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Nonfiction November 2017: Expert on France

NonfictionNovember-2017

#NonficNov

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Here is the topic for week 3, hosted Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert
/Become the Expert

Three ways to join in this week!
You can either share 3 or more books
on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert),
you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic
that you have been dying to read (ask the expert),
or you can create your own list of books
on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

Surprise surprise, here are nonfiction books I highly recommend on… France!

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FUN REALITY    One Sip at a Time

YUMMY HISTORY    Bonjour Kale cover

UNUSUAL MEMOIR    Madeleine Project

PORTRAIT OF A HERO     a-forgers-life

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHAT’S YOUR AREA OF NONFICTION EXPERTISE?

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Nonfiction November 2017: Book Pairings

NonfictionNovember-2017

#NonficNov

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Here is the topic for week 2, hosted by Sarah’s Book Shelves

Book Pairings

This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title.
It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!”
or just two titles that you think would go well together.
Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history
by reading a nonfiction version of the story.

Today, I’m offering you 6 novels paired with 6 nonfiction books!

Click on the covers to access my reviews or Goodreads pages

BOOK PAIRING #1
SOUTH AFRICA

 Cry The Beloved Country    born-a-crime

BOOK PAIRING #2
MARIE-ANTOINETTE

 Days of Splendor   marie-antoinettes-darkest-days

BOOK PAIRING #3
DAPHNE DU MAURIER

 Rebecca   Manderley

BOOK PAIRING #4
LES MISÉRABLES

 Les Misérables    The Novel of the Century

BOOK PAIRING #5
LES MISÉRABLES

The Hound of the Baskervilles   The Sherlock Holmes Book

BOOK PAIRING #6
UMBERTO ECO

The Name of the Rose  Chronicles of a Liquid Society

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WOULD YOU HAVE ANOTHER
FICTION/NONFICTION PAIRING TO SUGGEST?

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2015: February wrap-up

Plenty of snow and cold in Illinois = no hiking time = hibernation, that is, plenty of reading!

Here is what I read in February:

9 books.
= 8 books
with 1,949 pages, that is: 69.6 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 19:11 hours, that is an average of  41 mn/day

 3 in  mystery:

  1.  Cognac Conspiracies, by Alaux and Balen – ebook
  2. The Fourth Rule of Ten, by Gay Hendricks – ebook, upcoming review
  3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn – audiobook, upcoming review

2 in science fiction:

  1. Aoleon The Martian Girl – The Luminess of Mars, by Brent LeVasseur – ebook
  2. Aoleon The Martian Girl – The Hollow Moon, by Brent LeVasseur – ebook, review on 3/4

2 in literary fiction:

  1. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, by Rachel Joyce – ebook
  2. Close to Destiny, by Adria J. Cimino – ebook, review up tomorrow!

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Tapestry, by Nancy Bilyeau – ebook, review on 3/16

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Showings, by Julian of Norwich – upcoming review

 

 

My favorites this month

   The Love Song of Miss Queenie The Tapestry

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Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 7/25
Audiobook: 3/15
Ebook challenge: 12/25
Historical fiction: 4/25
My Kind of Mysteries: 6/21-30
New authors challenge: 8/50
New Release (2015): 11/16-30
Nonfiction challenge: 3/16-20
TBR challenge: 0/12
Books in Translation: 3/12
What’s in a Name: 3/6
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2015?!
Japanese literature: 0/6 (starts in June)

Total of books read in 2015 = 19/100

Number of books added to my TBR in February = 26

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Blog recap

  • 8 of the 9 books read this month were received for review.

  • Already 15 reviews posted for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • Created a Goodreads Group to accompany our Bingo Challenge. Feel free to add titles on the bookshelf of the group. In the section: what are we reading this, add the Bingo squqres you think ti would fit
  • I organized 3 giveaways this past month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the March Giveaway! 2 books offered on 2 amazing women!

  • Otherwise nothing much new on the blogging front for February, the reason being I am in the process of translating anther amazing mystery in French, so I really try to remain focus. And because of that, the list of your blog posts to visit is getting longer and longer.

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Most popular book review in February

That's Paris
click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

The top 10 books I must finally read in 2015

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Caravana De Recuerdos

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 real comment 😉

2: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
2: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
1: Lucy at The Fictional 100

Blog milestones

1,083 posts
over 2,010 subscribers
over 83,000 hits

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Blog plans for March

  • The really exciting reading plan for March is that I’ll be joining the Independent Foreign Fiction Shadow Panel, with Tony at Tony’s Reading List and other really cool book bloggers! That means a LOT of books in translation to read. I’m really thrilled about this
  • Come back in a couple of days to see what I’ll be reading in March. I’m actually already in 3 awesome novels!

 

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How was YOUR month of  February?

 

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