A month of favorites: 5 faves. Books set in France


a month of favorites#amonthoffaves

All December-long,
Estella’s Revenge,  Girlxoxo, and Traveling with T
will be sharing our fave bookish
(and sometimes non-bookish)
experiences from throughout the year
AND we want YOU to join us!

Dec 2 is for
5 Faves by a Theme {eg. Audiobooks, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mysteries, Books with Surprise Twists, Surprise Endings, Non-Fiction, Books That Made You Cry, Laugh Out Loud, Cringe, Book Boyfriends That Stole Your Heart, Apocalypse, Dystopian, Best books with kick ass girls, favorite siblings, couples, friends, most hated and loved villains} – link-up hosted at Girlxoxo

So here are my 5 favorites books set in France – read so far this year. Enjoy!
Four of these have been featured on France Book Tours with a virtual book tour.
So if you love books set in France, don’t forget to sign up to get free copies to review on your own book blog!
A large variety of genres is represented, from nonfiction to paranormal.

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giveaway winner of: Madame Picasso

The winner of the giveaway

Madame Picasso

Madame Picasso

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book 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.
Madame Picasso
Anne GirardPublisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release Date: August 26, 2014

ISBN:  978-0778316350
Pages: 432

Historical Fiction 

Source: Received
from the publisher for a
virtual book tour on HFVBT


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Madame Picasso winner


 The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time

When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world.

A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can’t help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso’s life.

With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the twentieth century.  [provided by HFVBT]


to see why you should buy it if you didn’t win!




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

please go visit

Blog milestones

932 posts
over 1,885 subscribers
over 66,700 hits


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?