Armchair Book Expo Day 1: Introductions and Best Practices

Armchair Book Expo

Armchair Book Expo Day 1:


Armchair Book Expo is back, with a new name. It looks like this is the 4th time I’m doing it, and last year I got to participate “live”, as it was in Chicago, in my corner of the world.

Ok, let’s start. Thanks to our awesome team, who came up with a short and sweet list of prompts for our Introductions. Neat!

I am . . .

Emma, a book blogger since 2010. I’m actually French. I teach French online and I also translate books from English to French, among other things.

Currently . . .

I’m in a middle of a fun audio project: I’m listening to the complete works of Sherlock Holmes, following the chronological order of publication. I have chosen Simon Prebble as a narrator, he’s excellent.
It’s  a wonderful experience, neat to see the evolution of the stories.

I love . . .

…reading, birding, hiking

My favorite . . .

…genres, right now, are historical mysteries and foreign literature (thrillers, literary fiction)

My least favorite . . .

…genre is romance

My current reads . . .


My summer plans . . .

Hiking and birding in the National Shawnee Forest

My blog/channel/social media . . .

Words And Peace is on Facebook,  Twitter, Google+Goodreads, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube

The best . . .

…thriller I have read this month is:

After the Crash

Best Practices

Best Practices in the Online Book Community: Let’s talk about our best practices within the book community. This can range from time management to the use of social media to even ethical obligations. 

I don’t have much time, so just a few things I think important right now, and that I do or aim at doing better:

  • visit other book bloggers and leave comment, or at least click on the “Like” button – unfortunately, some bloggers don’t have this feature on

  • absolutely go visit the blog of someone who left a comment at my place, and leave a comment on one of their posts. This is a regular practice for me

  • back up your blog on a regular basis

  • try to schedule ahead

  • write a review as soon as you finish a book – I’m not there yet!!

  • share on Instagram a picture of a new book I start reading – lots of improvement, but I would like to do this regularly

  • keep your blog as something fun, do not compare to what others do

  • be an active BookTuber!! Hmm, when was my last video??

  • etc.,

  • looking forward to reading what YOUR best practices are








23 thoughts on “Armchair Book Expo Day 1: Introductions and Best Practices

  1. I have to admit I kind of wish everyone had a WordPress blog so they could have the “like” button and so it would be easier to follow and respond to comments. I appreciate your always commenting back – I don’t do it myself, though I always respond to comments on my blog. I think honoring comments in some form is important (otherwise, why have them?)


    • I know, sometimes I really don’t have time to write much or I don’t have anything to say, but I would love to click on a Like button to say, Hi, I visited and I’m glad you posted that.
      Exactly, dialogs through comments is for me the point of a blog, otherwise it can just be a website. Sometimes it even create neat discussions

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  2. Ooh! Simon Prebble narrating Sherlock sounds lovely! I will have to check that out! I also just added After the Crash to my TBR, thanks for sharing that! I love your best practices!


  3. What a good list of best practices – responding to comments that people leave on your site is something I spend quite a bit of time doing. My thinking is that if someone took the time and trouble to leave a comment I should at least acknowledge that. yes it does take time but it’s common courtesy.


    • unfortunately, this comparing thing is handicapping so many people in our society, and creating so many unhappy and stressed people. So much is built around marketing and ads, what you should have, because cool people have it… That’s one of the reasons we decided not to have TV. Easier this way to be counter-cultural and be happy and grateful with what we have and living on a very small income


  4. Hi Emma! I’m visiting your blog via Armchair BEA 🙂 I think it’s neat that you’re a translator. I only speak English, but the concept and practice of translation is intriguing to me. These are good tips, even if we don’t always adhere to them…every year I tell myself, “I’ll write my reviews the day of or after I finish the book” and every year it never happens, haha.


    • “I’ll write my reviews the day of or after I finish the book”: ah, my dream practice, lol. I now manage to do that for a couple of months at the beginning of the year, and then I fall behind again! Thanks for stopping by, enjoy this week


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