Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions and Literature

ArmchairBEA 2014Design byAmber of Shelf Notes

Excited in taking part in my 3rd, I think, Armchair BEA!

Today, it’s about Introductions. We can choose 5 out of 10 questions, so here you go:

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 

My name is Emma from Illinois, I’m French and have been living in the US for over 13 years. I’m a French tutor, an English-French translator, and a rock painter

I have been seriously blogging at Words And Peace for almost 4 years, since September 2010.

Since last year, I also organize virtual book tours for books set in France at France Book Tours

I started blogging because I realized I was forgetting too quickly about books, so I have to write about what I read to remember better, plus I wanted to share my love of books, and thanks to Devourer of Books [not as active now], I discovered the awesome community of book bloggers!

2. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. — so we can connect more online. 

A place to share my book reviews and discover great books to read, often with a French touch!

I am on Twitter [@wordsandpeace], Facebook, Goodreads, Google +, Pinterest.

You can also follow me through Bloglovin and RSS.

3.What genre do you read the most? I love to read because ___________________ . 

The genre I read most right now is historical fiction.

I love to read because I love learning new things and discovering new places.

4.What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 

Wow, that’s a tough one: I use 14 categories for best of every year. I’m going to say The Consolations of the Forest, by Sylvain Tesson as my favorite book read in 2013.

In 2014, I have read 37 books so far. My favorite is probably Citadel, by Kate Mosse.

5. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 

Right now, I enjoy a lot:

Typographical Era

Bay State Reader’s Advisory

Behold The Stars

Doing Dewey

and Bibliophile by The Sea

I’m limiting myself here to 5 book blogs, but if you can see here the whole list of the blogs I follow.

What’s your favorite book so far this year?



And the theme of the day is:


What do you think of when you think of literature? Classics, contemporary, genre, or something else entirely? We are leaving this one up to you to come up with and share the literature that you want to chat about the most. Feel free to share a list of your favorites, break down your favorite genre, feature your favorite authors, and be creative about all things literature in general.

Right now, when I think literature, I think classics [I am in the process of reading the whole In Search of Lost Time by Proust, in French] and literary fiction. Recently those I have read are mostly books in translation or even read in a foreign language.

Here are a few recent favorites – click on the book covers to see what it’s about:

My Wish List cover Paris Rue des Martyrs

Botchan Inch-Allah-dimanche

Skylark blindness


30 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014: Introductions and Literature

  1. Thanks for popping by Emma. I’m impressed with your personal Proust challenge – I have the first book on my Classics Club list…for one day 🙂
    Happy Armchair BEA!


  2. Yay for historical fiction! 🙂 Historical fiction is definitely up there as the genre I read from the most as well right now.

    Favourite book read so far this year…it’s a toss up between Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites and Robin Oliveira’s I Always Loved You. I think you might enjoy the latter, it’s set in Paris during the Belle Epoque and featuring many artists from the period, especially Degas 🙂

    Day 1 @ on my blog


  3. I’m so touched at your mention of my blog in your post! Thank you! You’ve absolutely made my day! Literary fiction is my favorite.I also try to read at least one classic a year, but it’s hard to keep up with both the new and the old!


    • You are welcome, your blog deserved to be better known. Yes, so hard indeed to keep reading from the TBR and read what’s new every week. I have the tendency to read the new books way after everyone else. with a few rare exceptions: I should have the next Murakami the day it’s out, in August, can’t wait!


  4. I started reviewing for exactly the same reason, Emma. Because I would always forget what I like or didn’t like about the book!

    Like Laurie said, I also try to read a classic per year but it’s so difficult with all the shiny new books always dropping on my lap! I have Blindness on my TBR…I should definitely move it up!


    • Blindness is quite depressing, but the writing style is definitely something to experience. tried to leave a comment on your post, didn’t say that it will show after moderation though


  5. Add me to the list of folks that didn’t realize you were French! I just thought you really dug the country 😀 Cool!

    I started my blog because no one in my real life would let me drone on and on about books, lol. Blogging is definitely a great way to keep track of your reads as well. I wish I had started when I was around 12, ha!


  6. I feel silly for not knowing this, but even though I knew you liked books about France, I didn’t know you were originally from France. I’m glad that blogging events like this give me a chance to get to know other bloggers better 🙂 Thank you for including me on your list of bloggers!


    • funny, you are already the 2nd one mentioning that, I thought my Frenchness was all over the place, lol. Well, at least this tells me my English is acceptable if I can fake it as first language, lol


    • Interesting, as too many readers I think forget that contemporary writing can be real literature! For me it’s both, I mostly enjoyed the books assigned to us for reading, but I’m French, lol, so who is not to love Hugo, Balzac, Zola… lol


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