BBAW 2016: Day 4


Book blogger Appreciation Week#BBAW

Book Blogger
Appreciation Week

Day 4


Day 4: How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!

Here are  in order of importance for me right now (things change) how I stay connected to the book blogging community:

  1. Answering comments on my blog

  2. Visiting blogs and commenting there

  3. Connecting with book bloggers who participate in my virtual book tour company: France Book Tours.

    Feel free to feel in the form saying what genres you are interested in.

    All the books are in English, but set in France, all kinds of genres represented.

    You get a free book to review, you choose what book, you post the review on your blog, and for most tours, you get a big chance to win a $15 gift card!

    Right now we just have 1 spot available for the latest book by MJ Rose coming out in July! The first who fill in the form on this page will get it.

    And we have another great historical novel by Kathleen C. Perrin for end of March

  4. social media (see below)

  5. Taking part in memes (not every week): Mailbox Monday / It’s Monday, what are you reading? / First Chapter First Paragraph / Top 10 Tuesdays (from time to time) / Teaser Tuesday / WWW Wednesday / Friday 56 / Friday Finds / Nonfiction Friday Book Beginnings / Sunday Sentence / Sunday post (not too often these months)

  6. Taking part in reading challenges: 13 this year

  7. Taking part in other blogging events (see below)

As for social media, I mean:

  1. Twitter – and crazy Twitter parties for some events

  2. Bloglovin’ – ok, here something new: as you know it’s not easy to find the balance to read books, to review them, AND to visit other blogs (especially when you have over 400 in your RSS feed!!
    So, very recently, annoyed by the huge number of posts I had not seen, I decided to do this:
    On day 1 of the month, I visit all the blogs starting with the letter A, on day 2 those starting with letter B, etc. At least, twice a month, I’ll have a chance to go through all the new posts added. If I have time, I visit more at random. And I feel so much better!

  3. Email subscription – top left – Join 3,589 other followers!

  4. Facebook

  5. Goodreads

  6. Instagram

  7. Google +

  8. Pinterest

  9. Youtube

As for other blogging events:

  1. my favorite is Armchair BEA, BUT I should be able to the LIVE BEA this year, for the first time EVER!!! Can’t wait to meet many of you face to face!

  2. Bout of Books

  3. BBAW!

  4. Bloggiesta

  5. A month of favorites

And I probably forgot something!! Ah yes! Like occasional events like Carole, who once a month asks to link your favorite books (Carole’s Chatter), Paris in July, etc!



BBAW 2016: day 2: Interview

Book blogger Appreciation Week#BBAW

Book Blogger
Appreciation Week

Interview Day


Day 2 Interview day
I was paired with Nat, one of the three bloggers at

Unbridled Enthusiasm

Here are the questions Nat asked me, and my answers:

1. How long have you been blogging? What made you start?

I have been seriously book blogging since September 2010 – yeah, getting old!
I have always loved reading and talking about books.
One day, I discovered evolution had produced a rare species, book bloggens. I was overjoyed to discover there were not far from me, just a few computer keys away, and that I could communicate with them in a common language. So we started talking, and one day, I decided to join their lively community. I have not regretted it once.
So when I can’t talk books with people around me, I can always go and find other book bloggens members. Through them, I have discovered zillions of books I would never have heard about otherwise.

2. Has your translating work changed your reading habits? Are you more aware of other translators? Do you think in how you’d translate something while your reading?

Not translating in general, which I have been doing for decades now.
But translating fiction, which I started just a couple of years ago, has been changing my reading habits: to improve (there’s always room for improvement in that type of thing, just like in creating and writing, right?), I now again spend more time reading in French, not just classics (I’m in the last volume of In Search of Lost Time by Proust!), but also very recently published French novels. Thank God for the existence of!

And I follow a few translators’ blogs. I just discovered a new translation in French by  Marie Darrieussecq of A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf. I’m studying it to check how she rendered this classic and get some special insights.

Ah! You guessed it! Yeah, sometimes it’s a pain, because I get caught sometimes into wondering how I would translate this or that.

3. Is there a book you wish more people loved as much as you do?

Yes, one of my most favorite French books, but maybe it needs a new translation in English – it was published in French in 1913. Click on the cover to read my thoughts about it.

Le Grand Meaulnes

4. How do you keep track of other book blogs? 

Some through email subscription, but most through Bloglovin’, the best replacement I’ve found after the sad demise of Google Reader. According to Bloglovin’, I’m following 451 blogs (I know, I’m nuts) as of today – but probably more by the end of #BBAW!!

5. Do you have any tips for someone who has recently started blogging or is thinking about starting a blog?

  • Visit many other book blogs
  • and comment
  • reply to all the comments you receive
  • visit those who visit you and try to leave a comment on one of their posts
  • WHILE remaining who you are
  • and doing whatever you want on YOUR blog and how YOU want to do it
  • have fun, no pressure

6. And, finally, do you really hate Jane Austen? Why? I’m genuinely curious. Was it a bad experience in high-school, or something about her writing doesn’t resonate with you.

Yes, I really can’t stand her books.
I did all my studies in France, and she is not on the high school curriculum in France, as far as I can remember.
BUT I had to study her extensively for a super hard study program at university level (a super insane thing that does not exist here in the US, something like the toughest of the toughest Ivy League type of thing if you wish).
That’s not the reason I don’t like her writing (I love John Milton whom I studied during that same program). The reason It’s the social milieu she describes that gets to me, and these girls in a milieu that’s too protected.

Be sure to visit Nat’s posts. Go there for instance to see what questions I asked her for today’s interview! = sorry, she has not posted them yet
You can also follow her on Twitter and Goodreads


Armchair BEA 2015: social media

ArmchairBEA 2015

Design by Amber of Shelf Notes

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Day 2 is about Visual Expressions and Social Media. Of the 48 books read so far this year, none is really visual apart from 1 children book. So I’ll skip this topic and focus only on

Social Media

 Here is the prompt:

How do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today’s technology to the fullest.  Make sure you mention your own social media pages. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there’s an underrated social media program that you like.

How I use social media to expand my blogging horizons in 10 points:

  1. to find other book bloggers
  2. to follow regularly what they read and review – how could I live without Bloglovin?
  3. to comment on their posts
  4. to discover new books or authors I had never heard about
  5. to enter giveaways
  6. to spread the news about my own blog, what I read and review
  7. to invite fellow readers to enter my giveaways
  8. to share about the virtual book tours I organize on France Book Tours, and invite book bloggers. Come this way if you would be interested in posting on your own blog reviews of print/ebooks related to France – all our books are in English but set in France, or translated from the French. All genres present
  9. to spread the news about these amazing books and authors presented on France Book Tours
  10. to invite you all to participate in the numerous giveaways we have there – have you entered the one ending on May 31?

Where you can find me?

On Bloglovin, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn.  I also have a few videos on YouTube, nothing recent though, YES, I do need to do more vlogs!

NOW YOUR TURN: How is social media important in your blogging life?