2014: August wrap-up

As everyone around, I’m wondering where August went, but it did manage to give me good reads.

Here is what I read in August:

10 books.
= 8 books
with 2,471 pages, that is:  79.7 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 14:55 hours, that is an average of  28 mn/day

 5 historical novels:

  1. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst – audiobook. (it’s also a spy novel, but the historical background was better used than the spy elements, so I classify it here as histfic)
  2. The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jean-Paul Malaval
  3. Madame Picasso, by Anne Girard
  4. The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar, by Kim Rendfeld – ebook. Review on 9/1
  5. Edwin, High King of Britain, by Edoardo Albert – Review on 9/15

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Arabian Love Poems, by Nizar Kabbani
  2. France on the Brink, by Jonathan Fenby
  3. Toi qui as soif de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Longeat – in French.

1 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

1 mystery:

  1. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Dorothy Gilman


My favorites this month:

   Madame Picasso   Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

This is terribly hard to choose:
I enjoyed very much three of the five historical novels,
loved the Poems and Fenby’s book on France
and of course this dear Mrs. Pollifax!


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 9/12
Books on France: 40/24
Ebook challenge: 15/25
Historical fiction: 24/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
New authors challenge: 50/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 15/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014

Total of books read in 2014 = 66/105

Number of books added to my TBR in August = 57


Blog recap

  1. 7 of the 10 books read this month were received for review.

  2. Already 72 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours.. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the September Giveaway! a great fiction starting n Paris!

  4. I decided finally to expand my Mailbox Monday, and to combine it with It’s Monday! What Are You reading, WWW Wednesdays in a Sunday Post. Have done it  four times so far.
  5. I finally got rid of Words Ads, and am inviting anyone selling French products or services related to France to advertize both on Words And Peace and France Book Tours. Spread the news!
  6. And I launched a Newsletter subscription! The subscribers will receive exclusive content, not posted on the blog, and will have access to a special giveaway every month, not available on the blog either. If you have not subscribed yet, it’s time to do so if you want to be entered in the awesome September giveaway! I can only tell you it’s a book mentioned on this page!


Most popular book review in August

France on the Brinkclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Sunday Post #4

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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Blog milestones

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Blog plans for September

Apart from reviews scheduled, I plan to keep working at reviewing books read earlier on this year.
And be prepare my blogiversary is coming in 28 days! There will be of course a mega giveaway!

And on 9/27, I will be part of the 30 Authors in 30 Days event on The Book Wheel Blog! Be sure to viit starting on Monday, there will be awesome giveaways!
You can follow on Facebook, or with #30Authors on Twitter!



How was YOUR month of  August?

Book review: Midnight in Europe


Midnight in Europe

Midnight in Europe
In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this audiobook for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
Midnight in Europe
Alan Furst
Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll

Publication Date: June 4, 2014
at Simon & Schuster Audio


Duration: 8:13 hours
ISBN: 978-1442368170

spy novel / historical fiction

Source: Received
from the publisher for review


Buy this book

This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

       New author challenge

2014 historical fiction  2014-Audio-Book-Challenge-Button


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I had not yet read any book by Alan Furst, so I seized the opportunity as this audiobook was graciously sent to me by  Simon & Schuster Audio. At the difference of the previous one they sent me, All The Light We Cannot See, Midnight In Europe didn’t leave me that ecstatic.

Click to continue reading

Sunday Post #2 – 8/10/14

Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
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 This post also counts for
Mailbox Monday2  www wednesdays

Mailbox Monday and WWW Wednesdays

The week started with special events, let’s say, with a problem on my wifi which led me to eventually reset my computer to factory settings!! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, consider yourself fortunate. I wasted my day on that, and missed meeting another French Emma book blogger coming to Chicago! That would have been super to meet: how often can you put together 2 French book bloggers called Emma in the US?
I was able to reinstall everything, and am in the process of reinstalling all my files. In the process though, I lost most of my favorites, and there were tons of references for material for the French classes I give online. C’est la vie!

I was dreading Monday, with the necessity to go for my 1st appointment to renew my French passport, but that went surprisingly smoothly and fast, less than 10 mn, in a manner more casual and easy going than if I had been in France!

Wednesday was the beloved Feast of the Transfiguration – I’m Christian Orthodox, and this is my favorite feast ever.



  • Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst. Audiobook received from Simon & Schuster. A spy novel at the eve of WWII. A bit on the slow side, but good historical background
  • The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jen-Paul Malaval. A historical novel set around 1914 snf about Bordeaux wine. Part of a virtual book tour at France Book Tours, starting this Tuesday, with a great giveaway! My review is scheduled for 8/16



  • Madame Picasso, by Anne Girard, for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Review scheduled for 8/28
  • Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Dorothy Gilman. Audio. This is #14 and last of the series. So sad this is the last one. I enjoyed so much this series and its amazing narrator Barbara Rosenblat. In this one Mrs. Pollifax goes to Syria.
  • Toi qui as soif de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Longeat. French spirituality book received for review for Collectanea Cisterciensia




  • Review: France on the Brink, by Jonathan Fenby, an amazingly good analysis of the current social and economic situation in France
  • Review: Moon in a Dead Eye, by Pascal Garnier. A mystery quite à la French
  • Review: Au revoir là-haut, by Pierre Lemaitre. Great historical novel on WWI, that won Le Prix Goncourt in 2013. My review was originally written for the Historical Novel Society Magazine, August 2014 issue, in which they commemorate the anniversary of WWI.
  • I finally decided to leave WordPress Ads and launched my own Ads program, focusing on, guess what, French products. Spread the news if you know any one selling French products, services, etc! The ADS will appear on both Words And Peace and France Book Tours!


France on the Brink 2click on the cover to know more about it


Wharf of Chartrons cover

  1. August book of the month giveaway – a historical novel with Bordeaux wine!
  2. Lies Told in Silence, by M. K. TOD = featured here on 8/14



A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #2)   Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir   The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar


Lies Told in Silence cover  Received for review on France Book Tours scheduled on 9/18

And amazingly, I’m already booked for a review in January 2015!