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The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #15



The Classics Club

The Classics Spin #15

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before next Friday, March 10th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books in March & April. (Details follow.) Try to challenge yourself. For example, you could list five Classics Club books you are dreading/hesitant to read, five you can’t WAIT to read, five you are neutral about, and five free choice (favorite author, re-reads, ancients — whatever you choose.)

On Friday, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List, by May 1, 2017. We’ll check in here in May to see who made it the whole way and finished their spin book!

So here are my 20 books:

  1. The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon
  2. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers
  3. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
  4. Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc
  5. The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe
  6. The Baron in the Trees, by Italo Calvino
  7. Solaris, by Stanislas Lem
  8. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
  9. Fantômas, by Marcel Allain
  10. A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams
  11. Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White
  12. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  13. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier
  14. The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner
  15. Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck
  17. A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
  18. To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf
  19. Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov
  20. Confusion, by Stefan Zweig





year of reading 2015 part 2

After the list of my 2015 favorites, here are my statistics.
Then you can see the fun I had with the titles I read in 2015

Year of reading 2015
Part 2

2015 was another fantastic reading year, with 88 books reads (93 in 2014), and 21 listened to (14 in 2014) = 109, which is an average of 9.08/month
2 more than last year

Books read in 2015:
[93 in 2014; 86 in 2013]. That’s an average of 7.3/month
Total of 23,075 pages (27,073 in 2014; 25,038 pages in 2013), which is an average of 63.2 pages/day.
Not counting the 4 books I translated into French.
That’s an average of 262 pages/book, (291 in 2014 and 2013)

Books listened to in 2015:
[14 in 2014; 18 in 2013]. This is an average of 1.75/month.
Total of 12,899 mn (8,522 min in 2014; 12,253 min in 2013) with an average of 35 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 10 hours/audiobook.

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2015 AVERAGE pages per DAY

The spike in March is due to being one of the IFFP shadow panel judges

2015 av min per day

The huge difference in August is due to a long road trip!

2015 genre

hmm, historical fiction is no longer the majority here!!

2015 format

wow, my ebook percentage doubled from last year!

2015 authors

= nice balance!

2015 authors natless diversity than last year, but still happy

And introducing a new chart this year:2015 languages

neat that I ended up translating and publishing 3% of what I read!

In translation: 28 [25 in 2013]:

  • 16 from the French
  • 3 from the German
  • 2 from the Swedish
  • 2 from the Italian
  • 2 from the Japanese
  • 1 from the Spanish, Greek, and Russian

4 in original language: French
4 translated by me from English-French

Books by the same author: 31 [16 in 2014]:
= 5 by Louise Penny;
4 by Alaux & Balen, Tanya Anne Crosby, Brent Levasseur;
and 2 each by R. Akutagawa, Adria J. Cimino,  Ian Doescher, Gay Hendricks, Andrea Japp, Patrick Modiano, Mark Pryor

Bonjour Tristesse, by Françoise Sagan
Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton (originally read in French)
The Homilies, by Saint Gregory Palamas

Oldest: The Showings, by Julian of Norwich (1393).
Technically, Gregory Palamas is about 50 years before her, but I don’t think the whole group of his homilies were published together at the time, so I counted them under the English translation and publication!

Newest: The Lady Agnes Mystery vol 2, by Andrea Japp (01/12/2016)

2015 pub year

2015 sourcethanks publishers and authors!!


3 new American States these books led me to: South Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio

24 other countries these books led me to (14 last year) : Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, England, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Syria, Tibet, Turkey, on Mars, and somewhere in other galaxies

Shortest bookRashomon, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa – 10 pages (Japanese short story)

Longest book: The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins672 pages.

Longest audio: Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn – 19:11 hours

Funniest: Look Who’s Back, by Timur Vermes

Most depressing: Stoner, by John Williams

Disappointing: Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters

Creepy: Floats the Dark Shadow, by Yves Fey

Eye-opener: The Dead Lake, by Hamid Ismailov

Best reading companion: The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott

Very useful: How to Blog a Book, by Nina Amir

Gorgeous pictures: Bridges of Paris, by James St Michael

Favorite characters of the year: Alice (The Lake House), Katie (The Keys of the Watchmen), Klas (The Ravens), Etta (Etta and Otto and Russell and James), Agnès (Lady Agnès Mystery)

Classics I finally got to read:
The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald
In a Grove, by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
Stoner, by John Williams
La prisonnière, by Marcel Proust
The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Books present for a while on my TBR that I finally got to read (other than the classics just mentioned):
Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters
The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro

Which authors new to me in 2015 that I now want to read the entire works of?
Kathleen C. Perrin, Hamid Ismailov, Tomas Bannerhed, Andrea Japp

New Series I want to pursue:
by Andrea Japp

Best title: Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Longest book title:
So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, by Patrick Modiano
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, by Alan Jacobs

Shortest book title: F, by Daniel Kehlmann


2015: July wrap-up

July 2015 wrap-up

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Not a bad reading month, but I ended up reading books I had not originally planned to read in July. You never know what the postman may drop in your box one day!

Here is what I read in July:

7 books.
= 6 books
with 1,847 pages, that is: 59.6 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 12:21 hours, that is an average of  23 mn/day

4 in  mystery:

  1. Murder in the Marais, by Cara Black – audio
  2. The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins – ebook
  3. The Bookseller, by Mark Pryor
  4. Tell No Lies, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Armada, by Ernest Cline

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Cost of Courage, by Charles Kaiser

1 in children book:

  1. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka

My favorites in June

     The Cost of Courage  Armada  

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 22/25
Audiobook: 10/15
Ebook challenge: 32/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 13/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
My Kind of Mysteries: 20/21-30
New authors challenge: 37/50
New Release (2015): 34/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 7/16-20
TBR challenge: 2/12
Books in Translation: 16/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 17/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 67/100

Number of books added to my TBR in July = 25

Blog recap

  • 2 of the 7 books read were received for review, and one for work, as I had to translate it into French: Tell No Lies

  • I won a box of 35 books at The Quivering Pen!! Be sure to enter his weekly giveaway. It’s usually one book, but once a year, it’s BIG box!
  • 45 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 July. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the August Giveaway! 4 books to choose from!

  • My Instagram account was featured on Book Bloggers International

Most popular book review in July

The Cost of Courageclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review

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Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Thyme For Tea

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 😉

6: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
5: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
4: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write

Blog milestones

1,184 posts
over 3,280 subscribers
over 98,800 hits

Blog plans for August

  • Several books to read for reviews, come back tomorrow to see!
  • Nothing special, apart from trying hard to write more reviews… It’s a constant battle

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How was YOUR month of  July?

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!

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