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2014: October wrap-up

Not really sure what happened in October, but my average is down!

Here is what I read in October:

8 books.
= 6 books
with 1,844 pages, that is: 59.4 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 24:41 hours, that is an average of  47 mn/day – this is my best audio time of the year actually so far

 4 historical novels:

  1. The Crown, by Nancy Bilyeau – audio
  2. Taking The Cross, by Charles Gibson
  3. The Sharp Hook of Love, by Sherry Jones
  4. Juliet’s Nurse, by Lois Leveen

2 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion, by Barbara Scott Emmett – ebook
  2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce – audio

1 romance/fantasy:

  1. Witch Weigh, by Caroline Mickelson -ebook, a novella I received to translate into French

1 in nonfiction:

  1. Seven Letters from Paris, by Samantha Vérant

 

 

My favorites this month:

  Sharp Hook of Love      Unlikely Pilgrimage

This is again so terribly hard to choose:
I enjoyed a lot ALL of the books I read this past month!!

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Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 13/12 – DONE
Books on France: 49/24 – DONE
Ebook challenge: 19/25
Historical fiction: 30/25 – DONE
Japanese literature: 2/6
New authors challenge: 64/50 – DONE
My Kind of Mysteries: 17/20
TBR challenge: 3/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014

Total of books read in 2014 = 84/105

Number of books added to my TBR in October = 21

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Blog recap

  • 6 of the 8 books read this month were received for review/work.

  • 94 reviews posted for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  • I organized 11 giveaways this past month! There’s always one going on at France Book Tours. Be sure to check the November Giveaway! 3 books offered!

  • Something funny happened on my reading front on Oct 31. For several reasons, I don’t do anything special for Halloween. But on that day, I read twice about the context in which Shelley wrote her Frankenstein, and in 2 books that are not directly on the topic at all: I read it in 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go, the part about the Alps, and I heard about it in the audiobook I am currently listening to: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson. I think that was spooky enough!
  • Nothing much else, I had a lot of books to read and review for tours, so was not able to catch up on reviews pending for months!

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Most popular book review in October

Seven Letters From Parisclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Sunday Post #11

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours

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Blog milestones

976 posts
over 1,900 subscribers
over 71,900 hits

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Blog plans for November

  • Be sure you look what goodies I have for grab for the Literary Blog Hop giveaway
  • And come back on November 28 for the Black Friday Book Bonanza!
  • From now on to the end of the year, I’m going to try to focus on books I have been meaning to read for a while, though I already have quite a few books scheduled for January!
  • I hope I can finally start to catch up on review writing – I was hoping to do something related to NaNoWriMo for that, but I’m currently translating a 40,000 words book anyway, so plenty of writing to do!
  • Set up a few affiliates programs on Words And Peace
  • get more active as for memes such as Teaser Tuesdays or First Chapter First Paragraph
  • redo Sunday posts, which I was not able to participate for a couple of weeks
  • redo some videos
  • change the look of France Book Tours

 

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How was YOUR month of  October?

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Le Languedoc: guest-post by Charles Gibson – I love France #120

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The Languedoc

 When most Americans think of places in France, they of think Paris, Normandy, Provence. Few seem to know of the Languedoc. Yet, if they have journeyed there, it is a place not easily forgotten. It not only has the largest intact Medieval walled city in Europe, but is the realm of the troubadours, of courtship and romance, and of the first crusade that was targeted against lands in Europe. Taking the Cross is set in the Languedoc and Provence during the first summer of this Crusade, which came to be known as the Albigensian Crusade against heresy.

The Languedoc is named for the language which used to be predominantly spoken there, a tongue called Occitan. It was the language of the troubadours and of those who lived in Southern France and Northern Spain during most of the Middle Ages. Occitan as a language is much closer to Spanish than to French. Before the Albigensian Crusade, the nobles of the Languedoc aligned themselves with King Pedro of Aragon, whose throne was in Barcelona. The name Languedoc comes from Langue d’oc, or the “language of yes”.

In the early thirteenth century, at a time when so much of Europe was issuing an emphatic “no”, the Languedoc said “yes”. Yes to greater freedom of religion, yes to increased economic freedom, yes to more freedom for Jews and not persecution. In June, 1209, the Languedoc was likely the most free and the most wealthy realm in Europe. The size of its great cities such as Beziers, Carcassonne, and Toulouse, rivaled or surpassed London, Paris, and Rome itself. Albigensians and Waldensians, groups that thrived in the Languedoc under protection, groups that either did not believe or did not practice their faith in the way of the Catholic Church, were deemed to be heretics.

