Armchair Book Expo Day 3: Diversity & Dining With Authors

Armchair Book Expo

Armchair Book Expo Day 3:

Diversity & Dining With Authors

Delving Into Diversity: Book Expo sparked quite the controversy a couple years ago regarding diversity in books and authors. Where are we now? OR, let’s take a different direction and explore the diversity of the format of a book. Do we judge a book by its cover and/or content (e.g.,, audio, digital, graphic, etc.)? Or, combine the two topics and discuss diversity found in alternative content (e.g., representation in graphic novels). Get creative and maybe even controversial!

Diversity in books is very important for me. I think it makes reading even more of an adventure if you open yourselves to different formats and contents.

Diversity in format:

Personally I am always in the process of reading (at least) 1 book in print + 1 digital + listening to 1 audiobook. And occasionally reading a graphic novel – I have not tried yet graphic novels in digital format though.
Print or digital? I have tons of print books on my shelves to read, plus the ones I check out at my library. And some I receive from publishers.
And I like having digital copies to read, for instance to take with me when I go somewhere. Or when I know I will have only a few minutes available – it’s easier to follow where I am at on a screen. I also have a lot of ebooks on my TBR, so I’m trying to go through them as well, and Netgalley and Edeweiss have always great offers I can’t refuse…
And audiobooks is a must for me: I grab it as soon as I do something around the house: dusting, washing the dishes (get rid of your dishwasher, you will have great time washing and listening to books!), ironing, gardening, and painting when I have time for art.
With that only, I manage to listen to 1 to 2 books every month.
I just can’t sit and listen. If I sit, then I grab a print/digital book.

Diversity in content:

I try to read many genres, though there are some I have to stay away from, as I can be very sensitive to what I read. So for my health of mind, I’ll stay away from a  few genres.
Right now for me, diversity means also being more attentive and open to foreign literature, and not just French! And it looks like finally American presses are also opening up in that field. It’s about time!
I thought I was doing quite well in that perspective, when last Sunday I got a good humble reminder that I still had ways to go…
A friend of mine shared the book she was reading. It had received the Russian Booker prize. Well, I didn’t even know there was a Russian Booker Prize! I love Russia, and I have recently read a few books translated from the Russian, but when I went to look at that award, I discovered to my horror that I didn’t know ANY of all the authors who won that award along the years!

Dining With the Authors: Every year at Book Expo, children and adult authors are featured during breakfast. Who would you dream of enjoying a meal with? Would it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply coffee? What would your meal be? What would you discuss?

I answered on Instagram – I think you need to be on Instagram to see.
If you are not on Instagram, who do you think I chose??
I would probably don’t get answers, lol, but I would ask him questions about the sources of his incredible imagination.

HOW IMPORTANT IS DIVERSITY
IN BOOKS FOR YOU?

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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!

 Click on the covers to know more

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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