Sunday Post #2 – 8/10/14

Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news.
A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
Share news about what is coming up on your blog
for the week ahead.
See rules here: Sunday Post Meme




 This post also counts for
Mailbox Monday2  www wednesdays

Mailbox Monday and WWW Wednesdays

The week started with special events, let’s say, with a problem on my wifi which led me to eventually reset my computer to factory settings!! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, consider yourself fortunate. I wasted my day on that, and missed meeting another French Emma book blogger coming to Chicago! That would have been super to meet: how often can you put together 2 French book bloggers called Emma in the US?
I was able to reinstall everything, and am in the process of reinstalling all my files. In the process though, I lost most of my favorites, and there were tons of references for material for the French classes I give online. C’est la vie!

I was dreading Monday, with the necessity to go for my 1st appointment to renew my French passport, but that went surprisingly smoothly and fast, less than 10 mn, in a manner more casual and easy going than if I had been in France!

Wednesday was the beloved Feast of the Transfiguration – I’m Christian Orthodox, and this is my favorite feast ever.



  • Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst. Audiobook received from Simon & Schuster. A spy novel at the eve of WWII. A bit on the slow side, but good historical background
  • The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jen-Paul Malaval. A historical novel set around 1914 snf about Bordeaux wine. Part of a virtual book tour at France Book Tours, starting this Tuesday, with a great giveaway! My review is scheduled for 8/16



  • Madame Picasso, by Anne Girard, for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Review scheduled for 8/28
  • Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Dorothy Gilman. Audio. This is #14 and last of the series. So sad this is the last one. I enjoyed so much this series and its amazing narrator Barbara Rosenblat. In this one Mrs. Pollifax goes to Syria.
  • Toi qui as soif de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Longeat. French spirituality book received for review for Collectanea Cisterciensia




  • Review: France on the Brink, by Jonathan Fenby, an amazingly good analysis of the current social and economic situation in France
  • Review: Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier. A mystery quite à la French
  • Review: Au revoir là-haut, by Pierre Lemaitre. Great historical novel on WWI, that won Le Prix Goncourt in 2013. My review was originally written for the Historical Novel Society Magazine, August 2014 issue, in which they commemorate the anniversary of WWI.
  • I finally decided to leave WordPress Ads and launched my own Ads program, focusing on, guess what, French products. Spread the news if you know any one selling French products, services, etc! The ADS will appear on both Words And Peace and France Book Tours!


France on the Brink 2click on the cover to know more about it


Wharf of Chartrons cover

  1. August book of the month giveaway – a historical novel with Bordeaux wine!
  2. Lies Told in Silence, by M. K. TOD = featured here on 8/14



A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)   Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir   The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar


Lies Told in Silence cover  Received for review on France Book Tours scheduled on 9/18

And amazingly, I’m already booked for a review in January 2015!



18 thoughts on “Sunday Post #2 – 8/10/14

  1. Hah! Thank you for introducing me to this meme. Now is the test to see if I can manage to keep going each week. Yours is an enviable week, makes mine look like small fry. But I have my excuse ready, ho ho!


  2. 10mn ?! That’s a record ! That’s funny, I didn’t know about author Jean-Paul Malaval until I saw him on your blog and this week, at the library, ta-da ! 3 books by him on the shelves 😉 Have a great week !


    • wow, you’ve got an enlightened library, lol! He is quite famous in France, but I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed by the translation, which did not flow too well for me. let me know what you think


  3. What a great week for you. Lots of books read and things accomplished for you.

    I love Louise Penny’s books. I haven’t read A Fatal Grace.

    Lies Told in Silence is definitely catching my eye. is that the same author who wrote Unravelled? It looks like her style.

    ENJOY your week and your reading.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday


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