Pope Innocent III declared heretics to be more evil than Saracens and launched the Albigensian Crusade. It ravaged a free and prosperous land. It led to the oppression and brutality of the Inquisition. C.S. Lewis declared that if not for the Albigensian Crusade, the Renaissance would have begun in the Languedoc in the thirteenth century two-hundred years before it began in Italy.

The largest intact Medieval walled city in Europe is Carcassonne. It is the Chateau Comtal, the castle of the city of Carcassonne, that is pictured on the cover of Taking the Cross. When I traveled to the Languedoc, I was able to go inside the Chateau Comtal, the castle of Viscount Raimon Roger Trencavel I, who is a main character in Taking the Cross. From the Chateau Comtal, I went to the nearby Tower of Heretics. It is so named because heretics were hanged there after the Albigensian Crusade from the crossbeams of the roof of the tower.

It was in the Tower of the Heretics that the history of the Languedoc came alive for me. As I stared up at the broad crossbeams, it was as if I could hear the screams and feel the suffering of those who were hanged, feel the heat and smell the smoke from those burnt at the stake. Even though it took me many years to figure it out, it was then I knew I had a story to tell.

The first installment of that story is Taking the Cross.

Taking The Cross

 

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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.
Taking The Cross
By
Charles Gibson
PublisherKöehler Books
Pub. Date: October 1, 2014
ISBN: 1940192277

Pages:  269
Genre:  historical fiction
Source: Received
from the publisher for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours 

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT

 

Taking the Cross is a historical novel by Charles Gibson about the little-known crusade launched by the Roman Catholic Church against fellow Christians in France, a time of great religious turmoil and conflict.

In the Middle Ages not all crusades were fought in the Holy Land. A two-pronged threat to the Catholic Church was growing within Christendom itself and Pope Innocent III called for the crusade against heresy to eliminate both the Albigenses and Valdenses, two movements that did not adhere to Church orthodoxy.

Andreas, a knight who longs to go on crusade to the Holy Land, finds himself fighting against one in his French homeland. While Andreas wages war for the lives and religious freedom of his people, a battle rages within his soul.

Eva, a young woman of a new religious order, the Beguines, discovers a secret message within a letter about the death of her father in the Holy Land. As she learns more of her father, she is forced to confront the profound and perilous spiritual inheritance he has bequeathed to her. A legacy for which she must fight.

Hearing of the feats of Andreas, Eva senses her inheritance may lead her to him.

Filled with battles of the flesh and the spirit, Taking the Cross reveals a passionate aspect of Medieval times where some fought ardently for the freedom of others. [provided by the author]

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Taking the Cross - Charles GibsonCharles Gibson first started reading about history and geography when he was seven.
He wrote his first short story at the age of nine.
He continues to read and write whenever he can.
Charles has spent many years researching the Middle Ages and the Crusades,
and has traveled to the Languedoc region in France.
He has combined the passions of history and geography and prose to finish his first novel, Taking the Cross.
It takes place during the summer of 1209 in France.
Charles Gibson has previously written for the inspirational book series God Allows U-Turns
as well as for a Minnesota newspaper.
He also works as a project manager for a medical device company.
He also loves travel writing,
and would like to start his own magazine some day about travel as a journey through life.
The dominant theme of his writing is freedom.
“It was for freedom that Christ set us free;
therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.”

He lives in Minnesota with his lovely wife and energetic sons.
He can be reached at cg [at] charlesgibson [dot] net

Visit his website. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter , Google +

Send him your questions and comments.

 

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Book review and giveaway: Taking The Cross – I love France #118

I LOVE FRANCE!

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Taking The Cross

 

Taking the Cross cover

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.
Taking The Cross
By
Charles Gibson
PublisherKöehler Books
Pub. Date: October 1, 2014
ISBN: 1940192277

Pages:  269
Genre:  historical fiction
Source: Received
from the publisher for a
virtual book tour on France Book Tours

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Buy the book:

BAM

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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

      books-on-france-14   New author challenge    2014 historical fiction

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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When you hear the word Crusade, you probably think of the Holy Land and the far from honorable violent acts Christians performed there. Another important development of the Crusades happened actually inside the frontiers of France, in the broader reaction of the Catholic Church against Catharism.

Not many historical novels dare touch this sensitive and complex topic, so I was really thrilled when I received the opportunity to read Taking The Cross. The author deals brilliantly with the topic in this fast read novel.
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