: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

Blog milestones

1,632 posts
over 4,170 subscribers
over 136,800 hits

Plans for July

  • Write reviews and post videos

  • Read some wonderful books for upcoming events, come back on Monday to see what books I have in store

Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in July!

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How was YOUR month of  June?

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!