Year of reading 2014 part 3

And after my list of 2014 favorites,
as well as my 2014 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2014 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 2013.

Because of time limit, I won’t insert the links this year, sorry, so 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 : Julia, Child
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: The Collector of Dying Breaths
– I will never be: Isabella, Braveheart of France
– At the end of a long day I need: My Wish List
– Right now I’m feeling: Heads Above Water
– Someday I want to: (be) Everyday Saints
– At a party you’d find me: The Shadow Queen
– I’ve never: Light And Dark
– I really don’t enjoy: Confessions of a Paris Party Girl
– In my next life I want to be: Edwin

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Paris, Rue des Martyrs
– Your favorite form of transportation: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
– Your best friend is: The Hurlyburly’s Husband
– You and your friends are: Crossing The Line
– What’s the weather like: Taking the Cross
– Favorite time of day: Midnight in Europe
– If your life was: Pride and Honor
– What is life to you: Nightmare in Burgundy
– Your fear: The Empire Striketh Back
– What is the best advice you have to give: Toi qui as soif de bonheur…
– Thought for the Day: God Matters
– How I would like to die: The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar
– My soul’s present condition: Still Life

I began the day with Lies Told in Silence.
On my way to work I saw a Paris Apartment
and walked by The Wharf of Chartrons
to avoid the Anvil of God,
but I made sure to stop at Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
In the office, my boss said : Inch’Allah Dimanche
and sent me to research 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go.
At lunch with The Kabbalist,
I noticed Mr Ibrahim et les feurs du Coran
under (a) Bed of Nails,
then went back to my desk, No Turning Back.
Later, on the journey home, I bought Bitter Greens
because I have Seven Letters From Paris;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Right Word
and studied Arabian Love Poems
before saying goodnight to The Phantom of Rue Royale.

If this is not fun, what is?
!Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2014?

In 2014, I participated in  10 Reading Challenges, and God knows how many virtual book Tours.

I finished the following challenges (the numbers below may not reflect the full results, as more accurately displayed here):

  1. Audiobook Challenge: 14/12
  2. Books on France: 54/24
  3. Historical Fiction: 33/25
  4. New authors: 74/50
  5. What’s in a Name: 5/5
  6. My Kind of Mystery: 23/20
  7. Japanese Literature Reading Challenge: this goes until the end of January: 5/6 so far

I did not manage to finish the following challenges:

  1. Ebook Challenge: 20/25
  2. TBR Pile Reading Challenge: only 4/12!! Obviously this is something I need to work on!!
  3. Still working on Where are you reading? (on all the States in the US) = currently 16/50



And now to 2014:

I am late and have not signed up yet to any reading challenges, but I will probably sign up or the same, some with other bloggers, as they have dropped the ball in the middle of the year…

Have you seen my twist on the challenge I’m offering you for 2015? Still books about France, but in a fun Bingo form!

I REALLY want to finish reading Marcel’s Proust work: I’m at the end of volume 5, and there are 7, so getting there.
I plan to be even more picky for what tours to do or what galleys to request, and hopefully will be bale to read more from my TBR,

2014 was such an exciting year of reading for me, thanks to you other book bloggers, and all my readers who subscribed to this blog through email, google reader, wordpress, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, instagram, etc, and to all your comments! Thanks again for following this blog!

And happy year of reading 2015 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 2014

Year of reading 2014 part 2

After the list of my 2014 favorites, here are my statistics for my

Year of reading 2014
Part 2

Here is my thrill of the year, with my reading statistics for 2014!

I have discovered the benefit of being extremely choosy, even picky, in selecting what to read and what to request for tours or galleys, so I DNFed very few books and read so many awesome books in 2014!
2014 was really a fantastic reading year, with 93 books reads, and 14 listened to = 107, which is an average of 8.9/month
3 more than last year, and over 2,000 more pages, but 10 mn less/day for audiobooks than in 2014

Books read in 2014:
[86 in 2013]. That’s an average of 7.7/month
Total of 27,073 pages (25,038 pages last year), which is an average of 74.1 pages/day.
Not counting all the books I translated in nonfiction, plus a historical novel, a children book, and a novella.
That’s an average of 291 pages/book, same as last year!

Books listened to in 2014:
[18 in 2013]. This is an average of 1.1/month.
Total of 8,522 mn (12,253 mn last year)  with an average of 23 mn/day.
That’s an average of over 10 hours/audiobook.
I think my average is low here because I DNFed 2 audiobooks, and especially one after having listened to almost half of it!

In graphs, this is what it looks like:

2015 average pages

2015 average mn

2015 genre

2015 format

2015 authors

= exact same proportion as last year!

 2015 nationalities

Books by the same author: 16 [18 in 2013]:
– 2 each by Cara Black, Agatha Christie, Ian Doescher, Dorothy Gilman, Pierre Lemaitre, Vicki Lesage, Haruki Murakami, and Jean-François Parot,

Re-Reads: Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses; Hymns by St Symeon the New Theologian

Oldest: Hymns by St Symeon the New Theologian c.1022

Newest: Aoléon the Martian Girl – 1/31/2015

publication year

2015 source

In translation: 25 [16 in 2013]:

  • 15 from the French
  • 4 from the Japanese
  • 2 from the Dutch
  • 1 from the Arabic, German, Greek, and Russian

8 in original language:  French

4 American States these books led me to: Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska

16 other countries these books led me to:  Algeria, Belgium, Bora Bora, Canada, England, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mali, Netherlands, Russia,  Saxony, Spain, Syria, and far away galaxy

ShortestLilu and Dudu: Adventures in Bora Bora, by Fabienne Bratschi – 40 pages (=the children book I translated into French)

Longest: Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses – 803 pages.

Longest audio: The Innovators – 17:28 hours

Funniest: Confessions of a Paris Party Girl

Favorite characters of the year: Momo (in Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran), Harold (in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry), Winwaed (in The Oblate’s Confession), Marie-Laure (in All The Light We Cannot See), and Joanna (in The Crown)

Which authors new to you in 2014 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Bannalec, Cather, Dicker, Doerr, Faye, Garnier, Joyce, Lemaitre, Molay, Penny, Mosse, Peak, Schmitt, Sloan, Starr

Series I want to pursue:
by Black, Bannalec, Cornwell, Druon, Penny, Starr

Best title: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage / or Irène – read my reviews to understand why I think these titles are so very good!

Longest book title: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Shortest book title: We



Year of blogging 2013

After my year of reading recaps
charts, graphs and stats for 2013,
then the fun wrap-up with book titles,
a few things on the blogging part:

Here are the 3 book reviews most often read this year – click on the book covers to access the reviews:


The Dervish


Great Cholesterol Myth


The Bones of Paris

And the most viewed not-book-related post: on The Basilica of Saint Denis – with my own pictures

My best 3 book bloggers referrers in 2013 were – please go visit them!:

  1. Literary Escapism
  2. Devourer of Books
  3. Should Be Reading

The book blogger who commented most:

Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews