Short reviews: the Monkey, the Hen, and the Swan

I recently read three books featuring animals:

The Monkey, the Hen, and the Swan

  baby monkey  the hen who dreamed she could fly   the trumpet of the swan

Click to continue reading


2015: September wrap-up

September 2015 wrap-up

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September is long gone, but I as away from the cyber-sphere at the turn of the month, so here is finally my recap. It may be old news for you, but I feel the need to o it for my own records. And who knows, you may learn about a few books you have not heard about before

Here is what I read in September:

7  books.
= 6 books only, but with 1,625 pages, that is: 54.1 pages/day.
+ 1 audiobook = 9:45 hours, that is an average of  19 mn/day

4 in literary fiction:

  1. The 6:41 to Paris, by Jean-Philippe Blondel – ebook
  2. Bonjour tristesse, by Françoise Sagan – ebook
  3. Stoner, by John Williams – audiobook
  4. Sagan, Paris 1954, by Anne Berest

1 in children book, sort of:

  1. The Marvels, by Brian Selznick

1 in historical fiction

  1. Everyone Has Their Reasons, by Joseph Matthews

1 in nonfiction

  1. The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott

My favorites in September

      Everyone Has Their Reasons  The Marvels

The Fictional 100

Reading Challenges recap

French Bingo: 30/25 – DONE
Audiobook: 19/15 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 35/25 DONE
Historical fiction: 15/25
Japanese literature: 3/5
My Kind of Mysteries: 26/21-30
New authors challenge: 49/50
New Release (2015): 44/31-45
Nonfiction challenge: 9/16-20
TBR challenge: 5/12
Books in Translation: 21/12 DONE
What’s in a Name: 6/6 – DONE
Where Are You Reading?: 18/50 – to be finished in 2016?!

Total of books read in 2015 = 89/100

Number of books added to my TBR in September = 41

Blog recap

  • On September 29, I celebrated my 5th blogiversary! The giveaway winner will be announced soon!
  • To present a special book you should all read, I put together a literary quiz
  • I took part in #30Authors
  • 4 of the 7 books read were received for review.

  • 53 reviews posted so far for my French Bingo 2015 Challenge, don’t forget to link yours with the mr Linky widget.

  • I organized 6 giveaways in September. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the October Giveaway! 2 awesome books to choose from!

Most popular book review in September

Sagan Paris 1954

click on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month
– non book review

Blogiversary #5

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Book Wheel

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 😉

8: Katherine at I Wish I Lived In a Library
7: Denise @DeniseDuvall2
6: Lucy at The Fictional 100
4: Martha at MG’s French Lit Page
1: MarinaSofia at Finding Time To Write

Blog milestones

1,210 posts
over 3,350 subscribers
over 97,626 hits

Blog plans for September

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How was YOUR month of  September?

Month in ReviewKathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!


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Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.

I can only remember one IRL interaction with an author, and that’s  a great author you should try if you don’t know her yet.
Here I am with Debra Dean:

with Debra Dean

I highly recommend you try her novel based on the life of a Russian Orthodox nun. Click on the covers to access my reviews:

Mirrored World

and/or her famous novel on the siege of Leningrad:

Madonnas of Leningrad

As for online interaction with authors, I do that a lot through Twitter and Goodreads, and it’s always lots of fun. I have opportunities actually almost daily to do so since I started France Book Tours, where I organize virtual book tours for books set in France. Since I started, I’ve had wonderful exchanges with authors and publishers.


ADDED at 10:00 a.m. : stupid me, I have had lots of interactions with authors through blog post interviews!! My stats say there are currently 19 on my blog, but I have the sad feeling that I may have forgotten to tag some!! Anyway, it is so cool to interview an author, to learn more about their writing process and what’s really beyond the book. Fascinating, as for instance with Will Bashor and his book on Marie-Antoinette.


 More Than Just Words 

There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?

Here are my 2 most favorite graphic novels ever. I call them graphic novels, but they are not your usual format of graphic novels: there’s rather an alternation between pages of text and gorgeous black and white drawings. When the story accelerate, you have drawings that highlight one aspect of the story. The art is so incredible – again access my reviews by clicking on the covers:

The Invetion of Hugo Cabret wonderstruck

Invention of Hugo Cabret

I always have an audiobook going on. Right now, it’s:

Murder in PigalleIt’s narrated by the amazing Meredith Mitchell, so good!

My best audiobook of all times is without one second of hesitation, and at the risk of not being original at all:

Ready Player Onenarrated by the extraordinary Wil Wheaton