New book by Blondel to review

New book by Blondel to review

As most of you know, I also run France Book Tours, a virtual book tour company focusing on books related to France.

Jean-Philippe Blondel is an excellent contemporary French writer.
A few years ago, I reviewed The 6:41 to Paris.
He writes short and quirky books, like several other contemporary French authors.

ExposedNew Vessel Press is going to publish Exposed in May, and thanks to them, we have review copies available.

A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives.
Blondel, author of the hugely popular novel The 6:41 to Paris, evokes an intimacy of dangerous intensity in a tale marked by profound nostalgia and a reckoning with the past that allows its two characters to move ahead into the future.

Come this way in case you would like to review it, or forward the information to book bloggers you think would enjoy it.
NB: for this tour, you need to reside in the US, and to have a book blog.
NB2: when you connect your review, you can earn points towards a gift card of your choice.


Review and Giveaway: Are We French Yet?

Are We French YetAre We French Yet?
Keith & Val’s Adventures In Provence
(travel memoir)
by Keith Van Sickle

Release date: December 15, 2018
at Dresher Publishing

157 pages

Author’s page | Goodreads

Keith and Val started telling about their unusual experience in One Sip at a Time: after some time spent in Switzerland, they discovered how much they like life in Europe. They decided then to split their time every year between California and Provence. Are We French Yet? features their most recent trips.

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Six degrees of separation: The French and Love


Six degrees of separation:
The French and Love

Using my own rules for this fun meme hosted by Kate at Booksaremyfavouriteandbest (see there the origin of the meme and how it works – posted the first Saturday of every month), I started with a title containing the word French and ended up with Love!
This shouldn’t surprise you, lol.

Here are my own quirky rules:

1, Use your list of books on Goodreads
2. Take the first word of the title offered and find another title with that word in it
3. Then use the first word of THAT title to find your text title
4. Or the second if the title starts with the same word

NB: I goofed, I didn’t realize the book to start with this month was Fight Club!!
BUT we are in February after all, so nice to land on love!

After the covers, you can find the links to my reviews or to the title on Goodreads:

  thefrenchlieutenant27swoman Are We French Yet

  when you are engulfed in flames  

  The Love Song of Miss Queenie Love and invention

1. The French Lieutenant’s Woman = I confess I have never read it! And I don’t even remember if I ever watched the movie.
Convince me: why should I read and/or watch it?

2. Are We French Yet? = Nice collections of funny ad culturally aware vignettes highlighting how life can be enriched by being familiar with two cultures. My full review will be live on 2/6

3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames = this is not my favorite by Sedaris, though it’s very good. A collection of very funny essays. My favorite books by him are Me Talk Pretty One day, on learning the French language; and Holidays on Ice, super hilarious essays on Christmas. You HAVE to listen to Sedaris narrate his own audiobook

4. Miss Me When I’m Gone = this one is on my TBR, because I really enjoyed another book by the author: The Broken Teaglass

5. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy = Within a contemplative atmosphere rich in descriptions of places and people, past and present, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy offers a beautiful lesson in simple happiness. A great voice in literary fiction I am ready to listen to again.

6. Love and Invention = A beautiful hymn to creativity, to the courage to be different, to be oneself while connecting with others. Set in France!


Visit other chains here
using the book assigned for this month!
My mistake