Review and Giveaway: Goodbye Paris

Goodbye ParisGoodbye Paris
(thriller)
by Mike Bond

Release date: June 11, 2019
at Big City Press

ISBN: paperback: 978-1-949751-02-4
ISBN ebook: 978-1-949751-03-1

Website | Goodreads

I often rant against tourists who go gaga over Paris and France, and many novels play with that romantic view of anything French. France is nice for tourists, but living there day in day out can actually turn into a very different story.
Well, if there’s one positive thing we can highlight about Goodbye Paris, is that the author certainly doesn’t present a rosy and touristy picture of Paris.

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2019: August wrap-up

AUGUST 2019 WRAP-UP

Another super busy reading/book month!
There was the awesome Bout of Books week, which was my 14th participation, and probably my best ever, as far as reading is concerned, with an average of 137 pages/day over a week.

I also FINALLY took time to go through all my reviews and check which ones I had forgotten to list on my Authors’ page recap. I haven’t entered the corrections yet, so be prepared to see one day that number of total reviews actually go much higher, about 70 more!! I usually add a title to that page each time I review a book, but there were some weeks when I totally forgot!

My biggest achievement was to FINALLY finish reading Don Quixote!
I realize I had forgotten to count Book 1 when I finished it in March, so I counted both books here, which makes my average slightly higher than what it should be.
I guess earlier on, I was planning on counting the 2 volumes of Don Quixote as 1 book, and wait for the end to list it. But now that I have read it all, I realize it makes much more sense to count it as 2 different books, as there were 11 years before the publication of volume 2.

I have also caught up a bit with reviews to write,
and I’m slowly but surely cleaning my Goodreads TBR shelf.

I was thrilled to have my review of Louise Penny’s latest book, A Better Man, be a featured review on Criminal Element.

So here is what I read in August:

13 books:
7 in print 
with 2,179 pages, an average of 70 pages/day
6 in audio
= 41H17
, an average of 1H19
= this has to be my best audio time ever. I’m back to painting, that explains, as I like listening to audiobooks as I paint.
The total of books is also my highest of the year so far, even if I counted only 1 for Don Quixote.

7 in mystery:

  1. Central Park, by Guillaume Musso – French audio
  2. Goodbye Paris, by Mike Bond – for France Book Tours
  3. Un appartement à Paris, by Guillaume Musso French audio
  4. Diary of a Murderer, by Young-Ha Kim – ebook for review
  5. Le Mystère de la chambre jaune, by Gaston Leroux – audio, for Classics Club
  6. The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey
  7. Surface, by Olivier Norek – French audio

4 in literary fiction:

  1. Tales of Old Russia, by Paul Shukin – unpublished short stories by a friend of mine
  2. The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole – audio, for Classics Club
  3. and 4. Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, ebooks  for Classics Club

1 in manga/Film comic adaptation:

  1. The Secret World of Arrietty, vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Dictionnaire des idées reçues, by Gustave Flaubert, French audio for Classics Club

MY FAVORITES IN AUGUST

Surface  Central Park

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 49/50 (until end of 2020)
2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge 15/12?
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??
Total of books read in 2019 = 65/100
Number of books added to my TBR this past month= 18

BOOKS I REVIEWED THIS MONTH

I saw another book blogger including here reviews she wrote. As I often review books read months earlier, I think I’ll try.

A Better Man DonQuixote Diary of a Murderer The Sentence is Death  The Republic crimson lake Redemption Point Gomorrah Gambit

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with a very special announcement,
and a treat coming!


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where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

 

Spotlight and giveaway: A Season of Surprises at the Villa des Violettes

Patricia Sands

on Spotlight Tour

July 24-August 6

with

A Season of SurprisesA Season of Surprises
at the Villa des Violettes
(Book 2)

(women’s fiction/travel fiction)

Release date: June 18, 2019
Amazon Digital Services LLC

ASIN: B07TB57YCX
228 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads

 

SYNOPSIS

The Love in Provence characters are celebrating a glorious spring on the Côte d’Azur. There are sweet-smelling blossoms, buds bursting into bloom, explosions of golden mimosa, dazzling sunshine, a shimmering sea… and a worrying disappearance! A hidden past is uncovered and shocking truths are revealed. But life goes on. Kat and Philippe welcome their first B&B guests to the Villa and continue to be busy with other demands, all the while keeping hope alive as police search for their friend. A special request from Simone and an unexpected appearance turn a planned motorcycle trip in Corsica into so much more. Springtime at the Villa des Violettes is filled with secrets and surprises.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I Promise You This Patricia SandsPatricia Sands
lives in Toronto,
but her heart’s other home is the South of France.
An avid traveler, she spends part of each year on the Cote d’Azur
and once a year leads a women- only tour of the Riviera and Provence.
Her award-winning 2010 debut novel, The Bridge Club,
is a book club favorite.
The Promise of Provence,
which launched her three-part Love in Provence series
was a finalist for a 2013 USA Best Book Award and a 2014 National Indie Excellence Award,
an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013,
and a 2015 nominee for a #RBRT Golden Rose award in the category of romance.
Drawing Lessons, Sands’ fifth novel, also set in the south of France,
was released by Lake Union Publishing on October 1, 2017.
Book Two in her new mini-series, A Season of Surprises at The Villa des Violettes, releases June, 2019.
Patricia also contributes to such Francophile websites as The Good Life France and Perfectly Provence.

Connect with Patricia on Facebook,
on Twitter, on Instagram,
or on her website,
where there are links to her books, social media, and the women’s tour she leads each summer in Provence, based on her novels.
Sign up for her monthly newsletter that has special giveaways and sneak peeks at her next book. She would love to hear from you.

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