Armchair BEA 2014: GIVEAWAYS and BEYOND THE BORDERS

ArmchairBEA 2014Design by Amber of Shelf Notes

 

 

Giveaways 

One of the favorite days of past years is our day of giveaways! You host the giveaway on your own site and link it up here for all our participants to come and visit. Don’t forget to give Armchair BEA a little love when advertising, but you can choose your own guidelines and deadlines. 

Here is my giveaway. If you win, you can choose any of these 4 historical novels. Click on the entry form right below the description of each book.

Equal of the Sun 15954691

Gracianna Meadowlark

  1. Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani – hardcover, brand new condition
  2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador – hardcover, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
  4. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name

 

Entry-Form

 

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Beyond the Borders 

It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!

I read a lot of books set in different countries or written by non American authors. As I’m French, I’m going to refrain here from books set in France! Here are some really good ones I read recently:

Baudelaire's Revenge Timbuctoo

Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob van Laerhoven
ok, it IS set in France, in 1870! BUT this is the only book translated from the Dutch that I have read for many years. AND it REALLY was beyond my comfort zone. I kept reading it, because it is actually super well written and because I received it for review (scheduled for June 12), but boy it was so gruesome, black, creepy, quite tough for me.

Timbuctoo, by Tahir Shah
This was a cool historical novel, based on the original narrative of Robert Adams published in London in 1816. Robert Adams claimed he went to Timbuctoo (Mali) and was a white slave there. Fascinating. Quite an eye opener on the colonist period and mindset.

Tokyo FiancéeSt Bartholomew's Man

Tokyo Fiancée, by Nathalie Nothomb
Nothomb is a super famous Belgian author, writing in French. She was born in Japan. This novel integrates some of her experience in Japan. I enjoy a lot Japanese literature. I was interesting to see how a Belgian would do with the Japanese culture, and it did feel often like reading real Japanese literature. Highly recommended – upcoming review!

St Bartholomew’s Man, by Mary Delorme
This was a fascinating historial novel based in Italy and England, recounting the beginnings of St Bartholomew’s hospital in London, of which I really knew nothing before.

 

ADDITION:

As I have mentioned this a few times in comments, I might as well add it here. This is not recent, but a few years ago I did this most amazing reading experience: reading a book connected with 52 different countries. See here the list of the books I read for each of these countries.

 

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE?
WHAT’S THE MOST RECENT NOVEL
SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
THAT YOU READ?

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Bout of Books 10: final recap

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon
is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th
and runs through Sunday, May 18th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure,
and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

End of Bout of Books!

Here is what I read on Monday, Day 1:

  1. 4 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 5 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 120 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – great suspense, awesome to keep you read!

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist

= 129 pages read on Monday = 129/595, that is 21%

 

Here is what I read on Tuesday, Day 2:

  1. 6 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 6 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 63 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – book finished
  4. 21 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist.
Hoping to listen to more tomorrow!

= 96 pages read on Tuesday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 = 225/595, that is 37%

 

Here is what I read on Wednesday, Day 3:

  1. 12 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 13 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 71 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about !:15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist. And I finished it.
I started listening to Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black : 15 mn.
So 1:30 mn of audio today!

= 96 pages read on Wednesday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 = 321/595, that is 53%

 

Here is what I read on Thursday, Day 4:

  1. 6 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 9 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 128 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about 15 mn of  Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black.

= 143 pages read on Thursday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 = 464/595, that is 77%

 

Here is what I read on Friday, Day 5:

  1. 13 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 7 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 45 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven – DONE
  4. 54 pages of From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond

I also listened to about 15 mn of  Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black.

= 119 pages read on Friday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 + 119 = 583/595, that is 97%

 

Here is what I read on Saturday, Day 6:

  1. 122 pages of From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond

= 122 pages read on Saturday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 + 119 + 122 = 705/595, that is 118%!

 

Here is what I read on Sunday, Day 7:

  1. 33 pages of From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond
  2. 15 mn of Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black – audio

= 33 pages read on Saturday
TOTAL  = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 + 119 + 122 + 33 = 738/595, that is 124%!

 

So I ended up reading
143 pages more than I had planned,
that is, 24% more,
with an average of 105 pages/day,
instead of my goal of 85 pages,
and 4 hours of audiobooks, which I had not even considered doing!

