Year of reading 2018 part 3

And after my list of 2018 favorites,
as well as my 2018 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2018 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. If nothing shows up, look it up in Goodreads

– When I was younger I was : Carnegie’s Maid
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m:  The Clockmaker’s Daughter
– I will never be: The Lady Killer
– At the end of a long day I need: Little Culinary Triumphs
– Right now I’m feeling: Framed
– Someday I want to: Look For Her
– At a party you’d find me: Unsheltered
– I’ve never: (been) Minced, Marinated, and Murdered
– I really don’t enjoy: Walking the Bones
– In my next life I want to be: The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Shadow Land
– Your favorite form of transportation: Armada
– Your best friend is: The Book Artist
– You and your friends are: Modern Orthodox Thinkers
– What’s the weather like: Temps glaciaires
[Glacial weather
– though the book was published in English as: A Climate of Fear]
– Favorite time of day: While Beauty Slept
– If your life was: Fear
– What is life to you: A Moveable Feast
– Your fear: Democracy in Chains
– What is the best advice you have to give: Defy the NIght
– Thought for the Day: La nuit n’est jamais complète
[The night is never complete – no English publication as far as I know]
– How I would like to die: Visiting Tom
– My soul’s present condition: The Face of Another

I began the day with Alex Rider.
On my way to work I saw Nymphéas Noirs [Black Water Lilies]
and walked by The Bridge on the Drina,
to avoid L’armée furieuse [The Ghost Riders of Ordebec]
but I made sure to stop at The Piano Shop on the Left Bank.
In the office, my boss said : Go
and sent me to research 99 Ways to Tell a Story.
At lunch with Monet, Itinerant of Light,
I noticed (a) Skeleton Key
under (the) Portrait of a Murderer,
then went back to my desk, Un peu plus loin sur la droite
[A Little Further on the Right – though the book was published in English as:
Dog Will Have His Day].
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Master Key
because I have The Body in the Casket;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Provocative Colette
and studied The Letters to Saint Olympia
before saying goodnight to The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly.

I have so much fun with this every year!
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2018?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2018, I participated in 3 Reading Challenges, and a few virtual book tours.
Classics Club: 25/50 (until end of 2020) or 39/64!
Mount TBR: 3/12 + 2 DNFed – unfinished!!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

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

Happy year of reading 2019 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 2018

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Year of reading 2015 part 3

And after my list of 2015 favorites,
as well as my 2015 stats,
here is to a fun wrap up:

Year of reading 2015 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 2015.

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 : The Tutor
– People might be surprised to discover that I’m: The Witch of Painted Sorrows
– I will never be: The Dreanm Lover
– At the end of a long day I need: A Rue Against Murder
– Right now I’m feeling: The Tightrope Walker
– Someday I want to: Race to Tibet
– At a party you’d find me: In a Grove
– I’ve never: The Cost of Courage
– I really don’t enjoy: Cognac Conspiracies
– In my next life I want to be: Mademoiselle Chanel

– If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The City of Blood
– Your favorite form of transportation: George’s Grand Tour
– Your best friend is: The Girl on the Train
– You and your friends are: The Sisters of Versailles
– What’s the weather like: The Cruelest Month
– Favorite time of day: The Awakening
– If your life was: A Fatal Grace
– What is life to you: The Beautiful Mystery
– Your fear: The End of Days
– What is the best advice you have to give: Tell No Lies
– Thought for the Day: Speak No Evil
– How I would like to die: Close to Destiny
– My soul’s present condition: Late Harvest Havoc

I began the day with The Wright Brothers.
On my way to work I saw a Crocodile on the Sandbank
and walked by The Dead Lake
to avoid The Martian,
but I made sure to stop at The Bookseller.
In the office, my boss said : Leave No Trace
and sent me to research Suspended Sentences.
At lunch with Rodin’s Lover,
I noticed The Keys of the Watchmen
under The Tapestry,
then went back to my desk, Everyone Has Their Reasons.
Later, on the journey home, I bought The Holy Lance
because I have The Ravens;
then settling down for the evening, I picked up The Bullet
and studied The Figaro Murders
before saying goodnight to The Princess and the Goblin.

If this is not fun, what is?
Have you tried with the titles of the books you read in 2015?

READING CHALLENGES

In 2015, I participated in 13 Reading Challenges, and many virtual book Tours.

I finished the following challenges. (Unfortunately, I’m so far behind in my reviews that I can’t do any recap post!! This is so ridiculous, I really plan to work on that bad trend next year. But you can see the titles I read for each challenge here.

  1. Audiobook Challenge: 21/15
  2. Books on France: 40/25
  3. Ebook Challenge: 45/25
  4. My Kind of Mystery: 34/30
  5. New authors: 56/50
  6. New Release: 54/45
  7. Books in Translation: 29/12
  8. What’s in a Name: 6/6

I did not manage to finish the following challenges:

  1. Historical Fiction: 20/25
  2. Nonfiction: 14/16-20
  3. TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 5/12
  4. Japanese Literature Reading Challenge: this goes until the end of January: 3/5 so far
  5. Still working on Where are you reading? (on all the States in the US) = currently 19/50

 

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AND NOW TO 2016

Here are all the reading challenges I signed up for 2016

Have you signed up yet to my own challenge for you: French Bingo 2016?

I’m FINALLY almost done with reading Marcel’s Proust work: I’m at the half of volume 6, so just one more to go after that!
After that, I’d like to read The Divine Comedy. I need some help as for the best translation, as unfortunately I have heard his Italian is tough, so I would miss a lot if I tried. But I can read in English and French, so if anyone knows what’s the best foreign translation, let me know

I may also change my blog Theme in 2016, we’ll see…

2015 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, bloglovin, wordpress, facebook, twitter, linkedin, pinterest, instagram, youtube, and to all your comments! Thanks again for following this blog!

Happy year of reading 2016 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 2015

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

 

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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