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Armchair Book Expo Day 3: Diversity & Dining With Authors

Armchair Book Expo

Armchair Book Expo Day 3:

Diversity & Dining With Authors

Delving Into Diversity: Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let’s take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial!

Diversity in books is very important for me. I think it makes reading even more of an adventure if you open yourselves to different formats and contents.

Diversity in format:

Personally I am always in the process of reading (at least) 1 book in print + 1 digital + listening to 1 audiobook. And occasionally reading a graphic novel – I have not tried yet graphic novels in digital format though.
Print or digital? I have tons of print books on my shelves to read, plus the ones I check out at my library. And some I receive from publishers.
And I like having digital copies to read, for instance to take with me when I go somewhere. Or when I know I will have only a few minutes available – it’s easier to follow where I am at on a screen. I also have a lot of ebooks on my TBR, so I’m trying to go through them as well, and Netgalley and Edeweiss have always great offers I can’t refuse…
And audiobooks is a must for me: I grab it as soon as I do something around the house: dusting, washing the dishes (get rid of your dishwasher, you will have great time washing and listening to books!), ironing, gardening, and painting when I have time for art.
With that only, I manage to listen to 1 to 2 books every month.
I just can’t sit and listen. If I sit, then I grab a print/digital book.

Diversity in content:

I try to read many genres, though there are some I have to stay away from, as I can be very sensitive to what I read. So for my health of mind, I’ll stay away from a  few genres.
Right now for me, diversity means also being more attentive and open to foreign literature, and not just French! And it looks like finally American presses are also opening up in that field. It’s about time!
I thought I was doing quite well in that perspective, when last Sunday I got a good humble reminder that I still had ways to go…
A friend of mine shared the book she was reading. It had received the Russian Booker prize. Well, I didn’t even know there was a Russian Booker Prize! I love Russia, and I have recently read a few books translated from the Russian, but when I went to look at that award, I discovered to my horror that I didn’t know ANY of all the authors who won that award along the years!

Dining With the Authors: Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?

I answered on Instagram – I think you need to be on Instagram to see.
If you are not on Instagram, who do you think I chose??
I would probably don’t get answers, lol, but I would ask him questions about the sources of his incredible imagination.










The top 9 Books to read in June 2017

Here are

The top 9 books I plan to read
in June!

 Click on the covers to know more


   paradise-lost  Regard du Ressuscité

The Little Paris Bookshop  The Travelers

Paradise Lost
= still enjoying it, a few pages at a time,
half done
Regard du Ressuscité
= Orthodox book in French on icons
The Little Paris Bookshop
= finally, after years on my Netgalley TBR!
The Travelers
= it’s about time…



Oswald   The Shadow Land

Coffin Road

= that will be the last of books
“taking the dust” on my Netgalley shelf!
The Shadow Land
= maybe.
I have enjoyed several books by Kostova,
but hesitating on this one.
What do you think?
Coffin Road
= didn’t I get it at Book Expo 2016??
I did, I know, I know…


 The Valley of Fear  His Last Bow

The Valley of Fear
His Last Bow
= for my audiobook project,
all Sherlock Holmes,
narrated by Simon Prebble
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2017: May wrap-up

May 2017 wrap-up

Ouch, May is already gone, seriously!
I ended up reading a good amount of books and pages, though I switched plans and read books I had not planned at the beginning of the month, and dropping some I meant to read!

Here is what I read this past month:

9  books:
7 in print
with 2,222 pages, (funny!) that is: 71 pages/day
+ 2 audiobooks
with 18H08, that is: 35 mn/day

4 in mystery:

  1. The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  2. Un avion sans elle, by Michel Bussi – ebook
  3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook
  4. Emma in the Night, by Wendy Walker

3 in literary fiction:

  1. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphné du Maurier
  2. Men Without Women, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Manderley Forever, by Tatiana de Rosnay – ebook
  2. The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of les Misérables, by David Bellos

My favorites in May

     Un avion sans elle
After The Crash in English

  Manderley  The Novel of the Century

Before I review these books, a few notes:

  1. Humming along with my complete works of Sherlock Holmes in audio, with Simon Prebble as the amazing narrator. I only have 2 and a half to go

  2. Un avion sans elle: amazing amazing French thriller! I actually read it along with one of my French students, 5 chapters every week, except we read more at the end, because we could not wait another week to know what had really happened!!

    Michel Bussi is one of the top 3 selling authors in France right now, for good reason.

  3. Emma in the Night. The latest by Wendy Walker. I had really enjoyed All is Not Forgotten, so I accepted to review this one

  4. Daphné du Maurier: I finally read My Cousin Rachel. It was so neat to find some similarities with Rebecca. And so cool I ended up reading Manderley Forever, Daphné’s biography, at the same time! Bravo to Tatiana de Rosnay (you know, she wrote Sarah’s Key)

  5. Men Without Women: thanks for my awesome library, I read Murakami’s latest book. Loved it, though I usually don’t like short stories. But Murakami is Murakami, so…

  6. Story of Your Life. I loved so much the movie Arrival that I was curious to read the story it was based on. Apparently the author is a BIG name in scifi, with 4 Nebula Wards, but I had never heard of him before!

  7. The Novel of the Century. Oh wow, I thought I knew Les Misérables quite well, the book, but I discovered so much in this remarkable book! I had enjoyed a lot David Bellos‘s previous book on translation, so seeing the author and the title, I grabbed it when I saw it in my library.

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 6/6-12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 48/100

Number of books added to my TBR in May= 15

Blog recap in May

  • Bout of Books 19 and beginning of Armchair Book Expo!

  • I was planning to do Read-along on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society with Book Addict – on Goodreads, but I had to give up that plan for the other books which came my way

  • I organized 2 giveaways. The one for June at France Book Tours is now available. And be sure to come back on Saturday, I will post one in connection with Armchair Book Expo

Most popular book review in May

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?click on the cover to access my review,

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

Bout of Books 19 giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Book Reviewer Yellow Pages

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

5: Karen at Booker Talk

5: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

5: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,622 posts
over 4,150 subscribers
over 135,500 hits

Plans for June

  • End of Armchair Book Expo

  • Half a novel and 2 collection of short-stories left to finish The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • Loads of reviews to write!! But I’ll also take a few days off, hiking and birding, so not sure how much reading and writing I’ll manage to do

Come back tomorrow
to see all the books I plan to read in June!

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How was YOUR month of  May?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!











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