Challenges done on Monday:

  1. If you like X, try Y, hosted by The Book Barbies. Here is my tweet
  2. I also posted the picture of my pile of books for Bout of Books, though not able to add myself to the picture, not enough hands, lol
  3. And I took part in the insane Twitter chat. Even while using Twubs, it was like bombarding tweets 2 or 3 per seconds. I already have many new followers, and bloggers I now follow, including one in my own city, whom I had never heard of before!

Challenge done on Tuesday:

Books You’re Looking Forward To, hosted by River City Reading. My post is here, 10 books on France!

Challenge done on Wednesday:

Book Pairings, hosted by My Overstuffed Shelves. My post is here, with delicious truffles!

Challenge done on Thursday:

Spell It Out Challenge hosted by kimberlyfaye reads. My post is here.

Challenges done on Friday:

Cover Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Book Monsters
Rainbow Book Challenge, hosted by Neon Yeti Reads: that was so much fun. See here my picture on Twitter:

Challenge done on Saturday:

Show author love, hosted by Doing Dewey.

Today I gave a shout out to April Smith for her awesome last novel: #showauthorlove @AprilSmithBooks for her awesome #histfic in #France #WWI http://francebooktours.com/2014/03/19/april-smith-on-tour-a-star-for-mrs-blake/ #boutofbooks #FranceBT

Challenge done on Sunday:

Retitle Your Current Read, hosted by Oh Magic Hour. My post is here.

 Reminder of my goals:

My main goal this week will be to read at least 85 pages every day, which is more than my average per day so far this year. Plus time for audiobooks!
So my total goal is to read 595 pages during Bout of Books

I will be reading:

  1. Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian [a few pages every day]
  2. Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon [a few pages every day]
  3. The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon DONE
  4. Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven DONE
  5. From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond – ebook
  6. Au revoir là-haut,  by Pierre Lemaitre

I will hopefully be able to finish listening to this #1 and start #2

  1. City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist – audio DONE
  2. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black – audio

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Here is what’s for grab:

MYSTERY

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  1. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith – paperback, used, like new condition, with a small blue dot pasted at the bottom of the spine

HISTORICAL FICTION

Equal of the Sun 15954691

Gracianna Meadowlark

  1. Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani – hardcover, brand new condition
  2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador – hardcover, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
  4. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name

NONFICTION

14433773

  1. The Day My Brain Exploded, by Ashok Rajamani – paperback, brand new condition

Click on the link here below to enter the giveaway!

Entry-Form

Here is the Bout of Books schedule:

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 5/12
If you like X, try Y — The Book Barbies DONE
Picture of books to read  DONE

Tuesday 5/13
Bookish Battle Royal — My Life in Books
Books You’re Looking Forward To — River City Reading DONE

Wednesday 5/14
Book Pairings — My Overstuffed Shelves DONE

Thursday 5/15
Spell It Out Challenge — kimberlyfaye reads DONE

Friday 5/16
Cover Scavenger Hunt — Book Monsters DONE
Rainbow Book Challenge — Neon Yeti Reads DONE

Saturday 5/17
Show an Author Some Love — Doing Dewey DONE

Sunday 5/18
Retitle Your Current Read — Oh Magic Hour

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC) DONE
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC) DONE partly, about 25 mn
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

Click on the logo to follow the fun!

Bout of Books 10: Day 7, update

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon
is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th
and runs through Sunday, May 18th
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure,
and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Day 7 of Bout of Books!

Here is what I read on Monday, Day 1:

  1. 4 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 5 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 120 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – great suspense, awesome to keep you read!

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist

= 129 pages read on Monday = 129/595, that is 21%

 

Here is what I read on Tuesday, Day 2:

  1. 6 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 6 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 63 pages of The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon – book finished
  4. 21 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about 15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist.
Hoping to listen to more tomorrow!

= 96 pages read on Tuesday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 = 225/595, that is 37%

 

Here is what I read on Wednesday, Day 3:

  1. 12 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 13 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 71 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about !:15 mn of City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist. And I finished it.
I started listening to Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black : 15 mn.
So 1:30 mn of audio today!

= 96 pages read on Wednesday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 = 321/595, that is 53%

 

Here is what I read on Thursday, Day 4:

  1. 6 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 9 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 128 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven

I also listened to about 15 mn of  Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black.

= 143 pages read on Thursday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 = 464/595, that is 77%

 

Here is what I read on Friday, Day 5:

  1. 13 pages of Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian
  2. 7 pages of Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon
  3. 45 pages of Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven – DONE
  4. 54 pages of From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond

I also listened to about 15 mn of  Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black.

