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Book review: Emma in the Night

Emma in the NightEmma in the Night

Wendy Walker excels at psychological thrillers where she really delves deep into the wounds of her characters’ psyche. All is Not Forgotten was about ways to cope and treat extremely painful memories of hurt. This time, she focuses on Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

 

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The top 9 Books to read in June 2017

Here are

The top 9 books I plan to read
in June!

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CURRENTLY READING

   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…

 

READING NEXT

Oswald   The Shadow Land

Coffin Road

Oswald
= 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…

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

 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
Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR JUNE?

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Armchair Book Expo Day 2: What Readers Want & Collaboration

Armchair Book Expo

Armchair Book Expo Day 2:

What Readers Want & Collaboration

What Do Readers Want?: What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event? How does diversity representation fit into all of this?

For me, what makes a book:

  • very good style: beautiful and diversity of sentences (not all built on the same grammar mode – I have seen that!!), rich vocabulary, lively and true to life dialogs

  • unexpected twists

  • original plot

  • for audiobooks: a narrator that makes you believe he/she’s telling a story, not reading it to you; who uses different voices and accents for the characters

For me, what breaks a book:

  • same type of plot in the different books of a series

  • pace not matching the genre – fine with very slow uneventful book if it’s literary fiction, but not for a thriller, for instance

  • too many f* words and the like

  • too many typos, especially when trying to insert French words or expressions!

  • for audiobooks: dull voice, dull intention; voice sounding too old or too young for the main character; mispronunciation of French words (please professional, do your homework!)

  • the cover sometimes! Some marketers focus on a type of cover which is totally unappealing to me and makes me want to flee, whereas when I discover what it’s about, I’m interested

Diversity:

  • Right now, diversity for me means access to more foreign literature. More and more presses are trying to publish books in translation, I think it’s getting better. When I read books related to 52 countries for a special challenge, I discovered how rich it can be to perceive the difference of style between authors of various countries.

Let’s Collaborate & Listen: The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?

Personally, right now, I focus on:

  • visiting other blogs – though I have not done much recently

  • social media – mostly Twitter.  A bit Instagram, Youtube, Facebook

  • a few local bookstores

  • the book club I founded; and sometimes book clubs at my local library

ANY IDEAS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?

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