French lit in the New York Times

French lit
in the New York Times

NYT French Lit

Did you see? This week, the New York Times book review section highlights French lit. Among the 4 books presented, two have been reviewed here at Words And Peace. Honestly, it looks like the New York Times missed the depth of these books, especially Constellation.

After having read their article (by clicking on the picture), I suggest you get back to my reviews, by clicking on the links: Constellation and Mon amie américaine are definitely worth reading, and they are much deeper than the newspaper makes them sound.

What do you think?
Have you read these?

Book review: Constellation – I love France 193



Adrien Bosc
Willard Wood
Other Press

US Release date:
May 10, 2016
also available as ebook
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To be honest, I had not heard of the book nor the plane Constellation, before going to BEA last May. But I had received many great books from Other Press, so I knew I could trust it to be good. And it is.
On October 27, 1949, the plane Constellation left Orly, Paris, for New York. But it didn’t reach its destination. Instead, it crashed in the Azores archipelago. There was no survivor.
On board, among 34 passengers, were famous French boxer Marcel Cerdan (Edith Piaf’s lover!), and Ginette Neveu, a young violin virtuoso. Edith had begged Marcel to come and see her sing in New York.
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2016: June wrap-up

June 2016 wrap-up

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Already one nice sunny month gone! Trying to enjoy every minute of sun possible, hence less reading done I guess.

Here is what I read in June:

7  books
6 in print

with 2,030 pages, that is: 67.6 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 15H02, that is: 30 mn/day

3 in mystery:

  1. A Game For All the Family, by Sophie Hannah
  2. How The Light Gets In, by Louise Penny – audio
  3. Murder on the Quai, by Cara Black

1 in historical fiction:

  1. Highland Steel, by Tanya Anne Crosby – ebook

1 in science-fiction:

  1. Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel

1 in literary fiction:

  1. Constellation, by Adrien Bosc

1 in nonfiction:

  1. The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction, by M.A. Orthofer – ebook

A few notes:

  1. Back to my reviewing slump: none of these reviewed yet!
  2. Books by Hannah and Neuvel: could not resist the pull when I saw them at my library
  3. Books by Black and Bosc: offered at BEA
  4. Book by Crosby: my latest translation into French
  5. Book by Orthofer: most fabulous! I got it on Netgalley, and then bought it on paper. If you are into world fiction, you really HAVE to get this book!


My favorites in June

Sleeping giants  Complete Review Guide

 Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 24/25
Audiobook: 5/10-15
Classics Club: 4/50 (until end of 2018)
Cloak and Dagger (Mysteries): 15/21-30
Ebook challenge: 18/25
Historical fiction: 7/15
Japanese literature: 3/5
New authors challenge: 22/50
New Release (2016): 19/16-30
Nonfiction challenge: 7/11-15
Books in Translation: 12/12
What’s in a Name: 3/6
Where Are You Reading?: 19/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2016 = 43/100

Number of books added to my TBR in June = 14

Blog recap

  • I hosted 1 guest-post and 2 interviews
  • 3 of the 7 books I read were received for review
  • French Bingo 2016 has 17 participants and 21 reviews posted so far. It’s not too late to join. Don’t forget to link your reviews! And in case you are stuck, we have plenty of choices regularly updated.

  • I organized 3 giveaways. The one for July at France Book Tours is here. There are 5 books to choose from, and I will pick 2 winners. Be sure to follow through email not to miss weekly giveaways.

  • Did you see? I finally did a YouTube Channel introduction video!
    At BEA, I was told the best video editor was iMovie. As I don’t have a Mac nor the funds to get one, I looked at other alternatives, and discovered the fantastic VSDC Free Editor! In fact, some experts who have tried all kinds of video editors are saying it’s even better than some paying ones! I can now really do all I want!
  • I went to the annual Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. I t was neat meeting some authors met last year and discover some new ones. More to come about those later in the Summer.

Most popular book review in June

The Sacred Combe

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review –

James Chilton, guest-post and book giveaway

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

You Think Too Much

please go visit

Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

6: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

5: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Freda at Freda’s Voice

2: Katherine at I Wished I Lived In a Library

2: Elizabeth at Silver’s Reviews

Blog milestones

1,378 posts
over 3,765 subscribers
over 114,900 hits

Plans for July

Loads of reviews to write and/or videos to make!


Come back tomorrow
to see what I plan to read in July!

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How was YOUR month of  June?

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!