= 119 pages read on Friday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 + 119 = 583/595, that is 97%

 

Here is what I read on Saturday, Day 6:

  1. 122 pages of From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond

= 122 pages read on Saturday
TOTAL SO FAR = 129 + 96 +96 + 143 + 119 + 122 = 705/595, that is 118%!

Challenges done on Monday:

  1. If you like X, try Y, hosted by The Book Barbies. Here is my tweet
  2. I also posted the picture of my pile of books for Bout of Books, though not able to add myself to the picture, not enough hands, lol
  3. And I took part in the insane Twitter chat. Even while using Twubs, it was like bombarding tweets 2 or 3 per seconds. I already have many new followers, and bloggers I now follow, including one in my own city, whom I had never heard of before!

Challenge done on Tuesday:

Books You’re Looking Forward To, hosted by River City Reading. My post is here, 10 books on France!

Challenge done on Wednesday:

Book Pairings, hosted by My Overstuffed Shelves. My post is here, with delicious truffles!

Challenge done on Thursday:

Spell It Out Challenge hosted by kimberlyfaye reads. My post is here.

Challenges done on Friday:

Cover Scavenger Hunt, hosted by Book Monsters
Rainbow Book Challenge, hosted by Neon Yeti Reads: that was so much fun. See here my picture on Twitter:

Challenge done on Saturday:

Show author love, hosted by Doing Dewey.

Today I gave a shout out to April Smith for her awesome last novel: #showauthorlove @AprilSmithBooks for her awesome #histfic in #France #WWI http://francebooktours.com/2014/03/19/april-smith-on-tour-a-star-for-mrs-blake/ #boutofbooks #FranceBT

 Reminder of my goals:

My main goal this week will be to read at least 85 pages every day, which is more than my average per day so far this year. Plus time for audiobooks!
So my total goal is to read 595 pages during Bout of Books

I will be reading:

  1. Hymns of Divine Love, by St Symeon the New Theologian [a few pages every day]
  2. Everyday Saints, by Archimandrite Tikhon [a few pages every day]
  3. The Girl In The Empty Dress, by Lise McClendon DONE
  4. Baudelaire’s Revenge, by Bob Van Laerhoven DONE
  5. From Here To Paris, by Cris Hammond – ebook
  6. Au revoir là-haut,  by Pierre Lemaitre

I will hopefully be able to finish listening to this #1 and start #2

  1. City of Scoundrels, by Gary Krist – audio DONE
  2. Murder in Pigalle, by Cara Black – audio

And don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
Here is what’s for grab:

MYSTERY

The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  1. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith – paperback, used, like new condition, with a small blue dot pasted at the bottom of the spine

HISTORICAL FICTION

Equal of the Sun 15954691

Gracianna Meadowlark

  1. Equal of the Sun, by Anita Amirrezvani – hardcover, brand new condition
  2. The Third Son, by Julie Wu – paperback, ARC, brand new condition
  3. Gracianna, by Trini Amador – hardcover, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name
  4. Meadowlark, by Dawn Wink – paperback, brand new condition, signed by the author to my name

NONFICTION

14433773

  1. The Day My Brain Exploded, by Ashok Rajamani – paperback, brand new condition

Click on the link here below to enter the giveaway!

Entry-Form

Here is the Bout of Books schedule:

Challenges/Giveaways

Monday 5/12
If you like X, try Y — The Book Barbies DONE
Picture of books to read  DONE

Tuesday 5/13
Bookish Battle Royal — My Life in Books
Books You’re Looking Forward To — River City Reading DONE

Wednesday 5/14
Book Pairings — My Overstuffed Shelves DONE

Thursday 5/15
Spell It Out Challenge — kimberlyfaye reads DONE

Friday 5/16
Cover Scavenger Hunt — Book Monsters DONE
Rainbow Book Challenge — Neon Yeti Reads DONE

Saturday 5/17
Show an Author Some Love — Doing Dewey DONE

Sunday 5/18
Retitle Your Current Read — Oh Magic Hour

Twitter Chats
(chats last approximately one hour)
TZC = Time Zone Conversion

Monday: 1pm CST (TZC) DONE
Wednesday: 8pm CST (TZC) DONE partly, about 25 mn
Saturday: 10am CST (TZC)

 

Click on the logo to follow the fun!