Guest post by Literary Book Gifts

Gifts for Book Lovers!

If you come and visit my book blog, there are lots of chances you love books and book gifts!

So please read the following guest-post by Melissa, the founder of Literary Book Gifts. And at the end, she offers a very nice coupon code to you, my readers!

Literary Book Gifts was started based on my eternal love of literature, but also based on the characters, settings, and overall style of each novel. I started the company because I wanted readers of all ages to have a way to connect with each other on the shared mutual interest of books. Placing the novels and authors as designs on shirts seemed like such an amazing way to do this because it brings about the possibility of open ended discussion from simply wearing the shirt of your favorite novel!

Featuring some of literature’s greatest characters from Moby Dick to Sherlock Holmes there really is something for everyone in the collection! 

I’ll talk just a little about a couple of designs and items in the collection.

Book-End-T-ShirtBook End T-Shirt
This shirt is a fun one because it shows a part of books that not everyone thinks about but is always there. The words read The End, and the vintage style alludes to the fact that all books, even those from thousands of years ago always came to an end.

Every shirt comes in a wide variety of sizes and colors. Book lovers may have overlapping tastes, but bright blue shirt verses a plain white shirt suit quite different tastes in terms of apparel. This is why many of the women’s and men’s styles come in over 10 colors! Sizes are available in XS – 3XL for women and S – 5XL for men.

 

Headphone Tote Bag
Headphone-Tote-Bag

Readers don’t just read from books. There is a huge community of people who prefer audiobooks, myself included. The Headphone Backpack is audiobook lovers everywhere!

Tote bags are made to last, with three great sizes to choose from, small, medium, and large!

Use this coupon code: WORDSANDPEACE20 for 20% off at Literary Book Gifts there is no expiry date!

And while you are here, you might as well check my posts on Sherlock Holmes!

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The top 7 books to read in September

Here are

The top 7 books

I plan to read in September!

Click on the covers to know more

CURRENTLY READING

              The Piano shop  Modern Orthodox Thinkers

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
= fascinating nonfiction on piano, piano music, and piano repairs

Modern Orthodox Thinkers
= great short bio and presentation of the main works and ideas
of a score of key modern Orthodox thinkers

READING NEXT

The Lady Killer    The Song Peddler

Unsheltered

The Lady Killer
= new edition of this Japanese classic mystery

The Song Peddler of the Pont Neuf
= historical novel set in Paris, by an author I have enjoyed a lot.

We have review copies available!

Unsheltered

= the upcoming book by Kingsolver! one of my favorite authors.
I didn’t even read the synopsis, just know it’s presented as a historical novel,
I hope I won’t be disappointed

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

    Democracy in Chains    Ne lâche pas ma main

Democracy in Chains
= enlightening! How we got where we are at,
and what’s really going on behind our “reality TV-politics”

Ne lâche pas ma main
= next on the list in my Bussi phase!

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

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2018: June-July-August wrap-up

June-July-August 2018 wrap-up

I can’t believe I have not posted a summary for 3 months. End of June I was just back from vacation and had a zillion other things to do. Then end of July was my husband’s open-heart surgery, so no time for blogging either. Thanks for everyone who expressed their support through social media. It’s amazing to feel help from so many people we have not even met. He’s now on the road to full recovery.

So here are the books I read these past 3 months.
Not tons. I’m far behind my usual numbers. One reason being I started and DNFed quite a few books that had been on my shelves for far too long. They may have been good, but I was not in the mood for these.

But I have done many more translations – I’m mostly the one translating posting in English here (yes, it’s nonfiction, so I translate from French-English for a change): when I have to face some ordeals, I’m in better mental health if I make my brain work actively; reading is not enough. I have always noticed that in my life, and studies have always been a great safety net.

Not sure if this is related, but these days, I also spend more time learning languages – hence less time for reading.
You may have noticed here how much I enjoy Calvino. One of my dreams would be to read him in Italian. So after starting-abandoning-restarting so many times, I’m finally doing it a bit everyday. I use Duolingo and enjoy it a lot. I’m currently studying prepositions, which is the most challenging for me. Otherwise, Italian is close enough to French, Spanish, and Latin, so not really a big deal.

While I was at it, I thought it might be good to review my Spanish. I can still read and listen to it pretty easily, but I’d like to be more comfortable again to speak it.

AND, jamais deux sans trois, three is a charm, I have restarted learning Russian – lots of members of my Orthodox Church speak Russian. NOW, that’s a bit more challenging, and I can actually FEEL physically my head is working when I study it. I love working with other alphabets (I taught myself Biblical Hebrew and Koine Greek), it’s like a game. Now it’s super easy to turn your American keyboard into any alphabet, so I just clicked on each key to figure out where each Russian letter was on my keyboard. I just need to keep the eyes on that list, et voilà ! Duoligo does a great job to teach you progressively each letter of the alphabet, starting with words that sound the same in English, such as radio, motor, sweater, Mama, Papa, taxi, circus, or funny things such as: том – тим там ? = Tom, is Tim there?

So, is this wrap-up coming or not? ok ok, here it is! The above might actually be a sign of a slight change in the format of this blog, we’ll see.

What I read in June-July-August:

13 books:
9 in print and 4 in audio 
with 2,850 pages, an average of 30 pages/day
4 in audio
with 34H14, an average of 22 mn/day

7 in mystery

  1. Sans feu ni lieu, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  2. Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers – audio, for Classic Club

  3. Coffin Road, by Peter May

  4. Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, by Anthony Horowitz

  5. Ceux qui vont mourir te saluent, by Fred Vargas – audio in French

  6. The Mystery of Three Quarters, by Sophie Hannah – ebook, for review

  7. Le temps est assassin, by Michel Bussi  – audio in French

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Conan Doyle for the Defense, by Margalit Fox – ebook, for review

  2. Elder Sebastian of Optina, by Tatiana Torstensen

  3. Journal de mon voyage d’Amérique, by Louis-Philippe – in French

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Romanov Empress, by CW Gortner  – ebook, for review

  2. Defy the Night, by Heather and Lydian Munn

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Smoking Kills, by Antoine Laurain – for review

 

My favorites in June – July – August

  Coffin Road Conan Doyle for the Defense

Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 24/50 (until end of 2020) or 36/62!
The 2018 TBR Pile Challenge: 3/12, but not none reviewed yet !!
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2018= 40/100

Number of books added to my TBR these last 3 months= 24

Most popular book review these last 3 months

Something in the water

click on the cover to access my review.

Most popular post these last 3 months
– non book review –

Born a Crime
chapters 1-3 read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Book blog that brought me
most traffic these past 3 months

Edith’s Miscellany

Top commenters of the month

Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Karen at Booker Talk

Freda @Fredalicious

Blog milestones

1,814 posts
over 4,490 subscribers
over 158,400 hits

Plans for September

Catch up with reviewing, ah!! By the way, we have a great giveaway on France Book Tours!

 

Come back on Monday
to see the books I plan to read in September!

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How was YOUR month of  August?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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