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Book review and giveaway: Requiem in Yquem

Jean-Pierre ALAUX and Noël BALEN

on Tour

September 11-22

with

REQUIEM-IN-YQUEM cover

Requiem in Yquem

(mystery)

Release date:
September 12, 2017
at Le French Book

215 pages

ISBN:
9781943998104

Website
Goodreads

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Welcome back on Words And Peace, for the 8th time, for the latest book in the wonderful Winemaker Detective Series! This time, in Requiem in Yquem, we will be traveling to the Sauternes region to taste the amazing Yquem wine.

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Bout of Books 20: Day 7 final recap

Bout of Books 20#boutofbooks

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, August 21st
and runs through Sunday, August 27th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 20:
Day 7 final recap

BoB-Expert06

WHAT I READ ON DAY 7:

  1. Enigma: 20 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 7 = 20 pages
I knew I would not be able to read much with more Church activity today

BUT, the good news is I managed to read 115 pages more than my weekly goal:
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 640 /525

So I’m very happy with Bout of Books, especially as I was an “expert” and visited and left comments on many blogs or twitter or instagram accounts.

See you at Bout of Books in 2018, here is for your calendar:

Upcoming Read-a-Thons
Bout of Books 21 – 1/8/2018 — 1/14/2018
Bout of Books 22 – 5/14/2018 — 5/20/2018
Bout of Books 23 – 8/20/2018 — 8/26/2018

WHAT I READ ON DAY 6:

  1. Salt Creek: 69 pages – finished the book

  2. Enigma: 84 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 6 = 153 pages
Busy day, am actually surprised I was able to read that much.
I didn’t do the challenge, lack of time and inspiration.
Will probably have even less reading time tomorrow.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 620 /525

DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • Discovered only 1 participant where I had not yet left a comment

WHAT I READ ON DAY 5:

  1. Salt Creek: 76 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 2 pages, well it should count as 4, as 2 in English and 2 by me in French

  3. Concerto pour quatre mains: 25 pages

  4. Enigma: 20 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 5 = 123 pages
The best so far, and I probably won’t be able to read much today, with a meeting with friends and Church today and tomorrow.
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn, and finished it.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is really delightful and the narrator awesome.
I didn’t do the challenge. No time for reviewing this week, apart from the one I posted on Monday.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 467/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

AS AN EXPERT:

  • The first days, I checked in order people who had signed up for Bout of Books 20. But it was frustrating to discover that several were actually not participating.
    Then I followed a couple of day Sarah‘s advice (thanks Sarah! Be sure to look at her yummy recipes!!), and used a random number generators to check dozens of blog every day.
    Finally yesterday, I decided to focus on those of you who posted the latest recap, and I managed to visit and leave a message at all the participants I had not yet visited. So 30 new boutofbloggers I had not yet met before!
    So looks like one day or another I visited each of the boutofbookers who posted their recap yesterday

  • I followed 11 new people on Twitter

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

WHAT I READ ON DAY 4:

  1. Salt Creek: 82 pages

  2. Blackbird Fly: 24 pages – am actually translating it into French, yes, that’s one of my jobs

TOTAL pages in DAY 4 = 106
One more page than yesterday!!
I also listened to my audiobook for 65 mn.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 344/525

BY THE WAY, DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:
    If you like this, try that . . .
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 4 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 2 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 3:

  1. Salt Creek: 93 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 3 = 105
Finally, a decent day! I also listened to my audiobook for 30 mn.
But I didn’t do the rainbow spine challenge, as it would have looked too much like the one I did a few months ago.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 238 /525

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 6 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 3 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 40 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 2:

  1. Salt Creek: 50 pages

  2. Enigma: 12 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 2 = 62
Pathetic. I had to write a book review, and it took me longer than I expected.
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 133/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Synopsis rewrite
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 8 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 11 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 30 blogs

WHAT I READ ON DAY 1:

  1. Salt Creek: 67 pages

  2. Enigma: 4 pages

TOTAL pages in DAY 1 = 71
Not bad, as we had this crazy Twitter Party for an hour – crazy because of the speed of the tweets, though I have seen worse, lol!
+ 40 mn of audio time: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
TOTAL PAGES SO FAR: 71/525

ALSO:

  • I did the challenge:

    Introduce Yourself #insixwords
    In case you have not seen it, come this way

  • I posted a book giveaway

  • I took part in the Twitter chat, it was not as crazy as last year.

  • 13 new Twitter followers (@wordsandpeace), 1 new Instagram follower (@wordsandpeace1)

AS AN EXPERT:

  • I followed 28 new people on Twitter, left tons of tweets and likes

  • Followed 5 more bloggers on Instagram

  • Visited and commented on 8 blogs

SCHEDULE

Challenges/Giveaways
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 20.
Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions
and details on how to complete the daily challenges**


Monday 8/21
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 8/22
Synopsis rewrite

Wednesday 8/23
Book spine rainbow

Thursday 8/24
If you like this, try that . . .

Friday 8/25
Leave a book review

Saturday 8/26
Love to hate

Sunday 8/27
FREE DAY!

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 8pm CST (TZC)
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

GOALS

What books will I be reading?

 

  • Le Regard du Ressuscité, by Archimandrite Gabriel – a French book on Orthodox icons, received for review

  • A Curious Collection of Dates: Through the Year with Sherlock Holmes, by Leah Guinn

  • Salt Creek, by Lucy Treloar

  • Enigma, by Catherine Coulter (Netgalley)

  • Blackbird Fly, by Lise McClendon – translating it into French

  • Concerto pour quatre mains, by Paul Colize – a French thriller, that I’m reading with one of my French online students

  • Merle, by Angela Wren

What books will I be listening?

  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick

  • Coule la Seine, by Fred Vargas

As my daily average so far this year seems to be 69 pages/day, my challenge will be to read 525 pages (average of 75 pages/day).
Not counting some time for audiobooks as well.

And as I’m an expert this year, I plan on visiting and cheering 25 bloggers every day

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Uncorked, by Paul Shore: French Hop and giveaway

A Neat book on France. Giveaway open until tonight!

France Book Tours

Uncorked cover

Uncorked:
My Year in Provence
Studying Pétanque,
Discovering Chagall,
Drinking Pastis,
and Mangling French

[memoir/ nonfiction]

 Release date: March 20, 2017
at Sea to Sky Books
176 pages
ISBN: 9780981347417

Goodreads

 SYNOPSIS

Will having smoke repeatedly blown in his face deter a foreigner from breaking in to French culture? Find out, as Paul Shore’s evocative story telling, wry wit, and big heart, inspire and entertain you, as he tells the tale of how he gained acceptance inside a charming village in Provence.

Uncorked celebrates the “uncorking” of a few tightly held traditions that are near and dear to hearts of the locals of the Cote d’Azur and Provence – being taught to play pétanque (boules) under the clandestine cover of darkness; learning vernissage etiquette; drinking pastis before noon; navigating narrow village roads at top driving speed. Shore also “uncorks” personal awakenings about the value of following roads-less-travelled…

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